Vermont Signs Dispensary Bill
Vermont's governor signed a bill this morning that would allow state licensed dispensaries. The previous law required patients to grow their own medicine, or facilitate an illegal underground transaction to get relief from their illness. The new bill will allow up to four licensed dispensaries within the state of Vermont.
Pot Legalization Vote Sought in Nebraska
Frank Shoemaker, a McCook attorney has filed a petition with the Nebraska Secretary of state “to remove all laws regulating the private noncommercial use of cannabis, also known as marijuana.”
In the filing Shoemaker asked for a constitutional amendment to the laws that would be put before the Nebraska voters in November 2012. If successful and voters approve, Nebraska will be the first state in the nation to legalize pot.
California voters rejected a similar proposal in their state. If Nebraska breaks ground on this issue, the federal government might have something to say about it. Last year, federal officials warned they would consider a lawsuit against the state of California should the initiative pass.
Arizona Health Department Rejects Dispensary Applications: Because they say so
The Arizona Health Department's lobby was turned into a stage when the DHS director Will Humble heard the first medical marijuana dispensary application. Humble immediately rejected the application, and was asked for a defense as to why by the applicant.
“Why? Because I said so, “ said Will Humble.
This is completely ridiculous in my opinion. The DHS Director is miss using his powers to force his own morals and ideas on others. Mr. Humble, I feel like you have just spit in the face of Arizona's voters. After all, they did vote to pass the medical marijuana bill in their state, and all of your states politicians are doing everything in their power to get it shut down.
Seed-to-Sale Strengthens Colorado Against Government
The Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division of Colorado has enacted 77 pages of regulations for marijuana dispensaries that are set to go into effect July 1, 2011. Included in in these regulations is everything from type of locks to be used on dispensary doors to the creation of a Seed-to-Sale monitoring system. This Seed-to-Sale system will help to ward off federal intervention because it creates a closed loop with in the state; meaning marijuana never crosses state boarders.
The creation of the Seed-to-Sale system in Colorado stems from a 2005 Supreme Court Case Gonzalez vs. Raich. In this case, the federal government was able to convict a medical marijuana patient of California using the Commerce Clause as justification for intervention. Seed-to-Sale will prevent the government from using this to gain access to Colorado.
With this new system, from the moment the seed is planted to the second it is sold to the customer, its identifying information as well as location will be documented . The plant a long with the package will be embedded with an RFID tag, similar to the ones used by Wal-Mart.
Two Thousand Pounds of Marijuana Seized By Boarder Patrol
Boarder Patrol in Tuscon, Arizona was very busy over the holiday weekend. On Saturday Afternoon, agents attempted to stop a driver who avoided a vehicle checkpoint on Interstate 19 in Arizona. The vehicle evaded the agents, but was recovered hours later abandoned in the middle of the desert. The vehicle was loaded with over 360 lbs of marijuana, valued at an estimated 180,000 dollars.
On Sunday evening agents detected a vehicle driving through the desert with its headlights off. Agents showed up to the scene to find an abandoned truck weighed down with 1,773lbs of marijuana worth nearly a million dollars on the street. Two illegal aliens were found in the area and transported to Ajo Station for further questioning.
DC Avoids Federal Threats
All over the country medical marijuana programs and their supporters are nervous. In recent weeks, A number of states have received threatening letters from the U.S. District Attorneys. These letters were sent to remind states that the federal government still considers marijuana illegal, regardless of what their voters want.
The District of Columbia has been one of the few to not receive a letter. Ron Machen, the U.S. Attorney that presides over D.C refused to comment on why D.C has not received a letter yet, but he states that the program remains “under review.” Machen might feel resources would be wasted on such a small and restrictive program, but only time will tell.
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