Medical Marijuana

Maui Cops Campaign Against Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

“We don’t make the laws, we just enforce ‘em” – Every cop ever.

If I had a dime every time some cop said that, I could afford a dimebag. Yet time after time when legislatures come into session, there are the cops, in uniform, testifying against medical marijuana and decriminalization or re-legalization of cannabis.


(Maui News) After seeing more and more bills in the Legislature intended to liberalize marijuana use, Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta said the department is taking a more “proactive stance” to show the public its opposition to marijuana by reaching out to Maui residents at public places.

On Monday, officers went to Walmart to pass out pamphlets on what experts say about marijuana asmedicine and related health risks, a news release said. They will be there again today.

Yabuta did not know the cost of the brochures that are being passed out but said they were nothing fancy. Funding came partly from a grant that initiated the brochure, as well as county funds.


Chief Gary Yabuda thinks medical marijuana sends "the wrong message to the youth that it's socially OK to use marijuana." Click Gary to tell him otherwise.

Nice to know that the taxpayers of Maui County are buying brochures to convince themselves that medical marijuana is bad.

“It’s something that we feel is an important message for the public to know from what we believe is the reality of marijuana, that if we continue to have an attempt to lax the marijuana law, we are going to be advocating the wrong message to the youth that it’s socially OK to use marijuana. We feel that it will be contradictory to character building, job skills, academics, all the skills necessary to become a productive citizen,” Yabuta said Monday.

Like, say, a 17-year-old kid named Barry who grew up in Hawaii using marijuana and cocaine with his friends… that guy never amounted to anything!

The police department also is voicing its opposition to two Senate bills, one (SB 58) that would increase the amount of medical marijuana that one could possess; and the other (SB 175) that would transfer the jurisdiction of the medical marijuana laws from the Department of Public Safety to theDepartment of Health.

Now, why would we want to have something called medical marijuana run by something called a Department of Health? In Yabuda’s mind, the medical marijuana should continue to be run by the Department of Public Safety.

The police pamphlet quotes agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration saying that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.”

It also says the American Medical Association discourages medical marijuana use and that cannabis is a dangerous drug and is a public health concern.

Could that be the same AMA that said, “short term controlled trials indicate that smoked cannabis reduces neuropathic pain, improves appetite and caloric intake especially in patients with reduced muscle mass, and may relieve spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis,” and “the Schedule I status of marijuana be reviewed with the goal of facilitating clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods”?




Arizona Conducts Last Medical Marijuana Forum

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 17th 2011 by THCFinder

The public gets one last chance Thursday to discuss with state health officials rules for establishingmedical marijuana shops.


Thursday's forum is scheduled to take place on the main campus of Arizona State University's law college.


The Arizona Department of Health Services has conducted three forums around the state this week.


State rules for running medical pot shops should be released by the end of March, according to the ADHS website.


The state has said medical marijuana dispensaries could be operating by late summer or early fall, after dispensaries have had time to grow marijuana plants.


Voters last November approved a proposition allowing patients with special medical needs to receive medical marijuana.



Maine Marijuana Dispensary Picks Site off Bucksport Road

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 16th 2011 by THCFinder

ELLSWORTH — Maine Organic Therapy has decided to open its medical marijuana dispensary on Carriage Way, which is off Bucksport Road on a parcel that belongs to developer Steve Joy.

Joy will present an application for the construction of a 2,101-square-foot building for the dispensary to the Planning Board at its March 2 meeting.

“We’re hoping to have it done end of April, first of May,” Joy said.

The dispensary site is across the road from Vernon Shapazian’s garage and near the intersection of Bucksport Road and Christian Ridge Road.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) last fall selected Maine Organic Therapy to carry the license to dispense medical marijuana in Hancock and Washington counties.

Cathy Cobb, DHHS director of licensing and regulatory division, said Maine Organic Therapy has been issued a certificate of registration so it can begin the growing process.

The growing facility is in Biddeford.

Maine Organic Therapy lists on its website a handful of marijuana strains that will be available, including “Trainwreck” and “The Church.”

The organization states that “Trainwreck” is great for the patient who suffers from mild headaches or sleep disorders.

