Moving to California Tomorrow for Medical Marijuana

Well, after years of talking about it, dreaming of it, hoping, wishing – tomorrow my family and I are packing our bags and moving to California. I have posted on this site for many years about this topic and even flaunted the idea of making the move many years ago due to frustrations with local mentality towards medical cannabis. While many citizens are open to it, most politicians in the south and especially Louisiana seem to be so in tight with the alcohol industry that even the consideration of cannabis and it’s legality is quickly shunned.

Tomorrow I am moving to California and will begin the process of getting my medical marijuana card, and visiting a doctor and marijuana dispensary. I will post here about how it goes and document the entire adventure.

I am happy to finally walk among like minded peers and the compassionate people of California once again. We set sail in the morning.

California Newsom Quote on Marijuana Legalization

“It’s time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in California, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with medical marijuana,” Newsom said during his Saturday address to the convention. “But for almost 20 years now, we’ve sat back admiring our accomplishment while the world, the nation, and states like Colorado and Washington have passed us by. … It’s time to legalize, it’s time to tax, it’s time to regulate marijuana for adults in California.”

Newsom continued, “This is not a debate about hippies. This is not a debate about stoners. We can’t diminish this issue or the people involved in this debate by belittling them and trivializing them. Let me be clear. You can be pro-regulation without being an advocate for drug use.”

California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, formerly the mayor of San Francisco, made the case for the position change during the Democrats’ 3-day convention in Los Angeles.

Federal judge to decide: Is pot’s Schedule I status constitutional?

Will we finally begin rescheduling marijuana now? This judge is looking at the rescheduling of cannabis…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD and heroin.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento held a five-day fact-finding hearing on the classification question late last year, and final arguments are scheduled for next month, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Her ruling is expected later this year.

The case marks the first time in decades that a judge has agreed to consider marijuana’s designation as a Schedule I drug under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the newspaper said. Under the act, Schedule I drugs have no medicinal purpose, are unsafe even under medical supervision and contain a high potential for abuse.

Mueller’s decision to hold the hearing came in response to a pretrial defense motion in a federal case against alleged marijuana growers. Prosecutors unsuccessfully opposed the fact-finding effort.

Those Who Vote Against Medicine For Children

When I really started to understand cannabis is medicine was years and years ago when I saw how it helped cancer kids regain their appetite and even desire to play or smile. Since that day I have always paid extra attention to those who vote against cannabis medicine for children, either they are ignorant of how effective it is or have never looked into the face of one of these children, so I always want to look at who casts those votes.

House Bill 2154, by Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, would allow children to participate in clinical trials for cannabidiol, a substance extracted from marijuana stalks. Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not contain the chemical that creates marijuana’s narcotic affect.

Recently Oklahoma voted to allow CBD oil for children suffering from epileptic seizures, and the vote was 99-2, immediately I wonder, who could possibly vote against medicine for children, (even the sponsor of the bill Echols a Republican says his niece suffers and thats why he is doing this) – so even with that, these politicians vote against medicine. I will never understand why so I think its important to see who they are,…

The House of Representatives voted 99-2 Wednesday to legalize an active marijuana ingredient used in the treatment of severe epileptic seizures.
The two “no” votes were by Republicans Scott Biggs of Chickasha and Mike Sanders of Kingfisher.

Not sure how these people can sleep at night knowing little children are in pain in hospital beds while they sleep comfortably, voting no against proven and effective let alone safe, medicine,… cannabis oil. The oil of ancient times and the healing of the all nations in the future and past. Free your mind and body my brothers and sisters, our day is coming, legalization 2016!

55% of California Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

Support for legalizing marijuana (53%) is at its highest point; more than half of Californians would not be bothered if a legal marijuana store opened in their neighborhood.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — An new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has found support for legalizing marijuana in the state at an all time high.

The poll, released Wednesday, found that 55% of likely voters support legalizing marijuana in California, which is the highest point since PPIC began asking this question in May 2010.

Today, 53 percent of residents say marijuana should be legal and 45 percent say it should not, according to poll authors. Slim majorities supported legalization in October 2014 (51%) and September 2013 (52%).

Among likely voters, 55 percent favor legalization.

PTSD & Medical Marijuana

As someone who has suffered with both survivors guilt and PTSD stemming from the event, I can tell you first hand treating PTSD with medical marijuana works tremendously in managing your day to day life. Balancing guilt and emotions and triggers, the panic, the anxiety,… only those who carry it, understand.

Veterans and other individuals residing in Arizona who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will now have the option of using cannabis to treat the symptoms of that illness. State Health Director Will Humble recently made the decision to allow the use of marijuana for the relief of PTSD, but has also stated that there has been no research documented that indicates a cure.

This decision does not mean that marijuana will be readily available to those patients. Humble has also stated that physicians can only recommend marijuana for their patients who have already undergone more conventional treatments, including the use of pharmaceutical antidepressants, without relief.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 50,000 Arizonans have qualified under the list of conditions to receive 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to ease the pain and discomfort associated with a myriad of illnesses ranging from cancer to glaucoma.

Medical Marijuana can be used to treat PTSD. Anyone who says otherwise speaks not from experience.

Reschedule Marijuana Legalize Medicine

We need to reschedule marijuana and not only that make medical marijuana available to all those who need it. Look at this!

Sloane Fournier, 15, suffers at least six seizures a day. She has a chromosome disorder that causes her epilepsy. But the Metairie teen’s family believes she could find relief with medical marijuana.

“You have children that were like Sloane, not walking not talking, that used to do those things and are doing them now. It’s actually healing their brains,” said Fournier’s mother, Kelly.

In 1991, Louisiana was one of the first states in the country to legalize medical marijuana. Louisiana law allows licensed physicians to prescribe it for patients suffering from glaucoma, side effects from chemotherapy cancer treatment, or spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy.

