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Michigan: Medical Marijuana Program - WZZM 13

State regulators will begin accepting applications on Saturday from patients who want state authorization to acquire, grow, transport or possess marijuana for therapeutic use.

"If a patient has a qualifying condition, then our doctors will help them get a permit," said chief executive Paul Stanford, adding the clinic pre-screens patients to ensure they've already been diagnosed with an illness approved for treatment with medical marijuana. The clinic doesn't sell or dispense marijuana, because that's against the law.

The Portland, Ore.-based organization is taking roots in what could soon become a budding niche industry in Michigan.

"You're looking at a $10 million annual industry that physicians aren't going to turn their backs on for too long," said Brad Forrester, a communications director for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, which began organizing last year and is applying for nonprofit status with the state.

Washington State: Kitsap Medical Marijuana Defendant Acquitted

By CHARLIE BERMANT, Port Orchard Independent Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! A medical marijuana patient being prosecuted in Kitsap County Superior Court for drug trafficking was found not guilty on Tuesday morning, after a jury ruled that his use of the drug was within the law.

The jury deliberated for approximately two hours prior to its ruling.

After the verdict, the prosecution maintained that the case had nothing to do with the treatment itself. Instead, it had to do whether defendant Bruce Wayne Olson was selling the homegrown drug for profit.

“Each county is struggling to understand what is an appropriate amount of marijuana for medical use,” said Defense Attorney Thomas Balerud. “The prosecutors should look to the will of the public to determine this. In this case, the jury spoke its mind and determined that no lawyers should be able to overrule a doctor’s judgement.”

Prosecutor Alexis Foster said this was not a precedent-setting case and would not affect how such violations are prosecuted in the future.

“This was never about medical marijuana,” she said. “We believed it was an illegal manufacturing case, and that the defendant was breaking the law. We will continue to prosecute anything we believe to be a distribution site.”

Washington State: Jury Acquits South Kitsap Man in Medical Marijuana Case

By Josh Farley, Kitsap Sun

There is a truth that must be heard! PORT ORCHARD — A jury has acquitted 54-year-old Bruce Olson on one count of manufacturing marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Olson, who had a card from the state allowing him to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, was arrested in May 2007 by detectives with the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, who contended that he had marijuana than state law allowed.

The jury deliberated between two and three hours between Monday and Tuesday before returning the verdict.

Olson said he had to sell his home to fund his defense. He and his wife, Pamela, live in a travel trailer.

"But it's worth it for the cause: Quit arresting medical marijuana patients," he said after the verdict.

Kitsapsun.com will update this story later today.

Source: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/mar/24/jury-acquits-south-kitsap-man-...

United States: Washington State Marijuana Trial on National Stage

Thousands are anxiously watching the case against a retired stone mason as they move into closing arguments.

By Bonnie King, Salem-News.com

(PORT ORCHARD, Wash.) - Thirty or so miles outside Tacoma, Washington, in Kitsap County there has been a storm brewing. It's been coming for almost two years, and for the last two weeks, the force of the impact has been hitting the courtroom, but hard.

Kitsap County may not be a place that every one is acquainted with, and after you read this story, it may indeed be one of the last places you ever want to visit.

Though we generally accept that people are hard working, honest and congenial throughout the Pacific NorthWest, it so happens that the very core of the Kitsap County government has displayed none of those considerable attributes.

The majority of Washingtonians voted together in 1998 for the health and safety of its ill residents. Supporting the medical use of marijuana was not a hard choice for most, and the state has adjusted very well overall to bringing these sick patients into the fold.

Contrary to these ideals seems to be one particular man: Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge (pronounced howgy). His opinion of the thousands of legal medicinal use patients seems to be nothing less than disapproval.

The story goes like this:

Colorado: Forum Helps Those Who Seek Medical Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity in Durango, but despite the best efforts of its advocates, obtaining a prescription to use the drug legally isn't getting any easier.

by Ted Holteen, Herald Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! Representatives from the Wheat Ridge chapter of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, or THCF, held its sixth Durango clinic to help about 50 local patients obtain or renew a Colorado Medicinal Marijuana permit. THCF is a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit group that advocates for the rights of patients in eight states.

Patients could not receive their state permits at Wednesday's clinic, held at the DoubleTree Hotel. The permits are issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Scott Carr, registration manager for the foundation, said the organization charges $200 for a medical history and screening consultation, assistance with the state application forms and a referral for a prescribing physician. Carr said the money is used to pay for legal fees and lobbying for legislation favorable to the medicinal-marijuana community and for conducting statewide clinics.

