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The law is applied in a racist manner and contributes to stereotypes and, worse, denies access to education for those who are TARGETED by stop-and-frisk and labeled, early, by such an arrest for such a nothing offense that contributes to the continuation of a cycle of racism in this nation. This needs to stop. Now.
Posted by RainDog | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 08:20 PM (0 replies)
j/k... cross post from this thread for reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014699466
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told the Las Vegas Sun Thursday that he supports legalizing medical marijuana use.
"If you'd asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff," he said. "But I can't say that anymore."
Reid says its time to address legalization, as he thinks there are good medical uses for the drug.
"I think we need to take a real close look at this," he said. "I think that there's some medical reasons for marijuana."
I want to congratulate the House Democratic leader for recognizing that the majority of the American people (in the 70 percentiles and above) have supported medical marijuana for DECADES.
SO PROUD to see the Democrats are at the forefront of an issue!!! What clarity of vision! After only THIRTY YEARS!!!!! wooohoooo! LEADERSHIP!
That's why we elect people to Congress, to provide leadership on important issues that REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT FEDERAL BUREAUS THAT WANT TO PROTECT THEIR TURF.
The House is supposed to be most responsive to the fickle whims of the American people, as our founders noted when they set this great democratic experiment in motion.
Harry Reid supports mmj, after thirty years of this fickle whim of the American people to have the freedom to use one of nature's oldest remedies for a variety of ills. Cannabis has been part of the pharmacopeia for 5000 years. It has been illegal, world wide, for around 80 years.
Thirty years of this massive waste of dollars could have been avoided if the Democratic Party had listened to reason instead of playing the game of conservatives with their Nixonian enemies list of people to persecute with prohibition. That list included "the goddam Jews," as Nixon so sweetly said, "the psychiatrists," the anti-war protestors, African Americans, Latin Americans... the CORE CONSTITUENCY of the Democratic party, who, with labor, women, GLBT and other minority populations want to stop using marijuana as a means of voter suppression, denial of student loans, protection for outmoded industry, and especially as a "jobs bill" for the prison/industrial complex.
This last issue results in accruing power to rural areas in Republican majorities, while harming Democratic constituencies by increasing population numbers (prisoners) who have no right to vote. They are, literally, being held in bondage and denied the right to vote for possession of a substance safer than aspirin. Where have I seen that before...
Thank you for honoring your pledge to do your job and support the will of the American people in the legislature, and, as a Democrat, to bring YOUR VOTERS' concerns to the House. (actually, Harry, I think you're doing a great job and it was a pleasure to see you kick the shit out of the teabaggers when they wanted to default on our obligations and precipitate a world-wide depression...smoooooooth, Harry.)
But, let's let this moment be a teaching experience for Democrats, Harry. Don't make people wait another thirty years for the House to finally ignore idiots like Nancy Grace saying marijuana makes people bite off the heads of chickens and engage in odd, strange dances of the devil and eat Ding Dongs.
Be a healer of this nation, please, and put your considerable clout behind resurrecting the Polis and Blumenauer legislation to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. And anyone here on DU who agrees with me - please contact Reid to politely and lovingly ask him to represent the will of the American people on full legalization, as well as medical marijuana.
At the very least, Congress should remove cannabis from the drug schedule. If alcohol isn't there, marijuana shouldn't be there either. Those who have followed this issue know that the alcohol industry has financed anti-marijuana propaganda and lobbied to keep its product off the controlled substances act. Just say no to frat boy culture, Reid.
Say yes to the use of hemp, as well, and the promotion of the same for alternatives to fossil fuel products, for the best source of insulation for houses, for the most complete EFA profile of any plant - that can be used to combat world hunger if we just say no to the drug warriors.
Posted by RainDog | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 04:10 PM (6 replies)
Posted by RainDog | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 07:02 PM (2 replies)
Lawmakers in Maryland have introduced The Marijuana Control Act of 2014, which aims to legalize the possession, cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. The proposed legislation removes all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the personal cultivation of up to 6 marijuana plants by those over the age of 21. The bill would also create a system of retail cannabis outlets, cultivation facilities, and marijuana product manufacturers. Versions are expected to be filed in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates.
"Our experiment with marijuana prohibition has failed,” stated Senator Jamie Raskin at the press conference announcing the bill, “We got ourselves out of alcohol prohibition by regulating and taxing the product, and we should employ the same exit strategy with marijuana. If we can regulate alcohol, we can regulate marijuana.”
According to a 2013 ACLU report, Maryland possesses one of the highest rates of marijuana possession arrests of any state in the country. Maryland arrests over 23,000 individuals for simple marijuana possession every year, at the cost over of 100 million dollars. Despite only constituting 30% of the state's population and having similar use rates to their white counterparts, African Americans account for 58% of the state's marijuana possession arrests.
