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Legislators on Wednesday passed three amendments to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed.
The House also passed an amendment Tuesday night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program. It also passed three amendments cutting $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.
“We made incredible progress today through passage of amendments that remove the threat of federal interference from state hemp and medical marijuana laws,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). “Congress showed more support today than ever before, making this the latest victory in a quiet revolution underway across America to reform and modernize our marijuana laws.
The medical benefits of cannabis, while still officially denied by the U.S. government (which holds a patent on the damn stuff) was well understood by our forebears, probably instinctively, at least 12,000 years ago, reports Stephen Morgan at Digital Journal.
A team of anthropologists from Washington State University, led by Dr. Ed Hagen, wanted to see how cultures worldwide used cannabis historically. They especially wanted to see if ancient marijuana users were subconsciously influenced more by health reasons than just wanting to get high.
Humans throughout history have probably sought out cannabis, in the same way we searched out foods beneficial to us, according to Dr. Hagen.
The legendary singer/songwriter/bassist and former Beatle told The Mirror that he gave up pot “a long time ago,” reports New Musical Express.
“I don’t do it anymore,” McCartney, 72, said, two weeks shy of his 73rd birthday. “Why? The truth is I don’t really want to set [a bad] example to my kids and grandkids. It’s now a parent thing.”
McCartney has been busted for weed numerous times over the years, first in Sweden in 1972, and also including a nine-day jail stay after getting caught with nearly half a pound in Japan in 1980 and again in 1984 in Barba
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will kick off its petition drive Thursday in support of a statewide initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.
Campaign staff and volunteers will hold a news conference at 12 p.m. EST at Monument Square in Portland prior to fanning out and collecting signatures from pedestrians in the area.
“We’re excited to get out there and start talking to voters about the initiative and the many ways in which regulating and taxing marijuana will benefit our state,” said campaign manager David Boyer.
“When Portland voted overwhelmingly in support of making marijuana legal for adults, local officials opted to use state law to continue punishing people,” Boyer said. “We couldn’t think of a better place to launch the effort to end marijuana prohibition at the state level.”
The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53 percent of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39 percent are opposed.
Support outpaced opposition in all three of the geographical areas that were surveyed: 53-38 in Maricopa County; 47-43 in Pima County; and 58-38 in Rural Arizona. The survey of 701 Arizonans was conducted from April 29-May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.
“Arizonans are fed up with the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting a statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. “They do not think adults should be punished just for consuming a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It’s time for a more sensible approach, and that’s what our initiative proposes,” Holyoak said.
Kalel Santiago of Puerto Rico is just 9 years old, but he hasn’t had an easy nine years. At just 10 months old, he was diagnosed with the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, and he spent more than two years going through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. Then he was diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism.
“While he was in the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behavior that wasn’t right, like hand flapping, and walking on his toes,” said Abiel Gomez Santiago, Kalel’s father, from their home in Aguada, reports Beth Greenfield at Yahoo Parenting. “But we waited until he was 3 and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”
Abiel and his wife Gladys did a crash course in autism. They tried various therapies, and eventually happened upon a treatment that would change their lives: hemp oil, rich in cannabidiol (CBD), which has anecdotally been shown to dramatically ease symptoms of both epilepsy and autism.
They began giving their son twice daily doses of a CBD oral spray, and the results were startling — Kalel started talking in just two days after a lifetime of silence.
The Travel Joint, a cannabis travel-booking source and leisure site, is on a mission to assist those who can be helped by medical cannabis but aren’t receiving the medicine they need because of outdated laws in their home state. Under “The Cannabis Refugee Program,” The Travel Joint is now accepting applications from families that need financial assistance to relocate.
“Uprooting a family and moving to a new state is never an easy task, which is why we want to help cannabis refugees as much as we can,” said The Travel Joint CEO Brannon Zimbelman. “Families should never have to choose between the health of their children and a job in a state where access to medical cannabis is prohibited.
“We look forward to the day that programs like ours are no longer needed because cannabis will be legalized on a nationwide scale,” Zimbelman said.
Utilizing social media, The Travel Joint will announce one family a month that were chosen based on a list of criteria ranging from severity of illness to financial need. The Travel Joint hopes to have surplus of aid coming in from outside businesses so that it can support each family for a 3-month period and make the transition as smooth as possible.
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By Cheri Sicard
Like most people serving life sentences for nonviolent, victimless “crimes,” Charles “Fred” Cundiff is yet example of a prisoner behind bars because of America’s horrendous conspiracy laws. In July of 1991, Fred did what many of us have probably done at one time or another in our lives; he was in the company of a friend who was involved in selling marijuana.
Fred agreed to go on an overnight road trip to Tallahassee with this friend. Fred went shopping for a birthday present for a loved one while his friend attended to an “errand.” While he was waiting in the car for his friend to arrive for the trip home, Cundiff found himself looking down the barrels of two shotguns, while another 9mm pistol pointed squarely at him. Fred was arrested and taken to jail.
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