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Medical pot cuts pain, study finds

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United States
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San Francisco Chronicle
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http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/13/BAG4DO3NRK1.DTL

Tracy closes a second medical marijuana dispensary; legal fight may go on

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Tracy, CA
United States
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Conta Costa Times (CA)
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http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/state/16687080.htm

ASA's Medical Marijuana News Summary: 2/9/07

NEW MEXICO: Medical Marijuana Measure Passes Senate MINNESOTA: Patient-Protection Bills in Both Chambers OREGON: Right to Fire Patients Sought CALIFORNIA: Caregiver Status Before Supreme Court CALIFORNIA: Dispensaries OKed, Opening, Studied and Stopped CALIFORNIA: Card Cost Increase Spurs Signups ________________________________________________________ NEW MEXICO: Medical Marijuana Measure Passes Senate State lawmakers have again moved a bill through one chamber of the New Mexico legislature. The governor has said he supports the measure, as he did last time. The proposed law stalled in the state House at the end of the last legislative session, held hostage to partisan political wrangling. Medical marijuana bill passes NM Senate Associated Press The New Mexico Senate has passed a proposal to allow certain patients to legally use marijuana under a state-run program. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4137 Senate OKs medical marijuana bill by Walter Rubel, Current-Argus (NM) For the third year in a row, the Senate has passed a bill that would allow for the restricted medicinal use of marijuana. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4142 NM medical pot bill moves ahead by Associated Press, Las Cruces Sun-News A Senate committee has approved a medical marijuana bill, which would allow certain patients to use marijuana under a doctor's supervision to relieve pain and the nausea caused by some medical treatments. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4155 ________________________________________________________ MINNESOTA: Patient-Protection Bills in Both Chambers Supporters of a proposed medical cannabis law in Minnesota are pushing matching measures through both the state House and Senate. MN medical marijuana bill introduced Chaska Herald (MN) A bill was introduced to the Minnesota House Monday that would legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota. A similar bill was recently introduced in the Minnesota Senate. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4145 ________________________________________________________ CALIFORNIA: Caregivers Status Before Supreme Court Who qualifies for the protections the law in California affords caregivers has been a contentious question since voters passed it. In this case, a dispensary operator argues that the jury should have been able to consider whether to acquit him as a medical caregiver. State Supreme Court to clarify Proposition 215 by Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel Medical marijuana advocates hope the state Supreme Court will set rules that protect and broaden the role of caregivers who grow and distribute marijuana for the sick. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4156 Court to refine medical-marijuana law by Howard Mintz, Mercury News The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider whether being a primary caregiver can be a defense against criminal charges of cultivating marijuana under the state's 1996 medical marijuana law. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4140 ________________________________________________________ OREGON: Right to Fire Patients Sought An attempt to remove any worker protections for medical cannabis patients in Oregon may be less about safe workplaces than it is misguided prejudices. Since drug testing cannot determine if someone is using cannabis while at work or only on personal time, allowing employers to fire workers who test positive forces patients to choose between their health and their jobs. Bill would allow medical-marijuana users to be fired for failing drug tests by Aaron Clark, Associated Press Employees who legally use marijuana under Oregon's voter-passed medical-cannabis laws could be fired for flunking a drug test under a proposed Senate bill under committee consideration Wednesday. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4139 ________________________________________________________ CALIFORNIA: Dispensaries OKed, Opening, Studied and Stopped Los Angeles-area dispensaries have been the focus of media attention in the past few weeks, as the City Council considers how to regulate them, the police chief calls for a moratorium on new ones, and the DEA flexes its muscle. ASA’s study of dispensary ordinances found that they work. Regulated dispensaries can serve patients and the community alike. You can find out more about the report and download a copy at http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3676. SLO County OKs medical marijuana dispensaries by Sarah Arnquist, The Tribune (San Luis Obispo) The Board of Supervisors gave its final approval Tuesday to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in San Luis Obispo county’s unincorporated inland areas. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4147 New medical marijuana dispensary in the Valley KESQ ABC TV (Palms Springs) A new medical marijuana dispensary is in business in Desert Hot Springs. This comes after raids at other shops in Palm Springs and Palm Desert and also around the Los Angeles area. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4149 Desert Hot Springs council mulls ban on pot dispensaries by K. Kaufmann, The Desert Sun A new medical marijuana dispensary in Desert Hot Springs is facing pressure to close as the City Council considers a moratorium tonight on allowing dispensaries in the city. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4150 DHS council votes "no" on medical marijuana dispensaries KESQ ABC TV (Palms Springs) A heated debate in Desert Hot Springs Tuesday night and it ended with the city council voting no to any new medical marijuana dispensaries. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4146 Marina rejects marijuana proposal by Larry Parsons, Monterey Herald (CA) Marina City Council members want no part of their community becoming the first site in Monterey County for medical marijuana clinics. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4141 Indio votes "no" on medical marijuana -- for now KESQ ABC TV (Palms Springs) It's a big no to medical marijuana dispensaries in Indio, after a city council meeting Wednesday night. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4138 Pot clubs have critics fuming by Sandy Mazza, Press-Telegram (Long Beach) Medical marijuana dispensaries, fed by a stream of patients from evaluation clinics, have sprung up by the dozens in strip malls across Los Angeles County. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4151 ________________________________________________________ CALIFORNIA: Card Cost Increase Spurs Signups State officials raised the fee for California’s voluntary patient ID cards in part because so few people had begun to sign up. But the announcement has spurred many to apply for cards in advance of the increase. Regardless of start up cost, taxpayers are served by subsidizing the program, since it helps law enforcement identify qualified patients, freeing up resources for better community policing. Increase in 215 cards to be implemented next month by Christine Bensen-Messinger, Eureka Reporter Two people at Tuesday morning’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting spoke out against the increase in 215 cards, voicing concerns that it is unfair to users who do not have a lot of money to have to spend more to get their medication. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4148 Marijuana card fees going up Times-Standard (Eureka) The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will on Tuesday consider voting to pass on a significant increase in the cost of obtaining a medical marijuana card by making it a part of its fee schedule. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4154 Pot ID applications spike with price hike news by K. Kaufmann, The Desert Sun (CA) The number of Coachella Valley medical marijuana users applying to Riverside County for patient identification cards has jumped dramatically following the announcement that the cost of the card will double in July. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4153 Applications soar with Riverside County pot ID card cost hike Associated Press There's been a spike in medical marijuana identification card applications since Riverside County announced the cost will jump from $100 to $220 this summer. http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=4152 ___________________________________________ MORE NEWS: See ASA's Website News stories and archives of the weekly news summaries are available on ASA's website, www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org. For previous summaries, see http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=122.
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United States

