Jun 162015

Patients who are eligible for medical marijuana can now legally receive it in Georgia. Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Public Health will unveil its Low THC Oil Registry, a secure database of people authorized to have cannabinoid oil. The Low THC Oil Registry permits individuals to legally have up to 20 fluid ounces of cannabinoid oil. To join the database, a patient must consult with his or her physician about the possibility of obtaining a membership card. The cards are $25 each and are valid for two years from the date issued. Patients seeking verification must have lived in Georgia for at least one calendar year, or be less than 1 year old, and be suffering from one of eight conditions: Cancer, Seizure disorder, ALS, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Sickle cell disease, Crohn’s disease, or Mitochondrial disease.

The race is on as Ohio lawmakers rush to throw down a constitutional obstacle in the path of supporters of a marijuana legalization campaign. House Joint Resolution 4 had a first hearing today just hours after it being introduced by state Reps. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, and Mike Curtin, D-Marble Cliff. The resolution would make it harder, but not impossible, for a “monopoly or special economic interest” to submit a proposed amendment to modify the Ohio Constitution. Monopoly interests could still propose amendments, but they would have to first seek voter approval at one election to bypass the economic interest ban, and then pursue a second vote later on the issue itself. ResponsibleOhio spokesman Ian James said in a statement that state lawmakers “trusted the voters enough to elect them, but when faced with an issue they disagree with, lawmakers want to deny voters the right to decide… no other state has passed a constitutional amendment to limit voters’ rights.”

A bill that would expedite access to medical marijuana for severely ill patients in New York will head to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation Monday night that would create a “special certification” for patients with a “progressive and degenerative” disease or whose life or health is at risk without the drug. Those patients would be allowed access to medical marijuana before the state’s program officially launches in January. The bill would allow the state Department of Health to suspend certain requirements, allowing it to immediately award a license to grow and distribute the drug, which critics have said may open the state up to a lawsuit. Parents of children with rare forms of epilepsy had urged lawmakers to support the legislation, traveling repeatedly to the state Capitol to push for its passage. The Senate passed the bill by a 50-12 vote after the Democrat-controlled Assembly passed it last week.

The mayor of Santa Ana is named in a lawsuit which alleges the city was clawing in money from bribes in return for guaranteeing a licence to distribute marijuana. It comes nearly three weeks after the raid of pot shop Sky High Holistic was caught on surveillance video that appeared to show questionable behavior by 10 officers. Santa Ana mayor Miguel Pulido was named in the suit along with city employee Yvette Aguilar and the city itself. It alleges the city solicited $25,000 payments and gifts from marijuana dispensaries which would guarantee businesses would be granted a license in a lottery system. It also claims police were used to shut down operations that did not pay up. “It’s deplorable that city officials and people seeking financial gain would use the police to accomplish their self-serving goals,” said attorney Matthew Pappas, who is representing the raided shop.

By a margin of 20 percent, a majority of Michigan voters supports legalization of small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use, as two competing groups race to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Support for legalization topped 56 percent in a statewide poll conducted June 9-11 by the Glengariff Group Inc. and released exclusively to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV. Among 600 likely 2016 general election voters, opposition to ending Michigan’s decades-old cannabis prohibition was just under 36 percent. Among voters under age 30, 74 percent support legalizing marijuana, according to the poll. But their grandparents and parents may not approve, Czuba said. More than 51 percent of voters over age 65 oppose marijuana legalization. While nearly 65 percent of men favor legalization, support among women narrows to 48 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed. The poll had an error margin of plus or minus four percentage points.