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    but after a fruitless, year-long investigation by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Pat Hedges failed to find any violations of state law, the sheriff invited the DEA to come and raid the dispensary.

    That isn't justice, that's a power play by a disgruntled state worker.

    What a petty SOB.

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    Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSA
    Study Shows Cannabinoids May Be Useful Against Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

    By Caroline Wilbert
    WebMD Health News

    Sept. 4, 2008 -- Chemicals in marijuana may be useful in fighting MRSA, a kind of staph bacterium that is resistant to certain antibiotics.

    Researchers in Italy and the U.K. tested five major marijuana chemicals called cannabinoids on different strains of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). All five showed germ-killing activity against the MRSA strains in lab tests. Some synthetic cannabinoids also showed germ-killing capability. The scientists note the cannabinoids kill bacteria in a different way than traditional antibiotics, meaning they might be able to bypass bacterial resistance.

    At least two of the cannabinoids don't have mood-altering effects, so there could be a way to use these substances without creating the high of marijuana.

    MRSA, like other staph infections, can be spread through casual physical contact or through contaminated objects. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has it. This could be in a health care setting, though there have also been high-profile cases of community-acquired MRSA.

    It is becoming more common for healthy people to get MRSA, which is often spread between people who have close contact with one another, such as members of a sports team. Symptoms often include skin infections, such as boils. MRSA can become serious, particularly for people who are weak or ill.

    In the study, published in the Journal of Natural Products, researchers call for further study of the antibacterial uses of marijuana. There are "currently considerable challenges with the treatment of infections caused by strains of clinically relevant bacteria that show multi-drug resistance," the researchers write. New antibacterials are urgently needed, but only one new class of antibacterial has been introduced in the last 30 years. "Plants are still a substantially untapped source of antimicrobial agents," the researchers conclude.

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    I'm not thrilled about advertisement for jury nullification to be honest, I certainly sympathize with its use here, but history has proven that this is a power not to be taken lightly... either way, it's unfortunate turn of things, quite frankly I wish it would just get legalized all together. But still, Amsterdam is just a short trip away

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenNYC View Post
    ...but history has proven that this is a power not to be taken lightly...
    History.

    Why should someone need to go to Amsterdam to get a doctor prescribed medicine? How would patients bring it home?

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    Judge says Feds violated 10th Amendment by subverting state marijuana laws

    As It Stands by Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard
    Article Launched: 09/14/2008 01:32:06 AM PDT


    A landmark decision for all Californian's quietly made history on August 20th in a Santa Cruz courtroom.

    For the first time since 1996, when the Compassionate Use Act was passed, the federal authorities have been charged with violating the 10th Amendment for harassing medical marijuana patients and state authorities.

    The case of Santa Cruz vs. Mukasey, was heard by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel, who said the Bush Administration's request to dismiss a lawsuit by Santa Cruz city and county officials, and the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), wasn't going to happen.

    In a recent telephone interview with Alan Hopper, an ACLU counsel familiar with the case, I asked him what came next?

    ”The plaintiff will get a get a court-ordered discovery document that will allow them to get documents, and even depositions, from the federal authorities to support their claims,” he explained.

    So now it's the city, county, and WAMM's turn to prove their case against the federal government. The court has recognized a concerted effort by the federal government to sabotage state medical marijuana laws, which violates the U.S. Constitution. The significance of this ruling, the first of its kind, cannot be overstated.

    California voters may finally get what they asked for a dozen years ago. When the court said that the federal government had gone out of its way to arrest and prosecute some of the most legitimate doctors, patients, caregivers, and dispensary owners that had been working with state and local officials, it finally drew a line-in-the sand.

    An example of the federal authorities violations was their pursuit of WAMM. This non-profit group has been around for many years, and has been fully supported by the city and county of Santa Cruz. They have been referred to, by officials, as the model medical marijuana patient's collective.

    The group was functioning so smoothly that the city even allowed them to hold regular meetings to distribute marijuana to its patients on the steps of city hall! The federal agents still went after them, which brought about this court decision.

    When the ACLU filed this lawsuit to stop them from targeting medical marijuana providers and patients, they opened a door that may finally lead to no federal interference in California's medical marijuana law.

    We must not forget that medical marijuana brings in about $100 million each year in tax revenue. Conferring total legitimacy to the law will allow this cash flow to continue, and hopefully, increase over time.

    When the judge ruled the feds were threatening physicians who recommended marijuana, he set the stage for regaining patient's rights. The ruling clearly pointed out that the feds were also threatening government officials who issue medical marijuana cards, and interfered with municipal zoning plans.

