Study: Crimes Spike Following Closing of Dispensaries

3410000930_95fc2866fa_zThe closure of medical marijuana dispensaries is associated with an increase in larceny, property crimes, and other criminal activities, according to data published in the Journal of Urban Economics.

Researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine assessed the impact of dispensary closures on neighborhood crimes rates in the city of Los Angeles. Investigators analyzed crime data in the days immediately prior to and then immediately after the city ordered several hundred operators to be closed. Authors reported an immediate increase in criminal activity – particularly property crime, larceny, and auto break ins – in the areas where dispensary operations were forced to close as compared to those neighborhoods were dispensaries remained open.

“[W]e find no evidence that closures decreased crime,” authors wrote. “Instead, we find a significant relative increase in crime around closed dispensaries.” Specifically, researchers estimated that “an open dispensary provides over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented.”

They concluded, “Contrary to popular wisdom, we find an immediate increase in crime around dispensaries ordered to close relative to those allowed to remain open. The increase is specific to the type of crime most plausibly deterred by bystanders, and is correlated with neighborhood walkability. … A likely … mechanism is that ‘eyes upon the street’ deter some types of crime.”

The findings are consistent with those of prior studies determining that dispensary operations are not associated with ‘spillover effects’ in local communities, such as increased teen use or increased criminality.

An abstract of the study, “Going to pot? The impact of dispensary closures on crime,” appears online here.

NORML National Board Endorses Medical Cannabis Act in Arkansas

The test should be, “Is it better than Prohibition.” Does the proposal stop the arrest of smokers and establish a legal market where consumers can obtain their marijuana?

At our board meeting in Boson held this past Friday, in conjunction with the Boston Freedom Rally, the board voted to endorse the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, sponsored by the Arkansans for Compassionate Care. This initiative would establish 38 non-profit medical cannabis centers across the state, and would function like most of the standard medical use laws in effect across the country, requiring a patient to receive a written recommendation for an Arkansas licensed physician and obtain a medical use card from the state permitting them to purchase marijuana from one of the licensed dispensaries for a wide range of ailments and conditions. Or if a patient lives more than 5 miles from a licensed dispensary they would be permitted to cultivate up to six plants in a secured facility.

The attorney representing the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act is long-time NORML Legal Committee member, John Wesley Hall from Little Rock.

 A second proposed medical use initiative has also qualified for the November ballot, proposing a Constitutional amendment permitting the medical use of marijuana (The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment). This second proposal is far more restrictive than the first in terms of the list of conditions for which marijuana could be recommended, and does not permit personal cultivation. It is not clear why the sponsors wished to propose this as a Constitutional amendment, as a simple act would require a 2/3 vote by the legislature to reverse it, and our opponents do not have the support in the state legislature to accomplish that.

As a result, the NORML board felt the Aransas Medical Cannabis Act is a more consumer-friendly proposal and elected to endorse it.

 Strange Suit Filed By Misguided Attorney

Also, one misguided defense attorney, apparently acting as a surrogate for the sponsors of the Constitutional amendment, has filed suit against the Act that had previously qualified, challenging their signatures. The misguided individual alleged in her law suit that she is a NORML Legal Committee Life Member (although she did not allege that NORML has joined or supported her suit), but she does not attempt to explain why she would oppose a well-drafted medical use initiative that appears to have a good chance to be approved by the voters.

 The NORML board of directors wanted to make it clear that NORML is not involved in this suit, nor do we think it is a helpful strategy.

Hashbar “olympics”part 2-World Championship Games-hashbartv Hashbar TV brings you the first ever Hashbar World Championship Games on Jan 10th 2011 hosted by Sean Kush and the Stingy Stoners from the web’s biggest Potcast. Medical Marijuana Patients in California go head to head to see who can take the biggest and longest Hash Bong Rip. In this video we reveal the winners! Tune in to Hashbar TV to learn when the next Hashbar World Championship Games is coming. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Hashbar Olympics is coming. Do you have what it takes to be the Grand Champion? Go to http for more from Hashbar TV.
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In this episode: Michigan medical marijuana program starts, LAPD Chief: Looney TOONS!, CA dispensary closes before it opens, A look at Illinois medical marijuana, Minnesota Senate Bill moves to the floor for consideration, New Hampshire cops take on role of doctor, dispensary cash register-making company goes public
Video Rating: 4 / 5 Ep 16 Venice Beach Dispensary Raid This week Sean and Andrew get footage of the raids in Venice Beach. Authorities raided the Green Goddess and apprehended patients and management in their attempt to flex their muscles illegally. For more episodes go to http For information about the Medical Kush Beach Club go To

