Oakland city officials subject to arrest over pot laws

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, December, 19th 2010 by THCFinder

Oakland is facing another possible legal hurdle in its efforts to regulate and tax marijuana farms.


The website California Watch obtained a letter sent by Alameda County district attorney to Mayor-elect Jean Quan. The district attorney warns that city officials could be subject to arrest by federal drug agents if they decide Oakland is violating California's medical marijuana law.


The Oakland city council approved an ordinance allowing marijuana cultivation in July. It is set to meet Tuesday to discuss the issue. Applications for marijuana growing permits are due the next day.




Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson: I smoked pot from 2005-2008

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, December, 7th 2010 by THCFinder

Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson told the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard that he used marijuana for medical purposes from 2005-2008, before his state had passed a medical marijuana law.

Johnson has long portrayed himself as someone who has used marijuana. "I don't drink. I don't smoke pot. But I have drank and I have smoked pot," is a line we've personally heard the governor use in stump speeches at the NORML National Conference in Portland, the Seattle Hempfest, and the Cypress Hill Smokeout in San Bernardino, just three of the many pro-marijuana events Johnson has attended in support of his "Our America Initiative". The Standard interviewed the possible candidate for the Republican nomination for president and became the first journalists to press Johnson on the time frame of his past-tense marijuana references.

“It’s not anything I volunteer, but you’re the only person that actually asked about it,” Johnson told The Standard. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.” Smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes was not legal in New Mexico until 2007.  However, Johnson says he needed medical marijuana after a 2005 paragliding accident in Hawaii. He fell about fifty feet straight down to the ground and suffered multiple bone fractures, including his T12 vertebrae. “In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” he said.

According to The Standard, Johnson says “Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover.”

The Standard points out that Johnson's honesty about his illegal medical marijuana use may be a handicap in appealing to Republican primary voters but it may be easier to sell to the typically more-conservative primary voter than his stances on other traditional Republican issues.

The issue of marijuana in presidential politics has been with us ever since Republican Richard Nixon declared drugs "Public Enemy #1". We've seen pot-friendly candidates when Democrat Jimmy Carter called for federal decriminalization of marijuana in the 1976 campaign through Republicans Sen. Mike Gravel and Rep. Ron Paul calling for an end to marijuana prohibition in the 2008 campaign. We've seen pot-using candidates like Democrats Bill Clinton (who didn't inhale), John Kerry, John Edwards, and Al Gore (who admit they inhaled), and Barack Obama (who inhaled, frequently, that was the point) and even Republican George W. Bush (who didn't want the kids doing what he did).

Gov. Johnson, however, presents us with a potential candidate who is not just pro-decrim like Carter, but actually pro-legalization. A candidate who not only admits he inhaled like Obama but did so just two or three years ago, after his terms as governor of New Mexico. The fact that we can have a major presidential hopeful with a legitimate political chance talking openly about legalization and his recent marijuana use shows just how far we've come in forty years of marijuana law reform.

(Source: examiner.com)


I was gonna join the Chamber of Commerce, but then I got high

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

I was gonna join the chamber, but then I got high

Don't think those suits over at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce are a bunch of stodgy old squares. On Wednesday, they'll link arms with the long-haired hipsters who run one of San Jose's premier medical marijuana shops -- Harborside Health Center -- for a ribbon-cutting.

Did the chamber types think Harborside was some chichi spa? Nope. Outgoing CEO Pat Dando said they were fully hip. They checked things out and concluded the dope distributors were worthy.

Harborside has been a chamber member for a year, Dando said, and its Oakland site has been a member of that city's chamber of commerce, too.

"They are a business in good standing with the city," Dando said.

Well, kind of. Harborside has certainly made every effort to comply with government rules. Wednesday's ribbon-cutting is billed as "an event to foster positive community relations." Harborside even boasts it has made contributions to the community by sponsoring toy and blood drives.

But San Jose technically doesn't allow medical marijuana outfits. While the city is considering possible medical marijuana zoning, that's yet to be approved; a council discussion is scheduled for Dec. 13. In the meantime, medical marijuana collectives remain about as legal under San Jose zoning as brothels.

Dando said that, much like city officials caught in the fog of conflicting marijuana laws, the chamber is feeling its way through the haze.

"It's one of those unusual circumstances we deal with," Dando said. "Truth be told, this is new territory."

Read the full story HERE


Good & Bad News for California Medical Marijuana Patients

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, November, 25th 2010 by THCFinder

First, the good news: California attorney general candidate Steve Cooleyconceded the election to his opponent, Kamala Harris. While Harris may not be the most outspoken supporter of Prop 215 or medical marijuana patients, she is sure to be a better option.



