Is my neighbor’s use of Medical Marijuana any of my business?

Why should YOU be concerned about your neighbors’ state legal use
of Medical Cannabis?

How is that ANY of your concern? The medicine ANY patient takes
is only the concern of that person and their doctor.

If conventional pain management doesn’t work and a patient finds
relief from Marijuana, your basic sense of compassion should lend
you to feel sympathy and have some understanding.

Basic empathy should tell you that no one should need be afraid of arrest and prosecution for taking their medicine.

We are talking about over 2000 people and counting.

As of last year there were only about 500 patients registered in
the system.

It stands to reason that those who need medical cannabis are, for the most part, low-income, many at or below the poverty level.

You shouldn’t dismiss the needs of the sick and suffering.

You never know when YOU may find no other relief except by taking
medical marijuana.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

Have some heart.. The sick DO NOT belong in jail and neither
do responsible adults who choose to consume Cannabis for recreation.

Either way, you can not refute the fact that Cannabis is the safer option.

Pharmaceuticals KILL. Alcohol KILLS.. Tobacco KILLS.

Marijuana HEALS.

You should support a candidate that shows compassion towards the sick.

Diane Denish supports the safe, regulated, legal access to Medical Cannabis that so many people desperately need.

Our state alone has over 30,000 cancer patients.

And that’s just ONE epidemiological demographic in New Mexico.

Would you demand to have control over a patient’s pharmaceuticals?

If these people were taking highly addictive, and deadly, opiates
for pain management, wouldn’t that be worse?

Why shouldn’t people have safe access to a medicine that is all natural, EFFECTIVE, yet completely safe? All of it’s benefits are achieved without ANY risk of overdose and/or death.

Would you want to rifle through a cancer patient’s medicine cabinet?

How do you even know that one of your neighbors is a patient?

How do you know they’re not? Or perhaps a relative, maybe even your mother or father or grand parent(s) are patients?

The simple answer is, YOU DON’T KNOW!

So… Why should you care, if you will never know for certain?

You remember the old saying, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

In this case that’s absolutely true. Your neighbors’ use and/or non use of Cannabis is irrelevant. If they are a state legal patient, then their production is strictly monitored and all patient producers MUST certify with the state.

You can rest assured that your community, your neighborhood, IS safe.

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL END THE DRUG WAR

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL END THE DRUG WAR.

Mexican ‘cartels’ source some 70 percent of their
profits from illegal, black market, marijuana sales
to U.S. nationals.

So, why not tighten the noose, and cook this goose
already?

Thugs can’t compete in an above ground, legal, marijuana market..

Who would you rather do ‘business’ with,
a known criminal syndicate ripe with violence and a myriad of deadly narcotic offerings, or your friendly neighborhood dispensary, where it’s safe, secure, and completely free of danger?

The choice should be simple.

And the answer to OUR problem, this drug war, is to simply legalize Marijuana in a regulated AND TAXED free-market.

-The Activist At Large..

California: Marijuana Infraction Measure Sent To Governor

NORML NEWS

CA Assembly Approves Bill to Downgrade MJ Possession to an Infraction; Infraction Measure Sent to Governor’s Desk for Signature.

California NORML News: CA Assembly Approves Bill to Downgrade MJ Possession to an Infraction

Posted August 31st, 2010 by canorml_admin

SACRAMENTO Aug 30: The California state Assembly voted 43-33 to approve Sen. Mark Leno’s bill SB 1449 downgrading petty marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The bill passed thanks to support from the CA district attorneys and courts; similar legislation had been voted down by the Assembly three times in the past.

The bill now heads to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desk for his signature.

As usual, the vote split largely along party lines, with Democrats voting 40 – 8 in favor of more lenient penalties and Republicans 2 – 23 against. Independent Juan Arambula voted yes. Republicans voting in favor were Anthony Adams of Hesperia and Chris Norby of Brea. Democrats voting no were Anne Marie Caballero (Salinas), Felipe Fuentes (LA), Ted Lieu (Torrance), Pedro Nava (Santa Barbara), V. Manuel Perez (Cathderal City), Anthony Portantino (Pasadena), Jose Solorio (Santa Ana), and Mike Gatto (Burbank). Not voting were Democrats Marty Block (SD) and Cathleen Galgiani (Tracy).

