Medical Marijuana

Montana Repeals Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
It appears that not everyone is utterly enamored with the idea of medical marijuana. Take for example, the state of Montana, where the House of Representatives voted torepeal the state's medical marijuana law.
The law, which was six years old, was voted against 63-37. Under the law, overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004, those with a debilitating or terminal illnesses can use medical marijuana to treat pain and other chronic symptoms
The reason for the attempted repeal of the Montana medical marijuana law is a belief held by many that medical marijuana was not being used for the reason the law was passed. In fact, house speaker Mike Milburn said the state was originally "duped" into passing the act, CNN reports. Milburn said that many of the people who receive medical marijuana are not terminally ill.
State Democrats have said that the legislature is not the appropriate place to repeal the Montana medical marijuana law passed by a voter initiative, KTVH reports."A great majority of these people are honest people and they are using it because they're in a great deal of pain, they need medical cannabis," said Democratic Rep. Tim Furey, CNN reports.
If the measure passes the house, it will be sent to the Senate. The state is also considering two alternative measures, one that would tighten the law, and another that would establish a licensing and regulator system for medical marijuana in Montana. A number of states, including California, have legalized medical marijuana for sick patients. The laws remain controversial and part of a legal gray area, as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.


Movement to to Make California Medical Marijuana For-Profit

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

​One of the more farcical aspects of medical marijuana in Los Angeles is the flouting of state law, which says pot shops must be nonprofit.

A recent SoCal Connected report estimated that one Eagle Rock pot shop (American Eagle Collective) saw one customer a minute as its cameras rolled during a daylong time-lapse shoot.

It's open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SoCal Connected described its busy parking lot scene as looking "like McDonald's at lunchtime."So let's assume that each one of those 600 customers that day was getting an average "dose," let's say a $50 "eighth" of weed (we checked pot shop prices by flipping through our handy-dandy hardcopy of LA Weekly) and not a three-figure ounce or $30 bucks worth of "shake."

That's could be $30,000 day for AEC, conservatively. We're sure the local nuns are enjoying their cut.

So, getting back to state law: This is a nonprofit collective distributing homegrown cannabis among members who are "seriously ill?" Yeah, right.

So, here's the deal. San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants to propose an "omnibus cannabis bill" to better oversee the medical pot industry.

Don't worry, L.A. pot-shop owners. It sounds like what he wants to do is regulate it as-is -- codify its status as a business and forget this nonprofit b.s. Maybe.

In any case, Sacramento marijuana dispensary lawyer George Mull is proposing that yes, the state should just get rid of the nonprofit clause. It's not working.



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. 




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