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Colorado Marijuana Tax Fifth Amendment Hearing on Friday August 22 2014

For immediate release: August 21, 2014

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{Denver} — There will be a preliminary injunction hearing in Denver
District Court on Friday in a lawsuit brought by marijuana civil rights
activists seeking to protect their Fifth Amendment right against
self-incrimination. Plaintiffs will argue in front of The Honorable Judge
John Madden IV that payment of marijuana taxes violates a citizen’s Fifth
Amendment right against self-incrimination, since marijuana remains illegal
under federal law.

*THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS HEARING*

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Time: 9am to 12noon
Location: Denver District Court (Old Building)
1437 Bannock St.
Denver, Colorado
Courtroom #203: The Honorable Judge John Madden IV

Note: Please dress nicely and maintain quiet in the courtroom. Bring a
photo ID with, as you may have to show it to get through courthouse
security.

*BACKGROUND*
Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed the lawsuit on June 9, 2014 seeking to
permanently end Colorado’s marijuana taxes, on the grounds that payment of
the taxes forces citizens to incriminate themselves as criminals under
federal law.

The complaint was filed on behalf of an unnamed licensed medical and retail
marijuana center, the “No Over Taxation” issue committee (which campaigned
against Proposition AA, the marijuana tax issue approved by Colorado voters
in 2013) and several individuals, including Kathleen Chippi, Larisa
Bolivar, Miguel Lopez and William Chengelis.

Corry is seeking unspecified damages and a refund of all tax monies
collected by the state.

If successful, Corry’s lawsuit could be the basis for overturning ALL
regulations regarding marijuana licensing and registration in Colorado on
the same grounds.

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.

As witnesses, the State of Colorado has called attorneys Brian Vicente and
Christian Sederberg, two self-proclaimed “marijuana lawyers” who helped
campaign for Amendment 64, to provide testimony to support the State’s
assertion that payment of these taxes is not incriminating.

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

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 and
reveal a violation of federal law. 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 Colo. Sup. Ct.:
“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, “Marijuana-specific taxes require plaintiffs and any other
person paying said taxes 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.’ These illegally-collected taxes are
ultimately laundered by the State of Colorado through J.P. Morgan Chase
Bank, which also participates knowingly in the continuing criminal
enterprise.” Item 67, Corry complaint filed 6/9/14.

Corry concludes, “It is illegal for government to retain tax monies
illegally collected in violation of the constitution, so all amounts must
be returned, and all records related to previous tax payments, destroyed.”

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.”

“The state can’t have it both ways. If it’s illegal under federal law, you
cannot collect taxes on it,” says Kathleen Chippi, a plaintiff and member
of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project. “We have another
case pending in the Colorado Supreme Court now, Coats v. Dish Network,
where Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argues that medical marijuana
patients can be fired from their jobs for using medical marijuana off-duty,
even though it is legal under state law. Suthers argues in the Coats case
that, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, patients have no
rights.”

“Yet Suthers and Hickenlooper, as kingpins in their continuing criminal
enterprise, happily collect and spend the marijuana taxes, even though they
were collected in spite of multiple clear violations of federal law,”
Chippi concludes.

Read Boulder Weekly article on Federal Preemption issues and the Coats v.
Dish Lawsuit (5/22/14):
http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-12900-local-attorney-argues-fed-laws-donrst-apply-to-mmj.html

*FOR MORE INFORMATION*

Click here to read the complaint
No Over Taxation, et al, v. Hickenlooper, et al
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/colorado/propaa.complaint.corry.pdf

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

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
*DONATE ONLINE*
http://www.cannabislawsuits.com/

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

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

*PRESS CONTACTS*

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

Provided as a Public Service by the:
Cannabis Therapy Institute
Phone: 877-420-4205
Web: http://www.CannabisTherapyInstitute.com/
Email: info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com

 

***Note from Anna: Fight for your right to cannabis or lose it. The politicians have made it very,very clear that all marijuana cultivation is going into the full control of the Federal government, no matter what the state governors think. Dispensaries, activists, and patients had better pay 100 percent attention to this case.  Every state in America is looking at Colorado for direction with setting,or eliminating, cannabis legalization laws.

If the Colorado activists lose, patients in all of the marijuana states can expect mediocre mass-produced GMO’d, barely effective weed for the little people and high-quality organic cannabis for the rich.That is if it isn’t banned altogether due to quality control, supply and demand, or greed issues by the people in control of it’s cultivation.

If citizens refuse to participate in making sure cannabis is legal then definitely learn to grow your own, but don’t be surprised if home grows of any size are met with full police/FBI/DEA response. Rich people will not allow for the poor people to prosper financially with cannabis because it means THEY lose money and the citizens would be united to vote out ALL of the politicians who betrayed them.

Time is running out until the big money fake activists and lobbyists, hell-bent on locking up cannabis for the friends, politicians, and big businesses who pay them, betray the MMJ patients. The lobbyists and politicians will absolutely betray their constituents for Election 2016 profits. Voter abuses have happened before, and they will happen again if the citizens do not very closely monitor the actions of their politicians.

 

CDPHE Meeting on Retail Marijuana Surveillance – Thursday 8/14/2014-Patients and Press *Not* Invited

For immediate release: Aug. 13, 2014

Cannabis Press Association
http://www.cannabispressassociation.com/

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
http://www.cannabislawsuits.com/
888-EAT-HEMP

{Denver} — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
(CDPHE) will be holding an all-day meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, concerning
their expanding roles in “retail marijuana surveillance” and other areas.

