Monday, April 30, 2012

Arizona to discuss marijuana for depression, PTSD

Phoenix, Arizona- State petitions requesting the addition of conditions such as depression and anxiety to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, are up for decision this summer. If the new proposal is approved, Arizona will be the first state to have extended mental health approved medical marijuana patients.

Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Will Humble posted an announcement earlier this month stating a hearing will be held to make a decision to add new conditions for medical approved marijuana. The petitions are requesting four additional medical conditions be added to the state Marijuana Act, depression, anxiety disorder, migraines and post-traumatic stress disorder, as listed in Humble's blog.

“The voter approved language in the AZ Medical Marijuana Act directs us to periodically accept and evaluate petitions to add new debilitating medical conditions. We’ve made it through the first phase of considering whether to add four new conditions,” Humble posted.

The department is planning careful evaluation of the effect medical marijuana and the medical conditions petitioned. Humble posted that before reaching a final decision, his department will consult the highest levels of the medical community. DHS has 180 days to review the petitions and reach a decision on the application.

Currently California is the only state permitting patients to medical marijuana for migraines. Delaware and New Mexico permit medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder. If DHS approves the application, Arizona will be the only state out of 16 that has permitted all four of the listed medical conditions.

Arizona Department of Health Services is having a public hearing on this matter on May 25 at 1:00 pm, It will be held at the State Lab, located at 250 N. 17th Avenue in Phoenix.

Make sure to show your support.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Monday, April 23, 2012

Arizona Cannabis Society raided

Medical-marijuana caregiver collective, Arizona Cannabis Society, was raided last week by Phoenix Police marking the start of the battle against medical cannabis in Arizona.

Police raided three locations of the Arizona Cannabis Society, after an undercover investigation reports they were operating outside of the guidelines of state law. Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump claims the operation was in possession of over 900 medical marijuana plants alone, and out of the several arrested from each location, not a single person was a qualified caregiver.

Crump says the Arizona Cannabis Society was operating well outside the law as outlined in the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Medical marijuana card holders and licensed caregivers can grow up to 12 plants per patient, and are not allowed to be for profit, but Crump claims the Cannabis Society was in possession of way to many plants, gaining profit and no licensed caregivers were at these locations.

Sergeant Crump added that there were no plans on jailing any of those detained, including founder Bill Hayes, and everyone was released. There is no word yet on whether police will be pursuing any charges, but until dispensaries open across the state, there are now less locations for patients to get medication.
Arizona patients are now hoping this isn't a sign of the states continued attempt to keep medical marijuana from those who need it.

Since Arizona state Governor Jan Brewer filed a lawsuit which blocked the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries in 2010, patients have had to seek out other means to get their medication. Medical marijuana patients were then faced with the possibility of turning to illegal means for their much needed marijuana, but supporters and medical cannabis businessmen found a way around that, marijuana compassion clubs.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cancer patient faces eviction for medical marijuana

 Elk Rapids, Michigan- A 52-year-old cancer patient is facing becoming homeless after receiving an eviction notice for her use of much needed medical marijuana, and this isn't the first time.

52-year-old Lori Montroy is a medically approved marijuana patient due a fatal brain tumor called bioblastoma multiform. The medical marijuana she uses subsides and suppresses the horrible symptoms associated with the cancerous tumor. Recent medical tests and MRI's have even shown massive reduction in her tumor, and Montroy believes the medical marijuana she uses played a major role in this progress (Recent medical studies also show marijuana suppresses and even reverses cancer growth).

As if fighting for her life wasn't enough, Montroy has been in an on and off battle with her Elk Rapids apartment complex to keep a roof over her head, one that she now seems to be losing.

Lori Montroy is on a fixed income and unable to work due to her medical condition, she is also on federally subsidized living. In 2009 her complex attempted to evict her for using "Illegal Drugs" in her apartment which against policy, but she wasn't using drugs illegally, she was legally using her state approved medical marijuana for treatment as directed by her doctor. After Montroy brought proof of her legal right to possess marijuana, the complex still continued with the eviction process, that is until a storm of bad publicity and a plea from attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union which forced them to call off the eviction.

Montroy felt she was in the clear and continued to focus on her illness and treatment, but she's facing eviction yet again for following doctors orders. The complex where Montroy lives was sold and under new management, they have served Montroy with a new eviction notice and new landlord Steve Wright says, there's nothing that will stop this eviction from happening.

Wright says it's the policy of his company, Prime Properties Management, LLC, that no marijuana use illegal or medically legal will be tolerated, the "Rules are the Rules". He says he has evicted several medical marijuana patients over the past two years with zero controversy, and Montroy will be no exception. "If I start making special rules for her, I'd have to make special rules for everyone," Wright said, "Federal law trumps state law, It's still a violation of federal law if you have drugs in your apartment. If I make an exception now, I have no policy."

