The Week in Weed 10-6-12 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard and Daisy BramBetter late than never.  I was so busy this week at the national NORML conference followed by Kush Day LA, I haven’t had time to get last week’s news round up out.  But here it is!  By the way, this week’s photo is me with the uber-brave Daisy Bram (who I am in awe of).  If you don’t know Daisy’s story, check out www.FreeMyBabies.org.  And if you ever need a good cannabis attorney, check out Daisy’s super hero attorney Michael Levinsohn at www.420Defenders.com.

THIS WEEK: Cannabinoids Found to Combat Autism; Lawsuit to Review Marijuana’s Scientific Evidence for 1st Time in 20 Years; A Marijuana Revolution in the Making on Election Day; Montana Medical Cannabis Provider Convicted for Doing His Job; Mexican Diplomat Says US Invited Sinaloa Cartel Across the Border; Uruguay Proposes Regulating Market for Cannabis; GOP Mogul behind Drug Rehab Torture Centers Bankrolling Legalization Opposition in Colorado; New Hampshire Jury Nullifies Its 1st Federal Marijuana Case.

MEDICAL

Cannabinoids Found to Combat Autism — The cannabinoid compounds naturally found in many varieties of cannabis, also known more commonly as marijuana, may help children with autism spectrum disorders experience dramatic behavioral improvements, and potentially even full recovery from their symptoms. These are the findings of a new study published in the journal Nature Communications that help reinforce the growing body of evidence which shows that medicinal cannabinoids hold incredible potential in both treating and potentially curing chronic illness.

LEGAL/POLITICS

Lawsuit to Review Marijuana’s Scientific Evidence for 1st Time in 20 Years — For the first time in nearly 20 years, a United States Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medicinal value: Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. This historic case will force a federal court to finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana.

GOP Mogul behind Drug Rehab Torture Centers Bankrolling Legalization Opposition in Colorado — Marijuana legalization would harm kids, says Smart Colorado, a group advertising stock images of children along with messages asking for voters to reject Amendment 64, a ballot initiative this year to legalize and tax pot.  Smart Colorado, led former Republican senate candidate Ken Buck and a team of Republican lobbyists and campaign operatives, hopes to drive down the popularity of Amendment 64 before Election Day. The supposedly family-friendly group, however, relies heavily on funds from a pair of controversial Republican fundraisers who once led a drug rehab center shut down over wide-ranging child abuse scandals.

Uruguay Proposes Regulating Market for Cannabis — Increasing drug use and narcotrafficking has made some Latin American countries among the most violent places on Earth. But tiny, progressive Uruguay, where it’s always been legal to use marijuana, is leading the way with an alternative drug policy.  The government of President Jose Mujica has proposed a law that would put the state in charge of producing and selling marijuana to registered users.

A Marijuana Revolution in the Making on Election Day — As we approach November, the leading Democrat and Republican presidential candidates remain conspicuously, though predictably, silent regarding the question of marijuana law reform. By contrast, much of the public and the mainstream media can’t stop talking about pot politics. That’s because voters in six states this November 6 will have their say on the subject.

Montana Medical Cannabis Provider Convicted for Doing His Job— A jury has convicted a medical marijuana provider of drug trafficking charges in a major test of the U.S. government’s raids of state-regulated pot dispensaries in Montana.  The jury found Chris Williams guilty Thursday of all eight charges, including conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute marijuana and firearms charges.

Mexican Diplomat Says US Invited Sinaloa Cartel Across the Border — Leaked emails from the private U.S. security firm Stratfor cite a Mexican diplomat who says the U.S. government works with Mexican cartels to traffic drugs into the United States and has sided with the Sinaloa cartel in an attempt to limit the violence in Mexico.

New Hampshire Jury Nullifies Its 1st Federal Marijuana Case — Doug Darrell beat the odds and walked home from his trial as a free man on Friday, a major win for the state’s new jury nullification law. Facing felony drug cultivation charges for growing marijuana plants behind his house, the 59-year-old Rastafarian saw all of the charges against him dropped after jurors in his trial successfully convinced their peers to nullify the case on the grounds that Darrell was simply trying to obey the customs of his religion.

TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITY

Court Support for Aaron Sandusky — Facing 10 years to life in federal prison for legally (under state law) providing cannabis to patients, Aaron Sandusky need court support as he bravely stands up for what is right.  Taking place Tuesday through Friday Oct 8 – 12 in Los Angeles.  For details click here.

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