Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project Marijuana Fifth Amendment Lawsuit

Businesses would revert back to pre-2010 business models
protected by the Constitution

For immediate release: Dec. 5, 2014

Contact: Robert J. Corry, Jr.: (303) 634-2244
Kathleen Chippi: 888-EAT-HEMP (888-328-4367)

http://www.cannabislawsuits.com/index.marijuana.fifth.amendment.lawsuit.html

{Denver} — Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed a lawsuit on Dec. 5, 2014 in Denver District Court seeking to permanently end Colorado’s marijuana self-incriminating regulatory licensing system, on the grounds that the regulations violate a citizen’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Click here to read the complaint

Fifth Amendment MarijuanaCorry writes, “Plaintiffs seek to enjoin State and Local Defendants from implementation and enforcement of a reckless scheme of regulation, registration, licensing, and taxation, that requires self-incrimination through mandatory, unequivocal, and law enforcement-accessible
admissions of involvement with a federally-illegal Schedule I narcotic: Marijuana.”

If successful, Corry’s lawsuit would be the basis for overturning ALL regulations regarding marijuana licensing and registration in Colorado on grounds that the regulations require a person to incriminate themselves.

This would NOT require any medical marijuana businesses to shut down. It would allow all medical marijuana businesses to revert back to their business model that existed before July 1, 2010, when the regulations contained in House Bill 10-1284 went into effect. Pre-HB1284, there were hundreds of medical marijuana businesses in Colorado that were operating safely and legally under the guidelines of Article XVIII, Section 14 of the Colorado Constitution (often known as “Amendment 20″, Colorado’s medical marijuana law).

“These state regulations are reckless and put all marijuana businesses in Colorado at extreme risk,” says Corry. “Overturning the regulations will allow businesses to operate without incrimination and will better protect them from federal law enforcement.”

As evidence that state regulations put people at risk of federal penalties, Corry references a recent federal forfeiture action, which seeks to seize the assets of several individuals who owned and operated Medical Marijuana Centers in Colorado. The forfeiture action shows that “records of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division” (MMED) were used repeatedly to show that the owners were in violation of federal marijuana law. The only proof the feds needed of federal violations was the fact that the people were registered with the MMED. The MMED registration alone was enough to prove they were in violation of federal law.

Click here to read the federal forfeiture action (large file – 11MB)

Corry contends that as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, states cannot require people to give any information about themselves in order to distribute or purchase marijuana. ANY and ALL requirements to identify oneself would result in a “real and appreciable” risk of self-incrimination, and would require a citizen to implicate himself in federal crimes.

The complaint was filed on behalf of an anonymous Medical Marijuana Center owner, referred to as “John Doe”, and several individuals, including Kathleen Chippi, Miguel Lopez and William Chengelis.

Corry writes: “The relief requested by Plaintiffs would restore Colorado to the status quo of pre-July 1, 2010 in which there were hundreds of marijuana dispensaries operating legally under Colorado Law, without any concomitant requirement of mandatory Federal self-incrimination through marijuana-specific license applications and disclosures, marijuana-specific licensure, marijuana-specific record-keeping, marijuana- specific tracking of marijuana product, payment of marijuana-specific taxes on marijuana sales, and other requirements, all geared toward regulating a marijuana market, but which have the effect of compelled self-incrimination.”

Corry claims that the regulations “require plaintiffs to incriminate themselves as committing multiple violations of federal law, including but not limited to, participating in, aiding and abetting, or conspiring to commit a ‘continuing criminal enterprise’ and ‘money laundering.'”

Corry cites a 1973 Colorado Supreme Court case (People vs. Duleff) that overturned a man’s conviction for “selling marijuana without a license” because compliance with the licensing requirement would have required that person to violate his constitutional right against
self-incrimination. Corry writes, “The Colorado Supreme Court held specifically that the Fifth Amendment prohibits state licensing requirements that force a person to reveal a violation of federal law.”

From the Duleff decision, Corry quotes the Colorado Supreme Court. “The Fifth Amendment prohibits licensing requirements from being used as a means of discovering past or present criminal activity which is subject to prosecution by calling attention to the licensee and his
activities….There is no doubt that the information which Duleff would have been required to disclose would have been useful to the investigation of his activities, would have substantially increased the risk of prosecution, and may well have been a direct admission of guilt under federal law. The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from such compulsory, incriminating disclosures and provides a complete defense to prosecution.” — Colorado Supreme Court (1973)

Corry also cites a 1969 US Supreme Court case (Timothy Leary v. United States) in which the highest court in the country overturned Leary’s marijuana possession conviction and ruled that the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was illegal, due to the fact that a person seeking a tax stamp and complying with the law would be forced to incriminate himself, in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Corry writes, “The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the criminal convictions of Dr. Timothy Leary for alleged violations of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, because the marijuana tax necessarily required the payer of the tax to incriminate himself.”

Corry asks the Court to:
“Enter a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and/or permanent injunction ordering the Defendants, and all those acting in concert with them, to cease and desist from enforcement of the marijuana tax statutes, to cease and desist from any further collection, deposit, or laundering of the marijuana taxes, for a full refund of marijuana tax monies paid by any person or entity, and for destruction of all tax records and identifying information after full refunds are made.”

“Anyone that admits to the state on paper that they’re committing violations of federal law is asking for serious trouble,” says Kathleen Chippi, a plaintiff and member of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project. “You can lose custody of your children, lose your employment, lose your right to own a firearm, lose your occupational license, lose your housing, your health insurance and your veteran’s benefits. You can have all your assets seized by the feds. You can lose the ability to get an organ transplant, of course, you can also lose your freedom.”

“We knew about the Leary case and more recently discovered the Duleff case. In both cases, the courts were very clear that citizens could not be required to incriminate themselves. I am confident that the judge will rule in our favor,” she says.

Fifth Amendment Marijuana

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Click here to read the complaint

Click here to read the federal forfeiture action (large file – 11MB)

People v. Duleff (Colorado Supreme Court case)
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/colorado/people.v.duleff.html

US v. Leary (US Supreme Court case)
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/395/6/

Read more about the Fifth Amendment here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Denver 420 Rally
http://420rally.org/

Law Firm of Robert J. Corry, Jr.
http://www.robcorry.com/

February 14, 2014 Subject: BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses

Full text here: http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/guidance/pdf/FIN-2014-G001.pdf

 
Guidance FIN-2014-G001 Issued: February 14, 2014 Subject: BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) is issuing guidance to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) expectations for financial institutions seeking to provide services to marijuana-related businesses.
FinCEN is issuing this guidance in light of recent state initiatives to legalize certain marijuana-related activity and related guidance by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) concerning marijuana-related enforcement priorities.
This FinCEN guidance clarifies how financial institutions can provide services to marijuana-related businesses consistent with their BSA obligations, and aligns the information provided by financial institutions in BSA reports with federal and state law enforcement priorities. This FinCEN guidance should enhance the availability of financial services for, and the financial transparency of, marijuana-related businesses.
Marijuana Laws and Law Enforcement Priorities
The Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) makes it illegal under federal law to manufacture, distribute, or dispense marijuana.
 Many states impose and enforce similar prohibitions.  Notwithstanding the federal ban, as of the date of this guidance, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized certain marijuana-related activity. In light of these developments, U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole issued a memorandum (the “Cole Memo”) to all United States Attorneys providing updated guidance to federal prosecutors concerning marijuana enforcement under the CSA.
 The Cole Memo guidance applies to all of DOJ’s federal enforcement activity, including civil enforcement and criminal investigations and  prosecutions, concerning marijuana in all states.
The Cole Memo reiterates Congress’s determination that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source of revenue to large-scale criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.
 *** Notes from Anna: To the patients: be VERY careful when dealing with marijuana activists and marijuana dispensaries. When they don’t know, or understand, marijuana laws and regulations YOU go to jail.  Once you go to jail they won’t be paying your bail,taking care of your families, or sitting in the cell with you.
To the dispensaries: You had better double and triple check your IRS reporting statements before the end of this month; what you don’t understand will cost you.
To the activists: I am ashamed of you. Corruption and greed is about to put all forms of marijuana in the hands of the rich politicians who promised you the world; you are about to be blind-sided and you don’t even know it.

