Nancy Pelosi: MMJ Busts By Feds Of Strong Concern By Lucia Graves
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday released a statement pushing back against the Obama administration's interference with medical marijuana laws in California and beyond. Her statement comes after medical marijuana advocates delivered a petition earlier that day calling on Pelosi to defend patients from ramped up federal enforcement measures. "I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California," said Pelosi, "and undermine a policy that has been in place under which the federal government did not pursue individuals whose actions complied with state laws providing for medicinal marijuana." Read More...

Nancy Pelosi Objects To Obama's MMJ Crackdown By David Downs
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi saw the writing on the wall and came out in defense of medical cannabis patients and dispensaries under assault by the federal government this week. San Francisco dispensaries served her a petition with thousands of signatures May 2. Subsequently, Speaker Pelosi released the May 2 statement saying: “Access to medicinal marijuana for individuals who are ill or enduring difficult and painful therapies is both a medical and a states’ rights issue. Sixteen states, including our home state of California, and the District of Columbia have adopted medicinal marijuana laws – most by a vote of the people. Read More...

Barney Frank Criticizes Administration On MMJ Raid By Luke Johnson
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) sharply criticized the Obama administration's recent raids of medical marijuana dispensaries in states where its use is legal. "I think it's bad politics and bad policy," he told The Hill in an interview Friday. "I'm very disappointed. I think it's a grave mistake." He added that he had brought the criticism to the president. Read More...

Kimmel Addresses MJ Legalization At WH Dinner By Paige Lavender
While delivering his remarks at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner, comedian Jimmy Kimmel addressed the issue of marijuana legalization. "What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation's Funyun supply?" Kimmel said. "Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a week after the election, but they vote." Kimmel then posed a challenge to the crowd, which was made up of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and George Clooney. Read More...

Obama Explains Increasing MMJ Crackdowns
Amid an increased crackdown on medical marijuana producers across the nation, including a recent high-profile raid on a California training school, President Barack Obama faced questions in a new interview with Rolling Stone about the seeming disconnect between his 2008 campaign rhetoric and his administration's actions since he took office. "I'm not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws [on medical marijuana]," Obama promised in 2008, according to an earlier Rolling Stone report. But Attorney General Eric Holder announced in 2010 that federal authorities would continue to prosecute individuals for marijuana possession, despite its legalized status in some states. Read More...

Richard Branson calls for legalisation

Legal Pot Can't Be Worse Than The Status Quo

Australia: Call For End To War On Drugs

Is The DEA Legalizing THC? or Why We Can't Grow
Feds grow it, roll it, pack it, and ship it. Feds have patents. X Dept Dawg Dung Czar Grubbs Barthwell and Big Pharma Bayer are set to distribute their sublingual spray, no doubt with the same Feds pot. We the Sheople can go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Only 4 Remaining People Can Legally Use (Federal) Pot As Medicine 10/14/01
Drugs: The federal 'compassionate use' program won't expand soon despite a study showing marijuana can be therapeutic. Every weekday around 11 a.m., a middle-aged stockbroker walks to a breezeway outside his office in Boca Raton, Fla. There, alongside the potted palms and smokers taking their breaks, he lights up a cigarette of his own - not tobacco, but marijuana, sent to him by the federal government. Read More...

There are only four remaining participants in the program.
"I'm one of the fortunate people," Rosenfeld said.
Patients Out of Time


Feds Need One Million Joints
The government may be waging a war on illegal drugs, but it continually has the need for marijuana a lot of marijuana. In fact, it has just placed an order for one million cannabis (marijuana) cigarettes and some bulk pot, both Mexican and Colombian. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the $4.2 million, five-year contract to the University of Mississipi School of Pharmacy, which has been growing the federally-used marijuana under previous contracts. Read More...

The Effect of Controlled Substances Scheduling on Research
In addition to the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and sponsoring organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concerning the conduct of clinical research, U.S. investigators are subject to specific FDA and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations concerning research with controlled substances. The CSA also mandates reporting procedures when conducting research with controlled substances. Some States may have their own registration requirements for Schedule I substances above and beyond the Federal requirements. Read More...

Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access (VMCA) announced in mid-July, 2010 that the Veterans Health Services (VHA) of the United States would tolerate the use of medicinal cannabis by Veterans of all US services and time of service. A few years ago the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital treating him required he sign a “pain contract.” The contract essentially terminated the VA treatment of any Veteran found using an illegal substance such as cannabis.  Read More...

