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California Judge Rules Medical Marijuana Not An Agricultural Product

marijuana CaliforniaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Yes, marijuana is a plant you grow from the ground. No, it’s not an agricultural crop. Confused yet?

In what is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in the state, a judge in California has ruled that a marijuana collective can’t operate on land zoned for agriculture, reports Lewis Griswold of the Fresno Bee.

In his ruling last week, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Paul Vortmann dismissed a property owner’s argument that a medical marijuana collective’s cultivation of marijuana is legal because it is in an agricultural zone.

“In this state, marijuana has never been classified as a crop or horticultural product,” Judge Vortmann wrote in his ruling. Marijuana is a controlled substance, the judge said.

“The court finds as a matter of law that growing marijuana … is not an agricultural use of property,” the judge wrote.

It’s the first time a court has addressed whether medical marijuana might be an agricultural crop, according to Tulare County Counsel Kathleen Bales-Lange, whose office sued a property owner and collective on behalf of the Board of Supervisors.

Marijuana plants are “agricultural in nature” because they grow like any other crop, according to lawyer Brandon Ormonde of Tulare, who represented the property owner. He acknowledged that medical marijuana has never been legally acknowledged as an “agricultural plant.”

“If it’s not a crop, I don’t know what it is,” said Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, reports the Associated Press.

The case involved the Foothill Growers Association medical marijuana collective, which rented a building south of Ivanhoe in an agricultural zone. The collective grew plants inside the building and operated a dispensary.

Tulare County sued the collective and the property owner last year, arguing that marijuana dispensaries are only allowed in specified commercial and manufacturing zones.

Hash PlantThe group has until Friday to stop using the building. Hanford attorney Bill Romaine, who represents Foothill Growers Association, said on Thursday that he believed the cooperative had negotiated a new site to use in unincorporated Tulare County, reports David Castellon at the Visalia Times-Delta.

Five years ago, an estimate that marijuana was the top cash crop in the United States at $35.8 billion a year made headlines nationwide. The crop’s value is more than corn and wheat combined, according to legalization advocate Jon Gettman, who prepared the 2006 report.

But never mind all that. Marijuana is not recognized by the California Department of Food and Agriculture as an “agricultural commodity.” (Maybe it’s time they catch up to reality.)

No agricultural commissioner in the state — not even in Mendocino and Humboldt counties — lists cannabis in is annual crop reports.

“We don’t regulate or track marijuana at all and regard that as a law enforcement issue,” said Steve Lyle, speaking for the state agriculture agency.

That could all change, though, under a proposed ballot initiative that plans a farming future for marijuana. Among other things, it proposes to apply “existing agricultural taxes and regulations to marijuana” and would prohibit zoning restrictions on cannabis cultivation.

It was recently approved by the Secretary of State’s office for signature gathering in an attempt to get it on the 2012 ballot.

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.

White House Report Acknowledges Few Scientists Permitted To Assess Cannabis Use In Humans

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Only fourteen researchers in the United States are legally permitted to conduct research assessing the effect of inhaled cannabis in human subjects, according to data included in the White House’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy, released last week.

In a section of the report entitled ‘Medical Marijuana,’ the administration states, “In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved 109 researchers to perform bona fide research with marijuana, marijuana extracts, and marijuana derivatives such as cannabidiol and cannabinol.” However, it later clarifies that of these 109 scientists, only fourteen “are approved to conduct research with smoked marijuana on human subjects.”

Among those scientists licensed to work with either cannabis or its constituents — primarily in animal models — most are involved in research to assess the drug’s “abuse potential, physical/psychological effects, [and] adverse effects,” the report stated.

In 2010, a spokesperson for the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — the federal agency that must approve any US clinical trial involving marijuana – told the New York Times: “[O]ur focus is primarily on the negative consequences of marijuana use. We generally do not fund research focused on the potential beneficial medical effects of marijuana.”

NormlEarlier this month, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart denied a nine-year-old petition seeking to initiate hearings regarding the federal classification of cannabis as a schedule I substance, stating in part, “[T]here are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy.”

Commenting on the report, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “Only in an environment of absolute criminal prohibition would this or any administration purport to the public that it is acceptable to allow no more than fourteen researchers to clinically study a substance consumed by tens of millions of Americans for therapeutic or recreational purposes. This acknowledgement illustrates once again the administration’s supposed commitment to ‘scientific integrity’ does not apply to cannabis.”

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director at: paul@norml.org.

LA Court Rules MMJ Patients Must Have Specified Dosage

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The Ruling is important mainly because of the words in the message.

In an unprecedented ruling, a Los Angeles court denied a motion by plaintiff & DPFCA member Susan Soares to return her medical marijuana on the grounds that her doctor had not specified a dosage amount or frequency in her recommendation.   Soares, who was growing for a local collective, had her medicine seized by hostile police last March, and had petitioned the court for it to be returned after charges against her were dropped.

