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#1 notsofasteddie

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 04:06 AM

Government Shows No Compassion for Medical Pot Consumption

By Patrick McCartney and Paul A. Lee, AlterNet. Posted June 16, 2007.


More than ten years after California's Compassionate Use Act was passed by voters, state and local officials are still collaborating with federal law enforcement to undermine it.

On the morning of January 13, 2004, Tehama County prosecutor Lynn Strom unexpectedly announced that the state of California was dropping charges against Cynthia Blake and David Davidson for possessing and growing cannabis with the intent to distribute. While the two medical marijuana patients waited in the courtroom, Strom and the defense attorneys disappeared inside the judge's chambers to discuss the motion to dismiss. Moments later, more than a dozen sheriff's deputies pounced on the hapless couple, handcuffed them, and shoved them into an unmarked police car waiting outside the courthouse in the Sacramento Valley town of Corning. They were already en route to jail in Sacramento when Strom informed their lawyers that the state was bowing out because the Feds were taking over the case.

It was a devastating blow for Blake, a retired Federal Reserve employee, and her sweetheart, Davidson, a retail shop owner. Both in their early fifties, they were booked on federal drug charges and transferred to the jurisdiction of the Eastern District office of US Attorney McGregor Scott. If convicted, they each faced a mandatory minimum of ten years to life in prison for exercising a right they thought they had gained with the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, the California ballot measure that legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

Both had a physician's recommendation to ease their ailments with marijuana, and neither had a criminal history. They had been tending three dozen pot plants in a remote garden, which they shared with other patients; their attorneys insist that no money had exchanged hands for the herb. But none of this would matter in federal court, which treated all marijuana as equally illicit, making no exceptions even for the seriously ill.

The well-coordinated Blake-Davidson hand-off was not the first time local authorities in California had turned over a medical marijuana case to federal authorities. But it is perhaps the most dramatic example of ongoing, secret collusion between various levels of government to prevent the implementation of the Compassionate Use Act, as Proposition 215 was called on the ballot.

For the past ten years, state and local officials sworn to uphold the state ballot measure have instead proven to be willing -- sometimes eager -- accomplices in a concerted U.S. attack on a state law. Now, a half year past its tenth birthday, the landmark California law remains under siege.
Within days after Prop 215 was enacted in the fall of 1996, top California law enforcement officials huddled privately with America's drug war high command in Washington, DC, where they plotted to sabotage a voter initiative they were unable to defeat at the ballot box.

On Dec. 3, 1996, in Sacramento, 300 district attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs, and narcotics officers attended an "Emergency All Zones Meeting," at which they were advised, basically, to continue arresting and prosecuting as before. Then-Attorney-General Dan Lungren and his deputies maintained that the new law did not shield marijuana suspects from arrest but merely provided them with an "affirmative defense" to invoke at a trial. Under Lungren's "narrow interpretation," local narcotics officers could exercise unilateral power in deciding if med-pot growers had more plants than they, the officers, believed justified by their medical condition.

Enforcement of the Compassionate Use Act varied dramatically across California's 58 counties. Where ballot support was strongest, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, patients could obtain locally issued ID cards and purchase their medicine from storefront dispensaries that had begun opening even before Prop 215 passed. But beyond an hour or so drive from San Francisco, in the Other California -- Red-State California, as it were -- local police and prosecutors conducted a reign of terror against patients and caregivers that went largely unnoticed by the state's metropolitan press corps.

Operating with federal anti-marijuana grants that increased by 50 percent in the first five years after passage of Prop 215, a dozen regional task forces worked with DEA and IRS partners to target marijuana growers regardless of medical use. "Prop. 215 might fly in San Francisco, but not here," a Placer County deputy told the target of a 1998 arrest and prosecution.

Nowhere did local authorities repress medical users more than in the Eastern District, the sprawling federal court district spanning California's San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys and the Sierra Nevada, where Blake and Davidson faced charges.

Drug War strategists had pegged physicians as the weakest link in the med cannabis supply chain. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Clinton's drug czar, took aim at the doctors first, threatening to revoke the licenses of those who approved cannabis use by patients. A group of physicians and patients, with help from the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance, promptly sued the U.S. government on free speech and privacy grounds. The suit, called Conant v. McCaffrey, resulted in a federal injunction issued on First Amendment grounds upholding the doctors' right to discuss cannabis as a treatment option.

So the Feds passed the baton to the California Attorney General's office, via its agents in the state medical board's enforcement division, to crack down on physicians specializing in cannabis consultations. Despite specific language in Proposition 215 exempting doctors from retaliation by state officials, the Medical Board launched legal proceedings against several physicians based on evidence gathered by local undercover narcs who feigned symptoms to obtain a medical recommendation.

Unable to gag the doctors, the Clinton administration paid for anti-marijuana advertising and filed federal civil actions against a half dozen cannabis dispensaries in Northern California. It was the opening salvo of a seesaw legal battle, which culminated in a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision against the Oakland Cannabis Buyer's Cooperative (OCBC) in April 2001. As a result, some of the six clubs stopped selling medical marijuana, but others remained in business in open defiance of federal law.

The OCBC ruling gave the Bush administration its first chance to escalate the federal assault on California's fledgling medical marijuana infrastructure. Assisted by local narcotics units, the Ashcroft Justice Department went after dispensaries, medicinal grow-ops and high-profile activists up and down the state.

Federal agents may have overreached when they raided the Santa Cruz cannabis hospice led by Valerie and Mike Corral. Elderly disabled patients were handcuffed to their beds, while men in paramilitary gear tore apart their gardens and living quarters. Local officials rallied behind the patient collective, openly distributing marijuana on the steps of City Hall the day after the heavy-handed bust in September 2002. This was followed by another public-relations fiasco a few months later, when Americans for Safe Access, a newly formed grassroots organization, convinced Bay Area jurors to denounce their own guilty verdict in the federal trial of cannabis cultivation expert Ed Rosenthal, who ended up with a one-day sentence.

Suddenly, it seemed like the government's bare-knuckled crusade against medicinal cannabis was foundering. Optimism increased among California med-pot activists, who were buoyed by several federal and state court rulings in 2003. In December, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Appeals Court ruled in favor of Angel Raich and Diane Monson, two California women who had sued the Justice Department for the right to use medical marijuana.

But just as the momentum appeared to shift in favor of the med-pot cause, the federal government launched a concerted rollback effort. Leading the rollback has been McGregor Scott, who was appointed by President George W. Bush to head the U.S. Eastern District, one of four federal jurisdictions in California, in March 2003.

Scott was known to medical marijuana activists as the overzealous Shasta County DA who prosecuted Rick Levin, a disabled contractor who had been cultivating for personal medical use. (Levin prevailed.) But Scott's elevation to U.S. attorney was welcomed by California law enforcement officials. "It's going to be nice to have a U.S. attorney who has a local perspective," said Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully.

Scott had been active in the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA). A board member for three years, he also chaired the CDAA small counties committee. When he assumed his new office, Scott appointed the CDAA's veteran executive director, Lawrence Brown, as his chief assistant. Brown, who hired his successor at the CDAA, would become Scott's point-man on medical marijuana.
Scott promptly met with the district attorneys of all 34 counties in the Eastern District to lay out the federal position on medical marijuana and other issues. He also sought to influence the state medical board. Joan Jerzak, the chief of the board's enforcement division, acknowledged at an August 2003 meeting that she had conferred with Scott regarding medical marijuana, and that he wanted a closer working relationship. "A management group will probably be the interface," Jerzak said as she asked the board not to reformulate its policy on medical marijuana until the Supreme Court ruled in the Raich case.

