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U.S.: New Poll Shows Americans Want Feds To Respect State Marijuana Laws

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning, a vast majority of U.S. citizens believe in legalizing marijuana, and think the federal government should respect state marijuana laws.

Ninety-three percent of Americans surveyed in the poll support legal medical marijuana, and 59 percent support legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, independents, and all age groups are opposed to the government enforcing federal prohibition laws in states where marijuana is legal for medical or adult use.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The nationwide survey included 1,323 voters. The results reflected trends similar to those indicated in national polls released by Gallup and the Pew Research Center in October.

Georgia: Veterans Suffering From PTSD Denied Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp news

Marijuana is increasingly being accepted and used nationally to legally treat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and chronic pain.

Last month, Congress approved an amendment which allows VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where the drug is legal. But the move does nothing for patients in states where the drug has not been made legal, such as Georgia.

Joshua Littrell, founder and CEO of Veterans for Cannabis, is working with a grower in Colorado. He has developed an oil that is legal for Georgia vets to use.

"We want to help the veterans who put their life on the line for our freedom," Littrell said. "And now we're going to tell them they can't use something that truly is beneficial to them and they won't overdose and die from."

A Quinnipiac University National Poll recently showed that 87 percent of American voters believe the VA should be able to prescribe marijuana in pill form to veterans suffering from PTSD.

As for the national amendment, it will be taken to the White House later this year.

U.S.: National Poll Shows Majority Supports Legalizing Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A majority of American registered voters nationwide support the legalization of marijuana, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac Poll released on Monday.

Just more than half -- 54 percent -- said cannabis use should be made legal across the United States, while 41 percent said it should not, reports Nick Gass at Politico.

The results showed partisan polarization, with Democrats favoring legalizing 65 percent to 30 percent, and Republicans opposing legalization 62 percent to 36 percent. Independent voters backed legalization 61 percent to 36 percent, as did men (60 percent to 37 percent) and women, but just by 48 percent to 46 percent, within the margin of error.

Possession of cannabis is already legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, along with the District of Columbia, with a couple of dozen other states having decriminalized the herb.

Majorities of voters younger than 65 said they would support legalization, while 57 percent of those 65 and older said they would oppose it.

Pennsylvania: House Health Committee Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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Committee votes in favor of bill that would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to use marijuana to treat their medical conditions

The Pennsylvania State House Health Committee on Friday voted unanimously to approve SB 3, which would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House Rules Committee for further consideration.

The vote follows the filing of a discharge petition by Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) that would have removed SB 3 from the Health Committee where it had stalled and put it before the full House for a vote.

“While it is a relief that SB 3 is no longer stalled in the Health Committee, it is imperative that it promptly moves to the floor,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fogel, a retired pediatrician who has a debilitating neurologic condition causing bouts of extreme pain. “It’s been over eight months since the Senate first passed a medical cannabis bill. Pennsylvanians have needlessly suffered for far too long. We need relief now.”

"I want to be thrilled by Baker's shocking reversal to move this bill out of his committee today, but after such fierce opposition to this bill I have to wonder if this is just another stall tactic being used to prevent us from getting medicine to our loved ones," said Lolly Bentch, member of Campaign 4 Compassion, whose daughter has intractable epilepsy.

Pennsylvania: Patient Advocates Applaud Petition To Allow Medical Marijuana Vote

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Planned discharge petition would remove SB 3 from House Health Committee where it has stalled and permit a vote in the full House of Representatives

Pennsylvania State Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Ridley Park) filed a discharge petition in the House of Representatives on Friday to remove a medical marijuana bill from the House Health Committee and bring it to the full floor for a vote. SB 3 would allow seriously ill Pennsylvanians to access medical marijuana with recommendations from their doctors.

Rep. Matthew Baker (R-Wellsboro), who chairs the Health Committee, has stated that he will not call the bill for a vote there.

