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January and February: The Year began with the Cops Killing a Mother and Dog Police are using these paramilitary raids more than 100 times a day, often on simple possession of non-violent people; dogs are ruthlessly killed because of the war on this plant.

(note that the only marijuana found in this family home had to be scraped from a pipe, and the father was charged with child endangerment…What about the cops shooting weapons in a child’s room, and what about the permanent emotional scars to this child from these cops!)

…and then there was this next story that  led to a lot of accusations from drug policy reformers that police shoot way too many innocent people in overly-aggressive drug raids. You may recall that this case in which the officer claimed that he opened fire on Tarika because he was startled by gunshots downstairs. Those shots were fired by his own fellow officers as they killed the family’s dogs. Tarika Wilson literally lost her life because a cop was freaked out by gunfire from another cop. Oh, and her baby daughter also got shot.

but February also had more SCIENCE coming out to support the anti-cancer properties that new findings are revealing…

February 2010: Medical marijuana news. Cannabidiol stops the spread of breast cancer

February also brought another major study that shows the medical uses for cannabis. This study lasted ten years and costs 9 million dollars. http://blog.mpp.org/medical-marijuana/more-proof-that-marijuana-is-medicine/02172010/The studies, funded by CMCR under the mandate of a 1999 legislative action, found that marijuana is particularly helpful in relieving pain associated with nerve damage and in treating the muscle spasticity from multiple sclerosis.

March found the ever fearful DEA sensing that cannabis is about to be used religiously arrested a minister in Hawaii, Roger Christie, who is becoming well known for using spiritual sacrament  with his congregation. (note of interest Roger is still awaiting bail 9 months later)…here Roger gives instruction on how to make Holy Anointing Oil .

Speaking of the ridiculous Drug War Prisoners, other notable new prisoners for 2010 include…

Eddie Lepp

Marc Emery

John Wilson

Charles Lynch

April 2010: Federal Judge Suggests U.S. Change Anti-Marijuana Law

In sentencing a California pot shop owner to a year behind bars on federal charges of cultivating and selling marijuana, a U.S. district court judge based in Los Angeles suggested that the federal government change marijuana’s outlaw status.

Judge George H. Wu was very sympathetic to the plight of 47-year-old Charles Lynch, who was convicted in 2008 after federal authorities moved against his Morro Bay dispensary despite his bending over backwards to abide by California’s medical marijuana law. “Individuals such as Lynch are caught in the middle of the shifting positions of governmental authorities” vis-a-vis pot, the judge wrote.

Lynch was also caught in between presidential administrations: After Barack Obama took office he ordered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to stand down on enforcing federal drug laws in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Wu wrote that (PDF) “ … much of the problems [in the Lynch case] could be ameliorated…by the reclassification of marijuana from Schedule I,” which is the government’s highest, outlaw-drug category.

Also In April… The Hemperer,  Jack Herer passed on. Jack was considered the father of the modern Hemp movement, and he was a writer and researcher who wrote The Emperor Wears No Clothes.  He was an activist for the wonders of Hemp plant until the last moments of his life, collapsing on stage having just given a Pro Hemp speech at the Seattle Hemp Fest.  Jack will be missed by the many of us who admired him, RIP.

and another milestone… April 2010: 5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decrim

May brought a 30 year scientific finding about Cannabis… May 2010: Study Finds No Cancer-Marijuana Connection

June: Study of Cannabis being medically helpful for babies!  Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality

but the Prohibition War goes on… June 2010: A Record 85 killed yesterday

July 2010: The Veterans Administration will formally allow vets to use medical marijuana if they live in the (now 15 States and the District Of Columbia) that allow it.

In August Prescription drug deaths were skyrocketing…

http://wvgazette.com/News/TheKillerCure/200608130006

http://www.lightparty.com/Health/HealingRegeneration/html/AccidentalDeathPrescriptio.html

September 2010:  I liked it when this country singer Colt Jackson was came out for weed:

October and November…then came Proposition 19 to Legalize, Tax and Regulate Cannabis in California for adults over 21 years old…

Pot Was Smoked On National TV



Past Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders says to Legalize Marijuana

Retired Judge and many retired police came out in favor (note that the video turns to Prop 19 at about 5:oo)…

Conservatives come out…

Pretty Girls came out for Prop 19 too ( note that some really good info starts coming out at about 3:50 into the video)…

3,500,000 Californians said YES!, making 46% of the vote, this was so much more than in 1969 only 12% said yes to legalizing.

