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Today I found out that my local dispensary for medical marijuana will be closing in two weeks.

The dispensary in question is the Vapor Room Cooperative in San Francisco.

President Obama recently justified the MJ crackdown as only targeting profit-driven dispensaries that flout the law. He lied.

The Vapor Room is the most above board dispensary I have ever seen. If VR is not above board then no dispensary is, and that is precisely the point. This is not about the quality or legitimacy of specific dispensaries. If they are going after VR, they are not satisfied with anything less than the practical end of MMJ in CA.

I use MJ for the treatment of debilitating anxiety that had me on disability for half of 2011.

The alternative to MJ is either Xanax or some benzo-diazepam (lorzepam or such). These drugs are extremely addictive and have other nasty side effects. They also make me so woozy and wooly headed that I can't work.

I buy my medication legally from Vapor Room, with a doctor's card and a state license.

To give you some perspective, if the legitimacy of a pharmacy was graded on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the Medellin Cartel  and 9 is Walgreens, Vapor Room is a 10. It is more legitimate than Walgreens and almost certainly checks ID, checks age and checks prescriptions much more vigorously than Walgreens

The facts:

- President Obama says he is only going after those who flout the law and abuse it for profit
- The most above-board, long running and professionaly managed dispensary in San Francisco is being kicked out after their landlord was threatened with asset forfeiture if they did not evict.

Those two facts cannot be reconciled.

If you consider the Vapor Room to be an illegitimate implementation of CA Proposition 215 (the MMJ law), then THERE IS NO LEGITIMATE implementation possible.

If VR is not above-board enough, then there is no context in which CA patients can get legal and safe access to MMJ.

VR is the poster-child for a well run, patient-serving, secure and above board facility.

They are closing VR, they will not be satisfied with anything less than the abolition of Prop 215 through intimidation and undemocratic means.

In two weeks I will no longer have a legal way of getting my medicine without driving to Oakland or further. With the current rate of raids, I doubt I will have any access soon. I am literally being pushed step by step to the black market. On a scale of 1-10, VR is a 10, and as Obama's DoJ shuts it down, I will get my MMJ from a less reputable dispensary, then an even less reputable one, then a dodgy and far away one, then a dealer.

President Obama: You are being lied to by the DOJ. I will not hold you responsible for the price of gas or saving the Syrian people or any of the other things you have no control over. But you have absolute and sole control over the DOJ. You are responsible for denying me safe and legal access to the medicine I need to function. For that, you will lose my vote.

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  •  I have friends who have been going there for years (9+ / 0-)

    From everything I know you are exactly right: if the Vapor Room is not a legitimate dispensary, then it's not possible to run a legitimate dispensary in California. I have no clue as to why Obama would allow this to happen. What's in it for him?

  •  Cannabidiol (5+ / 0-)

    You may get relief from your anxiety from pure cannabidiol (CBD) -- one of the non-psychoactive (in the "won't get you high" sense) ingredients in marijuana that shows a lot of promise for anxiety (THC itself can be angiogenic, so if you're receiving relief for certain strains of marijuana butnot others it may be due to a higher CBD content in those strains). Medical Marijuana Inc just announced today they would begin selling it via a company called Dixie Elixirs (not sure if I can post web links here, but you can google them) starting this month in Colorado and throughout the country this summer. They derive it from hemp rather than drug-type marijuana so (until the pharmaceutical lobby catches wind of it) it's unscheduled and legal throughout the US. I have yet to try it myself, but I'm pretty excited to give it a shot based on some of the research I've read.

    •  CBD (5+ / 0-)

      Erebus, you are correct.

      The VR dispensary stocked dozens of non-pychoactive high-CBD strains, edibles and tinctures.

      high-CBD MMJ is very effective as an analgesic and anxiolytic. Which is why VR had a broad range of "pot that doesn't get you high".

      A dodgy dispensary would fill its shelves with BRAINMELT CHRONIC, not high-CBD non-psychoactive strains.

      In fact, with MMJ it is extremely important that you have consistent and properly differentiated strains. You do NOT want a patient with depression taking an Indica (will make it worse), or a patient with anxiety taking a Sativa strain (will trigger panic attack). Like a pharmacy, I could rely on good advice from my dispensary to get the right strain with the right strenth for my specific ailment.

      Again, if VR is not legit, then there is no legit MMJ dispensary.

      •  This would explain a lot of the variability (3+ / 0-)
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        Andrew F Cockburn, chipmo, KenBee

        I've experience over my lifetime.

        I haven't used it for over a year, but particularly after not having used if for long-periods of times, I've had enormously creative, motivating, and stimulating experiences, at other times so much anxiety as to be near intolerable, and after periods of frequent use, lethargy, and lack of motivation and energy.

