Posts tagged ‘cannabis’

November 7, 2012

VIDEO: Election Day Recap for Cannabis

Colorado: LEGALIZATION!
Oregon: Failed
Washington: LEGALIZATION!

Arkansas: Failed
Massachusetts: MEDICAL ACCESS!
Montana: Medical restrictions

Detroit, MI: Decriminalized!
Flint, MI: Decriminalized!
Ypsilanti, MI: Lowest Priority!
Grand Rapids, MI: Decriminalized!
Kalamazoo, MI: Decriminalized!
Burlington, VT: Decriminalized!

Darby Beck of LEAP put together a list to watch during election night, which I found on http://www.TokeoftheTown.com. I compiled results after the election independently.

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July 23, 2012

NEWS NUG: An Livestream Update in Oakland (6/7 videos)

An update while in Oakland with cannabis supporters.

Catch the livestream, parts 1-7:

http://www.newsnug.com

http://www.ustream.com/channel/newsnug

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May 19, 2012

Are you in the 74%?

A new national study has been released regarding cannabis, medical cannabis specifically, and President Obama’s amplified war on the plant. Mason-Dixon conducted an interview of 1,000 likely 2012 general election voters, informing them that “currently, 16 states plus the District of Columbia have made the use of marijuana legal. In some of these states, individuals have been authorized to cultivate and sell medical marijuana under tightly regulated conditions. However, medical marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, even in states that have passed laws or ballot measures that allow it for medical treatment.” Mason-Dixon’s poll then asked the 1,000 participants if they felt President Obama should “respect the medical marijuana laws in these states, or use federal resources to arrest and prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws?”

With the participants broken into near thirds of political parties, 37% identifying as democrat, 32% republican, and 30% independent or unaffiliated, this slice of our nation found 74% want the Obama administration to respect the states with medical cannabis laws and end federal funding for raids. Independents rang in the heaviest support with 79%, while republicans showed two thirds support, and only 19% responded with opposition to those complying with state laws. The 18-34 demographic was overwhelmingly supportive, 81% answering that they felt Obama should respect medical cannabis laws, and 64% of the oldest group agreed.

The final results across races, ages, political affiliation and sex showed the United States clearly disagrees with Federal cannabis policy. Huffington Post reported via Americans for Safe Access that more than 170 aggressive SWAT-style raids have been conducted in nine states that allow medical cannabis, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments since October 2009. Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Huffington Post that “what the results of this survey show is there is absolutely no political justification for what President Obama is doing with respect to medical marijuana laws. Across the board… there is extremely strong support for respecting state medical marijuana laws.”

If you identify as one of the 74% of American voters like myself who wish the Obama Administration would discontinue funding the war on cannabis, let them know! Call the White House directly at 202-456-1111 between 11am and 5pm and leave a comment for President Barack Obama, or cruise ContactingTheCongress.org and let your Congress men and women know that they have the majority of their parties support in passing and protecting medical cannabis laws. We are the voices that need to be heard, as our President seems to ignore the growing population seeking safe access.

 

Resources:

http://www.mason-dixon.com/Mason-Dixon/HOME.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/republicans-state-medical-marijuana-laws_n_1519176.html

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call#call

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

http://www.mpp.org/

March 31, 2012

A Look Into CCHHI 2012

 

The California Cannabis Health and Hemp Initiative is not new news, varying forms of the text and concept have been submitted as ballot initiatives by Jack Herer and later his friends and supporters since the 1980′s in California. The mission of the initiative is fairly clear, to re-legalize cannabis in the many forms it will benefit our society and economy. Jack Herer of course was the author of the Emperor Wears No Clothes, a powerful book highly recommended to dispel some myths of prohibition and present a case of decriminalization. Jack passed away in 2010, but the decades of work that he gave to the cannabis community have been monumental in ushering in a new generation of activists.

The latest incarnation of the hemp initiative’s full text can be found at CCHHI2012.org, and they need signatures to get this initiative on the November 2012 ballot. The deadline to turn in under 800,000 registered California voter signatures is April 20th, at 5pm. Some dispensaries and other businesses across the state will allow you to sign on their premises, or use CCHHI2012.org to find a place close to you.

The California Cannabis Health and Hemp Initiative, if successful in gaining a space on a the ballot, will put to vote in California legalizing cannabis for industrial, medicinal, nutritional and “euphoric” uses. Concentrates, extracts, derivatives, and particles are all specifically protected, unlike California’s current grey area with Prop 215 and SB 420. Medicinal marijuana will remain available to patients of all ages with proper medical validation, and “euphoric” use of cannabis would include personal use for adults 21 years of age or older. Personal use under the CCHHI allows for the annual production of 99 flowering female plants and 12 pounds of dried cannabis.

