AP Enterprise Ariz Preps For Pot Shop Green Rush
One potential pot shop in Arizona would teach customers how to cook marijuana into treats like cookies and "potcorn." Another envisions offering massages, yoga classes, and marijuana meals to go, while a third wants a simple pharmacy-like shop next to an AIDS treatment centre. That's just the beginning. Now that Arizona voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, state officials are preparing for a green rush of sorts. They expect to be inundated with up to thousands of applications from would-be marijuana dispensaries, and with only 124 spots approved state wide, the majority will have to be turned away.
"Most other states, you hang out a shingle and you're a dispensary," said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. "I want to avoid those kinds of abuses." Arizona's medical marijuana measure won by just 4,341 votes this month of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, making the state the 15th to approve a medical marijuana law. Arizona officials are hoping to avoid the problems they perceive in other states, including California, where patients are reported receiving a pot recommendation from a doctor for having a headache.
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Leonhart is strongly opposed by the drug reform and medical marijuana communities, which had urged senators to ask her tough questions about DEA raids on medical marijuana providers, her refusal to approve a Massachusetts researcher’s request for permission to grow his own marijuana, and other grounds. None of the senators actually did ask about those issues during her confirmation hearings last month, although the senior pain relief issue was also aired then.
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DEA raids Okemos warehouse in medical marijuana case
OKEMOS — Federal officials raided a warehouse Tuesday used to grow medical marijuana.
Ryan Basore said law enforcement officials raided a 3,000 square-foot facility at 2360 Jolly Oak Road that he leased to registered caregivers to use for growing medical marijuana. Basore co-owns Capital City Caregivers, a medical marijuana shop at 2208 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing.
Basore said there were 40 plants in the building, and all were taken. He said other growing facilities near Jolly and Hagadorn roads also were raided, but he did not provide further details.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at 2360 Jolly Oak Road on Tuesday night, said Special Agent Rich Isaacson, public information officer for the DEA’s Detroit field division. Isaacson would not comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.
The DEA was assisted by the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Team, a multi-agency drug enforcement squad in Eaton, Ingham and Clinton counties
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PHOENIX - Medical marijuana approved by the voters will soon be available for patients across the state, but the details are still being hammered out about who will get to distribute the marijuana.
But that hasn't stopped some entrepreneurs from trying to cash in on the new law with some new gadgets. What do you think of a marijuana ATM?
Kind Clinics hopes to have their "med boxes" inside medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona.
Dr. Bruce Bedrick says the ATM-style dispensary technology not only is convenient, but protects against fraud and keeps inventory of the product.
"When they come into the dispensary, they will be able to get a prepaid debit card. Once they put the card into the machine, they'll be asked for their fingerprint, they'll put their finger on the machine, and then they will be able to choose the medicine of their choice at the amount of their choice and it will be dispensed," says Dr. Bedrick.
Bedrick says the ATMs will be located inside medical marijuana dispensaries and he hopes they'll be in place by mid-summer.
Kind Clinics is lobbying for one of the dispensary permits.
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Search uncovers pre-signed marijuana forms
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A search of the offices of an outspoken medical marijuana provider turned up 729 medical marijuana recommendation forms apparently signed by physicians with no patient information filled in, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Several former employees of the Montana Caregivers Network have told police that pot provider Jason Christ kept pre-signed forms, and that information was used to obtain a warrant, the Missoulian said.
"Christ stated he has physicians sign otherwise blank attending physician statement-new application forms and he keeps them in a locked cabinet in his office to be filled out by approved medical marijuana applicants," the search warrant documents said, citing a Sept. 17 police interview of Christ.
The records also said a documents examiner told investigators that four forms obtained by subpoenaing the Department of Public Health and Human Services contained the name of one doctor but appeared to have been signed by four different people.
Christ did not answer a telephone call Wednesday seeking comment from The Associated Press.
Police also seized a laptop, two external drives, bank records and other documents during the Nov. 18 search of the Montana Caregivers Network offices.
The network has been at the forefront of the Montana medical marijuana issue, with its high-profile traveling screening clinics as well as for arranging video conferences between physicians and patients seeking medical marijuana cards.
Christ's former bookkeeper, Anita Corrigan, told police in March that the business had stacks of blank, pre-signed physician statements. In June, another former employee, Susan Boykin, said she saw at least 1,000 such forms. Both Boykin and Corrigan had been fired by Christ.
Information from three other former Christ employees — Nicole Harrington, Tiffany Klang and John Phillips — also was cited in the application for the search warrant.
A lawsuit filed against Christ in August by Harrington, Klang and Phillips alleged that in January, Christ started requiring out-of-state physicians working with the network to sign blank certifications for medical marijuana cards that would later be filled in by network staff after the doctors met with patients via video conferences.
Christ has declined comment on the lawsuit, other than to say the opposing attorney has an interest in other medical marijuana businesses.
The lawsuit alleged that in March, Christ ordered employees to take all pending and denied patient applications and submit them to the state by filling out the pre-signed applications and saying the patients qualified with a chronic pain diagnosis, even if the patients hadn't consulted with a doctor.
The plaintiffs said that in June, Christ ordered them to fill out and send to the state pre-signed certifications with the names of 84 people who had been rejected for a card after seeing physicians at Montana Caregiver Network events in Kalispell, Helena and Missoula.
A copy of an e-mail directive detailing the order was attached to the lawsuit.
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