Medical Marijuana

Utah AG sympathetic to medical marijuana use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he was tempted to use medical marijuana while going through chemotherapy in recent months.
KTVX Channel 4 says a friend offered to find marijuana for the 53-year-old Shurtleff to help the attorney general deal with the pain.
Shurtleff says he didn't accept the offer but understands why people would use it to treat nausea and pain. He might be supportive of legalizing the drug for medical purposes if the proper restrictions and guidelines were in place.
Shurtleff announced earlier this week that he is free of the cancer that started in his colon and had spread to his appendix and lymph nodes. He had been undergoing chemotherapy since January.


Medical Marijuana Law Doesn't Trump Employers Drug Policy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
It turns out that smoking weed legally for medical purposes can still be illegal.
Washington state’s Supreme Court upheld a Colorado company’s decision to fire a woman for failing a required drug test due to pot use, even though she had a valid medical marijuana prescription, the Seattle Times reported.
The employee – who sued under the pseudonym Jane Roe – worked for TeleTech Customer Care and was fired in October of 2006 after a week of training. TeleTech, which performs the customer service for Sprint, had a contract with the telecommunications company that required drug testing of all employees, with no exception for medical marijuana use.
The 8-1 decision issued Thursday declared that the state medical marijuana law did not necessarily require employers to accommodate use of the drug outside the work environment; although the law allows employers to ban on-site use of the drug, it remains tacit about regulating the drug’s use in other contexts.
The court also ruled that the state’s Human Rights Commission, which handles employee discrimination cases, cannot look into claims involving medical marijuana use because it is still illegal at the federal level.
Justice Tom Chambers, the one dissenting vote, argued that voters, in supporting the 1998 law, intended for it to protect those patients with valid prescriptions. The majority decision, he wrote, “jeopardizes the clear policy” of the law by discouraging others from gaining valid prescriptions for fear of retribution from employers, the Times reported.


The Green Rush: Medical Marijuana a 1.7 billion dollar Industry

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

See Change Strategy recently published a study that found the current national market for medical marijuana exceeds 1.7 billion dollars, with the possibility of 99% growth in the next 5 years. See Change also expects up to 20 new markets to open within the medical marijuana industry.


The medical marijuana market is projected to grow 8.9 billion by 2016. “The growing acceptance of medical marijuana is providing business operators and investors with unprecedented opportunities," says See Change Strategy.


If the government continues to refuse to recognize the medical marijuana industry, they will be missing out on a huge amount of tax revenue from the dispensaries. States are already capitalizing on the industry, using the money to support various programs including drug and alcohol treatment programs.




Washington Medical Marijuana Bill Dead for Now

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
In my column two weeks ago, I noted that Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire had bowed to federal threats by vetoing legislation that would have clarified the rules for supplying medical marijuana in that state. Today Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle), the bill's chief sponsor, said she has run out of time to salvage it in the current legislative session:
My efforts to make improvements to existing law were motivated by the need to provide qualifying patients with protection from arrest and prosecution and access to a safe, secure and reliable source of the medicine they are legally entitled to use and that has been recommended to them by their licensed health care provider. I also sought to increase public safety and provide a bright line for law enforcement in determining those who are authorized patients, regulated growers and dispensers.
Around the time the bill passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reinforced its authority to prosecute those involved with commercial dispensaries. As a result, Governor Gregoire vetoed the most substantive parts of SB 5073 out of concern that state employees involved in regulating medical marijuana would be at risk of federal arrest and prosecution....
While the governor did encourage the Legislature to follow-up with a special session bill, it is apparent there is insufficient time to pass a bill addressing these problems...
While it is clear this issue has stalled for now, we cannot continue to ignore this issue—it simply will not solve itself. It is clear that the needs of patients and local jurisdictions remain unresolved and will necessitate further legislative efforts.
The Tacoma New Tribune reports that provisions Gregoire allowed to become law include "authorization for collective marijuana gardens" and "some vague references to dispensaries." The Justice Department, which is actively discouraging states from licensing and regulating dispensaries, wants to keep medical marijuana laws vague, so it can claim it is targeting operations that are not "in clear and unambiguous compliance with state law." Just in case, it also says that, contrary to multiple assurances from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, complying with state law offers no protection from federal prosecution.


Medical marijuana: 137,556 patient applications received, 69% of approved applicants are male

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released the latest data about medical marijuana patients in the state, and the numbers are fascinating. As of March 31, the most recent date available, 137,556 people have applied to the patient registry, and 123,890 -- most of them male -- have valid registry ID cards.
Among the cliches exploded by the digits is the theory that the registry is dominated with teens and twenty-somethings who are faking medical problems in order to purchase weed legally. According to the CDPHE, the average age of a patient in Colorado is forty -- 39 for men, 42 for women. Moreover, only forty patients in the entire state are minors, meaning that they're younger than age eighteen. Males represent 69 percent of all registry-card holders.
Another surprising statistic involves doctors who've suggested that patients try cannabis to address their medical conditions. More than 1,100 doctors in the state have written MMJ recommendations -- a greater number than many observers would have likely predicted.
The vast majority of patients -- 56 percent -- live in the Denver metro area, which includes Boulder. But patients can be found in virtually every corner of the state, including some of Colorado's least populous counties: sixteen in Kiowa County, nineteen in Jackson County, 35 in Lincoln County. Most list severe pain as a qualifying condition, with smaller numbers citing muscle spasms, nausea, cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc. Around 63 percent have designated a primary caregiver.
Click below to see the county-by-county patient breakdown, plus totals involving conditions and user characteristics:


Medical Marijuana Case Dismissed

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A medical marijuana co-op won a huge battle in court after two years of claiming its innocence.
The California Compassionate Co-Op on north Chester Avenue was shut down in May 2009 by authorities.
The defendant's attorney said the judge ruled that the Kern County Sheriff's Office suppressed evidence in the case.
The judge dismissed the case after attorney H. A. Sala showed evidence that the Sheriff's Office held back.
The department obtained a search warrant two years ago, claiming the co-op was operating illegally.
The judge ruled on Friday that the information provided by the sheriff's department to obtain that warrant was misleading and contained omissions.
That search warrant was used to seize evidence based on the belief the co-op was not registered, making a profit and selling pot to non-members.
"They would have never been able to shut them down; they never would have sized the medical cannabis; they never would have seized their bank accounts. The judge said 'If I had all the evidence, I would have never authorized the search warrant,' "said Sala.
Sala also said the judge's decision stems from a tape recording made by deputies prior to obtaining that search warrant. The tape, Sala added, contained information showing the cooperative was innocent.
The owners of the co-op have filled a civil case claiming that their rights were violated.



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