When the cannabis conservatives grabbed the political wheel within the pro marijuana Netherlands this past season and then promptly closed the Cannabis coffeeshops in the southeastern part of the nation to weed vacationers, it appeared as an unfortunate setback for the marijuana tourism business.
Today however, using perfect police state logic the authorities in Amsterdam decided to storm their way into and then raid the 24th annual H.T. Cannabis Cup event. As marijuana continues to be demonized by right wing zelots and clueless old fools in the U.S., it is still fighting the “Good” fight in NL and pushing through the process to become decriminalized within the Netherlands. Based on recent tweets received by attendees at the event … “everybody may have their cannabis buds confiscated, but nobody is going to be penalized. This was the first time the police had felt it necessary in the last 24 years at the cannabis cup to make the presence know in such a maner.
According to the Director from the Vancouver Cannabis Dispensary Society, “Officers explained they looked into yesterdays events and saw some MMJ clubs supplying weed and breaking other rules…
Really? At the HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP
Update 11/24/2011 2:20 am
It’s all good in the ‘dam neighborhood. The misunderstanding was in regards to a permit application filed through the venue to host the big cannabis event. H.T.’s U.S. and Netherlander lawyers have just finished looking at all of them with law enforcement there. No participants have been arrested and participants aren’t the targets from the police presence. Information making certain that suppliers have been in compliance using the 500 gram limit underneath the Opium Law for licensed suppliers in the venue. Just one vendor continues to be recognized as potentially over the limit and only slightly.
As cannabis clubs take presctiption… and hold on tight in the Bay Area the City awaits word on if the Top Court will uphold a ruling that may alter the relationship between medical cannabis shops and cities.
A court ruling in Long Beach stated the Los Angeles city had authority to limit where medical cannabis shops setup, but could not issue permits or legal permission. That decision might have state-wide implications, and that’s why L.B. is suppressing new permits, stated Jack Song, deputy press secretary for City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
“We actually want to see exactly what the Top Court decides,” Song stated. “It provides much more of a definition and guidance to cities coping with medical-marijuana shops.”
A minimum of 11 prospective medical marijuana shops have been in various stages from the enabling process using the City, stated Stephanie Tucker, a speaker for that Bay Area Medical Cannabis Taskforce. Between 26 and 29 shops happen to be allowed within the City, she stated.
“The concept of holding back on certification licensed facilities when they’re prepared to be approved is detrimental and never within the welfare of cannabis patients, not to mention the higher community,” stated Kris Hermes, a spokesperson for Berkeley-based People in america for Safe Access.
The controversy falls inside the context of the bigger debate – the threat of the federal attack on cannabis clubs.
In October, U.S. lawyers in California introduced they’d try to shut lower shops, that they stated were operating in breach of federal law. Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for Northern Calfornia, stated at that time she’d focus her enforcement efforts on pot clubs near schools or parks.
Although The City has stated it will not problem new permits for the moment, the threat by federal prosecutors to hack lower on pot clubs hasn’t discouraged some farmers from seeking a store.
“It’s clearly a hard business
decision,” stated Joram Altman, who signifies the La-based dispensary Sunset Organics, which really wants to open another location on Mission Street. “It’s a gamble.”
While I understand that this seems a little strange based on today’s current anti-marijuana rhetoric. But our founding fathers and some other great thinkers of our time understood both the importance of the cannabis plant on a medicinal level, and the need for it on an industrial level. Here are some very enlightened thoughts …
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
– Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President quote on Hemp
“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”
– Albert Einstein quote on Hemp
The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
– Carl Sagan quote on Marijuana
“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
– Barack Obama quote on Marijuana
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”
– Henry Ford quote on Marijuana
“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”
– John Adams, U.S. President quote on Hemp
“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana.”
– Jimmy Carter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana
Stay safe and legal in 2011, Get your Medical Marijuana Recommendation from MMEC.
Some notable L.A. medical marijuana Dr’s offices have been handing out MMJ recommendations via a physician’s assistant, or P.A. as they are also known… as opposed to going directly through the M.D.’s. The legitimacy of medical cannabis recommendation produced this way has been challenged by law enforcement. If your marijuana recommendation has not been issued by a licensed M.D. in person, there is a good chance it may not hold up in court. Please all MMJ Patients are advised to check and make sure they are seeing a genuine, valid, real medical marijuana doctor, not just an assistant…
How bummed would you be to have paid your “real” $45.00, only to have gone through a “fake” marijuana evaluation, and to have been given a “fake” MMJ recommendation. Your Medical Marijuana recommendation is not the place to try and cut corners financially.
Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Center is committed to providing patients a safe and professional medical marijuana evaluation in California. Medicinal marijuana has proven to be a successful alternative health treatment for hundreds of aliments and diseases. Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Center is not only committed to providing California medical marijuana recommendations but also medicinal marijuana information and news. You can even access us via twitter “MarijuanaMDEval” or our “Facebook page”
As the U.S. internal debate over the outright legalization of marijuana continues, fueled in no small part by California’s fruitless attempt to pass proposition 19 last month. Savvy new sector investor’s are taking increased notice in the medical marijuana market and its growing viability.
Of the small-cap, publically-traded companies catering to the unique needs of the medical marijuana world and their Collectives, URL’s, and operational support needs, the stand out company would have to be General Cannabis (OTCBB:CANA), which has begun acquiring entities within the medical marijuana field, most recently purchasing Weedmaps.com and Synergistic Resources.
Weedmaps with 50,000 + members, and over 2 million hits per month has annual expected revenue of well over 3 million dollars. As the end user understands Weedmaps is a central hub for helping medical marijuana patients find their local medical cannabis dispensaries, and rate them based on the patients experience, and quality of medication for each collective.
As the acquisitions and consolidation phase of the medical marijuana industry continues, General Cannabis is leading the way announcing on December 6th, under their management sector US Cannabis, the signing of closing documents to acquire largely all of the assets of Synergistic Resources, LLC. Synergistic Resources runs Marijuana Medical Evaluation Centers (MMEC) and specializes in the turn-key management of medicinal marijuana clinics throughout California.
http://on.msnbc.com/gUpTYv Two Springfield city councilmen who support legalizing medical marijuana are taking their case to the public. These two have my support…