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Angel Raich, Cancer Patient, Kicked Out Of Hospital For Using Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

I think I may have finally heard the most idiotic statement ever said, and sadly by a doctor!  "The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."

Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as well as constant pain and headaches.
 
Told by her doctors at the University of California-San Francisco that she should prepare to die, that's what Raich, 46, is doing, one day at a time -- with purpose as well as dignity.
 
Except for Monday night, when she was summarily removed from the hospital at UCSF's Parnassus campus for using marijuana, according to NBC Bay Area -- which showed up for an interview that was cut short when Raich had a seizure and had to be rushed to a (different) hospital.
 
Now might be a good time to mention UCSF also happens to be one of the nation's teaching hospitals that researches marijuana's efficacy in treating cancer and pain.
 
Raich has lived with her brain tumor for some time, but earlier this year she was diagnosed with radiation necrosis, a complication from radiotherapy.
 
Details are scant, but it appears Raich was at UCSF for tests and was using marijuana via a vaporizer at the Parnassus campus when someone -- a doctor or a pharmacist -- took offense, and told Raich that they'd "call the Feds" unless she stopped using marijuana.
 
"The pharmacist said, you can't use cannabis in this hospital," Raich told the television station. "That's a death sentence."
 

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Marijuana Initiatives in California Flaming Out

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Our sources are tellling us to be on the look out for Cannabis to be rescheduled to a schedule 2 substance , finally admitting that cannabis has medicinal values. So this could be the beginning of a whole new chapter for the medical mariuana industry.

‚ÄčIn 2010, when we came oh so close to passing a California marijuana initiative that would have legalized it, medical or not, cannabis supporters were elated, confident and maybe even cocky.
Prop. 19 was essentially a one-man band, the brainchild of an Oakland dispensary magnate. Just wait until 2012 when the forces of decriminalization finally get on the same page.
 
Today, only weeks away from a deadline to turn in more than 700,000 signatures of support from registered voters, several legalization and regulation initiatives appear to be in competition for limited money and, as the Los Angeles Times put it over the weekend, "in disarray."
 
Late last week it was reported that Americans for Safe Access and its partner, the Bay Area's food and commercial workers' union (UFCW), pulled the plug on the highest-profile marijuana initiative aimed at the November ballot.
 
The groups' Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act would have created a statewide body to police, tax and generally keep an eye on dispensaries.
 
It was seen as a workaround for cities like L.A. that were tiring of dispensaries that were running outside the law. With this, the state would deal with it.
 
Except that a federal crackdown on pot shops and a state court case that some cities like Los Angeles are interpreting as a death sentence for dispensaries have made the ASA's initiative a hard sell.
 
What's more, as the Times notes, fundraising among as many as five marijuana initiatives has been difficult even as the dispensary business has been largely profitable:
 
... Dispensary operators know that broader legalization could lower prices and bring more competitors into their business.
For now supporters seem to be hopefull that a state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will carry the torch with a bill that might extend the lives of pot shops in the state by mirroring the ASA's would-be initiative.
 
Good luck.
 

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Medical marijuana community up in arms over Roach comments

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Like the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss...

Declaring that marijuana has no known medical value, The DEA’s new regional chief Barbra Roach has also let it be known that she would find a place to live that does not allow medical marijuana businesses. It is not surprising that in Colorado, where voters have approved medical marijuana, some find her comments to be more than a little offensive.
 
“By federal law, marijuana is illegal,” she told the Denver Post. “There is no medical proof it has any benefit.”
 
Roach told the Post that marijuana is illegal despite state law that legalizes it for medical use. She has not returned a call seeking further comment.
 
It is well documented by now that Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a longtime proponent of drug reform took immediate and impassioned exception to Roach’s comments.
 
From Polis’s Facebook page:
 
She concludes that her goal is to “focus on dismantling the “top echelon” of drug organizations.” And “to strive for the large drug trafficking organizations – not just domestically, but internationally.”
 
On this, I wish her well. Ironically, Colorado’s legalized and regulated marijuana industry has probably done more damage to large drug trafficking organizations than her work will ever accomplish, but I certainly wish her well in her efforts unless she starts raiding legal Colorado businesses who are abiding by our laws.
 

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Medical Marijuana Patients denied an apartment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
Sadly if they would of told the landlord the father was a pilll popping addict who takes vicodin and morphine daily, they would of probably been just fine with that! Yet if you smoke legal medical marijuana, you must be a bad person and you don't deserve to live where you want to!
 
Marlena Martino's father is caught in one of the numerous gray areas between Colorado's medical marijuana laws and the federal government stance against pot.
 
Martino said her 55-year-old father was rejected from a lease at the Minnequa Shores apartment complex after she revealed that he had a medical marijuana certificate.
 
Managers at the apartments declined to comment on the complex's drug policy.
 
"We go to sign the lease and the woman brought up their policy on drugs and crime. I told her about his medical marijuana certificate and she said we couldn't sign the lease," Martino said. "What I don't understand is how can you pick and choose which laws to follow? Who are you to decide what's valid?"
 
Martino said her father suffers from a number of maladies, including muscular dystrophy and chronic back pain.
She said he doesn't need continuous care, but she wants her father to live nearby.
 
Colorado's medical marijuana law makes it legal for people with certain conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana or up to six plants, three of which are mature, to treat their conditions.
 

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Medical marijuana for 1 percenters: $150/gram cannabis caviar

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

You wouldn't catch me paying $150 a gram no matter what the damn bud was rolled in!

 

While most of us live on a budget that prevents us from spending thousands on medical marijuana each week, there are apparently a few patients with lots of disposable income to throw around.
 

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San Francisco Might Have More Medical Marijuana Users Than Black People

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

A very odd statistic but interesting to see the stats on the growth of medical marijuana patients.

The medical marijuana movement and hyperbole often go hand-in-hand. It wasn't more than a few years ago that the office of George W. Bush's drug czar spread the rumor that there were more pot clubs in San Francisco than Starbucks coffee shops, a drum they banged loudly and proudly (and one that, upon the slightest inspection, turned out to be mostly made up).
 
Some statistics you can prove, some you need to estimate. Numbers from the US Census -- which say there are 48,000 African-Americans in San Francisco in 2010 -- are a mixture of both. The number of medical marijuana patients in San Francisco is almost entirely an estimation -- there's no "master list" of people recommended marijuana by a physician sitting around in a cop's drawer -- but is guessed to be about 30,000 on the low end, and over 50,000 on the high end (it was about 45,000 a few years ago, according to medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access).
 
So: More medical marijuana patients than black people in San Francisco? Quite possibly. And, if not now -- as the black population dropped 20 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to Census figures -- almost definitely soon.
 
The reasons for African-American out-migration are too numerous and heavy for us to properly delve into here, but the trend has been going for some time, according to reports issued in 2008 and 1993.
 
Meanwhile, the paper trail created when a person becomes a medical marijuana patients is very short: The clinic -- be it legitimate doctor or plywood booth on Venice Beach -- keeps a copy of the recommendation, and the patient has a copy. One can go a step further and request a state-issued ID card through the local county health department, but it is voluntary, and no entity at the state or county level has a registry or list of all patients.
 

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