*PHYSICAL LOCATION OF MEETING*
Courtyard Marriott Cherry Creek
Skyline Ballroom
1475 South Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
Workshop begins at 8:30 am

The CDPHE had previously only regulated medical marijuana. Their new roles in retail marijuana involve at least 6 different departments within the CDPHE. (See page 10 of “Marijuana and CDPHE” presentation below.)

The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Denver, but there
will also be a live webinar available (See below for details.)

According to the CDPHE, “no media” will be allowed to attend the meeting,
and the agenda shows that “no patients” have been invited to share their
views in any manner, even though the subject matter directly concerns them.

The Cannabis Press Association (CPA), working with the Patient and
Caregivers Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP), discovered the meeting, after
several patients received an email invitation asking them to register for
the meeting, which was apparently sent accidentally by the CDPHE to the
wrong email distribution list.

In the email, Elyse Contreras, Programs Coordinator for the Retail
Marijuana Program & Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program at the CDPHE,
stated that the purpose of the Aug. 14 meeting is “to update our local
partners on latest information regarding marijuana surveillance, prevention
efforts, medical research, lab regulations, infused product safety and
more!”

Contreras’ invitation stated that “no media” would be allowed to attend.

When the CDPHE discovered they had sent the email invitation to patients in
error, they immediately removed the online registration form from their
website.

The Cannabis Press Association filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)
request last week, asking for the location and webinar login information
for the meeting, as well as a request for the list of invitees to the
meeting.

The CDPHE ignored the CORA requests. However, CPA was able to obtain the
information from reliable sources. (See below.)

*SURVEILLANCE OF PREGNANT WOMEN*
Many topics will be covered at the all-day meeting. A primary focus will be
how the CDPHE will be performing “surveillance” on pregnant women to
determine whether cannabis used during pregnancy is harmful to children.

According to a “Marijuana and Pregnancy” presentation on the CDPHE website,
one of the new CDPHE programs includes “Birth Registry Surveillance”, which
is defined as “surveillance to determine if marijuana could be a factor in
the development of adverse birth outcomes” and includes a “thorough review
of maternal medical records” (See page 9 of “Marijuana and Pregnancy”
presentation below.)

Kathleen Chippi of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project sees
this as another attack on patients. “This secret meeting is just another
attack on medical marijuana patients. They want to screen all birth mothers
for cannabis? The CDPHE doesn’t test new moms for GMOs, pesticides,
fracking fluids, caffeine, sugar, or pharmaceutical chemicals, so why focus
on THC, which has been used safely by humans for over 10,000 years?
Cannabis was actually prescribed commonly to ease pregnancy and the
birthing process before it was made illegal in 1937. Natural cannabinoids
(endocannabinoids) are actually abundant in all breast milk and research
has shown that they are essential to a newborn’s development.”

See: Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human
breast milk
http://www.naturalnews.com/036526_cannabinoids_breast_milk_THC.html#ixzz3AKr2v8PH

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*MEETING AGENDA*
Click here for agenda for the Aug. 14, 2014 CDPHE/DOR meeting:
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Agenda.for.State.Local.Workshop-8.14.14.pdf

NOTE: The CDPHE claims that this is not a public meeting, but have refused
to provide a list of the official invitees. If you want to attend in
person, it is recommended to arrive early to try to cajole a seat out of
your public officials.

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*WEBINAR LOGIN INFORMATION*
From: “Contreras – CDPHE, Elyse” <elyse.contreras@state.co.us>
Date: August 13, 2014 10:51:24 AM MDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: 8/14 Marijuana Webinar Details
Marijuana Workshop for State and Local Public Health

Follow the directions below to join the webinar beginning at 8:30 am
Thursday, August 14th. This is an all day work shop, the agenda is
attached.

This meeting is intended to allow local public health agency
representatives the opportunity to learn more abut marijuana regulation in Colorado.  No public comment or questions will be taken as the meeting is not considered an open meeting as defined in the Colorado Open Meetings Law, Section 24-6-401 et seq. 

Questions on the topics discussed can be
sent to medical.marijuana@state.co.us.

To join the meeting:
https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/r6e3dlu1pg2/
—————-
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection:
https://cdphe.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

Elyse Contreras
Programs Coordinator
Retail Marijuana Program & Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program
P 303.692.6455  |  F 303.782.0904
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
elyse.contreras@state.co.us
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*RELATED CDPHE PRESENTATIONS*
“Marijuana and CDPHE” presentation
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Marijuana.and.CDPHE.Presentation.CORA4.pdf

“Marijuana and Pregnancy” presentation
http://cannabispressassociation.com/docs/CDPHE.Marijuana.Pregnancy.Presentation.pdf

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NOTE: This information was obtained as a public service by volunteers
working with the Cannabis Press Association (CPA), working with the Patient
and Caregivers Rights Litigation Project (PCRLP). Please be generous and
make a donation today.

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For immediate release: Aug. 13, 2014

Cannabis Press Association
http://www.cannabispressassociation.com/

Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project
http://www.cannabislawsuits.com/
888-EAT-HEMP


Provided as a Public Service by the:
Cannabis Press Association
“Fighting over 77 years of lies and mis-information
with over 10,000 years of history and fact.”
Web: http://www.cannabispressassociation.com/
Email: info@cannabispressassociation.com

***Note from Anna: I wish the DEA officers went after legal (and illegal) methamphetamine,steroid, and Prozac abusers with the same intensity used for illegally profiling legal medical marijuana patients.

Colorado has sold out to big pharmaceutical companies and their petty political lobbyists. It’s disturbing to watch how easy it is for judges and cops to abuse the weakest among them while running like their asses are on fire away from violent offenders on legally-distributed methamphetamines.

