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U.S. Sailors Won Key Court Decision to go Forward with Class Action Lawsuit Against Tepco

http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/11/u-s-sailors-won-key-court-decision-go-forward-class-action-tepco-ge-toshiba-hitachi-etc/

U.S. Sailors won key court decision to go forward with class action against Tepco, GE, Toshiba and Hitachi etc.

 Following up this article.. The US Navy sailors’ complaint refers to Fukushima Diary [URL]

The federal judge, Janis L. Sammartino published the decision to let U.S Navy Sailors go forward with the United States District Court in San Diego against Tepco. Tepco was insisting the court should be in Japan because most of the “witnesses are in Japan”, and “the Japanese government may refuse to disclose crucial information or make witnesses available in a U.S. court”.

However the Federal judge concluded it should be in U.S court for the plaintiffs’ “radiation related injuries,” which they claim would prevent them from traveling to Japan at all.  The court also considered “The U.S. also has a strong interest in seeing that members of the Armed Forces are compensated for their service. Especially as it is the V.A. system and the U.S. taxpayers who will ultimately pay for the injuries to Plaintiffs.”

Fukushima Diary was directly informed of this by Paul C. Garner, ESQ., the attorney of the plaintiffs.

 

By having the court in U.S, the Sailors can go forward with Class Action. Up to 70,000 U.S. citizens were potentially affected by the radiation and will be able to join the class action suit. This “Class Action” is not granted in Japanese court. It can be the major reason why Tepco tried to transfer the case from U.S. to Japan so they can minimize the compensation value.

 

Additionally, the Court granted TEPCO’s motion to dismiss Plaintiffs’ design defect claim of the nuclear plant, however the court admitted the plaintiffs to add more defendants to consist of General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba, Hitachi and the builders of Fukushima nuclear reactors.

 

In the decision, the court agreed with Plaintiffs that their Complaint is not barred by the firefighter’s rule. As alleged, the nuclear accident was independent of the earthquake that summoned the U.S. Navy. Although the Fukushima plant meltdown occurred in part due to the earthquake and tsunami, Plaintiffs allege the ultimate failure of Fukushima plant was a result of TEPCO’s inadequate preparation for a foreseeable natural disaster and negligence in designing and maintaining the Fukushima plant.

 

The amended pleading shall be filed by 11/18/2014.

Cooper-Order on Motion to Dismiss Sac102814

Cooper-second Tepco Press Release

 

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Français :

Les marins US gagnent une décision judiciaire clé pour avancer dans leur recours collectif contre Tepco, GE, Toshiba, Hitachi etc.

 

Article lié : La plainte des marins de l’US Navy fait référence au Fukushima Diary

Le juge fédéral Janis L. Sammartino a pris la décision de laisser avancer les marins de l’US Navy contre Tepco à la United States District Court de San Diego. Tepco insistait pour que la cour soit au Japon parce que “la plupart des témoins sont au Japon” et que “le gouvernement japonais pourrait refuser de donner des informations cruciales ou empêcher les témoins de se rendre dans une cour américaine”. Le juge fédéral a néanmoins conclu que ce serait dans une cour américaine pour les “blessures liées à la radioactivité” des plaignants qu’ils affirment pouvoir les empêcher de faire le voyage jusqu’au Japon. La cour a aussi considéré que “Les U.S. ont également fort intérêt à voir les membres des forces armées indemnisées pour avoir rempli leur mission. En particulier attendu que c’est l’administration des vétérants et les contribuables américains qui, au final, payeront les indemnisations aux plaignants”.

Le Fukushima Diary en a été directement informé par M. Paul C. Garner, ESQ., le représentant des plaignants.

Les marins peuvent aller plus loin dans leur action collective en ayant leur cour aus U.S.A. Jusqu’à 70 000 citoyens américains ont été potentiellement affectées par la radioactivité et seront en mesure de se joindre à l’action collective. Les “actions collectives” n’existent pas dans la juridiction japonaise. C’est sans doute la raison essentielle pour laquelle Tepco a tenté de déplacer le procès au Japon, pour réduire le montant des indemnisations.

