The ninth episode of Toke Signals TV with host Steve Elliott takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in less than 28 minutes!
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Attorney General Holder Expands Major Reform of Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws
Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration are continuing to push for reforms of draconian drug sentencing policies that have resulted in the U.S. federal prison population skyrocketing over the past three decades. The White House announced that they will curtail federal mandatory minimum drug laws by ordering prosecutors to remove any references to specific amounts of illegal drugs that trigger mandatory minimum sentences.
Washington State Supreme Court Upholds Medical Necessity Defense For Growing Marijuana
In a landmark case with far-reaching implications, a divided Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a medical necessity defense in a marijuana cultivation case against a man who was fined $4,000 three years ago for growing 42 plants. According to the decision, a prior medical marijuana authorization is not necessary in order to claim a medical necessity defense for cannabis.
Two Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Petition Drives Start Strong
The national wave of marijuana law reform is gaining momentum every day, and it isn’t going to leave out Oregon. More than 30,000 people came to Kelley Point Park on September 7 and 8 for the ninth annual Hempstalk Festival, and more than 5,000 of them signed two marijuana initiative petitions while they were there.
Initiative 21 would amend the Oregon Constitution, ending criminal penalties for cannabis and permitting adult recreational marijuana use, possession and cultivation.
Initiative 22, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2014, creates a commission to regulate the cultivation, processing, and sale of marijuana, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for the Oregon General Fund, helping to pay for schools, roads, and social services.
FBI Study Shows Marijuana Arrests Continue Near Record Levels
Marijuana arrests continued at near record levels in 2012, and the vast majority of them were for simple possession. Nationwide, police in the U.S. conduct one drug arrest every 20 seconds, and one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, an estimated 749,824 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana, more than 87 percent of which were for possession only.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Advocates Protest Removal Of Lansing Baby From Home
Groups supporting Michigan’s medical marijuana law are joining forces to protest the case of a six-month-old Lansing girl who was removed from her home after a complain involving medical marijuana use by her parents. Dozens of people held signs and chanted “Free Bree” outside the Grand Tower in Lansing on Tuesday to protest the Michigan Department of Human Services’ removal of Brielle Green from parents Steve and Maria Green.
Kentucky Hemp Production Moves Closer To Reality
Staff members have been instructed to begin the process of writing rules for the development of the long-banned industrial hemp crop in Kentucky, according to a news release from the state Department of Agriculture. The state’s industrial hemp commission is calling on GOP Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul to write a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice to “make Kentucky’s intentions known,”
Medical Marijuana, 31 Years Later: A Question
The Federal government has given a Florida man 126,000 joints, free, since 1982 — 300 a month, just like clockwork. Irv Rosenfeld, a 58-year-old stockbroker from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, doesn’t look like a record-setting pothead. But he’s smoked more than 126,000 U.S. government joints since 1982.
On November 20, 1982, the United States federal government sent a Florida citizen 300 cannabis cigarettes in a shiny tin can. The U.S. government, known the world over as a champion of preying on the sick with a weapon they call the “War On Drugs,” continues to send that same man the same ration of joints 31 years later.
This delivery of medicine is part of a “Compassionate Investigative New Drug” Program that exists to study “new drugs”, in this case, marijuana. Three other survivors of the original program, including activist Elvy Musikka, still get their monthly tin of joints, as well.
Must Reads of the WeekWorth Repeating: Suicide Rates Fall In Medical Marijuana States by Ron Marczyk
“We conclude that the legalization of medical marijuana leads to an improvement in the psychological well being of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.”
This story didn’t make it past the network news filters, was ignored by the mainstream media, and numerous mental health/suicide prevention organizations would not even comment about it!
Why would a “good news” marijuana story, like where suicides markedly declined, be ignored by the media?
High IQ Linked To Drug Use: Decades-Long British Study
The next time some buzzkill tries to hit you with the old drooling stoner stereotype, tell ‘em about a 2011 British study that found children with high IQs are more likely to use drugs as adults than are people who score low on IQ tests as children.
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