The Week in Weed 9-29-12 Cannabis News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardThis Week: US-led War On Drugs Questioned at UN; Medical Marijuana Researchers Present Findings at UCSF; Veterans Form Pro Marijuana Legalization Group; Charges Against MMJ Doctor Raises Questions; Columbia, Guatemala and Mexico Beg for End to Murderous War on Drugs; Inside Obama’s War on Weed; Feds Will Enforce LA’s Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries for Them; Why the Music Industry Should Boycott Texas; Why Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Won’t Stop Walking About Marijuana; and more.

MEDICAL/HEALTH

Medical Marijuana Researchers Present Findings at UCSF — The myth that medical cannabis is a myth has been fairly exploded by now — at least according to, you know, science and healthcare professionals, who have produced data that pot shrinks tumors, soothes pain, and otherwise aids human beings for decades.  Anyone still on the fence — and especially anyone still on the fence in the medical or healthcare fields — ought to sit down and listen to UC San Francisco professor Donald Abrams talk about how marijuana has saved lives.

Veterans Form Pro Marijuana Legalization Group — A group of Colorado veterans are forming a pro-marijuana legalization group after state health officials denied a second petition to allow medical marijuana as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

POLITICS/LEGAL

Inside Obama’s War on Weed—  Seventeen states say it’s OK to distribute medicinal marijuana, but increasingly, the feds don’t seem to care. Chaddwick McKeen found out the hard way, when his pot shop was raided, his Corvette seized and his business closed down for good. Winston Ross reports.

US-led War On Drugs Questioned at UN — The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala all called for a vigorous global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the United Nations on Wednesday, raising new questions about the wisdom of the four-decade-old, U.S.-led “war on drugs.”

Columbia, Guatemala and Mexico Beg for End to Murderous War on Drugs — Wednesday’s United Nations General Assembly session saw not one, not two, but three Latin American heads of state call on it to promote debate on alternatives to the war on drugs. The presidents of Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico all used their 15-minute addresses at the Assembly to call for exploring new paths.

Feds Will Enforce LA’s Ban on Marijuana Dispensaries for Them— The U.S. federal government on Tuesday took action to shut down 71 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, where the city council recently voted to ban the cannabis access points altogether.  The U.S. Attorney’s office for Southern California sued three property owners that rent to dispensaries, raided three shops, and sent warning letters to 68 more, enforcing federal law, which doesn’t recognize the 1996 California voter initiative that legalized marijuana for medicinal uses, reports Greg Risling of the Associated Press.

Charges Against MMJ Doctor Raises Questions — Recently, the Michigan Attorney General’s office filed a formal complaint with the Licensing and Regulation Division (LARA), alleging that a physician failed to require patients to produce medical records and “failed to maintain those records,” prior to and after recommending patients for medical marijuana. The first question raised is, will the Attorney General’s investigation extend to all doctors, or is this only an issue because it involves medical marijuana?

Why Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Won’t Stop Walking About Marijuana—  In reporting my (author Molly Ball of The Atlantic) profile of Gary Johnson in this month’s issue of The Atlantic, one of the things I discovered is that his advisers used to tell him not to talk about pot so much. It made him too easy to pigeonhole as the stoner candidate, not to be taken seriously.  But in his 2012 campaign as the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Johnson has instead made marijuana legalization one of his signature issues. In an ad he hopes to air, highlighted by Conor Friedersdorf in July’s Atlantic, Johnson calls President Obama a hypocrite for continuing to prosecute pot smokers even though, as David Maraniss’s recent biography revealed, Obama was a member of a high-school dope-smoking clique called the Choom Gang.

ENTERTAINMENT

Why the Music Industry Should Boycott Texas—  No one is surprised when they find marijuana in a tour bus; in fact it’s practically a guarantee of both the Willie Nelson and Snoop Lion brands. Police and civilians alike would sooner be surprised if they didn’t find pot.  What is surprising, however, is the economic persecution and discouragement by small-town law enforcement when big city celebrities attempt to bring money and joy into such hot, desolate and miserable places as West Texas.

TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITY

Tell AG Holder to Let States Decide Their Own Marijuana Policies — Don’t let nine former DEA officials stop marijuana legalization. Urge the Attorney General not to stand in the way of states voting to legalize marijuana this November!

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