MMJ Dispensary On Capitol Hill Shut Down
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MMJ Dispensary On Capitol Hill Shut Down
Posted by CN Staff on May 06, 2018 at 09:16:34 PT
By Susan Svrluga
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- A medical marijuana dispensary on Capitol Hill has been forced to close its doors after the Department of Health suspended its registration last week.It was the first time health officials in the city have taken such an action, according to Tom Lalley of the D.C. Department of Health. A dispensary’s registration is the equivalent of a license to operate and its loss means the business must close. The length of the suspension has not yet been set.
“The Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana and Integrative Therapy Division summarily suspended the medical marijuana registration of the Metropolitan Wellness Center dispensary on May 3, 2018,” the department announced on Thursday.The dispensary’s software did not provide real-time data, said Mike Cuthriell, the owner of Metropolitan Wellness Center. He said the shop has switched to different software that will be able to provide sales information in real time.Cuthriell said he understands the reason for the requirement — sales must be reported in real time to ensure that patients aren’t sold more marijuana than is allowed within a given time period — but was troubled by the city’s action. Cuthriell said after learning of the problem, the dispensary shared with officials its plan to resolve the issue and had been told that there was no imminent danger to public health. Cuthriell said they typically sell to 100 to 200 patients a day.“I’m a bit shocked at how this was handled,” he said.He said the dispensary’s doors remain locked while they wait for an inspection by officials. In a tweet, the dispensary apologized to its patients for the inconvenience.He emphasized that his dispensary is closely regulated and has complied with all requirements since it opened in 2013, he said. The department’s action, he said, just makes it easier for the city’s thriving gray market of marijuana sales to operate.The unregulated gray market arose as entrepreneurs sought to take advantage of a ballot measure which passed in 2014 allowing District residents to grow or to possess small amounts of cannabis for personal use, and to share a small amount with someone else, but not to buy it or sell it. Some companies now sell cookies or paintings or other things that come with a “gift” of marijuana in the delivery, or try other creative attempts to comply with the law and make a profit.In 2009, the District approved medical marijuana and began the process of regulating suppliers and dispensaries who can legally sell the drug to patients.Lalley said he did not have information beyond the statement from the department, and a health official could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.Susan Svrluga is a reporter covering higher education for The Washington Post's Grade Point blog. Before that, she covered education and local news at The Post. Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Susan SvrlugaPublished: May 5, 2018Copyright: 2018 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 08, 2018 at 04:49:46 PT
This is So Wrong
No way! A good scent dog can be trained to search for lost children or through rubble like at 9/11. What a stupid thing for him to say.
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Comment #3 posted by Soup herb on May 08, 2018 at 01:41:39 PT:
More lies?
I do not believe the disposition of the K-9 training director for one second. His outrageous lie is an example of how desperate the prohibitionist/obstructions have become. Having a new change in policy would never be reason to kill the slaved trained dogs. It would merit their retirement but killing, absolutely not. Another lame attempt to discredit the value of cannabis with an ill conceived notion of cannabis hatred with no science or data to back up the irrational statement from the hatred of the prohibitionist. It's a cycle of hate for no reason. Then to make lies to support that hate is Method of Operation from the far wrong misguided and misinformed refusing to look at the facts and accept the embarassment from being so terribly wrong and wrought with a pride established on lies. A catch 22 if you will.Anyway the poor animals could be more easily retrained or just retired than to get a prohibitionist to accept reality of their hatred toward cannabis. Animals are smarter than people and they adjust unlike a far wrong prohibitionist. Just more lies from so called experts...will be looking forward to hearing the debate on this issue on NPR from unbiased professionals.To make up lies of this degree is a sign of fear. Fear being the state of lack of knowledge, simply put. 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on May 07, 2018 at 20:51:49 PT
Had Enough
Oh my gosh! That's a new low. That euthanizing of pot-sniffing dogs. Oh my gosh. It's hard not to have a cussing fit like Pebbles the cussing parrot. Those cops know that's not true. What they do know to be true in this day and age, is that many, many people care more about "fur babies" than they do human beings. We all know that's true. People that feel that way don't mind saying so, either. We all know they exist.That cop knows for sure that many people do care more about police dogs, because they're dogs, than they do mangy old pot heads... or even young ones. Nun Uh! Those type people will happily and self righteously preserve the life of the animal way above that of their fellow humans with practices they don't like... like consuming plants they disapprove of. This is a ploy to appeal to those people and their emotions and it could cause them to get loud about preserving the jobs, and supposedly, lives, of those poor little fur cops. Aaargh. They know that and they are doing it on purpose. When I think about the stinking, squirming little soul that came up with that ploy... I shiver. That's not a good person. And they are in positions of power and some people believe every word that passes their scheming lips and shining faces.That's awful. Just awful. Just saying that crap in an effort to preserve an unjust law. That's low.
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Comment #1 posted by Had Enough on May 07, 2018 at 19:06:13 PT
A new low...
for the prohibitionists and others who see the need to lock people up over Flowers and Plants...Also find it ironical that the name of police department is called Normal Police Department...go figure... ************Illinois police claim if marijuana is legalized, they'll have to kill their police dogsThe training director of a police K-9 academy in Illinois claims that if the state legalizes recreational marijuana, it will have to euthanize all its pot-sniffing dogs, The Pantagraph reports.There are approximately 275 trained narcotic K-9s in Illinois, with each costing the department thousands of dollars. Replacing the dogs would cost millions, and Chad Larner, the director of Maron County's K-9 Training Academy, said "retraining" the dogs would be "extreme abuse.""At this point, they're trained on five different odors," explained the Normal Police Department's assistant police chief, Steve Petrilli, a former K-9 handler. "Once they're programed with that, you can't just deprogram them." The dogs are also trained against being social in order to be effective workers, which led Larner to suggest "a number" of the K-9s would have to be euthanized in the event that marijuana is legalized.
Marijuana advocates are skeptical about the threat. "The idea that legalizing for adults to have an ounce on them will equal ... all these dogs being euthanized, that seems kind of ridiculous and hyperbolic," the executive director of the advocacy group NORML, Dan Linn,Click to see more...
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