8 Reasons CEOs Make 300 Times as Much as Their Employees

From Salon.com:

Here are some depressing statistics: In 2013, CEOs of S&P 500 companies made 331 times as much as their employees. Your average American worker not in a supervisory role made $35,239, while the average CEO made $11.7 million, according to the AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch website.  CEO pay has increased a whopping 937 percent since 1978, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

So while CEOs are making a killing, more and more people find themselves with stagnant-at-best pay. People laid off from good-paying jobs (the result of rigged trade deals) are forced into jobs at half their former pay and no benefits, if they can find a job at all. Weak wage growth predates the Great Recession. Between 2000 and 2007, the median worker saw wage growth of just 2.6 percent, despite productivity growth of 16.0 percent, while the 20th percentile worker saw wage growth of just 1.0 percent and the 80th percentile worker saw wage growth of just 4.6 percent.

At this point, massive income inequality is not new, we all know about it. Yet there are still conservative myths floating around about why it is and what we can do. Conservatives say the poor are poor because of their own choices, but recent evidence shows that “social mobility” – the economic opportunity ladder – has largely disappeared. America’s rich only get richer and the poor don’t have much chance to do anything about it. Of course inequality is not new. There have always been rich and poor, but our country’s current concentration of income and wealth is much greater than it used to be – or should be. Another myth is that the rich deserve more because they are “job creators.” But many of America’s wealthiest inherited their money. For example, the six Walmart heirs have more wealth than 40% of Americans combined.

The truth is, there are so many ways the system is rigged against regular, working people. Here are just a few of the reasons the average CEO has a massive paycheck while many ordinary Americans languish economically.

1. Trade deals that work against us.

Put simply, we got tricked into approving “free trade” deals that rigged the rules to allow companies to escape the borders of our democracy, with its good wages and worker safety and environmental protections. We let companies move production to places where people don’t have rights and the environment  is even less protected, and then let them bring the same product or service back here to sell for the same price!

This made the fruits of democracy—good wages and benefits and strong regulations to protect us and the environment—into a competitive disadvantage.

We were told that protecting our good pay and benefits and environmental regulations was a bad thing economically because it was “protection” so we stopped protecting these things. Now look at us.

With these trade deals in place the owners/executives of companies could lay people off or pay minimum wages with no benefits under the threat of being laid off if they tried to do something about it. The trade deals let them pocket the wage and regulation differential for themselves. The result? More to the top few and less for the rest of us.

Many try to frame this as inevitable and unstoppable. They call it “globalization,” as if that is something that just happened, as a product of the progress of technology. They say “it’s a global world now and there’s nothing we can do about it.” But this was a global world when the first ship sailed across a border, and the first camel caravan crossed a desert. All we have to do is demand balanced and fair trade. (In one 2006 plan to balance trade, senators Russ Feingold and Byron Dorgan proposed the Balanced Trade Restoration Act of 2006, similar to a plan proposed earlier by Warren Buffett. The idea was simple, exporters would receive a certificate stating the value of what they had sold which they could sell to importers. Importers could not import without a certificate. So imports and exports would be balanced, and the value of the certificate would help exporters.)

2. Stock ownership.

As trade deals enabled companies to drive down wages their stock went up. In April, Josh Boak wrote in the AP that one reason is that CEOs are paid heavily in stock. “The average value of stock awarded to CEOs surged 17 percent last year to $4.5 million, the largest increase ever recorded by the AP.” And stocks are way up, “The S&P 500 jumped 30 percent last year, compounding the size of the CEOs’ paydays.”

So why doesn’t everyone’s income go up as stocks go up? Because most stock is owned bythe wealthiest 1% with spillover to the next 9%. The “bottom” 60% of all Americans own only 2.5% of all corporate stock.

3. “Friendly” boards of directors give big raises to CEOs and pay cuts to others.

Boak also wrote that CEO pay is soaring because CEOs have friendly boards of directors. “Many boards are composed of current and former CEOs at other companies. And in some cases, board members are essentially hand-picked or at least vetted by the CEO.”

Meanwhile, the rest of us don’t have “friendly” bosses eager to pay us more.

4. Privatization of public services has forced millions into poverty.

The AlterNet story, The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov’t Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies, outlines how decades of “privatization” and outsourcing have forced millions into poverty, with big profits going to a few CEO types.

Briefly, a government turns a public service over to a private corporation. The city/county/state lays off people who are paid OK and have benefits. The company hires people at the lowest possible pay rate with no benefits. The former public employees lose their homes, aren’t paying taxes or shopping much, depend on government “safety net” services—all of which cost the government. Meanwhile, the new low-wage replacements can’t buy houses, shop much, pay much in taxes and are paid so little they also depend on safety-net services.

The quality of the service declines, while the CEO types running the company are making a killing and dodging their taxes.

5. High unemployment.

The trade deals let companies move jobs out of the country. This helped create a “reserve army” of longterm unemployed, hungry people desperate to take any job at any wage. Companies know this and use it to tell people to shut up, not ask for raises, because they could be next.

Unemployment benefits used to help keep wages up by helping people get through what used to be short-term spans between jobs. The idea was that helping people get by in times like these enabled them to hold out for the right job at the right pay, because lots of people with good-paying jobs was good for all of us and our economy. Today, not so much.

Republicans in Congress went so far as to filibuster to block the majority from even being allowed to vote on extending unemployment benefits to help people through our current unemployment emergency.

6. Weaker unions.

The trade deals, privatization of government jobs, cutting back on government safety-net services like unemployment benefits all helped weaken the power of ordinary Americans to organize ourselves and stand together against concentrated corporate power. Unions were weakened and our ability to ask for good pay and benefits and better working conditions were weakened along with the unions.

So now individual people are on their own up against the massive corporate wealth and power that is concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. How is that working out for us?

7. Technology.

Technology is supposed to benefit us, not drive most of us into poverty while a very few become vastly richer. Today we could put every American to work with a campaign to repair and modernize our aging infrastructure and a campaign to retrofit all of our homes and buildings to be energy-efficient, and pay for it from the economic efficiency this investment would bring to our economy. Then we could create a pool of jobs where people help us do things that need to be done during times of unemployment. These jobs could be in teaching, caring for others, improving our parks, you name it. People who get laid off would do one of these jobs for a while. And we could reduce the workweek to 30 or even 20 hours. We could do so many things to bring full employment and bring incomes up.

