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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


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Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana, Alternative Drug Treatment Models

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration.

The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came to support medical marijuana after reviewing the evidence. This time around, he’ll be delving into the politics of medical marijuana research and interviewing President Barack Obama, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Obama has previously predicted that more states will follow the lead of Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana, and confirmed that although marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, the Department of Justice will look the other way. 

Gupta and Obama briefly discussed the recent bipartisan bill on the Senate floor introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, which proposes to reschedule marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2.

 

Gupta wanted to know directly if Obama supports Booker’s bill.

“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” Obama responded.

Read More:http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/15/breaking-obama-comes-around-states-full-support-of-medical-marijuana/


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House Oversight Committee Condemns DEA Chief Michele Leonhart

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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Yesterday DEA Chief Michele Leonhart testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in regards to DEA agents participating in sex parties in Columbia with prostitutes that were paid for by cartel members. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued the following statement today, condemning DEA Chief Michele Leonhart:

Today, after listening to testimony during yesterday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined with fellow committee Members in expressing no confidence in DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive “good old boy” culture that exists throughout the agency. From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position . Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.”

Members joining the statement include: 

Rep. Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Boyle (D-PA)
Rep. Carter (R-GA)
Rep. Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Duncan (R-TN)
Rep. Farenthold (R-TX)
Rep. Hice (R-GA)
Rep. Kelly (D-IL)
Rep. Lawrence (D-MI)
Rep. Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Rep. Lynch (D-MA)
Rep. Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Meadows (R-NC)
Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Norton (D-D.C.)
Rep. Palmer (R-AL)
Rep. Plaskett (D-VI)
Rep. Walberg (D-MI)
Rep. Welch (D-VT)

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/house-oversight-committee-condemns-dea-chief-michele-leonhart/


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Judge Declines to Remove Marijuana from Dangerous Drug List

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued the ruling in response to a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss charges in a case that authorities say involves a marijuana growing operation.

The case was unusual in that Mueller decided to consider marijuana's designation as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and LSD and are defined as drugs with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Marijuana's classification as a Schedule 1 drug has brought states that have legalized medical marijuana into conflict with federal authorities, leading to raids on growers and dispensaries that appear to be operating legally under state law.

Legal experts said it marked the first time in decades that a federal district court judge seriously considered marijuana's classification. Judges have generally accepted the classification and the federal ban on its use, growth and distribution.

Mueller's decision was expected, but her move to hold a hearing last year to consider the issue marked a significant step that reflects growing skepticism about federal marijuana law, said Sam Kamin, a marijuana regulation expert at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

"While this one came out the other way, what you see is a lot of momentum in changing federal marijuana law," he said.

Mueller said during a 15-minute court hearing that she was initially prepared to grant the defense motion but then decided from the facts of this particular case that "this is not the court and this is not the time." She said she decided it was up to Congress to change the law if it wishes.

She said a written ruling would be issued by the end of the week.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/judge-declines-remove-marijuana-dangerous-drug-list


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