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Wal-Mart Fires Associate Of Year, Cancer Patient, For Medical Marijuana Use

Smiley Says No PotSteve Elliott writes on Toke of the Town:

Despite medical marijuana being legal in Michigan, WalMart has fired a cancer patient and former employee of the year who tested positive for the drug, which was recommended by his doctor.

“I was terminated because I failed a drug screening,” ex-WalMart employee Joseph Casias told WZZM-13.

In 2008, Casias was Associate of the Year at the WalMart store in Battle Creek, Mich., despite suffering from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor. ​At his doctor’s recommendation, Casias legally uses medical marijuana to ease his pain.

“It helps tremendously,” Casias said. “I only use it to stop the pain. To make me feel more comfortable and active as a person.”

Casias said he went to work every day during his five years at WalMart. “I gave them everything,” he said. “One hundred and ten percent every day. Anything they asked me to do, I did.

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Survey Finds Many Veterans Use Marijuana For PTSD

Steve Elliott writes in Toke of the Town:
Many veterans and others are using cannabis medically to treat the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to preliminary results of a new survey. Cannabis Science Inc., which describes itself as "an emerging pharmaceutical cannabis company," is reviewing the interim results of its survey of more than 1,400 people. "It is clear that many veterans are already using herbal cannabis to self-medicate to relieve the symptoms of PTSD," said Dr. Robert Melamede, president and CEO of Cannabis Science. "Consequently, there is a clear need for standardized, FDA approved, oral cannabis products which can, and should be, provided to veterans and others who can benefit from its use," Melamede said.
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67-Year-Old Grandpa Holds Off Three Marijuana Robbers

Thanks to disinfo.com reader Steve Elliott for the news tip! Steve Elliott writes on Toke of the Town:
If you plan on stealing James Tillman's marijuana, you're going to need more than three guys. ​They're not going to get James Tillman's weed. Tillman, 67, on Sunday shot and wounded one of three burglars who broke into his Sacramento, California home to steal his medical marijuana, reports Elyce Kirchner of CBS13.com: The other two fled and haven't been seen since. Mr. Tillman was definitely having none of their nonsense. After all, his grandkids were at home.
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First Gourmet Marijuana Restaurant Opens In Denver

DENVER (CBS4) reports:
A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver has decided to get creative and make the business into a full-service restaurant that caters to those who need to use medicinal marijuana to ease physical ailments. The owner of Ganja Gourmet located at 1810 South Broadway Avenue said the restaurant will "aim to help distribute medicinal marijuana to those licensed to have it and provide an atmosphere where patients can visit with one another in a safe environment." Ganja Gourmet plans to offer lasagna, gourmet pizza, jambalaya, paella, chocolate mousse and flavored cheesecakes, among other gourmet dishes. "It's a different buzz too. It's a more alert, more awake buzz," Medical Marijuana Chef Evan "Budman" said.
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L.A. Agrees to Limit Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries

What do you think, should there be limits on how many medical marijuana outlets a city has, and where they can be situated? Tamara Audi reports on an effort to do just that in Los Angeles, for the Wall Street Journal:

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday delayed a vote on a much-anticipated medical marijuana ordinance, asking planning officials to return next week with information on how many dispensaries could be closed because they are near homes, schools and public gathering sites.

Council members indicated a vote could come in January on the draft ordinance, which would provide guidelines to greatly reduce the number of marijuana storefronts and push them out of neighborhoods and into industrial areas. The City Council agreed Tuesday to limit the number of dispensaries to 70.

When the state passed a law allowing for medical-marijuana cooperatives in 2004, Los Angeles never set forth guidelines for how they should operate.

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