Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
Washington State Drug Dogs Retrained To Ignore Marijuana

Washington State police agencies change policy due to marijuana legalization The personal use of marijuana was legalized in Washington State during the November 2012 elections, and some police agencies have begun retraining their drug dogs to ignore marijuana. Agencies like the Washington State Patrol and the Seattle Police Department are reportedly discontinuing marijuana training for police dogs, and Seattle is desensitizing their canine units through the use of “rewards and constant training,” according to a report on the website ThinkProgress. “Marijuana sniffing dogs cannot no longer provide probable cause that a suspect [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
South Eastern Wisconsin NORML 'Breaking The Taboo' Film And Music Event

South Eastern Wisconsin N.O.R.M.L. is proud to present “Breaking the Taboo” a documentary Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Find out why several world leaders – including two former US Presidents – are calling to end the War on Drugs. SE Wisconsin NORML Breakin’ The Taboo The Miramar Theatre 2844 N. Oakland Ave. Milwaukee WI Friday, March 22nd **Only $5 at the door** Buy tickets online, or at the door: http://www.themiramartheatre.com/event/239999?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=28267 View the Breaking the Taboo trailer: http://www.breakingthetaboo.info/ 8p – 9:30p Smooth Operators 9:30p – 10p First half of Breaking the Taboo 10p [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
The Science Of Marijuana - A PBS Documentary

Montana PBS’s new documentary, Clearing the Smoke, reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer. Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis. Even though the video has an American perspective, marijuana use is illegal throughout many countries of the world for reasons that are not clear. This video is important because it mainly investigates the scientific basis underlying the medical benefits of marijuana use instead of focusing on [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
NYPD Facing Double-Barreled Challenge To Marijuana Practices

By Phillip Smith There has been a double-barreled challenge this week to the NYPD and its heavy-handed policing. On the one hand, the department and the city are being sued in federal court over their stop-and-frisk program, which is aimed predominantly at young men of color. On the other, the NYPD is facing the glare of publicity over a new report that contends it has wasted as much as a million man-hours over the past ten years arresting low-level marijuana offenders. Under the stop-and-frisk program, which the city touts as [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
Call Prosecutor And Ask That Charges Be Dropped Against Ill Medical Marijuana Patients

I apologize that I didn’t get this up yesterday. It’s not too late to make a difference so I figured I’d still pass the information along: Action Alert – Call San Diego Prosecutor George Lloyd and Ask That Charges be Dropped Against Ill Medical Marijuana Patients, Dennis and Deborah Little Canvass for a Cause has rolled out a Citizen Stop-and-Dial effort on behalf of two terminally ill, senior citizen medical cannabis patients. The Littles, who have endured a raid and felony charges in continuation of San Diego District Attorney Bonnie [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
Senators Leahy And Paul Introduce Federal Bill To Undo Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to allow judges greater flexibility in sentencing federal crimes where a mandatory minimum punishment is considered unnecessary. The bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 expands the so-called “safety valve” that allows judges to impose a sentence below the mandatory minimum in qualifying drug cases to all federal crimes.  By giving judges this greater flexibility, they will not be forced to administer needlessly long sentences for certain offenders, which is a significant factor in [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
SD District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Prosecute Medical Marijuana Patient Jovan Jackson Again

After Defeats in Both Superior Court and Appellate Court, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Prosecute Medical Marijuana Patient Jovan Jackson Again By Terrie Best – San Diego Americans for Safe Access Court Support Coordinator San Diego, CA – Jovan Jackson a medical cannabis patient, Navy veteran, and former operator of Answerdam, a medical marijuana collective in San Diego, was in court yesterday to learn his prosecutorial fate after the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued an order to the district court sending him back there, this time armed [...]

Mar 212013
 March 21, 2013
New Hampshire House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill With Record 81% Support

In a huge victory for patients, the New Hampshire House overwhelmingly approved the medical marijuana bill by a record 286-64 margin. Similar bills in 2009, 2011, and 2012 also received more than two-thirds support from the House, but yesterday’s vote of more than 81% in favor of HB 573 shows that the House is moving closer to achieving consensus on the issue! Next, the bill will head to the Senate, which also passed similar bills in 2009 and 2012, but the Senate has always been more difficult to persuade on this issue than the [...]

Mar 202013
 March 20, 2013
Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Nevada

On Monday, Nevada became the latest state to see a marijuana legalization bill filed this year. Assemblyman Joe Hogan (D-Las Vegas) introduced Assembly Bill 402, which would allow people 21 and over to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and would set up a system of state regulation and taxation of marijuana commerce. Nevada now joins Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Oregon as states where legalization bills have been or will be filed. A legalization bill died earlier this year in Hawaii, and one died last [...]