New Poll: 81% of Americans Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

medmarA new Harris Poll has found that an overwhelming majority of Americans support legalizing medical cannabis, and a plurality support legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the survey, support for the legalization of cannabis for both medical treatment and recreational use has increased by seven percentage points over the past four years.

“Currently, four in five adults (81%) favor legalizing marijuana for medical use, up from 2011 when three quarters of Americans (74%) indicated the same”, says Hannah Pollack, Research Analyst for The Harris Poll. “Meanwhile, half of Americans are supportive of legalizing marijuana for recreational use (49%), up from the two fifths (42%) who felt that way in 2011.”

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Alabama

A proposalAlabama-sign to legalize cannabis for patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions has been filed in Alabama’s Senate, with a companion bill to be filed soon in the state’s House of Representatives.

The Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act (Senate Bill 326), filed by Senator Bobby Singleton, would allow qualified patients to possess and use up to 10 ounces of cannabis, and would allow them to purchase the medicine from state-licensed dispensaries. Representative John Rogers will be filing a companion bill in the House in the coming days.

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An Updated Look at Medical Cannabis in the United States

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML.

WASHINGTON, DC — Currently in the United States, 35 states have mmj reformed their laws via legislation or binding voter approved ballot initiative to allow qualified patients medical access to cannabis products.

This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical cannabis laws on the books–a sixty percent increase in a single year.

The laws today governing medical cannabis at the state level breakdown to three basic categories: Self-preservation (patient has medical necessity defense for possessing or growing cannabis); Retail access (patient can access cannabis in retail store; home cultivation is often prohibited) and CBD-only (patients are allowed to possess and use cannabis strains and other products high in cannabidiol [CBD], although generally there is no legal source for the patients to obtain those strains; no home cultivation allowed).

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Austin, Texas City Council Votes Unanimously in Favor of Legalizing Medical Cannabis

The City Council of Austin, Texas has voted to approve a resolution in favor of legalizing medical cannabis. The vote was unanimous.texasaustin

Although the resolution doesn’t actually legalize medical cannabis, the capital of Texas showing such conclusive support for allowing the medical use of cannabis will certainly have an impact on the state-wide discussion of the issue which is ongoing, with a proposal planned to be discussed in the 2015 legislative session.

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New National Survey: 69% of Voters More Likely to Vote if Cannabis Legalization is on the Ballot

Results of the newest George Washington University Battleground Poll, released this week, have found voters are much more likely to turn out at the polls if cannabis legalization is on the ballot.voters

From March 16th to March 20th, pollsters surveyed 1,000 registered, likely voters across the U.S. from every demographic. Participants were asked a variety of questions, including whether they support legalizing medical cannabis in their state, whether they would support the decriminalization of cannabis possession in their state, and if they would be more likely to vote in an election if a cannabis legalization initiative was on the ballot.

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Maryland Lawmakers Approve Medical Cannabis Legalization

In an 127 to 9 vote, Maryland’s full House of Representatives has approved House Bill 1321medicalmaryland, a measure to explicitly legalize medical cannabis.The proposal – which has over 60 sponsors – now heads to the Senate, where its passage is expected.

If approved into law, House Bill 1321 would legalize medical cannabis for those with a qualifying condition, such as cancer, post traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain.

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New York Lawmakers Include Medical Cannabis Legalization in Budget Bill

New York’s Assembly has introduced a one-house budget bill which includes the Compassionate Care Actnewyorkcanna (Assembly Bill 6357 and Senate Bill 4406) as a provision.

“By including the comprehensive medical marijuana bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, in their state budget proposal, the Assembly has jumpstarted negotiations with the Senate and Governor, as the measure will now be part of state budget negotiations”, said the Drug Policy Alliance in a Wednesday press release.

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Maryland Proposal to Legalize Medical Cannabis Garners 61 Sponsors, Public Hearing Held

Advocates of medical cannabis gave tearful testimonies on Friday before the Maryland_MMJ-300x225Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee, in an effort to encourage lawmakers to support House Bill 1321.

The measure, sponsored by 61 Delegates (43% of Maryland’s entire House), would legalize medical cannabis for patients suffering from ailments including cancer, PTSD, seizures and chronic pain.

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Girl Scouts Make Killing Selling Cookies In Front Of California Dispensaries

Although many people are familiar with the cannabis strain known as ‘Girl Scout Cookies’, few are likely to expect actual girl scout cookies to be available at their local dispensary.

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Danielle selling cookies outside The Green Cross.

In California, patients are seeing just that.

Danielle Lei, of Girl Scout Troop 3168, has been circulating the San Francisco area, setting up tables of cookies outside local cannabis collectives – and, as one might expect, the boxes have been selling so fast she can barely keep in stock.

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Marijuana – Dangerous, or a Miracle Drug?

By Michelle L. Dunbar, Executive Director of St. Jude Retreats

Is marijuana a dangerous drug that can lead to brain damage and addiction, or is it a miracle drug that can alleviate pain and fight disease? Earlier this year Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a physician and CNN FRANCE-CANNABIS-JUSTICEmedical analyst released a documentary that asked these questions. While he initially was a skeptic who thought the push to legalize marijuana was simply so people could get high legally, he admits that his extensive research has changed his mind. As I watched his documentary called “Weed” I was struck by the vast number of medicinal uses for marijuana.

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