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DEA could reclassify marijuana, allowing doctors to conduct more research

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER — Marijuana users, researchers and investors are eager to hear whether federal officials will remove pot from the same drug classification as heroin, LSD and bath salts.

Federal drug officials say they are considering removing marijuana from what’s known as Schedule 1 classification, with a decision expected this summer.

The current classification makes it illegal to prescribe and declares that marijuana “has no currently accepted medical treatment use," although 24 states permit some form of medical marijuana use.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/05/21/dea-could-reschedule-marijuana-allowing-doctors-conduct-more-research/84670716/


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New Hampshire: Senate Punts Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Hostile Conference Committee

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

new hampshire medical marijuanaI received the following disappointing message out of New Hampshire late this week. No one should ever be arrested for cannabis:

Today, the New Hampshire Senate had a golden opportunity to reduce marijuana possession penalties, but they failed to seize it. Rather than passing SB 498, which had been amended by the House to decriminalize possession of one-quarter ounce or less of marijuana for first offenses, the Senate voted to send the bill to a conference committee. This committee will be comprised of three senators and four representatives, who will meet to discuss a possible compromise between the two chambers.

Sadly, the three senators Senate President Chuck Morse named to the committee have all opposed reducing marijuana possession penalties to a violation: Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), Sen. Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), and Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia). Since a conference committee must unanimously agree on a final bill or else it simply dies, there is little reason for optimism. However, it is still very important for senators to hear from supporters.

Please take a few minutes to find out how your senator voted on the previous decriminalization bill — then call your senator to say thanks or to express your displeasure.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-hampshire-senate-punts-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-to-hostile-conference-committee/


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Oakland Establishes Drug War Reparations and Passes Marijuana Equity Program

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

On Tuesday, Oakland’s City Council unanimously passed a revolutionary new program in which Oakland residents who have been jailed for pot within the last 10 years will go to the front of the line to apply for legal weed permits.

This first-in-the-nation concept seeks to redefine the terms of reparations in post-drug war America.  

The Equity Permit Program is the brainchild of Councilmember Desley Brooks, who has stated publicly that she wants a form of economic reparations for people and neighborhoods that have been affected by the war on marijuana.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/oakland-establishes-drug-war-reparations-and-passes-marijuana-equity-program

 


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Frustrated Marijuana Legalization Supporters Head For The White House

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

white house marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

A demonstration headed by the DC Cannabis Campaign and Weed for Warriors is set for the White House Friday after the Obama administration failed to respond to the groups’ requests for “higher level consultations” following an initial meeting with White House staffers last month.

Headed by longtime DC political gadfly Adam Eidinger, the DC Cannabis Campaign is the group behind the District’s successful 2014 marijuana legalization initiative. The campaign’s White Housedemonstration last month led to that initial meeting and to the campaign’s call for further meetings.

Weed for Warriors is a group dedicated to working with the Veterans Administration to ensure that vets “have the freedom to use medical marijuana as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs.”

Organizers are saying the event won’t be a smoke-in, but it will come close. “This will be an unpermitted event with mass cannabis consumption and escalated civil disobedience,” demonstration promotional materials say.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/frustrated-marijuana-legalization-supporters-head-for-the-white-house/


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Colorado Governor Now Thinks That Marijuana Legalization Is Working, No Longer ‘Reckless’

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

john hickenlooper marijuana coloradoOne of the leading opponents to marijuana legalization during the 2012 campaign in Colorado was Colorado’s own Governor John Hickenlooper. Even after the election, Hickenlooper opposed marijuana legalization, referring to it as being ‘reckless.’ I think that Governor Hickenlooper wanted very much to despise marijuana legalization, but even he has to admit that things are going much better than he expected in Colorado, which he did recently while speaking on a panel at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles. Per the Los Angeles Times:

“If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it,” he said. “It’s beginning to look like it might work.”

It was the latest in a series of comments Hickenlooper has made signaling what looks like an evolution of his views on marijuana. In April last year, during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Hickenlooper said legal weed was “not as vexing as we thought it was going to be.”

And during an appearance on “60 Minutes,” he predicted that Colorado might “actually create a system that could work” in successfully regulating marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-governor-now-thinks-that-marijuana-legalization-is-working-no-longer-reckless/


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Report: Southern California Cops Steal from 1 out of 10 People Without Conviction

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Although California is often revered as one of the more progressive states when it comes to protecting the average citizen from becoming a casualty of the drug war, a new poll has found that law enforcement is the southern portion of the state is still capitalizing on the seizure of cash and property belonging to residents who have not been convicted of a crime.

A couple of surveys recently published by Public Policy Polling found that one out of every 10 adults living in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino have been shaken down by the cops to the tune of cash and personal property without being convicted of any wrongdoing. The report points out that law enforcement in these areas has apparently made it their mission to profit from running seizure scams on the communities they have been hired to protect, with one in five respondents admitting to being close to someone victimized by this vile injustice.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/report-southern-california-cops-steal-1-out-10-people-without-conviction


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