A key development was the October 2003 enactment by California lawmakers -- after 11th hour concessions to the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement -- of Senate Bill 420. SB 420 was written to "clarify" Prop 215 and protect patients from law enforcement's arrest-first policies. Sponsored by Sen. John Vasconcellos, the bill set a statewide minimum number of permissible plants and ordered counties to issue ID cards to qualified patients to shield them from arrest. The new statute also created more protection for caregivers, allowing them reasonable compensation for their time and services, and gave groups of patients the right to grow and distribute as collectives or cooperatives.

Although the California District Attorneys Association made sure SB 420 prohibited anyone from making a profit from pot, entrepreneurs opened more than 100 new storefront dispensaries within a year, many in previously unthinkable locations. Medical cannabis users in many rural communities came out of the closet. They started new patient groups or allied with statewide groups, and spoke out on behalf of public access to cannabis at storefront dispensaries before city councils and boards of supervisors.

SB 420 set the stage for the current battle over the proliferation of patient-run dispensaries. For the first time, local elected officials in scores of cities and counties were forced to take a stand on the issue, as increasing numbers of activists applied for permits to open dispensaries and local law enforcement objected -- or lobbied for preemptive moratoria and prohibitions. More than 100 California jurisdictions have proceeded to ban dispensaries, but another three dozen have expressly allowed and regulated the storefront distribution of medical marijuana.

SB 420 was the ultimate product of a task force created by Vasconcellos and Attorney General Bill Lockyer, a Democrat elected in 1998 to succeed the unpopular Lungren (who got only 39 percent running for governor against Gray Davis). Although Lockyer said he had voted for Prop 215 -- and would submit an amicus brief supporting Raich -- he was unwilling to rein in hostile local officials. Responding to an August 2000 plea for uniform county standards by the North State Sheriffs Association ("...the law desperately needs clarification"), Lockyer declined to issue new plant and possession guidelines, washing his hands of how local jurisdictions should act.

California police and prosecutors opposed to medical marijuana turned away from the state's top lawyer for advice about medical marijuana and instead looked to the state's private law enforcement associations. If ordered by a court to return pot to a defendant, "I have the counsel for the California Sheriff's Association telling me I'm committing a felony," remarked El Dorado Sheriff Jeff Neves at a meeting with patient advocates. In 2002, Yuba Sheriff Virginia Black had the California State Sheriffs Association ask other sheriffs to write letters to Ashcroft and DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson asking them to "resolve" the conflict between state and federal law. ("I urge you to contact your local DEA office," Hutchinson replied.) The same year, Martin Mayer, general counsel of the California State Sheriffs Association, issued an alert following a California Supreme Court ruling that overturned the conviction of Myron Mower, a 31-year-old blind diabetic arrested in his hospital room. "Does this mean that law enforcement should no longer arrest one in possession of marijuana if, for example, he or she has a note, letter, or prescription from a doctor?" Mayer asked, before declaring: "Absolutely not!"

At its 2005 Summer Conference, the California District Attorneys Association secretly issued a new opinion about SB 420 in a closed executive session. While the CDAA had inserted language in SB 420 prohibiting cooperatives from making a profit, now the CDAA went a step further and told the state's district attorneys that no money could change hands when a cooperative distributed medicine to a patient.

If SB 420 had opened a Pandora's box of neighborhood marijuana dispensaries, the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2005 decision in Gonzales v. Raich gave federal authorities a powerful tool in their effort to close it. While the 6-3 decision against Angel Raich and Diane Monson -- whose medical cannabis had been grown and consumed within California -- did not overturn the law created by Prop 215, the justices reaffirmed the federal government's authority to enforce federal law.

On August 1, 2005, McGregor Scott sent a letter to all California's district attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs interpreting the Supreme Court decision. Local law enforcement had asked the U.S. Attorney's office for "possible enforcement action against 'medical marijuana' dispensaries," Scott stated, before citing the CDAA summer conference opinion as proof that the dispensaries violate California as well as federal law. Scott encouraged local agencies to first consult with their own district attorney regarding the potential for local prosecution. He also attached a copy of an article about SB 420 that ran in the Prosecutor's Brief, a quarterly CDAA publication.

Scott's anti-cannabis campaign set the stage for increased cooperation with local prosecutors, who have transferred a number of difficult medical marijuana cases to federal authorities, especially in the Eastern District. Armed with Scott's letter and the secret CDAA opinion, law enforcement opposed the opening of new dispensaries and pushed city councils and county supervisors to enact moratorium ordinances. The California Police Chiefs Association lobbied officials with the League of California Cities, and on a few occasions DEA agents or a DEA counsel attended city council meetings at the invitation of local police.

Relocated to the foothills of El Dorado County, McGregor Scott took a personal interest in the public discussion of a marijuana dispensary ordinance in the gold-rush town of Placerville, the county seat. After watching public-access television coverage of a city council hearing, Scott phoned the town manager, John Driscoll, to commiserate. The U.S. attorney told him the advocates who spoke at the meeting were simply in it for the money, Driscoll reported to associates.

In 2005 San Diego county supervisors refused to authorize the patient ID program mandated by SB 420, and filed suit to overturn the law. In December '06, the state Supreme Court rejected this suit (which was joined by two other counties) and upheld California's law permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. San Diego Country officials have appealed the decision, and the case is pending.

Today there are 200,000 authorized medical marijuana users in California, which is the only state (among twelve that have legalized medical marijuana) with a significant aboveground pot business. Thirty-three of 58 counties have initiated ID card programs. But an ID card doesn't prevent searches of med-pot patients by local and state law enforcement officers, who still target medical marijuana providers and users in California, where doctors who recommend cannabis do so at their own risk.

Hardly a week goes by without another raid against med-pot dispensaries by the DEA in cahoots with unreconstructed drug warriors in one county or another. Southern California has been hit particularly hard in recent months with anti-med-pot sweeps in San Diego, the Los Angeles area, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, Morro Bay, Riverside and Orange County, and dozens of other cities.

Activists and patients hope the San Diego lawsuit and subsequent raids will be the last gasp of an ultimately futile effort to snuff out California's burgeoning medical marijuana scene, which continues to gain momentum. There are currently almost 400 med-pot storefronts and delivery services unevenly distributed throughout the state -- with 200 concentrated in the LA area. In North Hollywood alone, there are more pot clubs than Starbucks.

In April '07, the state Board of Equalization served notice that sellers of medical marijuana must pay state and local sales tax - a stipulation not applied to conventional pharmaceuticals. But the state has yet to meet its responsibilities by establishing commonsense rules and procedures to protect those involved in prescribing and distributing marijuana to the sick.

Thus far, there has been little decisive action from Attorney Gen. Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who persist in deferring to recalcitrant state and local law enforcement, which have been adamantly opposed to any legal sale of marijuana, even nonprofit exchanges, since the passage of the Compassionate Use Act. Even today, the California Narcotics Officers Association features on its website a position paper asserting: "There is no justification for using marijuana as a medicine."

As the drug warriors wage their war of attrition against medical marijuana, the human toll continues to rise. Facing the prospects of a decade in federal prison, David Davidson left Cynthia Blake and is now a fugitive. She agreed to plead guilty to a single felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in custody. Prosecutors offered leniency provided she testify against Davidson and reveal her erstwhile partner's whereabouts. In September, Blake was sentenced to 18 months in federal custody.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 06:51 AM

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Government Shows No Compassion for Medical Pot Consumption




SO WHAT'S NEW??? They don't care about compassion cause... they have none, or maybe they don't care because they're sitting so pretty they don't have any REAL ramifications, for not giving a shit!

That's the whole problem... we need to feed them ramifications every damn day, even if we have to shove it down their heartless-infested-lined throats!

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 12:39 AM

Looking for Relief, More Time By Leo Greene
CN Source: Daily Bulletin June 17, 2007 Calif.  

Leo's Story: Marijuana protects the nerves and dramatically slows the progression of ALS and other fatal neurological disorders, according to reputable studies. I point this out as a reminder and to provide a voice for those of us caught in the middle of what seems like an intensifying marijuana war.

