Medical Marijuana In NY Remains Out Of Reach

NEW YORK:  The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor’s side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July.

Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health problems — a rare form of epilepsy — were nearly forgotten for the day. And the photo from the New York City event of Amanda bashfully holding her cheeks next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of the more memorable images from his time in office.

But the good feelings from the event have gradually subsided, and ill patients are increasingly frustrated that, nearly a year later, they still can’t access medical marijuana in New York.


Changes Blooming In Senate Pot Plan

FLORIDA:  The leader of the Senate’s move to jump-start Florida’s medical marijuana industry has agreed to increase the level of euphoria-inducing THC in the limited types of pot allowed under a nearly year-old law.

Senate Regulated Industries Chairman Rob Bradley also has signed off on a change to make room for nurseries that don’t meet current criteria in the law, which restricts “dispensing organizations” to growers who have been in business in Florida for at least 30 years and grow a minimum of 400,000 plants. None of the state’s black farmers would be eligible under the current law.

Bradley told The News Service of Florida on Monday he is holding off on a medical marijuana bill, scheduled to be heard and amended on the Senate floor Tuesday, until next week while he works out changes to his proposal with his Senate colleagues and the House.

Medical Marijuana Bill Unlikely To Pass In Wisconsin, Despite Growing Public Support

WISCONSIN: Nobody wants to be a criminal. That’s the thought that crosses John’s mind each night as he gets ready for bed. Part of his nightly routine involves breaking the law, but he isn’t losing any sleep over it. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. [Read more…]