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Attorneys In Hawaii Cannot Be Hired To Help Start Medical Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

hawaii medical marijuanaAnyone who has ever started a medical marijuana business knows that there’s a lot to it. It’s much more than simply paying for a business license, renting a place, and opening for business. There are more things involved with starting a medical marijuana business than most other businesses. What are the local regulations, if any? What are the state regulations? What changes to those regulations are likely to occur in the future? What things need to happen to be in compliance with those regulations (potentially for the time being!). Did I mention the usual legal issues that go into a business, such as intellectual property rights, operating agreements, etc.?

For obvious reasons, serious medical marijuana entrepreneurs need to seek legal advice from an attorney. Unfortunately for those entrepreneurs in Hawaii, they will not be able to get legal advice for starting a business. The Disciplinary Board of the Hawai’i Supreme Court was asked the following two questions:

  1. whether a lawyer may provide legal advice about act 241 (which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries)
  2. whether a lawyer may provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business “when such acts are expressly authorized under [Act 241], but remain a crime under federal law, albeit with a low enforcement priority.

As far as I know, every state that has ruled on this has ruled that attorneys can indeed work with marijuana businesses. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Hawaii. The Supreme Court ruled that attorneys can talk about the act itself, but that’s where the counsel ends. Attorneys cannot help businesses setup their operations. So unfortunately, entrepreneurs will have to go it on their own. I expect a flood of mediocre (and that’s putting it nicely) consultants coming to Hawaii to help businesses out. This is not good for patients, and it’s not good for Hawaii.



What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder


How Much Marijuana Does It Take To Overdose?

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.
At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.
In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.”


Jury convicts man in Miami medical marijuana growhouse case

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

A jury did not believe a Miami-Dade man who insisted he grew 15 marijuana plants inside his home only to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife.

The six-member jury on Friday night convicted Ricardo Varona of trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana and operating a marijuana growhouse. Taken into custody to await sentencing, Varona faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.

Varona, 43, was the second South Florida man in the past six months to claim “medical neccesity” in operating a marijuana growhouse. Unlike in the Varona case, a Broward jury in March acquitted 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki, who admitted he grew 46 plants to battle years of nausea and fatigue.

The trial came at a time that marijuana laws across the country have been eased, with the herb now legal for medical use in more than 20 states, and for recreational purposes in four states, plus Washington, D.C.

In Florida, the Legislature this year authorized a low-grade strain of marijuana to treat a small number of ailments, including cancer. In October, the state will hash out which growers will be allowed to cultivate the plants; patients will likely be able to get access to marijuana sometime early next year.  

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