But we don’t. When you are replaced by a computer or a machine the company can just keep the money it was paying you. And its stock goes up. And because of trade deals that move jobs out of the country there is high unemployment and that weakens your ability to do anything about any of these things.

The idea of a guaranteed minimum wage also comes up as an answer to this problem. Suppose that as “progress”—computers, machines, etc.—replaces jobs we all benefit instead of a few at the top? Suppose a big chunk of the money you were making went into a big national pot that pays a guaranteed minimum income instead of going into the pockets of a few already-wealthy stockholders? Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t that be the kind of thing ordinary Americans would decide to do for each other, given the chance?

8. Our government won’t help us.

Here’s the big one. Democracies are more prosperous for regular citizens. When citizens have a say, they say they want good jobs, good wages, benefits and strong regulations that protect people and the environment from the harm that unfettered corporations can and will do.

We used to supposedly be in control of our government. Our government used to supposedly exist for the benefit of We the People and We the People thrived as a result. Now there is barely even a pretense of that. A recent study concludes that we are no longer a democracy, but instead are an oligarchy. (Even when we are able to organize and get the vote out and elect politicians who campaign on a promise to do things like “renegotiate NAFTA” the promise disappears within weeks of taking office.)

Now our government is obstructed by a corporate-backed minority, prevented from doing things that would help the incomes of ordinary Americans. Unemployment is kept high in order to drive wages down. Tax rules are rigged to drive more and more money to a few at the top. Trade deals that work against us are put in place.

These things didn’t just happen. They were done to us. High pay at the top and low pay for the rest of us isn’t inevitable, it is the result of rigging the rules so they work best for the wealthy.

http://www.salon.com/2014/06/14/8_reasons_ceos_makes_as_much_as_300_times_their_employees_partner/

Two marches in Seattle share same message of “Black Lives Matter” as they march in opposite directions

annajaya67:

Two marches in Seattle share same message of “Black Lives Matter” as they march in opposite directions
December 13, 2014 by Alex Garland

Originally posted on The Dignity Virus:

Demonstrators at the University of Washington gathered in Red Square at 11am to stand in solidarity with protests happening around the country in response to lack of police indictment for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Approximately 200 activists marched through the UW campus before blocking streets around the university. At 1pm, a separate group of protestors met at Garfield H.S. for a rally and march led by Garfield students and organized by the NAACP and United Black Clergy. The approximately 200 demonstrators then marched through the Central District as they made their way to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park for more speakers.

UW

From the University of Washington event Facebook page…

“We the people of Seattle will be coming together in solidarity to stand up against this injustice, systemic racism, and police brutality. Bring your voice let it be heard! We will be having a…

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MUST SEE: Cops BRUTALIZE protesters in Oakland and Berkeley = COPS are TERRORISTS

annajaya67:

MUST SEE: Cops BRUTALIZE protesters in Oakland and Berkeley COPS are TERRORISTS

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

COPS are TERRORISTS

City of Berkeley told police to use restraint, avoid tear gas, on second night of protests

Mayor Tom Bates said Monday that he and other Berkeley City Council members had been disturbed by the aggressive tone of the demonstrations Saturday night, when Berkeley police shot rubber bullets, other projectiles, and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who refused to leave Telegraph Avenue. He conveyed this concern to Daniel, who apparently was also concerned. She then told Berkeley police to refrain from using tear gas unless absolutely necessary.

The result was that protesters smashed more than a dozen windows and sprayed graffiti on businesses up and down Shattuck Avenue, as well others on Telegraph Avenue. While a few businesses were damaged in the Saturday protests, including Wells Fargo Bank on San Pablo Avenue and Radio Shack on Shattuck, which was hit both nights…

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Justice Department: Native Americans Can Grow Marijuana, Even in States Where it’s Illegal

The Week December 11, 2014 

The Justice Department announced Thursday that the government won’t prevent Native Americans from growing marijuana on reservations, even on those in states where marijuana is illegal.

Some restrictions will still apply — marijuana can’t be sold to minors or grown on public land, and the new policy will operate on a case-by-case basis.

Native American tribes that don’t want to legalize marijuana on their reservations can ask federal officials to enforce the law.

http://theweek.com/article/index/273518/speedreads-justice-department-native-americans-can-grow-marijuana-even-in-states-where-its-illegal?utm_source=Kazi+Media+Group&utm_medium=Kazi+Media+Group

***Note from Anna: ALL North American land originally belonged to indigenous people. The only federal officials who should rule on this issue are Native Indigenous Elders.

Patents Related To The Dietary And Medicinal Study And Use Of Cannabis

http://www.cannabisinternational.org/patents.php
US Patent 6,630,507 (pdf-120KB)
“Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” Assigned to the United States of America, it provides guidelines for relevant medical conditions and dosage schedules for CBD. Review LOG notes on the use of vaporization to separate CBD from THC
Medicinal Acidic Cannabinoids / US 7,807,711 B2 (pdf-120KB)
Invention relates to an acidic cannabinoid, the method for extracting and preparing.
Pharmaceutical Compositions For The Treatment Of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease US 2009 / 0197941 A1 Aug. 6, 2009 (pdf-132KB)
Discusses the preferred ratio of CBD to THC being 1:1
Anti-nausea And Anti-vomiting Activity Of Cannabidiol Compounds / US 2003 0225156 A1 Dec. 4, 2003 (pdf-64KB)
Inventor: Raphael Mechoulam. The applied dose can be adjusted based on the relative bioavailability and potency of the administered compound. Adjusting the dose to achieve maximal efficacy…
Combination Of Cannabinoids For The Treatment Of Peripheral Neuropathic Pain US 2010/0035978 A1 Feb 11, 2010 (pdf-1.5MB)
This patent identifies “the ratio of CBD:THC by weight is between 10:1 to 1:10.”
US Patent 6,410,588 B1 (pdf-1.5MB)
Feldmann, et al. “Use of Cannabinoids as Anti-inflammatory Agents”
US 2007/0099987 A1 (pdf-1.4MB)
Weiss, et al. “Treating or Preventing Diabetes with Cannabidiol”
US Patent 6,946,150 B27 (pdf-2.7MB)
Brian Whittle. “Pharmaceutical Formulation.” Using a pump action spray to administer cannabinoids via the mucosal surfaces.

Tennessee Child Dies Waiting For CBD Oil

https://www.whaxy.com/news/child-dies-waiting-for-cbd-oil

Note from Anna: I am so, so angry right now. This did not have to happen. Rest in peace Chloe.

05-DEUTERONOMY

05-4:31     (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Aum Namah Shivaya

Child In Need Of CBD Oil

By December 11, 2014

Back in November, Fox News 13 of Memphis, TN reported on a 3-year-old child that had exhausted her options in search of a treatment for her debilitating seizures. That is, except for one medicine that her family couldn’t get access to due to state and federal laws that block access to the medicine.

By age 3 Chloe had suffered from more than 75,000 seizures, affecting the development of muscles, coordination, and cognition. Suffering from around 100 seizures per day, doctors tried everything in the book to heal young Chloe, including multiple surgeries at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and 20 different types of medication. In November her family reported that she was taking 5 medications 3 times a day including medications like Methadone. One of the medications forced Chloe’s parents to sign a waiver due to a severe risk of blindness as a side effect.

