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Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by vtac, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Carol for the link. I absolutely will.

    Although I certain agree with the view that big pharma is not our friend in this and has spread a LOT of money around to help ensure that they keep their addicted customers, I don't think that's really what drives Sessions.

    I do in fact think that he just doesn't want to hear facts that differ from his prehistoric world view (only slightly removed from the view that the earth is flat and sits on the back of a giant turtle).

    I do, COMPLETELY, agree with legislation being the proper and representative democratic process. Fuck Sessions, the only people who voted for him were in Alabama and for a different office. Fuck Rosenberg, I nobody voted for him at all (and I don't think he would even get a single vote if he ran for Dog Catcher).

    Setting up legal boundaries is completely and utterly the shared responsibility of the members of Congress and the President. Its long past the time that this issue be brought back into the democratic process whereby our elected representatives actually set policy.

    I plan to spend the evening letter writing. What the hell, I'm taking a hateful T break anyway.

    Cheers
     
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  2. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    Anybody go to the NORML site and try to send their "generic letter"?
    You enter your name, addy, etc and then it goes to NORML contribution page. It seems like it will not let you proceed and send the letter UNLESS you contribute $$

    Is that what other are getting too?
     
  3. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    Marijuana is one of the reasons I am an advocate for limited government in some things. Its fairly well covered by the old life, liberty and pursuit of happiness clause in the Declaration Of Independence. While turning marijuana legalization over to the states will help some, many people in need will still be at risk because of their states political, cultural or financial orientations.
     
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  4. mitchgo61

    mitchgo61 I go where the thrills are

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    No, it works. Fill in the fields at the bottom of this page and it'll send the note to your rep. (I know it worked for me because I got a response yesterday from my rep....who's in total agreement with us.)

    http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20108
     
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  5. BD9

    BD9 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you @CarolKing! Done

    https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/nationalaction?refcode=EndFedProhibition17
     
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  6. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    @MinnBobber it works. I didn't donate to NORMAL I just wanted to send the letter to my lawmaker. I've donated a little bit to NORMAL before, I didn't feel like doing it again. i don't know if this will fall upon a deaf ear but us cannabis enthusiast are a hearty and tenacious group.
     
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  7. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    Done. Quite easy. Everybody should do this.
     
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  8. MinnBobber

    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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    I think it worked this time??

    I've given to NORML in the past but our MN NORML seems rather "removed".
    I went to all of our Health Dept public input mtgs on our MMJ law and even
    emailed NORML to make sure they knew about them and never saw/heard them
    attending :(
     
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  9. cybrguy

    cybrguy Patience Rewards

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    Thanks, @CarolKing Done.
     
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  10. Baron23

    Baron23 Well-Known Member

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    Virginia Republican introduces bill to end federal marijuana prohibition

    A freshman Republican representative from Virginia introduced legislation this week that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana use and allow states to fully set their own course on marijuana policy.

    The bill seeks to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act and resolve the existing conflict between federal and state laws over medical or recreational use of the drug. It would not legalize the sale and use of marijuana in all 50 states — it would simply allow states to make their own decisions on marijuana policy without the threat of federal interference.

    “Virginia is more than capable of handling its own marijuana policy, as are states such as Colorado or California,” Rep. Thomas Garrett (R) said in a statement. Currently neither the recreational or medical uses of marijuana are allowed in Virginia.

    The bill does specify that transporting marijuana into states where it is not legal would remain a federal crime. (cont).

    U.S. marijuana jobs set to outpace manufacturing
    DENVER - The White House hinted, last week, that it may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

    Marijuana industry experts hope a new jobs prediction report might take the target off of the legal pot business.

    According to a report from Frontier Data, marijuana-related jobs are set to outpace manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2020.

    The report estimates over the next three years, legalized marijuana will create 300,000 jobs.

    Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in the United States, and the booming business there has created 20,000 jobs as well as providing a boost to ancillary businesses.

    "With the new industry comes all the support services, which is why there is such a huge multiplier effect every time a new cannabis market opens," said Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group.

    That job growth prediction is based on just the 28 states that currently have marijuana legalized in some form, and not states which may legalize in the coming years.

    Colorado Pot Club Measure Clears 1st Hurdle
    BY KRISTEN WYATT
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado is moving ahead with a first-in-the-nation attempt to allow marijuana clubs.

    But the measure that passed a Republican state Senate committee Wednesday evening doesn’t go as far as some marijuana activists hoped.

    The bill would allow on-site marijuana consumption at private clubs in willing jurisdictions. And those clubs may allow indoor pot smoking, despite health concerns about indoor smoking.

