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South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Becomes Law Without Gov. Signature


COLUMBIA, SC — A bill to allow limited medical marijuana access for children with severe epilepsy to help control their seizures has become law in South Carolina without Governor Nikki Haley’s signature.

The bill, Senate Bill 1035, will allow children with severe epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil (CBD oil), a non-psychoactive concentrate derived from marijuana, to help control their seizures if recommended by their physician.

The bill will also establish a clinical trial at the Medical University of South Carolina to study the effects of cannabidiol in controlling seizures. The university will also be responsible for supplying all of the cannibidiol oil for the state program.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate, followed by a 92-5 vote in the House a day later. Under South Carolina law, Gov. Nikki Haley had five days to sign or veto the bill, and the bill became law last week when the Governor failed to take any action on the bill.

Call Your Senator to Support Defunding the DEA's raids on legal MMJ

The Commerce, Justice & Science (CJS) appropriations bill was approved in the House.

Now with Amendment 25! (to defund DEA raids for mmj facilities.)

Please call your Senator to express support for defunding the DEA regarding medical marijuana in the many states where this is now law, and in the many states that will vote for medical marijuana laws in the near future.


Here's a list to find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Manila, Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in House


MANILA, Philippines—A bill seeking to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was formally filed in the House of Representatives. House Bill 4477 filed by Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III seeks to regulate the medical use of cannabis through a regulatory body under the Department of Health.

Under the bill, the government should “legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis which has been confirmed to have beneficial and therapeutic uses to treat chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition.”

The bill also seeks to create a Medical Cannabis Compassionate Center, which is licensed to “acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, sell, supply and dispense cannabis…”

Also, a Medical Cannabis Safety Compliance Facility will be set up under the authority to “conduct scientific and medical research on medical use of cannabis” and to “test services for its potency.”

Delaware lawmakers introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana


Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 U.S. states that have moved to loosen laws surrounding non-medical use of the drug.

The bill, introduced on Thursday, would exempt from prosecution adults 21 and older who possess marijuana for their own personal use and consumption. Personal use was described as possession of 1 ounce or less.

The legislation would also reduce the fine for using marijuana in a public place to $100. Under current Delaware law, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,150.

The bill has the support of about 15 Democrats in the House and Senate, but no Republican sponsors. Republicans said they plan to oppose the bill as it heads for a vote before the close of the legislative session next month.

Republicans Forsake Federalism to Support Big Govt. Nanny State Prohibition


...By a vote of 219 to 189, the House of Representatives approved an amendment aimed at stopping federal interference with state laws that “authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” If it is included in the appropriations bill passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the amendment would prohibit the Justice Department, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from spending taxpayers’ money on dispensary raids or other attempts to stop medical use of marijuana in the 22 states that allow it.

Similar measures have failed in the House six times since 2003. This year the amendment attracted record support from Republicans, 49 of whom voted yes, compared to 28 last time around. “This measure passed because it received more support from Republicans than ever before,” says Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project. “It is refreshing to see conservatives in Congress sticking to their conservative principles when it comes to marijuana policy. Republicans increasingly recognize that marijuana prohibition is a failed Big Government program that infringes on states’ rights.”

Yet Republicans still overwhelmingly opposed the amendment, by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, while Democrats overwhelmingly supported it, by a ratio of 10 to 1. Given the GOP’s frequent lip service to federalism, the party’s lack of enthusiasm for letting states set their own policies in this area requires some explanation. So does the need for this amendment under a Democratic administration that has repeatedly said it is not inclined to use Justice Department resources against medical marijuana users and providers who comply with state law. It is hard to say who is being more inconsistent: a president who promised tolerance but delivered a crackdown or members of Congress who portray themselves as defenders of the 10th Amendment but forsake federalism because they are offended by a plant.

