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Please join us for great music and fun. $7 cover, must be 21or over. For more information, call 781-944-2266 or see Bands include: THREE DAY THRESHOLD ( - Boston Music Award Winners and past two time Boston Freedom Rally act. THE ANDWUTZ PRIMARY OTHERS ( - a 2006 Boston Freedom Rally act. WALTER SICKERT & THE BROKEN TOYS (
Fri, 04/27/2007 - 9:00pm - Sat, 04/28/2007 - 2:00am
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Somerville, MA
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MASSCANN Members Meeting

Elections! Speakers! Briefings! Rabble Rousing! Come help brainstorm the next stage of legalization! All welcome! This event is free and open to the public. However, only members in good standing with voting rights and persons who become members in good standing with voting rights between now and the day of the meeting may be nominated for office, nominate for office and vote. All persons present may speak when recognized. Annual dues are $25 with voting rights and $15 without voting rights. Snail mail notices, with details of meeting agenda, will be arriving this week at the last provided address of current and lapsed members. If you don't receive a notice you either moved and didn't tell us or you have not been a member in good standing within the past two years! Be a part of making 2007 the greatest year in Massachusetts marijuana reform history by donating to Mass Cann and attending this meeting!
Sat, 03/31/2007 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Cambridge, MA 02139
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Bitter, who's bitter? On the New Mexico medical marijuana vote.

The New Mexico House killed the medical marijuana bill there today on a vote of 36-33. The debate was filled with the usual bigotry, hypocrisy, and ignorance parading as expertise. I'm particularly irritated with Rep. John Heaton (D-Carlsbad), who, because he works as a pharmacist, apparently thinks he is an expert on medical marijuana. Here's what he had to say as reported in the Santa Fe New Mexican:
Opponents disputed that marijuana was an effective medicine. "Medically it just really has no value. For us to approve a drug like this tells our children and tells the rest of the people in this state that we, somehow as leaders, give tacit approval to the use of this drug," said Rep. John Heaton, D-Carlsbad and a pharmacist. "That is absolutely wrong for us to do." He described marijuana as "the No. 1 gateway drug to abusing other drugs in our society."
Heaton, who makes a living pushing pills, tells us authoritatively that marijuana has no medical value. Does he cite the scientific literature? No. Has he ever read the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics? Not as far as we can tell. What is the basis for his claim of no medicinal value? There is none, except for his appeal to authority as a pharmacist, and therefore, someone who presumably knows about such things. Heaton also argues that approving the medicinal use of marijuana "tells the children…that we, somehow as leaders, give tacit approval to the use of this drug." Oh, really? Does that mean when he is dispensing prescription opiates like Oxycontin he is giving "tacit approval" of their recreational use? Or does he mean that his opposition to medical marijuana is so ideologically driven that he would rather forego its healing and ameloriating effects than risk having young people know it can be used medicinally? If it's the former case, Heaton is a hypocrite of the highest order. If it's the later, he is a demagogue pretending to be an expert. Take your pick. The New Mexican also noted another argument often trotted out in opposition to state medical marijuana laws:
Opponents of the bill said marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and patients in New Mexico could be subject to potential federal prosecution.
I really don’t understand why this argument should sway anyone. My response is, "Okay, let the DEA come in and start arresting patients, then." My second response is to wonder incredulously at the concern displayed by people who make this argument. Let me get this straight: They are so concerned that patients could be arrested under federal law that they would rather have them be arrested under state law? Gee, thanks for all that concern. If I sound just a bit grumpy, it's because I am. I spend my working life trying to end this stupid drug war. Every week, I write stories like the following about a Brazilian governor who wants to legalize drugs to fight crime, a high-level British panel calling for a complete rewriting of the drug laws, or a Scottish politician calling for the decriminalization of drugs. There are also similar stories from the US (although not this week)—a politician or an academic or an ex-cop calling for the end of the drug war. Yet although our anti-prohibitionist position is well justified both pragmatically (in terms of policy results) and philosophically (in terms of morality and ethics), not only do we seem not to be progressing toward our goal of a sensible and compassionate policy surrounding the use of drugs, we can't even get a goddamned measly little medical marijuana bill passed in a state where the public says it wants it, the governor says he wants it, and the state Senate voted for it. Sometimes I just want to chuck it all and move to my own sovereign island republic. But since there don’t seem to be too many of those available right now, I guess I'll keep slogging away. Today, however, I remind myself of Woody Harrelson's Woody the Bartender character in the 1980s sit-com "Cheers." At one point, when Woody is feeling betrayed by his rich girlfriend, Kelly, Sam accuses him of being bitter. "I'm not bitter, Sam," Woody replies. "I'm just consumed by a gnawing hate that's eating away at my gut until I can taste the bile in my mouth."
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Meet-and-Greet Featuring Steve Kubby

