Tuesday, March 30, 2010

South Park Takes On Medical Marijuana

On this week's South Park, opinions are split when medical marijuana comes to town. Randy does everything he can to get a prescription, but Cartman is upset to find his beloved KFC replaced by a pot dispensary. I'll personally be watching this episode very closely, because medical marijuana is an issue that's very important to me. You see, I was born with a genetic condition that makes it so I can only eat Cheez-Its in moderation. You can imagine how debilitating it is. But with medical marijuana, I'm able to eat an entire box in one sitting. Two boxes if there's a Golden Girls marathon on.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Road To Marijuana Legalization

By Donna Tam, The Times-Standard
Source: Times-Standard

California — Humboldt County’s foray into open communication about its pot-based economy put a statewide spotlight on the county, and community organizers a little bit closer to a legitimate — and functioning — marijuana industry.”Every place I’ve gone people have wanted to talk about it, people have been aware of it,” 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace said Friday.

Lovelace said he has been to meetings in Fresno and Sacramento since Tuesday’s meeting, and from the interest voiced by people he’s met he thinks there may be similar discussions happening all over the state.


Growing Medical Marijuana

California’s Underground Economy

( Author’s note: In 1982, I won a California State Fair Media Award for agricultural reporting on the marijuana crops in El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties. Even before then, as a writer and sometime drug abuse counselor, I’ve had occasion to cover both legalization – and enforcement – efforts ranging from debates in the State Legislature to a raid on an illegal Mexican plantation just outside of Colfax last year.

My assignment from The Union was to share my knowledge of how local medical marijuana growers walk the line – and cross the line – in complying with the law.

With the exception of Cindy Griffith, manager of CannaMedix, every conversation I had with my sources was strictly off-the-record – at my own insistence. This is not an investigative report. It’s just an observation, from my limited perspective but long time experience, with the alternative communities of Nevada and Placer counties. )

Petit Sirah, Af Gui, Merlot, OG Kush, Sauvignon Blanc, OT Pineapple, Burgundy, Purple Urkle, Grey Riesling, NorCal, Zinfandel, Blueberry .. listening to wine makers and medical marijuana ( MMJ ) growers talk about their boutique delicacies is often simply a matter of switching vocabularies.

They both speak with knowledge and passion, brag about their organic blends, closely guard their trade secrets, decry low-grade commercial product, have their own political organizations and lobbyists, worry about market prices, and love to sample and critique each other’s premium brands.

When you get down to it, vintners and pot growers do have a lot in common. They are, after all, both farmers and drug dealers. ( Alcohol is a drug – get over it. )

Of course, there are major differences – mostly involving the legality of what they grow and sell.

Nevertheless, MMJ growers are engaged in a quasi-legal agricultural industry that appears to be inevitably on track to become as legal, taxed and regulated as the wine industry in the coming years.

On March 24, the California Secretary of State certified a November ballot initiative that will ask voters whether marijuana should be legalized and regulated for adult recreational use.

Additionally, in February, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano ( D-San Francisco ) introduced AB 390 – the Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act – a law that would accomplish essentially the same thing.

Medical Marijuana Goes the Way of Prohibition

Seems like the End of Prohibition of Marijuana is coming closer to reality. With California setting the exammple of forward thinking to include it on the ballot, I am sure that more states may follow. It does offer a huge revenue potential for states. The following is an excerpt from an article published on the State Column site: (CLICK ON TITLE FOR FULL STORY)....

Like prohibition of the 1920s, it looks as if medical marijuana may become a footnote of the past.

States are ramping up efforts to legalize the drug in an effort to balance budgets and regulate the narcotic. Last week, California became the first state to approve signatures supporting a measure for the November ballot. Unlike in years past, the approved measure will seek to legalize the drug outright and allow users to carry up an ounce. Advocates argue the measure would raise $1.4 billion and save precious law enforcement and prison resources.

And the movement is not confined to California. A number of states including New Hampshire and Washington are considering measures meant to increase access to the drug. The state of Colorado is pushing forward a measure meant to make medical marijuana dispensaries registration more accessible. And in the District of Columbia, elected officials are trying to learn from what they consider cautionary tales from other jurisdictions as they attempt to craft a program that strikes a delicate balance.


Senate includes medical marijuana in budget plan

March 29, 2010
The use of medicinal marijuana for patients with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses may soon be legal in New York, after 13 years of cultivating public and political support. The first bill drafted on this issue was introduced in 1997.

On March 22 the Senate included in its budget resolution a provision stating the Senate's support of the legalization of medical marijuana.

The resolution simply states, "The Senate proposes the legalization of medical marijuana." There is no indication how much the Senate expects to generate from legalizing medical marijuana. The Assembly's budget resolution does not mention medical marijuana at all. However, that house has passed medical marijuana bills for several consecutive years.

