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Michigan: Judge Dops Drug Charges Against Madison Heights Couple

By Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News

There is a truth that must be heard!Madison Heights -- Declaring Michigan's medical marijuana act the "worst piece of legislation he has ever seen in his life," an Oakland County judge dismissed felony drug charges against a Madison Heights couple who asserted a medical defense.

Torey Clark and Bob Redden jubilantly walked out of a Madison Heights district court just after noon today after 43rd District Court Judge Robert Turner said the defendants were entitled to have their case dismissed after their attorneys presented an affirmative defense that included testimony from their physician who qualified the pair to legally obtain the marijuana under the state's new law to treat their illness.

Clark and Redden were charged with growing marijuana after Madison Heights police raided their home March 30 and found 21 marijuana plants. They had faced up to 14 years in prison because they had prior drug offenses.

After the case was dismissed, the couple hugged their lawyers and embraced a small group of medical marijuana supporters who had come to court Wednesday to watch the outcome of the case.

Clark, who has ovarian cancer, said the judge's decision brought her immense relief after weeks of worry and stress over going to prison.

Michigan: Ambiguity In New Marijuana Law Is Cited


There is a truth that must be heard! A district court judge dismissed felony drug charges Wednesday against a Madison Heights couple embroiled in one of the first major tests of the state's medical marijuana law.

Calling it "one of the worst pieces of legislation I've ever seen in my life," 43rd District Judge Robert J. Turner criticized multiple ambiguities in the voter-initiated law, including how much marijuana a supposed medical user could possess and still be free from prosecution. Under the law, there are several scenarios in which a person can be in valid possession of a various amount of marijuana.

"Every judge in the state of Michigan will have to determine what a reasonable amount is," he said.

It's one of many fears state health officials have voiced in administering the law, which was enacted Dec. 4, 2008. It wasn't until four months later that a registration program was started.

The Madison Heights case explored one problem -- was the required doctor's letter enough proof of legal marijuana use when a registration program had not yet begun?

On March 30, three weeks after getting recommendation letters from Dr. Eric Eisenbud of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation Medical Clinic in Southfield, but five days before they could apply for state ID cards, Madison Heights police stormed the home of Robert Redden, 59, and Torey Clark, 47. Police seized 21 small marijuana plants and money.

Oregon: NORML and THCF Members Join Together for Adopt-A-Highway Community Outreach

By Ms Sylence Dogood, Hemp News Staff

There is a truth that must be heard!

Members of Oregon NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and THCF (The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation) worked together recently, contributing to Oregon’s community outreach program Adopt-a-Highway.

Taking on the 2.5 mile stretch of Oregon Highway 26 in Gresham, from the intersection at Burnside and Powell to Stone Road, the group of volunteers cleaned up litter of all kinds, and bagged it for proper disposal.

Groups who participate in the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program are recognized by their name displayed on signage marking their designated stretch of road. Oregon NORML now graces two signs on Highway 26, and believes this is just another step in achieving a closer connection to their community.

“Participation in the Adopt-a-Highway program gives us a great feeling of accomplishment,” said one of the Oregon NORML community outreach team members. “We hope that this inspires others in our area to continue good work in their own neighborhoods by not only cleaning up streets, but changing attitudes and defeating stereotypes. We do this because we care about our state.”

Washington: Medical Marijuana A Cloudy Issue In Mid-Columbia

By Laura Kate Zaichkin, Herald staff writer

There is a truth that must be heard! After almost five years of constant pain and countless medications, Chet Biggerstaff was ready to give up.

Narcotics, muscle relaxants, a morphine pump and every other treatment the Richland man tried failed to blunt the extreme chronic pain he suffered from because of several car wrecks.

But in 2000, Biggerstaff stumbled upon an alternative treatment that was exactly what he'd been looking for -- medical marijuana.

"I rolled up a joint, first hit -- within the first 15 seconds -- the nausea, the spasms disappeared," said the 38-year-old. "None of the medicines they had me on touched it."

Now a medical marijuana advocate, he has a vision to make the drug more accessible to other Mid-Columbia patients. He wants to establish a collective to grow and distribute the drug, but the state's ambiguous medical marijuana law is clouding that vision.

Washington allows residents who suffer from a terminal or debilitating illness and have a written recommendation from their doctor to legally possess a 60-day supply of marijuana.

But advocates and patients say the law does nothing to remove barriers to getting safe, legal and consistent supplies of medical marijuana.

California: Supervisors to Discuss Next Step in Medical Marijuana Law Controversy in Closed Session

By Joe Nelson, Inland Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard!The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will meet in closed session June 2 to discuss its next plan of action following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear its joint lawsuit challenging California's medical marijuana law.