En outre, la Cour a accédé à la requête de TEPCO de rejeter la demande des plaignants de défaut de conception dans la centrale, néanmoins la cour a autorisé les plaignants à ajouter d’autres inculpations de sociétés telles que General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba, Hitachi et les constructeurs des réacteurs de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima.

Dans sa décision, la cour a reconnu aux plaignants que leur plainte n’est pas interdite par la règle des pompiers. Comme présumé, l’accident nucléaire a été indépendant du séisme à l’origine de l’intervention de la marine américaine. Les plaignants prétendent que l’effondrement de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima a fondamentalement été du à la préparation inadéquate de TEPCO à une catastrophe naturelle prévisible et à leur négligence dans la conception et l’exploitation de la centrale de Fukushima même si les fusions dans la centrale de Fukushima sont en partie dues au séisme et au tsunami.

La plaidoirie amendée sera déposée vers le 18 novembre 2014.

Cooper-Instruction sur la Motion de débout Sac102814

 

 

 

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High Levels of Radiation Found at Fukushima, 460,000 Bq/L; Removing fuel in Unit 1 Storage Pool to Start 2017 — NHK World

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  • High levels of radiation found at Fukushima, 460,000 Bq/L; Removing fuel in unit 1 storage pool to start 2017 — NHK World

***Note from Anna: Sometimes I rant,  hence the origin of my blog name. So this is for all of the scientists, farmers, educators, politicians, parents, doctors, and advocate in the United States:

1. YOU CAN’T GROW ANYTHING WITH SEVERELY RADIOACTIVE WATER. 2017 is TOO LATE FOR A CLEANUP.

2. THERE ARE FIFTY-FIVE NUCLEAR REACTORS ON A SET OF ISLANDS THAT CAN FIT ENTIRELY WITHIN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. AN EARTHQUAKE SWARM WILL PUT JAPAN COMPLETELY UNDER WATER AND FILL THE WORLD WITH RADIOACTIVE CLOUDS.

3. THE MOX FUEL BEING RELEASE ***CANNOT*** BE CLEANED WITH CURRENT TECHNOLOGY. YOUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE STERILE, YOUR CROPS ARE GOING TO DIE, AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH DOCTORS WORLDWIDE TO TREAT ALL THE CANCER PATIENTS  BECAUSE THE DOCTORS WILL HAVE CANCER TOO!!!

4. THE POLITICIANS IN BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE *DELIBERATELY* FAILED US. THEIR ACTIONS  ARE ACTS OF MASS MURDER AND TREASON.

5. GENERAL ELECTRIC AND TEPCO ARE 100% CULPABLE AND NEED TO IMMEDIATE PAY FOR THE EVACUATION AND RELOCATION OF ALL JAPANESE CITIZENS TO SAFE HAVENS.

By 2015 you realize what everyone has been saying when the following things start to occur:

Widespread immune, neurological, and muscular disorders.

Soldiers from Japan being deactivated from service due to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancers.

Mass heart attacks.

Mass outbreaks of cancer similar to what is currently happening in Malibu, California.

Widespread crops death including vegetables, fruits, wheat, hemp, and marijuana. You can’t grow organic medications if your crops are contaminated.

Inability to create medicine to handle the creation of new medicines because the researchers and scientists will also be getting sick and dying.

Outbreaks in crimes and cultural misunderstandings as sick people from Japan come seeking safe haven, which they should ABSOLUTELY get because AMERICA was complicit in poisoning them. if the situation was reversed American citizens would want, and demand, the same kind of help.

Budgetary crashes resulting in lack of FEMA or police resources.

You’ve been warned. DO SOMETHING!

 

 

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Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/law-lets-irs-seize-accounts-on-suspicion-no-crime-required/ar-BBbbfW3?ocid=mailsignout

The New York Times SHAILA DEWAN October 26, 2014
Carole Hinders at her modest, cash-only Mexican restaurant in Arnolds Park, Iowa. Last year tax agents seized her funds. © Angela Jimenez for The New York Times Carole Hinders at her modest, cash-only Mexican restaurant in Arnolds Park, Iowa. Last year tax agents seized her funds. ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her funds, almost $33,000.The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”The federal government does.Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes.

