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Texas: Woman Thrown Out of Church For Using Medical Marijuana


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A woman in Beaumont, Texas says she was cast out by her church for using medical marijuana.

Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis oil extracted from marijuana to treat degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis, reports Brittany Rainville at KBMT-TV.

Fellow church members at Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church became concerned after Bodle publicly supported the medicinal use of marijuana on a TV news report.

12News had first spoken to Bodle at the arraignment of Jeremy Bourque, who is facing marijuana charges. Bodle was there to show her support for cannabis legalization and medicinal use.

She said she got a letter from her pastor telling her to stop using and promoting marijuana, and six weeks later the congregation decided to revoke her church membership.

Bodle's son, Jason Falconbridge, said cannabis is the only pain relief his mom can find. "She's got a beautiful heart and to see her ostracized makes me angry," Falconbridge said.

Falconbridge read a letter from his mother's physician which mentioned, "She takes the extract for medicinal and not recreational purposes ... She has benefited from taking this supplement and it has improved her quality of life."

"It's about bringing relief from pain and suffering and that's what Jesus wants; he doesn't want to see his children suffer and that's why he created this awesome plant," Bodle said.

California: More Cities Moving To Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Photo: Where's Weed)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More California cities are planning to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries following a state Supreme Court ruling that such citywide bans are legal.

San Bernardino authorities raided a dispensary on Thursday, seizing 30 pounds of marijuana, 80 plants, a 12-gauge shotgun and $9,000 in cash, and citing four dispensary employees, according to City Attorney James Penman, report Richard K. DeAtley and John Asbury at the Riverside Press Enterprise.

The city also sent closure notices to about 30 shops, threatening fines of $1,000 a day. By Wednesday, 17 of the shops had voluntarily shut down.

"Most were very friendly; their lawyers had contacted them and they were in the process of removing their signs, their green crosses," Penman smirked.

"We're treating these businesses as illegal drug houses and drug businesses," Penman bragged. "What we hope to find today and every day is that these stores have closed. Our goal is to shut everyone down." Eleven shops were still operating by the end of thursday, Penman said.

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