Amsterdam Closes Coffee Shop Doors to Tourists
On Friday the Netherlands government announced that it would ban tourists from purchasing marijuana from the famed coffee shops of Amsterdam. The Netherlands, particularly Amsterdam, is known world- wide for its lenient drug policies and over 220 coffee shops, has become a popular attraction and critics fear this change in policy would kill the tourist industry.
This change is set to take effect by the end of the year. The new policies still allow for Dutch residents to purchase marijuana, but they must register for a one-year membership, and each shop will be allowed a maximum of 1,500 members.
The coalition government that came into power more than a year ago hopes the marijuana crackdown will fight crime and promote health. "In order to tackle the nuisance and criminality associated with coffee shops and drug trafficking, the open-door policy of coffee shops will end," said Dutch health and justice ministers. Many fear that this initiative will simply push drugs to the black market and in fact increase crime in the country.
Nova Scotia May Have To Pay For Couples Grow Operation
A Nova Scotia couple has filed a lawsuit against the government claiming they are too poor to purchase the necessary equipment to produce medical marijuana, and they want the government to pay for it.
Both Tanya and Sam have licenses to grow marijuana for their own use, but run out quite often. "We can't keep up on the amount that we need to grow," says Sam. Sam has been diagnosed with glaucoma and a blood disorder, while Tanya suffers debilitating pain from a car accident.
The Couple is requesting that the providence covers a one-time set up fee of $2,500 and another $100.00 every three months for chemical supplies. According to the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, over $200,000 as already been spent fighting the couples request.
MMJ Patient Wins Unemployment Suit Against Miller-Coors
An employee of Miller-Coors in Denver Colorado was fired earlier this month for testing positive for cannabis during a random drug screening at the brewery. Paul Curry worked at the plant for 7 years without incident, and was fired immediately following the drug screening.
Miller-Coors refused Curry all unemployment rights following his termination, so he sued. The Court has ruled in Curry’s favor, rewarding him with all unemployment benefits. “This ruling says that he was not terminated through any fault of his own. It says that Coors was in the wrong. With this ruling, there can be no other reason for his termination than discrimination. Coors needs to take this ruling very seriously,” said Curry’s lawyer.
California Marijuana Patient Jailed In Bermuda
An American Tourist, Edith Wolffe, was arrested Wednesday after Bermuda airport security found 14 rolled cigarettes filled with marijuana. Wolffe admitted to smuggling the marijuana into the country but pleaded its medical usage. Wolffe uses the herb to treat Ménière's disease; an illness that affects hearing and balance.
“Simply put, it’s a poke. It’s brought here by a lady who had an existing medical condition. It should be dealt with by way of a fine and it shouldn’t be exuberant,” said Mark Pettingill, Wolffe’s lawyer. The Bermuda magistrate disagreed and sentenced Wolffe to 30 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Alaskas MMJ Laws Unclear: Keeps State Safe From Feds
Recent federal crackdowns on the medical marijuana industry have been happening all over the continental United States. The threatening letters and late night raids on dispensaries have made many state law makers review their current medical marijuana regulations and wonder when the feds are showing up; but not Alaska.
The wording of Alaska’s MMJ bill leaves out one of the most essential parts of marijuana as a medicine; how you are supposed to actually get it. Though no state official will admit it, obtaining the herb for medical purposes almost always requires an illegal transaction because there is no approved method to purchase the medication, and the law doesn’t address the issue.
This is the main reason that Alaska isn’t taking any heat right now in the midst of a Federal crackdown. The Anchorage based US attorney says she has never dealt with a marijuana issue since she took the job two years ago, and doesn’t see that changing any time soon.
Arizona suit meant to dodge voters choice
Many believe the suit filed today by Arizona’s attorney general Tom Horne is the Governor’s round-about way of keeping marijuana illegal in the state. The Federal Controlled Substances Act will trump any state statute in a court of law; there for side stepping voter enacted Prop 203.
The suit stems from a letter from the U.S. Attorney General, David Ogden, threatening action against medical marijuana dispensaries. In the letter Ogden said, "…nor does clear and unambiguous compliance with state law or the absence of one or all of the above factors create a legal defense to a violation of the Controlled Substances Act."
It is uncertain if the federal judge will even hear the case and many believe it will be turned away by the court. Typically, they do not like to rule on purely academic issues. If it is chosen, the judge will have no choice to rule against the state of Arizona.
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