Medical Marijuana

Maryland begins process to legalize medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
A Maryland commission will take its first step Wednesday toward developing a plan to legalize medical marijuana in the state.
The 18-member, state-appointed group is scheduled to work through May 2012 on the feasibility of legalizing the drug for medical use. Medical marijuana is now legal in 17 states and D.C.
Medical marijuana has received increasing bipartisan support in Maryland's Democrat-controlled General Assembly, with legislators even floating a proposal this year to set up a state-run production and distribution system.
The plan was shot down by state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, who argued it needed several more years of research.
Many doctors contend that marijuana reduces pain, nausea and loss of appetite in patients undergoing chemotherapy and suffering from such diseases as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Sharfstein in February pointed out remaining concerns over the drug’s potential negative effects, which include memory loss and pregnancy complications.
Sponsors revised their bill to increase protections for medical users who are caught using or possessing the drug. The revised bill, which allows such users to claim medical necessity as a legal defense, was signed into law in May.
The law allows for the acquittal of defendants charged with marijuana use or possession with the intent to use, if they can prove through medical records or a physician’s testimony that they have an illness for which the drug is likely to provide “therapeutic or palliative relief.”
The state formerly treated medical-marijuana possession as a misdemeanor subject to a $100 fine. Non-medical possession is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum one year in jail and $1,000 fine.
While a growing number of states have legalized medical marijuana, the trend has raised the concern of the Justice Department. While agency officials have largely ignored medical use — preferring not to pursue sick, small-scale users — they have contended that federal law prohibits the drug’s use or cultivation, regardless of state law.
Department officials sent a letter last month to federal prosecutors that stated officials should keep a close eye on cultivators and sellers to potentially stamp out large-scale distribution.
Despite concerns from Dr. Sharfstein and federal officials, medical-marijuana proponents have expressed optimism that Maryland is on its way to legalizing the drug eventually.
Delegate Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat and physician who sponsored the proposal to legalize medical marijuana and will serve on the work group, said during the 2010 General Assembly session that he is happy to work with state officials to improve the plan.
“We’ll all work hard to see what we can accomplish this year,” said Dr. Morhaim, the Assembly’s only licensed medical doctor. “We want to have the best product possible that does the most good.”


New Jersey MS Patient Appeals Marijuana Cultivation to State Supreme Court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
Criminal defense attorney William Buckman of Moorestown, NJ has filed an appeal to the state’s highest court for John Ray Wilson. The 38 year old man was convicted on the second-degree felony of “manufacturing” marijuana for growing seventeen cannabis plants.  Last month an appellate court upheld Wilson’s 5-year prison sentence, saying that he could not claim that the plants were for “personal” use.
John Wilson lives without healthcare and battles the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. His conviction in January 2010 came just as the Garden State’s compassionate use law was passed. However, it was the first medical marijuana law in the country that continues to prohibit home cultivation.
In a press release today Buckman said, “New Jersey already has some of the most draconian laws in the nation with respect to marijuana, costing taxpayers outrageous sums to incarcerate nonviolent, otherwise responsible individuals– as well as in this case — the sick and infirm.”
Local cannabis advocates have supported John, demonstrating in front of the Somerset County Courthouse throughout his trial.
Ken Wolski, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey said, “This case has shocked the conscience of the community. Wilson was unable to present his only defense to the jury–that he used cannabis to treat his multiple sclerosis (MS).”
NJ Governor Chris Christie lifted his suspension of the medical marijuana program in July. But the six Alternative Treatment Centers are not likely to open until 2012. The ATCs have millions of dollars in backing from powerful groups of investors.  They will farm thousands of cannabis plants and the sell the products to registered patients, including those with MS.
Wolski pointed out, “These ATCs were not available to John in 2008. Cultivation was the only way that he could afford to gain access. We hope that the Supreme Court will provide justice in this case.”
During his trial, Wilson testified that he told the NJ State Police that he was going to keep all of the marijuana. Wilson also described his medical condition to officers as they searched his home.
Bill Buckman is a member of the national NORML Legal Committee and the immediate past president of the NJ Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a fierce trial lawyer who won a landmark case against the NJ State Police surrounding the the issue of racial profiling in traffic stops.
“As it stands, the case now allows a person who grows marijuana to be exposed to up to 20 years in jail, even if that marijuana is strictly for his or her own medical use,” said Buckman, “No fair reading of the law would ever sanction this result.”


