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"A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week.
Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.
They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.
...District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree (with one juror who questioned why the govt. was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all.) Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections."
May this be the future in 2012 and beyond for ALL such cases in every state in the U.S. until the govt. changes this bad law.
Posted by RainDog | Sat Dec 31, 2011, 08:31 PM (36 replies)
I already noted the one flawed data study - now for the real crazies
American Cancer Society
Marijuana use can lead to amputation
UK Daily Mail
Cannabis Kills 30k a Year
Florida Woman Arrested At Work, Body Cavity Searched, Forced to Spend the Night in Jail... for possession Sage
aka most common test for cannabis results in wrongful arrest
and more at the first link...
Posted by RainDog | Sat Dec 31, 2011, 09:35 AM (7 replies)
from Scientific American
Doh! Top Science Journal Retractions of 2011
#5: Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries lead to drop in crime.
This was posted here before. Just wanted to make sure it got notice.
Posted by RainDog | Sat Dec 31, 2011, 01:05 AM (17 replies)
The CSA is Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 that was created by Congress to serve as federal policy on drug enforcement.
The act created 5 schedules for drug classification. Although Congress created the drug schedules, they appointed the DEA and the FDA to decide which substances to add or remove from schedules.
Therefore, changing a substance from one schedule to another, or removing a substance altogether does not require the passage of a law by Congress.
Instead, such as in the case of the scheduling of cannabis, a rescheduling hearing may be called to correct mistakes made by politicians in their haste to declare themselves enemies of this or that.
Marijuana was provisionally placed as a Schedule I substance based upon the recommendation of Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg. This classification was pending the outcome of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, led by Republican Raymond P. Schafer.
...This communication is concerned with the proposed classification of marihuana.
What did the Schafer Commission find?
You can read the full report here: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm
Schafer's commission funded 50 studies.
Through formal and informal hearings, recorded in thousands of pages of transcripts, we solicited all points of view, including those of public officials, community leaders, professional experts and students. We commissioned a nationwide survey of public beliefs, information and experience . . .
What did these DA's, judges, clinicians, and health officials lead Schafer to recommend?
The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only 'with the greatest reluctance.
Additionally, Schafer noted: Marihuana’s relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.
Nixon did not bother to read Schafer's report because those clinicians, health care officials, DA's and judges did not come to the conclusion Nixon wanted to hear. In addition, Nixon punished Schafer for not coming back with the findings he wanted by not appointing Schafer to a pending federal judgeship.
What is the outcome of Nixon's refusal to acknowledge that marijuana should be decriminalized? (i.e. removed from the Drug Schedules?)
$1 TRILLION dollars wasted.
Hundreds of thousands of deaths
There are more people now in federal prison for marijuana offenses than for violent offenses.
In 2005, 800,000 people were arrested for marijuana charges.
The cost for incarceration, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics for that same year was $1BILLION PER YEAR.
It's time to end the war on cannabis.
Posted by RainDog | Wed Dec 21, 2011, 06:04 AM (3 replies)
During the election campaign, FDR made one unequivocal speech endorsing repeal. Otherwise, both candidates successfully avoided the issue, despite- or perhaps because of- their having taken opposite positions. "Politics is the art of changing the subject," observed Walter Mondale many years later.
The VCL served the same purpose as various groups now who lobby for the repeal of prohibition of cannabis.
Oh, but let's just see what FDR himself had to say:
The number of states that have now legalized medical marijuana is analogous to the number of states that repealed alcohol prohibition.
FDR was inaugurated on March 4, 1933. On March 13 he called for the repeal of prohibition. He signed the Harrison-Cullen Act on March 23 - legalizing alcoholic beer and then noted, " I think this would be a good time for a beer."
He dealt with the banking crisis in his first week, CALLED FOR THE REPEAL OF PROHIBITION IN HIS SECOND WEEK, and went on to work out the New Deal with huge public support.
The repeal of prohibition came about on Dec. 5th - Congress did that, but FDR claimed full credit for the same. He popularity increased with the repeal of prohibition.
He started as a "dry" but moved to a "wet" in order to gain the nomination from the Democratic Party. Repeal of prohibition was an economic spur. Yet fewer people drank after the repeal of prohibition than before - prohibition increased the use of alcohol, increased crime, glutted the courts, cost millions in law enforcement.
Posted by RainDog | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 11:00 PM (1 replies)
when 500 economists sign a petition to legalize marijuana the position is not far leftist.
when Joe Klein, in Time Magazine (which is considered centrist at most) writes about legalizing marijuana, it is not a far-left position.
when a Gallup poll finds 50% of Americans favor legalization (vs. 46% opposed) - it's not a far-left position.
