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Medical Marijuana Petition Unopposed At Florida Supreme Court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

Florida medical marijuanaI received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign:

Our opponents have decided NOT to contest United for Care’s 2016 petition at the Florida Supreme Court.  As you may recall, United for Care won approval of the 2014 petition despite strong opposition by Attorney General Bondi’s office, as well as the Florida Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and others.

NONE of these groups filed opposition this time!

While this could mean a speedier approval by the Supreme Court, it is at least a tacit acknowledgment by Attorney General Bondi that this petition is likely to satisfy the Court.

The 2016 petition was changed (from the 2014 version) to clarify some points, particularly as it relates to parental consent and the process in which people can become caregivers.  It also makes explicitly clear what the Supreme Court found was implied in the 2014 version: that medical marijuana could only be recommended to people with serious, debilitating conditions.

Though the court will still need to approve the petition, it appears the most significant obstacle to getting on the ballot will be obtaining enough validated petitions.  To that end, we need each of you to go here, fill out the form, download and sign the petition, and mail it in.  

Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same, by forwarding this email and sharing the petition link (http://www.unitedforcare.org/petition) on Facebook and Twitter.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-marijuana-petition-unopposed-at-florida-supreme-court/


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On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Specter of Marijuana Monopoly

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, November, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a member of theInternational Cannabinoid Research Society, a collector of antique marijuana apothecary jars, the founder of an industrial hemp business and “a pot smoker consistently for 47 years,” Don Wirtshafter, an Ohio lawyer, has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it “my life’s work.”

But when Ohio voters go to the polls Tuesday to consider a constitutional amendment to allow marijuana for both medical and personal use, Mr. Wirtshafter will vote against it.

Issue 3, as the proposed amendment is known, is bankrolled by wealthy investors spending nearly $25 million to put it on the ballot and sell it to voters. If it passes, they will have exclusive rights to growing commercial marijuana in Ohio. The proposal has a strange bedfellows coalition of opponents: law enforcement officers worried about crime, doctors worried about children’s health, state lawmakers and others who warn that it would enshrine a monopoly in the Ohio Constitution.

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/02/us/on-ballot-ohio-grapples-with-specter-of-marijuana-monopoly.html


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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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