    In the summation, the court found that, “There was a calculated pattern of selective arrests and prosecutions by the federal government with the intent to render California's medical marijuana laws impossible to implement and therefore forced Californian's and their political subdivisions to re-criminalize medical marijuana.”

    In a recent column, I mentioned California's Attorney General Jerry Brown had passed out an 11-page directive that all law agencies were to go by. I expressed concern that the federal authorities would ignore those guidelines, but upon finding out about this recent ruling I now have some cause for hope.

    It sure sounded like Hopper was looking forward to the next phase, and he seemed confident that positive change lay ahead. Asked which presidential candidate would be more amenable to upholding medical marijuana laws, he cleverly replied that he thought they both would be willing to work for change. He could be right too. This is a year of change.

    This on-going battle with the federal authorities ignoring California's laws has been well-documented in the past. Why hasn't there been more coverage for such an epic ruling? Its potential as breakthrough legislation is something all Californian's should know about in my opinion.

    The war against medical marijuana hasn't been won yet, but this could be the breakthrough everybody's waited for. At the core of the war waged by the federal government against the voter's will, is the failed War on Drugs by the Bush Administration. It's about time someone told them to back off.

    As It Stands, we can score this as a successful round for state's rights.

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    Ex-suspects want police to pay for dead marijuana plants
    After the case against the Colorado couple fell apart, they were given back their seized property -- which had gone unmaintained in a police evidence room.

    By DeeDee Correll, Special to The Times
    September 21, 2008


    DENVER -- When the Fort Collins police arrested James and Lisa Masters and carted away their 39 marijuana plants, they put the plants where they normally put confiscated property involved in alleged crimes: the evidence room.

    And there they sat, without a grow lamp, water or pruning.

    A year later, the case against the Masterses -- who claimed they used the drug for medical purposes -- fell apart, and a judge ordered the police to return their property.

    "All the plants were dead," said Brian Vicente, one of the attorneys for the couple. "Some had turned to liquid -- this black, moldy liquid. There was mold over everything."

    Incensed, the couple asked the Police Department to reimburse them $200,000 for the destroyed plants. City officials refused, and the Masterses are now considering a lawsuit to compel the northern Colorado city to compensate them.

    Of the 12 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, Colorado stands out for its law specifying that police must not "harm, neglect or destroy" seized plants in such cases, said Noah Mamber, legal services coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group.

    But in the eight years since voters approved the law, no law enforcement agency has had to grapple with that aspect of it, said attorneys familiar with medical marijuana cases.

    "There's not a whole lot of case law on this, frankly," Vicente said.

    Many situations are resolved without police seizing the plants because it becomes apparent to police that the suspect is authorized to have marijuana, said Rob Corry, another attorney for the Masterses.

    In other states, police often destroy the plants during or after an arrest. But that may be changing, Mamber said. He cited a recent case in Burlingame, Calif., where police found a number of marijuana plants and confiscated them until they could find the owner and ascertain whether he was a medical marijuana user. He was.

    Police in that case kept the plants less than a week. They didn't water or tend them during that time, Burlingame Police Capt. Mike Matteucci said, adding that the department is not equipped to serve as a nursery.

    The outcome of the Colorado case, he said, could help define law enforcement's responsibilities in such matters. "It's uncharted waters here," Matteucci said.

    In 2006, James Masters and his wife, Lisa, were arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation and intent to distribute. At the time, they were growing marijuana for themselves and for at least five other people with medical problems, their attorneys said. Lisa Masters, 33, has fibromyalgia and tendinitis; her husband, 31, suffers from chronic nausea and pain from knee and hip problems, Corry said.

    Both had doctors' recommendations that they ingest marijuana for their medical issues, but they had not joined the state's registry, Vicente said, because they could not afford the $110 fee.

    Those in the registry may possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and as many as six plants, and caregivers may keep up to six plants for each person in their care. Because the Masterses were also serving as caregivers, Vicente said, they were allowed to have the 39 plants.

    Because the Masterses weren't listed in the registry, police treated the plants as they would evidence in any other drug case, said Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis.

    "At the time they were confiscated, they didn't have documents to prove it was medical marijuana. They have to have some proof," Davis said.

    The Masterses' attorneys maintain that the law doesn't require people to produce documentation when claiming the marijuana is medicinal.

    The law says that property should not be neglected or destroyed in cases "where such property has been seized in connection with the claimed medical use of marijuana." It does not specify a criminal penalty when the law is not followed.

