Archive for Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vending machines dispense marijuana

January 31, 2008


— The city that popularized the fast food drive-thru has a new innovation: 24-hour medical marijuana vending machines.

Patients suffering from chronic pain, loss of appetite and other ailments that marijuana is said to alleviate can get their pot with a dose of convenience at the Herbal Nutrition Center, where a large machine will dole out the drug around the clock.

"Convenient access, lower prices, safety, anonymity," inventor and owner Vincent Mehdizadeh said, extolling the benefits of the machine.

But federal drug agents say the invention may need unplugging. "Somebody owns (it), it's on a property and somebody fills it," said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Jose Martinez. "Once we find out where it's at, we'll look into it and see if they're violating laws."

At least three dispensaries in the city, including two belonging to Mehdizadeh, have installed vending machines to distribute the drug to people who carry cards authorizing marijuana use.


Ragingbear 10 years, 2 months ago

I propose that we install these machines throughout town for uh.... medical reasons. And put in good stuff too.

Ragingbear 10 years, 2 months ago

And munchies. They should dispense things like Little Debbies and Microwave Popcorn.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years, 2 months ago

Will this precipitate another California Gold RUSH!~)

akt2 10 years, 2 months ago

Anything that can ease a cancer patient's pain, nausea and anxiety should be used. Considering all of the toxic drugs and treatments prescribed for these patients, marijuana should be the least of anyone's concern. Or how it's dispensed. I wonder how the pharmaceutical companies would like it if all the oncologists and primary care physicians started prescribing marijuana for their patients? I bet they would start marketing and dispensing marijuana themselves. Can't you just see their commercials?

Ragingbear 10 years, 2 months ago

The big point of these machines is to protect people that are at state legal, but federally illegal Marijuana distribution centers in places like California. Despite the states in question repeatedly telling the DEA to mind their own business and butt out, they still take it upon themselves to go and arrest people that are actually doing nothing illegal for giving marijuana to people. This messes up their criminal record and makes it alot harder for them to get future jobs, services and respect of their peers.

From my understanding though, this isn't like a campus vending machine. It would be closely monitored and there will be several security features. I would say that thefts from one of these machines would be as difficult (if not moreso) as stealing an ATM.

fetch 10 years, 2 months ago

An example of outrageous governmental abuse that shows exactly what is wrong with the current system:

A group in Kansas working on the issue:

fetch 10 years, 2 months ago

Bill seeks medical defense of marijuana The Capital-Journal Published Monday, January 28, 2008

A bill introduced in a Senate committee Monday would allow judges to consider a medical condition as defense of marijuana possession.

Under the proposal, those with a debilitating illness arrested for the drug's possession could present in court a doctor's written certification that marijuana would offer therapeutic benefits.

"This is simply an issue of compassion," said Laura Green, director of the Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition that helped draft the measure.

The bill would not legalize or decriminalize possessing the drug.

The mere introduction of the bill, usually a formality, was decried by one Topeka legislator.

Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, opposed the bill's entry on the calendar, saying, "It costs a lot of money to introduce a bill."

Schmidt, a pharmacist, said it's difficult to ensure the same amount of marijuana is distributed to each patient. She added that the bill violates federal law.

The bill is expected to receive a hearing in mid-February.

RedwoodCoast 10 years, 2 months ago

Who are you going to trust with your health, politicians or your doctor?

The fact is that marijuana is illegal on an arbitrary basis. The history of its ilicit status has more cultural roots than it does public health roots.

I would wager that most people today who have problems with pot either 1) dislike the general category of people who they think smoke it (like b3) or 2) only have second hand information through their wonderful govenrment agencies, who are, of course, scientific and moral authorities on the subject.

I lived in northern California for a year and a half working in the indoor gardening/hydroponics retail industry, so I feel like I have a rather priviledged experience with the issue. The fact is, you absolutely cannot cast a broad categorical net over the US culture and say that this one group of people smokes pot. Sorry, b3, but that would be like saying all people who drink alcohol can be put in a broad socioeconomic category. You just can't do it.

The DEA, state, and local agencies all get too much money from pot busts to want to make it legal or even extinguish it altogether. I would elaborate more, but I'll bet that Marion will drop in and say it for me.

ThatGirl2 10 years, 2 months ago

b3 (Anonymous) says:

Calm down Lawrence hippies, this is happening L.A. Wait a second why dont you all take your loser butts to L.A. and get your illegal drugs there, thus leaving the decent folks around here some peace and quite.

I think you should move.

fetch 10 years, 2 months ago

Madmike, the former Seattite says: "Neither city nor state governments can supercede the authority of federal law enforcement."

The last time I checked Mike, the federal government does not enact or enforce state criminal laws. The Kansas legislature decides the punishments for state law. Period. If the feds want to continue to enforce their federal criminal laws, they can. But Kansans can choose to not use Kansas law to punish someone for an act which is not deemed criminal.

As for this being a loonie west-coast issue, the last time I checked, something like 20 states, that is twenty, Mike, as in fourty percent of the states, have adopted some type of legislation on Med Marijuana, most much more comprehensive than the Kansas proposal.

West Coast Gooney? Like Rhode Island? Where the legislature enacted their law with over 2/3 margin a few years ago?

West Coast Gooney? Like Montana, land of guns, horses, and nearby Dick Cheney? Medical marijuana was on the ballot 4 years ago and received more votes than George W. Bush. More votes than "W" for friggin sake! In a state more Republican than Kansas.

Fourty percent of the States Mike. Most by direct vote of the people.

Do you hear the message?

fetch 10 years, 2 months ago

I bet Med Marijuana would be approved in a referendum submitted to NRA members.

fetch 10 years, 2 months ago

Mike: And such a wonderful job of being stewards over limited public resources the feds are:

It is this kind of attitude, which is well documented from those in charge of the "war on drugs" which incites States to pass their medical marijuana laws.

Maybe the federal cops should just go to Dunkin Donuts and stop harassing the public

sfjayhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

madmike, perhaps the west coast would like to succeed from the Union, are you ok with that? Im sure they would be more than happy to rid themselves of the rest of the country (except for the great lakes sates and the northeast of course). California, in addition to the pot, would also like to increase the emission standards for automobiles, and Oregon has a death with dignity statue that allows terminally ill patients to end their lives. These are things that a majority of the population of these states have voted for in state-wide referendums. Do you really believe that the federal government should over rule the voice of the people?

What ever happened to the core republican principal of states rights? For shame!

Mkh 10 years, 2 months ago

"What ever happened to the core republican principal of states rights? For shame!"

It left with of the rest of Republican principles due to the arrival of the neo-cons.

geniusmannumber1 10 years, 2 months ago

"The Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of the Federal Government once on this issue. Neither city nor state governments can supercede the authority of federal law enforcement."

Madmike, it's this kind of liberal, big government attitude that's bringing our country down.

RedwoodCoast 10 years, 2 months ago

geniusmannumber1: No, I would say that a liberal government would take steps towards lessening the criminality of marijuana. Actually, it is the moral right who wants to supress what they see as the immoral and objectionable (relative to their ideals, in any case) practice of smoking marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes. They are the same people who would deny that marijuana has any medical benefits. If you tried to correllate a "live and let live" attitude with the political spectrum, I would bet that it would veer to the left, with the libertarian exception.

I have to agree with Mkh on this one.

GretchenJP 10 years, 2 months ago

Yeahhhh... medical purposes... that's the ticket...

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