Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Dispensaries Bill
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Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Dispensaries Bill
Posted by CN Staff on August 15, 2013 at 05:05:54 PT
By Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Wednesday signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries, setting the stage for the state to regulate and inspect businesses that have operated for years in a legal gray area.Oregon was one of the first states to allow the legal use of marijuana with a doctor's recommendation, and the state has issued marijuana cards to 56,000 people. The law requires patients to grow the drug themselves or designate someone to grow it for them. Dozens of dispensaries have popped up around the state, but they're not explicitly authorized. In some areas, authorities have moved to shut them down. Elsewhere, police have left them alone.
The bill gives the Oregon Health Authority new power to run background checks, conduct on-site safety inspections and perform financial audits. The agency will begin drafting regulations for approval early next year."It's vital now that the people who are involved in the medical marijuana program implement this bill very responsibly to ensure that patients have safe access and that they are good neighbors in their communities," said Geoff Sugerman, a lobbyist who helped write the bill.Critics warned that the bill could lead to abuses, including marijuana sales for profit. In a letter explaining his decision, the governor said he understands the concerns and shares them "to a certain extent."Kitzhaber, a Democrat, said marijuana dispensaries should be charged high enough fees that the state health authority "can be extraordinarily vigorous in their enforcement of the rules that are developed."Voters in Washington and Colorado voted last year to legalize marijuana without a doctor's recommendation, but Oregon rejected a similar measure. Advocates here are collecting signatures in hopes of trying again in 2014.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated PressPublished:  August 14, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on August 16, 2013 at 05:10:08 PT
DE Governor Renews Medical Marijuana Effort
August 15, 2013Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday that he is moving forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year over fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution.Markell signed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 but halted implementation after federal officials indicated that people involved in cultivating and distributing marijuana could face civil fines or prosecution.In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Markell proposed a scaled-down pilot program involving a single, state-licensed “compassion center” that would grow and distribute marijuana to eligible medical patients. The bill he signed in 2011 called for three such centers, one in each county.Seeking to allay federal concerns about multiple large-scale privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers, Markell proposed that the Delaware compassion center be limited to growing no more 150 plants and an on-site inventory of no more than 1,500 ounces of marijuana.Complete Article:
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on August 15, 2013 at 16:55:52 PT
My pot stand sign will read;
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Comment #5 posted by museman on August 15, 2013 at 13:23:46 PT
epilepsy, AMA, Big Pharma, and "The Law"
If you tug on one of their hands, they all get pulled that direction, because they have their hands so deep in each other's pocket. They will lie as convincingly as they ever have to keep the money in their pockets.I have an epileptic son. When it started happening it was pretty damn scary. First mistake I made was to call 911 when he had his first Grand Mal. Even though I called the ambulance, and he could not even answer a question when they came, the collection agency is still trying to collect.The second mistake was thinking that the Doctors might actually be of benefit.After a year of taking the meds prescribed, they didn't seem to be working, and then he began to have Grand Mal on a regular basis. It was so bad he couldn't think and therefore could not function in any kind of competitive environment. Come to find out he'd been cutting his meds in half because his medical benefits were taken away because of the ambulance bill. So we got him back on a regimen. He was functioning, though in a very limited capacity. He could not find a job, because regardless of the 'equal opportunity' jive in america, employers -who are after all just minor lords in the hierarchy of modern slavery, don't want to employ anyone but the most dedicated slaves. Epileptics are a 'liability.'Then in 2006 I met a young man the same age, with the same problem, who told me that he had beat it with cannabis and diet.To make a long story short, after discovering that epilepsy is a 'disease' not really understood, and like so many Legal Drug Dealers -doctors- he was prescribed a 'generic' medicine that essentially blocked certain neural actions (and makes you a zombie). Like damming up a river. Sooner or later the pressure rises and the dose has to be raised as well. After a certain point there is no going back because to stop the drug could cause reactions as bad as hemorrhaging. -this is the kind of stuff the doctors do without even really letting you in on the dirty secrets.He weened himself on the meds, concentrating on diet. That whittled the seizures down to what we came to refer to as 'spells' that usually only lasted a few minutes with no ill effects. But the he got his medical card.Since using cannabis, and being able to get it without medical insurance, his epilepsy has disappeared. For almost 2 years now.The doctors, lawyers, and their fat-cat frat-boy constituents; Big Pharma and Monsanto are all in cahoots. When one's palm itches, the others can't wait to scratch.America, you sure got some major house cleaning to do.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 15, 2013 at 11:36:35 PT
If Christie doesn't get his ample derriere in gear
on the matter of these children needing that herb... I wouldn't vote for him if he were the last candidate on earth.This shows what he's made of. Human, or a lump of talking flesh beholden to opinionated, arrogant, racist, fearful, powerful, tyrannical, wealthy benefactors? He apparently has no understanding or even natural judgment, or commonsense, much less compassion for other humans. Even a sick, pitiful child and her grieving, horrified parents? What manner of monster is this man? Is he a puppet of a larger monster? Of course he is.Obviously.It's about him and his political future. He might let some suffering be relieved... for a baby girl... if it doesn't hurt his future plans for his career. Cannabis is a non poisonous herb, for heaven's sake. It won't kill her or damage her mind. It might even save her life! Get someone to look it up for you, Gov. Christie. Watch the case of the little girl in Gupta's documentary, Weed. "Christie responded that while the decision may be simple for Wilson, it's not as simple for the Republican governor. Christie is thought to be a major contender for his party's 2016 nomination for president."
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Comment #3 posted by museman on August 15, 2013 at 09:12:57 PT
peasants, lemmings, and their "elected reps" 
"The bill gives the Oregon Health Authority new power.."
As if all these do-nothing (except extort money for the wealthy) 'agencies' didn't have enough power already.Better get it while you can, lousy carpetbaggers."We don't need no stinking badges..." -Spoken in ancient hippy.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on August 15, 2013 at 08:48:14 PT
Christie Confronted Over Medical Marijuana Bill
August 15, 2013(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a desperate father Wednesday that he will decide by Friday whether or not to sign a medical marijuana bill that would make a version of the drug available to the man's epileptic daughter.The bill, S2842, was passed by the state assembly June 24 with a large majority in the Democratically-controlled legislature, 55-13, but Christie has so far not said whether or not he will sign it. The measure would expand to children the medical marijuana access already in place for adults.According to WCBS-TV New York, Brian Wilson is the father of two year-old Vivian, who suffers a version of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Normal epilepsy medications have so far failed to work for Vivian and her family believes medical marijuana may be able to help. Trying to get an answer on the bill but unable to get a meeting with the governor, Wilson and members of his family crashed a small Christie campaign stop at a local diner in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. They beseeched the governor to sign the bill and allow for a version of medical marijuana to be administered to Vivian and other children like her."I was wondering what the holdup was, it's been like two months now," Wilson said to Christie.Complete Article:
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on August 15, 2013 at 07:31:12 PT
Like a lemon-aide stand...
I will set up a box and a stool at the end of my drive-way and sell roadside."I don't got to show you no stinking badges"!-[in a Mexican accent]
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