Why the Marijuana Justice Act legalizes marijuana the right way

By Jim Patterson, Opinion Contributor - 08/16/17 02:10 PM EDTEarlier this month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act. To some, this bill may look like another liberal attempt to push for widespread legalization of marijuana across the country. But for those of us who work in this industry and understand the complexities …

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Commentary: Support states’ rights on cannabis

As a Nevada citizen, a marijuana special use attorney, and advocate for veterans, I write today to discuss important issues related to states’ rights, federalism, and cannabis regulation.The Constitution of the United States codifies federalism, protecting the power of the states to speak, act and legislate in a constitutionally guaranteed and sovereign manner. As Supreme …

A look at Kentucky Cannabis Activists circa 2009

There are a lot of Cannabis Activists fighting the good fight here in the State of Kentucky.  They have been fighting for years - to no avail.  But we never give up!  We will keep fighting until we win! It started with Gatewood Galbraith, Craig Lee   and many more, some of whom are in …

Trudeau’s Legal Marijuana Could Produce A Problem At Border

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans to legalize marijuana could make for longer lines at the U.S. border. Former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman thinks legal pot in Canada — illegal in the U.S. — could mean more searches with dogs trained to detect cannabis in vehicles. Heyman, an appointee of former president Barack …

Abolish the Drug Czar’s Office!

04/14/2017   The Trump Administration is widely expected to pick Representative Tom Marino for Drug Czar. Representative Marino is a longtime, rabid drug warrior who has a consistent record of voting against marijuana law reform legislation -- a position that runs counter to that of the majority of voters and his own constituents. His appointment …

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Genesis 1:29

Here is an essay that I've written to the News Enterprise, the Courier Journal, the Lexington Herald, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Brett Guthrie, Matt Bevin, Rick Sanders, and the Kentucky Medical Association. I'm still looking for more people to write to, but I thought you might appreciate it. Love what you guys are doing, and …

How prohibition limits cannabis & technology

Published on February 7, 2017 Travis Lachner CEO & Creative Director at Cannvas   Federal prohibition segregates cannabis and technology. Complex banking regulation suffocates cash flow. Research discoveries are suppressed and hidden. Social media shutdowns are routine procedure. Simply stated; making progress in the cannabis industry is really difficult right now. This professional canna-bigotry is …

Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (hereafter known as the Patriot Act, because that name is long and dumb)

Data shows Patriot Act used more often to justify drug warrants, not terrorism ones by Miranda Nelson on September 8th, 2011 at 11:24 AM   New York Magazine has put out an incredibly detailed compendium of 9/11 information on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attacks that left over 3,000 people dead. The …

How A Psychedelic Drug Helps Cancer Patients Overcome Anxiety

December 3, 20167:00 AM ET Robin Marantz Henig   The brilliantly-colored shapes reminded Carol Vincent of fluorescent deep-sea creatures, and they floated past her languidly. She was overwhelmed by their beauty — and then suddenly, as if in a dream, she was out somewhere in deep space instead. "Oh, wow," she thought, overwhelmed all over …

Drug Busts Still Lead Arrest Statistics, Even as Marijuana Prohibition Fades

      As troubled as our country is at the moment, divided between two main mutually contemptuous (and contemptible) political blocs, facing a rising generation seemingly frightened by the exchange of ideas inherent in a devotion to protecting free speech, and apparently committed to placing either a psychopath or a sociopath in the White …

The DEA has filed notice of intent to add Kratom to schedule 1

  Various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant. Consistent with this effect being opioid-like, anecdotal reports indicate that some users have used kratom to successfully recover …

It’s time for another Presidential Election in the U.S.A. (Lord, what are we supposed to do now?)