Medical marijuana rules leave 'Stonerville, USA' irritated

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
NEDERLAND, Colo. — The Green Rush has gone bust in the town Rolling Stone dubbed "Stonerville, USA."
Kathleen Chippi, who runs the One Brown Mouse boutique but recently shut down her medical marijuana dispensary and smoking room, cursed as she blamed the government.
"I refuse to give up my … constitutional rights to the Colorado Department of Revenue," she fumed, indignant over what she called intrusive oversight and abusive taxation of marijuana.
More than 8,200 feet high in the Rockies, state regulation arrived in this famously mellow, pot-friendly town after Colorado passed landmark legislation over the past two years to tax, license and govern the state's wild, for-profit medical marijuana trade.
Colorado now has the most heavily regulated marijuana industry in America. Even Nederland's Board of Trustees imposed a $5,000 local fee on new cannabis stores, hoping to cash in on pot prosperity.
But it has meant heartache for this hamlet of 1,400 people.
In 2010, Nederland voters passed a symbolic measure, declaring all marijuana legal in the hippie haven and former silver town renowned for its high-grade cannabis. In practice, the town already had permitted seven medical marijuana stores. As many as 14 were said to be operating – one for every 100 residents.
Now Nederland has three marijuana stores left. A bonanza in local sales taxes is drying up, and the town's marijuana growers are fed up.
Rather than pay state licensing fees and hefty costs for video security and other state mandates for selling medical marijuana, Chippi closed the doors of her Nederland store last year.
"This is insane. It's 'Reefer Madness' run amok," she said.
In Colorado, industrial marijuana cultivation thrives in warehouses in Denver and nearby Boulder. But Nederland's medical cannabis growers have been all but cut off from selling their product to the retail market by state rules requiring stores to grow their own plants or buy from other commercial centers.
The new regulations were a double blow to Nederland resident Mark Rose, 51, a former hospital trauma technician.
A marijuana grower fiercely proud of his "Chem Dawg" and "Sweet Island Skunk," Rose was forced out as a partner in the town's Grateful Meds pot store.


Cannabis 'significantly safer than either alcohol or tobacco'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

Readers speak up on bogus articles. YOUR article on the legal high masquerading as ‘Super Skunk’ for sale on BurtonMarket was interesting.

Mankind has used cannabis safely for more than 5,000 years and it is a dangerous by-product of prohibition that such chemical substitutes are being created.
You said: ‘The long-termeffects of smoking cannabis include paranoia, schizophrenia and mental health problems.’ This just isn't true.
This is the science of the DailyMail and the sort of propaganda that keeps prohibition in force, even though it makes no sense and costs us billions.
Certainly cannabis can produce transient effects of paranoia, but all the experts agree there is no certainty about mental health problems at all.
The very latest meta-analysis of all published research shows that the risk of just an association between cannabis use and psychosis is at worst 0.013 per cent and possibly as little as 0.0030 per cent.
Cannabis is hundreds of times safer than alcohol and thousands of times safer than tobacco.
The only reason it remains prohibited and our police officers waste so much time going after it is that the alcohol and tobacco companies tell our politicians what to do.
Of course, we have no idea at all how dangerous the legal high is yet—it's freely available. Such is the idiocy of our present law.
Peter Reynolds, Leader, Cannabis Law Reform


Got your Medical Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

If not then go get your Medical Marijuana Card now and enjoy some high grade cannabis for all of those ailements.



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.



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