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MMJ Collectives Shutdown in the OC

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, June, 10th 2013 by THCFinder

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Today, Sunday June 9, 2013, is a day of mourning for medical marijuana patients in Orange County. Today is a day that our voice as California citizens is silenced. A day that has been whispered about and will not soon be forgotten. On this day, the MMJ collective at which I provide quality medicine to patients of all cultures and backgrounds, will be legally tending its last buds.

Orange County has been feeling the marijuana crackdown since 2010-2011 when several shutdowns, raids and property seizures occurred leaving South County and Costa Mesa, areas that were once stoner friendly cities, devoid of all collectives. Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Anaheim became the only cities in Orange County that were still rich with medical marijuana collectives.

As to be expected in this topsy-turvy governmental structure, Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim were eventually targeted. Each collective was hand delivered a letter stating that all MMJ storefronts must be closed down voluntarily or else will be fined, seized and/or raided by the DEA and local authorities. Many shut down, too afraid and not invested enough to risk a raid. Others crumpled that letter, threw it in the wastebasket, and carried on with their business as usual.

We were one of the others who threw caution to the wind, or rather letters in the bin, remaining open. Having been successfully operating for almost 5 years, this clinic runs a tight ship which is the reason for its longevity. The final day of reckoning was scheduled as June 9. If we do not close today, every day we remain open is illegal and the volunteers risk being hassled by the fuzz.

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Just like the old Prohibition days between 1920-1933, we must become a speakeasy, only allowing select VIPs (Very Important Patients) with a special card and ID number assigned by us, to enter. This means we are accepting no new patients and even turning away most current patients. All day, my normal array of smiling faces has turned to expressions of concern and anguish as many members are disheartened by the idea of losing their right to medicate, a legislation that Californians fairly voted on.

Though these California medical marijuana legislations have been around for over 15 years, it is still an evolving concept that will remain flawed until it is completely decriminalized. The Federal Government grants states their sovereignty to run based on the votes of their people. These votes, however, are futile as the Feds will always subjugate state law. California voters have, numerous times, chosen to legalize the use of medical cannabis. Why then are we still taking one step forward and two steps back?

In this case, it is actually the cities that are making these decisions. Many non-stoner residents claim that the medical marijuana dispensaries have “gotten out of hand.” State Council meetings have been overflowing with heartbroken patients whose rights were stripped away from them. Of course, the reform of the MMJ legislation is nowhere on the agenda. Mary Lochen addressed the council stating that “I’m coming out of the closet as a medical marijuana patient. You see, there are a whole lot of us that are invisible to you.” How much longer must we be invisible?

I do not know what my future holds with this collective, but I do know that I will remain steadfastly by its side. Volunteering here gives me purpose, satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment. This is a sentiment I have never felt anywhere else. Seeing a patient in excruciating pain return with a smile, telling me that my suggestion improved his or her quality of life, is the most precious reward.  If this ship goes down, I am proudly going down with it, only because I know that even if we sink all the way to the bottom, we will find our way back to the surface and feel the warm sunshine once again. Long live Mary Jane.

Source: StonerDays.com


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N.J. issues permit to second medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
TRENTON — The state Health Department has issued a permit for the second medical marijuana dispensary to begin growing its first crop, according to one of the dispensary owners.
 
"It's good news," said David Knowlton, co-founder of the Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., which will operate from an Egg Harbor facility. "A lot of patients are waiting for this."
 
The dispensary's website said a summer opening is expected. It generally takes about three months for a crop to be grown and prepared for sale. The state Health Department must test it for mold, pesticides and potency before any is sold.
 
Compassion joins Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, which opened in December and has served about 130 patients. Medical marijuana advocates have complained the Christie administration has taken too long to launch the program. Nearly 1,000 people have registered.
 
The Health Department issued a press release at about 4 p.m. confirming it issued the permit.
 
"Once Compassionate Care Foundation is permitted to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center, patients will be notified of the opening date," according to the press release. "Patients and caregivers can visit the Medicinal Marijuana Program’s website if they choose to change the ATC designated to serve them," according to the release.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Nevada Assembly approves medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers want to give medical marijuana users a legal way to obtain the drug 13 years after voters legalized medicinal pot in the state constitution.
 
