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Marijuana dispensaries to be recognized by Small Business Tax Equity Act

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

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 A motivated, pro-cannabis group of republicans and democrats put forward series of three bills to congress that would ensure cannabis business owners would not be discrim

inated against under the tax and banking laws. This is one of the first actions of its kind, forcing the federal government to recognize the medical marijuana industry.

 

The Small Business Tax Equity Act, sponsored by Peter Stark (D-CA) would allow for dispensary owners to take full advantage of business tax deductions on Federal tax returns, just as any other business owner has the ability to do. Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said “For the first time, we have members of Congress standing up for this industry. For the first time, we are seeing legislation pushed on behalf of these small business owners.”

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Detroit Physician to lose medical license for underground sale of Marijuana Cards

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

A Detroit doctor’s medical license was suspended today when police uncovered the illegal sale of pre-signed medical marijuana cards.  Lois Butler-Jackson, 50, allegedly sold the application packets out of a nearby appliance store in Warren.

 

Undercover police were able to purchase completed and pre-signed application packets for $250.00 at the appliance store with-out meeting Dr. Butler-Jackson, or ever even entering a clinic. Officers also report they were able to purchase marijuana from the appliance store.

 

Butler-Jackson’s license has been suspended pending a hearing held by the State of Michigan. The hearing in 10 days will determine whether or not her license will be permanently revoked.

 

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Marijuana Dispensary laws left unclear in Washington

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Proposal vetoes by Washington’s governor combined with a lack of general support during the legislative session has left Washington medical marijuana dispensary owners wondering.

 

Democratic Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Seattle, scrambled to push a series of proposals through the system before the end of the legislative session. One of which managed to make it all the way to Governor Chris Gregoire’s, but was struck down. This means that dispensary owners must wait for legislators to return to session before there is any clarity in the laws.

 

The haziness surrounding the medical marijuana laws in Washington has left dispensary owners and caregivers vulnerable to prosecution by the state.  King County’s prosecutor Dan Satterberg believes the governor’s veto represents a huge step backward in medical marijuana legislation. "It put cops and prosecutors back in the position of trying to make this law work," he said. "That's not our role. If this has medical value, it should be dealt with by health care professionals."

 

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Arizona set to sue Federal Government over recognition of medical marijuana initiative

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Tom Horne, The Arizona Attorney General, will file a federal lawsuit Friday asking for federal recognition of Arizona’s new voter-approved medical marijuana laws.

 

A letter sent by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke is what initially sparked the lawsuit into action. In the letter Burke said, “Compliance with Arizona laws and regulations does not provide a safe harbor, or immunity from federal prosecution”.

 

Horne filled the suit in hopes to get federal ruling in his favor as well as get the Federal Government to recognize state’s medical marijuana laws. You can’t have people subject to two competing sovereignties – the state sovereignty that says it’s OK [and] the federal sovereignty that says it’s not OK, we’ll prosecute it,” said Horne.

 

Some states have halted their medical marijuana program all together in fear of threats by the U.S. Government. Arizona has chosen to take a neutral stance; not wanting to undo the will of the voters. The Arizona Department of Health believes that Burke’s threat of prosecution may deter people from participating in the medical marijuana program.

 

 

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Smash-And-Grab Invasions at Whittier Pot Shops Involved ... Police?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
​Medical marijuana is legal in California. But what happens when a pot shop isn't following the local rules? Is it a matter for a threatening letter, or should the cops move in and treat the retailer like a street-corner dope peddler.
Some pot shop owners in Whittier are claiming that the latter was the case last week when Whittier police moved in on a pair of out-of-compliance shops.
 
Officers smashed glass, took pot from patients and moved in with guns drawn, according to witnesses who complained to the Whittier Daily News.
 
According to Whittier police, the dispensaries at 14430 Whittier Boulevard #A and 8645 Greenleaf Avenue were hit on Wednesday with the help of other law agencies.
 
Laura Kaplanian, owner of GreenReleaf Healing Center on Greenleaf, told the Whittier paper:
 
They broke in the glass door and shattered it when they came in. They trashed our place. They took all of the patients' medicine (marijuana) from their hands. It was inhumane. We're not animals.
Michael McGehee, owner of the Apex - Alternative Patient Dispensary on Whittier Blvd:
 
They had all of their guns pulled, screaming, 'Get down.' The patients didn't even know what was going on.
Cops who claim they got at least about $50,000 worth of drugs total out of both places say the shops were operating against state law -- as for-profit drug ventures instead of as nonprofit caregivers for the seriously ill.
 
Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper told the Whittier Daily News "... they were acting as for-profit organizations essentially selling drugs."
 

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Man receives prison sentence for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
A Plainfield man has been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing nearly a half-pound of marijuana last summer in Naperville.
 
Michael R. Frederiksen, 23, pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court to a felony charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, according to court records. Judge Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes May 13 accepted the plea, sentencing Frederiksen to a year in prison and fining him just over $1,272, court records indicated.
 
Molly M. Schubert was Frederiksen’s accomplice in the crime. She last lived on the 900 block of Greensboro Court, in the Fontenaix neighborhood on Naperville’s east side.
 
Schubert, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, court records showed. Alessio-Policandriotes sentenced her to a day in jail, placed her on two years of probation and ordered her to perform 30 hours of community service work, according to court records.
 
Undercover Naperville police investigators arrested Frederiksen and Schubert Aug. 17, as they sat inside Schubert’s Ford Escape in a strip mall parking lot near 111th Street and Route 59 on the city’s far southwest side.
 
Sgt. John McAnally said last year the arrests came after police learned the pair would be in the area that afternoon trying to make a drug sale.
 
McAnally said police discovered several packages inside the vehicle. They were found to contain a total of just under 220 grams of marijuana with an estimated street sale value of $3,200, McAnally said.
 

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