Bipartisan bill offered in House to protect marijuana users in legal weed states

By Lydia Wheeler - 02/15/18 05:19 PM ESTA bipartisan bill was offered in the House on Thursday seeking to circumvent attempts by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to encourage stricter enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where the drug is legal.Reps. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) introduced the “Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act,” …

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U.S. judge weighs challenge to federal marijuana prohibition

Brendan PiersonNEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States’ longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump’s administration. The argument, before U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan, came about a …

Trump Administration Battles Sick Kids on Access to Legal Pot

By Erik Larson February 14, 2018, 3:56 PM CSTIn a New York courtroom packed with cannabis supporters, the Trump administration urged a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that aims to pave the way for legal marijuana across the country.The case was brought on behalf of two sick children, a former National Football League …

ALEXIS BORTELL V. JEFF SESSIONS; FEBRUARY 14, 2018 AT 11:00AM.

Why risk everything in court instead of moving to Vancouver without a fight? This. This is medical cannabis. This is us. I am one of millions of faces not 'the one face'. In two days they have to listen to ALL of us. I will go to the Supreme Court if I have to. #IStandWithAlexis …

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks to the National Sheriffs’ Association

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks to the National Sheriffs’ AssociationWashington, DC~Monday, February 12, 2018Remarks as prepared for delivery.Thank you, Jonathan, for that kind introduction.  It’s good to see you again.  I also want to recognize Greg Champagne of St. Charles, Louisiana.Before I say anything else, I have to acknowledge, with great sadness, that we lost …

PETITION: Demand President Trump Stop the Criminalization of Kratom!

Kratom Warriors:As many of you know, we just announced that nine noted scientists, working with the American Kratom Association (AKA), authored a letter to President Trump’s White House Opioid Crisis Team Leader Kellyanne Conway and Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson.This letter amplified the voice of the scientific community - now it's time for President …

I was dragged out of the WV House Chambers because I listed Delegates’ campaign donors.

News from our West Virginia neighbors!

Holler from the Hollers!

As I tried to give my remarks at the public hearing this morning on HB4268 in defense of our constitutional property rights, I got dragged out of House chambers.

Why? Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee.

This is, of course, public information.

Allow me to point out that if Delegates genuinely think that my talking about who their campaign donors are—and how much they’re receiving from corporate lobbyists/corporate PACs—is an ad hominem attack… then they should be refusing those donations.

Yeah, refuse any donation that, if someone mentions it, makes you feel personally attacked.

Because that’s not an attack. That’s guilt. And you SHOULD be feeling that. Let that guilt about who you’re really working for inform your votes; don’t let the corporate money do it.

Watch the video, then read my remarks as prepared

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Maine becomes first state to protect marijuana use outside of work

AuthorValerie Bolden-Barrett PublishedFeb. 1, 2018Dive Brief:Beginning today, employers in Maine are prohibited from discriminating against employees based on their marijuana or marijuana byproduct use outside of work, attorneys at Littler Mendelson report. Maine's Labor Department also removed the drug from the list of substances for which employers may test applicants. The law prohibits employers from …

Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing “local news”

by Will Morrow (WSWS repost) Tuesday Feb 6th, 2018 9:09 AM Facebook's latest step aimed at censoring online information.6 February 2018 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced January 29 that the social media platform will prioritize news from “local sources” in the News Feed displayed to users. The announcement is the third in a creeping roll-out …

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the agency’s scientific evidence on the presence of opioid compounds in kratom, underscoring its potential for abuse

For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 6, 2018SummaryFDA releases adverse events and scientific analysis providing even stronger evidence of kratom compounds’ opioid properties.StatementOver the past several months, there have been many questions raised about the botanical substance known as kratom. Our concerns related to this product, and the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are …

Judge dismisses 13 tickets against NJ Weedman

By Olivia Rizzo  For NJ.com A Trenton Municipal Court judge this week dismissed 13 tickets citing late night violations at NJ Weedman's Joint, the now-closed Trenton restaurant owned by Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion.In February 2016, Trenton police continually shut down the restaurant and accompanying "cannabis church," the Liberty Bell Temple, citing a city ordinance that …

When marijuana was legal in Michigan: 22 days in 1972

Ryan A. Huey, for the Lansing State Journal Published 7:30 a.m. ET Feb. 8, 2018 John Sinclair, “Michigan’s hippie king,” walked out of Jackson’s State Prison of Southern Michigan on Dec. 13, 1971 after serving two-and-a-half years of what might have been a 10-year prison sentence for marijuana possession.Surrounded by a cheering crowd, a television …

Family sues CPS workers who investigated after parents gave toddler CBD oil for seizures

Fatima Hussein,Shari Rudavsky and Kaitlin L Lange, IndyStar Published 2:33 p.m. ET Feb. 6, 2018 The parents of a 2-year-old girl are suing the Department of Child Services case workers who they said threatened to take away their child after they gave her cannabidiol oil to treat her epilepsy. Lelah Jerger, the child's mother, said …

Important Bills to watch in Kentucky

Every so often I post emails containing the Bills being worked on in Kentucky, from the Legislature.  I thought I would post a list for the Medical Marijuana and adult use Cannabis Bills, and a few other Bills of interest as well.  There are several hundred this year and there is no way anyone could …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2)

February 2, 2018This Week at the State Capitol (Jan. 29 - Feb. 2)Pace quickens in second month of legislative sessionFRANKFORT – As lawmakers enter the second month of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session, action already has been taken on a number of fronts that could have impacts across the state.Lawmakers have approved a measure …