Take Action During Medical Marijuana Week, February 12-18, 2007

Join the National Movement to Protect Safe Access! To celebrate ten years of safe access to medical cannabis in California and growing access throughout the country, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has organized Medical Marijuana Week 2007. This will be the fifth annual Medical Marijuana Week, held during the week of 2/15 to commemorate the passage of Proposition 215, California's medical cannabis law. This year, we are calling on advocates nationwide to take action every day during this week. Please read on for daily opportunities to advance safe access to medical cannabis. Celebrate Medical Marijuana Week with us by educating your community, urging Congress to protect medical cannabis patients, writing letters to the editor, and more! Monday: Join the Movement In just four years, ASA has become the nation’s largest organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Join ASA by becoming a member and/or filling out ASA's online activist survey. Tuesday: Make Your Voice Heard Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper calling on Congress to protect safe access to medical cannabis. You never know who you might be influencing – a judge, policeman, or city council representative! Visit ASA's LTE action site on Tuesday for an easy way to submit your LTE online, using talking points provided by our communications staff. Wednesday: Call for Congressional Action Call on Congress to hold hearings on medical cannabis. Take action online and call your Congressional representatives at (202) 224-3121 using a script provided by ASA. When your elected officials hear from you – and often – they are more likely to support our calls for safe and legal access to cannabis! Thursday: Mobilize Your Community for Congressional Action On Thursday, download and print out a petition calling on Congress to hold hearings on medical cannabis. Gather signatures on this petition at your work, school, home, church, and in your community. Please send completed petitions back to ASA via fax: (510) 251-2036; or mail: 1322 Webster Street, Suite 402, Oakland, CA 94612 Friday: Support Medical Cannabis Inmates Several patients and providers are in jail awaiting trial or in prison serving out their sentences. Although the actions of many of these prisoners were legal under state law, defendants cannot bring up a medical defense in federal court. Please show your support to these inmates by writing them letters. Read their stories and find their contact information on ASA's website. Saturday: Spread the News About Safe Access We need more people educated and activated on this issue. Find a local community board in a coffee shop, Laundromat, or on a college campus to post information about medical cannabis and Americans for Safe Access. Please print out our one-page information sheet to spread the word about safe access. Sunday: Expand the Choir On Sunday, think about your connections outside of the medical cannabis community and reach out to these groups. Are you a member of a condition-based organization? Political group? Social club? If not, find one to join. Educate your community about the efficacy of medical cannabis and the need for change in federal law. For more information see: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?list=type&type=259
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United States

