Poll: One-Third of Texans Favor Legalizing Marijuana
Could Utah be the next state to approve Medical Marijuana?
Finally someone who see's the light at the end of the tunnel!
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment.
"Until you've experienced chemo, you can't describe exactly how it feels," he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright Show. "It's kind of like having the flu because you ache all over. But it's worse than that... Everything feels awful."
CT Senate decriminalizes marijuana possession
Connecticut is one step Closer to Decriminalization
“Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good – both in the impact it has on people’s lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system,” Said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after the House of Representatives passed a vote (90-57) on Tuesday, making marijuana decriminalized in the state of Connecticut. This comes in line with a number of other states currently fighting this battle on their own level.
The act of decriminlizing will reduce the penatly for possesing less than a half ounce from a potential prision sentence to a $150 fine and up to $1,000 for individulas holding less than 4 ounces. This is a great stepping stone for both the state of Conneticut as well as the medical marijuana community as a whole.
To read more about Conneticut and their pursuit to legalizing marijuana click HERE.
Marijuana Re-scheduling Lawsuit Filed Against State of Iowa Yesterday
Yesterday, I had the humbling experience of serving someone for the first time. No, I didn’t serve dinner. I served a lawsuit.
The defendant: The State of Iowa.
The Board of Pharmacy hearings were initiated with a lawsuit. The Iowa Legislature has stalled long enough at the expense of sick Iowa Patients. Why is the Legislature failing to update the law?
If anyone has any questions, please contact the plaintiff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s some interesting parts of the suit. The full text can be found at the end of this article.
“During the oral argument on the petition for judicial review held on March 27, 2009, the Board’s attorney told the Iowa District Court that Olsen’s question of law could only be addressed in an original action for declaratory judgment in Iowa District Court.“
“Olsen expected the Board to deny his petition because the question of law being presented to the Board was outside of the scope of authority granted to the Board under Iowa Code §124.201. Olsen addressed the question of law to the Board because Olsen wanted this court to see that he had given the Board the opportunity to address the question of law before bringing it before the judicial branch.”
“Olsen gave the Board the first opportunity to address a question of law. Olsen did now know for a certainty that a question of law could not be addressed even if it was outside the scope of the Board’s authority. After all, the Board is currently recommending the Iowa Legislature legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa and nothing in the scope of their authority authorizes them to make that recommendation.“
“What is “uniform” about the uniform act is that it gives a state agency the authority to classify controlled substances in a state, and gives every state the authority to decide scheduling independently of the federal government or any other state. In other words, it respects state sovereignty, or what is commonly referred to as “federalism.” See Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006); Oregon v. Ashcroft, 368 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2004).“
“WHEREFORE, Olsen petitions this Court to declare that marijuana has accepted medical use in treatment in the United States as a matter of law based on 16 state statutes defining marijuana as medicine and that the classification of marijuana as a schedule I substance in Iowa is no longer valid based on statutory requirement that anything in Iowa schedule I have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”
Full text of the petition for declaratory judgment is below. My affidavit and the notice of service can be downloaded here.
Written By Jason Karimi
To read more in detail about the lawsuit, click here
Marijuana Substitutes Threaten Mental Stability
Recent studies regarding marijuana substitutes such as “Spice” and “K2” are detrimental to a user's mental health. A study conducted by a Navy Doctor concluded that patients who used the synthetic alternative experienced results far worse than marijuana it self.
Patients admitted in to the Navy doctor reported serious anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Some claimed to see ghosts and hear imaginary voices. Several deaths have been reported from use of K2, spice, and other like substances. In one case, a Teenager from Iowa committed suicide from the intense psychosis he experienced from using the synthetic drug.
Its about time the federal government realizes that until marijuana is legal, substitutes like these will continue to be produced. As long as there is a need, there is a supplier. Marijuana is a much safer than its synthetic alternatives, and is all natural. It's not produced in a lab, it just grows that way. Let Americans have access to what they need, not force them to research alternative medicines and put their mental health at risk.
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