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RIVERSIDE: New tool for city attorney in medical pot fight

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos now has another weapon in his fight against medical marijuana dispensaries: the power to subpoena.
 
The City Council last week voted to let the city attorney's office use legislative subpoenas when people connected with dispensaries won't cooperate.
 
Medical marijuana proponents say state law gives dispensaries the right to operate within certain guidelines. However, Riverside officials maintain the city zoning code bans medical marijuana facilities citywide.
 
Priamos said he has used legislative subpoenas before, when the city was seeking to close group homes for parolees that did not have permits. He already has filed 15 lawsuits against marijuana dispensaries, some of which have closed.
 
"We are having quite a bit of difficulty with property owners ... that are leasing their property to dispensaries in knowing violation of our zoning code," Priamos said. "The subpoenas are necessary to get additional information."
 
For example, Priamos said he might subpoena copies of lease documents to determine how much rent is being charged, if it's being paid in cash, and whether the owner knew the tenant planned to operate a dispensary.
 
In Craig Celse's case, the lease likely would show he had no idea his tenant intended to run a dispensary. Celse is cooperating with the city, which earlier this month shut down a medical marijuana collective in a Victorian house Celse owns in the Magnolia Center area.
 
"All we had was a residential rental agreement," Celse said, and the house isn't zoned for business use.
 
Celse said the city attorney's efforts were successful regarding his property, and he has given the tenants notice to leave. For property owners who aren't as compliant as Celse, Priamos now can use subpoenas and seek court orders to back them up if necessary.
 
Priamos said he is investigating a number of dispensaries, but as of Thursday he had not issued any subpoenas and declined to say which dispensaries might be the first targets.
 
 

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Jailed Marijuana Patient, Goes on Hunger Strike

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
‚ÄčTomorrow will mark one week since Jerry Laberdee has eaten a meal. The 56-year-old medical-marijuana patient and dispensary owner has been in a Spokane County jail cell since last Tuesday, after he refused to take his court-ordered drug test. He's now pledging to go without food until he's released and allowed to take the medicine that he was legally authorized to take under Washington law.
 
Laberdee's daughter, 28-year-old Jessica Vogel, tells Seattle Weekly that she's had very little communication with her dad since he was locked up, but that she hopes his hunger strike will "wake people up."
 
"I want people to open their eyes and realize this is not just about marijuana, it's about our constitutional rights are being stripped away," she says. "People should be rioting in the streets."
 

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Regulating, taxing pot is way to go for county

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
It's time to start regulating and taxing the medical marijuana indsutry the proper way!
 
This marijuana issue is going to come back and bite Kern County in the rear. They've already hit a number of places that were in compliance with state laws, and preventing dispensaries and limiting the number of plants is only going to create a heap of problems and lawsuits that we cannot afford and a war we cannot win. Bust one, another pops up, this time in a rental home or on public land.
 
We don't have to allow 50 dispensaries and can limit to 10 or less as we did prior to 2009, and we can certainly control and regulate where they operate and where they grow, along with who runs them.
 
California tax authorities estimate that the state currently collects $58 million to $105 million in sales taxes on $700 million to $1.3 billion in annual retail sales of medical marijuana. So why not properly control and regulate our local market and gain some tax revenue? It's not like the county can't set specific guidelines, and the way it is being done now is not going to gain control.
 
It would be far easier and far more cost-effective to control the local cannabis industry by regulating it and having the means to supervise how it is sold, produced and who is doing it. Plus, it will help keep growers off public land, away from schools and parks, and regulated to specific areas and numbers.
 

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Will Oklahoma be the next medical marijuana state?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

Is Oklahoma ready to step up to the plate and let medical patients in need finally have a legal method of obtaining their medical marijuana?

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical marijuana. A landmark study by researchers at the University of California challenges old negative stereotypes of the typical user of medical marijuana.

It's time for Oklahoma's governor and lawmakers to quit digging in their heels-- and open their eyes. How much longer should Oklahomans be denied the significant and proven benefits of medical marijuana?

 

(Source) http://www.fox23.com


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Patient says marijuana works

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
I have had severe migraines for three decades along with daily headaches that would be a migraine to most people.
 
When I was young I had melanoma in my eye, optic nerve and brain tissue, which they removed all three. Since that time I have been on a doctor rollercoaster. I have been to headache clinics, therapy, trials, you name it.
 
I've tried recommended diets, natural alternatives and every medication they could think of including migraine, antidepressants, high blood pressure, anti nausea, etc.
 
The side effects from a lot of the meds were horrible, but I tried anyway since the migraines were debilitating. Nothing has worked. I have one of the top neurologists in the country who specializes in migraines, and even this doctor cannot figure out why I have them or how to stop them.
 
After almost giving up, I was offered an edible containing cannabis. It's a miracle. For the first time in 40 years I feel alive and headache free. I do not feel high, just good. I have to back Robert Galia and Citizens for Compassionate Use 100 percent.
 
There are people who abuse medical marijuana, but don't blame the dispensaries or growers. Blame the doctors that write the scripts for illegitimate illnesses.
 
If any public official or person against the use of medical marijuana were to walk in my shoes for a day or one day of a seriously ill patient, I strongly believe they would be a supporter too.
 

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Medical marijuana dispensaries close after ruling

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
The day after the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries can be considered a public nuisance and could be shut down, two facilities in Ann Arbor have been raided and facilities all over the state have closed, including the Mt. Pleasant dispensary at the center of the turmoil.
 
Compassionate Apothecary co-owner Matthew Taylor said a cease-and-desist letter by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office has forced their doors shut, pushing them toward filing their case with the Michigan Supreme Court. 
 
Under the Court of Appeals ruling, patient-to-patient sales, as happens at some dispensaries, has been deemed not part of the original legislation passed by voters in 2008. He said his facility cannot sell marijuana, which it does on behalf of caregivers who store their excess marijuana in lockers on their premises, and who pay the apothecary a service charge. 
 
“Really, our doors are just open today for political purposes,” said Taylor, who added that “patients are scared, panicking and crying.” 
 
Matt Newburg, a Lansing attorney who will be spearheading the Supreme Court effort, said Lansing dispensaries have also been closed. He is advising his clients to shutter “until the Supreme Court issues a different opinion or there is new legislation.” 
 
In Oak Park, Big Daddy’s Management, which owns five dispensaries in metro Detroit, closed at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the appeals ruling was handed down. Rick Ferris, head of the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers, said patients in Big Daddy’s Chesterfield Township facility were crowding their lobby, wondering what to do. 
 
“I have a building full of patients today,” he said.
 
At the A2 Go Green Corp, at 206 Main in downtown Ann Arbor, nearby business owners said the raid took place at about 10:20 a.m., shortly after the place opened.
 
Nearby merchants said they did not see any one being arrested but did see police carrying out boxes. 
 
“I saw cops carrying out big boxes of stuff,” said David Fritz, of David Fritz hair care next door to the dispensary, which is located over Café Felix.
 

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