Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
The Florida Supreme Court will decide whether a medical marijuana citizen initiative can move forward starting December 5.
As we told you earlier this week, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has raised some rather serious objections to the People United for Medical Marijuana initiative that would put the medical cannabis issue to voters in November 2014. So far, supporters have collected more than 100,000 signatures out of the 683,149 needed by Feb. 2014.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court to resolve the issue of medical-marijuana extracts for a seizure-plagued boy.
Saying an oil from a low-THC strain of marijuana has dramatically reduced the seizures suffered by 5-year-old Zander Welton, the ACLU and the Weltons are asking the court to declare that extracts are legal under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and block County Attorney Bill Montgomery from taking legal action against the family based on his "incorrect" interpretation of the law. Phoenix New Times has the full story.
Compassionate Care Foundation, which we reported on earlier this month, finally opened up their location in Egg Harbor Township yesterday with 600 patients under their care and more than 200 appointments booked so far.
The dispensary is housed in a former warehouse which was renamed for cannabis activist Diane Riportella earlier this month. Patients have to call at least 24 hours in advance to book an appointment and cannabis will be selling for around $400 an ounce. That's on-par with street prices for high-grade cannabis, which the owners say will help keep the resale to the black market to a minimum.
Eighteen Wisconsin lawmakers have signed on to a medical marijuana bill introduced yesterday, raising the hopes of medical marijuana activists in the Badger state.
State Rep. Chris Taylor and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach were joined by 16 other lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 363, which would allow medical marijuana patients to and grow their own supply up to twelve plants and keep up to three ounces of herb on them at a time.
Lorelei Ulrich has been steadily declining in health for four years, suffering from epilepsy that has her lifeless, not wanting to eat or play and basically wasting away. Her parents say that all of the treatments they have tried haven't helped - but medical cannabis treatments high in CBD have worked for kids in other states and now the Ulriches are fighting to make it legal in their state.
Pierre Warner isn't a famous guy in most circles. But in Colorado and Nevada, Warner - also known as Dr. Reefer - marked one of the first major arrests in the dispensary-era of medical cannabis. A dispensary owner and flamboyant promoter of his dispensaries and marijuana referral services in both states, Warner wasn't shy about what he did.
And that, he says, made him the target for federal law enforcement who brought him and his mom down for operating an undercover marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas. For the last 22 months, Warner has been in federal prison in California.
As we reported earlier this month, the number of children on the Colorado medical marijuana patient registry -- with parental permission -- nearly doubled from June to August this year, with sixty kids under the age of eighteen now on the list. This is the highest that figure has ever been, and it's due in no small part to six-year-old Charlotte Figi, a Colorado Springs girl featured in an August CNN special hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that explored the world of medical cannabis.
Charlotte Figi and mom Paige.
Though legal medical marijuana sales have been allowed since July if this year in our nation's capitol and dispensaries are open and in operation, less than 60 people have actually signed up for the program -- or just 0.0093 percent of the population.
The problem isn't a lack of interest, dispensary owners argue. It's that the process of obtaining a recommendation is difficult and the city is strictly regulating who is and isn't eligible for medical cannabis access.
The organizers of an upcoming debate about the legalization of marijuana in Florida say that they are expecting overflow crowds, protests, and extra police. The head of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will debate a UF professor who has advised three presidents. The event is set to take place at Palm Beach State College October 30.
Medicinal marijuana is already legal in 20 states, and Colorado and Washington have both legalized the wacky weed for recreational use as well. It's very possible that medical marijuana could be on the ballot in Florida for 2014. United for Care has already gathered almost double the 68,000 votes needed to trigger a state Supreme Court review of language for a referendum. The group needs 683,149 signatures to get it on the ballot, and 60 percent of voters would need to approve it for it to pass. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.
Medford, Oregon doesn't want any hippie lettuce shops opening up in their fair city. That would be just plain unlawful in their eyes, despite new state laws expressly allowing dispensaries and a federal policy permitting such state laws.
So the town has written an ordinance banning business licenses to anyone violating local, state or federal law. "I don't see how you could license unlawful activity," Police Chief Tim George tells the Yamhill Valley News-Register.