This Week: Medical Marijuana Patients Get Their Day in Federal Court; Increased Access to Cannabis Likely to Reduce Us of Addictive Substances; Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Killed in Back of Police Car; Lawrence O’Donnell Weighs in on the Drug War; Hashish Eradication in Lebanon Hits New Obstacle; LA Mayor Signs Law Banning Dispensaries; Federal Asset Forfeiture Skyrockets Under Obama; The State of Cannabis in Israel; 5 Scientific Conclusions About Marijuana the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About; Snoop Dogg Now Snoop Lion; and more.
5 Scientific Conclusions About Marijuana the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You to Know About — The government and mainstream media like to push studies touting the purported dangers of marijuana, while ignoring scientific evidence that demonstrates the opposite.
Increased Access to Cannabis Likely to Reduce Us of Addictive Substances— Regulating cannabis access would provide patients with an effective treatment for chronic pain and likely reduce morbidity associated with the use of prescription opiates and other pharmaceuticals, according to a review published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Medical Marijuana Patients Get Their Day in Federal Court — Late last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed to hear oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. Ten years after the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed its petition, the courts will finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic value of marijuana. The D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on October 16th at 9:30am.
Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Killed in Back of Police Car — A Southhaven, Mississippi, man arrested for marijuana by police in nearby Jonesboro, Arkansas, was shot and killed as he sat handcuffed in the back of a squad car Saturday. Chavis Carter, 21, becomes the 37th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
Federal Asset Forfeiture Skyrockets Under Obama — The Justice Department’s asset forfeiture fund under President Obama is the largest it’s ever been, having grown from $500 million in 2003, to $1.8 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the GAO.
Lawrence O’Donnell Weighs in on the Drug War — How long do you fight a war that cannot be won? Lawrence O’Donnell asked the both moral and political question in the latest Rewrite. We fought the Vietnam War long past the point when we knew we could not win, and in the process sent 58,193 Americans to die there in a 14-year period. America’s so-called War on Drugs to end illegal drug consumption is now 41-years-old. How’s that for perspective?
LA Mayor Signs Law Banning Dispensaries — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday signed into law a measure banning all medical marijuana clinics in the city. The measure, approved by the City Council last week on a 14-0 vote, will take effect within 30 days.
Drug Czar Shoots Down Legalization Question…Again — White House Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske shot down a question Monday about softening views on marijuana policy, saying the administration believes that neither “legalization” nor “decriminalization” are viable solutions to deal with the nation’s “problem.”
Hashish Eradication in Lebanon Hits New Obstacle — The country’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) are having problems doing their job, though at least no one is shooting at them. But if no one is shooting, no one is cooperating, either, according to the Daily Star. The Beirut newspaper reported that the ISF had to postpone operations to destroy marijuana fields in Hermel Tuesday after it was unable to hire enough bulldozers to plow the plants under.
The State of Cannabis in Israel — A million users to seek to change the country’s cannabis laws.
Snoop Dogg Now Snoop Lion — Snoop Dogg, the veteran West Coast rapper, says he underwent a spiritual and artistic rebirth while making a new album in Jamaica last February. He abandoned rap as his preferred mode of expression, wrote more than a dozen songs in a traditional reggae style and opened up to a documentary film crew about his long and sometimes violent journey from teenage gang member to a middle-aged hip-hop superstar. Along the way, he says, he shed the name and persona of Snoop Dogg and was rechristened Snoop Lion by Rastafarian priests.
Snoop Dogg Banned from Norway — It takes more than being banned from Norway to harsh Snoop Dogg’s vibe. After the rapper was nabbed with eight grams of marijuana while passing through an airport in the country last month, the sticky-bud aficionado has been locked out of Norway for two years—a deal the D-O-double-G “can live with,” said the rapper’s lawyer.
Gore Vidal Advocated Marijuana Legalization 40 Years Ago — Visionary author, playwright and political activist Gore Vidal passed away yesterday. Millions around the world are remembering his life’s work. If you don’t know much about him, you can learn a lot just by reading the obituaries and commentaries that are emerging in the wake of his death. Apparently, though, there’s one political issue that Vidal wrote about that has been overlooked: his opposition to the insane war on drugs.
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Help Needed as Feds Seek to Silence Silver Tour’s Robert Platshorn — Here is yet another example of a federal government that will twist and turn in the most constitutionally offensive manner to continue to justify Cannabis Prohibition. In a country with a sacredly held First Amendment and a self-evidently failed public policy like seventy-five years of Cannabis Prohibition, trying to silence a citizen—who spent nearly thirty years of his life behind the government’s prison walls for Cannabis Prohibition-created ‘crimes’—from both criticizing the now unpopular government policies surrounding cannabis and prohibiting him from educating willing senior citizens (and even American Bar Association members!) about cannabis as a safe, affordable and efficient (and in 17 states and the District of Columbia legal) alternative medical option to conventional pharmaceuticals (which are often dangerous and expensive as compared to naturally occurring cannabis).
(This week’s photo by Sharon Letts.)