Gingrich calls Medical Marijuana a JOKE!
Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, November, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich does not support the legalization of medical marijuana and would like the see the United States adopt a more aggressive policy against drug use.
Gingrich told Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody on Saturday that California showed that medical marijuana was a “joke,” where doctors prescribed the drug for nearly anybody who wanted it.
He introduced legislation to legalize the medical use of marijuana in 1981, but has since changed his position on the issue.
“What has changed was the number of parents I met with who said they did not want their children to get the signal from the government that it was acceptable behavior and that they were prepared to say as a matter of value that it was better to send a clear signal on no drug use at the risk of inconveniencing some people, than it was to be compassionate toward a small group at the risk of telling a much larger group that it was okay to use the drug,” Gingrich explained.
According to a report presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, medical marijuana legalization does not increase its use among teenagers.
“My general belief is that we ought to be much more aggressive about drug policy,” Gingrich said.
He would like to see steeper economic penalties for illegal drug use and more drug testing, including mandatory drug testing for anyone who receives unemployment compensation or food stamps.
Ron Paul: Marijuana Policy Should Be Set By The States
Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, November, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Ron Paul went out of his way to emphasize his support for medical marijuana, insisting that marijuana laws should be set not by the federal government but by the states.
"You can at least let sick people have marijuana because it's helpful," Paul said. "But the compassionate conservatives say, well we can't do this, we're going to put people who are sick and dying with cancer and are being helped with marijuana if they have multiple sclerosis -- the federal government is going in there and overriding state laws and putting people like that in prison."
The Obama administration had promised a hands-off policy on marijuana laws, saying the issue was best regulated at the state level. But the number of raids has been on the rise, and last month federal prosecutors in California announced a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries, threatening to shutter state-licensed businesses.
"Why don't we handle the drugs like we handle alcohol?" Paul continued. "Alcohol's a deadly drug. The real deadly drugs are the prescription drugs, they kill more people than the illegal drugs."
Gary Johnson On Legalizing Marijuana: It's Only A Matter Of Time
Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, November, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson drew headlines earlier this month when he said he would issue a full presidential pardon for anyone serving a prison sentence for marijuana. He elaborated on that promise in a recent interview with The Huffington Post, adding that it's only a matter of time before marijuana is legalized.
"Clearly it is when, not if," he said of legalizing cannabis. "When 50 percent of the population says to the other 50 percent, 'You belong behind bars for your actions,' that's not good law, that is just not good law at all."
Johnson was referring to a recently released Gallup poll that found a full 50 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, with support for legalization as high as 62 percent among Americans under the age of 30.
Where Does Obama Stand on the Medical Marijuana Crackdown?
Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Has Obama changed his mind or does he just not care enough to back up his word and stop the DOJ and DEA from continuing on with these unnecessary raids of medical marijuana dispensaries.
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama indicated that he was fine with medical marijuana. He said that, as president, he wouldn't devote a whole lot of law federal enforcement resources to going after growers, distributors, and users of medical pot in states where it's legal. (As of today, that's 16 states and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law.) For good measure, in 2009 he directed his Justice Department not waste time chasing down "individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana." So far so consistent, as Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance reminds us in a New York Times Op-Ed today.
So how to explain the zeal that federal authorities have, over the past year, brought to the task of messing with the legitimate medical marijuana industry? Here's a partial list of the tactics that, according to Nadelmann, the feds have rolled out.
• The Treasury Department has forced banks to close accounts of medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law.
• The IRS has slapped dispensary owners with taxes required of no other businesses.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently ruled that medical marijuana patients cannot purchase firearms.
• Prosecutors have threatened to seize the property of landlords and jail for renting to marijuana dispensaries
• The United States attorney in San Diego has indicated she'll start targeting media outlets that run dispensaries’ ads.
Just to be clear: this is all happening in states where medical marijuana is legal and regulated. In states considering liberalizing their medical pot laws, U.S. attorneys have been in friendly touch to remind local officials that they, the attorneys, have authority prosecute all marijuana offenses.
Obama Visit Pushed Back; Marijuana Protest at 1 p.m
Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, October, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana patients are pissed off and ready to be heard today, or atleast seen!
The stoners are on president time.
President Barack Obama has pushed back to 1 p.m. his fundraising visit to San Francisco Tuesday -- and the medical marijuana advocates planning to mark the occasion of his visit with a protest have adjusted their schedules as well.
Obama is now scheduled to touch down at San Francisco International Airport at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time. He will attend a fundraising lunch -- a later lunch than originally planned, so the $7,500-per-plate crowd among us may do well with a late breakfast -- at the W Hotel at 2:10 p.m.
The City's medical marijuana community -- dispensary operators, legal cultivators and patients who depend on the magic plant for their daily tonic -- plan to assemble on the northwest corner of Mission and Third streets near the W Hotel at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to reports
Outrage has been fomented over the past several weeks ever since the United States attorneys for California sent a series of letters to state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries, ordering them to shut down or face stiff penalties.
Obama had promised on the campaign trail to not use scarce federal resources to circumvent state law, but somewhere along the line, the president changed his mind.
GOP Candidate Johnson Would Pardon Nonviolent Marijuana Users
Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Finally a Governor who sees the downfall of arresting people for simple Marijuana charges. We can only hope more politicians will follow this route and stop prosecuting and arresting citizens for simple posession charges.
(RTTNews) - Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson said on Wednesday that he would consider adopting a policy that would pardon nonviolent marijuana cases that are currently serving prison terms.
Johnson, a long shot candidate to land the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination, said that people who smoke pot may make up the largest voting bloc in the nation.
Johnson said that as many as 50 percent of people in the United States have at one time or another used marijuana - and they don't want to be thought of as criminals.
According to a recent Gallup Poll, a record 50 percent of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana at this time - suggesting that it could become an issue in a presidential election in the near future.
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