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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


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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

***Update*** – Nov 5, 2008 – Michigan is now the 13th state to legalize Cannabis as medicine and Massachusetts is the 13th state to decriminalize Cannabis (marijuana)! Read more on a post from NORML.

Headline: Sept 28, 2008 – Michigan: Election 2008 – Medical Pot Issue Called “Ploy”, “Good Idea” – A lively controversy accomponies Michigan’s medical Cannabis (marijuana) ballot proposal, which if successful, will make Michigan the thirteenth state to allow citizens access to Cannabis for medicine. The measure directs the legislature to enact a state program to register patients; will allow patients and caregivers to grow their own Cannabis, with limits on possession amounts; and will establish a “medical necessity defence” for persons not registered in the state program, but seeking to defend their use of Cannabis as medicine in front of a jury. This last provision is causing some law enforcement to vehemently oppose the proposal.

Headline: Oct 3, 2008 – MI: Editorial: Vote Yes on Proposal 1 for Medical Marijuana – The Detroit Free Press has identified half a million potential patients who would qualify under the proposed medical marijuana measure on the ballot in Michigan and urges its’ readers to vote Yes.  The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care, proponents of the new medical marijuana ballot measure, cite a September poll showing 67% support across the state.

Oakland County, Michigan’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has a You Tube Channel – OCNORML, which has just posted a video outlining the ballot proposal and media treatment of the issue:OCNORML on Proposal 1

Headline: Oct 3, 2008 – MI: Group Launches Campaign to Stop Proposal on Pot“Pot dream come true for drug dealers”, says a coalition fighting the Michigan medical Cannabis proposal. Law enforcement groups and anti-drug groups like “Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Kids” warn of dire consequences, but the Michigan State Medical Society is neutral on the bill, while the Michigan Nurses Association is in favor of the legislation.

Headline: Oct 14, 2008 – MI: U.S. Deputy Drug Czar Says Proposal 1 Is ‘About Dope, Not About Medicine’U.S.  Deputy Drug Czar Scott Burns, using taxpayer dollars, is fighting Michigan’s potential medical Cannabis proposal – with the usual warnings of crime, chaos and “pot shops in strip malls“, like in California. However, a spokesperson for Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care pointed out that Proposal 1 does not have a provision for dispensaries.

Headline: Oct 14, 2008 – Massachusetts: Column: Marijuana Skirmish in the War on Drugs – Meanwhile, on the east coast, “Question 2 “, a voter initiative that would decriminalize small amounts of Cannabis, has also generated controversy – despite it’s modest goal of including Massachusetts in the roster of “decrim” states (around a dozen), some of which decriminalized simple possession and eased other marijuana statutes way back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These states were responding to government studies suggesting that liberalizing Cannabis laws would be the smart way to go and few have reversed their stance.

The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy says that 71% of MA’s voters already support “Question 2”. (See our previous post from this spring), claiming wide based, mainstream recognition of the need for change. Economist Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University (see previous post) estimates that decriminalizing marijuana would save the state’s police departments, courts, and jails nearly $30 million.

Headline: Oct 20, 2008 – MA: DAs Fight Bid To Ease Penalty For Marijuana – District Attorneys across the state of Massachusetts are using their public offices to influence a voter initiative – morally questionable policy at best. Question 2, which would decriminalize small amounts of Cannabis in a rather modest effort at easing the states harsh marijuana statutes, which unnecessarily saddle many otherwise law abiding citizens with criminal records and other punitive measures. 

Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is also a supporter of Question 2.  LEAP, consisting of retired police officers, judges and other law enforcement personnel, educates the public from a “law and order” point of view – showing how a prohibition always makes things worse, including crime and corruption.

Here is a radio ad (on video), featuring a long time Boston police officer who supports Question 2.  The You Tube Producer who posted this video has more on Massachusetts’ efforts for reform of Cannabis laws.Radio Ad: MA Marijuana Decrim Question 2, Retired Boston Police Officer Supports It

Keeping in mind that alcohol prohibition was “decrim” (targeting only sellers, not users) and still had to ended for the good of society, please vote in our poll on how best to reform Cannabis prohibition in 21st century America

If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being a gift from God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
Samuel Adams, Father of the American Revolution.

co.jpgDenver, CO – Jan.29.08: Pot Vote May Get Backing– In accordance with Initiative 100, passed by 57% of Denver voters last year, the Mayor’s “Marijuana Policy Review Panel” is preparing to recommend that “…the Denver city attorney will not seek convictions in city prosecutions for petty offenses of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana”. This follows attempts by some to scuttle the initiative.Denver City Council might enact marijuana reform initiative

Boston, MA – Jan.27.08Marijuana Measures Head to Voters, Hill The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, which is sponsoring a ballot effort to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of pot in the state of Massachusetts, has submitted over 81,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. If the Statehouse doesn’t respond by May 6th, then 11,099 more signatures will be needed to place the initiative on next November’s ballot.MA Governor Deval Patrick Has More Important Things To Do! –Decrim hearings at MA Statehouse.