Michigan Considers Medical Marijuana Dispensaries03.06.13

The medical marijuana industry could save the U.S. billions and generate billions in jobs and taxes.

The medical marijuana industry could save the U.S. billions and generate billions in jobs and taxes.

The Michigan House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act comes on the heels of a Michigan Supreme Court decision that ruled that the transfer of medical marijuana between patients that takes place in dispensaries is not included in the original Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed in 2008.

Mike Callton (R-Nashville) said dispensaries are necessary in order for patients to have safe access to medicine.

“Frankly, the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling necessitated this legislation,” Callton said in a press release. “Now there are only two limited ways someone can access medical marijuana: grow their own, or contract with a caregiver. Therefore, we need to allow for provisioning centers or patients will continue to suffer. The more educated people become about this issue, the more they understand the pressing need before us.”

Robin Schneider, legislative liaison for the National Patient’s Rights Association, an advocacy group for medical marijuana patients, said the bill’s aim is to clear up the gray areas that are present in the original MMMA.

“What we saw were dispensaries popping up unregulated without rules, and that created conflict within communities,” Schneider said. “Without provisioning centers, medical marijuana is being distributed in our neighborhoods, in our parks, in parking lots … wherever people can meet, it’s being distributed.”

Allen Park was one community that conflicted with the illegal setup of dispensaries within city limits. In September, Allen Park police raided and shut down two dispensaries that were operating in the city. The new bill before the state House of Representatives would allow for cities such as Allen Park to zone or regulate the operation of provisioning centers.

“If it’s a legal business and it’s licensed to operate, then from my standpoint I don’t have a problem with that,” said Allen Park interim Police Chief James Wilkewicz. “(Dispensaries) would want to be registered (with the city) like all the other businesses are, so we know what’s going on at that location for public safety purposes — whether it be police or fire or whatever else.”

Ultimately, under the new bill cities are allowed to permit or deny dispensaries in the community, so it will be up to residents to decide.

“I would liken it a lot to cities that may operate adult entertainment clubs,” Wilkewicz said. “.… Not all citizens are on board with things like that, but what’s the actual impact for public safety? Sometimes, if it’s not a well-run facility there’s a lot of public safety impact, and other times if it is a well-run facility there’s no public safety impact.”

Source: http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2013/03/06/news/doc5136175ab1568106621464.txt

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Smoking marijuana associated with higher stroke risk in young adults

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6, 2013 —Marijuana, the most widely used illicit drug, may double stroke risk in young adults, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s …

 

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World’s Largest Medical Pot Dispensary, Wins Battle To Avoid Shutdown01.09.13

Medical marijuana is gaining understanding and acceptance across the U.S.

Medical marijuana is gaining understanding and acceptance across the U.S.

A federal magistrate on Monday ruled that the Harborside Health Center located in Oakland and San Jose, Calif., can continue to operate, despite a bid by federal prosecutors to shut it down. Harborside is widely considered the world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary.

The ruling comes as the latest move in a larger battle over the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries in California, where shops operating in full compliance with state law have come under pressure from the federal government.

Harborside’s landlords have called on the court to order an immediate halt of cannabis sales at their properties in Oakland and San Jose on the grounds that the activity is illegal under federal law. Meanwhile, the city of Oakland, which last year received more than $1 million in tax revenue from Harborside, has filed suit against the federal prosecutors to challenge the forfeiture action.

Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James ruled that it is the role of the government — not Harborside’s landlords — to determine whether the business should be shut down for its alleged violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

Landlords “are attempting to use a procedural rule in a civil forfeiture proceeding to bring what amounts to an enforcement action … against Harborside,” the 17-page ruling said. “This is a measure which the Government — the entity charged with enforcing the statute — has elected not to pursue.”

Judge James also declined to grant a motion from the City of Oakland to immediately prohibit the federal government’s legal efforts to close Harborside. A hearing is scheduled later this month to hear further arguments in the City of Oakland’s lawsuit.

Medical cannabis is currently legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but U.S. prosecutors have argued federal law — which forbids the substance — should take precedence.

Harborside’s lawyer, Henry Wykowski, underscored the importance of Monday’s decision.

“We are gratified that Judge James listened to and analyzed the parties’ arguments so thoroughly and has now rendered an opinion that will ensure Harborside has the right to present its case to a jury,” Wykowski said in a press release on Harborside’s website. “Despite the government’s efforts to shortcut the case, Harborside will now be able to fully defend itself at trial. That is all we had asked, and the court has now agreed. The stage is now set for a jury trial on the underlying issues of the litigation, which will probably take place in about one year.”

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Marijuana For Recreational Use Now Legal In Colorado: Hickenlooper Signs Amendment 64 Into State Constitution12.11.12

Marijuana for recreational use is now legal in Colorado.

