Santa Cruz Approves Medical Pot Shop
Posted by Staff on July 27, 2005, 10:10 am

By Shanna McCord , Sentinel Staff Writer
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz -- Seriously ill patients who need marijuana to ease their pain should soon be able to buy the drug at a dispensary in the city. Plans by Boulder Creek resident Lisa Molyneux to open a medical marijuana dispensary on DuBois Street in the Harvey West Business Park were unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
"There will always be something too complicated and too cumbersome to deal with," Councilwoman Emily Reilly said. "We should move forward, stay conscious and aware and responsive."

Police Chief Howard Skerry and Dannettee Shoemaker, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department, expressed reservations about the pot shop’s proximity to Harvey West Park.

Both Skerry and Shoemaker recommended denial of Molyneux’s application.

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   More DEA Medical Marijuana Arrests in Modesto
Posted by Staff on July 26, 2005, 5:25 pm

MODESTO - California NORML has learned that three more persons have
been arrested on federal charges involving medical marijuana.
Thunder Rector, who is associated with medical cannabis caregiver
groups in Modesto and San Francisco, was indicted following a
Stanislaus County drug task force raid on his home. A substantial
quantity of processed marijuana was reportedly found. Local police
turned the case over to the DEA, which arrested Thunder on July 18th.
His wife and a neighbor were also indicted.

California NORML denounced Stanislaus County LEOs for turning
the case over to the DEA. "Medical marijuana defendants should be
tried under state law," said Cal NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer,
"Federal law deprives defendants of a just trial since it forbids
any mention of medical marijuana; it also imposes draconian
mandatory minimum sentences that have filled our prisons with
victimless marijuana offenders."

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   Gift Shop Goes To Pot in Oakland
Posted by Staff on July 23, 2005, 5:20 pm

By Cecily Burt, Staff Writer
Source: Daily Review

Oakland -- If chess is a game of intense concentration, playing while stoned usually wouldn't be considered an advantage. Ah, but using chess pieces fashioned in the shape of marijuana leaves, bongs, fat reefers and hookas — now that just might distract an opponent.
Last month Jaime Galindo and Richard Lee, the energetic owners of two medical cannabis outlets in Oakland, opened Oaksterdam Gift Shop, a marijuana-themed store that offers everything but the herb itself: board games, marijuana leaf-shaped ice cube trays, how-to books, clothing, jewelry and much, much more.

The big seller is the green, gold and white baseball style T-shirts emblazoned across the chest with "Oaksterdam," the nickname given to the small area of downtown Oakland where pot clubs proliferated until the city shuttered all but four last year.

They look a lot like Oakland Athletics jerseys and have become hot sellers, even among police officers, Lee said.

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Posted by Staff on July 20, 2005, 12:10 pm

Source: Kamloops Daily News (CN BC)

A marijuana fugitive says a Canadian immigration court ruling won't see him returned to the U.S. to face home imprisonment on drug charges any time soon.

Steve Kubby, his wife and children live at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops. They arrived in B.C. four years ago after he was charged in California with possession of peyote and a magic-mushroom stem.

Kubby, who suffers adrenal cancer, claims marijuana is the only drug that helps his disorder.

He received a 120-day sentence which the U.S. court said he could serve at home because of his medical condition.

He is now considered to be a fugitive for failing to return to the U.S. He applied for refugee status in Canada, saying he could die if forced back to the U.S., where he cannot receive the drug he claims he needs.

"I could be held without access to my medicine and die. I don't plan on crossing the border, even when this is all cleared up," he said.

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   Details of West Hollywood medical cannabis ordinance
Posted by Staff on July 19, 2005, 5:43 pm

This is a summary of the provisions of West Hollywood's new medical
cannabis ordinance. This summary was generated from my notes, and is
not the official document from the city. There wording will likely
be different.

Summary of Interim Guidelines

Dispensaries shall provide adequate security and lighting on site to
ensure the safety of persons and protect the premises from theft at
all times.
Security guards employed by dispensaries shall be licensed and
possess a valid Department of Consumer Affairs "Security Guard Card"
at all times. Security guard shall not possess firearms.
Dispensaries shall provide a neighborhood security guard patrol for a
two block radius surrounding the dispensary during all hours of

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   California Resumes Medical Marijuana Program
Posted by Staff on July 18, 2005, 9:51 pm

By The Associated Press

California -- State officials revived California's medical marijuana identification card program Monday, saying state employees weren't violating federal law by issuing pot ID cards.
"The state attorney general has reviewed this concern and said that California can issue ID cards to medical marijuana users without state employees facing prosecution for assisting in the commission of a federal crime," state Health Director Sandra Shewry said in a statement.

