Medical Marijuana

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dispensaries in Denver (licenses run two years), with seventy pending approval; 39 had been denied and another 21 withdrawn or forfeited, according to Tom Downey, the new director of Excise and Licenses.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. 


Medical marijuana patients being arrested

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

Arizona approved medical marijuana but patients are still being arrested! This needs to stop, when will Arizona wise up and realize the people passed a law for a reson and medical marijuana patients have a rigth to obtain their meds for their ailements just like any other person who is sick.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Valley attorney claims people operating within the confines of the law by possessing medical marijuana are being arrested by police.
Attorney Adam Trenk tells ABC15 his law firm, Rose Law Group, has received dozens of calls from patients who claim to have had run-ins with police even though they can now legally possess medical marijuana.
"We've heard of one case where the SWAT team went and raided a gentleman's home," said Trenk. "This is an outrage."
Voters passed medical marijuana last fall, but Arizona's Department of Health Services put the dispensary program on hold until the federal government can weigh in on the legality of Arizona's law.
"If it's federally illegal, the states shouldn't be doing it," said Gordon Bates of Glendale. "The federal government needs to make a decision."
Michael Sanderfer of Chandler supports the new state law and doesn't understand why carrying a card has reportedly resulted in some people getting arrested for posession.
"I think the police need to back off," said Sanderfer. "Since the law was agreed upon, they need to accept the law and quit doing this."
Trenk worries even more medical marijuana patients could become targets of law enforcement.
"If the person is a qualified patient and they have the ID card, they need to be left alone by police," said Trenk. "If they're arrested, they need to contact an attorney."
Sanderfer agrees and hopes the law will go into full effect just as the voters intended.
"We voted for it," said Sanderfer. "Let it work."
A spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department said without specifics, which Trenk was unable to provide, he could not comment.


OKLAHOMA Gov against Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin shot down the idea of legalizing medicinal marijuana in Oklahoma during an online town hall forum on Thursday aired on the Oklahoma GOP's Facebook page.
Fallin, who is still hobbled by recent hip surgery, fielded questions posted to the page, many of which centered around the legalization of marijuana and the medicinal use of cannabis.
"I just cannot support legalizing marijuana in the state of Oklahoma," Fallin said. "I think it has too many risks associated with other substances."
Earlier this year, Fallin signed a bill that allows a sentence of up to life in prison for a first-time offense of cooking marijuana into hashish. She said she reviews hundreds of pardon and parole requests each month and estimated 90 percent of those criminals have struggled with substance abuse. She said many of those started by smoking marijuana.
"I see substance abuse as a major, major issue," she said.
A bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this year to allow for medicinal marijuana was never granted a hearing.
Fallin touted the legislative accomplishments of the most recent session, including pro-business changes to the workers' compensation and civil justice systems, shoring up the state's underfunded pension systems and making it easier to fire ineffective teachers.
She also said she would like to see further reductions to the state's income tax, but cautioned that any cuts would result in decreases of vital state services.
"I'd personally love to eliminate the personal income tax," said Fallin. "You can't just do that. We have other needs in the state."


Reaction to Repeal of Chico's Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Advocates are calling the repeal of Chico’s medical marijuana ordinance a "major setback," but city officials say it was necessary after local police refused to enforce it and federal prosecutors threatened to press charges. 
After much discussion, the Chico City Council voted 4 to 3 to repeal the medical marijuana ordinance just weeks after the ordinance passed by the same margin. Vice Mayor Jim Walker, who changed his vote from last month, says he felt bullied by federal prosecutors.
"I knew going in that we would have to make changes, wasn't sure what those changes would be. I knew that we would we would have to make amendments somehow," Walker said.
Those changes came in the form of an outright repeal of the medical marijuana ordinance the Chico City Council had been fine tuning for nearly three years.
The move came less than a month the council approved the ordinance despite a letter from the U.S. Attorney who warned the ordinance violated federal law. Council members say after reading the letter and talking with the U.S. Attorney, they felt it was best to take a step back.
"It was very clearly said what you are doing is illegal and we will prosecute, and I think they are looking for a place to make a case,” Walker said.
Proponents of the ordinance say they are disappointed that the council let themselves be bullied by the federal government, but say they accept the decision. 
"If they reiterate a threat, it's going to scare people. Obviously it scared our city and that's understandable. I'm scared of the federal government and the district attorney. They have power I don't," Dylan Tellesen of the Citizen Collective said.
Even though the ordinance was repealed, both sides say they will continue working toward a plan that can satisfy local, state and federal law enforcement.
"We just need to step back, reconsider it but I'd really like to move forward with the intent of Prop 215 in the future," Walker said.
"Every time a challenge comes up, it's an opportunity for more clarity. Time to come back and represent the facts, get everyone in a comfortable place," Tellesen said.
There is word that council members are discussing plans to tweak the ordinance.
The city attorney is also researching the law and will present her findings in six months.


Medical marijuana petitions rejected

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Backers of a push to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio must head out and collect at least 1,000 more valid signatures after an initial batch of petitions didn't pass muster with the state, the Toledo Blade reports.
The Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion submitted 2,143 signatures in order to get the language for the constitutional amendment before Attorney General Mike DeWine, but little more than 500 were valid. Should the group get 1,000 signatures, it must then have the petition language certified and then collect at least 385,245 more valid signatures to make the November 2012 ballot, the paper reported.
The so-called Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment would decriminalize marijuana possession, delivery and cultivation when used for medical reasons and set standards for patient possession.



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