November: Arizona Becomes the 15th Medical Marijuana state…and… Washington DC becomes a Medical marijuana District in the November election!

November 2010: 30 Facts About Arizona’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Also in November The Border Patrol Arrested Willie Nelson keeping us all a little safer…Here is what Snoop Dogg thinks about that…

December 2010: New Mexico Approves Addition Plants For Growers

And to wind up the year Pat Robinson gives decriminalization his blessing…December 2010: Pat Robinson Favors Marijuana decriminalization

It’s been quite a year for the Cannabis and Marijuana Law Reform Movement…wishing us all a great New Year, keep on pressing on…blessings to you.

Ray Pague



Heart Attack Ended Marilyn’s Life, but Bureaucracy Killed Her

Zero Tolerance…Was It Worth It?

Marilyn Holsten died of a heart attack in August. A nearly blind, diabetic, double amputee.  Marilyn was another evicted medical marijuana patient.  Marilyn used cannabis to control the pain.  Her last year on Earth was a living hell after being evicted because of cannabis.

RIP Marilyn

“I’m really scared”

“I don’t want to be out on the streets. I don’t have anywhere to go.” Holsten, a 49-year-old diabetic who is also losing sight in her right eye, has lived for eight years in a building run by the non-profit Anavets Senior Citizens’ Housing Society.

“I get these terrible ghost pains,” she said.

“Doctors say there’s nothing that’ll work for it, so the only thing they suggested was to try pot.”

When she started smoking pot — about a gram a day — she gave a note from her doctor to the society that runs the building on East 8th Ave.

She got her first eviction notice in April 2008.

In order to stay, she signed a document promising that she would light up outdoors only.

“I was exhausted. I didn’t have time to fight,” said Holsten.

Last month, she received her second eviction notice after management said the smell of marijuana from her suite was wafting into the public areas.

Holsten said she tries to smoke outside, but admits she smokes in her room when she wakes up in pain in the middle of the night.

She does her best to diffuse the smell, she said — keeping her window open, using a fan and sprays.

Holsten’s physician, Dr. Fraser Norrie, supports her pot use.

“I agree with this medical treatment,” he wrote in a letter to the housing society.

“I would ask you to accept her medical needs, including her need to smoke marijuana.”

But the doctor’s note wasn’t enough for building management.

“While your doctor supports your decision to use marijuana, he has not prescribed it for medicinal purposes,” society administrator Mary McLeod wrote in a letter to Holsten dated April 24.

“Marijuana use is still against the law and … [as] part of your tenancy agreement, you agreed you would not participate in illegal activities.”

Anavets refused an interview request.

 – article by THE PROVINCE

photographs by Cannabis Culture Magazine

Jeremiah Vandermeer photographer

 

 

wasit worth it

 
 
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and in the USA

MS Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted in Colorado by HUD

 
Co Man and dog
 
William Wood photographer
Nancy Lofholm The Denver Post August 28,2009

…smoking marijuana has allowed him to cut out many prescription medications with bad side effects. He said he no longer uses tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills and a nerve drug. He still takes medications for his heart, bladder and stomach and a half dose of the painkiller methadone…

Teresa Duran, interim director of the Colorado Division of Housing. “Until the federal laws change, we have to abide by that.” 

There is no data to say how widespread the problem is. HUD officials say they don’t track evictions or complaints tied to medical- marijuana use.

Medical-marijuana users and suppliers say it is common and becoming more so.

“It’s safe to say this is a growing problem. We’re going to encounter it more,” said Brian Vicente, executive director of Sensible Colorado, a nonprofit resource for medical- marijuana users.

Hewitt said he knows three other disabled users in federally subsidized housing in the small town of Olathe who plan to move into his trailer park rather than fight HUD rules.

“It’s disgusting. Most disabled can’t afford a house, so they get assistance. These people should not be thrown in the street because they use a medication that alleviates pain,” Hewitt said.

