Medical Marijuana

Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative Files New Measure

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Help Oregon get their medical marijuana booming. Second OMPI initiative would create a supply and distribution system for patients

August 11, 2011, Portland, OR:    The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative today filed a proposed initiative that orders the Oregon Health Authority to create at regulated supply and distribution system for Oregon’s medical marijuana patients. The initiative must now collect at least 1,000 valid signatures in order to qualify for an official ballot title, and must obtain about 85,000 signatures of registered Oregon voters to qualify for the November, 2012 general election ballot.
The “Medical Marijuana Supply and Regulation Act” allows the OHA until July 1, 2013 to create a system for supplying medical marijuana to cardholding patients through Medical Marijuana Health Centers. The OHA would be required to issue rules regarding licensing, fees and taxation, location and zoning of production facilities and Health Centers, and more. The text of the proposal can be found HERE (CHRIS PLEASE CREATE LINK).
OMPI has also filed an initiative for a constitutional amendment that would decriminalize personal use and cultivation of marijuana for Oregon citizens. That measure has received more than 1,000 valid signatures and is now going through the process of obtaining an official ballot title from the Oregon Attorney General.
The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative is a coalition of marijuana patient and advocacy groups seeking to secure social justice for Oregon’s marijuana users and medical marijuana patients. There are more than 360,000 regular marijuana users in Oregon, hundreds of thousands of additional occasional marijuana users, and about 50,000 cardholding medical marijuana patients.


Student Not Allowed To Take Prescribed Marijuana At School

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
A 16-year-old boy in Colorado Springs, Colorado isn't allowed to take his prescribed medication at school because he can't attend school "under the influence." What makes his situation any different than any other student who has to take meds at school is that his prescribed medication is medicinal marijuana.
The student's father, Shan Moore, said that the medical marijuana has been a "miracle drug" for his son, who suffers from myaclonus diaphragmatic flutter which causes chest and throat seizures. The teen doesn't smoke the weed, he simply ingests a lozenge or pill.
The marijuana pill helps stop the attacks and allows him to function normally. The problem is, is that under state law, the teen is not allowed to possess marijuana on school grounds, so he is not allowed to leave it with the school nurse like other medications.
His family came up with a plan to solve the problem. They figured he could just come home and take the pill when needed, then go back to school after he's taken it. Unfortunately, there was a problem with that too. The family says they were told that the boy is not allowed at school on any day he has taken medical marijuana.
The school district released a statement saying that, "If the student ingests medical marijuana off-campus and returns to school, then as long as the student isn't disruptive or showing signs of impairment then they are treated just like any other student."
Moore says a district nurse told him his son could come back to school after taking the marijuana as long as the school doesn't know he's taken it. The family says they are trying to live by the rules, but need some clarification.
They also want the state law to change so that medical marijuana could be administered by a school nurse, just like other prescription drugs.


State appeals judge's ruling that block restrictions on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
The State of Montana is appealing a judge's ruling that blocked new restrictions on medical marijuana.
Judge James Reynolds' decision addresses the recently enacted Montana Marijuana Act.
Reynolds ruled that parts of the law were blocking patients' access to health.
Assistant Attorney General Jim Molloy is concerned about the implication of Reynolds' ruling and would like to have the Montana Supreme Court render an opinion on the constitutional issues.
Molloy noted, "We just don't believe the Constitution protects the commercial transactions of marijuana, we believe the trial court's decision has created some confusion and potential for implications that we believe would not be good, and we would like to get that clarified at this point."
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules, the case will go back to district court.


Medical marijuana user busted for pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
ASOTIN - A medical marijuana user is busted in Asotin last week, and on Monday, he appeared in court. 
Asotin Police Chief Bill Derbonne said a helicopter spotted some plants during a fly over. Police went to the home and found 56 year old Lorraine Geffre was legally growing the plants for medicinal usage. However, Derbonne said he refused to let police enter his home. 
They returned with a search warrant and found an additional 15 plants and nearly three pounds of processed marijuana. Geffre faced Judge William Acey in Asotin County Superior Court.
"You're charged in count one of the offense of possession of a controlled substance, over 40 grams of marijuana," said Acey. "It's a class C Felony. The most anybody could ever get if found to be committed, is five years in prison, a $10,00 fine, attorney's fees, court costs, assessments and a special one or two thousand dollar drug fine."
Geffre is also charged with another class C felony of manufacturing a controlled substance, which carries the same penalties. The case was continued to August 22nd to give Geffre time to get a lawyer.


Medical marijuana licensing more liberal in Denver than in Boulder?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
‚ÄčBoulder may have a reputation for being the most liberal spot in Colorado. But it turns out that Denver takes a much more liberal approach to licensing medical marijuana businesses, the state's biggest -- only? -- growth industry over the last few years.
By June 30, 2010, when the city stopped taking dispensary applications because of a state-imposed moratorium that started July 1 that year, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses had received 347 dispensary applications. As of August 1, 2011, there were 217 licensed dispensaries in Denver (licenses run two years), with seventy pending approval; 39 had been denied and another 21 withdrawn or forfeited, according to Tom Downey, the new director of Excise and Licenses.
Those stats indicate that Denver's been a lot more liberal with its licensing than Boulder. A year after requiring that all medical marijuana operations be licensed, Boulder has rejected 41 of 119 applications, more than a third of them, the Daily Camera reported, with just 38 businesses actually getting their licenses so far.


Attorney General Bill Schuette: No medical marijuana for drivers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette asserted again Monday that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, even if prescribed by a doctor. 
Schuette restated his position as the Court of Appeals was set to take up the case of Rodney Koon, a registered medical marijuana user who was pulled over for speeding and cited for driving under the influence in February of last year. 
Bad news coming from ignorant people!
In an interview with the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta, Schuette spokesperson John Sellek said the law is full of loopholes that put people at risk.
"I don't think anyone out there would agree that you should be on a Schedule I drug and be able to operate a motor vehicle, but unfortunately what the law has put into place is in complete conflict with other parts of the law that protect people from those who are driving under the influence of drugs," Sellek told Pluta. 
At the time, Schuette told The Petoskey News that having marijuana in a driver's body is a crime. 
Medical marijuana advocates like Steven Thompson disagree. Thompson is the head of the Michigan chapter of NORML, the National Organization for Rational Marijuana Laws. 
"It's a very simplified law the way that it's stated, and I've been pointing out to these people all along that, technically, yes, marijuana is legal in the state of Michigan," Thompson said on WKAR-FM. 



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