"It's just draining the life out of me, these people," Montroy said. "Why can't they just leave me be?"

There is no question here that Montroy is a victim of discrimination, and her civil rights were completely disregarded. It was irresponsible for the state to have not implemented a law to protect patients from this sort of debacle, but then again you'd think fair housing and the disability act would protect her, but it appears it's just that type of world. As for Mr. Steve Wright who is also a Lawyer, it seems he failed to realize that "Federal law" Does Not trump state law, and that is a violation of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and America. Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves for that statement.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Cancer patient faces eviction for medical marijuana - Phoenix Cannabis Culture | Examiner.com

Dealer caught with hard drugs tied to his penis

A Philadelphia man was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana, but more charges were filed once police discover harder drugs tied to his penis.

23-year-old Ray Woods was pulled over this past weekend for a traffic violation and right away police noticed he had a large bulge in the crotch of his pants. Police Corporal Christopher Eiserman asked him about the bulge, but Woods claimed it was nothing, said "It was all man" being rather smug about it.

Woods continued to act suspicious, that's when the officers noticed a baggie in the vehicle, it was enough to have probable cause and the officers searched his car finding marijuana. Woods was then arrested for the marijuana possession and taken to the Folcroft, Pennsylvania police station, and that's where police discovered Woods had more to hide.

Officers discover a bag tied to Woods penis, the bag contained 89 individual baggies of heroin and cocaine. Then officer Eiserman attempted to remove the bag of illegal drugs from Woods genitals, and that's when things started to get a little wet.

"I tried to remove it," Eiserman said. "I don't know if it was nervousness or not, but he started urinating all over."

Eiserman added that in his 14 years on the force, he had never seen anything like it, He's seen suspects hide drugs down their pants before and in some strange places, but to try and pull off what Woods tried, was a first. It appears that a majority of street criminals don't think officers will check down there, but they almost always do, suspects usually don't pee on the officers however.

"I don't think he did it intentionally," Eiserman said. "I think he was nervous, he knew the jig was up."
Apparently it just wasn't Woods' day, in addition to the marijuana possession he was charged with possessing drugs with intent to distribute.

He was not charged for urinating on Corporal Eiserman.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Anonymous to launch marijuana legalization movement

The highly powerful internet group "Anonymous" has announced the beginning of a new marijuana legalization movement, and their inviting all of you to join on April 20th.

The organization know as Anonymous has inspired movements such as the recent "Occupy" movement, and federal organizations such as the FBI has considered them "Domestic Terrorist", for hacking media sites, cyber attacks against government offices and organizing protest rally's. However, the actions by the internet group seem to benefit citizens and only damages corrupt politics by exposing, in detail, politicians and authority officials.

Now Anonymous steps up for marijuana rights and legalization with what they are calling phase one of a new movement. They are marking it "#OpCannabis" and they are asking those whom support cannabis legalization to change their social profile picture to green (marijuana buds, leaves, joints, ect).

Known for their famous videos used to help gain momentum for their movements and causes, the group released a new video announcing #OpCannabis. The video is an announcement informing the public about the first stage to battle for the truth, rights and legalization of cannabis. The video read as follows:
"Dear Citizens of the World,

For far too long cannabis has been oppressed by big corporations, big pharma and governments when it could be benefiting all of mankind on many different levels. We have heard and we have watched your government lie and deceive you on all the dangers of cannabis. Show support by making your profile pictures green this April 20th on your social network profiles. OpCannabis phase 1, initiated. We are Anonymous…..Expect us."

It is unknown what direction the group is heading with their marijuana movement, but they are prepared to show on 4/20 how much support they have.

Window shop Google images for your green pics now, 4/20.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Monday, April 9, 2012

Man turns self in for growing marijuana

If you're against marijuana cultivation and believe marijuana rights and use is a "Crime", then you shouldn't be involved with it. One Florida man was growing marijuana and turned himself over to police feeling his actions were wrong.

34-year-old Michael Cabral of the Treasure Coast must have thought growing weed was a good idea, but suddenly he had a change of heart and felt that he has become one of the "Bad Guys".

Cabral reported himself to police last week when he walked into the Port St. Lucie Police Department with evidence against him in hand. He entered the police station with 12 mature marijuana plants, pot seeds and various marijuana related paraphernalia. He told police he was growing marijuana for personal use and he wanted to "Do the Right Thing" by turning himself in.

