Seed-to-Sale Strengthens Colorado Against Government
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of Colorado has enacted 77 pages of regulations for marijuana dispensaries that are set to go into effect July 1, 2011. Included in in these regulations is everything from type of locks to be used on dispensary doors to the creation of a Seed-to-Sale monitoring system. This Seed-to-Sale system will help to ward off federal intervention because it creates a closed loop with in the state; meaning marijuana never crosses state boarders.
The creation of the Seed-to-Sale system in Colorado stems from a 2005 Supreme Court Case Gonzalez vs. Raich. In this case, the federal government was able to convict a medical marijuana patient of California using the Commerce Clause as justification for intervention. Seed-to-Sale will prevent the government from using this to gain access to Colorado.
With this new system, from the moment the seed is planted to the second it is sold to the customer, its identifying information as well as location will be documented . The plant a long with the package will be embedded with an RFID tag, similar to the ones used by Wal-Mart.
Two Thousand Pounds of Marijuana Seized By Boarder Patrol
Boarder Patrol in Tuscon, Arizona was very busy over the holiday weekend. On Saturday Afternoon, agents attempted to stop a driver who avoided a vehicle checkpoint on Interstate 19 in Arizona. The vehicle evaded the agents, but was recovered hours later abandoned in the middle of the desert. The vehicle was loaded with over 360 lbs of marijuana, valued at an estimated 180,000 dollars.
On Sunday evening agents detected a vehicle driving through the desert with its headlights off. Agents showed up to the scene to find an abandoned truck weighed down with 1,773lbs of marijuana worth nearly a million dollars on the street. Two illegal aliens were found in the area and transported to Ajo Station for further questioning.
DC Avoids Federal Threats
All over the country medical marijuana programs and their supporters are nervous. In recent weeks, A number of states have received threatening letters from the U.S. District Attorneys. These letters were sent to remind states that the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, regardless of what their voters want.
The District of Columbia has been one of the few to not receive a letter. Ron Machen, the U.S. Attorney that presides over D.C refused to comment on why D.C has not received a letter yet, but he states that the program remains “under review.” Machen might feel resources would be wasted on such a small and restrictive program, but only time will tell.
American Express Bans Purchase of Medical Marijuana
The credit card company has banned the purchase of medical marijuana in the 16 states that have legalized it. American Express claims it is just abiding by Federal Law. This move makes them the most conservative of credit card companies.
Visa, MasterCard, and AmEx have already prevented their customers from purchasing casino chips (even though cash withdrawals on the casino floor are still allowed), online pornography, and donations to Wiki Leaks. "It seems to me that credit card companies are imposing their moral values on the world. You ought to be able to use a credit card for any legal purchase," says John Simpson, a consumer watchdog.
Arizona Bans Medical Marijuana on Campus
Even though Arizona's Medical Marijuana Bill was voted through, the Arizona Board of Regents will not be allowing the substance on any state university campuses. The board of Regents is keeping the educational institutions in line with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, which states places reciving funds from federal programs must prevent the possession and distribution of illegal drugs.
The change in policy might not mean much to many students. Arizona State University Students caught with the substance will face no state law violations, but will be found in violation of campus policies. No specific consequenses have been set yet, and ASU plans to deal with each incident on a student-to-student basis.
California NORML Estimates 1 Million MMJ Patients
According to the most recent data collected, between 2%-3% of Californias population finds medical relief from marijuana. California NORML estimates this to be between 750,000 and 1,125,000. Prop 215 (CA's MMJ law) doesnt require every patient to register with the state so these numbers have been estimated based on the population and usage rate of other states.
Colorado and Montana were used as a basis for estimations because they require every medicical marijuana user to register. Colorado currently has over 125,000 registered patients which make up 2.5% of the population. Montana's perentage of users is slightly higher, having 30,000 patients registered, which accounts for over 3% of the population.
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