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Toke Signals Special of the WeekHighlights from Steve Elliott’s speech at Westlake Park, downtown Seattle, just after the Seattle Cannabis Freedom March, May 10, 2014.
Elliott discusses the 12,000-year co-evolutionary relationship between the human species and the cannabis plant, and why attempts to “regulate” this partner species of ours are ridiculous and annoying.
Thanks to Toke Signals’ own Kim Williams of Indie Media Weekly for video editing! (Without Kim’s hard work, you certainly wouldn’t be seeing this site, viewing Toke TV, or hearing Toke Radio every week.)
Thanks to Nightmare Alabama for the footage!
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The billboards, found in Portland, Eugene, Beaverton, Roseburg, and Salem, carry the messages “Help End Marijuana Prohibition,” or “Prohibition is the Problem, Hemp is the Answer!”
“Of course, ending prohibition is the goal, but energizing Oregon and showing a solid outreach and grassroots effort is key,” said activist Michael Bachara of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH), which is behind Initiatives 21 and 22.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has weighed in on the political firestorm that has ensued since the DEA recently seized legal hemp seeds bound for a Kentucky hemp research program that was approved by Congress. McConnell told Politico Wednesday night, “It is an outrage that DEA is using finite taxpayer dollars to impound legal industrial hemp seeds.”
The Kentucky Agriculture Department is suing the agency.
Hemp is not legal to grow in the U.S., though hemp products can be produced and sold in the U.S. Some states have made its cultivation legal, but these states -– North Dakota, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, California, Montana, West Virginia and Vermont -– have not yet begun to grow it because of resistance from the DEA.
The drug policy renegotiation, which has been underway since 2011, will also significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test, reports Dan Graziano at ESPN.
A source told ESPN the NFL’s cannabis policy is outdated, pointing out the World Anti-Doping Agency has a higher threshold for a positive marijuana test than does the football league.
The Colorado Symphony now says a series of marijuana-friendly classical fundraising concerts will be by invitation only, in an attempt to calm concerns from Denver city officials that audiences were going to break the law by smoking pot in public.
The symphony also said, in a Tuesday statement, that it was taking information about the three events off its website and refunding the money for tickets already purchased, reports 7 News Denver. The events, “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series,” had been scheduled to begin later this month at Denver’s Space Gallery. The concerts will now be open only to a list of VIP guests, by invitation.
“We provide you with this letter to dissuade you from hosting the event,” reads the letter signed by Stacie Louks, director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. “[H]owever, if you go forward, we will exercise any and all options available to the City of Denver to halt the event and hold the business owners, event organizers responsible for any violations of law.”
Was anybody dumb enough not to see this coming? In a move which probably didn’t surprise anyone in the cannabis community who has remotely been paying any attention, Cheryl Shuman on Friday announced the official completion of her takeover of Moms For Marijuana International, the formerly grassroots group over which Shuman acquired day-to-day control last fall. It’s now the Cheryl Shuman Show.
Shuman’s heavy handed takeover of the formerly grassroots organization alienated most of the rank and file membership across the United States and the globe; her clumsy power play managed to piss off Moms chapters as far away as the Philippines, and chapter after chapter either quit the organization in disgust, or found themselves tossed out for questioning Shuman’s methods and motives.
The entire Moms For Marijuana Board of Directors resigned in protest of both Serra Frank’s refusal to turn over financial records requested by the board, and Shuman’s subsequent takeover after taking Frank under her financial wing. Moms For Marijuana’s Lindsey Rinehart, in November, announced on these pages that “I Will No Longer Be Silent About Cheryl Shuman,” and then Moms For Marijuana Assistant Executive Director Candace R. Junkin in December told her story of what happened, also right here on the pages of Toke Signals.
Racing fans might wonder whatever happened to one the world’s most exciting young stars, 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Randy Lanier. These days, Lanier can be found at Coleman Federal Prison in Florida where he is in his 26th year of incarceration serving a sentence of life without parole for a first time, nonviolent marijuana offense.
At the time of his indictment, Lanier was poised to become one of racing’s all time greats. In 1980 he had four wins in his own, self-financed 1957 Porsche Speedster. In 1984 he earned the IMSA GTP Championship and was named “Most Improved Driver.” His 1986 Vanderbilt Rookie of the Year award preceded his 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year nod. By 1987, the United States federal government had put an end to his racing dreams.
Lanier had no prior offenses, and no weapons were involved in the “continuing criminal enterprise” he was accused of running, While others were indicted and incarcerated, only Lanier and one other remain behind bars.
“I’ve seen a lot of stuff, but never something like this,” said Lt. Jason Bell of the Ottumwa Police Department, reports Shaina Humphries of KCCI. “I really haven’t had a lot of investigations where I’ve focused so much on cheeseburgers.”
Ottumwa police said they were investigating the case; they said a man bought the burger for his pregnant fiance. “They’re alleging that they received some, an order from the McDonald’s that had some suspected marijuana on the hamburgers,” Bell explained.
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