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Medical marijuana supporters stop ban in Kern County

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

Supporters were able to come up with enough signatures to block the ban on medical marijuana shops in Kern county. Hopefully this will put an end to the bans on patients being able to legally obtain their medication.

 

Opponents of a Kern County ban on storefront medical marijuana collectives temporarily blocked the law from taking effect Friday morning.
 
Activists with the Kern Citizens For Patient Rights turned in 26,335 signatures to Kathleen Krause, the clerk of the Board of Supervisors, at about 4 p.m. Thursday -- an hour before they were due.
 
They needed to turn in at least 17,350 signatures to stop the ordinance.
 
By 5:15 p.m., elections workers had confirmed the number of signatures turned in and were preparing for the long task of verifying their validity -- work expected to stretch into next week.
 
 

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Washington opens medical marijuana school

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana patients can now access a school in Seattle Washington that allows to be become up to date on growing, cooking and much more.

"Medical cannabis patients are being forced to grow their own medicine and we think they should learn how to do it properly," Semer said.
 
The school is small -- basically a classroom and an office. So far, 70 students have enrolled. They even have student ID cards, a bookstore in the works, a student union building down the street, and an entire curriculum.
 
They offer everything you'd want to know about medical cannabis, from growing and cooking -- there's even a law class.
 
"We don't actually teach Bong Hits 101," Semer said. "We teach people how to work within the confines of the law and to do it safely."
 
 

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Nearly 1,000 rally in Lansing to protest pushback on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana patients are dead serious when they are saying we need our medication. The sterotype of marijuana users and the dispensaries, collectives and cooperatives that allowing marijuana patients to obtain their medication needs to be stopped. These people have serious ailments and have the right to get their medication.

 

Studies have shown time after time that medical marijuana has siginifcant medicinal value and can help people around the world.

 

LANSING -- Nearly 1,000 people gathered on the steps and lawn of the state Capitol on Wednesday to decry attempts to change the law passed by voters in 2008 that allows for the use of medical marijuana.
 
With the distinct aroma of marijuana in the air and signs declaring, "Let My People Grow," and "Fight Criminals, not Sick People," the gathering was one part Hash Bash and one part protest rally.
 
Speaker after speaker decried a Court of Appeals ruling that said medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal and the subsequent raids on dispensaries. They lashed out at the Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette for bills that would make the law more restrictive. About 63% of voters approved the law.
 
Six legislators said last month they would introduce bills that would prohibit felons from becoming caregivers, clarify what is a debilitating condition, prohibit dispensaries within 500 feet of a church, school or day care center and require a full physician workup -- including medical histories -- before a doctor can certify someone as a medical marijuana user.
 
"If we can get enough letters sent, maybe we can stop some of those bills," said Corey Thomason, 62, of Three Rivers.
 
 

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Marijuana tester finds 'Street-bought' pot unsafe

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

More proof is coming to light showing the real life consequences of shutting down dispensaries and collectivees. When patients have no legitimate means to obtain their meds they have to hit the streets and take a gamble with their health.

GAYLORD — The owner of a Gaylord laboratory which tests locally grown medical marijuana fears patients who use black-market pot may be subjecting themselves to unsafe levels of mold and pesticides.
 
Dan Tomaski, a certified caregiver who runs Northern Laboratory Services on North Center Avenue, said last month’s court ruling, which closed marijuana collectives across the state, forces some patients to buy cannabis from street dealers. That pot, Tomaski said, can harbor mold as well as pesticide at levels more than 60 times those allowed for store-bought spinach.
 
Tomaski, 33, is hired by local caregiver growers to test their marijuana for quality and purity. He dissolves a sample of marijuana into a solution and injects it into a gas chromatograph, which gives readings in parts per million (ppm) of pesticides as well as the plant’s active compounds — THC, CBD and CBN. He also uses a lab microscope to look for mold, which can cause respiratory problems, especially in those with weak immune systems.
 
He said cannabis from local growers that was being sold at Gaylord’s collectives tested “100 percent free of pesticides.”
 
Four samples of marijuana bought off the streets in Gaylord, Metro Detroit and Traverse City, however, contained pesticides upwards of 440 ppm of permethrin, 630 ppm of cypermethrin, and 485 ppm of beta-cyfluthrin. By comparison, for spinach, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets residual limits of permethrin at 20 ppm and beta-cyfluthrin at 6 ppm. Tomaski said the USDA limit for cypermethrin is 14 ppm.
 
Mold, dirt, and suspected insect droppings were also found in the samples, according to Tomaski.
 
“These are unfit for consumption,” he said, noting he’s published those findings on his Web site in what he calls “The Schwag Report.” “Schwag” is a slang term for low-grade marijuana.
 
“We published this report to show what some people would be forced back into using if these collectives close,” he said, referring to last month’s ruling. “It’s making it more dangerous for patients. I don’t understand why courts are forcing patients back into that.”
 
 

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Montana - A plea from a user of medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

People across the country are having serious issues everyday and cannot obtain medical marijuana like those who are forutnate enough to do so. But now we are at a point where local governments are trying to take away what the people have voted for. Stand up and do your part to help keep medical marijuana strong and alive for those with serious ailments who count on it daily to ease their pain and let them live their lives.

I am one of the first ever medical marijuana users licensed in the state of Montana. I have a horrible disease called multiple sclerosis. The pain and cramping leave me in excruciating pain. I have tried other methods of pain control and nothing is as good as marijuana.
 
The morphine the doctors prescribed almost killed me and only made me think it didn't hurt. All other things that I've tried haven't worked as well and with fewer side effects. We the people who have fought long and hard for this need it and use it every day just to survive. It's not something to get high. It's a life that's being saved.
 
With all the hoopla that our state has done to the law, it's time we the voters get it back to be voted on and brought to the capital. Please all registered voters. Help us sick people who need this natural plant. Put it back to be voted on, and I'm sure it will speak for the people in Montana who are surviving on this plant
 
 

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Feds want to ban medical pot references at trial

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Another awful case where the state laws are just being thrown out like they never existed in the first place. What ever happened to letting states govern theirselves? 
 
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors pursuing drug charges against Montana medical marijuana operators want to keep jurors from hearing any evidence at trial about the state's medical pot law or whether the operators were complying with it.
 
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have made motions in at least two cases stemming from federal raids on dozens of pot operations this spring, asking those judges to forbid any testimony or evidence at trial about medical marijuana or related issues involving state and federal laws.
 
"Montana's medical marijuana laws have no relevance to the present prosecution, which consists of various charges the defendants violated federal law in relation to a marijuana manufacture and distribution scheme," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard wrote in an August court filing.
 
The question will go unanswered in one case, after Ryan Blindheim and Evan Corum of the Black Pearl dispensary in Olney recently pleaded guilty — Blindheim to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and both to money laundering charges.
 
But attorneys for a Miles City family of medical marijuana operators plan to fight the prosecutors' attempt to keep the question of what's allowed under Montana's medical marijuana law out of their trial.
 
 

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