Medical Marijuana

Maine Medical Marijuana Patients Rush to Register with State

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

A new law was recently passed that states that medical marijuana patients must register with the state in order to continue using medical marijuana, This has led to hundreds of applications which must be processed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services. The law went into effect January 1, and the state has already received more than 400 applications and they are continuing to expect to give out over 1,000 registration cards by this spring alone. Medical marijuana is not new to Maine as voters approved the use of medical marijuana in the late 1990’s, however patients that obtained medical marijuana with a simple doctor’s prescription now have to apply for and receive a state registration card, This card will cost the patients roughly $100 per year.




There are concerns about the flood of applications leading to delays in patients receiving their cards. The State Attorney General is advising police to check with the Department of Health if a patient does not have their card, as their application may still be pending. Other patients are wary of registering with the state and hope the legislature will overturn the rule in 2011. There is a downside to this new law though; the new law states that patients must obtain their medical marijuana from one of eight medical marijuana dispensaries that will open where as previously patients could either grow their own or obtain it from a designated caregiver. The dispensaries will provide a third option for patients and could lead to an increase in applications. However, the opening of the voter-approved dispensaries has been delayed and officials don’t expect the first to open until March or April 2011.


Judge to hear DEA request to obtain state medical-marijuana records

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

GRAND RAPIDS – A hearing is set next week in the federal government's request for access to certain state medical-marijuana records.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents is seeking the records related to a Lansing-area investigation of seven people.

In June, the DEA served a subpoena on the state's Department of Community Health, but the state would not provide the records citing confidentiality laws.

The Department of Community Health told investigators that they faced potential civil and criminal sanctions if they released the information.

A hearing is Jan. 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman, court records said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bruha filed a motion to enforce the petition. He said in court filings that state officials were “reluctant” to release the records without a judge's order.

The DEA is seeking "copies of any and all documents, records, applications, payment method of any application for Medical Marijuana Patient Cards and Medical Marijuana Caregiver cards and copies of front and back of any cards located for the seven named individuals."

The names of those under investigation are redacted from records.

Under the law, Community Health maintains a confidential list of those who have obtained registry identification cards. Disclosure of the information is a misdemeanor.



400 Mainers sign up for medical pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 Mainers applied to the state for permission to be medical marijuana patients under a new state law.


Starting Saturday, Mainers had to be registered with the state before legally using marijuana to ease the painful symptoms of cancer, AIDS and other medical conditions. For the past decade, patients needed only a doctor's authorization.


The Maine Sunday Telegram says applications streamed into the Maine Department of Health and Human Services during the final days and weeks of 2010, and hundreds more are expected in the next several weeks. Officials say they expect to give registration cards to 1,200 or more patients by the time the initial rush is over this spring.



Medical Marijuana Zoning Hearing Monday In Dexter

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

Dexter residents can tell officials what they think about medical marijuana business regulations at a public forum Monday. The Dexter Village Planning Commission holds hearings starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Dexter Senior Centre on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. The new rules would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the Washtenaw County community.
 says afterward, the commission is expected to decide whether to recommend approval of the proposal to the village council. Under the proposed zoning rules, marijuana dispensaries would need an annual permit that would be reviewed by the sheriff's department. They couldn't be closer than 500 feet to a library, a school or other marijuana dispensary. The proposal also would ban smoking marijuana on site.


Phoenix sets zoning for medical pot sites

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Phoenix is setting zoning rules to regulate the medical marijuana system Arizona voters legalized in November, officials said.


The state Health Department also is drafting rules on who can prescribe and receive a prescription and to ensure secure facilities, The Arizona Republic reported Saturday.


Phoenix planning director Debra Stark said the city aimed to make zoning laws strict enough to protect the community while allowing marijuana in the city.


Phoenix is dividing medical-marijuana land uses into three categories:

* Retail sales/dispensaries where patients can purchase medical marijuana. Sales will be allowed only in commercial zones, covering many major intersections and streets.


* Grow facilities where marijuana will be grown or cultivated to supply dispensaries. In Phoenix, grow facilities will be allowed only in areas zoned for heavy industry or agriculture.


* Infusion, where marijuana is blended into balms, lotions and food. Baking brownies will be considered manufacturing, so infusion facilities will be limited to heavy industry areas.




The pros and cons of medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Don't let boutique-style dispensaries and a respectable new name —medical marijuana - blow smoke in your eyes. Marijuana has solid credentials for relieving serious problems such as cancer pain, nausea, anorexia and tough-to-ease nerve pain, but it's far from an all-purpose healer.

Here are some of its risks:

HEART STRAIN: In the hour after you smoke a joint, the danger of aheart attack rises five-fold because pot boosts levels of a compound called apolipoprotein III that keeps fats stuck in your bloodstream. Plus, pot revs up your heart rate.

BRAIN DRAIN: Plenty of people who use medical marijuana responsibly try to keep doses low (or use pills instead) to avoid the highs, spaciness and brain fog you get from smoking it. In one study, people with multiple sclerosis who smoked marijuana were 50 percent slower on a mental-processing test than nonsmokers. They also were more depressed and anxious.

WEAKENED IMMUNITY:THC - the ingredient in pot that eases pain and makes you high - is also a powerfulimmune-system downer.

LUNG DAMAGE:Smoking three to four joints a day may cause as much lung damage as smoking a pack of cigarettes. Long-term use doubles your odds for coughing, wheezing and chronic bronchitis.

So what are the safer alternatives? Start with the prescription pills that contain marijuana's active ingredients, particularly synthetic THC. And, a prescription mouth spray, already available in Canada and Europe, may be on the way.

Also, try eating your medicine instead of smoking it. Mix marijuana into baked goods or, if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, buy your supply at a marijuana bakery. Or consider a vaporizer, which in essence releases marijuana "smoke"; if you inhale the vapors, you get the active ingredients with fewer toxins, research suggests.




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