The following is a short synopsis of the current situation as I see it concerning the Presidential Elections. After watching Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July, I am still at a loss on who would be the best Candidate to put …

693,482 individuals in the United States were arrested in 2013 and charged with marijuana violations

Why legalizing marijuana will be much harder than you think     By Erwin Chemerinsky April 27 Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about drug scheduling. Need a primer? Catch up here. Erwin Chemerinsky is dean and …

Kentucky comes up short of falling in line with current mainstream Cannabis reform – once again

April 17, 2016 Sheree Krider   http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/16RS/SB136/SCS1.pdf   The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session ended on Friday, April 15 and once again the people's requests were ignored. There were a total of five Cannabis and Hemp Bills introduced into this Legislature and not one of them made it. Here is the short list of …

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 …

HB 584 AN ACT relating to the medical use of marijuana in Kentucky introduced March 1, 2016 (You won’t believe what they are doing to our medical cannabis!)

HB 584(BR-1994)(click bill number to view bill details.)       Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - introduced in House   The following is a summary of this House Bill:   Summary: *Create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; *require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program; *establish …

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 …

George Washington, Champion of Growing Hemp

February 16, 2016 Washington Inseparable from Hemp by Joe Klare The recent occasion of Presidents Day allows us to take some time to look back on Presidents of yore and discuss the things they championed. When you talk about the Father of our Country, George Washington, you really can’t have a discussion of his life …

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 …

Update: 16 RS; BR 161, has become sb 13, "Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act"

  SB13/CI/LM (BR161) - P. Clark AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor. Establish KRS Chapter 245 to regulate the cultivation, testing, processing, taxing, and sale of marijuana to persons aged twenty-one years and older; amend various sections to conform; repeal KRS 218A.1421, KRS 218A.1422, and KRS 218A.1423. Jan …

Big Pharma Shaking in Their Boots as 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescriptions Pills for Pot

  By Justin Gardner on January 8, 2016 A new survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits. However, the tide …

If Kentucky wants to pass br 161 "the Cannabis Freedom Act", you must do this now…

Left:  Link to USMjParty Kentucky Above: Link to Facebook Page of the "Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition" Because of the "Origination Clause" in the U.S. Constitution there must be a Representative to submit a "Companion Bill" in order for it to move forward because this clause says that all bills for raising revenue must start in …

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Mark Thornton: Cannabis Legalization Starting to Advance Rapidly –

Anthony Wile: Hello, Mark. It's been over a year since we last interviewed you. Give us an update on your recent work. Mark Thornton: I was asked to debate the War on Drugs at Oxford Union in June of last year. I was happy to see such a political elitist institution interested in debating the …

Interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

By Patrick Dewals Dr. Lester Grinspoon is associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He researched the medicinal legitimacy of the marihuana prohibition forty five years ago and discovered that an immense chain of lies served as a base for sending millions of people to jail the last four decades and a …

Briton, 74, may not survive Saudi’s lashings over illicit wine

(CNN)The crime is related to homemade wine. But can 74-year-old Karl Andree survive the punishment -- 360 lashes by Saudi authorities? His son fears that he won't, conceding that while Andree may have done wrong in the eyes of Saudi officials, it shouldn't warrant what may amount to a death sentence. "I completely understand that …

6 Stories That Prove You Can Still Be Arrested For Growing Marijuana In Colorado

  By TNM News on October 9, 2015 Latest Headlines, Legal, News Feed Although it may be “Legal” in some way, some operations for making your own marijuana are being targeted by both the Federal and State governments. Much like the law that you cannot make and distribute your own alcohol without the proper licensing …

A summary of two doctors

The KASPER REPORTING SYSTEM IN KENTUCKY is reeking havoc on many peoples lives including but not limited to the unfortunate souls who may find themselves in need of this medication. After House Bill 1 was passed in Kentucky most of the Physicians who were prescribing these medications "duck and ran".  It did not matter if …

The Science of Toxicology and U.I. or "Under the Influence and/or Intoxication?" of Cannabis/Marijuana and D.O.A. Drug Testing

The Official Court Documents that I present to you below here, {THIS ONE TIME, FOR FREE = this offer will not last and is for a limited amount of time = THIS SET OF DOCUMENTS WILL GO MISSING AND A FEE WILL BE CHARGED LATER FOR THIS INFORMATION} The following Documents were presented, accepted and …