Advocates suing for the repeal of the restrictive medical marijuana law passed by Montana legislators last year said that donations must get raised to continue with their lawsuit. According to Montana Cannabis Industry Association president, the organization has no plans to drop the case and they have enough money to observe it through a
Supreme Court hearing later this month. However, the advocacy needs huge support from medical marijuana suppliers.
The association wanted to emphasize to the folks benefiting from the lawsuit that there is no free lunch and those who remain will be provided with their full support. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association is ready to challenge the 2011 marijuana legalization issues that prohibit the commercial sale of medical marijuana. The law has also made it tougher to register as a user and imposed more regulations over doctors who recommend patients for the state registry. The restriction was passed by the Republican-led Legislature after Gov. Brian Schweitzer banned an outright repeal of the 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana cannabis law. Supporters of the new law are of the opinion that it was meant to rein in an out-of-control industry. Meanwhile, a state judge has blocked portions of the law from taking effect that include the ban on profits from marijuana sales. However, the Montana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on that injunction on May 30.
The MTCIA has posted a notice recently on its website saying that the organization can’t continue with the lawsuit at the rate that donations are flowing in. The organization has already spent about $150,000 and the cost of keeping the suit going could run another $100,000, which would be tough for them. The MTCIA president further said that the notice was meant to instill a sense of urgency in the medical marijuana cannabis suppliers in the state. Since spring 2011, the number of registered medical marijuana providers in Montana has dropped by 91 percent with the new law combined with a federal crackdown on providers resulting in many shops closing their doors. According to the report of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Service the total number of registered medical marijuana providers has dropped from 4,848 to 414 recently. The organization’s focus on the lawsuit means that it won’t be active in publicizing a referendum asking voters to repeal the marijuana cannabis law. Along with the advocacy group, there is another sponsor, ‘Patients for Reform-Not Repeal’ which is expected to lead the referendum campaign.
Tourists in the streets of southern Netherlands cities smoked spliffs and defiant coffee shop sold joints to visitors in protest against a ban on the selling of marijuana to foreigners which took effect on Tuesday. In Maastricht, protesters waved banners with marijuana leaves and slogans such as “Dealers Wanted” and “Stop Discrimination for Belgium” related to marijuana legalization. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the main square and staged a sit-in. About 50 protesters openly smoked joints alongside a six-foot-long fake spliff. The new marijuana law rolls back the traditional Dutch policy of tolerance of soft drugs and makes illegal the booming “tourist drug trade.” Coffee shops have become a major attraction in many parts of the country due to easy availability of quality cannabis.
The cafes in three southern Dutch provinces have been closed to the German and Belgian borders from last Tuesday and can sell medical marijuana to registered members only. The mayor of Maastricht was presented with a petition signed by about 300 coffee shop owners and other businessmen asking for the ban to be ended soon. Maastricht’s Easy Going coffee shop closed its doors to all customers in protest and said that police would simply have to handle black market street dealing, instead. Passed by the Liberal Christian Democrat coalition before it collapsed last month, the new law on foreigners in coffee shops was introduced in January and there is a plan to enforce it in the southern provinces next year. Coffee shops will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 registered members, who will be required to have a local address proof. Opponents of the law pointed out that it will drive cannabis users into cannabis black market. Maastricht Mayor said that such concerns were superfluous, and claimed the information would not be useful for anything other than checking the coffee shops’ customers.
Owners of a coffee shop in Tilburg said that his shop hosts about 800 visitors a day, including 150 to 200 a day from neighboring Belgium. Some other coffee shop owners said that local customers including doctors, nurses, lawyers and other professionals do not like to be on record as consumers of soft drugs. For years, the Netherlands has tolerated the sale of up to five grams of medical marijuana per person per day and hashish in the controlled environment of coffee shops. Up to 5 plants per person are also allowed under the Dutch marijuana laws.
A recent study has shown that there is a peak rise in use of medical marijuana among teens. It says that nearly 1 out of 10 teenagers lighting up more than 20 times every month. A report from The Partnership at Drugfree.org presents the mindset of parents who are extremely scared about drugs like cocaine and heroine but they are unwilling to talk about medical marijuana and other types of prescription drugs that their teenager kids are more likely to get addicted. They think that the weed is “no biggie”. The 23rd Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study has also revealed their reports mentioning rapid increase in marijuana use and decline in cigarette smoking as compared to the former.
It has been found that nearly 20 percent of North Carolina High School students are using medical marijuana at least once in the past month and lifetime use of the drug is almost 40 percent. Half of Hispanic teens report they have used marijuana in the past year versus 40 percent for African Americans and 35 percent for Caucasians. The fact that teens are tremendously getting addicted to marijuana since the past few years and it has also been proved by the case studies submitted by the University of Michigan. The study has also found out that there is a close association between teens who smoke pot regularly and prescriptive drug addicts. It is also a peer habit that develops from seeing their friends enjoying the pot gloriously.
The Marijuana Policy Project considers that marijuana use among teens can be curtailed only if smoking pot is legalized exclusively for adults. Spokesman of Marijuana Policy Project believes that, if the business of medical marijuana is completely ousted from the hands of criminals and transferred to responsible business people, who would honestly check the IDs of customers and ensure not to sell it to minors, then probably the number of teens falling prey to it can be minimized. Marijuana laws can be enforced to license its use and specify the legally permissible age limit, along with some regulatory restrictions. It’s also important for parents to get involved in this issue and make their children aware of the health hazards of smoking pots so frequently. As teen drug use takes a turn for the worse, a heavier burden is placed on the shoulders of parents to play a more active role in protecting their kids from the health risks posed by marijuana smoking.
Proponents of medical marijuana reform have come up with an initiative to target the masses regarding the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida. In an attempt to spread medical marijuana awareness, Tuesday morning commuters alongside Sample Road, west of Interstate 95 noticed two billboards advocating messages related to legalization of marijuana for medicinal purpose. The 14-by-48-foot billboards, showing message and images in tinted blue and cloud pink have been erected on the northern side of the street.
The message “Legalize Medical Marijuana” is printed in big bold letters and a godlike hand extending from the heaven with a marijuana cannabis leaf in its palm. The billboard also depicted a photo of an aged person in a wheel chair with a caption, “I ‘m a Patient, Not a Criminal”. The second billboard displayed a message “Reschedule Medical Marijuana”. Displayed below the message is a quote from the former administrative Judge Francis L. Young’s ruling about pot in a 1988 case, “One of the Safest Therapeutically Active Substances Known to Man”. These billboards are sponsored by the Silver Tour, founded by Robert Platshorn of West Palm Beach. He is an ex-operator of a 70’s pot smuggling operation out of Miami, labeled the Black Tuna Gang. Robert was released from federal prison about four years ago.
69 years old, Robert has dedicated his life to enlighten seniors about the benefits of using marijuana cannabis for medical purpose. For him marijuana cannabis can eliminate common problems faced by elderly and even replace it with sleeping pills that have harmful side effects. To celebrate the billboards in last Silver Tour show, about a dozen pro-legalization figures gathered at the All Stars Sports Bar & Grill in a strip plaza. The renowned Fort Lauderdale stockbroker, Irvin Rosenfeld, was also presented in the show, who has been smoking some 300 joints a month. This has been approved and provided by the government to keep a bone disease in check. Robert Platshorn has been trying to raise fund for more billboards and senior tours, and currently he has a 30-minute commercial under production.