Prosecutor Issues Vermont Pot Dispensary Warning
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Prosecutor Issues Vermont Pot Dispensary Warning
Posted by CN Staff on May 05, 2011 at 06:05:34 PT
By Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press 
Source: Burlington Free Press
Montpelier, VT -- Rep. Patti Komline was going to vote for a bill that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Vermont until a letter from Vermont's top federal prosecutor landed on her desk hours before the vote Wednesday.The last-minute letter threw a speed bump in front of a bill headed for passage, but appeared unlikely to halt it. U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin warned in the letter that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and those associated with a dispensary were at risk of prosecution.
"I really had every intention of voting for this bill until this morning," said Komline, R-Dorset. "The letter impressed me."Lawmakers and the Shumlin administration knew as the bill was being crafted over the past few months that the federal government considered marijuana in violation of federal law even if states legalized it for medical uses. Vermont legalized medical marijuana for registered users in 2004; this year's bill is designed to give those users a legal means of obtaining the drug if they are unable to grow it themselves by allowing up to four nonprofit dispensaries to be established.More than a dozen states have approved marijuana for medical use with about half of them allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, according to the Associated Press. A 2009 statement from the U.S. Department of Justice stated the agency would not spend its resources pursuing such users. The letter from Coffin, dated Tuesday, indicated a firmer stance."Individuals who elect to operate marijuana cultivation facilities will be doing so in violation of federal law. Others who knowingly facilitate such industrial cultivation activities, including property owners, landlords, and financiers, should also know that their conduct violates federal law," Coffin's letter said in part.Coffin did not return a call Wednesday seeking clarification if that meant he would pursue dispensaries that were following the state law or if he would be apt to go after them only if they sold to non-registered users. Snipped  Complete Article: Burlington Free Press (VT)Author: Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Published: May 5, 2011Copyright: 2011 Burlington Free PressContact: letters bfp.burlingtonfreepress.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by disvet13 on May 05, 2011 at 11:41:58 PT:
time for new representation
the only way we will ever get a rescheduling at the federal level will be by completely new senators and congressmen. you want a change at the federal level? know your candidates and their position on complete legalization of all cannabis.
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Comment #4 posted by Garry Minor on May 05, 2011 at 10:45:48 PT
OT-- MMJ for a two year old
Boy, two, with brain cancer is 'cured' after secretly being fed medical marijuana by his fatherBy DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:16 PM on 4th May 2011
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Add to My StoriesA desperate father whose son was suffering from a life-threatening brain tumour has revealed he gave him cannabis oil to ease his pain. And he has now apparently made a full recovery.Cash Hyde, known as Cashy, was a perfectly healthy baby when he was born in June 2008 but became sick shortly before his second birthday.At first he was misdiagnosed with glandular fever before his parents Mike and Kalli, from Missoula in Montana, were given the devastating news he had a serious brain tumour.The little boy had to have arduous chemotherapy treatment to reduce the growth, which had drastic side effects including seizures and a blood infection. His distraught parents were repeatedly told he was likely to succumb to the illness because the condition was so bad.After one bout of high-dose chemotherapy, Cash was so weak he could not lift his head and was too sick to eat any solid food for 40 days.It was at this point that Mr Hyde decided to take action and go down the route of medical marijuana to try to help his young son. Cash's doctors refused to even discuss the option but his father went and sought authorisation elsewhere and then secretly administered it through his son's feeding tube.He also told doctors to stop giving Cash the cocktail of anti-nausea drugs he had been taking - although he never told them what he was doing.Mr Hyde told KXLY News that his son started looking better right away. 
Snipped......................................Mr Hyde told KXLY: 'It's very controversial, it's very scary. But, there's nothing more scary than losing your child.'
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on May 05, 2011 at 09:16:20 PT
now now DG, you know Novartis and Pfizer don't want a cannabis plant in every yard!It sounds like maybe the VT and RI governments will show some spine here. Maybe they should get together with Maine and sue the feds. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 05, 2011 at 08:13:18 PT
You said: This is happening nationwide. They don't want it regulated as business.I agree! As I have watched over the years the way it has been evolving it wouldn't be long until big tobacco would get involved and take over. I don't want to see factory farms for cannabis. Let people grow their own for personal use like brewing your own beer and sharing it with friends. That seems so fair to me. 
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on May 05, 2011 at 07:45:55 PT
Dept of "Justice"
This is happening nationwide. They don't want it regulated as business.Decentralized they want? Decentralized they should get. Just like tomatoes. Just like home micro-brew.
A cannabis plant in every yard.It's time to push even harder for full-on re-legalization bills at every level. Representatives, protect your citizens' freedom.
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