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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

 

SPD investigates cop who wrote 80 percent of pot tickets

SPD investigates cop who wrote 80 percent of pot tickets By Steve Miletich and Jennifer Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporters Seattle police are investigating the conduct of a veteran officer who has written about 80 percent of the tickets for using marijuana in public this year, including some that referred to City Attorney Pete Holmes, a strong advocate of pot legalization, as “Petey Holmes.” http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024203376_potofficerxml.html


The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and XenophobiaEditorial Observer By BRENT STAPLES The federal law that makes possession of marijuana a crime has its origins in legislation that was passed in an atmosphere of hysteria during the 1930s and that was firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African-Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time. This racially freighted history lives on in current federal policy, which is so driven by myth and propaganda that it is almost impervious to reason. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/opinion/high-time-federal-marijuana-ban-is-rooted-in-myth.html?op-nav


Let States Decide on Marijuana

Let States Decide on Marijuana By DAVID FIRESTONEJULY 26, 2014 In 1970, at the height of his white-hot war on crime, President Richard Nixon demanded that Congress pass the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on drug abuse. During the debate, Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut held up a package wrapped in light-green paper that he said contained $3,000 worth of marijuana. This substance, he said, caused such “dreadful hallucinations” in an Army sergeant in Vietnam that he called down a mortar strike on his own troops. A few minutesRead More


What Science Says About Marijuana

What Science Says About Marijuana By PHILIP M. BOFFEYJULY 30, 2014 For Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, there is no difference between the health effects of marijuana and those of any other illegal drug. “All illegal drugs are bad for people,” she told Congress in 2012, refusing to say whether crack, methamphetamines or prescription painkillers are more addictive or physically harmful than marijuana. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/opinion/what-science-says-about-marijuana.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region


Cannabis Businesses And Corporate Separateness

Cannabis Businesses And Corporate Separateness By Rebecca Millican on July 30, 2014 Posted in Business Basics, Legal Issues Last week in Marijuana and Bankruptcy: Not a Good Mix, we promised you a follow-up post discussing the importance of insulating your personal assets and other businesses from your cannabis ventures. Today we make good on that promise. We cannot overemphasize the importance of the points below. If you have a cannabis business, are in the process of opening one, or are even thinking of opening one, this is must-read stuff. http://www.cannalawblog.com/cannabis-businesses-and-corporate-separateness/


The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition

http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/christopher-ingraham   The federal government’s incredibly poor, misleading argument for marijuana prohibition The New York Times editorial board is making news with a week-long series advocating for the full legalization of marijuana in the United States. In response, the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) published a blog post Monday purporting to lay out the federal government’s case against marijuana reform. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/30/the-federal-governments-incredibly-poor-misleading-argument-for-marijuana-prohibition/


Debunking the White House’s Reefer Mad Reaction to the NYT

Debunking the White House’s Reefer Mad Reaction to the NYT by Mitch Earleywine July 29, 2014 The New York Times has joined the majority of US citizens in the call for a more rational marijuana policy. The White House responded with an attempt to explain why a taxed and regulated market is no “silver bullet solution.” Alluding to The Lone Ranger probably wasn’t a great idea, but I think they mean that this isn’t a panacea for every problem related to cannabis. – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2014/07/29/debunking-the-white-houses-reefer-mad-reaction-to-the-nyt/#sthash.qhIXiJKU.dpuf


Arrests for Marijuana Offenses Increasing in Many States

Study: Arrests For Marijuana Offenses Increasing In Many States by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Law enforcement in many states are making a greater number of marijuana arrests than ever before despite polling data showing that the majority of Americans believe that the adult use of the plant ought to be legal.   http://blog.norml.org/2014/07/30/study-arrests-for-marijuana-offenses-increasing-in-many-states/


Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains

July 29, 2014 CNN.com Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains By Caleb Hellerman, CNN (CNN) — Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh’s brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh’s organs. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/28/health/federal-marijuana-bill/index.html?iref=allsearch


Pot and PTSD: Arizona Boots Researcher Seeking Cure For Vets

NBCNEWS.com Pot and PTSD: Arizona Boots Researcher Seeking Cure For Vets An ex-University of Arizona researcher –- who in March won federal approval to test marijuana on veterans with PTSD –- said Thursday she hopes the school will reverse her termination as ex-combat troops and scientists express support for her cause. Dr. Sue Sisley contends her June 27 dismissal was spurred by her cannabis research –- and by Arizona lawmakers who don’t support her work. “I want to believe that the U of A cares about scientific freedom,” Sisley said.Read More