Nancy Pelosi: MMJ Busts By Feds Of Strong Concern By Lucia Graves
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday released a statement pushing back against the Obama administration's interference with medical marijuana laws in California and beyond. Her statement comes after medical marijuana advocates delivered a petition earlier that day calling on Pelosi to defend patients from ramped up federal enforcement measures. "I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California," said Pelosi, "and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana." Read More...
Nancy Pelosi Objects To Obama's MMJ Crackdown By David Downs
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi saw the writing on the wall and came out in defense of medical cannabis patients and dispensaries under assault by the federal government this week. San Francisco dispensaries served her a petition with thousands of signatures May 2. Subsequently, Speaker Pelosi released the May 2 statement saying: “Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states’ rights issue. Sixteen states, including our home state of California, and the District of Columbia have adopted medicinal marijuana laws – most by a vote of the people. Read More...
Barney Frank Criticizes Administration On MMJ Raid By Luke Johnson
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sharply criticized the Obama administration's recent raids of medical marijuana dispensaries in states where its use is legal. "I think it's bad politics and bad policy," he told The Hill in an interview Friday. "I'm very disappointed. I think it's a grave mistake." He added that he had brought the criticism to the president. Read More...
Kimmel Addresses MJ Legalization At WH Dinner By Paige Lavender
While delivering his remarks at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner, comedian Jimmy Kimmel addressed the issue of marijuana legalization. "What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation's Funyun supply?" Kimmel said. "Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote." Kimmel then posed a challenge to the crowd, which was made up of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and George Clooney. Read More...
Obama Explains Increasing MMJ Crackdowns
Amid an increased crackdown on medical marijuana producers across the nation, including a recent high-profile raid on a California training school, President Barack Obama faced questions in a new interview with Rolling Stone about the seeming disconnect between his 2008 campaign rhetoric and his administration's actions since he took office. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws [on medical marijuana]," Obama promised in 2008, according to an earlier Rolling Stone report. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2010 that federal authorities would continue to prosecute individuals for marijuana possession, despite its legalized status in some states. Read More...
Is The DEA Legalizing THC? or Why We Can't Grow
Feds grow it, roll it, pack it, and ship it. Feds have patents. X Deputy Dawg Dung Czar Grubbs Barthwell and Big Pharma Bayer are set to distribute their sublingual spray, no doubt with the same Feds pot. We the Sheople can go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Federally Only 4 Remaining People Can Legally Use Pot As Medicine 10/14/01
Drugs: The federal 'compassionate use' program won't expand soon despite a study showing marijuana can be therapeutic. Every weekday around 11 a.m., a middle-aged stockbroker walks to a breezeway outside his office in Boca Raton, Fla. There, alongside the potted palms and smokers taking their breaks, he lights up a cigarette of his own - not tobacco, but marijuana, sent to him by the federal government. Read More...
There are only four remaining participants in the program.
"I'm one of the fortunate people," Rosenfeld said.
Patients Out of Time
Feds Need One Million Joints
The government may be waging a war on illegal drugs, but it continually has the need for marijuana a lot of marijuana. In fact, it has just placed an order for one million cannabis (marijuana) cigarettes and some bulk pot, both Mexican and Colombian. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the $4.2 million, five-year contract to the University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy, which has been growing the federally-used marijuana under previous contracts. Read More...
The Effect of Controlled Substances Scheduling on Research
In addition to the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and sponsoring organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concerning the conduct of clinical research, U.S. investigators are subject to specific FDA and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations concerning research with controlled substances. The CSA also mandates reporting procedures when conducting research with controlled substances. Some States may have their own registration requirements for Schedule I substances above and beyond the Federal requirements. Read More...
Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access (VMCA) announced in mid-July, 2010 that the Veterans Health Services (VHA) of the United States would tolerate the use of medicinal cannabis by Veterans of all US services and time of service. A few years ago the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital treating him required he sign a “pain contract.” The contract essentially terminated the VA treatment of any Veteran found using an illegal substance such as cannabis. Read More...
"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.
Note. Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act
HS 11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
➜ has been recommended by a physician
➜ person's health would benefit
➜ or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
➜no physician in this state shall be punished,
➜ Illegal possession and cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient's primary caregiver
➜ upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician
➜ The department shall establish and maintain a voluntary program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients who satisfy the requirements of this article and voluntarily apply to the identification card program.
➜ "Qualified patient" means a person who is entitled to the protections of Section 11362.5, but who does not have an identification card issued pursuant to this article.
➜ It shall not be necessary for a person to obtain an identification card in order to claim the protections of Section 11362.5.
➜ A qualified patient or a person with an identification card
➜ Any individual who provides assistance
➜ A designated primary caregiver who transports, processes, administers, delivers, or gives away marijuana for medical purposes
➜ (a) Subject to the requirements of this article, the individuals specified in subdivision (b) shall not be subject, on that sole basis, to criminal liability.