Narcotics agents are busting pot farms left and right. The DEA has been raiding medical-marijuana dispensaries up and down the state. And the U.S. Attorney's Office has been filing criminal charges against medical- marijuana providers.
Continued...cannabisnews/23087

2 Farmers Suing DEA Over Right To Grow Hemp By Donna Leinwand
CN Source: USA Today June 17, 2007 North Dakota  

Two North Dakota farmers who want to grow hemp are filing a federal lawsuit today to challenge the Drug Enforcement Administration's ban on the plant that is the same species that produces marijuana.

Hemp can be imported from Canada, Europe and China, but growing hemp in the USA is illegal, the DEA says. "Hemp is marijuana," DEA spokesman Garrison Courtney says. "There's no distinguishing feature between marijuana and hemp."
Continued...usatoday/hempsuit



"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."
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Government Shows No Compassion for Medical Pot
By Patrick McCartney and Paul A. Lee, AlterNet 
CN Source: AlterNet June 16, 2007 California  
On the morning of January 13, 2004, Tehama County prosecutor Lynn Strom unexpectedly announced that the state of California was dropping charges against Cynthia Blake and David Davidson for possessing and growing cannabis with the intent to distribute. While the two medical marijuana patients waited in the courtroom, Strom and the defense attorneys disappeared inside the judge's chambers to discuss the motion to dismiss. Moments later, more than a dozen sheriff's deputies pounced on the hapless couple, handcuffed them, and shoved them into an unmarked police car waiting outside the courthouse in the Sacramento Valley town of Corning. They were already en route to jail in Sacramento when Strom informed their lawyers that the state was bowing out because the Feds were taking over the case.
Continued...cannabisnews/23083

In an editorial in its May 1 issue, William F. Buckley, Jr.'s National Review commented on the case of Jimmy Montgomery, a paraplegic sentenced to 10 years in Oklahoma prisons for less than 2 ounces of marijuana. NR noted that former deputy drug czar John P. Walters criticized ABC News for reporting on the Montgomery case. Walters showed no concern for Montgomery but rather complained, "Apparently ABC couldn't find a grandmother on death row for carrying a roach clip..." NR observes that "something is seriously wrong with a drug policy that condones such treatment -- a point that the drug warriors tacitly acknowledge by changing the subject."
Continued...~olsen/NORML/WEEKLY/95-04-20.html

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"There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. A state that supresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law."
--Kurt Huber [The head of White Rose], killed by the Nazis in 1943




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Posted 18 June 2007 - 11:56 PM

Marijuana Bills Caught Up in Legislature By Cara Matthews
CN Source: Press & Sun Bulletin June 18, 2007 Albany, NY  
The GOP-controlled Senate and Democrat-dominated Assembly have bills to allow marijuana use for serious illnesses, but they disagree on how it would be dispensed and there may not be enough time or will to reach a compromise this session. "It boils down to how you control it, both in production and distribution," Sen. Vincent Leibell, R-Patterson and the bill's sponsor in his house, said Monday.
Continued...cannabisnews/23092



Medical Marijuana Law Gains Momentum in Albany, New York

Keeping Your Head Straight By Jeremiah Horrigan
CN Source: Times Herald-Record June 18, 2007 New York  
Asked to comment on the state Assembly's approval of a grow-your-own medical marijuana bill, Republican Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt of Greenwood Lake told The Times Herald-Record last week "I'm against it because I think it is a mind-altering substance." I was having my morning cup of decaf, trying to figure out how best to get through another day without altering my mind.
Continued...cannabisnews/23090


June 18, 2007

More stupidity in government. Canada telling doctors how much marijuana they can prescribe -- limiting it to five grams a day. "We don't need no stinking doctors to advise us on dosage. We're the government."


Health Canada Orders Doctors to Keep Medical Marijuana Doses Under 5 Grams

The Bush administration is concerned that we don't have enough people in jail for long enough in this country, so they're pushing for more mandatory sentences as part of a Republican crime legislation package as a campaign issue for 2008. So expect a bunch of tough on drugs/crime rhetoric in the campaign, with the Republicans calling for more outrageous sentences and the Democrats whimpering "Me, too."



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DPA alerts@actioncenter.drugpolicy.org June 15, 2007

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Maybe they've been taking Incarcerex .



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It's a fast-acting, simplistic solution, but it has serious side effects that you should know about.
Learn more about CREEP , and find out whether your elected official has an Incarcerex problem.

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The cover article in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is huge. Very powerful piece by Tina Rosenberg about the issue of pain management and how the drug war has interfered with proper medical procedures. If you have access to the Sunday paper, pick one up this week to reward them for running it. Or write them a letter.
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Posted 19 June 2007 - 03:08 PM

Rell Vetoes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana
CN Source: Associated Press June 19, 2007 Hartford, CT
Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have legalized medicinal marijuana, acknowledging she struggled with the decision. "I am not unfamiliar with the incredible pain and heartbreak associated with battling cancer," Rell, a Republican, wrote in her veto letter. "I have spoken and met with dozens of people on this issue, all of whom have presented their positions passionately and articulately.
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Rell Vetoes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana
CN Source: Hartford Courant June 19, 2007 Connecticut



The War on Medical Marijuana By Paul Krassner
CN Source: Huffington Post June 19, 2007 Santa Cruz, CA  
Anthropologists of the future will look back upon these times as incredibly barbaric. One such example is medical marijuana, which is already legal in a dozen states, yet prohibited--and trumped--by federal law. New York and Connectictut are next in line. The New York Times recently editorialized, "Although there are other prescriptions that are designed to relieve pain and nausea and there is concern about the health effects of smoking marijuana, there are some truly ill people who find peace only that way."
Continued...cannabisnews/23094



Medical Marijuana: New York is Waiting To Inhale By Tom Precious
CN Source: Buffalo News June 19, 2007 Albany, NY
Joel Peacock, a registered member of the Conservative Party, has little use for liberal politicians. “I’m as far from liberal as you’re ever going to get,” the 57- year-old Buffalo construction inspector said. Yet Peacock said he hopes state lawmakers in Albany this week will pass a bill legalizing marijuana for certain medical uses.
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Posted 20 June 2007 - 11:04 AM

Measure Falls With Connecticut Governor’s Veto By Matthew J. Malone
CN Source: New York Times Stamford, Conn. June 19, 2007  
After struggling with what was described as one of the most difficult decisions in her three-year tenure, Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a measure today that would have legalized the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. In a statement, Mrs. Rell, a breast cancer survivor, said, “I completely sympathize with the well-intentioned goal of alleviating pain and suffering, but legal alternatives are available.”
Continued...cannabisnews/23097

Rell Delivers Veto On Bill To Allow For Marijuana By Ted Mann
CN Source: The Day June 20, 2007 Hartford, CT

"Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied... The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not toxicologic, foundation".
The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1987


Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

Medical Marijuana Users Need Protection By Damon Agnos
CN Source: Spokesman-Review February 03, 2007 Seattle, WA

Prosecuting Sharon Tracy and monitoring her through the department of corrections is probably not the way most taxpayers want their money spent. And, as the court pointed out, it is clearly not what Washington voters had in mind when they voted for Washington's medical marijuana initiative.

Those voters recognized that protecting people like Sharon Tracy from prosecution and jail time is a matter of compassion, common sense and fiscal responsibility.

However, law enforcement and the courts have had difficulty honoring the voters' will. Time and again, the people whom the law was meant to protect find themselves in handcuffs or worse.

A Centralia man, the caretaker for a muscular dystrophy patient, was arrested and prosecuted for possessing that patient's medical marijuana (which was then confiscated) – even though the law explicitly allows him to do so.

A Bremerton woman who has lupus and a doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana was arrested and prosecuted for possessing a pipe with nothing but marijuana residue in it.