(This post further discusses the fits and starts from the Obama administration Justice Dept - specifically the DEA - for those who find this issue the most perplexing. The author assumes Obama was sincere but was surprised by just how STRONG support for ending prohibition actually is across this nation and the response to the Ogden memo by citizen entrepreneurs was greeted with a backlash by the JD/DEA)

...While Obama seems like a feckless and halfhearted supporter of marijuana federalism, most Republicans seem utterly unprincipled on this issue. Here is an opportunity to defend something they supposedly believe in—state autonomy under the Constitution—while simultaneously criticizing a Democratic administration and siding with a majority of Americans. In a recent Politico essay, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, argue that opposing federal interference with medical marijuana is politically smart:

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that nearly three in four Americans—including 78 percent of Independents, 71 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans—believe that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. Similar numbers—80 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Independents, and 61 percent of Republicans—favor making medical marijuana legally available.

As the author notes, the demographics in the U.S. do not bode well for Republicans on this issue either. The voting bloc they represent on this issue will not remain on this earth for too many more election cycles. Then Republicans will be faced with yet another label of "outdated" -- one that deals not only with social/culture war issues, but also the will of the people to get unwanted law off the books and the DEA off our backs, the hypocrisy of claims of "states rights" if the issue doesn't reinforce 1960s-era right-wing "values" -- that indicates not only do they not have a finger on the pulse of the American voter, they are using CPR to keep the stereotype of "hippies" alive.

What's next, Republicans? Zombie Nixon?

... ... ... ... ... ...

Do you remember, your President Nixon?
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay?
Or even yesterday?
Have been the un-American?
Just you and your idol sing falsetto
'bout Leather, leather everywhere,

Please contact your state Senator to VOTE FOR medical marijuana


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/

Yesterday's House vote on HR 4660 amendment to defund the DEA re: medical marijuana was historic.

Republicans pushed the vote. More Republicans than ever regarding any bill related to marijuana supported defunding the DEA through the allocation of funds in the Justice Dept.

This is a big defeat for the DEA.

Of course, the bill was largely passed by Democrats, with 170 Democratic members of the House voting yes, while only 49 Republicans voted in favor.

So, I don't want to give Republicans more credit than they're due - but the amendment passed by one vote, and all 49 of those Republicans were necessary to make the amendment happen. So, a thank you to the Republicans who put the will of the American people and the well being of its citizens over the will of the DEA, the religious right, and the cranks who vote overwhelmingly for the Republican Party.

This writer asks if this was a tipping point. Who knows. Hope so.


This person notes, as I have here, that Sanjay Gupta has provided a voice for the voiceless whose use of marijuana remains silent, for the most part, because they live in states that treat them like terrorists for using the herbal product that produces better results than pharmaceutical products for various illnesses or disabilities.

These illnesses include Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Epilespy, post traumatic stress disorder, Crohn's Disease, IBS, pain management from breast cancer chemotherapy, nausea and wasting management for people undergoing various cancer treatments, and more. These people, in states without medical marijuana laws, are treated as criminals for using the medication that provides the most effective treatment for their problems.

The U.S. Congress is not qualified to provide medical advice to anyone. They are not qualified to determine what medicines doctors can or cannot recommend.

It's time for Congress to get out of the medical quackery biz and let doctors and patients decide the best course of treatment for them. No more "war on marijuana" snake oil, please.

Address the legislature left sitting by Republicans in 2013 to regulate marijuana like alcohol and let medical marijuana research go forward.

And, most importantly, the DEA needs to hear this truth: The DEA has no right to determine health care for American citizens.

H.R.499 - Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013


Where it stands: Latest Action was 02/28/2013. Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.

Who sits on that subcommittee?

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Chairman; Rep. Louie Gohmert, Vice-Chairman

Rep. Coble
Rep. Scott
Rep. Bachus
Rep. Pierluisi
Rep. Forbes
Rep. Chu
Rep. Franks
Rep. Gutierrez
Rep. Chaffetz
Rep. Bass
Rep. Gowdy
Rep. Richmond
Rep. Labrador

IN THE PAST bills have been sent to committees who will let them die there. Lamar Smith, of Texas, stated outright that a bill addressing marijuana reform would never leave his office. That's exactly what he did when he was head of the Judiciary Committee in the past. He's now moved on to "deal" with global climate change.

