Thursday, February 21, 2013

AZ lawmakers target Spice

The synthetic marijuana known as "Spice" maybe seeing it's last days Arizona. State lawmakers have started to take action against the synthetic drug considering it's dangerous record.
Two bills were introduced on Monday by a Senate committee targeting synthetic marijuana. The bills work in effort to make it harder for people to obtain and use Spice.
The Associated Press reports, One bill would prohibit businesses with liquor licenses from selling synthetic marijuana. This would remove the known dangerous substance from local liquor and convince stores limiting the ease of purchasing it. However this will have little effect on tobacco and smoke shops.
The other bill will allow the state to expand the definition of dangerous drugs to include synthetic marijuana. The bill would also increase the minimum fine of selling or manufacturing dangerous drugs from $1,000 to $25,000. State officials say the current law has very little impact on the distribution of Spice, because the small fine is worth the business, and minor chemical changes can be made to stay ahead of the law. Continue Reading...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ban to shut down Colorado cannabis coffee shop


A city wide ban is responsible for shutting down one of Colorado's first cannabis coffee shops for patients to use their medical marijuana.
The Front Tea and Arts was a place where adults were able to gather in nice atmosphere to vaporize and use cannabis. The business would sell and serve drinks and snacks while providing a relaxing place to patients and later cannabis users to go and medicate in a controlled environment.
The establishment is now forced to shut down after the Lafayette City Council voted to pass an eight-month moratorium on all marijuana-related businesses. Now many residents and patients are forced to feel like outcasts with one less place to go to medicate and celebrate their culture, but plenty of bars serving alcohol are still in business. Continue Reading...

Monday, February 11, 2013

AZ medical marijuana law may get some unwanted changes

A state lawmaker seeks to add new regulations on medical marijuana in Arizona with new bills that could make dispensing harder, and lead to the destruction of personal and local business property.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is proposing two bills to tighten the grips around Arizona's medical marijuana program. She wants local dispensaries to add warning labels on edible cannabis products such as brownies and lollipops similar to the U.S. surgeon general’s warning labels on cigarettes. This is her solution in an effort to keep these products out of the hands of children, as if these warning labels keep cigarettes and alcohol out of the hands of our kids now.

Most can agree that a label stating to "Keep out of reach of children" is a good idea, however suggesting a "surgeon general’s" type warning could just continue the myth that marijuana is as dangerous as cigarettes, which is not the case in the slightest, especially on edible marijuana products. What exactly is there to warn about concerning health, "May suppress pain and slow the growth of cancer"?

Some feel that more suitable labeling would be more like that of a prescription medication, adding a more official medical appeal to the drug for it's intended purpose.

The other bill would give police the right to dispose of medical marijuana seized during criminal investigations rather then returning the property to it's owner. Currently police hold plants and prescription marijuana until a court requires them to return it to the patient or business that owns the legal drug. But under the new bill, police will be able to destroy the personal property of these individuals at their own discretion if passed.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tempe police arrest compassion club owner

Police arrest an owner of two compassion clubs at his home and seized over 120 medical marijuana plants after serving several warrants. Tempe police say the the businesses were operating illegally.

39-year-old James Earl Chaney was arrested at his residence after police bust two valley compassion clubs and a grow house seizing over 120 marijuana plants intended for card holding patients. Chaney is the owner and operator of Top Shelf Hydro College where a series of several warrants were served for illegal drug sale among other drug related charges.

According to The Associated Press, undercover detectives were able to purchase large amounts of marijuana at one of the Tempe locations, which is in violation of state law.

"They were saying it was for donations, but when our undercovers would go in, there was a price they had to pay, for quantity and for quality. There was a different price for each one," says Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

There has been no word yet on whether or not the undercover police presented medical marijuana cards, which would valuable to know when deciding as society the legality of the situation.

But most mainstream media sources and police have left out this detail. Local ABC 15 even reported on continued violence at the business siting a recent robbery at the location, which isn't much different then the thousands of gas station, bank and liquor store robberies that happen nationwide every year.

The only "so called" violence reported by local businesses about the operation were about the presents of the police during the bust.

"One of my patients said she was afraid to get out of her car," said Dr. Alejandro Mioni of Arizona Chiropractic Group, a near by business "There was a man wearing a gun and a bullet-proof vest, and she was just afraid of him." Continue Reading...