There are stories like these all across Washington...
Continued...cannabisnews/22593

"Having reviewed all the material available to us we find ourselves in agreement with the conclusion reached by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission appointed by the Government of India (1893-94) and the New York Mayor's Committee (1944 - LaGuardia) that the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects" "the long-asserted dangers of cannabis are exaggerated and that the related law is socially damaging, if not unworkable"
--1968 UK ROYAL COMMISSION, THE WOOTTON REPORT


CannaCare is Not The Problem

Roger Mentch
Wed Aug 16 2006 (Updated 08/18/06)

Persecution of Registered Medical Marijuana Provider Continues

Compassionate caregiver, Roger Mentch, was arrested and jailed in August of last year--again for cultivating and selling medical marijuana through his California-registered medical marijuana dispensary, the Hemporium, to medical marijuana patients. He reports he was held for 7 days in jail on a probation violation hold. Not satisfied, the Marijuana Enforcement Team then went to a second judge (Almquist) and got a search warrant, tore up his entire crop, and destroyed it.

Said Mentch, "they wiped my computer, seized my phone, and tried to destroy my life." Mentch is also an in-home caregiver for two patients, including one who is suffering from advanced cancer. He has kept a low profile on this case, hoping it would be dismissed. At a hearing last Wednesday (August 9), the D.A. declined to do that.
Continued...indybay/18297986

"Medicines often produce side effects. Sometimes they are physically unpleasant. Cannabis too has discomforting side effects, but these are not physical they are political"
--The Economist March 28th 1992


The Drug War Refugees

A Pox On Bush Pot Policy By Paul Koretz
CN Source: WeHoNews.com February 01, 2007 West Hollywood, CA  

Just when we thought they couldn't go any lower...

Another inhumane action by the Bush Administration? I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised. This is the same President who lied to get us into the disastrous war in Iraq for his own purposes, and whose use of torture has embarrassed us in the eyes of the world.
Continued...cannabisnews/22589




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Posted 21 June 2007 - 04:23 PM

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - June 21, 2007

Connecticut: Governor’s Veto Means Arrest, Jail For State’s Medi-Pot Patients
June 21, 2007 - Hartford, CT, USA

Under state law, Gov. Rell had the option of allowing HB 6715 to become law without her signature.

According to a 2004 University of Connecticut poll, 83 percent of state voters support the use of medical cannabis when authorized by a physician.


Veto Lacks Compassion
CN Source: The Day June 21, 2007 Hartford, CT 

For Ill, Medical Marijuana Ought To Be Obtainable
CN Source: Daily Bulletin June 21, 2007 California 
We can't say it any better than Leo said it. Still, it bears repeating. Leo, of course, is Leo Greene, our colleague and friend who is battling ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. He has been chronicling his thoughts and feelings as he confronts his illness in an award-winning series of columns and videos called "Leo's Story." In Sunday's installment, he made the case for the use of medical marijuana to fight his terminal disease. It could buy him time, he wrote:
Continued...cannabisnews/23102

Senate Overrides Veto of Medical Marijuana Law By Jim Baron
CN Source: Woonsocket Call June 21, 2007 Providence, RI  
With the 29-4 vote in the Senate Tuesday to override Gov. Donald Carcieri's veto, there is just one more hurdle to clear before Rhode Island's medical marijuana law is made permanent. The House of Representatives has yet to schedule a vote to override the governor's veto, but leaders in that chamber, where the bill to lift the one-year "sunset" provision in the current law passed by a wide margin, said it would be done before the legislature adjourns for the year.
Continued...cannabisnews/23101

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Stephanie Landa, the definition of injustice

Feds Jail Elderly Medical Cannabis Caregiver By Luke Thomas
CN Source: Fog City Journal January 05, 2007 San Francisco  
An elderly woman began a 41-month jail sentence in federal prison yesterday after turning herself in to federal authorities. Stephanie Landa, 60 and a mother, began her sentence at noon following an 11:00 a.m press conference outside the San Francisco federal building. In July, 2003, on advice of counsel, Landa plead guilty to a charge of 'maintaining a place for the manufacturing of marijuana' and was subsequently sentenced by Federal Judge William Alsup to 41-months in federal prison.


Stephanie Landa shown making signs in support of the California state medical marijuana law, Prop 215, to mark ten years since the historic voter mandate. She is one of three people who believed they had permission to grow medical marijuana in San Francisco but their information was apparently turned over to the DEA by a renegade City narcotics agent. Her co-defendants, husband Tim Kikuchi and actor Kevin Gage, are both serving federal prison time for their efforts to provide for the medical needs of qualified patients. Federal law does not respect the wishes of the voters in this situation, and DEA raids have occurred at dispensaries and gardens throughout the state.


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Posted 21 June 2007 - 10:59 PM

Pot War in Brooklyn! By Matthew Lysiak
CN Source: Brooklyn Paper June 21, 2007 New York  
It’s the dude versus the narc. Two Brooklyn lawmakers — one a former Soviet engineer, the other a former police officer — are hashing it out over a bill to make marijuana legal for medicinal use. Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D–Coney Island) and state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) have pushed themselves to the front of the debate, only days after the Assembly passed the legislation.
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Boucher Relieved By Marijuana Bill By Jared Newman
CN Source: Wilton Villager June 21, 2007 Wilton, CT  
When the state House of Representatives was discussing a bill that would allow medical use of marijuana, Rep. Toni Boucher, R-143, argued against it for hours, reading from over 100 pages of her own research. Eventually she had to cut herself off, lest she lose votes from people who already agreed with her. "I had another four or five hours in me," she said in an interview.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Drug Czar - fuzzy statistics, fuzzier conclusions, all in the name of job security (his)

The Drug Czar's latest "report" on teens, drugs and violence is the usual mishmash of distorted statistics and implied conclusions not drawn from the data, all in an attempt to scare people.

Today ONDCP released a new Special Report showing that teens who use drugs are more likely to engage in violent and delinquent behavior and join gangs. Early use of marijuana--the most commonly used drug among teens--is a warning sign for later gang involvement.

Of course, when the Drug Czar brings out the big guns of the numbers to support his conclusions, it all sounds scary, unless you actually look at it. Now I haven't even looked at any of the original data he's drawing from, but check out this one that he promotes:

Nearly one in six teens (17%) who got into serious fights at school or work in the past year report using drugs;

However, if you look at the 2007 Monitoring the Future report, you see that the percentages of any teens who used drugs in the past year are: 8th grade (14.8%), 10th grade (28.7%), and 12th grade (36.5%). So to say that 17% of teens who got into serious fights report using drugs is not a particularly alarming thing. (In fact, it appears by these numbers that teens who use drugs are actually less likely to get into serious fights.)

But this is, of course, standard operating procedure for the Czar of Lying.

For more on how stupid this all is, see Scott Morgan's excellent posts: Pete Gets off the Couch and Joins a Gang and Marijuana Doesn't Cause Gang Membership, but the Drug War Does.

Radley's busy

Radley Balko's doing some great stuff.

Today, he's testifying "as part of House Crime Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott's 'Crime Summit.' ... topic is the militarization of domestic police departments."

There's nobody better to talk about that subject. And on July 19th he's been invited to testify at hearings on the Kathryn Johnston raid.

It's really wonderful to see the House even discussing these subjects (and that somebody had the brains to invite Radley).

Also check out his column on videotaping the policy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Brian Bennett challenges the drug policy reform establishment again with The Catch-22 of Drug Law Reform

The so-called Drug Czar uses his so-called "blog" to brag Governor of Connecticut Vetoes So-Called "Medical" Marijuana Bill. He's particularly good at being smug at taxpayer expense about the prospect of sick people suffering. It's a talent.

Scientists from the Pontificia Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador claim that our aerial spraying in Colombia is damaging the DNA of Ecuadorians living near the Colombian border (makes you wonder what it's doing to the Colombians).

