New York State Lawmakers Push For Medical Marijuana Law
April 25, 2013
EW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Lawmakers and terminally ill patients gathered on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to call for the passage of a medical marijuana law in New York State.
Beverly McClain has stage 4 breast cancer.
“I now have metastasis in my bones, in my lymph nodes and in my brain,” McClain told reporters including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.
She has used marijuana to ease her pain and nausea.
“Medical marijuana for me is synonymous with just being able to take a break from all the hell that people like me have to go through,” said McClain.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Reduce Crime, Advocates Argue
April 19, 2013
Nine years ago, a small medical marijuana dispensary opened in San Francisco’s Lower Haight. The Vapor Room quickly found its place within the neighborhood and its presence had an interesting, if not counterintuitive, effect: It appears to have reduced crime.
“Before the Vapor Room moved in, the neighborhood was riddled with problems: crime, illegal drugs, loitering, graffiti,” said Stephanie Tucker, a medical cannabis advocate and former aide to Christina Olauge, who represented the area on the city’s Board of Supervisors. “A lot of those issues actually got better because the dispensary had security and worked with other businesses in the neighborhood to build a community.”
When the Obama administration launched an aggressive crackdown on California’s medical cannabis industry nearly two years ago, prosecutors cited the fear of increased crime as a motivating factor in many of their efforts to shutter marijuana-related businesses. But pot advocates argue that dispensaries actually make their neighborhoods safer.
Uses of medical marijuana soon may include PTSD
April 17, 2013
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to get medical marijuana cards, but not all lawmakers were sold on the idea.
Senate Bill 281, which passed on a 19-11 vote, is now headed to the House.
The issue divided many of the Senate Republicans, some of whom weren’t convinced that medical marijuana would effectively treat the anxiety disorder.
While there has been anecdotal evidence about its beneficial effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, there isn’t a consensus about the drug in the medical community.
“You know you could sit down with a bottle of Jack Daniels and listen to Charlie Daniels and probably get the same effect, said Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, a former narcotics investigator.