Posting History for DKos Cannabis Reform
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|Freedom is on the March... in Puerto Rico!
Puerto Rico’s governor signs decree to authorize medical marijuana Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after ...
|D.A.R.E. gets punked by false news site, reposts article about marijuana deaths and pregnancies
Reefer madness! The folks at D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) fell for a fake news story about a shocking number of deaths and pregnancies from the devil weed. They ...
|Which 8 Dems Don't Think VA Doctors Should Be Able to Recommend Medical Marijuana to Sick Veterans?
Yesterday, I wrote about the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that the House just passed. I wanted to highlight the vote on the medical marijuana amendment in its own ...
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|What the Drug War Did to Baltimore
[Cross-posted at The Left Coaster. ] I am deeply unsettled this morning with an un-fun appointment only 50 minutes away, yet concerned enough to try and codify my distress. For the first time in my ...
|Carroll County, Georgia high schools will begin random drug testing of students
It works for the military in Guantanamo Bay! Carroll County, Georgia has decided to randomly drug test its student body. “It was done ...
|Cops in Mass Can't Raid Suspected Pot Growers Without Checking Medical Marijuana Registry First
The Massachusetts high court continues to be one of the best in protecting the rights of marijuana users. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the police can'...
|Five ways the DEA is redundant
America survived for almost 200 years without the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Somehow, we muddled through all of those years without this expensive boondoggle of an agency. Richard Nixon was ...
|The most popular candidate in the swing states is...marijuana
Hillary leads all Republican candidates in the important swing states of Ohio, Nevada, Florida, and Pennsylvania. However, there will be one candidate on the ballot in those states that is far more ...
|Good riddance: DEA Michele Leonhart "resigns"
Good riddance. From WaPo: The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to resign soon, according to U.S. officials, following revelations about “sex parties” involving ...
|Kansas medical marijuana activist loses custody of son
Last week we highlighted the case of Shona Banda, a Kansas medical marijuana advocate. She spent years suffering from Crohn's Disease, went through numerous surgeries and appeared to be in the ...
|Why is reformed cannabis law good for our country? In a word: trust
How can government function without trust? How can a country's people, after discovering they've been misled by their government, continue to trust it? Agents of our government have been ...
|420 and Pain Management
My body is all beat to hell after working in one career for 30+ years, [For info on where my head is at and what I did for work, see my first diary, published in Nov 2008: http://www.dailykos....
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|POTUS Expected to Publicly Support Medical Marijuana on CNN Tonight
(illustration by DonkeyHotey) From ThinkProgress.org : President Barack Obama is expected to express his support for medical marijuana, and a drug policy that deviates from incarceration, in ...
|Orwellian Doesn't Describe This. Cops Delete Facebook Account for Cannabis Activist's Defense Fund.
Not often that I'm left speechless. If this is true , she is either going to become a cause celeb for all that is wrong with the Drug War or get rich at the expense of the clueless taxpayers of ...
|Gov. Chris Christie on legalizing marijuana: 'If President, I will crack down on it'
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made an appearance on ...
|Medical marijuana activist in Kansas arrested, son taken away after he spoke up to D.A.R.E. officer
Shona Banda discussing how medical marijuana changed her life. Shona Banda is a medical marijuana activist living in Garden City, Kansas. She suffered Crohn's Disease for years before discovering ...
|Marijuana extract tames debilitating brain seizures without the buzz
Dr. Orrin Devinsky of New York University's Langone Medical Center has conducted a study in a group of children and young adults with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, using a liquid form of ...
|Bong threat clears out bus station in Boulder
Cotton mouth machine This morning, in Boulder, Colorado, another casualty of legalizing marijuana: The report ...
|ACTION: DOJ goes rogue on violating congressional prohibition on medical marijuana prosecutions
As I diaried last week , in December, 2014, Congress passed a funding bill (CR Omnibus) with an amendment proposed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Dem. Sam Farr from prohibiting the Justice Department ...
|Maricopa County Attorney calls veteran the 'enemy' because he smokes weed
The enemy. Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't the only Maricopa County official who regularly makes an arrogant ass of himself; the County Attorney's office has done a pretty good job of it too. Andrew ...
|Marijuana Legalization to Be Submitted in Maine
Throughout the United States, there is a massive push to enforce the legalization of marijuana. While some lawmakers continue to fight these bills, the cause has gained support like never before. In ...
|"The Culture High": Tour de force documentary about marijuana prohibition.