"I assume the board, in its judicious manner, will issue a decision forthwith," said Burt Southard, spokesman for Board Chairman Gary Ovitt, on Thursday.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a joint lawsuit filed in 2006 by San Bernardino and San Diego counties, that argued they didn't have to comply with the state law, passed in 2004, because the federal ban on marijuana pre-empted the state law.

With all legal avenues exhausted, the county is now in a position to open the door to medical marijuana dispensaries and issue identification cards to legitimate medical marijuana patients.

"You can't hide behind the skirts of the federal government and say, `We don't have to do this anymore,"' said Palm Springs resident Lanny Swerdlow, addressing the Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting.

Swerdlow is the director of the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, an Inland Empire-based medical marijuana patient support group and law reform organization.

"You all along said you were filing this lawsuit not because you were so opposed to medical marijuana, but because you wanted guidance. Well, you've now got the guidance," Swerdlow told the board Tuesday.

California: County Supervisor Says She Supports Medical Marijuana Program

By Imran Ghori, The Press-Enterprise

There is a truth that must be heard! A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state's medical marijuana law, a San Bernardino County supervisor indicated Tuesday that she is ready to support the policy.

The Board of Supervisors is not scheduled to discuss its next step until June 2, but Supervisor Josie Gonzales told about 40 medical marijuana advocates it would be a top priority.

"I have long been a supporter of medical marijuana," she said.

Gonzales said she had committed to "step forward" after the legal debate was resolved and that she hopes the county has reached that point now.

Three years ago, San Bernardino and San Diego counties sued the state over a program approved by the Legislature in 2003 to regulate the medical marijuana law approved by state voters in 1996.

The counties contended that the state law, which sets standards for counties to review applications and issue medical marijuana user cards, conflicts with federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical purpose.

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court upheld lower-court rulings rejecting those arguments.

Most other counties, including Riverside, already issue cards.

Advocates of medicinal use of marijuana, including several patients, told the San Bernardino County supervisors that it's time for the county to start issuing identification cards to patients who have letters from their doctors confirming their medical need.

Oregon: The Sticky Behind Medical Marijuana


There is a truth that must be heard!The mayor of Eugene declared "Medical Marijuana Week," and the mayor of Portland declared May "Medical Marijuana Month." KATU talked with the Portland man who has probably done more than anyone to get medical marijuana into the hands of Oregonians, and tens of thousands of people across the county.

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Michigan: Royal Oak Considering Growing Zone

By Andrea Isom, MyFOX Detroit

There is a truth that must be heard! ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Royal Oak is known for its nightclubs and restaurants, but if some officials get their way, it could also be known for marijuana. A campaign is underway to turn the city into a legal pot growing zone.

Michigan: Medical Marijuana Special Report Part 1 - WNDU 16

By Sarah Platt, WNDU 16

There is a truth that must be heard! It received an emphatic 63% of the vote and majority support in all of Michigan's 83 counties.

You may recall, last November, Michigan residents voted to approve the use of medicinal marijuana for patients with serious ailments-- like cancer or chronic pain.

It's now been a month since the new medical marijuana law took effect. Michigan patients must get a doctor's recommendation and apply for a state permit to grow their own marijuana or designate a caregiver to do so.

Tonight, Newscenter 16's Sarah Platt begins her special report on the new law and who will benefit from it.

Viewers might not be aware that Michigan's medical marijuana law completely by-passed the state legislature. Because enough signatures were gathered, it went on the ballot as a public referendum and passed.

Here's a breakdown of the number of Michigan residents applying for medical marijuana.

As of May 1st, officials at Michigan's Department of Community Health tell us they've received 1,142 applications for medical marijuana. So far, 389 registration ID cards have been issued and 108 caregivers (or legal growers) have been given ID cards. These numbers are changing by the week.

Despite some controversy surrounding the new medical marijuana law, supporters say this is a big step for those who are dealing with serious and painful illnesses.

Michigan: Marquette Medical Marijuana Clinic

People in Marquette learn what it takes to get a permit.


There is a truth that must be heard! MARQUETTE -- People in Marquette are learning how to obtain a medical marijuana permit. Over 30 people from across the U.P. were at Monday's clinic.

It's a partnership between the National Hemp and Cannabis Foundation and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association.

They teach people who qualify for the permit about the new state law and recipes for medicinal use. For those dealing with chronic pain, they say it's a natural alternative to prescription pills.

"This here is natural stuff. It's not going to hurt my kidneys. It isn't going to hurt my liver," said David Ray who is applying for a permit. "I don't have to worry about a dog getting a pill and dying on my floor or some kid coming in my house."

"We give them the application form from the state," said Paul Stanford of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation. "Then our doctor fills out the physician certification form. Then they have to mail that to the state with a fee. For most people that fee is $100."

