First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In New York Open

NEW YORK: New York joined the ranks of nearly half the states on Thursday in allowing the use of medical marijuana with the opening of eight dispensaries statewide, serving a variety of tinctures, concentrates, vapors and other forms of the drug.

How many patients actually received medicine from those dispensaries, however, was uncertain; several locations around the state had customers who entered, but it was not clear if any actually bought the drug, or were qualified to do so under the state’s strict guidelines. On Thursday, officials at the state’s Department of Health said that only 51 patients had been certified for the program thus far, though that process only began on Dec. 23 and requires the approval of a physician who has registered with the state.

Women Leaders in Cannabis finds group to take Thanksgiving donations

OREGON:  A nonprofit trade organization based on philanthropy has reached out to help during the holiday – but had the offer turned down.

The group, “Women Leaders in Cannabis,” says it’s been denied several times.

The Eugene office of the Oregon Department of Human Services and two charities said “no” when the group wanted to donate turkey dinner baskets to clients in need.

But they finally found a group who said “yes”.

KindTree Autism Rocks is a volunteer group that celebrates people in the autism community.

When WLC said they wanted to donate food baskets, Autism Rocks was excited to receive them.

The group says they are not concerned about WLC’S association with cannabis.

“It’s more about, you know, let’s meet a need in this community and it’s an act of generous giving and passing forward,” said Vice President Molly Elliott of Autism Rocks.

 

Andrew Sullivan, Conservative Writer, On Marijuana: Prohibition ‘Based On Lies’

OREGON:Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors propelling what he called an “extraordinary leap forward” in cannabis policy.

Sullivan was the keynote speaker at the International Cannabis Business Conference held Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center. The two-day conference, attended by an estimated 700 people, is aimed at what organizer Alex Rogers, an Ashland businessman, called the “high echelon of cannabis entrepreneurs.”

Sullivan, who received a standing ovation after his morning talk, analyzed the rapid social and cultural change that’s moved marijuana from the fringes to a drug that polls show most Americans think should be legal.

Does Smoking Weed Make You A Bad Parent? 'Moms For Marijuana' Says No

WASHINGTON: A group of activist moms is rallying in support of cannabis-consuming parents and against government authorities who deem such parents unfit to raise a family.

Moms For Marijuana International has announced an “International Day of Action” planned for Nov. 12. Specifically, the group wants to take Child Protective Services (CPS) to task about incidents in which medical marijuana users and activists have allegedly lost custody of their children. [Read more…]