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House Votes To End DEA Raids On Legal Medical Marijuana Operations

Source: Buzzfeed by way of other outlets

WASHINGTON — The House passed an amendment late Thursday night to restrict the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana operations in states where it is legal.

The 219-189 decision came on a bipartisan appropriations amendment spearheaded by California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and California Democrat Sam Farr. The amendment still faces several procedural hurdles before it is ratified, but this is the first time such an amendment has succeeded in the House.

The vote is an encouraging one for marijuana advocates, who say it shows the congressional pendulum is finally tilting in their favor. “The significance of it is a symbolic importance,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project. “We are nearing a point now where the United States Congress is essentially ready to end marijuana prohibition.”

The amendment needed 218 votes to pass.


Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/house-votes-to-end-dea-raids-on-legal-medical-marijuana-oper



THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CALLED YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!!!!!

“We are nearing a point now where the United States Congress is essentially ready to end marijuana prohibition.”

update: IT PASSED!! ALERT: House to Vote on Medical Marijuana Amendment This Week!

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/may/27/alert_house_vote_medical_marijua

Possibly as soon as Thursday! Please contact your Representative if you would like to indicate your support. Here's a link to find your rep - http://www.house.gov/

...The US House of Representatives will vote on an amendment that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Though similar amendments have been offered in the past, this year it is being offered by 10 sponsors -- five Republicans and five Democrats -- and several weeks ago a different medical marijuana amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to discuss it with their patients got 195 yes votes. There is a better chance than ever that this could pass, and we can certainly get closer and advance the issue -- if you take action.

Link to an online message here (via Stop the Drug War.org).

I posted this yesterday in the Drug Policy forum - cross-posting here, today, for those who want to support sensible policy on this issue.

...or, in the words of someone on DU long ago, CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE RIGHT FREAKIN' NOW!

Find out how your Representative voted on marijuana legislation this week.

Here's link to information concerning a prior bill to allow doctors to discuss medical marijuana with veterans - http://www.mpp.org/states/federal/tell-congress-to-end-medical.html

The Marijuana Policy Project will also be posting the results of the vote THIS WEEK on defunding federal interference in medical marijuana laws in the 20 states and DC that have enacted them.


ALERT - This vote will take place, possibly, as soon as Thursday! Please contact your Representative if you would like to indicate your support. Here's a link to find your rep - http://www.house.gov/

...The US House of Representatives will vote on an amendment that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Though similar amendments have been offered in the past, this year it is being offered by 10 sponsors -- five Republicans and five Democrats -- and several weeks ago a different medical marijuana amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to discuss it with their patients got 195 yes votes. There is a better chance than ever that this could pass, and we can certainly get closer and advance the issue -- if you take action.

update: PASSED, PASSED, PUFF! ALERT: House to Vote on Medical Marijuana Amendment This Week!

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2014/may/27/alert_house_vote_medical_marijua

Possibly as soon as Thursday! Please contact your Representative if you would like to indicate your support. Here's a link to find your rep - http://www.house.gov/

...The US House of Representatives will vote on an amendment that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Though similar amendments have been offered in the past, this year it is being offered by 10 sponsors -- five Republicans and five Democrats -- and several weeks ago a different medical marijuana amendment that would have allowed VA doctors to discuss it with their patients got 195 yes votes. There is a better chance than ever that this could pass, and we can certainly get closer and advance the issue -- if you take action.

Link to an online message here (via Stop the Drug War.org).

Prettyman Commission (1963)

Harry Ansligner found a friend in Eisenhower, who, in the spirit of the age, viewed marijuana use as akin to opium or heroin and saw all of them as part of the Communist Menace...because the reality was that Anslinger found any excuse he could on which to hang his hatred.

Anslinger started out talking about cannabis making people go crazy and kill. Then he decided it made white women associate with black men because of evil jazz music. Then it was unAmerican to smoke marijuana, even though its use, after black and white musicians first desegregated their profession, was often associated with soldiers returning from war, especially those stationed in the Philippines.

The Boggs Commission, put together in the 1950s, was used in the south to execute black men for possession of marijuana. Think of that. Execution for possession of a substance safer than alcohol or cigarettes. Of course, in the south someone can still be sentenced to life in prison for three possession convictions. Some things don't change, they just change their form.