William A. Collins in the East Texas Review: Some wars aren't meant to be won

Never mind that none of this works. It's not meant to work. It's meant to promote heroic political figures, to protect wasteful prison jobs and contractors, and to keep poor people away from the dreaded voting booth. [...] The "Drug War," like the "Terror War," has value in its own right. We can't simply end it. Jobs and votes are at stake. For many, winning the "war" would be a true calamity.

I'm guessing Mark Kleiman has the right take on the Giuliani campaign chair being arrested for cocaine.

Do rules hamper remedies for pain? by Kyung M. Song in the Seattle Times [from May, but worth reading]



Grant Krieger jailed without cannabis medication today!!!
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Grant Krieger jailed without cannabis medication today by Alberta provincial court Judge William Pepler!

Due to the corrections system refusal to allow Grant cannabis medication Judge William Pepler was going to extend the time for Grant to go to prison 15 more days.

Grant was ordered to turn himself in on July 3 / 07 between 9:00 AM and 12:00 noon.

Grant was ordered to try to obtain and Health Canada exemption. He visited 2 medical clinics and was not able to obtain the required doctors signature. No surprise here!

An adjournment was called and Grant's lawyer (John Hooker) had a private meeting with the prosecutor.

After the adjournment back in front of the Judge William Pepler John Hooker asked the judge to allow Grant to serve his 4 month sentence on weekends.

The judge refused and jailed Grant on the spot!

As always Grant did have a quarter pound of cannabis medication with him which he was not allowed to keep with him.

CBC did some TV interviews outside the court house that may be broadcast.

Calgary 420 is organizing a daily protest outside the Calgary remand center where Grant will be housed temporally.

I have new signs printed up for the protest which will be held daily until Grant Krieger is released!

Please consider joining our daily protest against this extreme cruel madness!!!
Today's protest will be at the remand center and start no later then 7:00 PM

At the very least letters of support please! All letters of support will be given to Grant when I have my daily visits with him.

Keith Fagin

keith@Calgary420.ca
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Calgary 420 Cannabis Community

P.S.
The Krieger Foundation will continue to function as always. The only change is the foundation will function with out with out Grant's presence until he is released from prison.

P.S.S
Last time Grant suffered in prison he was released after 7 days in a wheel chair due to the lack of cannabis medication.

CTV (Calgary) coverage of the June 18 / 07 Free Grant Krieger Protest.

CTV broadcast the piece due to the fact our group is asking they release Grant until they can find a way to allow him access to his legal medication.
Otherwise it would never have been broadcast at least on Calgary CTV (CFCN).

They want to move Grant to the Spy Hill prison. He has refused the move and he is still at the Calgary Remand Centre.

The real interesting development is a social worker showed up at the remand and asked Grant to sign a Health Canada MARR. Grant refused.

I want to know why they will have a government paid social worker intervene to have a doctor sign when Grant himself could not get two different doctors to sign.

Should they not have a government paid social worker intervene for the estimated one million Canadians that would benefit from medical use of cannabis too!

Debbie and I (at the very least) are contining the daily 7:00 PM protests and all the local hemp shops have posted our protest posters as of yesterday.
June 23 Saturday 12:00 noon we hope to see a lot of people show up to wave signs and make lots of noise.

The Calgary Remand Centre (122 ave and 85 street nw) is a long trip for a lot of people (for us it is 45 minutes each way) but we still need people to come out please!

The Krieger Foundation has and will continue to function as it always has.The only change is Grant is not present.

Lastly thank you all for the positive comments and letters written to the media and government (Alberta Justice Ministry).

We talk to Grant daily and we are hoping to finally get to visit him tonight right after todays daily (6:30 PM start time tonight) protest wraps up.

I have passed on the comments to Grant via phone to date and it does help lift his spirits up!

Keith

P.S.
Debbie is using a HD video camera to capture the protests and I hope to find some time soon to share them with you all.

If you are having trouble getting the video (our site's bandwidth is under a lot of pressure right now) see Google Video @ Google Video result...

Grant Kreiger Sentenced to 4 months prison time!

Pot crusder upset at Crown

Doped up system by Licia Corbella
Calgary and Edmonton Suns

Licia Corbella has written pro Grant articles in past years.

Marie Krieger busted by Pete Brady 08 Apr, 2004

Medical marijuana user's wife caught with pot


Grant Krieger and wife Marie

No Extradition for the BC3!

Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, and Greg Williams are Canadian citizens who were heavily involved in anti-prohibition activitism in Canada for ten years. The US will attempt to extradite these three cannabis activists to the US where they face 10 years to life in US prison. The extradition hearing has been scheduled to begin on November 5th, 2007 and last for four days. full story

More updates and information can be found here , and there is discussion at the end of this thread in the CC forums.


Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams


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Posted 22 June 2007 - 06:22 AM

AWESOME POST's ... WOW! Good job!

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE by Robert Speer
MAP Source: Chico News & Review 21 Jun 2007 (CA)

After a decade of legal wrangling and more than two years in prison, med-pot pioneer Bryan Epis faces a return to prison

Today ( Thursday, June 21 ) at 9:30 a.m., Bryan Epis will walk into the Sacramento courtroom of federal District Court Judge Frank Damrell Jr., where he is scheduled to testify once again in his marijuana-cultivation case.

Epis' case began with his arrest 10 years ago almost to the day and still isn't resolved.  What started out as a small-time bust has become a legal roller-coaster ride, made Epis a hero among med-pot activists, and raised serious constitutional issues.

It all goes back to June 25, 1997, when sheriff's deputies raided Epis' home on West Francis Willard Avenue in Chico, where he was growing marijuana plants in his basement.  The pot, Epis insisted, was meant for sick people with doctors' recommendations to use marijuana under terms of California's landmark Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215, passed in 1996.
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Bryan Epis Sentenced to Ten Years

10 years for a medical marijuana caregiver
Bryan Epis learned about the medical value of marijuana to treat his chronic pain after he was seriously injured in a car accident. When California voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 215 (Cal HS 11362.5), a law authorizing cultivation and possession of marijuana for patients and their caregivers, Brian Epis saw an opportunity to do a tremendous service. His dream was to create a legal medical marijuana dispensary that would be safe, accessible and affordable

Bryan Epis Protest Pics


Ashley Epis, 8, of Chico Calif., who is pictured on a series of billboards advocating medical marijuana, poses before one of the signs on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in Oakland, Calif. Epis' father, Bryan Epis, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for conspiracy to grow marijuana. The Third-grader said she agreed to be on the billboard. 'I want everybody to know that my dad is not a criminal,' she said.

Pot Advocate Sick In Jail - Family by Deborah Tetley
MAP Source: Calgary Herald 21 Jun 2007 (CN AB)

The condition of notorious medicinal marijuana crusader Grant Krieger - -- incarcerated at the Calgary Remand Centre since Monday -- is "rapidly deteriorating," according to his friends and family.

"He's having troubles getting around, he's depressed and he's in pain," said Ryan Krieger, Grant's 25-year-old son.

Ryan has not visited his father in jail and has only spoken with him by phone.

"He is under medical care because his muscles are cramping up and his mobility is diminishing.  They are trying to make him feel comfortable."

Grant Krieger, who has multiple sclerosis and uses pot to alleviate the pain, was jailed Monday after being convicted of drug trafficking in March and sentenced to four months in custody.

A provincial court judge delayed sending him to the remand centre until Monday so that Krieger, who is legally allowed to used cannabis, could arrange to take the drug into jail.

Krieger needed to acquire a federal licence allowing him to carry the pot, which required a doctor's signature.  He was denied signatures by two doctors, his lawyer told the court.
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Patients Talk About The Importance of Marijuana By John Grybos
CN Source: Legislative Gazette June 22, 2007 New York

Two men who say medical marijuana helps them deal with chronic medical conditions came to the capital to advocate for the passage of a bill, sponsored by Assembly health committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, to legalize its use for certain patients.

