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Attorney: Murrieta Not Affected by Marijuana Dispensary Ruling

A state appellate court has rejected bans on medical marijuana dispensaries, but a Murrieta city attorney says the city's moratorium still stands.

A recent appellate court ruling that cities can not place bans on medical marijuana dispensaries does not affect Murrieta's current moratorium, a city attorney said.

A three-justice panel on the Second District Court of Appeal in California issued a July 2 decision in County of Los Angeles v. Alternative Medicinal Cannabis Collective that rejected bans on dispensaries imposed by a local municipality.

In the decision, the court ruled that L.A. County's "complete ban" on medical marijuana is "preempted" by state law and therefore void. The decision reverses a preliminary injunction granted to the county by the Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2011.

Under California law, medical marijuana is legal. (Read more about the 1996 Compassionate Use Act or the Medical Marijuana Program Act on the state’s website.)

The July 2 decision puts the bans in question. According to the ruling, "[T]he repeated use of the term 'dispensary' throughout [Health and Safety Code section 11362.768] and the reference in subdivision (e) to a 'storefront or mobile retail outlet' make it abundantly clear that the medical marijuana collectives authorized by section 11362.775 are permitted by state law to perform a dispensary function. [Los Angeles] County's total, per se nuisance ban against medical marijuana dispensaries directly contradicts the Legislature's intent."

However, jurisdictions in southwest Riverside County, including Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Temecula and Riverside County have banned marijuana dispensaries and storefronts.

Murrieta had a ban in place until 2011,

In recent months, Murrieta, the county, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice have teamed to

Murrieta City Attorney Robert Mahlowitz is representing the city in two medical marijuana dispensary lawsuits, Greenhouse Cannabis Club and Cooperative Medical Group, and said he read the Alternative Medicinal Cannabis case. 

"It strongly supports the city’s current laws," Mahlowitz wrote, in an email to Patch.

"First, the case recognizes that the issue it decided—may a local government ban medical marijuana cooperatives and dispensaries—is currently before the California Supreme Court," Mahlowitz wrote.

"The Alternative Medicinal Cannabis decision contains a lengthy discussion explaining that temporary medical marijuana dispensary bans, such as Murrieta’s, are entirely legal and appropriate. The Alternative Medicinal Cannabis decision means Murrieta’s current law temporarily barring medical marijuana dispensaries is entirely proper and enforceable," Mahlowitz wrote.

This latest decision is the opposite of one put forth by the state's Fourth District Court of Appeal, which ruled in November that nothing in the 1996 Compassionate Use Act or the Medical Marijuana Program Act preempts cities from banning dispensaries.

Ultimately, the California Supreme Court will have the final say. Two state appellate court rulings impacting dispensaries have been granted review by the high court, including Pack v. City of Long Beach, which addresses how localities can regulate distribution, as well as the City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness decision, which deals with whether municipalities can permanently ban distribution.

Mahlowitz believes the Riverside and Lake Forest cases both address the same question presented by the Alternative Medicinal Cannabis case.

In the Riverside case, "the appellate court said a city may ban dispensary operations," Mahlowitz wrote.

About the Lake Forest case, Mahlowitz wrote: "the appellate court said a City is required to allow a combined sales and marijuana grow operation,"

"That means Alternative Medicinal Cannabis will be taken for review by the Supreme Court the same way the Supreme Court took the Lake Forest case for review. So, within six to eight weeks the Supreme Court should accept review and Alternative Medicinal Cannabis case will no longer be controlling law," Mahlowitz wrote.

After hearing this week’s decision, Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access, said, "The court of appeal could not have been clearer in expressing that medical marijuana dispensaries are legal under state law, and that municipalities have no right to ban them. This landmark decision should have a considerable impact on how the California Supreme Court rules in the various dispensary cases it's currently reviewing."

Beth Burns, co-owner of Cooperative Medical Group, which opened in Murrieta in July 2011, was also aware of the ruling. Burns said she was "waiting patiently for the Supreme Court." She has said

The attorney for Greenhouse Cannabis Club, , could not immediately be reached for comment Friday; nor could the owner.