Stats on Meth in Colorado:

http://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs4/4300/meth.htm

National Drug Intelligence Center
Colorado Drug Threat Assessment
May 2003

“…Methamphetamine abuse is increasingly prevalent in Colorado. The number of methamphetamine-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities in the state increased from 1,748 in 1997 to 2,037 in 2001, according to data from ADAD. (See Table 1 in Overview section.) Since 1999 treatment admissions for methamphetamine abuse have increased each year, while admissions for cocaine, heroin, and marijuana have declined. According to ADAD, more than 83 percent of patients treated for methamphetamine abuse in 2001 were Caucasian, 54 percent were male, and nearly 33 percent were 35 or older. Nearly 43 percent of methamphetamine abusers treated during 2001 smoked the drug, 32 percent injected it, 19 percent snorted it, and 6 percent used some other method or multiple methods of administration.”

http://www.narconon.org/drug-information/colorado-drug-addiction.html

From Narconon International:

“…Colorado is crossed by eight Interstates: I-15, I-25, I-70, I-76, I-80, I-84, I-90 and I-94. The central location and high ethnic population of Denver and its suburbs makes it a perfect distribution center for drugs coming into the U.S. across the Canadian border, or for drugs being trafficked north from the Southwest border. Fifteen Ports of Entry (POE) from Canada exist in Montana, and Interstates 15 and 90 link these POEs with Denver and Salt Lake City, both major drug distribution points.

…The most dangerous aspect of the drug scene in Colorado and its cities is that drug trafficking and use is on the increase. The biggest threat is the highly addictive and physically damaging ice methamphetamine. Recent supplies of meth have been more pure and lower cost than earlier supplies.”

From Johnny Green at the Weed Blog April 3, 2013:

http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-patents-us-patents-on-medical-procedures-involving-cannabinoids/

Spain Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer
http://www.endalldisease.com/spain-st…

Federal Government Reports that Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51148243/ns…

US Patent 4837228
Cannabichromene (CBC)
http://www.google.com/patents/US4837228

US Patent 4189491
Glaucoma Treatment
http://www.google.com/patents/US4189491

US Patent 5631297
Anandamide Compounds
http://www.google.com/patents/US5631297

US Patent 6132762
Pain, inflammation and arthritis
http://www.google.com/patents/US6132762

US Patent 6410588
Cannabidiol and inflammatory diseases
http://www.google.com/patents/US6410588

US Patent 6974568
Treatment for coughs
http://www.google.com/patents/US6974568

US Patent 6630507
Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases
Strokes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507

US Patent 7741365
Novel polycyclic cannabinoid analogs
http://www.google.com/patents/US7741365

US Patent 7597910
Prostate cancer and prostatitis
http://www.google.com/patents/US7597910

US Patent 7977107
Detecting traces of cannabinoids
http://www.google.com/patents/US7977107

US Patent 8071641
Diabetes and insulitis
http://www.google.com/patents/US8071641

US Patent 8242178
Cannabidiol and autoimmune hepatitis
http://www.google.com/patents/US8242178

US Patent 8034843
Nausea, vomiting and motion sickness
http://www.google.com/patents/US8034843

US Patent Application 20100292345
Cannabigerol (CBG)
http://www.google.com/patents/US20100…

US Patent Application 20080181942
Multiple sclerosis and MS relapse
http://www.google.com/patents/US20080…

US Patent Application 20090197941
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
http://www.google.com/patents/US20090…

US Patent Application 20100204312
Treating cell proliferation and cancers
http://www.google.com/patents/US20100…

US Patent Application 20080262099
Inhibition of tumour cell migration
http://www.google.com/patents/US20080…

US Patent Application 20100222437
Gastrointestinal inflammatory and cancers
http://www.google.com/patents/US20100…

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Studies…

Scientific Proof Cannabinoids Kill Cancer Cells :

http://youtu.be/mFBBTnv5Xbs

http://redd.it/18qiwn
http://phoenixtears.ca
http://www.phoenixtearsfoundation.com…

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University of Arizona Drops Researcher Studying Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Brittny Mejia, The Republic | azcentral.com 11:49 a.m. MST July 2, 2014

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/2014/07/02/ua-drops-researcher-studying-medical-marijuana-vets/11956323/

The University of Arizona has abruptly ended its support of a researcher who was leading a controversial and first-of-its kind study on medical marijuana use for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Sue Sisley, the principal investigator, had approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service, as well as conditional approval from the UA Institutional Review Board for the study of marijuana’s effect on PTSD. Her goal was to start the study this summer.

Late last week, university officials told her they wouldn’t renew her contract, essentially stopping the study before it started.

She said she believes that action occurred because the study became too controversial, at one point creating backlash in the Legislature.

“What they’ve done is harm the veterans by delaying this very crucial research by possibly a year or more when (veterans) really needed this research to be done,” Sisley said. “We were right on the cusp of being able to implement this research and the UofA just cut it off at the knees and hurt the veteran community in Arizona more than they’ll ever realize.”

The study, which was to include 70 veterans suffering from PTSD, would have been the first and only randomized controlled trial in the country looking at marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, Sisley said.

Sisley, who works at the UA’s Phoenix medical school, said university officials e-mailed her on Friday saying they would not renew her appointment as assistant director in the Arizona Telemedicine Program and as coordinator of special projects in research administration at the Phoenix medical school, effective Sept. 26.

On Monday afternoon, she said she also received a letter saying that her academic appointment as clinical assistant professor in the Psychiatry Department would end, meaning she can no longer perform her research at the UA.

“It’d be different if it was just one of the three positions,” she said. “But this is an across-the-board termination, so it suggests that this is a direct attack on the fact that I was at the forefront of very controversial research.”

George Humphrey, assistant vice president for public affairs for the Arizona Health Sciences Center, said in an e-mail that the university would not comment on personnel matters.