Finding a local doctor to prescribe marijuana is a challenge, and for the second time in two years a random sampling of local physicians failed to locate any willing to do so. Durango patients have to travel to the metro Denver area to find a physician willing to write a prescription.

Washington State: Kitsap County v. Bruce Olson - Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Vendetta Against Medical Marijuana Patient

Kitsap County prosecutors begin their trial to imprison medical marijuana patient Bruce Olson. All concerned Washington citizens are invited to bear witness to this circus of horrors.

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! Dear President Obama,

Governor Chris Gregoire, Washington

Alison Holcomb, Drug Policy Director WA ACLU,

Allen St. Pierre, Director, NORML

and all compassionate individuals,

Re: Bruce Olson v. Kitsap County

First, thank you for reading this letter; I understand your time is important. I am a concerned medical marijuana patient from Oregon, who has witnessed a great injustice to Bruce Olson and his entire family (Bruce Olson v. Kitsap County), and wanted to alert you to the deviant tactics being played by Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Alexis Foster, as well as ask for your help in this matter.

After reading about the case for months, and since I too am a medical marijuana patient, I decided to make the 200 mile trip to Kitsap County to show a fellow patient support. This case struck a chord with me because of the injuries involved to the family’s black Labrador dogs in carrying out the raid by the members of the WestNET drug task force, and also because the prosecution is full of deceit.

Colorado: Medical Marijuana Advocates Cropping Up On Western Slope

By Pete Fowler, postindependent.com

There is a truth that must be heard! GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — Medical marijuana seems to be growing on the Western Slope.

A Grand Junction man plans to set up a storefront for a medical marijuana dispensary soon, and the THC Foundation of Denver has said it sees enough demand on the Western Slope that it wants to establish a permanent facility in Glenwood Springs or somewhere nearby in the future to help people obtain medical marijuana permits.

Gregg Davis, of Grand Junction, plans to establish a full-service medical marijuana dispensary in Grand Junction in June. William Hewitt, of Montrose, also reportedly has plans to open a dispensary instead of operating out of his home.

“What we’re wanting to offer is something so THC patients know they have a place to come and they’re safe,” Davis said.

Davis said he’s meeting with the city attorney and is still working on getting a location.

“It might be downtown. It may even be next to the police department,” he said.

The dispensary would be called “The Therapuetic Herbal Cure.” Davis is considering having the dispensary offer a variety of services such as massage. He said many people who have medical marijuana permits are over 60 and suffer from chronic pain.

“When you talk to some of these people it almost makes you want to cry,” he said.

Oregon: Activists Say Medical Marijuana Act is Under Attack

A number of activists will be at the state capitol Wednesday.

By Tim King, Salem-news.com

There is a truth that must be heard! (SALEM, Ore.) - Medical marijuana activists in Oregon are at the state capitol this week opposing SB 388 that would increase police scrutiny of sick people and create more obstacles for those who legally use cannabis for healthcare.

Michael Bachara from The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, says advocates are talking about the Human Services and Rural Health Policy.

Bachara says it is a critical time to push for the rights of sick people who use medical marijuana.

"We need to let our representatives know that we oppose this bill. It would allow law enforcement to inspect our gardens at any time and create even more hoops to jump through and more paperwork that would be a burden not only to the state but also to medical marijuana patients, caregivers and growers throughout the state," said Anna Diaz of Oregon NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws).

Another matter currently at hand is supported by over 1200 Oregon NORML members. That is Senate Bill 388-1, or the "Dash-1" amendment to this bill.

This amendment would allow patients to reimburse a registered cardholder for production costs of medicine, not just their caregiver/grower of record.

California: Wider Acceptance Of Medical Marijuana Has Anti-Drug Groups Worried

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Photo by Rodrigo Peña, The Press-Enterprise

Lanny Swerdlow, a registered nurse and a medical marijuana activist, left, takes the vital signs and medical history of David Roberts, 51, of Lake Isabella, at the THCF Medical Clinic in Riverside. It looks like any other doctor's office, with white walls, a receptionist's window and soothing background music.

But then there's the marijuana cookbook in the corner case, and the "Medical Marijuana Survival Guide" handed out to patients.

The Temecula branch of Alternative Care Clinics opened four months ago, part of a growing network of Inland businesses connecting patients with medical marijuana.

"We used to get a lot more questions," said Jonathan Arbel, ACC's director of operations. "Now it's just more recognized as a legitimate treatment."

"It seems like it's a lot less of a negative thing now," said Tom Wiggins Jr., administrator for Inland Empire Cannabis Consultants of Temecula.

The trend worries a local anti-drug organization.

"Yes, we remain concerned that a pro-drug movement is afoot in the Inland Empire," Roger Anderson, parent coalition chairman of the Inland Valley Drug Free Coalition, wrote in an e-mail.

