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Marijuana Businesses, Revenues And Banking

Posted by Michael Komorn , in Legal, Medical marijuana rights, Patients, Caregivers 10 April 2014 · 149 views
Marijuana Banking and 2 more...
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) is issuing guidance to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) expectations for financial institutions seeking to provide services to marijuana-related businesses. FinCEN is issuing this guidance in light of recent state initiatives to legalize certain marijuana-related activity and related guidance by the U.S...


Legalize Marijuana? Think Of Your Dog, Says Dea Chief

Posted by Michael Komorn , in Caregivers, Patients, Legal, Uncategorized 08 April 2014 · 670 views
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This is not an Onion Article. Recently, DEA Chief Michele Leonhart said, ”There was just an article last week, and it was on pets. It was about the unanticipated or unexpected consequences of this, and how veterinarians now are seeing dogs come in, their pets come in, and being treated because they’ve been exposed to marijuana.”  

She was referencing an...


U.s. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Court Ruling: Cops Must Return Marijuana

Posted by Michael Komorn , in Caregivers, Medical marijuana rights, Patients, Legal 02 April 2014 · 499 views
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U.s. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Court Ruling: Cops Must Return Marijuana Remember the Sheriff from Arizona who stole a California patient’s medical marijuana?  He just got told by the highest court in the land to give it back.  

Related: Arizona Supreme Court Sets Example for other Medical Marijuana States    

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Arizona court rulings which ordered Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmott to return...


Decriminalization, Legalization On Michigan Ballots In 2014

Posted by Michael Komorn , in Legal 14 March 2014 · 1,207 views
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At least eight cities and possibly a dozen more are presenting local initiatives  aimed at legalizing or decriminalizing possession, use or transfer of small amounts of marijuana on private property by persons 21 or older.  
Similar proposals have been on the local ballot in eight other cities thus far with everyone of them passing.



Random Drug Testing For All-New Proposal That Is Gaining Momentum

Posted by Michael Komorn , in Medical marijuana rights, Legal 13 March 2014 · 315 views
Drug testing, Marijuana Users and 3 more...
A chilling new paper has been released by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) which calls for increased use of random drug testing for Americans of all ages. The paper states that random drug testing is currently “underutilized” and ought to be expanded to include people of all ages in virtually all aspects of daily life.    The paper was pe...


Banks Will Now Accept Deposits From Legal Marijuana Dispensaries

Posted by Michael Komorn , 13 February 2014 · 2,462 views

Banks Will Now Accept Deposits From Legal Marijuana Dispensaries US Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday that the Obama Administration will announce regulations that allow banks to do business with legal sellers of marijuana.  
Holder made an appearance at the University of Virginia on Thursday, 1/23/14, and highlighted the concern of what to do with all the cash generated at dispensaries.  ”You don’t want jus...


Deputy Attorney General James Cole: Prison Population Is A "crisis"

Posted by Michael Komorn , 13 February 2014 · 295 views

Deputy Attorney General James Cole spoke at the annual New York State Bar Association meeting and focused on a glaring problem in the Criminal Justice System:  the huge prison population.  
Mr. Cole said that the Justice Department recognized that the overwhelming prison population was a threat to public safety, not because it was taking dangerous crimi...


Why People Plead Guilty To Crimes They Didn't Commit

Posted by Michael Komorn , 13 February 2014 · 272 views

I came across a great piece by Lordina Youngcourt, an Indiana based Defense Attorney.  She highlights the problems within the Criminal Justice, system and brings to light how the cards are stacked against defendants.
“Defendants don’t understand why this system that’s supposed to applaud honesty is telling him “if you want the deal, you have to lie.”  So...


Hawaii Wants To Grow Marijuana To Pay Off Debt

Posted by Michael Komorn , 13 February 2014 · 416 views

Before we get into it, I must remark on a recent documentary I watched, “The House I Live In.”  The film explores how our country’s drug laws have come to be, and the negative social impact that the current drug policy has had on everything from the individual, family, police work, prison system, and economy.  When people become jobless, hopeless, and des...


Gretchen Whitmer Stands With The Medical Marijuana Community

Posted by Michael Komorn , 05 December 2013 · 3,018 views
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Gretchen Whitmer Stands With The Medical Marijuana Community The Planet Green Trees Radio  team was delighted to have Michigan Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer  on the show this past Thursday.  We discussed the recent passage of Senate Bill 660, which would authorize Pharmacies to dispense prescription cannabis if the Federal Government removes the drug from its current Schedule I status .