But he said that the university has policies and procedures that would allow for faculty who are departing the university to continue to pursue their research projects elsewhere.

In May, the UA signed a contract with Sisley and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a non-profit research and educational organization, to enable Sisley to conduct the randomized controlled trial at the university. The non-profit sponsored the study, and committed to providing the funding, which would total nearly $1 million.

Sisley, who has spent five years trying to bring the medical-marijuana study to fruition, said she believes the decision not to renew her contracts resulted from her education and advocacy on the barriers to marijuana research, which include finding a home and funding for the research.

She said she plans to appeal and has reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations.

While Sisley said her primary focus is on scientific and academic pursuits, she added that she has become politically active because of the barriers on federally regulated marijuana research.

Earlier this year, when state Sen. Kimberly Yee blocked a hearing of a bill that could have helped fund Sisley’s study, some residents launched a recall effort and the UA logo became affiliated with the effort to recall her, Sisley said.

In April, Sisley said she received a phone call from Joe Garcia, senior vice president for Health Sciences, regarding her political activism.

He instructed her to provide a letter for the UA administration team, wherein she explained she did not participate in the recall effort or link the university to it. She also stated in the e-mail that she never used university resources to participate in activism. Garcia was unavailable for comment.

Sisley said she never received a response to her e-mail.

“They can call it a non-renewal, they can say I wasn’t fired, but when you strip a faculty member of 100 percent of their salary support, it’s pretty clear what they’re doing,” she said. “I think that this is retaliation for trying to provide the public with knowledge about the barriers to marijuana research.”

The university has not received any political pressure to terminate any employees, said Chris Sigurdson, senior associate vice president of university relations. Sigurdson said the university has been supportive of medical-marijuana research and had gone to the Legislature in the past to voice that support.

Some reasons for non-renewal include funding changes and changes within a unit, according to Helena Rodrigues, director of human resources, strategy and planning at the UA.

“Any individual employee should not have an expectation of continued employment past the end of an employment-contract period,” Rodrigues said.

While the FDA approved Sisley’s study three years ago, she was awaiting a permit from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which she couldn’t receive until the UA gave her a location to house the study. The study would have measured how specific doses could treat PTSD symptoms.

Sisley said if she were forced to take her research to another university, she would have to go through a new review process, which could take another year.

State Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson,who earlier this year introduced the bill in the Legislature that would help fund Sisley’s study, said the research would have been useful in understanding medical marijuana.

“I think if she does not do the study at the UofA, I hope that another university would pick her up and pick this research up because it’s very valuable to us,” Orr said. “I hope that the UofA will continue to look at this type of research as well.”

Ricardo Pereyda, a former UA student and combat veteran with PTSD, said cannabis works better for treating his symptoms than prescription medication.

But Pereyda, 32, said he believes it’s essential to conduct a study like Sisley’s to provide concrete answers to whether marijuana works in treating PTSD.

“Thousands of veterans have committed suicide in the time that this study has been delayed,” Pereyda said. “How many more are going to continue to commit suicide? This could potentially be something that could see a reduction in those numbers.”

 

****Note from Anna: How many more mentally ill people have to die to please big pharmaceutical companies? When are the citizens, whose tax dollars are used to employ and maintain the lifestyles of *all* city,state, end federal politicians, going to have their needs put first? Obama should immediately fully legalize hemp and medical marijuana for nationwide(as well as global) medical and retail purposes. 

It would give millions of citizens the freedom to grow their medicines, improve their health conditions, and become financially stable through farming. It would rebuild America’s economy.

City of Fife Asserts Federal Preemption Argument in Marijuana Case, Attorney General Will Defend I-502

http://www.atg.wa.gov/pressrelease.aspx?&id=32237#.U-gdB6NiIwp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 06, 2014 Washington State Office of the Attorney General

AGO believes city’s federal preemption argument threatens to destroy marijuana Initiative 502.

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office will vigorously defend I-502, the initiative legalizing marijuana, against an argument raised by the city of Fife.

The city claims that the state law is invalid because it conflicts with federal law.

If a court accepts that argument and it is upheld on appeal, it would mean the end of the state system for legal marijuana sales in Washington.Last week the AGO moved to intervene in cases in Fife and Wenatchee challenging those cities’ bans on marijuana businesses.

The AGO intervened to ensure a proper interpretation of I-502 and to defend against any argument that federal law preempts I-502. On July 31, Fife filed a motion for summary judgment arguing, among other things, that federal law preempts I-502.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan is expected to hear arguments in the case on August 29.

Emphasizing his commitment to make every effort to defend the will of the voters in enacting I-502, Attorney General Bob Ferguson directed Solicitor General, Noah Purcell, to present oral arguments for the state.The first question for the court will be whether I-502 overrides local zoning rules and requires local governments to allow marijuana businesses.

If the court agrees with the formal opinion issued by the AGO in January 2014 concluding that I-502 does not override local zoning requirements, the case will be resolved and Fife’s federal preemption argument will become irrelevant.

(The AGO issued the formal opinion in response to a request from the Liquor Control Board.Read more about that opinion and the opinion process, here.)

If the court disagrees with the AGO’s opinion and decides I-502 requires local governments to allow marijuana businesses, then the court must decide whether I-502 is preempted by federal law. If the court finds I-502 is preempted by federal law,and it is upheld on appeal, the marijuana legalization effort would be destroyed.

“As Attorney General, my job is to make sure the will of the people is upheld,” said Ferguson. “This case and others like it threaten the heart of Initiative 502. We want to participate in all cases like this to defend the will of the voters.”“

Attorney General Ferguson is the lawyer for the people of Washington,” said Washington State Senator Jamie Pedersen, a lawyer who supported I-502. “The voters passed I-502 and it is his job to defend it. I am grateful that Ferguson is getting involved in the Fife case to protect our voters’ decisions.”

