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DEA Raids Michigan Medical Marijuana Dispensary

July 31st

By | The Daily Chronic

YPSILANTI, MI — The Drug Enforcement Agency, aided by several local law enforcement agencies, raided a medical marijuana dispensary in Ypsilanti, Michigan early Tuesday. Special Agent Rich Isaacson from the DEA’s Detroit division confirmed the raid on The Shop, which began around 10:30 am, but would not comment on the details of the search warrant [...]

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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Finally Opens in Washington DC

July 30th

By | The Daily Chronic - The Voice of the Reform Generation

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 70% of Washington, DC voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1998, and now, nearly fifteen years later, the first medical marijuana dispensary is providing cannabis to patients in our nation’s capital.

Capital City Care, the first of three dispensaries allowed to open in the District, began serving patients Monday evening.

Capital City Care logoWhen voters approved voters approved a city wide referendum allowing medical marijuana in 1998, nobody expected it would take nearly 15 years and an act of Congress to provide medicine to patients.

After years of blocking funding, Congress finally gave approval to the medical marijuana program in 2009, which began a rigorous  3 year regulatory process for dispensaries which was only recently completed.  Dispensaries were expected to open earlier this year, but the program faced numerous delays in the licensing procedure.

Now, for the nine patients currently enrolled in the District’s medical marijuana program, the wait is finally over.

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DEA Agent to Raided WA Dispensary Owner: “Things Are Going to be Hell For You”

July 25th

Bayside Collective employees in Olympia, WA stand in front of empty shelves following a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (K5)

Bayside Collective employees in Olympia, WA stand in front of empty shelves following a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (K5)

OLYMPIA, WA — When Bayside Collective owner Casey Lee saw seven vehicles speed into the parking lot of his Olympia, Washington medical marijuana dispensary Wednesday morning, he thought he was being robbed, and told his employees to take cover.

“When I came outside, there were guns drawn on me,” Lee said Wednesday night. “And then I saw the badges.”

As DEA agents cleaned out the shelves of his dispensary, confiscating an estimated $2,500 worth of medical marijuana and 17 small marijuana plants,  Lee says an agent asked him why he continued to remain in the business of providing medical marijuana.

“One of the DEA agents said: ‘This is your second raid and your third robbery. Why do you keep doing this?’” Lee said.  ”I just told him it’s because we just enjoy helping people, and he told us that he wasn’t expecting that a. . . . . READ MORE

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DEA Raids Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Renewed Crackdown

July 24th

OLYMPIA, WA — Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration launched a new battle in the war against medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington on Wednesday, raiding several medical marijuana dispensaries the Puget Sound region.

A number of dispensaries in the area were closed for business as word of the raids, which began around 11 am PDT, spread among the community.

DEA spokesperson Jodie Underwood confirmed Wednesday that an operation was currently under way, but declined to provide any details about how many dispensaries were being targeted or how many search warrants were being executed.

It has been reported that Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Bayside Collective have been raided, but only the Bayside Collective in Olympia has been confirmed.

Addy Norton, an employee at Bayside Collective, told the Olympian that she was “terrified” during this morning’s raid, telling the newspaper that DEA agents pointed guns in her face as they entered the building.

Another employee from Bayside Collective, Casey Lee, said that agents took 11 or 12 plants and seized about a quarter pound of marijuana, but did not arrest anyone working at the dispensary, but would be federally subpoenaed.

“I don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here,” Lee told the Olympian. “This is really disturbing. We just opened last month.”

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AZ: New Tuscon Area Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hosting Open House Today

July 20th

MARANA, AZ — Arizona’s newest medical marijuana dispensary, Nature Med, located just North of Tuscon in Marana, will be welcoming new patients with an open house Saturday, July 20, from 10 am until 5 pm.

Nature Med 2The event is open to all current Arizona medical marijuana card holders, as well as non-patients who are interested in learning how to obtain medical marijuana certification.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions from current and future medical marijuana patients.

Located less than a mile west of Interstate 10, Nature Med is a non-profit, state licensed medical marijuana dispensary operated by a father and son team with a medical background.

“My father is a registered nurse, and has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years,”  says dispensary general manager Jacob Schmidt. “He has seen great suffering and pain in patients who are most often prescribed pharmaceutical pain medication.  While these may work for many people, others find the negative benefits of these opiates to outweigh the positive.”

“We believe in a natural approach to physical and mental relief,” Schmidt added.  ”The cannabis plant is a great alternati. . . . . READ MORE

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CA: Double Homicide at Bakersfield Medical Marijuana Dispensary

July 18th

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Two men were fatally shot Wednesday inside a medical marijuana dispensary in Bakersfield, California, according to police.

