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Sacramento Bee — Weed Wars

In Medical Marijuana on September 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

September 21, 2010

Capitol marijuana debate offers parallel universes for Prop 19

A state Capitol hearing today on how Proposition 19 may affect the future universe of California produced such disparate views that Assemblyman Tom Ammiano pondered the potential outcomes as perhaps only he can.

“A drug czar today could be on Dancing With the Stars tomorrow,” he said.

It was a light moment in a otherwise serious discussion over how California and its local governments will be impacted if voters pass the initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use, permit small residential cultivation and allow cities and counties to tax and regulate retail pot sales.

On one side of the argument was Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully. Speaking on behalf of the California District Attorneys Association, she argued that the measure would do little or nothing to combat crime and would create an utter morass for local municipalities.

“It will not impede the drug cartels that are coming across our border and actually growing on our state and federal lands,” Scully told the joint legislative public safety committee hearing chaired by Ammiano and state Sen. Mark Leno, two San Francisco lawmakers and Prop 19 supporters.

Scully also argued that local governments will be flummoxed by the vagueness of the initiative. And she said the measure “will be so fraught with litigation over its merits…it will take years to ever take effect.”

But Prop 19 campaign spokeswoman Dale Sky Jones argued that California’s initiative will bring about changes mirroring the end of alcohol prohibition if passed.

“This is the first step to take control away from the criminals,” she said, adding: “We don’t have illegal grape-growing cartels in our national forests. And they don’t take out guns. They take out advertising.”

Jones also argued that the flexibility of the measure in allowing local governments to decide whether or not to allow retail pot operations – and determine how to tax them – is a plus.

“I’m not concerned about the patchwork,” she said. “Our cities and counties do many things on the local level quite successfully.”

Rand Corp researcher Beau Kilmer reiterated findings of the think tank’s recent study, declaring that California marijuana prices could plummet by 80 percent if Proposition 19 passed. Kilmer also said marijuana use could go up by between 50 and 100 percent.

At maximum use, he said, “We would be back to where we were in the 1970s.”

via Sacramento Bee — Weed Wars.

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The Associated Press: Medical pot advocates oppose Calif. legalization

In Medical Marijuana on September 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Medical pot advocates oppose Calif. legalization

By ROBIN HINDERY (AP) – 1 hour ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A coalition of medical marijuana advocates came out Tuesday against a California ballot initiative that would legalize the drug for recreational use and tax its sales.

Proposition 19 would inadvertently harm the most vulnerable patients by allowing local governments to prohibit the sale and purchase of marijuana in their jurisdictions, California Cannabis Association members said.

At a gathering outside the Capitol, the group predicted many cities and counties would impose such bans if voters approve the initiative, leaving local medical marijuana users with few options.

“The people who would be most affected are the sick, the elderly — patients who cannot grow their own and cannot travel to pick up a prescription,” said Amir Daliri, president of Cascade Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary north of Chico.

Supporters of Proposition 19 said it explicitly protects the rights of patients and would provide them with safer and easier access to the drug by creating a strictly controlled, clearly defined legal system for pot cultivation, distribution and sales.

“Proposition 19 is actually going to further clarify that sales of medical cannabis are legal in this state,” said Dale Sky Jones, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 19 campaign. “The intent of our law is to protect medical cannabis patients and their rights.”

If Proposition 19 passes in November, California would become the first state to legalize and regulate recreational pot use. Adults could possess up to one ounce of the drug.

Supporters have targeted two areas of concern for voters: the economy and crime. Legalized pot would bring much-needed revenue to the state and reduce the influence of drug cartels, they said.

The measure was endorsed Tuesday by the largest labor union in the state. The Service Employees International Union, which has 700,000 members, said revenue generated by the initiative would help California preserve jobs and avoid cuts to key services such as education and health care.

The union represents workers in health care, building services and state and local government.

Critics question the economic effects and contend the initiative will simply serve to boost marijuana usage and drug-related crimes.

A Field Poll released in July found 48 percent of likely voters opposed the measure, while 44 percent supported it.

via The Associated Press: Medical pot advocates oppose Calif. legalization.