Approved by voters in 2012, I-502 legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington and created a system of state licensing and regulation.The cities of Wenatchee and Fife passed local ordinances that prohibit operating marijuana businesses within their cities.

The plaintiffs in SMP Retail, LLC v. Wenatchee, Graybeard Holdings, LLC v. Fife and MMH, LLC v. Fife seek to invalidate these local ordinances so they can sell recreational marijuana.-30-

The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans.

Visit http://www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

****Note from Anna: This is a golden opportunity to reshape retail and medical marijuana laws. It’s also an effort to clean house of the cops, judges, politicians, and lobbyists that handed Washington State organic  hemp and marijuana industries to big business.

Contacts: Alison Dempsey-Hall, Acting Communications Director, (206) 442-4482

Washington State Department of Health Medical Marijuana Authorization Practice Guidelines Public Hearing August 8, 2014

Repost for , July 31, 2014

From: Washington State Department of Health
Date:07/25/2014 6:09 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: MEDICALCANNABIS@LISTSERV.WA.GOV
Subject: Medical Marijuana Authorization Practice Guidelines

July 25, 2014
Medical Marijuana Authorization Practice Guidelines
The Department of Health is facilitating a workgroup of representatives from the boards and commissions whose health care professionals can authorize the medical use of marijuana.•  Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
•  Board of Naturopathy
•  Medical Quality Assurance Commission
•  Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

The workgroup will develop draft guidelines to describe the professional practice standards for health care professionals who authorize the medical use of marijuana under chapter 69.51A RCW.

Where:

Department of Health
Point Plaza East
Room 152/153
310 Israel Road SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
360-236-4700

When
August 8, 2014
8:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. Thirty minutes have been allotted for public testimony. If you are unable to attend this workgroup meeting, please submit written comments by close of business Thursday, August 7, 2014, at medicalmarijuana@doh.wa.gov.

Agreement on the guidelines may require additional effort by the workgroup, in which case future meetings will be scheduled and notice will be sent to interested persons.

Once completed, the draft guidelines will be shared with each board and commission at regularly scheduled business meetings for review and possible adoption.

***Note from Anna: I am only going to say this once more: If Washington State dispensaries, businesses, and patients don’t unite to put these politicians in line they will be micromanaging your medicines, and taxes in relation to them, from now on. You’ll never be free of the political posturing and bullshit.
If you cannot go please send a proxy to speak for you.
 
If you would like me to write a letter on your behalf use this email address: annajaya67@yahoo.com.
If I get any nonsense, SPAM, or negativity you’ll get blocked and/or your info will be turned over to whoever is necessary.
Activists you can email me for my phone number. I am not certain I will be able to attend the meeting in person because I’m in California on the 7th but if I can make it on a late flight I will.

How Should Marijuana Legalizers Vote For President? Pragmatically-Dr.Jill Stein 2016

http://www.theweedblog.com/how-should-marijuana-legalizers-vote-for-president-pragmatically/

August 19, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President

I attempted to make this point in a previous post, but I didn’t convey it very well. Today I received a tweet from a listener who suggested I consider Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate who won the nomination of her party recently, fending off a challenge from Roseanne Barr. (You may not have taken her seriously, but I never thought the guy from Hercules in New York would be governor of California, so I didn’t count her out.)

So I’m considering it. And I’m considering just who we in the marijuana nation should vote for in the presidential race, especially since LZ Granderson thinks we’re all “idiots”. I think it’s quite rational to factor in whether the man who wants your vote for president would continue to allow body-armored law enforcers with automatic weapons and grenades to break down your door, shoot your dog, terrify your kid, seize your assets, end your scholarship, ruin your career, imprison your family, murder your grandma, and stuff you in a cage for decades for the flower they think you’re growing in the basement.

Whether legalization should be your only consideration, however, is what LZ was critiquing, and I tend to agree that it is simplistic to base one’s vote on just one issue. I’ll say that to one-issue reproductive-rights, gun-rights, and Evangelical voters, too. It’s a big complex world out there and you have to consider how issues are networked. For instance, if I voted for a candidate who’d legalize weed but end net neutrality, I’d be worse off, overall. If I voted for a guy, say, a long-time representative from Texas who’d let Oregon legalize pot farming but also would have no qualms with my home state of Idaho re-criminalizing abortion, my nieces would be worse off. See what I mean?

MITT-ROMNEY-RMONEY

So let’s start with who not to vote for, and that’s Mitt “R-Money” Romney. Besides his recently admitting marijuana isn’t “an issue of significance” to him, and turning his back on wheelchair-bound patients who use cannabis, I just can’t fathom a vote for a guy who bullies the gay kids and ties his dog to the roof of the car on 12-hour trips. That’s enough for me, but I’m willing to listen to arguments for him. I just don’t see how R-Money helps our cause at all, and if you think Obama’s gone hogwild with the medical marijuana crackdown, consider that’s US Attorneys acting with a wink and a nod from the president; imagine them with an outright go-ahead.

There still stands Rep. Ron Paul, raising money and campaigning when his chance of winning the Republican nomination is worse than the chance of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signing a law tomorrow to legalize mescaline. Oh, how the RevoLutionaries are going to crash my comments section, telling me how much he supports marijuana legalization. He doesn’t – he supports states rights to do such things and that the federal government has no jurisdiction in drug policy. I guess a President Paul would work out well for me in Oregon. but I would weep for my friends in the Red States..”