After Eisenhower, Kennedy had other opinions.

Anslinger retired in 1961. Some "rumors" note that Kennedy forced this retirement. As far as I know, this has never been confirmed. Another rumor was that JFK used marijuana to help ease his back pain.

One of his mistresses, Mary Pinchot Meyer, claimed she turned him on to LSD, and others who knew her at the time (Timothy Leary, for instance) said she regularly brought marijuana to Kennedy when they were together. Prior to her affair, she was married to Cord Meyer, of the CIA. Mary was the daughter of the left. Her parents were both journalists. One, also a lawyer, helped to start The New Masses. The other wrote for The Nation, among other publications.

McCarthy accused Cord Meyer of being a communist (...but who wasn't, according to McCarthy), and the FBI had a file on Mary because of her work for nuclear disarmament. Cord was involved in Operation Mockingbird, the CIA attempt to use the media as a propaganda tool (they didn't have Fox back then), and some claimed he had been spying on liberal American organizations since the 1940s. Richard Helms informed Cord that McCarthy had made accusations of communism against him... After Mary divorced Cord, she chose not to remarry and instead focused on her art. She was considered a "daredevil" because she didn't conform to the conventions of the day.

Anyway, Kennedy established a Drug Commission to look at the issue of marijuana and other drugs. LaGuardia had already done his own studies with doctors in the 1940s and had come to the conclusion that marijuana was not a dangerous substance. An American sociologist, Lindeman, had conducted studies in the 1950s and done work for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that emphasized drug abuse, in general, was a medical and psychological problem, not a criminal one (and Anslinger came after him with the FBI, and tried to destroy the man and his work.)

The Prettyman Commission isn't well known.

After an eight-week fact finding commission was done, Prettyman, in 1963, wrote a report that said marijuana was relatively harmless, that penalties against it were too harsh (this was after the Boggs Commission made marijuana possession a crime worse than rape or murder), and the nation should rethink its attitude toward the herb.

Allen Ginsberg was appearing on television talk shows - and he always talked about legalizing marijuana at that time. Anslinger hated Ginsberg, of course (and spied on him, as Anslinger did with all jazz musicians of the 1940s and 1950s - and arrested them whenever possible - even on trumped up charges - see Monk, Thelonious.)

Then Kennedy was assassinated. Mary Meyer contacted Leary, in fear of her life, too, because, she said, Kennedy was changing and changing things in this nation (and she saw herself as part of that with the LSD sessions). She was shot at point blank range in the back of the head in 1964 while out for a walk. A black man with no weapon was charged with her murder. Case closed.

The only Democrats to oppose liberalization of marijuana laws since Kennedy have been from the south - but one man from the south, Carter, tried to open the door to this discussion. The sort of Democrat who heads the party matters, in other words. Hopefully Obama and current Democrats will be able to end this shameful legacy of lies regarding marijuana in the U.S., which will reverberate around the world.

Just rambling, but I'm looking up information about the Prettyman Commission and thought I'd share. If anyone here has information about it, please post.

update: PASSED the House! Medical mj law passes first hurdle in NY state!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/nyregion/assembly-backs-use-of-marijuana-for-illnesses.html?_r=0

For the fifth time in seven years, the State Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana, backing a measure that would far surpass a program Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this year.

But with less than four weeks left in the legislative session, the prospects for passage in the State Senate remained uncertain.

The bill allows the possession and use of up to two and a half ounces of marijuana by seriously ill patients whom doctors, physician assistants or nurse practitioners have certified. It permits organizations to establish dispensaries to deliver the drug to registered users and their caregivers, part of what advocates call a “seed to sale” system meant to prevent abuse or illegal use.

Katrin Haugh, left, and Carol Thompson, of the Absentee and Petition Office in Anchorage, processed signatures that supported the effort to put marijuana legalization on the ballot.Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing MarijuanaFEB. 26, 2014
“There are tens of thousands of New Yorkers with serious, debilitating, life-threatening conditions whose lives could be made more tolerable and longer by enacting this legislation,” said Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, a Democrat from Manhattan who heads the Health Committee and sponsored the bill.

