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California: Riverside Medical Marijuana Clinic to Celebrate First Anniversary - Celebration to Honor MMJ Pioneer Anna Boyce

By Lanny Swerdlow, THCF

January 17 marks the one year anniversary of the opening of the THCF Medical Clinic - the first cannabis therapeutics clinic in the Inland Empire. Since the first day, the clinic has provided medical marijuana recommendations to over 500 patients, effectively and safely treating a variety of ailments from arthritis to depression to chronic pain.

Located at 647 Main St. in Riverside, the clinic is centrally located within the Inland Empire and has become the center of medical marijuana activism in the region. On the first Wednesday of every month, a meeting of a medical marijuana patient support group organizes patients to protect their rights under California state law, works to make medicine more accessible and furthers public understanding of medical marijuana law.

The clinic offers a free seminar to the general public every Friday at 8 p.m. entitled The Anti-Aging and Health Benefits of Marijuana. The clinic also sponsors the first and only marijuana radio show ever to be broadcast over the nation’s airwaves on radio station KCAA in San Bernardino.

To celebrate the one year anniversary, the THCF Clinic is hosting a one year anniversary party on Saturday, Jan. 17 open to the general public. The highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of plaque of honor to California medical marijuana pioneer Anna Boyce.

Michigan: Medical Marijuana Clinic Founder Defends Its Legality

By Jennie Miller, C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — The state’s first medical marijuana clinic is defending its legality as residents, government officials and law enforcement agencies learn more about the controversial proposal voters approved in November.

“I am in the exploratory stages, trying to figure out what is what,” said Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, who had a meeting scheduled for Jan. 12 with the president, founder and CEO of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, Paul Stanford. The clinic recently opened up shop in the Southfield Town Center.

“This is so new — the legislation passed and they just sprung right up. (I am learning) what are the rules, what are the guidelines — things that I don’t know, and that’s one of the reasons I called the meeting with him,” the mayor said.

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Community Health are also scurrying to learn exactly what the THC Foundation is doing, and whether or not it falls within the limits of the new law.

“We worked so hard to establish the program, and we don’t want any misinformation out there,” said James McCurtis, spokesperson for the department. “We understand that this is going to take a little bit of time. This law is so brand-new, and there has to be an educational window period. It is going to take some time for people to understand.”

Michigan: THCF Clinic Ready to Hit the Road

By MMMA, SiteScribe

Please take a minute and cast your vote in our new poll. We are trying to determine where patients are located, and how we can get them an appointment in their area with a THCF physician.

Source: http://www.michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/node/468

[Michigan Medical Marijuana Association]

Michigan: Medical Marijuana Organizations

A short introduction to THCF Medical Clinics, Qualifying Patient, and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association.

[Youtube - Oakland County NORML]

Medical marijuana remains illegal in many ways, confusing both patients and officials in Michigan

by Elizabeth Shaw | The Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan -- Sitting in a doctor's waiting room is a far cry from the three days Charles Snyder III spent in jail in 2005 for using marijuana to treat a chronic medical condition.

Snyder, 31, of Flint, was the first patient through the doors of the Michigan Clinic in Southfield, which opened Dec. 4 to assist patients hoping to take advantage of Michigan's new medical marijuana law approved by voters in November.

The new law allows patients with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS and other diseases to use marijuana to relieve symptoms with a doctor's recommendation. At least 10 other states have similar laws on the books.

But health officials worry the change may cause as many problems as it solves. The law does not provide patients a legal way to get the drug -- which also is still illegal under federal law. The medical community is still wrestling with the gray areas. And everyone is waiting for the state Department of Community Health to develop guidelines for how the whole thing will work.
Flint Journal extras

• The Michigan Clinic, 2000 Town Center # 1900, Southfield, MI 48075. Details: www.thc-foundation.org/michigan (248) 351-1746

• Americans for Safe Access: www.safeaccessnow.org.

• Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care: www.stoparrestingpatients.org

Michigan: State’s First Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens in Southfield

By Jennie Miller, C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — The first medical marijuana clinic in the state of Michigan opened Dec. 4 in Southfield, following the controversial proposal voters approved last month making the drug legal in the state for medical purposes.

Run by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore., the clinic currently has two licensed physicians on staff.

