RI Woman Sues For Non Hiring As Colorado Holds Up Firings For Medical Marijuana Use

Medical Marijuana RXYou know the saying “It All Comes Out In The Wash”? Well the laundry is being done in States were Marijuana is decriminalized, legal for recreation or legally prescribed by Doctors.

In RI a graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.

Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it’s the first lawsuit of its kind in the state. (Source)

In Colorado the state many use as a model courts have upheld firing or non hiring. The argument most commonly given is that the drug impairs people. Other legal challenges are that Cannabis is still federally illegal and companies cant hire if they want to bid on government contracts.

In 2010, Dish Network fired Brandon Coats, a medical-marijuana patient, from his job as a telephone operator because he failed a random drug test. Coats — who is wheelchair-bound because of a car accident and says he uses marijuana to control muscle spasms — sued Dish, arguing that his marijuana use was legal under state law and that he was never impaired on the job. Coats said he was a model employee.

The Colorado Courts have upheld the initial ruling of Coats firing. the Colorado Court of Appeals reaches a much broader conclusion: That nothing illegal federally can be considered “lawful” under the Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute.

In Massachusetts we don’t know of any employment lawsuits executed, but we are sure to see some at some point. Other legal issues in the state persist though. Patients are being arrested around the State because amounts they carry and simply because the some police don’t care about the new law.

Law enforcement bares no burden except the time you spend in there jail. Once someone is arrested it is incumbent on that person to defend themselves. In the mean time cars, medicine and petty cash are confiscated under highway interdiction rules.

Highway interdiction is the process police use to take your stuff when your arrested. In entire industry has evolved for highway interdiction. Police departments bring in consulting companies schooled in the method the cops are allowed to seize your belongings.

The lesson here is people need to be patient. Laws are being challenged everywhere.

How To Obtain A Medical Marijuana Card and Referral In Massachusetts

Medical MArijuana Card In MAssLets be clear here. Any Doctor in the State Of Massachusetts can issue a Medical Marijuana Referral.That said getting your doctor to write one is virtually impossible.

Since the MA Medical Marijuana Law took affect doctors have a unwritten rule not to prescribe cannabis. Many reasons contribute to this, but the DEA Bullying Doctors is surly a driving fear in there World.

What patients need to be legal is the actual paper that is issued, not the plastic card that may or may not be issued.

We have only had experience with one Marijuana Doctor in Mass. We can only give you knowledge gathered from a visits to CannaMed in Framingham MA. You can find them by doing a simple Google search.

You may have talked to people who claim they have a referral or one was obtained with little or no documentation. We would argue that you not listen to these stories. You absolutely need the proper documentation.

Establishing a condition with diagnosis. The medical conditions that qualify for Medical Marijuana use range from back pain, headaches to seizures or cancer. You can see a list at Conditions being treated with Medical Marijuana.

If you have a legitimate medical condition and a MD has diagnosed and documented that is step one.

Once a Doctor has diagnosed you with a medical condition you then need to show ongoing treatment for that condition. An example would be if you have joint pain your Dr. could refer you to a Rheumatologist. That written referral could be the document you need to show ongoing treatment.

Medical diagnoses and proof of ongoing treatment for that specific medical condition is what you need. The Medical Marijuana doctors in the state of Massachusetts are undergoing increased scrutiny as regulators try to keep up with the growing industry.

Only when a potential patient for Medical Marijuana has the necessary documentation should a appointment be made with a Medical Marijuana Doctor. Bring copies of all the recent visits and referrals from your doctor.

How To Get Marijuana Card

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Once a patient has a Cannabis referral they can obtain medicine from a Marijuana Caregiver or grow there own. Patients are automatically granted hardship status because no dispensaries have opened. After dispensaries are open a hardship status will only be granted to those showing low income or unable to get to a dispensary.

About Marijuana Caregivers. A patient should not grow Marijuana to sell. Whether its to other patients or friends selling Marijuana is not legal for patients. A Marijuana Caregiver is license by the state to obtain Cannabis or grow up to 12 plants for each patient they have as a patient. Patients must show the original referral, picture ID and agree the caregiver is the primary provider for the medicine.

Always keep your marijuana medical referral with you whenever you have your medicine with you.

We DO NOT Advocate breaking any laws. If you do not legitimately need Medical Marijuana please do not try to game the system. Your actions could inflict damage to those who do.

Please review our resource page for legal documentation.

New York Times Calls For Marijuana Prohibition Rebel

In a not so surprising NY Times editorial the “Editorial Board” calls the repeal of Marijuana prohibition at the federal level. Not surprising because the paper is self described as being liberal. That said many described as politically right agree.

The article on July 27 2014 has reasons we don’t necessarily agree with, but it draws attention to the issue. Marijuana Laws make your friends and family criminals everyday.

Marijuana make everyday people criminals. Just like alcohol prohibition did. Over the last century millions on Americans have gone through the court system because of Cannabis arrests.


It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

This quot is so true.

There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012. That’s 650K families that have to get lawyers and lose work days to fight in court. Those who cant afford a lawyer typically plead guilty with out considering the mark on there criminal record. In some states that are a 3 strikes state a marijuana arrest can equal life in prison.

