Chris Christie puts Medical Marijuana on deathbed

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Governor Chris Christie has been waging a very public war on education in NJ, but he's also been waging a more subtle and smaller war on medical marijuana as well. Despite offering support for medical marijuana as a Gubernatorial candidate, Christie has been trying to severely weaken if not downright nullify the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, a final act of power by outgoing Governor Corzine.
But the gargantuan governor took it up a notch when he created bureaucratic hurdles that have brought medical marijuana to its very knees, begging for mercy.
The law signed by his predecessor offers a measure of compassion to patients in severe pain, which was supposed to be ready within six months — about a year ago — but the administration has placed one excessively draconian measure after another. From the potency of the drug sold to 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, to requiring an unnecessary $200 fee on caregivers who agree to retrieve a patient’s marijuana from a dispensary housebound and banning home delivery–Chris Christie has turned an otherwise plausible reality into a dystopian nightmare for the states gravely ill.
Christie essentially put the program in permanent limbo when he said he will not allow the program to move forward until federal authorities assure him they will not prosecute.


Romney: "I am not in favor of medical marijuana"

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

Romney like every other politician runs out before answering a crucial question by a man in a wheel chair asking a very simple and straight forth question. You have to ask yourself, what kind of person runs away from someone asking a question sitting in a wheel chair?


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a man with a chronic disease that he opposes his right to use medical marijuana to help with his condition.
In a video posted on YouTube, a patient with Muscular Dystrophy asks Romney if he would “arrest me and my doctors” if his physicians prescribed medical marijuana. Clayton Holton is the young man who tells Romney he weighs 80 pounds and that traditional prescription medication doesn’t work. Romney asks him if synthetic marijuana works; Holton tells him that it makes him vomit.
Once Romney announces that he opposes medical marijuana and quickly moves on to others in the crowd, leaving Holton trying to ask further questions, Watch the video below.




Attorney General Holder Pledges To 'Clarify' Administration's Position Regarding State Medical Marijuana Laws

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Providence, RI--(ENEWSPF)--June 10, 2011.  The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will soon "clarify" its position in regards to those who use, possess, produce, and distribute cannabis for medical purposes in compliance with state law, United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated last week at a press conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
Holder had been questioned regarding the Administration's stance after US Attorneys in various states sent letters to lawmakers threatening to sanction state-licensed medical marijuana providers. Those letters persuaded lawmakers in several states, including New Jersey and Rhode Island, to suspend programs allowing for the state-licensed production and dispensing of marijuana. In Arizona, state attorney general Tom Horne, at the request of Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, has filed a lawsuit requesting a federal judge to determine whether state officials can legally license private entities to dispense marijuana under the state's newly enacted medical cannabis law.
Holder stated, "We're going to bring clarity so that people understand what [the federal] policy means and how this policy will be implemented." He added: "We are in the process of working [on] these issues with the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. Attorneys across the country. My hope is that sometime in the not too distant future ... it will be addressed."
In 2009, the United States DOJ issued a memorandum to selected US Attorneys that stated, in part, "As a general matter, pursuit of these priorities should not focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana.


National Drug Control Office refuses softball challenge from "The One-Hitters"

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, May, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Company Softball season is around the corner and Washington D.C. is no exception. The Drug Policy Reform Office’s cleverly named team “The One-Hitters” has been itching for a chance to show their superiority on the field over the National Drug Control Office; but never got the chance.


“The One-Hitters” were matched up to play the “Czardinals” yesterday, but the Czardinals backed out last minute citing a scheduling conflict. One-hitters attribute the forfeit to drug czar Gil Kerkikowske’s opposition of their political agenda.



Did Obama Really Say He'd Respect State Medical Marijuana Laws? Yes.

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, May, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
Fred Gardner at Counterpunch thinks I'm "way wrong" about medical marijuana politics under the Obama Administration:
Drug-policy-reform advocates are complaining bitterly that they have been double-crossed by Barack Obama. “What’s Behind the Obama Administration’s About Face Regarding Medical Marijuana?” asked Paul Armentano of NORML in the Huffington Post May 5.
“Obama’s Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana,” was the headline on a piece by Scott Morgan, associate editor of Stopthedrugwar.org. According to Morgan, “Recent months have brought about what can only be described as the rapid collapse of the Obama Administration’s support for medical marijuana.”
This is way wrong. There is nothing “sudden” or unprecedented about the DEA raids and other oppressive measures emanating from the Department of Justice. And neither Obama nor the DOJ ever expressed unambiguous support for medical marijuana. It was the reform honchos themselves who misread and misrepresented Administration policy.
So apparently, I misread statements like "I will not be using justice department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue," to mean that the President was saying he would not be using justice department resources to circumvent…well you get the point.
If Obama and Holder never intended for anyone to think they would respect state medical marijuana laws, then they said a series of really stupid things to the media. Yes, I'm as aware as anyone else of the vague language in the Holder Memo and the fact that many raids occurred prior to the recent escalation, but for reasons I would have thought obvious, those facts should hardly be held to immunize the President from the accusation that he broke a campaign promise.
This administration went to great lengths to convince the American public that interference with state medical marijuana laws would no longer be a priority at the Dept. of Justice. That is the standard by which they must will be judged.
(Source) by Scott Morgan


ACLU to Holder: Tell feds to back off medical pot

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
Citing recent action in Washington state and elsewhere, The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to re-emphasize that his federal prosecutors will not go after medical marijuana patients who comply with state law.
The ACLU sent a letter to Holder on Monday.
The civil liberties group says U.S. attorneys in Washington, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Rhode Island and Vermont have issed letters that ”diverge widely from what was previously understood as DOJ policy to not use federal resources to prosecute those who are clearly complying with state medical marijuana laws.”
Federal prosecutors in Washington state wrote such a letter after Gov. Chris Gregoire contacted them. Gregoire vetoed critical sections of a medical marijuana bill passed by the Legislature that sought to clarify and expand the state’s existing medical marijuana law, citing concerns about federal arrest of state workers. New legislation in the offing would allow “nonprofit patient cooperatives” to operate only in cities that specifically allowed them.



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