Fire Anti-Marijuana DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart
Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart recently stated that the lowest point of her career was seeing a hemp flag flying at the Colorado state capital. Not her co-workers that died in the line of fire. Not when the DEA was working with drug cartels helping them smuggle drugs into the United States. It was when a hemp flag flew over the capital in Colorado…It makes one wonder, does Michele Leonhart have a lot of hate in her heart towards our founding fathers, who used hemp for flags quite often?
Below is a petition that was started by the Marijuana Policy Project, which calls for Michele Leonhart to be removed as DEA administrator:
In a recent speech, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart criticized President Barack Obama for his acknowledgement that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in terms of its impact on the consumer. Yet there is an abundance of research demonstrating that marijuana is in fact less harmful than alcohol.
Leonhart has consistently demonstrated a reckless disregard of such scientific evidence. Under her watch, the DEA has obstructed attempts to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act — a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs — and at a 2012 House committee hearing, she refused to answer a congressman’s simple question about whether heroin and crack cocaine pose more harm to the consumer than marijuana.
Shortly after taking office, President Obama mandated, “Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration …” Whether Leonhart is ignorant of the facts or intentionally disregarding them, she has fundamentally undermined the president’s directive and is clearly unfit for her current position.
We call on President Obama to immediately terminate DEA Administrator Leonhart and replace her with someone who recognizes the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.
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NFL Should Look Into Medical Marijuana, Says Seattle Seahawks Coach
Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes that the NFL should look into allowing the use of medical cannabis, as a means of taking the best possible care of its players.
“I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible,”Carroll said in a press conference today, the first day of practice for the Seahawks prior to the Superbowl. “Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this.”
The conversation surrounding medical cannabis in the NFL was brought to the forefront recently when Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that he’s open to eventually allowing players to use it.
“We will follow medicine, and if they determine this could be [of] proper usage in any context, we will consider that”, he said.
2014 Denver County Fair To Have Marijuana Contests
Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
In a historic first for a county fair in the United States, the Denver County Fair – being held on August 1st through the 3rd - will feature multiple cannabis-themed contests, from plant judging, to joint rolling.
Cannabis is a major theme for the Denver County Fair this year; they even placed a cannabis leaf on the 2014 poster.
“We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on,” says Tracy Weil, the fair’s Marketing and Creative Director.
Says the Fair’s Co-Founder Dana Cain; ”Our motto has always been, ‘We’re mixing up a big side of tradition with a side of now’… We had to do it. Pot is legal here — it’s yet another urban agricultural crop.”
The Fair will feature nine cannabis categories, including contests for live plants and clones (though no plants will actually be on site; the judges will examine photos), cannabis-infused brownies and savory foods, homemade bongs, homemade roach clips and hemp clothing/products. Their will also be a contest for the fastest joint roller, though oregano, and not actual cannabis, will be used.
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Agent Leaves DEA For Medical Marijuana Business
Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
Facts and studies are hard to deny. As more information about marijuana is released, it becomes harder for those that doubt to continue their disregard for the simple truth; that cannabis can help to better life for the human race. Ever so slowly, the enlightenment of this fact spreads not just in the US but all over the world, a fact which has been made apparent by Patrick Moen, a former DEA agent who's genuinely switched side because he didn't feel like he was fighting the right fight. Moen, among others, are beginning to realize that fighting against marijuana is a losing battle.
While most DEA members are very vocal about their disdain for marijuana, Moen recently decided to abandon his position at the DEA to work with a Seattle. Washington based company called Privateer Holdings. It's an investment firm that primarily deals in the cannabis industry, funding small businesses that are trying to get in to the legal weed business. Privateer Holdings has been working with these new companies since 2010 and Moen saw it as a chance to get involved with a positive change. Even after ten years with the DEA, he realized that this change is inevitable and he wanted to help.
Moen said that over the course of his years spent at the DEA, he began to realize that "targeting marijuana was not an effective use of resources". Common knowledge to stoners everywhere, as arresting the basically harmless potheads while hardcore drug addicts rob pharmacies and get away with it seems to be a common occurrence. Moen actually supervised teams of DEA agents in both Washington and Oregon, working to put cannabis users behind bars. However, Moen told the Wall Street Journal that "the potential social and financial returns are enormous".
Support like this is what the cannabis community needs to convince the more stubborn people about the benefits of the plant. Having a DEA agent that has been in the business for over a decade, learning and listening to the war on drugs, decide that he would rather support the marijuana industry is huge. Others have changed their views on the subject as well, like the highest ranking DEA agent in Oregon until 2010, Paul Schmidt, another officer that quit and is now working as a medical marijuana business consultant. If more people like Moen and Schmidt come forward, it could really help to boost the positive light that cannabis seems to be basking in lately.
Obama Admits Marijuana Is Less Dangerous Than Alcohol
Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
An interview was released by the New Yorker today in which United States President Barack Obama had some interesting things to say. It was a lengthy interview covering many areas of public policy, with a specific Q & A session about marijuana. When asked asked about marijuana, Barack Obama stated the following:
”As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
There are two ways a marijuana reformer can look at these sentences. One way to look at it is ‘Obama just said that marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol.’ This is a significant statement for the President of the United States to make about marijuana. The other way to look at it is ‘Obama is such a hypocrite. Why the F doesn’t he just legalize it like alcohol then!?’ Both ways to look at Obama’s statements are definitely valid. Obama went on to say:
“Less dangerous, he said, “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.” What clearly does trouble him is the radically disproportionate arrests and incarcerations for marijuana among minorities. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.” But, he said, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.” Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”"
I agree with Barack Obama that marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is important for going forward. Everyday that marijuana is grown and sold legally, and tax revenue piles up, is a day that the world gets to see that legalizing marijuana is a great thing. Everyone wins, no one loses, no matter what Kevin Sabet says.
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Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed In Wyoming
Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
There are few states in America that need marijuana reform as bad as Wyoming. Simply being under the influence of marijuana is a crime in Wyoming, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine. If you get caught possessing marijuana in Wyoming (under three ounces), you are looking a possible year in jail. Distribution of marijuana (any amount) could result in 10 years in prison and a hefty fine.
I have driven East with marijuana before, and I made sure to avoid Wyoming at all costs due to the enormous penalties that would result if I had been caught there. According to media reports from Wyoming, a marijuana legalization initiative was filed last week by NORML. The initiative is for the 2016 ballot, not the 2014 ballot. According to Wyoming’s News Source Trib:
People with debilitating medical conditions would be allowed to grow 12 pot plants and all Wyomingites over age 21 could have marijuana for recreational use, according to a proposed initiative before the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.
The 13-page proposed initiative was submitted last week by the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, members of which have been working on the initiative since the fall. Wyoming NORML hopes to have an initiative before voters in the 2016 election, but the group must first clear hurdles with the state.
I absolutely hope that the initiative passes. In other states I always cringe when I see campaigns waiting until 2016, but Wyoming is one of those states that would undeniably benefit from waiting until a presidential year. Other states will legalize by then, and more years will go by without the sky falling which will no doubt help chances in Wyoming.
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