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Phoenix seeks balance in governing medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, but don't expect grow houses and dispensaries to pop up in your neighborhood overnight.
 
Phoenix recently approved several zoning changes that will restrict where dispensaries and other medical marijuana related uses can go in the city.
 
Those hoping to get into the medical marijuana-business will have to comply with rules the Arizona Department of Health Services is formulating, which dictates who can prescribe and receive a prescription for medical marijuana and how to ensure facilities are secure.
 
 
Phoenix Planning and Development Services Director Debra Stark said about 55 percent of voters in the city supported the medical-marijuana initiative.
 
Stark said the city tried to strike a balance with its zoning laws that would be strict enough to protect the community and neighborhoods, but not too strict that they wouldn't be allowed in the city at all.
 
Phoenix divided medical marijuana land uses into three categories:
 
 Retail sales/dispensaries: Where patients can purchase medical marijuana. Sales will only be allowed in C-1 and C-2 zoning, which are generally strip malls and commercial retail centers. This covers many of the city's major intersections and streets. But that doesn't mean every neighborhood shopping center will be overrun with medical-marijuana facilities. The state has put a limit on dispensaries allowed in Arizona. The rules allow for one dispensary for every 10 pharmacies, so Arizona will have about 125 dispensaries statewide.
 
 Grow facilities: Where marijuana will be grown or cultivated to supply dispensaries. In Phoenix, grow facilities will only be allowed in areas zoned for heavy industrial or agriculture (S-1, S-2, A-1, A-2). Most of these land uses are in south Phoenix or far north Phoenix. Though, Stark said Phoenix does not expect many grow facilities in the city.
 
 Infusion: Where marijuana is blended into balms, lotions and food. While baking brownies may seem like a benign task, Phoenix is considering it manufacturing, so infusion facilities will be limited to heavy industrial areas (S-1, S-2).
 
South Phoenix has much of the zoning available for grow facilities, but Stark said medical marijuana will likely be cultivated in northern Arizona where the temperatures are cooler.
 
Growing in the Phoenix summer could prove to be expensive as green houses and other facilities would require a lot of electricity to regulate temperatures.
 
Any medical marijuana related industry in Phoenix will have to get a $1,380 use permit from the city. Of the largest cities in the state, Phoenix is one of the few that is requiring a use permit. Mesa, Scottsdale and Tucson are looking at or have adopted regulations that allow the facilities as a "use by right," which means they don't need permits but must follow the cities' distancing and zoning regulations.
 
Phoenix will limit the size of dispensaries to no more than 2,000 square feet and also require facilities to be a certain distance away from schools, bars, homes and churches depending on the location. Medical-marijuana buildings will have to be at least a mile away from each other.
 
Eric Johnson, founder of The Healing Phoenix, said he plans to open a dispensary in the Encanto area, where he hopes to serve the gay community. He said the city's zoning regulations for medical marijuana is a "perfect compromise" for neighborhoods that don't want dispensaries "showing up in their backyard" and those who will be medical-marijuana facilities to serve patients.
 
"Finally, patients get to have the medication that they deserve," Anderson said.
 
 

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Do College Girls Smoke Marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Marijuana is everywhere these days: the news, on TV, in ardent political discussions about medicinal pot. Then, of course, there is the popular stereotype about college students and pot - you know, that all college kids do is smoke.

But what about college girls? Do they use marijuana as much as their male peers? In an article for Her Campus, Amanda First investigates about the relationship between female college students and the most popular illicit drug.

Marijuana. Weed. Grass. Bud. Mary-Jane. Cannabis. Whatever you call it, you've probably seen it, smelled it, or smoked it at some point. Marijuana is, after all, far and away the most commonly used illicit drug in the world, with about 4 percent of all adults consuming it regularly and 0.6 percent on a daily basis. Humans have used the drug as far back as the third millennium B.C. for recreational, spiritual, and medicinal purposes, and in recent years a very public debate on weed's legality has caused many to question how harmful it really is.