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, which has already assisted 800 people in Michigan, says it takes about two weeks to get your permit. Permit holders can then either purchase marijuana from other patients or legally obtain it on the black market.

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Oregon: Tenth Anniversary of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program May 1 | Global Cannabis March May 2

By Anna Diaz, Oregon NORML

There is a truth that must be heard! Please join Oregon NORML and Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cardholders for a weekend of celebration and education in honor of the program’s ten-year success. On Friday, May 1, 2009 at the State Capitol Gallery in Salem, Oregon from 9:00am to 3:00pm, there will be an educational program open to the public to share information and the achievements of the OMMP. Questions will be answered in person and with an informative Power Point presentation. OMMP patients will be on hand to share their success stories. Refreshments will be served.

This celebration is the precursor to the tenth annual Global Cannabis March in Portland at the Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 2, 2009. This event starts at 10:00am with vendors and music. The march itself starts at high noon with a full police escort. Details can be found at or by calling Madeline Martinez at 503-239-6110.

Tenth Annual Global Cannabis March

United States: Medical Marijuana Requests Climb Sky High - Dispensary Owners Report 50 to 300 Percent Rise Since Obama Took Office

The number of ailing people turning to medical marijuana to ease their symptoms has spiked this year, say dispensary owners in some of the 13 states where it's legal.

By Brian Alexander, contributor

There is a truth that must be heard! Requests have jumped anywhere from 50 to 300 percent, they say, since President Barack Obama took office and signaled that he won’t use federal marijuana laws to override state laws as the Bush administration did. Others say the economic downturn may also be responsible as more people without insurance are seeking alternatives to costly medications.

In the past few months, marijuana co-ops, clubs, businesses and even lawyers who have advocated for looser dope regulations say they've been inundated with requests for information and certifications that permit people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

“I have been flooded with calls,” reported Seattle attorney Douglas Hiatt, a long-time marijuana advocate. “It’s ‘Where can I find a doctor [to prescribe it]? How can I start a co-op?’ You wouldn’t believe it.”

Michigan: Issuing Medical Marijuana Cards

By Medindia, Networking for Health

There is a truth that must be heard! The state of Michigan in US has begun to medical marijuana patient ID cards. The state Department of Community Health will send across 150 cards in the first instance. About 700 others are awaiting approval.

To qualify for a card that makes it legal to use marijuana to alleviate debilitating medical conditions, applicants must have a signed doctor's note and pay $100. Low-income residents can get the card for $25.

Last November, voters approved a ballot measure making it legal to smoke or possess marijuana for medical use, making Michigan the 13th state in the nation to do so.

Once an applicant is approved for use, "You must carry the card in order to possess or smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes" James McCurtis, a government spokesman told Detroit News.

Carrying the card protects a user from penalties and prosecution.

Medical marijuana users are not allowed to possess more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana and have no more than 12 marijuana plants.

The law legalizes medical marijuana to ease the pain of certain illnesses specified by the state, such as cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease and HIV/AIDS.

Michigan: Medicinal Marijuana - My TV20 Detroit

By My TV20 Detroit

There is a truth that must be heard! People with severe illnesses whose doctor's won't give them a medical recomendation for medical marijuana are flocking to a Southfield clinic that specializes in just that. My TV 20's Jorge Avellan tells us about the clinic and the risks patients take when using the drug.

Brad Forrester
"My regular physician is little hesitant to write a medical marijuana recomendation."

As a result, Brad Forrester turned to "The Hemp And Cannabis Foundation" medical clinic in Southfield. They specialize in providing medical recomendations to patients such as Brad that suffers from a severe intestinal illness.

Eric Eisenbud
"We simply make appoinments for the patients and we interview them and look at tehir medical records and we see whether indeed they fi the requirments of the law whether they have the syptoms or evidence of certian cronic illnesses."

Brad Forrester

Oregon: Activists Protest Law Enforcement’s Medical Marijuana Bill

By Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator

There is a truth that must be heard! Happy 4/20 to activists everywhere! I spent the morning Salem at the Oregon State Capitol with activists from Oregon NORML and other groups in protest of Senate Bill 388. These are changes in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act being sought by law enforcement in association with one medical marijuana patients organization. Every other organization representing patients in Oregon stand united in opposition to these changes.

Most troublesome are measures designed to curb the number of patients a medical grower can provide for. We have many patients in hospice who are served by these large cooperative grows, and SB388 would make them almost impossible. A compassionate grower I know asked, “which one of my 26 cancer, MS, and AIDS patients do I tell I can’t help anymore?”

Please contact the members of the Senate Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee members and let them know that you oppose Senate Bill 388.

