Archive for February, 2012

Medical Marijuana Activists Set to Destroy DEA Ruling

February 16th, 2012

2/16/2012 – Activists are preparing to gather at the Federal building in Trenton today to destroy a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruling as part of a national medical marijuana protest. Members of NORML-NJ and The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey will shred a copy of The Federal Register Vol. 76 No.131 dated July 8, 2011. The document contains the DEA’s most recent denial of a petition to reschedule marijuana.

Thursday’s protest is organized by Americans for Safe Access and is taking place in cities across the country. Portland, Maine is another East Coast city participating in the “Rally for Safe Access.”

The Schedule I status under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 is the reason that marijuana is prohibited. Schedule I drugs are described as having “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States;” and lack “accepted safety for use under medical supervision;” and, have “a high potential for abuse.”

In the past 40 years voluminous criminal code has since been created at the federal and state level to enforce the Schedule I prohibition of cannabis. Suffering the worst part of this continued effort are seriously ill Americans. They live in fear of losing their lives not just to their disease, but to prison because they find relief from a medication that remains illegal.

Advocacy groups including NORML and MAPS petitioned the DEA for many years seeking to move cannabis

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Medical Marijuana Heats Up Again in NH

February 8th, 2012

With neighboring Vermont and Maine now allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their sick patients, a new bill with the same goal is afoot in New Hampshire. But it has an uphill battle as  recent similar proposals have failed before.  We’ll get the latest on the discussion here, and see how Maine and Vermont are doing, since medical marijuana was approved. 


  • Tom Reid – Deputy County Attorney in Rockingham County.
  • Matt Simon – Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, a national organization that promotes reform of marijuana laws.

We’ll also hear from

  • John Richardson – statehouse reporter for the Portland Press Herald of Maine.
  • Ken Picard – staff writer for Seven Days, a weekly newspaper out of Burlington, Vermont.
  • TBA

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Brewer approves Wellness Connection pot dispensary

February 7th, 2012

A plan for a medical marijuana dispensary in Brewer is moving ahead following planning board approval.

The planning board yesterday voted 5-2 to approve the 3,200-square-foot clinic on Dirigo Drive, near the CancerCare of Maine center, according to the Bangor Daily News. Wellness Connection of Maine, formerly Northeast Patients Group, in December submitted its site plan for the clinic, expected to open in a month. Planning board members voiced concerns over requirements for employees and delivery drivers, as well as marijuana’s illegal status on a federal level. In 2010, however, the state approved expanding its medical marijuana law to establish dispensaries run by nonprofits.

Wellness Connection of Maine earned licenses to operate four of the state’s eight dispensaries. It already operates a dispensary and growing operation in Thomaston, and opened its Hallowell dispensary in January. A Portland dispensary is still under way.

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New debate: When is medical marijuana "usable?"

February 4th, 2012

The Associated Press

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — When police knocked on Josh Brewer’s door to check for marijuana, even one of the nation’s most liberal medical marijuana laws was put to the test.

This April 21, 2011 photos shows marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. The definition of just what state medical marijuana has to be in to count against the Oregon limit of 1.5 pounds per person has led to the reversal of drug convictions for an Oregon medical marijuana cardholder. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

This April 27, 2011 file photo shows volunteers trimming buds from medical marijuana grown on The Farm, a cooperative in Jacksonville, Ore. The legal definition of just what state marijuana has to be in to count towards the 1.5-pound limit set by Oregon’s medical marijuana law has resulted in reversal of drug convictions against Josh Brewer of Rogue River, Ore. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

Josh Brewer poses Jan. 27, 2012 at his home in Rogue River, Ore., with a marijuana seedling he will be planting now that his conviction for exceeding the amount of pot allowed for medical use has been reversed. The state Attorney General’s Office conceded in an appeal that marijuana hanging

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First annual cannabis education day in Maine

February 1st, 2012

(NECN: Amy Sinclair, Maine) – It was the first annual cannabis education day in Maine on Wednesday.

Growers, dispensary operators and patients headed to the State Capitol in Augusta to tell lawmakers what’s working and what’s not.

Two years after Maine voters approved a medical marijuana initiative, six discreet-looking dispensaries, including the Wellness Connection in Hallowell, are providing medical marijuana to more than 2400 patients.

Having access to the plant has made a world of difference to injured Iraq war veteran Ryan Begin.

“I’ve had over 35 surgeries on my elbow and been on every pill you can imagine,” said Begin.

He said marijuana has helped the most and, according to the medical marijuana caregivers gathered at the state Capitol, the fledging program has also helped the state’s economy.

“Our message is really thank you for passing lD 1296,” said Paul McCarrier with medical marijuana caregivers of Maine, “because of that they’ve created 770 jobs in this state.”

The law has already been amended once. Medical marijuana patients are no longer required to register with state and growers don’t have to be subjected to state inspection, but both growers and patients say the changes don’t go far enough.

Right now, so-called caregivers are only allowed to grow for five patients apiece and they can’t sell any extra crop.

“If we have a good crop we have no way to transfer that to dispensary and still be compensated which is a problem because dispensaries are short of product,” said Jacob McClure, a caregiver/grower.

And the dispensaries complain they’re

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