Medical Marijuana

Marijuana tester finds 'Street-bought' pot unsafe

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 7th 2011 by THCFinder

More proof is coming to light showing the real life consequences of shutting down dispensaries and collectivees. When patients have no legitimate means to obtain their meds they have to hit the streets and take a gamble with their health.

GAYLORD — The owner of a Gaylord laboratory which tests locally grown medical marijuana fears patients who use black-market pot may be subjecting themselves to unsafe levels of mold and pesticides.
Dan Tomaski, a certified caregiver who runs Northern Laboratory Services on North Center Avenue, said last month’s court ruling, which closed marijuana collectives across the state, forces some patients to buy cannabis from street dealers. That pot, Tomaski said, can harbor mold as well as pesticide at levels more than 60 times those allowed for store-bought spinach.
Tomaski, 33, is hired by local caregiver growers to test their marijuana for quality and purity. He dissolves a sample of marijuana into a solution and injects it into a gas chromatograph, which gives readings in parts per million (ppm) of pesticides as well as the plant’s active compounds — THC, CBD and CBN. He also uses a lab microscope to look for mold, which can cause respiratory problems, especially in those with weak immune systems.
He said cannabis from local growers that was being sold at Gaylord’s collectives tested “100 percent free of pesticides.”
Four samples of marijuana bought off the streets in Gaylord, Metro Detroit and Traverse City, however, contained pesticides upwards of 440 ppm of permethrin, 630 ppm of cypermethrin, and 485 ppm of beta-cyfluthrin. By comparison, for spinach, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets residual limits of permethrin at 20 ppm and beta-cyfluthrin at 6 ppm. Tomaski said the USDA limit for cypermethrin is 14 ppm.
Mold, dirt, and suspected insect droppings were also found in the samples, according to Tomaski.
“These are unfit for consumption,” he said, noting he’s published those findings on his Web site in what he calls “The Schwag Report.” “Schwag” is a slang term for low-grade marijuana.
“We published this report to show what some people would be forced back into using if these collectives close,” he said, referring to last month’s ruling. “It’s making it more dangerous for patients. I don’t understand why courts are forcing patients back into that.”


Montana - A plea from a user of medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

People across the country are having serious issues everyday and cannot obtain medical marijuana like those who are forutnate enough to do so. But now we are at a point where local governments are trying to take away what the people have voted for. Stand up and do your part to help keep medical marijuana strong and alive for those with serious ailments who count on it daily to ease their pain and let them live their lives.

I am one of the first ever medical marijuana users licensed in the state of Montana. I have a horrible disease called multiple sclerosis. The pain and cramping leave me in excruciating pain. I have tried other methods of pain control and nothing is as good as marijuana.
The morphine the doctors prescribed almost killed me and only made me think it didn't hurt. All other things that I've tried haven't worked as well and with fewer side effects. We the people who have fought long and hard for this need it and use it every day just to survive. It's not something to get high. It's a life that's being saved.
With all the hoopla that our state has done to the law, it's time we the voters get it back to be voted on and brought to the capital. Please all registered voters. Help us sick people who need this natural plant. Put it back to be voted on, and I'm sure it will speak for the people in Montana who are surviving on this plant


Feds want to ban medical pot references at trial

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Another awful case where the state laws are just being thrown out like they never existed in the first place. What ever happened to letting states govern theirselves? 
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors pursuing drug charges against Montana medical marijuana operators want to keep jurors from hearing any evidence at trial about the state's medical pot law or whether the operators were complying with it.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have made motions in at least two cases stemming from federal raids on dozens of pot operations this spring, asking those judges to forbid any testimony or evidence at trial about medical marijuana or related issues involving state and federal laws.
"Montana's medical marijuana laws have no relevance to the present prosecution, which consists of various charges the defendants violated federal law in relation to a marijuana manufacture and distribution scheme," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Thaggard wrote in an August court filing.
The question will go unanswered in one case, after Ryan Blindheim and Evan Corum of the Black Pearl dispensary in Olney recently pleaded guilty — Blindheim to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and both to money laundering charges.
But attorneys for a Miles City family of medical marijuana operators plan to fight the prosecutors' attempt to keep the question of what's allowed under Montana's medical marijuana law out of their trial.


Delawares medical marijuana laws slowly to a crawl...

