Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Application Avalanche: Lottery to be Held for Competitive Areas; State Rakes in Cash

Phoenix New Times:  “Hundreds of applications for medical-marijuana dispensaries — along with their $5,000 application fees — poured into the state Department of Health Services last week.  The latest update on the Arizona DHS Web site shows 484 applications received in 99 of the 126 districts (a.k.a., “CHAAs,”) around Arizona that are allowed to have the facilities, which under state law can cultivate and sell marijuana to qualified patients.  Permits are expected to be granted on August 7.”

By |2012-05-30T06:52:21-07:00May 30th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Application Avalanche: Lottery to be Held for Competitive Areas; State Rakes in Cash

Arizona Got 484 Applications to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Yuma Sun:  “Nearly 500 applications have been submitted by those hoping to operate one or more of the 126 legal marijuana dispensaries that will be allowed to open later this year. . . . The Estrella area southwest of Phoenix garnered the most applications with 16. But 11 other areas had double-digit requests, including Catalina north of Tucson.”

By |2015-04-06T18:53:12-07:00May 29th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Got 484 Applications to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

This Website is For Sale

I have enjoyed creating this website since it went public in early January of 2011.  As of the moment I am writing this my Arizona Medical Marijuana Law website has had 139,893 viewers.  The best month was March of 2011 when the site had 21,421.  The best day was March 28, 2011, when 1,572 people viewed the site. (more…)

By |2012-07-31T01:39:26-07:00May 27th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on This Website is For Sale

Busy Day For Medical Marijuana In Arizona

Modern Times:  “Several Community Health Analysis Areas did not receive an application. Those CHAAs are: Kaibab Paiute, Hualapai, Navajo Nation, Hopi Nation, Havasupai, White Moiuntain Apache, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, San Carlos Apache, Colorado Indian Tribes, Yavapai-Fort McDowell, Maricopa County West, Paradise Valley, Salt River, Gila River, Chandler Northwest, Tohono O’Odham, Yuma Northwest, Cocopah, Somerton, San Luis, Ak-Chin, Tucson West, San Xavier District, Pascua Yaqui, Green Valley, Tombstone/Elfrida and Nogales.  Several CHAAs received only one application, which means that as long as those who did apply have their applications in order, they will be awarded the dispensary certificate. The CHAAs with only one application are: Littlefield, Fort Mohave, St. Johns, Globe/Hayden, Maricopa County North, Desert View/North Gateway, Glendale North, Sun City, Avondale, Mesa Central, Ahwatukee Foothills, Chandler Southeast, Duncan/Morenci, Graham County South, Yuma East, Yuma South, San Manuel, Florence, Ajo, Marana, Tucson Northwest, Arivaca, Bisbee, and Douglas.”

By |2012-05-27T07:07:33-07:00May 27th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Busy Day For Medical Marijuana In Arizona

484 Applications Filed for Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Yesterday Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, wrote the following on his blog:

“It’s been a busy week for our medical marijuana team.  Our 2-week dispensary application period ended a couple of hours ago…  as did the hearing regarding adding new debilitating medical conditions.

We received 484 dispensary applications over the last 2 weeks.  As you know, we have 126 Community Health Analysis Areas (CHAAs) and a maximum of 126 possible dispensaries (one per CHAA).   Some of our CHAA’s received multiple applications- for example, the Estrella CHAA had 16 applicants and the Flagstaff E  CHAA 13 had applicants.  Many other CHAAs had only 1 applicant. 27 areas didn’t receive any applications.  You can see the number of applications by CHAA on our website.

Our team just finished logging all of the applications that we received and has already started reviewing some of the applications for “Administrative Completeness”.  Any applications that are “Administratively Incomplete” (in other words, if they’re missing something) will be returned to the applicants so they can correct whatever is wrong.  In June, we’ll be checking for “Substantive Completeness” (which is a more thorough, quality review), and the applicants will have another chance to make corrections.  We expect to award all of the Registration Certificates on August 7.

