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The Medical Marijuana Amendment in the House

It's strange to post something from a conservative... but, a California conservative may be more liberal than some Democrats in some House districts...

The Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment (House Amendment 272) was offered by Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and Dana Rohrabacher to amend the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, H.R. 3093, on July 25, 2007 in the U.S. Congress. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 262-165. Eventually, the Amendment was passed by the US House on May 29, 2014.

Who the bleep do these representatives (and those who came before them) think they are to ignore the will of the American people for nearly 20 years?

The opposing arguments, ultimately, are stupid because the plant, for whatever purpose, should be legal for adults to grow, use, purchase, or sell. It can be recommended as an herbal supplement. Research can go forward.


The Other Cannabis War: The Battle Over Hemp


Great read.

How a 20-year campaign to distinguish industrial hemp from marijuana scored an epic victory

...Despite its patriotic bona fides, cannabis sativa was a victim of reefer madness in almost every decade of the 20th Century. Praised, taxed, vilified, confused with pot and blamed for killing sprees and the theft of American jobs by immigrants. The final nail in hemp's coffin was its classification as a Schedule 1 narcotic in 1970's Controlled Substances Act.

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a commercial hemp industry. All the hemp sold in the U.S., including the food and body products lining the shelves of Costco, the Body Shop and Whole Foods is imported. As Americans buy hemp, Britain, China, France and Germany are among the countries benefiting from America’s incoherent drug policy. Last year, Canadian farmers grew 67,000 acres of hemp and say they may not be able to grow enough to fill this year's orders. David Bronner began adding hemp oil — imported from Canada — to his liquid soaps in 1999. "I thought this was the most ridiculous piece of the drug war," he says "that a non-drug agricultural crop was caught up here."

In 2001, in a fit of drug war paranoia, the DEA declared a ban on foods that contain hemp including certain cereals, salad dressings, breads and veggie burgers — claiming that the foods contained THC. Effected businesses were given 120 days to dump their inventories. With the hemp food market just taking off, 200 hemp companies, including Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, took the DEA to court. The lawsuit allowed the hemp industry to make its case in the media. Hemp won the bruising battle nearly three years later when a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the government couldn't regulate the trace amounts of THC that occur naturally in hemp seeds.

...In Kentucky, farming programs for veterans that teach families how to grow their own food have just sewn hemp in collaboration with the agriculture department and Vote Hemp. Mike Lewis, a military veteran and food security expert who founded the group in 2012 when his brother returned from the war in Afghanistan with a brain injury, now has grant money for a hemp textile project and part-time work for twelve people. This in a state with a 19% poverty rate. "Appalachia has a strong history of textiles," Lewis observes. "In my vision that's what's missing from rural communities, ag income. People used to survive off tobacco. If it has to be hemp for textiles, let's do it. People call hemp a panacea, a pipe dream, but look how many people came together from all walks of life in Kentucky to make this happen."

The future is green. Not soylent. Hemp.

Horsford introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

Source: Nevada Appeal

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., has introduced legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

“States that have voted to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use should not fear federal agents raiding their businesses and intimidating their citizens,” Horsford said.

He said the bill doesn’t force states to legalize pot but would simply direct the Attorney General to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and put it under the federal Alcohol Administration Act.

That would allow the treasury secretary to regulate the import, shipping and sales of pot in interstate or foreign commerce.

Read more: http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/11679150-113/marijuana-states-bill-federal

Please contact Democrat, Steven Horsford, to support him in this bill.

Also contact your state representative to indicate your support for Horsford's bill.

Things are happening!

Link to representative's names and contact info: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Link to Horsford: http://horsford.house.gov/

A link to a petition online won't work on DU

I can access it from facebook or from my browsing history on my computer, but not via DU. Help?

Here's the link:



This link is to the Marijuana Policy Project Page with a letter to sign and send to your Senator in support of defunding the DEA's raids on legal medical marijuana facilities.

More than half of the states in the U.S. now have medical marijuana provisions. It's time for the federal government to respond to the will of the voter regarding marijuana's legal status.

This letter is one way to get them to respond.



Here's a link to an online letter from MPP

The link above is to the Marijuana Policy Project Page with a letter to sign and send to your Senator in support of defunding the DEA's raids on legal medical marijuana facilities.

More than half of the states in the U.S. now have medical marijuana provisions. It's time for the federal government to respond to the will of the voter regarding marijuana's legal status.

This letter is one way to get them to respond.


South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Becomes Law Without Gov. Signature


COLUMBIA, SC — A bill to allow limited medical marijuana access for children with severe epilepsy to help control their seizures has become law in South Carolina without Governor Nikki Haley’s signature.

The bill, Senate Bill 1035, will allow children with severe epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil (CBD oil), a non-psychoactive concentrate derived from marijuana, to help control their seizures if recommended by their physician.

The bill will also establish a clinical trial at the Medical University of South Carolina to study the effects of cannabidiol in controlling seizures. The university will also be responsible for supplying all of the cannibidiol oil for the state program.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate, followed by a 92-5 vote in the House a day later. Under South Carolina law, Gov. Nikki Haley had five days to sign or veto the bill, and the bill became law last week when the Governor failed to take any action on the bill.

Call Your Senator to Support Defunding the DEA's raids on legal MMJ

The Commerce, Justice & Science (CJS) appropriations bill was approved in the House.

Now with Amendment 25! (to defund DEA raids for mmj facilities.)

Please call your Senator to express support for defunding the DEA regarding medical marijuana in the many states where this is now law, and in the many states that will vote for medical marijuana laws in the near future.


Here's a list to find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Manila, Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed in House


MANILA, Philippines—A bill seeking to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was formally filed in the House of Representatives. House Bill 4477 filed by Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III seeks to regulate the medical use of cannabis through a regulatory body under the Department of Health.

Under the bill, the government should “legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis which has been confirmed to have beneficial and therapeutic uses to treat chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition.”

The bill also seeks to create a Medical Cannabis Compassionate Center, which is licensed to “acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, sell, supply and dispense cannabis…”

Also, a Medical Cannabis Safety Compliance Facility will be set up under the authority to “conduct scientific and medical research on medical use of cannabis” and to “test services for its potency.”

Delaware lawmakers introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana


Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, following the lead of nearly 20 U.S. states that have moved to loosen laws surrounding non-medical use of the drug.

The bill, introduced on Thursday, would exempt from prosecution adults 21 and older who possess marijuana for their own personal use and consumption. Personal use was described as possession of 1 ounce or less.

The legislation would also reduce the fine for using marijuana in a public place to $100. Under current Delaware law, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,150.

The bill has the support of about 15 Democrats in the House and Senate, but no Republican sponsors. Republicans said they plan to oppose the bill as it heads for a vote before the close of the legislative session next month.
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