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Seattle Committee Passes Bill to License Cannabis Dispensaries

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​A Seattle City Council panel on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The ordinance now moves to the full City Council for consideration on Monday, July 18, reports Chris Grygiel at the Seattle P.I. But prior to the vote by the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee, one attorney told the council members that the ordinance won’t stand up in court.
“I want to applaud the City Council for taking a look at this matter … unfortunately I must urge you to reconsider your proposal,” said activist/attorney Douglas Hiatt, who said he represents medical marijuana patients. “Go back to the drawing board. I do not believe there is any way you can pass your ordinance will stand under the law. The state’s controlled substances act pre-empts the field … Marijuana is still illegal … It’s illegal for all purposes, you cannot regulate an illegal business without a specific authority.”

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Attorney Douglas Hiatt: “If you pass this, I will take you to court and do my very best to knock it out”
​ When Gov. Chris Gregoire line-item vetoed a bill earlier this year which would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries statewide, she nixed language that would have allowed the Council to pass its own regulations, according to Hiatt.
“If you pass this, I will take you to court and do my very best to knock it out,” Hiatt told the Council.
Earlier this year, the Washington Legislature passed a medical marijuana bill, but Gregoire vetoed most of it, claiming she was worried the law would put state workers at risk of federal prosecution, even though that’s never happened in any medical marijuana state.
Washington has allowed patients with qualifying conditions to use medical marijuana since voters approved it in 1998, but the federal government doesn’t recognize any medicinal use for cannabis. The bill that passed in the Legislature was intended to set clearer regulations on dispensaries, establish a licensing system, and institute a patient registry with arrest protection.
Gregoire vetoed provisions which would have licensed and regulated marijuana dispensaries. She also vetoed the provision which would have created a patient registry under the Department of Health.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, along with the city attorney and King County’s executive and prosecutor had all supported establishing a legal framework for medical marijuana.
The ordinance before the Seattle City Council, sponsored by Councilman Nick Licata, would require medical marijuana dispensaries to get business licenses, pay taxes and fees and meet city land use codes. The shops would also be subject to the city’s Chronic Nuisance Property Law, which means if there were repeated complaints about their activity, they could be fined or shut down.
The “open use and display of cannabis” would be prohibited at the dispensaries.
Not all people testifying before the Council on Wednesday thought the effort was in vain. A University District resident urged the Council to come up with zoning rules so that neighborhoods like his aren’t “overrun” with dispensaries.
To read medical marijuana documents presented to the Council, click here and here.

The Marijuana “Tipping Point”

By Jack Rikess
Toke of the Town
Northern California Correspondent
The writer and social critic, Malcolm Gladwell, defines the ‘Tipping Point’ as the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point; the point at which the buildup of minor changes or incidents reaches a level that triggers a more significant change or makes someone do something they had formerly resisted.
Another way of saying it would be that point in time and space when everything changes and there’s no turning back.
Every day there are more encouraging headlines appearing in newspapers and on the Web from California to Maine supporting medical marijuana legislation suggesting the tide is turning.
Even when the cynics call medical marijuana a joke and claim the real goal of this smokescreen movement is legalization of pot, there are medi-jane supporters with valid and logical arguments to counter-balance any archaic rhetoric with which the anti-pot forces continue to misinform.

