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Jury Refuses to Convict Anyone for Marijuana Possession!

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder


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Medical pot for ADD, OCD? State mulls petition

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
SEATTLE — State officials will consider a request to allow medical marijuana for people with attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
 
The petition is the latest attempt to add a mental illness to Washington's list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. Three other petitions, for depression and other mental health disorders, have been denied.
 
Medical marijuana has been legal in Washington state since 1998. The law allows patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to use marijuana. Qualifying conditions include cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and "intractable pain."
 
The latest request involves an Edmonds man who petitioned authorities in September to include attention deficit disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, conditions he said he has suffered from for years.
 
The state will consider the petition on Jan. 11.
 

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Three Former Federal Law Enforcement Agents Want To Legalize Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cannabis Science, Inc. CBIS +1.02%  a pioneering US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products, is very pleased to report that two former US Attorneys, and the former head of Seattle FBI, are in favor of Washington State Initiative 502 to legalize marijuana.
 
On Seattle television King 5 News, two former US attorneys, John McKay and Kate Pflaumer and the former head of Seattle FBI, Charles Mandigo, spoke out on why they think it's time to change the federal law and to legalize of marijuana.
 
Pflaumer stated, "It's a policy position that has become obvious to me over 35 years working in criminal law enforcement and criminal law defense."
 
Even though both US attorneys agree that it's a bad policy, they said it was their job to enforce the law.
 
Former head of Seattle FBI, Charles Mandigo says he does not condone the use of marijuana, but he supports the initiative, because he feels strongly that the illegal drug trade and the resulting violence is destroying to our society.
 

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Dutch DELAY plan to weed out tourists

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
The Dutch government is delaying plans to ban tourists from buying marijuana until at least next May, although it still intends to curtail the country's famed tolerance policy.
 
Cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but police turn a blind eye to possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in designated cafes known euphemistically as ''coffee shops''. Large-scale growers are prosecuted.
Among other measures, the cabinet wants to introduce a ''weed pass'' system that allows only legal residents of the Netherlands to buy marijuana.
 
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said a trial in southern cities planned for next month would be delayed until May because of practical difficulties.
 
Supporters hope it will solve problems caused by about 3.9 million French, German and Belgian buyers who drive across the Dutch border each year just to buy the drug.
 
Mr Opstelten said the pass system would be applied nationwide in 2013, despite some opposition. ''Coffee shop'' owners say it will violate privacy laws, since it will require them to store passport and other information about customers.
 
Some southern cities have begun lobbying against the plan after predictions that it would result in street dealers taking over the marijuana trade again, as it was three decades ago when the tolerance policy was introduced.
 
''If it appears that additional [police] support is necessary, I will ensure that it's available in a timely manner,'' Mr Opstelten said.
 
The city of Amsterdam also opposes the pass plan, because it would mean the closure of about half the city's ''coffee shops''. It says nearly a quarter of the tourists who visit to smoke weed stay several nights and contribute to the economy rather than cause problems.
 

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Medical marijuana lawyer: Health dept. can't deny cards over physician assistants

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has announced that it may deny thousands of medical marijuana applications over questions about whether physician assistants did exams -- a policy CDPHE's Dr. Chris Urbina reiterated in a recent interview. But MMJ lawyer Rob Corry calls the action improper and argues that the department is tossing the applications too late.
 
The CDPHE put the applications on hold, some for months, after staffers noticed that certain medical marijuana recommendation forms featured signatures of both doctors and physician assistants. If the latter actually performed the examination leading to a recommendation, the department believes this action would violate state law calling for a bona fide relationship between doctors and MMJ patients. If that's proven to be the case, the CDPHE will deem such applications fraudulent and deny them. If there's ambiguity over the question of who did the exam, the applications will be rejected.
 
This distinction is important. Patients whose applications are denied will have to wait six months to reapply, even if they've already been stuck in limbo for months, due to a clause in Amendment 20, the measure that legalized medical marijuana in Colorado. In contrast, patients whose applications are rejected can reapply right away, and additional fees will be waived.
 
Why use the term "denied" in some cases and "rejected" in others? Doesn't that punish some patients more severely than others without regard to whether they bear any responsibility or blame for the recommendation form issue? When asked this question, Dr. Urbina insisted that he was following the letter of the law, even though no document we've been able to find explains the distinction between "denied" and "rejected" the CDPHE is using.
 

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Netherlands Stops Tourists Buying Marijuana in Coffee Shops

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Foreigners traveling to the Netherlands will be barred from buying marijuana in so-called coffee shops next year, a move that could hurt tourism to the capital, Amsterdam.
 
“There will be an end to the open-door policy,” Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said in a letter to lawmakers today. “Stricter rules will make coffee shops smaller, better controllable and reduce the attractiveness of Dutch drug policy for foreign users.”
 
The Netherlands decriminalized the use of marijuana in 1976, stopping short of legalizing the drug because international treaties prohibited it from doing so. The country’s first coffee shop, named after Donovan’s song “Mellow Yellow,” opened its doors four years earlier.
 
While the 223 Amsterdam coffee shops are visited by about 1 million tourists annually, they’ll now only be allowed to sell to Dutch citizens and foreigners who live in the country. Every coffee shop can register as many as 2,000 members who are allowed to buy marijuana or hashish, the minister wrote.
 
“Tourists will come anyway,” Iris Reshef, a spokeswoman for the city of Amsterdam, said by telephone today. “We prefer selling it in a responsible way instead of going back to the days that street dealers in the Red Light district sold soft drugs alongside hard drugs” like cocaine and heroin.
 
Maastricht, a city near the borders with Belgium and Germany, is satisfied with the new rules, Mayor Onno Hoes told news agency ANP today. The southern Dutch city has been seeking ways to cut crime and public nuisance that accompanies marijuana sales to foreigners.
 
The government will use its embassies to inform tourists traveling to the Netherlands about the new policy. Police will act if street dealers try to fill the gap, Charlotte Menten, a ministry spokeswoman, said by telephone today.
 
“The members-only rule is meant for public nuisance at coffee shops near the border, where foreigners line up their cars to buy,” said Reshef. She said the city of Amsterdam is still in talks with the ministry, adding that the border situation can’t be compared to Amsterdam’s.
 
The government will start enforcing the new rules in May in the southern provinces and in 2013 in the rest of the country, including Amsterdam.
 

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