Michigan pharmacist who grew medical marijuana for personal use has license suspended

MICHIGAN: A South Haven-area pharmacist has had his pharmacy license suspended because of a marijuana possession conviction last fall after police discovered marijuana plants growing on his Casco Township property.

According to a news release from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, registered pharmacist Donald James Buckley, 71, was found guilty in Allegan County District Court last October of a misdemeanor, placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay fines and costs. [Read more…]

MARIJUANA GROW HOUSES: How many plants are too many?

CALIFORNIA: Hopefully you will remember the story The Press-Enterprise wrote about the houses in Eastvale that had been converted into marijuana grow-houses.

We also wrote about the Special Enforcement Team deputies who uproot these operations.

Well, the other day we received an email from an anonymous person who mentioned these Eastvale farming operations and correctly pointed out that there is no limit to the number of plants you can grow for medicinal-marijuana use. Good enough. [Read more…]

MARIJUANA GROW HOUSES: How many plants are too many?

CALIFORNIA: Hopefully you will remember the story The Press-Enterprise wrote about the houses in Eastvale that had been converted into marijuana grow-houses.

We also wrote about the Special Enforcement Team deputies who uproot these operations.

Well, the other day we received an email from an anonymous person who mentioned these Eastvale farming operations and correctly pointed out that there is no limit to the number of plants you can grow for medicinal-marijuana use. Good enough. [Read more…]

Indiana Marijuana Laws A Step Back In Time

INDIANA:  A recent Pew Research Center poll found that for the first time a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is not among them.With the rest of the United States moving toward relaxing the marijuana laws, Indiana seems to be bravely marching into the past. The Hoosier State’s penalties for marijuana are getting tougher after Gov. Mike Pence requested, and was granted stricter laws for low-level cannabis offenders. They have gone so far as proposing that felony charges for possession be extended down to cover one-third of an ounce of marijuana, down from 30 grams or one ounce of marijuana.

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Medical pot dispensaries bill would 'add a new layer to the enforcement'

OREGON: Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that adds dispensaries to the state’s outlets for medical marijuana, but some critics are still not happy with the last-minute changes that caused lawmakers to pass it.

The state House of Representatives approved the bill on Saturday. It establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets.

The bill, which passed 32-27, now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign. A spokesperson with the governor’s office said he has not decided whether he will sign it.

Sheriff: I Just Want Cannabis Off the Front Pages

CALIFORNIA: Sheriff Tom Allman calls the decision to permit his county’s cannabis farmers (even before federal law changes) part of his “law enforcement evolution.” A local boy, he knew how eighty percent of his Emerald Triangle economy was derived. As a newly elected Sheriff, he flew over his jurisdiction and thought, “So that’s how that conservative Republican pays two Stanford tuitions.”

Allman had what he told me was a “startling revelation” following the passage of California’s 1996 ballot initiative Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act of 1996), which allowed for medicinal use of the cannabis plant in the Golden State. While to this day he maintains that he is simply “required to enforce the law” and is “neither pro- nor anticannabis,” what he noticed was that, contrary to what he’d been raised and trained to believe, “the sun still rose, and there was still an America” in the days and years after the 1996 election. [Read more…]

Medical marijuana dispensaries a signature away from approval

OREGON:

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Medical marijuana dispensaries are a signature away from being legal in Oregon. The state House of Representatives approved a bill Saturday to establish a licensing system for medical marijuana outlets. The bill, which passed 32-27, now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign. [Read more…]

Petitioners Hope to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use in Alaska

ALASKA: Supporters of an initiative that would create a legal market for marijuana in the state are at the beginning of a long campaign to get more than 30,000 signatures and allow Alaskan voters to decide next year on marijuana legalization.

Petitioners began collecting signatures across Alaska about a week ago for a law regulating the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.

Officials say it will take 30,169 signatures from at least 30 out of the 40 districts around the state to put the initiative on the ballot in August 2014.

Petitioners say they reach an average of 300 signatures a day and hope to meet the minimum required by December.

The official deadline is set for January 15th, the first day of the 2013 legislative session.

While petitioners believe they will be able to get the number of signatures needed, the debate surrounding the controversy continues.

“If it’s bad for you, it’s bad for you; it doesn’t make sense to legalize it because everyone’s doing it,” says Daniel Francis in opposition to the proposition.

For people like Ellen Bechtel, however, the proposition represents the opportunity for the public’s voice to be heard.

“I am going to support anything that goes on the ballot because it will allow for a choice to be made,” says Bechtel.

Colorado and Washington remain in legal limbo, since both states voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012, however trafficking in marijuana is still a federal crime.

Petitioners say Alaska could be next in line.

 

Marijuana stories: Patients eager to come out of shadows when law passes

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ted Wright’s wife was wasting away before his eyes.

Ravaged by constant nausea and vomiting – the side effects from a clinical trial drug that was keeping her cancer at bay – Cindy Wright had rapidly lost more than 30 pounds.

“She couldn’t eat,” her husband recalled. “And they said, ‘You’ve got to stop losing weight; we’re taking you off the trial.'” [Read more…]

A Wisconsin dad faces deportation for smoking weed as a teenager

WISCONSIN:

By the time Alex Timofeev got home from work at the Nakoma Country Club, had dinner and relaxed with his customary cup of tea, it was past midnight. When the doorbell rang in the early morning he tried to ignore it. But the ringing was insistent so he left his fiancée in bed, threw on some boxer shorts and went to the front door.

Timofeev says he found an “unassuming lady” who identified herself as an official with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE. At first he hoped it was about his petition for permanent residency, which he says has been in the works for years. “I thought, finally, some questions are going to be answered.” [Read more…]