Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Man faces charges for growing cannabis for ill wife



A Florida man is facing charges and possible prison time for growing medical strength cannabis for his severally ill wife.

Robert and Cathy Jordan have been medical marijuana activists for almost 20 years, fighting for patients rights after Cathy was diagnosed in 1986 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The couple had tried everything to treat Cathy's illness, and as she got worse they decided to try a more controversial approach, medical marijuana.

“If there was something else I could use, I would use it,” Robert said. “She has used everything they tried to prescribe to her, but nothing works.”

Except the cannabis did, and the Jordan's finally had some hope for their future. Robert began growing high quality cannabis at home for his wife's personal use. Cathy was originally given only about five years to live, but using medical marijuana to treat her illness she has prolonged life almost 20 years.

But Central Florida News 13 reports that sheriff’s deputies raided the couples home last month seizing over 20 marijuana plants, grow equipment and what was left of Cathy's personal medical supply. Now Robert is facing illegal drug charges which include a possible 5 years in prison, all this because he wanted to care for his wife.

“It’s no different than them coming into your house and kicking in your front door and taking your cancer medication,” said Robert. “This is life and death for us. If she doesn’t have it, she starts getting sick. Now what am I supposed to do?” Continue Reading...

Nevada lawmakers tour Arizona dispensary

State lawmakers from Nevada are on a quest to fix a loophole in their medical marijuana program, patients can get cards from the state, however there's no way to legally get it.

According to CBS-5 Phoenix, Nevada state officials toured Arizona Organix in Glendale Friday on a mission to gain insight into what could be done to fix the silver state's flawed program.

"You can get cards from the state," said Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom. "If you know how to do it, you can grow it. But, the reality is, you can't purchase it. We wanted to come somewhere very small, very tightly regulated and learn first-hand how it works."

Five Nevada senators and an assemblywoman met with Bill Myer, co-owner of Arizona Organix, to discuss the ins, outs and legal hurtles of Arizona's medical marijuana system. The officials feel the Arizona standard and the well managed state dispensary can significantly help in finding a solution to their states problem.

Myer told CBS-5 he's honored other states consider his dispensary the current gold standard, and he was more then glad to help.

Nevada officials begin voting on dispensary bills in April. Segerblom said he hopes to see dispensaries open in Nevada within six months if his bill passes.

Nevada voters approved a medical marijuana amendment back in 2000.

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