While the city's legal battle continues with both dispensaries—or co-ops as their management have described them—neither are currently operating.

"The new case strengthens rather than weakens Murrieta’s current law," Mahlowritz wrote. "Currently, a temporary moratorium is in place in Murrieta that prevents dispensary operations. It will allow the city time to review its laws in light of expected rulings from the Supreme Court addressing the conflicting appellate court cases. When the moratorium expires, the city will adopt new permanent regulations. Right now, though, no permanent regulation is in effect."

—Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Paul August 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Missouri: Springfield City Council Votes On Municipal Marijuana Depenalization Measure. Hey Ron! The folks spoke! "Springfield, MO: Members of the Springfield City Council voted 6 to 3 on Monday to act on a petition-based ordinance that seeks to significantly reduce the penalties associated with the possession of marijuana. "Citizen proponents of the measure - Show-Me Cannabis Regulation and Springfield NORML - collected some 2,600 signatures from municipal voters to place the proposal before the Council. If city lawmakers had not decided in favor of the proposal, then it would have gone before voters this November. "Despite the favorable vote, some members of the Council have indicated their opposition to the ordinance. The Council can amend the measure within the next 30 days. "As written, the measure amends local penalties for the possession of up to 35 grams of cannabis by adults to primarily a fine-only offense. It also allows for violators to have their arrest record expunged after two years, and requires City Council to create a citizens oversight committee to monitor the ordinance's implementation and enforcement. "Nevertheless, several members of the Council have expressed their intentions to significantly alter or even 'gut' the ordinance..." "Under state law, possession of 35 grams or less is defined as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. For more information, visit: http://show-mecannabis.com/
Ron Kirkish September 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Citizens of Murrieta, Alex Datig is a friend and associate from the City/County of Los Angeles. She worked along with US Senator Dianne Feinstein to help defeat Proposition 19. Here are two links that she would like to share with you as you consider the issue of marijuana dispensaries in your city: http://www.nipitinthebudusa.org/ http://commonsenserecovery.blogspot.com/2012/08/all-six-california-marijuana.html You will also find some very useful information in her links regarding the damage that marijuana abuse is doing to our society and kids.
Ron Kirkish September 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
[Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana – Kills] THC in blood: Mom pleads guilty in daughter, ex-husband death By Lisa Provence | lisa@readthehook.com Published online 10:42am Friday Aug 31st, 2012 http://www.readthehook.com/107115/thc-blood-mom-pleads-guilty-daughter-ex-husbands-deaths Excerpt: "Her blood alcohol level showed no alcohol, says Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jon Zug, but it did show the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol– the active ingredient in marijuana". " Virginia has no legal standards for what constitutes driving under the influence of pot, and one problem for determining such a level is that THC lingers in the blood for weeks after use." "Lewis' THC level was 6 nanograms/milliliter of blocd; experts say over 5 ng/mL constitutes driving under the influence, explains Zug" "There are indications that on the way home, she stopped and smoked marijuana," says Zug. And he said a witness was almost struck head-on by Lewis and estimated her speed at 80mph."
Paul September 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
OK RON I read your two links above here. Have you read mine? There seems to be some gloating about Prop 19 being defeated in 2010 in these. There were problems with prop 19, that caused many supporters of Medical Marijuana to be against prop 19. If you were to look at blogs at that time it looked like about 50-50 for and against from medical marijuana users. Prop 19 DID PASS by a good majority in many cities and counties. (Statistics from the state website, election results by community) Mainly it passed by 4 points to 20 points in the better educated and more affluent communities. But it lost by large majorities in the poorer and less educated communities and caused a loss statewide. That is the opposite of what many of us would expect. The main objection to prop 19 from MMJ supporters could have corrected with just one or two sentences saying nothing in this act takes away any rights defined in the medical marijuna laws. It did say that in the "preface to the law", but it seems like the courts ignore the preface whenever they want to. It did not say it in the text. The other complaint was that it appeared to wipe out mm and pop MMJ stores and go for exclusitivity with large company or cooperations for distribution. Wheter true or not thatled many to oppose it. The woman in the second link above says recovery includes Drugs and Alcohol and tobacco and even food abuse. Do you use alcohol Ron?
