Group works to legalize marijuana, put measure on 2016 ballot
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
TUCSON - A campaign to legalize marijuana in Arizona is drawing attention from the state's medical marijuana dispensary operators.
The national campaign "Marijuana Policy Project" hopes to put the measure on the 2016 ballot, but some dispensary operators said the focus should be put elsewhere.
Medical marijuana card users and dispensaries are speaking out about the efforts to put an initiative on the ballot that would legalize marijuana fully in Arizona.
"We'll be working with businesses and advocates and organizations around the state of Arizona over the next year or so to develop the best possible initiative," said Mason Tvert with Marijuana Policy Project.
But some marijuana dispensary operators believe more energy should be put in furthering medical marijuana education instead.
"At this time I think it needs to be focused on the fact that it is a medication, a powerful medication, very useful to very many people and should be treated like that with a lot of respect. I don't think it's recreational. That's not the intention of it," said Michael Schmidt with Nature Med.
Shawn Earl, a medical marijuana patient hopes the initiative does get on the ballot.
"I actually think it would help promote the medicinal use of marijuana," said Earl.
So far, marijuana has been legalized in Washington state and Colorado.
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Judge rules against Lansing couple in child-welfare case involving medical marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
A judge on Friday ruled against a Lansing couple who claimed their child was improperly removed from their care in a case involving medical marijuana.
Ingham County Probate Judge Richard Garcia said a referee had probable cause to place 6-month-old Brielle “Bree” Green in the care of the state Department of Human Services.
But Garcia said parents Gordon and Maria Green can have unlimited visitation with the child, who has been placed with her maternal grandmother.
Acting on a petition by state caseworkers, a family court referee on Sept. 13 placed the child in the care of DHS pending a trial next month.
The Greens and other medical marijuana advocates said the state’s actions violated protections in the state’s medical marijuana law. Maria Green is a registered medical marijuana caregiver and was legally growing the drug in her home, they said.
Caseworkers said there were allegations marijuana was being used in the presence of children. The Greens deny those assertions.
A jury trial is set for Oct. 7 on whether the state should have jurisdiction over the child.
Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com
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