Today, Governor John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order making an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. The declaration formalizes A64 as part of Colorado’s state constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults aged 21 and older.

“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64.”

Hickenlooper also created a marijuana task force that will aid in the implementation of Amendment 64 in Colorado. At the end of November when the creation of the task force was just announced, the governor’s spokesman, Eric Brown, described that that the task force will work “to identify the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved related to Amendment 64,” The Denver Post reported.

The task force is co-chared by Jack Finlaw, Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel and Barbra Brohl, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. Click here for a full list of all 24 members.

Amendment 64 was approved 55-45 in November’s election and its passage was due in large part to the efforts of Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s co-director Mason Tvert who responded to Hickenlooper’s signing in a statement. “This is a truly historic day,” Tvert said. “From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately.”

Tvert added: “We look forward to working with the governor’s office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow.”

Via statement, Hickenlooper’s office outlines the goals and mission of the task force:

Issues that will be addressed include: the need to amend current state and local laws regarding the possession, sale, distribution or transfer of marijuana and marijuana products to conform them to Amendment 64’s decriminalization provisions; the need for new regulations for such things as security requirements for marijuana establishments and for labeling requirements; education regarding long-term health effects of marijuana use and harmful effects of marijuana use by those under the age of 18; and the impact of Amendment 64 on employers and employees and the Colorado economy. The Task Force will also work to reconcile Colorado and federal laws such that the new laws and regulations do not subject Colorado state and local governments and state and local government employees to prosecution by the federal government.All meetings of the Task Force and any working groups will be open to the public. The Task Force will also endeavor to solicit public comment as part of its consideration of the policy, legal and procedural issues that need to be resolved to implement Amendment 64.

“Task Force members are charged with finding practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64 while at all times respecting the diverse perspectives that each member will bring to the work of the task force,” the Executive Order says. “The Task Force shall respect the will of the voters of Colorado and shall not engage in a debate of the merits of marijuana legalization or Amendment 64.”

The Task Force will hold its first meeting at noon Dec. 17 in the Department of Revenue Gaming Conference Room, 17301 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 135, in Golden.

“As we move forward now with implementation of Amendment 64, we will try to maintain as much flexibility as possible to accommodate the federal government’s position on the amendment,” Hickenlooper said in a statement.

It has already been more than a month since the passage of historic measures in Colorado and Washington which legalized the recreational use of marijuana. On Dec. 6, Washington’s Initiative 502 — which legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 and over in that state — became law.

A64 allows adults 21 and older to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from specialty marijuana dispensaries and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. Possession is limited to up to an ounce for personal use, but selling marijuana without a license, purchasing marijuana from a party who is not licensed as well as public use of marijuana will remain illegal.

Before A64 officially became law, some local prosecutors already reacted to the voters’ passage of the amendment by dropping marijuana possession cases. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey as well as Boulder County DA Stan Garnett announced that their offices would drop possession prosecutions for adults for less than an ounce of marijuana as well as for possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

The federal government’s enforcement intent on marijuana law remains unclear. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was a vocal opponent of California’s legalization initiative in 2010 saying he would “vigorously enforce” federal marijuana prohibition, remained silent on the issue during the election cycle and has continued to remain silent now that the measures have passed in Colorado and Washington.

Hickenlooper, who has been a vocal opponent of Amendment 64 but has said that he intends to respect the wishes of the voters, did have a phone call with Holder to discuss Colorado’s legalizing of marijuana and how the feds might respond, but the results of that call did not offer any insight into the Department of Justice’s stance on the marijuana measures in Colorado and Washington, according to The Associated Press.

Colorado U.S. Reps Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Mike Coffman and Ed Perlmutter have already introduced legislation that would exempt any state that passes its own laws governing marijuana and/or medical marijuana from federal laws banning the sale, possession and use of small amounts of pot by adults called the Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act, The Colorado Independent reported.

If the Obama administration does decide to crackdown on legalized marijuana in Colorado — where more people voted for marijuana legalization than for the president’s reelection — the administration could face some serious political fallout with much of the same population of the Centennial State that handed him Colorado on election night.

Rumblings are beginning to surface about the Obama administration’s response to legalized marijuana in both Colorado and Washington. The New York Times reported last week that officials in the White House and Department of Justice are considering plans for legal action against the state voter-approved measures.

However many proponents of legalization say they don’t foresee federal agents interfering in states that have legalized cannabis, NBC News reported, citing the federal government’s silence on the issue this election cycle.

There is also the July report from GQ which stated that President Obama wants to “pivot” on the war on drugs during his second term. Marc Ambinder writes:

Don’t expect miracles. There is very little the president can do by himself. And pot-smokers shouldn’t expect the president to come out in favor of legalizing marijuana. But from his days as a state senator in Illinois, Obama has considered the Drug War to be a failure, a conflict that has exacerbated the problem of drug abuse, devastated entire communities, changed policing practices for the worse, and has led to a generation of young children, disproportionately black and minority, to grow up in dislocated homes, or in none at all.

