Medical Marijuana

Feds Warn Washington on Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Governor Gregoire fired back at the Obama administration today, saying, “They can take our medical marijuana when they pry it from our cold dead hands,” and putting the Washington National Guard on alert. The Governor gave her press conference in front of a hastily constructed flag that read “The Soviet of Washington.”
That’s what I’d like to tell you happened anyway. The above was not meant as a factual statement. I don’t think anyone believes we elected that kind of governor.
Instead Governor Gregoire has announced that she will veto the medical marijuana bill that passed both House and Senate. “In light of the Department of Justice’s guidance, it is clear that I cannot sign a bill that authorizes our state employees to license marijuana dispensaries when the department would prosecute those involved,” Gregoire said.
Gregoire had asked for guidance from federal authorities, and got an answer from U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan (Washington’s Western District) and Michael Ormsby (Eastern District), which noted that the bill:
…would authorize conduct contrary to federal law and thus, would undermine the federal government’s efforts to regulate the possession, manufacturing, and trafficking of controlled substances. Accordingly, the Department could consider civil and criminal legal remedies regarding those who set up marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries as they will be doing so in violation of federal law.


New medical marijuana rules pass in Colo. House

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER -- With no additional debate, the Colorado House of Representatives gave its final approval Friday to new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, caregivers and patients. 
House Bill 1043 passed by a margin of 52-12. 
Among the many changes to the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code, the bill would require marijuana growers to register their cultivation site and identify all patient, keep no more than 500 marijuana plants on-site unless granted a waiver, and also extends a moratorium on new dispensaries by a year, to the summer of 2012.
New marijuana rules for dispensaries, caregivers and patients in Colorado have been given final approval in the Colorado House.
The bill now heads to the Senate.


California bill would bar employers from firing medical pot users

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters rejected marijuana legalization last November, and now a state senator is attempting to pass a piece of the initiative through the legislature.
Senate Bill 129 — introduced by Sen. Mark Leno (D- San Francisco) — would restrict employers from firing or refusing to hire employees based on a positive marijuana test if the employee is a medical marijuana user. Employers would still be able to fire employees for using or being under the influence of marijuana on the job, its language states.
“When Californians approved the compassionate use of cannabis (with Prop 215), they never intended for it to apply only to unemployed people,” Leno said after recently introducing the bill late last month. It passed the California Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell opposes the bill for many of the same reasons he opposed Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana use for Californians and included the intent of SB129, he said.
“It's another short-sighted, harebrained bill that makes no sense,” Newell said. “It further legitimizes the use of marijuana where it may not be called for.”


Ariz. accepting medical marijuana applications starting Thursday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
PHEONIX – At 8 a.m. on Thursday the Arizona Health Department will start receiving medical marijuana card applications. 
Once the application goes through, a card should be delivered by mail in about two weeks. 
Since no dispensaries will be open until probably October of this year, every card holder will be allowed to grow their own marijuana at home as long as they follow strict guidelines.
In-house marijuana plants must be kept locked up and away from other family members. 
Outdoor marijuana plants need to be blocked by a cement wall and steel gate. 
Card holders are allowed to grow marijuana until a dispensary opens up within 25 miles of their home. 
Finding and growing marijuana plants will be completely up to the card holder as the state health department will not help in any way. 
Phoenix police are reminding people that being in possession of marijuana and not having a medical marijuana card is still against the law. 


Scientist: Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Does anyone else find this ridiculous? Now Marijuana causes global warming, one can only imagine the amount of fuel and energy wasted in the tobacco and alcohol industries but shit, Marijuana must be to blame for global warming and not those innocent companies....


People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled), according to a report by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

In order to produce some 17,000 metric tons of marijuana this year, Mills estimates authorized growers will use $5 billion worth of energy. That works out to the output of seven big electric power plants.
Much of the carbon dioxide produced by the industry comes from transportation, though the need for lights “500-times greater than recommended for reading” also uses a lot of power and generates a lot of pollution, Mills said. Air conditioning, ventilation and humidity control also contribute.


Thousands ready to apply for medical marijuana card

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
TUCSON - After years of debating you'll soon be able to apply for a medical marijuana card.
In a close race back in November voters approved the sale and use of medical marijuana. Prop 203 was signed into a law by the Governor in December. Under the new law, qualifying patients will be allowed to buy two and a half ounces of marijuana every week, but it does require a doctor's recommendation.
The state had 120 days to get the program up and running and Thursday is the end of that period and when it will all come together as thousands ready to apply. Some are looking to just purchase the pot legally with a prescription, while others are looking to grow it.
To apply for medical marijuana there is no doubt there will be a lot of interest and attention. The state said it's expecting numbers into the thousands and because of that, it decided the best way to do the application process was online.
Will Humble is the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. He said, "This is becoming an increasingly electronic society. It is a huge savor in terms of administrative costs. The voters have spoken. They expect efficient government and the bottom line is efficient government means using the most effective means."
For those who say they need the pot to live their everyday lives, they can't wait.
Edward Lewenetz was involved in car accident that caused severe spine damage. He said, "For everyone that needs the medicine and has fought hard for it, it is a big day."



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