Ron Paul

Sorry, Paulbots, he’s another guy I have to put in the not to vote for column. If you can explain to me why I want to live in a country with no federal minimum wage, no occupational safety and health standards, no labor unions, no anti-trust enforcement, no estate tax, no tax credits for elderly or child care, no birth citizenship, no funding of family planning, no flag burning, and support of state abortion bans, gay marriage bans, offshore drilling, weakened Social Security, school prayer, teaching creationism, guns everywhere and anywhere, and zygotes defined as citizens in exchange for my state and a few others having the opportunity to legalize weed, I’ll listen.

So then we’re left with President Obama and the major third-party challengers, Libertarian Gov. Gary Johnson and Green Dr. Jill Stein. Given that you can’t vote for Romney, Obama’s been terrible for the marijuana nation, and a third party candidate is not going to win, what do you do?

My friend Cheyanne helping Gov. Gary Johnson get from the hotel parking lot to the event we were both appearing at in Austin, as I take the photo from her car.

 

Yes, Libertarians and Greens, you must face up to the fact that your candidate is not going to become president. All the fervent wishing and desperate hoping will not change the electoral and financial math. That does not diminish the importance of these parties and their candidates running for president. We desperately need more voices than just Republicans and Democrats. (Full disclosure: I’ve appeared at a number of events with Governor Johnson, including moderating a panel including him and former Alaska Senator and presidential candidate, Mike Gravel.)

The fact they are called “third parties” should tell you something. If we lived in a parliamentary system, like Canada or England, multiple parties would exist and coalitions would form and our politics would look very different. But we have a “winner takes all” system and when you research game theory, you’ll find such a system guarantees the kind of duopoly we find in Republicans and Democrats, or an outright monopoly, like we find in Republicans and Democrats on quite a few issues.

Learn how the math of our electoral process demands that we adopt “range voting” and where it’s completely safe to vote third party for president in 2012 by continuing the rant at RadicalRuss.com…

Fukushima Fallout Radionuclides in Air, Rain and Food from San Francisco Bay Area

“This diary is the latest in a series that aim to understand what the likely impact of Fukushima sourced radionuclides will be on ecosystem and human health on the North American west coast.  Herein, I report on a newly published, open-access study by Smith et al. (2014) in the Journal of Environmental Protection who studied the levels of Fukushima radionuclides in air, rainwater and food resulting from atmospheric fallout in the San Francisco Bay area.  Monitoring of the fallout isotopes 90-Sr (in rainwater) 131-I, 132-I, 132-Te, 134-Cs, 136-Cs and 137-Cs began shortly after the disaster on March 11, 2011 and continued through the end of 2012. The results of the study are compared to similar measurements made in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.  Peak fallout activities of radionuclides from Chernobyl in 1986 in the Bay area were 10 times greater than the levels measured from Fukushima in 2011.”

Full article here:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/28/1281204/-Fukushima-Fallout-Radionuclides-in-Air-Rain-and-Food-from-San-Francisco-Bay-Area#

The U.S. Has the Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care System

http://io9.com/the-u-s-has-the-most-expensive-least-effective-health-1591403515

By George Dvorsky  June16,2014

A survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its healthcare system compared to ten other developed nations. At the same time, it’s also the most expensive in the world.

Frustratingly, the new report (pdf) shows that the U.S. is not improving; it ranks last, just like it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of the survey. Call it a ten-year losing streak.

Other nations evaluated in the survey included Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The U.K., which spends just $3,405 per person on health care, ranked first overall among the 11 nations. Compare that to the United States’ $8,508 per person.

“Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity,” write the authors in the report’s executive summary.

For the survey, the Commonwealth Fund (a U.S.-based think tank), incorporated patients’ and physicians’ survey results on care experiences and ratings on various dimensions of care, among other metrics.

The U.S. Has the Most Expensive, Least Effective Health Care SystemExpand

It’s important to note that this report was compiled prior to the onset of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. And indeed, access to health care — or lack thereof — was a contributing factor:

Not surprisingly—given the absence of universal coverage—people in the U.S. go without needed health care because of cost more often than people do in the other countries. Americans were the most likely to say they had access problems related to cost. Patients in the U.S. have rapid access to specialized health care services; however, they are less likely to report rapid access to primary care than people in leading countries in the study. In other countries, like Canada, patients have little to no financial burden, but experience wait times for such specialized services. There is a frequent misperception that trade-offs between universal coverage and timely access to specialized services are inevitable; however, the Netherlands, U.K., and Germany provide universal coverage with low out-of-pocket costs while maintaining quick access to specialty services.

That said, the authors believe that the problems inherent in the U.S. healthcare system are so pervasive that it will take more than better access and equity to solve them. According to Karen Davis, lead author of the study, overall improvement “is a matter of accountability, having information on your performance relative to your peers and being held accountable to achieving a kind of care that patients should expect to get.”

But it’s not an intractable problem. The U.K.’s excellent result can be attributed to a number of reforms, including the hiring of more specialists, allocating bonuses to family physicians who meet quality targets, and adopting health system information that allows physicians to easily share information about their patients. Moreover, every citizen (apparently) has a doctor.

The good news is that the U.S. appears to be headed in the right direction — and not just because of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act. In addition,

the U.S. has significantly accelerated the adoption of health information technology following the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and is beginning to close the gap with other countries that have led on adoption of health information technology. Significant incentives now encourage U.S. providers to utilize integrated medical records and information systems that are accessible to providers and patients. Those efforts will likely help clinicians deliver more effective and efficient care.

It’s worth pointing out that Canada — a country much heralded for its healthcare system — finished 10th out of the 11 countries evaluated. Problems in Canada include safe care, timeliness of care, and efficiency. So like the U.S., Canada has some catching up to do — and looking to Europe may help. Moreover, Canadians need to wake up to the fact that there’s more to health care than merely advocating for its universality; quality counts for a lot.

