Legal marijuana is coming and American public is ready. Almost half of all Americans over 12 have tried it and studies indicate adults want to consume it regularly. Now Holder finally makes historical announcement they will allow states with legal marijuana laws to remain in operation without challenge.
The U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday it will not block state laws legalizing medical marijuana, causing an immediate celebration in the Bay Area.
The business of medical marijuana has always been a potential source of income for cities and the State of California, but federal laws have gotten in the way.
Now, local dispensaries say they’ve gotten a “green” light.
That sigh of relief you hear is from medical marijuana growers and their patients, and people who work and shop at dispensaries like Amsterdam’s Garden in San Jose, where, along with a large selection of medicinal weed, there’s now a feeling that a federal weight is off their shoulders.
Washington says it won’t interfere in state laws governing medical or recreational marijuana.
“It’s been wishy-washy, as far as it goes for the other states too,” said Amsterdam’s Garden’s director Xak Puckett. “Because they’d first legalize it, and we’d hear about some raids, but we want that to end. I think this is definitely progress for the future.”
The feds say marijuana will still be classified as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. But state laws legalizing it will, under the new ruling, be largely left alone.
That’s good news for Amsterdam’s Garden and its future business prospects.
“People do deserve good medicine, and people do deserve access,” Puckett said.
NBC Bay Area also talked to Harborside Health Center in Oakland. The much larger dispensary says the federal government “took a historic step back from the failed drug war today.”
If only America would allow more scientific research regarding medical marijuana.
In a recent study published in the August edition of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Japanese researchers found cannabinoids to be useful in battling cancerous tumors.
Synthetic cannabinoids differ from phytocannabinoids (found in plants, such as cannabis) in that they are full agonists. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in cannabis, is only a partial agonist. This may seem like a minor difference, but the two act very differently in the human body.
Researchers first caused cancer in the mice through a process called Carcinogenesis. They injected the mice with 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) in order to initiate tumor growth. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) is a substance used to cause inflammation and it accelerates the tumor growth.
Synthetic Cannabinoids (JWH-018, JWH-122, JWH-210) were observed for their ability to counteract the skin cancer growth caused by TPA. According to the study, Cannabinoids “exhibited superior inhibitory effects” against the inflammation caused by TPA. They were also found to suppress tumor growth.
These results reveal a role for Cannabinoids in the prevention and treatment of Cancer. Though the current study focused on Synthetic Cannabinoids, they are widely considered unsafe. Because of this, a double-blind study on the effectiveness of Cannabis-derived Cannabinoids would be beneficial.
Although it was approved in 1998, fairly long wait, but thats how congress works medical marijuana, right?
“WASHINGTON – On Monday, the District sold its first medical marijuana under a program nearly 15 years in the making.
The Washington Post reports the first patient made a purchase at Capital City Care Dispensary on North Capitol Street on July 29.
Only nine patients have received medical marijuana cards. About 20 doctors have requested forms that would let them prescribe marijuana.
Medical marijuana was approved in the D.C. in 1998, but Congress held up the program for years after that. “
Isn’t it beautiful?
Future pot dispensary owners in Nevada are in a perfect position to make millions of dollars because the state is the only one in the country that plans to accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards, state Sen. Tick Segerblom told a 200-plus crowd Saturday.
After receiving a standing ovation at a National Cannabis Industry Association symposium for helping to pass a law legalizing such dispensaries, the Las Vegas Democrat said he expects the medical marijuana business to be a boon not only for state coffers but also for the 40 operators who will be able to sell medical pot to anybody who holds a card from another state.
Medical marijuana should be available in every state in America
At last tally 19 states had legalized medical marijuana — from Colorado to Oregon and Washington to Connecticut, Vermont and Delaware.
“And with tourism what it is in Las Vegas, with the millions of people who visit here, I don’t need to tell you how profitable it can be,” said Segerblom, who worked more than a decade to get the law passed. “And Nevada needs the money. It’s very short on revenue. But we’re not going to become a Venice Beach. Nevada has a thorough and fair bill, and we’re going to regulate this industry the right way.”
Responding to a question about whether Las Vegas hotels and casinos will ban medical marijuana, Segerblom said he hopes that they will accept it.
Other states have wrestled with the effects of secondhand marijuana smoke. Colorado already is trying to figure out how to separate the medical marijuana smoking populace from everyday tourists who just want to visit Rocky Mountain National Park with their children without breathing skunky smoke from the adjacent hotel room.
“I would think that our hotels and casinos would embrace it,” Segerblom said. “They’re already very smoker friendly.”
