Medical marijuana in D.C. by April?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, February, 15th 2013 by THCFinder

Could DC finally start moving forward in helping Medical Marjuana patients with their meds?


The city’s first cannabis dispensary tells WJLA-TV it is aiming for an April opening — the most definitive plans yet in the city’s 15-year battle over medical marijuana.


Capital City Care on North Capitol Street will offer — in addition to plain Mary Jane — “pot-infused cookies, brownies, candy and drinks — all made at Capital Care’s cultivation center in Northeast.” General manager David Guard tells WJLA he’s not anticipating a shortage of clients:


”We get knocks on the door almost on a daily basis now … from MS patients to cancer patients and AIDS patients.”




Medical marijuana dispensaries would be legalized under proposal from Michigan lawmaker

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, February, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, MI - A Michigan lawmaker is preparing another attempt to legalize some types of medical marijuana shops in the aftermath of a state Supreme Court ruling that dispensaries facilitating patient-to-patient sales are not protected under the state's current law.
Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, said this week he’s gathering co-sponsors and the bill could be introduced as early as today. His bill would allow medical marijuana dispensaries or provisioning centers to handle sales if a local government unit authorizes them within their jurisdiction.
Callton said current restrictions on the sale of medical marijuana are too limiting, particularly for cancer patients or others who need the drug quickly and can’t wait to grow their own or find a caregiver.
“This is inadequate,” Callton said of the state’s current law on medical marijuana sales. “We have 126,000 medical marijuana patients in Michigan and there are not enough caregivers to provide for them.”
Callton introduced a somewhat similar proposal in the last legislative session, and the plan did not advance. He’s hoping for more progress this time, particularly since a Michigan Supreme Court ruling from this month.
The court opinion upheld an appeals court ruling affirming the state's right to shut down the "Compassionate Apothecary" dispensary in Mt. Pleasant for violating Michigan's public health code.
The ruling, according to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, empowers county prosecutors across the state to shut down remaining dispensaries that sell marijuana on the grounds that they are a public nuisance.
But not all dispensaries are shutting down, saying it’s too early to tell what the court’s decision means for them.


Michigan Supreme Court: Medical marijuana dispensaries not allowed

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, February, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
In a 4-1 decision, the state's highest court affirmed an Appeals Court finding that Michigan's 2008 medical marijuana law does not allow people to sell pot to each other, even if they're among the tens of thousands who have state-issued marijuana cards.
"The Court of Appeals reached the correct conclusion that defendants are not entitled to operate a business that facilitates patient-to-patient sales of marijuana," the court's majority wrote.
The state's marijuana law makes no mention of dispensaries, nor does it indicate how people should get the drug. It says people can possess up to 2.5 ounces of "usable" marijuana and keep up to 12 plants in a locked place. A caregiver also can provide marijuana.
Matthew Abel, a Detroit attorney who specializes in medical marijuana law, said now the issue of dispensaries has been settled, it is time for Michigan lawmakers to weigh in.
"This is the end of the road. This is it," said Abel, whose firm is known as Cannabis Counsel PLC. "It will be a mess until the Legislature clarifies what kinds of business entities are allowed to exist."
The Supreme Court said Compassionate Apothecary in Mount Pleasant can be shut down as a "public nuisance."
The business' owners had claimed they weren't doing anything illegal because the law allowed for the "delivery" and "transfer" of marijuana. The business allowed its members to sell marijuana to each other, with the owners taking as much as a 20 percent cut.


Marijuana Dispensaries raided by DEA in San Bernardino

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, February, 7th 2013 by THCFinder

Another tragic blow to the Medical Marijuana Community and it's patients who need their Medical Marijuana to get by day to day.

SAN BERNARDINO - Federal drug agents, local police, city attorney's, investigators and code enforcement officers fanned out across the city Wednesday, raiding a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries and a private residence, police said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration served warrants at Kush Concepts East at 1996 Del Rosa Ave., south of Highland Avenue, Kush Concepts West at 1600 N. Arrowhead Ave., at 16th Street, and Kush Concepts North at 305 W. 40th St. Authorities also served a search warrant at a private residence at 3577 Manzanita Drive, according to the search warrant affidavit.
"The search warrants were all served simultaneously without incident," said a DEA spokeswoman, Special Agent Sarah E. Pullen. "Once the evidence is processed the U.S. Attorney's Office will make the final decision if any criminal charges will be filed against Kush Concepts."
Assistant City Attorney Jolena Grider said these businesses are attracting criminal elements that loiter and panhandle, making people uncomfortable.
"The crime rate has risen within a one-mile radius of these businesses," she said. "I think everyone is waiting on the (state) Supreme Court ruling that would decide how much further we can go in these cases."
Even though California voters voted to legalize the sale of medical marijuana, medical marijuana businesses were banned in the city in April 2011, according to a letter issued by City Attorney James F. Penman.


California Supreme Court to Address Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, January, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
After the federal government’s large-scale crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries throughout 2011 and 2012, the California Supreme Court will now revisit the issue to determine the legality of counties banning dispensaries.
On February 5, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding this issue, which the Legislature has yet to define state laws or pass beneficial regulations.
Though many cities in the state currently have operational dispensaries, several others have seen mass closures. Since no concrete regulation has been set at the state level, local governments are taking on this issue; trying to decide whether dispensaries should be allowed in their prospective counties.
If the court upholds the bans of local governments, it is extremely likely that many more will follow suit.
In San Diego, newly elected Mayor Bob Filner ordered, through a series of memos, the San Diego Police Department’s “targeted code enforcement” against dispensaries be halted immediately.
Current city zoning ordinances do not allow legal areas for dispensaries. San Diego City Council, however, adopted a special “marijuana zoning ordinance,” but subsequently dropped it in July 2011. Under the guidance of city attorney Jan Goldsmith, more than one hundred dispensaries were closed throughout the city.
In response to medical marijuana activists, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Filner requested that Goldsmith not pursue remaining active cases related to this issue, which Goldsmith agreed to do. Filner, a Democrat, takes a different approach to the issue than his Republican predecessor, Jerry Sanders, who widely supported Goldsmith’s “targeted action.”
With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, nationwide discourse on the topic has leaned towards a more progressive approach. The California Supreme Court’s ruling should ultimately provide a consensus on dispensaries throughout the state.


CA Supreme Court rejects medical marijuana case

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, January, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A legal victory for a local medical marijuana advocate could have a major impact on sales and distribution across the state.
The Supreme Court of California has refused to take up a case involving a San Diego man. Jovan Jackson was convicted of possessing and selling medical marijuana.
The ruling could now give operators a defense from prosecution in San Diego and statewide.
Jackson's conviction was overturned last year when a court ruled that he should have been allowed to argue that his conduct was legal under state law.
Jackson's case can now be re-tried or dropped.



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