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Posted: June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Mayors Nationwide Urge Feds To Stop Interfering In States’ Marijuana Laws

Mayors Nationwide Urge Feds To Stop Interfering In States' Marijuana LawsLas Vegas, NV: Attendees at the 81st annual United States Conference of Mayors voted this week in favor of a resolution urging the federal government to stop interfering in the affairs of states that have legalized the use of cannabis. Mayors from some 200 US cities nationwide participated in the vote.

The measure resolves, “[S]tates and localities should be able to set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities,” and calls for amending the federal Controlled Substances Act “to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference.” It further calls on the Obama administration “to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.”

Mayors Bob Filner (San Diego, CA), Mike McGinn (Seattle, WA), Jean Quan (Oakland, CA), Steve Hogan (Aurora, CO), Marilyn Strickland (Tacoma, WA), Tom Bates (Berkeley, CA), Stephen Cassidy (San Leandro, CA), and Matthew Ryan (Binghamton, NY) submitted the resolution, which was approved unanimously.

The US Conference of Mayors had previously adopted a resolution at its 75th annual meeting declaring the war on drugs a “failure” and calling for a “health-centered reorientation of drug policy” that provides “cities, counties and states the flexibility they need to find the most effective way” to deal with drug control.

For more information, please contact NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri at (202) 483-5500 or visit: http://www.marijuanamajority.com.

Hawaii: Governor Signs Measures Amending State’s Medical Cannabis Program

Hawaii: Governor Signs Measures Amending State's Medical Cannabis ProgramHonolulu, HI: Democrat Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week signed two separate measures into law to amend the state’s 13-year-old medical marijuana program.

House Bill 668 transfers the administration of the state’s medicinal cannabis program from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Public Health. Senate Bill 642 increases the quantity of medical cannabis that may be possessed by patients from three ounces to four ounces. The measure also increases the total number of mature plants that may be legally grown by qualified patients at any one time from three to seven.

Some 11,000 Hawaiians are registered in the state’s medical marijuana program.

The changes in law become effective in January 2015.

For more information, please contact NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri at (202) 483-5500 or visit the ACLU of Hawaii at: http://acluhi.org/.

New Hampshire: Lawmakers Sign Off On Revised Medical Marijuana Measure

New Hampshire: Lawmakers Sign Off On Revised Medical Marijuana MeasureConcord, NH: Members of the House and Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a revised version of House Bill 573, which establishes a regulated system of medical cannabis distribution in New Hampshire.

The amended bill, which lawmakers passed by a 284 to 66 vote, creates four state-sanctioned marijuana dispensing facilities to produce and distribute cannabis to state-qualified patients who possess a physician’s recommendation. Patients diagnosed with one of approximately twenty qualifying conditions – including cancer, hepatitis C, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, or multiple sclerosis – would be permitted to legally possess up to two-ounces of cannabis. Under the proposed law, patients must obtain cannabis only from a state-licensed facility. Qualified patients will not be provided with any legal protections to possess or use cannabis prior to the establishment of such facilities.

As originally passed by the House, the measure allowed qualified patients the option to grow their own cannabis. The measure also allowed physicians to recommend cannabis for the treatment of post-traumatic stress. Both provisions were stripped from the bill by the Senate at the request of Democrat Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Governor Hassan has publicly stated that she will sign the reconciled version of HB 573 into law. New Hampshire will become the 19th state to allow for the limited, legal use of medical cannabis.

For more information, please contact NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri at (202) 483-5500 or visit: http://www.mpp.org.

Study: THC Offsets NSAID-Induced Gastric Inflammation

Study: THC Offsets NSAID-Induced Gastric InflammationMorgantown, WV: THC possesses gastroprotective qualities and could potentially reduce incidences of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)- induced hospitalizations, according to preclinical data published online in the European Journal of Pharmacology.

