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Cash Hyde Succumbs to Cancer, Family Says Medical Marijuana Extended His Life

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Cash Hyde lived half of his life with a feeding tube surgically attached to his stomach. And about half of his life was spent in hospitals -- including a 49-day coma -- after a diagnosis with brain cancer. It was that cancer which claimed his life Wednesday night; he had beaten it twice, but after two full remissions, its third appearance was too much. He died in his father's arms at the family home in Missoula, Montana. 
 
He was 4 years old.
 
He was first diagnosed with cancer at 20 months. He learned to walk and speak while terminally ill, and shortly before he died, informed his family that he had had enough. "No more pokes," said Cash, referring to the countless injections, blood drawings and other medical procedures that are a cancer patient's daily routine.
 
And while it was cancer that killed him, it was a 2011 change in Montana state law which denied him for 73 days access to the medicine that had kept him alive to that point. That medicine was cannabis, which Mike Hyde administered to his son at the risk of federal and state prison terms.
 
Cash's story had made national news, with outlets flying to Missoula to interview the family and film Cash taking his illegal "medicine." By the time of his death, it was estimated that he was Montana's youngest medical marijuana card-holder. Along with chemotherapy and radiation -- as well as brain surgery when he was two years old -- cannabis was a key component of his cancer treatment: the medical marijuana helped him sleep and helped him eat, Mike Hyde said. The situation was among the first highly publicized instances of a young child receiving relief from the cannabis plant.
 
Cash died Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m., according to John Malanca, a Northern California resident who also owns a home in Montana and is authorized to speak on behalf of the Hyde family. 
 

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Marijuana: MMJ dispensaries seeing flood of people looking for legal ganja

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Although Amendment 64 passed last week, Governor John Hickenlooper has told us not to bring out the Cheetos and Goldfish just yet. But apparently people need a firmer reminder that there are more hurdles to be surmounted -- and we're not just talking about the feds -- before pot shops can open in Colorado.
 
Several dispensary owners have told us non-patients are showing up at their doors asking to buy pot. One told us he hated turning away all those smiling faces, but at least the potential customers seemed to understand once he explained the process.
 
Non-patients will have no access to this for more than a year.
 
I saw the confusion firsthand last week when visiting a dispensary for an upcoming review. While I was waiting in line, two people walked in off the street; with one asking if he could now buy cannabis and the other acting offended when the receptionist asked for his medical marijuana card. Other patients have told us they've spotted signs saying, essentially, "We can't sell you marijuana" on the front door of their regular dispensaries.
 
Nor will centers be able to sell you marijuana for at least a year -- not unless you have a medical marijuana card.
 
For starters, Amendment 64 isn't yet part of the Colorado constitution -- not officially. After the election results are certified on December 6, Hickenlooper has thirty days to sign it -- a move he has indicated he will make within that time frame. Once Amendment 64 is signed into law, people 21 years of age and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in this state, and Coloradans will be allowed to grow as many as six plants here. The law will also allow patients to keep their entire harvest, even if it's over an ounce.
 
But pot shops will still be many months away.
 

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Guide To Legal Marijuana Use Published By Seattle Police

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- When Washington state voters overwhelmingly legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Nov. 6, Seattle police knew they'd be getting a lot of questions.
 
And while many details surrounding the state's Dec. 6 decriminalization of pot remain, the department didn't shy away from answering what questions it could about Initiative 502, posting a funny, question-and-answer blog that has become a big web hit – having been viewed more than 120,000 times and shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook since it was posted Friday.
 
The result was "Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle," by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former journalist who wrote for The Stranger, a weekly alternative newspaper. He was hired by the police department earlier this year.
 
Here, he and Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a police spokesman, explain the thinking behind the blog, which included some of these memorable passages:
 
Q: SPD seized a bunch of my marijuana before I-502 passed. Can I have it back? A: No.
 
"I just try to write posts I'd want to read," Spangenthal-Lee said, via email. "I knew we were probably going to be inundated with questions about 502, so I figured I'd try to get answers to the kinds of questions Seattle residents (and reporters) might ask, and put them out there."
 
Q: What happens if I get pulled over and I'm sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk I've got in my trunk? A: Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container. Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle.
 
Whitcomb noted that pot cases have not been a priority in Seattle for some time. "This is a city where marijuana possession has been the lowest (enforcement) priority. There's a built-in expectation that Seattle is going to have something to say about it," said Whitcomb, referring to the fact that voters in this liberal city directed police nearly a decade ago to treat adult pot use as its lowest enforcement priority.
 
Q: December 6th seems like a really long ways away. What happens if I get caught with marijuana before then? A: Hold your breath. Your case will be processed under current state law. However, there is already a city ordinance making marijuana enforcement the lowest law enforcement priority.
 
Whitcomb said officials wanted people to realize that cops have a sense of humor, too. "I think this is an example of us really hitting the appropriate tone for our audience," he said. He even came up with one of the most humorous parts of the blog, a clip from the film trilogy "Lord of the Rings," showing Bilbo and the wizard Gandalf smoking what Bilbo calls "the finest weed."
 
I-502 passed with 55 percent of the vote. Since then, prosecutors in the largest counties in the state have dropped cases involved misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
 
"There's still more questions because it's so new," said Whitcomb, noting that "the state says it's legal, the federal law says it's not."
 

