Medical Marijuana Bill Unveiled in House

Politico:  “Flanked by more than 150 advocates from around the country, Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer on Monday put forward his legislation allowing states to legalize medical marijuana in an effort to end the confusion surrounding federal pot policy.  Blumenauer’s legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors — including GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — would create a framework for the FDA to eventually legalize medicinal marijuana. It would also block the feds from interfering in any of the 19 states where medical marijuana is legal.”

See “Marijuana Legalization is Far from Inevitable.

By |2013-02-26T07:05:59-07:00February 26th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Bill Unveiled in House

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Regulate Legal Marijuana

Associated Press:  “Arizona lawmakers want to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana law. . . . ‘It was the voters that clearly supported medical marijuana in Arizona, so it’s the job of the Legislature to ensure that the law is being implemented properly,’ said Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix.”

By |2015-04-06T18:56:50-07:00February 26th, 2013|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Lawmakers Look to Regulate Legal Marijuana

Cops Raid Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensary

MI Live:  “The recent raid of a medical marijuana dispensary was the first in the Jackson area since a Michigan Supreme Court ruling gave local authorities the ability to shut dispensaries down.On Tuesday, Feb. 19, members of law enforcement including the Jackson Narcotics Enforcement Team raided Kaya Provision Center”

By |2013-02-26T06:51:21-07:00February 26th, 2013|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Cops Raid Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Colorado Governor: Marijuana Legalization Is “A Challenge For Everybody”

BuzzFeed Politics:  “Hickenlooper is in talks with Attorney General Eric Holder to find the regulatory framework for what voters in his state called for by a wide margin. “No one’s got the answer on this one,” says the governor.  Governor John Hickenlooper said Saturday that he and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are working to establish a legal framework for the Colorado measure, passed by a 55-45 margin on the state ballot last November, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.”

By |2013-02-25T07:22:19-07:00February 25th, 2013|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Colorado Governor: Marijuana Legalization Is “A Challenge For Everybody”

Colorado Marijuana Regulators OK Pot Tourism

Associated Press: “Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year. . . . Colorado’s marijuana task force was assembled to suggest regulations for pot after voters chose to flout federal drug law and allow its use without a doctor’s recommendation. . . . the task force agreed Tuesday that the constitutional amendment on marijuana simply says that adults over 21 can use the drug, not just Colorado residents. If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.”

By |2015-04-06T18:56:50-07:00February 20th, 2013|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Colorado Marijuana Regulators OK Pot Tourism

Medical Marijuana a Healing Plant for Medically Needy

Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona A. Melvin McDonald wrote an article in which he expresses his opinion about medical marijuana and how he saw first hand how it helped his son.  He says:

“Nothing worked until a friend with severe pain issues gave him some marijuana, which proved to be the only substance that would curtail the nausea. This was prior to Arizona’s medical marijuana law.

So there I was – the man appointed by President Reagan to head the drug war in Arizona – with pot being used to help my son find some peace and to have some semblance toward a quality of life.

My wife had to be resourceful to gain access to marijuana. But if you are a parent, if you are a mother, is there anything you won’t do to aid your ailing child? The choice for her was brutally harsh – find ways to give your son life-saving marijuana so he could eat and diminish the nausea knowing that her loving help for our son could potentially result in criminal prosecution.”

By |2013-02-20T06:26:30-07:00February 20th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana a Healing Plant for Medically Needy

Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Supports Medical Marijuana

Phoenix New Times:  “On the list of people we’d probably never expect to come out in support of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, we’d probably put an anti-drug crusader U.S. Attorney who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan somewhere near the top of the list. However, we’ve seen that man, A. Melvin McDonald, all over the place in the past couple of weeks, giving a glowing review of medical marijuana.”

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By |2013-02-19T06:20:40-07:00February 19th, 2013|Stories & Articles, Video|Comments Off on Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Supports Medical Marijuana

Court Says U.S. can Proceed with Plans to Close Oakland Pot Shop

Los Angeles Times:  “Judge throws out lawsuit by Oakland that challenged as illegal the federal attempts to shutter the medical marijuana dispensary, which is the nation’s largest. . . . In filing the suit last October, Oakland became the first city to take on federal enforcement actions that have led to the closure of hundreds of dispensaries in recent years.  Attorney Cedric Chao, representing Oakland, had argued that the city has broad interests in ensuring Harborside Health Center remains open, as its closure would compel many of the dispensary’s 108,000 patients to turn to the illegal market, triggering a public health and safety crisis.”

By |2013-02-18T07:08:54-07:00February 18th, 2013|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Court Says U.S. can Proceed with Plans to Close Oakland Pot Shop

Arizona Senate Panel OKs Bill Destroying Medical Marijuana

Yuma Sun:  “Ignoring a threatened lawsuit, a Senate panel voted Monday to let police destroy marijuana they have seized, even if it was taken wrongly from a medical marijuana patient.  SB 1414 is designed to address situations where police come into custody of marijuana and later learn that the person was a medical marijuana patient and allowed to have it. Under the law as it has been interpreted by the state Court of Appeals, police are now required to give it back.”

By |2015-04-06T18:56:50-07:00February 17th, 2013|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Senate Panel OKs Bill Destroying Medical Marijuana

Denver Considers Opting Out of Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Law

CBS Denver:  “There’s a chance Denver will opt out of Amendment 64 despite the fact voters in the city overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana.  Some members of the city council argue that while the majority of Denver voters said yes to the amendment, it was in an effort to decriminilize small amounts. Their intentions may not have been to have a marijuana store in their neighborhood.”