    But the bill is far from allowing a statewide network of pot clubs. For one, it would allow any jurisdiction to ban them, same as they can currently prohibit retail pot sales.

    Also, the bill does not permit pot clubs to serve alcohol nor food. (cont)
     
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  11. BD9

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    Good news despite the prohibitionist AG session's attempt to override states rights.

    Nevada pushes forward with recreational pot program despite possible federal crackdown


    http://wsbt.com/news/nation-world/n...ot-program-despite-possible-federal-crackdown


    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Gov. Brian Sandoval is instructing Nevada state leaders to push forward with its voter-approved marijuana program, despite the possibility of a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana.

    July 1 is the deadline for getting recreational pot sales going.

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a briefing last week to “expect a harder line from this administration against recreational marijuana.”

    Task force members remain undeterred about possible resistance from the Trump administration.

    “That may affect this program down the road but because some comments have been made, that doesn’t mean we can stop what we’re doing. We need to move forward with this program,” said Ritter.
     
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  12. mitchgo61

    mitchgo61 I go where the thrills are

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    Too late. Maine already passed a "social club" bill. It's part of our rec law. (Though I guess CO, if it passes, could implement them before us...ours won't be rolled out, no pun, until next Feb.)

    This is also happening here and in Mass. Makes sense....I don't think anyone really believes the feds will be effective in stopping this, it's not clear (yet) that they will try (Sessions still has to keep his job and stay out of jail, prime directives one and two) and you might as well put the framework in place when the inevitable (or very likely) occurs.
     
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  13. Baron23

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    Yeah...I agree....threatening verbiage and rhetoric aside, Sessions will find quite a few state government in his face, and in court, if he tries to shut down electorate passed law and constitutional amendments.

    But we will see.
     
  14. xer0

    xer0 Well-Known Member

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    Thank God...I was honestly worried about this as I'm planning on moving there this summer with the hopes of starting a career in the industry.
     
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  15. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Pot festival in Nevada goes forward despite fears of federal crackdown

    The dry dusty air may have contributed to reddening some eyes, but it was by no means the only culprit. The federal government may have said no marijuana was allowed at the Cannabis Cup, but the directive seemed to have the effect of gravel trying to stop water.

    Like water, pot found a way.
     
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  16. HighSeasSailor

    HighSeasSailor Strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach

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    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    This is why I am not in love with the current state of affairs as it pertains to legal MJ, Why in the world do I want to support a situation where folks are at the mercy of a bunch of bureaucrats in order to light up. Think I like the idea of going to an event and ignoring the police as much as possible and not have to deal with functionaries.
     
  18. grokit

    grokit well-worn member

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    It's a done deal :tup:

    Israel Officially Decriminalizes Marijuana Use
    First-time offenders will face $270 fine if caught using marijuana in a public place, but criminal charges will only be brought if person re-offends four times.

    The cabinet approved on Sunday the decriminalized use of marijuana in Israel.

    According to the proposal formulated by the Public Security and Justice ministries, any first-time offender caught using marijuana in public would receive a fine rather than face criminal action.

    Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who led the reform, said that "the government's approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information and treatment instead of criminal enforcement."

    :cheers:
     
  19. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Washington State's House Committee on Commerce and Gaming approved legislation to allow marijuana delivery. The bill will soon be heard by other committees.
     
  21. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    ""Colorado currently allows medical pot patients to grow up to 99 plants, far beyond other marijuana states, and it also allows recreational users to group their allotted six plants into massive co-ops, entire greenhouses of pot that aren't tracked or taxed. The bill would make it a felony to have too many marijuana plants at a single residential property" .....What the state allows is also what the state can take away. Hiding behind the excuse of not drawing the ire of the fed is also at best, disingenuous. At this point the state is supposed to carry out and protect the will of the people. This is why you don't want functionaries having their fingers in your pot pie.
     
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  22. Baron23

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    Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Would Outlaw Smokable and Edible Cannabis

    Florida's United for Care campaign spent two full election cycles — 2014 and 2016 — drafting, fighting, and pushing Floridians to legalize medicinal cannabis for demonstrably sick people. Last year, 72 percent of Floridians voted to amend the state constitution to legalize medical weed for people with diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. Now it's up to the Florida Legislature to adopt medical marijuana rules.

    Yesterday, Fort Myers Rep. Ray Rodrigues finally unveiled the first medical weed regulations — and they would ban people from smoking marijuana or using edibles. Patients would also be prohibited from vaporizing weed if they aren't terminally ill.

    In fact, Rodrigues' bill is more restrictive than the laws that existed before Florida overwhelmingly voted to legalize medical weed.

