Thursday, August 23, 2012

DEA, U.S. Attorney in Seattle Send Letters to Shut Down 23 Dispensaries

Citing its concern for children, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington sent letters threatening closure and seizure of 23 dispensaries in the Seattle area today.

The dispensaries, the feds claim, are "within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or other prohibited area." The DEA and U.S. Attorney demands the business owners to halt business operations within 30 days.

Possible consequences for dispensaries that continue to operate include seizure and forfeiture of assets, as well as criminal prosecution. Landlords of the properties the dispensaries operate on couple face the seizure of and monies received from the business and criminal prosecition.

Jenny A. Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, stated in a media release: "We all work hard to create a safe zone for kids in school. There is a reason that both federal and state laws prohibit sales of marijuana in school zones. We need to enforce one message for our students: drugs have no place in or near our schools."

Of course, there's nothing mentioned about Washington state approving medical marijuana to begin with.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pot Chewing Gum to be Introduced in 4 States in October

CanChew BioTechnologies, Netherlands-based company, will introduce a cannabis-based version of the candy in October.

Medical Marijuana,  a U.S. company, now holds half of the company, which will be marketed for health and wellness as well as pain management.

The gum will be be almost THC-free which will relieve pain but not get users high, reports Big Buds, and will have almost total absorption by the body.

Medical Marijuana plans to launch a marijuana chewing gum in the U.S. this October in California, Colorado, Arizona and Washington D.C., also reports Confectionary News.

Dr. George Anastassov, the director of CanChew sees the gum as breakthrough in pain management. "Unfortunately, in the last 30 years, there has been absolutely nothing new in pain killing products," he said. "Current drugs have many dangers…Opioids have been a tremendous social burden, causing thousands of deaths each year."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Los Angeles Dispensaries File Lawsuit to Remain Open

As expected, dispensaries in the Los Angeles area sued to stop the City Council from closing their doors.

Medical marijuana trade group Patient Care Alliance filed a lawsuit against the city on the grounds that it violates the constitutional right to assembly. Under a law passed last month by the City Council, storefront dispensaries will be closed by Sept. 6. Groups of three or fewer patients will be allowed to grow and cultivate their plants. (In spite on the ban, the City Council confusingly passed an additional measure that instructs city staff to keep 180 dispensaries open.)

Marc O'Hara, an attorney for the Alliance, told Pasadena public radio affiliate KPCC, "There may be a misconception among people, maybe from the '60s, that you throw marijuana seeds in the backyard and then there’s all the marijuana. I think there’s a big difference between medical cannabis and backyard homegrown weed."

He also described the ordinance as "heartless," according to the L.A. Times.