Archive for June, 2013
Here is a video from Reason.TV showcasing Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn of Washington, DC’s struggle to keep his dispensary open in the face of being harassed by the federal government. (thanks for the video post!): —-
“”[The federal government] should know who is a pot dealer and who is not. For them to pretend otherwise is ridiculous,” says Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn. Kahn, an ordained rabbi who has served congregations for over 30 years, is opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Washington, D.C. this summer alongside his wife. Kahn says the federal government has made it impossible for him to get a bank account for his small business.
Medical marijuana is legal in D.C. and 18 states, but it’s still illegal under federal law. This means that even though Kahn is abiding by D.C. law, banks won’t work with his business for fear of losing FDIC protection–or worse. Kahn says he has not been able to open a bank account with any financial institution. If he is forced to be a cash-only business, he will be more vulnerable to crime and IRS auditing.
About 4 minutes.
Produced by Amanda Winkler. Shot by Todd Kranin and Winkler. Narrated by Kranin. Additional help by Joshua Swain.”
Residents of Delaware voted to pass medical marijuana legislation and it was signed into law in 2011. The problem is, 2 years later, there are still no dispensaries or any access to medical marijuana for patients. This is a heinous oversight as patients are left having to resort to illegal methods to obtain their medicine.
This is similar to situations in other medical marijuana states, namely New Jersey. In 2010, former governor Corzine signed NJ’s medical marijuana law before Governor Christie took office. It is now 2013 and there have only been a total of TWO permits issued to dispensaries in the entire state of NJ. Clearly, these states need to stop trying to ignore the laws we citizens voted to put into place!
I thought I’d do something a little different and just speak on some issues regarding cannabis. Warning, I am totally rambling!
The first issue is re: Fairness in re: to access to meds and how cannabis is portrayed. A lot of patients have issues dealing with money-grubbing cannabis dispensaries, as well as fraudulent review sites that mislead patients into purchasing from some of these sketchy dispensaries, when they otherwise wouldn’t. I then go into a more specific issue of balance of usage and make a note that cannabis, although we love it, does have some negative side effects if you “over use” it. I support cannabis wholeheartedly, but I also realize that there are some negatives that really need to be explained and discussed. I touch on a few things that I haven’t really heard any other activists talk about. Tell me what you think!