The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up and settle the case for a portion of their money.

“They’re going after people who are really not criminals,” said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor who is now a forfeiture expert and lawyer in Virginia. “They’re middle-class citizens who have never had any trouble with the law.”

On Thursday, in response to questions from The New York Times, the I.R.S. announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.”

Richard Weber, the chief of Criminal Investigation at the I.R.S., said in a written statement, “This policy update will ensure that C.I. continues to focus our limited investigative resources on identifying and investigating violations within our jurisdiction that closely align with C.I.’s mission and key priorities.”

He added that making deposits under $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, called structuring, is still a crime whether the money is from legal or illegal sources. The new policy will not affect seizures that have already occurred.

Jeff Hirsch, an owner of Bi-County Distributors on Long Island. The government seized $447,000 from the business, a candy and cigarette distributor run by one family for 27 years. © Bryan Thomas for The New York Times Jeff Hirsch, an owner of Bi-County Distributors on Long Island. The government seized $447,000 from the business, a candy and cigarette distributor run by one family…

The I.R.S. is one of several federal agencies that pursue such cases and then refer them to the Justice Department. The Justice Department does not track the total number of cases pursued, the amount of money seized or how many of the cases were related to other crimes, said Peter Carr, a spokesman.

But the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices, analyzed structuring data from the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five were prosecuted as a criminal case.

The practice has swept up dairy farmers in Maryland, an Army sergeant in Virginia saving for his children’s college education and Ms. Hinders, 67, who has borrowed money, strained her credit cards and taken out a second mortgage to keep her restaurant going.

Her money was seized under an increasingly controversial area of law known as civil asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement agents to take property they suspect of being tied to crime even if no criminal charges are filed. Law enforcement agencies get to keep a share of whatever is forfeited.

Owners who are caught up in structuring cases often cannot afford to fight. The median amount seized by the I.R.S. was $34,000, according to the Institute for Justice analysis, while legal costs can easily mount to $20,000 or more.

Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks and other financial institutions must report cash deposits greater than $10,000. But since many criminals are aware of that requirement, banks also are supposed to report any suspicious transactions, including deposit patterns below $10,000. Last year, banks filed more than 700,000 suspicious activity reports, which are reviewed by over 100 multiagency task forces.

There is nothing illegal about depositing less than $10,000 unless it is done specifically to evade the reporting requirement. But often a mere bank statement is enough for investigators to obtain a seizure warrant. In one Long Island case, the police submitted almost a year’s worth of daily deposits by a business, ranging from $5,550 to $9,910. The officer wrote in his warrant affidavit that based on his training and experience, the pattern “is consistent with structuring.” The government seized $447,000 from the business, a cash-intensive candy and cigarette distributor that has been run by one family for 27 years.

There are often legitimate business reasons for keeping deposits below $10,000, said Larry Salzman, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice who is representing Ms. Hinders and the Long Island family pro bono. For example, he said, some grocery store owners in Fraser, Mich., had an insurance policy that covered only up to $10,000 cash. When they neared the limit, they would make a deposit.

Ms. Hinders said that she did not know about the reporting requirement and that for decades, she thought she had been doing everyone a favor.

“My mom had told me if you keep your deposits under $10,000, the bank avoids paperwork,” she said. “I didn’t actually think it had anything to do with the I.R.S.” Lawyers say it is not unusual for depositors to be advised by financial professionals, or even bank tellers, to keep their deposits below the reporting threshold.

In the Long Island case, the company, Bi-County Distributors, had three bank accounts closed because of the paperwork burden of its frequent cash deposits, said Jeff Hirsch, the eldest of three brothers who own the company. Their accountant then recommended staying below the limit, so the company began using the excess cash to pay vendors, and carried on for more than a decade.

