Judge Asked To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Tags: Judge Asked To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit

Posted by CN Staff on August 01, 2011 at 21:00:05 PT
By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services 
Source: Yuma Sun 

medical Phoenix -- Federal attorneys asked a judge on Monday to throw out a lawsuit filed by Gov. Jan Brewer seeking a ruling about the legality of the state's medical marijuana law.

Deputy U.S. Attorney Scott Risner said there is no legal basis for the lawsuit. Risner told U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton in legal papers filed in her court that, absent some actual threat of prosecution under federal drug laws by his office, the question is purely academic and therefore not a proper subject for litigation.

But state Attorney General Tom Horne, who filed the lawsuit in May on the governor's behalf, said Risner is telling only part of the story.

The fight surrounds the decision by Arizona voters last year to set up a system allowing those with a doctor's recommendation and a state-issued ID card to purchase marijuana from state-regulated dispensaries.

Since that time, several federal prosecutors, including Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona, warned that possession and sale of the drug remain illegal under federal law. Brewer then directed Horne to ask a federal court whether Arizona could implement its program anyway.

In the interim, the state health department, at Brewer's direction, decided not to license any dispensaries, though they have continued to certify patients as medical marijuana users.

Risner said the problem with Horne's lawsuit is that no state employee involved in issuing licenses — those that Brewer said she was most concerned about — is facing prosecution.

But Horne said that's not exactly true.

He pointed out that federal prosecutors, in their letters to state officials in Arizona and elsewhere, essentially said that medical marijuana users have nothing to fear. It's what those letters did not say, Horne said, that amounts to a threat.

“They gave no assurance to state employees, they gave no assurance to dispensaries. And they said they were going to vigorously prosecute anyone who is involved in the distribution of marijuana,” Horne continued, a category that could include state workers. “What unbelievable hypocrites!”

Horne also brushed aside Risner's argument that there can be no risk of prosecution to state health workers since they are neither accepting nor processing applications from those who want to operate dispensaries.

“We asked for the court decision and we said we'll hold it up until there is a court decision,” Horne complained. He called it “sophistry” for the Department of Justice to now argue that the state, by putting the license-issuing process on hold, is not entitled to a ruling on the very issue that is holding up the process in the first place.

Risner did not return a call to his office seeking comment.

It's not just the Department of Justice trying to have the governor's lawsuit dismissed. Would-be dispensary operators and the American Civil Liberties Union are making similar arguments in their own legal filings.

Bolton has not set a date for a hearing.

Source: Sun, The (Yuma, AZ)
Author: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: August 1, 2011
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OC NORML 8 Year Anniversary Party Tags: OC NORML 8 Year Anniversary Party


OC NORML 8 Year Anniversary Party
Friday, August 12th

7 PM to Midnight
Giovannis (Will Be Closing For Our Private Event)

922 W. Williamson in Fullerton on Euclid one street from Commonwealth

Indoor and Outdoor Area with Medication Area


Live Music, Great Raffles, Lots of Food, and Surprises!

$10 Donation to OC NORML

18+ and 21 for Alcohol


Vendor booths also available for $100


This event is for patients and non patients, please invite your friends to celebrate with us and have a great time!!!

Conference Markets Medical Marijuana to Seniors Tags: Conference Markets Medical Marijuana to Seniors

January 22, 2011 | By BRITTANY LEVINE

Wearing a powder-blue cardigan and orthopedic shoes, 86-year-old Dorothy Davidson learned how to make a marijuana smoothie as well as the difference between consuming baked weed and the raw plant at a Saturday conference aiming to teach seniors about medical cannabis.

“You hear so many negative things about it,” said Davidson. “Now I know how it works.”

The Brea woman has suffered from back pain for years after falling down a flight of stairs. Two metal rods in her back support her spine, and Vicodin no longer works well as a pain killer. Her son suggested she try medical marijuana, and with the approval of her doctor, she used it for the first time in December and noticed a difference in her pain level.

Still wary, she attended the Medical Cannabis Conference in Laguna Woods, the first of its kind in Orange County.

