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US Attorney Issues Warning on Medical Pot Centers
Posted by CN Staff on April 26, 2012 at 19:27:44 PT
By David Klepper, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Providence, R.I. -- Rhode Island's top federal prosecutor has cautioned property owners intending to lease space to medical marijuana dispensaries that they could face forfeiture proceedings.U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent the warning letters this week, according to his spokesman Jim Martin. Neronha had previously warned that the dispensaries, their landlords or investors could face civil or criminal sanctions, including the seizure of assets or property.
The latest warning was discussed during a meeting between Neronha and Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday. During the meeting, which was sought by Chafee, Neronha restated that while prosecutors might target large-scale marijuana operations, they don't intend to prosecute ill patients using medicinal marijuana, Martin said.Seth Bock, chief executive of the Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center of Portsmouth, said he is "definitely concerned and somewhat shocked" to hear about Neronha's new warning, but he remains hopeful that the dispensaries will be allowed to open and serve patients. He said his landlord has not contacted him about receiving Neronha's letter."From every possible angle what we are proposing here in Rhode Island is going to be beneficial," Bock said.Chafee, an independent, blocked three state-selected dispensaries -- known as compassion centers -- from opening last year after Neronha warned the state and the dispensaries of the possibility of federal prosecution.Chafee supports legislation that would seek to avoid federal intervention by placing limits on the amount of marijuana dispensaries could distribute. The dispensaries could open within months if the legislation is adopted.Neronha did not weigh in on the legislation during the meeting with Chafee, but he did discuss the letters sent to property owners, Martin said."The meeting was at the request of the governor," Martin said. "The office does not intend to take any positions on the legislation.... we can't give legal opinions. We can only state our position."Chafee's spokeswoman declined to answer questions about the meeting.Sen. Rhoda Perry, D-Providence, attended the meeting and said Neronha would not say whether the legislation would assuage the concerns of federal prosecutors."At this point there is no information," Perry said. "He just sort of reiterated what has already been said. I personally think it (the meeting) was a matter of courtesy."Rhode Island now allows patients to legally possess small amounts of marijuana. Lawmakers also authorized dispensaries where patients could obtain marijuana in a state-regulated environment.Besides Greenleaf, the other two dispensaries chosen by the state are the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence and Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick.More than 4,400 Rhode Islanders are now enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: David Klepper, Associated Press Published: April 26, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on April 29, 2012 at 08:29:30 PT
This stuff needs to be over the counter everywhere
Government Considers Overdose Antidote, Naloxone, to Fight Prescription Drug Misusehttp://healthland.time.com/2012/04/27/government-considers-overdose-antidote-naloxone-to-fight-prescription-drug-misuse/
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on April 28, 2012 at 16:12:09 PT
Had Enough
My oh my. Thank you.
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Comment #11 posted by greenmed on April 28, 2012 at 15:47:20 PT
Had Enough
Yes we do.greenmed(I remember you created that sig for me.)
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 28, 2012 at 15:32:15 PT
Had Enough
What a beautiful song. I hope you are doing ok these days. We love you. 
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Comment #9 posted by greenmed on April 28, 2012 at 14:50:28 PT
Hope
You're sweet!XO
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Comment #8 posted by greenmed on April 28, 2012 at 14:45:16 PT
Had Enough
Thanks for sharing the tune. Awesome blues.Another who left us way too soon.
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Comment #7 posted by Had Enough on April 28, 2012 at 13:56:11 PT
and...Back to the article...
Same ole song and dance...But their song is old...out of key...and they keep tripping over their feet when they dance...The end of this stuff is getting nearer and nearer but not near enough... should have been over long ago...better yet never started to begin with...************How about a tune...here is one...a real good blues tune...with a message...as it should be...Not any kinda reefer reform tune...but still... a very good one...This guy knew how to make a guitar cry...people too...***Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (Live)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O_YMLDvvnw
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Comment #6 posted by Had Enough on April 28, 2012 at 12:53:47 PT
Hope...Comment 2
By the way, had a very good check up Monday. I'm doing well and am grateful for that. Still got some peripheral neuropathy, some sort of weird nausea, and some chemo brain fog, but no cancer... whoo hoo!... and I'm alive and feeling better and stronger and less foggy every day.I too am glad to hear you are doing better...Its refreshing to hear positive things...these days I hear more about friends and relatives that have left this earthly place than I do about people who were able to run that Grim Reaper off...You hang in there girl... I find myself thinking of your stuff and the stuff of others too...I have sent many vibes out your way and to others...I hope you felt them...
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 28, 2012 at 12:40:11 PT
Greenmed. I so agree.
"I do hope you and all who benefit from cannabis will be free to do so within the next four years, sooner better than later."And you didn't stomp in anywhere. I smiled when I saw your name and read your sweet post.Thank you.
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Comment #4 posted by greenmed on April 27, 2012 at 22:59:21 PT
Hope, dongenero
Sorry for stomping into your conversation like I did. I'm still adjusting to my new medicine. It is energizing.Hope, I can say from personal experience that sativa especially will help with the peripheral neuropathy, which does ease with time. As far as the fogginess, I don't see it on these pages. You seem as focused as ever, if not more so for your journey. I do hope you and all who benefit from cannabis will be free to do so within the next four years, sooner better than later.
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Comment #3 posted by greenmed on April 27, 2012 at 21:33:25 PT
Dear Hope
By the way, had a very good check up Monday. I'm doing well and am grateful for that.Still got some peripheral neuropathy, some sort of weird nausea, and some chemo brain fog, but no cancer... whoo hoo!... and I'm alive and feeling better and stronger and less foggy every day.
That is such wonderful news, that there is no cancer. Such wonderful news! I am thankful for that.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 27, 2012 at 20:33:03 PT
That's right, Dongenero.
Having been a cancer patient myself, I can look any of these prohibitionists right in the eye and tell them they should be so deeply ashamed of themselves for keeping people from being able to obtain cannabis. Deeply ashamed.But I knew that before I actually had to deal with cancer, anyway. They should, too.By the way, had a very good check up Monday. I'm doing well and am grateful for that.Still got some peripheral neuropathy, some sort of weird nausea, and some chemo brain fog, but no cancer... whoo hoo!... and I'm alive and feeling better and stronger and less foggy every day. 
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on April 27, 2012 at 09:31:54 PT
Where will they get it?.....Mexican cartels?
If you do not allow someone to provide it and grow it in advance, where does a patient get marijuana when they receive notice they have stage 4 cancer and will be going into chemotherapy next week?Ah right, they can grow it themselves.......3-4 months later their heirs can harvest.
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