Creating an idea that an entire movement can support while pulling in those from outside a movement to support your cause is where the War on Drugs finds it’s adversary. Meanwhile the foot soldiers in the war are still snickering like a 5th grader who hears the word penis in sex education… not quite educated in the ways of sex yet, nor should a fifth grader, but the conversation is beginning and they are learning to understand something they had no concept of previously.
Oregon boasts the country’s cheapest pot, with the price of a high quality ounce running $259.13, according to PriceofWeed.com, a site that uses crowd-sourcing methodology to track marijuana prices around the country. (Anonymous users who buy the drug on the street input what they paid — and for how much — and the site averages out prices for the state or territory.) Montana comes in second at $273.87 per ounce. Both states are among the 14 to have passed laws allowing the medicinal use of the drug.
The end of cannabis prohibition is near.
How can one tell? When the beneficiaries of the status quo—both prohibitionists and contrabandists—join together to actively oppose long sought alternatives to America’s expensive, unsuccessful, anti-free market and Constitution- warping cannabis prohibition, then it is clear that change is upon us
The close loss might have turned out to be a narrow victory had the Prop. 19 campaign not received more than 50 percent of the public donations in the last four weeks of the campaign, which did not allow them to have any physical presence in Los Angeles County or the three major cannabis cultivation counties in the north (Mendocino, Humboldt and Sonoma), where, if only a small percentage more of voters had instead favored Prop. 19, then the headline on election night would have been all together different.
Senator Rory J. Respicio (D‐Agana Hts) issued a letter to US Attorney Alicia Limtiaco Wednesday, requesting confirmation of her office’s policy on the use of medical marijuana as regulated by local governments.
Respicio writes in light of news reports that Federal Prosecutor Fred Black commented on the issue, saying that if local law allowed for it, his office would follow the federal policy of not prosecuting people who are allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Mr. Black reportedly said that his office would rather focus on the more dangerous drugs, and that if Bill 423 became law, “it is unlikely you would see any prosecutions for medical marijuana on Guam.”
The medical marijuana community may have been divided on California’s Prop 19, but they were very much united in their efforts to defeat one of their most vocal opponents of medicinal marijuana, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley for California’s Attorney General race against Kamala Harris.
In a narrow back and forth that seemed to always signal a slight lead by Harris, Cooley finally conceded and the message was sent loud and clear: a war on patients will become a war on politicians, and we will vote out non-compassionate candidates.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services filed for and was awarded a patent on the medical benefits of cannabinoids derived from cannabis, based on studies done at the National Institute of Health. The patent (#6,630,507) awarded in 2003, states unequivocally that cannabinoids are neuroprotectants and anti-inflammitory, and as such are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including stroke, trauma, auto-immune disorders, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and HIV dementia. That’s prevention and treatment…
Moments from now, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office will return hash it seized from medical marijuana patient Gregory VonAlmen — and Von Almen’s attorney, Rob Corry, believes the decision sets a precedent by establishing that marijuana concentrate and other related products are also protected by Amendment 20, which legalized MMJ in Colorado.
I dropped in on a marijuana shop here that proudly boasted that it sells “31 flavors.” It also offered a loyalty program. For every 10 purchases of pot — supposedly for medical uses — you get one free packet. “There are five of these shops within a three-block radius,” explained the proprietor, Edward J. Kim. He brimmed with pride at his inventory and sounded like any small businessman as he complained about onerous government regulation. Like, well, state and federal laws.
The Heritage Foundation’s Charles Stimson has released a completely bonkers prohibitionist screed on marijuana. Will the think tank retract it? If you want to read one of the most absurd “policy” articles about marijuana in history, go quickly to the website of the Heritage Foundation to read “Legalizing Marijuana: Why Citizens Should Just Say No.” I say quickly because it is truly so absurd, I believe it will be taken down from the site soon.