The last time I was in Las Vegas the amount of people smoking cigarettes in casinos resembles a stadium full of stoners, imagine a few blunts medical marijuana being passed in the Casino!
Going after legal medical marijuana users,… wouldn’t that money be better used fighting real criminals and not sick people using a plant fully within state laws?
According to ASA’s What’s the Cost? report, the investigations and raids may have cost taxpayers $12,327,732. While the raids themselves cost just over $300,000, the lengthy investigations leading up to the raids cost taxpayers a staggering $12,014,334 according to ASA’s calculations. This amount far exceeds the average of $180,000 that the federal government spends fighting its war on medical cannabis. In 2012 alone, the DEA used 4% of its budget on medical cannabis suppression.
Forcing patients to purchase medicine from state funded dispensaries is not the answer, our great Earth has natural cannabis medicine that will grow from soil with water.
Hasan successfully removed a provision that was in the initial bill that would have allowed patients to grow their own marijuana at home.
there is no need to force patients to pay high costs and drive across state to acquire mediciation when patients can grow their own
“This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. “Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe, and reliable access to medical marijuana.”
“The vast majority of Americans recognize the medical benefits of marijuana and believe people with serious illnesses should have safe and legal access to it,” Simon said. “We applaud our elected officials for enacting a law to protect patients, and we hope legislators in other states will follow suit.”
Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota are all considering similar legislation to legalize medical marijuana.
“I think you’re just beginning to see a realization in the senior community about how valuable cannabis is to seniors.”
Margo Bauer was desperate. Dealing with chronic nausea and frequent bouts of vomiting — both attributed to her multiple sclerosis — the retired nurse was constantly exhausted and in pain. That was, until she attended an informational meeting where she was introduced to medical marijuana.
Under California’s Medical Marijuana Program, she received a medical marijuana card and now legally grows her own plant at a Southern California assisted living facility where she lives with her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s. She smokes a rolled joint occasionally, which she says keeps her nausea at bay, and her pain lifted to the point that she joined an all-female synchronized swimming team, the Aquadettes.
Bauer, now 75, has also become an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana use among seniors and was instrumental in starting a collective at her assisted living facility.
“I carry a little container with a rolled cigarette,” she said, “and if I have nausea I know that it is because I haven’t taken enough pot.”
A new survey released Tuesday reveals that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization, and nearly half support legalization for recreational use.
In the survey, titled “Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?” the Partnership addresses the growing acceptance of marijuana in the country.
“With marijuana now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington State, for medical use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and effectively decriminalized in 14 states, it’s clear that society’s approach to marijuana is changing dramatically,” the authors wrote.
Seventy percent of respondents said they favor medical marijuana legalization, 52 percent favor marijuana decriminalization and 42 percent favor legalization for recreational use. The Partnership interviewed 1,603 adults, 1,200 of whom were parents of children ages 10 to 19.
Interestingly, support for each of the three legalization scenarios — medical legalization, decriminalization and legalization for recreational use –- increased by anywhere from 3 to 11 percentage points when respondents were provided with more details explaining the meaning of each one.
While the survey may be seen as a sign that the Partnership is becoming a more progressive organization, some marijuana supporters view the move as a begrudging acceptance of an inevitable situation.
“This is a classic repositioning move from advocates who know they’ve badly lost an argument with the American people,” Tom Angell, founder and chairman of the marijuana reform organization Marijuana Majority, said in an email. “It’s great to see the Partnership conceding that marijuana legalization is no longer a matter of if and that the key question now is how marijuana will be regulated in the post-prohibition era.”
Despite the growing acceptance of marijuana use in the nation, there was one area that did not see support from survey respondents: teen use. For example, in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, 85 percent of parents surveyed agreed that marijuana can have negative consequences on teen development.
Angell argued that if more people supported legalization, marijuana would be regulated in a safe and efficient way.
“A clear and growing majority of Americans support marijuana reform,”
The Partnership for A Drug-Free America — a government-funded Drug War advocacy group — is backing away from supporting the arrest of 800,000 Americans every year for marijuana. The 28 year-old New York group of advertising executives funded by major alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and pharmaceutical interests released a new survey this week called “Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?” Now, we don’t trust anything coming from a bunch of failed “this is your brain on drugs” propagandists, but we’re intrigued when they admit:
- “It’s clear that society’s views on marijuana are evolving dramatically,” said Steve Pasierb, CEO of The Partnership.
- 40 percent of adults polled in the partnership’s new survey favor ending the failed prohibition on marijuana.
- 70 percent support medical marijuana.