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Outrage: Medical Marijuana Patients Sent to Federal Prison by Obama Administration

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
This month will see a number of patients sentenced, sent to prison despite compliance with state medical marijuana laws
 
Washington, DC -- Fallout from the Obama Administration's aggressive federal enforcement in medical marijuana states has reached a fever pitch this month with three people being sentenced, two others due to surrender to federal authorities to serve out sentences of up to five years in prison, and one federal trial in Montana currently scheduled for January 14th. Two of the three people being sentenced in the coming month -- Montana cultivator Chris Williams and Los Angeles-area dispensary operator Aaron Sandusky -- face five and ten years to life, respectively.
 
"The number of sick patients being locked up by the Obama Administration is unprecedented and deplorable," said Kris Hermes, spokesperson for Americans for Safe Access, the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy organization. "Aggressive enforcement is an unacceptable means of addressing medical marijuana as a public health issue," continued Hermes. "The Obama Administration is lying to the American people when it says it's not targeting individual patients and these cases are clear evidence of that." Montana patient cultivator Richard Flor died in August while serving out a 5-year prison sentence.
 
Five cultivators claiming to be in compliance with Michigan's medical marijuana law were sentenced in October. Two of the cultivators -- Jaycob Montague and Jeremy Duval -- are already serving their prison terms of 18 months and 5 years, respectively, and two others -- John Marcinkewciz and Shelley Waldron -- are scheduled to surrender to federal authorities on January 8th and 10th, respectively. Waldron will be imprisoned for 18 months and Marcinkewciz for 5 years. The fifth cultivator, Jerry Duval (Jeremy's father), was sentenced to 10 years, but has not yet been given a surrender date.
 
More than a dozen people were indicted after federal agents conducted raids on state compliant medical marijuana businesses throughout Montana in March 2011. Only one, Chris Williams, went to trial and, like all other medical marijuana defendants who are tried in federal court, was denied a defense and swiftly convicted. While facing more than 80 years of mandatory minimum sentencing, Williams accepted a rare post-conviction plea deal that reduced his charges and possible sentence to 5 years to life in exchange for his promise not to appeal his conviction. Williams, who is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1st, worked at Montana Cannabis with Chris Lindsey, another indicted cultivator. Lindsey, who testified against Williams at his trial, is expected to be sentenced today. Medical marijuana cultivator Jason Washington has one of the last unresolved federal cases in Montana. Washington is currently scheduled to go to trial on January 14th.
 

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Company wants to introduce marijuana vending machines to Washington

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
They could be coming to Washington soon: pot vending machines.
 
Will we see Medbox pot vending machines, right next to the movies in the Redbox machine?
 
The California company says it wants to bring marijuana dispensing machines to our state, now that Washington has legalized pot.
 
KING 5 reports the machines are already being used in some states where medicinal marijuana is legal.
 
The machines require patients to scan a fingerprint that then links them to an on-file prescription for medical marijuana.
 
In Massachusetts, the pot vending machines are placed behind the counter of dispensaries. Besides your fingerprint, patients also need to have a state ID and a HIPPA compliant user ID card provided by the company.
 
Medbox is working to adapt the machines for recreational users. They could dispense everything from weed in pill bottles to marijuana-infused foods, lotions or lollipops.
 
Washington state is still working out rules for implementing the new marijuana law and has until the end of the year to do so.
 

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First recreational marijuana club closed

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
The nation’s first known recreational marijuana club has already closed its doors after a dispute with its landlord.
 
Paul Lovato, owner of the White Horse Inn in the southern Colorado town of Del Norte, said he wanted to be first in the country to open a marijuana club, according to the Associated Press. He beat another pot club owner in Denver by a few hours.
 
Lovato had the keys to his the building that would house the White Horse Inn on Monday, but his lease didn't start until Tuesday, reported the Denver Post. The owner said that when his landlord saw the publicity about his club, he canceled the lease before it took effect.
 
