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Money, Medicine, Marijuana and Moonbeams

The national cable network Comcast has begun running what is the first advertisement regarding medical cannabis of the post-prohibition era. The advertisement, that has begun to run in markets where medical cannabis has been legalized through acts by state legislatures, including in Illinois and New York, will be rolled out into additional markets that are served both by Comcast Cable and by elected officials who understand the humanity in providing medicines to our sick neighbors.

The paid advertisement promotes Marijuanadoctors dot com, which is a business that connects doctors who have experience prescribing medical cannabis with sick patients who are unable for many reasons to get the medical authorization to purchase prescribed medications in their state. Even though cannabis has been legalized as medicine in 20 states (with 13 additional state legislatures considering legalizing medical cannabis), many patients still have difficulty finding a doctor who is willing to prescribe medical cannabis leading to the dangerous, untenable and perverse consequences of, for example, a horribly sick Parkinson’s Disease patient turning to the illicit market to obtain needed medicine. In effect, turning deathly ill Americans into criminals who have to risk both arrest by police and theft and injury by drug dealers in pursuit of life saving and pain ending medications.

Comcast has taken the bold step to be the first media outlet in America to run medical cannabis advertisements because, as Comcast told the on-line news journal the Verge, “It went through our legal department, and they approved it.”

With nothing more from Comcast to analyze, the company’s effort (that is historically the first advertisement that has been presented to Americans on their TV screens involving the nascent commercial cannabis market) may have been inspired out of an altruistic concern for its viewers some of whom are sick and need the relief that medical cannabis can provide them and advertising the services offered by Marijuanadoctors has not been outlawed, or the motivation could have come from the company’s desire to cash in on a truly new and massive market – one can only speculate. But the historic advert does indicate we are living in a changed world.

When the sick and diseased have easily satisfied needs, when suburban moms are lobbying statehouses in red and blue states to repeal prohibition, when international political leaders are finding their courage to confront failed drug warriors, when hippies and international corporations arrive at commonality, when state level politicos and cable company honchos realize the cash that they may be leaving on the table, the finger wagging and tut-tutting of dry-doper politicos and cultural custodians who are intent on maintaining cannabis prohibition are revealed to all as obvious self-serving, self-exculpating and legacy burnishing talking points that have only the effect of consigning more minorities in our country to lives with arrest records and more patients in our land living out lives in pain and desperation – arrests that don’t have to happen and pain and desperation that can be ended by compassionate Americans.

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Breaking: Obama DEA stormtroops into the Evergreen State

Reports have emerged that the Drug Enforcement Agency, a federal agency under the auspices of President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, is in the midst of conducting a broad based ‘sting’ raiding cannabis pharmacies in Washington state.

The raids, three of which were carried out by dozens of gun-brandishing heavily armored federal police officials over the course of the last few days, resulted in the seizure of cash, medical cannabis and employee cell phones, among other items present at the cannabis dispensaries.

An employee who works for the Bayside Collective in Olympia Washington where federal agents packed into seven unmarked police vehicles stormed the facility earlier this week told NBC News that she was ordered to appear before a federal grand jury in September and that the raids were the result of an on-going two year investigation.

Another employee of Bayside, speaking through his attorney to NBC News, said that he overheard one of the federal law enforcement raiders say that the DEA will raid a total of 18 cannabis pharmacies in this targeted sweep of dispensaries in Washington state.  The pharmacy employee said that the agent asked the employees in a mocking fashion that, “this is your second raid…why do you keep doing this?”  The federal agent further threatened the pharmacy employees, “things are going to be hell for you.”

Washington state and Coloradan voters decided to legalize cannabis for personal consumption by adults, in the same way alcohol is legal across the United States, in November 2012.  These actions were taken using the mechanisms of popular small-d democracy, passed by overwhelming majorities in state wide referenda.  Since that time, the Obama administration has put forward a drug policy paper that suggests that cannabis shares the severely addicting qualities of the drugs heroin and crack cocaine and stood behind US Attorneys in the Justice Department as it earlier this year sent demand letters to more than 100 cannabis pharmacies in California threatening jail sentences for owners of up to 40 years unless they shutter their pharmacy doors amongst other actions that demonstrate the administration’s fetish for prohibition of the medically useful drug cannabis.

One employee in a cannabis pharmacy that was subject to this week’s targeted sweep told NBC News that he was humiliated by the actions of the federal government law enforcers because he is in the business of medical cannabis provision, quite simply, to help sick patients.  The pharmacy employee went on to say that the federal drug enforcement storm troopers “don’t get to see the cancer patients.”

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cannabis medicine links : 05.16.2013

Study claims marijuana tied to lower bladder cancer risk : USA Today

Active Ingredient in Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells: ABC News

Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective in Combatting Certain Cancers Reports ADSI : NBC News

Researchers Say Compound in Cannabis Plant Could Cure Cancer : KION TV/ABC News


Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease, No Side Effects, New Study Shows
: San Francisco Chronicle

Colombia’s capital banks on marijuana cure for hard drug addicts : Miami Herald

You could be lighting up a fat-ass sticky-icky cure for HIV, dude : MSNBC News

Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier : the Atlantic

Feds threaten medical pot dispensaries with 40-year sentences : Salon

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obama cribs from anti-choice playbook
to deny patients medicine

Washington State’s highest elected officials and law enforcement officials met with their federal counterparts, US Attorney General Eric Holder and top officials from President Obama’s Justice Department, earlier this week to discuss the state’s program for implementing the will of the public, who late last year voted to legalize cannabis for recreational consumption by adults.

