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The bizarre limbo of medical marijuana

I’m one of those who believes that it’s best to have recreational marijuana use legal, but that it’s better to have only medical marijuana legal than no marijuana legal, and that medical marijuana legalization can help the rest of the population get behind further legalization.

That said, there’s no doubt that the sheer stupidity of the feds continuing to outlaw any use of marijuana even in the face of state medical marijuana laws can cause some pretty strange things…

bullet image Court may rule on whether medical marijuana can be bought on black market

Madappa, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, became a licensed medical marijuana patient in early October, according to an article in The Taos News today. He is also on probation, a status that has brought his use of medical marijuana into conflict with the criminal justice system.

A routine drug test showed marijuana in Madappa’s system, and his probation officer reasoned that he broke the law by purchasing the drug from the black market rather than a qualified dispensary, since Madappa got his license during a period of time in which the single licensed facility in the state was out of its product. New Mexico state attorney Michael Cox agreed with that reasoning.

The court ruled that Madappa may only purchase his medicine from a state licensed dispensary, and that he has to provide documentation showing how much, when and where he got the marijuana.

Now, Madappa has to decide whether or not to appeal the Second Judicial District Court order

bullet image Judge: Marijuana limits up to juries

The amendment illegally set limits not in the original measure, the court said. Juries, not the state, should decide what amount of marijuana is “reasonably related” to someone’s medical needs, it said.

“This has real ramifications,” Russel Babcock, Archer’s lawyer, said. “It becomes a case-by-case basis for juries of reasonableness.”

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8 comments to The bizarre limbo of medical marijuana

  • claygooding

    Sorry to go off this topic,but everyone needs to go to opposingviews.com or noml.com and send letters to your senators,the senate committee on our justice system and the war on drugs starts Thursday,and everyone needs to send letters to your state senators supporting Bill 712.
    It has a very good chance of ending this insanity,because they will be looking at the facts on the money spent in this war on drugs and the actual efficiency of the ONDCP policies instead of the prohibitionists pipe dreams about wnat they are accomplishing.

    “Marijuana is addictive to people the same way sex is,anything that good needs repeating!”

  • claygooding

    oops,bill 714,,,better burn another,brain cells are repairing

  • just me

    In response to this story, Can you say jury nullification.

  • ezrydn

    So, a doctor (a real MD type) prescribes MMJ to the patient and the patient has to wait on a “jury” (common, every-day Joe Six-Packs) to tell them how much medicine they need? Isn’t this akin to LEOs testifying about medicine at hearings???

  • it would be funny if it wasn’t so damn idiotic.

    p.s. cocaine is a schedule ii substance approved for medical use. as is methamphetamine.

  • kaptinemo

    Being forced to prove whether metabolites in one’s body came from illegal or semi-illegal cannabis. In-effing-sane.

    Franz Kafka must be laughing his @$$ off in the Afterlife. This is his “The Trial” in real, honest-to-Yahweh life.

  • Jesse

    Being forced to prove whether metabolites in one’s body came from illegal or semi-illegal cannabis. In-effing-sane.

    I swear… they’ll look for some way to hold this back at every step of the process.

    just another hoop to jump through that does nothing but obstruct, in a desperate, clinging fashion.