The bill (A.4867) passed the Assembly on June 13 and was immediately delivered to the Senate and referred to its rules committee.
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UP FROM PROHIBITION by John McWHORTER
MAP Source: New York Sun 21 Jun 2007 (NY)

You have to go to the history section of the bookstore to find Michael Lerner's new book recounting New York during Prohibition, "Dry Manhattan." It would be more usefully displayed in Current Affairs.  Mr.  Lerner has given us not a mere academic exhumation of a bygone New York, but an uncannily accurate description of New York last week and the city's fight against drugs.

Prohibition was, of course, a dismal failure.  It didn't stop people from drinking, and, in fact, made many, attracted by the glamour of the illicit, drink more.  But worst of all, it created an ongoing war between police forces and humble working people, bringing out the worst in everybody.

Public respect for the law plummeted.  Mr.  Lerner writes, "officers increasingly accused of using excessive force, planting evidence, and conducting illegal searches and seizures." I could have opened this oped with that sentence and pulled the journalist's rhetorical trick of writing, "Does that sound like something out of today's headlines? Well, in fact, it is a description of 1921 in Michael Lerner's new book ...  "
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REEFER MADNESS COMES FULL CIRCLE by Bill Kaufmann
MAP Source: Calgary Sun 22 Jun 2007 (CN AB)

So this is what the "war on drugs" has come to.

When prohibition isn't creating and fuelling an lucrative trade, it's locking up the infirm for the crime of helping others like them, with marijuana.

And while it imprisons them, it denies them their medication.

Last Monday, Calgary Provincial Court Judge William Pepler ordered Grant Krieger incarcerated immediately, with no access to the pot the MS sufferer says has made his life liveable.

Reefer madness has come full circle.

In sentencing Krieger last March, Pepler delayed his four-month imprisonment so corrections officials could hash out a way the medicinal marijuana crusader could have his stash.

In the past three months, two physicians balked at signing a federal licence enabling Krieger to bring his dope into jail, fearing the wrath of the "justice" system even though their signatures would merely rubber-stamp what's already perfectly legal.

And no one from the province has stepped up but hey, this is Alberta where drug dealers and addicts get their just desserts.
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Tracing Marijuana To Its Roots
By The University of Alaska Fairbanks 
CN Source: YubaNet.com June 22, 2007 Alaska
 

So why not pot? That was the question posed by Wooller and his fellow researchers, Tim Howe, Norma Haubenstock and Melanie Rohr. In October 2005, they wrote a proposal to the University of Alaska Foundation President’s Special Projects Fund.

Alaska Stable Isotope Facility Wooller applied for a permit from the D.E.A. to work with marijuana in his lab, he needed to find a varied supply of the drug. He went to the UAF Police Department and asked for help. After convincing a few officers that no, he was really a scientist, he got to speak with Investigator Steve Goetz and Lieutenant Syrilyn Tong, who agreed to help him out.

The key lies at the atomic level. Of particular interest to Wooller and his colleagues are the stable isotopes.

In order to get the method to that level, though, Wooller said he needs time, money and many more samples of marijuana, either from known locations or that are grown in a laboratory, such as the state crime lab, under controlled conditions.
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D.E.A.th Deceptions

Too Late To Plant Hemp, Licensed Farmers File Suit By Sue Roesler
CN Source: Farm & Ranch GuideJune 22, 2007 Bismarck, N.D 
Two farmers licensed to grow hemp in North Dakota filed a lawsuit in federal district court this week attempting to keep the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from charging them with a crime after they put the seed in the ground. North Dakota Rep. Dave Monson, a legislator and wheat, barley, canola and soybean grower in northeast North Dakota, and Wayne Hauge, a barley, durum, pea, lentil, black beans and chickpea grower in northwest North Dakota, filed the lawsuit that is being paid for by VoteHemp.
Continued...cannabisnews/23110

The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

Elkhorn Manefesto the Invisible Prohibition

Untold Story



Common Sense for Drug Policy RxG
CSDP June 23, 2007

Move Toward "Medicalization" Grows In US, Internationally

Patients, Activists Organize To Provide Safe Access To Cannabis Medicines In Spite Of DEA Opposition


Get Involved!
Organizations working on medical marijuana issues include:
The Coalition for Medical Marijuana
Americans for Safe Access
Marijuana Policy Project
NORML
Drug Policy Alliance
Voter Power



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Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:42 PM

The Purple Brain: America's New Reefer Madness
By Marsha Rosenbaum and Paul Armentano, AlterNet 
CN Source: AlterNet June 23, 2007 USA

 
More than 70 years in the making, the long-awaited sequel to the notorious 1936 film, Reefer Madness has arrived. It's called The Purple Brain, and just like its unintentionally campy predecessor, its purpose is to frighten Americans about marijuana.

The particular target audience for the Feds' new production is the millions of parents who may have, without incident, experimented with marijuana in the 1970s, when they were about the same age as their children are today.
Continued...cannabisnews/23112

"Arbitrary and capricious" is legal language that was used by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young in 1988 to conclude that DEA was obligated under the Controlled Substances Act to reschedule marijuana as a prescription medicine. DEA Chief Administrator Robert Bonner proceeded to arbitrarily and capriciously disregard Judge Young's well researched and reasoned decision, which the Act allowed him to do.

Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia



The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

The history of how the Marihuana Tax Act came to be the law of the land.

For more background on the history of, and reasons for the Marihuana Tax Act, see also these related documents:

The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States - a speech by Professor Charles Whitebread to the California Judge's Conference - This contains a short history of the marijuana laws.

The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge , by Professors Richard Bonnie and Charles Whitebread - This is a more extended history of the origins of the marijuana laws.

Unraveling an American Dilemma

The Demonization of Marihuana - by John C. Lupien
Background of the supposed Anslinger-Hearst-DuPont conspiracy to outlaw marijuana in order to remove hemp as a possible competitor to their products.

Correspondence about the legal status of hemp 1930-1938

"We've got a national campaign by drug legalizers, in my view, to try and use medicinal uses of drugs and legalization of hemp as a stalking horse to get in under the radar screen."
--Gen. Barry McCaffrey - Former Drug Czar (Clinton)

Marihuana Tax Act
The full text of the Marihuana Tax Act, as passed in 1937



Medical Pot User, 47, with AIDS Sues State By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
CN Source: Rocky Mountain News June 23, 2007 Colorado Posted by Staff on at 05:52:27 PT

An AIDS patient who says he needs to smoke marijuana every day to ease nausea from his medications is suing the state of Colorado to expand access to marijuana providers.

"My medicines are really devastating. The only thing that soothes the nausea is medical marijuana," said Damien LaGoy, 47, of Denver, who is suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1987 and hepatitis C a decade later.
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Conference on Cannabis Sativa L.
January 14, 1937 -- Room 81 Treasury Building, 10:30 AM

Virtues' of Ganja * Legitimizing Ganja * The Ganjawar Fraud

Pot Potency? Boomers' blissfully unfazed by mere facts.

"Marijuana gives rise to insanity -- not in its users but in the policies directed against it. A nation that sentences the possessor of a single joint to life imprisonment without parole but sets a murderer free after perhaps six years is in the grips of a deep psychosis."
Eric Schlosser - Author



'Guru of Ganga' Wants New Trial By Henry K. Lee
CN Source: San Francisco Chronicle June 23, 2007 San Francisco, CA

Ed Rosenthal, the self-described "Guru of Ganja" convicted for a second time last month of violating federal drug laws by growing marijuana for medical patients, wants a new trial.