"I think there is a very real chance that sometime in the next days or few weeks, medical marijuana could actually be enacted in New York as part of the state budget," said Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan. "We may be at a very exciting moment."

Sacramento Seminar Tells How to Go Legal with Medical Marijusana Business

Published in the Sacramento Bee

After he was laid off as a supervisor for a fiber optics company, John Stenner started growing his own marijuana two years ago because he couldn't afford to buy medical pot he uses for pain.

Now proud of his home-grown "Grape Ape" and "Blue Dream" pot strains, he turned out Saturday at a unique seminar on how to get into the legal cannabis business.

He showed up at the Medical Cannabis Sacramento Seminar for three hours of classes on marijuana laws, pot dispensary operations, taxation rules and some tips on how to make nice with the police.

The crowd that filled a small classroom for the $125 seminar included people who grow for themselves and want to become medical cultivators. Others looked to pot as an opportunity for relief from the down economy.

The forum, sponsored by a medical marijuana advocacy group, Crusaders for Patients Rights, drew the likes of Eric Weber, an El Dorado County tomato, cucumber and peach farmer who hopes to turn to a new cash crop.

And there was Don Puglisi, an ex-San Diego County real estate broker who moved to Shingle Springs after the mortgage crisis because "the recession took my business away from me."

Lanette Davis, whose family operates Canna Care medical cannabis dispensary, and lawyer David K. Brock reviewed marijuana case law and guidelines from the state attorney general's office.

They answered questions from Stenner, 42, of Sacramento on how to get a seller's permit – and pay sales tax – and on the rules for transporting weed to the market.

Brock said anyone growing or transporting pot should carry documentation on medical users they serve. And Davis cautioned: "Use common sense. I personally wouldn't have 70 pounds of marijuana in my truck driving down the street. I just wouldn't."

She told a man inquiring about a business license to open a dispensary in Sacramento about the city's moratorium against new pot shops. The city, with 39 registered dispensaries, is considering capping the number at 12 and imposing strict requirements on their operations.

Davis advised would-be medical pot entrepreneurs to follow the law. She suggested that those opening marijuana businesses invite their friendly neighborhood narcotics officers to visit.

"If you're doing everything right and you're proud of it, bring them over," she said.

Stenner, who said he bought books on growing pot, combed the Internet and ultimately learned "by trial and error," said he'll look elsewhere if he can't open a dispensary in Sacramento or in the county.

He said losing his job "forced me to look at another way" to make a living. Having learned to grow his own pot, he said, "I need to make a legal business out of it."

Weber, who treats himself with marijuana for knee surgeries and broken discs from all-terrain vehicle and surfing mishaps, began growing for himself and three others.

He wants to provide pot to dispensaries – or sell it on the open market if California votes in November to legalize marijuana for adults over 21.

"People are going to need good cannabis," he said.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Medical Marijuana Inc Licenses Clothing Line and Will Provide Hemp Paper to Its TA for Stock Certificates and Provides Other News

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - 03/25/10) - Medical Marijuana Inc (Pinksheets:MJNA - News) is proud to announce the licensing of its clothing line, the future use of hemp paper for its stock certificates, the receipt of payment for consulting services provided to Health Sciences, Inc., and more.

The company entered into an agreement with a small public company (to be named in future press release) that will market a clothing line licensed by MJNA. MJNA shareholders will receive approximately 1 restricted share as a dividend of that OTC Markets company based on each 2 MJNA shares now held by MJNA shareholders.

Chairman Bruce Perlowin stated, "Since HEMP is an important part of the Marijuana industries, using this superior paper helps to emphasize its importance and we will later announce the date when our stock certificates will be available in hemp paper so that shareholders will have the opportunity to order stock certificates from our transfer agent."

Medical Marijuana Inc was also paid 200,000,000 shares (pursuant to SEC Rule 144) of Health Sciences, Inc. (HESG) for Marijuana industry consulting services provided to HESG.

MJNA's licensee will reveal its clothing line at the upcoming San Diego Seminar March 27. To get ahead of the learning curve and join the exploding cannabis industries, buy your tickets to the San Diego Symposium at http://www.medicalmarijuanaeducationalexpo.com/

Medical Marijuana Inc's Symposium on Saturday follows in the footsteps of the San Diego City Council 3-2 vote deciding to pursue a Medical Marijuana Ordinance rather than impose a moratorium on Medical Marijuana dispensaries.

MJNA's Chairman Bruce Perlowin will be interviewed on Saturday at the San Diego Convention Center Symposium by the Latin Television Network, Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish speaking world. The show will be aired nationally in Mexico on April 8, 2010.

