“Forget the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” says Washington State Coordinator for Americans for Safe Access’s Kari Boiter. In a federal trial that could send a family to prison for decades on charges of six felonies each relating to their medical marijuana grow site near the Washington / Canada border, U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle rejected the family’s argument that they had been following Washington’s medical marijuana law to the letter, saying, “The intent of the defendants is not relevant to the issues. There’s this concept of reliance on state law and the like. That’s not relevant either,” leading Boiter to explain that since marijuana is federally illegal, “You can tell a portion of the truth, just a bit of the truth and only the truth they want you to tell.” The family members all rejected plea deals that would have given them three years in prison each. They now face a potential forty years to life in prison.
The Minnesota Senate has passed its version of a medical marijuana bill by a veto-proof 48-18 majority. The proposed medical marijuana law would be the first in the country to ban the smoking of medical marijuana, but is still “tremendously opposed” by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. Among the law enforcement complaints about the Senate version is the creation of 55 grow and distribution centers statewide and the allowance of 2.5 ounces of raw marijuana per patient. Law enforcement prefers the House version, which limits the state to one grow site and dispensary, possession of only cannabis pills or oils, and in addition to banning smoking marijuana would only allow vaporization of marijuana in the presence of a medical professional. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has walked back a bit from his lockstep opposition with law enforcement, saying law-enforcement’s opinion was only one consideration he has in evaluating the bill.
Illinois legislature is moving quickly to allow children with severe epilepsy to access the state’s new medical marijuana program. The House Human Services Committee unanimously approved the bill that would add epilepsy to the state’s qualifying condition list and allow minors to have access to the program. The bill passed the Senate last month over the objections of some who worried about children getting high from the THC in marijuana. But Rep. Lou Lang, sponsor of the measure, said the measure would only allow children to use cannabidiol oil that contains, “little to no THC.” We did not find any such limitations in the most recent posting of the bill; however, the bill does limit patients under the age of 18 to the purchase of “marijuana infused products”, such as edibles, tinctures, and oils, and forbids them from the possession of 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana allowed for adult patients.