Californians are urged to tell the Governor to sign SB 1449 into law

For more information, please contact Dale Gieringer, California NORML Coordinator, at (415) 563-5858, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Additional information on S.B. 1449 is available online @

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NM Department of Health Proposes Changes to Medical Cannabis Regulations Public Invited to Comment; Public Hearing Sched. for Sept. 29/30

For immediate release August 30, 2010

Media contact: Deborah Busemeyer
505-827-2619, 505-470-2290

Public contact:
http://nmhealth.org/idb/medical_cannabis.shtml

Department of Health Proposes Changes to Medical Cannabis Regulations

Public Invited to Comment; Public Hearing Scheduled for Sept. 30

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Harold Runnels Auditorium in Santa Fe to review proposed changes to the regulations that oversee the Department’s Medical Cannabis Program.

“When we established our first-of-its-kind program we knew we had lessons to learn about the best way to manage this complex program effectively,” said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. “We will consistently evaluate and make changes so we have a sustainable program that meets patients’ needs without jeopardizing public safety.”

One proposed area of change, in order to make the program self-sufficient financially, is to add an annual fee of 7 percent of the total annual gross receipts of the licensed nonprofit organizations who produce medical cannabis for New Mexico patients. A second proposal is to change the application fee to become a licensed nonprofit producer from $100 to $1000.

Other proposed additions to the regulations include:
• The Department or its designee may test producers’ medical cannabis for mold, bacteria or other contaminants.
• Clarification that producers and all patients may possess seeds. Patients licensed to produce for themselves may obtain no more than 16 seeds from a non-profit producer in a three-month period.
• The Department may open and close enrollment periods for receiving and considering nonprofit producer applications.
• The names and contact information of medical practitioners certifying patients’ conditions and primary caregivers will be kept confidential.
• Nonprofit producer board members must be New Mexico residents.
• Nonprofit producer boards cannot have more than two individuals who serve on another board, and individuals may not serve on more than two boards.

There are 2,250 active medical cannabis patients, and 1,022 are licensed to produce their own supply of medical cannabis.

To be approved for the Medical Cannabis Program, patients must have a physician certify they have one of the qualifying conditions. Certain conditions require additional medical certifications or medical records detailing the condition.
Qualifying conditions for medical cannabis: severe chronic pain, painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, severe anorexia/cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and hospice care.

The Department of Health’s Medical Advisory Board will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the Harold Runnels Auditorium to review petitions for adding new conditions into the Medical Cannabis Program. The Department will accept petitions until Sept. 8 in the office of the Medical Cannabis program, Runnels Building Room S-1310, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

Please visit the Medical Cannabis Program forms web-page for petition requirements and further details regarding the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board meeting.

For updates or more information about the Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program, look up

New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program: Updates

NM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE:ADVISORY BOARD HEARING FOR SEPT 29TH & REGULATION CHANGES PROPOSAL SEPT 30TH

New Mexico Health Department to consider changes to Medical Cannabis Program: Hearing in Sante Fe, Thursday, September 30, 9:30 am‏

The New Mexico Department of Health has announced that it will hold a hearing to consider proposed changes to the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Among the changes to be debated are proposals to:

* add a 7% annual fee to the gross receipts of non-profit producers, and raise the application fee to become a non-profit producer from $100 to $1,000 in order to help cover the growing costs of administering the program
* allow the Department to test licensed producers’ medical marijuana for bacteria, molds, and other contaminants
* clarify that patients and producers may possess seeds, and allow patients to obtain up to 16 seeds from a licensed producer in any three month period
* require non-profit producer board members to be New Mexico residents
* require the names and contact information of certifying physicians and primary caregivers to be kept confidential

One proposal not mentioned in the Department’s press release would be increasing the maximum number of plants a licensed producer may cultivate beyond the current limit of 95. As many patients and non-profit producers have been saying for months, this restrictive cap has limited the ability of the program’s output to meet patient demand, leading to critical shortages that leave patients in need without their medicine.

The meeting will be held Thursday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. at the Harold Runnels Auditorium in the Runnels Building, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

In addition to the hearing on proposed regulatory changes, the Department’s Medical Advisory Board will also hold a hearing to consider petitions to add conditions to the list of qualifying medical conditions on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 am. This meeting will also be held in the Harold Runnels Auditorium. Petitions to add conditions to the list of qualifying medical conditions are being accepted until September 8 in room S-1310 of the Runnels Building.

KOB.com-(New Mexico)- Housing policy kicks Medical Cannabis patients to the curb?

