US Attorney General Works With States On Medical Marijuana
Eric Holder, the head U.S. Attorney General announced Thursday that he plans to work with governors of statess to reach a resolution that would end raids on state sponsored medical marijuana programs.
"We are in the process of working these issues with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. attorneys across the country,'' he said. "My hope is that something in the not too distant future .... will be addressed.''
The winds of change are in the air. Hopefully this is the significant step that needs taken to end federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Sunshine State Makes Way For Medical Marijuana
International Commission Reports Drug War a Failure
The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report yesterday with a conclusion that the Drug War many nations are fighting is a complete waste of time a resources. The Global Commission boasts a 19-member panel that includes the former U.N. Chief and several other high powered world leaders.
The Commission said that as enforcement efforts increased, so did the illegal use of drugs. "The drugs are infiltrating the local power in several parts of the world. Corruption is increasing, and the consumption of drugs is also increasing," said Fernando Cardoso, who chaired the commission.
Recommendations were made to countries currently fighting the losing battle. The commission recommended decriminalization of most drugs, and an increase in public health policies geared towards drug problems.
Vermont Signs Dispensary Bill
Vermont's governor signed a bill this morning that would allow state licensed dispensaries. The previous law required patients to grow their own medicine, or facilitate an illegal underground transaction to get relief from their illness. The new bill will allow up to four licensed dispensaries within the state of Vermont.
Pot Legalization Vote Sought in Nebraska
Frank Shoemaker, a McCook attorney has filed a petition with the Nebraska Secretary of state “to remove all laws regulating the private noncommercial use of cannabis, also known as marijuana.”
In the filing Shoemaker asked for a constitutional amendment to the laws that would be put before the Nebraska voters in November 2012. If successful and voters approve, Nebraska will be the first state in the nation to legalize pot.
California voters rejected a similar proposal in their state. If Nebraska breaks ground on this issue, the federal government might have something to say about it. Last year, federal officials warned they would consider a lawsuit against the state of California should the initiative pass.
Arizona Health Department Rejects Dispensary Applications: Because they say so
The Arizona Health Department's lobby was turned into a stage when the DHS director Will Humble heard the first medical marijuana dispensary application. Humble immediately rejected the application, and was asked for a defense as to why by the applicant.
“Why? Because I said so, “ said Will Humble.
This is completely ridiculous in my opinion. The DHS Director is miss using his powers to force his own morals and ideas on others. Mr. Humble, I feel like you have just spit in the face of Arizona's voters. After all, they did vote to pass the medical marijuana bill in their state, and all of your states politicians are doing everything in their power to get it shut down.
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