LA Overturns Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

“Faced with several lawsuits, petitions with thousands of signatures and heavy criticism, the Los Angeles City Council reversed itself yesterday. In a preliminary vote, members ended the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The ban was only enacted in July…”.* Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (host of TYT University and Common Room), and Steve Oh (TYT COO/Audio Guy) break it down on The Young Turks. *Read more here from NPR: Watch the cannabis themed Point: Support The Young Turks by Subscribing Like Us on Facebook: Follow Us on Twitter: Buy TYT Merch: Find out how to watch The Young Turks on Current by clicking here:
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Jack Cole, Founder of LEAP, Q&A session at HB1393 Medical Marijuana Hearing 8/19/2010 (Part 2 of 2)

Jack Cole, founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, answers questions after his testimony at HB1393 Medical Marijuana Hearing on 8/19/2010 in Pittsburgh about his experience as an undercover cop busting kids for smoking a joint, and how pointless and counterproductive the war on drugs is.

Voices from inside discuss practices and issues involved in distributing medical cannabis. Tours of five cannabis dispensary models provide an unprecedented look into this quasi-legal business. Doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, patients and caregivers share their perspectives and concerns. Watch the trailer and checkout the website:

Flat-D Innovations Introduces the 420Stealth Bag

Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) September 1, 2010

From the inventors of the Flatulence Deodorizer comes the revolutionary new product: The 420Stealth bag. A small, lightweight bag made out of a high quality activated charcoal cloth. The 420Stealth significantly reduces the odor of its contents to the point that virtually no human nose can detect what is inside. This material is so effective that specially trained canines also find it extremely difficult to identify the inner contents of the bag. This product is perfect for medical marijuana users who don?t want the odor of marijuana emanating out of their pockets or handbag, when in a public area.

Made from a more enhanced version of the doctor approved Flat-D products, the 420Stealth is fabricated with the new MEGA-420 material, the strongest in Flat-D Innovations arsenal. The 420Stealth will be available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. The small, at the size of a coin purse, is the perfect size for carrying some papers, a lighter, and a couple of grams in one?s jeans? pocket. The Medium is large enough for a pipe, lighter, and up to half an ounce, making it ideal for a backpack or purse. The Large is just right for holding up to an ounce, making it the perfect bag for stopping by the local dispensary and holding it at home. With all three sizes coming with a double Velcro seal and an overlapping flap to ensure the peace of mind of the user, the 420Stealth is the future in carrying medical marijuana, hassle free.

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The 420Stealth will be sold both online at and in stores nationwide, and can be bought in a discounted variety pack containing all three sizes. For more information on The 420Stealth, orders and user testimonials please refer to our website @

Flat-D Innovations, an FDA registered and Better Business Bureau Accredited company, is the market leader for over 8 years in flatulence/personal odor control products, feminine odors, and clothes odor. Founded in 2002, the company’s patented products feature activated charcoal cloth that has improved the quality of life for people in over 50 countries worldwide.


“Were Stoners” Kushinator from the Medical Kush Beach Club on hashbartv

The song “we’re stoners” from Kushinator is available on itunes now. Here is the sizzle reel for Join Sean Kush as he completely blows you mind with medical marijuana information including information on Proposition 19! See what really goes on in a medical marijuana dispensary in Venice Beach CA! http For information about the Medical Kush Beach Club go To

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act – Issue 5

The Arkansas Medical Medical Marijuana Act is a comprehensive blueprint for establishing and regulating a medical marijuana program in Arkansas, run by the Arkansas Department of Health. There will be 30 not-for-profit dispensaries statewide. Any county or city may vote to ban dispensaries in the same manner that alcohol is handled in the state. A patient must first obtain a written recommendation from an Arkansas physician, then get a license from the Arkansas Department of Health. A qualifying patient may possess no more than 2 1/2 ounces of usable marijuana at a time. A dispensary may not dispense more than 2 1/2 ounces during a 15-day period to a qualifying patient. Patients living more than 5 miles away from a dispensary may grow up to six mature plants (measuring more than 12?.) The grow room must be enclosed and registered with the Arkansas Department of Health, who would have the right to inspect the grow. What conditions are covered in the Act? Doctors will be able to recommend medical marijuana to patients who are diagnosed with the following conditions: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Alzheimer’s (Treats symptoms of agitation) Cancer Chronic Pain Crohn’s Disease Epilepsy Fibromyalgia Glaucoma Hepatitis C HIV/AIDS Multiple Sclerosis Peripheral Neuropathy Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Tourette’s Disease Ulcerative colitis
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Medical Marijuana Prescriber & Dispensary in Hancock County

