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Michigan State Police Forensic Crime Lab Marijuana Scandal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Reefer MadnessI received the following press release:

The Law Firm of Michael Komorn has learned that the Michigan State Police (MSP) Forensic Science Division crime labs have falsified lab reports on marijuana, statewide. The new MSP crime lab policy allows prosecutors to charge cannabis users with felonies they didn’t commit.

The discovery stems from a client Komorn represents pro bono in Ottawa County, Max Lorincz, who is facing two years in jail. The state has also removed his six-year-old son from the home, and placed him in a foster home due to the charges.

“The extensive emails and documents we received through the Freedom of Information Act show the prosecution are relying on the lab to report these substances so that they can escalate these crimes from misdemeanors to felonies,” said Komorn.

His client was first charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Michigan. When he would not plead guilty–because he is a registered medical marijuana patient and has immunity for the tiny quantity he possessed–the prosecutor withdrew the charge and recharged him with synthetic THC.

A hearing is set for Thursday November 5. Komorn Law has filed a brief to dismiss all charges against the client.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-state-police-forensic-crime-lab-marijuana-scandal/


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New York Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Opposition

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
new york medical marijuana

(via wikipedia.com)

New York’s Governor signed a medical marijuana legalization bill into law in 2014. The law created one of the most strict medical marijuana laws in the country, and allocated business licenses to only a handful of entities. Those applying for licenses, and especially the winners, seemed to all brag at the time that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Some of them seemed to have forgotten one very important detail – getting local governments on board.

The ‘not in my backyard’ position is one that some New York municipalities are taking. This will either lead to some dispensaries not opening in those areas at all, or at the very least, will likely lead to delays. New York’s medical marijuana program already had enough problems, and this ‘new’ hurdle won’t help. I say ‘new’ because this is dispensary 101 at this point, and the concept of checking with local governments should have been one of the first steps.

Below is more information about the issue, via excerpts from an article in Capital New York:

Five of the 20 dispensary locations, which the state sanctioned, have not been finalized yet by the local governing body, meaning that patients in large areas of the state could be left without access to the drug.

The apparent lack of readiness alarmed patient advocates, who were already concerned that the state’s program was too limited to provide statewide access.

POLITICO New York called every municipality or community board where a dispensary is scheduled to open. In some cases, local officials and representatives were adamantly opposed. In others, they outlined zoning and permitting concerns. And in still others they were surprised to learn a dispensary would soon come to their neighborhood, even though the state announced locations in August. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-york-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-face-local-opposition/


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Marijuana Entrepreneur Needs Salespeople, 'Who Have Smoked Weed And Can Talk About Our Products'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, October, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Nicole Gonzalez spent her teenage summers working in the Dominican Republic and Central America where her grandfather owned tobacco fields. Cigar-making was a male-dominated industry but her strong-willed mother always told Nicole, “You better be big in this world.” That motivation propelled Nicole and her husband Ata, both in their twenties at the time and without college degrees but both entrepreneurs, to move from Florida to California to join the budding marijuana industry in 2009.

 

Today the pair own and operate G Farmalabs, a marijuana grower, processor, and manufacturer of cannabis chocolates and other products, employing over fifty people in Anaheim California and selling to about 600 dispensaries. The company’s sales were more than four million dollars in 2014 and Gonzalez expects that number will at least double this year.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2015/10/24/marijuana-entrepreneur-needs-salespeople-who-have-smoked-weed-and-can-talk-about-our-products/


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Judge: Feds Cannot Block Dispensaries Operating Within State Law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

In a landmark decision that carries potential ramifications nationwide, a federal judge ruled Monday that the federal government does not have the authority to block the operations of medical marijuana clubs operating within state law. The decision marks a victory for Lynette Shaw, a medical cannabis pioneer who opened the nation’s first state-sanctioned dispensary in 1996. The dispensary, the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, was in operation in Fairfax, California until it was shut down by the feds in 2011. Today’s decision comes in light of a 2014 amendment proposed by representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Sam Farr (D-CA), which prohibited the Department of Justice prosecuting those operating within compliance with the state’s rules for medical marijuana. The recent ruling represents a broad interpretation of theRohrabacher-Farr Amendment, a piece of legislation designed to ensure that the federal government does not expend resources prosecuting medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the parameters of their state.

The ruling, which lifts the injunction against the medical marijuana club, has been called a “tipping point” by Shaw’s attorney Greg Anton and comes from the same judge who granted the permanent injunction against Shaw in 2002.

Read More:http://cannabisnowmagazine.com/current-events/judge-feds-cannot-block-dispensaries-operating-within-state-law


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Australian Government to Legalize Growing of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Australia's federal government announced on Friday that it plans to overturn a ban on growing cannabis for medicinal purposes, but it will be up to individual states to legalize the herb for local medical use. 

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Health Minister Sussan Ley was moved by stories of medical marijuana patients and hopes to give those suffering from debilitating illnesses access to effective medical treatment.

"I have heard stories of patients who have resorted to illegal methods of obtaining cannabis and I have felt for them, because with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain," Ley told ABC's AM radio program. "And we know that many people are calling out for medicinal cannabis."

"It is important therefore that we recognize those calls for help, that we put in place what we know will support a safe, legal and sustainable supply of a product," she continued.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/australian-government-legalize-growing-medical-marijuana


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Canadian Researchers: Use Medical Marijuana Instead Of Opioids For Neuropathic Pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

medical marijuana doctorUsing opiods for pain is a hard thing for many people. Sure, the painkillers provide temporary relief from pain, but the side effects can be horrific. They tear up your organs, and often times lead to a level of addiction that ruins lives. If only there was another medicine out there that was effective that didn’t come with all of the problems…You see where I’m going with this. Medical marijuana is a proven form of treatment for pain, specifically neuropathic pain.

Recently researchers in Canada started pushing for Canadian doctors to substitute opioid based painkillers for medical marijuana. Per The Globe and Mail:

Canadian doctors should use medical marijuana instead of frequently abused opioids to treat patients with neuropathic pain and a host of other conditions cannabis has been proven to combat, Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS researchers argue in a newly published editorial.

Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS argue the Canadian Medical Association is holding pot to a higher standard than other pain-relieving pharmaceutical drugs and is ignoring high-quality, peer-reviewed studies on the use of cannabis. Their editorial is in the latest edition of the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Dr. Kerr, co-director of the centre’s Urban Health Research Initiative, said five recent randomized control trials and two systemic reviews have found marijuana helps relieve neuropathic pain. Yet many doctors are still loathe to prescribe a drug that has not been approved by Health Canada.

Doctors should want their patients to get better, and in the meantime reduce their suffering. Getting patients hooked on pharmaceutical painkillers may reduce their suffering for a brief time, but it rarely results in patients getting better. As I said earlier, it often times ruins the person’s life with addiction and the creation of other ailments due to the side effects of the painkillers. Marijuana is medicine, proven by science, and it’s a much, much better alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers. It’s time that doctors in Canada, and around the world, got on board. People’s lives are depending on it.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/canadian-researchers-use-medical-marijuana-instead-of-opioids/


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