Registration Certificates will be awarded to applicants in CHAAs with only 1 applicant on August 7 as long as their application is Administratively and Substantively complete.  We’ll be holding a random drawing on August 7 to award Certificates in the CHAAs with more than 1 qualified applicant.   Of course, some CHAAs will not have a dispensary this year because we didn’t have an applicant.

We also had our hearing regarding adding debilitating medical conditions this afternoon at our Laboratory.  We heard from dozens of folks – some urged us to add the conditions and some that urged us not to.  We have also received hundreds of comments on-line.  We have several more weeks before we need to make a decision.  If you’d like to view the public comment session, we have a link on our website.”

By |2012-05-26T07:05:32-07:00May 26th, 2012|Stories & Articles, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on 484 Applications Filed for Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Arizona Officials Hold Medical Pot Hearing

Arizona Republic:  “a 2 1/2-hour public hearing at the Arizona Department of Health Services, which could expand the state’s medical-marijuana program to include PTSD, depression, anxiety and migraines as qualifying conditions for medical-marijuana ingestion. . . . More than two dozen people spoke in favor of expanding the state’s medical-marijuana program at the hearing, offering anecdotal evidence and medical records to show how pot helped them deal with night terrors, sleeping difficulties, irritability, frustration, headaches and other conditions caused by illnesses.”

By |2012-05-26T06:29:43-07:00May 26th, 2012|Dept Health Services, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Officials Hold Medical Pot Hearing

Landmark Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ruling Prevails

Toke of the Town:  “People v. Colvin Affirms That Dispensing Collective Members Are Not Required To Help Cultivate Their Marijuana.  The absurd specter of seriously ill medical marijuana patients being forced to work in the fields for their medicine has been dispelled. In a major victory for the community, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied review of an important dispensary case out of Los Angeles. Rejecting calls from State Attorney General Kamala Harris and law enforcement to review the Court of Appeal ruling in People v. Colvin, the Court upheld certain protections for medical marijuana patients and providers.”

Read People v. Colvin.

By |2012-05-26T06:10:21-07:00May 26th, 2012|California News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Landmark Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ruling Prevails

A Judge’s Plea for Pot

New York Times:  “THREE and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. . . . Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease. I implore the governor and the Legislature of New York, always considered a leader among states, to join the forward and humane thinking of 16 other states and pass the medical marijuana bill this year. Medical science has not yet found a cure, but it is barbaric to deny us access to one substance that has proved to ameliorate our suffering.”

By |2012-05-26T07:13:34-07:00May 26th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on A Judge’s Plea for Pot

A User’s Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama

Check out the pictures of the high school and college age Barrack Obama on Buzzfeed Politics:  “Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss’ Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He inhaled. A lot.”

For more on this topic read “DPA: Obama’s Candor Was Commendable, But Hypocritical Escalation of War on Marijuana is Costly Political Miscalculation.”

Video footage of Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau’s “Penn’s Sunday School” chat about the President’s marijuana policy and previous drug use has gone viral online.

 “If Obama had been busted for marijuana under the laws that he condones, would his life had been better?” Penn asks. “If he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard f***ing time. And if he had done time in federal prison — time for his weed ‘and a little blow’ — he would not have been President of the United States of America.”

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By |2012-05-26T06:24:55-07:00May 26th, 2012|Stories & Articles, Video|Comments Off on A User’s Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama

Landlord Who Leased Land to Marijuana Dispensary Sentenced to One Year in Prison

This story out of Montana should be a wake up call for anybody who leases or is considering leasing land that would be used to grow, store or sell marijuana, medical or non-medical.  I knew that the federal government has sued landlords who leased to medical marijuana dispensaries for the purpose of causing the landlords to forfeit the land, but this is the first case I have heard about where the landlord was convicted of a crime.

Billings Gazette:  “A Flathead Valley landlord has been sentenced to a year in prison for his tenants’ medical marijuana operation.”

By |2012-05-26T07:14:31-07:00May 25th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Marijuana Crimes, Real Estate Issues|Comments Off on Landlord Who Leased Land to Marijuana Dispensary Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Today is Last Day for Prospective Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Apply for a License

Today at 5:00 pm Arizona time the Arizona Department of Health Services will cease to accept applications for Arizona medical marijuana dispensary registration certificates, which is required to obtain a license to operate a dispensary.  As of the end of the day yesterday 250 would-be dispensaries had submitted applications and paid the $5,000 application fee.  As of yesterday there were 42 CHAAs that had not yet received a dispensary application and 20 CHAAs had only one applicatant.

