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For 45 years now, cannabis has been erroneously classified as being among the most dangerous drugs in the world, with a high potential for abuse and no medical uses — the definition of a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, which was adopted as President Nixon’s War On Drugs kicked off.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento held a five-day fact-finding hearing on the classification question at the end of 2014, and with final arguments scheduled for February, her ruling is expected later this year, reports the Associated Press.
“The tribes are just getting out ahead of the game,” said Mendocino County Supervisor Dan Hamburg, reports Glenda Anderson at The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa.
“Legalization is coming,” said Dale Gieringer, California state coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “It looks like it’ll be the tribes.”
On Thursday, Ohioans to End Prohibition announced the latest, the Cannabis Control Amendment, which would legalize cannabis sales, use and possession for adults 21 and older, reports the Associated Press. The group hopes to get the measure on the 2016 ballot.
Responsible Ohio in December had announced another proposal which calls for 10 authorized growing locations around the state.
Illinois patients who are still waiting for safe access to medical marijuana were once again left disappointed on Monday when outgoing Democratic Governor Pat Quinn not only failed to award licenses to growers and dispensaries before leaving office, but actually tightened the state’s already strict medical marijuana laws in one of his final acts in office.
“I was livid,” said state Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), who originally sponsored Illinois’ medical marijuana law, reports Kim Bellware at The Huffington Post. “I think the governor made a serious and grievous mistake today.”
Patient advocates had hoped Quinn would get the program off the ground by issuing licenses before incoming Republican Governor Bruce Rauner — who ridiculed the medical marijuana program during his election campaign — was sworn in on Monday. While medicinal cannabis has been legal for more than a year now in Illinois, the state violated its own deadline at the end of 2014 to issue licenses.
Mackenzie, his wife Loretta, and their son, Cody, were all convicted of “manufacturing marijuana” after 71 cannabis plants were confiscated from their home in May 2013, reports Shellie Nelson at WQAD 8.
Heartless cops initially had even charged Mackenzie’s elderly parents, as well, but those charges were later dropped.
A Superior Court judge in Pierce County has ruled unconstitutional a state law which forbids doctors and other medical professionals from advertising medical marijuana authorizations in their advertisements.
Judge Elizabeth Martin in a Friday ruling said the law violates both the Washington and U.S. constitutions by curbing free speech, reports Adam Lynn at The News Tribune of Tacoma. While the state might have an interest in regulating such advertising, Martin ruled, banning it completely is unacceptable.
“I find the statute impermissibly overbroad as it chills even informational speech aimed solely at public education,” Judge Martin wrote in her decision.
The gimmick, launched in a YouTube video on Saturday, helped the Green Leaf (Aleh Yarok) party get more than NIS 100,000 ($25,000 US) in donations this week, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Donors who give campaign donations are promised they will receive cannabis if and when the day comes that the plant is legalized in Israel.
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