I came across this last night while sorting through the crappy movies on Netflix. I had never heard of it and did not know what to think about it as I thought the title was odd. I started it up ...
|New Rules: Bill Maher is on to something: pardons for marijuana convictions..
..that began and was sold as a racist prohibition during the Jim Crow days . Not much has changed in over 75 years, at least not enough according to the numbers. It could be that one or a ...
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|Drug Laws Preventing Patients in Pain From Getting Treatment
Way back in the early 90's I was attending college. Like most young kids in college I had an English writing class. I had the chance to exercise my creative side though I quickly found out my ...
|Florida police fatally shoot 26-year-old man in 'no-knock raid', friends say it was murder (VIDEO)
A friend of Derrick Cruice talking with reporters about the raid. Yesterday morning, at approximately 6:30am, Volusia County deputies entered a home with the intent to serve a narcotics search ...
|Bill legalizing marijuana introduced in Texas House
Texas State representative David Simpson (R-Longview) has filed a bill (Texas HR-2165) removing all references to marijuana from State law - effectively legalizing it. According to Rep Simpson ...
|Utah medical marijuana law would mean rabbits will be stoned all of the time, says DEA
I can see through time Utah is weighing the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana for specific patients who suffer from debilitating conditions that can be ameliorated by edible marijuana.
|Dear FOX news: F**k you and your reefer-mad propaganda.
I guess this really needs to be said at every opportunity that arises in which to say it: FOX news in nothing less than the Official Catapult of Republican Propaganda. It's all they do, it's all ...
|Pennsylvania Lawmaker Gives the Best Speech on Medical Marijuana
Yesterday, Republican and Democratic senators in Pennsylvania held a hearing for medical marijuana in the state. After the hearing, the mothers and fathers of sick children who have been pushing ...
|Mr. President, tear down this wall! Stop reefer madness
Dear Mr. President: I applaud steps taken by your administration to examine the impact of the “war on drugs” on our society. It has filled our prisons, giving us the dubious distinction of ...
|Marijuana bills in Washington highlight the differences between Republicans and Democrats.
Even when it comes to marijuana, they're out to help the 1% .How Right-Wingers in One State Are Trying to Give Elites Control of the Marijuana Industry By Thom Hartmann / Thom Hartmann Show | ...
|The Inevitable Has Arrived: Puritan RWNJ Cabal Files Lawsuit To End Colorado Marijuana Legalization
My fellow Kossacks warned me, and now it's here. A cabal of reactionary right-wing nut jobs has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal Courts to violate the rights of Colorado and her voters under the ...
|Our Horrible DNC Chair Will Only Support Medical MJ If She Isn't "Criticized"!
Here's the f*&*ing problem we have as Democrats. We elect leaders like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Her counterpart, Reince Preibus of the RNC, is a complete ass but at least he's a conservative. He ...
|Bill Maher calls out Jeb Bush for marijuana hypocrisy (past user that sold it at least once)||Egberto Willies||02/21/2015||65||133||1||-|
|The war on some drugs has some surprising casualties
Brandon Coats suffered a devastating injury at age 16 that left him in a wheelchair with barely 20 percent of his motor functions intact. But after years of grueling therapy, he was able to ...
|Harry, Arnold, and Billie: Johann Hari's history of the War on Drugs
The following is an excerpt from Johann Hari's new book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs (Bloomsbury, 2015). The Unbelievable Story of How America's War on Drugs ...
|Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says early studies of marijuana show medical benefits
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy went on CBS This Morning today in order to talk about the need for parents to vaccinate their children. Murthy, along with many in the science community and in our ...
|Has Child Protective Sevices Lost Their Collective Mind?
