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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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Judge calls it right on state medical marijuana law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

Fed up with the bullshit, a Judge stated that Nevada's medical marijuana rules are "ridiculous" and "absurd referring to the penalties for growing or dispensing medical marijuana to patients who can legally posess it but not buy it...

On his last day on the bench, District Court Judge Donald Mosley -- who retired Friday at the age of 65 -- issued his most strongly worded condemnation yet of the absurd state of Nevada's medical marijuana law, calling it "ridiculous" and "absurd."
 
Judge Mosley dismissed a drug trafficking case against Nathan Hamilton and Leonard Schwingdorf, who said they supplied the herb to patients unable to grow it themselves.
 
"It is apparent to the Court that the statutory scheme set out for the lawful distribution of medical marijuana is either poorly contemplated or purposely constructed to frustrate the implementation of constitutionally mandated access to the substance," Mosley wrote in his decision.
 
In 2010, Nevada voters ratified an amendment to the state constitution, legalizing marijuana for medical use and instructing that "The Legislature shall provide by law for ... appropriate methods for supply of the plant to patients authorized to use it."
 
But defense attorney Bob Draskovich, whose firm represents both men, says the only way a patient can now legally possess marijuana is to first commit a crime to obtain it. Friday, Judge Mosley agreed.
 
As it stands, one Nevada law allows medical marijuana cardholders to possess, deliver or produce minute amounts of marijuana. But other state laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana, leaving no realistic way for patients to obtain it.
 
Prosecutors say local marijuana dispensary staff, including Messrs. Hamilton and Schwingdorf, suggested a specific cash donation for the marijuana, which under state law qualifies as "consideration" and is illegal. Also, the dispensaries were growing more than the seven plants allowed.
 
Mosley found those restrictions ridiculous.
 
"It is absurd to suppose that from an unspecified source 'free' marijuana will be provided to those who are lawfully empowered to receive it," Mosley wrote.
 
The Supreme Court is now expected to resolve the conflicting rulings on the law.
 
Judge Mosley -- principled and plain-spoken -- was long a credit to the bench. Again, as usual, he was right on Friday. The high court should instruct the Legislature to revamp the law in sensible accordance with the wish of the voters -- albeit 12 years late.
 
The actions of local law enforcement and prosecutors are also currently inappropriate, as their oath requires them to give precedence to "protecting and defending the constitution of the state of Nevada" -- which, as Judge Mosley points out, no longer envisions legitimate marijuana patients or their purveyors being hauled to court or jail.
 

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Why not use marijuana to ease pain?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
State Sen. Deborah Dawkins’ proposal to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes deserves to be debated by all of her colleagues.
 
Dawkins, D-Pass Christian, has been trying to convince the Legislature for several years to authorize the medical use of marijuana by seriously ill patients under a physician’s supervision.
 
Dawkins believes support for the legislation is growing. But it still attracts stiff opposition. Opponents are particularly concerned that permitting even this limited use of an otherwise illegal substance will make it more easily available and make its prohibition for nonmedical use harder to enforce.
 
That is small comfort for those whose suffering could be eased by the use of medical marijuana.
 
Marijuana has been found effective “in treating or alleviating the pain or other symptoms associated with certain debilitating medical conditions,” according to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine.
 
We see fewer and fewer reasons to deny its use to Mississippians who are suffering.
 
As for the flaws some find in Dawkins’ proposal, those could and should be addressed in a debate of the legislation’s merits by the full Senate.
 
We urge both the Senate and the House to have that debate during this session and then to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Mississippi.
 

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OC justices overturn judge's marijuana ruling

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
SANTA ANA, Calif.—Three appellate judges in Santa Ana say cities cannot use nuisance ordinances to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, just regulate them.
 
City News Service says the Fourth Appellate justices issued their ruling Wednesday, striking down a preliminary injunction issued by an Orange County judge in May of 2010.
 
The ruling would have shut down the Evergreen Holistic Collective in Lake Forest but a stay was granted until the higher court could review it.
 
The justices also said nonprofit collectives can only dispense marijuana from where it is cultivated. It can't be brought from somewhere else and dispensed in a storefront.
 
Evergreen attorney David Welch says his client is satisfied.
 
Welch says Evergreen was shut down by federal authorities about four months ago. A hearing challenging the shutdown is scheduled March 26.
 

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Medical marijuana a defense in drug case?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 29th 2012 by THCFinder

Nick Diaz may have a chance afterall! He is likely to use medical marijuana as a defense to get his suspension lifted.

Diaz, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and one of the best all-around fighters in the game, told the LA Times in 2009 that he needs the drug to help with hyperactivity. Some of the other ailments that qualify for a California card look as if they came right off an IR report, including severe arthritis, chronic pain, migraines, persistent muscle spasms, seizures and severe nausea.
 
"Medical cannabis is especially helpful for athletes who have bad reactions to aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs," said Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York in Albany who studies its benefits. "It doesn't create the gastric bleeding or stomach upset common in these other drugs."
 
So maybe it shouldn't be surprising that one sports governing body, the NCAA, recently found an uptick in marijuana use among student-athletes, even as some other drug rates are going down. In a survey of 20,474 players in 23 championship sports, the NCAA discovered that nearly a quarter (22.6 percent) "indicated the use of marijuana" in the prior 12 months. The median ranged from 16 percent in track to 29 percent in soccer. (The outlier was lacrosse, in which 48.5 percent of students reported taking at least one toke the prior year.)
 

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Orange You Glad You Drink Cannabis?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
 
"There are a number of things that could go wrong with a cannabis orange soda," I thought to myself as I brought my $8 Nature'z Twist Orange home from The Green Skunk, a medical marijuana collective in north Seattle.
 
I mentally ticked off a few on the ferry ride back home: the soda could be too flat, as in under-carbonated; it could be too weak, as in under-cannabinated; and it could be too watery, as in under-juiced.
 
My Nature'z Twist Orange was none of these things. It had a delightful effervescence and a robust flavor -- and crucially, it had a working dose of cannabinoids, too.
 

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