Posted on 30 September 2013.
Cannabis Nugs From Across the Nation
Most Californians Support Weed Legalization
Sacramento– California voter’s support for marijuana legalization has hit a record high — no pun intended.
A survey released Wednesday by the Public Polling Institute of California found that 52 percent of the state’s residents advocate the legalization of marijuana, marking the first time a majority of the state has supported legalizing the drug.
On top of those record stats, 60 percent of likely California voters supported legalization, and 68 percent said the federal government should not intervene in states’ jurisdiction on marijuana…
…You can read more in the Huffington Post
Medical Marijuana Web Services Raises Concerns
Boston – Massachusetts’ nascent medical marijuana law has sparked a recent flurry of new Internet companies promising to match patients with doctors who will certify they need the weed for health reasons, a phenomenon that has dismayed the state’s medical society and raised concerns with the board that regulates physicians.
A number of the companies are run by entrepreneurs with no medical background, which the Massachusetts Medical Society said raises questions about the quality and safety of the care.
Some of the sites, the society said, appear to be tiptoeing just inside state rules, which require a “bona fide physician-patient relationship” be in place before marijuana can be prescribed.
“The fact that you have people with no medical pedigree launching these companies is testament that this is purely a money-making operation,” said Dr. Ronald Dunlap, a cardiologist and president of the medical society. “These people are working around the edges.”
…You can read the rest of the story in the Boston Globe article here
Humboldt’s Massive $21 Million Marijuana Seizure
Eureka, Ca.– On September 24, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team (CERT) eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site on Barnum Timber Property in the Garberville area.
Deputies located and eradicated 9,056 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 4 to 6 feet tall. Deputies also found rodenticides, fertilizers and environmental damage caused by the clearing of brush and timber along with a stream diversion.
The following day, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by CERT eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site again on Barnum Timber and adjacent private property in the Garberville area.
This time, deputies located and eradicated 5,717 growing marijuana plants of similar height. Once again they found rodenticides, fertilizers and environmental damage by the clearing of brush and timber, along a with stream diversion.
They also found a trail of marijuana leaves which they followed to a residence. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Upon serving the search warrant on the residence, deputies discovered the residence was being exclusively used to process and dry marijuana. Deputies located and seized 600 pounds of marijuana from the residence. No one was in the residence when the search warrant was served.
On next day, September 26, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the CERT eradicated a large marijuana cultivation site on Benbow State Park property and adjacent private property.
Deputies located and eradicated 6,750 growing marijuana plants at this location along with a stream diversion and other environmental damage.
The estimated value of the total marijuana seized, the HCSO said, is conservatively valued at a whopping $21 million dollars.
Florida Attorney Argues Marijuana is Safer and More Effective than Oxycontin
Florida — Claiming that medical marijuana would be a safer, non-addictive and more-effective alternative to OxyContin, Orlando attorney John Morgan condemned the prescription pain killer in a speech Friday to argue that many of its users would be far better off smoking pot.
It was a rare presentation in the normally conservative region.
Speaking to the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, Morgan said that OxyContin, a commonly “prescribed and abused” pain medication, kills 16,000 people a year and addicts many more.
He claimed marijuana, which is illegal in Florida and most states, is comparatively harmless and more effective…
The Orlando Sentinel has more here
New Hampshire Begins Medical Marijuana Introduction
Concord, N.H.– A committee helping to implement the state’s new medical marijuana law started its work on Thursday by supporting two proposed changes to the law.
The law, passed three months ago, will allow seriously ill patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn’s disease and other conditions to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from dispensaries. It also created a 15-member committee to help the state write rules to implement the law and track how it works.
On Thursday, members backed two revisions that lawmakers will consider later: one regarding how much time the state will have to approve or deny applications from patient caregivers, and the other regarding confidentiality of the dispensaries’ locations…
The details are with the SF Gate
West Virginia Legislators Argue for Medical Marijuana
Charleston, W.Va.– Advocates and some doctors agree marijuana can alleviate symptoms of some medical conditions. But the federal government doesn’t, and that gives some West Virginia lawmakers pause when contemplating state legislation to legalize medical marijuana.
Explaining how states negotiate the situation played a central role in two presentations given Wednesday during a joint state Senate and House health committee meeting., Karmen Hanson, a health policy expert with the National Conference of State Legislatures, and Matt Simon, a lobbyist and analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, presented ways other states have handled legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
At the moment, the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. That classification is reserved for substances that offer no medicinal benefits and have a high propensity for abuse, Simon said.
Twenty states and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical use, and President Barack Obama’s administration has said it will not try to criminally prosecute people who follow the laws in that state.
Still, the federal classification makes West Virginia lawmakers uneasy…
Read the rest in the Charleston Daily Mail
Can the United Nations Block Marijuana Legalization?
New York – The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board’s latest annual report expressed dismay at the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado and urged “the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territory”.
This led many media outlets to report that the US had violated the UN drug control treaties to which it is a signatory.
US obligations under the treaties, and indeed the broader international future of marijuana legalization, are complex matters. But the essential points can be summarized in the following 4-part Q&A…
Read the full Huffington Post piece here
Eureka City Council Makes Move to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Or did they?
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