He said he received an eviction notice this spring, a day after HUD inspectors looked over his rental house and told him everything was satisfactory. He said he gave them a copy of his medical-marijuana card months before that.

 Hewitt is fearing the winter in his little trailer. He said
the owner has told him that it will be like an icebox.
And he has to make his way about 50 yards across a lot
to use a rest room in a former gas station.
 

 

another in the USA
 Allowed by state to grow his own medicine,
MS sufferer – evicted by HUD

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Barbara Allison Photographer

The Niles man who’s growing marijuana in his federally subsidized home under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act is once again facing eviction…

That date turned out to be Tuesday. Bell said Wednesday he has refiled in Berrien County Trial Court the commission’s motion to evict Allain, calling the new action “a belt-and-suspenders way to deal with some of the procedural defenses Steve (Allain) raised.’’

heart of the matter: Whether state or federal law takes precedence.

“That’s the issue we need the court to decide,’’ he said.

Bell said Allain, as he did with the initial eviction motion, would still be able to receive a jury trial…

Allain and his teenage son reside in one of Niles’ 50 scattered public-housing sites, which are subject to rules and regulations set down by the U. S. Department Of Housing and Urban Development.  Bush said earlier she sympathized with Allain, who has stated he suffers from Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C and acute depression, but a check with HUD revealed it has a “zero tolerance’’ policy regarding marijuana.

 – This post assembled by Muggles

“My attitude is that if it’s an issue of doctors prescribing medical marijuana… I think that should be appropriate because there really is no difference between that and a doctor prescribing morphine or anything else”.…Raiding clinics “would be a waste of federal funds.” – Candidate Barak Obama, March, 2008

scalesU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has spoken of a new policy concerning medical marijuana several times in recent weeks. On February 25th, Holder announced to a gathering of DEA agents and to the Chief of the DEA, Michele Leonhart, that what President Obama said during the campaign was now “American policy” – the DEA would no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries, patients, doctors, clinics and states will be allowed to make their own decisions on medical marijuana.  Then on March 22nd Attorney General Holder reaffirmed he would “not use federal resources to prosecute patients or providers who use marijuana and are within state laws.”

caThe Plight of Charles Lynch
The Charles Lynch case is pivotal in that it is the first trial with national attention to be brought before a federal judge since Attorney General Holder announced “a new American policy.”
Charles was a medical marijuana dispensary owner in Morro Bay, California – sanctioned by both state and local governments, but raided by DEA agents in 2007.  In his federal trial, his lawyers were not allowed to say the words: “medical, medical marijuana, patients, doctors, doctors prescriptions, state sanctioned, local sanctioned or even that California is a medical marijuana state”.  Patients were not allowed speak on Charles Lynch’s behalf if they described their diseases using the words “medical marijuana”.

Headline: Aug 6, 2008 – CA: MorroBay Pot Dispensary Owner Found Guilty of Federal Charges

Last week, ABC’s 20/20 presented a special report by John Stossel examining  Charles Lynch’s story, with commentary from Drew Carey and cancer patient Melissa Etheridge. Here is a rebroadcast posted on Charles Lynch’s You Tube channel:John Stossel with guest Charles C. Lynch

Headline: March 24, 2009 – CA: Shift On Marijuana Policy Delays Sentencing – On March 23 Charles Lynch was scheduled be sentenced by Federal Judge George H. Wu, but uncertainty about the “New American Policy” caused Judge Wu to pospostpone sentencing to allow himself time to ask the Justice Department for a written reply about the new policy.

New Sentencing Date: April 30, 2009

Another documentary featuring the Charles Lynch story aired on CNBC March 15th- Marijuana, Inc, with Al Roker.  A 17 year old with bone cancer, approved by his doctor and father to use medical marijuana, tells how he attempted to testify in support of Charles, but was cut off when he used the words “medical marijuana”, with the Judge saying “such evidence is irrelevant under federal law”.Al Roker Marijuana Inc with Charles C. Lynch

You Can Help!

Friends, we implore you to call the U.S. Attorney Generals office at 202-353-1555 (comment line) 202-514-2001 (office line) and leave a request that  Attorney General Holder encourage Judge Wu to allow all evidence concerning medical marijuana and all character witnesses to speak unrestricted in his courtroom in the Charles Lynch case.  We believe that this is a pivitol case for the “New American Policy”.

