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Cannabis Seminar Ends Successfully In Redding

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 10th 2011 by THCFinder

Over 130 people attended the Cannabis Industries Training Centre two day conference at the Holiday Inn in Redding over the weekend. The event was designed to educate people about the medical marijuana industry and discuss all of the pros that it has to offer. The event was attended by caretakers, representatives from local collectives, and industry professionals. John Coonradt one of the organizers says he suffered from PTSD after fighting in the Vietnam War and medical marijuana has allowed him to spend less time in bed and more time with his grandkids.

 

 

 

He hopes to bring awareness to others who are interested in taking medical cannabis. “I don't want to sit there and drool and go to sleep half the day,” said Coonradt. “With the cannabis I don't have to worry about that because there's never been an overdose on cannabis.” Organizers hope to eventually expand the seminar into a series of classes for aspiring growers.


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Tax requirement in co-op bill raises legal questions, IRS denies pot expenses

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 10th 2011 by THCFinder

In Stormy Ray's proposed legislation for medical marijuana cooperatives in Oregon, there is a mandate for a new sort of "income tax." The medical marijuana cooperative bill, LC-798, will be presented to the legislature in the coming week, according to Stormy Ray of the Stormy Ray Cardholders' Foundation.

 

While it makes sense to pay an income tax on net profit like any other business, LC-798 will require medical marijuana cooperatives to pay an additional "income tax" based on a flat 10% rate to the Oregon Department of Revenue.  This tax will be comprised of the following:

 

  • 5% to the Oregon Health Authority (formerly DHS) for the purpose of administering the OMMP
  • 2.5% to the Oregon General Fund
  • 2.5% to the Criminal Fine and Assessment Account established under ORS 137.300
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This tax will be in addition to regular income taxes required for the cooperative as a "business" entity, as well as personal income taxes for all members who may receive dividends.

While the tax itself is troubling, especially since it requires medical patients to help fund an account designated for law enforcement, there are further concerns coming to light in recent days.  A January 8 New York Times article on a raid in California highlights a recent concern regarding medical marijuana cooperatives.  Harborside, one of the largest dispensaries in California, is currently being audited by the IRS, according to Chief Executive Officer Stephen DeAngelo:

 

Though federal authorities have halted raids on medical marijuana dispensaries under the Obama administration, the I.R.S. has shown a new interest.

Harborside officials said the I.R.S. was raising questions about a section of the tax code known as 280E. That section, aimed at drug kingpins, prohibits companies from deducting any expenses if they are “trafficking in controlled substances.”

That section of the Federal Tax Code clearly states that expenses incurred while “trafficking in controlled substances” are not allowed to be deducted:

 

No deduction or credit shall be allowed for any amount paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on any trade or business if such trade or business (or the activities which comprise such trade or business) consists of trafficking in controlled substances (within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act) which is prohibited by Federal law or the law of any State in which such trade or business is conducted.

According to DeAngelo: “Our contention is that what we’re doing is legal and not trafficking, and it’s not appropriate to apply it to us."  There are no additional taxes mandated under the California law, although some localities have attempted to implement some sort of medical marijuana tax.

 

If Oregon cooperatives cannot deduct their costs of operating the cooperative from their taxes, and are then mandated to pay an additional 10% tax on top of federal and state income taxes, how can Stormy Ray claim that this bill is meant to help provide an “affordable supply system?”

 

Even Harborside, among the largest and most successful of California’s medical marijuana dispensaries, is concerned that this tax code is so burdensome that Harborside“could be taxed out of business if the law was not changed.”  A 2007 Tax Court finding against Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems Inc. solidified this interpretation of Section 280E:

 

Forty-seven percent of the members suffered from AIDS; the remainder had cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious illnesses. On its final tax return for 2002, the taxpayer showed a $239 loss. The IRS denied all the nearly $213,000 in deductions because, it concluded, the taxpayer’s principal purpose was to traffic in marijuana.

Cooperatives will be paying taxes far higher than any other business in Oregon, before even accounting for the new “income tax” imposed in this bill.  This will not make medical marijuana more affordable for patients – and it could potentially set them up for criminal prosecution for tax evasion if they do not calculate the taxes correctly.

DeAngelo sums it up nicely: “This is an industrywide issue.”


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Prescott Valley Commission To Discuss Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

The Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will re-discuss zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation when the panel meets Monday evening. The Community Development Department has revised a draft ordinance as a response to comments and statements made at the December 13th study session. The staff will prepare the ordinance due to the statewide approval of the proposition 203 which allows the use of medical marijuana. The ordinance is 7 pages long and proposes regulations and also calls for non-profit organistations to operate dispensaries.

 

 

 

The ordinance states that dispensaries must be located in commercial areas and must be at least 500 feet from each other as well as residential areas, schools, churches, parks and other public building and facilities. The ordinance will also limit the total area of the said dispensaries to no larger than 1,000 square feet and the dispensaries must be located within a permanent building. The ordinance would also allow infusion facilities which involves preparing marijuana for the use of cooking, blending and other means within the dispensary.

