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   Union City extends its moratorium on pot clubs
Posted by Staff on August 4, 2005, 1:18 pm

by Barry Shatzman, Oakland Tribune
July 29th, 2005

Though medical marijuana patients legally are allowed to inhale the
drug that relieves many of their symptoms, they shouldn't hold their
breath waiting for a place to buy it in Union City.

The City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on medical
marijuana dispensaries in the city for another year - the maximum
state law allows.

Citing the "unsettled legal landscape," including the recent U.S.
Supreme Court decision allowing federal laws regarding medical
marijuana use to trump state law, city officials said they need more
time to study the impact of dispensaries.

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   Susanville bans medical marijuana distributors
Posted by Staff on August 4, 2005, 1:17 pm

by Kelly Reed, Lassen County News
July 26th, 2005

The city council unanimously approved a measure to ban medical
marijuana dispensaries in Susanville at its meeting on Wednesday,
July 20.

Multiple reasons were cited for the ban, which was introduced at the
last meeting, including concerns about "the potential impacts to the
public health, safety and welfare of our community."

Local attorney David Williams spoke out against the ordinance,
citing the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which made it legal for
Californians who qualify to use medical marijuana.

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   Dispense With The Clones
Posted by Staff on August 4, 2005, 12:26 pm

Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Nüz can't help but get a little excited over the news that our friends who need more convenient access to medical marijuana will soon be able to purchase their pot at a dispensary right over in yonder Harvey West Business Park.

On July 26, Lisa Molyneaux secured the council's unanimous blessing to open up a 3,000-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary at 140 Dubois St., which consists of two separate buildings with five offices in each. The Planning Commission had already approved the project with a 5-0 vote, but in order to nip any potential problems in the bud, the council decided to hear the matter prior to their vacation to add their own set of provisions onto the conditions of approval.

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   Bill Adds Provisions To Medical Marijuana Act
Posted by Staff on August 4, 2005, 12:24 pm

Oregon -- The smoke hasn’t yet cleared from the debate surrounding a medical marijuana bill waiting to be re-voted on by the Oregon Senate this week.
The House Committee on State and Federal Affairs amended the original medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 1085, to include provisions on workplace issues, and agencies like the ACLU are fuming.

“When this bill passed the Senate it represented a carefully crafted compromise. Unfortunately, the House State and Federal Affairs Committee added a divisive amendment pushed by some employers that undermines the fragile balance of the bill,” the ACLU said in a floor statement to members of the House.

“(It) would eliminate possible legal protection for disabled workers who are registered medical marijuana patients.”

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   Pot activist Marc Emery granted bail in U.S. extradition case
Posted by Staff on August 2, 2005, 11:04 pm

AMY CARMICHAEL

Tue Aug 2, 7:00 PM ET

VANCOUVER (CP) - Canadian justice officials can't turn pot activist
Marc Emery over to the United States to face possible life in prison
after ignoring his sale of marijuana seeds in this country for nearly
a decade, his lawyer said Tuesday.

"For nine years he's been doing this quite openly," John Conroy told
a news conference after Emery was granted bail. "They've known about
it, the local authorities haven't done anything about it."

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   Marijuana Charges 'Political Persecution' Says Activist
Posted by Staff on August 1, 2005, 8:08 pm

August 1, 2005

Outspoken Vancouver pot-activist Mark Emery is expected to appear in B.C. Supreme Court Tuesday along with two other members of the B.C. Marijuana Party .

Emery and party member Gregory Williams will be seeking bail after being arrested on Friday following a year-long investigation of Emery's marijuana seed-selling business by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Marijuana Party vice-president Michelle Rainey is already out on $25,000 bail.

U.S. authorities have requested Emery be held in custody until his extradition hearing concludes.

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   Armed Men Rob Pot From Medical Marijuana Store
Posted by Staff on August 1, 2005, 7:41 pm

SAN DIEGO -- Two men armed with a shotgun and rifle stole drugs from a medical marijuana store on Sunday, police said.

The robbers went into Tender Holistic Care in the 2100 block of El Cajon Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. They took an unspecified amount of marijuana from the store and fled in a late model Isuzu Rodeo or Trooper with tinted windows, according to witnesses. The car was last seen heading east on El Cajon Boulevard, police said.