"Arbitrary and capricious" is legal language that was used by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young in 1988 to conclude that DEA was obligated under the Controlled Substances Act to reschedule marijuana as a prescription medicine. DEA Chief Administrator Robert Bonner proceeded to arbitrarily and capriciously disregard Judge Young's well researched and reasoned decision, which the Act allowed him to do.

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Note. Compassionate Use Act not the MMJ Act

HS 11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

* has been recommended by a physician

* person's health would benefit

* or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.

* no physician in this state shall be punished,

* Illegal possession and cultivation of marijuana,
shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient's primary caregiver

* upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician

* The department shall establish and maintain a voluntary program for the issuance of identification cards to qualified patients who satisfy the requirements of this article and voluntarily apply to the identification card program.

* "Qualified patient" means a person who is entitled to the protections of Section 11362.5, but who does not have an identification card issued pursuant to this article.

* It shall not be necessary for a person to obtain an identification card in order to claim the protections of Section 11362.5.

* A qualified patient or a person with an identification card

* Any individual who provides assistance

* A designated primary caregiver who transports, processes, administers, delivers, or gives away marijuana for medical purposes

* (a) Subject to the requirements of this article, the individuals specified in subdivision (b) shall not be subject, on that sole basis, to criminal liability.

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Imho, Ganja is Legal for Individuals Under the 10th Amendment and according to their Sate Laws on the books. Sales and Giveaways are are not covered under state initiatives and are listed under the Feds Commerce Clause.
Excluding rights and wrongs or legal and illicit for a moment. Buyers clubs or Apothecaries are common sense progressions of removing legal barriers that should never have been in place from the fit go. As a home health care provider I've been getting patients their remedies since 1990 with no hassles from the cops. I've been using since 1969 and have not sold any or given it away or have I been given a criminal record. The Supreme Court has already established, right or wrongly. That Raich v Gonzales makes any exchange part of the commerce clause and therefore Federal jurisdiction. Prop 215 is a deterrent to jailing people for using cannabis. I don't think anyone believed sick people would have really been hassled or jailed. But we were wrong and Wilson and Lungren proceeded to do just that. Prop 215 is the Compassionate Use Act and it is for anyone for any reason. It is not like the remaining states Medical Marijuana Laws. The reasonable amount an individual could posses has been determined to be 99 plants per year. Since half , (the males), will be uprooted to prevent pollination. No one has been arrested or even hassled because this is legal under Prop 215. Which in my opinion is a 10th amendment issue of states rights. Not everything, not selling it or growing large quantities. They are not included under the provisions of Prop 215.

Therefore Obama wasn't lying when he sent the DEA to bust buyers clubs. I don't believe he's being a nice guy to individuals. I believe he has no authority. In states with initiatives the state law trumps the CSA as long as it is not exchanged. Even passing a joint could be construed as such.This is a double edge sword in that states with draconian laws will also have jurisdiction. States with MMJ laws will only be legal in certain circumstances under doctors recommendations and other rules according to the states initiative. This should go back to the older medicinal cannabis laws before Prop 215. Again, CA and Alaska are the only two states without medicinal restrictions. So if we want the common sense Apothecaries. Quality Assurance at a fair price for patients or everyday users then we have to remove cannabis from the bogus, totally political Controlled Substance Act as a commodity. Then it would fall under state authority to implement the law and locations etc. Obama has his faults but my short term memory isn't bad enough to ever forget Bush Cheney Waldo or even Clinton's Czarbarry before that. The Feds plan I'm afraid is what we thought all along. The IOM report is still stalled in the HHS and until they release it the FDA won't and hasn't tested anything about it. If we can prove cannabis doesn't fit under a schedule#1 classification which is simple enough. The hard part has been getting Congress to even consider it, let alone examine it.

Pure fascism or corporatism keeping a viable versatile plant off the free trade market shelf. Un-American as anything I've ever witnessed. I'm a Nadar voter so its not my love of Barry but a thirst for the truth that has me writing this. Bayer and Barthwell and the governments own patents clearly are trying to monopolize Ganja in their Sativex sublingual spray already tested in Canada and heading to Europe. Most scenario's see the governments own pot farm shipping doobies to the 4 remaining IND patients as the source for the Pharmacies. Did anyone really believe the government about to start another cold war, this time with China, would actually let us grow our own stone at home? I mean legally. Legal technicalities aside, the entrepreneurs assisting patients in getting their medication are public servants that do not deserve prison. Capitalism is our way of barter so no one should be shocked that it is being sold. Whether Obama has the jurisdiction or not it is still wrong to raid clubs when so much more is in need of the Justice Department. Dissolve the DEA and put them to work busting Banksters and Stock market slicksters bankrupting our country. Thank You Ganjashops! ~ DdC

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