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, September, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

The delay could last until 2013 before Delaware see's it's medical marijuana program take effect. Hopefully the stall doesn't last another 18 months and things move foward for medical marijuana patients in need of their medication.

Delaware's new medical marijuana law is so loaded with red tape that experts in other states predict it could be at least 18 months before people who are seriously ill or suffering from chronic pain can obtain pot legally here.
Experiences of advocates in other states who have ventured into the risky business of growing and distributing a drug the federal government still deems illegal illustrate the bureaucratic hurdles that lie ahead.
Medical marijuana operators across the country say there are tremendous financial, logistical, societal and bureaucratic issues to resolve before marijuana seeds can even be planted legally.
Delaware's law, Senate Bill 17, requires the Department of Healthand Social Services to start seeking applications for operating three medical marijuana dispensaries by July 1, 2012, and issue licenses to the highest-scoring applicants in each county six months later.
If state officials use the entire 18 months allotted under the law, it could be spring 2013 before the first crop of marijuana buds are ready to be harvested, experts say.


Patient: Closing medical marijuana dispensary would be a 'disaster'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Medical Marijuana patients need their medication!
Kenneth Mandeville, 60, has degenerative disc disease and walks with a cane. His condition, he said, sends pain down his legs all the time that feels like “fire ants.”
Mandeville, of Albion, was among around a half dozen medical marijuana patients who stopped by People’s Choice Alternative Medicine Thursday morning across the street from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
An reporter sat in the lobby for an hour and a half to talk to patients about their choice to get marijuana from the dispensary.
People’s Choice partners say they operate a non-profit that takes donations for services and doesn’t sell medical marijuana. A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling on Aug. 23 made the sale of marijuana at dispensaries illegal in the eyes of the state. The establishments can be shut down under a state public nuisance law, according to state Attorney General Bill Scheutte. Ann Arbor is reviewing a new zoning and licensing process in light of the court's ruling.
Mandeville said he takes medical marijuana for migraines and the leg pain.
Ingesting marijuana that’s baked or cooked into food “really takes the pain away — for two or three days,” he said. “I use less of my prescription pain medicine.”


Is Californias new pot law good or bad for the industry?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Organizations are leaning on NO after this bill was just recently signed by Jerry Brown. With the passage of AB 1300, Cities and Counties are now allowed to completely ban and get rid of Dispensaries and cooperatives if they deem it necessary which many have already begun doing.


This goes against what California voters wanted when they passed prop 215 in 1996. If cities have the right to ban dispensaries and collectives then they are simply forcing medical patients to go to the streets to obtain their medication. We have never seen a city or county ban a CVS or Albertsons or any other place that people can go to pick up their medication so why are they pushing to close dispensaries that do the exact same thing?


Is it as simple as Marijuana is not in pill form so the masses still see it as this hardcore drug that it really is not? If instead of smoking marijuana we could take a pill that actually worked properly, would the people and cities and our governments feel the same way? At this point we don't know but what we do know is that this is getting out of hand and ridiculous. 

Anyone who is sick has the right to obtain their medication regardless of what it is, people take Vicodin, Morphin pills, and much much stronger medication that has extremely harmful side effects and countless amounts of people dying every year from over the counter drugs. Our government needs to step up to the plate and start helping the sick people who's only option to get better is Marijuana.

arlier this summer, medical marijuana advocates sounded the legislative alarm over a bill penned by a Southern California assemblyman that gives local governments the right to ban medical cannabis dispensaries, as many a Bay Area burgh from Danville to Daly City has already done. 

Both Americans for Safe Access and California NORML, which lobby for patients' rights and outright legalization, respectively, opposed AB 1300, authored by valley dude Assemblyman Bob Blumenfeld of Van Nuys, and begged Governor Jerry Brown not to sign it -- as Brown did yesterday.

So is this latest development a loss or a win; an abrogation of rights guaranteed to Californians under state medical marijuana law, or a recognition that medical marijuana distribution is a valid concept? 

Depends on who you ask.

For folks on the ground, Blumenfield's bill actually does very little: The cities and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries can continue to do so. Likewise, the places -- like San Francisco -- that have permitted them are unchanged, and the same with the municipalities that have punted the issue. Heads in the sand stay in the sand, et cetera





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