Cooley’s history of antagonism toward the medical marijuana field and complicity with federal law enforcement as district attorney of Los Angeles would have meant trouble for the state’s more than 350K registered patients. Disaster averted!

Unfortunately, the marijuana-hostile legal and civic environment that Cooley helped create in Southern California resulted in Los Angeles and Orange County supervisors voting to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all unincorporated areas. Rather than use the tools at their disposal to deal with illegal dispensaries, the supervisors elected to effectively deny patients in those areas access to their medicine unless they feel like a nice long drive (assuming they are able to travel, or even get out of bed).

L.A. County patients can take one small comfort, though. It appears that higher politics has left Cooley feeling a little burned out, judging from a statement he released suggesting that this is his last term in office:

“I will complete my third term and finish my career as a professional prosecutor in the office where it began over 37 years ago,” he said.

Good riddance.


(Source: opposingviews.com)


Marijuana Is NOT Medicine Until The FDA Say It's Medicine

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, November, 18th 2010 by THCFinder

What a freaking joke... the FDA is just another failed form of regulation. These people against medical marijuana should open their eyes and do some research before making claims that are purely absurd. The fact that he stated no scientific research has been done is just ridiculous.




Cart of burning cannabis sent into a police station for a protest

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, November, 12th 2010 by THCFinder

Wellington police will decide later today whether to lay charges against legalise cannabis protesters who pushed a shopping trolley full of burning marijuana into the central police station foyer.

Officers will study CCTV footage showing a shopping trolley loaded with the burning drug being pushed into the foyer of the central police station at the height of the protest.

The protest, part of the Armistice Tour -- a nationwide promotion of cannabis law reform -- began yesterday morning with more than 100 people gathered on Parliament's front lawn to promote what they say are the benefits of cannabis over its legal counterparts, alcohol and tobacco.

About 6pm the protestors gathered outside Wellington police station, where the "smoke bomb" was pushed into the foyer, Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party candidate Julian Crawford said.

The "smoke bomb" was a shopping trolley full of plastic cannabis leaves with real cannabis burning underneath, he said.

Police confiscated the trolley and escorted the protestors outside of the foyer, Mr Crawford, who is running in the Mana by election, told NZPA.

The protest started to wind down shortly after.

It had been a "vocal" but peaceful protest, Mr Crawford said.

Senior Sergeant Shannon Clifford of Wellington police said no one had been arrested after the protest moved to the police station, but police would be reviewing CCTV footage to determine whether anyone would face charges.

They had also seized the "item" pushed into the station as an exhibit and were investigating the contents of that, he told NZPA,

Despite the presence of police and parliamentary security guards this morning at parliament many of those present were openly smoking cannabis cigarettes.

Spokesman Dakta Green told NZPA cannabis was a more natural, healthier option than other drugs and did not fuel crime.

"You smoke ... a joint right now, you're not going to all of a sudden going to be overcome with the urge to go out and rob a bank or belt somebody over the head.

"There's nothing within cannabis that turns you into a criminal."

The illegality of cannabis was what attracted criminals to use and trade it, he said.

While some people used cannabis for medicinal purposes, Mr Green said he wanted to see full legalisation.

"You cannot overdose on cannabis. There are many people that have died from drinking too much alcohol, one night of heavy drinking and you can die, tobacco will almost certainly kill you.... cannabis has never killed anybody."

More than 400,000 people were part of the cannabis culture including lawyers, judges and teachers, Mr Green said.

That meant they were regular consumers of cannabis and enjoyed using it.

"You cannot keep locking us up when the science says cannabis is safer than alcohol or tobacco to the individual and to the community."

Those gathered today were asking MPs to make peace with members of the cannabis culture.

Senior Sergeant Scott Miller said today's protest was well organised and there was no trouble.

"Police maintained a monitoring role (during the protest).

"Police, the council and parliamentary security staff had liaised with protest leaders prior to the march."

He said the protesters obeyed all instructions from police and security officers.

A spokeswoman for Speaker Lockwood Smith said the police were responsible for maintaining the law.

Police Minister Judith Collins said she did not notice anyone smoking cannabis outside Parliament but said it was not her place to tell the police how to do their job.

The police would likely have been criticised if they had started arresting the protestors this morning, Ms Collins said.

Justice Minister Simon Power also said he did not know people were smoking up on the lawn.

"I would have thought that given the current legal status of cannabis that that matter may have been dealt with."

He would not be heeding the protesters demands for a cannabis amnesty during the rugby World Cup next year.

(Source: 3news.co.nz)



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