"The pot users don't really want a 'medicine.' They just want to get high," Anderson wrote.

Medical marijuana is taking root amid new court rulings and policy changes.

Oregon: The DEA Will No Longer Conduct Medical Marijuana Raids

One Oregon activist said that "patients can live free from a certain level of fear that they've been living with for years"

By Megan Crepeau, The Oregonian Staff

Oregon's medical marijuana activists are buzzing over U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's statement this week that the federal government would no longer raid or prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal.

"I'm just thrilled," said Paul Stanford, president of the Portland-based Hemp and Cannabis Foundation. "It means that patients can live free from a certain level of fear that they've been living with for years."

Holder said at a news conference Wednesday the new administration's policies will be consistent with statements President Barack Obama has made supporting the states' rights to make decisions about legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
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"What he said during the campaign is now American policy," Holder said in response to a question about DEA raids on dispensaries in California in January.

Marijuana is banned under federal law, but 14 states,, including Oregon, have passed laws approving it for regulated medical use. Obama made clear during his campaign that he would not prosecute medical marijuana users in states where medicinal cannabis is legal.

Michigan: About Michigan's Medical Marihuana (or Marijuana) Program

By Laura Sternberg, About.com

Michigan’s Department of Community Health has a webpage devoted to the status of Michigan’s new Medical Marihuana (one of two acceptable spellings of marijuana) Program. It includes information about the administration of the program, application forms and a frequently asked questions section.

Quick Summary:

The program will go into effect on April 4, 2009. At that time, it will become possible to obtain an identification card to grow and ingest marijuana for medical use. It is important to note, however, that while registration will exempt you from Michigan’s criminal laws for medical Marijuana use, it will not exempt you from Federal laws. To obtain the card, you must fill out an application, pay a $100 fee and obtain a certification from a physician that you suffer from one of the qualifying medical conditions, including Glaucoma, Cancer, Aids and Crohn’s Disease (to name but a few).

Finding a physician is left up to you because the program does not make referrals. There is, however, at least one medical clinic that advertises it will help medical marijuana patients when the program becomes operational. It is aptly named The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation Medical Clinic and is located in Southfield. Note: The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation operates clinics nationally.

Michigan: City Pulse - Marijuana Journal

by R.D. Winthrop

Marijuana Journal is a weekly column tracking the implementation of the state medical marijuana law. This column also appears online every Monday.

Medical cannabis users wondering how to go about obtaining state ID cards when the registration period opens in April need to talk to their physician —and by "physician" I mean an M.D. or D.O.-licensed in Michigan — right bloody now.

Do not hesitate, get on the phone and start your due diligence regarding your own medico-legal status. You´ll need time to get paperwork in order, and if your physician is not yet fully informed about the law and its protections you may meet our classic foes, Fear and Loathing. We´re hearing of physicians who don´t want to hear it.

Here´s the bottom line: If your physician will certify your need for cannabis, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Assonication believes you will indeed receive medical quality cannabis, and will stand by your effort to do so.

But you have to start with your physician. Now.

You can find all the information, forms, and personal support you need at http:// michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/. Once you register (anonymously, if you wish), all the information we gather is available, and you are free to talk with anyone in the public forums we host there.

United States: Paul Stanford Discusses Increasing Medical Marijuana Acceptance in U.S. (VIDEO)

By Bonnie King, Salem-News.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - Medical Marijuana is now legal in 13 U.S. states. This ironic number is a demonstration of the growing popularity of laws that legalize and regulate the medicinal use of cannabis for sick people.

Along with Dr. Phillip Leveque who writes regularly on the subject, one of Oregon's central figures in the effort to bring this herb to people in a legal way is Paul Stanford of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation which operates clinics in several states.

The newest clinic is in Michigan. Paul says their relatively new clinic in the greater Detroit area is off to a great start.

Paul says in the interview posted below, that there are about a quarter of a million legal medical marijuana patients in the United States.

In Oregon, there are over 20,000 and in California there are over 300,000.

Oregon: Global Cannabis March - Saturday, May 2, 2009 - High Noon - Pioneer Square - Portland

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - High Noon - Pioneer Square - Portland

Oregon NORML is excited to announce that the Million Marijuana March is now the GLOBAL CANNABIS MARCH.

Now in our tenth year, we gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 11am and we leave the square at High Noon with a full police escort, marching through the streets of Portland to demand an end to adult marijuana prohibition.

We return to the square following the march for a all-day festival to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana, industrial hemp, and social cannabis use as compared to alcohol.

