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Judge to hear DEA request to obtain state medical-marijuana records

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

GRAND RAPIDS – A hearing is set next week in the federal government's request for access to certain state medical-marijuana records.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents is seeking the records related to a Lansing-area investigation of seven people.

In June, the DEA served a subpoena on the state's Department of Community Health, but the state would not provide the records citing confidentiality laws.

The Department of Community Health told investigators that they faced potential civil and criminal sanctions if they released the information.

A hearing is Jan. 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman, court records said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruha filed a motion to enforce the petition. He said in court filings that state officials were “reluctant” to release the records without a judge's order.

The DEA is seeking "copies of any and all documents, records, applications, payment method of any application for Medical Marijuana Patient Cards and Medical Marijuana Caregiver cards and copies of front and back of any cards located for the seven named individuals."

The names of those under investigation are redacted from records.

Under the law, Community Health maintains a confidential list of those who have obtained registry identification cards. Disclosure of the information is a misdemeanor.

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400 Mainers sign up for medical pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 Mainers applied to the state for permission to be medical marijuana patients under a new state law.

 

Starting Saturday, Mainers had to be registered with the state before legally using marijuana to ease the painful symptoms of cancer, AIDS and other medical conditions. For the past decade, patients needed only a doctor's authorization.

 

The Maine Sunday Telegram says applications streamed into the Maine Department of Health and Human Services during the final days and weeks of 2010, and hundreds more are expected in the next several weeks. Officials say they expect to give registration cards to 1,200 or more patients by the time the initial rush is over this spring.

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Medical Marijuana Zoning Hearing Monday In Dexter

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

Dexter residents can tell officials what they think about medical marijuana business regulations at a public forum Monday. The Dexter Village Planning Commission holds hearings starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Dexter Senior Centre on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. The new rules would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the Washtenaw County community.

 

 

 

AnnArbor.com says afterward, the commission is expected to decide whether to recommend approval of the proposal to the village council. Under the proposed zoning rules, marijuana dispensaries would need an annual permit that would be reviewed by the sheriff's department. They couldn't be closer than 500 feet to a library, a school or other marijuana dispensary. The proposal also would ban smoking marijuana on site.


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Phoenix sets zoning for medical pot sites

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Phoenix is setting zoning rules to regulate the medical marijuana system Arizona voters legalized in November, officials said.

 

The state Health Department also is drafting rules on who can prescribe and receive a prescription and to ensure secure facilities, The Arizona Republic reported Saturday.

 

Phoenix planning director Debra Stark said the city aimed to make zoning laws strict enough to protect the community while allowing marijuana in the city.

 

Phoenix is dividing medical-marijuana land uses into three categories:

* Retail sales/dispensaries where patients can purchase medical marijuana. Sales will be allowed only in commercial zones, covering many major intersections and streets.

 

* Grow facilities where marijuana will be grown or cultivated to supply dispensaries. In Phoenix, grow facilities will be allowed only in areas zoned for heavy industry or agriculture.

 

* Infusion, where marijuana is blended into balms, lotions and food. Baking brownies will be considered manufacturing, so infusion facilities will be limited to heavy industry areas.

 

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The pros and cons of medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Don't let boutique-style dispensaries and a respectable new name —medical marijuana - blow smoke in your eyes. Marijuana has solid credentials for relieving serious problems such as cancer pain, nausea, anorexia and tough-to-ease nerve pain, but it's far from an all-purpose healer.

Here are some of its risks:

HEART STRAIN: In the hour after you smoke a joint, the danger of aheart attack rises five-fold because pot boosts levels of a compound called apolipoprotein III that keeps fats stuck in your bloodstream. Plus, pot revs up your heart rate.

BRAIN DRAIN: Plenty of people who use medical marijuana responsibly try to keep doses low (or use pills instead) to avoid the highs, spaciness and brain fog you get from smoking it. In one study, people with multiple sclerosis who smoked marijuana were 50 percent slower on a mental-processing test than nonsmokers. They also were more depressed and anxious.

WEAKENED IMMUNITY:THC - the ingredient in pot that eases pain and makes you high - is also a powerfulimmune-system downer.

LUNG DAMAGE:Smoking three to four joints a day may cause as much lung damage as smoking a pack of cigarettes. Long-term use doubles your odds for coughing, wheezing and chronic bronchitis.

