This Week: Eric Holder’s Connection to Obama’s Fast & Furious War on Med Pot; Police Claim Handcuffed Marijuana Prisoner Shot Himself in the Head; Colorado’s Legalization Amendment Would Raise $100 Million in 5 Years; Can Marijuana Treat Cancer Without Chemotherapy Devastation?; Facebook Makes Big move on Marijuana Reform; City Attorney Threatens Local Newspaper for Negative Medical Marijuana Coverage; 10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana; Judge Nixes Bail for Marijuana Minister; Women and the Cannabis Closet; and more.
Can Marijuana Treat Cancer Without Chemotherapy Devastation? — Research shows THC and other compounds found only in marijuana don’t just soothe symptoms; they can shrink tumors and slow the spread of cancer.
Infant Drug Tests for Marijuana Unreliable — The most commonly used drug testing methods for detecting marijuana exposure are unreliable when used on infant babies and “should not be reported” without additional testing and followup by hospital staff and social workers, according to new research published recently in the scientific journal Clinical Chemistry.
City Attorney Threatens Local Newspaper for Negative Medical Marijuana Coverage — Both Nick Schou for OC Weekly and Greggory Moore for LB Post wrote about a recent medical marijuana raid in Long Beach, CA where the police are suspected of abuse. Apparently Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon found the latter’s coverage objectionable, because on Aug. 2, he sent a nasty letter to the newspaper’s publisher, Dezire Lumachi demanding that the offending article be retracted, threatening unspecified “legal action” if Lumachi failed to do so.
Eric Holder’s Connection to Obama’s Fast & Furious War on Med Pot — Right-wingers were calling for Eric Holder’s head over Fast and Furious, so he went after the potheads.
Police Claim Handcuffed Marijuana Prisoner Shot Himself in the Head — Police in Jonesboro, Arkansas, are claiming the death of a man they detained on marijuana charges in the back of a squad car was the result of shooting himself in the head while his hands were cuffed behind his back.
Colorado’s Legalization Amendment Would Raise $100 Million in 5 Years — The campaign for Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, is touting a new report by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy declaring that passage of the measure could result in $60 million in new revenue and savings for Colorado — and that total could reach the $100 million-per-annum range after 2017. Yet a spokeswoman thinks even those figures may be low.
Facebook Makes Big move on Marijuana Reform — Facebook turned over a new leaf Monday, unblocking advertisements promoting a marijuana legalization campaign involving a set of November ballot initiatives across the country. The social media giant conceded to Internet freedom advocates over the past week that it had erred in yanking a pro-legalization group’s ads from its network because of pot leaf images. Parties involved in the controversy confirmed the Facebook decision to The Huffington Post on Monday.
Judge Nixes Bail for Marijuana Minister — The number seven didn’t turn out lucky for a Hilo marijuana advocate who’s spent two years in federal custody while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi on Tuesday refused to set bail for Roger Christie, founder and leader of The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry. Christie and his court-appointed Honolulu attorney, Thomas Otake, appealed to Kobayashi, after U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin S.C. Chang denied Christie’s sixth request for bail.
10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana, The Story of Aaron Sandusky — “This is a Constitutional battle, and we’re going to defend our rights,” says Aaron Sandusky, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California who now faces federal drug trafficking charges even though he was operating within California state law.
Why Have No Celebrity Women Stoners Come Out of the Cannabis Closet? — The only way famous women talk openly and politically about pot use today is if they are using it “medically” — as in the case with Melissa Etheridge, who spoke openly about her pot use during the chemo treatments she underwent during her 2005 battle with breast cancer. What we don’t hear is celebrity women who are willing to advocate for the legalization and taxation of weed, aka cannabis sativa. But they should, because it’s better for the economy, for the sick and ailing and prescription-addicted, for farmers and for the environment.
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Tell MI Governor Implement the Will of the People and Stop Abusing the Sick — The government has rewritten the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The New provisions seek to criminalize the use of Medical Marijuana. Innocent patients and caregivers will be arrested, Many will be sent to prison and lose their possessions. This kind of behavior by the government is unacceptable. Please sign the petition!