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Federal raid angers California medical-marijuana advocates

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. -- REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. The U.S. drug agents' vehicles rumbled past vineyards and cattle ranches, traversed winding roads through oak woodlands and cleared a gate marked with a sign: "Member, Mendocino Farm Bureau."
 
Camouflaged and heavily armed, Drug Enforcement Administration officers brought a battering ram to the door of Matthew Cohen and a chain saw to cut down his 99 marijuana plants earlier this month.
 
The raid on Cohen's Northstone Organics garden, which boasted of "farm direct" marijuana deliveries to medical users, has stoked a fierce debate over whether federal authorities sought to nullify California's most renowned local regulatory program for medical marijuana cultivation.
 
In Mendocino County and beyond, Cohen, 34, was applauded as a leader who worked with local officials to initiate a program in which the sheriff issues $50 per-plant zip ties, with serial numbers, to enforce 99-plant limits for growers with dispensary contracts or documentation that they serve medical marijuana patients.
 
In a county infamous for black market marijuana growing and trafficking and distrust of the government nearly 100 local pot farmers signed up for the oversight program in two years. They paid more than $8,000 in annual fees each to let the sheriff inspect their gardens, count their plants and enforce environmental standards and rules for fencing and security.
 

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Patients Substitute Marijuana for Prescription Drugs

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

More and more people every single day are finding more reasons to switch from their prescriptions that carry multiple side effects to cannabis which only side effects include being happy, hungry and sleepy.

People who qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions frequently report substituting the substance for their other prescription medications.
 
In an anonymous survey, 66% of 350 clients at the Berkeley (Calif.) Patients Group, a medical marijuana dispensary, said that they use marijuana as a prescription drug substitute. Their reasons: Cannabis offered better symptom control with fewer side effects than did prescription drugs.
 
Two-thirds of a medical marijuana dispensary’s surveyed clients admitted to using cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs.
Those with pain symptoms said that marijuana has less addiction potential than do opioids. Others said marijuana helped to reduce the dose of other medications.
 
"Instead of having a pain medication, an antianxiety medication, and a sleep medication, they are able to just use cannabis, and that controls all of those symptoms," said Amanda Reiman, Ph.D., the director of research and social services at the Berkeley center. Almost 50% of those surveyed said they use cannabis two or three times per day.
 

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Colorado issues first medical-marijuana business licenses in U.S.

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
Colorado is setting the bar to support Dispensaries and Medical Marijuana Patients by giving out medical marijuana business licenses to local dispensaries. Hopefully other states will start following what Colorado has done to show the support and hopefully get the federal government to back down on their raids.
 
Colorado has begun issuing the first state medical-marijuana business licenses in the nation, the culmination of a more than year-long application process for dispensaries and marijuana- infused-products makers.
 
The state has issued 11 licenses to businesses in Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Littleton, according to the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue. Another seven have been notified they are likely to receive a license. And the state has sent out letters to local governments for 467 dispensaries and products-makers to double-check that those businesses have local approval — one of the final steps in the licensing process.
 
The first license to a Denver business was presented Wednesday to Dr. J's owner Tom Sterlacci at a meeting of an industry workgroup. The presentation received a standing ovation.
"It's very historic," Sterlacci said. "Now we're not standing alone with the feds. We have the city and the state standing with us."
 
Medical-marijuana advocates say Colorado's regulations for cannabis businesses are the most comprehensive in the nation, and they credit the rules' thoroughness with shielding the businesses from federal raids. John Ingold, The Denver Post
 

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Feds urged to ease up on medical pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
In light of a recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana, seven San Francisco supervisors urged the feds to reverse course.
 
"I believe it's important for us ... to be very clear that we support the right of patients to have access to medicine," said Supervisor David Campos, chief sponsor of the nonbinding resolution.
 
His co-sponsors are Supervisors Eric Mar, John Avalos, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener.
 
It's not the first time the supervisors have weighed in. In 2001, the Board of Supervisors declared San Francisco "a sanctuary" for medical marijuana. Four years later, the city adopted regulations for dispensaries.
 
The latest legislative effort comes after the U.S. Department of Justice said this month that it would target what the U.S. attorneys in the state described as a for-profit marijuana industry that cares more about making money than about compassion for the sick.
 
"People are using the cover of medical marijuana to make extraordinary amounts of money," said San Francisco's U.S. attorney, Melinda Haag, at a recent news conference.
 
Federal prosecutors have sent letters to dozens of marijuana retailers informing them that they were violating federal law and subject to property forfeiture and possible prosecution. Medical marijuana backers cried foul, saying that the tactic is an about-face for the Obama administration.
 
The use of marijuana for medical purposes in California was approved by state voters 15 years ago.
 

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Obama's Misguided Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Is re-election more important than letting people take medication that can ease their suffering and pain and let them live normal lives? It seems so with Obamas recent change of heart and flip flopping on his promises to not interfer with state side affairs. The promise to stop going after legal medical marijuana dispensaries has been broken just like many other promises Mr. Obama has made. 

Why is the government cracking down on medical marijuana, a $1.7 billion business in California alone — and one of the few that seems to be thriving in a moribund economy?

 

In early October, the Justice Department announced it would be targeting medical marijuana dispensaries in California. Calling large dispensaries "profiteers" that "hijacked" California's medical marijuana law and were "motivated not by compassion but by money," the state's four U.S. attorneys announced the arrests of two major dispensary owners and a lawyer they accused of making millions from growing the drug.

 

It was a reversal of President Obama's campaign promise to end the previous administration's legal pursuit of medical marijuana. Although Obama's justice department had previously abided by a memo, which said that prosecuting marijuana providers and patients who followed state law was not an "efficient use of federal resources," over the summer the administration changed tactics, expressing concern about "an increase in the scope of commercial cultivation, sale, distribution and use of marijuana for purported medical purposes." It began sending letters to dispensaries and their landlords threatening forfeiture of the property if marijuana sales did not stop.

 

The IRS has also begun its own crackdown on California dispensaries. It now claims that the dispensaries owe back taxes because all of their business deductions are illegal. In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recently warned gun dealers not to sell to users of medical marijuana.


(Sourcehttp://healthland.time.com


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Lawyer: Governor, AG conspiring against medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX — The lawyer for one of the state's medical marijuana clubs accused the governor and attorney general on Friday of conspiring to undermine the voter-approved initiative making the drug legal for some ill people.
 
“We believe that there's a clear and blatant pattern that has transpired over the last few months,” said Thomas Dean. He said that directly includes both Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne.
 
“There's plenty of evidence that was done in a way that was conspiratorial, fraudulent,” Dean told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink.
 
In a bid to prove his point, Dean told the judge he wants to question both officials under oath.
 
But Assistant Attorney General Lori Davis told the judge that's not going to happen — at least not in the way Dean envisions.
 
Davis said she's willing to provide stipulations verifying the accuracy of public statements both have made about the issue.
 
“But if they're wanting to get in to political leanings and whether they oppose it or support it, I don't think that's appropriate for this,” she told the judge. Davis said the only issue before the court is whether the clubs can legally operate, making the views of the two elected officials irrelevant.
 
And she called Dean's request “a political, media move.”
 
 

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