    "It goes further than the current statute in terms of restricting medical marijuana," says Ben Pollara, United for Care's campaign director. "There was unanimous agreement that the new amendment would expand use."

    Rodrigues' bill, which he introduced Tuesday, defines the "medical use" of cannabis as "the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of marijuana authorized by a physician certification."

    Florida's United for Care campaign spent two full election cycles — 2014 and 2016 — drafting, fighting, and pushing Floridians to legalize medicinal cannabis for demonstrably sick people. Last year, 72 percent of Floridians voted to amend the state constitution to legalize medical weed for people with diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's. Now it's up to the Florida Legislature to adopt medical marijuana rules.

    Yesterday, Fort Myers Rep. Ray Rodrigues finally unveiled the first medical weed regulations — and they would ban people from smoking marijuana or using edibles. Patients would also be prohibited from vaporizing weed if they aren't terminally ill.

    In fact, Rodrigues' bill is more restrictive than the laws that existed before Florida overwhelmingly voted to legalize medical weed.

    "It goes further than the current statute in terms of restricting medical marijuana," says Ben Pollara, United for Care's campaign director. "There was unanimous agreement that the new amendment would expand use."

    Rodrigues' bill, which he introduced Tuesday, defines the "medical use" of cannabis as "the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of marijuana authorized by a physician certification."

    Before last year's legalization vote, the state had already allowed low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis derivatives for terminally ill people under what was known as the "Compassionate Use" law. Under the old system, doctors could register on a state database and administer low-THC, high-cannabidiol medicines such as the "Charlotte's Web" hemp extract.

    The rest of Rodrigues' 61-page bill effectively treats medical marijuana patients like they're registering to ingest uranium. Lawmakers included rules mandating that a medical cannabis patient submit his or her state driver's license and a second form of ID to obtain approved for medicinal weed. Patients can have their medical-pot licenses suspended if they're charged (not convicted) of any drug offense; the state can also revoke pot licenses once a patient is deemed to be "cured."

    People who want to administer drugs to people who can't take them themselves (such as children or the elderly) must undergo background checks and training courses. Both patients and caregivers will be issued photo ID cards. Patients will be barred from buying more than a 90-day supply of cannabis.

    The bill also mandates an "education campaign" to publicize the "short-term and long-term health effects of cannabis and marijuana use, particularly on minors and young adults," the "legal requirements for licit use and possession of marijuana in this state," and the "safe use of marijuana." The bill also sets up an impaired-driving education campaign.

    "I don't know how malleable the bill is right now, but it can be amended," Pollara says. "It's a disappointing place to start, but I'd rather it be disappointing to start than disappointing to finish."

    As always, if you want opiate painkillers in Florida, no such registration process for patients or caregivers is required. And unlike weed, those pills can kill you.


    Sorry for the wall of text but I thought this should be published in full. In case after case, after the citizenship has exercised their democratic franchise and voted, in some manner or form, for MJ legalization, then the professional political class sets out to ignore the mandate they were given and instead attempt to impose their elitist views ("do what I say for your own good").

    IMO, each and ever one of them should be voted out of office asap (only because we aren't allowed to tar and feather anyone anymore) and be made to actually do something productive to earn their living.
     
  23. howie105

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    After looking at medical pot in a few states including my own its obvious that there are two big paths that many states are taking. As a move forward or as a stop and stall point, this is what happens when one depends on the state to tell them what to do about marijuana. So screw that, do what you need to do about your own health and comfort.
     
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  24. C No Ego

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    medical cannabis is going up against the biggest monopoly- the medical institute... you can tell by how the medical institute quietly patents the compounds produced from cannabis plants... while paying to block legalization of the living plant from the same people who will be buying their synthetic versions...

    making claims of medical from a plant is where it all went wrong even though the claims are true no one has a big enough pocketbook to pay to prove it to be so.. we are waiting for them to do something when plants are not even considered to be medicine...
     
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  25. His_Highness

    His_Highness In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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    Watching and listening to all of the debate/discussion on prescription drugs and one phrase is uttered damn near every time.

    "It's not likely that anyone will be successful in regulating the pharmaceutical industry because they have one of the strongest lobbyist groups there is." Many pundits expect this is the one area that will truly test Trump.

    If trying to stop them from price gouging much needed meds is so hard it's amazing that legalizing cannabis has made it this far. Cannabis will eliminate so much of their revenue for everything from pain to nausea that they would do just about anything to stop it.

    If the lobbyist controls the politician then we either eliminate the lobbyist or eliminate the politician being controlled. Sorry to say but I think we need to do both and neither seems to be standing near the 'easy' button.
     

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