The 62-year-old cannabis cultivation expert, former High Times magazine columnist and steadfast advocate for legalizing marijuana claims U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrongly prohibited him from telling jurors his goal was helping the sick, not selling drugs. Continued...cannabisnews/23113



The Vindictive Persecution of Ed Rosenthal

Jury Nullification




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Posted 24 June 2007 - 05:58 AM

Absorbing every ounce of this! LOVE visiting this thread, thanks!

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 08:55 PM

Thanks
It seems there are way more D.E.A.th Worriers OiNkDeCePtions on a daily basis nowadaze than even Nixon and Anslinger could have prayed for... D.E.A.ception!

Medical Marijuana is No Worse Than Wine By Craig Allison
CN Source: Press Democrat June 23, 2007 California  
The medical marijuana act brought hope to many Californians -- but vague local ordinances have slowed implementation, even though 70 percent of voters approved Proposition 215.

To cut though this "hangover," Sonoma County should apply a simple risk-benefit analysis to ensure ethically and morally correct medical marijuana standards.
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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Despicable lies

Link. Mark R. Trouville, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Miami office:

"This ain't your grandfather's or your father's marijuana," Trouville said. "This will hurt you. This will addict you. This will kill you."

Perhaps Trouville would care to tell us just how many people have been killed by marijuana, and then how many have been killed by DEA agents. The residents in Florida are in much greater danger from the DEA than from the most potent marijuana.

The Ganjawar Fraud

"Today's marijuana is also twice as strong as it was in the mid 80's."
--John Walters - Current US Drug Czar (Bush II)

Pot Potency? Boomers' blissfully unfazed by mere facts.

Safer Choice * Change The Climate



Newark's Mayor Cory Booker is fed up with the Drug War

Wow.

Booker redirects his anger at the war on drugs

This is big.

He is an angrier man now. And the focus of that anger is a public policy that he believes is ruining his city and threatening his hopes to change it.

The problem, he says, is New Jersey's tough tactics in the drug war. We are heavy on jail time and unforgiving even when prisoners finish their terms. At a time when even states like Texas are changing course, we are sticking with our failed strategy.

The result is to turn thousands of young men into economic cripples and to give the crime wave in Newark a flood of fresh recruits. Booker describes it as almost an economic genocide against African-American men in his city.

And if it doesn't change, he says, he's ready to go to jail in protest, in the tradition of the civil rights movement.

"I'm going to battle on this," the mayor says. "We're going to start doing it the gentlemanly way. And then we're going to do the civil disobedience way. Because this is absurd.

"I'm talking about marches. I'm talking about sit-ins at the state capitol. I'm talking about whatever it takes."

The mayor calling for civil disobedience AGAINST the drug war?

He wants to reserve prison cells for those who do violence and divert the nonviolent drug offenders into treatment programs and halfway houses.

This guy really is angry.

"The drug war is causing crime," Booker says. "It is just chewing up young black men. And it's killing Newark." [...]

He knows it'll be tough. But when he talks about it, the political smile disappears and he wears the expression of a man preparing to smash his head into a brick wall if that's what it takes.

Lucky thing. Because that wall is sturdy. And it's way past time that someone knocked it down.

You don't hear a political official talk like this very often.



"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
--Harry J. Anslinger - America's 1st Drug Czar (FDR - JFK)

World Anti Drugs Day

Attempts to disguise the catastrophic failure of the UN drug agencies
Tranform Drug Policy Foundation

NEWS RELEASE

On Tuesday June 26th the UN office of drugs and crime (UNODC) will celebrate annual World Anti-Drugs Day. Transform Drug Policy Foundation, the UK's leading independent centre of expertise on drug policy and law reform, condemn the UNODC for once again attempting to dress up the striking failure of its anti-drugs strategy as success, and failing to speak out against mass executions of drug offenders in China.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation spokesperson Steve Rolles said:

"In 1998 the UN drug agencies pledged to create a "Drug Free World' within ten years.

However, The UNODC's own annual world drug reports have chronicled the continued global rise in the production and use of drugs over the last decade, particularly of the most dangerous drugs, heroin and cocaine. By any measure the UNODC's policy and ten year strategy has been an abject failure, with Afghanistan opium production breaking new records, and cocaine use in Europe rising dramatically.

"But instead of reflecting on these failures and considering alternative strategies for controlling drug markets that do not involve wasting billions on futile eradication programmes and increasing militarization of the war on drugs, we just hear more tough talking and yet more announcements of new initiatives.

"This year, as they launch another initiative with the motto [OE]do drugs control your life', they should be asked why they have continually failed to condemn the practice in China of celebrating world anti-drugs day with mass executions of drug offenders. The UN Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbitrary Executions has called on China to end the use of the death penalty for drug trafficking, yet the UNODC, who organise world anti-drugs day has never seen fit to comment on China's barbaric practices.


november

Move to Undo Higher Education Act Drug Provision Passes Senate Committee

A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell

In 1998, Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., an advocate of stringent drug laws, slipped into a House bill an amendment denying federal financial aid for college to anyone who had been convicted of either selling or possessing drugs. No congressional committee voted on the amendment. But it passed as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, first enacted in 1965 to create federal financial aid for college students.

ONDCP Kicks Off Annual Summer Marijuana Scare Campaign With Report

"Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men."

"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother."

--Harry J. Anslinger - America's 1st Drug Czar (FDR - JFK)

"Casual drug users should be taken out and shot."
--Daryl Gates - Former LAPD Chief

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Supreme Court Rules Passengers Can Challenge Police Stops

"Marijuana leads to homosexuality ... and therefore to AIDS."
--Carlton Turner - Former Drug Czar (Reagan)

With Meth Labs Plunging to Near Zero, Nevada Moves to Track Cold Remedies

"Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing"
--Harry J. Anslinger - America's 1st Drug Czar (FDR - JFK)

Iran Hangs Four for Drug Trafficking

Dubai Sentences Two More Westerners To Prison Over Infinitesimal Amounts of Drugs

Thailand's drug war




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OMG... pleeease! This shit is getting comical to me, it's just so pathetic! "Hi, I'm Joni, I'm a communist brainwasher cause I like to smoke a weed"... geesh!

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:51 PM

Hi Joni,
I could understand with only a newspaper and radio how the government hoodwinked the people in the 30's and 40's. Selected censorship. But today with all of the media outlets and sources of info we still have reefer madness? Me thinks many who profit on the Ganjawar keep silent. Selling out their country. I figure we either support the Ganja outlaws or we support the corporate/government traitors. Programmed news and obedient blind followers of the blind. Notice how each decade the effects of Ganja changes. In the 50's McCarthy era, while he was hooked on opium ranting about communism and blackballing thousands of innocent Americans. Blaming it on Ganja would fit the times. Like Rush Limbaugh ranting on oxy. 10 years before that with the war it was all bloodlust and murderers. Unfortunately "pathetic" is accurate.

Oregon NORML Reefer Mad Quotes

"[Marijuana] is highly intoxicating and constitutes an ever recurring problem where there are Mexicans or Spanish-Americans of the lower classes."
--New York Times - Newspaper (1933)

"Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp."
--Dr. A. E. Fossier - New Orleans Medical & Surgical Journal (1931)

"I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast."
--Ronald Reagan - Former President

War on Drugs Runs Parallel To Iraq, Vietnam Wars By Joseph Ruchalski
CN Source: Daily Reveille June 26, 2007 USA  

President Nixon's declaration that drug abuse is "public enemy number one in the United States" in 1971 launched a "war on drugs" that has raged since the war in Vietnam.

Like the war in Vietnam then and in Iraq today, this war has proven to be much more complex than a simple "red versus blue" campaign. The soldiers are sworn law enforcement officers and organized crime members playing a dangerous game of "cops and robbers." The victims are varied, some helpless, destitute, or hardened criminals themselves, but all are civilians.
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Battle Lines: Natural Or Synthetic.. Life Or Death By Rand Clifford
CN Source: OpEdNews.com June 26, 2007 USA

Hemp is about life, renewal and future, power to The People...most everything America’s embedded fascist regime is not about. Government of, by and for corporations (CorpoGov) has us hogtied.