D.C. looks to state programs for answers on medical marijuana

Law Makers are searching for answers as to how to best regulate the growing medical marijuana industry. It is no longer a tabu subject matter, as we can see from this front page article in the Washington Post.

By Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post Staff Writer

Los Angeles imposed strict limits on medical marijuana shops this year after hundreds of them popped up with little government oversight. Colorado is still wrestling with how to ensure legitimate doctor-patient relationships after the number of people applying to use medical marijuana surged dramatically in a six-month period.

And in the District, elected officials are trying to learn from what they consider cautionary tales from other jurisdictions as they try to create a program that strikes a delicate balance: allowing safe access to the drug for those who need it, while avoiding the kind of abuse by recreational users that would attract a backlash from Congress.

More than a decade has passed since District voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical treatment. But it was not until December, with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, that city lawmakers considered converting voter intent into reality. It helped that the Obama administration had urged federal prosecutors last fall not to interfere with local medical-marijuana laws.

Catania's bill, backed by most of his council colleagues, proposes five retail-style dispensaries throughout the city and prevents the shops from locating near schools or youth centers. If the measure is approved, District residents with a doctor's recommendation could legally purchase the drug as early as the fall. However, District officials must decide whether five is the right number of dispensaries for a city of 600,000 residents, where the seeds would be planted, what requirements to set for doctors who recommend medical marijuana, and which conditions would qualify for the treatment beyond illnesses such as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

99-plant medical pot limit given initial approval; final vote in April

A 99-plant maximum for permitted marijuana growers is the new limit after the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 to adopt a set of changes to its ordinance governing medical marijuana cultivation, codified as Chapter 9.31 of the county code.

Matthew Cohen of Northstone Organics Cooperative, Inc. said he was "ecstatic" about the new regulations 9.31 imposes. Northstone grows marijuana for 250 patients in nine Bay Area counties, all of it tested by Steep Hill Labs of Oakland for quality.

"This is an incredibly progressive step forward for Mendocino County," Cohen said. "Before long we're going to have tested, certified organic, regulated product for medical cannabis patients."

Steep Hill Labs tests for mold, bacteria and pesticide residues, and representatives said the organization applied to be a third-party investigator under the new 9.31 provisions.

Under the new ordinance, collectives or patients applying for the 99-plant permit can hire a third-party investigator instead of having the Sheriff's Office investigate the grow site for compliance.



Facing an uphill battle, proponents of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana are mapping out a campaign stressing the millions of dollars in tax revenue that pot could provide.

The initiative, sponsored by Oakland marijuana magnate Richard Lee, would legitimize the sale of marijuana and allow pot shops to open their doors in cities that permit it. Local authorities could also decide how to tax and regulate marijuana sales, although it's unclear if federal officials would tolerate such a bold and unprecedented move.

Despite lawmakers' reluctance, political consultants working on the initiative claim a marijuana tax could contribute more than $1 billion toward reducing California's $20 billion budget deficit. Opponents call that a pipe dream.

Last February, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department would no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law.

However, his office has not indicated if it would tolerate marijuana for people without a medical need.

The 2010 campaign is better funded and organized than previous attempts to decriminalize marijuana. Lee, founder of an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary and Oaksterdam University, a marijuana trade school, spent $1 million to gather 680,000 signatures calling for the initiative to be placed on the November ballot.

The Secretary of State's office is now checking to see whether at least 433,971 of those signatures - the minimum required for placement - are valid.

"This is not a whim," Dan Newman, a consultant with SCN Strategies, said. "The initiative is carefully crafted, well-funded, and professionally run. There will be TV ads, mail, sky writing - whatever it takes to communicate with voters - and a very active and engaged new media component."


Half of New York Voters Support Medical Marijuana: Poll

A new poll reports half of New York voters support legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The Siena Research Institute shows 50 percent back legalization, while 41 percent are opposed and 9 percent say they don't have enough information.

Pollster Steven Greenberg pointed out demographic divisions in the results, with 72 percent support among those who consider themselves liberal, 62 percent among those 18 to 34, and 55 percent among Democrats.

“Half of New York voters support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York, while 41 percent oppose it,” Greenberg said.

"One of things that hits me about it is that there has not been a huge amount of public debate in New York state, like there has been in California and other places" Greenberg said. "I think people are just going on a gut reaction.... people hear this word "marijuana" and they hear this word "legalization" and they got ot their roots".