Medical marijuana user charged with growing plants in yard | detnews.com | The Detroit News

In Medical Marijuana on September 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Medical marijuana user charged with growing plants in yard

Mike Martindale / The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — A 43-year-old medical marijuana card holder was charged Thursday with violating state law by illegally growing plants in the back yard of his home and within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Mark Alan Rowe of Auburn Hills is charged with one count of manufacturing the controlled substance of marijuana in connection with a search warrant executed Wednesday at his home on Caroline Street. The offense is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Rowe, who was released on $10,000 personal bond, holds a valid Michigan Department of Community Health medical marijuana patient ID card.

Auburn Hills Lt. Casimir Miarka said police received a tip Tuesday that marijuana was being grown in Rowe’s back yard and officers confiscated 12 plants from the yard, which has a four-foot high chain link fence.

“If he had the plants growing inside his house and secure, we wouldn’t be having this conversation because he does have a card,” Miarka said. “But I don’t think out in the open qualifies under the law.”

Miarka said some plants were more than six feet tall.

Police said under Michigan Department of Community Health administration rules, a qualifying patient can keep 12 plants in an enclosed, locked facility, defined as a “closet, room, or other enclosed area equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by a registered primary caregiver or registered qualifying patient.”

Rowe could not be reached for comment Thursday.

via Medical marijuana user charged with growing plants in yard | detnews.com | The Detroit News.

Cannabis Medical Solutions Begins Roll Out of MediPayment(TM) Card to 150 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado – MarketWatch

In ALL ARTICLES on September 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Cannabis Medical Solutions Begins Roll Out of MediPayment(TM) Card to 150 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado

LOS ANGELES, Sep 21, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) —

Cannabis Medical Solutions Inc. (http://www.cannabismedsolutions.com/) /quotes/comstock/11k!cmsi (CMSI 0.02, +0.00, +15.00%) , a leading company specializing in merchant payment solutions and financial security products for medical marijuana dispensaries and high-risk merchant accounts, today announced that the Company has begun the roll out of its’ Proprietary MediPayment (TM) Card to over one-hundred and fifty medical marijuana dispensaries and compassionate care centers throughout the state of Colorado.

The CMSI proprietary “MediPayment” closed loop payment system will allow both dispensaries and their patients to utilize an alternative payment method other than cash and high rate credit card transactions, with complete tracking, real time transactions and SMS text messaging capabilities to the patients for availability of prescription medication.

“MediPayment(TM) is the first intelligent and secure transaction option available to medical dispensaries for purchase of medicine and products, eliminating the need for cash only and costly credit card transactions. We intend for Colorado to become a major proving ground and revenue model for our MediPayment(TM) system allowing patients the convenience of no longer needing to carry cash or to use high rate credit cards, while receiving tracking records and bonus rewards for their purchases,” stated Michael Friedman, CEO for Cannabis Medical Solutions.

via Cannabis Medical Solutions Begins Roll Out of MediPayment(TM) Card to 150 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Colorado – MarketWatch.

Medical marijuana law causes confusion | Turn to 10

In Medical Marijuana on September 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Medical marijuana law causes confusion

While medical marijuana relieves pain for patients, it’s causing headaches for law enforcement. (more)

Enforcement of Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Program is causing frustration and confusion for both police and patients.

Two people were arrested Thursday for possession of at least 180 pot plants at a former church in West Warwick. They said they were within their rights under the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.

But police disagree.

“I think everyone would like to see some more clarification on the law,” said Peter Hanney of the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Hanney said there’s nothing in the law to keep multiple patients and caregivers from growing marijuana at the same location. And nowhere in the law does it specify how many people can grow at one street address.

The law does limit each patient to 12 plants and each caregiver to 24 plants. So a person acting as both a patient and caregiver would be limited to 36 plants.

via Medical marijuana law causes confusion | Turn to 10.

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‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register

In Medical Marijuana on September 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists

September 16, 2010

John L. Gray, the Altoona police chief, forgot to mention the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy was waiting to hear the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s recommendation, that unanimously recommended implementing a medical marijuana program in Iowa. (” ‘Medical’ Marijuana a Path to Legalization,” Sept. 8 letter.)

The Drug Control Policy office considers prescription painkillers as the largest drug problem in Iowa. Marijuana is a safe alternative to the opiate-based (heroin) pills.