By |2013-02-14T06:25:26-07:00February 14th, 2013|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Denver Considers Opting Out of Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Law

Medical-marijuana Dispensary to Open in Mesa

Arizona Republic:  “Despite the legal uncertainties swirling around the program, Mesa’s first medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open this year.  Dr. Gina Berman of Scottsdale, doing business as the Giving Tree Wellness Center of Mesa Inc., has filed an application with Mesa’s planning office to use a vacant lot at 922 E. Juanita Ave.”

By |2013-02-14T06:39:59-07:00February 14th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical-marijuana Dispensary to Open in Mesa

Marijuana Legalization Raises Safety Questions

Associated Press:  “Marijuana may be coming out of the black market in Colorado and Washington state, but the drug, at least for now, will retain a decidedly underground feel: Users may not know what’s in it.  Less than a year away from allowing pot sales, regulators are grappling with how to ensure that the nation’s first legal marijuana industry will grow weed that delivers only the effects that pot smokers want.”

By |2013-02-14T06:35:26-07:00February 14th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Marijuana Legalization Raises Safety Questions

DEA Using Sale of $37 of Pot as Basis to Take $1.5 Million Commercial Building in Anaheim

OC Weekly:  “Last year, the city [Anaheim, CA] also called in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help crack down on pot clubs. In August, the DEA sent threatening letters to dozens of landlords and filed three asset-forfeiture lawsuits, including one against the owner of a $1.5 million building on Ball Road. . . . the single sale [$37 for 4.2 net grams of pot] —and a sale it was, since most pot goes for $50 or $60 per eighth of an ounce—was enough evidence for the DEA to argue that the otherwise-harmless computer engineer and dentist should lose their retirement-investment property. On Aug. 20, 2012, the agency filed its lawsuit.”

By |2019-06-14T08:26:16-07:00February 9th, 2013|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on DEA Using Sale of $37 of Pot as Basis to Take $1.5 Million Commercial Building in Anaheim

Congressmen Claim Bipartisan Support of Federal Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Denver Westword:  “Representatives Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer unveiled the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013, a measure that would effectively decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The bill is being introduced in response to what Polis called the ‘enormous evolution of American opinion’. . . . The bill would not affect the current legal status of marijuana in any jurisdiction. Rather, it would allow states that have voted to legalize medical or recreational marijuana to implement regulations without fear of prosecution from any part of the federal government, including the Drug Enforcement Agency. . . . both Polis and Blumenauer stressed that there is bipartisan backing for the bill”

By |2013-02-08T06:38:14-07:00February 8th, 2013|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Congressmen Claim Bipartisan Support of Federal Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Feds Raid San Bernadino Medical Marijuana Dispensary Chain

The Daily Chronic:  “Federal agents and  local authorities raided a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries and a private residence Wednesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration served search warrants simultaneously at all three locations of Kush Concepts in San Bernardino,”

By |2013-02-08T06:30:55-07:00February 8th, 2013|California News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Feds Raid San Bernadino Medical Marijuana Dispensary Chain

Shrinking U.S. Labor Unions See Relief in Marijuana Industry

Reuters:  “The medical marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that dot the city.  Except for one thing: On the glass door – under a green cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes – is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), the nation’s largest retail union.  The dispensary, the Venice Beach Care Center, is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles that are staffed by dues-paying union members. Another 49 in the city plan to enter into labor agreements with the UFCW this year, the union says.”

By |2013-02-06T07:49:27-07:00February 6th, 2013|California News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Shrinking U.S. Labor Unions See Relief in Marijuana Industry

Effort Building to Change Marijuana Laws

Arizona Republic:  “An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.  While passage this year could be a longshot, lawmakers from both parties have been quietly working on several bills, the first of which Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jared Polis of Colorado plan to introduce Tuesday, Blumenauer told The Associated Press.”

By |2013-02-05T07:10:37-07:00February 5th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Effort Building to Change Marijuana Laws

Open House at Arizona Organix Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Arizona Republic:  “Just a few minutes after Bill Meyer began his tour of his Glendale medical marijuana dispensary, it was over.  The business layout for Arizona Organix is simple and straightforward: There is a lobby, where patients must pass their medical marijuana cards through a partition similar to what might be seen at a bank branch. Then there is a short hallway into a viewing area for available products, with a glass case similar to a bakery’s. And finally, a third room where the product is stored, again, with a secure partition.”

By |2017-10-07T09:56:00-07:00February 5th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Open House at Arizona Organix Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Bills would Tighten Regulations on Medical Marijuana

Arizona Republic:  “In a move aimed at preventing children from accidentally eating marijuana and the state’s police from falling foul of federal drug laws, a state lawmaker is proposing two pieces of legislation to tighten the state’s medical-marijuana program.  Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, wants to force medical-marijuana dispensaries to label edible drugs, such as cookies, brownies and lollipops, to make it clear they are only for medicinal purposes. Packaging could look similar to the U.S. surgeon general’s warning labels on cigarettes.”

By |2013-02-05T07:03:10-07:00February 5th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Bills would Tighten Regulations on Medical Marijuana

Market Blooms for Medical-marijuana Experts

Arizona Republic:  “Inside the suite of a nondescript industrial park in west Phoenix, an armed security guard in a bulletproof vest guards dozens of tents filled with lush plants that supply medical-marijuana patients throughout the state. . . . When they need pointers on yielding the best harvest, they go to Bruce Barnes, a 32-year-old “master grower” who works for the center and specializes in growing highly potent marijuana that patients use to treat ailments ranging from cancer to chronic pain. Barnes helps patients and caregivers grow high-grade marijuana using sophisticated techniques to manipulate the plants with light, nutrients and air.”

By |2013-02-05T06:58:33-07:00February 5th, 2013|Stories & Articles, Video|Comments Off on Market Blooms for Medical-marijuana Experts