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Saturday
Feb222014

MPP - NH State Marijuana Regulators Urged to Protect Patients Now

State Regulators Urged to Disregard Attorney General’s Opinion and Protect New Hampshire Patients in 2014

 The attorney general’s office has advised the Department of Health and Human Services to delay issuing ID cards until alternative treatment centers are open, which would leave patients vulnerable to arrest for much longer than legislators intended

 

CONCORD — At a public meeting of the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Advisory Council on Friday, advocates urged the Department of Health and Human Services to disregard a controversial advisory opinion from the attorney general’s office that would create a significant delay for patients who are desperately waiting for legal protections. In a memo dated February13, Senior Assistant Attorney General Michael Brown opined that the Department should delay issuing any patient ID cards until the alternative treatment center (ATC) regulations are finalized and the facilities are open.

HB 573, the bill that created New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, was signed into law by Gov. Maggie Hassan on July 23, 2013. The Department is not required to finalize its rules for authorizing alternative treatment centers until January 2015. As a result, patients do not expect to have legal access to medical marijuana until the summer of 2015 at the earliest. Those who have been approved for the program and issued ID cards, however, would be protected from arrest in the interim.

Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield), a co-sponsor of HB 573, strongly objected to the advisory opinion. “The idea of forcing patients to wait until 2015 or later for legal protection is absurd and not at all what legislators intended when they approved HB 573,” he said. “These patients have already been waiting far too long for relief, and there's no good reason for any further delay.”

Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, presented the council with a letter asking them to respect the intent of the legislature and to support protecting seriously ill patients from arrest as soon as possible. The full letter can be found at the end of this release.

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The Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

Sunday
Feb162014

Watchdog.org - Comcast merger sparks calls for government intervention 

Friday
Feb142014

CEI - WV Chemical Spill No Excuse for Regulatory Expansion, Says New Report 

Chemical Policy Expert Outlines the Myths and Facts

 
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 – Today, Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow and chemical policy expert, Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., released a report examining the myths and facts surrounding the Jan. 9 chemical spill in West Virginia that affected 300,000 residents. According to Logomasini, some environmental groups have taken this opportunity to incite fear, propagating misinformation to pressure lawmakers into action.

“Contrary to what Americans hear after such chemical spills, there are plenty of chemical laws and regulations on the books, but West Virginia state and local communities have not implemented them well,” said Logomasini. “Unfortunately, adding a new layer of regulation on top of what we have, isn’t likely to fix the problem. Rather, we need to investigate where officials failedto employ emergency planning measures so that they can minimize the probability of future accidents.”

Logomasini’s report, Myths and Facts About the West Virginia Chemical Spill, outlines nine harmful myths generated by media and activist hype followed by the facts about current regulations and the real-world risks associated with exposure. Here are two:

Myth: The spill offers evidence that we don’t have enough regulation of the chemical industry.
Fact: Myriad regulations exist, but state and local officials failed to implement them correctly.

Myth:  There is no toxicological data on Crude MCHM (chemical mixture involved in spill).
Fact:  Both the federal government and the manufacturer have conducted numerous tests that indicate low toxicity.

“In order to minimize the probability of accidents and keep people safe, government officials must keep this issue in perspective, learn from it, and avoid advancing opportunistic legislation,” said Logomasini. “Chemical technologies have important benefits that we should not overlook when accidents happen. Instead, we should focus on better managing the risks so we can continue to enjoy the benefits. Crude MCHM, for example, is used to make coal burn cleaner and be more energy efficient.”
View Competitive Enterprise Institute’s OnPoint, Myths and Facts About the West Virginia Chemical Spill, by CEI senior fellow Angela Logomasini.

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Wednesday
Feb122014

CEI Today: Obama regulations, union poster scam, and in-flight cell phone ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In the News Today

OBAMA REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS


Obama Major Regulations 29 Percent Higher Than Bush

President George W. Bush averaged 63 major rules per year during his eight years in office; Obama’s five years so far have averaged 81. President Obama has talked about regulatory lookbacks and reducing regulation in his executive orders on the topic, but his major rulemakings average 29 percent higher than Bush. > Read more

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UNION POSTER SCAM - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Unintended Consequences of Employee Rights Poster Rule

Both the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor have required various kinds of employers to hang a “poster” that promotes employees’ right to unionize. unintended consequences emerged in the form of fraud.

Instead of educating employers and employees of their rights, the posters rules have instigated scams in numerous states.
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

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IN-FLIGHT CELL PHONE BAN - MARC SCRIBNER

House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls Tomorrow


The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act (H.R. 3676). The bill would bar travelers from making cell phone calls on commercial flights—a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent proposal to relax its longstanding ban on in-flight cell phone use.
H.R. 3676 purports to solve a problem that doesn’t exist by depriving consumers of travel choices, as I explained recently in an op-ed in USA Today. > Read more

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CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 




Friday
Feb072014

CEI - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Lock Out Ordinary Investors

Proposed SEC Rules on Crowdfunding Threaten Access to Capital By Locking Out Ordinary Investors


Washington, DC, Feb. 6, 2014 – This week marked deadline for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to accept public comments on proposed regulations to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding. In submitted comments, Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow John Berlau argues these proposed rules could result in “costly, paternalistic requirements on crowdfunding that have the effect of keeping the status quo and locking ordinary investors out of startup capital.”

"Tens of thousands of ordinary Americans who crowdfund music, films and other projects are legally barred from getting a share of the project's profits,” said Berlau. “It's time for the SEC to let crowdfunding's people go -- and pursue the opportunity to grow wealthy with what they fund."

The successes of electronic marketplaces from eBay to Kickstarter show that the SEC did not need to “reinvent the wheel,” he said.

“If equity crowdfunding were allowed to exist with minimal government regulation, much online business activity would be similar to what exists now, with new tailoring for equity ventures,” said Berlau. “Local businesses and their communities would also benefit. Instead of going online to find a buyer with $1.2 million, a gas station owner could crowdfund by selling stakes to his regular customers.”

NOTE: The proposed regulations are a result of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, signed by President Obama in 2012, that sought to make it easier for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses to raise capital from a wide range of potential investors.

> View the comments to the SEC

 


CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

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