By |2012-05-25T07:14:59-07:00May 25th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Today is Last Day for Prospective Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Apply for a License

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Keep On Truckin’ Despite IRS

Forbes:  “If you live in a state with legal medical marijuana dispensaries you probably know that the feds do what they can to stamp them out. . . . The nationwide crackdown involves a multi-pronged approach, and that’s not easy for the dispensaries or for the people who rely on them. . . . In the meantime, the dispensaries remain in the crosshairs. Notable cases include California’s massive Harborside Health Center.”

Read other articles on income taxes and medical marijuana dispensaries:

By |2019-06-14T08:25:49-07:00May 25th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles, Tax Issues|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Keep On Truckin’ Despite IRS

Arizona May Add More Uses for Medical Marijuana

Associated Press:  “Arizona is considering requests to expand its fledgling medical marijuana program to allow use of the drug for an array of conditions, including post-traumatic stress syndrome and migraines, beyond those allowed under the law approved by voters two years ago.  The Department of Health Services , which is required under the 2010 law to consider requests to expand coverage, holds a public hearing Friday on the first batch of requests.”

By |2017-02-12T07:38:06-07:00May 25th, 2012|Dept Health Services, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona May Add More Uses for Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Is Real Medicine for a Long List of Ills

Phoenix New Times:  “THC and other cannabinoids, including CBD, ‘can act as direct anti-cancer agents in multiple types of cancer‘ both in laboratory cultures and in the human body, according to a 2010 article in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. The article goes on to relate that a study showed THC and CBD were successful in treating glioblastoma . . . .  That study, conducted by researchers at California Pacific Medical Center Research and the University of California-San Francisco, was conducted in a lab and not on humans. It revealed that the combination of THC and CBD is more effective at fighting cancer than either compound alone, a finding that suggests the marijuana plant’s ingredients and oils may work together to produce beneficial medical results. . . . For millions of patients with cancer, chronic pain, and other maladies, the potential benefits of marijuana can’t be discounted.  Many consider marijuana a wonder drug, and the list of ailments that scientists say it benefits is long.”

By |2012-05-24T06:33:37-07:00May 24th, 2012|Miscellaneous, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Marijuana Is Real Medicine for a Long List of Ills

We Grow’s Dhar Mann Charged with Fraud by Alameda County, California

SF Gate:  “A young and politically connected businessman who sought fame as a ‘ganja-preneur’ in Oakland’s medical marijuana industry was charged Thursday with 13 felonies for allegedly defrauding a city grant program that helps property owners pay for renovations.  Alameda County prosecutors charged Dhar Mann, 27, with stealing thousands of dollars from the city in 2008 and 2009. Mann was not arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.”

By |2012-05-23T07:29:12-07:00May 23rd, 2012|California News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on We Grow’s Dhar Mann Charged with Fraud by Alameda County, California

Ninth Circuit Court Rules Medical Marijuana Not Protected by Americans With Disabilities Act

Phoenix New Times:  “Gravely ill and severely disabled?  Real sorry about that, but you should still be thrown in jail for using marijuana, says a ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Yesterday’s ruling came in a California case that pitted disabled people against the wishes of city leaders who don’t like medical-marijuana dispensaries.  Costa Mesa and Lake Forest took steps to close the pot shops a few years ago, angering patients and activists who believe California law — and the federal ADA — prohibits such actions.  Not so, says the Ninth.”

The Orange County Register:  “A decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal has found that two Orange County cities are not violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by closing down medical marijuana shops and preventing handicapped patients from having access.  A three-judge panel on Monday upheld the denial of a request filed by four severely disabled medical marijuana users against Costa Mesa and Lake Forest. Their suit charged that the two cities were violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by closing down dispensaries that distributed marijuana.”

Read the opinion in the case of James vs. City of Costa Mesa.