Please attend a meet-and-greet with Steve Kubby this Saturday night at the Silver Moon Brewery in downtown Bend. Steve will arrive around 6:00 PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tristan Reisfarme at [email protected].
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
24 NW Greenwood
Bend, OR 97701
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Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse Medical Cannabis Event

MAMA Says "Let Your Light Shine!" It's Your Turn! Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients and Supporters please join us in Salem to help educate your legislators, the public and media. Tell your story of the medicinal value of cannabis. Learn from leading expert speakers. Enjoy the camaraderie of like minded people. It's Time! Let Your Light Shine! We will be on the front steps of the capitol building in the morning, with patient speakers starting at 10 AM. From noon to 4 PM we will have expert speakers on drug policy in HR-50. Bring a bag lunch. MAMA will supply beverages and dessert. There will be a No-Host Pizza Party at Lefty's Pizza, starting at 4 PM. For information, to participate as a speaker, or to donate to the costs, contact MAMA at 503-233-4202 or [email protected].
Mon, 04/02/2007 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
900 Court Street, NE
Salem, OR 97301
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NM: House rejects bill to legalize medical use of marijuana

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The Santa Fe New Mexican

Maryland: Drug Reform Efforts Picking Up in the Terrapin State

The Terrapin State is this year seeing increasing efforts to reform drug policy. As discussed in another article this issue, the Maryland Compassionate Use Act (HB 1040) would expand on a state medical marijuana law passed in 2003. Late last month -- perhaps preluding some larger effort -- the respected Justice Policy Institute issued a report, Maryland's Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing Laws: Their Impact on Incarceration, State Resources and Communities of Color.

Also last month, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Delegates heard HB 283, a bill sponsored this year and last by Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Bethesda) that would require the state's education agency to provide state scholarships to students who qualify under the state's own standards but are ineligible for federal aid because of federal laws (like the Higher Education Act's drug provision). Currently such students may lose state as well as federal aid, but the decisions are delegated to individual school financial aid offices. HB 283 again did not make it through committee this year, though other avenues such as a Senate bill could be possible.

Things are looking better for a University of Maryland effort to reduce the penalties for students caught possessing marijuana in campus dorms. Currently, pot possession in the dorms is considered a Class A infraction of university rules, along with arson, assault, and similar violent crimes, and results in automatic expulsion from campus residence halls.

But after a year-long campaign by UMD SSDP and NORML chapters that saw a successful student voter initiative calling for the equalization of penalties for pot possession and underage possession of alcohol (a Class B infraction) and a subsequent Residence Hall Association Senate resolution calling on the Department of Residence Life to reclassify first-time pot possession to Class B, activists are now eagerly awaiting a decision by department director Deb Grandner on whether to accept the resolution's recommendation.

"I'm really optimistic about this," said UMD SSDP chapter head Anastasia Cosner. "I'll be meeting with Grander on Friday, and I'm going to tell her this has been approved by the students and by the residence halls, so she should probably just go ahead and approve it now."

Grandner is under some pressure to accede to the demand, said SSDP national executive director Kris Krane. "The student newspaper has done three stories on this in the past couple of weeks," he noted, "the Residence Halls Senate has called for the change, the president of the student government supports it, and now even a member of the House of Delegates has weighed in with a letter to Grandner."

"Failure to enact the recommendations of the RHA Senate by your office could have more serious implications than would result from a change in residential policy," warned Ana Sol Gutierrez, the same Delegate who sponsored HB 283. "Students who are forced to leave the residence halls during the semester often are not able to complete coursework, and may leave school altogether. Students who consequently abandon their goals for completing a college education are more likely to engage in less productive behaviors including abusing drugs in the future."