Maine Organic Therapy says the following about “The Church”:

“Rather than the jolt of heavy hitting strains, The Church offers a mild, progressive high that doesn’t rule out work, play or socializing.”

Maine Organic Therapy has also begun advertising in newspapers across the state that it has begun accepting qualified patients and offers free delivery.



Will Sheriffs Babysit Your Marijuana? The Answer Is..

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

​Last week we pondered whether San Francisco Sheriff's deputies will keep a watchful eye on your pot stash while you go about your business in city buildings. 

While those with medical marijuana cards are free to waltz into police headquarters, City Hall, or courthouses with their greenery untouched, it turns out recreational users of the herb will not be having much fun. 

SF Weekly had noticed a man leaving his marijuana with deputies at the Hall of Justice and claiming he'd be back in 15 minutes. While this certainly looked like a pot-check, we were told by the city employees on duty that he never returned. 

In fact, the department later noted that the unknown man pulled a variation of the trick every 18-year-old hoping to buy beer used when asked for ID. The old "I left it in the car" followed by a peel-out routine. The man in question told deputies he'd forgotten his medical marijuana card, left, and ran like hell. 

For what it's worth, this is the Sheriff's Department's policy on toting drugs into a building: 

No drugs are allowed in the building and those attempting to bring them in are subject to arrest. The only exception is for those individuals who are authorized to possess medical marijuana and have amounts which comply with their authorization.

It seems like there are no exceptions to "the only exception." Drag. 



Bill Targets Certain Kinds of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

A new bill that attempts to create more restrictions on the medical marijuana industry was released on Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 11-1250, was written to “prohibit marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage product manufacturing and sale.”

It has since been amended to only apply to ointments and tinctures, not food or beverage products. Ryan Hartman, owner of the Boulder Wellness Center, worries about the bill’s impact on his dispensary.

“It would definitely hurt business. My business focuses on people over 40, and most of them prefer food.” Hartman says. “Some 90 to 100 percent of cancer patients prefer food. If you have cancer from smoking, and the doctor recommends marijuana, you don’t want to consume it by smoking it.”

It’s one of the many restrictions he’s seen that attempts to control the market of medical marijuana products.

“A year ago I would’ve said I wasn’t worried about [the bill passing],” he says. “But, yeah, crazier bills have passed.”

The bill’s language claims the bill is necessary for “the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

The public hearing for HB 11-1250 has been set for March 1 before the House Judiciary Committee.



Walmart Worker Fired for Using Medical Marijuana Vows to Appeal Ruling

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

Joseph Casias, the Walmart worker fired after he used medical marijuana, plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss his complaint.

He and his attorneys were disappointed by the ruling.

“He has always looked at the bigger picture all the way through,” attorney Daniel Grow said this afternoon.

“He doesn’t want this to happen to other people.  He doesn’t want other people to have to make the same difficult choices.”

Casias maintained he was wrongly fired after he legally used medical marijuana to treat pain from an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.  His attorneys, including the American Civil Liberties Union, said he essentially was forced to choose between his job and medicine.

Casias has been unable to find another job.

“A choice between adequate pain relief and gainful employment is an untenable one that no patient should ever be forced to make,” ACLU attorney Scott Michelman said in a statement.

“Yet Walmart forced Joseph to pay a stiff and unfair price for using a medicine allowed under state law that has had a life-changing positive effect for him.”

U.S.  District Judge Robert Jonker determined that the state’s medical marijuana law, which won wide approval in 2008, is intended to protect lawful users from arrest.  It does not regulate private employers and their policies on drug use.

The judges ruling comes as no surprise, said Grand Rapids attorney Pat White, who is not involved in the case.

He said Casias appears to be the perfect candidate for use of medical marijuana, but the judge would have had to significantly expand the law – “build a castle out of a single brick” – to offer Casias employment protection.  He would have had to make Casias part of a new, protected class.

White, who generally represents management, said Jonker is known as a “straight-shooter” not driven by ideology in his decisions.

“There is a very good chance that Judge Jonker’s opinion will be the definitive interpretation of the ( medical marijuana law ) as it applies to employment decisions,” White said, adding that the case is subject to appeal.




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