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Banks Caught in the Medical Marijuana Meltdown

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

In another wishy-washy battle the federal government is going back on its word once again. At the forefront this ongoing battle against the federal government are the dispensary and collective owners who have put everything on the line so the rest of us can have access to great, reasonably priced medicine.  The banks are caught in the crossfire, they want to help the communities and surrounding businesses however the Federal government is threatening them with legal action if they do so. 

 

The recent banking issues have not hit California as hard as other markets. “In California the banking problem doesn’t seem to be as bad; their dispensaries may not be regulated as much and they are more profitable.” While this doesn’t sound like an issue affecting all patients it will affect any patients who enjoy the luxury of paying for their meds with a credit card. Colorado Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has entered legislation that would remove the need for dispensaries to report their activities to the federal government, hopefully putting an end to some of the struggles we are still going through.

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Gov. Nixon's son cited for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The 21-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been cited for marijuana possession.
 
KRCG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/q4v8fa ) that Willson Nixon was cited early Saturday for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana after police were called to investigate complaints of a loud party at a Columbia apartment complex.
 
Columbia police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said Monday that officers looked in an open apartment doorway and saw a bag of marijuana on the table. She says a young man later identified as Willson Nixon attempted to conceal the marijuana.
 
The governor issued a statement Monday calling his son "a fine young man" and the marijuana citation "a private matter that will be handled through the municipal process."
 
Online records show Willson Nixon is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
 

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Free marijuana for votes? State charges dispensary owner with violating election law

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
A marijuana dispensary owner accused of offering free marijuana to citizens who registered to vote a certain way has been charged with violating Michigan election law.
 
Shekina Pena, 34, owner of Lansing-based Your Healthy Choice Clinic, has been charged with one count of Election Law-Influencing Voters with Money Or Other Valuable Consideration.
 
“Voters did not intend for marijuana to be handed out as a door prize, especially when it undermines the integrity of our elections process,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, who joined with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in announcing the charge.
 
“Secretary of State Johnson and I will work to ensure that Michigan election law is followed.”
 
The Attorney General’s office’s investigation revealed that Pena’s dispensary is accused of offering free marijuana in exchange for citizens registering to vote on July 27.
 
The dispensary is accused of encouraging the newly registered voters to support a certain slate of candidates running for Lansing City Council based on their position regarding regulation of marijuana dispensaries, including the one owned by Pena.
 
Michigan Election Law prohibits the provision of anything of value in order to induce or influence the manner of voting (MCL 168.931(1)(a)). Such violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
 
 

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Racial discrimination claimed after employee comments on marijuana email

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
After being fired for responding to a co-worker's email about marijuana, Krisner O. Green filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Pan America Laboratories on Sept. 8 in federal court in New Orleans.
 
Green was employed by the defendant from July 2010 until his termination in September 2010, the lawsuit claims. He states he was subjected to racial remarks and a racially hostile work environment during his three month employment. 
 
According to the lawsuit, in September an email was sent to several co-workers that contained a link to an article in the local online newspaper about the street value of marijuana seized from an arrest.
 
Green replied to the email that "it was crazy and not possible." 
 
Several days later, the company terminated Green and two other African Americans stating that the email was not within the culture or beliefs of the company. 
 
He states he was subjected to racial remarks and a racially hostile work environment during his three month employment. Specifically, Green states that the company owner referred to black employees as "them" and "yall." 
 
The plaintiff is asking the court to issue an injunction preventing the defendant from further unlawful practices and for an award of back pay, interest, bonuses, pension, lost benefits, compensatory damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of reputation, embarrassment, humiliation, punitive damages, court costs and attorney's fees. 
 

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Dispensary Owner Charged For Offering Free Pot

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a Lansing marijuana dispensary owner has been charged with violating Michigan election law for allegedly offering free marijuana to citizens who registered to vote as an inducement to influence their manner of voting. Shekina Pena, 34, owner of Your Healthy Choice Clinic, has been charged with one count of Election Law – Influencing Voters with Money Or Other Valuable Consideration.
 
“Voters did not intend for marijuana to be handed out as a door prize, especially when it undermines the integrity of our elections process,” said Schuette. “Secretary of State Johnson and I will work to ensure that Michigan election law is followed.”
 
“Integrity in elections is sacred to democracy,” said Johnson, who has made election reform a top priority for the Michigan Department of State. “The intent of their actions was clear – they offered their customers marijuana in exchange for voter registration. They also supplied a slate of their preferred candidates. This goes beyond election shenanigans. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
 
Investigation by the Attorney General’s office revealed that on July 27, 2011, Pena’s dispensary allegedly offered free marijuana in exchange for citizens registering to vote. The dispensary allegedly encouraged the newly registered voters to support a certain slate of candidates running for Lansing City Council based on their position regarding regulation of marijuana dispensaries, including the one owned by Pena. The dispensary’s website also featured the slogan “Vote for Us and We’ll Vote For You.”
 
Michigan Election Law prohibits the provision of anything of value in order to induce or influence the manner of voting (MCL 168.931(1)(a)). Such violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
 
The charge against Pena was filed today in Lansing’s 54A District Court. Pena was arraigned before Judge DeLuca and a personal bond of $3,500 was set. Future court dates have yet to be scheduled. 
 
 

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Medical Marijuana Patient Groups Sue City

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
A group of medical marijuana patient groups claim the city missed a legal step before implementing their pot ordinance. KABC's Jo Kwon says now they're suing. 
 
Pot Patients Challenge LA Ordinance on Environmental Grounds
 
A group devoted to the rights of medical marijuana patients announced Wednesday that it has filed a legal challenge to a Los Angeles ordinance regulating pot dispensaries on the grounds that an environmental impact report was not created.
 
"The City Attorney pushed an ordinance through the City Council in January 2010 that was so full of contradictions and legally questionable rules that a judge placed a hold on its implementation, and it has since then had to be frequently amended in an effort to survive 57 lawsuits, which should be decided by the end of this month," said James Shaw, director of the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients in a statement. "No one, however, has recognized that the ordinance cannot be implemented at all until an EIR is prepared, as required by the California
Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, on the impact of reducing the number of medical cannabis locations from 400 to 100 and then forcing most of the 100 to move." 
 
 

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