Medical Marijuana

Feds want to ban medical pot references at trial

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Another awful case where the state laws are just being thrown out like they never existed in the first place. What ever happened to letting states govern theirselves? 
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors pursuing drug charges against Montana medical marijuana operators want to keep jurors from hearing any evidence at trial about the state's medical pot law or whether the operators were complying with it.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have made motions in at least two cases stemming from federal raids on dozens of pot operations this spring, asking those judges to forbid any testimony or evidence at trial about medical marijuana or related issues involving state and federal laws.
"Montana's medical marijuana laws have no relevance to the present prosecution, which consists of various charges the defendants violated federal law in relation to a marijuana manufacture and distribution scheme," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard wrote in an August court filing.
The question will go unanswered in one case, after Ryan Blindheim and Evan Corum of the Black Pearl dispensary in Olney recently pleaded guilty — Blindheim to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and both to money laundering charges.
But attorneys for a Miles City family of medical marijuana operators plan to fight the prosecutors' attempt to keep the question of what's allowed under Montana's medical marijuana law out of their trial.


Delawares medical marijuana laws slowly to a crawl...

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, September, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

The delay could last until 2013 before Delaware see's it's medical marijuana program take effect. Hopefully the stall doesn't last another 18 months and things move foward for medical marijuana patients in need of their medication.

Delaware's new medical marijuana law is so loaded with red tape that experts in other states predict it could be at least 18 months before people who are seriously ill or suffering from chronic pain can obtain pot legally here.
Experiences of advocates in other states who have ventured into the risky business of growing and distributing a drug the federal government still deems illegal illustrate the bureaucratic hurdles that lie ahead.
Medical marijuana operators across the country say there are tremendous financial, logistical, societal and bureaucratic issues to resolve before marijuana seeds can even be planted legally.
Delaware's law, Senate Bill 17, requires the Department of Healthand Social Services to start seeking applications for operating three medical marijuana dispensaries by July 1, 2012, and issue licenses to the highest-scoring applicants in each county six months later.
If state officials use the entire 18 months allotted under the law, it could be spring 2013 before the first crop of marijuana buds are ready to be harvested, experts say.


Patient: Closing medical marijuana dispensary would be a 'disaster'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Medical Marijuana patients need their medication!
Kenneth Mandeville, 60, has degenerative disc disease and walks with a cane. His condition, he said, sends pain down his legs all the time that feels like “fire ants.”
Mandeville, of Albion, was among around a half dozen medical marijuana patients who stopped by People’s Choice Alternative Medicine Thursday morning across the street from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
An reporter sat in the lobby for an hour and a half to talk to patients about their choice to get marijuana from the dispensary.
People’s Choice partners say they operate a non-profit that takes donations for services and doesn’t sell medical marijuana. A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling on Aug. 23 made the sale of marijuana at dispensaries illegal in the eyes of the state. The establishments can be shut down under a state public nuisance law, according to state Attorney General Bill Scheutte. Ann Arbor is reviewing a new zoning and licensing process in light of the court's ruling.
Mandeville said he takes medical marijuana for migraines and the leg pain.
Ingesting marijuana that’s baked or cooked into food “really takes the pain away — for two or three days,” he said. “I use less of my prescription pain medicine.”


Is Californias new pot law good or bad for the industry?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Organizations are leaning on NO after this bill was just recently signed by Jerry Brown. With the passage of AB 1300, Cities and Counties are now allowed to completely ban and get rid of Dispensaries and cooperatives if they deem it necessary which many have already begun doing.


This goes against what California voters wanted when they passed prop 215 in 1996. If cities have the right to ban dispensaries and collectives then they are simply forcing medical patients to go to the streets to obtain their medication. We have never seen a city or county ban a CVS or Albertsons or any other place that people can go to pick up their medication so why are they pushing to close dispensaries that do the exact same thing?


Is it as simple as Marijuana is not in pill form so the masses still see it as this hardcore drug that it really is not? If instead of smoking marijuana we could take a pill that actually worked properly, would the people and cities and our governments feel the same way? At this point we don't know but what we do know is that this is getting out of hand and ridiculous. 

Anyone who is sick has the right to obtain their medication regardless of what it is, people take Vicodin, Morphin pills, and much much stronger medication that has extremely harmful side effects and countless amounts of people dying every year from over the counter drugs. Our government needs to step up to the plate and start helping the sick people who's only option to get better is Marijuana.

arlier this summer, medical marijuana advocates sounded the legislative alarm over a bill penned by a Southern California assemblyman that gives local governments the right to ban medical cannabis dispensaries, as many a Bay Area burgh from Danville to Daly City has already done. 

Both Americans for Safe Access and California NORML, which lobby for patients' rights and outright legalization, respectively, opposed AB 1300, authored by valley dude Assemblyman Bob Blumenfeld of Van Nuys, and begged Governor Jerry Brown not to sign it -- as Brown did yesterday.

So is this latest development a loss or a win; an abrogation of rights guaranteed to Californians under state medical marijuana law, or a recognition that medical marijuana distribution is a valid concept? 

Depends on who you ask.

For folks on the ground, Blumenfield's bill actually does very little: The cities and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries can continue to do so. Likewise, the places -- like San Francisco -- that have permitted them are unchanged, and the same with the municipalities that have punted the issue. Heads in the sand stay in the sand, et cetera




Crackdown gets tighter on medical-marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Authorities from Lansing to Oakland County further tightened their grip this week on those they said abused Michigan's medical-marijuana law over the protests of those who use and distribute the drug for health purposes.
A state Appeals Court decision Tuesday -- the second such ruling in a week against medical-marijuana users -- upheld the conviction of a man arrested for possession of marijuana after he obtained a state card as an approved user. But the man, who lives in Montmorency County east of Gaylord, had been growing marijuana before he got the card, according to evidence in the case.
In Oak Park, four people from a major medical-marijuana operation were arraigned Wednesday on drug possession and conspiracy charges. The arrests of two principals from Big Daddy's Management Group and two of their caregivers -- those who are approved by the state to supply marijuana to patients -- came eight months after a January raid by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team of the Big Daddy's complex.
The operation has a compassion club, where approved patients meet to discuss their health concerns; rows of safes where caregivers keep their marijuana, and a warehouse that supplies shops selling indoor-cultivation equipment in Burton, Chesterfield Township, Detroit and Livonia, employees said.
"What kills me -- one county and one city will write us right into their ordinances to let us do what we do, and here in Oakland County they're running us out," Big Daddy's owner Rick Ferris said.


Former platoon sergeant says marijuana was 'the only thing' that controlled his PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

Marijuana does so much more than most people think, it helps people around the world and so many are missing out on this amazing plant becuase of bullshit politics.

Jamey Raines tried marijuana once or twice in high school, but he said he had no interest in it after he joined the Army in 2000. He served in heavy combat in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and rose through the ranks from private to platoon sergeant. Along the way he drank and smoked cigarettes like many infantrymen do, but he said he was “100 percent against” using any drug in any form.

Five years out of the military as of next month, however, Raines has changed his mind.
Using marijuana, he said, was the only way he could control his intense anger and anxiety as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. The drug was a crutch, but a necessary one, he said, and it enabled him to go to college, earn his degree and land a decent job.
It succeeded, he said, where the fistfuls of prescription medications that Army doctors doled out failed him.
“The only way that I got through all that was that I smoked pot every day,” said Raines, 29, now living in Ohio. He thought of it as “the lesser of two evils [that] made it easier to go out in public, to talk to people, and easier to let things go when people say stupid [stuff].”



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