Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana dispensaries get the boot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has made it onto the Windsor Beacon's annual top ten stories of the year countdown for the third consecutive year.
This time, the news was the closure of the town's two dispensaries on May 15 following a 2010 vote to ban medical marijuana in the town limits.
Medical marijuana first became an issue in December 2009 when the town board learned that in addition to In Harmony Wellness Center, which had opened in June 2009, and A New Dawn Wellness Clinic, which opened earlier that December, there were six other dispensaries in the process of opening in Windsor.
The town board put a moratorium into place to prevent the opening of other dispensaries while it began work on an ordinance. Work was halted after a couple of work sessions until after three new board members, Mike Carrigan, Kristie Melendez and Don Thompson, were seated in April 2010.
The town board unanimously passed on July 27 an ordinance that would regulate and restrict the number of medical marijuana dispensaries that are allowed to locate in the town.
Less than a month later, a citizen-initiated petition put a question on the November 2010 ballot asking whether all dispensaries in town should be banned. Former town board members Michael Kelly and Nancy Weber helped to circulate the petition.
In November of that year, Windsor residents voted overwhelmingly (66 percent) to ban all dispensaries in town.
The vote required the town board to create an ordinance to ban any and all dispensaries, which it did in January.
One of the former dispensaries, In Harmony Wellness, returned in September as a patient resource organization offering physician services, classes and education, select retail products, community events and cannabis advocacy initiatives.


District of Columbia is Moving Forward with Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
The District of Columbia is about to take a big step forward with its plan to allow medical marijuana. 
According to the Washington Times,  the District's health department will pick 20 of the 28 applications it received to open cultivation centers by this Friday.  They plan to cut down that list to just ten by early March.  The department also plans to begin picking its list of marijuana dispensaries. 
Currently, the District has 17 applicants from people hoping to run dispensaries.  That list will then be reduced to 5 applicants by the end of March. 
A News4 I-Team report found that many of the dispensairies and cultivation centers are hoping to set up operations in Northeast Washington.  Neighbors there are concerned the facilities will result in more crime in their area, and some have pushed to block the new operations. 
Cultivation centers must meet tight restrictions on size, a stringent 95-plant allotment, staffing and lighting, in addition to the buffer zones between cultivation centers and schools.  According to the Times,  if the District sticks with its timeline,  the program should reach fruition by this spring.


President Obama: An Unexpected Enemy on Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

WTF happened Obama?


As a state senator, Presidential candidate, and President, Barack Obama has made numerous statements in support of marijuana policy reform, and vowed "not to waste Justice Department resources" by going after medical marijuana dispensaries. Yet under the Obama administration, the raids continue, and there is no end in sight. Help the Marijuana Policy Project stand up to the Obama Administration - visit to learn more and contribute today.


Feds Subpoenaed San Francisco for Medical Marijuana Records

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
It wasn't Tommy gun-toting agents who finally put Prohibition-era bad boy Al Capone behind bars on Alcatraz: it was paper-pushers from the Internal Revenue Service who busted the syphilitic mobster on tax fraud.
In this second era of Prohibition, in which non-prescription drugs (other than caffeine, nicotine, salvia, kava, etc.) have been under federal ban since 1970, it has also not been kevlar-clad drug warriors responsible for shuttering three San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries.
It's been the city's own records.
Files from the Department of Public Health, which permits the city's two dozen -- and dropping -- cannabis dispensaries, were subpoenaed by United States Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag and used to ensure the pot clubs were closed, city officials told the Medical Cannabis Task Force.
Three San Francisco dispensaries have closed since receiving warning letters from Haag's outpost of Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department. A fourth, Sanctuary, received a letter over the Thanksgiving holiday. The feds have now requested information on yet one more dispensary, which means a fifth dispensary will probably close, city officials said.
Letters from the Justice Department -- which warned of asset forfeiture as well as prison sentences for dispensary operators and their landlords who failed to shut down within 45 days -- have forced the clubs to close. Those clubs include Medithrive in the Mission District, Mr. Nice Guy on Valencia Street, and Divinity Tree on Geary Street in the Tenderloin. Federal authorities decided that the pot clubs were too close to a school or park, despite the fact they all complied with city law, according to San Francisco records.


'Weed Wars' is nothing to blow smoke at

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
'Weed Wars' on Discovery Channel, about the medical cannabis industry, is part of reality TV's growing interest in shows revolving around illicit substances.
"By selling the amount of cannabis that I've sold, I am now eligible for more than three federal death penalties." So says Steve DeAngelo, protagonist of the Discovery Channel miniseries "Weed Wars," at the beginning of each episode, immediately alerting viewers that this is not standard reality TV. As founder and executive director of Oakland-based Harborside Health Center — a medical-marijuana collective that DeAngelo claims is "the largest cannabis dispensary on the entire planet" — he won't be voted off the island or lose the singing competition in the final round. Instead, DeAngelo faces severe legal consequences for the activities documented in "Weed Wars," which airs its first season finale Thursday.
"Weed Wars" offers unprecedented access into the medicinal-cannabis universe, from entrepreneur-activists like DeAngelo to growers, sellers and patients, all operating on the edge of legality.
"It's the first real chance that [medical cannabis] providers have had to get their own story out there," notes Aaron Lachant, associate at Los Angeles-based Fenton Nelson, who runs the healthcare-focused law firm's medical-marijuana litigation practice. "Previously, the narrative around medical marijuana has always been dominated by state and federal government, city councils and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This show helps make it a national debate, and not just a California issue."
Though groundbreaking, "Weed Wars" may be just an opening salvo in what is shaping up to be a growing reality sub-genre devoted to illicit substances. The show has scored well with key demos, averaging just under a million viewers a week. Meanwhile, Discovery's Dec. 6 premiere of "Moonshiners" — a series focused on the exploits of illegal alcohol distillers in the Appalachian backwoods — earned the network close to 3 million viewers, its highest ratings for a series debut.


Opponents of Medical Marijuana Get Humiliated in New York Times

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Last week's NYT editorial from fanatical anti-pot crusader David Evans generated some powerful responses from readers. Here's my favorite.
Mr. Evans, who is not a doctor and doesn’t specialize in any of the illnesses he cites, overextends his expertise when he advises me and other readers that medical marijuana does not help me and others like me.
I have Parkinson’s disease, and I have used marijuana on occasion to relieve the uncomfortable stiffness that I suffer from time to time. It works.
Mr. Evans insists that “numerous safe and effective F.D.A.-approved medications are available for these conditions.” He’s right; I’m on several of them. But these drugs have unpleasant and, in one case, potentially debilitating side effects when used on a long-term basis. How easy it is for an anti-marijuana crusader to dismiss its medical benefits; how wrong he is to advocate denying me something that eases my suffering.
For me, this point really cuts directly through all the distracting nonsense people like David Evans keep peddling. Leaving aside the disingenuous arguments that the science doesn't confirm marijuana's medical efficacy (it does), that prominent medical associations don't support it (they do), that the drug's availability will cause crime (it doesn't), or that compassionate laws send the wrong message to children (they don't), the medical marijuana debate really comes down to a decision about how to deal with sick people who choose this drug as part of their treatment.
Does anyone think that this Parkinson's patient, Ed Sikov, should be put in handcuffs, dragged down to the police station and charged with a crime because he finds marijuana helpful for mitigating his stiffness? 



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