Polling data, commissioned by the ACLU in 2013, found that 53 percent of Maryland voters support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol. Only 38 percent said they were opposed to this change.
CBS Baltimore link to announcement: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/01/16/maryland-marijuana-bill-will-regulate-tax-cannabis-like-alcohol/
Posted by RainDog | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 06:58 PM (8 replies)
just got this email alert from MMP - passing it along. pass, pass...pass.
Senator Karen Tallian has taken an important step towards improving marijuana laws in Indiana by introducing SB 314.
This bill would reduce the penalty for possessing a small amount of marijuana to a civil fine. Please contact your state representative and senator and ask them to support her bill.
Link to the MPP petition site: https://secure2.convio.net/mpp/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=9037DAA691A3B8B44A19EC7EBA5AD9E4.app253b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2217
Currently, a person who possesses up to 30 grams of marijuana in Indiana faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Indiana’s penalties are some of the harshest in the country. SB 314 aims to fix that by establishing a more reasonable approach. Under the bill, a person who possesses up to 2 ounces of marijuana could not be arrested or jailed and would only be subject to a fine of up to only $500. Importantly, a civil infraction is similar to a speeding ticket and is not considered a criminal offense — which could affect employment, housing, or student loans.
This legislation is a major step in the right direction for Indiana’s marijuana laws. Please take a moment and tell your legislators to support SB 314.
Then, please pass this message to friends, family and relatives in Indiana!
Posted by RainDog | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 06:53 PM (0 replies)
But don’t count on the bill becoming law anytime soon. Gov. Tom Corbett has refused to sign any such bill until the federal Food and Drug Administration approves cannabis for medical purposes.
Nevertheless, the bill’s bipartisan sponsors — state Sens. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Upper Merion, and Mike Folmer, R-48, of Lebanon County — are lobbying hard for its passage.
Leach has launched a social media campaign highlighting children who could benefit from medical marijuana. Folmer plans to hold a public hearing designed to educate his fellow legislators on the benefits of medical cannabis.
“This is a drug we need to get to these kids,” Leach said. “If it were a derivative of a yucca plant, it would be in every CVS in the country.”
Posted by RainDog | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 01:35 PM (0 replies)
Democratic and Republican insiders are saying that marijuana law reform may decide the Florida governor’s race, according to a recent Bloomberg report. As activists in Florida work on a ballot initiative that would make it the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist could benefit from supporting medical marijuana in his closely-anticipated match-up with incumbent GOP Governor Rick Scott.
Although Crist approved increased penalties for marijuana possession as governor, he – unlike Gov. Scott – supports the proposed medical marijuana ballot measure. Crist held the governor’s office from 2007-2011 as a Republican, before switching parties. No Democrat has won a governor’s race in Florida since 1994.
A medical marijuana victory at the ballot box in Florida would certainly be a breakthrough in the South, a breakthrough in one of the most populous states in the country, and a breakthrough in a bellwether state in American politics. But if the measure plays a deciding role in the outcome of the governor’s race, it could also finally put to bed the misperception that drug policy reform is a third rail in American politics.
Although marijuana reform is often compared with marriage equality as another emerging political issue on the cusp of mainstream acceptance, support for marijuana reform (especially medical marijuana) is actually much stronger. While support for full marijuana legalization has skyrocketed to 58 percent in recent years, support for medical marijuana has consistently remained way up in the 75-80 percent range since the 1990s.
Posted by RainDog | Fri Jan 17, 2014, 09:45 AM (3 replies)
The reporter - inside a van of people smoking - paying $300.00 per person (!) to drive around Denver, visit different shops, smoke in the van, see the sites...and the reporter seems to have unintentionally inhaled...
Posted by RainDog | Wed Jan 15, 2014, 06:17 PM (19 replies)
Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Department officials have met in secret with members of Mexican drug cartels in exchange for information on rival drug organizations, a new extensive investigative report by Mexico's El Universal newspaper startlingly concludes.
According to the report, U.S. agents held more than 50 secret meetings with cartel operatives on Mexican territory between 2000 and 2012 -- without informing Mexican authorities.
El Universal writes:
Without the presence of Mexican authorities, as bilateral agreements stipulate, without informing the Mexican government, the agents of the DEA met with members of the cartels in Mexican territory, to obtain information about their rivals and at the same time and establish at the same time a network of informants of narco-traffickers, who signed cooperation agreements, subject to results, so that they can obtain future benefits, including charges being dropped in the United States.
Several of the documents were related to the Chicago trial of Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the son of Sinaloa leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.