By |2012-05-23T07:19:36-07:00May 23rd, 2012|California News, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Ninth Circuit Court Rules Medical Marijuana Not Protected by Americans With Disabilities Act

Will Humble on the 1st Week of Accepting Applications for Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Will Humble, the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, wrote the following on his blog on May 18, 2012:

“We’ll wrap up our first week of accepting medical marijuana dispensary Registration Certificate applications today. We’ve received about 40 applications so far this week- and our team has been doing an excellent job of reviewing the applications for “Administrative Completeness” this week- so much so that we don’t even have a backlog (yet).

Any applications that are “Administratively Incomplete” (in other words, if they’re missing something) are being returned to the applicants so they can correct whatever is wrong.  In June, we’ll be checking for “Substantive Completeness” (which is a more thorough, quality review), and the applicants will have another chance to make corrections.  We expect to award all of the Registration Certificates on August 7.  If there’s only 1 qualified applicant in a Community Health Analysis Area- that applicant will be awarded a Certificate.  We’ll be holding a random drawing on August 7 to award Certificates in the CHAAs with more than 1 qualified applicant.

Prospective applicants can check out our Registration Certificate Application ChecklistInstructions, and the official Application on our Medical Marijuana Dispensary webpage.  We’re refreshing our dispensary application page each weekday around the close of business to show how many applications we’ve received by Community Health Analysis Area.  Applicants have until next Friday (May 25) to finish and turn in their paperwork.”

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By |2012-05-19T07:34:58-07:00May 19th, 2012|Stories & Articles, Video, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Will Humble on the 1st Week of Accepting Applications for Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Novato, California, Dispensary Green Door Stays Open

Novato Advance:  “Lawrence Pebbles, owner of Novato marijuana dispensary the Green Door Wellness Center, is asking the city to support more than 1,900 local patients by allowing them safe access to medical marijuana.  While medical-marijuana dispensaries have been forced out of California cities at an alarming rate, Pebbles has been outspoken on recent federal busts and remains open for his Novato client base.  Federal authorities have targeted California’s pot dispensaries since October, . . . The Green Door received a cease-and-desist order last November from the building’s landlord, David Cesena. After going to trial, Pebbles won the case, said Jeffrey Moss, Pebbles’ attorney.”

Interesting that the court did not find the lease to a medical marijuana dispensary to be an unenforceable contract because it had an illegal purpose like the Maricopa County Superior Court judge did in the case of Michele Rene Hammer v. Today’s Health Care II.

By |2019-06-14T08:25:49-07:00May 17th, 2012|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Novato, California, Dispensary Green Door Stays Open

Authorities Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Fontana, California & Target & Others

The Sun:  “Local and federal law enforcement agencies raided and shut down a medical marijuana clinic Tuesday morning in what police say was the first of eight dispensaries they plan to bust in the city. . . . ‘This should serve as notice to the other dispensaries that they’re not going to fly under the radar,’ said Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green. . .  . ‘It’s significant to us because we have identified seven other medical marijuana facilities in the city, and we are working with the federal government to get them shut down as well,’ Green said”

By |2017-10-07T09:54:54-07:00May 17th, 2012|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Marijuana Crimes|Comments Off on Authorities Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Fontana, California & Target & Others

Arizona Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Applications Trickle In; 15 Submitted on First Day

Phoenix New Times:  “The state opened the door for medical-marijuana dispensary applications yesterday, receiving 15 by the end of the day. . . . The first thing you probably noticed is what’s not on the list yet. A dispensary in Ajo before Tempe? Really? . . . That was just one unwelcome sign that spurred local lawyer and blogger Richard Keyt to write a “warning” for people considering investing in or running a dispensary.

By |2012-05-15T12:54:40-07:00May 15th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Applications Trickle In; 15 Submitted on First Day

Dispensary Application Window Opens

The following text was posted by Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, on his blog on May 14, 2012:

“Today marks the start of the 2-week window for applying for a medical marijuana dispensary Registration Certificate in Arizona.  Prospective applicants can check out our Registration Certificate Application ChecklistInstructions, and the official Application on our Medical Marijuana Dispensary webpage.  In the first two hours, seven people had dropped off applications.

