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Attorneys In Hawaii Cannot Be Hired To Help Start Medical Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

hawaii medical marijuanaAnyone who has ever started a medical marijuana business knows that there’s a lot to it. It’s much more than simply paying for a business license, renting a place, and opening for business. There are more things involved with starting a medical marijuana business than most other businesses. What are the local regulations, if any? What are the state regulations? What changes to those regulations are likely to occur in the future? What things need to happen to be in compliance with those regulations (potentially for the time being!). Did I mention the usual legal issues that go into a business, such as intellectual property rights, operating agreements, etc.?

For obvious reasons, serious medical marijuana entrepreneurs need to seek legal advice from an attorney. Unfortunately for those entrepreneurs in Hawaii, they will not be able to get legal advice for starting a business. The Disciplinary Board of the Hawai’i Supreme Court was asked the following two questions:

  1. whether a lawyer may provide legal advice about act 241 (which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries)
  2. whether a lawyer may provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business “when such acts are expressly authorized under [Act 241], but remain a crime under federal law, albeit with a low enforcement priority.

As far as I know, every state that has ruled on this has ruled that attorneys can indeed work with marijuana businesses. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Hawaii. The Supreme Court ruled that attorneys can talk about the act itself, but that’s where the counsel ends. Attorneys cannot help businesses setup their operations. So unfortunately, entrepreneurs will have to go it on their own. I expect a flood of mediocre (and that’s putting it nicely) consultants coming to Hawaii to help businesses out. This is not good for patients, and it’s not good for Hawaii.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/attorneys-in-hawaii-cannot-be-hired-to-help-start-medical-marijuana-businesses/


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Drug Policy Alliance To Host The Biennial 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

drug policy alliance dea debate aspen ideas festivalWhich states will be next to legalize marijuana? What needs to happen to end mass incarceration? What can be done to pressure the Obama administration and the next President around drug policy and criminal justice reform? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do black people go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role can faith leaders play in organizing and mobilizing their congregations to end the drug war?

More than 1,200 people will gather to ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Arlington, VA November 18-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel.

In the past decade, voters and legislators have enacted hundreds of drug policy reforms that reduce the role of criminalization in drug policy. Building on the momentum from these victories, more than 1,200 drug policy experts, health care and drug treatment professionals, elected officials, law enforcement, students, and formerly incarcerated people from around the country and across the world will gather to promote alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

Below is a small sampling of the 50+ panels at the conference. Check in the near future for a full list of panels, including descriptions and speakers: http://www.reformconference.org/program/schedule

 Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/drug-policy-alliance-to-host-the-biennial-2015-international-drug-policy-reform-conference/


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World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Dispensary Is Opening New Location In Oregon Oct. 1st

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

portland oregon medical marijuana dispensary collective deliveryHarborside Health Center will open a new cannabis dispensary at 5816 NE Portland Hwy, near Portland International Airport, on October 1st—Oregon’s first official day of adult-use sales. Harborside Health Center is the nation’s largest model cannabis dispensary, with locations in Oakland and San Jose, Calif., and was recently awarded the first and only cannabis dispensary license in San Leandro, California.

Harborside Portland features executive team members from Harborside Health Center, including Executive Director Steve DeAngelo, along with locally hired staff led by General Manager Chris Helton, a former clinician at Oregon Health & Science University, who grew up in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.

Widely considered the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside is pleased to enter Oregon’s adult-use market on its historic debut, with some of the country’s most sensibly written cannabis regulations. Harborside’s proven track record in community stewardship, innovation and social responsibility aligns with the progressive ideals of Portland and will only strengthen its existing cannabis community. Harborside Portland will be proud to offer top-quality products and extremely well-trained staff in a welcoming environment, with nearly a decade of experience in providing service to patients—and now, Oregon’s adult-use consumers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/worlds-largest-medical-cannabis-dispensary-is-opening-new-location-in-oregon-oct-1st/


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Jury convicts man in Miami medical marijuana growhouse case

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A jury did not believe a Miami-Dade man who insisted he grew 15 marijuana plants inside his home only to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife.

The six-member jury on Friday night convicted Ricardo Varona of trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana and operating a marijuana growhouse. Taken into custody to await sentencing, Varona faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.

Varona, 43, was the second South Florida man in the past six months to claim “medical neccesity” in operating a marijuana growhouse. Unlike in the Varona case, a Broward jury in March acquitted 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki, who admitted he grew 46 plants to battle years of nausea and fatigue.

The trial came at a time that marijuana laws across the country have been eased, with the herb now legal for medical use in more than 20 states, and for recreational purposes in four states, plus Washington, D.C.

In Florida, the Legislature this year authorized a low-grade strain of marijuana to treat a small number of ailments, including cancer. In October, the state will hash out which growers will be allowed to cultivate the plants; patients will likely be able to get access to marijuana sometime early next year.  

Read More:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article36601848.html


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Taxpayers Pay $60 Per Marijuana Plant That The DEA Destroys In Oregon

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 25th 2015 by THCFinder
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One of the biggest talking points in favor of ending marijuana prohibition is that it saves tax payer dollars, which are being wasted with every marijuana investigation and/or arrest. Oregon voters approved marijuana legalization in 2014. In that same year, the DEA spent a TON of taxpayer dollars on marijuana eradication. Per the Washington Post:

That year, the DEA succeeded in removing 16,067 pot plants from Oregon, which at first blush sounds like a lot of weed. But when you do the math, that works out to a cost to taxpayers of $60 per uprooted plant. That is a lot when you consider that nationally, it costs the DEA *ahem* $4.20 to eliminate a single marijuana plant under this program.

The DEA has budgeted $760,000 in marijuana eradication funds for Oregon this year, according to KGW. Considering that marijuana is now legal in that state, many Oregonians — including some members of Congress — are questioning whether that’s a sensible endeavor. They are trying to defund the federal anti-pot program that costs about $18 million a year overall.

The DEA is so hellbent on keeping marijuana prohibition in place, that it is spending more money per plant eradicated in a state where marijuana is legal than it does nationally – over 14 times more. I don’t support cartel grows by any means, but the way to get rid of those grows is to get rid of the demand for them by diverting that demand towards a regulated industry and home cultivation, and not by wasting sixty tax payer dollars per plant.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/taxpayers-pay-60-per-marijuana-plant-that-the-dea-destroys-in-oregon/


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Raid on tribal marijuana farms underscores uncertainty over pot laws

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Native American tribes’ efforts to cash in on California’s “green rush” by launching large-scale marijuana growing operations appear to have been premature and ill-advised if recent law enforcement raids on tribal lands are any indication.

Pot raids conducted on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Rancheria north of Ukiah this week and on the Pit River and Alturas tribes’ properties in Modoc County in July serve as reminders that such endeavors remain mired in a morass of laws that continue to make cannabis cultivation a risky business.

“It’s a cautionary tale,” said Anthony Broadman, an attorney with Galanda Broadman, a Seattle-based, Native American-owned law firm that represents tribes.

“It’s too bad to see people going in without really understanding the rules,” said Dale Gieringer, of California NORML, the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Read More:http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4521945-181/raid-on-tribal-marijuana-farms?page=3


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