Gov. Phil Murphy Orders Review Of NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program « CBS New York
Murphy faulted the administration of Republican former Gov. Chris Christie for making it difficult for residents to use the state’s program, which has 15,000 enrollees. Other similar-sized states have hundreds of thousands of patients in their programs. New Jersey is one of 29 states with a medical marijuana program. The program was enacted shortly before Christie, who opposed making the drug more widely available, took office in 2010.
Seven-year-old Jake Honig passed away on Sunday after a five-year battle with cancer. His mom, dad, and sister made the trip from Howell to Trenton Tuesday, to be there when the governor signed the executive order. The family says the marijuana in oil form, which they made in their kitchen since November, made all the difference in Jake’s quality of life. They say within 20 minutes of taking the medicine on his gums or as a suppository, his symptoms would disappear. The order comes after Murphy also promised to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey.
Groups opposed to recreational legalization tell CBS2’s Jessica Layton that the state is right to explore the expansion of the medicinal program. Murphy’s order directs the state Department of Health and the board of medical examiners to review the state’s program, with a focus on expanding access. The order calls for the review to be done within 60 days.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Initiative Being Voted On Next Week – Cannabistical: of or concerning cannabis.
Next week, on June 26, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana will be up for a vote in Oklahoma. State Question 788, to legalize medical cannabis, will be voted on June 26 in Oklahoma. Put forth by the nonprofit Oklahomans for Health, the initiative would allow those with a doctor recommendation to legally possess and use medical cannabis and cannabis products. A state-licensed system of dispensaries would be authorized to sell the plant to qualified patients. Under the initiative patients would be allowed to purchase and possess up to three ounces of cannabis, and up to 72 ounces of cannabis-infused products such as edibles and topicals.
Obtaining a state-issued medical marijuana license would require a board-certified physician’s signature. People with licenses would be permitted to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person and 8 ounces of marijuana in their residence. A 7 percent tax would be levied on marijuana sales, with revenue being allocated to administrative costs, education, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Licenses would be required to operate dispensaries, commercial growing operations, and processing operations. Municipalities would be prohibited from restricting zoning laws to prevent marijuana dispensaries.
The full text of State Question 788 can be found by clicking here. >View original articleAuthor: Anthony Martinelli.
Surgeon General Skeptical of Medical Marijuana as Opioid Alternative – Cannabistical: of or concerning cannabis.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said today that he is skeptical that medical marijuana is an acceptable alternative to opioids. Adams was a guest at the Examining Opioids forum hosted by The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C. During an interview, he said that researchers have found that smoking marijuana can be harmful to young people. Because of the risks involved, Adams said he could not recommend the use of marijuana as medication. The Surgeon General did acknowledge that researchers should continue to study medicinal cannabis.
Adams prefaced his comments by detailing the somber toll of the nation’s current opioid crisis. In 2016, synthetic opioids caused more than 19,000 overdose deaths. Approximately 37 percent of the heroin-related deaths in 2016 also involved synthetic opioids. Adams also talked about some successes in the opioid crisis including emergency remedies and evidence-based intervention. One person he talked about is a man named Jonathan, who lives in Rhode Island.
Adams also had an answer for those who believe that treatments like Naloxone are not good policy. Adams also said he did not support some progressive harm reduction efforts such as supervised injection sites. The Surgeon General said the public awareness is the first step in ending the opioid crisis and had a stern warning for Americans.
San Francisco DA to erase marijuana convictions going back decades
Great news for potheads, at least those in – you knew it – San Francisco. The district attorney there, a man named George Gascon, has decided he is going to apply California’s marijuana legalization law retroactively. That means thousands of misdemeanor and felony marijuana convictions going back for decades will be erased or reduced. Back in November of 2016, California voters okayed the use of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older and possession up to one ounce. The measure also permits those with previous marijuana convictions that would have been no crime at all under the new law, or a lesser charge, to petition courts to dismiss their old cases.
Gascon noted that such petitions involve time and attorney fees, so he’s going to wipe them all out en masse. This will erase the criminal records of many, which could help in job-seeking. He was the prosecutor in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the oft-deported, illegal immigrant accused of murdering Kate Steinle. The man was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. Political observers in San Francisco say Gascon’s reelection next year is now uncertain, not because he botched the trial and the man got off scot-free.
Because Gascon over-charged the man and should have left off the murder charge.