The law does not permit people to grow marijuana privately, but allows certain patients to buy up to 2 ounces per month at state-monitored dispensaries.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Private Screening of "How Weed Won The West" at Medical Marijuana Inc's San Diego Symposium

A Private Screening of "How Weed Won The West" -- directed by Kevin Booth the film maker who also produced "American Drug War" will be shown Saturday at 8:00 pm, followed by a SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENT Saturday night from 9:00 to 11:30 PM. To purchase your tickets online go to: http://www.medicalmarijuanaeducationalexpo.com. Tweet us at: http://www.twitter.com/medmarijuanainc

Medical Marijuana Inc (PINKSHEETS: MJNA) is proud to announce the latest of its National Educational Symposium Series at the San Diego Convention Center on March 27, 2010. Featured prominent industry experts include Medical Marijuana Inc Chairman and CEO, Bruce Perlowin, longtime industry expert Don Wirkshafter, registered nurse and manager of THCF in Riverside, California, Lanny Swerdlow, and Americans For Safe Access' Dan Ruderalis who will comment on recent events in San Diego and other areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to Interact with The Executive Officers of MJNA, who will be present and available for consultation.

Medical Marijuana Inc Continues the National Educational Symposium Series in the San Diego Convention Center and Previews Its Star Cast of Speakers

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - 03/22/10) - Medical Marijuana Inc (Pinksheets:MJNA - News) is proud to announce the latest of its National Educational Symposium Series at the San Diego Convention Center on March 27, 2010. Featured prominent industry experts include Medical Marijuana Inc Chairman and CEO, Bruce Perlowin, longtime industry expert Don Wirkshafter, registered nurse and manager of THCF in Riverside, California, Lanny Swerdlow, and Americans For Safe Access' Dan Ruderalis who will comment on recent events in San Diego and other areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to Interact with The Executive Officers of MJNA, who will be present and available for consultation.

Enjoy and educate yourself with a day of segmented Classes, Lectures and Consultations given by Legal Experts, Tax Advisers, Northern California Growers, Cooperative Founders, Medical Marijuana Physicians, Patient Testimonials and Caregivers. Classes on the History of Hemp, Cannabis, Marijuana around the World, the Political Climate and Not for Profit Structuring, Legal Compliance, Cannabis Cultivation & How to Quick Start Your Medical Marijuana Delivery Service.

A Private Screening of "How Weed Won The West" -- directed by Kevin Booth the film maker who also produced "American Drug War" will be shown Saturday at 8:00 pm, followed by a SOCIAL NETWORKING EVENT Saturday night from 9:00 to 11:30 PM. To purchase your tickets online go to: http://www.medicalmarijuanaeducationalexpo.com. Tweet us at: http://www.twitter.com/medmarijuanainc

Medical Marijuana Educational Seminars

Additionally we are teaching an entirely New Business Opportunity for Anyone wanting to get into the Medical Marijuana industry. An entrepreneurial opportunity that is faster to get up and running and earning income; and one that is safer than opening a collective dispensary or grow operation with all the shifting laws and unsure and unstable battling political environments.

These kinds of seminars are filled with people wanting to learn how to enter the Medical Marijuana Business. Therefore, we will be presenting our ground breaking new Medical Marijuana Inc Educational Center Business Opportunity where the licensed Center owner receives a percentage of all tickets, products & services offered through them by licensor MJNA.

Recent events in the political climate in Las Vegas have made it challenging to hold a proper educational seminar there. For the time being, until Las Vegas takes a more positive stance in this area, and we have by ended our agreement with our current partner there, with plans to hold off the seminar for now.

Medical Marijuana Symposium Series in San Diego March 23

A news release on CNN Money announces the conduct of a National Educational Symposium Series by Medical Marijuana Inc. The symposium will be held on March 27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The symposium will be attended by prominent industry experts, which will include Bruce Perlowin, the Chairman and CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc.; Don Wirkshafter, industry extpert; Lanny Swerdlow, registered nurse and manager of THCF in Riverside, California; and Dan Ruderalis of Americans for Safe Access. These speakers will talk about related events in San Diego as well as in other areas.

The day will consist of segmented classes, lectures and consultations that will be given by the following, as listed on the news release: experts, tax advisers, Northern California growers, cooperative founders, medical marijuana physicians, patients and caregivers. Participants can learn about, among other things, the history of hemp, cannabis, marijuana around the world, legal compliance and cannabis cultivation.

There will also be a private screening of the Kevin Booth film “How Weed Won The West” on Saturday evening at 8 pm. The film will then be followed by a social networking event that will last from 9 until 11:30 in the evening.

Medical Marijuana Inc. is a publicly-traded company, the first of its kind in the United States that is engaged in the cannabis industry. Their description in the release mentions the company’s recognition of “the vast and unequaled opportunities that exist in the rapidly expanding medical marijuana industry,” citing the fact that the use of marijuana “as an effective, non-narcotic pain reliever has brought Medical Marijuana use to the forefront of mainstream discussion.”

