Medical Marijuana: North Dakota Might Consider Prescription Pot

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In a few months, North Dakota voters might decide whether to allow prescription pot as a painkiller.

The Associated Press has the story: Medical marijuana propopnents are collecting signatures to put the measure on November's ballot.

North Dakota's legislature has never weighed the issue, the AP notes. And the state's similarly named neighbor, South Dakota, has shot down palliative pot twice.

The area's main medical marijuana advocacy group, North Dakotans for Compassionate Care, brought 20,000 signatures to N.D. Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Monday -- more than the 13,500 required "to qualify for a vote."

He's slated to review them to see whether they're valid, but if they are, medical marijuana should make it on the ballot.

The proposal would apply to cancer, glaucoma, and post-traumatic stress disorder patients -- as well as other ailments per doctors' recs.

Qualifying individauls would be permitted to grow curative cannabis and keep up to 2½ ounces for medical purposes.

Looks like the proposed law would also establish a system of state-licensed dispensaries for people who don't grow the drug.

(As a bit of background, remember that medical marijuana is permitted in 17 states. And you can read all of our past coverage of the issue here.)

Elsewhere in the world of weed, Reason mag's Hit & Run blog gets us up to speed on federal treatment of bud distributors -- specifically, how a court decision allows Uncle Sam to hit dispensaries hard with taxes.

Here's what's up: A court judge ruled late last week that dispensaries can deduct pot -- but not wages or other business expenses -- from their taxes.

This means that some legal weed businesses might be on the hook for more taxes, potentially affecting their ability to serve patients, the AP notes.

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Quoting Newt Gingrich: "On September 16, 1981, Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant.  We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source". Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, March 19, 1982;247(11)

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