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Medical Marijuana Headed For November Ballot In Arkansas

Posted on  August 13, 2012 by  News Admin

  The Facebook page for Arkansas for Compassionate Care (ACC) has been alluding to big news all week. "If you have your ear to the ground in just the right place, you know the good news is coming. Arkansas get ready, greatness is upon you!" The group has reason to celebrate. At 2 p.m. EST on Monday they will travel to Little Rock to submit approximately 130,000 signatures, more than double the 62,000 needed to qualify, putting medical marijuana up for a vote in November.  If the Arkansas initiative passes, its supporters are confident that it will represent the dawn of a sea change in federal marijuana policy. They believe that by becoming the first Southern state to pass such a bill, the Federal government will be forced to address prohibition at a national level. "We are in the Bible Belt; this isn't generally one of the states that is a hotbed of marijuana reform or policy," said Ryan Denham, campaign director for ACC. "If passed, this will send a strong message nationally -- we did it before [bigger, more populated states such as] Illinois, Georgia and Texas." "Arkansans are leaders and we are going to set an example for the rest of the country," Denham said. "Marijuana is medicine and it is time we recognize that on a national level. We hope that [the passage of our initiative] sends a strong message to national elected officials." Denham is confident medical marijuana will pass in November. ACC is running a professional...

NAACP Endorses Oregon Marijuana Legalization Measure

Posted on  August 10, 2012 by  News Admin

  Measure 80 Replaces Marijuana Prohibition With Common-Sense Regulation The National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference (AOWS-AC) has endorsed Oregon Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act and calls on voters who are committed to equality and civil justice to vote for Measure 80 on this November's ballot. "Our nation's long, tragic, failed war on drugs has taken a disproportionate toll on people of color," said NAACP AOWS-AC President Oscar Eason, Jr. "To right the wrongs of the past, we need to end the drug war immediately and replace it with a common-sense approach." "I call on Oregon's business, civic -- and especially its religious - leaders to add their voices to the coalition getting behind Oregon Measure 80," Eason said. In July 2011, NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous delivered an historic resolution calling for an end to the War On Drugs. As Jealous said, "Today the NAACP has taken a major step towards equity, justice and effective law enforcement... These flawed drug policies that have been mostly enforced in African-American communities must be stopped and replaced with evidenced-based practices that address the root causes of drug use and abuse in America." Oregon Measure 80 would regulate the production, distribution and sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older in Oregon, using a similar state-licensing model to the one Oregon currently uses for regulating and taxing liquor. The statute is expected to save law enforcement more than $60 million every...

N.J. Medical Marijuana Program Open To Patients

Posted on  August 09, 2012 by  News Admin

Doctors Able to Register Patients and Patients Will Receive ID Cards  State Website Updated With Comprehensive Information Including Interactive Map for Finding Doctors  Patients, Families and Advocates Celebrate Long-Awaited Milestone It's been a long wait -- too long, for many patients who never lived to see the day -- but legal medical marijuana is coming to New Jersey. The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act reached will reach a major milestone on Thursday when the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services opens the patient registration process. Doctors who are treating qualifying patients will then be able to enter those patients into the patient registration system. Those patients can then apply for the registration cards that will allow them to purchase medical marijuana at one of the state's Alternative Treatment Centers. The first center, in Montclair, expects to begin dispensing medical marijuana to patients in September or October. New Jersey's medical marijuana law unfortunately doesn't allow home cultivation by patients. The law was enacted on January 18, 2010 but the implementation process has been slow, due to what many activists see as deliberate foot-dragging on the part of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The law legalizing medical marijuana was signed by Christie's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, on his last day in office. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Medical Marijuana Program, updated its website earlier this week with comprehensive information, including patient registration information. Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director for Drug Policy Alliance...

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