There is no firm deadline for Grandner to act, but activists say they are prepared to go to the next level if she demurs or delays. Hopefully they won't have to and a battle on the University of Maryland campus will be won sooner rather than later.

Feature: Medical Marijuana Goes Mainstream in the States

(Breaking: New Mexico effort still alive...)

Only a dozen years ago, no state made provision for the medicinal use of marijuana. Now, eleven years after California led the way with 1996's Proposition 215 initiative, patients have legal access to marijuana in 11 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington), while Maryland allows patients to mount an affirmative defense to marijuana charges. Arizona voters also passed a medical marijuana initiative in 1996, but because of its wording requiring a doctor's prescription (instead of a recommendation), the law there is essentially inoperative.

While in most medical marijuana states, the laws came about through the initiative and referendum process -- only Hawaii, Vermont, and Rhode Island have legalized medical marijuana through the legislature -- medical marijuana bills are pending this year in more than 20 states, according to a list provided to Drug War Chronicle by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). While advocates concede that given the cumbersome process of making law in the country's state houses, actual passage of medical marijuana legislation is likely this year in only a handful of states at best, it seems that medical marijuana has come in from the cold and is now a thoroughly mainstream issue.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey addresses 2005 medical marijuana press conference as Montel Williams awaits his turn at the podium
"There have been a bunch of bills introduced this year, with more to come," said MPP communications director Bruce Mirken. "While in many cases we don't know off-hand what their chances are and many of them don't have a serious, professional effort behind them to get them passed, this is a good sign that this is no longer a fringe issue," he said.

"It is now clear that medical marijuana is increasingly a mainstream issue that is not terribly controversial anymore," Mirken continued. "Slowly but surely, legislators around the country are coming to realize this is something the public supports and that they can safely support."

"Many of these states have had about 10 years to vet this, there have been multiple bills introduced, multiple hearings, the first time out, they're generally not so successful, but the second time out, they get a little more traction, and by the third time it is almost self-evident that something has to be done," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). "A few years ago, it was hard to point to a medical marijuana model, but now there are lots of models. At this point, legislators have no excuse for dragging their feet; they feel the moral imperative of responding to people who are sick and dying."

In several states with already existing medical marijuana laws, efforts are underway to expand those programs. Those states include Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. In other states, efforts are afoot to enact medical marijuana laws for the first time. Here are some of the highlights:

In Illinois, a medical marijuana bill, SB 650, was passed Tuesday by the Senate Public Health Committee and now awaits a third reading next week. It is expected to get a Senate floor vote within a month. Introduced by Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the bill would allow people diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition and their primary caregiver to register with the state for permission to possess up to 12 marijuana plants and 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.

Despite concerns voiced by law enforcement and social conservatives, legislators in the committee voted 6-4 to approve the measure. They were swayed in part by testimony from the group Illinois Drug Education and Legislative (IDEAL) Reform, as well as citizens like Gretchen Steele of Coulterville. Steele, a registered nurse and multiple sclerosis sufferer, told the committee marijuana was able to effectively and safely treat her symptoms when other, more dangerous drugs had failed.

"I can tell you from firsthand experience that marijuana works better to control the spasticity, neuropathic pain, and tremors than do any of the myriad prescription medications that I currently take," she told the committee. "The fact that it is perfectly legal for my doctors to prescribe morphine, OxyCodone, diazepam, hydrocodone, and other drugs that are not only highly addictive but have many unpleasant side effects, yet it remains illegal to recommend marijuana, is beyond reasoning."

In Minnesota, SF0345 would allow patients suffering from a debilitating medical condition and who have a doctor's recommendation to register with the state to be protected from prosecution. Patients or caregivers could possess up to 12 plants and 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.

The bill has already passed the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee on a bipartisan voice vote and now awaits action in the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the measure "stands a good chance of passage in the Minnesota Legislature this year."

While the usual suspects -- law enforcement and social conservatives -- strongly oppose the bill, the Star-Tribune reports that half of House Republicans could vote for it. "Ten years ago it would have had no chance," said Rep. Steve Sviggum, who introduced a companion bill in the House. "Two years ago I probably would have been in opposition. This is a very emotional issue, but hopefully facts and information will come to the forefront."

