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Ohio medical marijuana possible for 2012 ballot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio are moving ahead, with a group submitting signatures to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. And that could launch the petition collection process in time for the November 2012 ballot, the Associated Press reports.
 
Backers of the “Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment” submitted 2,143 signatures summarizing the proposed amendment, which would allow those with qualifying illnesses to possess up to 3.5 ounces of marijuana, the news service reported. DeWine's office must validate at least 1,000 of those signatures and certify that the summary language is a fair representation of the amendment.
 
Should summary language be approved, backers must then begin collecting at least 385,245 valid signatures to make it to next year's ballot. Supporters say a win would open doors to medical treatment, while opponents worry it will create an enforcement problem.
 
State lawmakers in Indiana also are studying whether the state should decriminalize the use of marijuana or create a program that would allow people to use the drug to relieve pain.
 

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Franklin man faces prison term for growing pot to blunt pain from MS

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
You have to wonder: Are the authorities and courts high? John Ray Wilson, it appears, is going to prison for growing 17 marijuana plants behind his home in Franklin Township. An appeals court last week tossed out a last-ditch attempt at overturning his conviction.
 
Now, 17 plants — some as tall as an NBA player — are a lot of pot, but Wilson suffers from multiple sclerosis, had no health insurance, his lawyer says, and grew the weed to help him alleviate the symptoms of his illness. Okay, so maybe he overplanted.
 
We know what you’re going to say: No one person could possibly smoke that much pot.
 
Heck, Wilson could have thrown a party, invited Cheech and Chong, Spicoli, Bill Maher and all of San Francisco — and still would have had a few doobies left over. So, Wilson must’ve been dealing.
 
But there’s no evidence of that.
 
Wilson was acquitted of maintaining or operating a drug-production facility (a possible 20-year offense), but found guilty of manufacturing and possessing the drug.
 
At his trial, Wilson was not allowed to tell the jury that he grew the pot to relieve his symptoms, nor was he permitted to present an expert witness on the benefits of marijuana.
 
He appealed those points, but lost.
 
Of course, had New Jersey passed a medical marijuana law sooner, Wilson wouldn’t have had to resort to backyard farming in 2009.
 
The court followed the law to the letter, but at some point, someone must step in and stop the craziness of this case. Because it’s totally bogus, dude.
 

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Court upholds 10-year term in medical pot case

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
A federal appeals court upheld the conviction and 10-year sentence Wednesday of a medical marijuana advocate who grew 32,000 pot plants for patients and fellow Rastafarians on his land in Lake County.
 
The federal judge who sent Charles "Eddy" Lepp to prison in 2009 criticized the federal law that required a 10-year term for growing at least 1,000 marijuana plants. But U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San Francisco said she was bound by the law, and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
 
"The statutory minimum sentence is not cruel and unusual punishment," the three-judge panel said.
 
Federal agents arrested Lepp in 2004 after finding the marijuana plants in gardens near his home in Upper Lake, most of them in view of Highway 20.
 
He said the plants were for patients who had a right to use marijuana with their doctors' approval under California law. Lepp also said that he was a Rastafarian minister, for whom marijuana is a sacrament, and that he was growing the plants for 2,500 members of his church who were sharecroppers.
 
Federal law strictly bans marijuana, however, even in states that allow its medical use. The appeals court upheld Patel's refusal to allow Lepp to invoke his religion as a defense to the charges, saying his prosecution served the government's "compelling interest in preventing diversion of sacramental marijuana to non-religious users."
 
Lepp's lawyer, Michael Hinckley, had argued that the 10-year sentence was grossly disproportionate to the crimes. Hinckley said that he was disappointed by Wednesday's ruling and that "the thought of him spending 10 years in prison, in circumstances like these, is tragic."
 
 

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Win HempCon Tickets from THCFinder.

Category: Contests | Posted on Sat, July, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

THCFinder Members:

 

It’s that time again. THCFinder is sponsoring HempCon at the L.A Convention Center, August 26-28. We will be giving away tickets to members who can send us your best ‘handmade’ smoking devices to be voted on by our staff. We will not accept pictures of any pieces which are blown or manufactured. We are looking for any pieces that were made by you and show off your stoner ingenuity.

 

To win a ticket to HempCon send us a picture of your best piece; these pieces can include but are not limited to: pop can pipes, Pringles can pipes, water bottle bongs, foil pipes or anything rolled. Points will be given for creativity so let’s see what you devices you can come up with. Send your pictures and any additional information to: contest@thcfinder.com. Contest ends August 20th, 2011. Good Luck!

 

Keep on Smokin' 

 


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OMG don't smoke weed or...

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

This could be you if you smoke weed, better not hit that bong again right? Who needs 8 gold medals anyways...

 


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Could New York State Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
State Senator Diane J. Savino (a Democrat representing Sunset Park, Coney Island, Bensonhurst and part of Staten Island) doesn't want New York to fall behind the Garden State.
 
Now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has green-lighted his state’s medical marijuana program—stalled for over a year after it was signed into law by his predecessor—she has co-sponsored medical marijuana legislation in Albany, drawing on her own experience of losing both parents to cancer.
 
We spoke to her over the phone about what medical marijuana in New York would look like, when we should expect a corner Canna-bakery, and whether she'd take a blunt, bong, bowl or brownie.
 
If this legislation passes, will Brooklyn look like Berkeley?
No, I think one of the arguments is that the California model has been still problematic. We don’t need to replicate what’s out in California. Like I said earlier, there are 21 states that have adopted this. We should look at the best practices and adopt them here in New York. This bill that Senator Duane introduced and I’m co-sponsoring, we would have the most conservative medical marijuana program in the country.
 
What does that mean?
The plan that would be designed under this particular bill would have the most restrictions on the distribution, on who would have access to it, how it gets dispensed, how often it gets dispensed. It’s far more restrictive than other states.
 
So you’re planning on restricting the amount of dispensaries? Are you zoning it to particular neighborhoods?
It would be restricted: who gets to manufacture it, how it gets delivered, the transfer of it, and the transportation of it. There would be a very conservative approach to it, much different than California’s.
 
What about who actually writes the prescriptions? Would it be any doctor?
Obviously we wouldn’t want dentists prescribing it. There has to be some connection between the underlying medical condition and the physician who’s prescribing it.
 

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