The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad

By Christopher Ingraham October 12 at 10:42 AM The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say could help mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic. Citing the public outcry and a need to obtain more research, the DEA is withdrawing …

Kratom Advocates Sip Tea and Seethe at White House Rally Against DEA Ban

One user plans to move to Canada. Another plans to quit. Many more don't know what to do. By Steven Nelson | Staff Writer Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:20 p.m. Several protest attendees brought their own bottle of kratom tea Tuesday to the White House. Those who did not were offered a Solo cup. Steven …

After Fighting for Freedom, 76-yo Vet Sentenced to Die In Prison for Treating His Illness With Pot

    Claire Bernish April 21, 2016 As public frustration helps sound the death knell for the drug war, its arbitrary laws and policies appear even more absurd. In the latest inexcusable enforcement of an antiquated law, 76-year-old disabled veteran Lee Carroll Brooker will live out what should be his golden years behind bars — …

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, California Pioneers Rot in Federal Prison

Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes opened a dispensary in Modesto. Now they're doing 20 years in federal prison. Their families want them home. By Angela Bacca / AlterNet April 13, 2016 Behind the headlines about President Obama’s historic visit to federal prisons and highly publicized releases of non-violent drug offenders, the numbers tell a different …

Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

  By David Downs   A seemingly historic medical marijuana summit by several US government health agencies will largely exclude evidence coming from the states that have legalized medical cannabis — another example of entrenched Washington, DC bureaucrats placing politics over science in the marijuana debate. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) …

Old, White Drug Warriors Are Suing to Protect Pot Prohibition — and Their Profits

By David Downs   A cabal of heavily connected, Washington, DC drug warriors are backing lawsuits to block legalization across the United States, the Denver Post reports. The in-depth report highlights how America’s one-hundred-year-old war on marijuana isn’t going to end without a fight.Three of the four lawsuits filed against Colorado’s legal cannabis regime have …

From Organizing America to Operation Chronic Problem, How Cannabis Prohibition Ruins Lives

      Katree Darriel Saunders is a 30 year old mother, cannabis activist, and an active member of her community. Katree was living in Las Vegas, NV when she was arrested during a DEA sting called Operation Chronic Problem on the charges of: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana and hashish. For 10 grams of hashish …

When Woody Harrelson Planted Four Hemp Seeds Thu Apr 03, 2014

On June 1st, 1996, the sun rose lazily over Kentucky’s heartland. Thankfully, it wasn’t mid-summer yet in the Bluegrass State, when the land itself seems to be a source of heat, in addition to a blistering sun. I was in a car with Woody Harrelson, Kentucky hemp activist Joe Hickey and Woody’s attorney, another hemp …

U.S.: Congressman Blumenauer Writes Open Letter To President About Marijuana

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 22:24 - steveelliott By Steve Elliott Hemp News Congressman Earl Blumenauer on Tuesday wrote an open letter advocating marijuana legalization to President Obama in advance of the President's State of the Union speech. "As you begin your last year in office, I hope there is one more step you take to bring …

My reply to the "Opinion" From December 30, 2015 or "pot Should Stay Illegal In Kentucky"…

  Above:  Mary Thomas-Spears talks with Sen. Perry Clark at the "Comfy Tree Symposium" in Louisville in 2014   To:  Bowling Green Daily News,          813 College Street P.O. Box 90012 Bowling Green, KY 42102 Website Link Opinions:  "Pot should stay illegal in Kentucky" From:  Rev. Mary L. Thomas-Spears, Bowling Green, Kentucky  42101 Dear "Pot …

“Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to purposes and principles of the United Nations.” HOW THE UNITED NATIONS IS STEALING OUR “UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” TO GROW FOOD AND MEDICINE THROUGH THE U.N. CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS AND AGENDA 21.

10/25/2015 Sheree Krider Because of the nature of the Beasts which we are dealing with in regards to the “War on Drugs” in general, but additionally because the Beasts are taking control of plants, food, medications and plant medicines worldwide at will, I feel it is imperative that we confront this issue now. WHILE READING …

Pot Shrinks Tumors – US Government Has Know Since 1974… Nixon Classified The Study Immediatly

By TNM News on September 4, 2015 Featured, Latest Headlines, News Feed, Politics, Science President Nixon was in need of more funding for the war on drugs, so he set up a study hopefully finding that THC caused cancer. Instead, the findings were exactly the opposite, they found that cannabis if ingested in concentrated edible …

Lawmakers, sign on now, to repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA).

JackieTreehorn Joined: Sep 2005 TX, USA Posted: 10/20/2008 3:04:42 PM EDT Lawmakers, sign on now, to repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA). Without this authority, the ill-conceived War On Drugs (WOD) stops in its tracks. No one has talked about the War On Drugs for a long time. It has not gone away. …

A pie made of coca leaves awaits the Pope when he visits Bolivia

Coca planters will be giving Pope Francis a pie and other goods made out of coca leaves, when he arrives next July for an official visit to Bolivia. The gifts will be delivered during the scheduled meeting of Francis wish social movements’ organization in Santa Cruz, according to the organizers.   Leonardo Loza, vice-president of …

Make the FDA Advisory, Not Mandatory

You should control what medicines you use, not the FDA. The FDA should make advisory recommendations only. It should NOT have the power to mandate which drugs you can buy, and which you cannot. If pharmaceutical companies value the FDA seal of approval, then they can pay the FDA to evaluate their drugs. If consumers …

Prohibition Repeal Is A Good Model For Marijuana Legalization

9:51 AM 12/05/2014 Today is the 81st anniversary of the repeal of federal alcohol prohibition. The 21st Amendment ended the failed experiment of Prohibition and delegated the issue of alcohol legalization and regulation solely to the states. The 21st Amendment was neither “for” nor “against” alcohol. It was simply an acknowledgment that federal prohibition was …

Information on “KCHHI”–Kentucky Hemp Health Initiative

  LINK TO KCHHI :   Some background on the “KCHHI” Petition. It was re-written by Mary Thomas-Spears and modeled after the CALIFORNIA HEMP HEALTH INITIATIVE (shown below) which was started in 2012. It is important because it represents “REPEAL” of “PROHIBITION” at the State, Federal and Local levels of Government in the United States, …

‘PREPARE FOR PROHIBITION’

  The new law, passed by the overwhelming demand of the American people, broke new ground in drug policy. Finally forcing the federal government to regulate a drug which had been a part of American society since the Colonial days, the new policy provided an innovative compromise: adult Americans were permitted to possess the drug …