SAN JOSE, CA — The San Jose city council voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the city’s tax on medical marijuana sales from 7 to 10 percent, starting in July.
The move is expected to generate an additional $1.5 million in tax revenue for the city each year. The current 7 percent tax nets the city an estimated $3.9 million annually, city officials said, with the increase expected to bring a total of $5.4 million per year into the city coffers.
City officials say there are 96 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city currently, although they are technically illegal under both federal and city law.
“They’re allowed by state law and so we’re trying to accommodate people who have medical needs,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “We will continue to try to do that, even though the law is a little uncertain.”
In 2011, the San Jose City Council adopted zoning and regulatory ordinances that would have limited the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city to ten, restricted the dispensaries to industrial-zoned areas, and would have required the dispensaries to grow all of their medical marijuana on site.
Shortly after the regulations were passed, medical marijuana activists argued the regulations were overly . . . . . READ MORE
PHOENIX, AZ — The Giving Tree Wellness Center, a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary and alternative therapy center, opened in North Phoenix on May 6, just south of the Deer Valley airport. The Giving Tree is the only state-licensed dispensary located in North Phoenix and offers a full time in-house medical doctor and onsite alternative treatment center.
The Giving Tree Wellness Center is owned and operated by two local North Phoenix women with a passion for alternative medical therapies. One of the owners is an actively practicing Emergency Medicine physician, and acts as the medical director of the dispensary and is present at the dispensary during business hours to assist patients.
“Our goal is to take care of patients providing the highest quality medical marijuana and an inviting atmosphere while giving back to the community and making Arizona Proud”, says one of the owners.
The Giving tree was designed to have the ambiance and appearance of a stylish, high-end spa. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and are trained and encouraged to spend quality time with the patients to ensure excellent service. Assistance is readily available to help patients chose the right medical marijuana strains for their qualifyin. . . . . READ MORE
SPRINGFIELD, MO — As you probably recall, last summer we helped activists in Springfield gather signatures to put an initiative petition before the Springfield City Council that reduced penalties on possession of less than 35 grams of cannabis. The council was supposed to have two options: Either vote for the measure and make it law, or vote against it and send it to the city’s voters in November.
Instead, the council invented a third option: Vote for the measure, simply to repeal it at their next meeting for the express purpose of keeping the voters from having their say.
It has been a long time since I have updated you about this issue, but that is not because we gave up — quite the opposite. Soon after the council repealed the ordinance, we began searching for a law firm to represent the activists in Springfield — including Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member Maranda Reynolds and tireless SMCR volunteers Trish and Daryl Bertrand — whose rights the council had violated.
Since then, we have worked behind the scenes with those attorneys to either find an acceptable compromise with the Springfield City Council, or, if a compromis. . . . . READ MORE
BOSTON, MA – Independent labs will test marijuana for contaminants before it can be sold for medical purposes, Massachusetts health officials have decided.
That change is among dozens of revisions to rules dealing with the sale and consumption of medical marijuana drafted in March by the Department of Public Health.
The revisions resulted from more than 190 written comments submitted to the department by advocates on both sides of the issue, said Cheryl Bartlett, interim deputy health commissioner, before the final vote to adopt the regulations.
Few labs are expected to test marijuana products out of concern they might lose contracts with the federal government, the Globe reported last month. Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law.
To provide some legal protection, the new rules require the labs to register with the state.
Families will also find it easier to buy marijuana for their sick children under the changes. Patients less than 18 years of age with a “debilitating medical condition” no longer have to also have a “life-limiting” illness to be able to get a prescription for medical marijuana.
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NEW YORK, NY – New York police said a marijuana farm reported on a rooftop by a building superintendent was actually just a group of tomato plants.
Christian Delarosa, 34, super of the Brooklyn apartment building, called police Wednesday morning to report a group of marijuana plants on the roof of the building, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
“I don’t know much about plants. I’m not too good with that,” Delarosa said. “When I saw them, the first thing I thought was ‘Oh, my God.’ Right there I looked it up on my phone and they looked close to marijuana plants, but I thought I should call someone who knew about plants, so I called police.”
“When the police officer came he couldn’t tell right away, either,” Delarosa said.
However, officers soon determined the plants were tomatoes, not marijuana.
Mikeal Roose, chairman of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, said he does not understand how someone could mistake tomatoes for marijuana plants.
“They’re not the same species; they’re not the same genus. I don’t even think they’re part of the same family,” Roose said. “It’s very hard for me to see that somebody could [confuse the two]. If you put the. . . . . READ MORE