Marijuana Collective Members in Court
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
When will this madness and nonsense stop? Harassing workers is going above and beyond any rational thinking of shutting down dispensaries as if that is not bad enough to begin with.
It's the first case of it's kind in Butte County. Three members of a marijuana collective, raided last year, pleaded "not guilty" today to the felony charges against them. Eight dispensaries in the Chico area were raided June 30th.. Mountainside Patient Collective was one of them. And although the three who appeared in court today are the first to face charges, the District Attorney's office says they won't be the last.
Jason Anderson, Michael Anderson, and Kaitlin Sanchez are facing several felony charges for providing medical marijuana to patients in Butte County. They are the three members of the Mountainside Patients Collective, one of eight dispensaries raided last June.. And the first to appear in court.
"The legislation that allows collectives and cooperatives is very clear that you can only cultivate. You cannot sell, you cannot distribute," District Attorney Mike Ramsey says.
According to Prop 215 marijuana possession and cultivation is allowed for personal medical use only, and by no means is it available for sales.. Even if its labeled a 'non-profit' by the collective. It also states that only seriously ill patients have the right to medical cannibus. Those with cancer or aids for example. "Seventy percent of their membership was under the age of 30.. These are supposedly seriously ill folks," says Ramsey.
Bay Area cannabis activist Mickey Martin is a personal friend of the Andersons. His argument...What about those who are unable to grow medical marijuana themselves. Like those who are too ill or living in apartment complexes with not enough space. "People who do live in apartments, do count on collectives and other people to grow their medicine for them because there's just no space," Martin says.
Martin also believes the time and money spent to prepare for the raid could have been spent elsewhere. As he says, instead of attacking these medical providers. "There's a lot of people who need this medicine and the people who are willing to stand on the front lines and provide it, don't deserve to be dragged through court.."
But in the coming months, the D.A.'s office plans to file several other charges against others involved with the dispensaries raided last summer. Ramsey says, "They have a sham legal existence. They're selling marijuana. They are really nothing more than marijuana stores."
The Mountainside Patients Collective trial date has been set for September 26th.
North Hollywood medical-marijuana shop Starbudz closed by city attorney
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, July, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Thursday it has closed down and evicted a North Hollywood medical marijuana shop.
The shop, Starbudz Inc., and the property owner, Eric Matuschek, were notified in January of community complaints and violations of the state narcotics laws, according to officials with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's office. Also, they said Starbudz failed to file a notice to register under the city's temporary law governing medical marijuana sales.
Efforts to contact Matuschek and the store were unsuccessful.
The Sheriff's Department cleared the property on Wednesday, after several months of court proceedings, seizing more than 3.5 kilograms of marijuana, 37 plants and food items. Also taken into custody was a 3-foot long iguana.
Starbudz was ordered to pay $35,290 to cover the city's attorney fees and costs.
Marijuana legalization may be on Calif. ballot again
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
ACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--Marijuana supporters in California began their next attempt at legalizing recreational use of the drug July 25, when the secretary of state's office approved the circulation of ballot petitions for their proposition.
Advocates for recreational marijuana must gather 504,760 signatures by Dec. 19 for the initiative to appear on either the June or November ballots next year.
The new movement supported by Steve Kubby, a medical marijuana activist, differs from California's Proposition 19 -- the previous effort to legalize recreational marijuana that failed to pass in the 2010 midterm elections.
This new push to legalize marijuana contends that people who grow the plant should be treated like vintners and microbrewers, who are not taxed if they do keep the product for themselves. Under the upcoming proposition those who sell marijuana would be regulated by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Associated Press reported.
Kubby said in the AP report that next year's presidential election provides a better chance for the proposition because it pulls in a broader group of voters as opposed to midterm elections where conservatives are more likely to vote.
Proposition 19 was defeated, 54-46 percent, and liberal and conservative politicians alike joined in rejecting the measure. If Proposition 19 had passed it would have made California the first state to legalize smoking pot recreationally.
Indiana panel to consider proposal to legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Would you like some irony with that baggie of medical marijuana? Well, like it or not, you’re getting some. Medical marijuana has been legal for a decade or so in various U.S. states but it wasn’t until the Ogden memo of 2009 that it really took off.
That was the memo from the Department of Justice that states and medical marijuana providers took to mean the feds would stand down and look the other way as long as medical marijuana patients and providers were in clear compliance with state laws.
Then somebody at the Department of Justice apparently decided that maybe it wasn’t cool for the feds to look the other way as states began flaunting their defiance of the Controlled Substances Act, and medical marijuana states got a raft of new letters from new DOJ attorneys, culminating in the Cole memo which said that state laws are not a defense when it comes to breaking federal laws.
So, on the one hand you have the Department of Justice essentially launching the medical marijuana boom with a memo that seemed to spell out the fact that the nation’s top law enforcement agency would respect state law and pretty much stay out of medical marijuana. Then, on the other hand you have that same agency saying “Now, wait a minute, that’s not what we meant at all.”
“It is very disappointing that the Obama Administration has backed off significantly from what they promised. (Attorney General Eric) Holder was very clear earlier that the Ogden memo applied to entities such as dispensaries and not just to patients,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policy for the Marijuana Policy Project, in Washington, D.C.
Free pot in exchange for registering to vote?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
A medical marijuana shop's offer of free pot in exchange for registering to vote appears to have gone up in smoke.
Your Healthy Choice Clinic of Lansing, Mich., had been offering a half gram on its website ahead of a vote for city council seats and after the council approved capping the number of medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits and setting a $1,000 application fee.
Clinic owner Shekina Pena earlier said she wasn't trying to buy votes.
"We really got to fight to get the voters out there because the polls are showing there's 4-5,000 people in Lansing that are patients or caregivers," she told NBC affiliate WILX TV. "So we need those 4-5,000 people to come forth to the polls and vote for whomever they feel is in support of what they want for access."
"We let them know how we feel, we don't tell them who to vote for," she added. "We definitely want to support the ones (city council members) who are supporting us."
On Wednesday, the state's attorney general, at the prodding of a state senator, said he was looking into whether the clinic crossed a legal line.
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope said if the clinic tied the offer to voting for or against a particular person then it would definitely have crossed the legal line.
Pena insisted that wasn't the case, but Swope still had concerns that a line might have been crossed, noting that a website tagline — "Vote for us and we'll vote for you." — suggested a close tie to candidates.
A clinic employee contacted by msnbc.com on Thursday had "no comment" on whether the website offer still stood, and Pena had not yet returned a call seeking clarification.
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