New Yorkers: PLEASE contact your Senators to support this bill.

here's link for you: http://www.nysenate.gov/
Earlier Post:

http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/health/2014/05/19/new-york-medical-marijuana/9304733/

ALBANY A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York narrowly survived its first major hurdle Tuesday, keeping alive the possibility of a full Senate vote.

The legislation now heads to the Senate Finance Committee, where its fate remains uncertain.

"This is step one. It's a huge victory," said Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, the bill's sponsor. "It's historic for all of us, but now we go on to the next step. We are by no means at the end of the line yet, so we have to work doubly hard."

A crowd of about 50 advocates crammed into a cramped, sweaty conference room on the Capitol's first floor for the vote. As the committee clerk read the results, the crowd erupted into cheers.


The only Democrat to vote against the bill was Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat who caucuses with the GOP (aka DINO).

William Larkin, a Republican, crossed party lines to pass the bill. Thank you, Senator Larkin!

(the link goes to Larkin's page - you can thank him yourself.)

Sen. Bill Larkin on medical marijuana: "I voted my conscience"

Progress!

Feds Block Water For State-Legal Marijuana Grows

More Federal Agency pushback toward states that have both legal recreational AND medical marijuana laws. When you can't override the will of the voter at the ballot box, you do it through other means. Local agencies contract with federal water projects to obtain water for their counties.

Again, Congress needs to address this issue. If they want to force states to adhere to law that makes no sense, they need to be upfront about it - especially in an election year. Tell parents of children with epilepsy you want to put them in jail and deny them the right to choose the best medication for their children because... reefer madness.

Don't hide behind federal agencies because you know the American people don't support you.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/marijuana-water-use_n_5359654.html

An agency (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees management of federal water resources) within the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that state-legal marijuana grows are banned from using federal water on their crops.

"Certainly every indication we are hearing is that their policy will be that federal water supplies cannot be used to grow marijuana,” said Brian Werner at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, which handles approximately one-third of all water for northeastern Colorado and is the Bureau of Reclamation's second-largest user in terms of irrigated acres.

Washington's Roza Irrigation District, which supplies federal water to approximately 72,000 acres in Yakima and Benton counties, had already issued a "precautionary message" in early April to water customers who may be involved in state-legal cannabis growing back.

"Local irrigation districts operating federal irrigation projects have recently been advised that under Federal Reclamation Law, it is likely project water cannot be delivered and utilized for purposes that are illegal under federal law," wrote Roza district manager Scott Revell in letters to the Yakima and Benton county commissioners. "Presumably growing marijuana would fall into this category."

Despite change in law, arrests more likely than fine (Chicago)

Study: Despite new law, pot arrests still likelier than fines

Despite enacting legislation that is supposed to decriminalize carrying small amounts of marijuana, the city of Chicago and state of Illinois continue to have a high number of arrests related to the drug, a new university study has found.

In addition, because different municipalities have different laws and policies, the way the cases are handled is inconsistent and unfair, researchers said.

Arrests for the violation are down, but about 93 percent of misdemeanor marijuana possession violations resulted in arrest in Chicago, according to an analysis conducted by Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.

That means that instead of issuing tickets and fines — considered an easier and more efficient process — police chose to take people to jail, said Kathleen Kane-Willis, the lead author of the study.

House to Vote on Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids

via norml

In the coming days, members of the House of Representatives are expected to debate and vote on budget appropriation legislation for the Department of Justice. Representatives Rohrabacher and Farr will be introducing an amendment to this measure to prevent any of the department's funding from being used to interfere with medical marijuana programs in states that have approved them.

Twenty-one states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington -- as well as the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Yet in all of these states, patients and providers still face the risk of federal sanction -- even when their actions are fully compliant with state law.

It is time that we allowed our unique federalist system to work the way it was intended. Patients, providers, and their state representatives should have the authority to enact laws permitting the medical use of cannabis -- free from federal interference.

Please write your members of Congress today and tell them to stop using taxpayer dollars to target and prosecute state-authorized medical marijuana patients and providers...


The link, above, provides a form letter you can send if you so desire.

Slavery by Another Name

The history of discrimination against African Americans that extended into the 20th century...including the discovery by ancestors of the whites who did this that these family members were not "self-made, hard-working, up-by-their-bootstraps" individuals that were part of 20th century lies.

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