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Mobile medical marijuana dispensaries look to be next big issue

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-delivery-servicesTwo green crosses frame an announcement that Lima Collective Inc. in Running Springs is closed, and -- technically -- medical marijuana is no longer sold inside, said Mitchell Blanda, who ran the collective with two partners until the county told them they had to shut down.
But Blanda, two partners and occasional volunteers say openly that their operation continues "clandestinely."
 
Behind the counter, a chest contains samples of edibles, drops and marijuana accessories, the same types of items shown on the collective's website.
 
"You can order it by the phone, online, whatever, and we deliver it," said Blanda, 62. "Our patients still need it. We're not in it for money -- we barely break even -- but we think it's important for us to keep doing."
 
In an early May ruling, the state Supreme Court said local governments could ban dispensaries. But the city of Riverside, on June 11, went further with its City Council approving an emergency ordinance to prohibit mobile marijuana dispensaries as "necessary for preserving public peace, health, and safety," according to an agenda report.
 
Riverside Deputy City Attorney Neil Okazaki in video of the Riverside meeting said before its passage that "what we have found with other cities is that when storefront dispensaries close, what the operators do is move to a mobile operation where mobile marijuana dispensaries operate and deliver ... much like a pizza delivery service."
 
Back in Running Springs, Blanda said it's no secret to anyone in the small San Bernardino Mountains community that he delivers to about 9,000 people. That's about what it was before the Supreme Court's decision, although some people still come in to ask if the collective is open, he said.
 
Looking more frustrated than furtive, Blanda said he thought his operations were legal, based on the tentative opinion of attorney James DeAguilera, who represents the collective.
 
"Everything is a 'maybe,'" he said. "No one seems to know for sure what's allowed and what's not."
 

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73-year-old faces jail for growing pot, smoking 25 bowls a day

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
73yearold-jail-timeOn June 6, Ray Martin McFeters, 73, was charged in Aitkin County District Court with distribution or possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana and failure to attach tax stamps to the marijuana.
 
McFeters is also charged with felony possession of “not a small amount of marijuana” as stated in the criminal complaint filed with the Aitkin County District Court.
 
McFeters is a retired computer programmer who lives with his wife Patty on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake. He learned to write code while serving four years with the United States Air Force in crypto maintenance during the Cuban missile crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
 
“Yeah, I grew a few plants,” McFeters said. “I thought I was doing good by not supporting the cartels and everything like that.”
 
According to the complaint, McFeters had 22 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
 
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Guida first heard there was a marijuana grow at the McFeters’ residence in early 2013 through an anonymous tip. According to the complaint, Guida stopped by the house several times but never found anyone home. On April 13, Guida stated that he saw fresh tracks in the snow near McFeter’s mailbox.
 

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Marijuana fed pork becoming highly successful

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-fed-pork-highSEATTLE, Washington (KING) – It’s a different kind of head shop found just down the stairs from the Pike Place market.
 
It’s the BB Ranch selling something that’s even better than bacon. It’s marijuana fed pork.
 
“The pig farmer has been feeding them marijuana for the last two and a half months of their life and they’ve been happy as hell,” said William Von Schneidau, owner of the butcher shop.
 
This is all thanks the voters of Washington who legalized marijuana in the last election. That’s when Von Schneidau saw the opportunity wasn’t just blowing smoke.
 
“And then all of a sudden marijuana, you know, became legal a few months ago and somehow, I don’t know how, I met the commercial growers and they needed to get rid of some of their stuff. So rather than going into the compost pile we said, ‘Lets try it out.’ So here we go,” said he said.
 
The pigs are raised in a farm about an hour outside of Seattle. In fact, these pigs are on the rock star diet. The mix contains drugs and alcohol, the booze coming by way of the spent grains from Woodinville’s Project V Vodka.
 
The pot pigs grow to be extra fat and really happy according to the farmer who wants to be anonymous.
 
Here’s the tough part of the story. The pigs love eating weed, and what gives me pleasure is BBQ pork.
 
So I brought some pot pork belly to my buddy Steve Freeman at Celtic Cowboy BBQ in Edmonds. And we decided to smoke it.
 
Steve rubbed the belly, which is basically the part that bacon comes from, with spices and tossed it into the smoker for about 45 minuets. He then seared it on a skillet.
 
Steve says the results are stunning.
 
Read more: http://www.ksn.com

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Rand Paul: Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder

I guess the Senator never met this guy... 

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he did not support the legalization of marijuana, though he did support some form of decriminalization.
 
“What I think is that if your kid or one of his friends goes out and gets caught with marijuana, sticking them in prison is a big mistake,” he told Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution. “So I don’t really believe in prison sentences for these minor non-violent drug offenses, but I’m not willing to go all the way to say it is a good idea either. I think people who use marijuana all the time lose IQ points, I think they lose their drive to show up for work.”
 
Paul, however, added that he believed individual states should be allowed to decide whether they wanted to legalize marijuana or not.
 

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Eric Holder Urged to leave states with recreational Marijuana alone

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
eric-holder-mmjSeven congressional Democrats from Washington have asked Attorney General Eric Holder for assurance the Justice Department won't punish those who sell and smoke marijuana under the state's new recreational pot law.
 
Last November, the voters in the Evergreen State approved legislation that legalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. But it is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
 
In a letter released Tuesday, Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and Reps. Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, and Derek Kilmer, asked Holder to assure marijuana users and sellers that they won't be prosecuted, The Seattle Times reports. 
 
"We hope that you will exercise your significant discretionary authority by choosing not to . . . prosecute our residents and state employees acting in compliance with these laws," the letter states. 
 
Marijuana could be sold in stores in Washington as early as next year and will be supervised under the auspices of the state's Liquor Control Board.
 
The drug will be taxed with revenues going towards healthcare and programs for the prevention of substance abuse.
 

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Florida: Having A Marijuana Pipe Is A Felony, But Illegally Pushing Millions Of Oxycontin Is A Fine

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
florida-bongs-illegalFlorida has a massive problem with its “Oxycontin Express”.  The state is home to more “pill mills” where addicts get their “hillbilly heroin” than any other.  Walgreen’s, the national pharmacy chain, has been under DEA investigation for distribution of millions of Oxycontin sales where thousands of sales should be expected.  Yet the drug Florida’s legislature can’t stop trying to control isn’t Oxycontin, it’s cannabis.
 
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the “bong ban” bill this weekend. Under this statute, someone caught owning or selling a pot pipe twice in the state is a felon, which in Florida means losing the right to vote virtually for life.  Drug convicts must wait seven years after fulfillment of all prison, probation, and parole to apply to a clemency board to consider restoring voting rights in Florida.  This has meant 10% of all voting-age Floridians – and a shocking 23% of black Floridians – cannot vote.  (Note to bitter Democrats: Those votes would have given us President Gore in 2000.)
 
The law is fairly toothless at the retail level.  You can still sell a corn cob pipe for any purpose, you can still sell hookahs, and you can sell any pipe so long as it is “for tobacco use only” (wink wink, nudge nudge) and 75% of your sales are tobacco-related.  But at the consumer level, if you’re caught with a used marijuana pipe, it’s going to be hard to argue it was for tobacco use.  You’ll get a first degree misdemeanor and face one year in prison the first time you’re caught and a third degree felony and face five years in prison if you’re caught again.
 

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