400 Mainers sign up for medical pot
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 Mainers applied to the state for permission to be medical marijuana patients under a new state law.
Starting Saturday, Mainers had to be registered with the state before legally using marijuana to ease the painful symptoms of cancer, AIDS and other medical conditions. For the past decade, patients needed only a doctor's authorization.
The Maine Sunday Telegram says applications streamed into the Maine Department of Health and Human Services during the final days and weeks of 2010, and hundreds more are expected in the next several weeks. Officials say they expect to give registration cards to 1,200 or more patients by the time the initial rush is over this spring.
Festival Guard Accused Of Selling Drugs
Police patrolling a Sydney music festival have arrested and charged a security guard with selling drugs at the event. Police say the 51-year-old man had $390 in cash on him and 50 ecstasy tablets at the Field Day Festival in the Domain. They say cannabis was found in his car. Police say they also found six ecstasy tablets on a 25 year old man they allege bought drugs from the security guard. The security guard, from Lidcombe, was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and drug possession.
He has been granted conditional bail and is due to appear in North Sydney Local Court on January 25. The 25 year old man was issued with a court attendance notice for drug possession and is due in Downing Centre Local Court on January 24. Two other people were also charged with supplying drugs at the festival. A total of 111 people were arrested among the crowd of 20,000. Seven festival-goers were taken to hospital for suspected drug overdoses.
19 Year Old Hospitalized After Using Marijuana Alternative
A 19 year old man was hospitalized in Duluth last night after going into convulsions following the use of a marijuana alternative. According to the Duluth Police Department, 911 were called after the teen was quote "freaking out, hitting the wall, and not making any sense."
When authorities arrived at the scene the man was alert, but shaking uncontrollably. The marijuana alternative the man took was called "Fear and Loathing" and police were told it was purchased at a Duluth based business. In August, the Duluth City Council passed an ordinance banning the sale of synthetic marijuana across the city.
Phoenix sets zoning for medical pot sites
PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Phoenix is setting zoning rules to regulate the medical marijuana system Arizona voters legalized in November, officials said.
The state Health Department also is drafting rules on who can prescribe and receive a prescription and to ensure secure facilities, The Arizona Republic reported Saturday.
Phoenix planning director Debra Stark said the city aimed to make zoning laws strict enough to protect the community while allowing marijuana in the city.
Phoenix is dividing medical-marijuana land uses into three categories:
* Retail sales/dispensaries where patients can purchase medical marijuana. Sales will be allowed only in commercial zones, covering many major intersections and streets.
* Grow facilities where marijuana will be grown or cultivated to supply dispensaries. In Phoenix, grow facilities will be allowed only in areas zoned for heavy industry or agriculture.
* Infusion, where marijuana is blended into balms, lotions and food. Baking brownies will be considered manufacturing, so infusion facilities will be limited to heavy industry areas.
Marijuana Officially Decriminalized in California
Another Vengeful Pot Bust of Medical Users in California
San Luis Obispo, California Sheriff Pat Hedges is up to his old tricks; making a mockery of California's laws that protect sick people who use medical marijuana. This week his intensive 'anti-drug' efforts involved his tracking down "mobile marijuana dispensaries" that deliver medicine to those who have an otherwise difficult time accessing this legal herb. Remember, in California dispensaries can legally sell marijuana, unlike Oregon.
Fifteen people were arrested in Hedges' big 'drug bust'. The youngest was 33, the oldest was 60. One of those arrested; a resident of Paso Robles, told Salem-News.com: "Sheriff Hedges is making one last gasp against Medical Marijuana before his term is up next month. A girlfriend of a detective got a legal MM recommendation from a local doctor. She then used the print out of Dispensaries and Delivery services and asked for deliveries from all or most of the services listed on the print out. Anybody who made a delivery to Amy Dobson was raided by the Sheriff's Drug Taskforce on or around Dec. 28."
Apparently the 'investigation' was simply an effort to arrest and jail non violent offenders based on the use of business records. And that took two months? The person quoted above also said: "I am a Medical Marijuana patient and manage a very small MM co-operative. I made deliveries to Dobson and personally verified her recommendation. I now have 5 cannabis related felonies against me."
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