Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Initiatives in California Flaming Out

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Our sources are tellling us to be on the look out for Cannabis to be rescheduled to a schedule 2 substance , finally admitting that cannabis has medicinal values. So this could be the beginning of a whole new chapter for the medical mariuana industry.

‚ÄčIn 2010, when we came oh so close to passing a California marijuana initiative that would have legalized it, medical or not, cannabis supporters were elated, confident and maybe even cocky.
Prop. 19 was essentially a one-man band, the brainchild of an Oakland dispensary magnate. Just wait until 2012 when the forces of decriminalization finally get on the same page.
Today, only weeks away from a deadline to turn in more than 700,000 signatures of support from registered voters, several legalization and regulation initiatives appear to be in competition for limited money and, as the Los Angeles Times put it over the weekend, "in disarray."
Late last week it was reported that Americans for Safe Access and its partner, the Bay Area's food and commercial workers' union (UFCW), pulled the plug on the highest-profile marijuana initiative aimed at the November ballot.
The groups' Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act would have created a statewide body to police, tax and generally keep an eye on dispensaries.
It was seen as a workaround for cities like L.A. that were tiring of dispensaries that were running outside the law. With this, the state would deal with it.
Except that a federal crackdown on pot shops and a state court case that some cities like Los Angeles are interpreting as a death sentence for dispensaries have made the ASA's initiative a hard sell.
What's more, as the Times notes, fundraising among as many as five marijuana initiatives has been difficult even as the dispensary business has been largely profitable:
... Dispensary operators know that broader legalization could lower prices and bring more competitors into their business.
For now supporters seem to be hopefull that a state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will carry the torch with a bill that might extend the lives of pot shops in the state by mirroring the ASA's would-be initiative.
Good luck.


Medical marijuana community up in arms over Roach comments

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Like the old saying goes, ignorance is bliss...

Declaring that marijuana has no known medical value, The DEA’s new regional chief Barbra Roach has also let it be known that she would find a place to live that does not allow medical marijuana businesses. It is not surprising that in Colorado, where voters have approved medical marijuana, some find her comments to be more than a little offensive.
“By federal law, marijuana is illegal,” she told the Denver Post. “There is no medical proof it has any benefit.”
Roach told the Post that marijuana is illegal despite state law that legalizes it for medical use. She has not returned a call seeking further comment.
It is well documented by now that Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a longtime proponent of drug reform took immediate and impassioned exception to Roach’s comments.
From Polis’s Facebook page:
She concludes that her goal is to “focus on dismantling the “top echelon” of drug organizations.” And “to strive for the large drug trafficking organizations – not just domestically, but internationally.”
On this, I wish her well. Ironically, Colorado’s legalized and regulated marijuana industry has probably done more damage to large drug trafficking organizations than her work will ever accomplish, but I certainly wish her well in her efforts unless she starts raiding legal Colorado businesses who are abiding by our laws.


Medical Marijuana Patients denied an apartment

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
Sadly if they would of told the landlord the father was a pilll popping addict who takes vicodin and morphine daily, they would of probably been just fine with that! Yet if you smoke legal medical marijuana, you must be a bad person and you don't deserve to live where you want to!
Marlena Martino's father is caught in one of the numerous gray areas between Colorado's medical marijuana laws and the federal government stance against pot.
Martino said her 55-year-old father was rejected from a lease at the Minnequa Shores apartment complex after she revealed that he had a medical marijuana certificate.
Managers at the apartments declined to comment on the complex's drug policy.
"We go to sign the lease and the woman brought up their policy on drugs and crime. I told her about his medical marijuana certificate and she said we couldn't sign the lease," Martino said. "What I don't understand is how can you pick and choose which laws to follow? Who are you to decide what's valid?"
Martino said her father suffers from a number of maladies, including muscular dystrophy and chronic back pain.
She said he doesn't need continuous care, but she wants her father to live nearby.
Colorado's medical marijuana law makes it legal for people with certain conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana or up to six plants, three of which are mature, to treat their conditions.


Medical marijuana for 1 percenters: $150/gram cannabis caviar

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

You wouldn't catch me paying $150 a gram no matter what the damn bud was rolled in!