KOB.com – Housing policy kicks Medical Marijuana users to the curb.

Reefer Madness In the Land of Enchantment?

Reefer Madness In the Land of Enchantment?

Just when we thought reefer madness couldn’t get any crazier, along comes the federal government with its oh-so-atypical strong-arm tactics; issuing a specific memorandum declaring medical cannabis use in federal housing to be an evict-able offense, due to the fact that federal law still preempts state laws concerning the medical use of Cannabis.

Is it no surprise then that Monarch Properties, based out of Dallas, Texas, would issue a new policy banning the use and/or cultivation of the state approved medicine by current New Mexico tenants, including those living within Albuquerque area? In fact, across the country the federal housing authority has been sending letters of intimidation out to property management companies who provide subsidized housing [I.E. “Section 8”], warning them that federal funding could be forfeited unless policies were enacted immediately to ban the use of Medical Marijuana on federal property. These federal mandates unfairly affect the well being of our most sensitive citizens: seniors and veterans of foreign wars. Such discriminatory policies force the sick and suffering to make the terrible choice between having a place to live or using the doctor recommended medicine that is essential to their wellbeing.

And yet, with 14 states and Washington D.C. having passed compassionate use laws, it is becoming more and more difficult for the government to continue to purport that marijuana currently has no ‘accepted’ medical use within the United States. No person should be forced to choose between housing and medicine. How could any compassionate government enforce such an irrational, and ignorant, housing policy?

Even the Department of Veteran Affairs is FINALLY budging, issuing a new policy specifically directing doctors to allow the medical use of Cannabis by veterans living within one of the 14 states that have approved the legal use of Medical Marijuana. This policy change was the direct result of activist pressures exerted upon the federal bureaucracy. Prior to this change, many veterans reported being told by VA doctors that unless they ceased their illegal Medical Cannabis use immediately, they could be denied access to federally funded opioid pain management programs and possibly evicted from their housing.

With the voters of California soon to decide on Proposition 19, I wonder if the federal government is left feeling like a child that has been told no; a child that naturally throws a tantrum in RETALIATION? The federal government might as well be Big Brother waving his big stick, but is anyone listening anymore?

Approximately 81 percent of the U.S. public supports the medical use of Marijuana and nearly 47 percent believes that it should just be outright legalized. Isn’t it time for our leaders to obey the will of the people? Isn’t it time for our policies concerning Marijuana to be based upon science and reason, not racism and religious rhetoric? So like a bully on the playground, Uncle Sam doesn’t care to play fair and he certainly means business. His agenda, oh so like the bully, is one of fear and control. And if the federal government can scare us into believing the lie that Marijuana has no medical value, then it becomes even easier for them to convince us that those who consume it are a problem and a nuisance.

As advocates for social justice, we must remember to always fight for those who cannot defend themselves. As it is, the majority of the public believes that Marijuana can be an effective and safe treatment option for those who are sick, suffering and terminally ill. And yet, how many have written their legislators admonishing the federal government for its’ unconscionable actions towards the sick and suffering? How many of us have taken the time to write HUD and express our own discontent?

Make the time now and take YOUR ACTIVISM to the NEXT LEVEL!

To be active is to move and one can not affect change while resting upon one’s laurels.

So, we must rise up as a force for change, one army with many voices, leading the call to victory, one heart and one mind at a time.

Remember friends: Know the Truth… Be the Change… and

YOU WILL SEE THE VICTORY!

Please, write a brief message to your congress-person/senator, urging them to pass legislation that will protect those who are in clear and unambiguous compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

Connect with your fellow reform advocates, attend a town hall meeting or write your state legislator(s) asking them to support sane and rational medical cannabis policies and/or reforms.

An easy way to ensure that state Medical Cannabis patients are protected from arrest and prosecution at the federal level is to simply legalize the use of Marijuana. Despite justice department promises, patients and their caregivers are STILL being harassed, raided, and threatened with federal sanctions. If we just legalize the adult use of Cannabis, then those who choose to use Marijuana medicinally would no longer have anything left to fear. They would be legal users of a federally legal substance, which would be regulated and taxed in an open market. Problem Solved.

Also, I ask you to personally email President Barak Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, HUD AND Monarch Properties Inc., with the purpose of expressing your absolute dissent from federal policies that unfairly discriminate against the sick, suffering and terminally ill.