10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana: The Trial of Aaron Sandusky
In 2011 Reason.tv was profiling Aaron Sandusky, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California, in the midst of the federal crackdown on medical marijuana. While they were making the video, Sandusky’s dispensary and grow house were raided, his assets seized and his product destroyed.
Undeterred, Sandusky joined a lawsuit with several other dispensary owners, challenging the right of city governments to outright ban dispensaries. After a favorable ruling from an appellate court, Sandusky re-opened, and the city of Upland could do nothing to stop him. But the Feds were not happy with this turn of events.
And what do the feds do when they are unhappy with something? They do their best to eliminate the source of their unhappiness.
Sandusky was arrested and charged with six counts of drug trafficking, some of which could carry a life sentence. He's spent the last seven weeks in a county prison, just awaiting a bond hearing. He finally was granted bail last Friday and is now out on house arrest, where he awaits an October trial to decide his fate. Reaon.tv interviewed Sandusky after he was released.
He vows to fight on, for himself, and for medical marijuana patients everywhere.
Bill OReilly and the Medical Marijuana Ruse Theory
Bill O’Reilly is many things. TV talk show host, political pundit and a propaganda machine unequaled since Joseph Goebbel’s ran the spin in Germany. O’Reilly steamrolls facts like a throng of girls who hear Justin Bieber is at the Starbucks down the street. He makes assertions with a straight face with nothing to back them up.
The video below shows just some of his crazier pronouncements, like “selling drugs is a violent act” – which would make doctors and pharmacists killers and Walgreens akin to the gas chambers in the aforementioned Germany. And who could forget his theory that anyone with a pain in their toe can get legal weed in states that have medical marijuana, and that medical cannabis is just a “ruse” to legalize marijuana. He is also found of citing the great strife caused in Amsterdam by marijuana decriminalization, strife that no one else can seem to locate.
Contrary to popular belief, many medical users and advocates could care less whether recreational use is legalized. Beyond that, there is no “ruse” needed to advocate for the legalization of something that does not infringe on the rights of others. Freedom does not need “stealth” tactics.
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Have Things Finally Hit Bottom for Medical Marijuana in Montana?
After state laws and federal raids have decimated the medical marijuana industry in Montana, things seem to be finally leveling off as far as the number of cardholders and providers is concerned.
As of the end of July, Montana had 8,844 registered medical marijuana cardholders, according to the Medical Marijuana Program in the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. That’s slightly more than the 8,681 registered at the end of June.
It’s the first monthly increase in medical marijuana cardholder numbers since May 2011, when the monthly totals rose to 31,522 from 30,609. Which means overall the number of cardholders is off about 70%+ since its peak.
Roy Kemp, deputy administrator of the Quality Assurance Division in the state Department of Public Health and Human Services, said he believes the number of cardholders has reached equilibrium.
“During the course of implementation of (SBN) 423 — it was implemented a year ago in July — we saw a precipitous decline in people not renewing,” Kemp said. “During each of the months, there were people renewing their cards and new patients coming on. Where we had huge drops, we had new patients coming on in every month of the last 12.”
Kemp added, “Really, what you’re looking on right now is where you have none of the chaff in the new registry.”
Chaff is an odd word to use to describe medical marijuana patients – one of its definitions is “worthless matter or refuse.” One would suppose he means the ones who were “faking” to get legal marijuana, but it’s hard to comprehend how a piece of legislation could know the medical histories of some 22,000 people and decide if they need the option of medical cannabis.
In many ways, Montana is where the current trend – at least among many authorities – to suppress medical marijuana started. More than a year later, patients are still feeling the pain.
Medical Marijuana Advocates in Long Beach, CA Seek Voter Approval
Supporters of medical marijuana in Long Beach, CA want to get an initiative on the ballot this fall that would force the city to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. The proposed measure would require City officials to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries to comply with California State law. In addition to limiting the number of dispensaries in Long Beach, and ensuring that they are not located near schools, public beaches and parks, the initiative calls for a tax of up to 4% to be paid into the City’s General Fund.
In July the city banned dispensaries, but recent court decisions have made those actions illegal.
Jeremy Coltharp filed the documents for the initiative on behalf of patient members throughout Long Beach. “It’s important that the City of Long Beach provides the leadership needed to ensure the health and safety of all its citizens, both medical marijuana patients and the community as a whole”, stated Coltharp. “Regulation of medical marijuana distribution will ensure that dispensaries have clear expectations to which they must adhere, and will also ensure that sick patients are not forced to turn to back alley drug dealers.
“We continue to look to our City leaders to find the best way to ensure public safety,” Coltharp continued, “[and] I’m confident that our City Council will find a way to do that without endangering the quality of life of so many people in need.”
Supporters need signatures from 15% of registered voters in Long Beach to get the measure on the ballot.
Most politicians still don’t seem to realize that safe access to medical cannabis requires dispensaries as well as the freedom to grow if that’s what a patient chooses. People aren’t told to go home and grow their own food and make their own pills, so why should they have to grow their own cannabis for medical purposes?
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