Conference organizers point to the aging baby boomer generation as possible beneficiaries of medical marijuana, and their goal was to encourage seniors to incorporate it into their health care routines.

Opponents of medical marijuana downplay its medicinal effects and say those with pain have the option to use several legal drugs.

Despite a 1996 California law legalizing the use of pot for medicinal purposes, several cities have tried to keep out medical marijuana dispensaries. The County of Orange adopted a ban for unincorporated areas, as did cities such as San Clemente and Huntington Beach. Officials have said banning dispensaries is better for public safety and welfare.

Other cities do not have laws that allow or disallow the sale of medical marijuana, creating a gray area that sometimes leads to the courtroom. Dana Point is suing several dispensaries for a peek at their financial records to ensure they are operating legally.

Laguna Woods allows dispensaries, but does not have one. However, some groups run nonprofit collectives in the retirement community located in town.

At the conference, speakers from doctors to lab researchers talked about the benefits of cannabis. They also described attempts at quality control and self-regulation, such as proper labeling. Some said ingesting the raw plant delivers medicinal properties without psychoactive effects.

Several of the about 100 attendees said they voted against Proposition 19, a 2010 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. They were using the plant to feel better, not to get high. Opponents have said medical marijuana is a pathway to recreational use.

Letitia Pepper, a 56-year-old suffering from multiple sclerosis, a disease involving the central nervous system, said she concentrates marijuana extract with vegetable glycerin to make a liquid. When in pain, she squeezes a few drops under her tongue.

“People come up to me and say ‘Oh, you look great,’ ” said Pepper of Riverside, wearing a T-shirt that said “Pills Kill.” She said friends are surprised when she credits medical marijuana for the change.

Shari Horne, a member of the Village Cannabis Club in Laguna Woods, said the only way to change that is to create a new image for marijuana users.

“We can do it by being the kind of people they’re not expecting. Get rid of that ‘Cheech and Chong’ attitude,” she said, referring to stand-up comedians famous for drug-focused routines.

“People our age — there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to feel better,” she said.

Apothecary Senior Citizens Project Tags: Apothecary Senior Citizens Project

Roughly ten thousand people are becoming Senior Citizens everyday for the next 19 years, according to USA Today magazine.

In response to this growing population and the need for education about alternative medical solutions, the Apothecary Senior Citizens Project was started.

The purpose of the project was to educate seniors, their caregivers and loved ones about the science behind cannabis, its use with different aliments and application methods.  The Apothecary Senior Citizens Project brings seminars and education to convenient locations for seniors and incorporates people of their own age group in the learning process.

Many times a Senior citizen would rather listen to the advice of someone their own age dealing with similar health concerns or from respected medical professionals. There have been several events held since the inception.

The first event held was The Medical Cannabis Conference sponsored by Apothecary Genetics, GGECO University, and Orange County NORML, a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The Conference was held in the gated senior community of Laguna Woods, at the city auditorium in Orange County on Saturday, January 22, 2011.  Several hundred people attended the Conference, which featured spectacular panels and speakers from prestigious hospitals and research groups from around the country.

The two featured speakers at the conference were Dr. Donald Abrams from University of California San Francisco Medical School and San Francisco General Hospital Oncology Director, and Dr. William Courtney from Mendocino, CA.  Seniors learned about the background of Medicinal Cannabis, current research, and alternative methods of delivery that may be beneficial to their quality of health.

Following the Medical Cannabis Conference, several small retirement and religious senior groups have inquired about follow up seminars.

One seminar was recently held at the Jewish Temple Beth Ezmet in Anaheim.  The seniors seemed very interested in the new knowledge they acquired and had many good follow up questions to ask.

The Apothecary Senior Citizens Project has been invited to present another conference in June to provide more education and help seniors to make informed health decisions about their own body.

Additional seminars at other retirement communities are planned.

The Medical Cannabis Conference video with presentations of all speakers and panels will be available soon at www.ApothecaryGenetics.com for $10.