Shewry's office shuttered the pilot program 10 days ago, citing concerns over a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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   Dental marijuana faces uphill fight
Posted by Staff on July 18, 2005, 6:10 pm | A group of California activists
hoping to legalize marijuana for dental purposes only may be facing an
uphill struggle in their legislative battle, a spokesperson for the
group said today.

"Most other nations in the industrialized world have already discovered
what the California legislature seems unwilling to admit: that one hit
from a bong can do more to ease dental pain than an entire shot of
novocaine," said spokesperson Davis Wilton.

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   SF Emotions High at Green Cross Zoning Meeting
Posted by Staff on July 16, 2005, 11:53 pm

Emotions Run High at Green Cross Zoning Meeting
Cara Vida and freeman

TO Faithful Supporters of Green Cross page one | page two

San Francisco, CA July 15, 2005 -- A tense, packed room of NIMBYs and
medical cannabis supporters met to discuss the revocation of Green
Cross' permit at City Hall's Room 400, Friday morning. It was
volatile meeting and emotions ran high on both sides. At times, it
seemed like an accusatory free for all.

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   Alameda Co Valley cities aim to restrict pot clubs
Posted by Staff on July 16, 2005, 11:51 pm

Valley cities aim to restrict pot clubs
Local governments wary as Feds target marijuana businesses
By Matt Carter, STAFF WRITER
Inside Bay Area

PLEASANTON - For better or for worse, "pot clubs" - places where
medical marijuana is sold legally under California's Proposition 215
- are no longer just a big-city concern.
Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Danville all are considering
drafting rules that would ban or restrict the establishment of
businesses that sell or distribute medicinal marijuana.
Manteca has adopted a temporary moratorium on marijuana clubs while
the city decides whether to ban or restrict them through a permanent
ordinance. The Pleasanton City Council will consider adopting a
moratorium when it meets Tuesday.

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   Ordinance requires permits for pot clubs
Posted by Staff on July 14, 2005, 12:14 am

Decision buys time to draft new zoning regulations

By Shirley Hsu , Staff Writer

HACIENDA HEIGHTS -- A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated county areas has been extended for a little less than a year, but it won't affect a dispensary already open in Hacienda Heights.
Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the 45-day urgency ordinance for 10 months and 15 days. Supervisor Don Knabe had introduced the ordinance when faced with marijuana dispensaries planning to open in Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights.

The ordinance buys the county time to draft zoning regulations for facilities that dispense marijuana to patients who have doctors' recommendations, Knabe said.

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   Nationwide Vigils to Honor Steve McWilliams
Posted by Staff on July 13, 2005, 11:08 pm

Steve McWilliams was an incredibly kind, compassionate, intelligent and wise man, as well as a balls to the wall activist.

Steve committed suicide by overdose on Tuesday morning. Steve had been depressed and in terrible pain, and been hospitalized as late as last week. Steve's depression was apparently due to a combination of factors including dreadful thoughts about the possibility of going to jail in light of Raich and his deteriorating health. He was taking powerful pharmaceutical opiates, anti-nausea, anti-migraine, etc. drugs in far higher amounts than when he was when he able to medicate with marijuana. Evidently, these were the substances he used to overdose.

Join us in memoriam of a life-long activist and patient.

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   Patient Group Files Injunction to Stop CHP Seizures of Medical Marijuana
Posted by Staff on July 13, 2005, 5:23 pm


OAKLAND – Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana patient
advocacy group, today filed a motion for a preliminary injunction
against the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. The injunction seeks an accelerated decision from the
court in putting an end to the CHP's policy of seizing marijuana from
qualified patients. The injunction is a follow-up to ASA’s lawsuit filed
against the CHP on February 15, 2005.

The injunction would also prevent the CHP from working with other law
enforcement officers to seize marijuana from qualified patients; require
the state to train its officers; and require the CHP to return the
medical marijuana it has already seized.

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   Alameda Sheriff watching pot club patrons
Posted by Staff on July 13, 2005, 5:16 pm

Sheriff watching pot club patrons
County supervisors set fees for dispensary applications

Karen Holzmeister Hayward Daily Review

Oakland, CA July 13, 2005 -- As the train to regulate medical
marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas picks up speed, local
law enforcement officials are scrutinizing pot club clients as
closely as transit police keep an eye on BART riders.

Baby-faced pot-club patrons, beware: Alameda County Sheriff Charles
Plummer has his eyes on you.

