Marine wants marijuana regulated properly so patients can use it to ease pain

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
A U.S. Marine who spent six months in Operation Enduring Freedom and has a severe back injury has found some relief in legally using marijuana three times a week.
Spec. 4 Chris Swift, a 31-year-old Waterford Township father of two with his current wife, Jaclyn, 27, also spent time in Okinawa Prefecture before being honorably discharged from the Marines on July 20, 2008.
Swift, who went to Parris Island, S.C., for training to be a Marine, also has post-traumatic stress disorder.
He was involved in a severe car accident while stationed near San Diego and has degenerative disc disease in his lower back, he said.
He is applying for Social Security Disability Income, and he and his wife, and two young girls, live on his $500 a month in veteran's benefits, he said. In addition, the family receives food stamps. His wife just gave birth to their second child and plans "to go back to school to study to be an ultrasound tech."


Pizza Delivery Driver Calls Cops On Customer Who Smoked Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Another "Citizen" going out of their way to cause trouble for people trying to medicate. Instead of minding his own damn businesss a Pizza boy decided to call the cops and rat out someone someking weed after making a delivery to their house.
We're freaking out, man. There's one more thing for marijuana smokers to be paranoid of in this world, and it's a doozy. No, we're not talking cops, conspiracy theories, parents, or any of the standard terror-inducing buzz-kills. We're talking about the pizza delivery driver.
Frederick Smith of Aurora, Colorado has a medical marijuana card for pain he suffers resulting from a bike accident. Last Friday night, after a long day at work, Smith ordered a pizza. While his nine-year-old daughter was upstairs taking a bath, Smith smoked a quick bowl. Pizza delivery guy shows up, drops off the pie, and leaves.
Shortly thereafter, Smith tells Westword, he heard loud pounding on his door. He opened it to find an Aurora Police officer; he explains he'd been called by a Papa John's driver who said there were small children around marijuana, and (per policy) came to check on the situation.
9News reports the officer searched the house and left without filing any charges. In the meantime, Smith has complained to Papa Johns and the Better Business Bureau.
The pizza delivery man says he contacted police to double-check on the welfare of the 9-year-old child, according to 7News.
In a statement, Papa John's defended their driver: "He was acting as a concerned citizen and for what he believes was the best interests of our community."





IRS: Oakland's Largest Pot Dispensary Owes Millions

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

The federal government continues to try and find ways to shut down legally operating dispensaries. One of the dispensaries that has been targetted recently was Oaklands Harborside who the IRS says owes over $2 million dollars in back taxes from 2007 and 2008. The claim is that the dispensary cannot deduct common deductions such as payroll , rent and more. We can only hope that Harboside prevails in this battle and sets precedent for the rest of the dispenaries in the industry.

Oakland’s Harborside Health Center — the largest medical marijuana dispensary on the West Coast — lost the first round in a high-stakes battle with the Internal Revenue Service that could spell trouble for the booming pot industry.
In a letter to Harborside late last week, the IRS ruled that the dispensary cannot deduct standard business expenses such as payroll and rent, because it is involved in what the agency terms "the trafficking of controlled substances," said Luigi Zamarra, Harborside’s chief financial officer. 
“We can't live with the conclusions that the IRS has come to and neither can the industry,” Zamarra said in an interview Monday. If the IRS ultimately prevails, “we would close our doors and go away because the business model wouldn’t work,” he said.


CU Accounts Seized in Medical Marijuana Money Probe

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
U.S. Treasury officials seized accounts belonging to two medical marijuana dispensaries as part of an investigation into possible money laundering, according to media reports.
Local media outlets are reporting that the accounts belonged to the One Love Wellness Center in Sacramento, Calif., and the Mary Jane's Wellness dispensary in Gold River, Calif.
The CU which kept the deposits was reported to be the 151,000-member, $1.8 billion SAFE Credit Union, headquartered in North Highlands, Calif. The credit union has not yet returned calls for comment about the report.
According to media accounts, the Internal Revenue Service seized the accounts after the CU allegedly alerted government officials that it suspected the dispensaries of having made deposits in way that was meant to conceal them from federal suspicious reporting requirements.
The controversy arises about a year after the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries in some states threw pushed the question of whether or not to accept their deposits into the laps of some credit unions. 
Several other credit unions in California and Colorado declined to accept the deposits, citing their unclear legal status.
According to media reports, no criminal charges have been filed in the case.


ATF Tells Gun Dealers They Can't Sell to Medical Marijuana Patients

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
There is absolutely no reason that the ATF should be trying to ban medical marijuana patients from having firearms. You can take morphine, vicodin, tylenol, alcohol but if you smoke marijuana you SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO OWN A FIREARM... what kind of nonsense is this crap?
Last time I checked my medical history and anything related is private and is no one elses business!
While some citizens may have won the right to use medical marijuana, winning one right may come at the expense of another. 
In a letter to firearms dealers across the country, federal authorities are being clear that firearms should not be sold to medical marijuana users.
The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agency (ATF) is sending a letter to gun dealers warning them it is illegal to sell the weapons to people who admit smoking medical marijuana and have a medical marijuana card -- something the card holders are unimpressed about.
"I'm a medical marijuana patient and I own a gun," says Arizona resident Sunny Singh, who fears his right to carry a firearm will be affected.
"A lot of these people who really need medical marijuana as a medicine shouldn't be targeted or have their rights taken away."
Even though voters made medical marijuana legal in Arizona at the end of last year, the federal government says the drug is still illegal.
Federal laws say dealers cannot sell guns to people who use illegal drugs or are addicted to drugs.
But the law doesn't specify whether or not gun dealers are required to ask customers if they have a medical marijuana card. There is confusion about the consequences if a card holder buys a gun and simply does not tell the dealer.
"Clarification would be nice, let people know what the rules are so they can understand if they're doing the right or wrong thing," Singh says.


Marijuana penalties too harsh

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

For some reason we are going backwards with the fight on marijuana when it comes to Canadas idea of punishment for simple posession. 

Within the next several weeks, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will very likely pass their omnibus crime bill. Within this bill, is the Organized Drug Crime Act (formerly Bill S-10).
Among other items, the bill states that if you are caught with six or more marijuana plants, there is a mandatory, minimum six-month prison sentence. The maximum sentence will increase from nine months to 14 years with the passing of this bill. Now let's think about that for a minute, and look at the facts:
Marijuana is one of the safest drugs available today. It is not possible to consume a lethal amount of marijuana.
Alcohol is more addictive, more toxic to the brain and liver, and more closely associated with violence (domestic abuse, sexual assault, homicide, suicide).
Acetaldehyde, the major byproduct of alcohol metabolism, is toxic and carcinogenic. Thirty-five thousand Americans die yearly as a direct result of alcohol use. Cigarettes kill 1,200 Americans every day, and 5.4 million a year worldwide. (Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD).
There has never been a death directly associated with marijuana. Marijuana has many medicinal uses. Patients with multiple sclerosis, gliomas, brain injury, Tourettes Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and many other ailments, have found that marijuana helped them with their symptoms, or slowed the progression of the disease. There is also strong evidence that marijuana kills cancer cells with no harm to healthy surrounding cells (See "Can Cannibus cure Cancer" on DVD).
So, why are we enforcing such harsh penalties for growing a plant that has so many medicinal uses, and so little (if any) side effects?
I'm stumped.



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