Archive for January, 2012

Portland man accused of home invasion and snatching safe with medical marijuana

January 31st, 2012

A 31-year-old Portland man this week pleaded not guilty to multiple first-degree robbery and burglary charges in connection with a Jan. 10 home invasion.

Steven Curtis Leech is accused of knocking on the door of a home in the 3600 block of North Lombard Street about 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 10.

leechsteven.jpgView full sizeSteven C. LeechHe asked for one of the tenants, was allowed in and then announced, “This is a robbery!” holding a knife while an alleged accomplice pointed a gun at another tenant, according to a probable cause affidavit.

They stole a small safe containing a medical marijuana supply, cash and a cell phone, the affidavit said.

One of the victims recognized Leech nine days later in downtown Portland and alerted police. He was arrested Jan. 19.

On Monday, Leech pleaded not guilty to a multi-count indictment charging him with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges.

A trial date has been set for March 13. He’s being held on a total $3,050,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center, jail records show. He faces 12 Measure 11 charges, which each bring a $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Leech has a criminal record, including convictions for burglary, five counts of distribution of controlled substance or marijuana, fourth-degree assault, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

–Maxine Bernstein


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Vermont Would Only Allow 1000 People to Use Medical Marijuana

January 30th, 2012

When you hear us and other outlets refer to “sixteen medical marijuana states and DC,” you should be careful to remember that really means there’s pseudo-legalized California, five semi-functional medical marijuana states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Montana*, and Michigan), four quasi-functional medical marijuana states (Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Arizona), four dysfunctional medical marijuana states (Alaska, Maine, Nevada, and Vermont), and three medical marijuana states in name only (New Jersey, Delaware, and DC) that haven’t actually protected any users.

What I mean by that: In California, anyone who wants to use marijuana for a medical purpose can do so.  In the “semi-functional” states, most of the serious medical users can qualify and have some level of access to medicine.  In the “quasi-functional” states, fewer people are able to qualify and access.  In the “dysfunctional” states, less than 1,000 users qualify.

Now in Vermont, the proponents of a dispensary system there want to ensure that Vermont remains “dysfunctional” by capping the total number of qualifying patients – by law – to only 1,000.

Vermont has about 450 medical marijuana patients. They currently grow their own marijuana or have a designated caregiver do it for them. However, that will change soon.

As many as four distribution centers state-wide could be operational by the end of the year. Legislation prohibits more and limits the number of patients in the state to 1,000.

According to the Vermont Department of Public Health, “about one out of three American women and one out of two American men now living will eventually have

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New medical marijuana dispensary opens in Hallowell

January 27th, 2012

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Rally pushes for Marijuana support

January 25th, 2012

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Ron Paul for Medical Marijuana Legalization: Five Highlights of 2011

January 22nd, 2012

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4. Bill Introduced in Congress: Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduced a bill that would let states decide their own marijuana policies without federal intrusion; this was not just about medical marijuana policies. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) – a cannabis advocacy organization in the United States – has lobbied Congress for five years to initiate this legislation, which MPP helped to draft. At least 21 House members are sponsoring this legislation, as of today.

3. Medical Marijuana Laws Implemented and Expanded by New Mexico, New Jersey, Maine and D.C. : Maine’s Health Department issued eight dispensary licenses in 2010, going by a ballot initiative that was approved of by 59 percent of Maine voters in November 2009. All but one of the dispensaries has opened. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie held a news conference on July 19, where he said he didn’t believe New Jersey dispensaries would be targeted under federal law, and, as a result, six dispensaries will open in the state. In New Mexico, the number of dispensaries increased from 17 to 25. The D.C. government, on its part, launched an application process that will result in 10 growers and five dispensaries being licensed in the nation’s capital by April.

2. World leaders and Their Views: The “Global Commission on Drug Policy”, on June 2, announced its support for the drug. This was also seen as a way of rejecting former U.S. President, Richard Nixon, and his launch of

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Enacting The ‘States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act’ (HR 1983 …

January 20th, 2012


marijuanaHouse Resolution 1983 has been stalled in committee since Last June

HR 1983, the State’s Medical Marijuana Protection Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), explicitly states it will exempt people complying with state medical marijuana laws from federal arrest and prosecution.

