Michigan driver who uses medical marijuana wins appeal
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that medical marijuana users aren't automatically breaking the law if they're caught driving after using the drug.
The court unanimously overturned an appeals court decision in the case of a Grand Traverse County man, Rodney Koon. He was stopped in 2010 for speeding — going nearly 30 mph over the limit.
Koon admitted having smoked medical marijuana earlier, and a blood test revealed the drug in his system.
It's illegal for Michigan drivers to consume marijuana. But the state high court said medical marijuana users have some protection. The court says police must show that a driver actually was "under the influence" of marijuana for a charge to stick.
Michigan voters approved medical use of marijuana in 2008.
The medical marijuana law "shields registered patients from prosecution for the internal possession of marijuana," the judges said.
At the same time, the law prohibits driving "while under the influence of marijuana." But it fails to specify what level of marijuana in the body constitutes being "under the influence," the opinion said.
The court suggested lawmakers consider setting a marijuana limit, similar to a blood alcohol level.
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California Senate moves to crush medical marijuana profits
A bill approved by the California state senate on Monday would further restrict the state’s medical marijuana industry by requiring the end of all for-profit sales of the drug to licensed patients and caregivers.
The proposed law would go further than the state attorney general’s non-binding guidelines issued in 2008, making the not-for-profit collective model mandatory for dispensaries. Provisions in S.B. 439 would also place even greater records-keeping requirements on dispensary owners, who would still be entitled to reasonable compensation for their time and efforts. In theory, that should allow tax enforcers to peer more closely at dispensary finances to ensure shady businesses are not taking profits while reporting none.
“Everybody benefits from tighter regulations,” Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Raw Story. “Where you run into problems is when you have a law that can be interpreted several different ways, which means that people trying to comply with the law don’t know where they stand.”
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Could Cannabis Cure Crohn's Disease?
Smoking cannabis may be key in treating Crohn's disease, research suggests.
In a recent trial marijuana was shown to induce 'complete remission' for patients suffering from the condition, which is also known as inflammatory bowel disease.
Scientists at Meir Medical Center, Israel, studied 21 people with severe Crohn’s disease who did not respond to various therapies.
They split the patients into two groups: 11 were given a joint to smoke twice a day for eight weeks, while 10 were given a placebo cigarette which contained no trace of cannabinoids.
A 'complete remission' of Crohn's disease was recorded in 5/11 (45%) of the cannabis group and 1/10 in the placebo group.
A total of 10/11 patients in the cannabis group responded to the clinical trial with Crohn's symptoms (which include pain, diarrhoea, tiredness and weight loss) significantly reduced.
In addition, study authors wrote: "Subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects."
"Further studies, with larger patient groups and a non-smoking mode of intake, are warranted," they added.
Cancer sufferer turned to cannabis
A "LONELY" bachelor has been spared jail for growing and supplying cannabis to deal with sleep deprivation while he battled cancer – and repay people who helped him out.
William Burton, 68, of Lancaster Avenue, Grimsby, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and spent months in chemotherapy which left him depressed and alone.
He suffered from extreme sleep deprivation – he was lucky to get a few hours of rest, and when he did, he was plagued by nightmares.
Mr Burton heard from friends that cannabis would help and turned to the drug to aid his sleep and lift his mood.
But Mr Burton, who was in the Merchant Navy for more than 30 years, is now living on benefits and found it too expensive.
Virtually housebound, he started growing it for himself and others with health problems – and to reward the growing number of people he was relying upon.
Mr Burton said: "When you spend all that time feeling ill and sleeping after chemotherapy, people soon stop coming round – but you need help because you're ill.
"A worse thing was not sleeping so I started smoking it before I went to bed and I could actually get a full night's sleep.
"I wasn't making money – I would give it to other people like me who were in need and they would do the same for me."
Read more: http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk
Three Medical Marijuana Measures on Todays Ballot (Vote YES on F)
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
LA has tried for more than five years to balance medical needs with neighborhood concerns about medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Three measures on Tuesday's ballot seek to either curb the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open.
Measure D would restrict the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to the original 135 approved before a 2007 requirement that dispensaries register with the city. The measure would apply a tax of $60 for every $1,000 in sales.
"Why don't we start with a conservative strategy?" said Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who credited medical marijuana with helping his fight against cancer. "We take a deep breath, see how it goes, and then we can go from there."
A rival proposal was placed on the ballot after a signature drive. Measure F would allow for unlimited dispensaries and call for a 20-percent sales tax.
The measure would require worker background checks and several stringent requirements, according to supporters. Proponents also claim zoning language, which outlines where dispensaries could operate, in the measure ensures the number would be limited to about 400.
"Proposition F provides a sufficient number of dispensaries that allows patients to have the access they need to medical marijuana," said Michael Bustamante, of the "Yes on F, No on D" campaign.
Read more: http://www.nbclosangeles.com
Voters Favor Strict Limits on Marijuana Dispensaries (Vote F)
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Most of you want to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in town to 135 or less. So says a USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times poll of 500 likely voters conducted last week and released over the weekend.
That means that you're probably favoring the City Hall-sponsored Measure D, which would do just that and shut down as many as 9 out of 10 pot shops in town. The poll, however, is flawed:
It asks which statement voters agree with, putting a "cap" on the number of dispensaries or "no limits" on pot shops.
That's not really how it's going to work on the ballot. Measure D would indeed impose a cap; it would also shut down most shops in town. Measure F, its main competition, does impose regulations, including an increase in city tax, background checks for operators, business hours and maintaining distances from schools.
As its backers would argue, that's not "no limits;" They also say shops would be shut down under the ordinance, just not as many as would under D.
Read more: http://blogs.laweekly.com
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