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Seniors having Trouble Getting Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 27th 2012 by THCFinder

I firmly believe that our seniors should have the esiest time obtaining their medication instead of making it such a hassle for them to find something that will ease their pain and suffering from their ailments.

As the senior population ages and many enter assisted living facilities, access to medical marijuana only becomes more difficult.  Those in nursing facilities could use medical marijuana to relieve the inevitable symptoms of aging such as insomnia, reduced appetite, pain, and reduced energy among others instead of using pills that often have harmful side effects.  The reasons for lack of access are many, but there may be hope in dealing with some of the obstacles.
 
According to new report released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, of the state’s 22,200 legal medical marijuana users, 51 to 81-year-olds represent more than 35 percent of patients and over half are older than 41.  Arizona’s director of the Department of Health Services Will Humble told the Arizona Republic that this shift is largely because people tend to develop more debilitating medical conditions as they age.
 
This larger number of older medical marijuana patients (and potential patients) raises many questions and challenges.  Aside from dispensaries being forced to close due to federal crackdowns, nursing homes typically receive federal funds and are thus forbidden by law to allow cannabis on the premises, which also applies to hospitals and hospice care facilities.  Furthermore, seniors often don’t know where to go or how to get it even if they want to.  For those entering these facilities who are already medical marijuana patients, lack of access only makes matters worse.
 
While assisted living facilities are normally highly controlled – where everything entering the facility must be reviewed by staff and doctors – that’s not to say illegal “sneaking in” of marijuana doesn’t occur.  However, facilities risk loss of federal funding and losing licenses by doing so.
 
Despite the lack of easy answers for legalizing medical marijuana for use in medical facilities and elsewhere, a number of movements are attempting to spread awareness and encourage activism among the senior community.  One such movement is The Silver Tour, which aims to teach seniors about the benefits of medical marijuana and how to get involved, particularly at venues where seniors gather in large groups such as at senior living centers, religious centers, retirement homes, and hospices.  Another such effort is the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a collective of patients and caregivers based in Santa Cruz, California.  WAMM provides education and outreach, particularly to seniors and the sick and dying.  The collective also offers medical marijuana donations to seriously ill patients with a doctor's recommendation.
 

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Arkansas Works to Get Medical Marijuana on November Ballot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
Well, on the bright side, Arkansas is petitioning for a medical marijuana initiative that would include Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a qualifying condition…
A Fayetteville-based group has about half the signatures it needs for a proposed law to legalize marijuana for medical use to appear on the November general election ballot, according to a group spokesman.
 
Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC), the proposed law’s sponsor, began its campaign to collect the needed 62,507 signatures from registered voters after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the initiative in April last year. The group must collect the signatures by July 6 for the proposed law to appear on the November ballot.
 
“I strongly believe it will (pass),” said Ryan Denham, campaign manager for ACC. “Its main purpose is to protect sick and dying patients from arrest and prosecution.”
 
He said the law calls for marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, to be available by prescription only to people with certain health conditions, such as those with glaucoma, epilepsy, Hepatitis C and terminally ill conditions. Denham said the law also allows for those with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — such as those suffering from psychological effects of war, rape or other traumatic situations — to apply for medicinal use of cannabis.
 

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Landlord Rents to Medical Marijuana Biz; Faces More Prison than Rapist

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 26th 2012 by THCFinder

It's a scary thought that landlords can be sent to jail for more time than serious criminal offenders committing felonies!

Remember those letters from US Attorneys to landlords who rent to medical marijuana operations?  In Montana, prosecutors have charged a landlord and he now faces more prison time than the medical marijuana providers he rented to.
 
Jonathan Janetski, charged along with Kassner and Roe, is looking at up to three years in prison, according to his lawyer, Todd Glazier of Kalispell. But, he says:
 
Janetski didn’t grow marijuana.
 
He didn’t sell it.
 
He was the landlord.
 
“He has no criminal history,” Glazier said. “He just rented to some people.”
 
To the best of Glazier’s knowledge, Janetski is the only landlord charged as the result of two rounds of federal search warrants executed on medical marijuana operations in Montana last year.
 
Janetski is scheduled to be sentenced April 19 on a charge of maintaining drug-involved premises. Although that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, along with three years’ supervised release, Glazier said the sentencing guidelines mean his client is likely looking at a recommendation of 30 to 36 months in federal prison.
 
“He would end up … serving more time than the actual people who manufactured the marijuana,” Glazier 
 

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Medical marijuana delivery man attacked by ninjas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 26th 2012 by THCFinder

Weed powered Ninjas are on the loose!

WEST COVINA, Calif. -- West Covina police say two people in ninja costumes robbed a medical marijuana delivery man but it's not clear how much money or marijuana was taken.
 
Police Lt. Alan Henley told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune ( http://bit.ly/GSitYa) the victim had just made a delivery to a patient on South Sunset Avenue and was headed to his car when the pair confronted him and chased him with batons.
 
Henley says the attack took place just before 10 p.m. Friday.
 
Henley says the victim, in his 40s, was scared and dropped a bag containing marijuana and money and the attackers took it.
 
The lieutenant says he knows of no other ninja-style thefts recently.
 

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Linsanity Marijuana Has Jeremy Lin's Lawyers Seeing Red

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
Warning to marijuana shops selling Linsanity weed: Your buzzkill has arrived.
 
Jeremy Lin's legal team has sent a flurry of cease-and-desist letters to medical marijuana dispensaries offering "Linsanity" brand pot, and a few shops have already complied, a lawyer for the New York Knicks star told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.
 
"Their enthusiasm for Jeremy Lin got ahead of their understanding of the law," said Pamela Deese of the Washington, D.C., firm Arent Fox.
 
Although Deese would not name the companies, HuffPost found at least three California dispensaries that have stopped their doobie-ous enterprise.
 
The owner of 420 Specialists of Moreno Valley confirmed that he had received the notice and deleted Linsanity from the menu a week and a half ago. "They also wanted me to write a letter of apology," Josh Leibowitz said Thursday, adding that he hasn't done so yet.
 
Gourmet Green Room of West Los Angeles would only say that it had replaced Linsanity with Insanity.
 
L.A. Confidential Caregivers in Hollywood, which was listed in a Marijuana.com post about Linsanity sellers, seems to have removed Linsanity from its menu as well. We reached out to L.A. Confidential Thursday morning, and we'll provide an update if it responds.
 

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Medical Marijuana Expo in Detroit Draws Criticism

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
Detroit, MI (Detroit Free Press) -- Just as state lawmakers move toward voting on bills to tighten regulation of medical marijuana, a legalization advocate has planned an event in Detroit that critics say points up abuses of medicinal pot.
 
Tom French, promoter for the second annual Medical Marijuana Expo, concedes that law-enforcement agencies would take a dim view of the three-day festival March 23-25 in Detroit. But he said he's staying within state law.
 
Alongside the hemp fashion show and a display of worms bred to aid the growth of marijuana plants, some of the show's 135 vendors plan to exhibit equipment ideal for growing marijuana -- but won't say that for fear of federal prosecution, French said.
 
The expo will include a "medicating tent for those who hold state registry cards, but French won't say where.
 
"We'll take anyone who wants to go on our vapor bus," said French, 47, who also runs a Roseville concrete business.
 
French expects the expo to draw about 8,000 people. His similar event last year in Novi drew 7,800 people, he said.
 
Scheduled speakers will advocate wider access to marijuana and full legalization for possession of small amounts of the drug in Michigan.
 
Finally, the expo will feature what critics call a "pot doctor," an MD who can certify would-be patients on the spot.
 

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