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Top 3 Mistakes Made by People Who Try Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

Reasons to get a Medical Marijuana card

The Many Uses of Marijuana: Do you suffer from a degenerative disease? Are you suffering from lack of sleep or chronic pain? Do you use marijuana illegally and want to stop risking your freedom and livelihood buying drugs from criminals? If you can answer YES to any of these, I can tell you that you are not alone.

The marijuana-for-health movement has been growing in numbers and it is spreading across the country. Every year, more and more states have politicians lobbying for cannabis reform and legislation that brings the healing benefits of marijuana to deserving patients. But who has the right to claim this prize? Can anybody really get a medical marijuana card, or is it only for the seriously sick and the terminally ill?

Getting Medical Marijuana Mistakes and Misconceptions

Those who are new to using marijuana or are not aware of cannabis used for legal and medical purposes are all over and everyday more of them are becoming educated about the amazing benefits of becoming a legal marijuana patient. The first step for anybody seeking information about how to get medical marijuana card is to take special note of the top mistakes made by aspiring patients:

1. Lack of understanding of Marijuana Laws and the states that they apply in

People need to remember that all forms of use, possession and sale of marijuana are still illegal in the United States under federal law. However, if people were to read the state laws and do proper research, they would know that state laws offer a safe legal haven for those who seek to use cannabis for its medical benefits and are therefore protected by the state if they follow ALL PROPER STEPS.

2. Aspiring patients do not know the system for getting a Medical Marijuana card

Marijuana itself is one of the largest agricultural industries in the world, and the branch of medicinal marijuana is gigantic in itself. This massive-scale business operates on a very fine line when trying to weigh the needs of the patients and the law makers. Those who do not understand the pressure and needs of this industry are going to be rejected due to the fact that doctors, growers, 420 small businesses, and politicians are all people pushing for a cause, and they are very protective of their image. It would look very bad if stereotypical marijuana users were bragging to reporters about their ability to cheat the system. Getting a medical marijuana card in your state protects you by state regulations making it a process which must follow the laws.

3. People have no clue where to begin

One of the most difficult parts about how to get a medical marijuana card in California, or anywhere else, is beginning the process in a correct and legal way. Using an internet search engine, one can see that an inquiry for medical marijuana brings nothing but a large number of advertisements for doctors and dispensaries selling their goods along with a political battleground over legalization.The medical pages give strict restrictions to their practice and only schedule appointments with those who have met qualification guidelines, while the dispensaries taunt you with their beautiful legal medication! So how do you get this ball rolling…

Becoming a patient

In order to get a medical marijuana card in California or anywhere else, you only must have an approved reason or condition, see a doctor that is authorized to recommend the use of cannabis, and then find someone that is legally authorized to “supply” you(it is illegal to profit from the sale of marijuana, so collectives and dispensaries only accept “donations” in exchange for their products). This sounds like a simple process, but it can only be done if you remember to not make the 3 most common mistakes!

Sounds easy right?

The problem is that people do not research the process well enough, and end up being dismissed when they go for their first meeting with a “pot doc”. Doctors have absolutely no problem with flat out rejecting patients who come in asking for medicinal marijuana and are unprepared. It is important that YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR!

I wish good luck to all aspiring medical marijuana patients out there and offer comfort that with proper knowledge, you will soon be able to use the medicine that you need if you properly educate yourself first.

Source by Kevin L Fox

NASA Paying People to smoke marijuana for 70 days is it true ??

Q: Does NASA pay $18,000 for people to stay in bed and smoke weed for 70 straight days?
A: No. NASA conducts bed-rest studies, but it does not allow participants to smoke marijuana or even drink alcohol.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Facebook users flagged a story with the captivating headline “NASA Will Pay You $18,000 To Stay In Bed And Smoke Weed For 70 Straight Days.” Don’t get too excited. It’s false.
This bogus story and versions of it have been circulating on the internet for more than a year. It dates to at least Feb. 25, 2016, when it appeared on CannaSOS, a self-described “social platform for the cannabis world.” The website says it provides “little to no restrictions on the content of your posts.” The story was posted by Dr. Weed and labeled as “humor.”
“NASA is currently looking for volunteers to participate in their ‘Rest Studies’, in which participants will have to spend 70 straight days in bed and smoke different types of cannabis, receiving $18,000 for the period of aggressive bodily atrophy,” Dr. Weed’s post says.
Dr. Weed’s post is a mix of truth and fiction. NASA does conduct what it calls “bed-rest studies” for up to 70 days “to see how the body adapts to weightlessness.” The space agency has been conducting such studies for years.
Rob Hoffman, a writer for the Plaid Zebra, which describes itself as the “unconventional lifestyle magazine,” wrote a story about the NASA studies in 2014 and the purpose of the experiments.
Hoffman, Plaid Zebra, Dec. 29, 2014: The experiments are designed to find ways of preserving astronauts’ health and safety during periods of extended space travel. “Head down” bed rest is a good way of simulating travel through zero gravity space. Think about it, zero gravity means zero weight or strain on your muscles. It’s a more accessible way of analyzing the bodily changes that occur during space travel.

