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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. 
 

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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.
 

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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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Ohioans may get to decide on medical marijuana in 2012

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
MARIETTA - Marijuana could be grown and used for medical purposes under a state constitutional amendment Ohio voters may consider in 2012.
 
The Ohio Alternative Treatment Act recently met initial criteria to allow supporters to begin collecting the more than 385,000 signatures needed to place the issue on the 2012 general election ballot.
 
The amendment would allow medical practitioners in a "bona fide practitioner-patient relationship" to recommend cannabis as a treatment for qualifying medical conditions. These would include cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other diseases, conditions or treatments that produce severe nausea, pain or muscle spasms.
 
The amendment would allow patients to possess no more than 3.5 ounces of usable cannabis and 12 cannabis plants if they are growing their own. A caregiver or safe access center could grow the plants for a patient but that individual or location must be registered with the state. The possession limits for a caregiver are 3.5 ounces of usable cannabis or 12 plants for each patient with whom he or she is connected.
 
Safe access centers could have no more than 12 cannabis per patient or caregiver with whom they are registered. Local governments could control the locations of these centers through zoning.
 

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More Proof that Supports Cannabis Use For Cancer Cure

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

 

You may recall a story that appeared on local2.ca a few weeks ago about a cancer survivor who credits the narcotic, Hash Oil as a cure for his cancer. 
 
David Triplet was diagnosed with skin cancer and opted for alternative treatment instead of the regular treatment prescribed by his doctor. 
 
Triplet, who took matters into his own hands started doing his own research when he learned about the healing powers contained in the illegal drug. 
 
Once he discovered that cannabis cured his cancer, Triplet produced a short documentary outlining his success and why the the " establishment " has not pushed for more research into cannabis for cancer treatment. 
 
Triplet contacted local2.ca about a follow up video that documents his findings along with other patients that have also tried the cannabis treatment. 
 
"This is the story of how myself and others cured our cancer using cannabis oil. This film goes into the closing of dispensaries, politics and history of cannabis and cancer. It features several cannabis patients who's lives have been saved through the miracle of cannabis." said Triplet. 
 
Triplet believes it's time to legalize cannabis and to use hash oil as a treatment for various cancers. In the video Triplet documents other survivors from prostate , and other skin cancers. Triplet notes in the video that more and more studies about the drug as a cure for cancer are being made. 
 

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R.I. sees no teen pot increase

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

RI is proving that medical marijuana may not be linked directly to higher teen use of marijuana at all.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Rhode Island did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to the state's 2006 legalization of medical marijuana, researchers say.
 
Dr. Esther Choo, an emergency medicine physician with Rhode Island Hospital, and co-authors of a study on the issue said state-level legalization of medical marijuana five years ago raised concerns about increased accessibility and appeal of the drug to youth.
 
The researchers compared trends in adolescent marijuana use in Rhode Island and Massachusetts using the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System between 1997 and 2009.
 
The analysis of data on 32,570 students found while marijuana use was common throughout the study period, there were no statistically significant differences in marijuana use between states in any year.
 

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