Paul September 02, 2012 at 09:47 AM
Ron misrepresented some facts here. He leaves the impression she was driving 80 mph. The article says: "Lewis, 37, was driving her Kia Optima November 10, 2011, on narrow Half Branch Road between 67 and 70 mph, according to the prosecution, when she slammed into a tree" [according to the police investigation] Ron says: [Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana – Kills] The article says: "...and a blood test indicated Lewis, who was seriously injured, had smoked marijuana and was using two prescription drugs." MY comment: Notice TWO prescription drugs were ALSO found in her blood [not at overdose levels] There is some consideration of considering 5 nanograms/ml a safe limit, but it is not agreed how much it would take to cause impaired driving, as it is known to vary depending on the person and how much tolerance the person has built up to the THC.. The article also says: "Neither of her passengers were wearing seatbelts" and "Over and over again, Albemarle police cite speed, seatbelts, and alcohol as primary contributors in fatal crashes". "Obviously,[in this case] a big factor was [the victims] weren't seatbelted," says Zug [the prosecutor]. Over and over again, Albemarle police cite speed, seatbelts, and alcohol as primary contributors in fatal crashes. "Obviously, a big factor was [the victims] weren't seatbelted," says Zug [the prosecutor] "Also were the combination of speed and driving under the influence, he adds".
Paul September 02, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I am not approving of driving impaired from alcohol, prescription drugs, lack of sleep, or maijuana. but Ron overstated his case here. There is a video, shown on TV of tests made on a test track set up weith cardboard silloettes of an animal, an auto, etc that were pulled across the track by a rope right in front of the car to test the drivers reaction. That and weaving through a lot of traffic cones. Tests were made on volunteer college students that routinely drank beer and thought they drove real good after a few drinks. ALL HIGH SCHOOL KIDS SHOULD SEE THIS EVERY YEAR. They drove the track sober first and did good. Then they drank several beers and made a lot of mistakes, running into the sudden appearing cardboard cutouts, knocking down cones when weaving through, etc. NOW GET THIS Another test on same track. Drivers each goes through it normally, no beer. Then same drivers go through after being tired from lack of sleep. They were every bit as bad as the drivers that had drank the beer.
Paul September 02, 2012 at 10:20 AM
A video of a person driving after smoking marijuana on a test track. This is interesting, The people that made it usually test different kinds of cars. Anyway this time they tested a man on this track before and after he smoked one joint [marijuana cigaret]. The commentator refers to a published study done with more particapants on a driving simulator. In that study the imparment from alcohol was compared to impairment from smoked marijuana. the result was so near the same the researchers stated they thought the impairment wouild be asbouit the same. Here is a British Youtube video of a man driving on a private test track before and after smoking a joint [a cigaret made of marijuana]. This is a British car so the driver sits on the right side of the car. 6.13 minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5C0xdwbg_4
Paul September 03, 2012 at 08:15 AM
WOMAN NOT TOO STONED TO DRIVE: JUDGE QMI Agency, Friday, August 31, 2012 http://www.amherstburgecho.com/2012/08/31/woman-not-too-stoned-to-drive-judge Stoned drivers aren't necessarily impaired drivers, according to one Saskatchewan case that might make it difficult for similar future prosecutions. In a decision published - legal resource journal CanLii, Judge D.E. Labach ruled that Sherry Perillat was not too impaired to drive on June 19, 2011, though she admitted to having smoked pot - odor of marijuana in car. According to the judge's decision, Const. Clayton Schaefer asked Perillat to pull over at a checkstop even though she was driving correctly and in the proper lane. Yes, she had smoked weed about 2 1/2 hours earlier. She was able to perform the traditional toe-to-heel test... She was also able to maintain her balance standing on one foot. When asked to touch her nose, however, she missed four out of five times. The officer arrested her for impaired driving ...the judge said there was no reason to suspect she was too impaired to drive. "Schaefer did not observe any problems with the accused's driving as she approached the checkstop, when ...directed into the checkstop or when he instructed her to drive [over] .. and park in the...lot. She had no problems understanding the officer or answering his questions… "She had no difficulty following the officer's instructions - getting out of her car.- standing up alone - walking to his police car.
