Medical Marijuana

Need for weed: Seniors smoking marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  --  There is a growing trend of seniors lighting up and smoking marijuana because they believe it is better than their prescription drugs, with less dangerous side effects.
"I call it the new don't ask, don't tell," said Amy Cavinaugh.
Cavinaugh started using marijuana five years ago after having a double mastectomy from breast cancer. She used the illegal drug to fight off nausea from chemotherapy.
"I did find it to be very effective," said Cavinaugh.
At the time she was living in a retirement community in Ocean Ridge called Crown Colony, and behind the gates, she says more seniors are using pot than you might think.
"I knew people who were 90-years-old and 70-years-old and were getting it from their children or grandchildren," said Cavinaugh.
The topic of medical marijuana is taboo. Those who use it usually bake with it. Smoking is too smelly and obvious and rarely is it discussed openly.
"It's very common and if they are sitting around having a cocktail hour they will talk about it amongst themselves," said Cavinaugh.
"I have the dubious honor of being America's longest serving prisoner in federal prison for a non-violent marijuana offense," said 68-year-old Robert Platshorn.
Platshorn served a nearly 30 year sentence. He was released three years ago and moved into the 55-and-over community of Golden Lakes in West Palm Beach.
"After a week or two playing tennis and meeting people, they began to come to me one by one," said Platshorn.
People would tell him they use medical marijuana to help with everything from arthritis to terminal illness. One 72-year-old man asked Robert for help because his wife was suffering from MS.
"He begged me, he said please I don't want to go to the street, if I go to the streets to find marijuana and I get arrested who is going to take care of my wife," said Platshorn.
Platshorn felt helpless, so he's now creating the Silver Tour. It is a seminar targeting seniors teaching them about medical marijuana. His goal is to create a large voting block that will support it at the polls.
However, attitudes are already changing. Last month the Pew Research Center asked people about medical marijuana, overall 73 percent are in favor of legalizing it. 77 percent of 50 to 64-year-olds support it and 63 percent of 65-and-older want it legal.
"I have met people from all different walks of life using it," said Platshorn.


Delaware House OKs medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

DOVER -- The Delaware House on Thursday approved use of marijuana for medical purposes, but tacked on additional restrictions requiring the drug be distributed in tamper-proof containers and prohibiting smoking cannabis in buses and vehicles.

The House voted 24-17 on Senate Bill 17, which now must go back to the Senate for the upper chamber to consider the House's changes.
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, the bill sponsor, said a final vote could happen as early as Tuesday. "They're fine," Henry said of the amendments. "It's not a problem."
The legislation allows Delawareans with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating diseases to get a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana to treat their pain, nausea or illness. Qualified patients would be issued a state identification card.
Three state-regulated not-for-profit dispensaries would be established in each county to sell and distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients and caregivers. Only licensed dispensaries would be allowed to grow marijuana; home cultivation would remain prohibited under the bill.
Patients would have to get a doctor's recommendation to smoke, ingest or use a marijuana vaporizer after other medical treatment or prescription drugs failed to treat their illness, said Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington West.
"Whether you are diagnosed with cancer, whether you are diagnosed with MS, you must have tried other drugs," Keeley said. "Those drugs must fail first."


Colorado medical marijuana company ordered to stop raising capital on Craigslist

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
A cease and desist order has been entered against a Colorado medical marijuana company that allegedly sought to raise capital from investors on Craigslist.
Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph said the target of his order is Colorado Wellness Providers, LLC, and its owner and manager, Charles E. Perry, both of Fort Collins.
The Colorado Division of Securities alleged that Perry sought to raise capital from investors for the medical marijuana industry and, in particular, Perry's company, Colorado Wellness Providers.
The state alleged that Perry placed several advertisements on Craigslist seeking $50,000 to finish his project.
The division of securities alleged that the ad promised "excellent returns on a short term investment." The ad also allegedly claimed the investment was to be collateralized by a marijuana crop insured by Lloyds of London.
Perry also allegedly published an Internet article entitled "The Great Startup Game: Colorado's Marijuana Economy: An Explosion of Ganjapreneurship." Perry then solicited potential investors for his company in a comment following the article, promising a great return on the investment.
The division alleged that Perry failed to register his security offering. It also said that by taking the investment opportunity to the public through the ads on Craigslist and the Internet, Perry was unable to take advantage of any private offering exemption.
Joseph's order - which the company and Perry have agreed to - orders the company to immediately and permanently cease offering or selling any security in or from the state of Colorado.


Medical Marijuana Vs American Express

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

American Express has taken it upson themselves to stop processing all transactions from medical marijuana dispensaries and possibly any business related to the cannabis industry.



Was Osama Bin Laden Using Medical Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

According to reports, CNN reporter Nic Robertson found rows of cannabis plants near the wall of the compound where terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden met his end. Since opium poppy is such a big business in that region, some are speculating that the crop wasn’t for selling purposes, but could have been used to treat Bin Laden’s kidney pain.


(Full story HERE)


Feds Threaten to Prosecute Medical Marijuana Providers 'Whose Actions Are in Clear and Unambiguous Compliance' With State Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Last week Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire vetoed a bill that would have clarified the rules for growing and supplying medical marijuana in her state, citing threats of federal prosecution. Gregoire was responding to an April 14 letter in which the U.S. attorneys for Washington, Jenny Durkan and Michael Ormsby, warned that dispensary operators and the state regulators who oversee them both could be prosecuted, since "we maintain the authority to enforce [federal law] vigorously against individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing and distribution activity involving marijuana, even if such activities are permitted under state law." USA Today reports that U.S. attorneys in California, Colorado, Montana, and Rhode Island have made similar threats. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, no fan of medical marijuana to begin with, has cited these letters as a reason to delay implemention of dispensary regulations in his state. 
These prosecution threats blatantly contradict the Justice Department's official medical marijuana policy, which Attorney General Eric Holder says is "to go after those people who violate both federal and state law." In their letter (PDF), Durkan and Ormsby try to reconcile their stance with Holder's by distinguishing between "seriously ill individuals who use marijuana as part of a medically recommended treatment regime," who will be left alone, and "business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana" (i.e., dispensaries), which will be subject to prosecution. Yet the October 2009 memo (PDF)  that explained the DOJ's new policy of restraint drew no distinction between patients and providers, advising U.S. attorneys to avoid cases involving "individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana." It explicitly mentioned "caregivers" who supply patients with marijuana as one example of such individuals.
As I noted at the time and have pointed out since, the requirement of "clear and unambiguous compliance" with state law allows DEA raids and federal prosecutions to continue in states, such as California and Montana, where the rules for growing and supplying medical marijuana are unclear. But as I said last July, the definitive test of whether the new policy means anything in practice, and whether it can be said to fulfill Obama's campaign promise to stop interfering with state decisions regarding medical marijuana, will be in jurisdictions with "laws that explicitly authorize and regulate the production and distribution of medical marijuana." If the DEA raids government-licensed dispensaries that are "in clear and unambiguous compliance" with state law, I wrote, "Obama's bad faith will be clear and unambiguous." It is getting clearer every day.
A recent Reason-Rupe poll found that 69 percent of Americans think the federal government should respect state policy choices regarding the medical use of marijuana.



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