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...

Legal Pot Can't Be Worse Than The Status Quo

Australia: Call For End To War On Drugs

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.

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DdC 2 years 15 weeks ago
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Richard Branson calls for legalisation

Imho, Ganja is Legal for Individuals Under the 10th Amendment and according to their Sate Laws on the books. Sales and Giveaways are are not covered under state initiatives and are listed under the Feds Commerce Clause.
Excluding rights and wrongs or legal and illicit for a moment. Buyers clubs or Apothecaries are common sense progressions of removing legal barriers that should never have been in place from the fit go. As a home health care provider I've been getting patients their remedies since 1990 with no hassles from the cops. I've been using since 1969 and have not sold any or given it away or have I been given a criminal record. The Supreme Court has already established, right or wrongly. That Raich v Gonzales makes any exchange part of the commerce clause and therefore Federal jurisdiction. Prop 215 is a deterrent to jailing people for using cannabis. I don't think anyone believed sick people would have really been hassled or jailed. But we were wrong and Wilson and Lungren proceeded to do just that. Prop 215 is the Compassionate Use Act and it is for anyone for any reason. It is not like the remaining states Medical Marijuana Laws. The reasonable amount an individual could posses has been determined to be 99 plants per year. Since half , (the males), will be uprooted to prevent pollination. No one has been arrested or even hassled because this is legal under Prop 215. Which in my opinion is a 10th amendment issue of states rights. Not everything, not selling it or growing large quantities. They are not included under the provisions of Prop 215.

Therefore Obama wasn't lying when he sent the DEA to bust buyers clubs. I don't believe he's being a nice guy to individuals. I believe he has no authority. In states with initiatives the state law trumps the CSA as long as it is not exchanged. Even passing a joint could be construed as such.This is a double edge sword in that states with draconian laws will also have jurisdiction. States with MMJ laws will only be legal in certain circumstances under doctors recommendations and other rules according to the states initiative. This should go back to the older medicinal cannabis laws before Prop 215. Again, CA and Alaska are the only two states without medicinal restrictions. So if we want the common sense Apothecaries. Quality Assurance at a fair price for patients or everyday users then we have to remove cannabis from the bogus, totally political Controlled Substance Act as a commodity. Then it would fall under state authority to implement the law and locations etc. Obama has his faults but my short term memory isn't bad enough to ever forget Bush Cheney Waldo or even Clinton's Czarbarry before that. The Feds plan I'm afraid is what we thought all along. The IOM report is still stalled in the HHS and until they release it the FDA won't and hasn't tested anything about it. If we can prove cannabis doesn't fit under a schedule#1 classification which is simple enough. The hard part has been getting Congress to even consider it, let alone examine it.

Pure fascism or corporatism keeping a viable versatile plant off the free trade market shelf. Un-American as anything I've ever witnessed. I'm a Nadar voter so its not my love of Barry but a thirst for the truth that has me writing this. Bayer and Barthwell and the governments own patents clearly are trying to monopolize Ganja in their Sativex sublingual spray already tested in Canada and heading to Europe. Most scenario's see the governments own pot farm shipping doobies to the 4 remaining IND patients as the source for the Pharmacies. Did anyone really believe the government about to start another cold war, this time with China, would actually let us grow our own stone at home? I mean legally. Legal technicalities aside, the entrepreneurs assisting patients in getting their medication are public servants that do not deserve prison. Capitalism is our way of barter so no one should be shocked that it is being sold. Whether Obama has the jurisdiction or not it is still wrong to raid clubs when so much more is in need of the Justice Department. Dissolve the DEA and put them to work busting Banksters and Stock market slicksters bankrupting our country. Thank You Ganjashops! ~ DdC

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❝A nation that is afraid to let its people
judge the truth and falsehood in an open market
is a nation that is afraid of its people.❞
~ John F. Kennedy

5.5.12 Global Ganja Gathering Million Marijuana March

Bills To Protect MMJ Users, Curb Abuses Passes
Giving medical-marijuana users some things they asked for but also some they opposed, the state House passed a series of bills Thursday to modify Michigan's medical marijuana law. The changes include rules for doctor-patient relationships and law enforcement access to the state's patient registry. The four bills were adopted on broad, bipartisan votes, clearing the three-fourths-majority hurdle needed to amend a voter-enacted law. Similar majorities will be needed for approval in the state Senate before the changes become law, "but I do think we've sent a package they can adopt," said state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Read More...

CA Dispensaries Can’t Be Banned but Must Grow Their Own
California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case.

