Medical Marijuana Demand Booming
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Medical Marijuana Demand Booming
Posted by CN Staff on April 23, 2010 at 04:37:42 PT
By Scott Davis
Source: Lansing State Journal 
Michigan -- A year into the state's medical marijuana law, health officials can't keep up with the demand. Because of a rising backlog of about 3,000 applications, those who wish to use marijuana medically or grow it for others must wait three months for registry cards, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health."We're (now) getting a thousand applications a week," said James McCurtis, department spokesman. "It's going to take some time to get through all applications, even with new help."
As of April 16, the department said it had issued 13,239 permits for use of marijuana and 5,460 permits for caregivers to grow it. The program launched in April 2009.But marijuana advocates say this delay has caused problems for many applicants statewide whom police have arrested for possessing marijuana. Substitute Registry Under state law, the state health department is obligated to issue registry cards on approved applications within 20 days. But a provision allows the applicant to use a copy of the submitted application to serve as valid registry identification after 20 days.Greg Francisco, executive director of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, said police are unjustly arresting applicants because they won't accept the application copy as a legitimate substitute for a registry card."It's been a major problem for a long time," Francisco said. "Police are saying: 'We have no way of knowing if that person got a denial letter,' and they'll go ahead and make an arrest and let the court work it out."Francisco said although a judge often will throw out the charges in court, the arrest still can be a harrowing process."They still have the distress, the cost and being dragged through the criminal justice system," he said. "These people are suffering actual harm."McCurtis said the department is trying to address the backlog by adding two temporary workers to assist the three full-time employees who process applications. It expects to add three more temporary workers later this year, he said. Self-Funded Program McCurtis acknowledged the department underestimated the demand for the medical marijuana permit."It started out with a hundred or so applications. We had no idea of how many applications we were going to get," McCurtis said. "We didn't want to hire employees and have them sit around twiddling their thumbs."McCurtis said the pace of application submissions picked up significantly in November. The program, he said, is designed to be self-funded by a $100 application fee.Source: Lansing State Journal (MI)Author: Scott DavisPublished: April 23, 2010Copyright: 2010 Lansing State JournalWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Paint with light on April 23, 2010 at 20:21:43 PT
From Article in #5
The bottom line was the bottom line."Tony Villani, a trainer who has worked with 70 NFL prospects over the past eight years, says he hasn't seen any difference in the on-field work habits of players who admit to smoking pot. "There's no correlation," he says. "There is no correlation between the work habits and abilities of those that that use cannabis and those who don't.Show me someone who has played pro football for anytime at all and compare their health to someone who has consumed cannabis for ten to twenty years and I bet the football player has the worst and longest lasting negative effects of their behavior.Legal like alcohol and football.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on April 23, 2010 at 18:45:41 PT
Interesting new prohibitionist angle
When Fort Collins City Councilman Wade Troxell opened up the Denver Post on Tuesday morning, he noticed a full page of advertisements for medical marijuana dispensaries in the Denver metro area."Ads that said, 'Come and get it,'" Troxell said during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.
He wondered if the Denver Post, distributing its newspaper within Fort Collins city limits, might be violating the city's new medical marijuana ordinances because its advertisements appeared to be misleading and promoting marijuana available in the Denver area.You can't just come and get it and you can't promote breaking the law, he said. If it doesn't exist already, he said, there may be a "truth in advertising" provision soon added to city code related to medical marijuana dispensaries.
"Is that enforceable in the city of Fort Collins?" Troxell asked City Attorney Steve Roy.Cont. Coloradoan
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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on April 23, 2010 at 12:08:18 PT
Wall Street Journal
"There's Grass on the Football Field"Despite Stiff Penalties, More Incoming Players Cop to Using Marijuana; Some Calls for Medical Use
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 23, 2010 at 08:31:35 PT
Hemp World,
Thanks for the poll.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 23, 2010 at 08:10:26 PT
Thank you. Here is an easy link to the poll.Current Results:Should marijuana use be legalized?  * 1598 responses  
 Yes -- 85%  
 No -- 15%
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on April 23, 2010 at 07:57:14 PT
CNBC Poll!
Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
CNBC Poll Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on April 23, 2010 at 06:01:28 PT
Boulder Weekly
Pot at the tea party
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