New Jersey passed one of the most restrictive medical marijuana rights and benefits program on the books so far. The state with a very conservative governor will soon have medical marijuana. Why? Because the people wanted it.
 It does seem like Time is marching on, but when is it gonna get there?
We’re zeroing in on something but when is the Tipping Point going to kick in fully regarding medical marijuana?
What possible signs do we need to see before we believe that it works?!
Here are some small recent events that may prove someday to have influenced the way we think, tipping the scales our way towards a bigger picture…
Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff opposed medical marijuana — then he got cancer.
​1) Okay, this guy never ever got high and he’s for Medical Marijuana!
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff approves of medical marijuana after battling cancer.
Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment.
Shurtleff said never used marijuana himself, but had talked to other patients who had traveled out-of-state to receive marijuana treatment.
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Miss USA Alyssa Campanella: “Medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically”
​2) Not innocent enough. Okay, as they say, from the mouth of babes…
During the question-and-answer part of the competition, Miss California Alyssa Campanella was asked about her perspective on the medicinal cannabis.
“Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,” Alyssa said.
“I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war,” she said. “I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”
She got Miss USA.
When’s the last time you had the crown on the line and you spoke the truth?
I actually can understand why someone could dismiss a beauty queen and a cancer patient as being not scientific enough. They’re just regular people.
​3) What about Big Business. They have scientists? They have economists? They understand the world…? Don’t they?
Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company has long sold weed killer. Now, it’s hoping to help people grow killer weed.
In an unlikely move for the head of a major company, Scott’s Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn said he is exploring targeting medical marijuana as well as other niches to help boost sales at his lawn and garden company.
“I want to target the pot market,” Mr. Hagedorn said in an interview.
“There’s no good reason we haven’t.”
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​4) We’ve heard from the People, Big Business, and now from across the aisle comes…
Congressmen Ron Paul, Barney Frank and others will introduce legislature Thursday that aims to end a major part of the war on drugs — namely the battle against marijuana.
Reps. Paul (R-Texas) and Frank (D-Mass.), though technically on opposite sides of the aisle, have often spoken out against the war on drugs and will propose a bill “tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference,” according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project via Reason.
The bill would allow the individual states to decide how they want to deal with pot.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), is the first of its kind to be proposed in Congress that would end the 73-year-old federal marijuana prohibition that began with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
These four events that just transpired in the last month couldn’t be more current, more ‘now.’ What is it going to take in order for that cosmic plate to tilt to our side? And stay that way!
Entrepreneurs and forward thinkers are testing the waters of the medical marijuana Industry with venture capitalists abroad throwing dollars into edible research think-tanks and other esoteric ganja-related enterprises.
Politicians and law enforcement from all walks and talks of life are coming forward, decrying that the time is now to lose the campaigns that have never worked and to embrace a new way of thinking. To challenge the uncommon wisdom and to end the wars on law abiding citizens who because they ingest a specific weed, they could have their lives ruin because we, as a nation and a society refuse to change.
Sixteen states support medical marijuana. Every poll taken shows public support for medical marijuana. GW Pharma (Weed) and Novartis (Ritalin, Excedrin) have become partners in Sativex (medical marijuana spray) licensing pact overseas and now, in America.
“My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today,” said Dr. Geoffrey Guy, chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals. “The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research.”
What is it about marijuana that makes us afraid to go forward and embrace a new safer tomorrow? Pharmaceutical giants are moving forward with patents and marketing. You would think that the data from research geeks would be refutable, they’re the same people who give us our aspirin, for gosh sakes.
The data’s coming in like a Haboob through Phoenix. Unstoppable. Marijuana has applications that can help certain people. That’s it. It can’t be changed.
Marijuana does some good. It’s proven.
You can’t go backwards with that. Only thing you can do is not open your eyes to what’s in front of them.
Why aren’t we coming together as a nation over this issue when people with perspectives as different as those of Miss USA to the Mormon Attorney General of Utah support medical marijuana?
When law enforcement officials and Ex-President Jimmy Carter come forward to say the War on Drugs not only doesn’t work, it’s unwinnable. A waste of money.
Speaking of money, when Wall Street, Main Street and Home Depot all say the time is right to build the future fields of dreams of medical marijuana that only Weed-Gro can protect. What more do we need to hear?
Do we need Nancy Reagan in her Chanel housecoat to come forward to say she was wrong? Would that be the final straw? Would that be our national Tipping Point? To have someone other than ourselves say it is okay for us to have this weed? Mommy, please say its okay because in 1937, someone said it was bad.
Right now President Obama has alienated the Ganja Nation with his reversal on leaving the medical marijuana community alone. More and more his obtrusive agenda is forcing the hand of medical marijuana to take a stand, one way or another in various localities. Howard Zinn said you can’t be neutral on a moving train.
Opinion is sliding to the side where the weed grows green and high. Mendocino County is aggressively constructing a platform that is workable for growers and law enforcement alike. Not perfect, but a start.
Growers are paying taxes in exchange for their right to grow medical marijuana. They pay just like anyone else.
The Tipping Point is already here. Embrace it.

