Medical Marijuana patient sues Royal Oak
Another resident is suing the city because of its new zoning ordinance that allows patients to use but not grow medical marijuana.
Christopher Frizzo, 47, a qualifying patient who has multiple sclerosis, filed a lawsuit Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court. He isn’t seeking monetary damages.
“He wants Royal Oak to repeal its ordinance that limits medical marijuana from being grown or cultivated and if they won’t do it he wants the judge to declare the Royal Oak ordinance unenforceable and void,” said Neil Rockind, one of Frizzo’s attorneys.
Rockind, who is representing Frizzo pro bono, served the city with the lawsuit in person. He was following up on a threat to sue made during public comment of the Jan. 24 City Commission meeting.
“I think the way some politicians and localities are approaching medical marijuana is hurting patients when it’s their job to protect people like Christopher Frizzo,” Rockind said. ”I marched down to City Hall with the lawsuit in my hand and told the city clerk you’ll be getting to know me.”
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed by state voters in November 2008 allows qualifying patients to grow to up to 12 medical marijuana plants or have a caregiver do it for them if both are registered with the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Frizzo’s lawsuit says he has no caregiver and grows his own medicine because he has limited mobility and financial means.
In a phone interview, Frizzo said medical marijuana reduces the severity of his muscle spasms and nausea while increasing his appetite.
“In minutes, the nausea and sick feeling goes away. It likes a miracle,” Frizzo said.
City bans medical marijuana dispensaries
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members voted unanimously Monday to declare medical marijuana dispensaries a public nuisance and permanently ban them from opening within city limits.
Though no one has ever filed for a permit to open a pot clinic in La Cañada, Community Development Director Robert Stanley described the move as a pre-emptive measure because an existing medical marijuana dispensary moratorium was set to expire in April.
Despite concerns over the often murky nature of state laws governing medical marijuana distribution and a plethora of past and pending legal action, council members said a ban was necessary to protect the safety and character of the city.
“I think this is a health and safety issue, particularly for our youth. If we made our decisions based on fear of litigation, we’d never make a decision,” said Councilman Greg Brown.
The ordinance declaring clinics a public nuisance reads that cities with pot clinics “have observed negative secondary effects to public health, safety and welfare, including increased crime such as burglaries, robberies, or sale of illegal drugs.”
Despite the ban on dispensaries, licensed hospices and health clinics will remain able to administer medical marijuana treatments to chronically ill patients in their care — exemptions Mayor Donald Voss said “get to the heart of why [permitted medical use] is state law in the first place.”
Four Arrested After Illawarra Drug Raids
Cannabis plants, weapons and stolen goods have been seized by police during raids south of Sydney. Three men and a woman remain in custody after simultaneous raids on six properties in Unanderra and Berkeley, in the Illawarra region, at 8am on Tuesday.
Police allegedly seized three cannabis plants, 2.5kg of cannabis leaf, a quantity of methylamphetamine, a replica firearm, ammunition, a stun gun, cash and a stolen motorcycle.
The men, aged 31, 38 and 41 and the 38-year-old woman are expected to be charged with various drug supply and property offences. Police said the operation was part of a three-month ongoing investigation into the cultivation and supply of cannabis in the area.
Analysis Finds Link Between Marijuana Use, Earlier Onset of Psychosis
The use of marijuana is associated with an earlier onset of psychosis, and that association might be causal, a meta-analysis published Feb. 7 online in Archives of General Psychiatry has shown. "This study lends weight to the view that cannabis use precipitates schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, perhaps by an interaction between genetic and environmental factors ... or by disrupting brain development, especially during the important neurological maturation that takes place during adolescence," said Dr. Matthew Large of Prince of Wales Hospital and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and his associates. Further, the study findings raise "important questions of whether cannabis ... can trigger psychosis by direct neurotoxic effects, by alterations in dopamine activity, or by other changes in neurotransmission and the extent to which any adverse effects on the brain are reversible." Future research should focus on finding "the mechanisms by which cannabis use triggers or brings forward psychotic illness," the investigators added.
They performed a meta-analysis of 83 studies that reported age at onset of psychotic disorders in cohorts of patients in which the use of psychoactive substances also was recorded. These included 8,167 patients who reported that they used substances and 14,352 who reported that they did not. Overall, the mean age of psychosis onset in patients who used substances was about 2 years younger than the age of psychosis onset in patients who did not.
In a further analysis, study samples of patients who used cannabis in particular showed an onset of psychosis that was nearly 3 years earlier than in study samples of patients who did not use cannabis. Similarly, the onset of psychosis was 2 years earlier in samples of patients who used unspecified psychoactive substances than in samples of those who did not. In contrast, the use of alcohol alone was not significantly associated with a younger age of onset of psychosis.
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Marijuana vs. Religion
This is a strange case; First one of its kind. There shall be a hearing in the court of Canada, to decide whether The "Church of the Universe" would be allowed to grow and distribute Marijuana as a part of its religious proceedings. It is strange case in which there are two Reverends held as accused for the distribution of Marijuana despite the laws of the country.
It depends on Madam Justice Thea Hurman what turn this battle may take in the days to come. "It would effectively legalize marijuana because every pot smoker would find a new religion," argued Nick Devlin and Donna Polgar, of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, who are in opposition of the case.
They were of the view that just because Marijuana is something that makes people go on a trip and enjoy, it does not mean that it should be made constitutionally right as well. The laws of the nation are for the protection of the citizens and this shall hamper it in all possible ways. Making Marijuana legal to be marketed could be a step too large towards the end of days. The seriousness of the issue is realized by a few and they have to stand up for the betterment of the country, of the world All eyes await the decision that could change a lot for the entire human race.
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