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.
Nancy Pelosi: Medical Marijuana Busts By Feds Of 'Strong Concern'
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday released a statement pushing back against the Obama administration's interference with medical marijuana laws in California and beyond. Her statement comes after medical marijuana advocates delivered a petition earlier that day calling on Pelosi to defend patients from ramped up federal enforcement measures.
"I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California," said Pelosi, "and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana."
Medical marijuana is currently legal in California and 15 other states, plus the District of Columbia, and during his campaign for president, Obama vowed to stop the raids on medical marijuana users that were prevalent under George W. Bush, saying raiding patients who use marijuana for medicinal purposes "makes no sense."
Yet since October 2009, the Justice Department has conducted more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids in nine medical marijuana states, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments, according to data compiled by Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group. Federal authorities have also seized property from landlords who rent space to growers, threatening them with prosecution, and authorities have even considered taking action against newspapers selling ad space to dispensaries.
Pelosi joins a number of other political figures -- among them Barney Frank, Ron Paul and Pat Robertson -- who have advocated recently in favor of leaving the issue of medical marijuana to the states.
Marijuana may help save my wife's life
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
Re "Law enforcement resisting pot bill" (Sunday Monitor front page, April 29): I am dismayed by the comments made by the New Hampshire Chiefs of Police Association representative, Enfield Chief Richard Crate, regarding the ongoing debate about medical marijuana. His comment, "The only way to make (Senate Bill 409) better is to take marijuana out of it" is not only ridiculous but adds insult to injury.
The chief's flippant response to this serious matter shows that he is unwilling or unable to comprehend the plight of those who are seriously ill.
The chiefs have had every opportunity to add their input to this bill and have given little toward a compromise that is realistic. In fact, the only contributions made by Crate were under the threat of a unanimous vote by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and, as such, his participation was too little, too late.
Also, Crate does not share the sentiment of a number of law enforcement who are in favor of SB 409 but are unwilling to put their jobs at risk in order to speak out against peer pressure.
We are disappointed that Gov. John Lynch hears the voice of one small group above the din of his constituency. His actions are taking our society one step further away from democracy and my wife one step closer to death. The governor's constant reminder that he "feels a great deal of compassion towards people who are ill" appears patronizing and offers little in the form of relief.
My wife and I have spent the vast majority of our 20-year marriage trying to save her life from an extremely aggressive disease, Stage IV, metastatic, Her2neu breast cancer. In the past 19 years Cindy has undergone an array of treatments, some of which were close to barbaric, only to bring us to a point where we can see a very faint glimmer of hope that there may someday be a cure for this horrific disease.
The Phase I clinical trial that she is undergoing has proven to be quite miraculous, but it has one drawback. It makes her constantly nauseated and, as a result, anorexic. I recently watched helplessly as she had to swallow the vomit that contained the life-giving treatment in order to make sure that she benefited from it. One can only imagine such a horror, and certainly no one should have to endure it! None of the anti-emetic drugs available to her work in her case.
At the advice of the staff at Dana-Farber and of a friend, she tried marijuana and it worked almost immediately!
Please contact your state senator and ask him or her to vote 'Yes' on SB 409 so that our unyielding governor can't veto this important legislation.
Medical Marijuana patient appeals 5 year prison sentence
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
HELENA, Mont. — A former Miles City medical marijuana provider is appealing his five-year prison sentence on a charge he maintained a drug-involved premises.
Richard Flor pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 19. The 68-year-old Flor had asked for leniency because he suffers numerous physical and mental ailments.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell recommended Flor be evaluated to determine the facility best suited for him to serve the sentence.
Flor's attorney filed notice Monday that he will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Flor, his wife Sherry and their son Justin all pleaded guilty to drug charges related to a medical marijuana operation run out of their home. Richard Flor was a co-owner of Montana Cannabis, a target in last year's raids on large medical marijuana operations across Montana.
Local doctors cleared to prescribe medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
Cris Jagar, a lifelong Rutherford resident and a psychiatrist at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, sent in an application last year to be a qualified physician of the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program for an array of reasons. Stationed in the emergency room at the hospital and working closely with doctors of most disciplines there, he sees just about every patient imaginable: drug addicts, cancer patients, those afflicted with AIDS and some with chronic pain so bad, any treatment they undergo just doesn't seem to work.
"As a psychiatrist, I participate in a lot of the palliative care with patients. My thinking was I was hoping to provide another treatment option for the terminally ill and patients with debilitating illnesses," said Jagar. "A lot of patients already get it [marijuana] illegally for pain and weight loss. I work in Elizabeth; if they want it, they can get it. So that was my thinking. I may be able to do more for the patients in the hospital and for outpatients. If they want marijuana now, it's widely available, but it's better to have it monitored by professionals. It's a better treatment for a person to not have to go through illegal channels to get it."
Jagar is among four local doctors who have been approved by the state to prescribe medical marijuana, but none of the companies that were approved to dispense the marijuana when the law was passed more than two years ago have yet been permitted to do so. Most still do not have a facility to operate out of as the municipalities that they have been approved to operate in have had their zoning and planning boards turn down applications. The only one with a home, which is in Montclair, was given a permit last week to begin growing marijuana, but has not yet been permitted to sell it.
Jackson medical marijuana ordinance shouldn't force patients to streets, advocate says
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
JACKSON, MI -- Jackson's proposed medical marijuana ordinance would be worrisome if it limits patients' access to the drug, an advocate said.
"I would be very concerned were our patients supposed to go out on the street (to buy medical marijuana)," said Roger Maufort, director of the Jackson County Compassion Club, 1620 E. Michigan Ave. "We provide safe access for our patients, and that's what we want to continue to do, because we don't want them out on the street getting robbed, hurt, worst."
The Compassion Club is an advocate for medical marijuana patients, who can get medicinal marijuana there.
Medical marijuana would not be allowed to be dispensed in Jackson if the City Council approves a proposed medical marijuana ordinance, according to a memo to council members from Deputy City Attorney Bethany Smith. The ordinance is on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Maufort said he was not aware of a dispensary ban being part of the proposed ordinance, which he said he had seen earlier. He said it was difficult for him to comment on the ordinance without seeing details about how dispensaries would be affected.
He said he would expect there to be a grandfather clause for any lawfully operating business or club such as the Compassion Club to be able to continue operations.
Contacted Monday afternoon, Smith said she would have to check with City Attorney Julius Giglio to see if she could answer questions about the proposed ordinance.
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