Grandmother Pushing For CBD Legislation

Back in January Chloe’s grandmother, Gail Grauer, went in front of state legislators to ask for access to the non-psychoactive form of cannabis oil. Legislators soon passed a bill allowing clinical research from Vanderbilt University in conjunction with Tennessee Tech to grow and distribute the medicine to sick children in need. However, Federal regulations blocked this course of action putting Chloe and her family in a life-threatening bind.

CBD Medications For Children

In November, Chloe’s mother, Elizabeth Peden said, “You want to do anything, you would do anything, you would literally do anything to save the life of your child.” Her father Shea added, “One day we will be able to try it and we will be able to get those smiles and those little laughs that a lot of people to take for granted.” Tragically, that day never came for Chloe.

On December 10, Fox News Memphis reported that Chloe Grauer died waiting for the treatment she so desperately needed. Sadly, many parents around the country could be facing this life-threatening scenario with their hands tied by the Federal government. In the United States alone, around 3 million individuals suffer from epilepsy.

At the Federal level traction is picking up, but children who are dying for a cure can’t wait for the slow and politicized legislative process to creep along. In July, Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry introduced a bill that would allow legalize the non-psychoactive CBD oil at the national level. The bill, H.R.5226 – Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 has just begun to gain traction in Congress and will likely be subject to a vote in early 2015. So far there are a total of 38 cosponsors on the bill.

If you would like to take action you can find your district’s Representative here. Write your Congressional leaders and urge them to jump on board with the bill before another child’s life is shamelessly lost due to an inhumane and undignified Federal law.

Oregon Growers Donate To Children

PATENTS RELATED TO CANNABIS

http://www.calgarycmmc.com/cannabispatents.htm

2000 – US Patent 6132762 ~ Transcutaneous application of marijuana

2000 – US Patent 6113940 ~ Drug delivery with transdermal patch layer which carries the cannabis chemical(s). the chemicals are contained in a film on the

2001 – US Patent 6328992 ~ Cannabinoid patch and method for cannabis transdermal delivery

2002 – US Patent 6383513 ~ Compositions comprising cannabinoids (nasal spray)

2002 – US Patent 6410588 ~ Use of cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory agents

2003 – US Patent 6630507 ~ Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

2003 – US Patent 6503492 ~ An antiperspirant or deodorant active agent comprising an aluminium and/or zicronium salt or complex, a carrier for active agent and a cannabanoid receptor (CBR) activating agent

2004 – US Patent 20070151149 ~ Methods for altering the level of phytochemicals in plant cells by applying wave lengths of light from 400 nm to 700 nm and apparatus therefore

2003 – US Patent Application 2004004905 ~ Method for producing an extract from cannabis
plant matter, containing a tetrahydrocannabinol and a cannabidiol and cannabis extracts

2004 – US Patent 6713048 ~ Δ9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9 THC) solution metered dose inhalers
and methods of use

2005 – US Patent 6974568 ~ Treatment for cough

2005 – US Patent Application 20050266108 ~ Methods of purifying cannabinoids from plant
material

2005 – US Patent Application 20050079136 ~ Therapy for pain, appetite inttensifiers, multiple sclerosis and asthma; drug delivery

2005 – US Patent 6949582 ~ Method of relieving analgesia and reducing inflamation using a
cannabinoid delivery topical liniment

2005 – US Patent 20050070596 ~ Methods for treatment of inflammatory diseases using CT-3 or analogs thereof

2006 – US Patent Application 20060160888 ~ Room-temperature stable dronabinol formulations

2006 – US Patent 7088914 ~ Device, method and resistive element for vaporizing a medicament

2006 – US Patent Application 20060167084 ~ Delta-9-THC compositions and methods for
treating symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis

2006 – US Patent 7025992 ~ Administering lipophilic drug through mucous membranes

2006 – US Patent Application 20060039959 ~ Film-Shaped Mucoadhesive Administration Forms
For Administering Cannabis Agents

2006 – US Patent 7109245 ~ Vasoconstrictor cannabinoid analogs

2007 – US Patent Application 20070020193 ~ Dronabinol compositions and methods for using
same

2007 – US Patent 20080057117 ~ Pharmaceutical Composition Made Up Of Cannabis Extracts

2007 – US Patent Application 20070041994 ~ Aqueous extract of finely chopped dried selenium- and zinc-enhanced cannabis (Cannabis indicaxCannabis ruderalis), chopped shiitake mushrooms (Lentinula edodes), and chopped maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa) packaged in a cellulose capsule for oral adminstration to treat prostatitis, prostate cancer

2007 – US Patent Application 20070049645 ~ Anti-nausea and anti-vomiting activity of
cannabidiol compounds

2007 – US Patent Application 20070099987 ~ Treating or preventing diabetes with cannabidiol

2008 – US Patent 7344736 ~ Extraction of pharmaceutically active components from plant materials

2008 – US Patent 20080275237 ~ Method for Obtaining Pure Tetrahydrocannabinol

2008 – US Patent 7402686 ~ Cannabinoid crystalline derivatives and process of cannabinoid
purification

2008 – US Patent 7399872 ~ Conversion of CBD to Δ-THC Delta 8 and Δ-THC Delta 9

2008 – US Patent Application 20080112895 ~ Aqueous dronabinol formulations (Cannabinoids in buffer/cosolvent such as ethanol, propylene glycol and/or polyethylene glycol; ophthalmology)

2008 – US Patent Application 20080181942 ~ Delta-9-THC compositions and methods for
treating symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis

2008 – US Patent Application 20080262099 ~ Inhibition of Tumour Cell Migration

2008 – News ~ US Government Holds Patent For Medical Marijuana, Shows Hypocrisy

2009 – US Patent Application 20090324797 ~ Modulating Plant Oil Levels

2009 – US Patent 7622140 ~ Processes and apparatus for extraction of active substances and
enriched extracts from natural products

2009 – US Patent Application 20090197941 ~ Pharmaceutical Compositons for the Treatment of
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

2010 – US Patent Application 20090005461 – Use of Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Hepatitis

2010 – US Patent 2623723 ~ Process for production of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol

2010 – US Patent Application 20100249223 ~ New use for cannabinoid-containing plant extracts

2010 – US Patent Application 20100239693 ~ Cannabinoid-containing plant extracts as neuroprotective agents

2010 – US Patent Application 2004014385 ~ Pharmacological treatment of psoriasis

2010 – US Patent Application 20100012118 ~ Medicament dosage for inhaler

2010 – US Patent 7741365 ~ Peripheral cannabinoid receptor (CB2) selective ligands

2010 – US Patent Application 20100204312 ~ Methods and compositions for treating cancer

2010 – US Patent Application 20100158973 ~ Therapeutic uses of cannabidiol compounds

2010 – US Patent Application ~ Controlled-release apoptosis modulating compositions and methods for the treatment of otic disorders

2011 – US Patent Application 20110097283 ~ Chewing gum compositions comprising cannabinoids

2011 – US Patent 2005023741 ~ Pharmaceutical compositions containing (+) cannabidiol and derivatives thereof and some such novel derivatives

2011 – US Patent Application 20110052694 ~ Use of cannabidiol prodrugs in topical and transdermal administration with microneedles

2011 – US Patent Application 20110073120 ~ Smoke and Odor Elimination Filters, Devices and
Methods

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2013 – US Patent NEWS ~ GW Pharmaceuticals plc Announces US Patent Allowance for Use of Cannabinoids in Treating Glioma

Third Party Candidates Disagree on Legalizing Marijuana, Education Policy

http://politic365.com/2012/11/01/third-party-candidates-disagree-on-legalizing-marijuana-education-policy/

 Christopher Goins

By Christopher Goins

Four third party presidential candidates debated civil liberties, education policy, and drug policy among other topics last week at a debate hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.