More than two years ago, the government seized $447,000, and the brothers have been unable to retrieve it. Mr. Salzman, who has taken over legal representation of the brothers, has argued that prosecutors violated a strict timeline laid out in the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act, passed in 2000 to curb abuses.

The office of the federal attorney for the Eastern District of New York said the law’s timeline did not apply in this case. The federal attorney’s office said that parties often voluntarily negotiated to avoid going to court, and that Joseph Potashnik, the Hirsches’ first lawyer, had been engaged in talks until just a few months ago. But Mr. Potashnik said he had spent that time trying, to no avail, to show that the brothers were innocent. They even paid a forensic accounting firm $25,000 to check the books.

“I don’t think they’re really interested in anything,” Mr. Potashnik said of the prosecutors. “They just want the money.”

Bi-County has survived only because longtime vendors have extended credit — one is owed almost $300,000, Mr. Hirsch said. Twice, the government has made settlement offers that would require the brothers to give up an “excessive” portion of the money, according to a new court filing.

“We’re just hanging on as a family here,” Mr. Hirsch said. “We weren’t going to take a settlement, because I was not guilty.”

Army Sgt. Jeff Cortazzo of Arlington, Va., began saving for his daughters’ college costs during the financial crisis, when many banks were failing. He stored cash first in his basement and then in a safe deposit box. All of the money came from his paychecks, he said, but he worried that when he finally deposited it in a bank, he would be forced to pay taxes on the money a second time. So he asked the bank teller what to do.

“She said: ‘Oh, that’s easy. You just have to deposit less than $10,000.’”

The government seized $66,000; settling cost Sergeant Cortazzo $21,000. As a result, the eldest of his three daughters had to delay college by a year.

“Why didn’t the teller tell me that was illegal?” he said. “I would have just plopped the whole thing in the account and been done with it.”

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Washington State Attorney General’s Office Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

http://www.atg.wa.gov/prescriptiondrug.aspx#.VE57Q1dhBkg

Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Washington state. There are more deaths annually from prescription drug abuse than from meth, cocaine, and heroin combined.

What’s causing this epidemic? Drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Methadone are now commonly prescribed for pain. Painkillers offer relief to millions of Americans but present a hidden danger.

These kinds of prescription drugs are called “opiates.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines “opiate” as a sedative narcotic, “[C]ontaining opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.”  In a way, these drugs are the cousins of a better known—and more feared— drug: heroin. But unlike heroin, most people don’t know how potentially addicting and dangerous prescription opiates can be.

Some recreational users crush prescription painkillers and then ingest them in order to bypass the time-release function of the medications. This provides a somewhat immediate, and sometimes deadly, high.

When overdosed, prescription painkillers can cause a significant decrease in lung function and death. They can also be lethal when they’re combined with other prescribed or over-the-counter drugs. High-profile deaths include actor Heath Ledger, who died from a lethal combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

Teenagers are increasingly experimenting with drugs commonly found in their parents’ medicine cabinets. According to the Healthy Youth Survey, 12 percent of 12th graders used prescription pain medications to get high in the past 30 days. The same survey also shows that an alarming number of younger kids experiment with these drugs. That’s why it’s critical to learn how to properly safeguard and dispose of your medications.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy reports that more than 47 percent of teens get prescription drugs from their friends for free. About 10 percent buy them from their friends, and another 10 percent take them from friends without asking.

What the AGO is doing about prescription drug abuse in Washington State

The Attorney General’s Office uses funds from consumer protection settlements with drug manufacturers—including the makers of OxyContin— to provide grants to promote drug abuse prevention and prescription drug safety.  To date those grants have totaled more than $2.7 million and include:

  • $1,000,000 dollars to fund the Washington Prevention Summits and Spring Youth Forums, where kids learn to use the latest technology to create prevention programs in their schools.
  • $683,000 to the State Department of Health to create a prescription drug monitoring program to prevent the “doctor shopping” that allows addicts to get access to dangerous drugs.
  • $400,000 for the University of Washington  to educate doctors on drug marketing. The funding is a portion of the $9 million awarded in grants nationwide from a settlement with Neurontin.
  • $30,000 to The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Network to develop the Unwanted Medicine Return Program. This program promotes drug safety and a cleaner enviornment by promoting the safe disposal of unwanted medications.
  • $15,000 for Prescriptions for Life, a local nonprofit organization working to eliminate prescription drug abuse. The money will help pay for a new educational video that will be shown to students, teachers, school counselors, law enforcement, medical professionals and civic and business leaders.
  • $400,000 for the Washington Health Foundation launch a  program  to reduce prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse among college students, creating one of the first programs in the nation to target young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 (more below).

