So the vote in the House was 163 in favor and 262 opposed for the Rohrabacher and Hinchey amendment that would have prevented the DOJ from expending any funds for the purpose of interfering with state medical marijuana operations.
Medical Marijuana Raids to Continue
After House Defeats Defunding Bill
By The Huffington Post - Thursday, May 10 2012
The legislation, introduced by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), was part of the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Justice for fiscal 2013. It failed 262-163. full story
High On Romney
Will Cannabis Advocates Cast a Protest Vote?
"While Obama is definitely the worst president by far when it comes to respecting medical marijuana," argued Morgan Fox with Washington, D.C.,-based Marijuana Policy Project, "it's arguable that Romney could be worse." full story
Mitt Romney:Medical Marijuana
Not 'Issue of Significance', Is a 'State Issue'
Yesterday, a Denver, Colorado CBS affiliate got some face-time with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The interviewer asked questions important to local voters: gay marriage, college tuition for illegal immigrants, and medical marijuana. full story
Will Oregon's Attorney General Election
Send a Crucial Message to Dispensary-Busting Feds?
If the candidate who ordered raids on medical pot growers in Southern Oregon loses the election, the loss may reverberate with US Attorneys around the country. Medical marijuana has become a major issue in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Oregon. The candidates have staked out starkly different positions on the issue, with former judge Ellen Rosenblum supportive of patients’ right to safe and legal access to medical marijuana, and former Interim US Attorney Dwight Holton sharply critical of the program. full story
DRUG CRIME SENDS FIRST-TIME OFFENDER
GRANDMOM TO PRISON FOR LIFE
Houstonian, Who Has No Secrets to Trade,
Is Doing More Time Than Drug Lords
The U.S. government didn't offer a reward for the capture of Houston grandmother Elisa Castillo, nor did it accuse her of touching drugs, ordering killings, or getting rich off crime. But three years after a jury convicted her in a conspiracy to smuggle at least a ton of cocaine on tour buses from Mexico to Houston, the 56-year-old first-time offender is locked up for life - without parole. [Remainder snipped]
African-americans Unfair Target In The War On Drugs
The totally ineffective War on Drugs has made a bad condition even worse, especially for African-Americans. The 40 million drug convictions, since the appointment of the first drug czar in 1971, has disproportionately targeted and imprisoned young black males. It has destroyed the lives of 1 out of every 4 young black men because of felony convictions at an early age. full story
Patients Ask Garden Grove To Keep Pot Dispensaries Open
"Let the DEA know to stay out of Garden Grove," Richard Gould told the council.
Activists Plan To Protest Pot Prohibition
Pro-marijuana legalization activists plan to gather in Shreveport and five other cities across Louisiana on Saturday to march in favor of ending prohibition.
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Taking Care With Cannabis Education
by David Malmo-Levine - Thursday, May 3 2012 To the editor of the “Taking Care With Cannabis” pamphlet from Vancouver Coastal Health, Regarding your new pamphlet, "Taking Care With Cannabis": It's better than anything else that has come out of an official source, but in hindsight, I have a concern. Since it is only about risks and does not admit any benefits this material may seem to be less than fully credible to the vast majority of users who have not experienced a downside to cannabis use, and it may also become a tool of prohibitionists and cannabiphobes to help foist stigma upon users where none should exist. continued...