But even though a Louisiana doctor can legally write a pot prescription, the law has never been put into practice because pharmacies can’t legally obtain or provide it.

Now, there’s a renewed push to put regulations in place, so pharmacies can make the drug available.

“What we’re now doing is depriving people in Louisiana of a remedy that might actually alleviate suffering for large numbers of people,” said Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “I’m hoping that now that we’ve had this law on the books for almost 25 years, that something will actually come of it.”

But the head of a local addiction clinic says medical marijuana is a contradiction in terms.

“We don’t have anything else in our society that we call medical in that we can’t recognize the potency, purity, concentration, and consistency,” said Ken Roy, Ph. D, medical director of Addiction Recovery Resources.

The conversation about legalizing marijuana in general is moving forward in our state. State lawmakers passed a resolution last year asking the House Criminal Justice Committee to study the impact of legalizing marijuana. Legislators plan to meet with stakeholders Tuesday in Baton Rouge. They are set to present their findings before this year’s legislative session.

Meanwhile, Fournier’s family is set to make their plea to Senator Mary Landrieu’s office this month, and will continue their fight to expand medical marijuana legalization.

“I have to try everything there is to try, I’m not a good parent if I give up, if I say, ‘I’m accepting that this is Sloane’s life,’” Fournier.

from Family pushes to expand longtime state law legalizing medical marijuana

Reschedule Marijuana

This is history being made in America towards pro medical marijuana.

Even longtime supporters of marijuana legalization were surprised early Friday morning when the House of Representatives voted for an amendment that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors from targeting medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

“Quite frankly, many of us who were sponsors of this amendment… didn’t expect to win and were surprised by the margin of that victory this morning,” Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) said at a press conference Friday morning, less than nine hours after the vote.

“While I always knew it would happen sooner than most political observers thought, it’s still hard to believe this just happened,” said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority.

“Based on our internal whip count I knew there was a chance this might pass, but we had to just about run the table with our swing votes. When I saw the vote total, I was shocked — not so much that it passed, but by the margin,” said Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project. “I figured we might get lucky and pass it by 5-10 votes, but never thought a 30 vote margin was a possibility.”

At the press conference with backers of the amendment Friday morning, members of the House said the vote should send a message both to the administration and to the medical marijuana industry.

“The heart and soul of the Republican party is that pro-freedom, individual philosophy that Reagan talked about,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the primary Republican pushing the amendment. “I think that what we’ve got now and what we have here in the Republican vote last night were people who took a lot of those words and the philosophy of Ronald Reagan to heart.”

The amendment the House passed is attached to an appropriations bill that would fund the DEA and Department of Justice, among other agencies. While both the amendment and the bill aren’t guaranteed to make it through the messy appropriations process, supporters said it should leave no doubt where the House stands.

“This is a will of Congress vote,” said Polis. “We all are realists here, we know that we haven’t had an appropriations process in some time, it’s likely that it will be omnibuses in the future. We don’t know where this particular amendment and particular bill are going. It’s the will of Congress: it has ramifications for banking, for insurance, for a number of other issues that effect the industry.”

“The president famously said that he had bigger fish to fry, but there are 93 U.S. attorneys and the DEA, and some of them are frying those smaller fish,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). “There continues to be uncertainty. There are now many small businesses who are perfectly legal in these jurisdictions that are operating under a cloud. There have been lives that have been disrupted. This is not something that is theoretical.”

from House’s Pro-Medical Marijuana Vote Shocks Even Longtime Supporters

More States Set To Legalize Marijuana

Recently in Virginia,

” In a State in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use under applicable State law, no provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of theFederal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict—

(A) the prescription of marijuana by a physician for medical use;

(B) an individual who is an authorized patient from obtaining, possessing, transporting within the individual’s State, or using marijuana for that individual’s medical use;

(C) an individual authorized under State law to obtain, possess, transport within their State, or manufacture marijuana, from obtaining, possessing, transporting within that State, or manufacturing marijuana pursuant to that authorization; or

(D) a pharmacy or other entity authorized under State law to distribute medical marijuana to an authorized patient, from obtaining or possessing marijuana for that purpose, or from distributing marijuana to an authorized patient for medical use.

No provision of the Controlled Substances Act or of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act shall prohibit or otherwise restrict an entity authorized by a State, in which marijuana may be prescribed by a physician for medical use, for the purpose of producing marijuana for prescription by a physician for medical use, from producing, processing, or distributing marijuana for such purpose.”

When will we reschedule cannabis?

“The main difference between the War on Drugs and Prohibition is that, after 40 years, this country still hasn’t acknowledged that the War on Drugs is a failure,” said Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In what’s perhaps the strongest show of support yet for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois, Fritchey was joined by State Representatives Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) in calling for a task force to address all aspects of legalizing recreational marijuana, WGN reports.

“We can find a way to do this and look at what other states have done, and cherry pick the good ideas, dismiss the bad ideas and find a workable policy that recognizes what we’re doing now simply isn’t right,” Fritchey said, according to WBEZ.

Facing empty state coffers and a losing war on drugs, some elected officials are viewing marijuana as a lucrative option to boost tax revenue. In Colorado, where recreational marijuana was recently legalized, the state netted roughly $2 million in tax revenue from licensed dispensaries during the first month of sales alone.

Illinois is still in the midst of crafting rules for its medical marijuana pilot program, set to become the strictest in the nation. Fritchey and others acknowledged the statewide legalization of weed for recreational use is still a ways off, but believe decriminalization is the first step.

Colorado Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

History has been made my friends.

Legal cannabis is coming to America, and it has already started. Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over.

Hurray for freedom.