The Senate approves funding bill to allow doctors in the Veterans Administration to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where it is legal. It passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee with an 18-12 vote. Marijuana has been shown to help veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Starting in 2017, graduates from Pueblo County, CO, high schools can be eligible to receive a scholarship funded by the states marijuana tax. With 60% of the county voting in favor, growers should be expecting to pay 5% more in taxes by 2020. These taxes are expected to generate $3.5 million in taxes, half of which will go towards funding towards scholarships. Pueblo County spokesperson:
The whole point of the scholarship program was to make higher education a reality for families who can’t afford to send their kids to school because of debt.
Governor Ige signs a bill to allow up to eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses within the state, including two in Maui County. These dispensary are expected to serve up to 13,000 qualified patients who hold medical marijuana card. Ige:
I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana. We will make a good faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need.
The University of Denver announces it has received a $45,000 commitment from a Denver law firm to enable one faculty member to serve as the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy. This law professor will devote his time and resources toward the development of marijuana law and policy. Vicente, who is funding this position for three years with an option to renew, attended DU’s law school on a full merit scholarship and was encouraged by his professors to pursue drug policy reform.
I want to give back to the university who supported me
Sidecar adds medical marijuana to the list of goods it will promptly deliver to customers in San Francisco. The ride-sharing service teams with Meadow, which runs a website where people can order medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries. Orders are secured in lock boxes for trips, and drivers are card-holding medical marijuana patients who are also members of local collectives shipping the pot. Sidecar:
Our vision is that one day any business will be able to take an order and get it to the customer in an hour, and Sidecar will be the service that powers this capability. The delivery of medical marijuana, with its layers of complexity, is perfect to highlight the power of our delivery.
Shelters say that the number of homeless people in Denver is increasing as people relocate to the city for access to medical marijuana. One shelter does a survey of 500 new out-of-towners who stayed there between July and September, and finds as many as 30 percent had relocated for pot. Retired plumber from Memphis who moved and got a job in a Colorado dispensary, working in exchange for weed:
Once I got here, the industry was good to me
Washington State shelters haven’t seen a rise in homeless associated with marijuana legalization.
Cuomo signs the Compassionate Care Act today in New York City. The bill will allow doctors to prescribe nonsmokable forms of marijuana to patients with serious ailments.
We are here to help people. And if there is a medical advancement, then we want to make sure that we’re bringing it to New Yorkers.
The program is expected to be one of the most regulated medical marijuana programs in the country. Criminal charges will be filed against anyone trying to defraud the system. The governor says he can suspend the program if there is a rick to public health. New York is the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana.
Governor Dayton signs legislation that makes Minnesota the 22nd state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Minnesotans who are sick or in serious pain may use marijuana, although they may not smoke it. More specifically, they will still not be allowed to access cannabis in leaf form. The drug will be available by mid-2015 in pill and vapor form, as well as in oil form (which has proven especially successful in treating children with seizures). However, pot advocates say that the best and most beneficial way to consume the drug is in its natural form. Patients worry that by signing up for the medical marijuana program, they could be putting themselves at risk of falling into the grasp of police.
The Justice Department will not challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities, including the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking operations. Although the directive will apply nationwide, it will largely affect the 20 states and the District of Columbia that allow for medical marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington where state laws allow medical and recreational use by adults.
California voters pass Proposition 215, making the Golden State the first in the union to allow for the medical use of marijuana.