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Marijuana attorney says he will make ballot in D.C.

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Paul Zukerberg, a District attorney who wants to decriminalize marijuana, said Monday that he is the first candidate to turn in enough signatures to qualify as a candidate in the April special election for a seat on the D.C. Council.
 
In a statement, Zukerberg said he turned in 3,091 signatures from registered voters to District elections officials – 91 more than required.
 
But based on past elections, Zukerberg may not have turned in enough signatures to withstand a possible challenge over the validity of his petition.
 
D.C Elections Board officials often toss dozens or hundreds of signatures for being invalid because they come from someone not on the voter rolls.
 
Mindful of his narrow margin, Zukerberg said he plans to continue collecting signatures through next week, when he plans to submit an updated total.
 
So far, 20 candidates, including interim council member Anita Bonds (D) and Republican Patrick Mara, have announced plans to run in the April 23 special election for the citywide at-large seat. 
 
Potential candidates have until Jan. 23 to gather the required signatures, which can be a cold and grueling process during the winter. It’s widely expected that multiple announced candidates will fall short.
 
Zukerberg, 55,  is an Adams Morgan attorney who specializes in defending marijuana possession cases.  
 
He plans to argue during the campaign that the District needs to engage in a serious discussion about decriminalizing marijuana, arguing to many residents are drawing criminal records.
 
 If he qualifies for the ballot, Zukerberg will also campaign on improving education, a more sustainable transportation network and ethics reform.
 

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Time to Medicate

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 10th 2013 by THCFinder


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Nearly 70 Percent of New Hampshire Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
CONCORD – More than two-thirds (68%) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a survey conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Just 26% said they were opposed.
 
The poll, which is being released just as state lawmakers prepare to consider a medical marijuana bill in this year’s legislative session, also found that 52% of voters would be more likely to vote for a state legislator if he or she voted for such legislation. Just 27% said they’d be less likely.
 
“Voters in New Hampshire are more than ready to move forward with allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project. “Allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana to ease their pain and treat their symptoms is a lot more popular these days than threatening them with arrest and prosecution.”
 

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U.S. drug czar slams medical marijuana during S.F. event

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
The nation’s top drug cop advocated a “different approach” to narcotics enforcement — and stressed that there is no “war on drugs” — but had stern words Monday for the San Francisco-bred medical marijuana movement. 
 
Drug users need treatment and education rather than jail terms, according to Gil Kerlikowske, the former Seattle police chief who now heads President Barack Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.
 
Speaking at a gathering of law enforcement officers at the University of San Francisco, Kerlikowske also said that calling cannabis medicine “sends a terrible message” to the nation’s teens. High school students are more likely to smoke marijuana than tobacco due to the growing “perception” that marijuana is less harmful, he said. 
 
“We have to ask if we doing everything we can to empower them to make a healthy decision about their future,” he said.
 
Kerlikowske was in town to highlight the Obama Adminstration’s “21st-century” approach toward drug use. Also in attendance were Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr, and Berkeley chief of police Michael Meehan — who served under Kerlikowske as a narcotics captain on the Seattle police force. 
 
San Francisco has more than 20 licensed and taxpaying medical marijuana dispensaries. Across California, there are more than 1,000 — all of which pay state sales tax — according to Americans for Safe Access, a medical marijuana users’ advocacy group.
 
Federal law enforcement officials have long been at odds with state and local policymakers on medical marijuana. Pressure from the federal Justice Department has shut down seven San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries since Oct. 2011. 
 
Before taking office, Obama said that marijuana would not be a law enforcement priority for his administration. Attorney General Eric Holder reiterated that statement, though U.S. prosecutors have since noted that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and a public health nuisance. 
 
Kerlikowske noted that neither he nor his office have any sway over the Justice Department, and “I wouldn’t suppose that I should tell The City what to do differently.” 
 

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How long does Marijuana stay in your system

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 6th 2013 by THCFinder

 


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It's a Joint kind of day

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, January, 6th 2013 by THCFinder

 


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