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Dispensary raid sadistic

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
Dear Editor,
I like to think that people want to do what's best and are merely ignorant about marijuana.
But I'm beginning to think some people are either so brainwashed by decades of propaganda, are willfully ignorant for political convenience, or are morally irregular people.
There is something sadistic and borderline psychopathic about stealing medicine from sick people.
Randy Caine has done everything right. He has worked as closely with the RCMP and local authorities as he possibly can, and is doing it for ill people.
He is providing a service that Health Canada has failed to provide, despite multiple court rulings stating that they must provide access to marijuana as medicine or risk violating Charter rights.
The dispensary system is more convenient for ill people and provides the type of symptom-specific strain selection needed to treat conditions as wide-ranging as migraine headaches, MS, cancer, and bipolar disorder.
I hope the RCMP and the politicians who support these raids feel proud of themselves.
They continue to lock up the young people and Native peoples of this country disproportionately, and continue to raid dispensaries to steal medicine from ill people.
All that is to "save us" from a substance that was initially banned based on racist fear-mongering before we understood any of the science behind it.
Every "danger" initially assumed, from - gasp - your white daughter dating a nonwhite man (an actual argument in favour of prohibition at the time), to the gateway drug theory, to physical addiction, has been debunked.
But thank god the police are stealing it from cancer patients. I feel much safer.
I know I was at risk of a cancer patient stealing my car stereo for pot money any day now.
Travis Erbacher, Langley


Marijuana Derivative May Offer Hope in Cocaine Addiction

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
A new study in mice has found that activating a receptor affected by marijuana can dramatically reduce cocaine consumption. The research suggests that new anti-addiction drugs might be developed using synthetic versions of cannabidiol (CBD), the marijuana component that activates the receptor—or even by using the purified natural compound itself.
Researchers formerly believed that the receptor, known as CB2, was not found in the brain and that therefore CBD had no psychoactive effects. But a growing body of research suggests otherwise. After THC, CBD is the second most prevalent active compound in marijuana.
The study found that JWH133, a synthetic drug that activates the CB2 receptor, reduced intravenous cocaine administration in mice by 50-60%.
"It's a very significant reduction,” says Zheng-Xiong Xi, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
JWH133 comes with some other features that make it an attractive candidate as a potential anti-addiction treatment. It does not seem to produce either a high or a negative experience, which is critical if it is to become a useful and politically acceptable anti-addiction option. While mice given drugs like cocaine or heroin will spend more time in the place where they got high (apparently hoping for more), mice didn't develop such a “place preference” when given JWH133. Nor did they avoid the spot where they'd been given it, which happens when mice are given drugs they find unpleasant.
"It's extremely exciting,” says Antonello Bonci, scientific director for intramural research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
(Source Photo: Getty Images


Man with MS given 5 year prison sentence for growing Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
 An appellate court has upheld the conviction and prison sentence of a Franklin man who was arrested for growing marijuana that he used to treat symptoms of his multiple sclerosis.
The ruling issued Tuesday morning rejects John Ray Wilson’s appeal that he was entitled to a “personal use defense” at trial and that his five-year state prison sentence was excessive.
Wilson, 38, was arrested in August 2008 after a National Guard helicopter pilot spotted his marijuana patch behind his rented home on Skillmans Lane in Franklin. His attorney has said he began growing his own marijuana to treat the symptoms of MS because he did not have insurance and could not afford prescriptions.
But a trial judge in 2009 barred Wilson from asserting the personal use defense and from referencing his medical condition at trial. He was convicted in December of that year of second-degree manufacturing marijuana plants and third-degree possession of psilocybin mushrooms, then sentenced the following March.
Wilson was released from prison on $15,000 bail pending an appeal of his conviction.
On Tuesday, the three-judge appellate panel wrote that it found no abuse of discretion or error of judgment by the trial court.
“Although we sympathize with defendant's medical condition, the record is devoid of any evidence that he will not obtain satisfactory medical treatment while incarcerated,” the judges wrote in the 15-page opinion. “As a result, we agree with the trial court's determination that there are no extraordinary mitigating factors in this case.”
His conviction and subsequent sentence drew outcry from medical marijuana advocates and state senators, who called for him to be pardoned by then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine and then Gov. Chris Christie.
The court’s decision comes about a week after Christie announced he would allow the state to begin dispensing marijuana to patients who demonstrate a medical need. He had held off on implementing the law since it was signed in January 2010 by Corzine, citing concerns about potential abuses of the program and prosecution by federal authorities.