More at the Commonwealth Fund.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror

[ h/t Washington Post ]

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/16/once-again-u-s-has-most-expensive-least-effective-health-care-system-in-survey

Images: Commonwealth Fund

 

***Note from Anna: These are you tax dollars at work. Links about Obamacare in 2014:

On June 4, the Associated Press reported 2.1 million people, one out of four enrollees in the Obamacare exchanges, have data discrepancies in their applications that affect their subsidy and put their coverage at risk. A discrepancy means that the person’s health insurance exchange application doesn’t match certain details that the federal government has on file, such as income, citizenship, or immigration status. All these factors affect how much people must pay to get subsidized health insurance through an Obamacare exchange – or if they are eligible at all.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/federal-health-care-subsidies-may-be-too-high-or-too-low-for-more-than-1-million-americans/2014/05/16/8f544992-dd14-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html

http://www.rpc.senate.gov/policy-papers/obamacare-enrollment-chaos-continues

 

Washington State Pot Farmers in State Driving a Bumpy Road to Market

Pot farmers in state driving a bumpy road to market

By Bob Young

Seattle Times staff reporter Originally published July 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Page modified July 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

 AuricAG sales director Joby Sewell checks the labeling inside the drying room where the first small harvest of Kush is drying. Down the hallway, different rooms are framed out and covered with plastic that houses pot maturing at different stages of growth.
  The pistils, or white strands that mark the blooming of marijuana flowers, have turned amber, the color of money to the pot farmers inside a Sodo warehouse.

It’s time for the first harvest of “West Seattle Kush” by AuricAG, one of the pioneering legal pot growers in Washington state.

The team of local guys isn’t popping Champagne yet. Drying, curing and crucial lab tests are to come — and probably more of the unanticipated problems that have stressed the AuricAG team in their race to market.

They’ve worked Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and close to 130 days straight. Finances are short, refrigerators bare, nerves frayed. One recent night, during a full moon, the guys got “pretty emotional,” said sales director Joby Sewell. They argued about equipment and building problems but the beef was really about exhaustion, Sewell said.

“Bilbo Baggins put it best, we feel ‘like butter scraped over too much bread.’ ”

In that sense, AuricAG exemplifies the bumpy start of the state’s recreational pot system, with a handful of stores opening earlier this month with short supply, most only to shut down a few days later while they waited weeks for more.

Although AuricAG is harvesting three months after receiving a license on April 16, just several weeks behind their initial schedule, they’re a relatively small farm and may bring only 50 pounds to market in the next month. That’s not even a dent in the projected statewide demand for almost 500 pounds of recreational marijuana per day.

The state has licensed 109 growers since AuricAG, a rate of about one per day that’s drawn complaints. “I’m not sure what the intended rate should be,” said Randy Simmons, the state’s marijuana project director. “We’re getting faster every day.”

Still, consumers are in for a rough ride until at least September, Simmons said, when there should be enough supply to keep stores open.

He isn’t surprised by the choppy launch. He predicted scarce inventory and high prices late last year when asked for a 2014 forecast. And that was before the state severely restricted the size of growing operations, in part out of concerns about creating a Big Marijuana industry.

Just as AuricAG is finding the business of growing pot on an industrial scale to be more challenging than imagined, the state is seeing that creating a decentralized “mom-and-pop” system may come with drawbacks.

Off-kilter start

Something seemed off-kilter with Washington’s legal pot system when opening day came and the Klickitat County hamlet of Bingen, population 750, had the same number of licensed pot stores as Seattle, with its 650,000 residents.

But even if all 21 stores slated for Seattle had opened, there wouldn’t have been close to enough to go around.

When state officials created the architecture for a legal pot system they aimed to allow just the right amount of marijuana around the state. Let too much grow, the theory went, and some would be smuggled to other states. That might lead the federal government to quash our experiment. If they permitted too little to grow, they figured, they’d fail in the goal of undercutting the illicit dealers.

Based on an estimate by consultants, Simmons and his bosses at the state Liquor Control Board (LCB) set statewide demand for recreational marijuana in its first year at 80 metric tons. That translated into 2 million square feet of farms.

But when the state was swamped with 2,800 applications for growing licenses, LCB leaders redrew their proposed limits. Out went the maximum 90,000-square-foot farms; in came new tiered limits — 21,000 for the biggest growers, 7,000 for medium-size farms like AuricAG, and just 1,400 for the smallest farms.

That limited the ability of big growers to get supply to market in the first months.

Some established medical-marijuana growers such as Solstice — the first legally permitted cultivators in Seattle — had drawn up plans to go big in the recreational market.

Solstice was a day away from closing on a property deal in East Wenatchee that would allow them to grow more than 2 acres, with room to expand. But when the state cut the maximum back to less than a half-acre, Solstice’s Alex Cooley said the development no longer made financial sense. Solstice hit the pause button to draw up plans and find property for a 21,000-square-foot farm.

The rule change set Solstice back six months, Cooley said, and likely kept it from delivering hundreds of pounds to stores that opened in early July.

The 2 million-square-foot cap and one-license limit may have hindered large growers, Simmons said, but it probably helped smaller growers to get a toehold.

In any case, the state has now licensed growers with the potential to farm 1.3 million square feet, or about 60 percent of the allotted space, though most are weeks or months from getting products to market.

Questions, decisions

A pot shortage obviously creates a good situation for farmers. Retailers are so desperate AuricAG could package a million pounds of pot in old shoes and sell it all, Sewell joked.

But that dynamic also increases pressure. Sewell and CEO Mark Greenshields want to sell products. Master grower Steve Elliott and assistant grower Mark Arnold are more focused on the all-female plants they call their “girls.”

