Jun 232016
 June 23, 2016
MILegalize Fundraiser At Comos With Special Guest Craig Covey

For those in the area: July 1, a Friday, in Ferndale from 5 to 9 PM, at Como’s Restaurant we will have a big fundraiser with hors d’oeuvres, speakers, an auction and entertainment. Only $25 admission, but feel free to give more. Speakers include Candidate for Oakland County Sheriff Craig Covey, Cannabis Counsel Attorney Tom Lavigne, Iraq Vet and Activist Dakota Blue Serna, Cannabis Warrior Chad Marrow, MMJ expert Dr Peter Johnson and MILegalize Board Member and longtime Activist Chuck Ream. More to be announced. As MI Legalize continues our legal battle against the state, we need to ensure that

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Jun 232016
 June 23, 2016
Attorney Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against MSP, Oakland County Labs

Komorn Law has filed a class-action suit in federal court against the Directors of the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division and Oakland County’s Forensic Services Laboratory over 4th Amendment and due process violations in the way marijuana evidence is being officially reported to Courts by those labs. Also named in the suit: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, head of the State Police. The suit names as Plaintiffs four individuals who have had these questionable lab results on seized evidence used against them in a court of law, and include Max Lorincz, Earl Carruthers, Jason

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Jun 232016
 June 23, 2016
June 26: Washington, DC Support. Don't Punish Day Of Action

Check out the worthwhile event below: Support. Don’t Punish. is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms being caused by the war on drugs. The campaign aims to promote drug policies that respect human rights and protect public health, to change laws and policies that impede access to harm reduction interventions and other evidence-based services, and to end the criminalisation of people who use drugs. The United States’ government is a financial disaster and societal menace. It’s responsible for bloated government budgets and broken communities, especially those of lower financial classes and people of color. On June

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Jun 232016
 June 23, 2016
Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms

By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms. Specifically, provisions previously voted on by Congress to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans have been removed by leadership during the conference committee process. Members have yet to speak publicly as to why the language was removed. Both the Senate and the House versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill contained the marijuana-friendly provisions prior to the reconciliation process. The move follows a decision earlier this week by Republican leaders on

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Jun 222016
 June 22, 2016
Activists In Hundreds Of Cities Across The Globe Stage Actions Calling For Drug Policy Reform

On Thursday, June 23, activists will gather at 8 pm in front of the Brooklyn House of Detention and hold a rally as The Illuminator projects images and videos of people from all walks of life who use or have used drugs – fathers, teachers, friends, nurses – as part of the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action. This annual day of action is designed to tell a different story on the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Governments around the world often choose to use this day to celebrate their contributions to the global

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Jun 222016
 June 22, 2016
In Exercise In Futility, Danish Cops Raid Christiania's Pusher Street

By Phillip Smith Last Friday, more than a hundred Danish police swept into Copenhagen’s hippy enclave of Christiania to attack the hash and weed sellers of the community’s infamous Pusher Street. They tore down 37 stalls and arrested 18 people, carrying off nearly 10 kilos of cannabis by the time they were done. But it was an exercise in futility. Before police had even left the scene, new stalls had been constructed and new drug sales had taken place. The raid, coming after previous raid after fruitless raid on Pusher Street, has re-ignited the ongoing debate about legalizing cannabis in

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Jun 212016
 June 21, 2016
Medical Cannabis Advocates And CARERS Act Sponsors Hold Senate Briefing Urging Immediate Protection For Patients

Today, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) presented a briefing on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683/H.R. 1538) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The briefing featured policy experts and medical cannabis (marijuana) stakeholders who would be protected by the bill. Lead CARERS Act sponsor Senator Cory Booker spoke on behalf of the bill as well. The group urged Congress to take swift action to protect existing medical cannabis programs and the patients that rely upon them by passing the CARERS Act, a bill that is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Even though

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Jun 212016
 June 21, 2016
Rhode Island Legislative Session Comes To A Close After Some Marijuana Reform Victories

Out of Rhode Island: The Rhode Island legislative session came to close early on Saturday morning.  Unfortunately, despite overwhelming public support for reform, leaders of the House and Senate did not allow legislators to vote on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act this year. Other notable outcomes of the 2016 legislative session include: — Passage of Article 14 in the state budget, which makes significant changes to the medical marijuana program. You can find a summary of the new regulations here. — Passage of legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of qualifying conditions for medical

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Jun 212016
 June 21, 2016
Join MPP And Congressman Earl Blumenauer In Vegas On July 16

I received the following e-mail: Please join MPP, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and the Yes on Question 2 campaign committee for a private reception in Las Vegas on July 16. We’ll be hosting an intimate event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Paris Hotel, just off the strip. We’ll be sharing current updates from the campaign to legalize adult use of marijuana, as well as discussing upcoming strategies for success. The campaign season is truly heating up in Nevada, and we want you to be a part of the conversation. Congressman Blumenauer will also be sharing his perspective on lessons learned in Oregon.

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Jun 202016
 June 20, 2016
Supreme Court Opens Door For More Lawless Police Searches

By Phillip Smith In a pair of decisions released Monday, the US Supreme Court again demonstrated its deference to law enforcement priorities, in one case by expanding an exception to the long-standing ruling requiring that unlawfully gathered evidence be discarded and in another by holding that drug dealers, even those engaged only in street-corner sales, are engaged in interstate commerce. The two decisions expand the ability of local police to skirt the law without effective punishment on the one hand, and allow prosecutors to use the weight of the federal criminal justice system to come down on small-time criminals whose

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