Hancock CountyDoctor Ben Newman has been a physician for more than 40 years, recently, he started prescribing medical marijuana to patients of his who were in need and who had aliments that fit the Maine state approved list. This video follow Dr. Newman explain why he started prescribing medical marijuana while also taking a look at the local dispensary side of the process, with Gretchen McCarthy at Maine Organic Dispensary located in Ellsworth.
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Rep. Jerry Nadler argues in favor of an intelligent and humane national drug policy which does not penalize those suffering from crippling pain and nausea. Nadler calls for doctors–not bureaucrats–to be allowed to determine the appropriate medical treatment for their patients. The Congressman was speaking in favor of an amendment to the FY13 Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill.

San Francisco Medical Marijuana Doctor Offers Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use

San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 08, 2011

Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations? Medical Director, Dr. Arif Khan advises his patients to follow three rules in order to benefit from medical cannabis. Dr. Khan, a cannabis-knowledgeable physician, works with Greenway patients to find the right combination and method of medical marijuana use to address their specific symptoms.

?Cannabis is a complex medication with a spectrum of benefits, and safe therapeutic use requires selecting strains (Indica v. Sativa) and moderating dosage, depending on each patient?s medical condition,? said Khan.

Dr. Khan?s Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use are:

Rule #1: Question the Dispensary

Patients need to question their dispensary about the various types of medical marijuana and the elements of each strain. The characteristics of cannabis vary depending on where it was grown, and how it was grown (indoor or outdoor / in hydro, soil, or organic). The dispensaries should know the answers.

Rule #2: Make it Personal

Patients need to use the appropriate strain of cannabis for the medical condition. What friends or family are using may not be effective for the patient. For instance, Sativa is generally not a good choice for patients suffering from insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, or anxiety. For these conditions, Indica is typically a better choice.

If a patient is suffering from depression, Indica strains could potentially bring on more severe symptoms. Patients should discuss Indica-Sativa hybrids with Dr. Khan and their local dispensary provider.

Rule #3 Timing and Dosage

The type of cannabis patients need in the morning may be completely different from what they need in the evening. For instance, patients suffering from morning nausea, midday stress, or evening relaxation require different delivery methods and strains of medicinal marijuana.

Medical marijuana can be ingested, smoked, vaporized, drank, taken in a capsule, and applied topically as a salve or ointment. Patients suffering from localized pain may benefit more from applying cannabis salves and other topical treatments rather than ingesting or smoking cannabis.

For asthma sufferers, smoking is out of the question, so they should try taking their medication in the form of a drink, tea, tincture, or other edible form.

For more information about effective medical cannabis use, contact Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations at (415) 777-0157, visit their website at, or drop by the clinic located at 393 Tehama Street in San Francisco. Greenway?s fax number is (415) 777-0153.

About Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations

Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations is a downtown San Francisco medical marijuana clinic. Greenway provides efficient, low cost medical evaluations to the qualifying public for medicinal marijuana accessibility. Medical Director, Dr. Arif Khan believes in providing a compassionate, non-judgmental and a detailed evaluation of each patient?s medical problem. Based on his shared experience at Greenway, he formulates an individualized treatment plan which incorporates the different strains of cannabis, guiding the patient through an otherwise confusing initial experience.

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San Jose 420 Evaluations Outlines Recent Findings on Marijuana?s Usefulness in Treating Chronic Pain

San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 25, 2011

Medical marijuana advocates have known for a long time that cannabis is an effective treatment for their patients who suffer from chronic pain, and recently released scientific studies from UC San Diego?s Center for Medical Cannabis Research support this claim with solid evidence. San Jose 420 Evaluations, a medical marijuana dispensary, explains chronic pain and the various recent studies? conclusions about how marijuana helps alleviate its symptoms.

Pain, a signal from the nervous system to the brain that alerts it to possible injury, can be very useful. Chronic pain, wherein according to the National Institute for Health, ?pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years,? can cause terrible suffering in people?s daily lives. According to the American Pain Foundation, 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain each year, causing sleep difficulties, absenteeism at work, social effects and other related hardships. According to an article in TIME Magazine, $ 50 billion is spent on it annually in this country. Chronic pain may result from an injury, come with age, or be associated with other ailments.

The National Pain Foundation explains that the human body contains cannaboid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and immune system. Cannaboids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical compound found in marijuana, react with the cannaboid receptors to alleviate symptoms of pain.