Support Charles Lynch at:   www.FriendsOfCCL.com

“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.”
– Francis L. Young, DEA’s own Administrative Law Judge, 1988

moCliff village, a small community just outside of Joplin, Missouri, has garnered a lot of attention lately for a largely symbolic town ordinance that permits patients to possess and grow small amounts of Cannabis with doctor approval.

Headline: Feb 10, 2009 Southwest Missouri Hamlet Lights A Fire For Legalizing Medical marijuana The Mayor of Cliff Village, Joe Blundell explains that the ordinance won’t actually protect anyone from prosecution, but is more a show of support for a medical marijuana law currently pending in the Missouri legislature. This newscast posted by Joplin NORML tells how the Cliff Village came to be in the forefront of this issue.Cliff Village, MO Passes Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Headline: Feb 21, 2009 – Missouri Drug Policy Reform Conference Pushes For Change – In Columbia, a larger Missouri town that also passed a law permitting medical Cannabis, the 2009 Missouri Drug Policy Reform Conference, hosted by the MU chapters of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and NORML brought together patients, activists and civil libertarians for ideas on integrating an ancient medicine into modern medical practice. Mark Pedersen of the Cannabis Patient Network, which collects stories of patients around the country, interviewed Mayor Blundell of Cliff Village.Medical Cannabis Testimonies: Mayor Joe Blundell of Missouri 1 of 3

Headline: Feb 18, 2009 – Pot Hole: A Southwest Missouri Hamlet Is Leading The Latest Fight To Legalize Medical Marijuana– This article examines the medical marijuana legislation pending at the state capitol in Jefferson City. When asked what he would tell the lawmakers, Mayor Joe Blundell of Cliff Village says, “I’d tell them I’m not a criminal, that I’m in a horrific amount of pain and I’d rather take something natural and holistic rather than something being pushed by Pfizer.”

Chronic pain sufferers, especially severe cases like Mayor Blundell’s, have little chance of real relief from conventional narcotic pain medications – many of which are opiate-based, with debilitating side-effects that are unsuitable for long term use (intestinal shutdown, liver damage, inability to work, etc). ctc1After finding Cannabis, some patients are able to discontinue the narcotics entirely, but some still need additional pain relief. Interestingly, new science shows that Cannabis and opiates act in synergy, allowing a patient to reduce the opiates by up to two-thirds when Cannabis is used as an adjunct medication. Sandra Welch, PhD explains the THC-Opiate Synergy at the 2004 Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, hosted by Patients Out of Time:Opiate & Cannabinoid Interactions, with Sandra Welch 

brandi“The makers of the constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfaction of life are found in material things. They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred,  as against the government, the right to be left alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized man.” – Justice Louis Brandeis

 The first lines of the trailer for  Marijuana Inc – Inside America’s Pot Industry on CNBC (the business channel) refer to Cannabis (marijuana) as an “illegal narcotic” – an error as Cannabis is not a narcotic us(or an intoxicant – the government’s ONDCP site lists it as a “euphoriant”. Neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory are other accurate classifications.), although it is indeed illegal in most circumstances, excepting medical uses in thirteen states.

That common error aside, the hour-long special promises to be another interesting insight into one of our largest industries least likely to need a government bail-out.  In fact, many economists think legalization, taxation and utilization of Cannabis could help lift America out of it’s slump. This Marijuana Inc trailer was posted on CNBC’s You Tube channel:Marijuana Inc

* Update: A review from The Drug War Chronical: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle_blog/2009/jan/22/cnbc_s_marijuana_inc_propaganda

Last month the National Geographic Channel aired Marijuana Nation, another comprehensive look at this issue. However, the “NatGeo” channel at You Tube removed the trailer when it’s views eclipsed others on the channel.

nmlThese TV specials are part of a new focus on marijuana issues by the news media. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws compiled several media events this month. Unfortunately, the Rachel Hoffman Story (see previous post) on Dateline was pre-empted by the airliner in the Hudson last week – perhaps it will be on this week.

