Below is a link to The Atlantic Magazine article on “The Case for Treating PTSD in Veterans with Medical Marijuana,” released this month.
The following link is a petition to Governor Perry, asking himÂ to stop extradition and drop charges on California patient, Chris Diaz. After clicking on the link please shareon Facebook. Thank so very much.
Â December 6, 2011
Washington, DCÂ â€”The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a landmark decision today in which California state courts found that its medicalÂ marijuana law was not preempted by federal law. The state appellate court decision from November 28, 2007, ruled that â€śit is not the job of the local police to enforce the federal drug laws. â€ťThe case, involving Felix Kha, a medical marijuana patient from Garden Grove, was the result of a wrongful seizure of medical marijuana by local police in June 2005. Medical marijuana advocates hailed todayâ€™s decision as a huge victory in clarifying law enforcementâ€™s obligation to uphold state law. Advocates assert that better adherence to state medical marijuana laws by local police will result in fewer needless arrests and seizures. In turn this will allow for better implementation of medical marijuana laws not only in California, but in all states that have adopted such laws.
â€śItâ€™s now settled that state law enforcement officers cannot arrest medical marijuana patients or seize their medicine simply because they prefer the contrary federal law, â€ťsaid Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA),the medical marijuana advocacy organization that represented the defendant Felix Kha in a case that the City of Garden Grove appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. â€śPerhaps, in the future local government will think twice about expending significant time and resources to defy a law that is overwhelmingly supported by the people of our state.â€ť
California medical marijuana patient Felix Kha was pulled over by the Garden Grove Police Department and cited for possession of marijuana, despite Kha showing the officers proper documentation. The charge against Kha was subsequently dismissed, with the Superior Court of Orange County issuing an order to return Khaâ€™s wrongfully seized 8 grams of medical marijuana. The police, backed by the City of Garden Grove, refused to return Khaâ€™s medicine and the city appealed. Before the 41-page decision was issued a year ago by Californiaâ€™s Fourth District Court of Appeal, the California Attorney General filed a â€śfriend of the court â€ťbrief on behalf of Khaâ€™s right to possess his medicine. The California Supreme Court then denied review in March.
â€śThe source of local law enforcementâ€™s resistance to upholding state law is an outdated, harmful federal policy with regard to medical marijuana,â€ťsaid ASA spokesperson Kris Hermes. â€śThis should send a message to the federal government that itâ€™s time to establish a compassionate policy more consistent with the 13 states that have adopted medical marijuana laws.â€ť
Â Michael Krawitz is a disabled U.S. Air Force Veteran, Executive Director of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access, Advisor to Patients Out of Time and Patient Representative for the United States in the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine. His letter emphasizes the racist and anti-immigrant sentiment that underlay early marijuana laws, as well as the ups and downs of previous marijuana activism. Although he strongly affirms the value of cannabis as medicine, he also writes, â€śTo a certain extent the popularity of cannabis today is a byproduct of its status as a counterculture icon, and it is a counterculture icon because it is illegal.â€ť
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The press conferenceÂ is set for the State Capitol’s Assembly Parlor (2nd Floor West) on
Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 1:00 pm.Â Best of luck Wisconsin!!! For the story click the following link.
A petition now circulating in Missouri would place a constitutional
amendment on the November 2012 ballot to legalize marijuana for those 21 or