Medical Marijuana

The Cannabis Cafe: Medical marijuana patients gather at 'Cheers'-like bar in Portland to ease their pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Lights dim. A white-haired man of perhaps 50 approaches the stage. He's wearing a blue suit jacket, open-neck shirt, black leather loafers and sunglasses, indoors, at night. He's got the Sinatra panache down.
Then, the voice, a rich baritone, sweeps over the audience of a couple dozen glazed and grinning pot smokers.
"Day and night, night and daaaaay," he croons the Sinatra standard into a mic in his right hand. "Only you beneath the moon or under the sun, whether near to me or far, it's no matter darling where you are.
"Dum dum, dum dum de-doo-dee-dum."
The audience yelps and coos in appreciation.
This is karaoke night at Portland's Cannabis Cafe, a combination of the bar from Cheers and a street-side pot palace in Amsterdam. It is perfectly legal in this smoky room for medical marijuana patients to burn, eat, rub, filter and roll marijuana.
There are cancer patients, AIDS patients and sufferers of smashed vertebrae and pinched nerves. There are also those who find refuge under Oregon's "severe pain" allowance — tell a marijuana-friendly doctor you've got pain, and you've pretty much got weed.
Since the medical marijuana law's passage in 1998, nearly 40,000 patients have gotten access.
The pot in the cafe is brought in by patients or donated by growers. Money doesn't change hands unless it's to buy a sandwich or coffee. The price of admission: a $20 monthly charge and a $5 door fee.
The cafe has farmer's markets of donated weed-laden goodies, a weekly comedy show and even an employees' night. On Thursdays, it's karaoke. An ill-lit stage catches an occasional cloud of puffy white smoke blown from a pipe or a bong or a vaporizer.


Arizona universities won't permit medical pot on campus

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
Despite the reform of medical-marijuana laws in Arizona, state university campuses will remain drug-free.
The Arizona Board of Regents is following the example of other federally-funded schools in the states that now permit the use of medical marijuana.
Plain and simple, there will be no smoking of joints outside the Memorial Union.
Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University exist due to programs provided by the federal government and will continue to be "under the jurisdiction thereof," said Sarah Harper, director of public affairs for the Arizona Board of Regents.
For current ASU students and faculty, smoking pot has always been illegal, so not much is changing. For Nick Lessard, a transfer student from San Diego, the policy could be something of a shock.
"I smoke wherever I want," 25-year-old Lessard said simply. He has had his medical card for six months.
Although California schools also prohibit usage on campus, Lessard said people don't think twice about lighting up anymore. Police would be overwhelmed by the number of arrests in one day if they worried about citizens legally using medical marijuana, he said.
"Besides," Lessard said, "no one ever has a problem making it to their car in between classes."
"The notion of a 'drug-free' campus warps reality," said Allen St. Pierre, director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. From alcohol to tobacco, Ritalin to oxycodone, "there is no such thing as a drug-free campus," St. Pierre said.
"Medical patients are being discriminated against," he said. "Everyone else has a social pass for their respective drugs."


Activist San Diego Screens Medical Cannabis Film

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

A new film, Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Human Health, exposes the lies about the medical use of marijuana that led the San Diego City Council to enact a virtual ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Director James Schmachtenberger, who works at a local dispensary, appeared with the film on April 30th at a showing sponsored by Activist San Diego.

The film is a bit dry, and even Schmachtenberger describes it as not especially entertaining, but it lays out the facts about marijuana's medical uses and makes the case for allowing the substance to be used to treat disease and preserve health. 

The aim of the film was to counteract the claims of dumb politicians and so-called “prevention experts” who pounce on all uses of cannabis as evil — and make wildly false claims to do so. 
“Our approach was to talk to the experts … traveling up and down the state for interviews with the professionals,” explained Schmachtenberger. 
“We released it only two months ago, and it has gone viral, seen in 62 countries,” he reported. 
(Source) Watch the full documentary HERE


Ore. Supreme Court rules medical marijuana patients can have concealed handgun

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that retired bus driver Cynthia Willis can have her medical marijuana and her concealed handgun, too.
The court ruled Thursday that a federal law barring criminals and drug addicts from buying firearms does not excuse sheriffs from issuing concealed weapons permits to people who qualify, including those who hold medical marijuana cards.
 Willis sued the Jackson County sheriff for trying to take away her permit to carry a concealed handgun after she acknowledged in a renewal application that she also had a medical marijuana card.
The Oregon Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case Thursday, May 20, 2011.
Willis says she feels “like a big girl now” because the court found medical marijuana patients should be treated like everyone else.


Man says he was fired for smoking medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER - Paul Curry says his seven years at MillerCoors came to an abrupt end with one simple conversation.
"They just told me to pack my bags. They brought in security, I emptied out my locker and they told me to go home," he said.
While MillerCoors cannot comment on the decision to let Curry go, Curry says he was told he was being fired because he had just tested positive for marijuana. Not a surprise, says Curry.
"I've been on the [medical marijuana registry] for about a year," he said.
"All he had was one single positive UA for THC which means that he had used marijuana in that last 30 days. That's all it means," Curry's attorney Rob Corry said.
Corry has made a living advocating on behalf of medical marijuana users over the last few years.
"He's a medical marijuana patient. He's trying to follow his doctor's orders, and he's trying to do everything he can to manage his [pain]," Corry said.
Corry and Curry insist that the one-time MillerCoors maintenance mechanic was not "high" in any way at the time of the test. They also say his usage was never a factor in his job performance.
As of Tuesday afternoon, MillerCoors had yet to respond to numerous inquiries from 9NEWS, but because the issue falls into the realm of "personnel matters," it was unlikely to say much about its decision to let Curry go regardless.
On Tuesday, Corry and Curry came to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in an effort to secure Curry unemployment benefits. Curry has previously been denied the benefits because of the nature of his dismissal.


Missoula man gets 2 years in prison for sharing medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
A Missoula man will spend two years in prison for the "Mickey Mouse" offense of sharing 3 grams - a 10th of an ounce - of his medical marijuana with friends last November.
District Judge Dusty Deschamps applied that description to Matthew Otto's most current offense.
But in sentencing Otto Tuesday, Deschamps took into account Otto's extensive criminal history as justification for the sentence.
Deschamps sentenced Otto, 27, to 20 years after a jury convicted him on one count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs in March. Two years will be served at the Montana State Prison and will run concurrently with a previous sentence. Another 18 years are suspended and will be served under Department of Corrections supervision.
Those last 18 years will run consecutive with a sentence for a probation violation in a 2008 charge Otto is currently serving.
Among other conditions, Otto cannot use medical marijuana and must earn his GED within a year.
Otto had 3 grams of medical marijuana when he was arrested in November. Otto had a medical marijuana card, but was found guilty of passing the pipe filled with the drug to two passengers while driving down Reserve Street. An off-duty Missoula County sheriff's detective saw and reported the incident.
The maximum penalty for criminal distribution is life in prison and a $50,000 fine. However, the Montana Supreme Court ruled in 1983, in State v. Arbgast, that state law allows for deferred or suspended sentences in cases involving marijuana sales.
Otto's extensive criminal history was the focus of discussion on Tuesday.
Calling Otto a "persistent felony offender," Deputy County Attorney Andrew Paul recommended five years in prison.



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