Investigators at West Virginia University assessed the impact of THC administration in an animal model of NSAID-induced gastric inflammation. They reported that low doses of THC provided gastroprotective effects, such as attenuating gastric hemorrhages and lesions, and reducing ulcers.

Researchers concluded: “The results of the present study suggest that delta-9-THC … may also possess gastroprotective effects in NSAID using patients. … As current antacid regimens may be associated with undesirable effects, … other approaches to prevent NSAID-induced gastric ulcers are needed. In addition to their gastroprotective effects, cannabinoids produce other beneficial effects, including pain reduction. … Thus, cannabinoids may have the added benefit of reducing the effective analgesic dose of NSAIDs, as well as reducing the incidence of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers.”

NSAIDs such as ibuprofren are among the most widely used analgesic substances in the world, but their consumption is associated with various adverse and life-threatening side-effects such as heart-attack, stroke, and internal bleeding. According to a 2001 study conducted by the University of Illinois College of Medicine, in the United States, “gastrointestinal complications induced by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause more than 100,000 hospitalizations and an estimated 16,500 deaths annually.”

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Acute delat-9-tetrahydrocannabinol blocks gastric hemorrhages induced by the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac sodium in mice,” appears online in the European Journal of Pharmacology.

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Five Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Weed | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

 

Report on Guns, Ordered by Obama, Says Self Defense is Common, Gun Carriers Less Likely to be Harmed.

Nixon, in the 60’s, ordered a comprehensive report on marijuana.  It came back that marijuana was quite safe and benign.  Nixon tossed the scientific report into the waste basket and started the War on Drugs.

Now, in 2013, Obama orders this report on gun deaths and it finds that self-defense with a gun actually makes us safer.  Do you think we will hear about that from Obama or Biden?

The Failure Of The Drug War In One Map – Business Insider.

 

I am sure this title conjures up images of Black people being forced to work for their White masters, as was the unfortunate case among our ancestors 150 years ago and longer.  But, today, there is a new slavery, with the wealthy and government elitists dominating the working class.

Not too long ago, the typical American father went to work and supported his wife and children in a 40 hour work week.  He could also afford a car and a home on his income.  Nowadays, most people are struggling, often with 2 or more incomes, to make ends meet, while costs for everything continue to rise, at a faster clip than their meager wages provide.  Slowly, the entire working class is slipping further and further behind, enslaved by the Corporatocracy– the best government that money can buy.  A government of the people, by the people, and for the people is now a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy, while the rest of us working stiffs must toil just to make ends meet.

We are forced to buy pharmaceuticals, at exorbitant prices, but should we choose to medicate ourselves with cannabis, we are put in jail.  If we shop for pharmaceuticals in Canada or Mexico, this too is deemed illegal and we risk the threat of imprisonment.  In fact, there are so many laws, that odds are you are unknowingly breaking one or more of them right now, as you read this!  Only some lawyers are well enough versed in hundreds of thousands laws, to maneuver through the maze and enrich those that are wealthy enough to afford their services, while the rest of us are unaware of laws that can help us, as well as being unaware of laws that we may be breaking which can jail us.

Obamacare ensures that few full-time workers are hired, so employees are deemed part-time and work 29 hours per week, thereby circumventing the requirement to provide health insurance– health insurance that is now mandatory, and we can be imprisoned if we choose not to have any.  For the rest of us who DO have health insurance, our premiums will be up 65%-145%, all the while our hours are cut, our company-provided healthcare disappears, and we have to pay more on less income.