Officially titled “To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various states”, the measure also calls for an immediate rescheduling review by the federal government that would reclassify cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III under the federal Controlled Substances Act, officially recognizing the plant’s accepted medical use and streamlining the federal approval process for medical marijuana research. It is cosponsored by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Fortney Stark (D-CA). and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

“The time has come for the federal government to stop preempting states’ medical marijuana laws,” Frank said. “For the federal government to come in and supersede state law is a real mistake for those in pain for whom nothing else seems to work. This bill would block the federal prosecution of those patients who reside in those states that allow medical marijuana.”

Sixteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada,

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Medical Marijuana: the Best and Safest Pain Killer – Salem

January 17th, 2012


Jan-17-2012 15:52

Dr. Phil Leveque

I had 5,000 or so patients with 70% complaining of severe pain, who found relief with Mairjuana; most were able to stop the narcotics.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – I presume that a few people will disagree with my thesis. I will admit to a few exceptions and I will address them later.

For my own review, I pulled up the standard doses of the opiates, (from opium) and the opioids, not from opium but totally synthetic. I’m going to dismiss Codeine, an opiate which is lightly used any more in doses from 15 to 120mg but which is severely constipating and has many other intolerable side effects.

I will base my discussion on Morphine which is the standard pain killer with a usual dose of 10mg sometimes lower. The big “daddies” are Hydrocodone dose of about 20mg but soon to be long acting at about 40mg per dose; Oxycodone dose is about 15mg but has a long acting dose from around 40mg; Heroin dose is around 4.0mg but Heroin addicts frequently take 10 times more; Hydromorphone is not common with a dose of about 2.0mg.

All of these cause severe constipation and addiction and many other adverse side effects but some are much worse than others.

The Opioids, those not from Opium but totally synthetic are Meperidine or Demerol with a

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Report: Medical Marijuana Laws Reduced Traffic Fatalities

January 16th, 2012

States that legalized the medical use of marijuana have had a drop in deadly automobile crashes, suggesting that some people who would otherwise drive drunk and kill someone are smoking weed instead, according to research by three economists.

It’s not clear if the would-be drunken drivers are high behind the wheel with less deadly results, or if they’re simply not driving.

The research by professors at the University of Colorado-Denver, Montana State University and the University of Oregon looked at traffic deaths from 1990 to 2009 in all 50 states, including the 16 that passed medical marijuana laws.

Medical marijuana facility open in Hallowell

January 16th, 2012

January 16, 2012 08:10 GMT

Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2012. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 1912, a day before reaching the South Pole, British explorer Robert Scott and his expedition were bitterly disappointed to find evidence in the form of a rock cairn and dog sled tracks showing that Roald Amundsen of Norway and his team had gotten there ahead of them. (Scott and his party perished during the return trip.)

On this date:

In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as “Ivan the Terrible”) was crowned czar.

In 1883, the U.S. Civil Service Commission was established.

In 1919, pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski (pah-dehr-EHF’-skee) became the first premier of the newly created Republic of Poland.

In 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)

In 1935, fugitive gangster Fred Barker and his mother, Kate “Ma” Barker, were killed in a shootout with the FBI at Lake Weir, Fla.

In 1942, actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother Elizabeth and 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed

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Medical marijuana facility opens in Hallowell – WLBZ

January 16th, 2012
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HALLOWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The mayor of Hallowell is welcoming Maine’s latest medical marijuana facility to town.

Mayor Charlotte Warren said that she’s greeting the facility in the spirit of what she calls “a good neighbor policy”.  The 2,400 square foot non-profit, Wellness Connection of Maine, opened last week.  Patients who are certified by the state are the only ones allowed to enter. 

A Wellness Connection has also opened in Thomaston, and two others, one in Portland and one in Brewer, are expected to open later this year.


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