Corporate profits rule the priorities in a globalizing plutocracy (CorpoWorld) where the bottom line is...power to the bottom line. Corporate grip just keeps increasing, squeezing the life out of the biosphere—CorpoWorld truly is making a killing.
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Secret Gardens By Scott J. Croteau
CN Source: Telegram & Gazette June 25, 2007 Massachusetts

From the outside, it looked like just another modest home nestled in a peaceful community. Nothing about its white shutters, vinyl siding and neatly trimmed shrubs in the front hinted at the secret within the Shrewsbury house.

Inside, walls covered with family pictures and decorations brightened the room where a television was set up in front of a couch. But in the attic was something a little different — a plant not typically found growing in the yard next to carrots and tomatoes.
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#16 jonilynn2u

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 09:34 AM

I'm feeling THAT! And great reefer madness quotes! Thanks, my friend!

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#17 DdC

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:16 AM

Initiative filed to repeal Oregon Medical Marijuana Act
by via list Monday Jun 25th, 2007 6:27 PM

Kevin Mannix, republican prohibitionist extraordinaire filed this anti crime initiative with the secretary of the state that cracks down on meth, sex offenders and would repeal the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA.)

His proposal would have all cards revoked by March of 2009 and have patients have to turn to pharmaceutical synthetic cannabis substitutes. I bet he is well funded by those companies and it will take all Oregonians working together to fight this. The legality of the initiative is being examined and strategies to stop it in it's tracks being discussed but in the meantime please contact Kevin Mannix and tell him what you think and be sure to give all the facts, data, testimony of real cannabis as possible.

Contact: Kevin Mannix
2003 State Street, Salem OR 97301
Phone: (503) 364-1913 Fax: (503) 362-0513
kevin@mannixlawfirm.com

Here is the Initiative
http://www.sos.state...008/104text.pdf

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Christian Extremism and Terrorism In History

Serving Life for a Joint

Cover-Ups, Prevarications, Subversions & Sabotage

"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."

William F. Buckley, Jr. - Writer



Protest Massive DEAth Raids in San DEAgo!
Five Arrested, Marijuana Dispensaries Raided
Medical Marijuana Profiteers Targeted
S.D. Urged To Take Stand on Medical Pot


DEAth Raids in LA

Barisone Challenges New SC Marijuana Law

Santa Barbarian's Wiley Hyena

Judge Upholds Ruling Dismissing Counties' Prop. 215 Challenge

The Clash in Colorado! "Lie a little louder Guv!"



We are the Wo/Men's Alliance
for Medical Marijuana

WAMM grows medical marijuana at no charge for ~170 terminally ill patients

Santa Cruz to Sue Feds Over Medical Marijuana Raid
Sept. 5th 2002, Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputy negotiating with the DEA on behalf of the sick members of WAMM to release Valerie and Mike Corral in exchange for letting the U-Hauls full of their medicinal marijuana down from the garden Patients that were well enough to make it to the garden that day mourned together in a circle the loss of their medicine. 

RIP brave Dr. Tod Mikuriya
WAMM sends you a high five!



"I leave it at this, that it is outrageous to live in a society whose laws tolerate sending young people to life in prison because they grew, or distributed, a dozen ounces of marijuana. I would hope that the good offices of your vital profession would mobilize ...to recommend the legalization of the sale of most drugs, except to minors."
--William F. Buckley, Jr.

Legal Lies?
Ambushing The Pot Initiative

The Politics of Pot

Lake County Cannabis Farm


Lake County Cannabis Farm Raid


#18 benjamin

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 02:33 PM


"I leave it at this, that it is outrageous to live in a society whose laws tolerate sending young people to life in prison because they grew, or distributed, a dozen ounces of marijuana. I would hope that the good offices of your vital profession would mobilize ...to recommend the legalization of the sale of most drugs, except to minors."
--William F. Buckley, Jr."

Cali`s MMP laws were written with many times more confusion and vagueness than Buckley`s quote. There have been too many people on both sides taking advantage of this.
Oregon Green Free operates on the principal of at cost medication.California MMP law is not equally applied to all jurisdictions , leaving room for creative interpretation on both sides. reigns.

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider which sat down beside her and said,"Load a bowl, BBB bitch?!"


#19 jonilynn2u

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:46 PM

All I know is KEVIN MADman/Maddix... can kiss my uhumm... you know, yeah THAT!

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#20 DdC

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 06:23 PM

Medical Marijuana
CN Source: ABC News July 02, 2007 USA  

For more than 4,000 years, it was used medicinally. Then in 1942, medical marijuana was banned in the US. But that's not the end of the story. Today, patients with illnesses like cancer, AIDS, and MS say it relieves pain and reduces nausea from their meds -- and is the only thing that got them through.

Brian Klein takes three pills twice a day for HIV. He's also recovering from hepatitis C. "It was pretty devastating getting both at the same time," said Klein.
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Reefer Madness: This Is Your Brain on Drugs By Jordan Smith
CN Source: Austin Chronicle July 02, 2007 Texas  

When in doubt, go old-school – or, at least, why not give it a shot, especially if you don't have anything – and I mean anything – else going for you? But remember: Retro isn't always hip – and when it comes to the sad, sad (and ever more sad) White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, "retro" is just plainass embarrassing.

Case in point: Now that summer is here, so is the ONDCP's latest attempt at scaring you into believing that drugs – no, rather, marijuana, is bad, bad, bad. According to the new ONDCP youth anti-drug media campaign report released by the feds this month, kids (that is youth, ages 12-17) who smoke pot are "at least" four times as likely to join a gang as their nontoking brethren. Yes! Gangs
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How Much Pot Can a Sick Person Keep? By Curt Woodward
CN Source: Associated Press June 30, 2007 Washington State  

This fall, sober public servants will convene a series of meetings across Washington state to answer a pressing question: Just how much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply?

That may seem like an odd question for straight-laced government types to tackle. But it's a serious attempt to shore up the state's medical marijuana law, which has been around for nearly a decade without defining the "60-day supply" patients are allowed to have on hand.
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State To Let Patients Grow Their Own Pot By Diana Del Mauro
CN Source: New Mexican June 29, 2007 New Mexico  

When lobbyists rallied this year at the Roundhouse to legalize medical marijuana, they distinctly said patients wouldn’t be growing this mind-altering herb. Rather, the state Health Department would create a secure production and distribution system — the first state to do so.

After years of failed attempts, the measure won approval, making New Mexico the 12th state with such a law.
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Law Requires N.M. To Grow Its Own Pot   

Medical Marijuana To Be Legal Next Week in N.M.
CN Source: Associated Press June 28, 2007 Tesuque, N.M.  

Martin Walker is looking forward to the day when his marijuana smoking will be legal.
Since he was diagnosed four years ago as HIV positive, Walker has used the drug to fight the nausea that frequently grips his gut and the depression that's never far away. But the relief comes at a price: worrying that getting busted buying the illegal drug could cost him his job and forever blot his record.
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Should the federal government prosecute medical marijuana users,
now that it has been given the OK by the Supreme Court?
* 75973 responses

Yes 10%
No 89%
I'm not sure 2%


We're Still #1! America's Gulag

Forfeiture of Wife's Share of Home Is Excessive By Mark Hamblett
CN Source: New York Law Journal June 29, 2007 Connecticut  

A woman who insisted that she did not know her husband was growing marijuana in the basement of the home they had shared since 1979 should not forfeit her full half interest in the home, a federal appellate court has ruled.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday vacated a decision ordering Kathleen M. von Hofe to forfeit her interest in the couple's $248,000 Branford, Conn. home.
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