(KY) SB 118–Relating to Medical Cannabis

Thank you Senator Steve West for giving KY patients the freedom to try cannabis.  SB118 will give patients the choice to try cannabis for their condition without fear of prosecution, imprisonment, loss of parental rights...LINKSB 118(BR-1392)(click bill number to view bill details.)Title:  AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.Sponsor(s):West , Stephen Seum , Dan "Malano" Clark …

(LOUISVILLE, KY) Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime and Fight the Opioid CrisisLouisville, KY - Tuesday, January 30, 2018Thank you, Russel for that introduction, for your leadership in this office, and for your service as an FBI Special Agent.  As a former senator, I am certain that your experience as a hostage …

Indiana House votes to allow Hoosier farmers to grow cannabis plants with low THC

The Indiana House voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill that would allow Hoosier farmers to grow industrial hemp — marijuana's low-THC cousin. Under Rep. Jim Lucas' House Bill 1137, acres of the green leafy plants could be intermingled with rows of corn across family farms in Indiana. Currently only researchers at institutions are allowed to …

AgTech’s Diversified, Farmers-First Industrial Hemp Operation to Create 271 Jobs in Bourbon County

Company will work with farmers and UK, make $5M-plus initial investment in Paris facility for developing hemp-based productsFRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2018) – AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s …

(KY) This Week at the State Capitol

January 26, 2018This Week at the State CapitolProposed constitutional amendment on victims’ rights is first measure approved by General Assembly in 2018FRANKFORT -- The first bill passed by both chambers of the General Assembly this year is a measure that will allow voters to decide on a “bill of rights” for crime victims.Senate Bill 3, …

“Our leaders should scrap the policy of prohibition, pull our dignity and values back out of the gutter where we threw them when Prohibition began…”

The following is from a post made in 2013 but still holds true today!Thomas Tony VanceA ruling was made in the case of the Petition to Reschedule Marijuana from Schedule I, dangerous and having no medical value to Schedule II or lower to more properly reflect marijuana’s actual danger and it’s use as medicine. The …

New House Bill Could Merge Kentucky Counties

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -  House Bill 243,  sponsored by Republican state Rep. Toby Herald, of Beattyville, would change Kentucky's political landscape in the most literal way.The bill would consolidate 100 counties into 34. Larger counties, such as Fayette, Jefferson, Warren and Pike, would remain unchanged.The counties could be renamed and local governments would consolidate.A …

KY Cannabis Freedom Coalition Requests Your Help!

PLEASE WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO ON FACEBOOK THROUGH THE LINK PROVIDED…Call NOW 1-800-372-7181SENATE BILL 80 IS AN ADULT RESPONSIBLE USE BILL ENTERED IN KENTUCKY SENATE ON JANUARY 17, 2018 BY REP. DAN SEUM.AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis.     Establish and create new sections of KRS Chapter 245 to define terms, allow for possession, …

Are you a current or former KY Law Enforcement Officer?

Are you a current or former KY Law Enforcement Officer? Now is the time to get active. We have a real chance of passing HB166 medical cannabis for KY patients, but KY law enforcement is standing in the way.The KY Association of Police Chiefs has come out publicly in opposition of HB166. As you can …

Bipartisan REFER Act Targets Sessions’ War On Cannabis In High Style

Janet Burns ,In response to ongoing threats to the cannabis industry from the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawmakers have prepared a bill meant to nip funding for federal interference in the bud.Last week, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced a house resolution aimed "to protect states and individuals in states that …

"We are very optimistic that the case is going to come out the way it should, which is that the Controlled Substances Act is going to be found unconstitutional,"

Jeff Sessions’s War on Pot Goes to Court, Attorney General Will Fight 12-Year-Old With EpilepsyBy Kate Sheridan On 1/18/18 at 7:59 AMUpdated | A 12-year-old suing the federal government may have a whiff of adorableness. But for Alexis Bortell, who filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, it's a choice she had …

KY’s Medical Marijuana Bill filed HB166

CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TODAY 800-372-7181HB166 has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Representative Joseph Fischer from Campbell County KY. Representative Fischer is currently a NO VOTE. He believes KY's cancer patients & chronically ill patients should continue going to jail for consuming or possessing cannabis. As chairman of the committee he …

Dan Seum files SB 80 –

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A powerful Kentucky senator believes marijuana can reap a harvest of cash for the state’s budget.Sen. Dan Seum is the highest ranking lawmaker to get behind the campaign to legalize marijuana. Seum, chairman of the Senate Majority GOP caucus, said it will help grow the state's bottom line.“We've been too late …

Sen. Cory Booker was LIVE!

Cory Booker was live.I’m excited to join Representatives Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna right now for a live press call announcing the House introduction of the #MarijuanaJusticeAct—a bill that I introduced in the Senate late last year.The Marijuana Justice Act aims to end the federal prohibition on of marijuana in the United States by legalizing …

LIVE! Medicare for All National Town Hall–with Sen. Bernie Sanders!

Medicare for All National Town HallPublic· Hosted by The Young Turks and U.S. Senator Bernie SandersTuesday, January 23 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM ESTThe U.S. Capitol Visitor CenterWashington, District of Columbia 20515DetailsWith the introduction of the Medicare for All Act last year, Sen. Bernie Sanders and 137 of his colleagues in Congress began the …