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Marijuana: What happens to medical shops whose towns have banned recreational pot?
So far, 24 Colorado cities have banned recreational marijuana sales since the passing of Amendment 64. This is not a surprise, since most already had an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana stores. But what about those that have MMJ shops that now won't be able to switch to recreational -- like, for instance, Englewood, which briefly allowed dispensaries in 2009 but has since banned them. The three dispensaries that were grandfathered in have found it hard to stay open ever since.
"There is a strong push to get dispensaries out of the city," says Colby, manager for Mile High Dispensary; he asked that we not use his last name. "Basically, our plan right now is to open a recreational shop outside of the city, since you have to be a medical facility in Englewood."
Along with the ordinance banning recreational marijuana, which was passed last month, Colby says the city also doubled the distance marijuana operations must be from schools, from 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet.
This isn't an issue for the dispensary itself, but Mile High's cultivation facility is within the new limit -- and if it's forced to close, the business as a whole may be at risk. Colby says owners will be taking the city to court over the issue next month -- and the shop hopes to win the battle and remain open. To do so, though, it will have to remain a medical store, unlike Mile High Dispensary 2, a sister shop in Lakewood that hopes to open its doors to recreational as well as medical customers once it's legal to do so.
Read more: http://blogs.westword.com
Medical Marijuana patients in Michigan can't share
Two stories popped up today from the state of Michigan that remind me of the inevitable tragic absurdities we get by trying to separate patients from "criminals." Wrap your mind around these latest examples of legal bureaucracy facing sick people who just want to use marijuana under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).
In Nashville, Michigan, there was this patient named Tony Allen Green. Tony had a valid patient registry card. Tony had less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana on him, as allowed by law.
Tony has a friend named Al Thornton. Al was a patient who just applied for a valid patient registry card. However, under Michigan law, after 20 days his application (along with his doctor's recommendation to use cannabis medically) becomes just as valid as a registry card.
Tony, a legal patient, gave some of his marijuana (less than 2.5 ounces) to Al, a legal patient. Somehow, police become involved. They do not arrest Al, for he is now holding less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but they do arrest Tony, for giving Al less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana.
Now, isn't that silly? Tony can sit around puffing joint after joint of his 2.5 ounces. Al could sit right next to him and do the same. But if either of them pass a joint to the other, it's a crime?
The Barry County Circuit Judge agreed that was silly. Section 4 of the MMMA clearly allows patients to have 2.5 ounces. They were both legal patients. The judge dismissed the marijuana delivery charge against Tony.
Prosecutors appealed the dismissal. As they read Section 4, they could only find protection for Tony's and Al's possession of marijuana. They didn't see anything protecting the delivery of marijuana. The Court of Appeals, however, upheld the Barry County judge's dismissal, writing, "the MMMA does not place any restrictions on the transfer or delivery of marijuana between adult patients, and we decline to read any such restriction into the act."
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
NJ Senate OKs Easier Child Access to Medical Marijuana
The New Jersey Senate approved a bill Thursday that would give children with certain medical conditions easier access to medical marijuana.
The Assembly budget committee also advanced the measure to the full chamber.
The bill would eliminate the need for written consent from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist for juveniles to be eligible.
It would also allow treatment centers to produce an unlimited number of strains, and for marijuana to be produced in an edible form, which is now banned.
The bill was drafted in response to the plight of a Scotch Plains girl with severe epilepsy, whose parents had not been able to find a psychiatrist to sign a consent form.
The 2-year-old toddler, Vivian Wilson, is forced to stay inside most of the time, and wear an eye patch, glasses and hat when she does go outside.
"She's very pattern sensitive," her mother Meghan Wilson told NBC 4 New York. "Looking at this couch, she'll start staring at it and finding a pattern. She'll become transfixed and her head will start bobbing around."
Wilson and her husband Brian say medical marijuana has worked with other kids with the same condition.
"I'm talking about one little girl in Colorado going from having hundreds of seizures a week to now being off all her pharmaceutical medications and having about three seizures a week," said Meghan Wilson.
Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.coml
Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Detained By Washington DC Police
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld and the president of the US Marijuana Party William A. Chengelis were involved in separate incidents with Washington, D.C. federal police on Monday that resulted in one arrest.
Greg Pawlowski of Detroit, reporting on behalf of the American Cultivator and Partie T.V., told The Compassion Chronicles that the Chengelis incident stems from the transfer of a medical marijuana candy from Chengelis to a second person while on federal property. Chengilis was arrested and was scheduled for a bond hearing on the 18th.
Russ Belleville wrote on The Weed Blog that the potential penalty for ‘Wayward Bill’ Chengelis as a misdemeanor is a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in federal prison.
Rosenfeld was detained by D.C. police when when he was discovered with his infamous tin of federally- issued marijuana cigarettes. The nationally-known cannabis advocate was released after a few hours without being arrested. He was seated only a few feet away when the police officers cuffed Chengelis, according to Pawlowski.
“We had our Partie T.V. cameras set up. Robert Platshorn had some signage made up that was on display. Everything was fine until a police supervisor came downstairs,” Pawloswki explains. ”She said no cameras, no signs. What started as an interaction with a single officer quickly built to two officers, then five, then seven. At one point we thought that they were going to search every one of the lobby day participants.”
The officers were hovering around Chengelis, who was standing in front of Rosenfeld’s table, when they suddenly closed ranks. After emptying his pockets Chengelis was allegedly found to be in possession of candies made of cannabis and was accused of transferring at least one of them to another person. He was handcuffed on the spot.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Colorado marijuana dispensary owner, 11 others indicted on 71 charges
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
A Colorado grand jury has indicted 12 people on allegations that they ran three medical-marijuana dispensaries as a front for an investment scam and an illegal marijuana-growing operation.
Among those named in the indictment are the dispensaries' owner, several of his business partners, a marijuana-grower, a lawyer and a doctor. The 12 people named in the indictment variously face charges of racketeering, marijuana cultivation and distribution, money laundering, securities fraud, tax evasion, forgery and attempt to influence a public servant.
The indictment was handed down last month by a state grand jury overseen by the Colorado attorney general's office. The charges were filed in Denver District Court. The 65-page indictment contains 71 total charges.
Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the indictment was the result of "the careful oversight of the Department of Revenue and tight coordination between state agencies."
According to the indictment, the central figure in the case is 34-year-old Conley Hoskins.
Hoskins' attorney on Wednesday denied that his client was involved in anything illegal under state law.
"The attorney general's indictment is full of tortured and baseless allegations and is contrary in many respects to the plain language and protections provided by Amendment 20," attorney Steve Peters said, referencing the Colorado law that legalized medical marijuana. "Mr. Hoskins denies these charges and looks forward to presenting his defenses in court."
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
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