Ron Kirkish September 03, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Citizens of Murrieta, Another attrocity linked to drug abuse; including marijuana. New Jersey Man on PCP Charged in Throat Slitting Attacks on Children By Christina Ng Sept. 3, 2012 http://abcnews.go.com/US/jersey-man-pcp-charged-throat-slitting-attacks-children/story?id=17142136 "A New Jersey man who smoked a combination of pot and PCP has been arrested and charged with slitting the throats of a 6-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister who is in critical condition, according to authorities."
Paul September 04, 2012 at 04:14 AM
ANTIGUA TALKS OF DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA Hey Ron! It looks like more and more people are reconsidering whether marijuna is really as bad as they were told in the past. http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/antigua-talks-of-decriminalising-marijuana/ Mon, September 03, 2012 ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Sept 3, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government is likely to follow Belize and allow for a debate on the decriminalisation of marijuana, National Security Minister Dr. Errol Cort has said. Cort said there were strong arguments in favour of changing the existing laws and would welcome a debate on the matter. “I am aware however there is a push in various quarters to decriminalise marijuana. Persons have made the argument that there is medicinal usage from marijuana (and) “So there are very strong arguments in respect of this matter and I certainly have a very open mind and would say, I would be willing to listen to those various arguments.” But he warned that any change to the existing laws would only come following widespread public consultation
Paul September 04, 2012 at 04:21 AM
BELIZE TALKS OF DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/antigua-talks-of-decriminalising-marijuana/ “The Belize government is exploring the possibility of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana by residents of this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. A statement issued by the Ministry of National Security said that a special committee has been appointed to receive comments and suggestions from the general public, and to further inform government on proceeding to introduce legislation to parliament that relax Belize’s illicit drugs laws to would allow Belizeans to possess up to 10 grams of marijuana without being subjected to legal prosecution. [a littler more than 1/3 oz,] “Currently, the laws of Belize make it illegal to possession marijuana in any amount, an offence punishable by a fine of up to BZ$50,000 (One Belize dollar=US$0.51 cents) and the possibility of being incarcerated for a period of up to three years.
Paul September 04, 2012 at 06:18 PM
PCP ALONE CAN CAUSE THIS BIZARRE BEHAVIOR. Marijuana alone DOES NOT cause this behavior. It tend to make persons feel mellow. Alcohol numbs the better judgement of persons. They may say and do bad things and get into fights. It is NOT OK to blame marijuana for this bad news. BUT there may be a fad going on in that area of mixing use of marijuana with PCP. to get high. NEVER USE PCP ALONE OR WITH OTHER DRUGS! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phencyclidine This says about PCP in excerpts: "Low doses produce a numbness in the extremities and intoxication, characterized by staggering, unsteady gait, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and loss of balance. Moderate doses analgesia and anesthesia. High doses may lead to convulsions. "Psychological effects include severe changes in body image, loss of ego boundaries, paranoia and depersonalization. Hallucinations, euphoria, suicidal impulses and aggressive behavior are reported. "The drug has been known to alter mood states in an unpredictable fashion, causing some individuals to become detached, and others to become animated. Intoxicated individuals may act in an unpredictable fashion, possibly driven by their delusions and hallucinations. PCP may induce feelings of strength, power, and invulnerability as well as a numbing effect on the mind. Occasionally, this leads to bizarre acts of violence, such as in the case of Big Lurch, a former rapper who claimed his room mate was the devil and ate part of her lung."