Senate Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee members:
Senator Bill Morrisette
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-207, Salem, OR, 97301

Senator Jeff Kruse
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-316, Salem, OR, 97301

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1725
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-413, Salem, OR, 97301

Oregon: Legislature Considers Unnecessary Changes to Medical Marijuana Law - Oppose Senate Bill 388 - Protest Rally Planned for April 20

SB 388 Protest Rally - 4-20-09 8 AM - 900 Court St. NE., Salem, Oregon

There is a truth that must be heard! On Monday, April 20, 2009, the Oregon State Senate Committee on Health Services and Rural Health Policy meets at 8:00am for a work session on SB 388 in HR B at the State Capitol. Oregon NORML opposes this measure. This bill would mandate garden inspections as well as decrease the amount of hash and other cannabis mixtures and preparations patients may possess. It would create unnecessary paperwork and strain on our already overburdened state government while increasing liabilities to OMMP registrants.

Please contact the members of the Senate Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee members and let them know that you oppose Senate Bill 388. If you wish to submit testimony, please follow their guidelines shown here:

“Staff respectfully requests that you submit 25 collated copies of written materials at the time of your testimony. Persons making presentations including the use of video, DVD, PowerPoint or overhead projection equipment are asked to contact committee staff 24 hours prior to the meeting.” - Oregon State Legislature website

Senate Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee members:
Senator Bill Morrisette
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1706
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., S-207, Salem, OR, 97301

Senator Jeff Kruse
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701

Michigan: Unusual Business Opportunities Found Surrounding Medical Marijuana

by Neal McNamara

There is a truth that must be heard! Shane Gustafson came into the business of selling vaporizer machines for use with medical marijuana was because of a sick family member.

Gustafson’s 60-year-old father was using medical marijuana for various ailments. But it got to a point where the side effects of smoked marijuana became unbearable, so his father asked if there was another way to ingest it.

“He was ready to quit,” Gustafson said. “Then he asked me to do research into vaporizer machines.”

After two months of researching the machines, which are manufactured for aromatherapy, Gustafson found and bought one for his father and eventually one for himself.

“I became a true believer,” he said. “I saw the relief my father got out of it. So, I got a hold of the manufacturer.”

Michigan: 101 Apply for Michigan Medical-Marijuana Program - MLive

By The Associated Press

There is a truth that must be heard! More than 100 people applied for Michigan's new medical-marijuana program by the end of the registry's first day.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said in a statement that 85 applications were received Monday and 16 came in over the weekend for a total of 101.

Cards will be issued to those approved for the registry within three weeks.

Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana last year. Rules for the program went into effect Saturday.

Patients can apply for a state-issued ID card to protect them from arrest for growing and using marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms stemming from ailments such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. A doctor's recommendation is required.

AP Photo: Dr. Eric Eisenbud interviews John Hazley, of Detroit, at the The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation's office for his medical marijuana recommendation in Southfield, Mich., Thursday March 5, 2009. The first wave of what could be tens of thousands of people signing up for Michigan's medical-marijuana program is expected in Lansing on Monday.


Michigan: State Now Accepting Medical Marijuana Applications

By MyFoxDetroit Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! LANSING, Mich. - - Monday marked the first day medical marijuana users could sign-up with the state to use pot to ease their chronic pain. However, the governor says she has some reservations about the new law.

"This is a really good day for Michigan. We're protecting patients, people who do have a legitimate use for marijuana. We're able to start giving them some protection," said medical marijuana patient Greg Francisco.

Michigan: Crowd Gathers in Lansing on First Day to Apply for Legal Use

By Charlie Cain, Detroit News Lansing Bureau

There is a truth that must be heard! Lansing -- They laughed and hugged, posed for group photos and celebrated that they were finally going to be allowed to legally use marijuana to treat their medical problems.

No one wore a bigger smile when dropping off an application Monday to join the Michigan Medical Marijuana Registry than Renee Wolfe, a 48-year-old mother of four sons who has been illegally using pot for 30 years.

"Marijuana allows me to eat, allows me to live a fairly normal life," said Wolfe, an Ann Arbor resident who used a wheelchair to roll into the Michigan Department of Community Health building to apply. She has battled multiple sclerosis since 1979.

"I'm able to walk better when I smoke," she said.

Monday was the first day the state accepted applications for the program to allow people with "debilitating" medical conditions to use marijuana.

A group of 55 people chartered a bus to take them from a Lansing café to a nearby state office building to pay $100 and file paperwork, including a certificate from a Michigan-licensed physician that they have a medical condition that could be helped through the use of marijuana. Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, the state will issue picture ID registration cards to those who qualify. The cards should be in the hands of patients by the end of the month.

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