In New Hampshire, Rep. Tim Robertson (D-Keene) announced this week that the medical marijuana bill he is sponsoring, HB 774, will get a hearing in the House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee next Monday. Also this week, supporters in the Granite State released a poll showing 68% approval for medical marijuana there.

"This poll is just another indication that New Hampshire's medical marijuana bill is not only sensible, compassionate legislation -- it's also politically popular," said Robertson. "Voters are sending us a clear message: Give us a humane medical marijuana law now."

"I'm not at all surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of Granite Staters support people like me who only want the freedom to make the best medical decisions possible," said Ian Taschner, who suffers from severe nausea. "I should be able to battle my debilitating symptoms and lead a semi-normal life without having to worry that using my doctor-recommended medicine makes me a criminal."

In New Mexico, proponents came closer than last year, picking up the support of Gov. Bill Richardson (D), who signaled his support for the bill. With time running out on this session -- it ends within two weeks -- he called Tuesday for the legislature to get moving on several of his pet projects, including medical marijuana. "We've only got a few days to go, and I'm urging very quick action on the ethics package," Richardson told local reporters. "I'm urging very quick, strong action on predatory lending. I want that cockfighting bill, I want medical marijuana, I want my tax cuts."

Late Thursday night when this article was finalized, Drug War Chronicle reported here that a vote was still pending and chances seemed good. Friday morning we received the news that the Lynn & Erin Compassionate Use Act (SB007), failed a House vote 36-33 on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, advocates of the legislation have vowed to continue their efforts. Erin Armstrong, a 25-year-old cancer victim after whom the bill was named, told the New Mexican, "We'll try it till it gets through. We're not going to give up on the state's patient community."

On Sunday it was reported that the issue was saved from legislative oblivion through efforts by Gov. Richardson and that the Senate had passed a modified version of the bill that will now in turn go before the House.

Meanwhile, medical marijuana proponents in states that already have such laws are looking to either strengthen or expand them:

In Maryland, the Maryland Compassionate Use Act (HB1040) was the subject of a Tuesday hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. While Maryland has a 2003 law that allows limited protection for medical marijuana patients, the new measure would allow patients to use the herb without fear of arrest or prosecution. It would create a registry, allow patients or caregivers to possess up to 12 plants and 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana, and bring Maryland fully into the ranks of the medical marijuana states.

The Maryland effort is supported by MPP, the Drug Policy Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access. "The science to support medical cannabis is overwhelming, yet the current law continues to treat patients like criminals. What seriously and chronically ill patients in Maryland need is assurance that their rights as patients will be protected," said Caren Woodson, Government Relations Director, Americans for Safe Access.

In Rhode Island, where the legislature last year overrode a veto by Gov. Donald Carcieri (R) to approve a medical marijuana bill, supporters are back this year to remove a sunset provision which would see the program expire on June 30. Rep. Thomas Slater (D-Providence), who, along with Sen. Rhoda Perry (D-Providence), spearheaded last year's successful effort, is also behind the move to make it permanent.

"This is my third year involved with this bill," Slater said. "The first year we didn't really get anywhere. The second year we were very successful. It was overridden by the governor's veto but we were able to get the final vote. Now what we're trying to do is keep the marijuana bill alive to relieve patients' vomit [and] nausea, and to help people with cancer and muscular dystrophy. Right now we have 52 signatures, so I don't think we'll have any trouble passing it," he said. "If the governor vetoes, we're hoping to override that decision."

The states mentioned in this article aren't the only ones with medical marijuana legislation either introduced or pending, but they are the ones with the best chances of success this year. Still, given the difficulties of moving bills of any type through state legislatures, it would be a good year indeed if the number of medical marijuana states were to expand by three or four.

