Medical Marijuana - Legal or Not?

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Medical Marijuana - Legal or Not?

Post by MarkM3 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:05 pm

Hi all, The Jack Rabbit Speaks from Aug 14th states that " and remember, medical marijuana is NOT legal in Nevada."

However, there are numerous other references stating that Medical Marijuana is approved in Nevada because it was passed by voters (just google it.)

Thank being said, what exactly is the legal status?? Understandable, the event is on federal land (isnt it?) so thus state law need not apply, however the law enforcement are county or state employees, right?

I have a medical condition and phisicians letter.

Could someone help clarify. Thanks!

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Post by Artemis » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:13 pm

I don't think you're going to get good legal advice on here, which is what you're asking for.

It's doubtful that you're going to get a better answer here than what JRS provided. JRS warned you about it probably because in fact it is a gray area. You may get held and detained while the jurisdictional question is fought out between feds and whomever else. The fact that they included the warning suggests to me that the question may have come up in the past and proved to be a problem.

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Post by mojo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:13 pm

See the following at the NORMYL website:

http://www.norml.org/medical/files/NVMe ... ijuana.doc

Law enforcement at the event includes County, State, AND Federal officers. The same JRS that you mentioned describes all of the officers who will be on playa.

No matter what the Nevada laws are, a federal BLM cop on federal land is most likely to uphold FEDERAL law, don't you think?
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Post by Isotopia » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:57 pm

I have a medical condition and phisicians letter.
Do NOT consider that a get-out-of-jail-free card. If you get caught with it at the event I guarantee you that there will be NO distinction made between your situation and that of any of the scores of others who will get busted on the playa this year.

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Post by Kinetik V » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:07 pm

This is relatively clear to me. If you're a NV resident and have a NV issued medical marijuana card and you get detained by a Nevada law enforcement officer, they will follow Nevada law and you get to skate.

If you are a NV resident with a card and get detained by a Federal law enforcement officer, unless that officer chooses to be lenient you're pretty much screwed.

If you have a Colorado or California medical marijuana card for example, there is nothing in Nevada law that states NV law enforcement has to honor your card. Basically it comes down to an officer's discretion at that point and since you don't pay taxes and reside in NV...your chances of catching a break are not too good....

Here in Colorado we recently learned that the Feds will continue to ignore state medical marijuana laws despite anything that you might have read online to the contrary. Just a few days ago the FBI was raiding one business in a building that also housed a medical marijuana dispensary (Cannamed). The agents happened to see the plants and per federal law they confiscated them all, basically screwing over 100 legit patients in the process. Even more disturbing, they seized patient records too. Here's two local media stories on the raid:

http://cbs4denver.com/investigates/mari ... 32707.html

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx? ... &catid=188

The bottom line here is to use common sense and discretion and go on about your business. But don't expect to walk onto federal land and light up in public because while the states have finally come around to realizing the benefits of medical marijuana, the Feds still have their heads stuck up their collective asses.
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Post by mojo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:55 pm

Although the business owner has lost his crop, I would be very surprized if there is any prosecution. Keep in mind that the feds have said they will not prosecute in states that have medical mj laws IF the individuals involved are following the laws of that state.
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From the JRS V13 #33

Post by scotto » Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:47 am

Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #33
August 18, 2009


WE MESSED UP: MEDICAL MARIJUANA *IS* LEGAL IN NEVADA ... BUT NOT AT BURNING MAN

In the Law Enforcement Edition of the JRS, we mistakenly reported (and our intrepid readers duly corrected us) that medical marijuana is not legal in Nevada. And lo and behold, it is. See?

http://www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=2046
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/nac-453a.html

HowEVER, Burning Man takes place on Federal land, and as you probably know, the Federal government's position on medical marijuana ... yeah, not so much.

OK, that said, if you're traveling through Nevada, but outside our event, we are told by one participant: "Nevada does not offer reciprocity for medical marijuana users. For non-Nevada residents, it's important to note that another state's medical marijuana card (that e.g. would prevent your arrest in California) does not prevent your arrest in Nevada."

