Survey also finds 62 percent would support decriminalizing marijuana and a majority would support regulating it similarly to alcohol More than two-thirds (68 percent) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a survey conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Just 26 percent said they were opposed. The poll, which is being released just as state lawmakers prepare to consider a medical marijuana bill in this year's legislative session, also found that 52 percent of voters would be more likely to vote for a state legislator if he or she voted for such legislation. Just 27 percent said they'd be less likely. "Voters in New Hampshire are more than ready to move forward with allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it," said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "Allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana to ease their pain and treat their symptoms is a lot more popular these days than threatening them with arrest and prosecution." State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter) has requested the filing of a medical marijuana bill to be considered in this year's legislative session, and advocates are hopeful that it will receive majority support in both the House and Senate. Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed support for passing medical marijuana legislation. A medical marijuana bill that passed with bipartisan support...
A court in Germany has ruled that seriously ill patients may grow their own cannabis for medicinal uses. However, the strict stipulations in the ruling could still prevent cultivation by some patients. The December 7 ruling, which has not yet gone into effect, was made by a Federal Administrative Court in Münster, reports DW. Under the ruling, severely ill Germans -- for whom no other therapies or available or effective, but who may receive a medical benefit from cannabis -- may be allowed to grow medical marijuana at home. Patients who wish to take part can apply to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for permission to treat themselves with homegrown marijuana, with use monitored by a medical doctor. Previously, all such medicinal cannabis requests were refused by directive of the Federal Ministry of Health. The Federal Administrative Court ruled that this practice is illegal. "This ruling is a milestone on the path to a better supply of German citizens with cannabis-based medicines," said Franjo Grotenhermen, chairman of the German Association for Cannabis as Medicine. "Cannabis products from the pharmacy are unaffordable for most patients," Grotenhermen said. "Legalized growing of the plant at home opens up for them for the first time an affordable alternative. It is unbearable that many patients have to rely on illegal sources or illegal self-cultivation of their medical need." Unfortunately, patients whose health insurance covers the cost of treatment with cannabinoid-based medications will not get a permit for cultivation, the court said....
A campaign to decriminalize marijuana in Georgia was launched Monday at the State Capitol.
The Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (Georgia C.A.R.E. Project)
held a news conference urging legislators to include Georgia's
antiquated marijuana laws in their undergoing reform of the state's
criminal justice system, reports MyFoxAtlanta.
Bell of Georgia CARE said the state's effort to stop filling prisons
with nonviolent offenders should include the marijuana laws.
According to Bell, CARE wants lawmakers to modernize the state's
medical marijuana law and make use of an already existing state law that