Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
It's Ridiculous that Marijuana is still illegal
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
Long Beach may shut down medical marijuana shops on East Anaheim Street
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
LONG BEACH -- City officials want to revoke the business license of a property owner who is allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to operate without a permit.
The Long Beach City Council will decide Tuesday on whether to uphold an appeals hearing officer's recommendation to take away the commercial business license of Bentech LLC, the owner of a strip mall at 3721 E. Anaheim St.
Bentech has permitted several collectives to operate in a space at the mall, most recently the Healing Tree Holistic Association, according to Erik Sund, the city's business relations manager.
Tenants didn't have had their own licenses and Bentech hasn't been responsive to administrative fines levied nor has the company evicted the collectives as the city requested, Sund said.
Taking away Bentech's commercial business license -- which is separate from an individual business license -- will prevent any new permits from being issued at the entire property for one year.
"At the end of the day, it will affect the property owner significantly because they cannot lease that space out to a business," Sund said.
Current operators at the location won't be affected by the revocation, officials said.
Long Beach has struggled to control "rogue" dispensaries for years.
Johnny Depp smoking a blunt on set
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
Medical Marijuana Act on Nov. ballot for Arkansas
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
The act makes marijuana legal for medical use under state law while still acknowledging that marijuana use, possession and distribution for any purpose is illegal under federal law.
To do so, the act establishes a cultivation, acquisition and distribution system for qualifying patients through nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, which have limited immunity. There would be registration and operation requirements for the dispensaries, with limits set on the amount of marijuana each dispensary cultivated and dispensed.
According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center, no more than one dispensary registration certificate can be issued for every 25 pharmacies with a pharmacy permit from the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy. There are 761 retail pharmacies licensed in the state, according to the Arkansas Pharmacies Association.
Patients and caregivers who qualify could receive limited authorization to cultivate marijuana if the patient lives more than five miles from the closest dispensary.
The act also establishes an initial list of qualifying medical conditions, and qualified patients who have a doctor’s written certification, designated caregivers and the nonprofit dispensary agents would not be subject to criminal or civil penalties for this use. It does not protect these citizens from federal law.
According to the Public Policy Center, medical marijuana would not be allowed for use in public places, schools, community centers, on public transportation or in correctional facilities. It would also prohibit driving a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft under the influence.
The act defines three categories of qualifying medical conditions. The first includes cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Tourette’s disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, post-traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions.
“The second category is defined as ‘a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or Wasting Syndrome; peripheral neuropathy; intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six months; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis,” the fact sheet said.
The Arkansas Department of Health is authorized to add additional qualifying medical conditions, which is the third category. It would also establish applications rules for Registry Identification Cards, of operating nonprofit dispensaries and the addition of qualifying medical conditions if necessary.
The department would also set standards to ensure confidentiality and to provide Legislature annual quantitative reports about the program.
California was the first state to pass a medical marijuana law. It passed in 1996 and, since then, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed similar laws. Massachusetts is the only other state with the medical marijuana law on this year’s ballot.
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