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Medical marijuana users fight for gun rights

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Cynthia Willis calls up and down the firing range to be sure everyone knows she is shooting, squares up in a two-handed stance with her Walther P-22 automatic pistol and fires off a clip in rapid succession.
 
Willis is not only packing a concealed handgun permit in her wallet, she also has a medical marijuana card. That combination has led the local sheriff to try to take her gun permit away.
 
She is part of what is considered the first major court case in the country to consider whether guns and marijuana can legally mix. The sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties say no. But Willis and three co-plaintiffs have won in state court twice, with the state's rights to regulate concealed weapons trumping federal gun control law in each decision.
 
With briefs filed and arguments made, they are now waiting for the Oregon Supreme Court to rule.
 
When it's over, the diminutive 54-year-old plans to still be eating marijuana cookies to deal with her arthritis pain and muscle spasms, and carrying her pistol.
 
"Under the medical marijuana law, I am supposed to be treated as any other citizen in this state," she said. "If people don't stand up for their little rights, all their big rights will be gone."
 
A retired school bus driver, Willis volunteers at a Medford smoke shop that helps medical marijuana patients find growers, and teaches how to get the most medical benefit out of the pound-and-a-half of pot that card carriers are allowed to possess. She believes that her marijuana oils, cookies and joints should be treated no differently than any other prescribed medicines. She said she doesn't use them when she plans to drive, or carry her gun.
 
"That's as stupid as mixing alcohol and weapons,"' she said.
 
Oregon sheriffs are not happy about the state's medical marijuana law.
 

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Medical Marijuana Users: How Much Longer Until Your Boss Can't Fire You?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Just like the industrious Walmart worker in Michigan, YOU, too, can get fired from your job for using medical marijuana -- even if you are employee of the month. 
 
Which clearly makes no sense, considering medical marijuana is legal. That's why Sen. Mark Leno is pushing through a bill that would bar your boss from canning you over medical cannabis (smoking it when you aren't at work, of course). 
 
The State Senate Judiciary Committee just signed off on the bill, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, was pleased.
 
"When Californians approved the compassionate use of cannabis, they never intended for it to apply only to unemployed people," he was quoted saying in our sister paper, the LA Weekly. "With unemployment at record-high rates, we should be doing everything we can to keep productive and responsible members of the workforce in their jobs."
 
And part of maintaining them as productive workers, ironically, is to let them smoke weed, the feel-good crop that is proven to help alleviate medical ailments, big and small. 
 
Leno's bill would reverse a 2008 court decision that granted employers the right to chose to not hire or even fire workers who were permitted by doctors to use medical marijuana.
 
(Source) by:  Erin Sherbert

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Detroit-area judge: Medical marijuana is illegal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge says Michigan's medical-marijuana law is illegal and is trumped by federal anti-drug laws.
 
Dearborn District Judge Mark Somers ruled in March in a case involving a man who was caught with pot before he received a medical-marijuana card. Robert Brandon unsuccessfully tried to have his case dismissed.
 
Somers is one of three judges in Dearborn. His decision isn't binding on them or judges elsewhere in Michigan. But anyone appearing in Somers' court and arguing a medical-marijuana defense will lose.
 
He says Michigan can't allow the legal use of marijuana when Congress has made it illegal. Voters approved the law in 2008.
 

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DC: Medical Marijuana Program to Get Off Ground on April 15

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
After months of delay, Mayor Vince Gray announced this afternoon that the rules and regulations governing the District's medical marijuana program will go into effect on Friday, April 15 when they're published in the D.C. Register. The news comes as advocates of the program have started complaining loudly about delays in its implementation, which dates back almost a year.
 
"District residents suffering from painful conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS will soon have one more option to help relieve their symptoms," Gray said in a statement released to DCist. "In addition, the regulations published today will put in place the structure necessary to allow registered parties to grow and sell medical marijuana in a safe and medically appropriate manner. These regulations are among the most comprehensive anywhere in the country and are intended to describe the rights and obligations of patients, growers and sellers clearly."
 
The District's medical marijuana program was originally endorsed by 69 percent of voters in a 1998 referendum, but congressional interference prohibited the city from actually implementing it. In late 2009, Democrats allowed the District to move forward with the program. It was only last year that the D.C. Council got around to passing enabling legislation that was given the go-ahead when Congress raised no objections. Last August, a first draft of rules governing the program were published for public comment, and a second version was released in November.
 
Those regulations were submitted to the Council in December, which took no action on them.
 

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Medical Cannabis Patients Worry About Impact Of Repeal in Montana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients say they don't think fixes to the state's marijuana initiative ever had a chance.
 
Dennis Gulyas, a medical cannabis patient, says, "I would just like to tell those representatives out there that have decided to go ahead and go against the will of the people, the will of the people will come back to bite you."
 
Tayln Lang, head of the Missoula chapter of the Montana Medical Growers Association, says, "This is the very first voter-sponsored initiative repealed by the legislature. I feel that sets a very dangerous precedent."
 
House Bill 161 would end medical marijuana in Montana July 1. Gulyas says, "On that date I'm not going to be a happy person. I'm going to be a very sad person. Not for myself but for all those people that are even worse conditioned than me. Where are they going to go? What are they going to do? Are they going to be a criminal?"
 
Advocates like Lang say it will have a much broader impact on the state, especially on people who sunk money into starting a cannabis business.
 

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Arizona forum on medical marijuana rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The rules have been released.  Now, many Arizonans are ready to operate their own medical marijuana businesses.
 
Monday, Tucsonans interested in starting up a grow operation or dispensary got a chance to see what's involved.
 
Now that Arizona has become the 15th state to enact a medical marijuana law.  People are wondering how the measure will impact them.
 
Monday, a few dozen people got their questions answered at a forum in Tucson hosted by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association.
 
Just last week the Arizona department of health services released its rules for medical marijuana use and distribution.
 
Among the requirements, patients must get a recommendation from a doctor licensed in Arizona or one who has been treating them for years.
 
Also, applicants who want to operate a dispensary must put down $5,000 with a $1,000 annual renewal fee.
 
"About 92 pages worth of rules, but they look really good, they look like they've done their research as far as making sure everything gets structured right," said Heidi Kay.
 
Applicants will have to first find a location for their dispensary, then make sure it coincides with zoning rules, then fill out a business plan.
 
The medical marijuana association hopes the process is just the beginning of a growing acceptance.
 

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