Police spokeswoman Michaela Beard said a 911 call reporting possible gunshots fired at the dispensary was received at 9:49 am Wednesday, and officers responded to find two men dead inside the First Reliable medical marijuana collective.

The victims were identified as Devin Scott Daniels, 23, of Bakersfield, and Tony Conrad Sherman, 55, of Los Angeles.

Police would not immediately confirm if the victims were employees or customers, but both are believed to be security guards employed by the collective.

Devin Scott Daniels, a 23 year old security guard and father of three young daughters, was confirmed as one of the two victims in Wednesday's medical marijuana dispensary shooting in Bakersfield, CA (family photo)

Devin Scott Daniels, a 23 year old security guard and father of three young daughters, was confirmed as one of the two victims in Wednesday’s medical marijuana dispensary double homicide in Bakersfield, CA. (family photo)

A woman outside the dispensary shortly after the shooting, Cristina Lutrul, told a local. . . . . READ MORE

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WA, CO Congressmen Introduce Federal Bill to Allow Banking for Marijuana Industry

July 11th

WASHINGTON, DC — US Congressmen Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA) introduced a bill Wednesday, along with 16 bipartisan co-sponsors, to reform federal banking laws as they apply to marijuana related businesses, both in the existing medical marijuana industry and the forthcoming recreational marijuana industry in their respective states.

The bill, US House Bill 2652, the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act of 2013, would allow regulated, state authorized marijuana businesses — either medical or recreational — to have access to financial institutions.  The bill would update federal banking rules to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws, promoting community safety and financial security, according to the bill’s sponsors.

Currently, even the most basic banking services, such as business checking accounts or merchant credit card processing services, are largely unavailable to the marijuana industry.

Federal regulators impose stiff punishments and penalize banks and their employees for providing services to marijuana related businesses. The result is legitimate, licensed and regulated businesses have extreme difficulty accessing the banking system to accept credit cards, deposit r. . . . . READ MORE

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WA, CO Congressmen Introduce Federal Bill to Allow Banking for Marijuana Industry

July 11th

WASHINGTON, DC — US Congressmen Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Denny Heck (D-WA) introduced a bill Wednesday, along with 16 bipartisan co-sponsors, to reform federal banking laws as they apply to marijuana related businesses, both in the existing medical marijuana industry and the forthcoming recreational marijuana industry in their respective states.

The bill, US House Bill 2652, the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act of 2013, would allow regulated, state authorized marijuana businesses — either medical or recreational — to have access to financial institutions.  The bill would update federal banking rules to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws, promoting community safety and financial security, according to the bill’s sponsors.

Currently, even the most basic banking services, such as business checking accounts or merchant credit card processing services, are largely unavailable to the marijuana industry.

Federal regulators impose stiff punishments and penalize banks and their employees for providing services to marijuana related businesses. The result is legitimate, licensed and regulated businesses have extreme difficulty accessing the banking system to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes.

This forces legal, state-compliant marijuana businesses to operate as cash-only enterprises, inviting crimes such as robbery and tax evasion, adding to the burden of establishing a leg. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation Bill Heads to Governor

July 7th

SALEM, OR —  A bill that would expand the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to include licencing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries is heading to the desk of Governor John Kitzhaber (D) after House members concurred Saturday with Senate amendments to the bill.

The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to approve House Bill 3460, which was approved by the House in June.  Because of some changes made to the bill by a Senate committee, the House met Saturday to approve those changes.

The bill will now be sent to Gov. Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the legislation into law.  Earlier last week, Gov. Kitzhaber gave final approval to two bills that reduce marijuana penalties for in the state.

Medical marijuana dispensaries already exist in Oregon, but are operating in a legal grey area.  The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows patients to grow their own medicine or have someone else to i. . . . . READ MORE

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Oregon Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

July 4th

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Senate voted Wednesday to approve a bill that a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide.

The bill, House Bill 3460, was approved without debate by an 18-12 bi-partisan, and now heads back to the House to approve some changes made by a Senate committee last week.  The House is expected to vote on the changes this weekend.

Medical marijuana dispensaries already exist in Oregon, but are operating in a legal grey area.  The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows patients to grow their own medicine or have someone else to it for them, but does not provide for — or prohibit — medical marijuana dispensaries from operating.

This has led to varied differences in toleration of the dispensaries based on the attitudes of local officials.  In some areas of the state, such as Multnomah County, which includes the city of Portland, dispensaries have been largely tolerated.  But providers have been raided in less tolerant areas of the state, with operators  fa. . . . . READ MORE

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