Public Hearing on Denver Medical Marijuana Ad Ban Held
A public hearing was set to take place Monday night in The Denver City Council to discuss a proposed ban on medical marijuana advertising in the city. The proposal would ban billboard, bus-bench and sidewalk sign-twirler advertising.
On one side of the issue is the Cannabis Business Alliance, which denounces the proposal by saying it creates too many uncertainties for the industry.
On the other side is the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which supports the proposed ban by arguing that it is a show of neighborliness for an industry that is not always embraced in communities.
While outdoor ads would be banned under the proposal, dispensaries would still be able to advertise in newspapers and magazines and would also be able to put their logos on items for charity events they sponsor.
"I think this is in the best interests of our children across the city," City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega said of the ban.
Not telling children that marijuana can be used for medical purposes is in their best interests? Mommy and daddy have their pills and the beer in the fridge and the liquor in the cabinet, but we can’t tell kids that some people use cannabis for medical reasons?
Alcohol companies now have TV commercials for candy-flavored vodka that can easily be seen by children all over the country, but medical cannabis cannot be discussed and must even be hidden from public view.
Here’s an idea. Instead of banning billboards, why don’t parents tell their kids the truth about things? Is that an extreme of fringe idea? The Medical Marijuana Industry Group wants people to know dispensaries can be good neighbors, and that is a noble cause, especially in this dismal political climate, but things can be taken too far.
When will marijuana just be treated like what it is: a non-toxic substance with amazing medical and recreational properties?
10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana: The Trial of Aaron Sandusky
In 2011 Reason.tv was profiling Aaron Sandusky, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California, in the midst of the federal crackdown on medical marijuana. While they were making the video, Sandusky’s dispensary and grow house were raided, his assets seized and his product destroyed.
Undeterred, Sandusky joined a lawsuit with several other dispensary owners, challenging the right of city governments to outright ban dispensaries. After a favorable ruling from an appellate court, Sandusky re-opened, and the city of Upland could do nothing to stop him. But the Feds were not happy with this turn of events.
And what do the feds do when they are unhappy with something? They do their best to eliminate the source of their unhappiness.
Sandusky was arrested and charged with six counts of drug trafficking, some of which could carry a life sentence. He's spent the last seven weeks in a county prison, just awaiting a bond hearing. He finally was granted bail last Friday and is now out on house arrest, where he awaits an October trial to decide his fate. Reaon.tv interviewed Sandusky after he was released.
He vows to fight on, for himself, and for medical marijuana patients everywhere.
Bill OReilly and the Medical Marijuana Ruse Theory
Bill O’Reilly is many things. TV talk show host, political pundit and a propaganda machine unequaled since Joseph Goebbel’s ran the spin in Germany. O’Reilly steamrolls facts like a throng of girls who hear Justin Bieber is at the Starbucks down the street. He makes assertions with a straight face with nothing to back them up.
The video below shows just some of his crazier pronouncements, like “selling drugs is a violent act” – which would make doctors and pharmacists killers and Walgreens akin to the gas chambers in the aforementioned Germany. And who could forget his theory that anyone with a pain in their toe can get legal weed in states that have medical marijuana, and that medical cannabis is just a “ruse” to legalize marijuana. He is also found of citing the great strife caused in Amsterdam by marijuana decriminalization, strife that no one else can seem to locate.
Contrary to popular belief, many medical users and advocates could care less whether recreational use is legalized. Beyond that, there is no “ruse” needed to advocate for the legalization of something that does not infringe on the rights of others. Freedom does not need “stealth” tactics.
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Have Things Finally Hit Bottom for Medical Marijuana in Montana?
After state laws and federal raids have decimated the medical marijuana industry in Montana, things seem to be finally leveling off as far as the number of cardholders and providers is concerned.
As of the end of July, Montana had 8,844 registered medical marijuana cardholders, according to the Medical Marijuana Program in the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. That’s slightly more than the 8,681 registered at the end of June.
It’s the first monthly increase in medical marijuana cardholder numbers since May 2011, when the monthly totals rose to 31,522 from 30,609. Which means overall the number of cardholders is off about 70%+ since its peak.
Roy Kemp, deputy administrator of the Quality Assurance Division in the state Department of Public Health and Human Services, said he believes the number of cardholders has reached equilibrium.
“During the course of implementation of (SBN) 423 — it was implemented a year ago in July — we saw a precipitous decline in people not renewing,” Kemp said. “During each of the months, there were people renewing their cards and new patients coming on. Where we had huge drops, we had new patients coming on in every month of the last 12.”
Kemp added, “Really, what you’re looking on right now is where you have none of the chaff in the new registry.”
Chaff is an odd word to use to describe medical marijuana patients – one of its definitions is “worthless matter or refuse.” One would suppose he means the ones who were “faking” to get legal marijuana, but it’s hard to comprehend how a piece of legislation could know the medical histories of some 22,000 people and decide if they need the option of medical cannabis.
In many ways, Montana is where the current trend – at least among many authorities – to suppress medical marijuana started. More than a year later, patients are still feeling the pain.
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