Posts tagged ‘marijuana’

July 23, 2012

NEWS NUG: Dale Sky Jones Welcomes us to the Save Harborside Press Conference in Oakland (3/7 videos)

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July 23, 2012

NEWS NUG: Steve DeAngelo Speaks – Livestreaming in Oakland (1/7 videos)

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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/

April 5, 2012

VIDEO: Oaksterdam Raided

SIGN RICHARD LEE’S PETITION TO STOP THE RAIDS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-medical-marijuana-raids
Raid Coverage by Stuff Stoners Like
http://stuffstonerslike.com/2012/04/02/federal-agents-raid-oaklands-oaksterda…
More Raid Articles:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/04/oaksterdam_marijuana_raid_police_r…
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/02/BAGG1NTQ34.DTL
ANDREW DEANGELO SPEAKING WITH POLICE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLbJMJsAz0c

February 8, 2012

Video: Medical Marijuana Laws Result in 5% Fewer Suicides

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The Institute for the Study of Labor’s report can be read or downloaded at:
http://ideas.repec.org/p/iza/izadps/dp6280.html

Steve Elliot’s Toke of the Town article is available at:
http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/02/medical_marijuana_reduces_suicides_study.php

Regarding Alcohol Sales and Traffic Deaths:
http://newsnug.com/2011/12/01/medical-marijuana-states-have-fewer-traffic-accident-deaths-and-less-booze-sales/

February 8, 2012

Medical Marijuana Laws Result in 5% Fewer Suicides

The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) is back with another report showing more benefits for the states that have legalized medical marijuana . IZA reported in November in what Toke of the Town’s Steve Elliot called a “groundbreaking new study” that medical marijuana laws have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales in those states.

The private research institute has recently published a new report, this one cleverly titled “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide,” in which IZA explores the conflicting arguments used by proponents for, and in opposition of, medical marijuana. The author writes that “proponents argue that marijuana can be an effective treatment for bipolarism, depression, and other mood disorders,” while “opponents argue that the negative effects of marijuana are long-lasting and users are at risk of suffering from decreased psychological well-being later in life.” We are all familiar with the hysteria surrounding cannabis, and are often told use will trigger or enhance depression, anxiety, psychosis and schizophrenia.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and as this study’s authors write “while the majority of people who suffer from mental illness do not commit suicide, over 90 percent of those who do commit suicide have a diagnosable mental or substance use disorder.” IZA also reports that the “relationship between marijuana use and suicide-related outcomes has been studied extensively,” but those results are sometimes convoluted by hard to determine factors and users self-medicating. “Most studies had not adequately addressed the problem of reverse causation” they wrote, and more simply put by Steve Elliot “it appears that existing studies haven’t sufficiently examined the possibility that any association between cannabis and suicide is due to suicidally depressed people self-medicating with marijuana. IZA’s study goes on to say “there have been no previous attempts to estimate the effect of medical marijuana laws on completed suicides.”

The Institute used state-level data from 1990-2007, and found that passing a medical marijuana law was associated with an almost five percent decrease in the amount of suicides committed. Among males ages 20-29 suicide rates dropped eleven percent, and the rates for males ages 30-39 fell nine percent following passage of medical marijuana laws. The authors note the previous study of IZA’s which found a reduction in beer sales and traffic deaths as a result of medical marijuana laws, writing “there is a strong association between alcohol consumption and suicide-related outcomes,” and perhaps this was associated with the declining suicide rates.

The authors of the study write that “the negative relationship between legalization and suicides among young adult males is consistent with the argument that marijuana can be used to cope with such shocks” that might alternatively lead someone taking their own life. It leads to an improvement in psychological well-being, and that’s reflected in fewer suicides. Regulating your endocannabinoid system is vital to life, and it is more clear with each study coming forward that individuals and communities are benefiting from safe access to cannabis.

 

The Institute for the Study of Labor’s report can be read or downloaded at:

http://ideas.repec.org/p/iza/izadps/dp6280.html

Steve Elliot’s Toke of the Town article is available at:

http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/02/medical_marijuana_reduces_suicides_study.php

Regarding Alcohol Sales and Traffic Deaths:

News Nug, December 1, 2011

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

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