The debate was held last Tuesday, October 23, where participants Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson took on questions from moderators Larry King and Christina Tobin.

On Drug Prohibition and the Federal “War on Drugs”

All but one of the third party presidential candidates agreed on legalizing marijuana.

“We don’t need to just legalize marijuana, we need to end drug prohibition just like we ended alcohol prohibition and treat drug use and abuse as a public health and education issue and get it entirely out of the criminal justice system,” said Anderson, noting that the United States has the largest incarceration rate in the world.

“We have more in prison on drug offenses than Western Europe on all offenses,” Anderson continued.

Gary Johnson concurred on legalization.

“Ninety-percent of the drug is prohibition-related not use-related and that is not to discount the problems with use and abuse but that should be the focus. So let’s legalize marijuana now,” said Johnson. ”So let’s regulate it. Let’s tax it.”

Johnson admitted that he is “not a hypocrite on this issue,” acknowledging that he has smoked marijuana and drank alcohol in the past, but no longer does so.

“But I can tell you categorically that no category is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol and yet we are arresting 1.8 million a year in this country on drug-related crimes,” Johnson said.

Marijuana legalization “is not about advocating drug use,” says Johnson.

Additionally, Johnson noted that of those who graduate from high school, 50 percent of them have smoked marijuana, and added that is an issue that should be dealt with within the family and not the criminal justice system.

He also called “meth,” short for methamphetamine, the “boogeyman drug,” saying that use falls “disparagingly” on the poor.

“It’s the best example we can think of a prohibition drug. It’s cheap. It’s easy to make so the consequences fall disparagingly of the poor,” Johnson said.

The lone medical doctor on the stage brought her medical experience to bear onto the issue.

“As a medical doctor previously in clinical practice for about 25 years,” said Jill Stein, “I can say with a real understanding of the science and the health impacts, that marijuana is a substance that is dangerous because its illegal. It’s not illegal on account of being dangerous because its not dangerous at all.”

“It is well understood that the health impacts of marijuana are mainly the public health and safety impacts from the illegal drug trade associated with marijuana prohibition,” she continued. “So the most important thing we can do to get rid of the health problems associated with marijuana is to legalize it.”

Jill Stein says that on Day One a president could instruct the Drug Enforcement Agency to use science to determine what substances will and will not be scheduled.

“Because the minute science is used marijuana is off the schedule,” she said. “The same goes for hemp which is also a substance for which there are no bad drug effects. There are no bad health and safety effects.”

Marijuana should be regulated, Stein says, but not in a way that will lead to a monopoly like the tobacco industry “but permits small businesses to actually flourish.”

Former Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.) said that he would not legalize drugs, but that he would cut back federal spending on the “war on drugs,” emphasizing that the so-called “war on drugs” is a minor part of the federal budget, and called drug use a state issue.

On the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

All of the candidates agreed on either repealing or vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill signed by President Obama on December 31, 2011, which the American Civil Liberties Union says codifies “indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history.”

“The NDAA’s dangerous detention provisions would authorize the president — and all future presidents — to order the military to pick up and indefinitely imprison people captured anywhere in the world, far from any battlefield,” said the ACLU in a blog post.

JIll Stein called the NDAA “a basic offense against the very foundation of american liberty,” and said that it should be repealed.

“We should also repeal the presidents interpretation of the enforcement act of 2001 – the military use act – that said that assassinations are in the power of the president,” Stein said.

The Justice Party candidate said: “What we have seen through the Bush years and now with President Obama has been so absolutely subversive and anti-American.”

Anderson continued: “There’s been no more anti-American act in our history than the NDAA. President Obama, don’t be fooled about this, in 2009 he asked for the power to indefinitely detain people without charges, without a trial, without legal assistance, and without the right to habeas corpus.”

“We are on the road to totalitarianism and that’s not an exaggeration,” Anderson said.

On Education Policy

Johnson explained that because of “guaranteed government student loans” prospective college students have no excuse for not pursuing education.

Colleges and universities, he contended, are “immune” from offering lower prices that they would otherwise have to if a prospective student had to re-think their ability to pay for tuition.

But, he added, “when that happens enmasse I guarantee you the cost of college tuition the price would drop dramatically,” noting that is a situation that currently does not exist.

He called the current state of affairs where college tuition is high and unaffordable is one of the “unintended consequences” of the current government intervention in higher education.

Jill Stein took a different view.

“I think its time to make public higher education free as it should be,” Stein said.

Stein likened the idea to the G.I. Bill and public high school education. But Johnson disagreed.

“Free comes with a cost. Free, very simply, is spending more money than what you take in,” Johnson said. “Free is simply accumulating more to the $16 trillion dollars in debt that we currently have. Free is gotten us to the point where we are going to experience a monetary collapse in this country, due to the fact that we continue to borrow and print more money than we take in,” he shot back.

“This is what has to stop in this country is the notion of free.”

But Anderson and Stein disagreed.

“We can not afford not to provide a great education and equality of opportunity for all of our young people in this country. We need to insist on prosperity, not austerity,” said Anderson, who was seconded by Stein.

In his rebuttal, Virgil Goode pointed out that President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both wanted to expand Pell grants and student loans, per Romney’s statements in a recent presidential debate.

“You’ve got four candidates you can look to if that’s your big issue,” Goode said, pointing to Stein and Anderson positions on education.

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On the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day, 500+ organizations worldwide stand in solidarity.

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12.12.14 is the two-year anniversary of a unanimous United Nations resolution endorsing universal health coverage. Now more than ever, governments must act.

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Bush Knew About CIA torture, Says Cheney

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WASHINGTON: President George W Bush was fully aware of and an “integral part” of the CIA’s torture of terror suspects, his vice-president Dick Cheney said Wednesday.

The long-awaited US Senate report released Tuesday on the program of harsh treatment and torture of detainees said Bush only learned details of it in 2006, four years after it started in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Detainees were beaten, waterboarded — some of them dozens of times — and humiliated through the painful use of medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” and “rectal rehydration”, the report said.

Speaking to Fox News, Cheney denied Bush was kept out of the loop. He said the then-president “was in fact an integral part of the program and he had to approve it.”

Asked if Bush knew specific details of how specific interrogations were being conducted, Cheney was more vague, saying: “We did discuss the techniques. There was no effort on our part to keep him from that.”

Bush has yet to speak out publicly on the Senate report, which has drawn scathing criticism worldwide of what the CIA has called “enhanced interrogation techniques”, amid and calls for those involved to face trial.

The CIA deliberately misled Congress and the White House about the value of the intelligence its interrogators were gathering, the report concluded.

But Cheney did not mince his words in rejecting that. “The report’s full of crap, excuse me. I said hooey yesterday — let me use the real word,” he thundered.