“There is no reason this compassionate legislation should not get a full vote,” said Christine Brann of Dauphin County, whose son has an intractable seizure condition called Dravet Syndrome. “SB 3 passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and is supported by the vast majority of Pennsylvania doctors as well as residents. We know this works. The time to allow our most vulnerable residents to access medical marijuana is now – not in the fall.”

Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Harrisburg) announced his plans to introduce a new medical marijuana bill in the coming weeks but details have not been finalized.

“Thousands of seriously ill Keystone State residents are depending on our representatives to support this discharge petition and SB 3,” said Mike Whiter, a combat veteran from Philadelphia who suffers from PTSD. “Chairman Marsico's proposal — that he write a bill that would not be considered until fall — is not a reasonable alternative.

Pennsylvania: Doctors, Veterans Call On Lawmakers To Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

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A group of medical doctors will visit Pennsylvania state lawmakers on Tuesday and urge them to support legislation that would allow seriously ill residents to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

They will join a group of local combat veterans and their loved ones at 1:30 p.m. ET for a news conference outside the Lt. Governor’s Office.

Participants in the event will include Dr. Sue Sisley, a nationally recognized authority on treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with medical marijuana; Dr. Sanjay Gupta of Philadelphia, a prominent pain management specialist; Dr. Scott Mueller of Mechanicsburg, a family medicine physician; combat veterans Mike Whiter and Barrett Thompson of Philadelphia, both of whom suffer from PTSD; and Donnamarie Freedman of Cumberland County, the mother of a veteran who committed suicide after struggling with PTSD.

The Senate approved SB 3 40-7 on May 12, and the issue is awaiting consideration in the House. SB 3 would allow patients with serious medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana from a limited number of licensed, regulated dispensaries throughout the state.

Smoking would not be permitted, but patients would be allowed to consume marijuana in edible form, and patients with certain conditions would be allowed to consume it through vaporization. To qualify, patients would need recommendations from their doctors.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said he would sign a medical marijuana bill into law.

Pennsylvania: Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday voted 40-7 to approve a bill that would make it legal for seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

SB 3, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), would allow qualified patients to obtain medical marijuana from a limited number of licensed, regulated dispensaries throughout the state.

Smoking would not be permitted under the restrictive language of the bill, but patients could consume marijuana in edible form, and patients with certain conditions could consume it through vaporization. Patients under the age of 18 would be required to have parental consent in order to take part in the program.

Unfortunately, home cultivation would also not be allowed under the bill, depriving many fixed-income patients of an economical way to provide their own medicine.

Pennsylvanians suffering from cancer, seizures, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cachexia/wasting syndrome, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury and postconcussion syndrome, multiple sclerosis, spinocerebellara ataxia (SCA), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and chronic pain would be eligible for the program with a recommendation from their doctor.

Florida: Medical Marijuana Initiative Popular With Seniors

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana has found its natural audience in Florida -- senior citizens. A big majority of the Sunshine State's older residents say they will vote yes this November on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2. It would legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Florida.

Among those older than 65, a whopping 84 percent support the initiative, according to Quinnipiac University poll this spring, reports Florida Today. Support across all age groups is even higher, at 88 percent.

The same survey found that 62 percent of respondents ages 50 to 64 have admitted to smoking pot at one time, the largest of any demographic, according to Phil Ammann at SaintPetersblog.

To amend the state constitution, the measure needs at least 60 percent of the vote in November.

Floridians have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to knowledge about marijuana, according to Robert Platshorn, who hosts Meet the Experts medical marijuana seminars.

New York: Parents Rallying Outside Senator's Office Thursday To Demand Action on Medical Marijuana

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Senate Leadership is Holding Up a Vote on the Bill, Leaving Sick New Yorkers to Needlessly Suffer

Senate Refuses to Act on Bill Supported by More Than 80% of New York Voters and Thousands of New York Patients, Doctors and Caregivers

Parents of children with epilepsy and patients living with multiple sclerosis and other serious, debilitating medical conditions will rally on Wednesday at the Rockville Centre LIRR station across from Senate Co-president Dean Skelos’ office to demand a vote on the Compassionate Care Act in the New York Senate.

