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Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Wednesday ordered election officials to put the issue on the ballot, confirming that an initiative effort satisfied the legal requirements, reports Steven Nelson at US News.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana in Alaska turned in more than 45,000 signatures on January 8, about 36,000 of which were validated by state officials. Just more than 30,000 signatures were required to qualify for the ballot.
By law, only patients or their caregivers registered with the OMMP are allowed to purchase marijuana from a dispensary, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. Customers will be required to show a valid medical marijuana card and ID before they can enter.
Under Oregon law, only cardholders — patients, caregivers and growers, are legally allowed to have marijuana. Patients can possess up to 24 ounces, caregivers can have up to 24 ounces for every patient under their care, and growers can produce cannabis for four patients, possessing up to 24 ounces for each patient.
The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana by a vote of 9-5, following a public hearing.
The Cannabis Compassion Act, or HB 350, introduced by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) and co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Tom Burch (D-Louisville), would permit licensed patients and caregivers to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana, and it would establish regulations to operate a limited number of medical marijuana compassion centers and testing facilities.
This is the first time an effective medical marijuana bill has passed a committee in the Kentucky Legislature. A similar bill, SB 43, was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville).
House Bill 885, sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), was unanimously approved by the House Health and Human Services Committee after a two-hour debate, and is expected to reach the House floor on Monday, according to Peake, reports Aaron Gould Sheinin at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A major change was made after the bill hit a snag. Peake’s original plan was to important a type of high-CBD cannabis oil from Colorado that can be used to treat certain seizure disorders; he wrote the law after meeting pediatric epilepsy patient Haleigh Cox and her family. But federal law bans transporting any form of marijuana across state lines.
Dozens of people on Tuesday testified before legislators and called for an end to the state’s war on marijuana, which they said has done more harm than good, reports Megan Brockett at Capital News Service.
One bill would reduce the penalty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a ticket and a fine, reports Pat Warren at CBS Baltimore. The other would make pot legal for adults 21 and older, with regulation and taxes.
The oppositional side of the hearing on legalization and regulation of marijuana in the Maryland Senate turned into a comedy of errors, courtesy of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and Maryland Sheriffs’ Association. The gallery erupted in laughter and outrage after Annapolis Chief of Police Michael Pristoop cited a hoax story about deaths attributed to marijuana overdose in Colorado. He was publicly corrected by one of the presiding senators, who pulled up the hoax on his phone and explained the story was a joke.
Other questionable statements included Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis’s point that marijuana shouldn’t be legalized because police would have to retrain expensive drug-sniffing police dogs, an officer making light of the dangers of alcohol use, a DA asserting “no one goes to jail for marijuana,” and comments on how absent (constitutionally required) probable cause other than the supposed smell of marijuana, police would be less able to conduct pretextual stops such as stop-and-frisk.
(Toke Signals)A survey conducted by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute on February 12-17 shows 51 percent of registered Ohio voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Only 44 percent of those polled were opposed.
Support for medical marijuana was even higher, reaching overwhelming numbers. When asked if adults should be able to legally use marijuana for medicinal purposes, 87 percent responded that they should, with only 11 percent opposed.
These results are indicative of a national shift in opinion away from marijuana prohibition and toward regulation and control.
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By Chris Jay (Toke Signals)Last week, a member of the South African Parliament made a heartfelt plea to President Jacob Zuma and the MP’s to consider his proposal for the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill.
These few minutes of his speech and courageous words have made national news headlines in the last week around South Africa.
The best way of avoiding getting busted for pot, of course, is to change the damn marijuana laws already.
But short of that, it’s a matter of using your common sense and knowing your rights.
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