Fox news poll on legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Time to legalize it!


Medical Marijuana High On San Diego Council’s Agenda

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — On a hot, steamy day in July, Vey Linville stands in front of a medical marijuana collective in Pacific Beach. Despite the warm weather, 50-year-old Linville looks dapper in a crisp, gray suit. A tube snakes up from the oxygen tank sitting beside him and curls under his nose. Linville is suffering from severe emphysema. He rejected his doctor’s suggestion he undergo a double lung transplant. Instead, he turned to medical marijuana.
Above: A marijuana plant from the home of medical marijuana advocate Dennis Peron.
"I joined a collective here in San Diego and drank cannabis medicines and was able to stop taking all the pharmaceuticals they were giving me to breathe," he said. "And I have been able to not get a transplant and continue living."
Linville is perhaps the model medical marijuana patient: Someone with a serious disease who uses cannabis to help alleviate his suffering.
He and other supports say San Diego’s regulations on collectives are too harsh. Among the restrictions, a 600-foot buffer is required between a collective and schools, churches, parks and other areas. Supporters say that effectively bans collectives in the city.
"If this ordinance had taken effect, what we have seen is a mass closure of every single facility in the city of San Diego," said Eugene Davidovich, with the San Diego Chapter of American’s for Safe Access." "And then, maybe, a small handful opening up a year down the line. So you have a year with no access."
Now supporters have gathered enough signatures to let voters decide in June whether the regulations should stand or not. The petition drive is forcing the city council to reconsider the issue. It can either repeal the current regulations or let the voters decide.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald called the latest move frustrating.
"I believe this referendum is totally driven by people who operate these shops and don’t want the city messing with their cash flow. I think that’s it," she said.


Half-baked pot plan in Chico unravels

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Four city councilors wanted to provide something for medical marijuana users, but now the users may end up with nothing.
The City Council's plan to endorse two huge marijuana-growing operations in Chico is quickly unraveling. Wow, who saw that one coming?
Well the truth is, everyone, except the four city councilors who voted for it knew this would happen.
Ignoring the warnings of the Department of Justice, the Butte County district attorney, the police chief and the local police force, the council voted 4-3 on July 5 to allow two dispensaries where marijuana could be grown and distributed, each up to 10,000 square feet.
Before the council vote, the U.S. attorney for northeastern California sent a letter warning the councilors they were considering something that was unlawful in the federal government's eyes. It told them the consequences of breaking the law. Ann Schwab, Mark Sorensen and Bob Evans got the message and wisely voted against the dispensary ordinance.
Andy Holcombe, Mary Flynn, Scott Gruendl and Jim Walker shrugged off the threat and approved the ordinance.
Since then, the U.S. attorney invited City Manager Dave Burkland, Police Chief Mike Maloney and City Attorney Lori Barker down for a little talk.
Those three probably already knew the council's idea was a bad one, but the federal prosecutor drove home the message.
They needed to find a delicate way to tell four councilors that they need to rethink their idea.
Police officers were not so delicate.
The officers union came out Friday and said flat-out they wouldn't help enable people who are breaking federal law.
It's the first time we can remember a local police force telling elected officials they wouldn't enforce one of their ideas.
The council is expected to discuss the matter again at its Aug. 2 meeting. Councilors would be wise to quickly backtrack.
They know that only two cities in the U.S. attorney's entire district got warning letters, though others have allowed dispensaries.
Those two cities were Isleton and Chico.
Both approved enormous, city-sanctioned marijuana growing facilities.
Even if the council decides to allow small-scale dispensaries, just to get off the U.S. attorney's radar, there's another problem: The police force still probably wouldn't ignore federal law and look the other way.
The council's missteps may mean that, instead of doing a favor for medical marijuana supporters who want "access to medicine," those people may end up with nothing.



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