Over 95 percent of the 132 people who testified did so in support. These were patients, doctors and researchers. Over 12,000 additional pages were submitted, the vast majority of which were scientific studies. Marinol (THC) pills are legal, but they don’t contain the over 80 medicinal compounds found in marijuana. They are ineffective and cost over $800 a month. A cancer patient with chronic nausea should not be forced to attempt swallowing a pill with the hope it will work in an hour. Medical marijuana allows instant, effective relief.

I agree with Gray that it is important for citizens to make their voices heard. Iowans, by 64 percent, support medical marijuana.

– Jimmy Morrison, Iowa Patients for Medical Marijuana, Muscatine

via ‘Medical’ marijuana: Broad support exists | desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register.

KTAR.com – Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate

In Medical Marijuana on September 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate

by Bob McClay/KTAR and Sandra Haros/KTAR (September 16th, 2010 @ 4:28pm)

PHOENIX — A spirited debate has developed over a medical marijuana proposition on Arizona’s Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Proposition 203 would allow patients with a debilitating medical condition to purchase, possess and use 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks with a doctor’s recommendation. The marijuana would be grown and sold by non-profit dispensaries regulated by the state.

Supporters say medical marijuana could help 55,000 Arizonans who suffer from such diseases as cancer, HIV or multiple sclerosis. Critics say it would just open the door to more drug abuse.

Andrew Myers is with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Project, which put Prop 203 on the ballot.

“What this initiative will allow is certain seriously and terminally ill patients, with a very distinct list of medical conditions, to get a recommendation from their physician to use medical marijuana,” said Myers.

He emphasized a recommendation is different from a prescription “because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the FDA so it cannot be legally prescribed.”

Marijuana can help patients with HIV or AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma and severe and chronic pain.

via KTAR.com – Medical marijuana proposition stirs spirited debate.

Board can’t reclassify marijuana – Omaha.com

In Medical Marijuana on September 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Board can’t reclassify marijuana

By Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

LINCOLN — Proponents of legalizing marijuana for medical use will have to look elsewhere to sell their message.

The Nebraska Board of Pharmacy decided Monday that it lacked the authority to reclassify marijuana as a drug that could be legally prescribed.

That is a decision for a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Food and Drug Administration, said Rick Zarek, a Gothenburg, Neb., pharmacist who heads the State Pharmacy Board.

“There’s nothing the Board of Pharmacy can do as long as it’s listed as a Schedule 1 drug and ineligible for dispensing,” Zarek said.

Schedule 1 drugs, by federal law, cannot be prescribed because they are potentially addictive and have no medical use.

via Board can’t reclassify marijuana – Omaha.com.

City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon – News – Press and Guide

In Medical Marijuana on September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon

By Ben Baird, Press & Guide Newspapers

DEARBORN HEIGHTS — A zoning ordinance amendment that would allow medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in the city went past its first reading before City Council on Sept. 14.

The ordinance amendment also deals with medical marijuana dispensaries, facilities where legally registered primary caregivers can assist qualifying patients with medical marijuana use.

A medical marijuana moratorium was extended by council at the meeting. The moratorium was created to give council time to adopt ordinance dealing with the changes in state law on medical marijuana.

Council Chair Ken Baron said council will have a study session in about three weeks to discuss the ordinance before it goes for a second reading. The session will be public and any interested residents are welcome, he said.

Mayor Dan Paletko said he there are some interested residents who have already contacted his office regarding the ordinance.

“A lot of the council members don’t know which way to go, and I’m one of them,” Baron said. “I see a lot of problems.”

Councilwoman Margaret Van Houten said she is against the ordinance because she believes it will be impossible to enforce.

She would like Dearborn Heights to move in the direction of not allowing marijuana manufacturing facilities in the city, she said, which she believes is the direction Dearborn and Livonia are going in.

“A lot of residents are very concerned that the laws are going to be abused,” Van Houten said.

She said she shares the concern that manufacturing facilities could be abused and lead to the situation where they would be accessed by the general public.

The city can’t restrict residents licensed for medical marijuana for their own use, Van Houten said, but the city does have control over what kinds of businesses come here.

There are a lot of questions council has at this point, Baron said. He said attorney Mark Roberts will be at the study session to answers their questions.