It is generally the practice of most medical cannabis specialists never to prescribe a dosage quantity.  The California Medical Association recommends that physicians never do so, because no dosage guidelines for cannabis have ever been established.  Effective dosage varies greatly according to the potency and delivery form of the medication.  Patients regularly control their own dosage through self-titration.

In the court’s decision, Judge Antonio Barreto, Jr. declared that “as a matter of law” any recommendation that Soares’ doctor  made that does “not involve frequency and dosage both is insufficient, period, and does not lead to any lawful possession of any amount of marijuana.”     The judge mysteriously  stated that his ruling was based on the Tripett decision.   Soares had been growing for several patients, but the court declined to return even six plants for her own individual use.

Soares is seeking legal aid to appeal Barreto’s unprecedented decision.

Norml

- D. Gieringer, Cal NORML

Susan Soares wrote:

I was denied my motion to return yesterday based on People v. Trippett. The judge said that because my doctor didn’t give me dosages or frequency of use, that my rec was invalid and therefore he couldn’t even give me the SB420 limits back. My attorney then asked him to preserve the evidence until we have time to appeal and he refused. The case that he referred to was pre 215 and later the convictions were vacated when 215 passed! The DA and the cop started cheering. Now the cops are going to wrongly believe that there has to be dosages on people’s recs! What can I do?

Susan Soares
susan@vibenationmultimedia.com

http://www.theweedblog.com/la-court-rules-medical-marijuana-patients-must-have-specified-dosage/

List of Medical Marijuana Doctors

So, a lot of you have been asking us where to go to get your medical marijuana recommendation (both new & renewed). There are doctor’s offices popping up all over the place with recommendation prices from $40 to $150, so you need to make sure you do your homework. There are also a lot of scams with people pretending to be doctors and forging medical marijuana recommendations.

Here’s a list of all the doctor’s that are registered on NORML’s website for Orange County

Costa Mesa
Cali Green Rx
Dr. Abel Quesada
(877) 387-CGRX (2479)
440 Fair Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
www.caligreenrx.com
Map
Go Green Medical Evaluations
Dr. Marshall Salkin
(888) 420-RELIEF (7354)
129 Cabrillo Suite 205
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Map
Costa Mesa 420 Evaluations
Dr. Marc Rose
(949) 200-9843
779 West 19th St. Suite S
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
www.cm420evals.com
Map
Dana Point
Medical Marijuana of Orange County
Dr. Bob Blake
1 (888) 215-HERB
28 Monarch Bay Plaza Suite L
Dana Point, CA 92629
www.mmofoc.com
Map
CC for Wellness
Dr. Austin Elguindy
(877) CCW-4201
Dana Point, CA
www.cc4wellness.com
Map
Huntington Beach
Compassionate Cannabis Care
Dr. Thomas Powers
(866) 238-9874
16511 Goldenwest St. Suite 105
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Map
Beach Medical Center
Dr. Aury Lor Holtzman
(714) 375-4745
17822 Beach Blvd. Suite 330
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
www.mybuddrh.com
Map
Irvine
Medical Cannabis of Southern California
Dr. Sean Breen, (D.O.)
(877) 721-0047
17910 Sky Park Circle Suite 108
Irvine, CA 92614
www.MCSoCal.com
Map
Mission Viejo
Orange County Medical Marijuana Evaluation Service
Dr. Alan B. Ross
(800) 259-3619
26302 La Paz Suite 103
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Map
Santa Ana
Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers (MMEC)
Dr. Kien Tran
(800) 268-4420
1125 E. 17th Street Suite W237
Santa Ana, CA 92701
www.marijuanamedicine.com
Map
Tustin
Dr. W. Robert Crumpton
(714) 669-4466
14642 Newport Ave. Suite 200
Tustin, CA 92780
www.cannabisdocofoc.com
Map

Next we’ve copied NORML’s list of doctor’s in Los Angeles:

