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Congressmen Blame Baltimore Riots on Prohibition

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

The topic of marijuana reform in the United States took an interesting turn on Capitol Hill earlier this week, when a number of congressional leaders blamed the recent eruption of violence against Baltimore law enforcement on the failed exploits of the American drug war.

During a press conference to discuss the reintroduction of legislation to legalize money generated by the cannabis industry, federal lawmakers took the opportunity to point out that Baltimore would not be in its current state of fiery disarray if not for the misaligned policies Uncle Sam has imposed against the possession of controlled substances. Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon took to the podium on Wednesday, to explain how the War on Drugs has manifested a seething undertow of tension across the nation, spawned by decades of filthy police state tactics aimed at locking up otherwise law-biding citizens for the possession of a plant.

Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, who also attended the press event, explained that police shakedowns for marijuana have become a scourge on civil society.

"Right now when you see all of this disturbance in our inner cities, a lot of that has to do with frustration that's been a problem when police end up having to search people to see if they can find some joint in their pocket, a little piece of weed, in order to ruin their life and put them in jail,” he said. “That doesn't happen a lot in Orange County, but I know it happens in the inner city." 

While the correlation between the domestic drug war and the Baltimore riots may sound like a stretch to the average citizen, pertinent details surrounding the cause of this televised uproar supports this theory wholeheartedly. Reports indicate that 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who allegedly died by the hands of police officers, had a history of charges ranging from intent to distribute to possession of marijuana. When taking this into account, it is impossible to deny that the prohibition of cannabis, which is now legal in some fashion in over half the states, was the catalyst to the unsavory chain of events that lit the fuse earlier this week in Baltimore.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder


Congress to Discuss Allowing Veterans to Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers will soon gather on Capitol Hill to discuss the issue of allowing veterans to have the same access to medical marijuana as their civilian counterparts. The United States House of Representatives is scheduled to debate a number of issues pertaining to veteran’s affairs later this week, including a recent proposal by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, which would enable military veterans suffering from debilitating mental and physical conditions to use medical marijuanain states where it has been made legal. 

Although the federal government prevents physicians employed with the Veterans Administration from even discussing marijuana as a potential treatment option for their patients, Blumenauer has drafted a simple amendment that would prevent the agency from using its funding to impose this prohibitionary stance. The objective of this modest policy adjustment is to simply prohibit the VA’s budget from being used to prevent veterans from taking advantage of their state’s medical marijuana program.

Fortunately, many legislative forces have shifted their attitude in regards to the use of medical marijuana, especially when it comes to treating the men and women who have suffered the wrath of a serious health issue as a result of serving the United States at a time of war. Congressman Blumenauer, along with Representatives Tom Reed of New York, Sam Farr of California and Dana Rohrabacher, also of California, believe the federal government owes it to those soldiers who have found themselves scarred while defending our nation an opportunity for a better quality of life through the medicinal benefits of cannabis. 

“It is unacceptable for our wounded warriors to be forced out of the VA system to simply seek a recommendation on whether or not medical marijuana is a good treatment option,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “We should not be preventing access to medicine that can help them deal with these injuries to survive and thrive. I encourage my colleagues to show compassion to our veterans and pass this amendment.” 

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Attend The Global Cannabis March In Portland This Saturday

Category: Events | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

global cannabis march portlandCall to Action: 16th Annual Global Cannabis March & Rally (Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 11am-5:30pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland – Featuring Mack & Dub & the Smokin’ Section, The Sindicate, Mad Dabber & Bad Habitat. Sponsored by CRRH, KBOO Community Radio & Oregon NORML)

On Saturday, May 2, nearly 300 cities worldwide, including Portland, will participate in the 16th annual Global Cannabis March. Portland participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a rally that begins at 11:00am, with a scheduled cannabis freedom march beginning at 4pm through downtown Portland, accompanied by a police escort.

Musicians Mack & Dub and the Smokin’ Section, The Sindicate, Mad Dabber, Bad Habitat and Pass Margo have joined the lineup for the rally as well as many guest speakers and non-profit organization booths.

Last year, Keynote speaker, Oregon Congressmen Earl Blumenauer said the U.S. government should “re-appraise what can be only described as a failed war on drugs,” and discussed the importance of medical research on the effects of marijuana. “We have to a do a better job of breaking the stranglehold of this pernicious classification,” Blumenauer said in regard to the Schedule I status of Marijuana/Cannabis according to the federal government. “That’s like saying it is the same as Heroin, or LSD.”

This year, we are honored to have Representative Lew Frederick, a Democrat from District 43 in Portland, as our Keynote speaker. Rep. Frederick has submitted House Bill 3372, legislation that would expunge all nonviolent, marijuana related convictions from Oregon residents. The historic bill, if passed, would send a signal that Oregonians support a comprehensive, pragmatic, moral, and sensible reform to drug policy. He will be speaking directly after the march.

The rally cry for the event is the protection of our civil liberty and the need to end discrimination against cannabis consumers. Even after Measure 91 goes into effect, one can still lose their job, housing, doctor, children and student benefits. Education is still important, as many people won’t understand the nuances of Measure 91 and some will continue to go to jail. Remember, Measure 91 was not a legalization initiative; it was simply a decriminalization initiative, now law.

Oregon taxpayers spend $30,000 per year to incarcerate each of our state’s 200 citizens who are locked up for nonviolent marijuana convictions, according to data supplied via The Bus Project. Despite the passage of Measure 91, we still have a long way to go in the fight to end the senseless war on cannabis. According to The Human Solution International, a grassroots organization marching this year, the single most important thing you can do to help end prohibition is take action.

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