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ASA’s Weekly Media Summary

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
Medical Marijuana in the News: 6/29/07
ASA’s Weekly Media Summary
COLORADO: Limits on Medical Marijuana Program Challenged
NEW MEXICO: Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect July 1
CONNECTICUT: Medical Marijuana Bill Vetoed But Issue Not Closed
FEDERAL: Rosenthal Refuses to Accept Defeat
TENNESSEE: No State Law, but Much Discussion
FEDERAL: Opinion-Makers Weigh in on Medical Marijuana
NEW YORK: State Lawmaker Explains Support for Bill
OREGON: Doctor Discusses his Education in Medical Marijuana
COLORADO: Limits on Medical Marijuana Program Challenged

The Colorado Campaign for Safe Access, a joint project of ASA and Sensible Colorado, is leading the legal challenge to the state’s arbitrary limit of five patients per caregiver. Campaign director Brian Vicente is representing an HIV-positive medical marijuana patient who has had difficulty finding a caregiver to provide the medicine for which he is registered with the state. The amendment passed by voters that created the program does not limit the number of patients a caregiver may server, but the state health department created the five-patient limit in a closed door meeting that Vicente says violates both state rules and the Colorado constitution.

Medical pot user, 47, with AIDS sues state
by Katie Kerwin McCrimmon,
Rocky Mountain News
An AIDS patient who says he needs to smoke marijuana every day to ease nausea from his medications is suing the state of Colorado to expand access to marijuana providers.

Medical marijuana user sues over Colorado state policy
KJCT Channel 8 (CO)
A Denver man who is registered to use marijuana for medical reasons is challenging a limit on how many people medical marijuana providers can serve.
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NEW MEXICO: Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect July 1

Thanks to the intervention of Governor and Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson – who has said it was just the right thing to do -- patients in New Mexico will be able to join a state medical marijuana program beginning next week. The state is the first to mandate a government-operated production and distribution system for medical marijuana, but that system is not yet in place, so the state Health Department has just modified the rules to allow patients and caregivers to also grow their own.

State to let patients grow their own pot
by Diana Del Mauro, The New Mexican
When lobbyists rallied this year at the Roundhouse to legalize medical marijuana, they distinctly said patients wouldn’t be growing this mind-altering herb. Rather, the state Health Department would create a secure production and distribution system — the first state to do so. But in a surprise move Thursday, the Health Department unveiled a provision that allows patients to grow a limited number of marijuana plants with protection from state prosecution.

Medical marijuana to be legal next week in N.M.
Associated Press
New Mexicans with HIV-AIDS and certain other diseases will be able to apply for a new medical marijuana program as of July 1st.

New Mexico patients may apply for medical marijuana on July 1
by Donald Jaramillo,
Cibola Beacon (NM)
The New Mexico Department of Health will begin accepting applications for the medical marijuana program starting July 1.
CONNECTICUT: Medical Marijuana Bill Vetoed But Issue Not Closed

With a University of Connecticut poll showing 83% of voters supporting medical marijuana legislation in the state, the governor’s decision to veto has left the public sorting out what happened. In Rhode Island, where the governor also vetoed a state measure this session, lawmakers quickly voted to override. If Connecticut’s lawmakers voted in line with their constituents, the same would happen there.

Legislators fall on two sides of the medical marijuana fence
by Jordan Fenster,
Fairfield Minuteman (CT)
Last week, Gov. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill that would have legalized the use of marijuana for some medical purposes. The bill, which passed both houses of the Connecticut state legislature, was particularly divisive in Fairfield, where local legislators came down strongly on both sides of the issue.
FEDERAL: Rosenthal Refuses to Accept Defeat

The retrial of author and medical marijuana advocate Ed Rosenthal may have ended with his being found guilty again, but he is not about to go quietly. He has filed a motion for a new trial saying that the court should have allowed him to present a defense that explained that he was growing marijuana as an officer of a city of Oakland program, as well as information about the medical benefits for patients.

'Guru of Ganja' wants new trial
by Henry K. Lee,
San Francisco Chronicle
Ed Rosenthal, the self-described "Guru of Ganja" convicted for a second time last month of violating federal drug laws by growing marijuana for medical patients, wants a new trial.

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TENNESSEE: No State Law, but Much Discussion

The case of local patients such as Bernie Ellis (see ASA : Patients in the Crossfire for his story) has folks in Tennessee talking about medical marijuana, even if the legislature has not yet taken action. Local patients and advocates are pushing for a measure that would remove state criminal penalties.

Medical Marijuana
WTVF - News Channel 5 (Nashville, TN)
For more than 4,000 years it was used medicinally. Then in 1942 medical marijuana was banned in the United States, but that's not the end of the story. Today, patients with illnesses like cancer, AIDs and MS say it relieves pain and reduces nausea from their meds, and is the only thing that got them through.
FEDERAL: Opinion-Makers Weigh in on Medical Marijuana

Editorial writers have been condemning the federal prohibition on the medical use of marijuana for some time. But recently many have begun to draw links to other policies, seeing the refusal to acknowledge science – or even common sense – as part of a larger problem.

The War on Medical Marijuana
by Paul Krassner,
Huffington Post
Anthropologists of the future will look back upon these times as incredibly barbaric. One such example is medical marijuana, which is already legal in a dozen states, yet prohibited -- and trumped -- by federal law.
NEW YORK: State Lawmaker Explains Support for Bill

As New York continues to move toward a limited medical marijuana law that would protect the most seriously ill patients from state criminal prosecution, lawmakers are explaining why they support the bill.

For the Record: Medical Marijuana in New York
Brooklyn Eagle
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny, D-Coney Island, Dyker Heights, announced that the Assembly passed legislation allowing the use of marijuana to treat serious, life-threatening illnesses under a doctor’s supervision. He said that medical studies have proven that the drug can offer relief to HIV/AIDS and cancer patients as well as other patients with life-threatening conditions.
OREGON: Doctor Discusses his Education in Medical Marijuana

Even physicians frequently have to overcome the many myths that have been spread about marijuana to come to an understanding of its therapeutic potential. An Oregon doctor and toxicologist who has become an advocate for medical marijuana late in his career was recently interviewed about that by a local station.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Doctor Provides Answers Part-5
by Bonnie King,
Salem-News (OR)
In the fifth installment of our special look at medical marijuana around Oregon and the rest of the nation, Salem-News.com's Bonnie King and Dr. Phillip Leveque talk about many of the propaganda and myths that preceded any real knowledge about Cannabis in the United States.

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MORE ABOUT AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS
Find out more about ASA at ASA : Advancing Legal Medical Marijuana Therapeutics and Research. More medical marijuana news summaries can be seen at ASA : Medical Marijuana News Summaries.
 

slntchttrbx

New Member
thanx for the updates on stuff. i like to keep track on where to go, when i get what i need to go.
 

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
glad to be of help. i will continue to post the ASA releases as they come in.
 
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