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DEA Continues Crackdown on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
dea-crackdownLast week, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a series of medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state. Marijuana and employee cell phones were apparently the intended targets of the raid.
 
Surprisingly, for an agency that makes money from drug-money seizures, marijuana money was largely ignored. At one dispensary in Olympia, agents left $1,000 dollars in cash untouched, as well as the store’s computers.
 
A spokesperson for the DEA told the Associated Press that the raids were part of a two-year investigation.
 
That the DEA should be launching any prolonged and costly investigations into state-sanctioned marijuana operations should be cause for outrage and alarm. That said, these most recent raids in Washington may not turn out to be as bad as they appear.
 
Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Takepart last May that the fed were targeting dispensaries and growing operations whose product was being sold across state lines.
 
“They have pursued cases in which they believed medical marijuana was being diverted out of state, and they sent letters to 57 medical marijuana businesses informing them they were within 1,000 feet of a school and needed to relocate or shut down.”
 
Whether or Tvert’s take on previous raids holds true with the recent Washington DEA actions remains unclear. The agency hasn’t commented on the nature of the raids, nor why these particular dispensaries were targeted. What is clear is that several of these dispensaries had already been on the Feds’ radar for some time, and were raided previously in 2011. No convictions were ever secured, however.
 

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Is N.J. medical marijuana program the most expensive in nation?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
expensive-mmj-programSuzette Roberts would rather not break the law.
 
But playing by the rules of New Jersey’s struggling medical marijuana program has gotten the 64-year-old Cliffside Park woman nothing but $500 in doctor bills and a $200 ID card she has yet to use. New Jersey’s only licensed dispensary told her in the spring they’ve been swamped and haven’t gotten to her name on the waiting list.
 
Roberts — who says marijuana "lessens the pain and gives me more of an appetite" as she undergoes treatment for stage 4 breast cancer — buys the drug illegally because she can’t afford to wait.
 
"This is a disgrace," Roberts said. "I am upset and angry that I laid out $700 and I am not getting any answers. I am upset with the state, too, and they don’t seem to care."
 
In the eight months since New Jersey’s first dispensary — Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair — opened, patients and providers have learned the nation’s most restrictive medical marijuana program is also the most expensive.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Category: Tokers | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder

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Implementing medical marijuana law will take time

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-laws-take-timeCHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana with some of the strictest standards in the nation. But the proposal will take many months to set into motion because of complex rules and regulations. Here's a closer look at the details:
 
Q: When will medical marijuana be available for purchase in Illinois?
 
A: No one knows for sure, but estimates are several months to more than a year after the law takes effect Jan. 1. That's because three separate state agencies — the departments of Public Health, Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation — must draft rules for patients, growers and dispensaries. Then the rules must be approved by a legislative committee. Next comes issuing permits and setting up the 22 so-called cultivation centers where the plants will be grown. They'll be set up in each Illinois State Police district, and state authorities will review security plans. The marijuana will be sold in up to 60 dispensaries. Nineteen other states and Washington, D.C., have implemented medical marijuana laws but implementation time has varied greatly. The longest was Washington, D.C., where medical marijuana was available for purchase just last month, 15 years after voters approved. Maine took less than a year. New Jersey took about three years and still only one dispensary is open in the state.
 
Q: Who will be able to obtain marijuana?
 
A: Only seriously ill patients who have a longstanding relationship with a doctor will be able to apply for a state ID card. The new law specifically lists dozens of qualifying illnesses and diseases, including lupus, HIV, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis. Patients will be limited to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. No one under 18 years old will be eligible.
 
Q: Can people be arrested for having medical marijuana?
 
A: Patients who are registered with the state can't be arrested or charged for using medical marijuana, if they're using it in compliance with the law. However, employers still can maintain drug policies in the workplace, meaning someone using medical marijuana could face consequences for failing a drug test.
 
Q: What makes Illinois' new law so tough?
 
A: The state will require background checks for patients, caregivers and all staff members at dispensaries and growing centers. Cultivation centers will be under 24-hour video surveillance. Illinois won't allow home-growing and there's no reciprocity with other states that allow medical marijuana.
 

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Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

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