        I think the experience folks get is dependent on much more than just the THC, and even the chemical combination of any particular bud, but also set, setting, and the bodies neuro-chemical state.  Which is also why I've been suspicious of proposals to authorize some pharmiceutical company to provide pills, of pure THC, as an alternative to legalization.

        What an outrage for a country that doesn't even come close to providing adequate health care to criminalize herbal remedies of self-medication.  

        Just plain stupidity, in addition to racism, "class warfare," and self-destructive, and puritanical.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Tue May 01, 2012 at 07:50:29 PM PDT

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  •  Why are they closing down? If they've been (0+ / 0-)

    raided, I can't imagine they'd be able to set a shut down date, they'd just be down.

    If I wanted government in my uterus, I'd fuck a senator

    by second gen on Tue May 01, 2012 at 04:33:33 PM PDT

    •  The Feds Mail the Landlords (1+ / 0-)
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      too many people

      threatening to seize their Property which here in Ca. can mean losing millions without any recourse. Naturally the landlord evicts the clinic asap and with city zoning laws new locations are damn near impossible to find. Even if a new location is found the Feds usually send the same type of letter to the clinic owners about seizing their bank accounts, cars and homes. That is about all it takes for the clinics to fold up and fade away praying indictments aren't following close behind them.

      "the government's role should be to uplift, enlighten, educate and ennoble the citizen, not oppress them with taxation and intrusive laws," Gatewood Galbraith, Historic Marijuana Advocate, aka "The Last Free Man In America," RIP 1-3-12

      by SmileySam on Tue May 01, 2012 at 09:57:56 PM PDT

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  •  It's the law (0+ / 0-)

    And if it didn't get enforced, the GOP would actually have a case for impeachment.

    It is NOT hypocritical for Obama to say that he opposes the law, and yet his AG enforces it.

    In order to change the law, we need to get off our butts and make sure that progressives (REAL) get elected.

    I have no doubt Obama will sign that law.

    I am absolutely supportive of you. I pushed my husband through six months of chemo, and desperately needed it. But get angry at the law, not at Obama. It is actually not his call.

    •  Case for impeachment - You're so funny. "High (4+ / 0-)

      Crimes and Misdemeanors" does not include prioritizing use of scarce government resources. Also, impeachment is a quintessentially political act, and misuse of it (as was the case with Clinton) would harm Republicans more than Obama. So even if impeachment somehow were technically warranted, it still can't be used as a weapon for doing something that most voters would favor.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Tue May 01, 2012 at 07:14:32 PM PDT

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      •  Clinton was impeached (0+ / 0-)

        Bill Clinton WAS impeached (not convicted) for parsing words about the definition of sex in a deposition. His "lynching" was led by a guy having an affair while his wife was dying of cancer. And the political climate wasn't that bad then.

        Please understand I totally agree with your position on the law. But the DoJ is going after big businesses who (in their words) made the mistake of selling across state lines. Now, I think they are doing nothing but good there, but it's still technically against the law, and DoJ has chosen not to go after local growers.

        My preference is to get a real congress and get rid of the laws entirely.

  •  Man, i hate seeing stuff like this. (2+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Andrew F Cockburn

    President Obama is taking a huge gamble on this issue.

    He'll have my vote no matter what, but there sure are a lot of pissed off people out there, and I can't say that I blame them.

    We've tried and tried to get this message across to him but it just doesn't seem to matter.

    Time for a Bong Hit.

    Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "the present". -unknown

    by elkhunter on Tue May 01, 2012 at 06:44:25 PM PDT

  •  And then they pile on the charges (0+ / 0-)
    A former medical marijuana provider in Montana is appealing his five-year federal prison sentence on charges of maintaining "drug-involved premises."

    Richard Flor, 68, of Miles City, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on April 19. He had asked for leniency because of suffers from numerous physical and mental ailments, reports the Associated Press.

    Flor will be evaluated to determine the federal facility "best suited for him" to serve the sentence, at least if U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell's recommendations are followed.

    The article shows the Power of the Feds to scare anyone into a guilty plea simply by over-filing the case to the point of the absurd.

     There is something people can do tomorrow and the rest of the week if they wish.
     Mother's Day: How the Drug War Hurts Families
     As one can read, people are still trying to save their families and medicines in as many ways as they can.
     NORML Women's Alliance, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and other Reform Organizations Team Up for "Cops & Moms Week of Action"

    Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2 in honor of Mother's Day. The press conference will launch a new coalition of national organizations that will represent mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous Drug War.

    "the government's role should be to uplift, enlighten, educate and ennoble the citizen, not oppress them with taxation and intrusive laws," Gatewood Galbraith, Historic Marijuana Advocate, aka "The Last Free Man In America," RIP 1-3-12

    by SmileySam on Tue May 01, 2012 at 10:27:24 PM PDT

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