ASA's Summary of Medical Marijuana Media: March 3, 2007

RESEARCH: Pain Study Draws Comment MICHIGAN: Flint Voters Pass Measure NEW MEXICO: Bill Passes Two Committees VERMONT: More Conditions may be Covered RHODE ISLAND: Renewal of Medical Law Sought WASHINGTON: Expanded Protections Considered OREGON: Patient Job Protections Urged CALIFORNIA: Leno Halts ID Card Hike COLORADO: Prosecutor Challenged in Caregiver Case DISPENSARIES: Debates Around State Continue ________________________________________________ RESEARCH: Pain Study Draws Comment The recently published landmark study showing cannabis eases neuropathic pain continues to draw comment for doctors and opinionmakers. Illinois does not yet have a medical cannabis law, despite repeated attempts by legislators, but with this new study and the Chicago Tribune weighing in, hopefully it will soon. Meanwhile, Dr Grinspoon points out that the study tells scientists nothing they did not already know. Truth and medical marijuana EDITORIAL, Chicago Tribune Medical marijuana has had a lot of successes. Eleven states have legalized the therapeutic use of cannabis for people whose doctors think they can benefit from it. The Supreme Court has upheld the right of physicians to recommend pot to their patients. A 1999 report by the federal government's Institute of Medicine concluded, "Scientific data indicate the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation." Marijuana, the wonder drug by Lester Grinspoon, M.D., OpEd, Boston Globe A new study in the journal Neurology is being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine. It is a sad commentary on the state of modern medicine that we still need "proof" of something that medicine has known for 5,000 years. _________________________________________________ MICHIGAN: Flint Voters Pass Measure State lawmakers have not yet passed a bill protecting patients in Michigan, but one by one, communities there have taken it upon themselves to pass local ordinances to that effect. Flint is but the latest. Flint voters OK legalizing medical marijuana Associated Press Voters in the city gave approval to a measure legalizing the use of medical marijuana. _________________________________________________ NEW MEXICO: Bill Passes Two Committees The latest attempt to get a medical cannabis law through the New Mexico legislature is moving quickly, passing two committees last week. With the support of the governor on the record, this should be the year they get it done. House committee endorses medical marijuana measure by Associated Press, KOB TV (NM) The House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly endorsed a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana by some New Mexicans who have debilitating illnesses or are in hospice care. Vote keeps medical marijuana bill alive KRQE TV A House panel today kept alive a bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The Agriculture and Water Resources Committee voted 5-2 to pass the bill. _________________________________________________ VERMONT: More Conditions may be Covered When lawmakers try to legislate medicine rather than leaving it to the professional expertise of doctors, patients do not get all their needs met. Vermont is facing up to the consequences of having specified conditions for which cannabis can be recommended, leaving out many patients who doctors know could be helped. Medical marijuana law could expand by Ross Sneyd, Associated Press, Rutland Herald (VT) State senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a bill that would expand a Vermont law that permits marijuana to be used to alleviate some medical conditions. _________________________________________________ RHODE ISLAND: Renewal of Medical Law Sought A one-year “sunset” clause in the state’s medical cannabis law means that legislators are again having to consider protections for patients, this time the more permanent kind. The program’s success in the past year indicates they should not have a problem with passage. Legislators, students seek to make medical marijuana permanent URI The Good 5 Cent Cigar The war is not over for supporters of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act in Rhode Island, as legislators and the University of Rhode Island Students for Sensible Drug Policy now call for the bill to remain permanent. _________________________________________________ WASHINGTON: Expanded Protections Considered Another state doing some tinkering with the protections afforded patients is Washington, which is taking up the matter of how patients are to get their cannabis in the first place. Many state laws protect patients once the medicine is in their possession but make no provision for how they are to legally obtain it. Users press panel on medical pot by Richard Roesler, Spokesman Review (WA) Everett horticulturalist Steve Sarich surprised a roomful of state lawmakers Tuesday when he showed up with a small cardboard box that read "raspberries." _________________________________________________ OREGON: Patient Job Protections Urged Patients are urging Oregon lawmakers to protect their jobs. A state legislative committee is currently considering a bill that would make it legal for employers to fire any employee who tests positive for cannabis, even if that employee is a qualified patient in the state program. Because cannabis drug testing cannot determine when the drug was ingested -- whether at work or not, even if it was that week -- such testing effectively makes it impossible for patients to use cannabis. Medical marijuana users ask lawmakers to protect jobs by Associated Press, East Oregonian Medical marijuana advocates pleaded with lawmakers Monday