One aspect I found very appealing to the California Cannabis Health and Hemp Initiative is that it includes “case review for the purpose of amnesty, immediate release from prison, jail, parole, and probation, and clearing, expunging, and deletion of all cannabis hemp marijuana records for all persons currently charged with, or convicted of any non-violent cannabis hemp marijuana offenses” which would no longer be illegal under this initiative. I most enthusiastically support this, and also the requirement that within 60 days of passing, the Attorney General would have to create and distribute “a one-page application, providing for the destruction of all cannabis hemp marijuana criminal records in California for any such offense covered by this Act.” Those interested in filing the application would pay a $10 fee with any Superior Court in California and the Court would set aside and destroy the arrest records, so that “such persons may then truthfully state that they have never been arrested or convicted” of the crimes that are no longer illegal. It would be a “finding of factual innocence under California Penal Code.”

Jack Herer’s website offers the final wording he worked on before passing in 2010 and encourages others to use it as an example in states that allow the initiative process. Those working with the California Cannabis Health and Hemp Initiative are hoping to have 800,000 signatures by 4/20, and they need your help to make that happen. Read through the text of the bill, donate if out of state or unable to sign but you would like to fund those gathering signatures and working for legalization.

Stay informed, stay active, stay high.

Websites I referred to while writing:
JackHerer.com
http://www.jackherer.com/initiative/
CCHHI2012.org
http://cchhi2012.org/placestosign.html
http://cchhi2012.org/fulltext.html
Ballotpedia.org
http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Cannabis_Hemp_and_Health_Initiative_(2012)

January 17, 2012

45 Day Warnings Echoed in Colorado

 

Read more here.

January 15, 2012

45 Day Warnings Echoed In Colorado

Back in October the California medical marijuana industry was issued a stern warning by the 4 U.S. attorneys in the state. Landlords were threatened with property seizures and long prison sentences for harboring those dealing with federally controlled substances, regardless of the city or state laws and ordinances that have protected medical marijuana for 16 years in California. The results have been cloudy at best, with clubs in many cities closing down rather than face federal opposition, and the public outrage high.

On Thursday, January 12, following a December filled with rumors that the federal crackdown would spread, Colorado’s U.S. attorney John Walsh sent out 23 letters to dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools, mirroring California’s warnings of 45 days to shut down or face severe legal prosecution. Colorado approved a constitutional amendment in November 2000, removing “state-level penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess written documentation from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and advising that they might benefit from the medical use of marijuana.” The state has since implemented some of the most rigorous regulations of any industry in Colorado, overseeing cannabis from seed to sale.

Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) had hoped his state’s commitment to seeing medical cannabis well regulated would provide a safeguard amongst a series of closures and threats in Washington, Montana and California. Colorado has live video feeds monitoring the medical marijuana dispensaries, employees must wear visible badges when working the plant, and background checks are routine for anyone hired to work in the dispensaries. The state has regulations for the disposal of unsold pot, and guidelines for the safe production of hash. Colorado’s U.S. attorney John Walsh insists his state’s voters “could not have anticipated that their vote would be used to justify large marijuana stores within blocks of our schools,” yet medical cannabis was approved and existed without the 1,000 foot regulation for a decade before Colorado passed the rule and grandfathered in existing dispensaries.

One problem with the federal government stepping into Colorado to measure clubs’ distances from schools is that they’ve brought their own ruler, and it’s not quite the same as the state’s. While Colorado approved regulations measuring the distance of the dispensary’s front door to the edge of school properties, the federal government uses  the measurement of property line to property line, “as the crow flies.” This will mean that some dispensaries that had otherwise been told they are clear of the 1,000 foot zone now face moving or closing down completely.

Rob Corry, a lawyer representing some of the dispensaries in Colorado has called the crackdown “a colossal bluff on the part of our U.S. attorney,” saying “I don’t think he has the stomach or the resources for this kind of battle.” Corry encourages his clients to ignore the threats, and while I agree that the dispensaries should have no intentions of moving or closing, ignoring the threats won’t be enough. States need to join together to provide a strong front to our federal government that where medical cannabis has been approved and allowed, it will remain. California, Washington, Montana, and perhaps most clearly in Colorado voters have agreed upon regulations to keep their communities safe, and the federal government should be reconsidering any commitment to this crackdown.

Our battle for legalization is far from over while the medical marijuana communities we have established are threatened.

 

Websites I referred to while writing this:

Extensive Colo. pot rules don’t prevent crackdown – The Denver Post

16 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC – Medical Marijuana – ProCon.org

Colorado favors gay marriage, marijuana use, loves Tebow – Public Policy Polling

Medical Marijuana: Federal Crackdown, Similar To That In California, Begins In Colorado

December 17, 2011

Teens Today Smoking Cigarettes and Drinking Less, Consuming More Cannabis

Article at Homeland.Time.com:

http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/14/teen-drug-use-marijuana-up-cigarettes-and-alcohol-down

Learn more about Monitoring the Future:
http://monitoringthefuture.org/

Read the Lisa Leff’s AP article about cannabis clubs going mainstream with holiday specials, including a mention of my very own Smokey Santa giveaway!
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/17/national/a100517S88.DTL

December 9, 2011

Attorney General Affirms Medical Marijuana States are “Low Priority”

 

This full story can be found at The Huffington Post.

December 1, 2011

Medical Marijuana States Have Fewer Traffic Accident Deaths and Less Booze Sales

 

The full story can be found on The Toke of the Town.

Original Study published by IZA.

Write up about Coral and News Nug by The East Bay Express.

 

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