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.
Patients protesting medical marijuana raids in San Jose
Drug agents have raided three local providers in the last few weeks, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Several others have closed, fearing they will be next.
While a statewide marijuana legalization referendum failed last week, voters in San Jose and several other cities backed local measures to tax and regulate the drug.
County narcotics agents also have run a sting operation, arresting almost two dozen people accused of "perverting" the California medical marijuana law.
Weed Takes Root
This is not your usual run of the mill university, the name of this higher learning place is called Oaksterdam University and it takes its name from a bastardization of Oakland, where the university began, and pot-friendly Amsterdam. The whole idea to this magnificent learning center is to teach its students to learn how to grow and take care of marijuana plants so that they can spread the gift of pot to all.
Here in the pictures above you will see some of the most healthy marijuana plants ever growing in the indoor gardens and you will also see the founder of the whole operation Mr. Richard Lee who is tending to the indoor marijuana plants at the Oaksterdam University. Just remember this is not your average university and not anyone can join as you may well be aware, this is strictly a place of higher learning where people and learn the benefits that the wonderful plant has to offer medical wise and more.
Cannabis Advocate For Texan Of The Year
Readers emailed that Texas native Richard Lee the force behind California's Proposition 19 which would have legalized marijuanause, should be recognized as Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year
Suzanne Wills of Dallas Wrote:
“Richard grew up in Houston. He had a happy, active lifestyle until he was 27. Then, while working as a lighting technician, he fell off a scaffold and broke his back The injury left him paralyzed below the waist. Suffering from sleeplessness, spasms and other complications, Richard told his parents he was considering suicide. Then he learned that cannabis relieved his pain and quieted his spasms.” “Since cannabis was illegal in his home state, Richard moved to Oakland after passage of Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana as a medicinal herb in California. ... Soon afterwards, he opened two dispensaries then, his most famous venture, Oaksterdam University. It has trained nearly 10,000 students in marijuana cultivation, law and advocacy”
The proposition lost last week with 46 percent of the vote in support. Still, 1.6 million Californians cast their ballots for the right to use marijuana without violating state law.
South Dakota to vote on medical marijuana
South Dakota could become the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana on Tuesday if voters agree with supporters that it's an issue of compassion.
A similar effort to allow patients suffering from a debilitating medical condition legal access to pot failed four years ago, receiving 48 percent of the vote.
Supporters of Initiated Measure 13 say those dealing with the pain and muscle spasms of multiple sclerosis or the nausea from cancer chemotherapy treatments should have access to something that could help them. Opponents argue the proposed law would lead to increased use of pot by those with no medical need.
South Dakota's proposal is more restrictive than laws in other states that have legalized marijuana for medical uses. It bans storefront dispensaries, and instead requires patients or their designated caregivers to cultivate and handle the marijuana. A caregiver would be limited to growing for no more than five patients.
The proposal would legalize marijuana to treat debilitating diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease and Alzheimer's, and conditions such as chronic pain, severe nausea or muscle spasms or seizures.
The state Health Department would issue registry cards, good for a year, to patients who get doctors to certify that they have medical needs that could be treated with marijuana. Qualified patients and their designated caregivers could not be arrested or prosecuted for having up to an ounce of pot.
The card holder or caregiver could have up to six marijuana plants, which would have to be kept in a locked place.
The law states that no more than one patient or caregiver could grow marijuana on the same property, unless the property is the primary residence for each of the cardholders.
'Mel Gibson' Marijuana Rolls Into Cali Weed Shops
A new strain of weed is creating one hell of a buzz in California marijuana dispensaries -- all because it's named after Mel Gibson TMZ reports.
Here's the best part -- one dispensary employee tells us the Mel strain got it's name because, "Once you smoke it, it's supposed to make you go ballistic."
Read the full story at TMZ
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