LHJ September 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Again, ron deviates from the true issue of this article. The argument that because marijuana was part of the "wet" combination, is reason for marijuana to remain illegal, is as ridiculous as saying that because someone commits a crime after downing prescription drugs with alcohol is reason to outlaw alcohol. Ludicrous!!! With that logic, we need to revisit the prescription drug abuse, alcohol abuse and the abuse of sugar (heck, don't you remember the "twinky" defense, ron?).. Fact of the matter is, ron, because crimes are committed where marijuana can be loosely attributed in some way to those crimes, does not justify it's being illegal. If that were so, then many other "legal" substances would have to become illegal, alcohol being on the very top of the hit list. Our country tried that and had to give it up. However, side note.. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2012/aug/24/naacp_regional_chapters_endorse The war will end.. billions of dollars wasted!! It seems ron's proclamations of "pro-pot" supporters needing to accept the fact that marijuana is not going to be legal, is basically a personal hope of his, and is not supported by the facts. Marijuana legalization is gaining some pretty strong endorsements.. read the article I posted the link to.. (now, ron, be really careful about how you attack that particular article).. the President likes the NAACP.. And the President is an associate of yours, thrice removed, right??
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 09:32 AM
FIRST NEW JERSEY DISPENSARY TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER. [WIN SOME - LOSE SOME!] excerpt from current ASA newsletter After more than two years of delays by Governor Chris Christie, medical cannabis should be available to New Jersey patients through a state-regulated distribution center in September. [2012] "Greenleaf Compassion Center, the first of six slated to operate in the state, expects to begin serving qualified patients at its Montclair location this month. The center is producing the medicinal plants in a secure 5,000 square-foot warehouse in a secret location."
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Michigan Supreme Court Bars Bans, [from September 2012 ASA Monthly newsletter] Lawmakers to Vote on Changes [Win some - Lose some] The Michigan Supreme Court in August said local officials cannot use zoning rules to ban medical cannabis distribution centers. The court ruled that state law allowing distribution to qualified patients preempted the local ordinance prohibiting land uses that violate federal law. The court said that cities cannot prohibit what state law permits. Meanwhile, state legislators are preparing to vote on several bills that would modify the state medical cannabis law. The four measures have passed the state house as well as senate committees and are awaiting a vote by the full senate. The bills would variously restrict what qualifies as a doctor-patient relationship required for medical cannabis cardholders, allow law enforcement officers or other officials to access patient information, and regulate the transportation of medical cannabis in vehicles.
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Arkansas Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot [Win Some - Lose Some] [From September 2012 ASA Monthly Newsletter] "Voters in Arkansas will have the chance to pass a medical cannabis initiative this November. "The Arkansas Secretary of State has certified the petitions submitted by a coalition of patient advocates in July. After the initial filing was found to be short of the 62,507 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the advocacy group leading the effort, submitted more. "If passed, the measure would shield registered patients from prosecution. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others that produce nausea, muscle spasms or seizures."
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 10:23 AM
472 DISPENARIES IN LA, NOT 875 PER NIDA STUDY http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/study-determines-actual-number-238215.aspx NIDA Study charts ON MAP shown in article actual number of pot shops in L.A. By Rebecca Kendall September 05, 2012 With the debate over medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles still in full fury, Bridget Freisthler, an associate professor of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, has found that there are far fewer dispensaries open for business in the city than officials claim. Friesthler's study found 472 medicinal marijuana stores in operation as of Sept. 4. That figure is in stark contrast to official reports, Freisthler said, noting that the city claims to have sent letters regarding the ban to 1,046 dispensaries. To determine the actual number of dispensaries in operation, the researchers compiled lists using multiple electronic and hard-copy sources, including the city's finance list. These lists referenced 875 unique locations, including 762 dispensaries registered with the city. When the researchers went to these locations, they found that only 472 were actually operating as dispensaries. "Some of the locations we visited had previously been dispensaries but were no longer open," said Freisthler, adding that a significant portion of these businesses had never been operating as dispensaries and instead had been other businesses for decades or were addresses to postal boxes.
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 10:32 AM
