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D.C.: Veterans To Rally At The White House Wednesday For Medical Marijuana

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This Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans and activists will gather to walk from the Veteran’s Affairs Headquarters down Pennsylvania Avenue to the gates of the White House where they will be disposing of thousands empty prescription pill bottles collected from their brothers and sisters across the country in memory of those whose sacrifices did not end on the battlefield.

With the current veteran suicide rate at 22 per day, it is time for the VA to recognize alternate forms of war trauma treatment for our veterans.

"Join us tomorrow at the White House gates to witness firsthand the cause that veterans, their families, and advocate associations alike are fighting for," said event organizer, world-renowned cannabis expert and veterans' rights activist Garyn Angel.

Angel will lead thousands of United States veterans and several national veterans’ organizations during the march.

Where: The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

When: Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11
Walk to begin at 12 pm (noon)

Minnesota: First Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open Wednesday In Minneapolis

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Minnesota’s first medical marijuana dispensary (called a "patient center" in their scheme of things) is scheduled to open in Minneapolis Wednesday. Minnesota Medical Solutions is scheduled to open its doors to patients at 12:01 a.m. CDT.

“This is a great day for suffering patients who have been waiting a long time to have access to this medicine,” said Patrick McClellan of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a Bloomington man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy who will be among the first patients served on Wednesday. “We are grateful that the Department of Health stepped up and implemented this law promptly.

"Patients in some states have had to wait years between their laws passing and medical marijuana finally becoming accessible,” McClellan said.

Minnesota’s medical marijuana law authorizes eight marijuana patient distribution centers throughout the state, and patients must comply with strict requirements in order to visit them. Their doctor must certify that they have one of nine specific medical conditions, which include cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, severe muscle spasms, seizures, Crohn’s Disease, and glaucoma.

Patients must then register with the state Department of Health and pay a $200 annual fee. Following each visit to a marijuana center, they must submit an online self-evaluation form before they may return to a center to obtain more medicine.

State records show only 41 patients have been approved and, according to Minnesota Medical Solutions, about half of them already have appointments for Wednesday.

U.S.: Blumenauer To Offer Amendment To Remove Restrictions Preventing VA From Recommending Marijuana

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When the U.S. House of Representatives this week is expected to consider the FY 2016 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon plans to offer an amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access medical marijuana.

Currently, the Veterans Administration (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers from completing forms brought by their patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a state medical marijuana program. Congressman Blumenauer’s amendment ensures that no funds made available to the VA can be used to implement this prohibition, which would, in effect, strike it down.

The amendment is currently co-sponsored by Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Sam Farr (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

“While there is no single approach to aiding our nation’s veterans, medical marijuana is proven to help in treating post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries frequently suffered by veterans,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “States are listening to their residents on the benefits of medical marijuana, including veterans, and are changing their laws.

California: E-Commerce Meets Medical Marijuana For Patients

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Private Reserve Compassionate Care Inc. on Tuesday announced the grand opening of their e-commerce website www.Cannabizon.com) that will service medical marijuana patients throughout California.

“Much like any other e-commerce online experience, our California based patients simply order and pay their 'donations' for their favorite Medical Marijuana medications from our website, and we will ship their orders directly to their front door for signature and delivery in 1-2 business days,” a prepared statement from Cannabizon reads. "The only difference being that products are only available to California based Medical Marijuana patients. They need simply to log-on, sign-up, to start their e-commerce experience."

Cannabizon.com said it "knows that many local California municipalities refuse to allow traditional brick-n-mortar dispensaries or delivery services to operate within their city limits. Equally important, many of the more popular Edible and Vapor Companies have no way of offering their products statewide.

"Cannabizon.com answers all of these challenges, and acts as a safe and highly effect delivery channel for many products that are simply out of reach to those patients that most benefit from them," the company's statement reads. “Even when available locally, many of our patients are not able to visit a brick-n-mortar dispensary for reasons that range from health related travel restrictions to personal security and/or privacy concerns.”

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