The investigation was “deeply flawed” and “didn’t bother to interview key people involved in the program,” he said.

According to the 500-page declassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings, the first CIA briefing with Bush on the interrogation techniques was on April 8, 2006.

Some of the prisoners — including Abu Zubaydah, allegedly Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who allegedly led Al-Qaeda operations in the Gulf — were subjected to the torture starting in 2002, it said.

That US interrogators tortured Al-Qaeda suspects in secret jails was known. But the detailed Senate report into the scandal was seized upon by America’s shocked friends and gloating enemies alike.

China and Iran, whose own human rights records have often been criticized by Washington, denounced the abuses — but so did Germany and the new pro-US leader of Afghanistan.

“Such a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values must not happen again,” German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, reflecting the embarrassment of Washington’s European allies.

America’s great power rival China — often on the end of US censure for its rights record — was equally unimpressed.

“We believe the US side should reflect upon itself, correct its ways and earnestly respect and abide by the rules of international conventions,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Sensing an opportunity to poke its traditional foe, Iran seized upon the report to throw back some of the human rights criticism that its own notorious prisons regularly receive.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter to declare the United States a “symbol of tyranny against humanity” — not just in the CIA torture program but in domestic law enforcement.

The United Nations said the program violated international law and basic human rights, and British-based advocacy group CAGE demanded criminal proceedings.

Around the world, human rights bodies demanded that current US President Barack Obama — who halted the torture but has not gone after the perpetrators — take legal action.

That is unlikely. In Washington, a senior official told reporters that nothing in the Senate Intelligence Committee report would change a decision not to prosecute.

The report, released by Democratic committee chair Dianne Feinstein over the objections of some of her Republican colleagues, said CIA torture had been more brutal than previously acknowledged.

It was also badly supervised and ineffective, it found. In response to the report, Obama acknowledged that torture had been counterproductive and contrary to American values.

“No nation is perfect,” he said. “But one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better.”

Tacoma Washington Council Seeks Possible Jan 6 2015 Hearing to Rule on MMJ Shop Closures

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/05/4012250_tacoma-council-could-set-hearing.html?rh=1

By Kate Martin Bellingham Herald Staff writerDecember 5, 2014

Next week, the Tacoma City Council could schedule a Jan. 6 hearing for residents to talk about unlicensed marijuana businesses in the city.

The council told staff this week to prepare to shut down more than 56 unlicensed pot shops. Many of those businesses serve medical marijuana patients. Letters telling store owners they have 90 days to close could be mailed by early next year.

The businesses are not licensed by the state and are thus illegal, staffers have said.

Both patients and business owners said they were surprised by the council’s decision. Currently there are five state-licensed stores operating in Tacoma that are allowed to sell retail marijuana, but patients have said they worry the retail stores won’t carry the medical-grade cannabis that they need to ease pain or other maladies.

If the council approves the public hearing, it could be set for 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6 in the city council chambers, 747 Market St.

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542 kate.martin@thenewstribune.com @KateReports

Another Potential Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation Ban in California

 MMJ business Daily December 10, 2014

http://mmjbusinessdaily.com/another-possible-outdoor-cultivation-ban-in-ca-county/

More than 300 people, mostly medical cannabis patients and growers, attended a meeting in Yuba County, California, as supervisors considered a ban on outdoor marijuana cultivation.

About 45 people spoke during the event in which supervisors considered three ordinances from other counties – Sacramento, Shasta and Fresno – that all ban outdoor grows in the wake of court rulings allowing them to impose severe restrictions on cannabis cultivation, according to the Appeal-Democrat.

Patients told county supervisors a ban on outdoor grows was a bad idea during a three-hour workshop, while others were in favor of the moratorium, saying they’ve seen their neighborhoods turned into a “war zone,” the newspaper said.

In question is a Yuba County ordinance adopted in 2012 that allows 18 outdoor plants on less than an acre, 30 on one to five acres, 60 on five to 20 acres and 99 plants on parcels bigger than 20 acres. Opponents of the ban told board they’d be increasing the burden on law enforcement and creating a new class of criminals. Proponents said Yuba County has become a haven for criminals.

After three hours of testimony, supervisors didn’t discuss any of the model ordinances or testimony, delaying further discussion until Jan. 13.

Big Banks Balk, So Colorado Has Created A Credit Union For The Marijuana Industry

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/12/09/3601055/colorado-marijuana-credit-union/

Nearly a year after Colorado’s first legal marijuana shops opened, the thriving industry’s biggest problem is deciding what to do with all of its cash. Now, the state banking commission believes it has found a way to free pot entrepreneurs from the regulatory haze between federal banking laws, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, and the state’s right to experiment with legalization.

 The nation’s first bank for marijuana pushers, growers, and investors will open in January after Colorado’s banking regulators approved a charter for The Fourth Corner Credit Union.

The first-of-its-kind bank will allow state business owners to move away from relying on cash for every transaction. Business has been very good for marijuana sellers since the state’s carefully designed legalization regime came online in early 2014, but traditional banks have refused to do business with the industry for fear of inviting punishment from regulators that are required to enforce the federal prohibition on the drug. That inability to access banking services has pushed the businesses into the arms of companies like Blue Line Protection Group, a security firm that specializes in moving and safeguarding huge piles of cash for the marijuana industry.

As the cash stacked up and security concerns mounted, Colorado’s banking regulators came to view that problem as justification for approving a pot bank. Their rationale hinges on a detail from the Department of Justice’s 2013 announcement that prosecutors should scale back prosecutions of marijuana offenses and stop pursuing cases against pot businesses that operate in compliance with their state’s drug laws. The memo announcing those changes described eight factors that prosecutors should continue to pursue aggressively, including “preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels.”

Keeping Colorado’s marijuana revenue out of the hands of criminal enterprises will be much easier if the industry doesn’t have to rely on cash. “If you can’t get your cash into the Federal Reserve system, you end up stockpiling it in your home, in caves, in your business. At some point, the risk becomes worth it for organized crime,” state financial services commissioner Chris Myklebust told USA Today. “I’ve never even held a joint but I really want to see them banked.”

A state charter for Fourth Corner is a key step, because it requires the Federal Reserve to acknowledge the bank and give it access to the technological infrastructure for processing payments and conducting electronic transactions. But unanswered questions remain. For one thing, Fourth Corner does not yet have deposit insurance that all financial institutions are required to hold. Approval from the federal agency in charge of insuring credit unions could take two years, so Fourth Corner may have to seek private insurance instead.

But insurance is a relatively minor hurdle compared to the more abstract problem predicted by the Colorado Bankers Association (CBA), which advises members that doing business with Fourth Corner is too risky to be wise. Because banks are responsible for monitoring their customers’ behavior and reporting suspicious or criminal activity, and any money coming out of Fourth Corner is inherently tied to the marijuana trade, any bank that accepts transactions originating at Fourth Corner risks incurring legal liability, according to the group. As a result, “it is unclear if checks and/or drafts drawn on these credit union accounts will be accepted by other institutions not serving the industry.”

“We consider ourselves regulated, legitimate businesses. We just want to have the same access to banking that other legitimate businesses have,” marijuana dispensary owner Kristi Kelly told USA Today. “I don’t want to pay people in cash.”

