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Appellate court voids Long Beach marijuana dispensary law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

Even after cities try and regulate dispensaries as best as possible, the federal government steps in and creates more havoc for the cities.

The panel rules that the city authorized distribution of pot in violation of federal law. The decision could force Los Angeles to rewrite its medical marijuana ordinance.
 
In a decision that could upend the way California cities regulate medical marijuana, a state Court of Appeal has ruled that Long Beach's ordinance regulating dispensaries violates federal law.
 
The city held a lottery, issued permits to the winners and charged fees, which the three-judge panel said put it in the position of authorizing the distribution of marijuana in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act, which makes the possession and sale of the drug illegal. Marijuana use remains illegal under California law except for medical purposes.
 
The ruling, which was filed Tuesday, could require Long Beach and other cities, including Los Angeles, to rewrite their medical marijuana ordinances, a process that has been fraught with delay and chaos. Many cities that have long allowed dispensaries, such as San Francisco and Oakland, have permit-based ordinances that let officials decide who can sell the drug. Then they charge high fees and closely regulate them.
 
"Anything that a city tries to do that advances or authorizes a collective is federally preempted," said Usher, who said she would meet with the City Council to discuss the ruling. "Our provisions, which are registration and not a permit, are a step away from what Long Beach did, but it's a small step away."
 

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'Medibles' an option for patients who don't want to smoke

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

For the unforunate medical marijuana patients that cannot smoke their medication, medibles were the solution to help ease their pain and suffering. In roughly 21 days that solution will be gone and and untold amount of medical marijuana patients will have no way to take their medication as needed.

Matt Taylor is worried about Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's "overly narrow" interpretation of the state's medical marijuana law.
 
Taylor, co-owner of Compassionate Apothecary in Mt. Pleasant, which was shut down after the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned an Isabella County judge's opinion on medical marijuana dispensaries, is concerned that terminal cancer patients will die before being able to get relief from the drug.
 
Referring to Compassionate Apothecary and similar businesses in Michigan as a "safe third option" for patients to get cannabis, Taylor went out of his way to stock non-smokable marijuana, called "medibles," for patients who don't want to smoke the drug.
 
Before closing the three locations of Compassionate Apothecary, Taylor said, he followed the law and was able to help patients get medical marijuana 21 days after filing paperwork for their cards by using certified mail receipts and the proper paperwork.
 
Under Schuette's interpretation of the voter-approved law, a certified patient can't get medibles in 21 days, but can obtain seeds to begin growing plants, Taylor said.
 
Those patients who are in the last stages of cancer have neither the energy nor the time to grow a crop, Taylor said.
 
"Now that that safe third option is gone, a lot of people could die (before getting medical marijuana)," Taylor said.
 
That's one reason he stocked medibles at Compassionate Apothecary.
 

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Judge Grants Rastafarian Exemption From Probation Drug Testing

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
For the past 18 months, Minnesotan Jamison Arend has been openly smoking cannabis daily — with a judge’s approval.
 
Jamison, a licensed Rastafarian Minister, was sentenced to five years probation in March of 2010 after an altercation at his home. During sentencing, Judge Judith Tilsen handed down a groundbreaking exemption to the State’s probation drug testing laws:
 
“[T]he defense has proven a colorable claim of religious right to ceremonial use of cannibus, otherwise known as marijuana. Ceremonial use is intermittent use, but because of our chemistry and how we do UAs, it would seem to me that even with limited ceremonial use that a UA would come up dirty on a regular basis. I’m specifically not ordering that Mr. Arend abstain from the use of marijuana and I’m specifically not authorizing UAs to defendant for marijuana. If probation is concerned about use of other illegal substances, probation may then perform UAs for other illegal substances.” –Judge Tilsen’s ruling (see the full ruling here on WeedPress)
 

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Michigan Court Narrows State's Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Michigan is trying to make it even more difficult for medical marijuana patients by limiting the law once again. Instead of trying to ease the pain and suffering of those with serious ailments this game continues to make these poor peoples lives more difficult.
 
