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June 18, 2007 - 420 Magazine Newsletter

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
420 Magazine Newsletter - June 18, 2007

LA County to Issue Medical Marijuana ID Cards
Beginning June 1, patients who have been prescribed medical marijuana by their physicians can apply for an identification card through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The application will then be processed by state officials.

Counsil Considers Dispensary Ban
Before Pleasanton becomes the next Tri-Valley city to adopt an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, City Councilman Matt Sullivan would like to form a task force to study community needs regarding the drug.

Mendocino County Calls for Marijuana Legalization
Mendocino County supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of seeking legalization as a way of regulating and taxing marijuana.

Attorney General Jerry Brown Won't Rule On Pot
Medical marijuana patients, dispensary owners and city officials seeking clarity on the legality of dispensaries won't get the definitive answers they're seeking after word Wednesday that California Attorney General Jerry Brown will not issue an opinion on the matter.

Nevada County Medical Marijuana Inter-Agency Protocol Signed
The Nevada County District Attorney's Office announces the approval of the Nevada County Medical Marijuana Inter-Agency Protocol. Local agencies agreeing to the updated enforcement procedures include: Nevada County District Attorney's Office, Nevada County Sheriff's Department, Truckee Police Department, Nevada City Police Department and Grass Valley Police Department.

Medical Marijuana Suit Could Break New Ground
A Superior Court case heard in Chico is raising the question whether a medicinal marijuana case can be tried in civil court - a step that would open up law enforcement to fighting lawsuits from people who have plants confiscated or destroyed.

City Considering Dispensary Ban
BALDWIN PARK - The City Council is taking steps to consider placing a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, officials said.

Government Shows No Compassion For Medical Marijuana Consumption
On the morning of January 13, 2004, Tehama County prosecutor Lynn Strom unexpectedly announced that the state of California was dropping charges against Cynthia Blake and David Davidson for possessing and growing cannabis with the intent to distribute. While the two medical marijuana patients waited in the courtroom, Strom and the defense attorneys disappeared inside the judge's chambers to discuss the motion to dismiss. Moments later, more than a dozen sheriff's deputies pounced on the hapless couple

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Thomas' Dissent in Raich
Justice Thomas, dissenting: Respondents Diane Monson and Angel Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything--and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.
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Widow Of Marijuana Prisoner Speaks Out
Cramped conditions in a prison van, severe stress and being confined to a police cell may have contributed to Golden Bay man Stephen Cleary's death in jail, his widow believes.
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Ron Paul - Legalize Hemp in Arizona, Iowa
Sources close to the campaign of presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Tex) said that the congressman would probably renew his call for the legalization of industrial marijuana - "hemp" in both Iowa and Arizona.
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New Restrictions on Some Dutch Cannabis Coffee Shops
The Dutch government's tougher line on Holland's famous marijuana coffee shops is taking a toll. In Rotterdam, nearly half of the city's coffee shops will have to shut down because they are too near to secondary schools.
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Governor Busts Medical Marijuana Bill
Standing firm on his veto threat despite an almost certain override in both chambers of the General Assembly, Gov. Donald Carcieri Monday rejected legislation to make Rhode Island's medical marijuana law permanent.
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Medical Marijuana Law Expanded
Steve Perry of Randolph Center welcomed news Thursday that a bill expanding eligibility for the state's medical marijuana registry would become law -- even though the governor refused to sign it.
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Rell Still Mum On Bill To OK Marijuana For Medicinal Uses
Hartford - When Gov. M. Jodi Rell doesn't want to take a public position on a proposal that awaits her approval, she and her staff have a stock response: The governor has yet to receive or read the bill, her staff will say. Rell, the saying goes, is "waiting to see the final language."
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Feds' Pot Gouge
The days of health canada marking up medical marijuana to the tune of 1,500 per cent may be nearing an end. Or are they?
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Drive To Legalize Medical Marijuana Hits A Drag
ALBANY -- Legalizing marijuana for medical use appeared Wednesday to gain momentum here with lawmakers and then lose it as the legislature's two houses disagreed over implementation.
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MS Sufferer Montel Williams Makes The Case For Medical Pot
Outside my work as a talk-show host, I have for several years spoken out about my use of medical marijuana for the pain caused by multiple sclerosis. That surprised a few people, but recent research has proven that I was right -- right about marijuana's medical benefits and right about how urgent it is for states such as Connecticut to change their laws so that sick people aren't treated as criminals.
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