Local governments can ban dispensaries, court rules
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
In a case that originated in Riverside, the California Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that local governments can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The court said nothing in current laws authorizing medical marijuana in California grants a “right” of convenient access or overrides local governments’ zoning powers.
The Monday, May 6, ruling means the estimated 200 bans already in place statewide will remain in effect. It opens the way for any cities and counties that might be considering a ban on clinics but were awaiting the court's decision to move forward.
California voters approved Prop. 215, which authorized medical marijuana, in 1996. The Medical Marijuana Program, passed by the Legislature in 2003, tried to provide guidelines for medical marijuana use and distribution.
“We must take these laws as we find them, and their purposes and provisions are modest,” the court opinion said.
Those two laws, the court concluded, “do not establish a comprehensive state system of legalized medical marijuana; or grant a 'right' of convenient access to marijuana for medicinal use; or override the zoning, licensing, and police powers of local jurisdictions; or mandate local accommodation of medical marijuana.”
Read more: http://www.pe.com
Have a Heart Cafe opens to medical marijuana patients
Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At first glance, the menu of Have a Heart Compassion Care Cafe (Have a Heart CC) seems no different from that of any other restaurant. But its burgers, fries, and smoothies come with a twist: They can be custom-ordered to contain medical marijuana.
The cafe opened its doors to the community April 20 as the first fully functioning medical marijuana restaurant in Washington state. Located on 9th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, it provides restaurant services as well as a medical marijuana dispensary and vapor lounge.
The goal of this new restaurant-dispensary is to provide a community center for medical marijuana patients. Though the restaurant section of Have a Heart Cafe was initially open to the general public for a few days, it is now open exclusively to medical marijuana patients.
“We decided that we really wanted to create an atmosphere that was safe and available for medical patients to utilize … [and to] create this one-stop, all-inclusive safe space for medical patients,” said Gail Tsai, general manager of the cafe.
This is the third Have a Heart CC dispensary but the first to provide restaurant services. The other two locations are in North Seattle and Fremont.
The Have a Heart CC company started two years ago to bring a new style to the traditional medical marijuana access point.
“A lot of places would prepackage their items … [Patients] wouldn’t have a lot of options as to look, see, and smell, touch the medicine. They would just have to take someone’s word for it,” said Ryan Kunkel, co-owner of Have a Heart CC. “Essentially, what we did is went away from the prepackage model and put our medicine in jars, so they could come in and see it for themselves.”
Kunkel said they allow their patients to examine the different types of medication, particularly the smell of the marijuana, up close before purchasing.
“Everybody’s a little bit different, so that’s a better way to pair people with their medicines that will work,” he said.
Read more: http://dailyuw.com
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Are Cigarettes the real Gateway drug?
Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, "At least, I'm not doing drugs," may not always be able to use that line.
New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana.
"Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco," said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children's Research Institute and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.
Dr. Moreno and her colleagues randomly selected incoming college students from two universities -- one in the Northwest and one in the Midwest -- to participate in the longitudinal study. Students were interviewed prior to entering college and again at the end of their freshman year regarding their attitudes, intentions and experiences with substances.
Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com
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