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  Rabbi Set To Open DC Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Posted by CN Staff on May 25, 2013 at 15:02:00 PT
By Will Wrigley, Huffington Post 
Source: Huffington Post 

medical Washington, D.C. -- When you think of a rabbi, several words and phrases may come to mind, but "medical marijuana dispensary owner" is perhaps not one of them. That, however, is exactly what former Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn is.

Kahn and his wife, Stephanie Reifkind Kahn, hope to open the Takoma Wellness Center after Memorial Day weekend. It would be the second licensed medical marijuana dispensary to open in the nation's capital since the D.C. Council voted to make pot legal for medicinal purposes in 2010.

The only thing they are waiting for, Jeffrey Kahn told The Huffington Post, is the go-ahead from the D.C. Department of Health. They've already passed a final inspection from the department.

Before he retired in 2007, Kahn spent time as a rabbi all over the United States, including New Jersey and Chicago, and as far away as Australia. He now attends synagogues around the Washington area and cites religious scripture to explain his new career.

"I think Scripture is very clear that when we have the opportunity to help people, we must do it," Kahn told the Washington City Paper in 2010, when he and his wife first set out to open a dispensary.

When the two decided to establish the Takoma Wellness Center, they were honoring Stephanie Kahn's late parents, who both had illnesses the side effects of which can be alleviated with cannabis.

Jules, her father, had multiple sclerosis and "sought physician after physician, always searching for some relief from the severe spasms caused by MS," Stephanie Kahn, who is a nurse, wrote on the dispensary website. But when his father-in-law finally tried marijuana, Jeffrey Kahn told City Paper, "he was amazed" by the relief it brought him.

Stephanie Kahn's mother, Libby, was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. "Chemo robbed her of her appetite, and she fought constant nausea. The physicians again recommended marijuana. She couldn't find it," Stephanie Kahn wrote.

The Kahns' dispensary will help some of those suffering from serious illnesses like Jules and Libby to find relief. Under the regulations the city adopted in 2010, only those with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis can obtain medical marijuana; they will need a recommendation from a doctor.

"The people who are coming to this dispensary are people who are really sick," Jeffrey Kahn told WRC-TV/NBC4 in April.

The Kahns are hoping to offer a strain of marijuana that provides the medical benefits of THC without the "high" feeling, they told The Jewish Week in April.

"We know there are people who would like to be able to tap the medicinal benefits without the psychoactive elements. They view that as a nasty side effect," Jeffrey Kahn said.

But that doesn't mean they won't offer other marijuana products and accessories that are often sold in dispensaries in the 19 states where medical pot is legal. The shop will sell vaporizers and even a machine that makes marijuana butter, which can be used in baked goods, in addition to literature about the politics surrounding medical marijuana, according to NBC4.

Throughout the process of getting their dispensary up and running, the Kahns' message has remained steady: They want to help sick people.

"Our ward [Ward 4] has the highest cancer rate in D.C. ... There's a need for our dispensary here," Jeffrey Kahn told the City Paper.

And as for how a retired rabbi, who moved from New Jersey to Israel in 2007, ended up where he is today, Kahn notes that you can't always predict your future.

"When I retired from my [last] congregation, it was the furthest thing in my mind that I would end up in D.C. selling marijuana," he told New Jersey Jewish News in 2010. "You just never know."

Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Will Wrigley, Huffington Post
Published: May 24, 2013
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on May 28, 2013 at 10:21:47 PT
great story on power of juries
http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-going-to-jail-for-justice/

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Comment #5 posted by observer on May 27, 2013 at 18:47:05 PT
MMJ and Jury Nullification - Spiked
Speaking of medical marijuana, notice the deafening silence from mainstream media (gov intel propaganda) on this news item? :

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/05/san-diego-mayor-calls-for-jury-nullification/

The current, sitting mayor of San Diego is locking horns with Feral Prosecutors: the people don't want the Feds to bust their medical marijuana outlets and jail the good people bringing them their meds; the feds have other ideas. (No news there so far.)

What is news is that the mayor is publicizing jury nullification (see http://FIJA.org ) as a remedy. This (jury nullification) is one thing that prohibitionists don't want people to even know about.

Government even lies to juries -- routinely -- about jury nullification. The government prosecutor/judge will say something like, "You're not here to judge the law - you the jury are here only to determine guilt or innocence."

Of course, that's a lie. (Or, not "of course" if you're not aware of a jury's right to nullify. The government prosecutor/judge is dressed nicely and speaks authoritatively - and for most people, that in itself is convincing enough.)

The government judge/prosecutor will also pre-screen testimony to make sure the jury specifically isn't informed about their right to nullify. Government even pre-screens (rigs - during the vior dire precess) juries to toss out any potential juror that admits to knowing the law. That's how much government hates this law, and hates having people on juries that know about it.

If you aren't even sure what jury nullification is, then ... see how well the news blackout is working?

The mayor's actions should be front page news. If the US mainstream press were really free and independent. It isn't. US mainstream media in 2013 is a government intel op, pretending to be a free press, to fool you.

My prediction: the MSM will studiously avoid mention of the San Diego MMJ jury nullification news. Eventually the US MSM will grudgingly mention jury nullification and FIJA - in damage control mode, and only to smear the very idea of nullification, I predict.

It's a safe bet.

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Comment #4 posted by Rizanin on May 27, 2013 at 10:32:13 PT:

Rizanin
and in your spirit and the Spirit of the Christ when He visited pupils and blew, having told - accept Spirit Sacred

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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on May 27, 2013 at 10:07:48 PT:

The Rabbi
The Rabbi is the perfect choice for this profession. Unlike the hard-core Doctrinaire Rabbis and Priests, this intelligent man thinks for himself. I only wish that other religious leaders would have such an epiphany but I'm not holding my breath.

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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on May 25, 2013 at 16:53:28 PT
A bud is a bud is a bud.
There's BC bud

and now there's DC bud.

Sounds presidential...

Is Reifkind, pronounced: reef-kind?

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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on May 25, 2013 at 15:50:08 PT
That is perfect!
That is exactly what we needed, a Jewish dispensary in Washington DC.

Now, we can hopefully move forward federally and nationally on this issue!

Thank you JahWeh!

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