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Judge rules against Lansing couple in child-welfare case involving medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
judge-rules-against-lansing-coupleA judge on Friday ruled against a Lansing couple who claimed their child was improperly removed from their care in a case involving medical marijuana.
 
Ingham County Probate Judge Richard Garcia said a referee had probable cause to place 6-month-old Brielle “Bree” Green in the care of the state Department of Human Services.
 
But Garcia said parents Gordon and Maria Green can have unlimited visitation with the child, who has been placed with her maternal grandmother.
 
Acting on a petition by state caseworkers, a family court referee on Sept. 13 placed the child in the care of DHS pending a trial next month.
 
The Greens and other medical marijuana advocates said the state’s actions violated protections in the state’s medical marijuana law. Maria Green is a registered medical marijuana caregiver and was legally growing the drug in her home, they said.
 
Caseworkers said there were allegations marijuana was being used in the presence of children. The Greens deny those assertions.
 
A jury trial is set for Oct. 7 on whether the state should have jurisdiction over the child.
 

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Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General say no to Lansing marijuana proposal

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
lansing-gets-noLANSING – The marijuana legalization proposal that was approved by the city of Lansing on August 27 will remain on the November ballot despite a notice from the state Attorney General saying the amendment would violate state law.
 
The Lansing City Pulse is reporting that Attorney General Bill Shuette notified Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 10 that Lansing's the amendment "is not consistent" with Michigan's Home Rule Cities Act. The rule says that the state must review local ballot proposals.
 
"Regardless of whether the proposed amendment is approved by the voters, marijuana will remain a controlled substance under state and federal law," Matthew Schneider, the Attorney General's chief legal counsel, wrote. "City law enforcement will retain the authority to enforce criminal laws, without regard to any provision in the charter.
 
The letter adds: "No city charter provision 'shall conflict with or contravene the provisions of any general law of the state.'"  The letter also said that the ballot proposal also "does not inform the voters that the proposed amendment conflicts with state law" and that it does "not inform the voters that state law will control regardless of whether the proposed amendment is adopted."
 
City Clerk Chris Swope said that Snyder responded on Monday and said that he agreed with the attorney general's decision.
 
"Because of the inconsistency with state law identified in the attached letter from the Attorney General's Office, I do not approve the proposed revised charter amendment," Snyder said in the letter. Swope said that City Attorney Janene McIntyre has reviewed the matter and told him that the proposal will stay on the ballot.
 

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Dispensaries wary of fully legalizing marijuana in Arizona

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
az-dispensary-issues-with-mj-legalizationMedical-marijuana dispensary operators are apprehensive about plans by a powerful marijuana-advocacy group to campaign for full legalization of the drug in Arizona.
 
The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates marijuana legalization and regulation, is a former ally of the dispensary owners, having played a key financial and public-relations role in passage of the state law that created the burgeoning medical-marijuana program.
 
Bolstered by the Obama administration’s announcement that it will not challenge such laws, the group intends to pursue full legalization in Arizona through a voter initiative in 2016 and in nine other states over the next two election cycles. The initiative will be modeled on a program in Colorado, which has legalized marijuana for recreational use.
 
But the group may have a tough time selling their plan to the state’s medical-marijuana dispensary operators, who are capitalizing on the growing market, have invested thousands of dollars to get up and running and say they favor the status quo — a system in which doctors must recommend cannabis for medical purposes. The program allows certain businesses and individuals to grow marijuana in large quantities, but home growers are fading away as dispensaries open across the state.
 
Uneasiness among some dispensary operators highlights the divide between medical-marijuana advocates and recreational proponents — a split that could complicate any effort to further loosen Arizona’s marijuana laws.
 
“I’m not so sure that, at this stage, we would be for immediate legalization,” Bill Myer, co-owner of Arizona Organix in Glendale, told The Arizona Republic. “We’ve still got some issues to work through with the laws we currently have. The program is still in it’s infancy.
 

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