Sep 042015
 September 4, 2015
2010, 2011 Marijuana Dispensary Raid Cases Still Active In Michigan Courts

On August 25, 2010, Oakland County Sheriffs raided the Clinical Relief medial marijuana dispensary in Ferndale, Michigan, where 70-year old Barbara Agro worked. Then, they went and raided her home. Barbara, now 75, and five other defendants are still fighting felony drug charges in court more than five years later. Almost one year after the Ferndale raid, three locations in the Blue Water Compassion Centers chain were simultaneously raided in three different counties. Home raids followed. Co-owners Jim and Deb Amsdill are still in court, four years later, with trial dates set well into 2016. Where is the value in

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Sep 032015
 September 3, 2015
Scientific And Legal Considerations In The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Debate

I received the following message in my inbox: With three separate bills that propose the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania currently pending in the state legislature, an interdisciplinary group of experts will present on and discuss the various aspects of the medical marijuana debate at the next Forensic Fridays session at Duquesne University. Should Pennsylvania Be Next? Scientific and Legal Considerations in the Medical Marijuana Debate will be hosted by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law on Friday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union. Presenters at

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Sep 022015
 September 2, 2015
Americans For Safe Access To Provide Training For Maryland Medical Cannabis Compliance Inspectors

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been selected to provide training for compliance inspectors operating under the authority of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. The auditors are charged with ensuring members of the state’s new medical cannabis industry comply with all applicable regulations, which were finalized by the Commission in August. In addition to developing its own rigorous compliance protocols, Maryland has adopted the American Herbal Product Association’s (AHPA) Recommendations to Regulators in the areas of: cultivation, distribution and manufacturing. AHPA’s guidelines offer seed-to-consumption product safety and quality control measures that will ensure rigid oversight of the

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
DEA Agents Don't Lie, Says San Diego Judge In Medical Marijuana Case

By Terrie Best – San Diego Americans for Safe Access San Diego CA – In one of the most depressing statements from a judge I’ve heard, Judge Jay Bloom of the San Diego Superior Court vilified cannabis patient witnesses from the bench while at the same time insisting DEA agents are bound to tell the truth on the witness stand or risk arrest and conviction. The criminal case of Ernest James Knight and co-defendant Sandra began Wednesday with the preliminary examination. It was a two day affair and very expensive.  The prosecution called two DEA special agents to make her

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Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
Congressional Fundraiser Held At A Marijuana Garden

By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection A truly historic event happened on Monday evening in Southern Oregon. A United States Congressman held a fundraiser, and accepted donations for his campaign, at a marijuana farm! Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon’s 3rd congressional district in Portland was treated to a “Garden Party” in the heart on Oregon’s prestigious outdoor marijuana growing region. The event was arranged by Brent Kenyon who owns Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine and Grateful Meds dispensaries, and Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon. The fundraiser coincided with Congressman Blumenauer’s roundtable discussion held earlier that day in Williams, Oregon, where he

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Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015
Soon Oregon Will Not Allow Out Of State Medical Marijuana Patients Or Growers

For awhile now Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has had a distinction that no other state’s medical marijuana program has – it allows non-Oregon residents to become a patient or grower in the program. There are multiple states that recognize out of state medical marijuana cards, but Oregon will allow you to become a patient in Oregon (but has never recognized out of state medical marijuana cards). There are not a lot of out of state patients in the OMMP, but there are some nonetheless. Per Oregon Live: Beginning Jan. 1, the Oregon Health Authority will stop issuing cards to

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Aug 292015
 August 29, 2015
Medical Marijuana for Autism Is Denied In Michigan

These tired eyes, which were filled with hope four short weeks ago, are now closing in disgust. The state of Michigan has denied allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for the treatment of autism. On July 31, a panel of mostly doctors voted to add autism to the list of conditions qualifying one to use medical marijuana in Michigan. They weighed the evidence compiled by the petitioner Lisa Smith’s team and evaluated the character of the testimony they heard from parents of sick children and medical professionals. They read peer-reviewed studies. National tests. Pages and pages of clinical notes from doctors

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Aug 272015
 August 27, 2015
Minnesota May Add Intractable Pain To Medical Marijuana Patient Qualification List

I always say that a state’s medical marijuana program is only as good as the list of qualifying conditions it has for its medical marijuana program. Case in point – Minnesota. Minnesota has one of, if not the most restrictive medical marijuana program in the country. Patients cannot grow their own medical marijuana in Minnesota, and in fact, they are not even allowed to smoke medical marijuana. Medical marijuana in Minnesota has to be vaporized, or consumed in a smokeless form. The list of qualifying conditions in Minnesota is very short compared to most other states with older medical marijuana programs. This

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
GOP Voters In Early Primary States Express Support For State Marijuana Laws

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published today by Marijuana-Majority.com. Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agreed with the statement. This voter sentiment is contrary to the public positions of at least two Republican Presidential candidates,

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Receives First Ever License In Illinois

Patients have waited a very long time for safe access in Illinois. It took a very, very long time to get a medical marijuana bill passed, and even then, the bill was extremely limited. Then there was the long fiasco of awarding business license winners, which transitioned into more waiting for the licenses to actually be issued so that cultivation could begin. Today was a very big day for safe access in Illinois because the first dispensary license was finally issued today. Per WQAD: A facility in Marion, Illinois, is the state’s first officially-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Dispensaries must be

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