    In any event, Corry said, the Masterses did provide paperwork showing their doctors' recommendations that they use marijuana.

    A judge eventually dismissed the charges, ruling that the police search had been illegal. Until then, the Masterses, who have since joined the state registry, continued to use marijuana provided to them by others, Vicente said. He argued that police should care for the plants they take just as they would an animal or child removed from a home.

    "If the police take your pit bull, do they put it in an evidence locker for two months or do they take care of it?"
    Vicente said. "We plan on holding the police accountable. We're talking about people's medicine here."

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    Posted at: 01/09/2009 10:09:31 PM
    Updated at: 01/10/2009 06:16:54 AM
    By: Eyewitness News 4



    State gives nod to medical marijuana dealers

    New Mexico has become the first state in the country to license marijuana dealers. Officials say dealers are under stringent regulations.

    It took about a year and half, but the New Mexico Health Department has ironed out a plan to deal with the complex and legally thorny issue of how to make and get medical marijuana to qualified patients.

    "This has been the hardest piece of the program. We really needed to proceed carefully and thoughtfully because we're the only state to take this step," said Deborah Busemeyer of the Department of Health.

    New Mexico is the first state to license non-profit organizations to do the growing and distribution. Any group that wants to do it will have to clear a lot of hurdles, Busemeyer said.

    "They need to have security measures. We have monitoring requirements they have to have a non profit board overseeing it that includes a doctor," she said.

    Any non-profit that gets a license will be able to grow up to 95 plants and keep a supply of useable marijuana. Individuals can also grow their own if they get a state license. They can grow four mature plants and 12 seedlings and posses up to six ounces.

    There are 207 New Mexicans who have already been approved by the state to use medical marijuana.

    "People should realize that these are patients who are very sick and they have chronic debilitating conditions and they can't get relief anyway else," Busemeyer said.

    Right now, there are seven conditions that can qualify a patient to get medical marijuana, including suffering from cancer, AIDS and MS.

    New Mexico and 12 other states have legalized medical marijuana usage. But laws in those states do not supersede federal law, which still doesn't recognize medical marijuana.

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    DEA rejects UMass request to grow medical marijuana

    Posted by Gideon Gil January 12, 2009 06:49 PM
    By Bina Venkataraman, Globe Correspondent


    The US Drug Enforcement Administration has rejected the bid of a UMass Amherst researcher who wants to create the second laboratory in the nation authorized to grow marijuana for medical research.

    The ruling released today came nearly two years after a federal administrative law judge recommended that Lyle Craker, a horticultural professor who specializes in medicinal plants, be allowed to grow marijuana for medical research. The DEA decision, which is a final rule not subject to public comment, called the current supply of marijuana for research "adequate and uninterrupted,” and said that a second laboratory would not be in the public interest.

    Since 1968, a federally approved laboratory at the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy has grown nearly a hundred varieties of marijuana plants. Access to the plants has been limited to researchers who gain federal permits, and plants from the lab’s farm have been used for clinical studies across the country to test marijuana for treating glaucoma, pain, nausea, and other illnesses.

    But some researchers complain that access to the laboratory's supply is thwarted by a contract the lab holds with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which must approve permits issued by the Food and Drug Administration or the DEA in a process that can take months to complete. Other drugs listed by the DEA as "Schedule 1," such as heroin and ecstasy, do not require this additional approval for researchers to access them.
    Rick Doblin, president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a Belmont-based drug research group that wants to fund Craker’s marijuana cultivation and sponsored the lawsuit that spurred the administrative law judge’s recommendation in 2007, calls the Mississippi lab a "monopoly."

    Doblin said that his group will now either file another lawsuit or appeal to the incoming Obama administration to reverse the decision. "We’re not giving up," he said.

    Craker, who first applied for the DEA permit in 2001, said he was disappointed that the agency appears to want to limit medicinal marijuana research. "We’ve seen a big upsurge in the use of medicinal plants to treat illnesses," he said.

    DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney said the agency had no additional comment on the decision other than what was written in the ruling.

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    Heheheh.

    "Craker".