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Toke of the Town correspondent Jack Rikess blogs from the Haight in San Francisco.

Jack Rikess, a former stand-up comic, writes a regular column most directly found at

Jack delivers real-time coverage following the cannabis community, focusing on politics and culture.

His beat includes San Francisco, the Bay Area and Mendocino-Humboldt counties.

He has been quoted by the national media and is known for his unique view with thoughtful, insightful perspective.

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Police Confiscate HIV Sufferer’s Medical Marijuana

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Richard Oakley of St. John’s, Newfoundland, holds some of the medications he uses to treat HIV. A package of marijuana sent to him from British Columbia was confiscated by the RCMP.
​A Canadian man had $1,500 worth of medical marijuana confiscated when he went to pick up a package at Purolator and was instead met by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Richard Oakley, who tested positive for HIV 25 years ago, moved back to St. John’s, Newfoundland, from British Columbia three months ago to be near his family, reports Barb Sweet at The Telegram.
Oakley said since moving, he already got the first package of marijuana from his designated grower in B.C., with no problem.
But last week, when he kept trying to claim his second delivery of cannabis and medicated chocolate edibles, Purolator told him to come back on Monday. That’s when he was met by at RCMP officer.
Oakley said he was assured there’d be no problem. But then he got a call saying the marijuana was shipped illegally.
“They’re going against my civil rights as a human being,” Oakley said as he sifted through a stack of papers chronicling his diagnosis and access to treatment, including medical cannabis. “They are taking away my quality of life.”
“I don’t want to cause any trouble,” Oakley said. “I just want to live my life.”
Oakley said his understanding was that as long as the package didn’t smell and didn’t advertise its contents, it should have been acceptable.
The medical marijuana eases his nausea from taking a cocktail of HIV medicines, as well as relieving his pain.
He also has neuropathy, which affects the nerves in his feet. The cannabis eases that condition so that he can go for walks and keep his blood flowing.
Since his supply of medical marijuana was confiscated, Oakley said, he hasn’t been able to endure his pills.
“I’m getting sicker by the minute,” said the longtime B.C. AIDS activist, who has a medical marijuana authorization from Health Canada. “I can’t take my medication without throwing up.”
Oakley warned that if the disease takes over, it’s going to cost the Newfoundland government a lot of money to take care of him.
The RCMP is “investigating the matter” involving the confiscation of Oakley’s package, media spokesperson Sgt. Boyd Merrill said on Wednesday.
While the RCMP said it believes Oakley’s medical marijuana license was properly obtained, it is trying to determine if the supplier who sent the package is registered under Health Canada’s guidelines before it considers giving the package to Oakley.
No charges are being considered at this point, according to Merrill.
The courier company doesn’t have access to an approved marijuana grower’s list, and cannot identify whether a package is illegal under Canadian drug laws or legal under medical marijuana regulations, according to Susan Munn, Purolator’s national director of security and loss prevention.
But she said if packages are “suspicious or damaged,” the company is obligated to notify police.
Health Canada has only one company contracted to supply medical marijuana. However, Oakley said he doesn’t deal with that federal supplier, but rather with his designated grower in B.C.

How To: Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada

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The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program was adopted by the Nevada Legislature in 2001; registration for a medical marijuana card in the state is administered by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS), State Health Division.

Registration on the Nevada Medical Marijuana program will afford you legal protection from state level criminal penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. Nevada Medical Marijuana Law applies if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Qualifying Conditions

  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting disease)
  • Persistent muscle spasms, including spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures, including seizures caused by epilepsy
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe pain
  • Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that is: (a) Classified as a chronic or debilitating medical condition by regulation of the Division; or (b) Approved as a chronic or debilitating medical condition following an application to the DHSS

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Possession

If you hold a Nevada patient ID card you may legally possess:

  • 1oz of usable marijuana
  • 3 mature plants
  • 4 immature plants

You may designate a primary caregiver to help you cultivate and use your medicine. Patients may legally possess items, such as vaporizers and pipes, that are necessary for using cannabis.