This diary is a bit of a rant. I'm steamed about it. Back in the day, I smoked a little pot. My friends and I would sit in the den, watch bad horror movies, eat tons of potato chips, and pass a ...
|The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking the DEA to reclassify marijuana
The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking the DEA to reclassify marijuana so that more research can be done: “A Schedule 1 listing means there’s no medical use or helpful indications, but ...
|Weed Has Turned the Corner and the Tide
It was just over a year ago that laws went into effect in Colorado legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, and similar laws became ...
|Snodgrass Public Statement on the End of School Drugs Stings in Riverside County
The Riverside Press Enterprise recently asked us to comment for an article they were preparing, and is out now, Schools get reprieve from undercover drug busts . We provided the following written ...
|Okla. GOP Rethinks Marijuana Lawsuit Against Colo.
For folk that seem to dislike "judicial activism," the GOP sure likes it when it goes their way. That is, until they think about how it can come back to bite them. Representative Mike Ritze (R-...
|When the war on women meets the war on drugs
Central California Women's Facility Often used as a political football, the war on women has been going on for a very long time. It is not just reflected in the battle for a woman's right to ...
|The ghastly drug war case in Georgia you probably haven't heard much about
One of the most gut-wrenching stories of 2014 is arguably that of Bounkham "Baby Bou Bou" Phonesavanh. He and his family were staying in Cornelia, Georgia--an hour north of Atlanta-- after their ...
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|Colorado to spend over $8 million on medical marijuana research
Good news out of Colorado: Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses ...
|Cartoon: The justice system works!||Matt Bors||12/17/2014||22||120||2||-|
|IA-Sen: Chuck Grassley (R) Claims Obama Is Encouraging Kids To Smoke Marijuana
Grumpy old Grandpa Chuck really needs to go home and take a weed nap: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/227316-gop-senator-says-obama-administration-is-encouraging-marijuana-...
|Is Congress ending their war on Medical Marijuana?
Victory: Congress ends war on medical marijuana In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on ...
|How many times did the Wilson Grand Jury ask about Michael Brown's reported marijuana use?
44 Times . This is a brief excerpt from a long article written in such aw ay that 4 paragraphs are far and away insufficient and you must go read the whole, sordid thing. I will post just a couple ...
|Navy Veteran's Ultimatum: Quit Using Medical Marijuana or You're Fired
A U.S. Navy veteran that is prescribed and uses marijuana for medical reasons and post-traumatic stress is at risk of losing his job if he refuses to stop using it. 48-year-old Don DeZann, the ...
|VIDEO: Three grandmas smoke marijuana for the first time
Watch three grandmas trying pot for the first time. The folks from Cut Video provided the weed, snacks and Cards Against Humanity. Grandma #1 became an expert in no-time! It's high-larious.
|Colorado begins using its weed money on education and health
Colorado is rolling in revenue from statewide marijuana legalization. Colorado's state legislature had set aside $2.5 million for schools to hire health professionals : ...
|NV-Sen: Legalized Marijuana Is On The Ballot In 2016 & That Could Be Good News For Harry Reid (D)
Now here's something that could be very beneficial for soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D. NV) re-election prospects in 2016: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-16/...
|Marijuana can cause brain cancers
to shrivel and shrink This is a report of a study posted at Alternet. It focuses on using Savitex , a commerically-prepared medical marijuana spray used for ameliorating the impact and symptoms of ...
|The Police-Stating of America: On a Dark, Lonely Road in Texas
This diary is a companion to my ongoing series about Big Bend National Park. The photo diaries highlight the natural wonders of the area. But there is a dark side, too. We must not pretend it isn’...
|The OPOL Report: I smoke 2 joints in the morning
I smoke 2 joints in the morning, I smoke 2 joints at night, I smoke 2 joints in the afternoon, cause de law say it's alright.
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|Documentary About Our Autistic Son's Entrapment - and Heads Have Started to Roll
For background, read the Rolling Stone magazine article, The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass . As we're preparing for the upcoming lawsuit, (trial likely be scheduled for June or July of 2015), I ...
|Legalizing Marijuana in Washington, DC
In ten days, disillusioned Americans will be privy to a low-turnout election, one that will showcase massive voter apathy. The ballot in the District of Columbia will elect a new mayor, retain and ...
|OR-Sen: Jeff Merkley (D) Becomes The First U.S. Senator To Back Full Marijuana Legalization
Not surprised it's him but kudos: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeff-merkley-legalize-pot-...
|Poll: Nonviolent drug offenders should get their voting rights back. How about not taking them away?
