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N.J. Green-Lights Medical Marijuana Program as Calif's Goes Up in Smoke

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Nearly two years after it was legalized in New Jersey, lawmakers announced last week that the state’s medical marijuana program, the most restrictive in the country, would be fully functional sometime in 2012.
 
How high are the risks? Should New York be looking to its historically less-progressive neighbor as a model for effective medical marijuana policy?
 
Gov. Chris Christie had issued a surprise announcement in July that the state would move forward with its then-stalled medical marijuana program. But since then, federal prosecutors have done something even more surprising: They raided and seized property from medical marijuana growers and dispensaries in California, despite the Obama administration’s indications that they would not crack down on such facilities.
 
New Jersey’s medical marijuana policy has been in flux for months now. In 2010, the New Jersey State Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, requiring the state to license six medical marijuana dispensaries. But even though 86 percent of New Jersey voters support medical marijuana, Christie put the program on hold while he awaited word from federal officials that New Jersey marijuana workers and doctors would not be prosecuted, reported the Star-Ledger.
 

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Medical Marijuana Moguls: No Pot for Recreational Purposes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Leading up to the promotion of their new Discovery Channel reality show, Weed Wars, brothers Steven and Andrew DeAngelo appeared on the Dylan Ratigan Show (on the left-leaning MSNBC) and on The O’Reilly Factor (on the right-leaning FOX News Channel).  Steven and Andrew run the world’s largest cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center, serving over 98,000 patients and grossing in excess of $20 million annually.
 
First, Dylan Ratigan asks Steven whether he would be “presumptuous in suggesting that you guys would be in favor of legalization?”
 
Steven DeAngelo: “Yes, you would. I don’t believe that any psychoactive substance should be used for recreation.“
 
Hmm.  That sounds like a problematic stance in a society that recognizes the recreational use of the psychoactive substance called “wine”.  So is all wine use “wellness”, now, too?  Do we all need to tell our doctor we’re using red wine for its anti-oxidant benefits for healthy hearts, when, really, we just want a light after-dinner buzz?  Do we need to repeal the 21st Amendment and go back to “medical whiskey” prescriptions?
 
Speaking of wine (hat-tip to Cannabis Warrior), California’s Steve Kubby is promoting the “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” initiative in California.  He asked Steve DeAngelo about it while backstage at Seattle Hempfest in August:
 
Click here to view the embedded video.
 
Steven DeAngelo: “Wine and cannabis… you know, I support any effort to change the cannabis laws that’s going to get the people who are in prison out of there, and if we can do it by repeal, great, if we can do it with a wine analogy, great.”
 
So… uh… you do support comparing cannabis to wine, a psychoactive substance, all of which you believe should not be used recreationally, but only for “health and wellness”?  I’m confused… does this mean wine should be treated like medical marijuana or that marijuana should be treated as wine and both require a doctor?
 
Next on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly pushes the brothers on the medical aspect of California’s Prop 215, with his familiar bloviating about his “undercover report” that showed how easy it is to get a medical marijuana recommendation.  He acknowledges Steven’s degenerative disc disease and Andrew’s glaucoma as serious ailments in need of cannabis treatment, but points out that cannabis in California can be recommended for anxiety and that it is ludicrously easy to find a doctor who will find you anxious enough to need a weed card.  O’Reilly dangles the fish-hook of “isn’t this quasi-legalization?” and Andrew takes the bait (cue video to 3:35):
 
Andrew DeAngelo: “We will say right here on this show, Bill, that we do not support the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes.“
 

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Universities could distribute medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana distribution could be handled solely by academic institutions, or physicians could be allowed to recommend its use while the state regulates growers and distributors - these are the two options being recommended by a work group created by the state legislature.
 
In May, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law a bill providing a legal defense for marijuana use by patients who have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition that is "severe and resistant to conventional medicine."
 
But the new law does not permit the possession of medical marijuana in Maryland, since lawmakers wanted to research that issue first. So the law created the Maryland Medical Marijuana Model Program Work Group and assigned it to make recommendations.
 