We’ll start reviewing applications as they come in- and we’ll stop taking applications at the close of business on May 25.  We’ll have 30 working days to review the applications- and folks will have 20 working days to submit any documents or information that were missing during our review of the application.  We expect to award all of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Registration Certificates on August 7.  If there’s only 1 qualified applicant in a Community Health Analysis Area- that applicant will be awarded a Registration Certificate.  We’ll be holding a random drawing on August 7 to award Registration Certificates in the CHAAs with more than 1 qualified applicant.

We’ll refresh our dispensary application page every weekday around the close of business to show how many applications we’ve received by Community Health Analysis Area.”

By |2012-05-15T06:37:59-07:00May 15th, 2012|Stories & Articles, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Dispensary Application Window Opens

Applications for Medical-marijuana Sites Open

Arizona Republic:  “The Arizona Department of Health Services will accept applications for medical-marijuana dispensaries today through 5 p.m. May 25.  Would-be marijuana-dispensary operators must pay a $5,000 fee. If they are not selected, the state will return $1,000, state health officials said. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and cannot be a law-enforcement officer or a physician who is currently writing certifications for patients. Applicants also cannot have certain felony convictions within the last 10 years. Applicants can operate up to five dispensaries.”

By |2012-05-14T06:44:45-07:00May 14th, 2012|Dept Health Services, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Applications for Medical-marijuana Sites Open

Warning to Everybody Considering Becoming Involved with an Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary

If You Might Become Involved in any Way with an Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary I Urge You to Read All of This Article

The Arizona Department of Health Services will begin accepting applications for Arizona medical marijuana dispensary registration certificates on May 14, 2012.  Applications will not be accepted after 5:00 pm Arizona time on May 25, 2012.  Applications must be accompanied by a $5,000 application fee of which $1,000 will be returned to unsuccessful applicants.

Applying for a dispensary registration certificate is the first big step for any person or company that wants to obtain a license to be an Arizona medical marijuana dispensary.  Only dispensaries licensed by ADHS can grow marijuana and sell it to Arizona medical marijuana licensed patients and other Arizona licensed dispensaries.  ADHS Director Will Humble estimated that the number of dispensary licenses that will ultimately be issued is between 90 and 110.

I have been studying Arizona’s medical marijuana laws and closely watching news stories about medical marijuana since October of 2010, a month before the Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, the ballot initiative that created Arizona’s medical marijuana laws.  The primary purpose of this website has been to help people interested in this topic to keep informed and up to date about what is happening in Arizona and in other states that have legalized medical marijuana.  If you are new to this website and want to learn you will be able to spend many hours reading and learning from the 500+ posts we have made since January 1, 2011, when this website was created.

Federal Government’s War on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Over the last year and especially the last six months I have watched the federal government make a 180 degree turn from its 2009 position on medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.  The Department of Justice no longer looks the other way with respect to medical marijuana dispensaries.  The written position statements issued by the DOJ in the last year and its actions in closing dispensaries in states that legalized medical marijuana are sending an obvious message that can been seen by everybody except those that are blind.  The DOJ’s message is this:

The federal government will “vigorously enforce” federal laws against those who “operate and facilitate large marijuana production facilities and marijuana production facilities involved in the cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana, even if purportedly for medical purposes.”

The quoted text above is in a February 16, 2012, letter from acting U.S. Attorney for Arizona Ann Birmingham Scheel to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.  Not only has the DOJ made the above statement many times in the last year it is actively raiding and closing dispensaries in states that have legalized medical marijuana.  The evidence of the feds war on medical mairjuana dispensaries is everywhere and only the blind cannot see it.