Go To Trial: Trash The Justice System
Jury Nullification

❝Unreviewable and irreversible power (of the jury) to acquit in disregard of the instruction of the law given by the trial judge. The pages of history shine upon instances of the jury's exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge.❞
~ D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1972

Marijuana Prohibitionists and Profiteers:
Naked Opposition Exposed in The New York Times

Kochroach & Aleech... Drug Detention Centers

Potential Prohibition Profits Outweigh Citizens Benefits
Prohibition Profiteers

❝Many ways money grubbing Dung Worriers skim off of the Ganjawar...❞

Marijuana Plant Zip Ties Becomes Casualty

Dying Patient Kicked Out of Hospital for Using Medical Marijuana

❝What did you expect? "Welcome, sonny"? "Make yourself at home"? "Marry my daughter"? You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.❞
~ Blazing Saddles. (1974)

Diane Feinstein – the best argument for term limits

❝A child miseducated is a child lost.❞
~ John F. Kennedy

❝They all lie and just whoosh it away as if its part of the business of legislating and as public servants representing we the people? Lies are fantasy, building laws on thin air make bad laws. The drug war laws seem to be more for cops profits and keeping Big Pharma happy without competition than the best interest of the patients and community even though I see this as none of their business. Its between a patient and their doctors or a citizen and their choice of recreation. Lies are the poison roots of a tree that can only produce poison fruit.❞ ~ DdC

❝90 percent of Planned Parenthood services are abortions.❞ ~ Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)

❝No federal funding goes to abortions.
97 percent of Planned Parenthood's services are not abortions.❞

~ Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president

❝It Was Not Intended To Be A Factual Statement❞
~ Kyl Walks Back Planned Parenthood Claim

Pot And POTUS
❝What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana," The Man told Wenner. "I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana.❞

STONED DRIVING MEASURE
COULD HAVE BROAD IMPACTS FOR SUMMIT COUNTY

When we talk to the juries, they say we want a number." That number, if Senate Bill 117 is passed into law, would be 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. The measure squeaked through its first real test on the floor of the Colorado Senate Tuesday, passing by a 18-17 vote . Read More...

Stop California's Unscientific and Unnecessary Drugged Driving
Take Action: AB 2552 Is Bad Science and Bad Law

Ass,Woman Torre' Drudged Driving Bill

White Paper: Drug Testing Results Often Inaccurate, Unreliable

Cannabis use and Driving

❝President Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.❞ ~ Jack Herer

MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE
Daubert said in court Thursday that "I had sought to do recordkeeping far in excess of what the state required" for Montana Cannabis. Those records, he suggested, helped federal agents build a case against him.

COURT RULING HASN'T CLEARED THE AIR
Controversy Over Interpretation of Ruling on Medical Marijuana and Driving

Michigan Supreme Court ruled in People v. Feezel that THC-COOH is only a byproduct of how your body processes THC and is not psychoactive, "Thus, anyone can drive with any amount of THC-COOH, patients or not" and not be legally impaired.

I agree with Targowski and apologize for spreading misinformation. However, a few others say that many prosecutors and judges have a different understanding of the ruling, saying it is irresponsible to say it's OK to drive with THC-COOH in your system.

The bottom line is that if you medicate with marijuana daily, then chances are that you do have THC in your system at all times. Whether you feel impaired or not, this makes you legally vulnerable to charges of DWI.

Again, I apologize for misrepresenting the legal implications of People v. Koon. There are, however, some people who interpret it this way.

This highlights the need for Michigan law to recognize the science about marijuana and set a fair manner of determining when someone is actually impaired by marijuana use rather than imposing a zero-tolerance standard. Read More...

DETAILS RELEASED ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CRACKDOWN
Four Locations Raided by Santa Barbara Police and Federal Authorities
Santa Barbara police and federal agents executed four search warrants Wednesday and Thursday during what authorities say is part of a region-wide crackdown on illegal marijuana operations. The raids at dispensaries and houses included the seizure of money, property, and weed, but no arrests were made. Local officers assisted in the operation headed by the United States Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.

PELOSI RIPS CRACKDOWN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

A HORROR STORY FOR THE DEA
There remain many questions for federal drug agents about how a UC San Diego student was left handcuffed in a cell without food, water or a toilet for more than four days last month resulting in serious medical issues that he says nearly killed him. And the answers when they come had better be pretty darn good.

❝Think of what this following story says about the cops in this country. They would rather make more money on confiscations and cage rental for sick and productive citizens who happen to use cannabis. Than obey the common sense will of the people. Disgusting... The war on some plants is nothing more than supplemental income at the expense of the tax payer and domestic terrorism on the patients being stressed out by this constant barrage of lies to perpetuate profits. That's beyond disgusting.❞ DdC

LOCAL POT LAWS SHOULD RESPECT WILL OF VOTERS
Massachusetts has voter initiative for a reason: It gives citizens the power to directly decide laws. When voters decide an issue at the ballot box, their say should be final unless it's formally repealed.

A 2008 ballot question's approval by 65 percent of Massachusetts voters made possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a noncriminal offense, punishable by a $100 fine. In Fall River, the question passed with about 60 percent of the vote - 16,620 in favor to 12,077 against. A clear majority of Bay State voters said that they wanted to put an end to marijuana prosecutions involving small possession.

Some Massachusetts governmental officials - led by law enforcement - don't agree. Even before the law passed, they were sounding alarms about a potential sharp increase in public pot smoking and the affect it might have. Now they continue making anecdotal claims to persuade local officials and the public to essentially overturn the law on a local level. Is that truly the case? While public pot smoking may still be taboo, should it be criminal? Do residents really believe it's created a "perception of rampant lawlessness," as Fall River City Councilor Eric Poulin claimed?

❝The majority of prohibitionists profit on the drug war,
... and that is their only motive.❞
~ DdC

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