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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

'Medical Marijuana' For Sale On Twitter

Drugs are being openly sold on social networking sites due to a legal loophole in the United States.

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'Medicinal' drugs are being promoted on social networking sites

"Medical marijuana" services are available on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

One of the most prominent, Artists Collective, offers free delivery in Los Angeles.

"Now in... A plethora of medicated cookies and brownies," the group's Twitter feed told more than 500 subscribers.

They have 4,526 MySpace 'friends' and a Facebook fan site.

Californian state law allows marijuana to be produced and sold for medicinal reasons.

President George W Bush had argued federal laws trumped local rulings, so California's legislation did not apply.

But President Barack Obama suggested police should not try to prosecute people where local and national laws contradict each other.

Dann Halem, who runs Artists Collective, said all potential customers must have the paperwork to prove they are from California and paperwork from their doctor.

Most of the proceeds fund grants for musicians, writers and performers, he said.

"There is a $125bn crop in this country right now, and it's illegal. A lot of that money is going to drug cartels," he said.

"If you take $125bn and put it into the pockets of non-profit charities in the country, you can do enormous good.

"That's what we want to do with ours, and that's why we're being as aggressive digitally as we are," he added.

Campaigners argue cannabis can offer pain relief for patients and alleviate the symptoms of a range of illnesses.

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