Instead of deporting illegal immigrants, everyone looks the other way and exploits them by paying them illegally low wages for difficult work.  Our leaders try to ignore our 2nd Amendment by disarming us, citing a gun problem, but if one peels the proverbial onion, they will find that more than 70% of gun crimes are caused by drug gangs fighting over turf, and a handful of mentally ill people.  Portugal decriminalized ALL drug use more than a decade ago, and not only did drug-related crime virtually disappear, but drug abuse also dropped.  Portugal correctly saw drug abuse as a medical/psychological one, not a criminal one.  Yet, in the U.S., people go to prison over what they choose to ingest.  WTF????  Since when does a government have a right to tell us what we can or cannot ingest?  Now, public behavior in a society is a different matter, and people who drive under the influence or assault people or cause disturbance, vandalism, and other crimes because of the effects of certain drugs, should be imprisoned.  And, does it matter that the criminals ingested something?  No– erratic driving, assaults, vandalism, etc, are already against the law– why should it matter whether or not they ingested something to make them behave that way.  A person can get high on nutmeg or a variety of household and industrial chemicals, most of which are legal– does that make it OK to act deranged in public or to erratically drive a car?  Of course not.  But, have a toke and drive weird, and you’re off to prison.  With more people in prison than in any other civilized country, this threat is yet another way to enslave us.

We have a growing number of people who have dropped out of the workforce, many of whom are perfectly able to work, but who cannot get work because of their age, color, or because they do not want to do the hard labor that illegal immigrants provide.  So, they collect Disability, Welfare, Food Stamps, cheap housing, and other benefits at the expense of the increasingly squeezed workforce, many of whom have had their hours, benefits, and wages already cut and are just barely scraping by.  These recipients of government doles– at YOUR expense– are also effectively enslaved, as they have barely enough money to survive and little ability to break out of the shackles that bind them to government handouts.

Our Constitutional rights, intended to assure our freedom, are increasingly violated and ignored.  President Obama’s administration has egregiously defied the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, and 14th Amendments as though they were suggestions to be ignored.  Why haven’t those responsible been imprisoned?  For one reason, people are too ignorant– thanks to public schools that put kids to sleep with fact-stuffed drones who make little effort to excite kids about education, to teach them critical thinking, finance, relationships and the intertwinedness of of the natual world, nor relavence to their young lives.  These people grow up to sit in front of their televisions, with their mouths open, being fed chewing gum for the mind, watching low-budget “reality” shows and other garbage.  These people, if they bother to vote at all, vote in the same sorry, power-hungry, corrupt rascals that have been ruining the country all along.  We now fear the government instead of realizing that WE, THE PEOPLE, are responsible for voting in these malfeasant criminals into perpetual power.  These criminals extort YOUR money, and spend it doing favors for the wealthy and assuring their continued reigns in power.  Yes, we are enslaved.  Feudal serfdom is alive and well all over again.  Just read the following to know that I am not making this up:

Obamanomics: 76% of Americans Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck | Independent Journal Review.

Readers, it is time to educate yourselves and your friends, and vote wisely.  Vote out every last crook and criminal who has not been answerable to your needs.  After all– these people are supposed to come from our communities and represent these communities’ needs in Congress.  Instead, once in power, they become vote whores who promise the world, using money received from special interests to whom they are bound instead of the communities they represent, and who are our neo-slavemasters.  Of course they want to disarm us, to spy on us, to dumb us down, and to exploit us for their power and wealth.  They are not working FOR us, but AGAINST us.  Study how they’ve voted on issues that affect you, and VOTE THEM OUT!  Demand term limits.  Demand that they address your needs.  Attend their meetings and let them know how you feel about issues and that their political careers will be short if they do not serve the communities that elected them.  If you don’t, you have little right to complain.  Get involved!  Let’s take back our government and be reminded that they are supposed to be OUR servants– not our slavemasters!

 

US Conference of Mayors Unanimously Pass Resolution Calling for the Feds to Respect Local Marijuana Laws | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform.

 

Yet “the law is clear — the supremacy clause (of the U.S. Constitution) says specifically that the federal laws are supreme over contrary state laws, even if the state doesn’t like those laws,” Winkler added.

What part of the Constitution does Winkler not understand!  If the federal government defies the Constitution, states SHOULD nullify such lawless behavior.  If the federal government is criminal, states do NOT have to go along!

via Federal nullification efforts mounting in states | News Tribune.