Justice occasionally needs to open her eyes. Most Americans—73 percent—think nonviolent drug offenders should have their voting rights restored when their sentences are complete, according to ...
|CO-Gov: Bob Beauprez (R) Wants Voters To Repeal Marijuana Legalization
Yeah, that won't happen: http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-governor-candidate-wants-voters-to-repeal-marijuana-legalization/
|Cop knocks out teen on suspicion of marijuana cigarette
Marcel Hammer was walking home from school with some friends around 3:30pm back on June 4. According to his attorney , a plainsclothes cop jumped out of a van accusing Hammer of smoking marijuana. ...
|Georgia deputies raid man's home after mistaking okra plants for marijuana
Once again, from the "not The Onion" files, Georgia deputies went full SWAT to raid Dwayne Perry's home because they thought he was growing marijuana in his backyard. But, no. It ...
|Things still looking good for Marijuana legalization in Oregon. Latest endorser: The New York Times
The endorsements just keep coming for Measure 91. When I last wrote a diary about our campaign in early September, I was able to report that we had won the support of the state's largest newspaper, ...
|Employee's Termination Over Legal Pot Use Goes Before Colorado Supreme Court||davematson||10/02/2014||35||28||-||-|
|New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Pot Farms in Mendocino County
I guess you could call them The New Pinkertons. Myself, I call them mercenary prohibitionists; the domestic equivalent of Blackwater. And they have no place anywhere in America. They wear ...
|Reporter in Alaska confesses she owns a cannabis club and quits on live TV in dramatic fashion
KTVA-TV reporter Charlo Greene did a report on the effort to legalize marijuana in Alaska and end the end of the report, she made a shocking announcement: ...
|IL-Gov: Rauner (R) Admits He Would've Vetoed Medical Marijuana Bill
Not that anyone here had a reason to vote for him but you can this to the long list of reasons Bruce Rauner (R. IL) is wrong for Illinois: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/16/bruce-...
|Fight to Legalize Marijuana in OR Heats Up as Opposition Faces Criticism for Misusing Public Funds
Both ABC News and The Oregonian are reporting that Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-D wing of D) is calling for a federal investigation into whether taxpayer dollars are being improperly spent on marijuana ...
|Startling results in research on marijuana use and intimate partner violence
634 couples at about 9 years of marriage “In fully adjusted models, we found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent IPV perpetration by husbands. Husbands' ...
|"My e-car runs on HEMP" - breakthrough in supercapacitor-science
(Long-time lurker and first-time diarist from Holland here, so please be gentle, but I found this too delicious not to share here...) So, it seems that there's even another ingenious possible usage ...
|Toking the #IceBucketChallenge
I'm sure you are aware of the #icebucketchallenge by now, unless you really are living under a rock. In that case, I say welcome back and that the idea is to dump a bucket of ...
|Charges dropped against teen facing possible life sentence for pot brownies
In April, Jacob Lavoro was arrested in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas after authorities accused him of selling pot brownies. Both his conservative family and marijuana advocates were ...
|What happens to drug-related deaths in Medical Marijuana States???
They get significantly REDUCED, that's what. States that allow legal use of medical marijuana have lower rates of fatal overdoses from prescription medications. A new study published in JAMA ...
|OR Democratic Party Endorses Ballot Measure to Legalize Marijuana
This will be a short diary, but it is some really good news, which I'm sure people on this site are in need of. It's great when you can actually point to something specific and say "that's why I'm a ...
|Good riddance, zero tolerance
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced yesterday that it will no longer criminalize students for low-level offenses. This is all in relation to ...
|NM's Martinez: Pot's just a political move to get young voters to the polls
Oh, Susanna, don't your cry for me. You've done it again. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she opposes efforts in Albuquerque and Santa Fe to reduce marijuana possession penalties. Why? ...
|Seattle Hempfest 2014 - Dawn of A New Era Regarding Legalization of Pot
Photo by Mark Taylor-Canfield Glass marijuana pipes on display at Seattle Hempfest Seattle's Hempfest event claims to be the largest pro cannabis festival in the world. This year, event ...
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|Militarized Police Turn 'Protect & Serve' into War on American Citizens
The militarization of America's myriad law enforcement agencies is well known . Gone are the days of police officers normatively seeing themselves as integrated parts of a community's social fabric. "
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|Colorado Officials move to protect children from things they might find when adults aren't around.