Press Release: Israeli and European doctors called Cannabis "a medicine" and asked to expand the list of indications and to expedite commercial growing for patients

News Release Israel's Ministry of Health Medical Cannabis Conference Israeli and European doctors called Cannabis "a medicine" and asked to expand the list of indications and to expedite commercial growing for patients. January 21, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel By: Boaz Wachtel Israeli Ministry of Health (MOH) organized January 17th, 2007 the first Medical Cannabis Conference ever held in Israel. The landmark conference, designed to educate doctors and patients about the pros and cons of Medical Cannabis, was held at Abarbanel governmental hospital in Bat-Yam. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Yehuda Baruch, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Health responsible for authorization of medical Cannabis to patients. He said "I view Cannabis as medicine, like any other medicine…It is not always clear how it works…Almost no one studies the subject since it can not be patented and be financially profitable. But we do rely on existing research and especially on patient's feelings". Another speaker at the conference was the world's leading Cannabis researcher Professor Rafael Mechoulam from Hebrew University in Jerusalem who presented advances in Cannabinoid research and recent findings. Dr. Itay Gur Arye – the secretary of the Israeli Pain society and Director of the Pain Treatment Center at Sheba government hospital spoke of the failure of existing medications to provide adequate pain relief and pointed to the good efficacy of Medical Cannabis in the treatment of naturopathic pain. He also called for the establishment of a government regulated Cannabis growing and distribution operation for patients who hold doctor's prescription or recommendation. Dr. Peter Van Kanten, a family Doctor from Holland, reviewed the many indications cannabis is used by patients in Holland. Dr. Van Kanten spoke of the positive experiences patients have while using MC and about the Dutch National Medical Cannabis program that allows patients (who possess Doctors' prescription) to buy Medical Grade Cannabis through Pharmacies. Few patients who use Medical Cannabis spoke: An HIV, Cancer and Tourrette syndrome patients. They talked about reduction of symptoms while using Cannabis after trying existing medications that failed to provide relief. They talked about improvement of appetite, weight gain and a sense of well being that allowed them to function. Dr. Gideon Hirsch – the Director of the Israeli AIDS Committee presented research supporting the use of Medical Cannabis among HIV patients and of the need and importance to allow HIV patients to use medical Cannabis before the on set of a full blown AIDS. Mr. Boaz Wachtel, a medical Cannabis activist spoke about various medical cannabis programs around the world and the wide spread illegal use of Medical Cannabis in many societies. He viewed Historical use of Cannabis in Israel dated 1600 years ago and about Israeli Ministry of Health procedures for patients. Last but not least was Mr. Haim Messing the Director of Israeli the Anti-Drug Authority who spoke about the dangers associated with cannabis use and while supporting the use of synthetic Cannabis was against Cannabis smoking as a means of delivery. For further details: Boaz Wachtel [email protected] Tel: ++972-544573679
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Tel Aviv
Israel

Court to refine medical-marijuana law

Location: 
CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
San Jose Mercury News (CA)
URL: 
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/16651216.htm

DHS council votes "no" on medical marijuana dispensaries

Location: 
Desert Hot Springs, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
KESQ News Channel 3 (CA)
URL: 
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=6051180&nav=9qrx

County OKs medical marijuana dispensaries

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CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Tribune (CA)
URL: 
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/local/16641170.htm

Another Outrage: 13-Year Sentence for Medical Marijuana Grower

Dustin Costa, whose case we've discussed here and here, received a 13-year sentence in federal court today (sorry, no link).

We're told that the judge wasn't thrilled about the sentence. Unfortunately, even judges become helpless bystanders when the Justice Department uses federal law to target medical providers operating legally under California's Proposition 215.

Costa's prosecution signals a return to the Justice Department's controversial practice of lying to jurors and painting medical providers as common street dealers.

Are you watching this, Dennis Kucinich?


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United States

[Rhode Island] Medical Marijuana Act Up for Inspection

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RI
United States
Publication/Source: 
Brown Daily Herald
URL: 
http://media.www.browndailyherald.com/media/storage/paper472/news/2007/02/06/Metro/Medical.Marijuana.Act.Up.For.Inspection-2700232.shtml?

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