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Feds hold up New Jerseys marijuana program even more

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

At this point it's uncertain what New Jerseys Governor has planned but it most likely won't be anything in the rigth direction and we can only assume that this will give them another reaons to continue to delay any progress with setting up legal dispensaries for medical marijuana patients.

New Jersey's once-lauded medical marijuana initiative, which passed in 2010, is now indefinitely ensnared in bureaucracy. Initially supposed to begin this summer, governor Chris Christie put off launching the non-profit dispensaries for three months for the health department to investigate, and now it's uncertain when they'll open. The Star-Ledger seemingly crippled the opening of one clinic thanks to its ties to a Ponzi-schemer, and now they report that the Foundation Harmony dispensary cites bogus diplomas from dubious universities and has a medical advisor who once faced fraud allegations in New York.
 
The state's health department assures the paper that "no center will be given a permit unless it satisfies all of the state's requirements, including municipal approvals, security plans and background checks." In addition to their doctor, who once faced fraud and racketeering charges, Foundation Harmony has two directors who have filed for bankruptcy and is also attempting to open the center as a 501(c)(3) charity, making it tax-exempt. An attorney in the field says that's illegal because marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
 

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Something that gets passed around....

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

 

 

 


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Marijuana Shops Continue Closing Down Amid Federal Crackdown

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
More and more medical marijuana patients are being left with no place to turn for their medication other than the streets. With the continued crackdowns more dispensaries are being forced to shut their doors to patients with serious health issues and needs.
 
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Medical marijuana industry is in upheaval after the federal government announced a crackdown on California dispensaries.
 
Moni Osborne is the director of the SDTMC Dispensary, one of about 180 that had been operating in the city. Osborne has tried to diversify her business on Morena Blvd. by selling teas and offering other alternative health treatments. But her landlord received a letter from the U.S. Attorney telling him to get rid of the dispensaries on his property or face the risk of losing that property. He told Osborne she has to go.
 
"I feel heartbroken for my patients," Osborne said. "We’ve been able to establish free chiropractic. We’ve been able to establish free yoga and free acupuncture for people who otherwise would never have had an opportunity to experience those healing modalities. So I’m very saddened and confused by the nature of the federal involvement."
 

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Medical marijuana card holder sues government over gun rights

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
A medical marijuana patients is sueing the government claiming their memo sent out to Firearm dealers prohibiting medical marijuana patients from buying guns is unconstitutional and is violating her rights to buy a gun for self defense.
 
LAS VEGAS (CN) - The U.S. government unconstitutionally prohibits people who hold state-issued medical marijuana cards from buying guns, says a medical technician who was not allowed to buy a gun for self-defense.
 
S. Rowan Wilson sued the U.S. attorney general and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Federal Court, challenging Section 922(g)(3) of the federal criminal code, which "prohibits law-abiding adults who have obtained medical marijuana cards pursuant to state law from lawfully purchasing what the Supreme Court has called 'the quintessential self-defense weapon' and 'the most popular weapon chosen by Americans for self-defense in the home,'" (citing District of Columbia v Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 128 S. Ct. at 2818.)
 
Wilson, a medical tech and professional caregiver who holds a master's degree and wants to go to med school to become an osteopath, obtained a medical marijuana card so she could use the drug to treat severe menstrual cramps.
 
She tried to buy a Smith & Wesson .357 magnum this month in Moundhouse, Nev., but the dealer told her he "was prohibited from selling her the firearm, any other firearm, or even any ammunition" because she had a medical marijuana card.
 
Wilson says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the directors of the BATF are violating her rights under the 2nd and 5th Amendments.
 
She wants the pertinent regulations declared unconstitutional, including 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(3), 922 (d)(3) and 27 C.F.R. § 478.11. She also seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
 

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Halloween fun

Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

Got bud?

 


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Lawyer: Governor, AG conspiring against medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX — The lawyer for one of the state's medical marijuana clubs accused the governor and attorney general on Friday of conspiring to undermine the voter-approved initiative making the drug legal for some ill people.
 
“We believe that there's a clear and blatant pattern that has transpired over the last few months,” said Thomas Dean. He said that directly includes both Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne.
 
“There's plenty of evidence that was done in a way that was conspiratorial, fraudulent,” Dean told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink.
 
In a bid to prove his point, Dean told the judge he wants to question both officials under oath.
 
But Assistant Attorney General Lori Davis told the judge that's not going to happen — at least not in the way Dean envisions.
 
Davis said she's willing to provide stipulations verifying the accuracy of public statements both have made about the issue.
 
“But if they're wanting to get in to political leanings and whether they oppose it or support it, I don't think that's appropriate for this,” she told the judge. Davis said the only issue before the court is whether the clubs can legally operate, making the views of the two elected officials irrelevant.
 
And she called Dean's request “a political, media move.”
 
 

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