The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued a decision that further limits the state's medical marijuana law.
 
The justices ruled that a caregiver's decision to supervise the growth of 88 medical marijuana plants in a single facility on behalf of other registered caregivers and patients, other than his own, violates the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA).
 
The case arose from Kent County, Mich., prosecutor William Forsyth's filing of drug charges against caregiver Ryan Bylsma. The decision will stand as precedent for all other lower court cases, according to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who praised the decision.
 
"This law is narrowly tailored to help those with serious debilitating illnesses, but criminals are exploiting it to construct massive grow operations," said Schuette. "I applaud the Court's decision in this case because it echoes the concerns of the public and law enforcement by protecting public safety. Limits on possession are not optional."
 
A three judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals held Bylsma can be charged with manufacturing marijuana because he possessed 88 plants in one growing facility, in violation of the 12 plant per patient limit enshrined in the MMMA.
 
The Court concluded that:
 
Caregivers may not possess plants grown for registered qualifying patients who are not officially connected to the caregiver through the State's registration process, or for other registered caregivers;
Caregivers who do not comply with the 12 plant per patient limit are not entitled to assert an affirmative defense in Court; and,
The State may file drug possession and manufacturing charges against registered patients and caregivers who do not adhere to the 12 plant per patient limit.
 
 

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Medical marijuana users fly under campus radar

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

Maine's doctors are starting to come around and realize people can use marijuana for their ailements with success. Even campus doctors have begun prescribing students at local universites their medical marijuana recommendations.

In response to a monumental shift in Maine policy since 2009, medical marijuana is on the University of Maine campus.
 
However, university officials haven’t seen that firsthand. Police and the person charged with managing disability accommodations say they haven’t been approached to deal with any conflicts regarding the federally illegal, state-authorized plant that is used to treat medical conditions.
 
Dr. Glenn Rampe, the medical director of the only on-campus health provider, Cutler Health Center, said he isn’t convinced that benefits from medical marijuana are better than prescription methods.
 
But, he also said decisions to recommend medical marijuana are up to the individual provider.
 
One UMaine student said she got a recommendation from a Cutler doctor in January to treat Crohn’s disease.
 
“My doctor on campus knows I have it,” the female student said. “Doctors are starting to come around.”
 
Another student said he got a recommendation for chronic pain through one of the state’s most sought-after doctors recommending medical marijuana — Dr. Dustin Sulak of Manchester, an integrative health specialist who practices in Hallowell and Falmouth.
 
Both students declined to be identified due to a perceived stigma surrounding the use of medical marijuana.
 

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Patient benefits from marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
More and more medical marijuana pateitns are turning to Rick Simpsons cure to help them with their cancer treatment and people are coming out about their results. 
 
FERNDALE — When his cancer came back for a fifth time, Michael McShane was desperate for treatment outside of traditional medicine.
 
The last time squamous cell carcinoma left lumpy tumors around his mouth, doctors cut it away and reconstructed his bottom lip by turning out a portion of its inner layer.
 
“You can only do most facial tricks once,” McShane, 51, said. “I needed another option.”
 
As a qualifying medical marijuana patient, he tried “Simpson oil” derived from cannabis plants by a Canadian named Rick Simpson. McShane bought some from an Oak Park dispensary that has since closed and puts a few drops every day on his face. Over the course of about 10 weeks, the tumors faded and then seemed to disappear.
 
His dermatologist, Dr. Ali Moiin, has said McShane isn’t cured but his cancer cells have decreased by about 60 percent.
 
“You still have some residual ones, but the size has definitely decreased,” Moiin told a WWJ-AM (950) reporter in late August, adding he thinks the results merit further scientific study.
 
Moiin didn’t return phone calls for an interview for this story. He isn’t the doctor who signed the physician certification form for McShane, who has another qualifying medical problem.
 
 

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