The 25th episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the week.
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Possibly positioning himself for another attempt at the White House, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he believes states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and that, as governor, he has helped move Texas in the direction of decriminalizing marijuana.
“I am a staunch promoter of the 10th Amendment,” Perry said, reports US News and World Report. “States should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, then people will decide where they want to live.'”
“On marijuana legalization,” Perry said twice, “States should be allowed to make those decisions.”
According to a report by the Austin American-Statesman, Perry said:
“[A]fter 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past,” Perry said, reports the Austin American-Statesman. “What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.”
“We applaud Gov. Perry for standing up in support of states’ rights to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use,” said Chris Lindsey, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Our marijuana prohibition policies have failed, and it is time to adopt a more sensible policy.”
“I continue to be opposed to the legalization of marijuana,” Jindal said during an event at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “When it comes to medical marijuana … if there is a legitimate medical need, I’d certainly be open to making it available under very strict supervision for patients that would benefit from that.”
Jindal said that to be acceptable to him, a proposal would have to put marijuana use under a doctor’s care and that the program would have to be closely monitored to prevent abuse.
Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday took the oath of office for a second term and delivered his inaugural address at the War Memorial in Trenton. During his inaugural address he called for an end to the drug war and compassion for those suffering from drug addiction.
Drug policy reform advocates applauded the Governor’s remarks, even as cynics derided Christie for what they called a desperate attempt to draw public attention away from the Bridgegate scandal, which is threatening to derail Christie’s Presidential ambitions. Christie had been the front-runner for the GOP nomination for President until the scandal broke recently.
Christie’s sudden conversion to Drug War reformer is particularly startling, coming as it does after four solid years of obstructionism and foot-dragging when it comes to New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, signed into law by Christie’s predecessor, Gov. Jon Corzine, on Corzine’s last day in office. Many patients have been left in the lurch by Christie’s neglect of, and active opposition to, the program.
Illinois medical marijuana patients would have to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check and pay $150 a year, under rules proposed by state officials on Tuesday — and they would also give up their Second Amendment right to own a gun.
The plan details how adults with 41 specified medical conditions, including cancer, AIDs, and complex regional pain syndrome, may apply to get a medical marijuana patient registry ID card which entitles them to buy medicinal cannabis, reports Robert McCoppin at the Chicago Tribune.
The proposed rules are expected to be expanded over the course of the next year; they govern how medical marijuana can be legally grown, sold and purchased. The Illinois Department of Public Health is accepting comments on the rules until February 7, at which point they will be submitted to a legislative panel for approval by the end of April.
Most of the rules deal with how patients can qualify for an ID card to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks, or more if a doctor specifically certifies that it’s necessary.
Past medical marijuana bills have gained little traction in the Tennessee Legislature, and both Democratic sponsors of the last bill, proposed in 2012, lost re-election bids after their districts were redrawn by Republicans. But Rep. Sherry Jones, a Democrat from Nashville, said she is “very hopeful” about her bill’s chances this year.
The bill, HB 1385, known as the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act, lists conditions from glaucoma to post-traumatic stress disorder as qualifying conditions, and also includes the phrase “any other medical condition or its treatment as certified or prescribed by practitioners and approved by the health department,” reports WBIR. Under the bill, which outlines procedures for growing and dispensing marijuana, the program would be named Safe Access.
“This is about compassion,” Rep. Jones told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. “It’s about giving people better health care, giving them a better quality of life.”
West Virginia Del. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) on Thursday introduced a bill that would allow state residents with debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, to access and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.
The bill, HB 4264, would establish a state-regulated system of medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to licensed patients. The full text of the bill can be viewed by clicking here.
“There is no longer any doubt that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for a number of debilitating medical conditions and symptoms,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), who is a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University. “No one deserves to be treated like a criminal for using marijuana to treat a serious medical condition.
Now that the Seattle Seahawks have defeated the San Francisco 49ers, history’s first All-Weed Super Bowl will be played between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, in the Meadowlands Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2. Both teams have 15-3 records.
It would be hard for cannabis advocates to imagine a more favorable P.R. scenario. The only two states which have legalized (in a limited way) marijuana just sent their NFL teams to the big game for all the marbles: a 420-friendly clash between rival stoner cities Denver and Seattle. If your state legalizes cannabis, perhaps your team could be there next year!
It is currently against the rules for NFL players to use cannabis, even if they live in states where pot is legal. At least, that’s how they’ve been enforcing the collective bargaining agreement, which only bars the “illegal use” of marijuana, points out Pro Football Talk. Marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington, and its medical use is legal in 20 states.
Toke TV Must Read of the Week
No matter how many times it is debunked, the myth comes back again and again, even endorsed by veterinarians and others who should know better. “Marijuana poisoning on the rise in pets,” we were told by a headline this week. Trouble is, cannabis is nontoxic to all mammals, so “marijuana poisoning” is simply impossible.
You can count on some clueless mainstream reporter, on a regular basis, claiming that marijuana can “hurt your pets” or is “bad for Fido.” It’s just not true.
The latest silly story about poisoned pets comes thanks to NBC News’ Brian Alexander, who really should have checked out his facts before publicly showing just how sloppy a reporter he can be.
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