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President Obama Officially Signs Into Law Legislation That Defunds Medical Cannabis and Hemp Raids

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:24

President Obama signed into law Wednesday morning a massive national spending bill which includes a provision to prevent the federal government from interfering with state-sanctioned medical cannabis and hemp research programs. The proposal was approved Saturday by the U.S. Senate, a day after the measure was passed by the House of Representatives.

The proposal defunds medical cannabis raids by prohibiting the Department of Justice from spending any resources enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized the plant for medical purposes. A separate provision in the spending bill prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state-authorized hemp research programs.

The signing of this legislation marks a historic shift in federal cannabis policies. Although the move doesn’t legalize medical cannabis or hemp, it’s still a massive step in the right direction, and is a move which will prevent countless raids from occurring on medical cannabis facilities.

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President To Sign Federal Spending Bill Protecting State Sanctioned Medical Cannabis Program

The Joint Blog - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:50

By Paul Armentano, NORML

House and Senate lawmakers have approved spending legislation that contains a historic provision restricting the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state-sanctioned medical cannabis and/or hemp programs. Members of the Senate approved the House version of the bill Saturday night. President Barack Obama indicated Monday that he intends to sign the measure imminently. Specifically, an amendment sponsored by California Reps. Dana Rohrbacher and Sam Farr to the $1.1 trillion spending bill states, “None of the funds made available in this act to the Department of Justice may be used … to prevent … states … from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Said Farr following Congress’ passage of the legislation: “The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients.”

Similar language prohibiting the Justice Department from undermining state-sanctioned hemp cultivation programs was also included in the bill.

Also contained in the appropriations measure is a rider sponsored by Maryland Republican Andy Harris that seeks to limit DC officials’ ability to fully implement a November 2014 municipal initiative depenalizing the personal adult possession and cultivation of cannabis. At this time however, it remains unclear whether the enacted language is written in a manner that can actually do so. On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson “plans to ignore the provision” and that he will “send a bill implementing Initiative 71 to Congress in January for a 30-day review, during which federal lawmakers can veto it or let it stand.” Such a review is necessary before any DC initiative can become law.

Washington DC’s Initiative 71, which was approved by 70 percent of District voters, removes criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to six plants.

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France: An Effort to Ban the 'E-Joint'

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 Dec 2014 - (AP) - France's health minister has said she wants to ban a cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that has been launched in France. Marisol Touraine told French radio she was opposed to the self-styled "e-joint," that was launched online Tuesday. She said it will encourage cannabis use and she will approach the courts to ban the product.

US MI: Column: Looking Back On Marijuana Gains In 2014

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
Metro Times, 17 Dec 2014 - Looking back on 2014, it was a tremendous year for marijuana activists with two more states legalizing, California lowering penalties for low level crime, New York City decriminalizing possession of small amounts, eight cities in Michigan legalizing, Guam voting for medical use, and generally the public opinion numbers kept moving in the right direction. Washington, D.C., legalized, but since the city is a federal district Congress has to approve. However, hardline anti-marijuana Republicans are making that look iffy at the moment. As we look ahead, it may soon become passe to count how many states have legalized or opted for medical use. Three fronts on the marijuana campaign - legal, medical, and economic - look like they will turn this into a landslide over the next couple of years.

Study: Teen Cannabis Use Declines Despite States Continuing to Legalize

The Joint Blog - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:24

The 2014 Monitoring the Future study, conducted by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was released Tuesday morning. The annual survey of 40,000 8th-graders, 10th-graders and 12th-graders found that, despite increasing efforts to legalize the substance, teen cannabis use is on the decline.

According to the study, teens reporting lifetime use of cannabis dropped in 2014 by 1.4 percent, teens reporting monthly use of cannabis dropped by 1.2 percent, and teens reporting daily cannabis use dropped by .7%. Overall, the survey found that roughly 30% of teens have used cannabis in their lifetimes, with about 14% saying they’ve consumed cannabis in the previous month.

“We have not seen increases in the use, which is something we were afraid would happen,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at a press conference Tuesday morning. Dr. Volkow also notes that; “Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975″.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Shelby Lynne - Jesus on a Greyhound (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 18:57
Shelby Lynne - Jesus on a Greyhound (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Shelby Lynne performs "Jesus on a Greyhound" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 627 8 ratings Time: 04:54 More in Music

Shelby Lynne - You're The Man (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 18:24
Shelby Lynne - You're The Man (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Shelby Lynn performs "You're The Man" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 714 6 ratings Time: 03:23 More in Music

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Live at Farm aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Live at Farm aid 2006)
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer perform "Where Have All The Flowers Gone," originally by Pete Seeger, at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 674 8 ratings Time: 04:10 More in Music

Steve Earle - The Rain Came Down (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle - The Rain Came Down (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steve Earle performs "The Rain Came Down" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 466 4 ratings Time: 05:02 More in Music

Shelby Lynne - Where Am I Now (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Shelby Lynne - Where Am I Now (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Shelby Lynne performs "Where Am I Now" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 186 2 ratings Time: 04:01 More in Music

Steel Pulse - No More Weapons (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steel Pulse - No More Weapons (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steel Pulse performs "No More Weapons" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 162 2 ratings Time: 06:45 More in Music

Steel Pulse - Worth His Weight in Gold (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steel Pulse - Worth His Weight in Gold (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steel Pulse performs "Worth His Weight in Gold" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 132 0 ratings Time: 05:53 More in Music

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Fairweather (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Fairweather (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steve Earle and Allision Moorer perform "Fairweather" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 254 0 ratings Time: 03:17 More in Music

Steve Earle - The Mountain (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle - The Mountain (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steve Earle performs "The Mountain" with Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 180 3 ratings Time: 06:57 More in Music

Shelby Lynne - I'm Alive (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Shelby Lynne - I'm Alive (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Shelby Lynne performs "I'm Alive" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 109 1 ratings Time: 05:11 More in Music

Shelby Lynne - 10 Rocks (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Shelby Lynne - 10 Rocks (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Shelby Lynne performs "10 Rocks" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 72 1 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Music

Steel Pulse - Brown Eyed Girl (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steel Pulse - Brown Eyed Girl (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steel Pulse performs "Brown Eyed Girl," originally by Van Morrison, at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 150 5 ratings Time: 05:04 More in Music

Steel Pulse - Roller Skates (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steel Pulse - Roller Skates (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steel Pulse performs "Roller Skates" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 158 5 ratings Time: 04:32 More in Music

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Getting Somewhere (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer - Getting Somewhere (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer perform "Getting Somewhere" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 124 1 ratings Time: 02:55 More in Music

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (Live at Farm Aid 2006)

Youtube - Farm Aid - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:29
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road (Live at Farm Aid 2006)
Steve Earle performs "Copperhead Road" at the Farm Aid concert in Camden, New Jersey on September 30, 2006. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid's performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They've raised their voices to help — what can you do? From: farmaid Views: 228 0 ratings Time: 04:46 More in Music
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