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Cannabis Common Sense 783

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:46
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The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 91 5 ratings Time: 52:38 More in Education

Toke TV 80: Americans Want Legal Weed! Obama Supports Medical Marijuana! Christie Promises Cannabis Crackdown!

Toke Signals - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:43
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 25 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube. Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week Toke Signals Stories of the Week New Poll Finds 53% Of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana (Hemp News) A new [...]

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Youtube - National NORML - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:23
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Youtube - Oregon NORML - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:23
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Youtube - Restore Hemp - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:23
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Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:23
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Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:23
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Washington Citizens’ Initiative Does More To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients

Toke Signals - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:20
So Why Hasn’t The Public Heard About It? With Washington Governor Jay Inslee looking increasingly likely to sign SB 5052 into law, it may end up being a waste of taxpayers’ money. Due to its violating federal and HIPPA laws, a federal injunction could be issued, ending SB 5052 before it can cause harm to patients. Showing that [...]

Congress Berates DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart For Longtime Sexual Misconduct

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:08
Congress Berates DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart For Longtime Sexual Misconduct
Leonhart responded that government employee protections make it hard for her to fire anyone. While the FBI is exempt from some civil service protections, the DEA director and other federal... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 703 7 ratings Time: 02:00 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/13/15

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 00:43
Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/13/15
The discussion on SB 844 will be centered on the Lab Standards (-2), Labeling (-3), and Land Use (-5) amendments. SB 844 Public Testimony - Specifies that premises licensed by Oregon Liquor... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 13 0 ratings Time: 01:51:44 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Federal Judge Upholds Schedule I Classification Of Cannabis

NORML Blog - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:06

A federal judge today denied a motion challenging the constitutionality of cannabis’ classification as a Schedule I prohibited substance without any accepted medical utility.

Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the Federal District Court in Sacramento, California issued her oral ruling during a 15-minute court hearing today. Judge Mueller heard closing arguments in the case in early February but had postponed her decision on several occasions. Her written opinion is not yet available but is expected to be posted publicly by week’s end.

“At some point in time, a court may decide this status to be unconstitutional,” Judge Mueller said from the bench. “But this is not the court and not the time.”

Defense counsel intends to appeal the ruling.

In October, defense counsel and experts presented evidence over a five-day period arguing that the scientific literature is not supportive of the plant’s present categorization. Lawyers for the federal government countered that it is rational for the government to maintain the plant’s prohibitive status as long as there remains any dispute among experts in regard to its safety and efficacy. Defense counsel — attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke of the NORML Legal Committee — further contended that the federal law prohibiting Justice Department officials from interfering with the facilitation of the regulated distribution of cannabis in over 20 US states can not be reconciled with the government’s continued insistence that the plant is deserving of its Schedule I status under federal law.

Paul Armentano, NORML’s deputy director who served as the principal investigator for defense counsel in this case said: “We applaud Judge Mueller for having the courage to hear this issue and provide it the careful consideration it deserves. While we are disappointed with this ruling, it changes little. We always felt this had to ultimately be decided by the Ninth Circuit and we have an unprecedented record for the court to consider.

“In the interim, it is our hope that lawmakers move expeditiously to change public policy. Presently, bipartisan legislation is before the House and Senate to recognize cannabis’ therapeutic utility and to reschedule it accordingly and we encourage members of Congress to move forward expeditiously to enact this measure.”

In a brief filed with the court by the federal government, it contended: “Congress’ decision to treat marijuana as a controlled substance was and remains well within the broad range of permissible legislative choices. Defendants appear to argue that Congress was wrong or incorrectly weighed the evidence. Although they failed to prove even that much, it would be insufficient. Rational basis review does not permit the Court’s to ‘second guess’ Congress’ conclusions, but only to enjoin decisions that are totally irrational or without an ‘imaginable’ basis.”

They added: “Congress is not required to be ‘right,’ nor does it matter if the basis on which Congress made its decision turns out to be ‘wrong.’ All that is required is that Congress could rationally have believed that its action — banning the production and distribution of marijuana — would advance its indisputably legitimate interests in promoting public health and welfare. Because qualified experts disagree, it is not for the Courts to decide the issue and the statute must be upheld.”

Said Armentano, “The continued Schedule I classification of cannabis, in 2015, in self-evidently ridiculous. But unfortunately, the law may be ridiculous and still pass constitutional muster.”

He added, “The judge in this case missed a golden opportunity to demand that federal law comport with available science, public opinion, and common sense.”


Legal briefs in the case, United States v. Schweder, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM, are available online here.

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Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:26
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Jesse Ventura On Washington State’s I-502: ‘That’s Not Legalization’

Toke Signals - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 00:36
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said in a Tuesday interview that the patients of Washington State should “stand up” to efforts to shut down the medical marijuana community, and called the taxation scheme of recreational legalization measure I-502 “unfair and unworkable.” I-502’s heavy taxation, under which marijuana is taxed 25 percent at each stage of the process (growing, [...]

2015 Pew Poll: “Support for Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition”

NORML Blog - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:25

Fifty-three percent of Americans say that the “use of marijuana should be legal,” according to nationwide survey data published today by the Pew Research Center.

“Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition,” pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose legalization in the 2015 poll and three percent are undecided.

The poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Millennials (68 percent) are most likely to support legalization while most of those age 70 or older do not (29 percent). Most Republicans (39 percent) and Hispanics (40 percent) also remain opposed to legalizing marijuana.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents (62 percent) oppose the use of marijuana in public. By contrast, most respondents (57 percent) said that they would not be bothered if a “business selling marijuana” opened in their neighborhood.

Rep. Sargent announces cannabis legalization bill in Capitol press conference

Madison NORML News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:13

Posted by Gary Storck
Monday, April 13, 2015

Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) today announced a hybrid cannabis legalization/medical cannabis bill at a Capitol press conference.

US OH: Marijuana Backers Now Look For Growth In Ohio

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 07:00
The Blade, 12 Apr 2015 - Polls show support, but ballot drive faces legal, social hurdles First of three parts Nearly 80 years since the United States effectively declared marijuana an illegal drug, support for legalization is spreading like a weed.

US PA: Oped: Let's Make Medical Marijuana The Gateway To Sensible

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 04/12/2015 - 07:00
The Patriot-News, 12 Apr 2015 - With a new statewide poll showing nine out of 10 Pennsylvania voters favoring legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, the question that should be before the General Assembly should be where to draw the line on normalization of pot laws. The Quinnipiac survey of 1,036 Keystone State voters showed an overwhelming 88 percent in favor of medicinal pot derivatives with only 10 percent opposed and 2 percent undecided.

Cannabis Common Sense 782

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:06
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The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: William Appel Views: 301 5 ratings Time: 52:59 More in Education

Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/08/15

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 14:49
Joint Committee On Implementing Oregon Measure 91 - 04/08/15
SB 479 Creates Task Force on Clinical Research of Cannabis and directs task force to study and report on development of medical cannabis industry that provides patients with medical products... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 33 2 ratings Time: 01:12:36 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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