Optimism about a second-term Obama administration that turns its stance around on marijuana might be difficult for some pot business owners who have seen the DOJ aggressively crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries in states like California and Colorado where hundreds of pot shops have been shuttered just since the beginning of 2012.

The passage of these measures in Colorado and Washington — as well as similar legalization measures that are expected to be announced in Rhode Island and Maine — may not signal a full-blown end to the decades-long drug war, but perhaps a truce is near. Neil Franklin, on a recent teleconference before the Thanksgiving holiday that was aimed at pressuring Obama and Holder to respect states’ rights on pot said he was cautiously optimistic about Obama’s reaction to states legalizing marijuana. “During his first term, President Obama really disappointed those of us who hoped he might follow through on his campaign pledges to respect state medical marijuana laws,” said Franklin, in a statement about the letter delivered to Holder on Tuesday. “Still, I’m hopeful that in his second term he’ll realize the political opportunity that exists to do the right thing.”

Source: www.ColoradoOrBust.com/denver

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Smoking pot for your health?09.20.12

Research shows that medicinal marijuana may relieve symptoms of certain chronic illnesses. It has been proven to treat nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite, and it may also ease pain. Marijuana is illegal in the U.S., but certain states allow it to be used as medical treatment. Here’s a state-by-state guide to medical marijuana use. Read More> http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20345389,00.html

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National Marijuana Group To Endorse Obama For Second Term As President08.29.12

The medical marijuana industry could save the U.S. billions and generate billions in jobs and taxes.

 

The United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce, a 10,000 member-strong national business group with individual state chapters across the country, has officially endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term as President, it was announced today.

“Let’s not get distracted by the myriad of issues that will be brought to the forefront at the upcoming political conventions, the single most important election issue is getting our economy back on track,” remarked Thomas L. Leto III, President and Founder of the U.S. Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce.

“The Economic Potential of the Cannabis Business in the U.S. is Limitless and President Obama understands this,” “It is our impression that Mr. Romney just doesn’t get it.”

Leto says the Cannabis Industry has the potential to become a $100 billion annual industry and would create 5 million new jobs within the first year of Federal legalization, which would allow transportation of marijuana across state lines, making easier for businesses to operate.  Currently, the U.S. Government has delegated legalization of Cannabis to the state level where local legislatures have mostly failed to agree on a solution to legally cultivate the business for growth.

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Arizona’s Attorney General Targets Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Protected By State Law08.11.12

 

In 2010, Arizona’s voters enacted the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which permits patients to use and clinics to provide medical cannabis without having to fear state prosecution, provided they obtain a permit from the state. The state began the process of distributing permits to clinics via lottery this week. However, in typical Arizona fashion, the State proceeds to act like the keystone cops as they scramble to find new roadblocks to deny the will of the people.

Despite the fact that Arizona law no longer authorizes lawful marijuana dispensaries to be targeted by state officials, Attorney General Tom Horne (R-AZ) doesn’t seem to have received the memo: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/10/671121/arizonas-attorney-general-targets-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-protected-by-state-law/?mobile=nc

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California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Up In Smoke07.28.12

What Will Los Angeles’ Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Mean? – Daily Beast

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Reason Online (blog)What Will Los Angeles’ Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Mean?Daily BeastIt sure is, says Don Duncan, the California director of Americans for Safe Access. Not only do dispensaries pay sales tax (which goes to the state), but …

President Obama should respect state cannabis laws – National Cannabis Coalition

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary DEA Raid – California’s Best Meds – San Diego

Narcotics Task Force (NTF) Raid on Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Diego. On January 11, the San Diego Narcotic Task Force raids California’s Best Meds located in San Diego CA. That night 3 dispensaries were raided. Read more at www.SafeAccessSD….

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Medical Marijuana Study Finds Interesting Facts06.24.12

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Venice Beach is the only place where you can buy a medical marijuana prescription and boogie board from the same store.

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Study finds medical marijuana has no impact on teen drug abuse

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A working paper published Monday (PDF) claims that, despite the insistence of numerous U.S. officials, legalizing medical marijuana had no distinguishable effect on teen drug abuse rates in the surrounding communities.

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Weed Wars: Medical Marijuana Hits Reality TV

“Most of our patients and our staff were really skeptical about doing a reality TV show because they were watching Jersey Shore and The Kardashians,” says Andrew DeAngelo, general manager of Oakland, California’s Harborside Health Center, the largest…

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420 Education News06.23.12

Los Angeles Medical Marijuana – 420 College

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The Los Angeles medical marijuana constitution allows patients, who are prescribed by the doctors to use, possess, transport and cultivate the marijuana in Los Angeles. They are provided with the medical ID cards for this

Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meeting In Lake – The 420 Times

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