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The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Application Process

Requests for registration on the Nevada Medical Marijuana Program or changes to your current circumstances must be submitted in writing through the US Postal Service, UPS or FEDEX only. This also applies to changes in your current circumstances. There is no walk in service. Your written request should include the following:

  • The address the form should be sent to
  • If you have a caregiver, include a request for a caregiver packet
  • If you are requesting an application for someone other than yourself, include that persons name and address
  • If you are requesting an application for a minor, include a request for a minor release
  • You will not be able to obtain a Medical Marijuana Card if you hold a Commercial Drivers License
  • A registration fee of $50: your check or money order should be made payable to the Nevada State Health Division
  • Mail your request to: Nevada State Health Division, 4150 Technology Way – Suite 104, Carson City, Nevada 89706

You will be sent an application form; to complete it you will need a doctor’s confirmation that you suffer from one of the conditions listed above and recommendation that marijuana will help to relieve that condition. The Division of Health will check the status of the doctor who provided the recommendation; they will also check out whether you have any past convictions for selling a controlled substance.

On approval your registry ID card will be issued at a DMV office in Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno, Elko, or Carson City.
The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Doctors

Any Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed in Nevada can recommend a patient for Nevada’s medical marijuana program.
The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Caregivers

As a patient, you and your designated primary caregiver are allowed to produce marijuana. You are only allowed one primary caregiver at a time. Your caregiver must be at least 18 years old, have significant responsibility for managing your well-being, and be officially designated as your primary caregiver. If you want a designated caregiver, make sure to request a caregiver packet when you request an application from the Division of Health.
The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Important Information

  • Nevada medical marijuana law does not protect a patient who uses their medicine while driving or operating a boat. Nor does the law allow you to medicate in any place exposed to public view
  • A patient under the age of 18 must have a signed statement from his or her parent or legal guardian saying that the parent will be the patient’s designated primary caregiver and agrees to control the acquisition of medicine, the dosage, and frequency of use
  • The list of patients with IDs is confidential and not subject to subpoena, discovery, or inspection by the general public
  • Nevada medical marijuana law does not specifically address whether or not you can be evicted because you are a patient with an ID. Nothing in the Nevada law specifically addresses whether or not a person can be a patient and live in subsidized housing. If you live in housing funded by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Nevada law will not protect you and you may be subject to eviction because medical marijuana is not protected under federal law
  • Nevada’s medical marijuana law states that no correctional facility, including a county jail, state prison, or juvenile detention center, is required to accommodate a medical marijuana patient
  • Nevada does not require employers to accommodate medical marijuana use in the workplace
  • Nevada does not require an insurance carrier to reimburse you for the cost of your medicine
  • The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program does not offer protection from prosecution to visitors from other states. If you do not have a Nevada patient ID you will not be protected from prosecution under Nevada law
  • The Nevada medical necessity defense should still apply to an out of state patient

The Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details


High Times San Francisco Cannabis Cup Results!

Here are the results from the competition:


1st Place – Greenway Compassionate Relief’s Baklava
2nd Place
– Bhang Chocolate’s Bhang Chocolate Triple Strength Fire Bar
Place – Vapor Room Co-operative, Om Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Truffle
Place – Master Control Unit Collective, Alaskan Thunderfuck (9.23%)
Place – Elemental Wellness, Center, Jamaican Lion (8.10%)
1stPlace – Florin Wellness Center, Herojuana
1stPlace – Philips Rx, Mars OG
2nd Place – Berkeley Patients Group, Sour Diesel Wax
3rd Place
– The Cali Connection Seed Company Collective, Regulator Kush Wax
1st Place – D & M Compassion Center, OG Kush
2nd Place – Buds & Roses, Star Dawg
3rd Place – Leonard Moore Co-Operative, The Pure

1st Place – Harborside Health Center (San Jose), Boggle Gum
2nd Place – Elemental Wellness Center, The True OG
3rd Place
– 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center, 7 Star Pure Kush
1st Place – Granddaddy Purple Collective, Bay 11
2nd Place – OrganiCann, Alpha Blue
3rd Place – Happy Lil’ Trees, Sonoma Coma