The NY Times is writing a series of articles that will direct the issues that come along with repealing these outdated laws. Including the effects on adolescents and regulation.

Lets face facts. a 3rd of Americans have had or have family that have been in the court system. The United States has more citizens in jail than any other country. Some reports say more than 60 million people have been through the prison system in the last decade.

Not only are people being jailed for Marijuana but they are losing drivers licenses for the conviction or not paying fines. This puts people into a deeper hole as they cant work to pay these fines or support family.

All in all Marijuana laws in America put people in precarious positions everyday.

Please consider becoming an advocate for legal Marijuana. The best place to start is in your home state. A great way to do this is to start a petition on Http://change.org

Source NY Times

York Maine Advocates Get Recreational Marijuana on November 2014 Ballot

recreational-marijuanaProponents of recreational Marijuana in maine have gathered enough signatures to get the measure on November 2014 ballot.

If approved, this measure would make it legal according to town law for an adult to possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of recreation marijuana. The measure is being sponsored and put on the ballot by the group Marijuana Policy Project. David Boyer, Maine’s political director for the national Marijuana Policy Project, announced on January 21, 2014, that the organization would attempt to put similar ballot measures on the ballots of three municipalities in Maine: Lewiston, South Portland and York.

The groups efforts have paid off. over 200 signatures have been delivered. Citizens for a Safer Maine on June 19, 2014 announced it submitted the signatures to the York town clerk to start the process of getting an ordinance on the November ballot.

The proposed ordinances supported by cannabis activists would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and paraphernalia. It would also have the businesses tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Users would be prohibited from consuming marijuana in public.

DEA Bullying Of Medical Marijuana Doctors in Massachusetts Will Slow Roll Out Further

Some Doctors in Massachusetts have had a visit from the DEA recently. So harassing that Lawmakers from California to New England what legislation passed to protect doctors.

Back on June 6, 2014 the Boston Globe reported the DEA is visiting doctors associated with Dispensaries / Caregivers.

“US Drug Enforcement Administration investigators have visited the homes and offices of Massachusetts physicians involved with medical marijuana dispensaries and delivered an ultimatum: sever all ties to marijuana companies, or relinquish federal licenses to prescribe certain medications, according to several physicians and their attorneys.”

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“Here are your options,” Dr. Samuel Mazza said he was told by Gregory Kelly, a DEA investigator from the agency’s New England Division office. “You either give up your [DEA] license or give up your position on the board . . . or you challenge it in court.”

The DEA is targeting doctors who are listed as part of the management or board of directors of proposed marijuana dispensaries. This will only slow down what is already a meandering execution of the law voters approved.

The DEA has not taken a hands off approach to Medical Marijuana even though law makers and even the President have told them to do so.

Representative Michael Capuano said he supported the Rohrabacher initiative because he does not expect the DEA to stop its actions without a “clear directive” from Congress. Senator Edward J. Markey said that he also is troubled by the reported DEA actions.

“The federal government should work with Massachusetts state officials and respect the will of the people of the Commonwealth,” Markey said.

Implementing the Medical Marijuana Law in Massachusetts will surly be slowed by the DEA’s actions. Everyone involved will need to take a second look at how they want to move forward. Doctors, Caregivers, and Patients are left in limbo while politics of the issues are worked out.

Poll Shows Connecticut Residents Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

Marijuana US FlagConnecticut residents want recreational Marijuana legal in their State. That according to a Quinnipiac Universality poll. (See image below)

The poll clearly shows younger resident have a different perspective from older ones. No surprise as the older generations happily believe the lies business and politicians have spewed over the last 100 years.

%90 of those asked support Medical Marijuana and %52 would support recreational use of Cannabis in the state.

By a slight 52 – 45 percent majority, with a wide age gap, Connecticut voters support “allowing adults…to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By a huge 90 – 9 percent margin, voters support the medical use of marijuana. Support ranges from 84 – 14 percent among voters over 65 years old to 99 – 1 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. Voters also support 69 – 28 percent having a medical marijuana dispensary in their town or city, this independent poll finds.

On the question of so-called recreational marijuana use, voters 18 to 29 years old support the idea 80 – 20 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 61 – 34 percent. Men back recreational marijuana 54 – 42 percent, with women divided 49 – 48 percent.

About half of Connecticut voters, 47 percent, admit trying marijuana. Some attitudes about marijuana include:

61 percent of voters say alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health, while 16 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 18 percent say both are harmful;
If marijuana were more widely available, 55 percent of voters say alcohol would be more harmful to society, while 28 percent say marijuana would be more harmful;
Legalizing marijuana would lead to more underage use, voters say 59 – 37 percent.

“A slight majority of Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, with huge age and party gaps. While 90 percent support the current law allowing medical marijuana, support drops to 69 percent who would want a medical marijuana dispensary in their town,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll also focused on death penalty and gun issues in the state of Connecticut. The state still has “Blue Laws” on the books that restrict alcohol sales.

CT Marijuana Poll 2014

source quinnipiac.edu