CRIME NEAR DISPENSARIES VERSUS CRIME NEAR BARS A NIDA FUNDED STUDY http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/study-determines-actual-number-238215.aspx The Article shows the dispensaries consentration on a map. By Rebecca Kendall September 05, 2012 "The number of medical marijuana dispensaries currently in operation in Los Angeles is roughly the same as the number of bars in the city, and it represents roughly 20 percent of the number of off-premise outlets that sell alcohol, such as liquor and grocery stores, said Freisthler, who received funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse for this study. "I make this comparison because the density of bars and off-premise outlets is related to a whole host of problems, including violent crime and assaults," she said. "In recent research published in July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Freisthler found no relationship between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and rates of violent or property crime.
Don Lambert September 06, 2012 at 10:45 AM
No link between medical marijuana outlets and crime, new study finds By Judy Lin June 08, 2012 http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/no-link-between-medical-marijuana-234945.aspx "A common perception, supported by law enforcement, that medical marijuana dispensaries boost the crime rate in areas where they’re located may not be accurate, according to a recent study by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs researchers. "Bridget Freisthler, associate professor of social welfare at the Luskin School, and Luskin graduate student Nancy Kepple, studied crime rates in nearly 100 areas of Sacramento and did not find an increase in crime in those areas. The study, published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, calls into question a 2009 California Police Chief’s report. Substantiating evidence is lacking on both sides of the question, the researchers say. "Kepple and Freisthler looked at violent and property crime rates and the density of medical marijuana outlets in the Sacramento neighborhoods during 2009. Not surprisingly, commercial districts and neighborhoods with high unemployment rates tended to have more property crime and violent crime. "But there was no correlation between crime and the concentration of medical marijuana outlets." [repeated with caps by Don] "BUT THERE WAS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN CRIME AND THE CONCENTRATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA OUTLETS"
Don Lambert September 09, 2012 at 08:01 AM
University of Iowa testing effects of pot on drivers on very advanced driving simulator. Part one: Overview excerpts See photos of the simulator & control panel http://thegazette.com/2012/09/06/university-of-iowa-testing-effects-of-pot-on-drivers/ Updated: 6 September 2012 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct the first study to analyze the effects of inhaled cannabis on driving performance. The study is taking place at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator, praised as being the most advanced simulator in the world, and pilot work is scheduled to begin later this month. Marilyn Huestis, chief of chemistry and drug metabolism at the intramural research program for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been trying to get... [ studies on this simulator], Driving requires a lot of divided attention, with the need to stay in a lane, track turns in the road, monitor other drivers and handle unexpected events that might require a person to slam on the breaks or swerve, according to Huestis. Cannabis affects a person’s ability to divide his or her attention, which is why, in crafting the drive for the study, Huestis included a number of unexpected occurrences. She also crafted a portion of the trip at the other extreme. “There are long periods of monotonous driving, because... ability for sustained attention also is dramatically affected by cannabis,”
Don Lambert September 09, 2012 at 08:25 AM
University of Iowa is testing effects of pot on drivers on one of the most advanced driving simulators in the world. Part Two: Study Methodology. http://thegazette.com/2012/09/06/university-of-iowa-testing-effects-of-pot-on-drivers/ Updated: 6 September 2012 | The study will use about 20 volunteers, ages 21 to 55, who live within 40 miles of the [Univ. of Iowa] and are able to make eight study visits — six of which will involve overnight stays at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Participants must be in good health, have good sleep habits and be alcohol and marijuana consumers. They must be willing to go through drug and pregnancy screenings, Huestis said the study had to be approved by boards associated with the UI, the Federal Drug Administration and other local and national [DEA].. “The regulatory reviews are extensive and meant to develop a study with high merit,” she said. Cannabis used in the study will come from a federally funded laboratory at the University of Mississippi, the nation’s only facility allowed to grow marijuana for medical and research purposes. It involves a “tightly controlled process” involving the FDA and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, . Volunteers for the UI study will be transported to and from the study — they will not be allowed to drive while participating — and they will be “dosed” under the supervision of medical professionals, driving simulator officials said.
