When federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, Richard Lee’s downtown Oakland, Calif.-based trade school, earlier this month, it wasn’t simply a crackdown on a local pot business, it was one of the highest-profile moves in the Obama administration’s nationwide assault on medical marijuana.
Your plans to celebrate 4/20 this Friday could actually make the government some money, if only such activities were legal. Thatâ€™s according to a bunch of economists, and some prominent ones too.
Â It could save the state of Texas $12 Billion per year, on the average. Â Now, count up the other states which waste money to the “War on Drugs”, and one has over $100 billion per year saved in Federal and State Taxpayer dollars.
On Monday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the Colorado Democratic Party officially endorsed Amendment 64 at its state convention and assembly in Pueblo over the weekend.
In a press statement, Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver County Democratic Party, said this about the Democratic support of pot legalization:
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The Debate in Houston is scheduled for March 8TH and 9TH.Â For more info click on the following link.
This poll is being performed by a student in the U.K. : “I am a third year History and Politics student at the University of Nottingham completing a dissertation on perceptions of cannabis. In doing so I wish to assess public opinion on cannabis and its legal status and also to understand how much the public knows about the substance and its effects.” Please participate in the Survey. Thanks! Although from the U.K. please try to answer the surveyÂ Â honestly. You might not know some answers, but that’s alright.Â Â Join in ….
Campaign Director, Matt Potter
360 Grand Avenue,Â #361,
Oakland, CA, 94610
“The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 is the first of its kind. It’s written in a straightforward way, it repeals existing cannabis laws for anyone over the age of 19 and requires a state commission to draft regulations on commercial cannabis activities,” said Joe Rogoway, an attorney and one of the authors of the initiative.Â “We’re getting overwhelmingly positive feedback on the language of the initiative; voters are really excited about the possibility of truly ending marijuana prohibition in this state.”
The historic initiative campaign to Repeal Cannabis Prohibition in California is now collecting signatures.Â The proponents of the initiative and their supporters must collect 505,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
Proponents filed the initiative September 30, 2011, under the title “Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012″, requesting Attorney General Title and Summary in order to proceed to circulate petitions. It is now titled “Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.”
The Act is a simple, straightforward law that repeals prohibition of cannabis in less than 800 words.
* It strikes all marijuana statutes, prohibiting and punishing the personal use, possession, cultivation, sharing and transportation of cannabis by adults 19 years of age and older.
* Personal use amounts of cannabis are not subject to regulation up to 3 lbs and 100 sq ft plant canopy per adult.
* The Act maintains penalties for driving while impaired, as well as distribution to persons under 19.
* All patients’ rights & protections are affirmed under the Compassionate Use Act & the Medical Marijuana Program Act.
* Medical access is enhanced by repealing California’s Schedule I marijuana status (“no accepted medical purpose”)Â which makes California a forerunnerÂ in persuading the federal government to reschedule its misclassification of cannabis in Schedule I, as well.
* Regulations “shall include appropriate controls” but “may not include bans of the conduct permitted by this act”.Â This regulation would prevent the sort of medical use bans & moratoriums of collectives now taking place throughout the state.
* The Act gives the new California Cannabis Commission authority to develop a regulatory system for commercial cannabis within 180 days of passage, including licensing & taxation, to replace the sales & distribution laws repealed by the voters.
“The six month requirement is a reasonable amount of time,” said Pebbles Trippet, regarding the California Cannabis Commission deadline to create regulations governing commercial cannabis activity.Â “Six months will provide enough time for public input to ensure the Commission enacts the will of the people: ending cannabis prohibition in California.”
Early endorsers include celebrities Willie Nelson and Grace Slick, and Dr. Lester Grinspoon.
“Unlike with previous cannabis related initiatives, organizational endorsements from grower country is near universal for the RCPA,” according to Pebbles Trippet, a long-time community organizer in the state’s northern counties. Those organizations include:
* Emerald City
* Veterans for Peace Chapter 116 (Mendocino County)
* Emerald Triangle Coalition (ETC)Â
* Humboldt Medical Marijuana Advisory Panel (HuMMAP)
* Compassionate HeartÂ Â Â
* Mendocino Medical Marijuana Advisory Board (MMMAB)
* Leonard Moore Co-opÂ Â Â
* Mendocino Medical Cannabis Collectives Association (MeCCA)
* Love In ItÂ Â Â Â Â
* Herban Legend
Petitions are available at www.repealcannabisprohibition.org. Printing onto legal size paper (8 1/2 x 14) is required for the text to fit on one page.
Send signed petitions to Sensible California 360 Grand Ave #361 Oakland CA 94610.
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Â The Seventh National Clinical Conference on cannabis Therapeutics
The conference will be held on April 26-28, 2012 in Tuscon, AZ.
The U. of CA School of Medicine, San Francisco, the College of Nursing of the U. of AZ, and the U. of AZ’s Center for Integrative Medicine are co-sponsors with Patients Out of Time (POT).
POT is all volunteer and asks for no funds for it’s exceptional work. POT does ask your help in letting US citizens, the media and in particular the medical and nursing communities that this accredited conference will occur.
Details, international Faculty, and agenda are at www.medicalcannabis.com.
POT appreciates your help and concern for the ill.
Take care, al