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Peyton Manning, Papa John's and Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
I knew Peyton Manning was smart, but I didn’t realize he was this smart.
 
In late October, Mr. Manning became the newest franchisee for Papa John’s pizza, signing a deal to own 21 stores in the Denver area.  On the same day, the pizza maker also announced it had signed a multi-year contract to continue as the official pizza of the NFL and the Super Bowl.
 
Not more than 2 weeks after Mr. Manning’s investment was made public, Colorado voters on election night approved an amendment legalizing recreational marijuana use within the state.
 
Apart from euphorically setting off a statewide revival of John Denver’s classic hit Rocky Mountain High from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, Mr. Manning and Papa John’s had to be pleased with this vote.
 
I’m not nor have I ever been a user (which I guess makes me both a square and in the minority), so for those that are similarly naive I’ll break it down like this.
 
Marijuana consumption leads to the munchies, and what’s a more common munchie than pizza.
 
Only time will tell if Papa John’s pizza sales will increase within the state of Colorado in the foreseeable future, but human behavioral correlations between marijuana consumption and subsequent dietary preferences while under a purple haze seem to suggest that Mr. Manning’s investment was timely and prudent.
 
I knew Peyton Manning was the ultimate chess player on the gridiron…being able to read the defense and anticipate player movements well before they happen.
 
But his genius ascends to new Rocky Mountain Highs if his expectations of how Colorado would vote on marijuana legalization had any influence on his investment decision in Papa John’s.
 

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Boulder DA dismissing small-scale marijuana possession cases in light of Amendment 64

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
District Attorney Stan Garnett today announced that his office will dismiss all pending cases of marijuana possession under one ounce, saying the overwhelming support for Amendment 64 in Boulder County would make it highly unlikely a jury would ever reach a guilty verdict in any of those cases.
 
"You've seen an end to mere possession cases in Boulder County under my office," Garnett said.
 
Garnett said his office will also not prosecute any marijuana paraphernalia charges in light of Amendment 64 passing statewide earlier this month. Amendment 64 will legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for those over the age of 21.
 
"It was an ethical decision," Garnett said. "The standard for beginning or continuing criminal prosecution is whether a prosecutor has reasonable belief they can get a unanimous conviction by a jury. Given Amendment 64 passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin (in Boulder County), we concluded that it would be inappropriate for us to continue to prosecute simple possession of marijuana less than an ounce and paraphernalia for those over 21."
 
While Amendment 64 will not go into effect until 30 days after the vote is approved -- most likely sometime in January -- Garnett said the voting numbers for Boulder County convinced him to begin dropping the cases now.
 

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Colorado, Washington future Marijuana Tourism

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana Tourism got two thumbs up in the U.S. elections earlier this month as the states of Washington and Colorado made selling, buying and using cannabis legal. Never mind the federal law prohibits any of that; the voters have spoken and opened the door for what could be promoted as Weed Weekends, Bong Backpacking and a variety of marijuana-related tourism options.
 
State government leaders were quick to put the brakes on a massive migration to either state, saying a lot of details still have to be worked out. Colorado's governor opposed the legalization vote but indicated after its passage that he didn't see marijuana tourism taking over the state and its iconic tourist attractions.
 
''I don't think that's going to happen,'' Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a Boston.com report. ''They're going to flock here to buy marijuana as if they're going to take it back? On an airplane? That seems unlikely to me.''
 
Still, while public use of marijuana is not part of the deal, possession and personal use very much is. That applies not to just state residents, but to visitors also.
 
Anyone 21 or older can legally posses up to an ounce of recreational marijuana in Colorado and grow up to six plants. That's the law. On a legal focus, they can't use it in public, the rules for medical marijuana (already a $1.7 billion industry), are unchanged and the "possession no problem" element clock starts ticking now. Previous marijuana crimes stick.
Disregarding the federal law for a moment, these states could indeed legislate the implementation of a state-licensed marijuana industry. Much like states control and tax alcoholic beverages, mostly free from federal intervention, millions in revenue could be generated to support otherwise underfunded programs like education.
 
It's not like Colorado and Washington are new to the world of marijuana either and the recent vote to legalize it could be viewed as a natural progression.
 
Colorado and Washington are part of 18 states and Washington, D.C., that have legalized medical marijuana for people with medical conditions like cancer, nausea, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches and chronic pain.
 
In Colorado, many ski slopes already have old mining cabins that have been turned into ''smoke shacks,'' places to smoke marijuana out of the wind and cold. Breckenridge, Colorado, dropped criminal penalties for marijuana use two years ago.
 
In Washington state, for over 20 years, travelers have come from all over the world for Seattle's HempFest (pictured), an annual gathering that advocates the decriminalization of marijuana. This year, 250,000 attended as police looked on.
 
Will the entire states of Colorado and Washington become much like one huge Amsterdam, where without trying all that hard visitors can freely enjoy marijuana? Probably not.
 
We're not apt to see a "World's Largest Pot Plant" attraction on highway road signs in Colorado any time soon and Seattle probably won't have Space Needle-shaped bongs in the near future.
 
In Colorado, it will be a year or more until the state has a system in place to allow retail sales, but that probably won't stop celebrities who support the idea.
 

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