to enact a bill that would prohibit employers from firing them because of their choice of medication. _________________________________________________ CALIFORNIA: Leno Halts ID Card Hike Thanks to Assemblyman Mark Leno, one of the authors of the bill that created California’s voluntary medical cannabis ID card program, the huge hike in fees for the cards has been halved. Now the state just has to figure out how to educate patients and caregivers on the benefits of participating in the program; more counties approving the cards is a start. Calif backs off big hike in medical marijuana ID fees Associated Press California health officials abandoned a plan to raise the cost of medical marijuana identification cards by more than tenfold after patient advocates and a state lawmaker complained. State scales back fee for medical marijuana cards Los Angeles Times The state Department of Health Services has scaled back a fee increase for medical marijuana identification cards after an outcry. Medical marijuana ID card fee hike halved by Katie Mintz, Ukiah Daily News Just a day after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors grudgingly voted to adopt a tenfold increase in the state's fee for issuing medical marijuana identification cards, the California Department of Health Services announced it would cut the charge by more than half. Marijuana cards to see huge fee increase by Sarah Villicana, Porterville Recorder (CA) Fewer county residents are likely to seek medical marijuana identification cards after March 1 when the cost jumps from $100 to $344. County supports marijuana ID cards by Josh Fernandez, Daily Democrat Within a few months, Yolo County medical marijuana patients will be eligible for ID cards that some say could save them a lot of legal hassles. Medical marijuana permit process approved by Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record Procedures for issuing identification cards for people with prescriptions for medical marijuana got the nod Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, which allows use of marijuana for people with certain illnesses, such as cancer. _________________________________________________ COLORADO: Prosecutor Challenged in Caregiver Case The case of a Colorado couple took a bizarre turn in the past few weeks when the prosecutor was caught at a defense-strategy training being provided by the couple’s attorney, Brian Vicente. With support from ASA, Vicente has been leading the fight for safe access in Colorado. Stoned in Court by Joshua Zaffos, Rocky Mountain Chronicle A lawyer for Fort Collins medical marijuana providers will still have to square off against the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office this summer. TOKIN’ OPPOSITION by Joshua Zaffos, Rocky Mountain Chronicle Brian Vicente was about halfway through schooling a roomful of defense lawyers on how to represent medical marijuana patients, when "there was a ruckus of some sort,'" says Vicente. "After the talk, [one of the attorneys] said, ‘There was a prosecutor in here spying and we had to kick him out.'" Prosecutors will remain on test case by Sara Reed, The Coloradoan Prosecutors handling a Fort Collins medical marijuana case will stay on the case, a judge ruled Monday. Medical marijuana case takes new twist by Sara Reed, The Coloradoan Defense attorneys in what is being called a “test case” for the caregiver provision of Colorado’s medical marijuana law are asking the District Attorney’s office to remove itself from the case. _________________________________________________ DISPENSARIES: Debates Around State Continue The benefits of dispensaries for patients are many, particularly the elderly and most seriously ill who have few options for obtaining cannabis. ASA’s study of communities around California that have enacted regulatory ordinances found that they are working well for those cities and counties, eliminating whatever problems they might have had pre-ordinance. See ASA’s report at Council to hold public hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries by Sarah Villicana, Porterville Recorder (CA) The Porterville City Council will accept the public's input on medical marijuana dispensaries at a public hearing set next week. Marijuana committee lays out scope of work by Mike A'Dair, Willits News There were few fireworks at the first meeting of the board of supervisors' Criminal Justice Committee. The committee, chaired by Supervisor Jim Wattenburger and which includes Supervisor Michael Delbar, is preparing to tackle the difficult question of setting policy for medical marijuana production in the Mendocino County. Judge orders closing marijuana dispensary in Norco by Laura Rico, Press Enterprise A Riverside County Superior Court judge Thursday ordered the immediate closure of a medical marijuana dispensary operating in the city of Norco. Hearing scheduled today for CannaHelp operators Desert Sun A preliminary hearing is scheduled today at 8:30 a.m. at Larson Justice Center for three men charged with three felony counts each related to marijuana possession, sales and transport. Salinas seeks medical marijuana ban The Californian The Salinas City Council will consider an urgency interim ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday. ___________________________________________ MORE NEWS: See ASA's Website News stories and archives of the weekly news summaries are available on ASA's website, For previous summaries, see
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YPU members vote for legalized pot

New Haven, CT
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Yale Daily News (CT)

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