The Week in Weed 11-17-12 Cannabis News

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Cheri Sicard and Cynthia Johnston. Photo by Steve Baker.

Cheri Sicard and Cynthia Johnston. Photo by Steve Baker.

This Week: Rest in Peace, Little Man. The Fight is Over for Cashy Hyde; Israeli Firm’s New Medical Marijuana; Governor Jerry Brown: Marijuana Laws Should Be Decided by States; CNN: U.S. Should Honor States’ New Pot Laws; Nullification Victories; Jacob Sullum on Opting Out of the War on Drugs; Help End Policing for Profit; Medical Marijuana and States’ Rights: Pot Dispensary Owner Faces 10 Years in Jail for Violating Federal Laws; and Some Latin American Countries Rethink Marijuana Policy.

Note:  This week’s guest blogger (while Cheri is on vacation) is writer/activist  Cynthia Johnston (pictured with Cheri, right,) who has been fighting marijuana prohibition for over 30 years, beginning in 1980 as Marin County Coordinator for NORML’s California Marijuana Initiative.  Be sure to check out Cynthia’s Blog for her latest coverage on the War on Weed!

MEDICAL/HEALTH

Rest in Peace, Little Man. The Fight is Over — His life was a battle against an evil force. For so much of his four years and five months on earth, Cash Michael Hyde fought a brain tumor that wouldn’t quit. By medical standards, Cashy probably should not have survived the initial tumor that hit when he was barely more than a year old.

Israeli Firm’s New Medical Marijuana — Cannabis is an illegal drug in Israel but this facility is allowed to operate under a government licence. The company that runs it, Tikun Olam, uses organic methods to grow different kinds of cannabis for medical use. Now, it has developed a new strain that could change the image of the drug.

POLITICS/LEGAL

Governor Jerry Brown: Marijuana Laws Should Be Decided by States —  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Sunday the federal government should respect states’ rights to decide how to regulate marijuana use, in light of votes Tuesday to approve legal use of the drug in Colorado and Washington. “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

U.S. Should Honor States’ New Pot Laws — (CNN) The residents of Colorado and Washington state have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and all hell is about to break loose — at least ideologically. The problem is that pot is still very much illegal under federal law, and the Obama administration must decide whether to enforce federal law in a state that has rejected the substance of that law.

Nullification Victories! — Barack Obama won the presidential election. But, the people of six states voted to take their freedom without federal “permission.” In ten states – Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Massachusetts and Alabama – voters had a chance to resist DC and approve ballot initiatives which would nullify unconstitutional federal acts. Six of them passed.

Jacob Sullum on Opting Out of the War on Drugs — Shortly before the House of Representatives approved a federal ban on marijuana in 1937, the Republican minority leader, Bertrand Snell of New York, confessed, “I do not know anything about the bill.” The Democratic majority leader, Sam Rayburn of Texas, educated him. “It has something to do with something that is called marihuana,” Rayburn said. “I believe it is a narcotic of some kind.”

Help End Policing for Profit — You don’t have to commit a crime for the police to seize your property and keep it for themselves. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and it’s worse than just the government seizing cash, cars, and property…it’s a way for the government to fund SWAT raids, purchase surveillance equipment, and finance the Drug War.

Medical Marijuana and States’ Rights: Pot Dispensary Owner Faces 10 Years in Jail for Violating Federal Law — While Aaron Sandusky and his supporters contend he committed no crime under California state law, he stands to spend many years – and possibly the rest of his life – behind bars. Sandusky was president of Upland-based G3 Holistic, a medical marijuana dispensary, which in California, is legal.

 INTERNATIONAL

Some Latin American Countries Rethink Marijuana Policy — (CBS News) The legalization of marijuana use in Colorado and Washington is putting some Latin American governments in an awkward position. After four decades on the front lines of the U.S. government’s drug wars, some countries are now wondering if it was worth the cost…. This week, the presidents of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica called for an international debate on legalization.

And that’s The Week in Weed, respectfully submitted by Cynthia Johnston while Cheri enjoys her international adventure. Salute!

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