The bill (S.4406-B/Savino and A.6357-B), which would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.

Earlier this month, the Assembly passed the bill for the fifth time with broad bipartisan support. The bill has also passed through the Senate Health Committee and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate Finance Committee.

The Senate bill sponsor, Senator Diane Savino, has said she has more than enough votes to pass the bill if it comes to the floor for a vote. But thus far, the Senate Majority Coalition Leaders -- Senator Skelos and Senator Klein –- have not allowed the bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

If the vote does not take place before the session ends on June 19, patients and caregivers will be forced to wait another year for legal relief.

What: Rally with caregivers and patients to support the Compassionate Care Act

New York: Assembly To Vote On Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill

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Patients and Caregivers from Across New York Come to Albany to Attend Floor Vote and Demand Passage in Senate

The New York State Assembly on Tuesday will vote on the Compassionate Care Act -- A.6357-B (Gottfried), New York’s comprehensive medical marijuana bill. The bill would help provide relief to thousands of New Yorker’s who are currently suffering with debilitating medical conditions such as, cancer, multiple sclerosis, severe seizure disorders, and other serious conditions.

Traveling from New York City, Westchester, and Central New York, patients will gather in Albany for an advocacy day and to hear the Assembly debate and vote on the bill. The bill would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs and allow patients with seriously and debilitating conditions to access marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.

What: Compassionate Care NY Advocacy Day

When: Tuesday, March 27th – Assembly Session at 2 PM

Location: New York State Capitol, Outside Assembly Chamber, Albany, NY

Who (patients and providers, including):

Holly Anderson, Rochester -- Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
Dawn Carney, Mount Vernon - Person living with HIV/AIDS
Nancy Rivera, Troy - Grandmother and four-time cancer survivor
Donna Romano, Syracuse - MS patient
Kate Hintz, North Salem- Mother of Morgan, who suffers from a severe and life-threatening seizure disorder

Pennsylvania: Poll Shows 85% Support For Medical Marijuana Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, according to a poll released on Monday.

The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters found that an overwhelming 85 percent of Pennsylvanians support the legalization of cannabis for medicinal uses, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Just 14 percent were opposed. Even voters more than 65 years old support medical marijuana 84 to 14 percent, the poll found.

Voters were evenly divided on the legalization of marijuana for recreational uses. Although 48 percent of voters support recreational legalization, 49 percent oppose it, according to the poll.

"Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Men support recreational legalization of cannabis by 55-42 percent, while women oppose it 54-42 percent. Democrats support it by 58-39 percent, while Republicans oppose it by 66-31 percent (independents weigh in with the Democrats on this one, support legalization by 53-44 percent).

Voters from 18 to 29 years old support recreational legalization by 64-34 percent, and voters over 65 oppose it by 66-29 percent.

New York: 88% of Voters Support Medical Marijuana; 57% Support Legalization

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A huge majority of New Yorkers support the legalization of medical marijuana, and a solid majority support overall legalization of small amounts for personal use, according to a new poll.

Support for medical marijuana is at an incredible 88 percent in the state, with just 9 percent opposing, according to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Recreational legalization is supported by 57 percent, with 39 percent opposing, reports Tom Howell Jr. at The Washington Times.

There's a big difference between age groups when it comes to recreational legalization. Voters from 18 to 29 support it 83 to 14 percent, while those older than 65 oppose it 57 to 38 percent.

As for themselves, 46 percent of New Yorkers admitted they'd toked up, while 51 percent claimed they never have.

Forty-one percent of New Yorkers believe that marijuana legalization has been bad for Colorado's image, while 37 percent said it's been a good thing.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York state voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun," said polling institute Director Maurice Carroll. "But a slim plurality don't think legalization has been good for Colorado's reputation."

Graphic: PolicyMic.com

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