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New York State Legislature Passes Bipartisan Bill to Create Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana for Critically Ill Patients

June 16, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Frustrated with Inaction by Cuomo, Patients and Families Returned to Legislature for Help

Patients and Families Demand Governor Sign the Bill into Law Immediately

Albany– Last night, in an unusual show of bipartisan support, the New York Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, that directs the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. The Assembly version, sponsored by Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, passed last week by an overwhelming majority (130-18). The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo for his signature or veto.

June 16, 2015

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Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Employers Rights to Fire Medical Marijuana Patients for Off-Duty Marijuana Use

June 15, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Advocates Call for State and Federal Reform Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients and Legal Adult Users of Marijuana

Today the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions allowing employers to fire employees for marijuana use while off-duty. The decision hinged on the state’s lawful off-duty activities statute. The Court held that in order for the off-duty conduct to be considered “lawful,” it must be legal under both state and federal law. The unanimous decision was not a surprise to advocates working to reform marijuana law and policy in Colorado.

June 15, 2015

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Costa Rican Ministry of Health Releases Criteria for Pending Medical Marijuana Bill

June 15, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Announcement Followed By First Conference In Central America On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Reform Initiative Finally Brings Central America Into The Regional Debate

Earlier this month, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health outlined the details for the implementation of a pending bill to research and regulate marijuana for medical and industrial purposes. The bill was introduced by ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Marvin Atencio last year to tax marijuana products and regulate the use of medical marijuana through registration cards for patients provided by the Ministry of Health. Ten months after Atencios’s proposal, the Ministry of Health released its criteria for the implementation of the bill.

June 15, 2015

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Senate Appropriations Committee Votes to Prevent DEA from Undermining State Medical Marijuana Laws

June 11, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Amendment Expected to be Signed Into Law by Pres. Obama as Part of Spending Deal

Nationwide Bi-partisan Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Grows Stronger

In yet another huge victory for marijuana reform, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted today by 21 to 9 to approve an amendment offered by Senator Mikulski (D-MD) to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. The amendment mirrors one that passed the House last week 242-186, and was sponsored by Rep Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep Farr (D-CA).

June 11, 2015

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Drug Policy Alliance Releases B-Roll Footage for Television Outlets and Online News Featuring 'Everyday' People Using Marijuana

June 10, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

New Open-License Footage Shatters Stereotypes and Captures the Responsible, Modern-Day Marijuana Consumer

B-Roll Project Follows DPA Stock Photo Series Depicting Regular People Using Marijuana

To combat the predominant, stereotypic images of people who use marijuana, and to encourage news outlets to use images that accurately reflect modern-day marijuana consumers, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is releasing free, open-license B-roll footage for editorial use.

June 10, 2015

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As Clock Runs Out on Legislative Session, Patients & Families Rally in Albany to Demand Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana Before More Loved Ones Needlessly Die

June 9, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Abandoned by Cuomo, Families Turn to Legislature to Pass a Bipartisan Bill

Bill Would Create Emergency Access Program to Provide Relief to Critically Ill Patients, including Children with Epilepsy

Albany– Patients, family members, and advocates stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of A.7060 (Gottfried) / S.5086 (Griffo), a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible. The bill, introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M.

June 9, 2015

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Tuesday in Albany: Elected Officials Join Patients & Families in Support of Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana

June 8, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Abandoned by Cuomo, Families Turn to Legislature for Relief in Final Days of Legislative Session

Bill Would Create Emergency Access Program to Provide Relief to Suffering Children

Albany — Nearly a year since the medical marijuana law passed in New York in June 2014, patients and families will gather in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would create an emergency access program so that critically ill patients could access medical marijuana. Since the law passed, not one patient has been able to access medical marijuana and at least four children from across New York State have tragically died while waiting to obtain this much-needed medicine.

June 8, 2015

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Congress Passes Three Amendments to Stop DEA from Undermining State Marijuana Laws

June 3, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By mfarrington

Important Victories Build on Last Night’s Votes to End DEA's Controversial Bulk Data Collection Program, Cut DEA's Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Legislators passed three amendments today to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. The House also passed an amendment last night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program.

June 3, 2015

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TODAY: Congress Voting on Numerous Amendments to Reign in Troubled Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

June 2, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Amendments Would Prohibit DEA from Undermining State Marijuana Laws; Shut Down DEA’s Controversial Bulk Collection Surveillance Programs; Cut Agency’s Budget

Amendments Come in Wake of Recent Forced Resignation of Agency’s Head, Michele Leonhart

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the U.S. House of Representatives considers the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill today and tomorrow, legislators could vote on at least seven amendments designed to reduce the power of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and cut its budget.

June 2, 2015

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Thursday Event: Everything You Wanted to Know About Marijuana Reform in New York

June 2, 2015 in PERSONAL LIBERTY

By drosenfeld

Leading Elected Officials, Advocates, and Industry Experts Answer Questions About NY’s Medical Marijuana Law, How to End Marijuana Arrests, and Upcoming Legislation to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

Event at abc home to Benefit the Drug Policy Alliance’s Work to Fix New York’s Broken Marijuana Policies

What is the status of medical marijuana in New York? How can one get a medical card or a dispensary license? How can we end racially biased marijuana arrests in New York? Will NY tax and regulate marijuana like Colorado and Washington? Come get the answers to these questions and more. Join the Drug Policy Alliance, along with leaders in the marijuana industry, policymakers, experts, and patients to get an insider perspective on the state of marijuana policy reform in New York.

June 2, 2015

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