And just as marijuana has pervaded our national culture, so too is its skunky smoke as much a part of the air in our college campuses as the smell of Easy Mac. At my school, weed is so common that the university barely gives you a slap on the wrist for being caught smoking--a violation results in a brief alcohol education class and a mark on your record, while in high school it meant immediate expulsion. But even though it's all around us, weed is still illegal--and still dangerous in many ways.

But how bad is it, really? HC talks to college girls, both users and non-users and Deb Lewis, Cornell's alcohol and drug expert, to get the low-down on getting high.

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Woman Beaten After Returning Drugs On Christmas

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Flint police say a woman was beaten after returning a stolen bag of marijuana to a drug dealer on Christmas Day.  The Flint Journal says the unidentified victim and a friend bought the illegal drugs at a home in the city about 50 miles northwest of Detroit about 10 p.m. Saturday. 

 

 

Police say when the woman tried to return the stolen bag to the dealer about 20 minutes later, several men and women punched, kicked and beat her with belts. The dealer drove the woman and her friend to the victim's home, where the victim's two dogs bit the suspect when he tried to enter the house. 


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I'm part Cherokee and we don't consider marijuana a drug

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

CRESTVIEW -- A woman whose husband allowed officers to search their home was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after they found marijuana in a grinder on the kitchen table.

"I'm part Cherokee Indian and we don't consider marijuana a drug," the 30-year-old Crestview woman told officers.

She smelled of alcohol, according to her Crestview Police Department arrest report.

Three young children were in the house at the time. Her husband told officers his wife "ingests marijuana." Officers also found two smoking devices after the husband pointed out their location, the report said.

The woman was arrested Dec. 18.

 

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8th Graders in Indiana More Likely To Do Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Eighth-graders in Marion County and throughout the state are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana than their counterparts in the rest of the nation, a new study finds. Drug-prevention experts here know the problem exists. But they don't know why.n The high rate of use may stem from scant dollars for prevention, more accessible drugs and the lack of a community network to address teen drug use, they say.

 

 

"I wish we had a better handle on some of the specific reasons," said Randy Miller, executive director of Drug Free Marion County. "It would make it easier for us to address and reduce it. That's part of the struggle." While marijuana use in this age group has increased across the country, the numbers are dramatically higher here. About 17 percent of Marion County eighth-graders used marijuana in the past month, compared with 8 percent nationally, according to a survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health.

The gap between local and national statistics narrows for high school seniors. That may reflect Indianapolis' high dropout rate rather than any real distinction in teens of that age because those who drop out are more likely to abuse substances, said Nancy Beals, prevention project coordinator for Drug Free Marion County. In an effort to turn the statistics around, Drug Free Marion County will apply for a federal grant to beef up prevention starting with sixth-graders, Miller said. If his group is awarded the $125,000 five-year grant, it would more than double what the group has to spend on prevention annually.


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Jeff Hardy Is Guilty As Charged: Not Just a PPV Concept for the Wrestler

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Mon, December, 27th 2010 by THCFinder

The news is out there now and there are likely numerous people reporting on this story, so this piece will be kept short and sweet.

Jeff Hardy, after evading America's flawed justice system for over a year, is finally planning on pleading guilty to Moore County Superior Court over his drug related charges from last fall.

This should be obvious to everyone, and it goes without saying, but it's highly unlikely that Jeff will receive any jail time. Does it matter that he deserves it? No, just ask Lindsay Lohan and she can tell you all about working the justice system when one possesses celebrity status. 

The following is an excerpt from the article I read, and I will highlight what I feel is the most prominent point:

Source: The Charlotte Observer

CARTHAGE - Jeff Hardy, a professional wrestler from Cameron who was arrested last year on drug charges, plans to plead guilty in court next month, according to the Moore County district attorney.

Moore County deputies raided Hardy's home in September 2009 after Fayetteville police received a tip about drug use there.

Lawmen found about 262 doses of Vicodin, a prescription painkiller, 180 Soma prescription pills, 55 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He faces several drug charges.

Hardy, 33, is the current world champion of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the Spike TV cable channel.

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