While most of us live on a budget that prevents us from spending thousands on medical marijuana each week, there are apparently a few patients with lots of disposable income to throw around.


San Francisco Might Have More Medical Marijuana Users Than Black People

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

A very odd statistic but interesting to see the stats on the growth of medical marijuana patients.

The medical marijuana movement and hyperbole often go hand-in-hand. It wasn't more than a few years ago that the office of George W. Bush's drug czar spread the rumor that there were more pot clubs in San Francisco than Starbucks coffee shops, a drum they banged loudly and proudly (and one that, upon the slightest inspection, turned out to be mostly made up).
Some statistics you can prove, some you need to estimate. Numbers from the US Census -- which say there are 48,000 African-Americans in San Francisco in 2010 -- are a mixture of both. The number of medical marijuana patients in San Francisco is almost entirely an estimation -- there's no "master list" of people recommended marijuana by a physician sitting around in a cop's drawer -- but is guessed to be about 30,000 on the low end, and over 50,000 on the high end (it was about 45,000 a few years ago, according to medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access).
So: More medical marijuana patients than black people in San Francisco? Quite possibly. And, if not now -- as the black population dropped 20 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to Census figures -- almost definitely soon.
The reasons for African-American out-migration are too numerous and heavy for us to properly delve into here, but the trend has been going for some time, according to reports issued in 2008 and 1993.
Meanwhile, the paper trail created when a person becomes a medical marijuana patients is very short: The clinic -- be it legitimate doctor or plywood booth on Venice Beach -- keeps a copy of the recommendation, and the patient has a copy. One can go a step further and request a state-issued ID card through the local county health department, but it is voluntary, and no entity at the state or county level has a registry or list of all patients.


Judge calls it right on state medical marijuana law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

Fed up with the bullshit, a Judge stated that Nevada's medical marijuana rules are "ridiculous" and "absurd referring to the penalties for growing or dispensing medical marijuana to patients who can legally posess it but not buy it...

On his last day on the bench, District Court Judge Donald Mosley -- who retired Friday at the age of 65 -- issued his most strongly worded condemnation yet of the absurd state of Nevada's medical marijuana law, calling it "ridiculous" and "absurd."
Judge Mosley dismissed a drug trafficking case against Nathan Hamilton and Leonard Schwingdorf, who said they supplied the herb to patients unable to grow it themselves.
"It is apparent to the Court that the statutory scheme set out for the lawful distribution of medical marijuana is either poorly contemplated or purposely constructed to frustrate the implementation of constitutionally mandated access to the substance," Mosley wrote in his decision.
In 2010, Nevada voters ratified an amendment to the state constitution, legalizing marijuana for medical use and instructing that "The Legislature shall provide by law for ... appropriate methods for supply of the plant to patients authorized to use it."
But defense attorney Bob Draskovich, whose firm represents both men, says the only way a patient can now legally possess marijuana is to first commit a crime to obtain it. Friday, Judge Mosley agreed.
As it stands, one Nevada law allows medical marijuana cardholders to possess, deliver or produce minute amounts of marijuana. But other state laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana, leaving no realistic way for patients to obtain it.
Prosecutors say local marijuana dispensary staff, including Messrs. Hamilton and Schwingdorf, suggested a specific cash donation for the marijuana, which under state law qualifies as "consideration" and is illegal. Also, the dispensaries were growing more than the seven plants allowed.
Mosley found those restrictions ridiculous.
"It is absurd to suppose that from an unspecified source 'free' marijuana will be provided to those who are lawfully empowered to receive it," Mosley wrote.
The Supreme Court is now expected to resolve the conflicting rulings on the law.
Judge Mosley -- principled and plain-spoken -- was long a credit to the bench. Again, as usual, he was right on Friday. The high court should instruct the Legislature to revamp the law in sensible accordance with the wish of the voters -- albeit 12 years late.
The actions of local law enforcement and prosecutors are also currently inappropriate, as their oath requires them to give precedence to "protecting and defending the constitution of the state of Nevada" -- which, as Judge Mosley points out, no longer envisions legitimate marijuana patients or their purveyors being hauled to court or jail.



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