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Federal Prosecutor in Michigan Says State Medical Marijuana Laws Are Not a Defense in Federal Court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

A federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids doesn’t think state medical cannabis laws should be used as a defense in federal cases and has filed a motion to keep defense attorneys from saying marijuana has medicinal value or alluding to state medical marijuana laws.

 

The feds also want to avoid “jury nullification,” in which jurors who disagree with the law might acquit the defendants. The possibility of this goes up if jurors are allowed to see the accused in a compassionate light.

 

But this is exactly why “jury nullification” needs known far and wide. The federal prosecutors want to stack the deck against defendants, saying they only go after big operators and leave medical marijuana patients alone.  That’s not really true, but even if it was, how many medical marijuana patients depend on dispensaries and collectives for their medication? If all the pharmacies in a city or town were shut down, many sick people would have to go without their medication, and that wouldn’t be allowed to stand.

 

It cannot be denied that federal law prohibits the growing and selling of marijuana (although the federal government grows marijuana at the University of Mississippi, you’re not allowed). So while it’s true that Michigan’s law has no effect on that, it is the duty of everyone to not enforce a law which they feel is unjust.

 

In the end, all we have to defend ourselves from tyranny is our conscience. Just because the federal government says things need to be a certain way doesn’t mean we must obey. If enough people take action against an unjust law, they can bring it down.

 

States have rights too, that is why they exist. If they couldn’t write their own laws based on the will of their citizens, why are there 50 states in the first place?

 

Source: http://www.mlive.com


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Advocates Fighting Montanas Medical Marijuana Restrictions Need More Funds

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

The folks at The Montana Cannabis Industry Association are currently in a battle to repeal the restrictive medical marijuana rules enacted in their state in 2011, rules that ban the commercial sale of cannabis and place tougher restrictions on patients and doctors, and that have practically wiped out medical marijuana in Montana. The number of medical marijuana providers is down a whopping 91% since last year.

 

The MCIA is suing for a repeal of the law and say they have enough money to get the case to the state Supreme Court hearing later this month, but after that the money is gone. They say they need a better rate of fundraising to see the case through to the end and are urging those who would benefit the most from a restoration of medical marijuana rights to give what they can.

 

The MCIA says it has already spent about $150,000 on the lawsuit, and will need another $100,000.

 

The fact that the medical cannabis industry in Montana has been wiped out cannot be helping the fundraising situation as all those revenues are now going to the black market or into thin air. It’s an uphill battle to say the least.

 

And if things go south in Montana for medical marijuana advocates, the federal government will be able to use the resources focused there to intimidate another state into submission. If the battle is lost in Montana, someone else is going to feel the hammer as well.

 

As the numbers stand now, medical marijuana advocates have the momentum In terms of states passing and considering medicinal cannabis bills, but if even one state is forced to backtrack can we still call it “momentum?”

 

In the end can anyone really consider themselves free as long as those in even one state have had their rights stripped from them?

 

Source: http://www.greatfallstribune.com


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Colorado Feels the Wrath of the Federal Government

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

After their great success in states like Montana and California, the federal government is now targeting another large medical marijuana state: Colorado. As in CA, the letters were sent out, the threats made, and this past weekend saw 25 dispensaries in Colorado close. As we also saw in CA, this is just the beginning.

 

Even though Colorado has extensive regulations concerning medical cannabis and cities have their own rules concerning the proximity of dispensaries to schools, the feds have decreed that any dispensary within 1,000 feet of a school has to go.

 

Many rightly wonder what business the federal government has undermining Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. "I can see no legitimate basis in this judicial district to focus the resources of the United States government on the medical marijuana dispensaries that are otherwise compliant with Colorado law or local regulation," Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett recently told U.S. Attorney John Walsh in a letter. "The people of Boulder County do not need Washington, D.C., or the federal government dictating how far dispensaries should be from schools, or other fine points of local land use law.”

 

U.S. Attorney Walsh was likely unmoved by Garnett’s logic as the crackdown continues. So far 47 dispensaries have closed in Colorado during the Obama Administration’s sweep through the state.

 

And while California may be a foregone conclusion when it comes to this fall’s Presidential election, Colorado is certainly not. A large swing state, CO could be a determining factor in who is President in this country for the next 4 years.

 

Who in the President’s campaign thinks it’s a good idea to alienate large swaths of people in a swing state in an election year? Does Obama think he can win without Colorado? Or does he think that those who care about medical marijuana are so small in number that he can still win in Colorado while crippling functioning businesses in the state?

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com


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LED Grow Lights Make Growing Marijuana Easy... or Do They?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
For patients who need medical marijuana, the progress of LED grow lights has been closely watched.
 
LEDs (short for light emitting diodes) were first invented in 1927. More efficient than nearly any other type of artificial light, these diodes were too weak to ever be a contender for growing plants until recently.
 
But continuing research has resulted in LED lights that are stronger than ever before. Within the last few years, many LED grow light systems have sprung up on the market for indoor gardeners.
 
