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Victory! Historic Decision Issued In Medical Marijuana Case

Posted on  October 25, 2012 by  News Admin

  Fourth District Court of Appeal rejects requirement that all collective members must be actively involved in cultivation The Fourth District Court of Appeal for California on Wednesday issued a unanimous published ruling in a landmark medical marijuana case that reverses the conviction of a San Diego dispensary operator, Jovan Jackson, convicted in September 2010 after being denied a defense in state court. Wednesday's historic ruling also reversed the lower court's finding that Jackson was not entitled to a defense, providing the elements for such a defense in future jury trials. "This landmark decision not only recognizes the right of  dispensaries to exist and provide medical marijuana to their patient members, it also grants a defense for those providers in state court," said Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana advocacy group. Elford also argued Jackson's appeal before the court. "By rejecting the Attorney General's argument that patients who utilize dispensaries must collaborate, or 'come together' in 'some way' to cultivate the marijuana they purchase, the court is establishing a clear standard for dispensaries across the state," Elford said. Specifically, Wednesday's ruling held that in mounting a defense at trial, "Jackson was only required to produce evidence which would create a reasonable doubt as to whether the defense provided by the [Medical Marijuana Program Act] had been established." The court further held that, "the collective or cooperative association required by the act need not include active participation by all members in the cultivation process...

Facebook Protest Results In Removal Of Anti-Marijuana Billboard

Posted on  October 15, 2012 by  News Admin

  An Oregon anti-legalization billboard depicting a haggard, stereotypical "drug addict" which reads "What is good about marijuana? Nothing," may be coming down after protesters organized on Facebook and vented their unhappiness to both the anti-drug group responsible for the message and the billboard company renting them the space for their reefer madness propaganda. The billboard in question, at the corner of 122nd and Division in Portland, which is in opposition to Measure 80, the voter initiative which will be on November's general election ballot and would legalize cannabis in Oregon, features what has been discovered to be a manipulated stock photo of a "meth addict," reports Deborah Morgan at examiner.com. Several of these billboards have been spotted in the Portland area, according to Bettie Retro, who works at a medical marijuana patients' lounge downtown. Retro said a coworker saw the billboard at 122nd and Division on his way to work, and shared the story with his colleagues. Portland is home to almost 10,000 registered, legal medical marijuana patients. The patients and their advocates are not amused by the billboards; they launched a Facebook event called "Protest the Billboard at 122nd & Division!" and plenty of people took notice. The page, administered by Retro and two other Facebookers, Cyn Sativa and Gdcc Mmj, put together a telephone protest to Clear Channel, the billboard company hosting the ad. "I have considered myself a medical marijuana supporter for a long time ... but it wasn't until about a year and a half ago...

Celebrity Stoners: Famous High Flyers Influence Pop Culture

Posted on  October 10, 2012 by  News Admin

  By Cannabliss Cannabis has long had a resounding influence in the celebrity culture. Whether it be through its influence in music or merely as the recreational herb of choice for a variety of celebrities. That said, whether or not it's just their personal choice of self-medication or something they actively fight for the rights of they are clearly having an influence on society through their profile and status and influence on their fans. Here we look at some modern celebrities and some from the past that have had an influence on people's views of pot for better or worse...    Rihanna and the 'Virtues' of Pot One from the modern here, Rihanna has never sought to hide the fact that she is a keen pot smoker. On several occasions she has been photographed partaking in a joint and on a couple of occasions being forcibly removed from hotels for smoking pot in her room. However, while people will say that she is negatively influencing the young generation with her open drug use, it hardly extends beyond the occasional pot t shirt or tweet about "Kush" that gets blown up in the media.  What she has done recently is promote a book she is reading (via Twitter) called Sex Pot: The Marijuana Lover's Guide To Gettin' It On, a book all about mastery of marijuana stimulated sex. Such viewpoints on the use of marijuana and sex have been swept under the prudish rug in the past but it seems now...