The Assembly voted 28-14 Monday to pass a bill establishing marijuana dispensaries. The measure needs final approval from the Senate before heading to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who has said he will consider the proposal.
 
The bill, SB374, establishes a framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and sets up fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries of marijuana.
 
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and a year later were able to obtain medical marijuana cards. But there has been no legal way for patients to acquire medicinal marijuana unless they grow it themselves.
 

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Nevada mulls medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, June, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
As a deadline loomed, medical marijuana advocates renewed their push for legal access to the drug in Nevada on Saturday during an Assembly committee meeting.
 
The chamber’s Judiciary Committee heard passionate support for state Senate Bill 374 for hours during the rare weekend hearing.
 
The proposal would establish a framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, imposing fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries of marijuana. The bill also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing. The taxes raised would first fund the regulatory structure for the state — any remaining balance would then go to education.
 
The state Senate already approved the measure which requires a two-thirds supermajority vote in both houses.
 
The bill faces a Monday night cutoff.
 
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000, and pot cards started going out the next year. However, efforts to create a legal way for users to obtain the drug — aside from home growing processes — have all failed over the years.
 
State Sen. Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas, told the committee he doesn’t support the concept of the bill, but that he believes it is the Legislature’s obligation to act because voters mandated access when they legalized the drug.
 
“I don’t think this is a good idea — I don’t think it’s a good policy for the state — but I lost that battle,” Hutchison said, adding, “You don’t get to pick and choose” what parts of the constitution to enforce.
 
Read more: http://www.rgj.com

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Do Marijuana Collectives Have a Future in Colorado?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
The marijuana legislation signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday includes language aimed at preventing unlicensed pot stores from operating as nonprofit corporations:
 
No person shall form a business or non-profit, including but not limited to a sole proprietorship, corporation, or other business enterprise, with the purpose or intent, in whole or in part, of transporting, cultivating, processing, transferring, or distributing marijuana or marijuana products without prior approval of the state licensing authority and the local jurisdiction.
 
The Denver Post reports that MJ Proper, a 501(c)(3) organization that delivered marijuana buds and marijuana-infused beer to its members, has suspended operations in response to this provision. The paper says "collectives that provide pot to members at or below cost...face uncertain prospects now that laws governing legalized marijuana in Colorado are on the books." But on its face, the new prohibition applies only to formally organized nonprofits like MJ Proper, not to collaborative efforts by friends, neighbors, or acquaintances. And a mere statute cannot override Amendment 64, the marijuana legalization initiative that is now part of the state constitution. Among other things, Amendment 64 allows people to grow up to six plants for personal use, possess the marijuana produced by those plants, transfer up to an ounce at a time "without remuneration," and "assist" others in growing and consuming marijuana. That leaves considerable leeway for people to pool their efforts and resources to produce marijuana, either as an alternative to state-licensed outlets or as a stopgap measure before they open next year.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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R.I.'s second medical marijuana dispensary gets OK

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE — Now, there are two medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health announced that it has issued a registration certificate to Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth, meaning that it has received the green light to sell marijuana to patients in the state medical marijuana program.
“We are thrilled to finally get it and the Department of Health has been a big help in the process,” said Seth Bock, co-owner of the dispensary.
 
Greenleaf becomes the second marijuana dispensary in the state. Last month, the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, at 1 Corliss St., in Providence, got its registration certificate and opened for business on April 19.
 
Marijuana generally takes about 16 weeks to grow and harvest, so both dispensaries have bought marijuana from licensed caregivers and patients across the state. As of last week, there are 5,467 patients and 3,592 caregivers participating in the program.
Slater has about 850 registered patients, while Greenleaf hopes to have about 200 customers to start.
 
This week, Greenleaf has opened its doors at 1637 West Main Rd., from 2 to 6 p.m. each day, but they have not been permitted to sell marijuana to patients. Greenleaf’s building is just 2,800 square feet, about a fifth the size of the much larger Slater center.
 

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