Marijuana arrests rising on campus
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Arrests for the use of controlled substances such as marijuana at USU have nearly doubled from last year, according to Capt. Steve Milne of the USU Police.
"For 2011 we have 41 arrests for controlled substances," Milne said, "compared to 22 for all of 2010."
Milne said there has also been four more alcohol-related arrests this year compared to last year, and he pointed out there is more than one month before the year is over.
Most of the students arrested for substance abuse have been first-year students, Milne reported. He said many of the freshmen are not aware of a freshman student who died of alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing incident at USU in 2008.
"I think a lot of it has to do with the freshmen students that are entering school have no idea who Michael Starks was," Milne said. "When that happened, I think they were roughly freshmen in high school, and I don't think they paid much attention to what was happening in the outside world."
Milne said arrests involving drugs and alcohol decreased for a period after Starks' death, but are currently on the rise.
"It's always been here," Milne said. "But this is definitely, by far, our busiest year. We've seen more cases of it than I've ever seen in the 29 years I've been here."
Ryan Barfuss, prevention specialist at the Student Wellness Center, said recently fewer USU students claim to have tried marijuana than in past years.
"It went from — in 2011 — 89.8 percent of students have not used," Barfuss said. "In 2009, 89.2 percent of students had not used. So actually the numbers have gone up of people who have not used."
Barfuss said many students think drug use is more common than it actually is. According to his survey, only 2.8 percent of students at USU have used marijuana in the last 30 days.
However, the 2011 American College Health Association Survey reports perceived use is at 43.3 percent of college students, within the last 30 days.
"There's some use, but not a lot of use," Barfuss said.
Barfuss said the use of marijuana hasn't really gone up, but more people are getting caught.
Alabama moving forward with medical marijuana bill
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
A local lawmaker is moving forward with his bill that would make marijuana use legal for medicinal purposes, expecting to pre-file the legislation within another week.
Rep. K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, said Wednesday he had submitted the bill Monday to the state’s Legislative Reference Service. Lawmakers submit their legislation to that department before filing it with the Legislature for consideration.
“What they do is put it in the proper legal jargon,” Brown said. “They put it in bill form — that is what happens right before it is filed.”
Brown said it should take about a week before he gets the revised bill back from the Legislative Reference Service.
“Hopefully I’ll have it in a week and get it filed,” he said.
Sixteen states allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for certain medicinal purposes.
Brown’s sister used medicinal marijuana to control her pain before she died of breast cancer 25 years ago, and he sees the measure as a way to help many suffering Alabamians in a similar manner.
However, he has emphasized that the bill was in no way part of a larger effort to decriminalize marijuana completely in the state.
“This is not a recreational marijuana legalizing bill at all,” Brown said previously.
“It’s strictly for medicinal purposes and will be closely monitored by the Health Department and law enforcement.”
Medical marijuana license fee drops in Colorado
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER — The price of a medical marijuana license in Colorado has been lowered more than half.
The state Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to lower the fee from $90 a year to $35 a year beginning Jan. 1. Already the $90 fee is lower than when Colorado first authorized medical marijuana a decade ago, when the fee was $140.
The annual fee was lowered because it's sufficient to cover administrative costs.
Board of Health spokesman Mark Salley says the number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado has dropped dramatically this year. The number dropped more than 20 percent — to about 103,000 — between June 30 and Sept. 30. The explanation may be tougher limits on medical marijuana passed by the Legislature.
New Med Pot Shop Says It Won't be Shut Down
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - A new one-stop medical marijuana shop is getting ready to open in the valley.
But with so many questions about Arizona's medical marijuana law, many of these facilities have already opened up, only to be shut down.
It's called Elements Caregiver Collective, and the name says it all.
This company said that because caregivers supply the marijuana, what they're doing is 100 percent legal.
We've seen it happen twice in just the past two months -- police and DEA agents raiding local medical marijuana clubs claiming to be legal.
But law enforcement thought the business models looked like that of illegal dispensaries.
“We went with what's exactly in the law,” said Elements spokesman Corey Miller.
According to Prop 203, a certified caregiver can supply up to five card-holding patients with 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days.
Elements says it’s the place for their caregivers and patients to connect.
“We’ve created a collective here where we have 200 caregivers, and so we grow for a thousand patients, and they can get their medicine dispensed to them,” Miller said.
The facility is complete with a pot vending machine, an oxygen bar, and even a kitchen -- where so-called "medibles" are made.
“It’s more of what the patients want to use their card for while they’re here,” Miller said.
Medical marijuana card-holders can choose a plan from $75 to $150 a month and then use the funds on whichever amenity they choose.
Amy Kadori suffers from chronic pain and loves the idea.
“Because this is such a bright and cheerful place, I feel comfortable. It’s not a cheesy backdoor operation. I’m not a sleazy backdoor type of gal,” Kadori said.
“If people come and see how our patients come in and receive their medicine, it really makes a positive difference on their lives,” Miller said.
Michigan Attorney General: Police may seize medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
There’s a new challenge to the rights of Michigan’s medical marijuana patients.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an opinion Thursday saying police can seize marijuana from medical marijuana patients.
In the opinion, the attorney general also said it would be illegal for police to return the pot, even after they confirm that the patients possess a medical marijuana permit.
Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, a patient with a valid state issued identification card may possess up to two and a half ounces of usable marijuana. That same state law prohibits police from seizing marijuana or drug paraphernalia from authorized medical marijuana patients.
But Attorney General Schuette said the state law conflicts with federal law on the subject of marijuana forfeiture. Schuette said federal law preempts state law. The opinion also said police could face federal drug charges if they returned the confiscated marijuana to legitimate patients.
As Feds Crack Down on Medical Pot, Groundbreaking Lawsuit Fights Back
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
NORML Attorneys Matt Kumin, David Michael, and Alan Silber, have filed suit (read here) in the four federal districts in California to challenge the Obama Administration’s recent crackdown on medical marijuana operations in the Golden State.
Aided by expert testimony from NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano and research from California NORML Director Dale Gieringer, the suits seek an injunction against the recent federal intrusion into state medical marijuana laws at least and at most a declaration of the unconstitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to state regulation of medical marijuana
The NORML attorneys allege the federal government has engaged in entrapment of California patients and their caregivers.
They point to the courts’ dismissal of County of Santa Cruz, WAMM et al. v. Eric Holder et al.where the Department of Justice (DOJ) “promised a federal judge that it had changed its policy toward the enforcement of its federal drug laws relative to California medical cannabis patients.” So after 2009, California providers had reason to believe that the federal government had changed its policy.
The legal argument is called ‘judicial estoppel’, which basically means that courts can’t hold true to a fact in one case and then disregard it in another.
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