Medical Marijuana

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)


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.


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.


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.


Could medical marijuana provide tax dollars for cities?

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

With such a large amount of registered medical marijuana users, the state could be providing large amounts of new revenue by simply taxing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries that patients have the right to.

Medical marijuana has spawned a burgeoning industry in the United States, creating commerce and generating millions of dollars in tax revenues for states and cities across the country.
But here in Michigan, where it has been legal for nearly three years, the potential economic benefits of pot commerce remain a distant afterthought for state and local policymakers who just want to see some clarity in the law.
Passed as a ballot initiative in November 2008 with a 63 percent margin, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has given way to a steadily increasing stream of patients seeking marijuana as a way to ease chronic suffering.
The Michigan Department of Community Health in April 2009 began publishing the number of patients it has registered, a figure that has seen an exponential jump recently. In the first year of patient tallying, the MDCH reported more than 14,000 Michigan citizens were granted certifications for medically recommended marijuana. To date - about a year and a half since then - there are now more than 100,000 medical marijuana patients in the state.


Got Medical Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

You should.




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