A month earlier, Andrew Iwanicki wrote a first-person account of his experience as a NASA test subject from his bed at the NASA Flight Analog Research Unit, which is located at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. His story, which appeared Nov. 3, 2014, on Vice, included photos and carried the headline: “NASA Is Paying Me $18,000 to Lie in Bed for Three Months.”
Dr. Weed’s post took all of Hoffman’s story and some photos of Iwanicki in his NASA bed to create every pothead’s fantasy by adding some bogus information about endless days of smoking weed.
For example, Dr. Weed’s post takes Hoffman’s explanation about how “bed rest is a good way of simulating travel through zero gravity space,” as excerpted above, and then adds this line at the end: “They also want to understand how marijuana will influence on the body.”
No, they don’t.
There was nothing in Hoffman’s story about study participants smoking marijuana. In fact, Iwanicki said in a 2015 interview, “You have to be completely clean of any drugs; they test for alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. You can’t even be taking applied vitamin pills.”
NASA’s guidelines for bed-rest studies say that “test subjects shall be screened for the use of drugs, alcohol, and nicotine during the selection procedure.” The space agency rejects applicants who are found to be abusing drugs or alcohol, the guidelines say.
In a statement, NASA told us that it is currently not conducting any bed-rest studies, but participants in past studies were not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol.
“We are no longer conducting bed rest studies at UTMB in Galveston. That facility is closed,” the NASA statement said. “Participants in past bed rest studies at UTMB were not allowed to smoke marijuana or drink alcohol.”
So why is this 15-month-old story circulating on Facebook? We find that viral stories that are too good to be true never die. They just get reposted again and again and again.
In fact, Dr. Weed’s post was reposted on the same website — CannaSOS — only four months later by “Anna” on June 22, 2016. It was also labeled “humor.”
More recently, the NASA pot story was posted Dec. 24, 2016, on the website Mysterious Earth and then two days later on another website called Reflection of Mind. It was also posted Jan. 2 on thesolexchange.com — a website dedicated to sneakers that describes itself as the “stock market of sneakers” on its Facebook page. There were no notations indicating that those posts were meant as a joke.
The thesolexchange.com post was the one that was brought to our attention by Facebook users. But little has changed since Dr. Weed posted his humor piece last year. Some wording is different and the photos are comical. One photo is a screen grab of humans sleeping in pods from the 1979 movie “Alien.” The headline and the bulk of the story, however, are virtually the same. And it is as false now as it was 15 months ago.
We suspect that — despite our best efforts — this bogus claim will not only resurface, but go international. NASA told us that it plans to do future bed-rest studies at :envihab in Cologne, Germany. The :envihab facility is operated by the Institute for Aerospace Medicine at the German Space Agency (DLR).
“We have future studies planned at :envihab in Cologne,” the NASA statement read. “NASA’s Human Research Program is working with DLR’s :envihab to investigate possible changes in astronaut health and performance on future space missions. The selected proposals will focus on resolving the largest risks to astronaut health, including vision impairment, behavioral health, bone loss, cardiovascular alterations and immunological function during missions beyond low Earth orbit. These studies are yet to begin.”


Is NASA paying to smoke weed for studies ?

Oregon the quest to legalize marijuana

Legal marijuana in Oregon: A look at the state’s pot history
Here’s the first part of the O’s chronology: “1973: Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, making it a ticket more akin to a traffic offense” Followed by: “1998: Oregon voters approve marijuana for medicinal use.”

Oregon’s history of 420 legalization has been a long and steady climb to finally getting it legal.

NORML still existed, yet by the time I got involved in 1983 it had dumped its 501c4 political wing and was solely a 501c3 educational organization. In 1984, NORML was moribund. Yet there were people out there, some of whom were connected to NORML, some of whom – like the Yippies – weren’t. We were scattered.

