Tag: medical marijuana

26
Oct

Introducing New York Law School SSDP!

Written by Alana Hans ’19, Chapter Leader of New York Law School SSDP How did you hear about Students for Sensible Drug Policy? I met Scott Cecil at the Cannabis Law Institute at George Washington University Law School and he told me all about SSDP. Scott also mentioned he was a regular guest on a podcast titled Marijuana Today. I

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31
May

SSDP Members in Austria Campaign for Medical Cannabis

Written by Orsi Fehér, founder of University of Vienna SSDP in Vienna, Austria On May 26, the two founding members of SSDP Austria marched alongside supporters of medical Cannabis to hand over 10,000 signatures to Dr. Harald Dossi, the director of Parliament, in defense of sensible drug policies. The action in Vienna on Friday was led by Hemp Institute spokesman

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5
Nov

Our response to “24-year-old: Why I’m fighting medical marijuana in Florida”

When reading the Orlando Sentinel the other day, I was enraged to discover that there are people my age who oppose  medical marijuana in Florida, and worse still, who believe there is no “conclusive evidence marijuana is an effective treatment for anything.” Andrew Sutton, fellow 24-year-old and political director for the No On 2 campaign, is outrageously misinformed on the

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29
Sep

Some People Need to Smoke Their Medicine

The Florida No On 2 campaign that opposes legalizing medical marijuana just received a written endorsement from the Florida Baptist Convention. Beginning at the very title of Executive Director Dr. Tommy Green’s endorsement, “You Don’t Smoke Medicine,” virtually everything he says is completely untrue.  Dr. Green states that “the Florida legislature has already enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of

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19
Feb

I Need You to Lobby for Medical Marijuana in PA

Written by West Chester University SSDP Alum Genevieve Wiley SSDP is hosting a Pennsylvania Lobby Day for Medical Marijuana this Friday, February 20th at the state capitol building in Harrisburg. Senators Daylin Leach (D-17) and Mike Folmer (R-48) have officially re-introduced SB 3, a largely unchanged version of the medical marijuana bill (SB 1182) that passed the senate at the end

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25
Nov

Fighting for patients' rights in the workplace

Written by Kevin Akpan, SSDP Stories Intern Marijuana policy reform has taken the nation by storm. The most recent midterm elections resulted in Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia joining Colorado and Washington as states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Florida was able to achieve the support of a 58% majority on its medical marijuana bill. As

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20
Oct

Get the facts on Florida's Amendment 2

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Florida’s Amendment 2. Check out the facts here so you are able to combat this misinformation with truth. These facts are reprinted from http://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Right_to_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative,_Amendment_2_(2014). More facts about medical marijuana and the initiative can be found here. Pot for Anyone who wants it loophole CLAIM: In reference to the availability of medical marijuana, the

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8
Oct

Responding to uninformed "No on 2" opposition

This was written in response to a “No on 2” ad in the Florida Courier (bottom right). After reading T Willard Fair´s recent comments in the Courier It appears that he is unaware of the negative effects that marijuana prohibition has on black communities right here in Miami-Dade County. This is especially surprising since, according to a report released in 2013 that

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1
Jul

New York Passes Medical Marijuana Bill: The Compassionate Care Act

The days leading up to the end of the legislative session in Albany, New York could have been described as disquieting and tense. New Yorkers have been trying for years to persuade Governor Cuomo to sign a medical marijuana bill in New York. In the past two years, a delegation of patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, SSDP chapters, and endorsing organizations

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30
May

Thank you for contributing to this tremendous victory!

This week, we asked you to contact your Representatives regarding three historic amendments to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: the first to prohibit the DEA from using funds to target legal medical marijuana patients, and another to remove barriers to the cultivation of industrial hemp in states where it is legal. Your action made a difference: last

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3
Mar

Marijuana Reform in the European Union

The momentum of marijuana reform in the US continues to grow, with efforts for medical marijuana, decriminalization, and even legalization accelerating in states around the country. On the opposite side of the Atlantic, the movement also seems to be gaining steam. As Reason reported on Monday, supporters have just last week begun gathering signatures to propose a citizen’s initiative to

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26
Feb

Drug Laws in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

This article first appeared on The Libertarian. In an interesting indication of just how far support for marijuana reform has spread, some lawmakers in the Philippines have expressed interest in legalizing medical marijuana. Others are opposed, making reference to international treaty obligations and claiming the data supporting the drug’s medicinal use is not yet “incontrovertible.” If passed, this reform would