City of Industry
Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers (MMEC)
Dr. Kien Tran
(800) 268-4420
13200 Crossroads Parkway North Suite 430
City of Industry, CA 91746
www.marijuanamedicine.com
Map
Claremont
Madison Burbank Medical Center
(909) 626-9131
678 S. Indian Hill Blvd. Suite 302
Claremont, CA 91711
www.medicaluseonly.com
Map
La Puente
Total Health Care Clinic
Dr. Daniel K. Cham
(877) 420-3338
13050 E Valley Blvd. Suite 202
La Puente , CA 91746
www.THCclinic.com
Map
Lawndale
Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers (MMEC)
Dr. Kien Tran
(800) 268-4420
15901 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 460
Lawndale, CA 90260
www.marijuanamedicine.com
Map
Long Beach
CC for Wellness
Dr. Austin Elguindy
(877) CCW-4201
110 W Ocean Blvd. Suite 805
Long Beach, CA 90802
www.cc4wellness.com
Map
Education and Evaluation Center for Medical Marijuana
Dr. S. Myron Goldstein
(562) 427-6632
2880 Atlantic Suite 190
Long Beach, CA 90806
Map
Alternative Medical Consulting
Dr. Tom Zaharakis
(877) 215-4123
Long Beach, CA
www.18772154123.com
Map
Medical Cannabis of Southern California
Dr. Sean Breen, (D.O.)
(877) 721-0047
1777 N. Bellflower Blvd. Suite 212
Long Beach, CA 90815
www.MCSoCal.com
Map
Los Angeles
Dr. William Eidelman
(323) 463-3295
1654 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
www.dreidelman.com
Map
Dr. Bob Blake
(888) 215-HERB
1700 Westwood Blvd. Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90024
www.1888215HERB.com
Map
Dr. Anna Gravich
(323) 954-0231
425 S. Fairfax Ave. Suite 302
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Map
420 Evaluation Center
Dr. Louetta Westphal
213-353-6100
2010 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 710
Los Angeles, CA 90057
www.420center.com
Map
Total Health Care Clinic
Dr. Daniel K. Cham
(877) 420-3338
8001 Irvine Center Drive Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA
www.THCclinic.com
Map
Total Health Care Clinic
Dr. Daniel K. Cham
(877) 420-3338
11400 W. Olympic Ave. Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90064
www.THCclinic.com
Map
Dr. Sona Patel
(888) 436-2420
4964 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
www.SonaPatelMDInc.com
Open daily 12-7
Map
Dr. Sona Patel
(888) 436-2420
314 W. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90003
www.SonaPatelMDInc.com
Open daily 12-7
Map
The Holistic Clinic
(888) 420-2546
818 N. Spring Street Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.my420clinic.com
Map
Medical Advisory Center
(323) 965-0420
4221 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 170-15
Los Angeles, CA 90010
www.420MAC.com
Map
Medimar
Dr. Kenneth Johnson
(877) 627-1644
404 West 7th St. Suite 1406
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Map
Marina Del Rey
GreenBridge Medical Services
Dr. Allan Frankel
(310) 821-9600
3007 Washington Blvd. Suite 110
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
www.greenbridgemed.com
Map
North Hills
Compassionate Care Consultants
Dr. Bruce P. Hector
(818) 894-4200
8660 Woodley Ave. Suite 107
North Hills, CA 91343
www.sb420doctor.com
Map
North Hollywood
Organic Medirex Consultations
Dr. Katharine Durso
(818) 505-8805
11335 Magnolia Blvd. Suite 2D
North Hollywood, Ca 91601
www.organicmc.com
Map
Northridge
Natural Care for Wellness
Dr. Cristal Speller
(818) 701-0420
8349 Reseda Blvd. Suite 111
Northridge, 91324
www.naturalcare4wellness.com
Map
Palmdale
Natural Care for Wellness
Dr. Cristal Speller
(310) 975-5832
38345 30th St. East
Palmdale, CA 93550
www.naturalcare4wellness.com
Map
Garrison Family Medical Group
Dr. Ric S. Garrison
(661) 947-7100
41210 11th St. West Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93551
Map
Pasadena
Dr. Roger Barnes
(626) 344-7596
50 N. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
www.pasadenamarijuanaevaluations.com
Map
Santa Monica
Dr. Christine Paoletti
(310) 319-6116
1304-15th St. Suite 405
Santa Monica, CA 90404
www.cannadvise.com
Map
Sherman Oaks
Aldridge Medical, Inc.
Dr. Sean Aldridge
(818) 386-1273
4898 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 204
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Map
Alternative Medical Consulting
Dr. Tom Zaharakis
(877) 215-4123
13371 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
www.18772154123.com
Map
Silver Lake
CC for Wellness
Dr. Austin Elguindy
(877) CCW-4201
2815 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite 107
Silver Lake, CA 90026
www.cc4wellness.com
Map
Whittier
The Holistic Clinic
(888) 420-2546
11454 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90601
www.my420clinic.com
Map
Dr. Sona Patel
(888) 436-2420
7007 Washington Ave.
Whittier, CA 90601
www.SonaPatelMDInc.com
Open daily 12-7
Map
Woodland Hills
Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers (MMEC)
Dr. Kien Tran
(800) 268-4420
20350 Ventura Blvd. Suite 240
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
www.marijuanamedicine.com
Map
Blue Mountain Medical
Dr. Stuart Kramer
(818) 716-5179
19730 Ventura Blvd. Suite 104
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Map

Hopefully these lists will help you guys find a decent medical marijuana friendly doctor. Don’t forget to bring any and all prescriptions, doctor notes, health exams, and other things that will help prove your case. Also do your research! Google these doctors and any other doctors you find. If you’re looking for a doctor not in Orange County or Los Angeles here is the link where we found these lists http://listings.canorml.org/physicians/listings.lasso

After you get your doctor’s recommendation don’t forget to come see us to pick up all of your meds, we’re at 24601 Raymond Way, Suite 9B. Lake Forest, CA 92656.

Have a great day!

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