Read more: http://hometestingblog.testcountry.com/?p=7443#ixzz0j37Lw2iF

BREAKING NEWS: Washington Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Sent to Governor

House and Senate lawmakers today voted in favor of a final version of Senate Bill 5798, which expands the state’s nearly twelve-year-old medical marijuana law.

The measure now goes to the Governor’s desk for final approval.

If signed into law, SB 5798 will allow additional health care professionals ­ including naturopaths, physician’s assistants, osteopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians assistants, and advanced registered nurse practitioners ­ to legally recommend marijuana therapy to their patients. Under present law, only licensed physicians may legally recommend medicinal cannabis. You can read the entire bill here.

Washington state would be the first state to codify these recommendation rights into law.

According to press reports, Gov. Chris Gregoire has not yet expressed an opinion on the bill.

You may urge the Governor to support this measure by entering your zip code below.

Thank you for supporting NORML’s marijuana law reform efforts in Washington.


TRI-CITY AREA - Going green is taking on a whole new meaning as businesses sprout up around Michigan's Medical Marihuana Program.

So far, 19,550 people have applied to the program since April 9, 2009, the Michigan Department of Community Health reports, with 10,022 patient registrations and 4,305 caregiver registrations issued. Patients and caregivers (growers) each are allowed to grow up to 12 plants each and possess 2.5 ounces of the herb. Caregivers can cultivate a dozen plants for up to five patients.

From there, it's simple math-and just plain business for some hoping to cash in on a "growing" opportunity.

Already an area commercial greenhouse supplier is noticing an uptick in sales of items used in hydroponic growing.

Ken Day, co-owner of Hortmark in Capac, says sales of premium soil mix and other related items are on the rise.

"The soil business has increased," Day says. "It's called a Pro Mix and it's the soil of choice for professional greenhouse people. It also seems to be a soil that fares well with hydroponic growing."

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water using mineral solutions to sustain the growth of the plant without soil. It's a common method for growing some vegetable crops, especially in Canada. It's also a common method used in growing marijuana.

Day knows nothing about marijuana-cultivating it or otherwise. But he does know about the greenhouse business and he's seen a difference since Michigan became the 13th state to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes.

"People can ask me how to get rid of a disease on their geraniums and that's all I care to do," he says.

But as a commercial supplier, Day has noticed an increase in sales to hydroponic centers. He's also noticed more walk-ins, people looking for supplies like grow lights, rooting compound and other items.

"Someone will stand at the counter and ask for tomato stakes and stuff like that in December and it's obvious that they're not for tomatoes here in Michigan."

That type of request in December may become commonplace as the number of medical cannabis growers increases.

Niche publications like The Midwest Cultivator and Michigan Medical Marijuana Magazine have also sprung up, and the first Michigan Medical Marijuana Expo held in Detroit in August drew 4,000 people. The two-day seminar featured professional speakers, classes, workshops, equipment vendors, attorneys and physicians versed in the state's new law and information about business opportunities in the state's new medical cannabis industry.

"The obvious beneficiaries of thousands of new medical cannabis consumers are the clinics and physicians writing recommendations at $200 per annual visit," says The Midwest Cultivator in its fall 2009 issue. "Hydroponics suppliers have also seen brisk business, and the number of stores has jumped from nine in January to over 20 today.

"One supplier," the article continues, "Superior Growers Supply in Livonia, will soon be opening the world's largest hydroponic store boasting 14,000 square feet and providing new jobs with good long-term prospects."

On the flip side, growing medical grade cannabis can be a costly and time consuming endeavor. It's not as simple as sticking a seed in some soil and watching it grow. Like tomatoes or peppers, there are dozens of varieties of marijuana, some more effective with certain patients or in treating approved conditions.

To be successful, growers need to be well versed in cultivation and "cloning" of the plants and familiarize themselves with state laws and regulations.

Climate control, lighting, air movement, moisture, pruning and most of all space is required-making the endeavor quite an investment.

Cannabis is not covered by health insurance, either, so patients have to have the resources to pay for the drug.

In addition, according to the state's Web site, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act "neither protects marihuana plants from seizure nor individuals from prosecution if the federal government chooses to take action against patients or caregivers under the federal Controlled Substances Act."

Lawmaker Doesn't Want Medical Marijuana Patients Smoking Their Meds

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A bill in the House that would regulate the medical marijuana industry could be taking a new twist.

A local lawmaker is proposing an amendment to the bill that would change the way marijuana patients medicate.

Representative Steve King says smoking anything is bad for you, so he's proposing an amendment to the marijuana bill Monday that says marijuana patients can take their medicine any way they want except by smoking it.

King thinks the THC from marijuana could be put into an inhaler form or made into lozenges or pills. It could also be eaten in food.

King says, "If in fact medical marijuana is for the relief of people's pain and hopefully for their health benefit, the idea of smoking that is not good for them. It's not good for their health."