HISTORIC VICTORY: Congress Prohibits Justice Department from Undermining State Medical Marijuana Law

http://www.mjinews.com/congress-prohibits-doj-undermining/

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Top Congressional Leaders Side with States on Hemp Research and Medical Marijuana

Provisions on D.C. Marijuana Legalization Remain Unclear: Advocates Say Any Congressional Interference with Law that Passed with 70% Support is Outrageous

The final “must pass” federal spending bill that Congress will consider this week, also known as the “cromnibus,”and released by senior appropriators last night includes an amendment that prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The spending bill also includes a bipartisan amendment that prohibits the DEA from blocking implementation of a federal law passed last year by Congress that allows hemp cultivation for academic and agricultural research purposes in states that allow it. It also contains an amendment blocking marijuana law reform in Washington, D.C., although it is unclear what exactly the amendment blocks.

“For the first time, Congress is letting states set their own medical marijuana and hemp policies, a huge step forward for sensible drug policy,” said Bill Piper, director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs. “States will continue to reform their marijuana laws and Congress will be forced to accommodate them. It’s not a question of if, but when, federal marijuana prohibition will be repealed.”

In May, 219 members of the U.S. House voted for a bipartisan amendment that was sponsored by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Democrat Congressman Sam Farr and ten other members of Congress prohibiting the DEA from undermining medical marijuana laws in twenty-three states, as well as eleven additional states that regulate CBD oils. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a similar amendment in the Senate but a vote by the Senate on the amendment was never held. The House amendment made it into the final appropriations bill, marking the first time Congress has ever cut off funding to marijuana enforcement. Another House amendment sponsored by Republican Congressman Thomas Massie and Democrat Congressman Earl Blumenauer prohibiting the DEA from undermining a federal law that allows industrial hemp research under certain circumstances also made it into the final appropriations bill.

At the time of this release, it is unclear if the funding bill blocks the nation’s capital in its efforts to legalize marijuana. Initiative 71 passed on Nov. 4, with 70 percent of voters approving the measure to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Members of Congress have offered differing opinions on whether the language in the spending bill stops Initiative 71 or just prohibits D.C. from going further. The Drug Policy Alliance urges the D.C. Council to side with D.C. voters and transmit the initiative to Congress regardless.

The campaign to pass Initiative 71 was driven by public demands to end racially-biased enforcement of marijuana laws and was seen as the first step at taking marijuana out of the illicit market. A broad base of community support from multiple civil rights organizations, faith leaders and community advocacy groups supported Initiative 71, viewing it as an opportunity to restore the communities most harmed by the war on drugs. Two independent studies of marijuana arrest trends in the District of Columbia documented enormous racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests. Despite the fact that African American and white residents of the District of Columbia use marijuana at roughly similar rates, ninety-one percent of all arrests for simple possession of marijuana are of African Americans and are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.

In light of recent events in Ferguson and New York, it would be particularly disturbing if Congress has chosen to overturn the will of the voters in a majority black city,” said Dr. Malik Burnett, Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance and Vice-Chair of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, which was responsible for the passage of Initiative 71. “D.C. voters chose to reform their marijuana laws, which have a direct impact on how communities of color interact with police. Congress should not undermine that.”

Whatever the fate of D.C.’s legalization effort, the national medical marijuana victory in Congress will further solidify drug policy reform’s relevance as a mainstream political issue and build upon victories by drug policy reform advocates at the state level. Dozens of states have legalized marijuana for medical use in recent years. Voters in Colorado and Washington State voted in 2012 to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol.

In November, voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. also approved legalization, while voters in California and New Jersey passed groundbreaking criminal justice reforms. Polls over the past few years have consistently found that a clear majority of Americans support marijuana legalization and other drug policy reforms.

“The war on drugs is unraveling at both the state and federal levels,” said Piper. “It’s taken a lot of work by a lot people working hard across the country for decades but from marijuana reform to sentencing reform punitive drug policies are finally coming to an end; the American people want change and policymakers are giving it to them.”

Contact: Tony Newman (646-335-5384) or Michael Collins (404-539-6437)

U.S. Navy Sailors Sue Japan Power Co. For Radiation Exposure During 2011 Quake, Tsunami Rescue

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/11/21/navy-sailors-report-radiation-sickness-japan-quake-tsunami-fukushima-nuclear-power-plant/

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Rare cancers, blindness, birth defects and now, two deaths.

Hundreds of U.S. sailors who took part in rescue efforts following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami say they were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Now a federal judge has ruled their class-action lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company can go forward.

It has been more than three years since U.S. Navy Lt. Steve Simmons’ ship, the USS Reagan, got the call to help survivors of a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan. Within hours there was more bad news: the quake had triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Sailors were ordered to scrub decks, stop drinking ship water and seal the ventilation system when the ship sailed into the nuclear plume.

“We sat in this plume for over 5 hours,” said Simmons.

All the while his commanders insisted there was no danger.

“I’ll be honest, I hit the ‘I believe’ button,” he said.

But within months, Simmons, once an avid hiker, began feeling weak and sick with uncontrolled fevers and severe night sweats. Soon he was in a wheelchair, unable to walk. He says military doctors would never tell him what was wrong.

“Every one of them wanted to discredit radiation as a possible cause,” Simmons said.

In a final report to Congress the Department of Defense found radiation doses were less than the exposure a person would receive during an airplane flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

“It may not be taking in evidence that the doses that were assumed to be on board the USS Reagan may have been under-reported,” said Dr. Robert Gould, a former Kaiser pathologist who is president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

He points to transcripts of phone calls that recently came to light in which a Navy administrator on board the USS Reagan at the time of the disaster says radiation doses were “about 30 times what you would detect on a normal air sample” — much higher than the DoD estimates.

“Given that there is more information that has come out, I think you would have to re-look at the entire situation,” said Dr. Gould.

That hasn’t happened yet but hundreds of sailors, including Simmons, aren’t waiting. They have filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Japanese utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

“These young sailors have come down with leukemia, ulcers, testicular cancers, brain cancers, very rare cancers,” said their attorney Charles Bonner. He’s representing 200 soldiers and their families.

Under federal law he can’t sue the U.S. government, but says the case is clear against TEPCO. “They didn’t have emergency standby vehicles, they didn’t have batteries to pump water into these reactors which at the time were melting down. This was totally inadequate,” Bonner said.

After 16 years of service, Lt. Simmons was able to retire this year with full benefits. He hopes the lawsuit will help younger sailors who have had to retire with no pension or medical coverage.

“One of the things they always taught throughout my naval career is ‘sailors first last and always,’ you always take care of your sailors no matter what. And we are not doing that right now.”

The sailors have set up a website (still under construction) at: www.fukushimaradiationvictims.com

TEPCO STATEMENT:

We are thankful to the United States for coming to the aid of the people of Japan, and appreciate the service of all the men and women of the United States military who provided the Japanese people with humanitarian and disaster relief in Operation Tomodachi.

We would refer you to the report submitted in June of this year by the Department of Defense to the Congressional Defense Committees*. In that report you will find a description of the steps taken by the US military to limit the exposure of its service members, including the use of the Reagan’s sophisticated radiation detection equipment to monitor radiation levels.

