Medical Marijuana patient appeals 5 year prison sentence
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
HELENA, Mont. — A former Miles City medical marijuana provider is appealing his five-year prison sentence on a charge he maintained a drug-involved premises.
Richard Flor pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 19. The 68-year-old Flor had asked for leniency because he suffers numerous physical and mental ailments.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell recommended Flor be evaluated to determine the facility best suited for him to serve the sentence.
Flor's attorney filed notice Monday that he will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Flor, his wife Sherry and their son Justin all pleaded guilty to drug charges related to a medical marijuana operation run out of their home. Richard Flor was a co-owner of Montana Cannabis, a target in last year's raids on large medical marijuana operations across Montana.
Local doctors cleared to prescribe medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
Cris Jagar, a lifelong Rutherford resident and a psychiatrist at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, sent in an application last year to be a qualified physician of the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program for an array of reasons. Stationed in the emergency room at the hospital and working closely with doctors of most disciplines there, he sees just about every patient imaginable: drug addicts, cancer patients, those afflicted with AIDS and some with chronic pain so bad, any treatment they undergo just doesn't seem to work.
"As a psychiatrist, I participate in a lot of the palliative care with patients. My thinking was I was hoping to provide another treatment option for the terminally ill and patients with debilitating illnesses," said Jagar. "A lot of patients already get it [marijuana] illegally for pain and weight loss. I work in Elizabeth; if they want it, they can get it. So that was my thinking. I may be able to do more for the patients in the hospital and for outpatients. If they want marijuana now, it's widely available, but it's better to have it monitored by professionals. It's a better treatment for a person to not have to go through illegal channels to get it."
Jagar is among four local doctors who have been approved by the state to prescribe medical marijuana, but none of the companies that were approved to dispense the marijuana when the law was passed more than two years ago have yet been permitted to do so. Most still do not have a facility to operate out of as the municipalities that they have been approved to operate in have had their zoning and planning boards turn down applications. The only one with a home, which is in Montclair, was given a permit last week to begin growing marijuana, but has not yet been permitted to sell it.
Jackson medical marijuana ordinance shouldn't force patients to streets, advocate says
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
JACKSON, MI -- Jackson's proposed medical marijuana ordinance would be worrisome if it limits patients' access to the drug, an advocate said.
"I would be very concerned were our patients supposed to go out on the street (to buy medical marijuana)," said Roger Maufort, director of the Jackson County Compassion Club, 1620 E. Michigan Ave. "We provide safe access for our patients, and that's what we want to continue to do, because we don't want them out on the street getting robbed, hurt, worst."
The Compassion Club is an advocate for medical marijuana patients, who can get medicinal marijuana there.
Medical marijuana would not be allowed to be dispensed in Jackson if the City Council approves a proposed medical marijuana ordinance, according to a memo to council members from Deputy City Attorney Bethany Smith. The ordinance is on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Maufort said he was not aware of a dispensary ban being part of the proposed ordinance, which he said he had seen earlier. He said it was difficult for him to comment on the ordinance without seeing details about how dispensaries would be affected.
He said he would expect there to be a grandfather clause for any lawfully operating business or club such as the Compassion Club to be able to continue operations.
Contacted Monday afternoon, Smith said she would have to check with City Attorney Julius Giglio to see if she could answer questions about the proposed ordinance.
Autospense Marijuana Vending Machine Debuts In Santa Ana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
First came the cupcake ATM, now we have it's nefarious counterpart -- the marijuana vending machine.
The self-contained "Autospense" machine by Dispense Labs was recently unveiled in Santa Ana. "I think there is a place in society for medical marijuana," company founder Joe DeRobbio told the OC Register. DeRobbio has taken it upon himself to solidify that place.
Each machine requires a registration card, a pin number and fingerprint recognition to be operated by a customer. Highly sophisticated security measures protect these machines from being tempered with or broken into. The medical marijuana inventory is approved by SC Laboratories.
Dispense Labs believes that the high business standard to which these machines are held legitimizes the current market. Autospense machines are available for rent, only to pre-qualified dispensaries.
Court: Medical marijuana law doesn't OK driving under influence
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
Michigan's medical marijuana law doesn't shield people from charges if they are caught driving after using the drug, the state appeals court ruled Wednesday in another significant decision involving the 2008 voter-approved law.
A three-judge panel sided with the Grand Traverse County prosecutor in northern Michigan by restoring a criminal case against Rodney Koon, a medical marijuana user who was stopped in 2010 for exceeding the speed limit by nearly 30 mph. He admitted smoking marijuana six hours earlier, and a blood test revealed the drug in his body.
Michigan law has zero tolerance for drivers who show evidence of certain drugs, but more than 130,000 people have state-issued cards allowing them to use marijuana to alleviate pain and other symptoms of chronic illness.
Two courts dismissed the charge against Koon, saying prosecutors had to show he was impaired. The appeals court, however, said the medical marijuana law "does not permit all types of medical use of marijuana under all circumstances."
"Driving is a particularly dangerous activity," judges David Sawyer, Peter O'Connell and Amy Ronayne Krause wrote in the ruling. "Schedule 1 substances are considered particularly inimical to a drivers' ability to remain in maximally safe control of their vehicles. The danger of failing to do so affects not only the driver, but anyone else in the vicinity."
A message seeking comment from Koon's attorney, James Hunt, was not immediately returned. In a court filing, Hunt argued that drivers who use medical marijuana should be treated like other people who legally consume prescription drugs.
In another major decision last year, the appeals court said the new law doesn't allow the sale of medical marijuana through pot shops. The case has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Historic 4/20 in Colorado: Voters Have a Chance to End Marijuana Prohibition!
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
April 20, the quasi-official holiday for people who enjoy marijuana, is recognized by millions around the world. Those who celebrate 4/20 do so despite -- and often due to -- decades of out-dated propaganda about a plant that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. They do so despite our federal government's stubborn insistence that marijuana is one of the more dangerous substances known to man and that it has absolutely no medicinal value. People who choose to celebrate 4/20 do so amidst intense stigma surrounding the event and marijuana in general.
This reality will soon be on full display once again in Boulder, Colo. where one of the more prominent 4/20 events takes place on the University of Colorado campus. This year will have a deeper significance as Amendment 64 is on the ballot to tax and regulate marijuana. Amendment 64 decriminalizes marijuana regarding adult possession and opens the door for the state and local municipalities to establish a non-medical, regulatory framework regarding cultivation, distribution and sale.
CU administrators have drawn a dubious First Amendment-line in the sand by closing the campus to the public and threatening arrests. In spite of this, local activists plan to mobilize support for Amendment 64 this weekend.
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