Dana Point shutters 3 medical pot dispensaries
A Southern California coastal city has shut down three medical marijuana dispensaries for routine building and municipal code violations.
The city of Dana Point on Monday shut off utilities and closed the Beach Cities Collective, Holistic Health and The Point Alternative Care. Orange County sheriff's investigators served search warrants Friday at Point Alternative, but no details are available on that search.
The city and dispensaries have been at odds for 18 months over Dana Point's efforts to obtain dispensary records, including client names, as part of an investigation on whether the pot shops are operating legally.
The Orange County Register says the city then sued to shut down the dispensaries.
Lawyers for two shuttered dispensaries say they will go to court to reopen the businesses.
Montel Williams Seeks Medical Marijuana Bill
The famous talk show host Montel Williams is urging state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland, saying it has a role helping those with painful ailments such as his own. The Baltimore native spoke on Monday at a news conference with Maryland lawmakers who support legalized medical marijuana
Williams, 54, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990. He says he has been living with pain in his lower extremities, face and side for years and adds marijuana provides the only relief he can find. When questioned by The Associated Press, he declined to comment about just where he obtains the drug. The Maryland Senate passed a bill last year to allow physician-approved use of marijuana. The House didn't pass the measure but lawmakers say they'll try again this year.
Colorado Marijuana Patients Must Give Up Privacy
If these new go into effect, the medical marijuana of Colorado will suffer an illegal and immoral violation of their rights. The new Department of Revenue rules related to video surveillance and tracking of patient purchases violate the patients’ right to confidentiality guaranteed in the Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution.
The sharing of the personal information of these patients will profile them to be automatic suspects in a variety of situations!
“There are no security guidelines for how this information will be kept secure,” CTI said in a Monday press release. “As we have seen with WikiLeaks, it is virtually impossible to guarantee that electronic records will remain confidential.” “This is an unprecedented assault on the Constitutional guarantee to confidentiality of medical marijuana patients in Colorado,” CTI said. “We MUST stop the state from developing this database and replacing the confidential registry.”
Florida's Jenkins Arrested On Marijuana Charge
Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been arrested on a marijuana possession charge, his second arrest in the past 20 months. It's also the first arrest under new coach Will Muschamp, who vowed to have players represent the university "the Florida way." Jenkins was arrested early Saturday in a Gainesville nightclub. Corporal Tscharna Senn, public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department, said officers patrolling downtown clubs spotted Jenkins in a public bathroom rolling a marijuana cigarette. She said Jenkins had a "small, clear bag of cannabis." Jenkins was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, a misdemeanor. He was not taken to jail. Instead, he was released after signing a notice to appear in court Feb. 17.
It's certainly not the start Muschamp wanted at Florida. "There's a certain thing that I'm going to refer to as the Florida way, and that's the way they need to act and that's the way they need to represent our University," Muschamp said during his introductory news conference last month. "And I'm going to demand that and I think that you'll understand in time that that's something that's very important to me." Former coach Urban Meyer's tenure was filled with off-the-field issues. The Gators had 30 arrests involving 27 players during Meyer's six seasons. One of those included Jenkins. Police used a stun gun when arresting him in May 2009 and Jenkins was charged with affray and resisting arrest without violence. Jenkins said he was fighting back after a man tried to pull a gold chain off his neck.
Jenkins signed a deferred prosecution agreement the following month and got his record wiped clean after serving probation and performing community service. Jenkins, considered one of the top cornerbacks in the Southeastern Conference, decided two weeks ago to return to school for his senior season. He's a three-year starter who played most of last year with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He missed the Outback Bowl following surgery. Despite the injury, Jenkins enjoyed his best season. He pretty much shut down the league's best receivers. Georgia's A.J. Green, Alabama's Julio Jones and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery averaged 38 yards receiving against Jenkins and had one touchdown between them. Many believed Jenkins would turn leave early. But after Muschamp took over and hired several assistants with NFL backgrounds, Jenkins opted to stay in school, rehab his shoulder and possibly improve his draft stock this fall. Now, he's facing almost certain punishment for his arrest.