The Navy and Department of Defense also have assessed the level of radiation exposure of US service members, not only those on the Reagan but all those on or near the mainland of Japan. Radiation doses were calculated for more than 75,000 DoD-affiliated individuals.(P.2 of the report) The radiation dose estimates were peer reviewed by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), a non-governmental panel of radiation health experts, which “concurred with the scientific methods used to develop the dose estimates.”

The report concludes that “[t]here is no objective evidence that the RONALD REAGAN sailors experienced radiation exposures during [Operation Tomodachi] that would result in an increase in the expected number of radiogenic diseases over time.”(P.5 of the report) The report further states that “it is implausible that these low-level doses are the cause of the health effects reported by the RONALD REAGAN sailors.”(P.3 of the report). We are responding to the claims that have been made in this lawsuit in accordance with the judicial procedures of the United States.

NAVY RESPONSE:

Immediately following Operation Tomodachi, the Department of Defense established the tri-service Dose Assessment and Registry Working Group (DARWG) to study available data and develop estimates of radiation exposure received by U.S. personnel in and around the main island of Japan during Operation Tomodachi. The DARWG estimated radiation exposures for approximately 75,000 U.S. personnel on ships or at shore facilities on the main island of Japan during Operation Tomodachi.

The DARWG’s report on radiation exposure received by Fleet-based individuals, which was peer reviewed by a non-governmental council of subject matter experts, determined that the highest whole body dose to any U.S. fleet-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is much lower than levels of radiation exposure associated with the occurrence of short or long-term health effects. For perspective, the worst-case radiation exposure for any U.S. fleet-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is less than 25% of the average annual radiation exposure to a member of the U.S. public from natural sources of background radiation, such as the sun, rocks, and soil.

The DARWG’s report on radiation exposure received by shore-based individuals, which was peer reviewed by a non-governmental council of subject matter experts, determined that the highest whole body dose to any U.S. shore-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is much lower than levels of radiation exposure associated with the occurrence of short or long-term health effects. For perspective, the worst-case radiation exposure for any U.S. shore-based personnel during Operation Tomodachi is less than half of the dose an average member of the U.S. population typically receives annually from natural background radiation sources, such as the sun, rocks, and soil, and less than three percent of the annual Federal limit for occupational radiation exposure.

Radiation exposure to U.S. personnel supporting Operation Tomodachi did not present any risks greater than risks normally accepted during everyday life.

http://www.marines.com/global-impact/toward-chaos/tomodachi

http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589907.pdf

The full DARWG report can be found at http://publicintelligence.net/call-tomodachi/

Video: Mindblowing Microscopic Footage of Cancer Cells Being Eliminated by Cannabis Oil

From Before It’s News November 27, 2014

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/11/mindblowing-microscopic-footage-cancer-cells-eliminated-cannabis-oil.html

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/11/video-mindblowing-microscopic-footage-of-cancer-cells-being-eliminated-by-cannabis-oil-3068946.html

Cannabinoids Create Log Jam at U.S. Patent Office

http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/09/18/666960/10099121/en/Cannabinoids-Create-Log-Jam-at-U-S-Patent-Office.html

GeoNovus Minerals Corp.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — There are 5,000 pending patents on different cannabinoid compounds at the U.S. Patent Office – most of them registered by Pharmaceutical companies who are intending to commercialise the naturally occurring compound found in the Cannabis Sativa.

GeoNovus (CSE:GNM) (GMINF-USA) is a Canadian company positioning itself to benefit from a research explosion that is expected to drive the legal marijuana market from $1.53-billion in 2013 to $2.57-billion by the end of 2014.

On June 26, 2014 GeoNovus announced that it has signed a letter of agreement with a Uruguay company actively working in multiple areas of the medical marijuana, industrial hemp and cannabinoid science industries to develop products for consumer use.

The initiation of the agreement within Uruguay gives GeoNovus pioneering and exclusive rights to acquire and participate in multiple business ventures in Uruguay including: growing facilities, cannabinoid product development, medicinal trials and industrial hemp product development.

Uruguay recently became the first country in the world to legalize the sale cultivation and distribution and consumption of cannabinoids in December of 2013.

“I got involved with medical marijuana in 2001, when my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” stated Julian Strauss, GeoNovus Uruguayan Operations Manager in an exclusive interview with Financial Press, “we discovered it had medicinal properties not available from conventional drugs.”

In Vancouver, BC Strauss collaborated with researchers from the University of British Columbia and formed a compassion club, developed “partial decarboxylation delivery systems” for patients dealing with painful side-effects of therapeutic treatments for multiple sclerosis and cancer. The club organised informal trials, and the results went off the charts.

“At that point I started reaching out to doctors,” stated Strauss, “We collected patients, grew medical marijuana, created oil extracts and collaborated with health authorities and doctors. It was impossible grow enough marijuana to satiate the demand for medicinal oils.”

The team created proprietary collection systems to produce oils on an industrial level, anticipating that Canada would deregulate, and they could begin human trials with the developed intellectual property or “IP”.

“The de-regulation did not come in a way that was helpful to us,” stated Strauss, “The narrative in Canada changed to guys in dread-locks promising to save the world. So I got on a plane to Uruguay and began discussions with the Latin American scientific community, and also with regulators and legislators. We are now building a legal and logistical framework for the development and commercialisation of cannabinoids in partnership with Uruguayan government bodies, universities, and growers clubs.”

Strauss believes the quickest route to cash flow in the marijuana industry is by creating infrastructure for clinical hemp and marijuana trials, and then creating protocols for lab studies, full-spectrum therapies, chemical and mechanical fiber analysis.

“The 5,000 pending patents tell the story,” stated Strauss, “Research into the uses of cannabinoids is about to explode. We can offer entrepreneurial companies an environment to collect data, run trials and ultimately register intellectual property. For providing this service in Uruguay, our company will maintain a royalty percentage. We believe there is a great financial opportunity in helping to legitimize cannabis technology companies.”

“Dry cannabis is a smokescreen thrown up to regulate the medicinal value of cannabis,” explains GeoNovus President Michael England, “This is not where we see the big business opportunity. There is a $200 billion dollar industry waiting in the wings for deregulation. We intend to create manufacturing protocols for specific pathologies. By establishing operations in Uruguay, we can get in on the ground floor.”

Cannabinoids are one of the only compounds in nature that naturally break down the blood barrier in the spine and brain. MRIs and CAT scans of the body’s reaction to therapeutic treatment confirm the endless potential for hemp-based homeopathic remedies.

“Every pharmaceutical company in the world is creating allopathic carbon-based lab derivatives of cannabinoids to try and mimic the natural function found within the plant’s genome,” stated England, “But natural cannabinoids are the answer, and for that they will need a scientific and regulatory environment that promotes experimentation and clinical trial. Uruguay provides us with all of these factors as well as access to a significant pool of professional expertise – Big Pharma will be taking notice.”

Therapeutic cannabinoid treatments for all types of ailments from multiple sclerosis and cancer to headaches and seizures are quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional chemo and medicines. Ground-breaking cannabinoid research being conducted by companies like GeoNovus in “Cannabis friendly” countries like Uruguay will pave the way for the future of these emerging alternative therapies.

GeoNovus is currently trading at $0.04 with a market cap of only $2 million under the symbol GNM on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) and GMINF in the USA.

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