Cannabis-friendly bands entertain from the main stage, which also features keynote addresses from leaders in the Oregon marijuana movement.

The square will be filled with vendors of hemp, food, crafts, glass, clothing, and more. If you are interested in vending at the 10th Global Cannabis March, please contact Oregon NORML.

Last year's march was a huge success! Police (conservatively) estimated 750 people in the streets calling for an end to adult marijuana prohibition! We were covered on three local TV news channels, with Oregon NORML Board Members delivering our talking points on legalization - Madeline Martinez on FOX 12, "Radical" Russ Belville on KOIN 6, and Anna Diaz on KATU 2. We also got favorable coverage in the Oregonian and the Willamette Week.

Bring your own sign or march with one of ours. We only ask you observe one simple request:

NO DOGS - NO DRUGS - NO ALCOHOL

Michigan: Medical Marijuana - Lifewatch

Reported by Claire Hosmann, WECT

Many states are letting voters decide whether or not to allow marijuana for medical reasons.

It is now legal for doctors to prescribe the drug in Michigan, but some doctors aren't comfortable with the law.

While some patients aren't comfortable asking their doctors for pot, they will go to a marijuana clinic.

Julie Kunze has MS and is on multiple medications, but nothing seems to ease the pain or stiffness except for marijuana.

Even though the drug is legal in Michigan and a dozen of other states for medical use, Kunze's neurologist wouldn't prescribe it.

Kunze decided to call Michigan's first marijuana clinic and was approved for an appointment.

The Southfield clinic is run by the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Oregon that runs 17 of the clinics in 8 states.

Kunze filled out a questionnaire, met with the clinic director, and paid the $200 fee. Then Kunze met with a nurse and a doctor.

In this case, the doctor was an ophthalmologist who now works in medical marijuana clinics. He gave Kunze a letter that allows her to legally smoke weed.

Julie has to go through some extra work to get the permission, but it eases her pain. She says having pot means the world to her.

You can expect to see more of the clinics added in Michigan and other states in the future.

Source: http://www.wect.com/Global/story.asp?S=9723346&nav=menu157_2

Michigan: Medical Marijuana Video - WXYZ Detroit

By Carolyn Clifford, WXYZ Detroit

The medical use of Marijuana is now legal in Michigan. Doctors can prescribe the drug for patients. Carolyn Clifford finds a new clinic designed specifically for patients looking to Marijuana for a cure.

Source: http://www.wxyz.com/content/news/health/story/Medical-Marijuana-in-Michi...

Michigan: An Introduction to the THCF Clinic

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps qualified medical marijuana patients inform and empower themselves to become legally protected.

THCF Medical Clinics have helped thousands of patients in eight states qualify for medical cannabis programs. Our medical doctors and knowledgeable, caring support staff can help you inform yourself about all aspects of your state's programs and laws, and negotiate through the process of becoming a certified medical cannabis patient.

Under state law in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, California, Nevada, Montana, Michigan and Hawaii, the following conditions qualify for medical marijuana permits: Chronic Severe Pain, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Arthritis, Cachexia, Hepatitis C, Crohn's Disease, Chronic Nausea, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease and many others.

Before you visit the clinic – BECOMING A PATIENT

Our physicians require that each patient have current medical records that document the existence of one of the conditions for which medical marijuana is authorized under their state law. You must either obtain your medical records yourself (which may involve a fee) and bring them in to us, or you may authorize that your medical records be faxed or mailed to one of our offices.

Michigan: Still Rolling Out Medical Marijuana Regulations

By Curt Guyette, Metro Times

You can't blame Rochelle Lampkin for being wary. During the campaign to gain public support for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, the Detroit grandmother was willing to step up and reveal that she would take a toke or two to deal with the excruciating pain she sometimes experiences as the result of an eye condition associated with her multiple sclerosis. The courage she and a few others showed in admitting publicly that they were breaking the law paid off in a big way.

Last November, Proposition 1 easily passed. As Greg Francisco, executive director of the nonprofit Michigan Medical Marijuana Association (MMMA) notes, nearly two-thirds of the state's voters approved the measure, with a majority of voters in every state House and Senate district giving a thumbs-up to the proposal. His point is that, even in the most conservative parts of the state, the plan gained voter approval.

"Support was overwhelming," he says, explaining that this "is an issue that transcends party politics."

Despite the public support, Lampkin and others currently find themselves in a gray zone. It's not herself that she's worried about so much as the person who provides her with her medicine — one joint at a time.

The law went into effect Dec. 4, making it legal for people receiving a doctor's recommendation to use weed to deal with their health problems, and for them or their designated "care givers" to grow a limited number of plants.

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