Some related news stories appearing this month:

Headline: Jan 7, 2009Column: Smoking Herb Not Necessarily a Road to Ruin– The newly decriminalized state of Massachusettes has widely varying viewpoints on the easing of personal possession statutes mandated by the voters last November.

Headline: Jan 7, 2009HIGH COURT TO CONSIDER WHETHER POT CAN BE PART OF RELIGION  – The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether there is a religious right to possess marijuana.

Headline: Jan 8. 2008HI: OPED: Reefer Madness – This emotional letter from an anonymous author speaks for the victims of marijuana prohibition.

Headline: Jan 8, 2009BC: Column: America Begins To Ease Up On Marijuana Smokers – This editorial from Canada sums up results of the 2008 elections in the U.S., including a new medical marijuana state (MI), numerous municipalities and another state voting for decriminalization of marijuana.

Headline: Jan 15, 2008CA: ‘Guru of Ganja’ Mounts Second Court Appeal – Oakland, California’s Ed  Rosenthal is asking a federal appeals court to overturn his “re-conviction” on charges of growing marijuana, mainly because it was medical marijuana and the City of Oakland’s involvement was not made known to the jurors.

Headline: Jan 22, 2009Bongs Away!How the Crusade Against Drug Paraphernalia Punishes Controversial Speech – An extensive article in Reason Magazine coming out next week is previewed here.

albertThe prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law.  For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this
country is closely connected with this.
Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921

caIn the spirit of the Lao Tzu and the I Ching, the Supreme Court of the United States has accomplished much by doing nothing. The court let stand lower court rulings on a case appealed by the City of Garden Grove in Orange County, California, whose police force felt that returning medical marijuana (Cannabis) to a patient would put them in conflict with federal law. 

supctsHeadline: Dec 2, 2008 – Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case on Seized Marijuana – The appeal supported by numerous law enforcement organizations and District Attorneys, yet opposed by California’s Attorney General Jerry Brown finally makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the interesting lower court ruling stance that the medical marijuana patient enjoyed a “federally protected property right” to his medicine.

The Reefer Report: Medical Marijuana News for December 3, 2008

Headline: Dec 2, 2008 – Oakland Group Hails Supreme Court Action In Medical Pot“It’s now settled that state law enforcement officers cannot arrest medical marijuana patients or seize their medicine simply because they prefer the contrary federal law.” amsaac– Joseph Elford, chief lawyer for Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana patient advocacy organization that has been involved in this case for three years. ASA is providing PDFs of the legal decisions:

Supreme Court Order Denying Review http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/Kha_USSC.pdf
 Decision by the California Fourth Appellate District Court http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downloads/GardenGroveDecision.pdf

Chapter 19, from Lao Tzu & the Tao Te Ching
oldboyGet rid of “holiness” and abandon “wisdom” and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Get rid of “altruism” and abandon “Justice” and the people will return to filial piety and compassion.
Get rid of cleverness and abandon profit, and thieves and gangsters will not exist.
See the origin and keep the non-differentiated state.
Lessen selfishness and decrease desire. –
translated by
Charles Muller

Headline: Dec 02, 2008 – City Must Relinquish Seized Medical Pot – This article from San Francisco notes that a similar case from San Diego County may also be heading to the Supreme Court. This case involves the county’s refusal to comply with the issuance of state medical marijuana patient ID cards. 

Back to southern California for this You Tube video from the office of a lawyer specializing in medical marijuana cases further explains the ramifications of the now closed case:US Supreme Court: Pro Medical Pot Ruling Stands

brandiThe makers of our constitution recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his intellect . . . They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by most civilized men. – Justice Louis Brandeis

paxflag… A new medical marijuana state; Decriminalization at state and local levels; Low priority or budgetary restraints on arrests and prosecutions at county and municipal levels – across America voters solidly affirmed what polls have shown for years.  In spite of this news worthy trend,  local newspapers seem to be the only traditional media reporting on these issues in the U.S. The first article national level news article I found after election day was this one from Britain – US Elections: Massachusetts and Michigan Ease Marijuana Laws. The following are news stories from several states, annotated with videos posted on You Tube.

miHeadline: Nov 6, 2008 – Michigan: Questions on Ballot Initiatives Remain– Almost two thirds (63-37 %) of Michigan’s voters approved an initiative making Michigan the thirteenth state to legalize Cannabis for medicinal purposes. After December 4th, patients will be able to possess 2.5 ounces and grow 12 Cannabis plants, but the program won’t be fully implemented until next April. Currently, only New Mexico plans to assist medical marijuana patients in obtaining their medicine, so many of Michigan’s chronically and terminally ill will have to access the “black market” to obtain their medicine.

