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California NORML Estimates 1 Million MMJ Patients

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

According to the most recent data collected, between 2%-3% of Californias population finds medical relief from marijuana. California NORML estimates this to be between 750,000 and 1,125,000. Prop 215 (CA's MMJ law) doesnt require every patient to register with the state so these numbers have been estimated based on the population and usage rate of other states.
Colorado and Montana were used as a basis for estimations because they require every medicical marijuana user to register. Colorado currently has over 125,000 registered patients which make up 2.5% of the population. Montana's perentage of users is slightly higher, having 30,000 patients registered, which accounts for over 3% of the population.

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Arizona Bans Medical Marijuana on Campus

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

Even though Arizona's Medical Marijuana Bill was voted through, the Arizona Board of Regents will not be allowing the substance on any state university campuses. The board of Regents is keeping the educational institutions in line with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, which states places reciving funds from federal programs must prevent the possession and distribution of illegal drugs.


The change in policy might not mean much to many students. Arizona State University Students caught with the substance will face no state law violations, but will be found in violation of campus policies. No specific consequenses have been set yet, and ASU plans to deal with each incident on a student-to-student basis.
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A Stoner Memorial

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

Happy Memorial Day everyone! here is our tribute to some of the famous smokers


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California MMJ Patient Released From Bermuda Jail

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

Edith Wolffe, An American Tourist traveling to Bermuda, was arrested in mid May for attempting to smuggle in marijuana. Wolffe possessed a medical marijuana card from the state of California, and needed the herb to treat her Meniere’s disease. Airport Security found more than 35 grams of marijuana hidden within her suitcase after Wolffe was chosen for a random security check.

 

The judge in her hearing said the prescription had no validity in Bermuda, and Wolffe was originally sentenced to a month in jail along with $3,000 in fines. Wolffe’s lawyer, Mark Pettingill filed an appeal with the Bermuda Supreme court and late Friday night Wolffe was released until an appeal may be heard. A date for the appeal hearing has not been set.

 

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Feds License Drug Companies To Grow Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

From Arizona to Washington, the DEA is cracking down on medical marijuana and dispensaries everywhere. They have done everything from write threatening letters to politicians to kicking in caregiver’s door; and they did all this while licensing 55 large name pharmaceutical companies to grow the herb to produce generic versions of the THC pill Marinol.

 

A little hypocritical to say the least?  On top of all that, patients claim that THC-only Marinol didn’t provide the same relief they received from smoking marijuana. “They’ve got to realize, as a political issue, this is going to raise a red flag. Here we have companies cultivating marijuana on a mass scale to produce generic Marinol. It’s going to force the government to answer more questions than it wants to,” says Kris Hermes, t he spokesperson for Americans for Safe Access.

 

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Minnesota BOP Defends Constitutionally Unsound Actions

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

 

I spoke with the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy’s Executive Director on the phone earlier this week. The corruption and incompetence is actually kind of amusing. In the end, the Board of Pharmacy has helped us! Opening your state up to a lawsuit so you don’t have to respond to a legal argument is so helpful. Thanks for showing your true colors.

 

The Board of Pharmacy’s rewrite of Minnesota Code 152.02 will likely end up being litigated in a courtroom in the near future. Before I explain, let me rehash what has happened thus far:

 

June 23, 2010: MN NORML’s Kurt Hanna files petition to remove cannabis from schedule 1.

 

July 22, 2010: Board of Pharmacy responds to Mr. Hanna’s Petition. Board opines that they are not REQUIRED to review marijuana’s Schedule I status.

 

December 2010: Board drafts language to change the law, introduced as HF 1520, in December 2010.

 

Kurt Hanna introduced a new petition at the beginning of 2011.

 

May 2011: The language the board drafted in December, in order to avoid responding to Mr. Hanna’s legal argument, passes in HF 57 and SF 1166, and is signed into law by the Governor last Wednesday. The language changes Minnesota Statute 152.02 from:

 

“The state Board of Pharmacy, after consulting with the Advisory Council on Controlled Substances, shall annually, on or before May 1 of each year, conduct a review of the placement of controlled substances in the various schedules”

 

to now say:

“The Board of Pharmacy may not delete or reschedule a drug that is in Schedule I.” This change in the code has removed the state’s sole administrative remedy for marijuana’s improper Schedule I classification, removing a petitioner’s due process remedy to misclassification of a substance in the code, and thus opened the state up to a lawsuit. Good job, public servants!

 

So, with the recent change in law, Mr. Hanna’s petition cannot be responded to! Rather than follow the law, the Board acted swiftly to change it. They hijacked their state’s ability to retain state sovereignty on medical decisions, and sold out the citizens of Minnesota in the process. The next step, from what I understand, is court. I wonder if anyone is working on a lawsuit?

 

written by: Jason Karimi

To read more articles about the corruption in Minnesota, click here


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