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Massachusetts Patients to Protest DPH Medical Marijuana Regulations

August 1st

By | The Daily Chronic

BOSTON, MA — Medical marijuana supporters in Massachusetts will picket in front of the state Department of Public Health on Thursday to protest provisions in the state’s new medical marijuana regulations that limit patients to only one caregiver, banning home cultivation, and other restrictions. The protest, which is expected to take place between 2:00 and [...]

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D.C. Reaches Medical Marijuana Milestone, Questions Remain About Access and Sustainability

August 1st

By | The Daily Chronic

WASHINGTON, DC — By now, most are aware of the landmark first sale of medical cannabis in the District of Columbia, with the purchases of medicine that took place at Capital City Care earlier this week. This marked the first time in at least seven decades the medical cannabis was legally sold in the District, and [...]

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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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Medical Marijuana (Finally) Comes to Washington, DC

July 31st

By | The Daily Chronic

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 15 years after voters in Washington, DC approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana, patients in the nation’s capital can finally access their medicine from safe and legal avenues. On Monday, Capital City Care, one of three approved dispensaries in DC, conducted the very first legal medical marijuana sales in the city, supplying [...]

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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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New Hampshire Becomes 19th Medical Marijuana State

July 24th

NASHUA, NH – All of New England is now medical marijuana territory, as New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) Tuesday afternoon signed into law a bill allowing it in the Granite State.

“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” Hassan said in a signing statement.

“By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process,” she continued. “House Bill 573 legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the State of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire’s seriously ill patients.”

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Gov. Hassan

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Gov. Hassan Signs New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Bill

July 23rd

CONCORD, NH – Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state to allow residents with serious illnesses to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

“This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe, and reliable access to medical marijuana.”

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House Bill 573, sponsored by state Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter), will allow residents with certain debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Patients will be able to obtain marijuana through one of four non-profit, state-licensed alternative treatment centers.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Continue to Wait for Gov. Quinn’s Signature on HB 1

July 22nd

SPRINGFIELD, IL — When the Illinois legislature passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in May, it capped a decade-long push for medical marijuana in the state, and even though it creates only a temporary medical marijuana pilot program, medical marijuana advocates called the bill a “great first step.”

Illinois patients needed only the signature of Democrat Governor Pat Quinn on the pages of House Bill 1 for medical marijuana to begin moving towards reality, making Illinois the 19th medical marijuana state, even if it is only for four years.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D)

But medical marijuana patients are still waiting, nearly three months later, for Gov. Quinn’s signature, despite indications that the Governor supports the bill.<. . . . . READ MORE

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