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    Medical Marijuana ID Cards - Jan. 12, 2009 KXTV-10
    This is news coverage of Sacramento County's start of a Medical Marijuana Identification Card program, a program which is required by the State of California. [Video 1:04]

    History:

    ACLU Members Speak in Favor of ID Cards - Dec. 16, 2008
    At the December 16, 2008, meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors two members of the board of the Sacramento County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Nikos Leverenz and Jim Updegraff speak in favor of issuing the cards. [Video 6:02]


    Sacramento County board backs ID cards for medical pot users
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    Alzheimer's Disease and Marijuana

    Keith Halderman
    Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:13 PM


    Studies finding that cannabis, or marijuana as it is more commonly known, has both a mitigating and prophylactic effect with regards to Alzheimer’s disease continue to accumulate. One of the latest articles comes from researchers working at the Department of Physiology and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin. They found that “certain cannabinoids can protect neurons from the deleterious effects of β-amyloid and are capable of reducing tau phosphorylation. The propensity of cannabinoids to reduce β-amyloid-evoked oxidative stress and neurodegeneration, whilst stimulating neurotrophin expression neurogenesis, are interesting properties that may be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease” and the Scientists concluded that “cannabinoids offer a multi-faceted approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease by providing neuroprotection and reducing neuroinflammation, whilst simultaneously supporting the brain's intrinsic repair mechanisms by augmenting neurotrophin expression and enhancing neurogenesis.”

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    Justice Department will stop medical marijuana raids, Attorney General says

    John Byrne
    Published: Thursday February 26, 2009


    In a little-noticed remark Wednesday, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries established under state laws but technically prohibited by the federal government.

    The decision marks a shift from the Bush Administration, which was more draconian in its approach to hunting those who sought to dispense marijuana for medical purposes.

    Numerous states have decriminalized marijuana in recent years, and new fiscal pressures are turning more states toward being more lenient toward first-time drug offenders as the cost of keeping drug users in jail becomes untenable for state budgets.

    The remark was caught by The Huffington Post's Ryan Grimm.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration continued to carry out such raids after Obama's inauguration, Grimm says, despite an Obama campaign promise to cease the practice. But asked at a press conference Wednesday, Holder said it wouldn't be the Administration's policy going forward.

    "No" it won't be Obama policy, Holder said. "What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically and by law my boss now. What he said during the campaign is now American policy."

    Holder's response comes at about the 25:00 mark on a C-SPAN clip.

    The following states have medical marijuana laws (click to enlarge -- South Dakota does not):
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    Iowa Judge Asks Pharmacy Board to Look at Marijuana

    Story Created: Apr 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM CDT

    DES MOINES (AP) - A Polk County judge says a state pharmacy board must consider whether marijuana has accepted medical uses. Thursday's ruling Judge Joel Novak doesn't legalize medical marijuana in Iowa, but it requires the Iowa Board of Pharmacy to consider whether it's properly classified as a Schedule I substance.

    To be classified as Schedule I, a drug must have a high potential for abuse and no safe medical use within the U.S. Last summer, a group, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, petitioned the pharmacy board to remove marijuana from the Schedule I classification. The board ruled against the petition last fall and the ACLU appealed.

    The judge's ruling says the board must review the classification and decide whether marijuana has an accepted medical use.

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    In LA Pot Shops are the way to get what's needed.

    Seems Santa Barbara has seen the light (up), too.

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    State Senate approves medical marijuana

    By MARK BRUNSWICK, Star Tribune
    Last update: April 29, 2009 - 6:56 PM


    The Minnesota Senate today tentatively voted to approve the use of medical marijuana in the state. The 36-28 vote came despite questions about whether the measure fully defines who would be eligible and whether it provides proper safeguards against abuse.

    Law enforcement has consistently opposed medical marijuana, but Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, chief author of the bill (S.F. 97), said during debate that the measure is a medical issue not one for "our brothers and sisters in blue."

    It's estimated that about 900 people will enroll in the program the first year, a number that will grow to about 6,800 at full enrollment. The bill allows 2.5 ounces for a qualifying patient and up to 12 plants if the patient is authorized to cultivate the marijuana. A doctor would have to certify that the person qualifies and non-profit groups would be set-up to dispense the marijuana, The Minnesota Department of Health would administer the program to set up a registry of users, who would be provided photo ID cards. The bill would take effect in January 2010.

    The Senate had previously approved the bill but it has always stalled in the House. Advocates believe they have enough votes to pass in the House this year, but it isn't clear if they have enough to override any possible veto from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has expressed reservations about the bill. The bill could be heard on the House floor next week.

    "I'm here to tell you there is potential opportunity for abuse here and kids are watching to see what we in the Legislature are going to do," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, a former county sheriff.

    Thirteen states have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana. The Senate's vote was preliminary but is a good barometer of the outcome of an official vote, which is likely to come Thursday.

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