The governor and the state’s attorney general expressed their vision for constructing a statewide system that will allow for the public’s demand that cannabis be legal be actualized and that would make the legal product available in the consumer marketplace.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the intention of the state’s lawmakers and law enforcers is to “move forward in implementing I-502.” Ferguson reportedly conveyed to the federal officials that, “We have assembled a legal team in the Attorney General’s Office, and I have made legal implementation of this initiative a top priority.”

The federal officials, however, did not approach the meeting expressing their honest intent to use their offices to ensure that the ship of state will do all it can to facilitate will of the public. As has been widely reported, Attorney General Holder made no public statement regarding the meeting, and nowhere in the reporting about the meeting did the US Attorney General make any statement whatsoever with respect to the intentions of the federal government to facilitate, encourage, support or cooperate with state authorities in their expressed goal to bring to fruition the will of Washington’s people.

Silence on Holder’s behalf, as identified quite clearly in all reportage of this meeting between honest state authorities (who have a vision to bring the public will to fruition in a rational way that takes serious account of public safety) and dishonest federal officials (who are not interested in the will of the public but are sycophantic to the prison industrial complex and to drug warriors who carry out the bigoted ‘war on drugs’ that imperils public safety) can only indicate that Obama’s justice department’s plan is to go ‘full bore’ in implementing the enforcement scheme that it has used in California: let cannabis be legal but, make it impossible for users, even the sick, to access the legal product.

The editors of mLaw equate the federal government’s aggressive attack on our nation’s sick patients, many of whom have lifelong debilitating diseases that cause unbelievable pain and discomfort, to what has historically taken place with respect to abortion rights in the US.  Politicians, on both the state and federal level, who personally disagree with the will of the people as expressed in court rulings as in the case of abortion rights, have abused their power to limit the ability of pregnant women to be able to access abortion services even though abortion has been a legal medical procedure in the US for 50 years.

Obama’s Justice Department’s cynical and calculated attack on medical marijuana dispensaries in California and elsewhere is as bigoted, small minded, rooted in brute political calculation and, in a word, immoral as the abusive power wielding that anti-abortionist politicians have practiced over a half a century that has led to abortion, a fully legal medical procedure in the US, being unavailable to patients in 98 percent of America’s counties in 2013.

The lack of criminal prosecutions for the vast and coordinated illegality and fraud carried out by financial services companies and the nation’s largest banks that led to the New Depression, and the abandonment of our nation’s cherished legal requirement to afford due process to citizens accused of a crime illustrate that the Obama government has continually demonstrated its fealty to industry and the national security state and shown a predisposition to ignore, abandon and frustrate the will of the people as expressed through the ballot.

We have a Democrat in the white house who has used all of his power and the power of the state to make it impossible for sick Americans to access beneficial medicine, a stance that is anti-science, anti-patient, anti-small-d-democracy, anti-human and at the same time, pro-private prison complex, pro-racist drug war and pro-private drug company profits. In light of Obama’s vigor to make it impossible for sick Americans to access medicine, and, of much less import but still of significance, for adults to use cannabis recreationally, many Americans are now, quite reasonably asking, “who does this jackass work for, anyhow?”

 

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marijuana legalization : links

Study: Fewer Arizona teens smoking pot since medical marijuana legalization : rawstory.com news report

Marijuana Laws Enforced, Poor Hit Hardest   Atlantic news analysis

CO’s first marijuana club opens since legalization law : KLSA channel 12 news report

The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot : rollingstone.com news analysis

Uruguayan President: Time “Not Ripe” for Pot Legalization : abc univision news report – update

Pulse of The People: Legalize marijuana for medical use : The Troy Record NY ‘pulse of the people’

Sailors Cautioned After Legalization of Marijuana : military.com news report

California no longer leading the way for marijuana legalization : redwoodtimes.com article

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Washington counties drop pending MJ indictments

In a salutory sign of pragmatic altruism, Kitsap County Prosecutor Ray Hauge has officially dropped up to 100 on going cannabis court actions.  The indictments, that up until this week were active court cases, were brought against individuals that the state alleged to be in possession of cannabis. 

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Hauge reasoned that, since the people of the state of Washington have recently demanded legalization of marijuana, going forward  juries in Washington will not convict citizens who have been charged with simple possession.

Kitsap County encompasses Vashon and Bainbridge islands, the cities of Port Orchard and Bremmerton and borders King County where the city of Seattle is located.

Kitsap follows Pierce and Clark counties in the state officially abandoning the criminal pursuit of cannabis users in the wake of Washington’s historic legalization initative.  The nation is still waiting for an official statement from President Obama, a former cannabis user who for years actively promoted use of the substance amongst his peers, on the recent citizens’  initiatives in Washinton and Colorado that legalized cannabis for personal use for the first time in the US since 1937.

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marijuana medicine news : links

Congress conflicts with federal law approving DC medical marijuana

Reading College UK : cannabis really is a medicine

Dutch pro pot supporters campaign to change cannabis laws

MS diagnosis changed Firestone womans mind about medical marijuana : TimesCall CO

 
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Washington state : legalizing marijuana could net over $2B in tax revenue over 5 years

By the analysis of Washington State’s own financial authorities, legalizing and taxing marijuana could net the state as much as $2 billion over the first five years after the end of prohibition.

The Office of Financial Management released its fiscal impact statement for Initiative 502 last week and the results confirm a study performed in March of 2012; legalizing and taxing marijuana can raise billions in tax revenue for the cash starved state.

I-502, which will be on this year’s November ballot, will legalize marijuana for personal consumption in Washington state.  The proposal requires that tax revenue raised by the sale of cannabis in Washington is to be used to fund education, health care and drug abuse prevention.  Marijuana has been legal in the state for medicinal purposes since 1998.