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Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder


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California Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

california governor jerry brown marijuanaToday Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act.  AB 258 prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Medical cannabis patients in California have been routinely removed from the organ transplant waiting list if they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis.  AB 258 was authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

“AB 258’s passage is the result of ASA’s membership tirelessly work for over two years,” said Don Duncan ASA’s California Director. “In California legal medical cannabis patients will never again face a choice between their doctor-recommended medicine and a life-saving organ transplant. Governor Brown deserves credit for protecting medical cannabis patients from this harmful discriminatory practice that has no bias in medical research.”

On June 15th over 200 patients and advocates participated in the ASA California Citizen Lobby Day, which focused on educating lawmakers about AB 258 and other medical cannabis legislation. During the lobby day ASA began a postcard campaign to encourage Governor Brown to support AB 258.

“AB 258’s passage represents a big victory in the fight to end discrimination against medical cannabis patients in California,” said Steph Sherer ASA’s Executive Director. “With AB 258 passing by such overwhelming margins in California we hope to see more states follow suit by passing legislation to end organ transplant discrimination against medical cannabis patients.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-governor-signs-medical-marijuana-organ-transplant-bill/


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Presidential candidates are suddenly talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) — Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.

White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.

Several Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. And at conservative policy gatherings, Republicans are discussing whether drug sentences should be eased.

A quarter century after Bill Clinton confessed he tried marijuana but insisted "I didn't inhale," the taboo against marijuana is shrinking at the highest level of politics, just as it appears to be with the public.


Read More: http://www.businessinsider.com/marijuana-politics-in-presidential-campaign-2015-7#ixzz3fBK51CK9


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Federal Judge Fighting to Free Drug War Prisoners She Locked Up

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

During a recent speech given before the Aspen Ideas Festival, former federal judge Nancy Gertner, who brought the hammer down for nearly two decades under the Clinton Administration, criticized the punishments she imposed throughout the years for drug-related offenses. 

Out of the hundreds of sentences delivered, “80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she told the crowd. “I left the bench in 2011 to join the Harvard faculty to write about those stories––to write about how it came to pass that I was obliged to sentence people to terms that, frankly, made no sense under any philosophy.”

Gertner then went on to explain that the drug war should be laid to rest in the same manner as was done at the end of World War II—using the philosophies of the Marshall Plan—when the United States made the decision to develop forward strategies to assist the victims ravaged by the war rather than beat the dead horse once ridden by its enemy.

“We need a big idea,” she said, if we want to salvage the population that has been lost and downtrodden by the War on Drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-judge-fighting-free-drug-war-prisoners-she-locked


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