So, there you go.
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Post by goodgodgreg » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:28 am

I live in northern nevada and they treat weed like it's meth. It's so taboo here yet there are more meth addicts than any other place i've ever been. I find the whole thing weird. Like weed is evil yet paying for sex, gambling, and drinking is perfectly fine. AS LONG AS YOUR 21

Heaven forbid you grow up in nevada and do any of the things listed above and not be of age.

Other than my rant, be careful, the cops don't care where you're from, weed=punishment. Don't be stupid and be aware of where you are. This isn't california people, it's Nevada.

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:20 am

Are you sick?

Was there a hospice at BRC?

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Post by CapSmashy » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:50 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:Are you sick?

Was there a hospice at BRC?
Being sick does not typically require a hospice. Unless you of course you are in the late, terminal stage of your illness.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:03 pm

Do you need medicine?

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Post by mdmf007 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:01 pm

Medical Marijuana Legal?

Federal Governemnt - NO
State governments - Some.

Since the federal government law enforcement is reactionary and mostly complaint driven. SOmeone has to complain about a grower or the DEA finds them through busts etc.

Why do the feds shy away from Granny with glaucoma toking up an ounce a month? Because 80 YO people in chains do not look good in a line up or going to court in orange jumpsuits.

Medical Marijuana is still in that grey area that is illegal with the feds but not enforced if it is for that purpose. Does not mean that they cant arrest someone with a Marijuana card in their pocket issued from the state? Nope - that they can do. Federal Law trumps all state laws.

Theres planty of LE's out there that can tell you better than I.

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Post by SageV » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:17 pm

I've been following this debate for a while. Bottom line, the legality of medical marijuana is in dispute, so if you choose to test those laws in the middle of that dispute, you are making a decision to be a test case. The legal system will work it out eventually, the question is do you want to be part of that process. A letter from Dr. Feelgood in Who-ville, CA isn't going to change the way 49 other states deal with their narcotics laws.
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Post by Isotopia » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:40 pm

Do you need medicine?
Do you ever fucking contribute more than a one line sentence to this board?

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Post by Isotopia » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:46 pm

Since the federal government law enforcement is reactionary and mostly complaint driven. SOmeone has to complain about a grower or the DEA finds them through busts etc.
Dude, that is not always the case. Generally speaking I'd agree with you but.... it's these very....delicate questions that are always best answered by people in the know. It is also a stellar example of why some people should not EVER mistake opinion for sound advice coming from a board such as this. There are many good heads on many good shoulders here but at the end of things it is quite unlikely that any of us would be standing next to you in a court room when a verdict is passed down.

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Post by capjbadger » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:57 pm

It's simple. Pot is not legal to have without a FEDERAL permit. Period.

Since the feds are not issuing permits, they can arrest you all day long, state "med card" or no.

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(and if you're so sick as to need the card, WTF are you doing at burning man??)
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Post by Teo del Fuego » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:57 am

Isotopia wrote:
Do you need medicine?
Do you ever fucking contribute more than a one line sentence to this board?
Fortunately, Ugly's one-liners are almost always spot-on and funny. Easily one of the best posters on this board.

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Post by Fire_Moose » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:55 am

Iso is one of those nutty feminists so she's always angry at men...especially barbaric ones like dougy
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:17 pm

Isotopia wrote:
Do you need medicine?
Do you ever fucking contribute more than a one line sentence to this board?
You didn't answer my question.

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Post by lucky420 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:55 pm

had a friend get pulled (1 tail light was out)over while driving back from Vegas to Reno during spring break. He had a little nugget on him and the cop found it. He was fined $700 and let go. That is the usual punishment for less than an ounce. Just don't be stupid about it and you'll be fine. Umm but don't take my word for it, I am not a lawyer.

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Post by Simon of the Playa » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:42 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Do you need medicine?
why yes dougly, i do...

it's the only thing that will dissolve my urge to road rage down the path of life.

now pass me the fucking bong, NOW!
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:50 pm

Best response EVAR!!! :lol:

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