 

Marijuana cultivation facilities or in other words places to grow medical marijuana would be allowed in C-3 districts and inside dispensaries.The 500-foot distance requirements also would apply to cultivation facilities. Cultivation sites could cover a maximum of 3,000 square feet in floor space. The ordinance also contains provisions for caregivers to grow marijuana in C-3 districts. The Medical Marijuana Policy Project estimates 65,000 people in Arizona will be registered medical marijuana users by the end of this year. An estimation says that Prescott Valley would have as many as 835 registered users based on the town's population.


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Mobile Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hits the Streets in San Francisco

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

Lifted Health and Wellness (aka Lifted420) is literally the buzz around San Francisco. The new company delivers a selection of high-quality, low-priced medical marijuana products to their patient-members' doors on environmentally friendly electric scooters.

 

"We offer one-hour delivery to member-patients' home, office, or other convenient location," said William, founder of Lifted Health and Wellness. "We offer at least ten different types of premium grade medicinal marijuana-and post daily specials on our website and Facebook that feature different combinations of cannabis varieties."

 

Lifted's delivery service was developed to address the needs of cancer patients, the elderly, people living with HIV or MS, and others who may have challenges getting around town; but William notes that most of Lifted's clients simply prefer the convenience and safety of home delivery.

 

"There have been incidents of people staking out San Francisco pot dispensaries and robbing patients as they leave," said William. "Delivery is a much safer option."

 

To ensure compliance with city and state laws, prospective members must produce proper documentation before they can become members: a current medical marijuana recommendation from a certified health professional and a current California State ID.

 

Lifted is also environmentally responsible. They cultivate the medicines they sell to ensure it is 100% organic, green, and grown in a sustainable manner. Factories that produce their indoor-grown varieties are powered from solar panels lining their roofs. Delivery by electric scooters also helps protect the environment.

 

For more information about home delivery of medicinal marijuana in San Francisco or Lifted Health and Wellness, call (877) 388-5860 or visit their website at www.lifted420.org.

 

About Lifted Health and Wellness 
Lifted Health and Wellness is a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary committed to serving member-patients' needs with the highest level of compassion and professionalism. They provide the finest quality medicinal marijuana by cultivating the marijuana themselves and delivering it to their patient members within the hour.


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San Francisco Medical Marijuana Doctor Offers Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations' Medical Director, Dr. Arif Khan advises his patients to follow three rules in order to benefit from medical cannabis. Dr. Khan, a cannabis-knowledgeable physician, works with Greenway patients to find the right combination and method of medical marijuana use to address their specific symptoms.

 

"Cannabis is a complex medication with a spectrum of benefits, and safe therapeutic use requires selecting strains (Indica v. Sativa) and moderating dosage, depending on each patient's medical condition," said Khan.

 

Dr. Khan's Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use are:

 

Rule #1: Question the Dispensary 
Patients need to question their dispensary about the various types of medical marijuana and the elements of each strain. The characteristics of cannabis vary depending on where it was grown, and how it was grown (indoor or outdoor / in hydro, soil, or organic). The dispensaries should know the answers.

 

Rule #2: Make it Personal 
Patients need to use the appropriate strain of cannabis for the medical condition. What friends or family are using may not be effective for the patient. For instance, Sativa is generally not a good choice for patients suffering from insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, or anxiety. For these conditions, Indica is typically a better choice.

 

If a patient is suffering from depression, Indica strains could potentially bring on more severe symptoms. Patients should discuss Indica-Sativa hybrids with Dr. Khan and their local dispensary provider.

 

Rule #3 Timing and Dosage 
The type of cannabis patients need in the morning may be completely different from what they need in the evening. For instance, patients suffering from morning nausea, midday stress, or evening relaxation require different delivery methods and strains of medicinal marijuana.

 

Medical marijuana can be ingested, smoked, vaporized, drank, taken in a capsule, and applied topically as a salve or ointment. Patients suffering from localized pain may benefit more from applying cannabis salves and other topical treatments rather than ingesting or smoking cannabis.

 

For asthma sufferers, smoking is out of the question, so they should try taking their medication in the form of a drink, tea, tincture, or other edible form.


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Illinois Legislature Shoots Down Medical Marijuana Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

The Illinois House on Thursday narrowly voted down the authorization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill would have allowed people suffering from chronic pain or nausea caused by certain debilitating conditions to be prescribed a potent dose of cannabis to alleviate the symptoms. It fell four votes short of passage. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, pledged to continue pushing toward legalizing the illicit herb. "I am going to continue to press on, on this particular piece of legislation, or some version of it until I pass it," Lang said. "Next year, the year after, I’m a young man. I'll be here awhile."

 

 

 

For Jaime Clayton, a Grafton man who has coped with AIDS for 22 years, approval of the measure has been "a long time coming." He participated in a clinical trial of medical marijuana at the University of California San Francisco in 2002 and has been an advocate ever since. A study said trial participants enjoyed increased appetite and weight gain without weakening their immune systems. "A little bit of relief, a little bit of compassion … that's the selling point," Clayton said. The bill would have established a three-year pilot program for Illinois. Opponents say legalizing marijuana for medical purposes would send the wrong message to youth, potentially serving as a gateway drug.


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