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Patients protest raids on SLO delivery services

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaPatients and medical cannabis advocates protested outside of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court earlier this month to draw attention to the heavy-handed raids and arrests that took place the week of Dec. 27. During a three-day period, as many as 50 Narcotics Task Force officers from local and state enforcement agencies raided seven collectively-run medical cannabis delivery services, arresting 15 people on felony charges and held them on bails of up to $100,000. Several of those arrested were charged with child endangerment, after Child Protective Services removed at least six children from the homes of three different families.

Medical advocates support case over private patient records

Posted on January 27th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisThe country's leading medical cannabis advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed an amicus ("friend of the court") brief Jan. 27 defending the privacy rights of patients across the US. The federal case US v. Michigan Department of Community Health is the response to the Justice Department seeking private patient records from the state's medical marijuana program.

Arizona approves Prop 203

Posted on November 15th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

cannabisArizona voters approved Proposition 203, authorizing the possession of up to two-and-a-half ounces of medical marijuana, according to results released by the Arizona Secretary of State Nov. 13. The measure, voted on during the midterm elections earlier this month, was too close to call on election night and remained so until all votes were counted this weekend, resulting in a final tally of 50.13-49.87%.

New Mexico approves six new medical cannabis producers

Posted on November 15th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisThe New Mexico Department of Health is expanding its medical cannabis program with the approval of six new non-profits to produce the herb for patients. This brings the total number of such producers to 17. There are currently 2,807 medical cannabis patients, with 1,266 of those having individual permits to grow for personal use.

San Jose dispensaries close in protest of raids

Posted on November 10th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaMedicinal cannabis advocates pleaded before the San Jose City Council Nov. 9 for a halt to raids they say have sent fear through providers and patients alike. Drug agents in recent weeks have raided three local dispensaries. Several other collectives, including the San Jose branch of Harborside Health Center, have temporarily closed, fearing further raids. "How can you sit up there and take my rights away?" asked a tearful Aisha Alexander, 36, who told the Council she uses cannabis to relieve breast cancer symptoms.

Ninth Circuit upholds conviction of medical cannabis-growing couple

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaAn El Dorado County doctor and her attorney husband lost a bid before the US Ninth Circuit appeals court in San Francisco Nov. 8 to overturn their convictions and five-year sentences for growing what they said was medical cannabis. Attorney Dale Schafer began growing marijuana for his wife, physician Marion "Mollie" Fry, on their property in the town of Cool in 1998. She had secured a doctor's recommendation for the drug to ease the effects of chemotherapy following breast cancer surgery.

Patient advocates respond to police raids in San Jose

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaMedical marijuana patients and advocates will descend on the Nov. 9 San Jose City Council meeting to convey their disapproval of raids on cannabis dispensaries in their community. Over the past month, the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team has carried out several raids on dispensaries in the city, the most recent of which occurred Nov. 4. After the City Council meeting, advocates will host a "Know Your Rights" training and a meeting to develop a raid alert system.

Massachusetts voters back loosening cannabis laws

Posted on November 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

cannabisVoters in more than a dozen Massachusetts legislative districts backed dramatic expansions to legal access to cannabis in the Nov. 2 elections, and advocates plan to use the results to press lawmakers. Nine of 18 advisory questions placed on the ballot queried voters on medical marijuana, while another nine backed legalizing cannabis outright, allowing the state to regulate and tax it.

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