As you see from this survey, support for legalization is the majority opinion among liberals, moderates, independents, Democrats, people from ages 18-49 (with 49% support for ages 50-64.)
Instead, what this poll indicates is that a failure to take action to legalize marijuana is a conservative and Republican position - the one group that does not favor the Obama presidency without doubt.
Obama's refusal to address this issue puts him in the same camp as the far right.
Posted by RainDog | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 10:31 AM (1 replies)
By age 23, at least a quarter of all youth in the U.S. — and perhaps as many as 41% — are arrested at least once for something more serious than a traffic violation, according to a new study of American teens.
Raw Story's Headline Puts the Blame on Harsher Drug Laws
Tougher drug laws mean nearly 1/3 arrested by age 23
A study analyzing data from the federal government’s National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that 30.2 percent of 23-year-olds reported being arrested for something more serious that a traffic violation.
Steve Cohen (D-TN) is a member of the House who has signed on with Barney Frank, Ron Paul, Democratic Reps. John Conyers (MI), Jared Polis (CO) and Barbara Lee (CA) to reschedule/decriminalize cannabis via HR 2306. In addition, the 40th anniversary of the WoD led to a tremendous outcry from leaders around the world to end the failed war on drugs.
"Marijuana use has not skyrocketed in the last year, but arrests are vamped up and they use arrest as a basis to get people, particularly people of color where it’s 7 times more likely you’ll be arrested if you’re African American and 4 times more likely you’ll be arrested if you’re Latino and more likely if you’re African American or Latino that you’ll spend a night in jail than if you’re Caucasian,”
Posted by RainDog | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 08:56 AM (5 replies)
"Dance with the One that Brought You" is the title of a well-known song. But the Urban Dictionary offers a deeper meaning: "The principle that someone should pay proper fealty to those who have gone out of their way to look after them."
The editorial writer notes that Obama can reignite the youth vote by making a statement that marijuana policy needs to be revisited - not even actually do anything before an election - while Ethan Nadelmann, of the Drug Policy Alliance, wonders if the Obama administration has been co-opted by holdover appointees (he's talking about you, Michele Leonhart.)
Posted by RainDog | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 08:22 AM (148 replies)
Series: "Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley" (2008)
Posted by RainDog | Sat Dec 17, 2011, 07:25 PM (0 replies)
Drug Schedules are part of the Controlled Substances Act, passed by Congress in 1970, that defines federal drug policy. There are five schedules, or classifications for drugs, to determine federal policy on those substances. Cannabis is currently listed as a Schedule I substance.
No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances, and such substances are subject to production quotas by the DEA.
Other schedules and substances designated for various schedules are available here:
The DEA and the FDA determine the scheduling of various substances, although Congress scheduled a substance via legislation in Feb. 2000. The Attorney General of the United States may also initiate a drug rescheduling hearing.
Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute provides this information about the way in which a rescheduling may be put in motion, in this case, by the Attorney General:
...Proceedings for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of such rules may be initiated by the Attorney General
In 1992, DEA administrator Robert Bonner created 5 criteria for determining whether a substance has medicinal value.
The DEA claims that cannabis has no accepted medical use because it does not meet all of these criteria:
(Information on Drug Schedules and Information on attempts to reschedule cannabis via the Wiki link, above.)
On October 18, 1985, the DEA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to transfer "Synthetic Dronabinol in Sesame Oil and Encapsulated in Soft Gelatin Capsules" — a pill form of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, sold under the brand name Marinol — from Schedule I to Schedule II (DEA 50 FR 42186-87). The government issued its final rule rescheduling the drug on July 13, 1986 (DEA 51 FR 17476-78). The disparate treatment of cannabis and the expensive, patentable Marinol prompted reformers to question the DEA's consistency.
So, what has medical research into the use of cannabis revealed since 1992? Because of the Federal Scheduling, much of the legitimate research has gone on outside of the United States.
(This article includes links to information about cannabinoid research for 19 different health issues, with links to the studies relating to the medical condition.)
Recent medical research on cannabis, via NORML:
...There are now more than 17,000 published papers in the scientific literature analyzing marijuana and its constituents...Whereas researchers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s primarily assessed cannabis' ability to temporarily alleviate various disease symptoms — such as the nausea associated with cancer chemotherapy — scientists today are exploring the potential role of cannabinoids to modify disease.
Posted by RainDog | Sat Dec 17, 2011, 03:19 AM (7 replies)