It's such a pity that people elect such people to office - they really, really have no place in a modern democracy - they're like segregationists still blocking the doors to schools - they've just moved on to be equally reactionary to provide impediments to the U.S. government when its citizens want to address issues such as global climate change and marijuana prohibition.

The 2013 session of the House ended with this bill stuck in a committee vice-chaired by one of the most seemingly idiotic members of the House, Louis Gohmert. The two Republicans who chair this subcommittee are ideologues.

The chair, Sensenbrenner, had an important role in the impeachment of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, acting as one of the House managers. He introduced the USA "PATRIOT" Act to the House on October 23, 2001.

Sensenbrenner receives high marks from the National Taxpayers Union, a non-profit organization that supports low taxes. I have to ask - this organization must not care about the TRILLIONS of dollars that have been wasted on the War on Drugs. How meaningful or worthwhile is such an organization if it highly rates someone who wants to pour money into no-bid military contracts with no oversight because of the war on cannabis (because THIS is where the majority of arrests happen)? This group, like most other right wingers, only care about taxes when they go to support social safety net issues to help level the playing field in the U.S. What a joke. Grover Norquist was the former executive director.

Isn't it interesting that one of the biggest advocacy groups for lower taxes ignores one of the biggest wastes of taxes in the U.S. since Reagan declared war on drugs - and, honestly, what a stupid idea in the first place.

Gohmert, of course, is part of the duo Bachman-Gohmert Overdrive, who previous hits include comparing the man now running Egypt, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to George Washington for holding firm against the Muslim Brotherhood, while proclaiming the U.S. is a theocratic state, in spite of Washington's explicit words to the contrary in his letters regarding the founding of his nation.

Hey, Gohmie - why don't you pay attention to an issue the majority of Americans want to change, in spite of your and other Republicans' resistance to THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN VOTER.

Co-Sponsers of the Bill / Date Cosponsored

Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 02/05/2013
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] 02/06/2013
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] 02/06/2013
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 03/18/2013
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15] 03/18/2013
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 04/12/2013
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3] 04/12/2013
Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] 05/20/2013

Contact Gohmert and Sensenbrenner to ask them why they want to waste taxpayer money on failed policy - policy that our own Congress admitted was a colossal failure in 2011. Three years later, one bill later, a majority that grows week by week that supports ending the war on cannabis --- and yet these two can't deal with legislation.

I'd call that ineffective leadership and governance.

Title 21 : Congress must amend

Title 21 of the United States Code (USC), Subdivision I, Part A, Section 801 of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) has a paragraph entitled Severability. In this paragraph it states that if any provision of Title 21 of the USC is "...invalid or unenforceable...[it may be] severed from this title..."

The Controlled Substances Act places marijuana as a schedule I substance. However, numerous doctors and research scientists have agreed that marijuana has legitimate medical use.

Therefore, Congress needs to amend Title 21 to remove cannabis from this section of the CSA, and move cannabis to another schedule, or better, remove it completely from the CSA and allow oversight from the ATF.

This would stop all the wasteful spending on a war on cannabis that no one other than those who profit from producing criminals want to remain as law.

It's time, Congress.

House Blocks DEA From Targeting Medical Marijuana


A link to this with other information is in LBN.

Rohrabacher said on the House floor that the amendment "should be a no-brainer" for conservatives who support states' rights and argued passionately against allowing the federal government to interfere with a doctor-patient relationship. "Some people are suffering, and if a doctor feels that he needs to prescribe something to alleviate that suffering, it is immoral for this government to get in the way," Rohrabacher said, his voice rising. "And that's what's happening."

The debate pitted three House Republicans who also are doctors against one another. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) opposed the amendment, while Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) supported it.

Harris insisted that there were no medical benefits to marijuana and that medical marijuana laws were a step toward legalizing recreational pot.

"It's the camel's nose under the tent," said Harris. He cited piece of anti-marijuana propaganda published by the DEA this month that claimed medical marijuana was just "a means to an end" -- the eventual legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. The taxpayer-funded report uses scare quotes around the word "medical."

Harris. LOL. How can a doctor be this resistant to the 1000s of studies that show medical benefit? I feel sorry for any of his patients...

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