But Travis Chambers, owner of God's Gift medical marijuana dispensary, disagrees and says, "A person should have their own way of administering the medicine to their self. For some people smoking works better than eating."

Local dispensaries like God's Gift say for some patients smoking is their best option to reduce nausea and pain.

King says a lot of members of the House will be proposing new amendments to the marijuana bill on Monday.

Right now, the bill is aiming to find ways to regulate how dispensaries get licensed and the restrictions put on getting a medical marijuana card.

San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force (MMTF) Meets City Council Wednesday, March 24

On Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 2pm the San Diego City Committee on Land Use and Housing will take up the report from the San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force (MMTF) as an Action Item.

The committee will be discussing the MMTF Zoning Recommendations and will consider the input of the Community Planning Groups in deciding on what to recommend to the San Diego City Council.

This is one of the last stages in the process of developing guidelines / regulations for medical cannabis dispensing collectives and cooperatives in San Diego before the issue is taken up by the San Diego City Council.

Unlike Los Angeles, in San Diego we are fortunate to have the MMTF weigh in to the Land Use and Housing Commmittee with input from the community and from patients. (Read the Report here: http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2010/LUH_100324_8d.pdf)

Your input and presence at this meeting is critical and most urgently needed. Please mark your calendars and be there. To speak out during both public comment and during the discussion for Item 8.

Let the Land Use and Housing Committee know that San Diegans want safe, reliable access, to the medicine that helps so many. Urge the committee to vote on recommending the San Diego City Council adopt the MMTF Regulations.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010, AT 2:00 P.M.


Medical Marijuana Task Force Land Use and Zoning Power Point Presentation: http://docs.sandiego.gov/councilcomm_agendas_attach/2010/LUH_100324_8ppt.pdf

Monday, March 22, 2010

San Diego Land Use and Housing will consider medical marijuana regulations

On Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 2pm the San Diego City Committee on Land Use and Housing will take up the report from the San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force (MMTF) as an Action Item.

The committee will be discussing the MMTF Zoning Recommendations and will consider the input of the Community Planning Groups in deciding on what to recommend to the San Diego City Council.

This is one of the last stages in the process of developing guidelines / regulations for medical cannabis dispensing collectives and cooperatives in San Diego before the issue is taken up by the San Diego City Council.

Unlike Los Angeles, in San Diego we are fortunate to have the MMTF weigh in to the Land Use and Housing Commmittee with input from the community and from patients.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Medical Marijuana Inc Forms Medical Products Division and Research Committee to Examine Medical and Health Benefits of Cannabis-Based Products

LOS ANGELES, CA, Mar. 17, 2010 (Marketwire) --

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/17/10 -- Medical Marijuana Inc (PINKSHEETS: MJNA) is pleased to announce that Stuart W. Titus, PhD has been selected to head the Medical Marijuana Inc Search Committee to formulate a full-scale Medical Products Division. This Division's focus is to research and develop the medicinal, health and wellness benefits of a variety of cannabis-based products.

Medical Marijuana Inc plans to explore the development of proprietary products into the pharmacological marketplace. The company plans to institute medically based research to eventually formulate medical products that will withstand the FDA approval process. Though this is a futuristic goal and the medical approval process is a lengthy one, various stages of progress on medicinal properties will be made public over time.

Other products that are perhaps less "medical" in nature will also be considered by the Division for public marketing. Progress reports will also be regularly made on the development of products that may foster health and wellness benefits. All products require certain studies be formally conducted in order to make claims of any benefit so derived and the Company's Medical Products Division will be so charged with evaluation and study.

"I am very pleased to be on the cutting edge of research into the numerous derivatives of a widely used product that is gathering acceptance by the public, certain State and even Federal Legislators. We feel there is significant opportunity to work with medical and pharmaceutical interests to bring forth products that may well establish a new paradigm in medicine. Our division will hopefully add one piece to the full scope of the business with Medical Marijuana Inc," said Dr. Titus at company headquarters this afternoon.

Medical marijuana news. Cannabidiol stops the spread of breast cancer

California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute Final Report (2008)

