Medical Marijuana

Maine Marijuana Dispensary Picks Site off Bucksport Road

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

ELLSWORTH — Maine Organic Therapy has decided to open its medical marijuana dispensary on Carriage Way, which is off Bucksport Road on a parcel that belongs to developer Steve Joy.

Joy will present an application for the construction of a 2,101-square-foot building for the dispensary to the Planning Board at its March 2 meeting.

“We’re hoping to have it done end of April, first of May,” Joy said.

The dispensary site is across the road from Vernon Shapazian’s garage and near the intersection of Bucksport Road and Christian Ridge Road.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last fall selected Maine Organic Therapy to carry the license to dispense medical marijuana in Hancock and Washington counties.

Cathy Cobb, DHHS director of licensing and regulatory division, said Maine Organic Therapy has been issued a certificate of registration so it can begin the growing process.

The growing facility is in Biddeford.

Maine Organic Therapy lists on its website a handful of marijuana strains that will be available, including “Trainwreck” and “The Church.”

The organization states that “Trainwreck” is great for the patient who suffers from mild headaches or sleep disorders.

Maine Organic Therapy says the following about “The Church”:

“Rather than the jolt of heavy hitting strains, The Church offers a mild, progressive high that doesn’t rule out work, play or socializing.”

Maine Organic Therapy has also begun advertising in newspapers across the state that it has begun accepting qualified patients and offers free delivery.



Will Sheriffs Babysit Your Marijuana? The Answer Is..

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčLast week we pondered whether San Francisco Sheriff's deputies will keep a watchful eye on your pot stash while you go about your business in city buildings. 

While those with medical marijuana cards are free to waltz into police headquarters, City Hall, or courthouses with their greenery untouched, it turns out recreational users of the herb will not be having much fun. 

SF Weekly had noticed a man leaving his marijuana with deputies at the Hall of Justice and claiming he'd be back in 15 minutes. While this certainly looked like a pot-check, we were told by the city employees on duty that he never returned. 

In fact, the department later noted that the unknown man pulled a variation of the trick every 18-year-old hoping to buy beer used when asked for ID. The old "I left it in the car" followed by a peel-out routine. The man in question told deputies he'd forgotten his medical marijuana card, left, and ran like hell. 

For what it's worth, this is the Sheriff's Department's policy on toting drugs into a building: 

No drugs are allowed in the building and those attempting to bring them in are subject to arrest. The only exception is for those individuals who are authorized to possess medical marijuana and have amounts which comply with their authorization.

It seems like there are no exceptions to "the only exception." Drag. 



Bill Targets Certain Kinds of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

A new bill that attempts to create more restrictions on the medical marijuana industry was released on Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 11-1250, was written to “prohibit marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage product manufacturing and sale.”

It has since been amended to only apply to ointments and tinctures, not food or beverage products. Ryan Hartman, owner of the Boulder Wellness Center, worries about the bill’s impact on his dispensary.

“It would definitely hurt business. My business focuses on people over 40, and most of them prefer food.” Hartman says. “Some 90 to 100 percent of cancer patients prefer food. If you have cancer from smoking, and the doctor recommends marijuana, you don’t want to consume it by smoking it.”

It’s one of the many restrictions he’s seen that attempts to control the market of medical marijuana products.

“A year ago I would’ve said I wasn’t worried about [the bill passing],” he says. “But, yeah, crazier bills have passed.”

The bill’s language claims the bill is necessary for “the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

The public hearing for HB 11-1250 has been set for March 1 before the House Judiciary Committee.



Walmart Worker Fired for Using Medical Marijuana Vows to Appeal Ruling

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

Joseph Casias, the Walmart worker fired after he used medical marijuana, plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss his complaint.

He and his attorneys were disappointed by the ruling.

“He has always looked at the bigger picture all the way through,” attorney Daniel Grow said this afternoon.

“He doesn’t want this to happen to other people.  He doesn’t want other people to have to make the same difficult choices.”