Cabral was arrested for marijuana cultivation and possession, then booked into the St. Lucie County Jail after the plants and seeds tested positive for cannabis.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Marijuana university raided by federal agents

Oakland, Ca- Federal agents raid Oaksterdam University Monday. U.S. marshals blocked the doors to the medical marijuana college and cordoned of the area with yellow tape.

Federal agents served a search warrant giving them permission to enter the property of Oaksterdam University which was founded by Richard Lee. Lee was also the owner of a local dispensary which had also been raided and shut down, he was also a backer of a bill to legalize recreational use in California back 2010, but the bill never made the ballot.

Lee's involvement in his crusades for marijuana has obviously made him a target for silence by the federal governments wasteful "War on Drugs". After loosing a business and facing possible charges, his medical marijuana growing training school Oaksterdam is raided this Monday against his rights which are protected by state law.

Protesters stood out the medical marijuana training school and watched as U.S. Drug Enforcement loaded Trash Bags and growing supplies into a police van. Agents ignored protesters as demanded states rights and held up signs promoting the end to federal crackdowns on medical marijuana.

For years cities like Oakland has allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate under city ordinances, and recently Oakland was approved for more dispensaries to open up. Medical Marijuana businesses have created jobs and promoted more money for the state. But recent actions of federal agents are causing more damage then acting against the rights of the people, their actions are harming economy, small business and money for the state.

In addition to unlawfully shutting down small businesses, federal prosecutors have threatened to seize the property of landlords who rent to medical marijuana retailers, and have brought charges against employees who work at these locations.

No information on whether charges have been filed in Monday's raid, and no comments have been made by Richard Lee.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Sunday, April 1, 2012

More states to discuss legalizing marijuana

Since Washington's prop 502 was approved for the 2012 Nov ballot, other states have started their own legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (read more about Washington's prop 502). Now Rhode Island takes it's first step towards decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana use for adults.

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing arguments for the legalization of marijuana debate at the Statehouse. The proposed legislation will allow adults over the age of 21 to possess a specified amount of marijuana legally for recreational use. The law will also impose taxes on the production and sale of marijuana making more money for the state.

The legalization is very similar to Washington's proposition which is up for vote on the 2012 ballot.
Washington's prop I-502 will allow voters to decide whether marijuana will be completely legal for citizens to use much like alcohol and tobacco is, and 502 is seeing huge support as supporters of the legalization referendum outnumbered opponents 48% to 45%. Petitioners collected over 355,000 signatures to get I-502 on the ballot, and recent polls show a majority of citizens in support of 502.

A similar bill qualified for Colorado's November ballot taking this first step for the United States a little further. Much like Washington's 502, the Colorado initiative will allow all citizens over the age of 21 to legally possess limited amounts of marijuana for all purposes. The motions of these bills mark a revolutionary era for pro marijuana supporters sending a message to the federal government about our want for marijuana rights, as supported by a recent Gallup poll which reports over 50% of Americans are for legalization.

Other states like Arizona and Montana are working on their own versions of the legalization pushing for a nationwide decision to take marijuana rights to the next level. Rhode Island is the newest state to begin taking the move to legalize marijuana, however similar proposals were denied last year, but supporters are gaining power and are not going away.

Similar legislation is pending in the House, and new bills in support of legalized marijuana are already in the works.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

"Walmart of Weed" opens just blocks from White House

Despite the ridiculous crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, the famous medical marijuana garden supply store, weGrow, opens it's doors to customers just blocks away from from the White House.

It's dubbed the "Walmart of Weed", and like other specialty stores, weGrow focuses on getting the best products at the best prices for their customers. They specialize in plant food, vitamins, grow lamps, hydro watering systems and more for medical marijuana growers. Their goal is to prove that medical marijuana is a legitimate and necessary industry which provides a needed service.

"The more that businesses start to push the envelope by showing that this is a legitimate industry, the further we're going to be able to go in changing people's minds," said weGrow founder and owner Dhar Mann."Regardless of how rigorously they want to enforce intervention, it's not going to stop the industry,"

The District of Columbia location is weGrow's first opening on the east-side, it's location just blocks away from the White House and Federal buildings is ironically humorous given the feds stance on medical marijuana. With a company growing some clout in business (expected to reach $9 billion within the next five years), the federal government maybe forced to see the value this industry has for this country.

But for the time being, our federal government (whom works for us), still continue to fight against the 50% of Americans who want marijuana legalized, and the 70% of Americans who support medical use of marijuana according to a 2011 Gallup poll. With figures like that and billions brought in every year from industry, the Feds won't be able to ignore the benefits forever.

Be sure to visit your local weGrow store for your garden needs.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420