NORML, or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to establishing fairer, evidence-based laws regarding cannabis. Although the organisation is based in Washington, USA, chapters in other several other countries including Canada, the UK and Australia are now established.

The Original US Chapter
NORML was founded in 1970 by Keith Stroup, an Illinois-based attorney, who decided to establish the organisation after meeting the political activist (and popular independent candidate for the Presidency of the USA) Ralph Nader. After seeing Nader’s efforts in founding consumer protection groups, Stroup was inspired to create a similarly set-up organisation that would treat the rights of cannabis users as any other consumer interest group.

NORML’s organisational structure served as an example for the formation of several other national and regional branches, known as chapters. Currently, there are 185 chapters and a Legal Committee of 550 lawyers operating under the NORML banner.

It still works on behalf of the same aspects it did way back then.

Oregon has undergone changes to the way they brought marijuana legalization to the citizens,
Ballot Measure 5 was also known as the Oregon Marijuana Initiative. It was a simple yet broadly written law which would’ve legalized private cultivation and possession for personal use by adults (anyone over age 18). There were no plant number or weight limits. Private and personal use were left undefined. The language would never pass muster these days; no one in their right minds would fund a proposal like that.
In the 2012 election cycle, three different groups vied to put legalization measures on the Oregon ballot. One was backed by Paul Stanford, who’d tried for several years to get his Oregon Cannabis Tax Act on the ballot, and in 2012 he managed to pull it off.

Oregon’s 2014 ballot, called Measure 91 and from this point forward Oregon had placed a law on the books legalizing it , adding age restrictions and weights. So yes Oregon there is a Santa CLAUS and he too partakes.

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Colorado court: Some pot cases can be overturned – Yahoo News


420 Charges Overturned

Colorado 420 charges can be over turned.

DENVER (AP) — Some people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana can ask for those convictions to be thrown out under the law that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state’s second-highest court ruled Thursday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals said people whose cases were under appeal when Amendment 64 on recreational marijuana took effect in December 2012 are eligible to have their convictions reversed.

Brian Vicente, one of the amendment’s authors, called the ruling a “huge victory.” Vicente said Colorado prosecuted as many as 9,000 cases a year for marijuana possession. After pot was decriminalized, a number of appeals were still in the courts.

Tom Raynes, director of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council, said it would be difficult to quickly pin down how many cases would be affected by the ruling, but he believed the number would be small.

Attorney General John Suthers said his office likely would appeal, noting it is well-established that laws cannot be applied retroactively unless lawmakers or voters clearly indicate they should be.

“That was not the case with Amendment 64,” Suthers said in a statement.

The ruling came in the case of Brandi Jessica Russell, who was convicted in Grand County of possessing one gram or less of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana concentrate and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Her attorney, Brian Emeson, said Thursday the ruling is another indication the “tide is turning” on the nationwide attitude toward possession of small amounts of pot.

Emeson said he still handles a number of marijuana appeals, which shows prosecutors have not backed off.

“This ruling shows it would be wise for them to focus on more pressing matters,” he said.

Amendment 64 decriminalized the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and covers regular marijuana as well as concentrate.

Russell was sentenced in August 2011 to four years of supervised probation and 192 hours of community service, plus a suspended 90-day jail term. The appeals court overturned the convictions and sentences for possession of marijuana Thursday and sent the case back to the trial courts.

Russell and prosecutors in her case couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

In the ruling, the judges said Amendment 64 didn’t include a provision for throwing out convictions imposed before its passage. However, they said state law allows a defendant to received post-conviction relief “if there has been a significant change in the law.”

They compared Amendment 64 to lawmakers’ decision in the 1970s to make marijuana possession a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, down from a maximum sentence of 15 years, under a statute passed a decade earlier. At the time, the court said defendants were entitled to appeal their convictions after that change.

“Amendment 64, by decriminalizing the personal use or possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, meets the statutory requirement for a significant change in the law,” the judges ruled.

Marijuana advocates cheered the ruling but said it won’t affect most marijuana convicts.

“If I had a marijuana conviction 10 years ago, that doesn’t go away,” said Sean McAllister, a spokesman for the Colorado chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML.

McAllister is a criminal defense attorney who said most people don’t appeal pot convictions.

“This is the right legal decision, but we are talking about people who are disproportionately poor, minorities, unlikely to pursue an appeal,” McAllister said.