Casias maintained he was wrongly fired after he legally used medical marijuana to treat pain from an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.  His attorneys, including the American Civil Liberties Union, said he essentially was forced to choose between his job and medicine.

Casias has been unable to find another job.

“A choice between adequate pain relief and gainful employment is an untenable one that no patient should ever be forced to make,” ACLU attorney Scott Michelman said in a statement.

“Yet Walmart forced Joseph to pay a stiff and unfair price for using a medicine allowed under state law that has had a life-changing positive effect for him.”

U.S.  District Judge Robert Jonker determined that the state’s medical marijuana law, which won wide approval in 2008, is intended to protect lawful users from arrest.  It does not regulate private employers and their policies on drug use.

The judges ruling comes as no surprise, said Grand Rapids attorney Pat White, who is not involved in the case.

He said Casias appears to be the perfect candidate for use of medical marijuana, but the judge would have had to significantly expand the law – “build a castle out of a single brick” – to offer Casias employment protection.  He would have had to make Casias part of a new, protected class.

White, who generally represents management, said Jonker is known as a “straight-shooter” not driven by ideology in his decisions.

“There is a very good chance that Judge Jonker’s opinion will be the definitive interpretation of the ( medical marijuana law ) as it applies to employment decisions,” White said, adding that the case is subject to appeal.



Del. lawmakers submit medical marijuana bill again

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, February, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana proponents have filed another bill in the Delaware legislature to legalize medical use of the drug.

This is the third straight year Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry has introduced medical marijuana legislation and Henry says she is optimistic.

Rep. Helene Keeley, the House co-sponsor, says unlike California and 13 other states, the bill would not permit people to grow their own marijuana.

Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson, R-Milford, says he is undecided, and concerned that marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of more dangerous drugs.

The bill would allow possession of up to six ounces and Delaware's health department would issue identification cards for patients and providers.



Use of Medical Marijuana in Montana May be Repealed by July

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

A vote in the Montana House of Representatives may be the start of repealing the State's medical marijuana bill. Will the Senate kill the bill?

The Montana House of Representatives voted 63 to 37 to repeal the state's six-year-old medical marijuana bill. The vote, mostly along party lines with Republicans voting for repel and Democrats against, does not mean the law will now be repelled; it must now go before the Montana State Senate.

"We were duped...the law has been a pretext for encouraging recreational use and creating a path to full legalization of marijuana," the Republican House speaker Mike Millburn, a champion of overturning the bill, said on the floor before the vote. “It is starting to undermine the entire fabric of our state. It is time to take back our state and our culture and do what is best for Montana.”

Montana Passed Medical Marijuana Bill in 2004

Montana passed the medical marijuana bill in a ballet initiative, Initiative 148, in 2004 in a 62 to 37 percent vote. Some feel that since then that the industry has grown too large and that too many are being granted a card. The State has 975,000 citizens and some 30,000 of them have a medical marijuana card. Most of those are granted for 'chronic pain' and Millburn feels the law is being taken advantage of.

Other Montana politicians, more the Democrats but some Republicans, too, feel that the answer is to tighten the laws and to move to regulate the marijuana industry in Montana more. The attempt to repeal the medical marijuana law is expected to have a much tougher time in front of the State Senate.

However were it to be passed by the Senate, controlled by Republicans, it would land upon the desk of Montana's Democratic governor, Gov. Brian Schweitzer. While Schweitzer is on record as saying that he feels the medical marijuana laws should be tightened he has not spoken out for or against repeal.

Medical Marijuana in 15 U.S. States

The ability to get a medical marijuana card and use marijuana for medical conditions exists now in 15 U.S. states, the last one getting the right was Arizona, which narrowly passed a bill to grant medical marijuana licenses in the November election.

California, which passed a bill allowing medical marijuana in 1996, went to the polls in 2010 to vote on Proposition 19, a controversial bill to legalize the possession and growing of marijuana for recreational personal use. That bill was defeated.

If the Millburn bill is successful it would come into effect on July 1 and Montana would become the first state to have allowed the use of medical marijuana only to take that use away.




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