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Medical marijuana dispensaries battle to remain in San Diego

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, July, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
The controversial issue of regulating medical marijuana dispensaries was front and center at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
 
This is all about the City's new regulations on the storefront collectives, and whether they should be repealed.
 
Last April, after much debate, discussion which included a city medical marijuana task force, the City Council adopted new restrictions regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. But, medical marijuana advocates say the council ignored the task force and adopted restrictions which are unreasonable.
 
"The medical marijuana task force made wonderful recommendations that were not implemented, they were changed at the last minute into zoning restrictions and they were made much more restrictive than they were intended to be," said one activist who addressed the council.
 
Foremost among them: requiring the City's estimated 160 collectives to shut down and apply for permits. Also, the dispensaries would be limited to certain commercial and industrial zones, at least 600 feet from one another, as well as from schools, parks and churches.
 
Advocates went out and collected enough signatures to qualify a ballot measure on the issue.
 
Monday, the council was faced with a choice: conduct an expensive election or repeal the ordinance.
 
Supporters of strict regulations say the proliferation of such clinics has led to abuse, especially among young adults.
 
"I can't understand why the shops are still open without businesses licenses, that's not legal," said one supporter.
 
Medical marijuana advocate Donna Lambert appeared on KUSI's Good Morning San Diego.
 
"That is the one main reasons why it's important for us to work with the council and the police to end such abuses, we can do that by bringing the issue out of the shadows and into the mainstream, we can get rid of that," said Lambert.
 
Under the headline, "be careful what you wish for," the City Council reluctantly voted six-to-two to repeal the ordinance, rather than spend upwards of a million dollars for an election.
 
Council members cautioned that since a compromise wasn't reached, it's likely none will ever be able to be found.
 
Which could lead to a moratorium or an outright ban of medical marijuana dispensaries in the City.
 

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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
 

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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.
 
(Sourcehttp://healthland.time.com Photo: Getty Images

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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.
 

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Fox news poll on legalizing Marijuana

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

Time to legalize it!


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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.
 

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