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   Cancer patient seeks to open S.C. pot shop
Posted by Staff on July 12, 2005, 11:48 am

Sentinel staff writer

SANTA CRUZ ­ Every time Lisa Molyneux makes the 150-mile round-trip to
Oakland to buy medical marijuana, the Boulder Creek resident wonders why
she can’t find a safe place to buy closer to home.

Molyneux, diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1997, has relied on marijuana to
ease nausea caused by radiation treatment, and to stimulate a diminished
appetite. Even now, with her cancer in remission, Molyneux, 45, said she
smokes pot a few nights a week to help her sleep.

All the driving she has done during the past three years has pushed
Molyneux to pursue her own medical marijuana dispensary, an alternative
pharmacy of sorts, to help Santa Cruz County residents facing the same

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   California Raids on Medical Marijuana Caregivers Stir Protests
Posted by Staff on July 12, 2005, 2:31 am

Breaking News Advisory: July 11, 2005

California Raids on Medical Marijuana Caregivers Stir Protests
Local Patient-Advocates to Protest at Police Depts in 4 Cities

CALIFORNIA – In the past 6 weeks, California law enforcement agencies
have participated in or spearheaded raids on medical marijuana
dispensing collectives in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and
Sacramento. Advocates are concerned that state and local law enforcement
are making a habit of ignoring the Compassionate Use Act by notifying
the DEA when marijuana is implicated in a state or local investigation,
thereby nullifying a medical defense in federal court. In response to
local law enforcement’s failure to protect state law, activists will
engage in protests in 4 California cities Tuesday, entreating local
police to ‘cease and desist’ participating with federal medical cannabis
dispensary raids.

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   1st Federal Sentencing for Med Marijuana Since Raich Ruling
Posted by Staff on July 12, 2005, 2:24 am

Robert Schmidt, a medical
marijuana dispensary operator,
cultivator, patient, and
researcher was sentenced today
by Judge Stephen Breyer to 41
months in federal prison, and
3 years supervised probabtion.
Mr Schmidt's dispensary in
Sonoma County, named Genesis
1:29, was shut down by federal
agents in a raid in September

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   Bryan Epis' re-sentencing
Posted by Staff on July 12, 2005, 12:40 am

Attorney Brenda Grantland reports:

In case you haven't heard, Bryan Epis is being re-sentenced by Judge
Damrell on August 1, at 9:30 a.m.

Yesterday we submitted our sentencing memorandum by e-filing. I am
attaching a copy (available on request from Cal NORML). AUSA Samuel
Wong has also filed his sentencing memorandum, in which he is of
course asking the judge to just impose the same 10 year sentence.
Bryan and I decided we'd really like it if people would write the
judge letters supporting Bryan. I don't know how much it will help,
but if people don't come out in support of Bryan the judge will
probably cite that fact as evidence that Bryan was just a typical
commercial pot grower. Those who know Bryan personally should talk
about what a good, kind and thoughtful person he is, using concrete
examples. Those who have conditions for which medical cannabis is an
effective treatment (or their caregivers) should talk about their
conditions and explain how medical cannabis helps. I think this
judge doesn't believe that there is a legitimate medical use for
cannabis, and we need to convince him. First hand stories from
people whose relatives have died a painful death from cancer, etc.,
and who found relief from cannabis would be especially valuable.
Would you please help us spread the word to Bryan's supporters,
asking them to write letters? Letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Frank C. Damrell, Jr.
U.S. District Court
501 I Street, Suite 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814

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   Rep. Frank Introduces Medical-Marijuana Shield Bill
Posted by Staff on July 12, 2005, 12:15 am

Frank Introduces Medical-Marijuana Shield Bill

Doctors and pharmacists who recommend medical marijuana to their patients
would be shielded by federal prosecution under a measure introduced in
Congress by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

The Washington Times reported May 5 that Frank's legislation would shield
doctors in the 10 states that currently have medical-marijuana laws. Frank
has proposed similar measures in the past, but the latest bill has attracted
some bipartisan support.

"The federal government should butt out," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
(R-Calif.). Added Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): "The only problem with this bill
is it's so modest."

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   Research Furthers Marijuana's Move Into Mainstream
Posted by Staff on July 11, 2005, 11:55 pm

Source: Globe and Mail

Vancouver, B.C. -- Eric Nash and Wendy Little have 45 marijuana plants that they grow at a secret location for two people who are registered with the federal government to receive medicinal marijuana.

They have another 45 plants that they hope will become the source for the world's first certified, organic cannabis-based medicine for patients with pain from multiple sclerosis and AIDS.

After two years of consultations with Ottawa, the Vancouver Island couple have received federal government approval to expand their fledgling business and begin research on developing the organic, cannabis-based medicine.

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