This video from Oakland County NORML’s You Tube Channel outlines details of Michigan’s new medical marijuana law, examining some of the tactics used by the opposition, and also discusses Cannabis on the ballot measures in Arkansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California.ONN #20

hiHeadline: Nov 5, 2008 – HI: Planning Commissions and Marijuana Initiatives Pass– An amendment to the Hawaii County Code now makes the enforcement of marijuana laws on people over eighteen a low priority for police on the Big Island. Also, it prohibits the county from accepting deputizations or commissions from a federal law enforcement agency for investigating, citing or arresting adults using marijuana on their own property for personal, religious or medicinal purposes. This is the culmination of a citizens movement to stop accepting federal money for marijuana detection and eradication (see previous post).

The following is the first of a video series featuring Hawaii County residents testifying before council regarding “Project Peaceful Sky”, beginning with the director of the organization that led the effort to place the issue before the voters.Project Peaceful Sky HI Pot Vote – 01 – Adam Layman

Headline: Nov 7, 2008HI: Police chief: Vote Won’t Stop Pot BustsThe County Clerk and Police Chief on the Big Island of Hawaii say that there is already enough money in the budget to continue the marijuana eradication program “Full Force”, as the budget went into effect in July – even providing for matching grants from the federal government, which Police Chief Mahuna said he will accept when made available.

maflagHeadline: Nov 5, 2008 – Massachusetts: Initiatives Provoke Ire, Joy“Politicians wish they won their races by 65 percent of the vote”, said a spokesperson for Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, an organization formed in support of the ballot initiative that decriminalized possession of small amounts (less than an ounce) of Cannabis. Harvard law and economics professors and students comment in the article.

As the video from Oakland County NORML points out, four legislative districts in MA also passed directives for their representatives to vote on a future initiative to make Massachusetts a medical marijuana state! No new video from Mass yet (please check back), but plenty of newsprint has praised and lamented the vote in MA. Here are a few:

Headline: Nov 6, 2008 – MA: Officials Look for Guidelines on Marijuana Initiative ; Headline: Nov 6 – MA: Officials Hurry To Hash Out New Marijuana Law ; Headline: Nov 7 – MA: Police See Confusion Ahead With Marijuana ; Headline: Nov 8 – MA: Why The Pot Question Won ; OPED: Nov 9 – MA: Question 2 Landslide Opens Drug Policy Debate

moHeadline: Nov 7, 2008 – MO: Take Note– As this OPED from Joplin, Missouri notes, President-Elect Obama has already promised to end the federal persecution of patients and caregivers in states that have instituted medical marijuana programs for their citizens.  Given the new science that shows the efficacy of Cannabis in chronic illness and the general awareness that many conventional pharmaceuticals are ineffective (even harmful), if the feds will stand down from the struggle, many more states will soon follow Michigan into truly modern medicine.

wiHeadline: Nov 8, 2008 – WI: Michigan’s Marijuana Law May Nudge Wisconsin– Medical Cannabis advocates in Wisconsin are encouraged by the win in Michigan, hoping that their own long struggle to have a medical marijuana law will also be successful. This video from eleven years ago shows medical Cannabis patients and caregivers on a “Journey for Justice” – rolling and walking on the sides of back roads, carrying their message to the statehouse in Madison.2nd Journey for Justice – Wisconsin – with Newscasts

jeff2A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.
                                       – THOMAS JEFFERSON      First Inaugural Address, 1801

Headline: May 1, 2008 – Mayor’s Letter Calls For Hearings Of DEA– Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkley, California, has sent a letter to Washington demanding Congressional hearings on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s latest tactic in its’ effort to undermine the medical Cannabis (marijuana) statutes voted on by the people of California. The DEA is sending letters to landlords of medical Cannabis dispensaries, threatening forfeiture of their property and even criminal prosecution if the landlords continue to lease property to the dispensaries.

