Long Beach Bans "Rogue" Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
The Long Beach City Council voted last night to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating in the city, but allowed clubs that won the city's controversial marijuana lottery to remain open for four months. The clubs that were exempted from the ban belong to the Long Beach Collective Assocation, (LBCA) and include 18 dispensaries that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on city permitting fees. As of now, all other clubs operating within city limits that failed to win the lottery or which never participated (and which haven't already been shut down) now face the immediate possibility of being raided by city police and code enforcement officers.
In recent weeks, LBCA has mounted a public relations campaign to pressure the city not to abandon its medical marijuana ordinance, major portions of which have been ruled illegal in a case involving patients whose clubs were shut down by the city that is now before the California Supreme Court.
Although the ostensible reason for allowing the exempted clubs to continue operating for four months is to allow for the Supreme Court to issue its ruling, such clarity isn't likely to arrive in less than a year, although the city will always have the option of extending its exemption. Until now, the city has only occasionally raided various clubs that lost the lottery or which refused for financial or ideological reasons to pay the hefty $15,000 application fee, and no raids have been carried out since the city's ordinance was ruled illegal late last year. But now that the city has a ban on the books, the raids are likely to pick up speed.
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Hawaii Senate Bill Would Add Medical Marijuana to the Pain Bill of Rights
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
A new Hawaii Senate bill would acknowledge that Cannabis (“marijuana”) is a pain medication.
A hearing for SB2262 has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at 2:45pm. (The new 24-hour rule means that testimony for the bill must be received by Tuesday, February 14 at 2:45pm.)
Sandy and Charlie Webb, MD, of the MUM Clinic wrote the legislation, and describe it below:
In 2008 the Hawai’i Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights passed, in which acute and chronic pain patients are guaranteed the “right to request or reject all treatment modalities.” By specifically including the medical use of marijuana in the Patient’s Pain Bill of Rights, it confirms a patient’s right to choose what works best for them and will help strengthen the medical marijuana program.
Reasons to support SB 2262
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid addicting and highly dangerous opioids (like Oxycontin and methadone)that constipate and sedate patients and are responsible for15,000 accidental deaths every year.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to avoid pharmaceutical NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti Inflamitory Drugs). Many patients are allergic to NSAID’s (aspirin, advil, alleve, etc) which can also cause kidney failure and are responsible for 100,000 hospitalizations a year (including 6,000 deaths, mainly from bleeding ulcers).
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same job protection as those patients who are prescribed other controlled substances for their pain.
Chronic pain patients who need medical cannabis deserve the same right as patients using other controlled substances to travel within the state with their medication.
Chronic pain patients deserve the right to use the safest pain medication known to science: Cannabis.
You can read the bill here.
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