California Judge Returns Marijuana Seized in Raids
A 29-year old California man left the Sonoma County courthouse with a smile on his face, and a big bundle of medical marijuana. English was arrested after a police raid on his home more than a year ago where over 80 plants and 2 pounds of marijuana were found. English had been charged with 3 felonies, including possession with the intent to distribute.
English had previously suffered from a brain tumor and used the herb to counteract frequent headaches. He was also growing plants for a few other patients on his property. All of this is legal under California's Prop. 215, voted in in 1996.
English used a dolly to wheel 5 boxes stuffed to the brim with marijuana through the courtroom and out to his car. “Finally, 15 months later. I'm surprised it took as long as it did,” said English.
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.
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