Mirkarimi Proposal: Let S.F. Sell Medical Pot
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Mirkarimi Proposal: Let S.F. Sell Medical Pot
Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2009 at 04:54:35 PT
By Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
California -- San Francisco would be the first city in the nation to sell and distribute medical marijuana under legislation proposed Tuesday by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Mirkarimi, who spearheaded legislation more than three years ago to regulate the city's proliferating medical marijuana dispensaries, asked the city attorney to craft a measure that would create a pilot program for medical cannabis sales. The details are still being worked out, Mirkarimi said, but he envisions a pilot program under which the Department of Public Health could distribute pot to medical marijuana patients of city clinics.
Mirkarimi called the legislation the "next step" toward codifying the state laws that legalized medical marijuana, adding that he wanted to introduce the legislation in 2005 when the city was passing the laws regulating the city's marijuana clubs. But he said he waited out of concern that federal law does not recognize California's legalization of medical marijuana. However, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that federal authorities would prosecute only "those people who violate both federal and state law," implying that the government no longer would try to shut down California pot dispensaries."We're spending much more money keeping marijuana underground, trying to hide a fact that is occurring all around us," Mirkarimi said. "Now is the time to take responsibility for something we've deflected to others and to test our ability to take responsibility."Mayor Gavin Newsom's office wasn't so sure. Although the mayor supports medical marijuana, Newsom has said he does not favor efforts to legalize pot, and his office was noncommittal about the proposal for the city to sell it. "The mayor will have to hash this out with public health officials," press secretary Nathan Ballard said. "It's the mayor's job to weed out bad legislation. And to be blunt, this sounds pretty bad." Snipped   Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: Wednesday, April 15, 2009Copyright: 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 16, 2009 at 08:38:08 PT
Thank you. 
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Comment #5 posted by mykeyb420 on April 16, 2009 at 07:04:19 PT
Gavin is a nice guy ( and hella good looking too),,but he wont come out and support us officially,,but he does support the medical use of cannabis for those who need it.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 15, 2009 at 18:55:27 PT
How do people in the medical marijuana community in San Francisco feel about Gavin Newsom?My opinion from only seeing him on a few news shows that he seems like a good guy.
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Comment #3 posted by mykeyb420 on April 15, 2009 at 18:45:53 PT
Mirkarimi info
For those who dont know who Mirkarimi is,,,let me tell you he is a whack job supervisor who LIED to medical cannabis community just to get elected,,,he is NO friend of no attention to whatever he says,,,many clubs closed due to his interference in the movement,,and many more to come,,
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Comment #2 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 15, 2009 at 06:24:55 PT
Free Press Article
Medical marijuana law put to the testIn 2 cases, lack of ID cards creates complications
Detroit Free Press Article
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Comment #1 posted by fight_4_freedom on April 15, 2009 at 06:22:09 PT
Our Law to be Tested
Medical marijuana law tested
Couple who say they have permission to use plants for illnesses are charged with feloniesJennifer Chambers / The Detroit NewsMadison Heights --A legal test of Michigan's new medical marijuana law is brewing in Oakland County, where a man and woman vow to fight felony charges of manufacturing plants in their home.Robert Lee Redden and Torey Allison Clark appeared before a Madison Heights magistrate Tuesday afternoon to be arraigned on charges that could send them to prison for up to 14 years and cost them up to $1 million.Both suffer from chronic illnesses and claim to be physician-certified to have the plants under the state's medical marijuana law.On March 30, Madison Heights police broke down the door of the couple's home with a battering ram and confiscated 21 marijuana plants, $531 in cash and some notebooks, authorities said.They were not arrested but were ordered to appear in court Tuesday on the charges.Redden, who suffers from bone disease and deteriorating hips, said he was told by doctors that medical marijuana would ease his pain.He said he showed police officers documents obtained from the nonprofit Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, which opened its first clinic in Michigan in December in Southfield.A doctor there qualified Redden and gave him a document showing he could use medical marijuana, and he started plants from seeds in early March. Clark, who suffers from cancer, said she also has her doctor's recommendation, which qualifies her to use the drug for pain.On April 6, the state began accepting applications from residents to join the Michigan Medical Marijuana Registry. Both Redden and Clark applied for an ID card, but only after the offense occurred. Madison Heights Deputy Police Chief Anthony Roberts said that meant they were in violation of the law. Under the law, a registered user can possess up to 2.5 ounces of pot and 12 plants.In November, nearly two-thirds of voters decided Michigan should join a dozen other states to allow medical marijuana use.Attorney Robert S. Mullen said Redden and Clark were within their rights to have the plants and that charging them with a crime amounts to interfering with the patient-physician relationship.
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