Here is a newscast from last spring, when the Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers of Morro Bay, CA, a medical Cannabis dispensary that was raided, reopened and then was forced to close permanently after the landlord received a letter from the DEA, threatening prosecution and forfeiture if the dispensary was allowed to continue its’ lease.Closing of CCCC

* July– Opening arguments begin in the Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers and Charlie Lynch *

Headline: May 1, 2008 – Pot Eases Neuropathic Pain, Researchers Report– Confirming studies on neuropathic foot pain experienced by HIV patients in California last year,  a researcher from the University of California’s Davis Medical Center finds that Cannabis is successful in treating the “difficult to treat and extremely painful” condition “without clouding the mind”. Convention treatments use antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and anti-inflammatory drugs in an futile attempt to relieve this chronic pain.

Headline: May, 8, 2008 – Legislator Asks DEA To Explain Pot Club Raids– House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) has sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, demanding to know why “paramilitary-style enforcement raids” are used on medical Cannabis dispensaries, patients and caregivers, as well as property forfeiture. Also, Conyers wants to know why landlords are being threatened for leasing to dispensaries and how much all this is costing taxpayers.

Headline: May 27, 2008 – Calif. Appeals Court Tosses Medical Pot Caps – California’s 2nd District Court of Appeals has granted a new trial to a medical Cannabis patient who was arrested for possessing 12 ounces of dried material and several plants. The Judge ruled that the state legislature “overstepped their bounds” in 2003, when they limited the amount of Cannabis (marijuana) that patients could possess for medical purposes.

Headline: May 31, 2008 – Peninsula’s Last Cannabis Club Gets Raided– U.S. federal agents, with a regional drug task force, have shut down the last openly operating medical marijuana dispensary on the San Francisco Peninsula.

Headline: May 31, 2008 – 2 Accused Of Break-In At Pot Club After Raid – Sloppy police work by federal drug agents, who left behind bags of Cannabis (marijuana) and an open door after several raids on medical Cannabis dispensaries in Oakland, San Jose and other cities in the San Francisco area.

Headline: June 1, 2008 – Curb On Growing Marijuana Sought – In 2000, with “Measure G“, the voters of Mendicino County, CA, pushed the envelope – allowing its’ citizens to grow up to 25 Cannabis plants, for medical or “recreational” uses, making this area of Northern California a “pot friendly” sanctuary. Later this week, voters will decide on “Measure B” – an effort to scale back the limit to match state guidelines (at issue in a pending court case).

Headline: June 3, 2008 – Progress On Med-Pot Bill Cheers Patients – Last January, the CA State Supreme Court ruled against a disabled war veteran who was fired from his job at a telecommunications company that had a zero tolerance for his legal medical Cannabis use. The next month, Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced Assembly Bill 2279, which allows medical Cannabis patients to work most jobs, except “safety-sensitive” positions.

Here is a newscast from last January, featuring Gary Ross, the disabled veteran/legal medical Cannabis patient ruled against by the court:Plaintiff Talks About Medical Pot Ruling

On May 28th, Bill 2279 passed the Assembly, now heading for a vote in the State Senate and the signature of Governor Schwarzenegger. A volunteer for the Medical Marijuana Caregivers Association of El Dorado County observed that chronic pain patients can lead functional lives when medical Cannabis allows them to use less heavy narcotic pain relievers – truly debilitating drugs.

“The voters who supported Prop.  215 did not intend for medical-marijuana patients to be forced into unemployment in order to benefit from their medicine,” Leno said.

Headline: June 4, 2008 – Voters Say Yes’ On “B– Voters in Mendicino County have passed Measure B, which repeals Measure G, the county’s personal use marijuana law, and sets medical marijuana possession limits at the state limits of six mature or 12 immature plants and eight ounces of dried marijuana.

Headline: June 22, 2008 – Editorial: Medical-Pot Politics – After unsuccessfully challenging Proposition 215 last year, San Diego and San Bernardino counties are bringing an amended case to the California  Court of Appeals challenging Senate Bill 420, the 2003 state law that implemented Prop 215.