So what are the safer alternatives? Start with the prescription pills that contain marijuana's active ingredients, particularly synthetic THC. And, a prescription mouth spray, already available in Canada and Europe, may be on the way.

Also, try eating your medicine instead of smoking it. Mix marijuana into baked goods or, if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, buy your supply at a marijuana bakery. Or consider a vaporizer, which in essence releases marijuana "smoke"; if you inhale the vapors, you get the active ingredients with fewer toxins, research suggests.

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Nevada's Wild West spirit snubs legal marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 30th 2010 by THCFinder

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is known for letting just about anything slide, whether it's booze, bets or brothels. But even here there are limits.

It has been OK to smoke pot to treat illness for ten years. But don't think about selling it. Lately, federal agents and local police have taken notice, raiding several pot shops in and around Sin City.

All of it has pot activists scratching their heads: How is a state that has long lured visitors with promises of unconstrained debauchery stricter with pot than its more wholesome neighbors of Colorado, Arizona and California?

"I really thought they would leave us alone," said Pierre Werner, whose family's pot shop was raided and who now faces federal charges. "No one should go to prison for a plant."

Political leaders and historians say these activists don't know Nevada.

Sure, they say, the state has libertarian leanings and is generally willing to prosper from activities that most states have declared repugnant.

For many, however, pot is for hippies.

And Nevada, borne in the rugged days of the Wild West, is no place for hippies.

"The attitude was real men drank, whored and gambled — these are the vices of frontier men and women," said Guy Rocha, Nevada's former archivist.

"When it comes to drugs, Nevada has looked at it as, 'that's what those wild people in California do, or New York or Oregon,'" he said.

Nevada passed its medical marijuana law in 2000, four years after California passed its first-in-the-nation program. In all, 15 states and the District of Columbia allow it.

Advocates say the strict Nevada law makes it nearly impossible to legally smoke pot. Patients cannot buy or sell marijuana and can only grow seven plants for personal use.

Nevada's health department, which regulates medical marijuana, tells patients it cannot provide information about how to grow cannabis.

During the past year, at least 27 marijuana shops have opened in Las Vegas, according toweedmaps.com, an online dispensary and physician locator service.

The discreet outposts feature lengthy menus with whimsical names such as the Incredible Hulk, Purple Monster, Green Cheese and Pineapple Crack.

Transactions are called donations, not purchases. Customers are patients. Marijuana is medicine. Police, however, still means trouble.

The stores, many saying they are referral services for doctors willing to recommend marijuana, were largely left alone at first.

Then came reports that undercover police officers were making buys at the dispensaries.

In September, it was official. Local and federal investigators served search warrants at several marijuana shops in and around Las Vegas.

Law enforcement officials refuse to discuss the raids, saying the investigations remained open. They would not say what prompted the crackdown.

Federal law continues to classify marijuana as a controlled substance, prohibited from being prescribed by doctors.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said federal prosecutors will not pursue people who sell marijuana in compliance with a state law, but has warned that people who violate both federal and state laws will be targeted.

Nevada has long lured revelers from across the world with promises of leggy temptresses, modern gladiators and fertile slot machines.

Nearly a third of the state's revenue comes from taxes on casino winnings.

More than a decage ago, marijuana proponents enticed by Nevada's hedonistic reputation began targeting the Silver State.

Until 2000, Nevada had one of the nation's strictest marijuana laws, when possession of a single joint was a felony punishable by a year or more in prison.

The earliest campaigns to loosen such punishments were easy sells.

The medical marijuana law then removed criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients with written documentation from their physician.

Since 2000, activists have spent $12 million trying to make Nevada the first state to legalize pot and bring Amsterdam-style pot-smoking bars into casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project lead five failed efforts to pass pro-marijuana laws in Nevada.

"Obviously there is legalized gambling and to a certain extent prostitution as well. It just seems like the idea of taxing and regulating marijuana could have worked," said Steve Fox, the group's director of state campaigns.

California, Arizona and Colorado, meanwhile, have become the darlings of the pro-pot movement, with voters and lawmakers in those states embracing dispensaries.

In Nevada, law enforcement agencies, ant-drug activists and politicians in rural northern Nevada have led the opposition against the ballot measures.

The state's mighty casino industry, long eager to portray a balance of propriety and rebellion, has remained silent.