Wyoming court rejects Boulder man's medical pot defense
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — People who legally obtain medical marijuana in other states are not exempt from criminal prosecution for drug possession in Wyoming, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
The court unanimously ruled last week in the case of Daniel J. Burns, of Boulder, who was arrested in March 2009 in Laramie County on a felony drug possession charge after being caught with more than a pound of marijuana in his vehicle.
Colorado is one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that allow medical marijuana use or make special concessions on penalties for marijuana users with a medical condition.
But medical marijuana advocates say it's important for marijuana users to understand that they can't possess the drug in states where it is illegal.
"This certainly should serve as wake-up call to Colorado's 100,000-plus medical marijuana patients that their rights will not necessarily be respected in Wyoming and other states," Brian Vicente, head of the marijuana-advocacy group Sensible Colorado, said Thursday.
Burns, who has a Colorado registry card and doctor's certification to use marijuana for medical purposes, argued that Wyoming drug laws exempt people who are prescribed drugs by a doctor.
However, the Supreme Court ruled this week that under Colorado's medical marijuana laws, doctors do not prescribe medical marijuana but simply recommend use of marijuana for treatment. A person who receives a doctor's recommendation must apply for the Colorado medical marijuana registry card and the state determines whether to issue one.
"Importantly, it is not the action of the physician that determines any potential possession of marijuana by the patient," the court opinion, authored by Justice Michael Golden, said. "Clearly, therefore, the physician is not prescribing or ordering the possession of marijuana."
Tina Kerin, a member of the public defender's office who served as part of Burns' defense team, said the team is considering asking the state court to rehear the case. Rehearings are rarely granted by the Supreme Court, Kerin said.
Keith Stroup, lawyer for the Washington-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said states with medical marijuana laws do not allow doctors to prescribe the drug because marijuana is still an illegal substance under federal law.
"So if a doctor should attempt to prescribe it he would lose his license and, of course, there would be no protection for the patient either," St. Pierre said.
No one has been prescribed marijuana since the early 1940s, he said.
Stroup also noted that some states with medical marijuana laws do allow use by residents of other states with such laws, but not all of them.
Officers: Limit medical marijuana for NV parolees
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State parole and probation officers want better control of parolees who have medical marijuana cards.
One proposal would require parolees to get permission from the Board of Parole Commissioners before being granted a medical marijuana card, according to The Nevada Appeal of Carson City. Parole cannot be revoked for using medical marijuana.
Parole and Probation Lt. Tom Ely told the board Thursday he doesn't want to limit access for parolees with HIV, cancer or diseases such as glaucoma. But many parolees use medical marijuana for minor problems, such as flat feet or anxiety, Ely said.
"Most of them are only using (medical marijuana) to get around the rules," he said. "We're just looking to deny those who are looking for an excuse to continue to get high."
If their drug use cannot be prevented, Ely said it makes recidivism more likely, especially for sex offenders.
"If they're abusing drugs, there's no way to manage their rehabilitation," Ely said.
Chairman Connie Bisbee said state law likely prevents the board or parole officers from requiring permission.
The board may ask the state Legislature, which begins meeting Feb. 7, to give parole officers the power to regulate medical marijuana use. But until then, not much can be done.
"While you could make a condition that you can't smoke marijuana, you can't enforce it," Bisbee said.
Commissioner Tony Coda said the board doesn't have the medical expertise to make a decision about whether somebody should qualify.
About 3,000 people in Nevada have medical marijuana cards, according to the state Health Division. Althoutgh the law was passed about a decade ago, applications have skyrocketed, with more than 1,000 filed in the last six months.
During the upcoming legislative session, Democratic Assemblyman Paul Aizley, of Las Vegas, planned to introduce a bill to allow people to smoke marijuana without a state-issued card.
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