What the AGO is doing about prescription drug abuse in Tribal Communities

According to DOH, American Indians and Alaska Natives are hardest-hit by prescription drug abuse.
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The AGO has addressed this issue by targeting a series of grants for programs that address substance abuse prevention programs in tribal communities:

  • $101,700 for the Boys & Girls Club of America to establish two new clubhouses on Native American lands by 2011, targeting ages 7-18. The two anticipated newly established clubs on reservation lands should see an enrollment per club in excess of 700 youth.  Boys & Girls Club substance abuse programs include SMART (Skills, Mastery And Resistance Training) Moves.
  • $198,550 to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to provide four “mini-grants” of $30,000 each to tribal partners for community based projects to fight prescription drug abuse, and to fund a one-day regional training conference on prescription abuse among tribal members.
  • $25,250 to Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling to help pay for a 6-day youth camp called New Directions: Tribal Youth Music Academy for Addiction Awareness & Prevention.

Prescription drug abuse on campus

The Attorney General’s Office has partnered with the Washington Health Foundation, the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and other national organizations to provide an online health community and a set of resources to help college kids confront the prescription drug epidemic.
The Washington Health Foundation asks college students to be part a part of the solution – to help address prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse. Learn more on The Washington Health Foundation’s Web site.  There, you can tell your story, share your ideas, explore innovative resources, and participate in social media discussions

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Washington State Legislature 2014 RCW 42.30.120 Violations

http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.30.120

1) Each member of the governing body who attends a meeting of such governing body where action is taken in violation of any provision of this chapter applicable to him or her, with knowledge of the fact that the meeting is in violation thereof, shall be subject to personal liability in the form of a civil penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars. The civil penalty shall be assessed by a judge of the superior court and an action to enforce this penalty may be brought by any person. A violation of this chapter does not constitute a crime and assessment of the civil penalty by a judge shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a criminal offense.

(2) Any person who prevails against a public agency in any action in the courts for a violation of this chapter shall be awarded all costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection with such legal action.

Pursuant to RCW 4.84.185, any public agency who prevails in any action in the courts for a violation of this chapter may be awarded reasonable expenses and attorney fees upon final judgment and written findings by the trial judge that the action was frivolous and advanced without reasonable cause.

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2012 c 117 § 126; 1985 c 69 § 1; 1973 c 66 § 3; 1971 ex.s. c 250 § 12.]

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WSLCB List of Acceptable Pesticides for Growing Marijuana under I-502

From the Washington Cannabis Institute Administrator November 18, 2013:

http://washingtoncannabisinstitute.com/list-of-acceptable-pesticides-for-growing-marijuana-under-i-502/

The rules governing the implementation of I-502 limit pesticides that may be used to produce recreational marijuana. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently produced the list of acceptable pesticide products.

Only authorized pesticide products may be used. Using an unauthorized pesticide is a public safety license violation and can result in the cancellation of a producer’s license (see WAC 314-55-520).

WAC 314-55-010(13) defines a pesticide as meaning, but is not limited to: (a) Any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, control, repel, or mitigate any insect, rodent, snail, slug, fungus, weed, and any other form of plant or animal life or virus, except virus on or in a living person or other animal which is normally considered to be a pest; (b) any substance or mixture of substances intended to be used as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant; and (c) any spray adjuvant. Pesticides include substances commonly referred to as herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.

Licensed producers can use pesticides registered by WSDA under chapter 15.58 RCW that are allowed for use in the production, processing, and handling of marijuana.