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   Bowel Study Backs Cannabis Drugs
Posted by Staff on July 31, 2005, 8:34 pm

The compounds share some properties with cannabis
Source: BBC News

United Kingdom -- Patients with inflammatory bowel disease may benefit from cannabis-based drugs, UK scientists believe. The Bath University team found people with the gut disorder had an abundant number of a type of cannabinoid receptors in their body.

They believe this is part of the body's attempt to dampen down the inflammation and that giving a drug that binds to these receptors could boost this. Their findings appear in the journal Gastroenterology.

Cannabinoids

When people have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis - collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD - their immune system goes into overdrive, producing inflammation in different areas of the digestive tract.

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   Medical Cannabis Data Raids: A Data Security Case Study
Posted by Staff on July 31, 2005, 4:49 pm

Blogged by Ann Harrison at www.ontherecord.com

Medical Cannabis Data Raids: A Security Case Study

This is the text of a talk that I presented today at "What The Hack,"
a computer hacking conference in Boxtel, Netherlands. You can find
more information about this very interesting event at their web site.
During the talk, I also presented information from a federal search
warrant which lists the kind of data authorities are seeking during
raids on the medical cannabis community in San Francisco. You can
view this affidavit here

Here is the text of my presentation:

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   Prominent Pot Activist Facing Extradition To U.S.
Posted by Staff on July 30, 2005, 12:59 pm

Vancouver, B.C. -- Marc Emery, Canada's most prominent pro-marijuana activist, is facing the possibility of life imprisonment in the United States for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to U.S. customers.
In a stunning development, RCMP officers arrested the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" in Halifax yesterday after a U.S. federal grand jury indicted him on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

The charges stem from Mr. Emery's lucrative sale of marijuana seeds, an activity he has carried on from his Vancouver base with minimal legal penalty for 10 years.

"I've sold about four million seeds," the marijuana mogul boasted in a 2002 media interview. "Unlike most other seed dealers, I use my real name and I'm easy to find."

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   EMERY EMPIRE RAIDED AT REQUEST OF UNITED STATES
Posted by Staff on July 30, 2005, 8:04 am

Cannabis activist and two others arrested
By Jennifer Garner

Canadian police acting under orders from US officials raided the
headquarters of the British Columbia Marijuana Party (BCMP) in
Vancouver today (Friday, July 22).

The search warrants were authorized at the highest levels of the
provincial government in concert with a cross-border US-Canada law
enforcement pact authorized by the a US-authored Mutual Legal
Assistance in Criminal Matters treaty (MLAT) between the US and
Canada.

The US has issued extradition orders for Marc Emery, who was arrested
while traveling in Halifax to a hemp festival, as well as two others
who work with Emery on television productions and other endeavours.

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   Concord to Consider Banning Dispensaries - Sept 6th
Posted by Staff on July 29, 2005, 10:36 pm

The Concord city council will hold hearings on a measure to
permanently ban medical marijuana dispensaries on Spectember 6th at
6:30 PM. Medical marijuana supporters are urged to attend and
express their opposition. Contact: Joe Partansky, 925-682-9957
partansky@i680n.com

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   B.C. marijuana store raided
Posted by Staff on July 29, 2005, 7:15 pm

Friday, July 29, 2005 Updated at 5:07 PM EDT

Canadian Press

Vancouver — Police raided a business run by the head of the B.C. Marijuana Party on Friday based on a search warrant that was requested by the U.S. government.

Marc Emery, the leader of the party, was not at the store when it was raided but Chris Bennett, who witnessed the raid and is an employee of Pot TV, said Mr. Emery had been arrested in Halifax.

Authorization to conduct the raid was made Thursday by Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm of the B.C. Supreme Court under the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.

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   Merced MMJ Club Presses Onward
Posted by Staff on July 29, 2005, 1:23 pm

By David Chircop
DCHIRCOP@MERCEDSUN-STAR.COM

A month after the Supreme Court confirmed the federal government can
prosecute marijuana users, medicinal marijuana activists in Merced
say they will keep on smoking.

Activists say the court's ruling doesn't take away their right to
use marijuana under California's Compassionate Use Act.

But word of Thursday's 1,600-plant pot bust wasn't the worst news
for some area medicinal marijuana users.