The Southfield clinic joins 17 others in the country run by THCF: four in Oregon, four in Washington state, three in Colorado, three in Hawaii, one in Nevada, one in California and one in Montana. Thirteen states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

“We’ve helped over 45,000 patients in eight states now, including Michigan since we opened up there last Thursday,” said Paul Stanford, president, founder and CEO of THCF. “We plan on expanding to other cities in Michigan.”

Prospective patients are advised to contact the clinic by phone and have their primary care physician provide medical records.

“We require they have medical records from another doctor and be under another doctor’s treatment,” Stanford explained. “All of our patients have to have another current relationship with either an M.D. or a D.O. to meet their medical needs.”

After the medical records have been reviewed, the patient meets with a nurse or doctor at the clinic for a non-invasive physical examination.

Washington: Busted - Police raids, illegal drug deals and some very sick people: Washington’s medical marijuana law marks 10 years

By Nicholas Deshais, Pacific Northwest Inlander, STAFF WRITER

The first step for patients, before drug deals in parking lots or secretive meetings in a church, is to get permission to use cannabis from one special source: a doctor.

Doctors are protected under state law to provide these authorizations, but they walk a thin line. Without precautions, doctors can find themselves testifying before a court on the merits of marijuana, something many doctors would prefer to avoid... Read the Full Story

Source: http://www.inlander.com/content/newscommentary_%E2%80%94_washingtons_leg...

Michigan: State, marijuana advocates prepare to work together - State to license use for patients who receive doctor approval

By Eartha Jane Melzer

For the first time ever, the state Department of Community Health is working out a process to permit some seriously ill people and their caregivers to possess and grow marijuana. The move is required by the medical marijuana initiative that Michigan voters approved last month.

The law, which won a majority of voters in every county of the state, takes effect on Thursday. The state has until April 4 to establish the rules for the program. The Department of Community Health will issue draft rules this month, and a public hearing is expected in January.

Both the Department of Community Health and the newly formed nonprofit Michigan Medical Marijuana Association are planning education drives to help smooth the transition into state licensing of medicinal marijuana users.

DCH has added a medical marijuana FAQ to its Web site. According to spokesman James McCurtis, the department plans to launch a new site dedicated to solely medical marijuana early this month. McCurtis said the department has been working on guidelines with officials from Oregon and Montana, which passed similar laws in 1998 and 2004, respectively.

Statistics maintained by the state of Oregon give some sense of the results of such a law. More than 3,000 Oregon doctors have recommended marijuana to patients there; more than 20,000 patients hold cards authorizing marijuana use.

Advocates of the law say coordination is needed to meet expected public demand for medical marijuana.

Montana: THCF Opens Doors

By Chad Harder, Missoula Independent

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients legally gain access to medical marijuana, recently announced “medical marijuana clinics” in Missoula on Nov. 18 and Billings the day prior. While currently scheduled as one-day events, THC plans to open “more permanent clinics in established locations” in the future, according to an organization press release.

Existing THC clinics have assisted more than 40,000 patients in securing a “permit to legally possess, use and grow medical marijuana” in Nevada, Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii and Colorado. Repeated inquiries from Montanans at a facility in Spokane inspired the Montana expansion.

“The clinics are a cure for patients who have a qualifying condition under Montana law and can prove it with their medical records, but whose doctors won’t sign a [medical marijuana] recommendation,” says Tom Daubert, director of Helena-based Patients and Families United, a public education and support group for pain patients.

Federal law prohibits doctors from “prescribing” marijuana, so physicians write “recommendations,” which serve as a professional judgment that marijuana would benefit a patient’s condition. Four years ago Montana voters moved to change state law to allow patients suffering from an array of “debilitating medical conditions” to legally medicate with marijuana.

Oregon: Hempstalk 2008 Slideshow - Simple Ways

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Featured is a short slideshow from Hempstalk 2008 in Portland, Oregon. It is set to the song "Simple Ways" by The Human Revolution and consists of speakers/performers from the event.

From Keith Stroup to Jack Herer, the Hempstalk 2008 speakers were educational and informative, discussing the merits of Cannabis and Hemp on the main stage as well as in the Hemposium pavillion. It is our hope that the Hemposium will continue to evolve and grow, providing experts and information from doctors and lawyers to local business people working to promote Hemp and Cannabis. Having a variety of speakers complimented the wide range of musical acts that took to the Hempstalk stage.