As Business Insider noted in 2012, Zambada-Niebla alleged while in detention in Chicago that the U.S. government struck a deal with Mexico's Sinaloa cartel to finance and arm the drug traffickers in exchange for information. Zambada-Niebla was arrested after having met with DEA officials, and believed that the alleged deal implied he was immune from arrest or prosecution.
Apparently the DEA and Justice Dept. Negotiated with drug cartels in Mexico without informing the Mexican govt. Using informants is standard police work. I'm sure the rationale was the fear that govt. officials were corrupt.
Remind me of this... October 03, 2011
Emails show top Justice Department officials knew of ATF gun program
In the emails that the department turned over to congressional investigators, Justice Department officials last October discussed both the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking surveillance operation in Phoenix and a separate investigation from 2006 and 2007 called Operation Wide Receiver. In Wide Receiver, which took place in Tucson, firearms also were acquired by illegal straw purchasers and lost in Mexico, the emails say.
...this sounds like it was something Bush had already put in place.
Posted by RainDog | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 07:25 PM (2 replies)
And it's true that the NIDA is very stingy with approval for studies because of its scheduling as a class I, with no medical value.
But as a palliative treatment for side effects of chemotherapy, cannabis was so effective, based upon user surveys from doctors, it was synthesized and that's why Marinol exists. Unfortunately, Marinol, from patient reports, is much stronger because it's just THC. And further research has indicated a synergistic effect from two diff. cannabinoids, not just THC.
The AMA has recommended that cannabis be removed as a schedule I substance so that more research can occur, again, based upon physicians' views of existing research and patient reports. But they have to couch their words so that they don't offend the DEA, etc., as you see in this link: http://www.amednews.com/article/20091123/profession/311239968/7/
But cannabis is already legally prescribed as a drug for epilepsy and MS, and other conditions, depending upon the country. Sativex is made from cannabis plants, not a synthetic, and delivered as a spray. GW Pharmaceutical, in GB, grows and processes all the plants used for Sativex at this time.
Cannabis is legal as medicine in the UK (on June 21, 2010, making it the first cannabis-based prescription medicine in the world) Approved to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis in Spain, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, Finland, Israel, Norway, and Poland.
There has only been one human study for cancer (gliomas) and that was only allowed when tradition treatments were no longer recommended. Animal studies have shown good results and have shown the way that cannabis creates apoptosis of various cancer cells.
These are current or upcoming studies:
Early Studies Indicate Cannabis May Shrink Tumor Cells (Studies: 1974-2010)
The link is to 5 studies that indicate cannabinoids shrink cancer cells (various cancers)
CBD cannabinoid prevents neuropathic pain from breast cancer chemo
This is an important overview from four researchers/doctors:
As recently as a decade ago a review of the world literature on the status of the efficacy and safety of cannabinoids for pain and spasticity revealed that only nine randomized studies of acceptable quality had been conducted . All of these were single dose studies comparing oral synthetic THC (or cannabinoid analogs or congeners) to codeine or placebo...In the past decade, the scope and rigor of research has increased dramatically. This research has employed cannabis, cannabis-based extracts, and synthetic cannabinoids delivered by smoking, vaporization, oral, and sublingual or mucosal routes.
Evidence is accumulating that cannabinoids may be useful medicine for certain indications. Control of nausea and vomiting and the promotion of weight gain in chronic inanition are already licensed uses of oral THC (dronabinol capsules). Recent research indicates that cannabis may also be effective in the treatment of painful peripheral neuropathy and muscle spasticity from conditions such as multiple sclerosis . Other indications have been proposed, but adequate clinical trials have not been conducted. As these therapeutic potentials are confirmed, it will be useful if marijuana and its constituents can be prescribed, dispensed, and regulated in a manner similar to other medications that have psychotropic effects and some abuse potential. Given that we do not know precisely which cannabinoids or in which combinations achieve the best results, larger and more representative clinical trials of the plant product are warranted.
Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking. It is true cannabis has some abuse potential, but its profile more closely resembles drugs in Schedule III (where codeine and dronabinol are listed). The continuing conflict between scientific evidence and political ideology will hopefully be reconciled in a judicious manner . In the meantime, the decision to recommend this treatment in jurisdictions where use of medical marijuana is already permitted needs to be based on a careful assessment
Based upon the patient response that was broadcast to the world via CNN, FDA Approves Investigational Trials Assessing Cannabidiol for Pediatric Epilepsy (Cannabis, as Sativex, is already legal in many countries, as noted above, for epilepsy in adults.)
Marijuana Causes Remission in Crohn's Disease
Uruguay, who just legalized, is in talks with Canada and research labs to supply cannabis for medical purposes. Canada would not be doing this if the govt. thought there was no medical value in the cannabis plant, not just a synthetic.
I don't think cannabis as medicine quite fits the definition of woo.
Posted by RainDog | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 03:15 AM (0 replies)