"By opening early I kind of screwed myself out of my building," Lovato said Tuesday.
 

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THC University

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, residents are in a bit of a jam: They can't legally buy marijuana in the state, but they can legally grow up to six plants in their homes. But what if you don't have a green thumb? Well, that's where THC University comes in -- Colorado's first professional marijuana cultivation training program.
 
Talk about higher education.
 
The weed school is the brainchild of 24-year-old Matt Jones who will hold classes at Denver's Auraria Campus teaching how to properly grow marijuana from their homes -- and starting February 9th, THCU's classes will be in session.
 
"I think a lot of people just think you plant a seed, and let it go," Jones told 9News, but said that the process is much more involved than that. "You don't know all the time, where it came from, what exactly you're getting and where it came from. So this is a great way for you to be able to choose, I want my plants to be soil, I want it to be hydro, I want it to be organic.
 
Here's how THC University describes their mission on their website:
 
We believe there’s never been a better time to learn how to cultivate and care for your own marijuana plants than now. The passing of Amendment 64 allows you to legally possess and grow up to six marijuana plants in the state of Colorado, making marijuana cultivation a legal, rewarding, and cost effective way of producing marijuana for your own medicinal or recreational uses.
Our professional marijuana cultivation class will provide you with the knowledge and equipment necessary to confidently start growing your own plants without experiencing as many of the initial growing pains that many first time marijuana growers encounter.
 
The school offers an "Associates" (one full day class), a "Bachelors" (a full day class, diploma and 24/7 support post-"graduation") and a "Masters" package which includes class, 24/7 support and a grow kit so students will have all they need to get growing -- except the plants themselves, THCU does not provide marijuana plants in the classroom or to their students.
 

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Colorado Pot Clubs Celebrate Legal Marijuana in New Year

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
It was marijuana instead of champagne this year for some New Year's Eve revelers in Colorado, who lit up in private smoking clubs allowed for the first time under the state's new pot laws.
 
In Denver, people filled out an online application and paid a $30 fee to become part of Club 64, a private marijuana club named after the new pot law, Amendment 64. Members were advised of a private location in downtown Denver where they could attend a New Year's Eve party with other smokers.
 
"It went really well," said Robert Corry, an attorney who serves as general counsel for the group and helped shape the language of Amendment 64. "We rented out a retail shop for the evening. We had a DJ, music, some dancing, there was a bar and people brought alcohol, people brought food. It was a very warm, fun, happy evening."
 
Corry said that the idea for a members-only club had been in the works for years, and that Amendment 64 had been crafted specifically to allow for groups of private smokers. The initial gathering drew hundreds of interested smokers, Corry said.
 
"We're going to be getting together for periodic meetings and looking for a more permanent home. We hope to settle into a more stable spot in the future," he said. "We have a couple of hundred members at least, judging by last night. We're emerging from the shadows of prohibition, so there's' a lot of pent-up demand and interest."
 

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Maternity Wards Are Testing New Moms & Babies for Marijuana Use

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
Make sure you don't toke up if you're about to go into labor. At least if you're planning on going to a public hospital in New York City. Because if you test positive for marijuana after the delivery, you're likely to have a child protective services investigation before you even get the baby home. More than a dozen city maternity wards routinely test new moms for marijuana usage and turn the results over to city agencies.
 
These moms are almost exclusively low-income and minority women. If you're an upper class white woman in the suburbs who pops a Xanax before your delivery (not that you should, but if you do), then you're in the clear.
 
Family court attorneys apparently see lots of "neglect" cases against new moms, centering solely around a positive test for marijuana use after their delivery. One hospital in the Bronx requires moms to get tested -- if they refuse, then the babies are tested.
 
One woman at this hospital tested positive -- she admitted she smoked pot two weeks before at a party -- and the hospital reportedly held her and her baby for two days, only letting her go once subsequent tests came back negative. She was still put on "mommy probation" -- which included parenting classes -- for a year.
 

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