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Obama Commutes Sentences Of Nearly A Hundred Federal Drug Prisoners

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, December, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

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President Obama today commuted the federal prison sentences of 95 men and women, all but two of them drug offenders serving draconian sentences. He also issued pardons for two people who have already served their sentences.

Many had been imprisoned since the 1990s. Some were doing life sentences for drug offenses. Most were cocaine offenders, but the commutations also included people doing time for marijuana, meth, and heroin.

This single step nearly doubles the number of sentence commutations the president has issued in his seven years in office, bringing the total to 184. While that is a tiny fraction of the hundred thousand drug offenders serving federal time, the number of commutations is more than the previous five presidents combined.

Recent Republican presidents have tended to be stingier with the commutation power than recent Democrats. Jimmy Carter commuted 29 sentences and Bill Clinton commuted 61, but Ronald Reagan only commuted 13 and the Bush father and son team only commuted 14 between them.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/obama-commutes-sentences-of-nearly-a-hundred-federal-drug-prisoners/


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Will Congress Approve Marijuana Proposals for the 2016 Federal Budget?

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, December, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Federal lawmakers are burning the candle at both ends on Capitol Hill today in an attempt to hash out the final details of Uncle Sam’s new budget before the clock runs out on the current spending bill at the end of the day. Among the legislation wrapped up in this heated negotiation are several amendments aimed at providing protections for those states that have legalized marijuana.

One of the most popular proposals, which was included in last year’s spending bill, would prevent the Department of Justice and their cronies at the DEA from using federal funds to cause obstruction in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, the measure was drafted with the intention of forcing the federal government to respect a state’s decision to legalize medical marijuana and prevent American tax dollars from being used to prosecute dispensaries and patients. 

However, this amendment has been the source of a great deal of controversy over the past year due to liberal interpretations within the Department of Justice.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/will-congress-approve-marijuana-proposals-2016-federal-budget


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Bernie Sanders’ Latest Proposal Could End Drug Testing for Weed

Category: Politics | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has become a superhero of sorts to the stoner nation by recently vowing to end marijuana prohibition across the United States.

Earlier this month, the Vermont senator submitted a piece of legislation to the U.S. Senate, which begs to rip the cannabis plant from the pesky clutches of Controlled Substances Act and allow the herb to be legalized all over the country for both medicinal and recreational purposes without any interference from the federal government.

And while the majority of the American workforce can clearly see the benefit to putting such a common sense plan into action (after all, the latest Gallup poll reveals support from 58 percent of the population), Bloomberg BNA columnist Susan Sagarin, who has two decades of experience in human resource management, suggests there might be some concerns among employers that a move of this magnitude could put a hefty wrench in their drug testing policies.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/bernie-sanders%E2%80%99-latest-proposal-could-end-drug-testing-weed


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Michigan Court: Medical Marijuana Patients Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, November, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Using medical marijuana in the state of Michigan may cost you your job, but it won’t cost you yourunemployment benefits. So decided the Michigan Supreme Court earlier this month, when it failed to consider an appeal by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The decision keeps in place a 2014 appellate court ruling determining that qualified medical patients cannot be denied unemployment benefits simply for failing a workplace drug test. As long as there is “no evidence to suggest that the positive drug tests were caused by anything other than claimants' use of medical marijuana in accordance with the terms of the MMMA (Michigan Medical Marijuana Act), the denial of the benefits constitute[s] an improper penalty,” the<lower court opined.

Over 60 percent of Michigan voters decided in favor of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act in November 2008.

The ruling marks the second time that a state court has ordered that medical marijuana patients are eligible for compensation while off the job. Last year, the New Mexico Court of Appeals decided that a person’s use of medical cannabis constitutes “reasonable and necessary care” and that such care ought to be reimbursed by employers in instances where it is used to treat injuries sustained while working. Under newly proposed state rules, injured workers may be eligible to receive compensation for up to two pounds of medical cannabis over a one-year period.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/michigan-court-medical-marijuana-patients-eligible-unemployment-benefits


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Congressman Earl Blumenauer Calls for DEA Chief Rosenberg to Be Fired

Category: Politics | Posted on Mon, November, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

Acting DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg brought some heat down on himself earlier this month when he called the concept of medical marijuana “a joke.” Since then, several prominent activists have been pressuring the Obama Administration to dismiss Rosenberg from his post. It even prompted the national advocacy group the Marijuana Majority to launch a petition against the nation’s leading drug enforcer that has so far garnered over 93,000 signatures. 

However, the heat generated by Rosenberg’s loose lips has now become a raging inferno, prompting federal lawmakers to take a stand against his ignorance this week on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday,Congressman Earl Blumenauer took to the House floor to call upon Uncle Sam to provide the nation with a new DEA head that falls more in line with the opinions of the American majority. 

Calling Rosenberg a “joke” and “an example of an inept, misinformed zealot,” Blumenauer argued that the attitudes over well over half the United States population does not stand behind the failed drug war policies that the leader of the DEA insists on propagating across the land.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/congressman-earl-blumenauer-calls-dea-chief-rosenberg-be-fired


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Senator Harry Reid Signs On To Marijuana Banking Bill

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, November, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
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Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today signed on as a co-sponsor to the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (S.1726), bipartisan legislation originally introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), which would give state-compliant cannabis businesses access to the banking system. Sen. Reid’s support for the banking measure comes as Nevada’s medical marijuana program has begun serving patients around the state.

“Medical cannabis providers in Nevada are giving compassionate care to critically ill patients, and they shouldn’t be putting themselves in danger to do it,” said NCIA executive director Aaron Smith. “We thank Senator Reid for supporting a fix to an irrational policy that puts people at risk and forces businesses and state officials to deal with massive logistical issues.

“Ending the banking crisis would be a win for everyone from patients to regulators to small business owners, and we appreciate Senator Reid standing up for his constituents.”

S.1726 would open up banking access for state-legal cannabis businesses by protecting financial institutions against prosecution or asset forfeiture for providing services to those businesses. Sen. Reid and Sen. Merkley are joined on the bill by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/senator-harry-reid-signs-on-to-marijuana-banking-bill/


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