It was truly an honor to have the likes of John Trudell and Bad Dog, as well as The Human Revolution, State of Jefferson, and the ever popular Seattle Hempfest house band (one of our favorites) the Herbivores. To everyone who participated, volunteered, and helped make Hempstalk 2008 possible, we thank you and look forward to a fun and informative Hempstalk 2009!

http://www.hempstalk.org
http://www.myspace.com/hempstalk

Washington: US Court Rebukes DEA’s Attempt to Crack Medical Marijuana Records

by Dominic Holden

Ads appearing each week on the back of the Stranger and Seattle Weekly – and similar papers on the West Coast and in Hawaii – are pretty much picking a fight with the feds: “Medical marijuana. Our doctors can help.” The ads then provide a phone number for The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation clinic, which connects patients with doctors who specialize in writing medical marijuana authorizations for the sick and dying. To the the Drug Enforcement Administration, however, THCF is flagrantly running a multi-state business that permits people to violate federal law.

On May 24th, the feds had had enough—federal prosecutor James Hagerty, at the behest of the DEA, filed a subpoena for the records of 17 individuals, 14 of whom were patients with marijuana permits from doctors at the clinic. But the subpoena had broader implications, too. 11 of those named were registered patients with Oregon’s Department of Human Services medical-marijuana program, and the subpoena also demanded that the State of Oregon turn over those patients’ private medical records to the feds.

But in a formal rebuke yesterday afternoon, a federal Judge sided with the state and the clinic, granting a motion to quash both subpoenas. “Absent a further showing of necessity and relevance, compliance with the subpoena would impact significant State and medical privacy interests and is unreasonable,” wrote Judge Robert H. Whaley of the U.S. Court Eastern District of Washington. The ruling represents a major defeat for the DEA and a victory for states with dissenting drug policies.

Washington: Marijuana medicine: Dozens of patients jam into monthly Spokane clinic seeking way to relieve their pain

By Heather Lalley

They started filing into a Spokane hotel meeting room not long after 8 a.m. Wednesday, clutching folders stuffed with paperwork.

A young woman in a pink "on the naughty list" T-shirt. An older man with gray stubble. Another man helping a child with a coloring book. Some limped in, others walked with canes and others appeared healthy.

But they all shared a goal: To qualify for doctor authorization to possess medical marijuana.

More than 50 people had appointments scheduled Wednesday at Spokane's monthly medical marijuana clinic at the Quality Inn. No walk-ins allowed.

"We've got a shortage of chairs and tables," said Henrik Rode, a Portland man working the check-in table. "A lot of times I feel more like a bouncer than a welcomer."

For the past year and a half, The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation in Portland has held monthly clinics in Spokane, in addition to several Oregon cities, Denver, and Honolulu and Hilo, Hawaii. The clinics have been so popular in Spokane that organizers are considering adding a second day each month.

Most of the patients suffer from chronic pain, but the Spokane clinic also draws a significant number of people with multiple sclerosis, given the high rate of the disease in the area, said Paul Stanford, THCF's founder.

Since 2001, the group has seen some 17,000 patients, about half of whom were seeking new prescriptions; the others wanted to renew their authorizations, Stanford said.

Colorado: High Noon - Larimer County is at the center of the battle over medical marijuana

James and Lisa Masters were getting ready to take their daughters fishing on the morning of Aug. 2, 2006, when two social workers and two police officers knocked on their door.

"We were just finishing folding laundry, getting ready for the day," says James, "and we had just recently medicated."

They had picked a bad time to take their medicine. The Masters are both medical marijuana patients, whose doctors recommend they get high to treat various physical and neurological illnesses.

The social workers raised allegations of child abuse and neglect toward their daughters, ages 4 and 6. The police officers, who the Masters were told came along in case the parents got violent - maybe in a fit of reefer madness - smelled the weed.

Inside, the Masters had 18 marijuana plant clones and an imminent harvest of 12 two-foot-high, bud-laden plants, which they say was for people suffering from glaucoma, cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and other crippling diseases.

The Masters' home was serving as the county chapter of the Colorado Compassion Club, a statewide network that provides quality weed for medical marijuana patients, including themselves. Despite having doctors' recommendations for the medicinal crop as allowed through a state constitutional amendment, the Larimer County Drug Task Force snagged the pot - and child protection services snagged the Masters' daughters, who were separated from their parents for nearly two months.

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