Headline: July 1, 2008 – DEA to Answer Queries on Med-Pot Raids Locally– Required by Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to respond by July 1st concerning raids in several California counties, DEA spokespeople say a written response is “imminent”. A Congressional hearing could be called if the Drug Enforcement Administration is not cooperative with the Judiciary Committee’s oversight requirements.

Headline: July 1, 2008 – Cannabis Dispensary Takes Arcata To Court Over Cultivation Ban– After the City Council and Planning Commission of Arcata, CA moved to restrict growing of medical marijuana in the city limits, just before the Humboldt Medical Supply planned to begin growing in its’ new facilities next to the Post Office.

Headline: July 1, 2008 – Cable Show About Medical Marijuana to Air– On a local cable television channel in Norco, California (a town that banned medical marijuana dispensaries last year), “Marijuana: Compassion and Common Sense” has begun airing discussions on the science and politics of Cannabis as medicine in California. Host and producer Lanny Swerdlow, a registered nurse, also heads the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project, a support group for patients. Here is a past episode, available on You Tube, with great interviews of Dr. Todd Mikuriya, pioneer of Medical Cannabis, and Irvin Rosenfeld, a stockbroker who happens to receive legal medical marijuana from the U. S. government.Marijuana: Compassion & Common Sense – Season 1 Show #021

Headline: July 20, 2008 – Group Backs Medical Marijuana – The Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project in the news again, with the story of a patient from southern California who suffers from multiple sclerosis and seizures. This news story also lists all CA laws concerning Cannabis (marijuana).

Headline: July 28, 2008 – Dr. Kush – An extensive article in the New Yorker Magazine, examining how medical marijuana is transforming the “pot” industry in California.

Headline: Aug 14, 2008 – State Top Court To Review Medical Pot Limit– The California State Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal sought by the state to overturn a lower court ruling ( last May – see above) involving limts on cultivation and possession of Cannabis by state medical marijuana program participants. In court papers, Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group for patients, argued that the 2003 law did not limit the amount of marijuana a patient could possess, it merely set guidelines for police.

Headline: Aug 15, 2008 – Editorial: California Wins On Medical Marijuana Law– In a case brought by San Diego and San Bernardino counties last June, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal validated the state’s medical marijuana laws and challenged the federal government’s interpretation of Congress’ 1974 Controlled Substances Act – that “federal supremacy” doesn’t allow states to have less restrictive laws.

Making its’ own interpretation of the CSA, the court concluded that the law did not claim supremacy over the states and, in fact, “signifies Congress’s intent to maintain the power of states to elect to serve as a laboratory in the trial of social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country …  .”

Headline: Aug 17, 2008 – OPED: Pot Power Play – Professor of Constitutional law examines the issues involved in the case above and the Appeals Court ruling.

Headline: Aug 18, 2008 – Medical Marijuana: What Does Science Say? – The Los Angeles Times runs a 3 part series examining positive and negative aspects of medical Cannabis, in a “Pro-Con” format: Pro: Marijuana Use for Chronic Pain and Nausea  &  Con: Marijuana’s Damaging Effects

Headline: Aug 19, 2008 – DEA Letter Targets Medical Marijuana – The Drug Enforcement Administration continues its’ intimidation inquisition.

Headline: Aug 26, 2008 – Attorney General’s Office Releases Medical Marijuana Guidelines – In an effort to avoid unnecessary prosecution, litigation and confusion about Prop 215 and SB 420, the AG’s office has issued guidelines for statewide implementation of California’s medical marijuana program.  Individual counties and municipalities can still set their own local ordinances.

* From the Guidelines: Qualified patients and primary caregivers may possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana, and may maintain no more than six mature plants or 12 immature plants, unless a doctor recommends more.

Americans for Safe Access worked closely with the Attorney Generals office on the new guidelines. An ASA spokesperson remarked, “I’m so excited at the release of these guidelines.  This document will stop unnecessary legal action happening across the state. We expect to see less people wrongly having their medicine confiscated, wrongly being cited and wrongly going to jail”.

 

Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.
Francis L. Young, DEA’s own Administrative Law Judge, 1988