Council has to be careful with the ordinance, he said. He hopes there will be a good explanation of what residents can and can’t do, he said. He said he wishes the state had made laws on medical marijuana more stringent.

The moratorium has been extended four months, Baron said, so council has the time to give the ordinance careful consideration.

via City to consider medical marijuana ordinance soon – News – Press and Guide.

Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

In Medical Marijuana on September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes

The human body already produces many similar substances to enable good health, so why not introduce one more?

HALLOWELL – Advocates of medical marijuana claim it is a safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, PTSD, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, nausea, Parkinson’s disease, PMS, wasting syndrome and many others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dustin Sulak, D.O., is a healing arts practitioner and teacher with a practice in Hallowell. He has lectured on integrative medicine, medical marijuana and the endocannabinoid system to clinicians and patients across the country.

How is this possible? How can one herb do so much, safely?

Our bodies have been wired to respond to this medicine since before we were born.

The story begins when you were a blastocyst, a tiny, hollow ball of cells, making your way to the wall of your mother’s uterus.

In order for you to properly attach to your mother, she had to have enough endocannabinoids in her uterine tissue, the endometrium. Luckily, she did.

Endocannabinoids are a class of compounds used all over the body for a variety of important physiological processes.

They get their name because they act similarly to the active substances in cannabis sativa, also known as marijuana.

Endocannabinoids helped direct the growth of your nerve cells when you were a fetus, and they continue to do so today.

When you were an infant, your mother (or a surrogate) provided her own cannabinoids to you via breast milk; without them, you would have had decreased appetite and may have starved to death.

Since then, your cannabinoid system has been regulating your brain, immune system, metabolism, hormones and a lot more.

Every physiological process in your body is in some way influenced or regulated by the cannabinoid system.

It is easy to understand why researchers around the world have directed their attention to this system, and why more than 16,000 scientific papers have been published on the topic in the last 20 years.

The cannabinoid system is a potential mechanism for body-mind integration and a powerful way to promote healing and balance within our physiology.

Strangely, most medical school curricula don’t even mention it once.

When I graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008, I had been exposed to the cannabinoid system twice; both were brief slides in pharmacology lecture. We did not discuss cannabinoids at all in physiology or pathology.

The first slide was about Marinol, an FDA-approved synthetic version of THC, the most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana. This drug is indicated for severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.

My professor mentioned that it doesn’t work well for three reasons: It has a slow onset; it has an intensified version of marijuana’s side-effect profile including drowsiness, dizziness, euphoria and paranoia; and, of course, it’s hard to keep down a pill while vomiting.

Keep in mind, the FDA approved Marinol in 1985, while the DEA continues to classify marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance (one deemed to have no known medical uses and unsafe for research).

The second mention of cannabinoids was about an experimental, unapproved drug called Rimonabant, which blocks the cannabinoid receptors. It was designed to act as an “anti-munchies” drug used to treat obesity. When it was given to baby rats, they starved themselves to death. Adult rats develop tumors. Later, when it was given to humans, it caused suicide and depression, so the FDA decided not to approve it.

Unlike synthetic derivatives, marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances on the planet.

According to a 1995 review prepared for the World Health Organization, “There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved by users.”

Furthermore, marijuana smoke has not been shown to cause lung cancer, and likely prevents several types of cancer through its documented anti-tumor and anti-oxidant properties.

Individuals at highest risk for adverse effects are those who do not benefit from the advice of a health care provider or experienced user. When the appropriate dosage, delivery system, and strain of cannabis are used, adverse effects are rare and mild.

Also, unlike synthetic derivatives, herbal marijuana contains over 100 different cannabinoids, including THC, which all work synergistically to produce better medicinal effects and fewer side effects.

Yet, despite a 5,000-year history of safe therapeutic use and a huge amount of published research, most doctors know little or nothing about medical marijuana.

This will change, in part because the public will demand it. As the current health care system continues to crumble under the weight of self-destructive expense and the reality of poor outcomes, we will demand safe, natural and inexpensive treatments that stimulate our bodies’ ability to self-heal and help our population improve its quality of life.

Medical marijuana is one such solution, and it can also improve the health of our local economy and agriculture.

via Maine Voices: Marijuana safe and effective medication for many purposes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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