Some claim that LED grow light technology may finally put the cultivation of a few marijuana plants within reach of anybody who has a few extra bucks and a spare closet.
 
On paper, LED grow lights seem to outperform HPS grow lights (the current standard for growing marijuana) in almost every way.
 
For one, LEDs use significantly less electricity than HPS bulbs, plus they only give off a fraction of the heat.
 
Nebula Haze, experienced grower and co-founder of GrowWeedEasy.com, states, "HPS grow lights are often at the heart of many growing problems, especially when marijuana plants are grown in a small closet or cupboard. The heat given off by an HPS grow light quickly builds up and can seriously hurt and even kill a marijuana plant if the hot air is not vented out through an exhaust system"
 
The fact that HPS lights produce excessive heat is one of the major reasons why there is so much interest in LED grow lights.
 
In contrast with HPS lights, LED lights do not require growers to install expensive ducting or a ventilation system to control the heat.
 
In fact, according to the manufacturers’ specifications, most LED grow lights can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet and turned on immediately in any small space, with no worries about uncontrollable temperature changes.
 
So LEDs use less electricity and produce less heat than regular grow lights, why is there a controversy?
 
Nebula answers, "The question for any real-life pot farmer is this: Do LED grow lights really work for growing marijuana? Marijuana plants require a very specific type of light to grow. Can you still produce the prized THC-laden cannabis flowers using only one of these LED light systems"
 

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Medical Marijuana in Connecticut?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 5th 2012 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana patients in Connecticut may soon have some legal protection as the state senate is considering a bill that the state house has already passed and the Governor has said he will sign.

 

CT’s law would include strict regulations on who can receive medical marijuana. It would include registration for patients and growers alike, and only those with certain ailments would qualify.

 

But some say there are too many restrictions, like Republican state senator John Kissel. "Under this bill, there are restrictions every step of the way," Kissel said. "Therefore, to my mind as a practical matter, it is a fallacy to think that people would pursue marijuana this way, as opposed to other ways in the state of Connecticut."

 

Meaning if it is too hard to get legal medical marijuana, many patients will stick to the black market they are used to. Not exactly an ideal outcome.

 

Following his brethren in other states, U.S. Attorney for the state of Connecticut David Fein says he will enforce federal law against those who distribute and cultivate marijuana. And since the distribution and cultivation of marijuana are illegal under federal law, no amount of state regulation is going to shield CT from the DEA and the Department of Justice. Just ask medical cannabis business operators in Colorado, a state with a wide array of regulations for MMJ.

 

Lawmakers in CT say they want to avoid the confusion over medical marijuana that reigns in California, but what’s happening in CA isn’t a result so much of a lack of regulations, but a lack of specific rules in some key areas. But no matter what the MMJ law in CA would have said, it wouldn’t have stopped the crackdown.

 

The pharmaceutical companies that fill Obama’s campaign coffers with cash have called in their favors. The decision has been made. Medical marijuana must go.

 

Good luck Connecticut.

 

Source: http://www.necn.com


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Got the Munchies? A New Pot Eatery Opens in Ore.

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
After scraping together a mound of zucchini, broccoli, beef, pineapple and noodles on a big round Mongolian grill, Kevin Wallace measured out a shot of grapeseed oil infused with hashish and poured it over the steaming food, setting off a sizzle.
 
Thirteen years after Oregon became one of the first states to make medical marijuana legal, Wallace and business partner Michael Shea think they've found a way to fit in the big gray area between making a living from medical marijuana and going to jail.
 
Marijuana is indelibly associated with food, whether it is chemotherapy patients using the drug to try to develop an appetite, or, farcically, a couple of stoners with an overpowering case of the munchies in "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle." Secret "herb dinners" with appetizers, entrees and desserts are reported in newspaper food sections. One restaurant chain, CHeBA HUT, is based on a marijuana theme. And patrons of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in Portland can get a burger or lasagna packing a pot punch in between choruses of karaoke.
 
But restaurants where marijuana is the focus have had trouble gaining traction. The customer base is, after all, limited to medical marijuana cardholders. And any enterprise associated with medical marijuana will quickly come under scrutiny.
 
At the Earth Dragon Edibles Restaurant & Lounge in Ashland, Wallace and Shea are trying to bring Mongolian barbecue dosed with medical marijuana to a higher level, though they are still feeling their way through the fuzzy legalities of it all.
 
An Oregon medical marijuana card is required to get in the door. Inside, the place looks and operates pretty much like any other little Asian-style restaurant, with the smells of teriyaki and sounds of the grill filling the air. A wall hanging at the back depicts ganja guru Bob Marley. Diners go through a check list of vegetables, sauces, meats and tofu, and whether their bowl will be regular, large, or unlimited. One difference is the boxes to check for medicated or unmedicated. If medicated, there are three strengths. Cheesecake, candies and cookies, medicated or not, are also available.
 
While they wait, diners can use the hash bar, choosing from an assortment of glass pipes, a vaporizer, or a bong, hashish or bud. Marijuana donations are encouraged.
 

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