WHAT CAN YOU DO TO
HELP END MARIJUANA
Help us continue our education efforts to help with the State-wide Implementation of a mandatory Cite and Release, and the Recalibration of the marijuana laws in Texas!
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BANNER DROP - MONDAY APRIL 20
AT 4:20 PM
Join us Monday, April 20, at the HELP END MARIJUANA PROHIBITIONBanner Drop. It is exhilarating displaying our banners at the 11th street bridge, over IH-35, listening to everyone honking their horns. Those who joined us know the positive response we got from virtually everyone. We encourage you to join us in educating the public, remembering our history, and standing up for what we all believe in – FREEDOM!
Meet us on Monday, April 20 at the 11th Street Overpass of IH-35, at 4:20p.m., in the CVS parking lot on the Northeast corner.
Pending in the Criminal Justice Committee
Rep. David Simpson filed HB 2165, relating to the repealing of marijuana offenses.
Vice Chair to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Rep. Joe Moody, Filed HB 507 relating to a civil penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana instead of prosecution for possession of drug paraphernealia.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson Filed HB 3326, relating to the appearance of certain misdemeanor defendants before a magistrate. Lowering Texas high cost of imprisoning non-violent offenders.
Medical Marijuana bill pending a hearing
Vice Chair to the Public Health Committee, Rep. Elliot Naishtat, filed HB 837 relating to medical use of THC cannabis providing defense for doctors and patients.
Ex-Governor Rick Perry
of Marijuana on Jimmy
Texas Gov. Rick Perry found a way to get an Austin audience on his side: by talking about lowering penalties for smoking pot.
Perry was initially booed when he went onstage Tuesday to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but then the audience cheered for the governor when the discussion turned to his support for decriminalizing marijuana use. Kimmel’s show is taping in Austin during the South by Southwest festival.
“You don’t want to ruin a kid’s life for having a joint,” Perry said.
Perry, who will leave office in January after a record 14 years as governor, said he’s never smoked pot himself. “No, thank God,” the governor said, before riffing about secondhand smoke and Snoop Dogg. The rapper, whose marijuana use is something of a trademark, appeared on Kimmel’s show the day before.
As for running for president again, all Perry would say is: “America is a great place for second chances.”
Watch the Video!
Local New: San Antonio
Town Hall Meeting
News 4 San Antonio - Updated: Friday, March 7 2014, 06:53 AM CST
SAN ANTONIO - We're committed to keeping you up to date on the most pressing topics in the nation, so News 4 San Antonio hosted a town hall on marijuana legalization Thursday night. Two states have already legalized pot just this year, and 20 others have medical marijuana laws on the books. So will Texas follow suit?
Gupta: 'I am doubling
down' on medical
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores
politics of pot
- A growing number of patients want cannabis as a medicine
- "It is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can," Sanjay Gupta says
- Those with influence are paying attention to the debate
- The public has become intensely engaged
Editor's note: Don't miss "Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports," at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Also, Dr. Gupta will be answering your questions on Reddit at noon ET Tuesday.
(CNN) -- It's been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential. I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have suffered for too long, unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them.
I have been reminded that a true and productive scientific journey involves a willingness to let go of established notions and get at the truth, even if it is uncomfortable and even it means having to say "sorry."
It is not easy to apologize and take your lumps, but this was never about me.
This scientific journey is about a growing number of patients who want the cannabis plant as a genuine medicine, not to get high.
It is about emerging science that not only shows and proves what marijuana can do for the body but provides better insights into the mechanisms of marijuana in the brain, helping us better understand a plant whose benefits have been documented for thousands of years. This journey is also about a Draconian system where politics override science and patients are caught in the middle.
Since our documentary "Weed" aired in August, I have continued to travel the world, investigating and asking tough questions about marijuana.
I have met with hundreds of patients, dozens of scientists and the curious majority who simply want a deeper understanding of this ancient plant. I have sat in labs and personally analyzed the molecules in marijuana that have such potential but are also a source of intense controversy. I have seen those molecules turned into medicine that has quelled epilepsy in a child and pain in a grown adult. I've seen it help a woman at the peak of her life to overcome the ravages of multiple sclerosis.
While some celebrate
legalization, other are still
spending life in prison for
Commuting the sentences of American Marijuana Prisoner is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness. In the New Year, lawmakers should act on the kinds of bipartisan sentencing reform measures already working their way through Congress. Together, we must ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and that our justice system keeps its basic promise of equal treatment for all. These are non-violent prisoners and should be trated as such.
Check out these two stories of how the drug war is destroying the lives of peaceful people with rediculous sentences for even first time offenders:
James Roman, age 42 serving life for conspiracy to distribute. (For more info visit: www.the-human-solution.org)
George Martorano, age 62 serving life for marijuana trafficking. (For more info visit: www.webelievegroup.com)
Gov. Rick Perry, moving
Austin American Statesman News Editorial
Gov. Rick Perry is not a politician who’s been associated with criminal-justice reform. Jobs? Yes. Low taxes? Yes. Friend to business? You bet.
