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.
Hydroponics Superstore Opens Franchise In Arizona
WeGrow, the first and only hydroponics franchise that openly talks about marijuana, will be opening a 21,000 suare-foot store in Phoenix. WeGrow will open to teach over 100,000 new patients the art of growing medical marijuana.
WeGrow will also be holding a grand opening festival cleverly named "The Green Rush." This is the francises third U.S. location. Medical Marijuana may be put on hold in Arizona due to Gov. Jan Brewer's recent lawsuit against the federal government. "Suspending the state's medical marijuana program will transition Arizona from a state-licensed cannabis distribution model to a patient-cultivator distribution model like California. Now in order to get their cannabis, patients will have to grow it themselves, and most of them will have no idea how to do that. weGrow was created to assist exactly this type of customer," said Dhar Mann, founder of WeGrow.
Feds License Drug Companies To Grow Marijuana
From Arizona to Washington, the DEA is cracking down on medical marijuana and dispensaries everywhere. They have done everything from write threatening letters to politicians to kicking in caregiver’s door; and they did all this while licensing 55 large name pharmaceutical companies to grow the herb to produce generic versions of the THC pill Marinol.
A little hypocritical to say the least? On top of all that, patients claim that THC-only Marinol didn’t provide the same relief they received from smoking marijuana. “They’ve got to realize, as a political issue, this is going to raise a red flag. Here we have companies cultivating marijuana on a mass scale to produce generic Marinol. It’s going to force the government to answer more questions than it wants to,” says Kris Hermes, t he spokesperson for Americans for Safe Access.
California MMJ Patient Released From Bermuda Jail
Edith Wolffe, An American Tourist traveling to Bermuda, was arrested in mid May for attempting to smuggle in marijuana. Wolffe possessed a medical marijuana card from the state of California, and needed the herb to treat her Meniere’s disease. Airport Security found more than 35 grams of marijuana hidden within her suitcase after Wolffe was chosen for a random security check.
The judge in her hearing said the prescription had no validity in Bermuda, and Wolffe was originally sentenced to a month in jail along with $3,000 in fines. Wolffe’s lawyer, Mark Pettingill filed an appeal with the Bermuda Supreme court and late Friday night Wolffe was released until an appeal may be heard. A date for the appeal hearing has not been set.
Mendocino County Brings in Big Money on Growers Permits
According to MCSO Administrative services manager Norm Thurston, the money coming into Mendocino county California for growers permits has more than doubled in the last month.
An analysis of the permits account on 4/20/11 showed the program had pulled in $152,000 in revenue but by Friday, the account showed more than $300,000. This total includes zip-tie revenue, permit revenue, and $45,450 from a restitution program put in place by the District Attorney for growers who didn’t comply with the program.
Thurston has received more than 40 applications, and says he is on pace to meet the county goal of 100 permits. If this goal is met, it will mean no layoffs within the Mendocino County government, and the current amount is enough to avoid the most current round of layoffs in the sheriff’s department.
Dispensaries Fear San Francisco Tracking and Records Could Bring Trouble
The city of San Francisco is trying to compile a list and keep records of all medical marijuana suppliers in the area; something that has many marijuana caregivers fearing for their safety.
What we do is federally illegal. As long as The City is offering patients no protection, it’s just absurd,” said one local delivery service. If a list is compiled and made public dispensaries will be sitting targets for the feds as well as local criminals.
“The department’s overarching aim is to steer [medical cannabis dispensary] practices towards conformity with California and San Francisco law. In this way, we reduced the likelihood for MCDs of community concerns and criminal prosecution,” said the Director of Environmental Health regarding the recent policy changes.
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