Recent controlled studies have demonstrated marijuana?s effectiveness on treating chronic pain associated with a number of other diseases. UC San Diego?s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found that, among other things,

Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Walking down Venice Beach I was shocked to see a huge walk-in clinic for Medical Marijuana. The billboard showed a long list of ailments that a person might need Marijuana for. Not surprising…the Doctor was VERY busy! LOL
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Arizona Superior Court Judge: State-Licensed Dispensing Of Medical Cannabis Is Not Preempted By Federal Law

A 2010 voter-approved Arizona state law authorizing “the local cultivation, sale, and use, of medical marijuanais not preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, according to the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.

The ruling, issued earlier this month by Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon, allows for the establishment of state-licensed medicinal cannabis dispensaries within Arizona — the first of which opened its doors last week. State-licensed medical marijuana facilities now operate in several states, including Colorado, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Maine.

A majority of Arizona voters approved the AMMA in 2010. Under the law, qualified patients may possess and, depending on where they reside, cultivate cannabis. The program also mandates the state to license citizens to form not-for-profit dispensaries to grow and dispense cannabis. AMMA requires that each of the state’s 126 Community Health Care Analysis Areas permit at least one dispensary operator. Maricopa County’s prosecutor sought to block the establishment of local dispensaries by claiming that AMMA was preempted by federal anti-drug laws.

Writing for the Court in White Mountain Health Center, Inc. v. Maricopa County, Judge Gordon declared that nothing in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act circumvents federal law since Justice Department officials, if they wished to do so, could still continue to locally enforce the Controlled Substances Act. “No one can argue that the federal government’s ability to enforce the CSA is impaired to the slightest degree [by Arizona’s medical marijuana law],” Gordon opined, adding that the new law “affirmatively provides a roadmap for federal enforcement of the CSA, if they so wished to” since the statute requires patients and proprietors to register their activities with the state.

Judge Gordon further suggested that Arizona’s law did not conflict with the federal lawmakers’ intentions when they enacted the federal Controlled Substances Act. He declared, “Instead of frustrating the CSA’s purpose, it is sensible to argue that the AMMA furthers the CSA’s objectives in combating drug abuse and the illegitimate trafficking of controlled substances.”

He concluded: “The Court rejects … arguments that the [law] violates public policy simply because marijuana use and possession violate federal law. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation permitting the use of marijuana in whole or in part. The Court will not rule that Arizona, having sided with the ever-growing minority of States, and having limited it to medical use, has violated public policy.”

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is appealing Judge Gordon’s ruling.

Arizona regulations regarding patient access and dispensary operations is available from the Arizona Department of Health Services here.

weGrow to Open Marijuana Superstore in Phoenix

(PRWEB) May 04, 2011

New signage on an old Phoenix warehouse is one of the first visible indicators of the billion-dollar medical marijuana industry?s arrival in the Valley of the Sun. weGrow, the marijuana superstore franchise that sells products and services to help patients grow marijuana for medical purposes, is set to open its 21,000 square-foot store in Phoenix on June 1.

Known as the, ?Walmart of weed,? weGrow?s new store will be the largest hydroponics store in Phoenix to date.

Located at 2937 W. Thomas Road, weGrow does not sell any marijuana itself, just everything cultivators need to grow it. In addition to the largest selection of hydroponic supplies, weGrow features live indoor grow demonstrations with real plants, expert technicians to help customers build professional grow rooms, an on-site medical doctor for patient evaluations and classes on how to safely and responsibly cultivate medical marijuana.

June 1 also marks the date that the Arizona Department of Health Services will accept applications for initial dispensary registration certificates. The billion-dollar industry is expected to see around 100,000 potential patients in Arizona and is approved for 124 dispensaries.

?Many of the 124 dispensary permit winners will have never grown medical marijuana before- where are they supposed to go to learn about safe and responsible marijuana cultivation?” said Dhar Mann, weGrow founder. ?The weGrow Phoenix store will be a full-service resource for patients and growers that offers much more than just hydroponics equipment.”

In anticipation of upcoming Arizona dispensaries, last week weGrow issued an RFP for cannabis testing companies interested in opening an on-site laboratory to examine medical marijuana before patient consumption.

The franchise is growing fast as more states legalize cannabis for medicinal use. weGrow currently operates stores in California and has immediate plans to open in Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey and Washington D.C. following the Phoenix opening.

weGrow will hold a press conference featuring industry experts followed by a public grand opening event called ?weGrow Phoenix: The Green Rush? on June 1 at the new store. The event is expected to draw a massive crowd and will feature live entertainment, industry suppliers and support businesses, grow demonstrations and much more.

For more information about weGrow and the grand opening festival, please visit


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