Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana group asks judge to block Mont. law before it takes effect next month

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2011 by THCFinder


HELENA, Mont. — A new Montana law eliminating medical marijuana sales and implementing strict checks to verify a patient's condition is unconstitutional and must be blocked before it takes effect next month, an attorney for an industry group suing the state argued Monday.
The law passed by state lawmakers earlier this year will effectively put commercial growers in Montana out of business by barring pot providers from making a profit and limiting them to a maximum of three patients.
It also places additional checks on conditions for qualifying for the drug and on the doctors who certify medical marijuana patients.
Montana Cannabis Industry Association attorney James Goetz asked Helena District Judge James Reynolds to approve a preliminary injunction that would keep the law from taking effect on July 1.
Problems with the law range from denying patients access to medical marijuana to intruding upon the doctor-patient relationship and allowing warrantless searches of patients and providers, Goetz told the judge.
"Marijuana, while not completely harmless, is remarkably safe. It has proven medicinal qualities. If a Montana citizen, in consultation with his or her doctor, wishes to have access to medical marijuana, that person should have access without undue governmental restraint," Goetz said.


Police raid Home, Seize 2 oz of Marijuana from a Legal Medical Marijuana Patient

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
Twenty Gilbert police officers, some in masks and riot gear, stormed a home last week after receiving a tip that the owner was in possession of an ounce of marijuana.
The homeowner, Ross Taylor, is a card-carrying patient under Arizona's new medical-marijuana law, which allows people to qualify to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of pot legally. He's also the owner of Cannabis Patient Screening Centers, a new company that hooks up patients with doctors for medical pot recommendations.
After handcuffing Taylor and his wife, the cops served a search warrant on the home and found two ounces of marijuana a small amount of hashish, which is just concentrated marijuana. Police seized the "medicine" and some paraphernalia from an upstairs closet, even though the total weight of the weed was under the legal threshhold, then told Taylor he'll probably be hearing from the prosecutor's office about criminal charges.
Sergeant Bill Balafas, Gilbert PD spokesman, tells New Times that because Taylor bought the pot from another person, as opposed to growing it himself, the possession wasn't legal despite his status as a patient.
"People are being harassed," says Taylor, who called New Times this week to report the tale of law enforcement overkill. "They want political control."
We're still waiting for the release of the police report, but for now, Balafas confirms many of Taylor's details.
Besides the waste of resources for a pot-possession bust, the incident also reveals the state of confusion that reigns following November's passage of Proposition 203 by Arizona voters.
According to Balafas, Gilbert's drug-enforcement squad received information that Taylor had an ounce of pot in his home. Police had no idea Taylor owned a medical-marijuana company or that he had a valid registration card, Balafas says.


Arizona Medical Marijuana Doctors Coming to Kingman, AZ

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Arizona Medical Marijuana Certifications (Arizona MMC), the state's premier AZ Medical Marijuana center, will be seeing patients in Kingman, AZ June 17-18 at the Holiday Inn Express.
Hours for the evaluations are Friday from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday from 8am to 8pm in the meeting room. The address for the Holiday Inn Express is 3031 E Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401.
The Kingman visit will serve qualified patients in Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and Bullhead City. As a requirement in Arizona, patients need to have an in-person examination from a licensed doctor and a review of the past 12 months of medical records for the qualifying condition.
With the passing of Prop 203, medical marijuana is now legal in Arizona for qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions. Patients with Cancer, Severe Nausea and Vomiting, Chronic Pain, Severe Muscle Spasms, Glaucoma, Hepatitis, HIV or AIDS, Crohn's Disease, MS or ALS, Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, or Alzheimer's Agitation may qualify for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card.
Arizona MMC is the only center to offer a comprehensive E-Book, which is over 40 pages and contains chapters on The Basics of Cannabis, Arizona's Path to Legalizing Medical Marijuana, the Basics of Obtaining an AZ Medical Marijuana Card, and the latest medical information on how marijuana benefits debilitating conditions.
Arizona MMC has instituted a discounted pricing structure for patients who partially pre-pay for their visit. Normally the on-site price is $199, however, if patients pre-pay $75, the total visit price is discounted 25% to $149.
Appointments are being scheduled and time slots are filling up fast. There will also be a limited number of walk-in appointments allowed as well. Signing up early will also allow the Center time to obtain, for Free, patients' medical records.
For patients in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, the regular Arizona MMC office is located in central Phoenix area, conveniently located off of the Highway 51 at Bethany Home Road.