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17
Dec

Another One Bites the Dust

Earlier today, Politico broke the news that US Representative Frank Wolf (R, VA) will not be seeking re-election in 2014. This news is very exciting for drug policy reformers, as Rep. Wolf is one of the few remaining members of Congress still suffering from Reefer Madness. You may recall Rep. Wolf from his statements in opposition to medical marijuana reform

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30
Oct

Medical Marijuana in Israel

This blog post originally published on http://the-libertarian.co.uk. Medical marijuana, though not entirely new in Israel, is apparently still a point of contention among some in the country. Dr. Leonid Eidelman, chairman of the Israel Medical Association, has expressed strong opposition to a proposal to treat marijuana like other prescription medications. The proposed bill, introduced by two members of the Knesset

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12
Sep

SSDP's Board of Directors member Eric Sterling appointed to Maryland's new Medical Marijuana Commission

Earlier today, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed eleven members to the newly established Medical Marijuana Commission created under provisions of House Bill 1101. Joining this roster of medical and law enforcement professionals is SSDP’s Board of Directors member Eric Sterling. Sterling first joined SSDP as a funder and advisor in 1999, and became a member of the board in 2004. He

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12
Sep

The Dutch are finally trying to take two steps forward in their drug policy

A lot has been said and discussed about the drug policy of the Netherlands and in our previous article about the Netherlands, it is clear that some things don’t really make sense. But the city of Utrecht, the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, has decided to try to take some steps forward. The Dutch Office for Medicinal Cannabis (OMC),

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28
Mar

Florida, Your Help is Needed to Get HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, a Fair Hearing

Last week, we asked you to take action to help move Florida HB 1139, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, forward. Thank you so much for those of you who took action! The next step necessary to passing this sensible legislation is to get House Speaker Will Weatherford to give it a fair and public hearing in the House Health Quality

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13
Nov

Election day drug policy results

As you know, this election day was an exciting one for drug policy reform. There is a lot we are proud to report, so it’s taken us a few days to get this message to you.  It’s been a crazy week (as you might imagine), and we wanted to take the time to get this important announcement right. Last Tuesday

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19
Jul

Truth in Trials Act Protects State Medical Marijuana from Federal Prosecution

Please contact your representative and urge them to support the Truth in Trials Act today! Since 1970, the federal government has refused to recognize the medical value of marijuana. Marijuana is still a schedule one substance in their eyes, and so they have the “authority” to enforce their laws, even in medical marijuana states – states who voted for and

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17
Jul

Feds Target Harborside Health Center

Take action today. Last week, we found out that the California US Attorney’s office plans to seize the properties of Harborside Health Center (Oakland and San Jose) under federal laws that strictly prohibit the distribution of marijuana.This forfeiture is part of a widespread escalating federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries across California that has resulted in hunudreds of dispensaries being

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18
Jun

Feds raid yet another state-compliant medical cannabis organization

On Thursday, June 7, US Attorney Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee with a straight face that his agency, “limit[s] our enforcement efforts to those individuals, organizations that are acting out of conformity with State law.” Just four days later, federal agents raided El Camino Wellness Center in Sacramento, a medical cannabis organization in full compliance with State and

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14
Jun

Major Marijuana Reform in the Northeast

Last night, Governor Chafee signed Rhode Island’s decriminalization bill into law, officially making the Ocean State the 15th state to pass marijuana decriminalization. With this new legislation, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by any individual 18 years or older will result in a non-arrestable civil offense punishable by a $150 fine. This means no jail time, no

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9
May

House votes on medical marijuana

In the first Federal vote on medical marijuana in the House since 2007, tonight the House voted 262-163 against the Rohrabacher-Hinchey-McClintock-Farr amendment (read the full text here). This amendment would have banned the use of Federal funds to prevent States from implementing their own state laws that authorize use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana in the 16 states

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7
May

Connecticut Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Legislation

This past weekend, a bill to legalize marijuana as a palliative for the chronically ill was passed by the Connecticut State Senate. This now makes 17 states and the District of Columbia that have passed legislation in support of medical marijuana. The bill passed the Senate 21-13, passed the house 96-51, and is currently on its way to Governor Malloy’s

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27
Apr

SSDP 2012 brings first International Board Member

In case we haven’t met, my name is Graham de Barra and I am a founding member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland and I attend the University College of Cork where I am currently campaigning for the acceptance of an SSDP chapter. A month ago, I attended the SSDP 2012 Conference in Denver. After a consecutive 30 hours

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