I urge you to read as many of the 78+ articles found in one of our topic areas called Federal Dispensary Attacks.  These posts describe actual situations where the federal government has taken actions to close medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Federal Government’s Multi-Prong Attack on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The feds are using many different weapons to close medical marijuana dispensaries.  Here is my list of the primary weapons the federal government is using in its war on state legal medical marijuana dispensaries: (more…)

Banks are Refusing to Open Accounts for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Seattle Times: “Conscious Care Cooperative has a solid footing in a growing industry, with three storefronts in Seattle and a loyal customer base. But for much of the last two years, the nonprofit medical-marijuana provider has lacked one business basic: steady access to a bank.  The cooperative has bounced among five financial institutions, and four others rejected the cooperative outright, said CCC’s president, Nate Chrysler. In one case, a bank closed the account without notice. . . .  Aaron Smith, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Cannabis Industry Association, estimates that half of dispensaries nationwide lack a bank account, which he blames on pressure from federal banking regulators.  ‘It is a widespread problem that threatens the entire industry,’ he said. . . . in June, Holder deputy James Cole issued a memo warning that ‘those who engage in transactions involving the proceeds’ of marijuana sales ‘may be in violation of federal money-laundering statutes and other financial laws.”.”

By |2017-02-12T07:38:05-07:00May 12th, 2012|Banking Issues, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Miscellaneous, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Banks are Refusing to Open Accounts for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical Marijuana Meets Hostility from Obama Administration

Washington Post:  “During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama raised hopes among those who support medical marijuana by pledging to respect state laws on the issue. But his administration has reversed course and massively escalated the federal government’s attacks on medical marijuana businesses, most of which are legal under their states’ laws.  This is perplexing because medical marijuana is far more popular than Obama is. A Washington Post-ABC News poll from January 2010 found that 81 percent of Americans supported legalizing medical marijuana. . . . Simply put, Obama has become more hostile to medical marijuana patients than any president in U.S. history.”

In Dreams from His Father the self-admitted former pot head who is now the President of the United States at war with medical marijuana said this about his drug use in his youth:

“I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”

In a 2007 speech to students then Senator Obama :

“You know, I made some bad decisions …. You know, got into drinking and experimenting with drugs. There was a whole stretch of time where I didn’t apply myself.”

Brietbart.com says:

“The Chicago Tribune reported back in 2007 that Obama thanked the ‘Choom Gang’ in his high school yearbook; ‘chooming’ was Hawaiian slang for smoking pot. The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama’s senior portrait ‘prominently displayed . . .  A package of ‘Zig-Zag’ rolling papers and a matchbook’.”

By |2012-05-12T14:15:45-07:00May 12th, 2012|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Meets Hostility from Obama Administration

U.S. House Democrats Support Ending Federal Interference in Medical Marijuana States

Marijuana Policy Project:  “Nearly Three-Quarters of Democrats Break with Administration Policy, Vote to Prevent Federal Agencies from Targeting Individuals in Compliance with State Medical Marijuana Laws.  Democrats in the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve an amendment to the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill late Tuesday that would effectively end the ability of federal agencies to enforce federal marijuana laws against individuals who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. The amendment stated that federal agencies may not use any funds to target individuals in states with medical marijuana laws, as long as those people are following the laws of their respective states. This amendment, which was debated five times last decade, was reintroduced after an increase in federal actions against state-legal medical marijuana providers throughout the country over the last year.”

By |2019-06-14T08:25:48-07:00May 12th, 2012|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Miscellaneous, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on U.S. House Democrats Support Ending Federal Interference in Medical Marijuana States

Arizona Medical-pot Ruling may Reverberate

Arizona Republic:  “Two Arizonans lent a medical-marijuana company in Colorado $500,000, but the company didn’t pay them back.  So, what did they do? They sued, of course.  But instead of forcing the company to pay back the loan, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge told the two Valley business partners they were out of luck as far as he was concerned.”

This story mentions KEYTLaw attorney Richard Keyt, the creator of this website, and says “Keyt wrote that the ruling could mean ‘that people who enter into contracts that relate in any way to Arizona medical marijuana will have to hope the other side to the contract satisfies his/her/its obligations because it may not be possible to sue for breach of contract and get a judgment against the party who defaults’.”  Keyt broke this story with his May 7, 2012, article called “Maricopa County Superior Court Ruling May be Last Nail in the Coffin of the Unborn Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary Industry.”

By |2012-05-10T07:09:06-07:00May 10th, 2012|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Medical-pot Ruling may Reverberate