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California bill would bar employers from firing medical pot users

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters rejected marijuana legalization last November, and now a state senator is attempting to pass a piece of the initiative through the legislature.
 
Senate Bill 129 — introduced by Sen. Mark Leno (D- San Francisco) — would restrict employers from firing or refusing to hire employees based on a positive marijuana test if the employee is a medical marijuana user. Employers would still be able to fire employees for using or being under the influence of marijuana on the job, its language states.
 
“When Californians approved the compassionate use of cannabis (with Prop 215), they never intended for it to apply only to unemployed people,” Leno said after recently introducing the bill late last month. It passed the California Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
 
Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell opposes the bill for many of the same reasons he opposed Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana use for Californians and included the intent of SB129, he said.
 
“It's another short-sighted, harebrained bill that makes no sense,” Newell said. “It further legitimizes the use of marijuana where it may not be called for.”
 

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Ariz. accepting medical marijuana applications starting Thursday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
PHEONIX – At 8 a.m. on Thursday the Arizona Health Department will start receiving medical marijuana card applications. 
 
Once the application goes through, a card should be delivered by mail in about two weeks. 
 
Since no dispensaries will be open until probably October of this year, every card holder will be allowed to grow their own marijuana at home as long as they follow strict guidelines.
 
In-house marijuana plants must be kept locked up and away from other family members. 
 
Outdoor marijuana plants need to be blocked by a cement wall and steel gate. 
 
Card holders are allowed to grow marijuana until a dispensary opens up within 25 miles of their home. 
 
Finding and growing marijuana plants will be completely up to the card holder as the state health department will not help in any way. 
 
Phoenix police are reminding people that being in possession of marijuana and not having a medical marijuana card is still against the law. 
 

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Scientist: Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Does anyone else find this ridiculous? Now Marijuana causes global warming, one can only imagine the amount of fuel and energy wasted in the tobacco and alcohol industries but shit, Marijuana must be to blame for global warming and not those innocent companies....

 

People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled), according to a report by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

In order to produce some 17,000 metric tons of marijuana this year, Mills estimates authorized growers will use $5 billion worth of energy. That works out to the output of seven big electric power plants.
 
Much of the carbon dioxide produced by the industry comes from transportation, though the need for lights “500-times greater than recommended for reading” also uses a lot of power and generates a lot of pollution, Mills said. Air conditioning, ventilation and humidity control also contribute.
 

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Thousands ready to apply for medical marijuana card

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
TUCSON - After years of debating you'll soon be able to apply for a medical marijuana card.
 
In a close race back in November voters approved the sale and use of medical marijuana. Prop 203 was signed into a law by the Governor in December. Under the new law, qualifying patients will be allowed to buy two and a half ounces of marijuana every week, but it does require a doctor's recommendation.
 
The state had 120 days to get the program up and running and Thursday is the end of that period and when it will all come together as thousands ready to apply. Some are looking to just purchase the pot legally with a prescription, while others are looking to grow it.
 
To apply for medical marijuana there is no doubt there will be a lot of interest and attention. The state said it's expecting numbers into the thousands and because of that, it decided the best way to do the application process was online.
 
Will Humble is the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. He said, "This is becoming an increasingly electronic society. It is a huge savor in terms of administrative costs. The voters have spoken. They expect efficient government and the bottom line is efficient government means using the most effective means."
 
For those who say they need the pot to live their everyday lives, they can't wait.
 
Edward Lewenetz was involved in car accident that caused severe spine damage. He said, "For everyone that needs the medicine and has fought hard for it, it is a big day."
 

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Colorado House rejects first-ever marijuana investment fund

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER (AP) - The nation's first proposed state-backed investment bank for the marijuana business failed Tuesday after a fiery debate in the Colorado House.
 
Democrats and Republicans fell on both sides of the argument over starting a fund to legitimize investment in marijuana research. The proposed Colorado Investment Trust was promoted as a way to allow pot shops to borrow money and bank.
 
"This will legitimize this business, bring them into the light of day," said Republican Rep. Tom Massey, the idea's sponsor.
 
But opponents sided with another Republican who argued that because marijuana is federally illegal, and FDIC-insured banks won't accept marijuana money, Colorado would be wading into perilous legal territory if it tried to oversee marijuana-funded business.
 
"There's no way to get around this. ... You can't violate the federal law," argued Republican Rep. Mark Barker, who argued against the trust fund. The fund would have been the nation's first in which a state allowing medical marijuana also oversees business transactions rejected by federally chartered banks and investment firms.
 
Some Democrats opposed the idea, too. Rep. Claire Levy of Boulder agreed that the fund could put Colorado in conflict with federal banking regulations.
 
"I understand the problem of dealing with cash," Levy said, "but it puts the state in the business of investing in marijuana centers."
 
House members rejected the fund on a voice vote but then went on to give preliminary approval to a raft of new regulations for Colorado's booming marijuana business.
 
The new regulations relax residency requirements for people working in pot dispensaries, so that owners but not employees have to have been in Colorado for two years.
 

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Maryland House Passes Medical Marijuana Defense Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
A bill that would allow Maryland medical marijuana patients to mount an affirmative defense against pot possession charges passed the House of Delegates Saturday after being amended and approved by the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. The measure has already been approved by the state Senate, but now must go back to the Senate for a final vote as amended before heading for the desk of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).
 
Patients could still be arrested, but not convicted under the proposed law. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
The bill, Senate Bill 308, builds on the 2003 Darrel Putnam Compassionate Use Act, which allowed for a medical necessity defense, but only to limit sentences. Under the 2003 law, qualified patients could still be found guilty and stuck with a misdemeanor conviction record, but could only be fined a maximum of $100.
 
SB 308 amends the 2003 law so that patients with "clear and convincing evidence" that they need to use marijuana for medical reasons are no longer found guilty and fined $100, but "if the court finds that the person used or possessed marijuana because of medical necessity, the court shall enter a finding of not guilty."
 
Unlike other medical marijuana states, patients are not protected from arrest and prosecution, but must instead defend themselves in court. Nor are there any provisions for them to grow their own medicine or buy it in dispensaries. But SB 308 does contain a provision that calls for a study group to ponder more comprehensive legislation for next year.
 

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