Report: Medical Marijuana a Budding Problem
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Report: Medical Marijuana a Budding Problem
Posted by CN Staff on September 12, 2012 at 04:00:25 PT
By Erin Smith and Christine McConville
Source: Boston Herald
Boston -- With Massachusetts voters poised to legalize medical marijuana, a chilling new report on Colorado’s similar law shows the Rocky Mountain State has become a poorly regulated mecca for potheads and dealers — suggesting the Bay State may be on track to become New England’s own hemp haven. “The whole issue is a mess. We are seeing medical marijuana diverted to kids and diverted out of state,” said Tom Gorman, director of Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, an anti-drug program run by regional law enforcement. “It’s supposed to be for the sick and dying, but you just can’t regulate it.”
Colorado — which in 2010 began licensing dispensaries, as the Bay State would under the proposed ballot question — is now a “source state” for black market sales of medical marijuana across the country, according to a report the agency released last month. Gorman said Colorado’s medical marijuana cardholders exploded from 1,600 in 2009 to more than 130,000 in 2011 after the state set up regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. There are at least 400 marijuana businesses in Denver alone, according to the The National Voice for the Cannabis Industry. The report noted: •    A man busted using a single-engine airplane to fly 36 pounds of pot to the East Coast had a medical marijuana card and claimed to be a “caregiver.” •    A 19-year-old cardholder admitted he sold more than half of his purchase illegally on the street — much of it to juveniles. When cops told his supplier the suspect was buying enough to smoke three joints an hour for 24 hours a day, the dispensary owner shrugged it off, saying his customers need different amounts to control their pain. •    A patient turned her medical marijuana over to her drug dealer boyfriend. •    An undercover cop, pretending to be from Pennsylvania, bought 200 pounds of pot from one dispensary. •    A man told police he started selling medical marijuana on Craigslist because he was “just getting greedy.” A medical marijuana measure on the November ballot in Massachusetts, which would allow dispensaries, is likely to pass by as much as a 2-to-1 margin, a recent poll found. Critics slam the proposed Massachusetts law, noting it would allow approved users to carry a 60-day supply of pot but leaves the determination of how much that is to the Department of Public Health. If approved, the law would initially set up 35 pot dispensaries and amend state law to let people with debilitating medical conditions use marijuana for medicinal reasons. “It has that catch-all provision, ‘for any other medical conditions a doctor deems necessary,’ and that’s what opens us up to abuse and misuse,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. “Even the advocates acknowledge that this legislation needs work. That particular phrase is very broad, and it opens it up to a people who says, ‘Oh, I have a sprained ankle, and medical marijuana might help.’ ” Source: Boston Herald (MA)Author: Erin Smith and Christine McConvillePublished: September 12, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Boston Herald, Inc.Website: letterstoeditor bostonherald.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on September 16, 2012 at 22:26:24 PT
"That particular phrase is very broad"
Good. It should be broad. Cannabis should be legal to use for anything cannabis can be used for.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on September 12, 2012 at 09:19:32 PT
Is the Boston Herald
a mouthpiece for continued prohibition.Looks like it.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on September 12, 2012 at 09:07:04 PT
Diverting to kids!
Jumpin" Jehosaphat! Is he this dumb or this disingenuous?The high school kids [many with their parents blessing] are budding young entrepreneurs. why worry over "diverting to the kids" when the kids are way ahead of you, diverting into the main stream?
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on September 12, 2012 at 04:47:44 PT
Dear Erin Smith and Christine McConville:
GET OVER IT!Someone might be 'abusing' marijuana, OMG!
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