Marijuana groups want jury to decide if federal raids violated rights
Some of the businesses caught in a raid on medical marijuana shops want a federal jury to decide whether the arrests and seizures violated their constitutional rights.
That's just one of several requests listed in a lawsuit filed by the Montana Caregivers Association and MCM Caregivers in U.S. District Court in Missoula this week.
The suit follows a series of raids directed by the Department of Justice at medical marijuana shops and growing operations in Missoula, Kalispell, Bozeman and other Montana cities in late March.
Agents from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies, along with support help from local law enforcement, seized cash, equipment and marijuana in the raids, which happened over the space of two days.
In the suit, the plaintiffs are accusing the federal government of making the raids at the same time the Montana Legislature was considering a repeal of the state's medical marijuana laws, which were approved by voters.
The plaintiffs say "the federal government has made clear its intent to threaten and eventually eliminate any business or enterprise related to the medical use of marijuana."
The court documents include a letter sent to Montana lawmakers from U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter explaining prosecution of illegal drug trafficking is a "core priority" of the U.S. Justice Department. In the letter Cotter says the "core priority includes the prosecution of business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana".
The federal government still considers any growing, distribution or possession of marijuana in "any capacity" to be a violation of federal law.
The caregivers groups claim in the suit that the raids violated several sections of Constitutional law and asking the court to issue an injunction to prevent the feds "from threatening, interfering with, retaliating against, prosecuting or penalizing Plaintiffs or other similarly situated persons for any acts or activities authorized and permitted under the laws of Montana." They're also asking for damages to be awarded by the court.
Delaware Senate approves medical marijuana
DOVER -- Delawareans with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases could be legally using marijuana a year from now to alleviate the effects of their ailments.
The Senate on Wednesday sent Gov. Jack Markell legislation that would decriminalize marijuana possession, use and distribution for limited medical purposes.
The Senate's final vote came after an extensive lobbying effort that began in January with a visit to Legislative Hall by celebrity talk show host Montel Williams, who uses marijuana to ease the debilitating effects of MS.
With Markell expected to sign the bill soon, Delaware would have one of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the country, regulating everything from the quality of the cannabis to how it is transported. Fifteen states, including New Jersey, already have medical marijuana laws on the books.
"There is no other bill like the bill we just passed here in Delaware," said Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, a Wilmington Democrat who was the bill's sponsor.
Unlike residents in other states, ill Delawareans who get a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana would not be allowed to grow their own at home. They would be supplied only through state-licensed dispensaries.
YG Launches Branded Strain Of Marijuana Called 'YG OG'
Marijuana is early fully accepted by society these days. In most states, medical marijuana dispensaries are everywhere. And, of course, hip-hop stars have their patient cards so they may take part in its availability.
However, not many rappers can boast what Compton newcomer YG has recently done, which is launch his own strain of weed.
The rapper, best known for his hit single "Toot It and Boot It," has been promoting his own branded marijuana strain called "YG OG," which he created alongside an Orange Country, California dispensary called Green Aid.
"Having my own weed makes me feel like the motherf***in'," YG said in a statement. "It gets you higher than every other weed."
Apparently, the idea of "YG OG" came about following a chance meeting with Green Aid's general manager, Brooks Johnson, who mashed out a deal to carry the strain exclusively at their dispensary, located in Anaheim, California.
According to Johnson, since Green Aid became carrying YG OG, it's been in non-stop demand.
"As soon as we featured the new YG OG medicine it became an overnight demand amongst our patients," said Johnson, who revealed that the store has already sold out, although new product would be back on shelves in two weeks.
Healing power of pot: Medical marijuana changes local man's life
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Marijuana turned Chris Gee’s life around.
The 34-year-old Coleman resident was in two auto accidents in 2003. He had more than 13 surgeries to rebuild parts of his face, back and ribs. He was taking eight 80 milligram OxyContins a day, weighed nearly 250 pounds and was not the man he wanted to be.
After medical marijuana was legalized a friend told him to try it out, Gee said.
“Everybody would tell you today, ‘If you took that away from him you’re probably making the biggest mistake of your life’,” Gee said. “That was like a 180, I lost all my weight, I had the fastest recovery ever on one of my surgeries... I gained my life back, I gained my family back.”
Taking medical marijuana helped Gee start a business and stop collecting disability unemployment, he said.
After seeing the change medical marijuana could make in his life, Gee opened the first Twinn Bridges Compassion Club about seven months ago in Cadillac, he said. Six weeks ago he opened another Twinn Bridges Compassion Club in Midland County, 559 E. Isabella Road.
“We’ve done over 200 certifications in Midland alone,” Gee said. “There is no doubt in my mind you’re helping people.”
One person he helped is now one of his employees, an Everett resident who requested to go by the name Dee.
She was a massage therapist at his Cadillac store who has voluntary movement tremors; when she tries to move her hands they shake, she said.
“I was taking a prescription. It kind of just made me really, just, out of it, all the time,” she said. “Everything that (the doctor) would give me was just putting me to sleep. I didn’t like that anymore.”
Medical marijuana is a natural alternative to the chemical substance used in pills, Dee said. So it eliminates the potential problems caused to the liver, stomach and kidney by prescription drugs.
She, like Gee, began reading a lot about medical marijuana once she saw its impact on her life, Dee said.
The compassion club offers several strands in bulb and edible form, Gee said. One large area of business is people who come in to try a different strand and see how it treats their symptoms, since it could take them months to grow the plant on their own.
Bakersfield Man Sentenced For Role In Marijuana Business
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Israel Cavazos, 38, of Bakersfield, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii, to 42 months in prison to be followed by a term of three years of supervised release. On January 25, 2011, Cavazos pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Bakersfield Police Department, Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Task Force, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
According to evidence introduced at the sentencing hearing, Cavazos worked as a manager for Nature’s Medicinal Inc., a business engaged almost exclusively in distributing marijuana. Cavazos was charged by indictment along with other defendants, including David Chavez Jr. and David Chavez Sr., who are currently scheduled for trial.
Three other Bakersfield defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana and have been sentenced: Timothy Glenn Doolittle, 42, was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by a five-year term of supervision; Jennifer Diane Brown, 37, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; and John Shanks, 62, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison and a three-year term of supervised release.
John Wayne Wyatt, 32, and Jonathan M. Chapman, 31, both of Bakersfield, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana. Wyatt will be sentenced on May 31, 2011. Chapman is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2011.
The Illegal Herb that Fights Cancer
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
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