Ron Kirkish September 09, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Citizens of Murietta Here is what the Pro-Pot bloggers plant from God does to the human: Title: High Potency and Synthetic Marijuana Pose Real Dangers in First Weeks of Pregnancy ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2012) — Marijuana is up to 20 times more potent than it was 40 years ago and most pregnant women who use the drug are totally unaware that it could harm their unborn child before they even know they are pregnant. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120815103000.htm Writing in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis, American researcher's state the argument that marijuana is a harmless drug is no longer valid due to the emergence of 'high potency' marijuana and synthetic marijuana which pose a potential real threat for pregnant women. Recent research from the past 5 years has shown that marijuana exposure during pregnancy has been associated with anencephaly (...born w/o a brain...), a non-sustaining life condition where a large part of the skull or brain is absent, neurobehavioral deficiencies, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and memory impairment in toddlers and 10 year olds, as well as neuropsychiatric conditions, including depression, aggression and anxiety, in teens. As Citizens of Murietta, I have to ask, is this really what you want in your community?
Summer Hemphill September 12, 2012 at 06:04 AM
California Courts rule in favor of cannabis patients & dispensaries once again !!! Cannabis patients gather enough signatures to put LA dispensary ban on hold !!! Anti-marijuana mayoral candidates LA's Carmen Trutanich & SD's Bonnie Dumanis finish dead last in mayoral primaries !!! Marijuana 3 - Obstructionists 0 !!! Marijuana coming soon to a storefront dispensary near you,makes you proud to be an American doesn't it !!!
Bong Sativa September 16, 2012 at 04:59 AM
One day closer to legal marijuana & the citizens of Murrieta rejoice in laughter once again ! Please join with me & have a good laugh at the expense of the clueless poor losers still obstructing the inevitable when it's patently obvious that nobody cares what they think anymore ! Introduce your friends & neighbors to the wonders of this amazing plant & encourage them to become patients too ! Marijuana is the least of Murrieta's problems,but unfortunately the city has been sorely lacking adult supervision & law-abiding leadership for quite some time now ! Anyone who opposes the will of the voters,the Legislature & the Courts & puts their biases before the needs of their constituents certainly has no business representing anybody ! They should be ashamed of themselves,we're certainly ashamed of them !!!
Don Lambert September 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
There are hundreds of prescription and over the counter drugs and drinks that pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should not be using. I have not read the study about anencphaly, maybe it is true, but Ron gets these things mixed up so often we can't tell. For example the subject may have been smoking marijuana AND taking other drugs like heroin or PCP. Why does Ron K single out marijuana this way.
Don Lambert September 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM
FORMAL PETITION TO DEA/FDA BY TWO GOVERNORS to RECLASSIFY CANNIBIS FROM a Schedule I CONTROLED SUBSTANCE TO Schedule II. http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/healthcare/petition/combined_document.pdf From Gov Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Gov Christine O. Gregoire of Washington TO Michele Leonhart, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration This is the link to the actual document by the two governors to the head of the DEA to reschedule cannabis (marijuana) from CSA drug schedule one to drug schedule two There is a lot of useful information in this document. Letter and Exhibit A pages not numbered (7 pages) Numbering starts with page 1 of exhibit B Statement of Grounds, Table of Contents Text pages 3-43, References pages 44-99 (For example if you want numbered page 22, add 7. thus it is page 30 on your PDF page indicator) Total pages 106 Petitions to reschedule are done according to a federal code. This petition contains considerable information in a prescribed manner that refutes many of the myths that anti-cannabis holdouts recite, and provides additional new scientific evidence to refute the prior claims used by the DEA/FDA to not reschedule the 2002 request and a 2006 study. "Pursuant to Section 1308.43 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) we hereby petition..." Attached hereto and constituting a part of this petition are the following as required by the CSA and the CFR:" (the next 105 pages)
