Illinois Senate approves bill to legalize medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Illinois has come within a signature of becoming the 19th state to allow marijuana use for medical purposes.
On Friday, the state Senate voted 35-21 to approve a medical marijuana measure, which now will head for Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. The governor has not said whether he will sign it.
Democratic Sen. Bill Haine, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Los Angeles Times that House Bill 1 has a very narrow scope and was crafted with law enforcement officials at the table to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls of medical marijuana programs in other states.
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have decriminalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes. California did so in 1996, when the state’s voters approved Proposition 215.
If it becomes law, the Illinois bill will prohibit patients from growing their own pot; instead, plants will be raised at “grow centers” overseen by authorities and the state Department of Agriculture.
Only doctors that have established relationships with patients will be able to dispense the drug to help with pain or side effects associated with treating serious illnesses, such as AIDS or cancer.
“It can’t be consumed in public. It can’t be displayed in public,” Haine said.
The bill would allow medical marijuana use for just four years, essentially creating a pilot program on the drug's use. If it’s not renewed by the state’s General Assembly, the medical pot effort will die.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
Police close Palm Springs marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
PALM SPRINGS — Two medical marijuana dispensaries ordered by the court to close were visited Friday by Palm Springs police to ensure they were following orders.
The C.C.O.C. at 650 S. Oleander Road and THC (The Holistic Collective) at 2235 N. Palm Canyon Drive were issued notices on Wednesday that ordered them to close within 24-hours to avoid police enforcement.
Police showed up on Friday to make sure both places, neither of which has a city-approved permit to operate, were closed and had the locks on their doors changed to ensure the operators would not be able to reopen the dispensaries.
“We didn’t seize any property. We didn’t search,” said police Lt. Walter Combs.
“We went in and enforced that abatement order. They had a court order to leave,” he said.
There were no arrests, Combs added.
Read more: http://www.mydesert.com
Green Queen Trichomes
Category: Nugs | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Bongs and grow books banned in Canada!
Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
All bongs, pipes and vaporizers have been banned in Canada by the Conservative government. Selling these items is punishable with jail terms and some of the highest fines in the Criminal Code.
Books that describe how to grow marijuana are also banned, as is any other written or video material used to “promote, encourage or advocate, the production, preparation or consumption of illicit drugs.”
The law, section 462.2 of the Criminal Code, is so broad that even promoting any “literature or instruments for illicit drug use” can get you 6 months in prison and a $100,000 fine for the first offence, and a year behind bars plus a $300,000 fine for the second offence.
No-one bans Bong Man!
Bookstores like Chapters and Amazon fall under the law, since they sell many pro-marijuana books and videos. But police raids have only focused on cannabis culture oriented shops.
Surprised about this harsh law? Don’t be, it’s 25 years old – enacted back in 1988 by the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney.
Read more: http://blogs.vancouversun.com
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