GUNS versus MMJ?

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Guns versus Medical Marijuana, is a cannabis user more likely to be violent? 

The United States Ninth Circuit court ruled that a gun shop owner had the right to refuse to sell a gun to a woman who had a legal medical marijuana card from her state.

Confused?

This District Court of Appeals, which by the way covers marijuana friendly states like Washington, Oregon, Alaska and California, held that it was reasonable for this this gun shop owner to refuse the sale to the legally card carrying woman because “using cannabis raised the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated”.

Still confused?

Retired Judge Shelli William Hayes thinks this ruling is absurd especially because the woman wasn’t even a cannabis user but rather had the card to support the marijuana movement.  The woman merely wanted the gun for self-defense but the seller said that it was federally illegal to sell it to her.

She added “It’s absurd to think that a cannabis user is more likely to be violent when last I checked it hasn’t killed anyone”.

The gun shop owner was likely following a directive from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that came in letter form and stated that anyone who has admitted to using marijuana must be denied the sale of a firearm.  It also stated that “there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law”.

Thus the quandary once again raises its ugly head in the state versus federal debate and the uncertainty between our individual rights within the two arenas.

Yes, we are all still confused.

Cannabis is good RX for this MD

Local doctor turns to pot!  After five decades in medicine and touted by some of his patients as “the most fantastic” and most “phenomenal” doctor they have ever had, 82-year-old Dr. Gilbert Weinstein has made the decision to leave traditional medicine behind.

Doctor Sativa, a board certified Medical Marijuana Doctor explains the Medical Benefits of Medical Cannabis and how it grows from a simple organic plant into a Medical drug for many around the world

 

Practicing in Hewlett, New York, he wrote this to his patients:

“Due to increasing insurance company and government intrusions and restrictions, it is impossible to continue practicing medicine as it should be done…. Unfortunately, my ability to render proper and comprehensive medical care for you has been severely compromised, and I will close my practice……”.  “the truth of the matter is, what used to be an art…has become a business”

But Dr. Weinstein is not finished yet.  He started researching medical marijuana after New York state made it legal for some severe conditions.  He learned about the endocannabinoid system which is a network of receptors in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.  When CBD and THC are introduced into these systems, the body can achieve homeostasis, or biological equilibrium.  He also joined the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and proudly wears a green marijuana leaf on his white lab coat.

So Dr. Weinstein has a new practice.  If a patient qualifies after a consultation (has cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS, or other diseases proscribed by NEW York State’s medical marijuana laws), Then he/she pays an initial fee that will cover his round the clock care, access to him and he will then prescribe marijuana.  Patients will be evaluated monthly.  One of his patients who began his program, reduced her intake of 16 oxycodone pills per day by half after two months.

Although Weinstein has no interest in marijuana’s recreational use, he feels that there is an opioid crisis in this country and that medical marijuana may be an effective tool to help fight it.

“It’s an amazing plant”, he said and continues “We’re dealing with a genie coming out of a bottle”.

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Milestone

On September 22, 2016, a few swipes of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s pen ushered in the state’s medical marijuana framework and made Michigan the latest pot progress participant. Although Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008, in 2011 Michigan’s Court of Appeals held in Michigan v. McQueen that medical marijuana dispensaries were not legal under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Michigan’s Supreme Court upheld the decision in 2013. While some Michigan counties chose to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to exist peacefully, others used the full force of the Court’s ruling to raid and shut down dispensaries that dared to defend patients’ access to medical marijuana.

Snyder’s signatures on House Bills 4209, 4210 and 4827 have mended Michigan’s dispensary discord. The bills were originally a part of a five-bill package, which also included Senate Bills 141 and 1014. Together, the three House Bills allow Michigan’s 210,000 registered patients to lawfully possess and use cannabis derived topicals, edibles and extracts. Furthermore, fully compliant medical marijuana businesses can now operate without the constant threat of raids, as HB 4209 sets out a licensing system for medical marijuana growers, processors, transporters and dispensaries throughout the state. Finally, much like the marijuana frameworks that have passed throughout the nation in recent years, Michigan’s newly minted medical marijuana regulations mandate that the state establish a seed-to-sale traceability system. The bills are set to take effect immediately.

Governor Snyder has expressed great hope for Michigan’s medical marijuana framework, stating that the “new law will help Michiganders of all ages with varying medical conditions access safe products to relieve their suffering…[Michigan] can finally implement a solid framework that gives patients a safe source from which to purchase and utilize medical marijuana.”

Though the state has solved its marijuana accessibility problem, Michigan must remain mindful of the cannabis cash conundrum that has plagued every other state that has legalized marijuana use. Because marijuana businesses throughout the U.S. have traditionally had an incredibly hard time accessing banking services, the industry has relied heavily on cash and suffered the violent consequences of doing so. However, compliance, cash management and electronic payment processing platforms, such as PayQwick, have been helping licensed marijuana businesses break free from cash. PayQwick’s compliance assessment programs, which incorporate standards from the Cole Memo, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti Money Laundering Control Act protocols, the FinCEN Guidelines and each state’s marijuana rules, have already helped numerous legal marijuana businesses remain compliant and get traditional bank accounts. Additionally, PayQwick’s business-to-business electronic payment platform, armored car cash pickup service, consumer Smartphone App and loadable cards have made it easy for these businesses and their customers to operate efficiently without the hassles and dangers of cash. With PayQwick’s help, Michigan’s medical marijuana industry can step into the new era of cannabis where cash is no longer a safety risk or a burden.