We discovered that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound from the plant Cannabis sativa, can inhibit the process of breast cancer cells that allow them to grow and spread (metastasis). CBD can also inhibit breast cancer metastasis in a mouse model. The research carried out in our CBCRP proposal demonstrated that CBD is a novel inhibitor of a gene whose activity is intimately linked to the aggressiveness of human breast cancers; this gene has been termed Id-1. Notably, our findings also indicated that Id-1 was a key gene whose expression needed to be reduced in order for CBD to inhibit aggressive breast cancer. One of the most significant high risk components of the initial application was to determine if CBD had appreciable efficacy against breast cancer in vivo (i.e., animal models). This high risk component was not pursued, since an independent group showed CBD was able to inhibit metastasis of MDA-MB231 cells to the lung of nude mice. Building of the previous findings, we made small structural changes to CBD that are expected to produce drugs that are much more active than CBD at inhibiting Id-1 and corresponding aggressive breast cancers. CBD has a low toxicity profile. An anticancer agent with a low toxicity profile that can both inhibit cancer cell growth and metastasis would be extremely valuable clinically. Understanding the mechanisms behind the anticancer activity of CBD may also lead to the discovery of new biological targets for the development of diagnostic tools and additional therapies for the treatment of cancer. In this project we found portions of the CBD structure essential to its biological activity for breast cancer cell growth inhibition. We are in the process of filing a patent on these discoveries. In addition, we studies the moleculr mechanisms that underlie CBD activity, and found that sustained upregulation of Erk (extracellular signal-regulated kinases, a type of protein kinase intracellular signaling molecules) is key to the ability of CBD to regulate the metastasis-specific inhibition of the Id-1 transcription factor.

Antioxidant activity has been reported to be a general property of the phenolic components of marijuana. Unlike Δ9-THC, cannabidiol can be administered at relatively high doses without undesired toxic or psychological effects.1 Cannabidiol at a concentration of 10 µM was neuroprotective against both excitatory neurotransmitter (glutamate) and oxidant (hydroperoxide) induced neurotoxicity.

Hawaii Senate overwhelmingly passes three bills to improve marijuana laws

HONOLULU, HAWAII — Yesterday, the Hawaii Senate passed by overwhelming, veto-proof margins three measures that will greatly improve marijuana laws in the state:

· SB 2213 passed 20-4, with one excused. This bill would allow counties to license medical marijuana dispensaries.

· SB 2141 passed 24-1. This bill would increase the ratio of plants, ounces and caregivers allowed for each medical marijuana patient.

· SB 2450 passed 22-3. This bill would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $300 for a first offense and $500 for a subsequent offense.

The bills now go to the state House.


South Dakota Safe Access Act: Medical marijuana certified for November 2010 Ballot

Monday March 15th the Office of the Secretary of the State announced certification of the South Dakota Safe Access Act for the general election ballot this November.

The measure is supported by a diverse coalition of hundreds of volunteer petition ciruclators, patient-activists, and families who support reformed marijuana laws that will compassionately care for the sick and dying who pursue physician-recommended therapy.


Advocates: Government Interference Bad, Competition Good

Lawmakers Look To Limit Growers Of Medical Marijuana

AUGUSTA, Maine --
A number of sticking points remain as lawmakers try to define the state's new medical marijuana law.

Members of the Health and Human Services Committee are considering limiting the number of marijuana growers in the state.

Advocates for medical marijuana said government interference is bad and the more competition, the better.


Kansas Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana

Topeka (WIBW) - A Kansas House committee is weighing the controversial issue of medical marijuana.

The Health and Human Services committee held an informational meeting on the topic Wednesday.

It was spurred by a proposal from Rep. Gail Finney to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The Wichita Democrat's bill would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses.

Several people spoked to the committee, many carrying pictures of family members. They told lawmakers how marijuana may have helped ease the pains of their loved ones, especially compared with more traditional methods.

The Medical Marijuana Project says 14 states, including Colorado and New Mexico have passed similar laws.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

INYCHE International Cannabis & Hemp Expo Aprl 17 18 The Cow Palace Daly City CA 2010

International Canabis & Hemp Expo
April 17th and 18th
The Cow Palace, Daly City, CA

Awareness * Education * Advancement
Live Music *Panels*Activism*Exhibitors

Featuring The First Annual Connoisseurs’ Cup
The Best of California
The International Cannabis & Hemp Expo, a landmark event, and the largest of its kind in northern California will be held at The Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave in Daly City, CA on Saturday April 17th and Sunday April 18th from 10am-6pm. Over 100 affiliates and exhibitors will display their products and services in the 100,000 square foot facility and an impressive line up of industry leaders and experts is scheduled to speak throughout the weekend. The event will host several “firsts,” these are: a “Connoisseurs’ Cup” featuring over a dozen of California’s most popular strains; a competition between seed manufacturers with an emphasis on genetics; and a Prop 215 area where patients can safely medicate. Tickets are available to the general public at the gate and on Ticketmaster.com, and to patients through participating local dispensaries (Angel’s Care, 7-Stars, HopeNet, Sonoma Patient Group, Herbal Leaf, Northstar, El Camino Wellness Center and All About Wellness). Tickets are $15 per day, or $24 for a 2-day pass. Discounts available for seniors, students and military/veterans. The Expo is open to the general public and all ages.

