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Marijuana Advocates Sue Feds After DEA Rejects Weed as Medicine

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Although 16 states recognize marijuana as a drug with important medicinal properties, the DEA has shot down a petition to reclassify marijuana as such, citing that it has "no accepted medical use." The result is that marijuana will remain within the strictest categorization of restricted substances, alongside heroin and LSD.
 
"As a doctor and medical researcher, I find the DEA's decision unfortunate," said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California-San Diego. "It looks like they underplayed what positive information there is in the literature about marijuana. This policy is guided more by certain kinds of beliefs in the dangers of marijuana, at the expense of advance of medical knowledge for patients."
 
The DEA's refusal, laid out in a June 21 letter from DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart to the organizations who filed the petition back in 2002, marks yet another bump in the road for patients, doctors and activists fighting for improved access to what they deem a vitally therapeutic medication.
 
"The statement 'it has no accepted medical use' is simply wrong as a statement of fact," said Rob MacCoun, psychologist and professor of Law and Public Policy at University of California Berkeley Law School. "There is now considerable evidence showing medical benefits, at or exceeding standards of evidence for many other pharmaceuticals. Prescribing physicians in over a dozen states clearly see an accepted medical value for their patients."
 
Americans for Safe Access, one of the organizations petitioning the DEA, already has plans to appeal the decision, taking the federal government to court, and if necessary, the Supreme Court, in order to argue for the medicinal value of marijuana.
 
"Frankly, we're ready to go head to head with the Obama administration on this issue," said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access. "We have science on our side and we're hopeful the court will see it that way."
 
Calls made to the DEA for comment were not returned.
 

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Feds won't give assurance on medical pot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.
In a policy memo to federal prosecutors obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution.
 
Starting in February, 10 U.S. attorney's offices have asserted they have the authority to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws. Prosecutors, the states complained, are not even willing to declare that state employees who implement such laws are immune from prosecution.
 
State officials say that following a two-year period in which federal prosecutors gave breathing room to state medical marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now toughening up its position as more states move toward opening facilities to dispense marijuana.
 
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana, with programs in various phases of development. The states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
 

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Obama prepares to face Twitter universe

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
No, President Obama won't be restricted to 140-character answers at tomorrow's Twitter town hall.
 
In fact, Obama can speak for as long as he wants as he fields questions from Twitter users during the 2 p.m. event Wednesday at the White House.
 
The event is supposed to be devoted to jobs and the economy, though tweets to the hashtag #AskObama cover issues ranging from Afghanistan and education to the quality of school lunches and whether to legalize marijuana.
 
The goal is "to try and find new opportunities to connect with Americans throughout the country," said Macon Phillips, director of new media for the White House. "The focus is to bring in a lot of new perspectives."
 
Hopefully Obama will answer the most popular questions about Marijuana and legalization along with the failed war on drugs!!!!
 

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Tourists Can Still Get High in Dutch Pot Cafes

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

(CN) - The mayor of one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands should not have shut down a marijuana café for serving non-Dutch patrons, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled. Maastricht, just across the border from Belgium and Germany, has a number of cannabis bars or "coffee shops" that serve marijuana and hashish.

Although cannabis is technically not legal in the Netherlands, the country tolerates small-scale consumption. Around 70 percent of customers at Maastricht coffee shops are not Dutch, however, so the city adopted a "residency criterion" bylaw to prevent drug tourists from patronizing such establishments. After hearing two reports that the Easy Going coffee shop had admitted nonresidents, the mayor of Maastricht shut it down for three months in 2006. Owner Marc Josemans challenged the closure, bringing the case before the EU's high court. Last December, that court said the local law may be justified to combat drug crimes, even though it contravenes a principle guaranteeing the freedom of services.

But Wednesday, the Dutch court - based in The Hague - ruled that the local bylaw is preempted by the national Opium Act. The Dutch high court agreed that it does not violate EU law or the Dutch Constitution. Preventing non-Dutch from patronizing coffee shops is compatible with its Constitution's ban on discrimination, since such discrimination is apparently reasonable, according to the ruling. But under the Opium Act, local authorities may order coffee shops to stop selling narcotic drugs altogether, according to the decision. Passed in 1919, the Opium Act made highly addictive opiates such as heroin illegal. The law was amended in 1976 to regulate "soft drugs" such as cannabis, which the Dutch government tolerates, so long as it is offered in relatively small amounts to persons age 18 and older.

The lower house of the Dutch Parliament has approved measures to set a membership system in place for the consumption of cannabis, which would be restricted to Dutch nationals. Some local Dutch authorities reportedly fear that this may push the cannabis trade onto the black market.

(Sourcehttp://www.courthousenews.com


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Man Buys 'Fake' Weed With Fake $1M Bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Police say a western Pennsylvania stole a kind of "fake" marijuana while using a fake $1 million bill.
 
Police in Sharpsville on Monday charged 23-year-old Joseph Lombardi with trying to "purchase" a bag of herbal potpourri called "Space Cadet Flight Risk" using the bogus bill at a FoodMart store.
 
The Sharon Herald reports the substance is sold as incense but mimics the effect of marijuana when smoked, which is why the ersatz pot is included in a bill outlawing such substances that Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law last week. The ban takes effect in August.
 
Police have charged Lombardi with theft by deception and retail theft because they say he took the herbs and ran after putting the bogus bill on the counter.
 

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Fed-up Utah teens turn over dad, and his pot stash

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Kids these days.....

It was not a good day for a 44-year-old Cottonwood Heights man going through a separation from his wife, and when he apparently sought solace in booze and marijuana, things got much worse.

Cottonwood Heights police Sgt. Scott Peck said Tuesday that the man’s two children, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, decided they had enough shortly after they arrived for a visit Monday and smelled the alcohol and marijuana.
 
The girl called police, meeting them outside her father’s home — with his bag of pot in hand.
 
The father was called outside, arrested and booked into Salt Lake County jail for investigation of possession of drugs and child endangerment.
 
Bob Mims
 

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