November 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Cannabis Site Sprouts On Web California Group Posts Grades Of Medical Marijuana, Note From Doctor Needed

Associated Press
 
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Taking advantage of California’s newly approved medical marijuana law, a new Internet site is offering different grades of the drug to severely ill or disabled people who have a doctor’s permission.

The Web site established by the “Berkeley Prescription Cannabis Growers and Buyers Club” has an order form with a list of varieties, from “B grade imported” marijuana to “AA grade California green.”

“We’ve always been an informal group of disabled people helping each other obtain marijuana, but now we can be more out front about it,” said Ted Tuk, the club’s temporary director.

Police called the site illegal, despite last week’s passage of Proposition 215, which legalized the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana for health reasons. Federal drug laws still make selling the drug illegal.

“Along with supplying and selling marijuana, which are felonies, I imagine you could cook up something extra for using the Internet,” in terms of possible charges, said police Sgt. Michael Stafstrom.

Tuk, who said he’s prepared to go to jail, said eventually the Web site will only be available to club members, who must have a doctor’s permission to use marijuana.

“I don’t want people trying to order marijuana without the proper authorization,” he said. “I’m really trying to do this in keeping with the proper spirit of Prop 215.”

John Entwhistle, spokesman for Californians for Compassionate Use, which lobbied hard for the proposition, said Tuk’s new enterprise “makes a lot of sense.”

The marijuana Web site can be found at http://www.dts.org/ BRXCGBC/

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