Tension surfaces in decisions over things such packaging, and whether to use bags or bottles. Elliott wants glass jars or plastic pill bottles because beautiful buds get crushed in bags. But bags are more practical for labeling, Sewell said, and they stack and hang more easily for retailers.

AuricAG will go for now with sealable bags, and plan to use jars or containers for top-shelf products.

That leads to questions about what to name the products. Should they stick with established strain names such as Deadhead OG? Or should they create more generic names that suggest the energizing or sedating properties of strains?

And which of the many retailers calling, wanting to buy their products, should they sell to? This is one area where AuricAG has remained firm from the start. They want long-term relationships with a handful of retailers, who, like them, don’t want to gouge initial customers with high prices.

For AuricAG this means selling pot at about $7 per gram, with the state’s 25 percent excise tax included. That should lead to retail prices of about $20 per gram or less, Sewell said.

Once their first crops are out the door, they’d like to expand their growing area. But that remains uncertain at this time because their 5,000 square-foot warehouse gets only 200 amps of electricity from Seattle City Light, about equivalent to the power going to a single-family home, Greenshields said. With intense lighting in three grow rooms and a loft for nursing small plants — plus all the air conditioning needed to keep the operation below 80 degrees — AuricAG is perilously close to using all the power it can get without tripping its circuit breakers.

So AuricAG waits on City Light to upgrade their power to 600 amps. When will that happen? Greenshields shrugged. AuricAG has been waiting months with no news.

When they do get more power, there will be pressure on the team to buy a machine that extracts key chemicals from the trimmed leaves for use in oils, tinctures and edibles. That $75,000 investment could prove very lucrative, they believe. At the same time, team members who’ve been going without pay for months would love to put some money in their pockets.

But that’s getting ahead of the immediate challenges.

Now, they’re focused on “flushing” plants before harvest. That means feeding them only water for a week or so to get nutrient supplements, and metals such as magnesium, out of the plants. Then it’s on to pulling the plants, hanging them to dry, trimming leaves from the flowers, and curing them just the right amount of time for the desired flavor, effect and moisture.

Tests on the first batches of pot harvested around the state by Analytical 360, one of the state-certified labs, found that about 10 percent of the samples failed because of common mold, like the kind you find on a lost cup of coffee, said Randy Oliver, chief scientist for Analytical 360.

During Seattle’s hot summer, AuricAG has been challenged by humidity issues.

Elliott has said there are no good days for a grower until harvest. But really, there are no good days until the test results come in.

That will determine if all of AuricAG’s babying of its plants paid off, and if people will start buying their pot the first week of August.

Bob Young: 206-464-2174 or byoung@seattletimes.comOn Twitter: @

AuricAG is a licensed producer and processor of Marijuana in Washington State

http://www.companies-washington.com/auricag-incorporated-j2c2/

 

Japan: Fall Restart for Sendai Nuclear Reactors in Kagoshima Pref. Eyed

Fall Restart for Sendai Nuclear Reactors in Kagoshima Pref. Eyed

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday approved a draft safety screening report that concluded safety measures for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant meet new safety standards, paving the way for restart of the reactors as soon as autumn.

The NRA gave the endorsement to safety measures presented by Kyushu Electric, meaning the two reactors have effectively passed the safety screening by the NRA.

Passing safety screening under the new safety standards is a precondition for reactivation of reactors.

The two reactors are the first in the country to have effectively passed the NRA’s screening under the new safety standards that entered into force a year ago.

The two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture are expected to be reactivated as early as autumn, after remaining screening procedures are completed and the consent for their restart is obtained from the local governments that host them.

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The NRA, meanwhile, plans to accelerate screenings of 17 reactors at 11 nuclear power plants, including Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, for which applications for safety screenings have been filed.

The 400-page draft safety screening report presented by the NRA concluded that Kyushu Electric’s assumption for the maximum impact of an earthquake on the reactors and tsunami height, as well as its measures against serious accidents including hydrogen explosions, meet the new safety standards.

Compiling the draft safety screening report is part of a procedure relating to permission to modify establishments that incorporate nuclear reactors, which determines the basic policy for safety measures.

There will be a 30-day public consultation period during the screening process. Also, detailed designs for devices installed at the Sendai nuclear power plant will be decided along with personnel distribution in the event of an accident. Kyushu Electric will submit the necessary documents in August. The NRA will then inspect the devices at the plant.

Consent from local governments is expected, as few objections have been raised against the restart of the reactors. The central government plans to reactivate the two reactors.

As several months are likely to be needed before all necessary procedures can be completed, the two reactors are expected to be reactivated in autumn at the earliest.

Kyushu Electric applied for safety screening of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant when the new safety standards entered into force in July last year.

Based on suggestions by the NRA, Kyushu Electric substantially raised its assumptions for the maximum impact of an earthquake on the reactors and tsunami height. In March, the NRA designated the Sendai nuclear power plant as its priority by assigning more screening staff.

According to estimates by Kyushu Electric, the reactivation of the two reactors will significantly boost its supply capacity.

This summer, Kyushu Electric has surplus capacity of only 510,000 kilowatts—equivalent to the output capacity of one midsize thermal power plant—even if it procures a total of 1.49 million kilowatts from Tokyo Electric Power Co. and three other power companies.

Kyushu Electric will be able to substantially reduce the electricity it procures from other power companies if it reactivates the Sendai nuclear power plant’s two reactors, which have a combined output capacity of 1.78 million kilowatts. Kyushu Electric will not be able to increase the electricity output this summer, but the risk of electricity shortages will be low even at peak hours if the two reactors are reactivated.