For more information about senior seminars please contact Kandice Hawes at Apothecary Public Relations [email protected] or call 714-928-9129.

The King of Kush Marijuana
Category: Press
Tags: king of kush marijuana cannabis bret bogue apothecary genetics

Bret Bogue is a renowned medical marijuana seed breeder and marijuana grow expert who has won the Cannabis Cup, been featured in High Times and several movies, created a medical cannabis university and helped bring the legendary Kush medical marijuana strain to its high prominence.  He’s the type of marijuana breeder, pioneer and activist who stands up to drug warriors and relentlessly pushes to improve marijiuana genetics, potency and legalization.

Bogue loves to teach marijuana cultivation techniques such as "super-cropping," and he revels in developing or improving strains such as Grape Ape, Tangerine Kush,  ChemDawg, Kaia Kush, Sour Grapes, Goo, Levity, and Very Berry Haze.

It’s no surprise they call Bret the “King of Kush.” Big Buds caught up with Bret Bogue as he multi-tasked his way through another OG Kush day in California…

Big Buds: Bret, when I heard them call you the King of Kush, I knew I had to start by asking you about the origins of Kush.

Bret BogueOG Kush is originally from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Seeds were gathered in that region and brought to Florida in the early 1970’s and grown there in the Latin American community until the late 1980’s.  By 1992, it had been brought to California.  A young breeder named Josh started making a buzz with OG Kush in the Hollywood/LA scene.  By 1995, Josh had given it to TH Seeds in Amsterdam, which is run by Adam Dunn. He also gave it to  B-Real from Cypress Hill.  Thanks in part to these three people, OG Kush became a hugely sought-after strain, with a top value of $7500 per pound.  Nowadays, there are many different variations of OG Kush, such as Larry OG, Snoop OG, Valley OG, Tahoe OG, and on and on. Many seed companies claim to have seeds of OG Kush, but there are so many variations, it’s difficult to know if you have the actual, original OG Kush.  The original is an Indica-based strain but over the years OG Kush has been crossbred into many different hybrids.

Big Buds: I heard that OG Kush is somehow related to Chemdawg.
Bret: Chemdawg originated on the East coast of USA.  There were 5 friends who created Chemdawg, Chemdawg 91, and Chem D.  These strains can only be found in cutting form.  There are certain companies who claim to have original seeds, but at this point, there’s no proof to back that up.  The crew continues to work on the east coast. Chemdawg is a hybrid Indica/Sativa mix. 

Big Buds: Your company, Apothecary Genetics, has a strong reputation for producing reliable genetics. But many growers are having bad experiences sourcing seeds from breeders and re-sellers. Any tips?

Bret:  For most companies other than ones like ours, there is never true assurance that they have what they say they have.  In fact, many of them are selling fakes. Do your own research. Get feedback from growers who have tried seeds from that company. Get your genetics from as close to the source as possible and do your homework before purchasing seeds. You can look at the ratings of seed companies  and what is said about them on forums. In my experience, Green House Seeds and cannabisseeds.com are very solid people.

Big Buds: What’s it like to search for the world’s best cannabis strains?
Bret: It’s fun to look back on how we got strains. It has been a passion of mine since the early 1990’s to collect the best heirloom strains. The GOO strain was given to me as a gift in 1996.  The history is that in the early 1970’s University of Washington scientists were researching four cannabis strains. A lab technician took a cutting of each strain, and one of my good buddies, “Captain Morgan,” got one of the cuttings from the lab tech.  At the time, the strain was unnamed.  I had known about this strain since high school; a friend of mine would sell it to me.  He had no idea what it was, so he went back to the Captain and the Captain said, “Just call it GOO!” Why did he name it GOO? Because it is gooey and can stick to a wall!  It is a 100% Thai Sativa.

So there you have it...the King of Kush shares his wisdom from the most high:)

Take a look at the incredible dank colors and resination of Bret Bogue’s Apothecary strains, and check out his website for additional information about marijuana genetics and education that’ll put more THC into your life!

(Posted from BigBudsMag.com) 



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