Don Lambert September 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM
The study from another country of persons whose IQ was taken at age 13 and taken again at about age 38 that found those who smoked Marijuana regulaly lost 8 IQ pointws over the years. This study indicated there might be something to this claim. There could be confounding factors, but more studies could be done on this subject. However what Ron did not quote from the same study was the researchers flat out statement THERE WAS NO LOSS OF IQ FOR THOSE PERSONS WHO STARTED SMOKING MARIJUANA AT AGE 18 AND OLDER. Repeat that: NO LOSS OF IQ for those that did not smoke marijuana until age 18 or older, compared to persons in the study that never smoked it.
Don Lambert September 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM
MURRIETA TO EXTEND DISPENSARY BAN FOR ONE YEAR ON Sept. 18 At the regular city council meeting on September 18th, 2012, an item to extend their temporary moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for one year is on the agenda. There is zero chance they will not extend it. However there is opportunity to express your support or opposition in writing to the city clerk BEFORE the meeting. Or you may appear in person and talk for up to 3 minutes during a public comment period on THIS AGENDA item. “If you challenge any of the projects in court you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the city clerk at, or prior to the meeting.” NOTE: This agenda part of the meeting begins at 7:00 PM There is an earlier part of the meeting that begins at 6:00 PM that includes a public awards, etc, and a public comment period for “ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA” See the city web site for more information and a copy of the ordinance 465-11 Click on this link to read more http://blog.pe.com/murrieta/2012/09/11/medical-marijuana-dispensary-ban-to-be-extended/ Click on this link to see the legal notice published in the Californian. It comes up in pdf and you may have to click “open” in menu box) http://www.murrieta.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=5044
Don Lambert September 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM
MURRIETA ORDINANCE DENIES RIGHTS GIVEN BY STATE LAW. I think there are many problems with this ordinance to be voted on September 18. It is to extend the existing 10 and a half month moritorium for another year. One problem that you do not see in reading it is it includes by reference the prior Murrieta ordinances 465-11 passed Oct 18, 2011. That one defines” “Medical Marijuana Dispensary” means any facility, structure, vehicle utilized in or location where medical marijuana is cultivated made available to and/or distributed by A PERSON TO TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING a primary caregiver, a qualified patient, or a person with an [state recognized MMJ card issued by the county]. It is my opinion this is an extreme restriction that denies the rights to associate collectively or cooperatively given by the legislature in the 2004 Medical Marijuana Program Act. The Murrieta ordinance does go on to exclude this restriction from hospitals, state registered nursing homes, etc to allow medical marijuana as covered explicitly by the 1996 law.
Don Lambert September 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
FORMAL PETITION TO DEA BY TWO GOVERNORS to RECLASSIFY CANNIBIS FROM a Schedule I CONTROLED SUBSTANCE TO Schedule II. http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/healthcare/petition/combined_document.pdf From Gov Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Gov Christine O. Gregoire of Washington TO Michele Leonhart, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration This is the link to the actual document by the two governors to the head of the DEA to reschedule cannabis (marijuana) from CSA drug schedule one to drug schedule two There is a lot of useful information in this document. Letter and Exhibit A pages not numbered (7 pages) Numbering starts with page 1 of exhibit B Statement of Grounds, Table of Contents Text pages 3-43, References pages 44-99 (For example if you want numbered page 22, add 7. thus it is page 30 on your PDF page indicator) Total pages 106 Petitions to reschedule are done according to a federal code. This petition contains considerable information in a prescribed manner that refutes many of the myths that anti-cannabis holdouts recite, and provides additional new scientific evidence to refute the prior claims used by the DEA/FDA to not reschedule the 2002 request and a 2006 study. "Pursuant to Section 1308.43 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) we hereby petition..." Attached hereto and constituting a part of this petition are the following as required by the CSA and the CFR:" (the next 105 pages)

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