By Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair In a press conference at the Missouri state Capitol on the morning of Thursday, February 7, three members of the Missouri House of Representatives announced they are co-sponsoring, along with several other House members, legislation which would significantly reduce the penalties for marijuana and paraphernalia possession in the state of Missouri. Representative Rory Ellinger of University City is the chief sponsor of these bills. Representative Chris Kelly of Boone County and Representative Clem Smith of St. Louis joined with Representative Ellinger to speak [...]
I received some Facebook alerts and text messages and e-mails (and just about every other form of communication!) late last night about Idaho Senator Chuck Winder introducing a couple of pieces of legislation that would block Idaho from EVER getting medical marijuana. Clearly this is unacceptable. If you live in Idaho, it’s time to mobilize. If you don’t live in Idaho, it’s still worthwhile to call politicians, news agencies, and anyone else that will listen because this is total crap. Below is information from the Facebook page about what is going [...]
By Phillip Smith State Rep. Edith Ajello (D-Providence), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday she had introduced a bill to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and over and to establish a system of taxation and regulation for marijuana commerce. “It is time for Rhode Island to put the failed policy of marijuana prohibition behind us and adopt a more sensible approach just as our nation did with alcohol 80 years ago,” Ajello said. ”By keeping marijuana sales in the underground market, we are ensuring they will be uncontrolled and that those [...]
I posted a video from CNN yesterday of these two squaring off. It looks like the debate has continued over onto Fox. Why does Kevin Sabet hate marijuana so much? How many times does Ethan Nadelmann have to dominate him on national television before Kevin Sabet realizes how far his views are from reality?
“When We Grow…This Is What We Can Do” is an educational documentary concerning the facts about cannabis. In this feature length documentary we explore everything there is, from industrial hemp to medicinal cannabis use, from the origins of cannabis prohibition to the legality of growing equipment. A film by Seth Finegold and presented by Luke Bailey. Featuring Interviews with: Professor David Nutt (Head of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs) Mr Peter Reynolds (Head of CLEAR UK, formerly the Legalize Cannabis Alliance) Ms Sarah Martin (Medicinal cannabis patient) Find out [...]
Today, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced federal legislation that requires the federal government to respect state laws allowing the growing of industrial hemp. H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, amends the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a co-sponsor of the bill in the U.S. House. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) are supporting a similar bill in the U.S. Senate. “Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop and could be a great [...]
This event serves to unite the SSDP chapter network for a day of training, workshops, discussion, networking, and expert presentations aimed to help us refine our skills as advocates for ending the destructive war on drugs. Sessions will be led by Aaron Houston, Stacia Cosner, Drew Stromberg, and Devon Tackels of the SSDP national staff. Featuring a keynote address from Rick Doblin, Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Registration is $25 per person and will include entry to the event, breakfast, name tag, and printed materials. Following the event, students, alumni and non-student [...]
The 3rd District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Tehama county on a challenge to their medical marijuana cultivation ordinance. “This isn’t the end of the battle,” said CalNORML director Dale Gieringer. “There appear to be other legal options to ensure that patients are not precluded from their access to medicine.” Because the court interpreted the case as a “facial” challenge, it did not look at whether or not the ordinance affected the plaintiffs individually. Further proceedings could make an “as applied” challenge, in which a patient, caregiver, collective or cooperative [...]
Kevin Sabet fielded questions on Huffington Post Live, we provide the rebuttal that wasn’t a part of the discussion; new study says pot smoking leads to teen strokes, but fails to mention they were all cigarette smokers, too; interview highlights of Bob Marley from 1979; music by Stand Out Selectah.