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   Union City extends its moratorium on pot clubs
Posted by Staff on July 29, 2005, 9:25 am

By Barry Shatzman, STAFF WRITER

UNION CITY — Though medical marijuana patients legally are allowed to inhale the drug that relieves many of their symptoms, they shouldn't hold their breath waiting for a place to buy it in Union City.
The City Council voted Tuesday to extend a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city for another year — the maximum state law allows.

Citing the "unsettled legal landscape," including the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing federal laws regarding medical marijuana use to trump state law, city officials said they need more time to study the impact of dispensaries.

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   ‘Make medical marijuana legal’
Posted by Staff on July 28, 2005, 11:45 pm

By Nigel Regan
(News from 2005-07-27 Edition)

A woman who suffers from the central nervous system disease Multiple Sclerosis is begging the Government to legalize ‘medical marijuana.’
The woman, a Bermudian working in the health profession, has been battling MS for years. She’s tried a variety of painkillers but nothing has been as effective or agreeable as marijuana, which she ate, straight out of the freezer for almost a year until her supply ran out.
Her plea, however, is unlikely to provoke any momentum. The Government says it’s got no plans to conduct a review and the MS Society of Bermuda says its members are content with using legal drugs. It means she’s left with two choices — either she gets ‘lucky’ and somebody provides her with the drug free of charge or she uses prescription drugs, which, like marijuana, carry potential side-effects.
A Government statement issued to the Bermuda Sun said: “The National Drug Commission (NDC) took an informed look at the literature and available research and concluded that there was no scientific evidence to confirm claims that marijuana is effective in treating the symptoms associated with certain cancer therapies and chronic conditions.”

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   Former Ogilvy & Mather Execs Sentenced To Prison For Inflating Costs
Posted by Staff on July 28, 2005, 9:23 pm

Former Ogilvy & Mather Execs Sentenced To Prison For Inflating Costs Of Feds' Anti-Pot Ads

New York, NY: Former Ogilvy & Mather executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early have both been sentenced to prison for their roles in defrauding the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Seifert was sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $125,000 dollars. Early was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Both executives were convicted in February of ten counts of conspiracy and filing false claims against the federal government.

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   New Showtime Series Weeds Out 'Housewives'
Posted by Staff on July 28, 2005, 10:52 am

By Michael Cidoni, Associated Press Writer
Source: Associated Press

Los Angeles -- Desperation? The housewives on Wisteria Lane should take a day trip to the equally picturesque but even more problematic TV town of Agrestic, California. That's the setting of the new Showtime series "Weeds," which had its premiere Tuesday night on the Paramount Pictures lot.
The weekly half-hour dramedy debuting Aug. 7 revolves around Nancy, a newly widowed suburban mother (played by Mary Louise Parker), who ends up selling marijuana to her neighbors — all to maintain the upper-middle class lifestyle to which she and her children have become accustomed.

"Oh, it's about pot!" the Tony-winning Parker joked with AP Television News, before getting serious. "It's about suburbia and the myth of suburbia ... and how it seems like normalcy and perfection and what is actually behind that, how that actually doesn't exist."

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   Justice Often Served By Jury Nullification
Posted by Staff on July 28, 2005, 10:50 am

USA -- In February of 2003, a California jury convicted marijuana activist Ed Rosenthal of growing marijuana, in violation of federal law.
What the jury didn't know — and wasn't allowed to hear — was that Rosenthal was not only growing the marijuana for medical patients, he was growing the stuff for the city of Oakland. After the trial, the jury was outraged. "'I'm sorry' doesn't begin to cover it," one told the New York Times. Said the foreman, "It's the most horrible mistake I've ever made in my entire life."

As you read this, a 46-year old paraplegic named Richard Paey is serving a 25-year prison sentence in Florida. Paey suffered a bad car accident followed by a botched back surgery, and both left him in incredible pain. Paey, a father, discovered that he could relieve his pain by taking large doses of tightly regulated opiate painkillers, but the quantity of the drugs he needed exceeded that which his doctors could legally prescribed. Paey felt he had no choice but to break the law to get the medication he needed to live a normal life, and he was convicted of obtaining the drugs by using a photocopy of the last prescription his doctor wrote for him.

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

By SHANNA MCCORD
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
dilemma.

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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
2002.

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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
7/7/2005

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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