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Banks in Medical-Marijuana States Going to Pot?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

More and more dispensary owners are having issues with their bank accounts and credit card merchants. The federal government has tried to go directly to the banks sending out warnings hoping they will follow the feds wild west rules.

Smoking medical marijuana may be legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but selling it still violates federal law, and “ganja-preneurs,” the owners of medical marijuana dispensaries, say this conflict between the state and federal government is a buzz-kill.
 
Banks in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes won't do business with dispensary owners for fear that regulators will target them in federal investigations. Federal regulators maintain banks which do business with dispensaries are supporting activities that, even if legal in the state, are illegal at the federal level.
 
“There is an unclear regulatory situation…it became unmanageable in a lot of respects and that was unfortunate,” said John Whitten, Senior Vice President of Colorado Springs State Bank.
 
Whitten said the bank does not want to have to close their medical marijuana accounts, but one thing both banks and regulators agree upon is that until the differences between the federal and state policies on cannabis are reconciled, these businesses will continue to encounter difficulties finding a banker.
 
“How should the banks approach it? It’s illegal at the federal level and then legal at the state level, and yet the banks have an obligation to take care of their communities,” Whitten said. “These businesses are part of those communities, so how do we reconcile that?”
 
 

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Is Montana's medical marijuana program going backwards?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
It seems medical marijuana pateints looking for their medical marijuana cards are getting fewer by the day after the strict rules and regulations the state has been pushing.
 
Montana lawmakers were told Monday that the number of medical marijuana users has continued to decline after the July implementation of a tougher new law, and that there are fewer providers after previous caregivers were stripped of their credentials.
 
There have been some glitches in implementing the tough new law, such as when the Department of Corrections found that some parolees were still able to get a medical marijuana card simply by lying on the form, members of the joint Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee were told. Those cards have since been revoked.
 
When the law went into effect, more than 4,000 caregivers in the state were stripped of their credentials as dramatically different rules for selling medical marijuana went into place. Since then, 285 caregivers have registered as marijuana providers and there are more applications pending.
 
Tougher new rules go into place soon that will force those providers to submit to a fingerprint background check, Kemp said.
 
"It is still very early for the department to discuss any changes at this time," Kemp told the committee.
 
 

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Oregon State Police harass Federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

A state trooper didn't belive Federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka's paperwork and harasses her for a good part of the day.

Early Thursday morning, Oregon State Police detained Elvy Musikka, one of four remaining federal medical marijuana patients, along with other state medical marijuana registry cardholders following a town hall meeting on medical marijuana in the eastern Oregon / Idaho border town of Ontario.
 
According to Joey Nieves, clinic manager at 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana cardholders co-operative, a state trooper had staked out the co-op to harass cardholders as they left the building.  Members of the co-op were detained by the trooper who issued citations, including a $1,000 ticket for "residue" to a grower whose patient had left behind an empty pipe.
 

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Medical marijuana out of reach for City man with epilepsy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

Cities to continue to put seriously ill medical marijuana patients out on their luck while trying to get their medication. Taking away dispensaries that allow them to treat their medical conditions and cause them to go to the streets to take care of the ailment. 

CLIFTON – A frustrated City native continues to fight a severe medical condition whose symptoms are extinguished by a natural, yet controversial, drug which he may not be able to possess legally until 2012.
 
Unfortunately for 23-year-old Tim DaGiau, an epileptic who has suffered from violent seizures since he was 10, that drug is marijuana and state law prohibits him from purchasing, possessing or using it while in New Jersey.
 
DaGiau spent a decade enduring every medical procedure and medication Western medicine had to offer. He tried 12 different medications and underwent two brain surgeries. Both avenues, he said, ended in failure and the last surgery left DaGiau paralyzed on his left side for several months.
 
It was not until his senior year in high school, as an 18-year-old, that he tried to treat his condition utilizing marijuana, a method which he used regularly while attending college in a state which granted medical marijuana use.
 
"My seizure patterns diminished to nearly zero - a reduction from about 15 per month - and I turned around my life," he said. "The absence of social anxiety allowed for me to become heavily involved and assertive."
 
 

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More than 13,000 Arizonans approved for medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
There may be over 13,000 medical marijuana pateints but there are few to no dispensaries available for patients to get their medication at.
 
Exactly five months into the voter-approved program, more than 13,000 Arizonans now have the state's legal permission to get high.
 
And at this rate, 32,000 of your friends and neighbors will be card-carrying medical marijuana users when the system hits the first anniversary.
 
But state Health Director Will Humble said he cannot predict ultimately what percentage of Arizonans will become medical marijuana users. He said, though, there is no immediate indication that the figure will hit 200,000 any time soon, the number of people in Colorado - a state of similar size - who possess that state's medical marijuana card.
 
The latest figures also show that the use of marijuana, at least legally, is not spread equally around the state.
 
Among the 126 community health districts, the largest numbers are concentrated in a few areas in Scottsdale, north and east Phoenix, as well as the east side of Mesa and southeast Chandler. There also is a pocket in the Peoria area.
 
But residents of Tucson's Catalina foothills area, and those living on the eastern edge of the city also have lined up for their medical marijuana cards.
 
And a fair number of Prescott-area residents also are participants.
 
Humble said there was an initial rush of applications in the days following the April 14 start of the program, with applications coming in at the rate of about 100 a day.
 
"It's tapered off a little bit," he said. But Humble said the online application system still is getting close to 70 requests each day, leading to his extrapolation of 32,000 users by the middle of next April.
 
Humble, however, said it's more difficult to make predictions on a longer-term basis.
 
 

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Judge bars Tulare County from pulling pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
For the second time in less than a week, a judge has issued a restraining order to prevent Tulare County officials from pulling medical marijuana plants from a farm just north of Visalia.
 
Wednesday's order by Tulare County Superior Court Judge Paul Vortmann will remain in effect at least until Oct. 6, when another hearing on the case is scheduled.
 
His ruling came in response to an application for a restraining order filed by Richard Daleman, who runs a business leasing small plots to about 40 clients to grow medical-marijuana plants.
 
All have doctors' recommendations to grow and smoke or ingest the drug.
 
The county Resource Management Agency issued Daleman and his landlord cease-and-desist orders to stop growing and clear the marijuana from the site because the farm violates the county's medical-marijuana ordinance, with requirements that include the plants have to be grown on commercially zoned land in the unincorporated county.
 
Saturday was the deadline, but a day earlier, Judge Melinda Reed issued a temporary restraining order against the county until Vortmann — who wasn't in court Friday — could make a ruling.
 
In the meantime, the Tulare County counsel filed a response to Daleman's application and asked Vortmann to issue a preliminary injunction ordering Daleman to stop allowing the marijuana grow sites on his land and pay the county's legal costs.
 

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