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Marijuana Legalization Petition Draws White House Response

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The White House weighed in once more Tuesday on the issue of marijuana legalization, responding to a trio of highly popular petitions submitted to its "We the People" website.
 
President Barack Obama's administration dispatched Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and a well-known marijuana foe, to handle the query. He began by acknowledging that the nation was "in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana," and then referred petitioners to the administration's previous response to recent legalization measures passed in Colorado and Washington. Kerlikowske declined to say what, if any, progress had been made on the Justice Department's review of those states' initiatives, and went on to quote from Obama's most recent comments on marijuana legalization, given to Barbara Walter of ABC News.
 
Kerlikowske selected a particularly innocuous segment of Obama's response, in which the president describes the necessity for his administration to "reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it's legal."
 
The administration has responded to petitions on marijuana legalization in the past. Before "We the People" was utilized predominantly as a forum to air strange grievances, push for the deportation of a British media personality or express Star Wars fanaticism, it was used primarily to press the administration on drug policy.
 
Marijuana legalization advocates eventually got a response, also from Kerlikowske, that then broke no new ground on the longheld White House position that marijuana is a dangerous drug with no medical value.
 
In its latest response, it appears that the administration has at least been forced to shift the framing of their approach to the issue of marijuana legalization. That said, they are apparently not yet ready to answer questions about a federal response to the recent progress in Colorado and Washington.
 

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NFL Players Should Be Allowed To Use Marijuana Instead Of Painkillers

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
On Nov. 6 of last year, the state of Washington made the possession and use of marijuana legal for adults. Marijuana remains illegal in Washington, D.C., the home of the Redskins. Last week, the District of Columbia ranked ninth on a list of America’s ‘25 Drunkest Cities,’ while Seattle, home of the Seahawks, didn’t even make the list.
 
Is it a coincidence that the Seahawks handily beat the Redskins this past Sunday?
 
Perhaps. (Nevertheless, it is worth noting that both the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos have yet to lose a game at home since their respective states made marijuana legal.)
 
But we have to wonder why the NFL continues to prohibit marijuana use by players during the off-season, even in states that have made it legal, while simultaneously promoting alcohol use at every game. Moreover, the league continues to prohibit players in those states from using marijuana for medical purposes, despite its proven ability to ease chronic pain – a condition that affects many players.
 
Perhaps allowing professional athletes to make the choice to use marijuana instead of painkillers could make a difference in their performances. And so could allowing them to use marijuana instead of alcohol when they are relaxing or socializing with friends. Regardless, it is bad policy to continue punishing these athletes simply for making a safer choice.
 

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AIDS patient: Alarm contract canceled because of marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —A medical marijuana grower said his home alarm company of three years dropped him after a repairman saw his grow inside his house.
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"I still want to call the governor,” said the homeowner, who didn't want to reveal his identity.  “If this company doesn’t want to recognize our state laws, then maybe we shouldn’t license them (in California)."
 
The homeowner is an AIDS patient who said he grows the marijuana legally for himself and more than a dozen other patients.
 
He said his alarm company, ADT, doesn’t service homes with medical marijuana grows because of federal laws.
 
“It’s like one more time state laws are just ignored, and that's not right,” said the man.
 
KCRA 3 contacted ADT about its company policy for California homes that have a legal medical marijuana grow inside.  
 
The company emailed the following response through spokeswoman Sarah Cohn: “As a matter of policy, ADT does not provide services to medical marijuana dispensaries even in states where they are legal under state law because they are still illegal under federal law.”
 
KCRA 3 contacted many local alarm companies who said they have no problem protecting homes with medical marijuana grows, but they also understand why a national company may choose not to.
 
The medical marijuana patient whose contract was canceled fears he will now have to spend hundreds of dollars to have another alarm installed, when his current alarm only needed to be fixed.
 

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Medical marijuana: Aaron Sandusky sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Aaron Sandusky has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
 
The former G3 Holistic Inc. medical marijuana dispensary president was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley.
 
"In this case, as the defendant was warned, the court's hands are tied," U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said.
 
"Whether you agree with the defendant's position or not."
 
Sandusky was found guilty in October of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana plants, to possess with intent to distribute marijuana plants, and to maintain a drug-involved premises; and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana plants, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
 
Anderson recommended that Sandusky serve his time in Victorville federal prison.
 
Sandusky's hands and feet were shackled today in Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse. He was clad in a white prison suit and green jacket.
 
"I want to apologize to those with me and their families who have been victimized by the federal government who has not recognized the voters of this state," Sandusky said in court.
 
State voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, allowing medical marijuana in the state, while state Senate Bill 420,which details the amount of marijuana a person can possess for medical purposes, prevents cities and counties from banning marijuana dispensaries. But federal law says marijuana - medical or otherwise is illegal.
 

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Colorado may get marijuana vending machines

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
The passage of Amendment 64 has a California company counting green about the possibility of using its vending machines to dispense marijuana, NBC News reports.
 
Medbox, a publicly held company based in Hollywood, already has its vending machines installed at medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
 
Voters in Colorado in November approved Amendment 64, which allows the possession and use of a small amount of marijuana by adults. Voters in Washington state approved a similar measure.
 
Medbox is offering to work with officials in Colorado and Washington to help create the framework for a legal marijuana industry. The company says its vending machines "act an inventory control and taxation tracking tool so that the states can effectively track the taxes and collect on them more efficiently with real-time reporting directly from the machine to the state database."
 

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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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