$770,000 Cannabis Crop In Sydney House
A woman has been charged with cultivating cannabis valued at more than three-quarters of a million dollars in a small town southwest of Sydney. Police searched the house on Wynyard Avenue in Rossmore on Wednesday and allegedly found seven rooms set up for cultivation of the drug.
They seized 348 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $774,000. A 39 year old woman was arrested at the scene and later charged with large commercial cultivation of prohibited plants. She was refused bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local court on Thursday.
Man grew cannabis in shed to combat ex-wifes arthritis
San Bernardino Moves Toward Shutting Out Marijuana Dispensaries Entirely
Looks like unincorporated L.A. County isn't the only place these days.
Michigans medical pot law takes center stage in federal court
As most of the state was preparing for the blizzard that buried much of the state in snow Tuesday, advocates for the state medical marijuana law’s confidentiality provisions were in federal court in Grand Rapids trying to quash a federal subpoena for medical information in the possession of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Both state and federal authorities were in court on Tuesday as well as advocates for Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs arguing over whether the MDCH can release information about seven patients/caregivers without violating the law’s confidentiality clause. The Medical Marijuana Act makes it a crime to release information contained in the confidential records turned over to the Michigan Department of Community Health as part of getting a patient card.
Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette has said he will release the information if the federal courts issue an order directing the records be released and preventing officials from being held liable for the release under Michigan law. Schuette opposed the 2008 ballot initiative which created the law.
Jamie Lowell from MACC had this to say to the Grand Rapids Press about the potential impact of releasing confidential medical records.
“When you get the application, you are under the impression all of the information will remain confidential,” he said Tuesday, outside of U.S. District Court. “People aren’t going to have that peace of mind, and they’ll think twice.”
Federal officials, however, say MACC has no business in a legal dispute between the state and federal governments.
[Assistant U.S. Attorney John] Bruha said that medical-marijuana advocates have built a case based on “rather vague confidentiality provisions,” in the law. The federal government could legally obtain the information on specified patients through a third party, or the state, which does not violate constitutional rights against self-incrimination because “the target is not being forced or compelled to do anything,” he said.
Striking against the city!
Medical-marijuana advocates are aiming to pull a Walmart. That is, they want to collect enough signatures to avoid what they describe as a de facto ban.
When the San Diego City Councilpassed an ordinance that could have threatened the development of new supercenter stores, Walmart fought back with a signature drive to give San Diegans the chance to vote on it. Faced with a special election, the council backed down and repealed the ordinance on Tuesday.
At a meeting of the California Cannabis Coalition on Monday, attorney Jessica McElfresh said the San Diego Planning Commission’s decision last week to approve a restrictive ordinance came months faster than anticipated. Marijuana collectives and patients’ best hope, she said, is to pursue a ballot initiative—one that she co-wrote—that would enact the more flexible recommendations of theSan Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force.
The initiative, filed with the City Clerk in December, is titled “Citizens for Safe Access Ordinance,” and the coalition is establishing a political action committee, San Diegans for Patients’ Rights. They need 62,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Thenext ballot—as early as June if Gov. Jerry Brown gets his way—the coalition hopes to pressure the City Council to reject the Planning Commission’s ordinance the same way Walmart did. If the council passes the restrictive ordinance anyway, the initiative would serve to repeal and replace it.
The Planning Commission’s ordinance contains 1,000foot distance restrictions from everything from parks to universities, the limitation of collectives to a few industrial and commercial zones and a stringent permit requirement. With these rules, McElfresh expects only five or so dispensaries will exist within the city limits. Her proposed initiative contains 500- and 600-foot restrictions and allows for dispensaries in all industrial and commercial zones. This, she says, will more or less maintain the status quo.
San Diegans may yet vote on a big-box ordinance. But this time it would be big-box dispensaries.
The Planning Commission’s ordinance would cut the number of collectives in San Diego, but it would have little impact on the number of medical-marijuana consumers. As a result, San Diegans may be faced with an oligopoly of large collectives. Oakland, as a precedent, has a small number of dispensaries, but among them are the 48,000-member Harborside Health Center and the franchise weGrow, which is often referred to as the “Walmart of Weed.”
Can Employers Fire a Medical Marijuana Patient for Lighting Up California
It looks like California has backed itself into a bit of a smoke-filled corner again. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but one state senator says that legality is worthless to about half the residents there. That’s because it’s currently legal for any California company to fire any employee who tests positive for pot. California Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno says that his state’s legalization of marijuana was never meant to apply only to the state’s unemployed which at face value, seems to make a lot of sense. Do medical-marijuana patients have a right to work or not?
This is not the first time that Leno has introduced a bill that bans employers from firing medipot smokers. His 2007 bill was very similar, and it even passed the legislature. But then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it, saying employment protection was not a goal of Prop. 215, which legalized marijuana in California. Schwarzenegger also said he was concerned about allowing marijuana to affect the decisions that employers make.
But can you really have it both ways? If medical marijuana is so therapeutic, then should only those who do not work be able to benefit from it? How do the rights of legitimate medipot smokers compare to disabled people who require certain accommodations? Yes, much of this boils down to what type of job a person is performing. And Leno’s bill addresses this. The bill states that jobs that are “safety sensitive,” such as those performed by doctors and heavy equipment operators, would not be covered.
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