Perry altered that profile in a heartbeat last week when he looked kindly on moving toward decriminalization in discussing drug prohibition with world leaders in Davos, Switzerland. News reports on his remarks fancied him all sorts of ways, even to the left of President Barack Obama
on drug enforcement.
Of course, that’s not where we see our governor, but Perry did place himself in a new light, perhaps with an eye on the 2016 presidential campaign. It was not without political calculation that he shared the stage with international figures at the World Economic Forum and addressed the fallout from the war on illicit drugs.
In any event, this newspaper is glad he got tongues wagging. This state’s prosecution of the drug war has racked up too high a human and fiscal cost and has gone unquestioned too long by the Republican majority in Austin.
Perry’s thoughts on the matter could give cover to fellow conservatives who have been looking for safe harbor. “What Perry said” might become a useful default.
The governor’s office maintains he wasn’t carving out a new position, that he was merely citing previous support of drug courts and sentencing that focuses on rehabilitation instead of prison.
And he repeated his view that states should have the latitude to forge their own drug policies — even if that means legalizing marijuana, a step that he’s not advocating.
US drug agency
surveillance unit to be
Department of Justice
Civil rights groups express concern after revelations that secret unit conceals use of wiretaps and telephone records
Karen McVeigh in New York
theguardian.com, Tuesday 6 August 2013 16.29 EDT
The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into revelations that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses surveillance tactics – including wiretapping and massive databases of telephone records – to arrest Americans, amid growing concerns from lawyers and civil rights groups over its lack of transparency.
Reuters on Monday detailed how the Special Operative Division – a unit within the DEA comprising representatives of two dozen agencies including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security – passes tips from wiretaps, informants and a database of telephone records to field agents to investigate and arrest criminals. Reuters reports that, although such cases rarely involve national security issues, the DEA agents using the tips are trained to "recreate" the source of the criminal investigation to conceal its true origin from defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. (read more...)
NO FEDERAL CHALLENGE
TO POT LEGALIZATION IN
Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department said it won't challenge state laws that legalize marijuana and will focus federal enforcement on serious trafficking cases and keeping the drug away from children.(read more...)
Join natural products pioneers, leading retail stores, health and wellness advocates and citizens across the nation in celebrating Hemp: Our Heritage, Our Future.
- Industrial hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the first European settlers arrived in early 1600’s.
- The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all grew hemp and actively advocated for commercial hemp production.
- Hemp was handled by the U.S. government like any other agricultural crop. More than 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a part of the USDA’s “Hemp for Victory” program during WWII.
- Hemp was a staple crop of 1800’s American agriculture, reflected in town names like “Hempfield” and “Hempstead.”
Hemp/ marijuana is the number one cash crop in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Hawaii and the number six cash crop in Texas. (Source: Top 10 Cash Crops, Norml.org)
Let U.S. Farmers Grow Hemp
Call or write to your Senators! We need your Senators to become a cosponsor of S. 359, Senator Wyden's companion bill to H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. This bill would allow farmers in the U.S. to once again have the opportunity to grow this profitable agricultural crop.
Following our recent victories legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington, it was only a matter of time before steps were taken toward drug policy reform on a federal level.
Tuesday February 5th, members of Congress announced an ambitious new bill that will end federal marijuana prohibition and allow states to set their own guidelines for the regulation of marijuana, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. This groundbreaking legislation shields individual states from federal interference and allows law enforcement to focus their priorities where they belong: on solving violent crime, not wasting time and resources on nonviolent marijuana arrests.
We need your help, Please take a minute to send a letter to Congress in support of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013.
CA scientists prove
A pair of scientists at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute are preparing to release research data which proves cannabidiol (CBD) - a marijuana compound - has the ability to "turn off" the activity of a gene which causes cancers to metastasize. (Read More...)
has been supplying
Cannabis for 30 years!
On November 20th, Irvin Rosenfeld will celebrate 30 years of receiving 10-12 Cannabis cigarettes from the United States Federal Government. He is the longest surviving of the final four Federal Medical Cannabis patients from a program that was started in 1978 and stopped under President H. W. Bush. He and 13 others were “Grand-fathered” in what is called a “Compassionate Care Investigational New Drug “protocol.
“Even though I have a severe bone tumor disorder, I am in great health because of my Cannabis use”, said Rosenfeld. “The sad part is that the Federal Government either doesn’t care or does not want to know how well I am.”
Eighteen states and D.C. have enacted laws that declared that their citizens that need Cannabis for medical use are not criminals. That’s over 40% of the population. 75-80% of the people believe that physicians should have the right to use Medical Cannabis in their practices. When will the Federal Government take real responsibility for the cost of healthcare and do what’s best for patients?
“I am living proof that Medical Cannabis works,” said Rosenfeld, author of “My Medicine” ‘How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Supply My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement’ available at www.mymedicinethebook.com and on Kindle.
asks feds to honor state
- By Bartholomew Sullivan
- Posted November 19, 2012 at 3:32 p.m., updated November 20, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has asked the Justice Department to respect Colorado and Washington state referendums making marijuana possession legal, saying it would be "a mistake for the federal government to focus enforcement action on individuals whose actions are in compliance with state law." (Read Article)
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