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Congresswoman Lee Joins National Cannabis Industry Association’s Press Conference

Category: Politics | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

barbara lee california marijuanaToday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined several of her colleagues and members of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) for a press conference on Capitol Hill demanding respect for state laws and fairness for the industry. She prepared this statement:

“Today, I’m pleased to join my colleagues and the National Cannabis Industry Association in making one simple request to Congress: “treat the industry just like any other business.”

It’s past time for the federal government to end its counterproductive overreach into state-legal cannabis markets.

Last week, I was proud to join Harborside Health Center in celebrating the U.S. Attorney’s decision to end its unnecessary case against this health center. While it was victory for Harborside, there are still centers in my district and around the country that continue to face harassment.

Additionally, outdated laws continue to prevent many state-legal businesses from thriving, including our arcane banking laws. These laws serve only to trap these businesses in the cash-only market, restrict their access to capital and prevent them from engaging in simple business-to-business transactions.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congresswoman-lee-joins-national-cannabis-industry-associations-press-conference/


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Obama’s Effort To Free Drug War Prisoners Hits Bureaucratic Roadblocks

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, May, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

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With the sentence commutationsannounced last week, President Barack Obama has now cut more than 300 harsh drug war prison sentences, more than the previous six presidents combined. Thousands more could be eligible for commutations, but bureaucratic obstacles inside the Justice Department mean the clock is likely to run out before Obama gets a chance to free them.

As part of the Obama administration’s emphasis on criminal justice reform and reducing the federal prison population, then Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Cole called on nonviolent federal drug war prisoners to seek clemency in April 2014.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/obamas-effort-to-free-drug-war-prisoners-hits-bureaucratic-roadblocks/


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California’s Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (AUMA) Endorsed By Congressman Rohrabacher

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, April, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

Dana Rohrabacher medical marijuanaLongtime GOP congressman U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) announced his support for the statewide ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA).

He is the second California Congressman to endorse the measure in as many weeks.  Respected military veteran U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) announced his support last Monday.

Rohrabacher is a 13-term Congressman who is a powerful voice for libertarian values.  He is the co-author of the bipartisan Rohrabacher-Farr amendment which has been passed as part of the Federal Budget and prevents the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients or distributors who are in compliance with the laws of their state.

“As a Republican who believes in individual freedom, limited government and states’ rights, I believe that it’s time for California to lead the nation and create a safe, legal system for the responsible adult use of marijuana,” said Rohrabacher.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/californias-adult-use-of-marijuana-act-auma-endorsed-by-congressman-rohrabacher/


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Bernie Sanders: "Pot Should Not Be a Federal Crime"

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

At a rally on Sunday in Madison, WI, Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reiterated his support for marijuana decriminalization at the federal level.

"We can argue about the science and the pluses and minuses about marijuana, but everybody knows marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin," Sanders said,  “And that is why I have introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the federal Controlled Substances Act. It should not be a federal crime."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/bernie-sanders-pot-should-not-be-federal-crime


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Local group attempting to legalize marijuana by forming new political party

Category: Politics | Posted on Sun, March, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

OMAHA, Neb. —A different political tactic is being taken by local marijuana supporters.

Rather than mount a challenging petition drive to put the issue in front of voters, they're attempting to form a new political party.

"Some medications just don't work," medical marijuana supporter Frank Riojas said.

Riojas said he's had family members leave the state for treatment.

"There's a lot of cancer in my family," he said.

Read More:http://www.ketv.com/news/local-group-attempting-to-legalize-marijuana-by-forming-new-political-party/38496434


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U.S. Government May Push for International Drug Decriminalization During UNGASS 2016

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, March, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Although President Obama has not given any official indication, a leading official with the U.S. State Department seems confident that prohibition may become unhinged at some point in 2016 and lead to the possible decriminalization of all illegal drugs across the globe.

On Tuesday, William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, told reporters that U.S. officials are currently at the drawing board in an attempt to draft an all-powerful piece of documentation — what he calls a “pragmatic reform agenda” — that they intend to present at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs next month in New York City. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-government-may-push-international-drug-decriminalization-during-ungass-2016


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