Study Claims Marijuana Users Don’t Care If They Lose Money

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Yikes! We can’t have people caring less about MONEY! This is a capitalistic society, after all!
​ Smoking marijuana makes you care less about money, at least if you believe the conclusions of a recent “scientific” study from an obviously anti-pot bunch of capitalistic Bible-thumpers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
“Smoking marijuana affects peoples’ impulsivity, attention, memory, cognition and decision-making abilities,” the authors of the study claim in a June 21 news release. “That’s been scientifically proven.” Well, yeah, man, at least if the stuff’s any good.

The researchers claim their findings are “important because they demonstrate a potential, negative side effect of chronic marijuana use.” Hell, in this economy, caring less about money seems like a survival trait, to me.
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“Understanding how marijuana influences the perception of what is ‘negative’ may help explain continued marijuana use and aid in the development of effective strategies for treatment therapies,” said lead author Michael J. Wesley, Ph.D., department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist. (Translation: You’re bad, we’re Baptists, and we’re here to help you.)
“Published data suggests that marijuana use is increasing, both recreationally and medically,” said Captain Obvious, I mean Dr. Wesley. “However, the misperception that it’s harmless is also rising. It’s imperative that we begin analyzing the effects of long term, heavy marijuana use.”
Published by Psychiatry Research in the January 2011 issue, Wesley’s study was supported by grants from the — surprise, surprise! — National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which won’t fund studies unless they are specifically constructed to search for something, anything negative about pot.
Wesley and his fellow researchers on the study are this week attending the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (that convention certainly sounds like a happening party, doesn’t it?) in Florida. Wesley presented preliminary findings from the study last year at the conference.
NIDA claimed last December that regular marijuana use is on the rise among teenagers, citing an increase of more than 10 percent in students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.
In the study, researchers said that marijuana users “performed poorly” on the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), which is a complex decision-making task in which participants make choices under ambiguous conditions and win or lose money based on their choices.
The goal of the IGT is to use the feedback of the wins and losses to guide future choices toward supposed “safe options” that result in winning more and losing less.
Sixteen “chronic marijuana users” and 16 controls, or non-users, performed a modified IGT in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Performance was tracked and functional brain activity in response to early wins and losses was examined.
Researchers were looking to see if the perceived “poor performance” of marijuana users was related to differences in brain activity while evaluating the positive and negative information conveyed by wins and losses during the early, strategy development phase of the IGT.
For the control group, after multiple exposures to early large monetary losses, they began to choose “safer,” less negative options on the task. In contrast, the damn potheads, I mean the marijuana users generally failed to alter their selection patterns and continued to make what the researchers deemed “disadvantageous choices” throughout the task.
The researchers said that this was because the marijuana users were “less sensitive to the negative feedback” during strategy development. I call bullshit; the pot smokers obviously just weren’t taking the money game as seriously as the stressed-out straights.
“The marijuana users appear to have a blunted response to losing,” Wesley said uncomprehendingly. “They don’t figure out a strategy to avoid monetary losses and this is associated with a decreased functional brain response to the early, negative information that guides the other group to safer choices.
“The bottom line is that it looks like they don’t care as much if they lose,” Wesley said.
Larger Study Showed No Impact On Decision Making
The results of the study contradict clinical trial data from a large study in 2007 which indicate that marijuana intoxication does not adversely affect decision making. In that study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, investigators at New York State’s Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University looked at the impact of acute cannabis intoxication on the decision-making abilities of 36 subjects, as assessed by, you guessed it, the Iowa Gambling Task.
Volunteers in that study completed the IGT once sober and three times after smoking cannabis or a placebo. Though using cannabis increased the time required for subjects to complete their tasks, volunteers’ accuracy was not adversely affected by pot.
“Advantageous card selection and money earned on the task were not disrupted by marijuana,” the authors concluded. “These data are consistent with previous findings that indicated that speed of performance on tests of executive function, but not accuracy, is disrupted in experienced marijuana users during marijuana intoxication.”
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