Always saving lives.... Colorado officials propose tightening rules for marijuana edibles DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado task force charged with tightening controls on marijuana edibles unveiled ...
|Seattle cop targets pot smokers, gets reassigned
Needless to say his pattern included targeting minorities, especially blacks. The City of Seattle did a report in order to search for anomalies regarding enforcement of cannabis laws. What they ...
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|Bill O'Reilly explains 'the blacks,' the ghetto, the drug war and the 'left'
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly explains the politics of marijuana legalization. He's an expert explainer of things, you know : "The left is basically saying, harmless, OK, which I don't agree with and I ...
|WA, CO Senators push Obama Administration to set consistent marijuana laws (+Fox News Racism)
Yesterday, Democratic Senators from Washington State and Colorado asked the Obama Administration to clarify its marihuana laws : July 28, 2014 Dear Mr. McDonough and Attorney General Holder: We ...
|FL-Gov: Crist (D) First Day Policies Include Raising Minimum Wage & Banning LGBT Discrimination
When Charlie Crist (D. FL) becomes Governor of Florida again, he plans on having a busy first day back to his old job: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/politics/florida/2014/07/29/crist-announces-...
|New Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Floridians Back Medical Marijuana
Florida voters support legalized marijuana for medical use 88 – 10 percent, with support ranging from 83 – 14 percent among voters over 65 years old to 95 – 5 percent among voters 18 to 29 ...
|OR-Gov: John Kitzhaber (D), "Recreational Marijuana Legalization Is Inevitable In Oregon"
If you live in Oregon, you certainly have some very good reasons to go vote this year. Like this one: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/22/oregon-marijuana-legalization_n_5610770....
|In Roger Goodell's NFL, Smoking Pot Worse Than Domestic Violence
A tale of two players: Everyone has been wondering when embattled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will meet with the NFL regarding his one-year suspension, and apparently a date has ...
|CO-Gov: Christie Stumps For Beauprez (R) , Unapologetic For Slamming Colorado For Legalizing Pot
If you're running for governor in a state where people voters helped pass an initiative to legalize marijuana, might be a little risky to be seen with this guy: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/07/...
|IL-Gov: Pat Quinn (D) Okays Cannabis Use For Kids With Epilepsy
Here's some more good news: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/a18b235c44b24ca282df178c42cf5b22/IL--Illinois-Governor-Medical-Marijuana-...
|KS-Gov: Child Poverty Rate Kicks Up In Kansas Under Brownback (R)
This isn't good: http://m.cjonline.com/news/2014-07-19/kansas-fact-meter-rate-child-poverty-kansas-...
|NJ-Sen: Booker (D) & Paul (R. KY) Discuss REDEEM Act On MoveOn.org's Podcast (Free To Listen)||poopdogcomedy||07/22/2014||4||4||-||-|
|NE-Gov: Chuck Hassebrook (D) Gets Serious About Prison Reform
I'm liking that this is becoming a campaign issue: http://www.kotanow.com/story/26007910/hassebrook-talks-prison-...
|ME-Sen: Bellows (D) Backs Booker (D. NJ) & Paul's (R. KY) Drug Law & Criminal Justice Reform Bill
Received this e-mail today from Shenna Bellows' (D. ME) U.S. Senate campaign: Yesterday, I publicly ...
|State of Washington makes nearly $150,000 off marijuana taxes in just first few days of legalization
Toward a more responsible future Smart : Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise ...
|U of Arizona Professor Gains Approval For Cannabis Research, Gets Fired... Updated w/ Her Homepage
Because of course she was. From the Daily Beast : In April 2014, University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley made headlines after winning federal approval to test marijuana on ...
|Missouri man in 21st year of 'life without parole' sentence for marijuana. He needs our help.||Jen Hayden||07/10/2014||116||305||5||-|
|Marijuana is legal in Washington state
http://www.leafscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/washington-marijuana-laws-10-17.jpg It's sunny in Seattle today. It's also sunny for adults who can walk into a store and buy marijuana just ...
The big news for today is from D.C. . Holding two boxes full of petitions, members of the Cannabis Campaign for Legalizing Marijuana in D.C. walked into the Board of Elections headquarters just ...
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