Marijuana issues in Hazel Park, Oak Park top Oakland County ballot

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Voters in two Oakland County cities will decide Tuesday if possession of marijuana for personal use should be decriminalized within their borders.

Conflicting Michigan, federal marijuana laws may cast cloud of confusion

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Michigan's medical marijuana program has recorded some interesting ups and downs, according to state statistics analyzed by The Detroit News. The number of qualified patients and licensed primary caregivers declined between 2011 and 2013, while the number of physicians and the revenues generated from the program's license fees rose during that same period, according to the Michigan Department of ...

Marijuana grower escapes conviction

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EXCLUSIVE Magistrate 'compassionately' deals with man who grew drug to treat disease.

Bankrupt San Bernardino Looks At Marijuana Sales To Raise Funds

July 30th, 2014 by The General No comments »
The city attorney of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, has a novel idea for raising new revenue - open medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot. As San Bernardino struggles to deliver a bankruptcy exit plan two years after it filed for Chapter 9 protection, city attorney Gary Saenz says marijuana sales should be part of the southern California city's income. He cites the example of smaller Palm Springs, California, population 45,000, which levies a 10 percent tax on medical marijuana outlets that nets $500,000 a year. San Bernardino has a population of 210,000. Saenz's proposal will be debated by the San Bernardino city council on Aug. 19. He says revenues will initially be used to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal marijuana outlets.

The California Board of Equalization, which oversees the state's sales tax, says once a city approves medical marijuana outlets, it can use the tax revenue any way it wants. The Board of Equalization estimates the total sales of medicinal marijuana in California ranges between $700 million and $1.3 billion annually, resulting in $59 million to $109 million in sales tax revenues. Fred Shorett, a city council member, said how to use the extra tax dollars is part of the discussion the council will have next month. He supports the proposal. "Look at prohibition," Shorett said. "Let's make it legal, and regulate it and control it."

Medical marijuana outlets are currently prohibited in San Bernardino, but under state law can be authorized if a city council votes to allow them. San Bernardino, 65 miles east of Los Angeles, filed for bankruptcy in July 2012. It is negotiating a payback on arrears of $13.5 million to its largest creditor, Calpers, the state's public pension fund and America's biggest with assets of $295 billion. San Bernardino is one of a handful of municipal bankruptcies closely watched by the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market. Bondholders, public employees and other state and local governments are monitoring how financially distressed cities handle their debts to Wall Street compared with other debtors, such as large pension funds, during Chapter 9 protection.



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Bankrupt San Bernardino looks at marijuana sales to raise funds

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By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city attorney of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, has a novel idea for raising new revenue - open medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot. As San Bernardino struggles to deliver a bankruptcy exit plan two years after it filed for Chapter 9 protection, city attorney Gary Saenz says marijuana sales should be part of the southern California city's ...

Medical Marijuana Grow Operations Could Come To Southern Illinois

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Several cities throughout southern Illinois have been proposed as locations for medical marijuana grow operations. The City of Cairo has reached an agreement with a group out of Sikeston, Mo. to bring a medical cannabis growing center to Cairo, Ill. Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman says this could bring 30 or so jobs to the north side of Cairo that pay between $30,000-$50,000.

Area 51 Growers has to submit an application to the state of Illinois and get approved as a growing operation. Illinois will have 22 growing sites across the state that must be approved by the state. Mayor Coleman thinks the agreement could be a huge opportunity for Alexander County. Two locations in Perry County have also expressed interest in growing medical marijuana.

In Pinckneyville, a use-to-be media services building is one of the options that caught a developer’s eye. The old TUMS building located along Route 154 near Pinckneyville is also a proposed location. According to David Stone, commissioner of public property in Pinckneyville, the city is teaming up with SI Pharmacy, who will also have to apply for state license, just like Cairo. There is a second alternative in Du Quoin.



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Florida Mom Says Daughter Miraculously Healed By Cannabis Oil

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The mother of a toddler who was sent home from hospital to die claims her daughter is now making a miraculous recovery thanks to cannabis. Mom Rachael Garner, 33, was told by doctors that her daughter Nettie Raenetta — who suffers with cerebral palsy and epilepsy — had just a few days to live after she fell ill with pneumonia. But in a desperate act to save her daughter's life, Rachael resorted to feeding her cannabis oil after reading articles and medical journals which described the controversial drug as a cure. And to the astonishment of doctors, Rachael, a qualified pharmacy technician, claims the 19-month-old toddler has made a remarkable recovery just one month after she was told she would die.

Mom-of-four Rachael, from Pensacola, Fla., said: "I was in such disbelief when doctors gave me the news that there was simply nothing left that they could do to save my daughter's life. "The general consensus among the staff caring for her was that she should go home with hospice services to die peacefully. "I couldn't believe it. They didn't even give her a chance. "I knew cannabis had helped others and after doing some research myself, I was convinced that this treatment would not only be the best option, but the safest. "It was just days after I gave her the cannabis treatment that her color came back, it was like she woke up.

"It made such a drastic change, the expression of happiness on her face was astounding." Nettie was born with severe Hydrocephalus — a rare genetic brain disorder which caused her head to swell with massive water instead of brain tissue. Remarkably, other than an underdeveloped brain, Nettie was born at full term and was otherwise a completely healthy new born. However, Nettie's lack of brain matter posed major health risks and within weeks she was stricken by a catalogue of major disorders including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and partial blindness and paralysis.

From that point, Nettie has suffered from five different types of violent seizures and at times has been totally dependent on a life support machine to keep her alive. Her condition is so unpredictable and rare that the only treatment available involves using high doses of anti-epilepsy drugs to keep the seizures at bay. Rachael said: "With Nettie, her care is so particular that it is almost impossible to find someone qualified and comfortable to care for her and to be able to afford it.

"I'd heard about the medical properties of cannabis oil, but I live in a state where the plant is outlawed, prohibited and demonized. "Many are putting forth effort to fight and change the laws but Nettie could not wait any longer." It wasn't until Rachael had given up all hope that she decided to get in touch with Stephen Carmen of Carmen CBD Oils, a cancer and epilepsy treatment foundation which helps families that can't afford medicine to obtain free cannabis oils. Rachael was supplied with cannabidiol (CBD), a compound in cannabis that has 0% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive compound in marijuana — and Nettie was given her first dose on July 2nd. Since then, Rachael claims that the toddler's seizures have stopped entirely and she is even able to hold the weight of her own head.



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New Report Shows Marijuana Arrests Increasing

July 30th, 2014 by Morgan Fox No comments »
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A report released today by Dr. Jon Gettman shows that despite increasing support for ending marijuana prohibition, arrests for possession are actually increasing in some states. The report and other information can be found on Dr. Gettman’s new site, RegulatingCannabis.com.

According to a blog by Paul Armentano at NORML:

From 2008 to 2012, seventeen state-level jurisdictions experienced an average annual increase in marijuana arrests, the report found. South Carolina (11.6 percent) and the District of Columbia (7.7 percent) experienced the highest overall percentage increase in arrests during this time period. By contrast, annual marijuana arrests fell nationwide by an average of 3.3 percent from 2008 to 2012.
Hopefully this will change as more states consider reforming their marijuana laws. The District of Columbia in particular should begin to see significant declines in marijuana arrests since a law removing criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce went into effect on July 17.

Observer: The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

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This racially freighted history lives on in current federal policy, which is so driven by myth and propaganda that is it almost impervious to reason.

Wonkblog: The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition

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