The focus of the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo (INTCHE) is to offer a forum for awareness, education and advancement of the hemp industry and the medical cannabis community. In so doing the event seeks to show the world that hemp and cannabis are part of the future global solution. The Expo is geared for the non -patient that seeks education about the upcoming Bills and Initiatives in this new emerging industry.

The speakers line up of industry leaders and experts includes founder of Oaksterdam University and TAXCAN 2010 author, Richard Lee; Oakland City Council member Rebecca Kaplan; NORML’s California Director, Dale Geiringer; NORML Outreach Director, Russ Bellville; co-author of California's Prop 215 and long time activist, Dennis Peron; and Marijuana Guru, Ed Rosenthal.

The Connoisseurs’ Cup of The Best of California will be run throughout the Expo. Judges will be rating The Best Strain in California, The Best Dominant Indica, The Best Dominant Sativa, The Best Concentrate, and The Best Specialty Product. Each judge will receive a pack of over a dozen strains and concentrate samples, plus specialty products. Judge/VIP passes are available through participating local dispensaries (Angel’s Care, 7-Stars, HopeNet, Sonoma Patient Group, Herbal Leaf, Northstar, El Camino Wellness Center and All About Wellness). See www.intche.org for complete listing.

In addition, there will be DJs and live music, sand blasting demonstrations, educational panels, films, software, grow equipment, books, legal services, medical services, vaporizers, glassware, newspapers, magazines, photographers, videographers, collectives, trimming equipment, online services, seed manufacturers, nutrient suppliers, storage equipment, health care supplements, lotions, tinctures, edible medicines and much more featured at the Expo. Concessions will be open for food and beverage.

Beneficiaries of the Expo are California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) and ASA (Americans for Safe Access) - each receive 4% of the profits from the event.

Committee passes marijuana legalization bill, but bill dies

By Steven Harmon
Contra Costa Times

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers took a historic first step toward legalizing marijuana when an Assembly committee approved legislation that would put the drug on the open market as a regulated and taxed product.

Almost simultaneous with the passage, however, the bill died — for now. With a Jan. 22 deadline nearing for approving legislation from last year and no agreement to take it up in the Health Committee, where it must go before it reaches the Assembly floor, the author of the bill, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has vowed to reintroduce it.

“This is a significant vote because it legitimizes the quest for debate, legitimizes the quest for discussion,” Ammiano said. “This is far from over. Not only did we get it out of public safety, but members are now willing to say, yes, this is worthy of discussion.”

Advocates hailed the narrow passage of the bill, AB390 — it was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a 4-3 vote — as a major breakthrough that will lead to a national legalization movement.

“This is the formal beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Stephen Gutwillig, director of the Drug Policy Alliance Network.


Medical Marijuana, Inc. Secures Land for Medical Cannabis Research & Development

LOS ANGELES, CA — (Marketwire) — 12/11/09 — Medical Marijuana, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MJNA) announces today the purchase of 20 acres of prime mountain valley property in Southern California intended to be used within strict governmental guidelines as a research facility targeting medical Cannabis strains specific to a wide range of medical conditions.

Today in California, a physician’s medical cannabis recommendation is based on a patient’s evaluation. However, the strain of medical Cannabis to be recommended, dosage and delivery methods must be refined and re-evaluated.

Many medical conditions are accepted by government as medical marijuana treatable. By diligently developing the most efficacious strains and matching those strains to ailments, MJNA will be poised as the industry leader in medical cannabis genetic research.

Medical Marijuana Inc Continues Development and Completes 1st Stage of the National Rollout of Its Educational Seminars

MARINA DEL REY, CA — (Marketwire) — 11/20/09 — Medical Marijuana Inc (PINKSHEETS: MJNA) announced today they have completed the taping of the Educational Seminar series as the 1st step toward the Seminar program being offered across America in those states where permitted by law. These Seminars will continue to be held in Ukiah, Ca. through the rest of the year.

Noted speakers included Oakland defense attorney James Silva, Mendocino Country Independent Editor Richard Johnson, Aeroponics cultivation expert Wayne Zallen, and MJNA – CEO Bruce Perlowin. The panel focused on current California laws and ordinances. Cultivation techniques and environmental sensitivity and solutions regarding the broad based tax solution that MJNA offers were explained in depth and unanimously agreed upon as paving the future for Medical Marijuana.

MJNA business protocol modules include Marketing, Accounting and Tax Compliance. Other modules include Trademarks and Patents, barter and their relevance to Medical Marijuana. Special attention is given to compliance issues related to extended Caregiver and Co-Op models. How-to instructions from some of the best Cannabis growers, use of Cannabis in the kitchens, legal experts, journalists and business professionals have enabled an unprecedented course of informational dialogue to move forward weekly.

Online enrollment can be accomplished at www.medicalmarijuanainc.com