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Seattle Issues Cease and Desist Notices to 330 Medical Marijuana Businesses, Fails to Offer Solutions for Patients
Seattle, WA -- More than 300 medical marijuana businesses received cease and desist letters from the City of Seattle this week. While the move appears to be consistent with a local law requiring medical marijuana businesses to obtain state-issued licenses by January 1, 2015, those licenses do not yet exist. Patients are concerned that the cease and desist orders are part of a coordinated plan to shut down much-needed businesses and dismantle Washington's 16-year old medical marijuana law.
Nikhil Swaminathan, Al Jazeera America
When Ian Young went to get a massage in August 2008, he had already been living with pain for more than decade. A car accident with a drunk driver in 1997 had left him with lingering discomfort in his neck. Deep tissue massages, along with gym workouts and stretching, were his primary means of treating his pain.
Ellis Conklin, Seattle Weekly
The city of Seattle has sent out cease and desist letters to more than 300 medical marijuana outlets, demanding that businesses engaged in “major marijuana activity” -- involving more than 45 plants or 72 ounces of dried marijuana -- obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. If they do not, they will be shut down by July 1, 2015.
David Downs, East Bay Express
This October, advocacy group Americans for Safe Access posted the latest training article from one the main opponents of medical cannabis in the state — the California Narcotics Officers Association. In the summer 2014 edition of the group's quarterly magazine, The California Narcotics Officer, an article detailed some of the more unsavory ways police attempt to discredit and imprison qualified medical cannabis patients.
Recent Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens in California Cut Off Treatment for Children Living with Epilepsy
Mendocino Co. / Modesto, CA -- As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.
Danny Kerry, Capital News Service
After Maryland is given the OK from the federal government, patients will be able to walk into a dispensary, show their card to the retailer and pick up their medical marijuana prescription.
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Advocates Launch "Vote Medical Marijuana" Ahead of November Elections to Help Educate Supporters, Public
Washington, DC -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State. The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide at VoteMedicalMarijuana.org that provides information on political candidate positions as well as voting statistics and a report card for each Member of Congress and certain state elected officials.
Sarah Bruley, Yale Daily News
When licensed marijuana dispensaries began opening in August, Connecticut patients were optimistic they could legally access medical marijuana. But state officials say new laws have not significantly curbed illegal use of the drug in recent months.