Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Federal Judge Dismisses Oakland Lawsuit - Harborside Case To Move Forward

Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James granted a motion to dismiss the City of Oakland’s lawsuit filed against the Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Oakland’s action sought to enjoin the U.S. attorney from proceeding to close Harborside Health Center, the nation’s premier medical cannabis dispensary. Last July, U.S. Attorney General Melinda Haag initiated a civil forfeiture suit to seize the commercial property from the landlord’s where the dispensaries operate in Oakland and San Jose. Harborside Health Center is widely acclaimed as a model of legitimacy and legal [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Senators Wyden, Paul, Merkley And McConnell Introduce Bipartisan Senate Companion Bill to H.R. 525

Why do I always say that Oregon is the best state when it comes to reform? Notice that not one, but TWO Oregon federal Senators are sponsoring the bill found in the press release from Vote Hemp below. Did I mention Oregon already has hemp legislation on the books in my home state?: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vote Hemp is pleased to announce that today Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a Senate companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Please Show Federal Court Support In San Diego

On February 19, 2013, Ronnie Chang, Hal Pilotte and Gary Maddox, all allegedly connected to Club One Collective/ Extreme Holistic Care) will be in federal court before Judge Anello and with their attorneys, respectively Michael McCabe, Bahar Ansari Miller and Mark Bluemel. This time, to argue a motion challenging the federal government’s right to coerce, commandeer or intimidate local governments into enforcing federal instead of state law, as a violation of the 10th amendment. Michael McCabe, who will argue the motion, has been successful on medical cannabis cases in state [...]

Feb 152013
 February 15, 2013
Nederland Residents First To Embrace Implementation Of A64 And "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol"

I received the following press release out of Colorado: While most Coloradans anxiously await the implementation of Amendment 64, local activists, Max Rashbaum and Rico Colibri boldly moved forward this week by submitting language for title on a peoples initiative to make Nederland the first town in America to regulate marijuana since it’s prohibition some 76 years ago. If adopted Nederland would stand in stark contrast to the unfortunate pattern of local bans on recreational sales throughout the State. Mr. Rashbaum stated “It’s about time Coloradans have the opportunity to [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
New York Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Marijuana Policy

Marijuana Possession Arrests Will Lead to Desk Appearance, Not Overnight Jail Advocates: Good First Step, But Gov. Cuomo’s  Bill to Stop Arrests Must Pass In his State of the City speech today, Mayor Bloomberg announced a new police policy: those arrested for marijuana in New York City will no longer have to spend a night in jail. The Mayor said: “But we know that there’s more we can do to keep New Yorkers, particularly young men, from ending up with a criminal record. Commissioner Kelly and I support Governor Cuomo’s [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Hawaii And South Dakota Lawmakers Dismiss Marijuana Reform Bills

by Phillip Smith Hawaii Marijuana Legalization Bill Dies A bill that would have legalized marijuana died in the state legislature Tuesday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads told the Associated Press he decided to kill it after a head count found the bill would come up short in the House. The measure, House Bill 669, would have allowed people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow an unspecified number of plants in a secure location. It would also have created a system of taxed and regulated [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Americans For Safe Access 2013 Unity Conference Award Winners

Americans For Safe Access announced the award winners for the 2013 Unity Conference that is coming up later this month. While all of the award winners are very deserving, and I tip my hat to all of you, I want to especially congratulate my friend and longtime Oregon activist Jim Greig. Not enough people know it outside of Oregon, but if it wasn’t for Jim Greig’s efforts in the 2012 Oregon Attorney General race, medical marijuana policy in America would look drastically different than it does now, and in my [...]

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Majority Of New Hampshire Adults Support Selling Marijuana At State Liquor Stores

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Polling data released this week by the University of New Hampshire found that a majority of adults in New Hampshire support selling marijuana at state liquor stores with regulations similar to how the state handles alcohol. The survey, conducted from January 30th to February 5th, asked 581 New Hampshire adults “if small amounts of marijuana were legalized for personal use in New Hampshire, would you approve or disapprove of marijuana being sold at state liquor stores and taxed at levels similar to alcohol or tobacco?” [...]

Charles Bowden On The War On Drugs

 Posted by at 7:38 AM on February 14, 2013  Global Drug War
Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Charles Bowden On The War On Drugs

Charles Bowden talks about a few things in this interview, including the war on drugs. I saw it come across Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s Executive Director’s (Neill Franklin) Twitter feed and figured it was worth passing it along. How long will the world stand by and let the war on drugs ruin life after life?

Feb 142013
 February 14, 2013
Price, Purity, And Availability Of Reefer Madness

Russ demolishes the claim of the Drug Czar’s communication’s director that “illegal drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today” is “not true.”; Washington TV station films drivers at 3x-7x the legal THC limit who cops say are driving fine; Dr. Mitch addresses marijuana / alcohol substitution theories; music by Roots Radics.