In Utah, it's your marijuana prescription or your concealed gun
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana and concealed firearms are gaining in popularity, but in Utah, they’re in conflict.
Utah, complying with the federal Gun Control Act, denies or revokes concealed-carry firearms permits for anyone with a prescription for marijuana. While Utah doesn’t allow marijuana to treat ailments, eight of the 31 states that recognize Utah’s concealed firearms permit do.
Jason Chapman, firearms supervisor for the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, said he can only recall seeing one or two such conflicts, though he added that not every case comes across his desk. In those cases, Chapman said, BCI denied permits to applicants who sent their marijuana prescription card along with their other identification.
BCI does not keep records of how many applicants or holders are denied for medical marijuana. BCI, in its regular report on concealed-carry permit violations, lumps those cases into a category labeled "controlled substance."
But with Utah’s concealed firearms permit popular among non-Utahns because so many states honor it and medical marijuana gaining acceptance, the issue seems headed for more conflict.
There’s no database of people who have a marijuana license to check against and the concealed carry-permit application. But when law enforcement does learn about a marijuana prescription, it’s treated differently than prescription opiates.
Utahns with a prescription for other opiates, such as Oxycodone, are not barred from a concealed firearm permit unless they are suspected of abusing the drugs.
Salt Lake City defense attorney Chris Salcido, who represents defendants in drug cases, wrote in his firm’s blog earlier this year that marijuana prescriptions should be treated the same as other prescriptions. Salcido did not write specifically about concealed guns.
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Feds raid medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Federal agents raided several medical marijuana dispensaries Wednesday in Washington — a state which just decriminalized the drug last year.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Seattle office confirmed in a brief statement that "several search warrants were executed today involving marijuana storefronts" in the Puget Sound region around Seattle.
It gave no further details, and the number of raids remained unclear Wednesday evening.
One of the dispensaries was the Bayside Collective in Olympia, the state capital, where seven government vehicles converged Wednesday morning.
Agents with guns drawn seized business records and about $2,500 worth of marijuana intended for cancer patients, Casey Lee, who works at the clinic, told NBC station KING of Seattle.
"It's humiliating," Lee said. "They don't get to see the cancer patients."
Washington was one of the first states to legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last year. But it remains illegal under federal law, and Lee claimed one of the agents told him, "Things are going to be hell for you."
"One of the DEA agents said: 'This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?'" Lee said.
"I just told him it's because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn't expecting that answer."
Weed World vans give out marijuana-flavored candies
Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
The Dro-man -- the only name he would give Fox 5 -- distributes an assortment of different marijuana-flavored candies from the back of a van.
And he seemed unaware of why that job-description might not scream "legitimacy" to passers-by.
Dro-man avoided telling us if his lollipops contained enough THC to actually get suckers high.
"It's barely legal," he said.
In other words, if this vehicle passes you on the street no need to call the cops.
"Nah, you wouldn't get in trouble for messing around with a pop," Dro said.
The Dro-man said his nationwide fleet of vehicles -- a dozen in New York -- serves the joint purpose of blazing around the country to campaign for the legalization of cannabis.
"Bring about marijuana awareness," he said.
And so, while the weed-wagons may not keep a low-profile, not even ice-cream trucks stay as chill.
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