"It's still a crime to possess marijuana for medical use," said Debbie Miran, a chemist, work group member and leukemia survivor.
 
Karen O'Keefe, another work group member and director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., said, "There's no way for a patient to get the marijuana other than a drug dealer, and it's a felony to grow it,"
 
Members of the work group set out to create a model that would allow for further research into medical marijuana and more comprehensive legislation.
 
The two models the group devised overlap. Both outline conditions for enforcement, regulation and accountability.
 

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OC Sheriff's Department Says All Sales of Marijuana Illegal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
The Orange County Sheriff's Department considers all sales of marijuana to be illegal -- whether or not they involve profit -- and says the investigation that led to the raid of Belmont Shore Natural Care and numerous other locations and individuals is ongoing, according to a department spokesperson. 
 
In response to follow-up questions regarding the search warrant served on a half-dozen collectives and over a dozen other locations and persons on November 8, Lt. David Doyle has told the Long Beach Post that "the CUA and MMPA do not authorize sales of marijuana," and that therefore
 
Doyle also provided further details on the November 8 enforcement action, reporting that a total of approximately $492,000 was seized in the various searches. No cash was seized from Belmont Shore Natural Care; however, in addition to the collective's entire medicinal inventory, a variety of bookkeeping paperwork was seized, along with a computer. 
 
Doyle noted while no arrests have been made thus far, the investigation centering around John Walker, whom the Sheriff's Department labels "a silent partner that heads … [a] criminal organization conspiring to illegally sell marijuana at several storefronts," is ongoing. 
 

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Medical Marijuana on the job

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
Even if you believe you're using it for the right reasons, medical marijuana could still cost you your job. 
 
The question, "Can an employer fire someone for using medical marijuana, even if it's outside the workplace?" has a simple answer. And it's an answer that favors employers. 
 
"The employer does not have to accomodate that use and could technically terminate that employment," said Jerry Pearson, a labor attorney at Young-Woolridge. "The case [precedent] is Ross V. RagingWire."
 
In 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled in that case that firing an employee for using medicinal marijuana was not a form of workplace discrimination. 
 
Pearson says that although it's not discrimination, employers generally have to be able to argue that an empoloyee's workplace productivity was hampered by the drug. 
 
Also, an employer must have an anti-drug policy in place. If it's not in writing, or if employees are not made aware of the policy, an employer would have a tougher time defending itself in a lawsuit, says Pearson. 
 
Nonetheless, if an employer has a valid anti-drug policy in place that prohibits certain drugs - prescription or illegal - the employer has the right to dismiss an employee who is in violation of that policy. 
 
"The question then becomes, is that reasonable, because a lot of people are on prescription drugs," says Kathryn M. Fox, an attorney who often represents employees who believe they have been wrongfully terminated. 
 
But, Fox does say that whether wrong or right, the law is clear.
 
"If a California employer believes your use of a prescription drug impairs your ability to do your job, they have the right to terminate you," she says. 
 

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Poll: Majority of New Jerseyans support marijuana decriminalization

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
Also have overwhelming support for medical use
 
Hey, pass the news around, dude. Six in 10 New Jerseyans feel penalties for marijuana use should be relaxed, just over half think pot possession should not be penalized at all, and one-third would completely legalize its sale and use, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Wednesday.
 
In the almost 40 years since Rutgers-Eagleton first asked about penalties for marijuana use, New Jerseyans have become more relaxed about the issue. In May 1972, four in 10 New Jerseyans said penalties for marijuana use should be reduced.
 
Like many other issues, marijuana has become more partisan over the years: in 1972, Democrats and Republicans were only four points apart, but the latest poll finds the gap has grown to 20 points, with 64 percent of Democrats, but only 44 percent of Republicans supporting reduced penalties for its use. At the same time, 86 percent support the availability of medical marijuana by prescription, including 92 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of Republicans.
 
 

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