NY & NJ Medical Marijuana Updates

Colorado, Medical Marijuana, Nigel Mustapha

tear-off-calendar-nigel mustaphaIn New York, the Department of Health had been accepting applications to obtain a license to grow and distribute medical marijuana. The original deadline was set for May 29th, however it has been pushed back to June 5th. Many individuals had questions throughout the process, therefore the state held off on the deadline to provide more information.

The goal of this application process is to offer private marijuana growers a contract to open dispensaries for the distribution of drugs to New York patients. Only five private growers will be awarded with contracts and the state is looking to open just four dispensaries. Any patients set to receive the drug must be doctor certified for treatment. Once the dispensaries are formed, it will take nine months to grow the supply. The program initially launched its request for applications last month with a January deadline required by law. In July, the selected companies are likely to be registered to begin the process.

New Jersey is facing criticism for the pricing of their medical marijuana. Of those who need the help, many just can’t afford it. It is not uncommon for patients to spend more than $500 for one ounce. Additionally, sales tax of 7% is charged by the New Jersey dispensaries. The medical marijuana program was signed in during 2010. Other criticisms of the program include how it has slowly taken off the ground and how aspects of that are simply dysfunctional. Today, 3,800 patients are being serviced over three dispensaries. Although several thousands more need help, they can’t get it due to further issues with New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. Some say the state’s rigid regulations are cause for higher pricing.

To hear more updates about medical marijuana in New York and New Jersey, visit sources like the Poughkeepsie Journal or New Jersey 101.5.

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7 Spiritual Disciplines for Life


Pastor Chris Noland

We all struggle with various things in our lives. However, there is one struggle that we all have in common and that is the struggle with ourselves. We find it very difficult to discipline ourselves and to be fully committed. We struggle with the day to day motions of life. We get frustrated, complacent, dissatisfied, lazy, and even bored. However, there is something to be said about methodically going through life, living in obedience to God’s Word. There are certain disciplines that all believers should have in their life. We may not always feel like practicing these things, however, our spiritual condition depends upon it. Sometimes, the greatest spiritual growth occurs when we force ourselves to be faithful in the little things even when we don’t feel like it. I’d like to share with you seven spiritual disciplines that is a must for the life of every believer. These disciplines…

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Today I will speak about the benefits of Meditation, my struggles with meditation and the importance of finding a peaceful area in your home for this practice.

Meditation opens the door to our soul’s infinite peace and helps us see our true potential. Inside each of us lies something greater and peaceful than we can ever imagine. Since ancient eras, there have been beings who have learned the wonderful art of meditation and helped others find the way to enlightenment, also called Self-realization or God-realization. Meditation is a passage of self-discovery. By relaxing and quieting your mind, we can go deep within and discover who we truly are. When we discover who we truly are, we find peace, happiness and learn how to solve daily issues effectively.

Why should we meditate?

We meditate because we live in a world that is constantly ON.  Whether we are tending to our children…

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Vibrations of Mind


The Practice of Living Awareness

ideas_zkZyBkD_The experiences of each day are vibration. We are pulsing with vibrations. Our words, thoughts, feelings, and actions are vibrations. Yes, I will be teaching a new online course tonight focused on just this – but Step 9 of Mind also is about vibration. The three qualities or states of mind (contracting, expanding, and spacious) are the three qualities that we will discover vibrating through us all through the day.

This meditation is abides in the space of Awareness after using the instructions (contracting through asana and expanding through altitude).

Downloadable podcast: Vibration

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How To Meditate When You Can’t Focus


Living Boho

Meditation is amazing for your mental health; it helps you let go of stress, find inner peace, and escape the troubles of the world. But what happens when you simply cannot let go? Things keep bubbling up that interrupt your progress; that faux pas when you met the in-laws, the time you called your teacher “mom”, or, (gulp) that haircut you did yourself that you thought looked soo cool… It didn’t.

Luckily, there’s still hope.

How to MeditateHere’s a list of tips and tricks I use when I simply cannot let go of the stresses of the world. These tricks work for me very well, but everyone is different. If one of these works for you, fantastic! If not, don’t worry; you’ll find your way with some tweaks to these or a whole new method. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Make a “Worry List”… And Burn It!

Before you even start meditating…

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Application Time for Potential Medical Growers in NY

Colorado, Medical Marijuana, Nigel Mustapha

blogging-nigel mustaphaBusinesses who want to be registered to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana will now be able to apply in New York. The Department of Health for this state recently made an announcement for applications. In July of 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a law that patients with serious illnesses will be able to use medical marijuana. However, the slow pace of this to come to pass has patients speaking up. Children in particular are in great need of these non-smokable forms of treatment.

The request for applications is a key part of the entire process for legalization in New York. Following submission, reviews will lead to the registration of organizations by the summertime. July of 2015 is the expected date for company registration. Upon signing the law in July of last year, there was an 18 month deadline for everything to come to pass. Once the program is live, patients with serious ailments such as cancer and epilepsy will now have access to new doctor prescribed drugs. Aside from that, patients who receive certifications will have the chance to purchase from dispensaries awarded with contracts to open for business. In New York, five contracts will be offered to private growers to sell. After being awarded a contract, the estimated grow time is nine months. Forms of the marijuana drug that will be permitted only include vapors, pills, and oils. Smokable forms will not be allowed.

In order to apply, $10,000 is needed to submit an application. This amount is non-refundable and must be sent with thoughtful details of plans for their operation. Once accepted, $200,000 is required for registration.

For more information about New York’s plans for medical marijuana, visit The Journal News online here.

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Hemp oil to treat pets on the rise


Channel 2 News

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DENVER — Hemp is one of the world’s least understood plants. But, as more and more humans are benefitting from THC in cannabis, so too are pet owners.

Jessica La Rue made THC infused treats for people in hospice care, when she saw how well the treats handled pain for those patients, she decided to see if small doses of hemp oil could help her own dog who was suffering from as she put it, “rickety hips”.

“All of my dogs over the years have not been healed, but their pain and suffering was eased by use of the oil in doggie treats,” said La Rue.

In Denver, Murphy’s Dog Treats were a big hit at the High Times Cannabis Cup, and if you want to order infused bones on line, Canna Companions is a good company to order from.

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Medical Marijuana Bill Advances Again In Pennsylvania Senate


CBS Philly

By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has cleared a key Senate committee — and the sponsor says he’s upbeat about getting a bill to the governor in the coming months.

A medical marijuana bill passed the full Senate but failed to get through the House in the last two-year session of the legislature. A new bill has passed the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Lebanon County Republican Mike Folmer, who is also the sponsor of the medical marijuana bill. As he works to address concerns of members of the House, Folmer says he believes a bill can get to the governor’s desk before lawmakers begin their scheduled summer recess.

“I really do. I know I’m being optimistic,” he says. “I get that. But I really do, because I believe there are good people over there.”

Folmer believes communication and education…

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Cannabis consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories — ScienceDaily



Cannabis consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories — ScienceDaily.

There could be something to this.  I am aware of false temporal awareness in memories whereby people think something happened a week ago, when it was 3 months ago, for example.  But, if this effect on one’s memory is common, it certainly isn’t remarkably so, nor it is disabling– a bit of a nuisance, perhaps.  But, it is noteworthy and one should be aware of this potential.  The good news is, anecdotally, that these effects fade with abstinence.


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