Activists are expected to try again to legalize pot in Nevada in 2012, but politicians and marijuana lobbyists alike predict another loss.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, a martini-drinking advocate of sex tourism, said he is open to legalizing marijuana, but doesn't think voters are going to anytime soon.

"The people are not ready, he said, "no matter how we are characterized."LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is known for letting just about anything slide, whether it's booze, bets or brothels. But even here there are limits.

It has been OK to smoke pot to treat illness for ten years. But don't think about selling it. Lately, federal agents and local police have taken notice, raiding several pot shops in and around Sin City.

All of it has pot activists scratching their heads: How is a state that has long lured visitors with promises of unconstrained debauchery stricter with pot than its more wholesome neighbors of Colorado, Arizona and California?

"I really thought they would leave us alone," said Pierre Werner, whose family's pot shop was raided and who now faces federal charges. "No one should go to prison for a plant."

Political leaders and historians say these activists don't know Nevada.

Sure, they say, the state has libertarian leanings and is generally willing to prosper from activities that most states have declared repugnant.

For many, however, pot is for hippies.

And Nevada, borne in the rugged days of the Wild West, is no place for hippies.

"The attitude was real men drank, whored and gambled — these are the vices of frontier men and women," said Guy Rocha, Nevada's former archivist.

"When it comes to drugs, Nevada has looked at it as, 'that's what those wild people in California do, or New York or Oregon,'" he said.

Nevada passed its medical marijuana law in 2000, four years after California passed its first-in-the-nation program. In all, 15 states and the District of Columbia allow it.

Advocates say the strict Nevada law makes it nearly impossible to legally smoke pot. Patients cannot buy or sell marijuana and can only grow seven plants for personal use.

Nevada's health department, which regulates medical marijuana, tells patients it cannot provide information about how to grow cannabis.

During the past year, at least 27 marijuana shops have opened in Las Vegas, according toweedmaps.com, an online dispensary and physician locator service.

The discreet outposts feature lengthy menus with whimsical names such as the Incredible Hulk, Purple Monster, Green Cheese and Pineapple Crack.

Transactions are called donations, not purchases. Customers are patients. Marijuana is medicine. Police, however, still means trouble.

The stores, many saying they are referral services for doctors willing to recommend marijuana, were largely left alone at first.

Then came reports that undercover police officers were making buys at the dispensaries.

In September, it was official. Local and federal investigators served search warrants at several marijuana shops in and around Las Vegas.

Law enforcement officials refuse to discuss the raids, saying the investigations remained open. They would not say what prompted the crackdown.

Federal law continues to classify marijuana as a controlled substance, prohibited from being prescribed by doctors.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said federal prosecutors will not pursue people who sell marijuana in compliance with a state law, but has warned that people who violate both federal and state laws will be targeted.

Nevada has long lured revelers from across the world with promises of leggy temptresses, modern gladiators and fertile slot machines.

Nearly a third of the state's revenue comes from taxes on casino winnings.

More than a decage ago, marijuana proponents enticed by Nevada's hedonistic reputation began targeting the Silver State.

Until 2000, Nevada had one of the nation's strictest marijuana laws, when possession of a single joint was a felony punishable by a year or more in prison.

The earliest campaigns to loosen such punishments were easy sells.

The medical marijuana law then removed criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients with written documentation from their physician.

Since 2000, activists have spent $12 million trying to make Nevada the first state to legalize pot and bring Amsterdam-style pot-smoking bars into casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project lead five failed efforts to pass pro-marijuana laws in Nevada.

"Obviously there is legalized gambling and to a certain extent prostitution as well. It just seems like the idea of taxing and regulating marijuana could have worked," said Steve Fox, the group's director of state campaigns.

California, Arizona and Colorado, meanwhile, have become the darlings of the pro-pot movement, with voters and lawmakers in those states embracing dispensaries.

In Nevada, law enforcement agencies, ant-drug activists and politicians in rural northern Nevada have led the opposition against the ballot measures.

The state's mighty casino industry, long eager to portray a balance of propriety and rebellion, has remained silent.

Activists are expected to try again to legalize pot in Nevada in 2012, but politicians and marijuana lobbyists alike predict another loss.

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, a martini-drinking advocate of sex tourism, said he is open to legalizing marijuana, but doesn't think voters are going to anytime soon.

"The people are not ready, he said, "no matter how we are characterized."

(Source)


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