MJ patients not safe from being fired!

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

The courts have ruled in WA that regardless of your medical condition and status, if you use medical marijuana you can and most likely will be fired from any company who chooses to enforce their drug policies. The private life we once had is no gone, apparently what we do on our own free time can get us fired at the workplace. 


The Washington State Supreme Court concluded that an employer’s drug policy trumps the state medical marijuana law. The court ruled that Washington employers can terminate an employee who fails a drug test, even if it’s due to medical marijuana use.


What Happened.“Roe” was offered a position as a customer service representative for TeleTech. Roe was given a copy of the company’s drug policy, which stated that all employees must pass a drug test. Roe informed TeleTech that she used medical marijuana, offered a copy of her doctor’s authorization form—which the company declined—and took the drug test.
Roe began training on October 10, 2006, the same day her drug test came back positive. Her supervisor notified corporate headquarters, who confirmed that there are no exceptions for medical marijuana. On October 18, 2006, Roe was terminated.
Roe took TeleTech to court claiming wrongful termination. Roe argued that her termination was in violation of the state Medical Use of Marijuana Act (MUMA) and was in violation of a clear public policy allowing medical marijuana use in compliance with MUMA. TeleTech argued that MUMA’s purpose is to protect users and physicians from criminal prosecution under state drug laws, not to entitle users to employment protections.
What the Court Said. The Washington State Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts, ruling that MUMA does not provide a private cause of action for discharge of an employee who uses medical marijuana, nor does the law create a clear public policy that would support a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of such a policy. Instead, the court noted, MUMA was created to provide an affirmative defense to state criminal prosecutions of qualified medical marijuana users. The Court's holding applies regardless of whether the employee's marijuana use was while working or while off-site during non-work time. Roe v. TeleTech Customer Care Mgmt. S. Ct. WA, No. 83768-6 (2011).


Off-the-job medical marijuana use does not bar firing

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Since when did Employeers have the right to tell workers what they can and can't do with their personal lives? I don't recall Google telling their emplyees that they cannot drink alcohol while they are at home do you? This is a complete joke and someone needs to do something about this idiocracy.

OLYMPIA, Wash.—The state's Medical Use of Marijuana Act does not prohibit employers from firing workers for using pot off the job, Washington's Supreme Court has ruled.

The medical marijuana law, adopted by Washington state voters in 1998, does not “provide a private cause of action for discharge of an employee who uses medical marijuana,” nor does “MUMA create a clear public policy that would support a claim for wrongful discharge in violation of such a policy,” the court ruled last week in Jane Roe vs. TeleTech Customer Care Management L.L.C.
The ruling stemmed from the case of a woman who suffered from migraines that caused chronic pain, nausea, blurred vision and sensitivity to light, according to court documents. She said conventional medications did not provide relief.
In June 2006, a doctor provided her a document authorizing marijuana possession for medical purposes, and about four months later TeleTech offered her a customer service job contingent on the results of a drug screening test.
No exceptions in employer policy.


Utah AG sympathetic to medical marijuana use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he was tempted to use medical marijuana while going through chemotherapy in recent months.
KTVX Channel 4 says a friend offered to find marijuana for the 53-year-old Shurtleff to help the attorney general deal with the pain.
Shurtleff says he didn't accept the offer but understands why people would use it to treat nausea and pain. He might be supportive of legalizing the drug for medical purposes if the proper restrictions and guidelines were in place.
Shurtleff announced earlier this week that he is free of the cancer that started in his colon and had spread to his appendix and lymph nodes. He had been undergoing chemotherapy since January.



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