If a particular pesticide is not consistent with the allowable pesticide criteria WSDA uses for marijuana production, the applicator could unknowingly be in violation of Washington pesticide laws (RCW 15.58.150(2)(c) and WAC 16-228-1500(1)(b)).
 
We recommend that pesticides from the OMRI list be cross-checked with the list of over 200 pesticides registered by WSDA that are allowable for use in marijuana production in PICOL. 
WSU’s Database
A preliminary list of over 200 pesticides registered by WSDA under chapter 15.58 RCW that are allowed for use in the production, processing, and handling of marijuana can be found at Washington State University’s (WSU) PICOL (Pesticide Information Center Online) database at:

Under the “crop” drop-down menu choose: “I-502/I-692 (WA Only).”

PICOL lists the regulatory status of pesticides, as determined by WSDA. Updates can be made on a daily basis as pesticides are registered (and cancelled) by WSDA.

Using the PICOL Database
WSU has prepared tutorials as a starting point for prospective marijuana producer applicants in using the PICOL database.

Contact
If you have any questions, please contact the WSLCB Marijuana Licensing Unit at mjlicensing@liq.wa.gov

WAC 16-228-1500

Agency filings affecting this section

When can a pesticide license be denied, revoked or suspended?

(1) The director may deny, suspend, or revoke any provision of a license, registration, permit or certification issued under chapters 17.21 and 15.58 RCW if it is found that the applicant or the holder of the license, permit, or certification has committed any of the following acts each of which is declared to be a violation:

 

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State of Washington DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Guidance–BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses

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Canna Law Blog™ They Said it On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part XXXIII

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One of the things that has always fascinated us since we started our cannabis business law practice back in 2010, is how incredibly few lawyers have ever voiced any opposition — virtually zero. Lawyers are lawyers and that means we are legalistic and logical and lawyers usually give us the following four, eminently practical, logical and legalistic reasons for believing in legalization:

  • There’s no reason to treat alcohol and pot differently under the law.
  • Our pot laws are not fairly applied and they never will be. Wealthy White kids get off easy, poor African-American kids don’t. This sort of inequality of enforcement and punishment weakens our laws and weakens our legal system, and that is not a good thing. Without support by the people and legitimacy, law means little.
  • We spend money on pot prohibition that would be better spent elsewhere.
  • Much illegal pot money goes to funding gangs. We need to cut that off.
  • It’s not working.

Uber-scientist Albert Einstein apparently thinks like a lawyer in that during prohibition he talked about how the flouting of some laws leading to the flouting of others:

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”

The same is true of pot.

As lawyers wanting rule by law, we support legalization.

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Washington State Tax Information

http://www.chiff.com/personal_finance/taxes/US/washington.htm

The state of Washington is one of only nine states that does not levy a personal income tax nor a corporate income tax.

There is no inheritance tax, but the state imposes an estate tax on estates in excess of $2 million at rates ranging from 10% to 19%.

Washington State Tax Questions & Answers – Business, audits, e-filing, general questions.

Where to mail FEDERAL IRS tax forms within Washington State:

IRS Form
If you ARE NOT enclosing a payment, use this address: If you ARE enclosing payment, use this address:
1040:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA  93888-0002
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704
1040A:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA  93888-0015
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704
1040EZ: Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA  93888-0014
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 7704
San Francisco, CA 94120-7704

Other useful Web links to WA taxpayers associations, CPA groups,
business organizations or general U.S. state tax facts & information :

Moving to Washington State – Cost of Living, Taxes, Jobs, Schools

Washington State Board of Tax Appeals

Washington Society of CPAs

Washington IRS Office Locations

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SOI Tax Stats – SOI Bulletin: Winter 2014 Internal Revenue Service

http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-SOI-Bulletin:-Winter-2014

Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin – Winter 2014 (entire publication in PDF)

Featured Articles

Individual Income Tax Returns, Preliminary Data, 2012
by Michael Parisi

For Tax Year 2012, taxpayers filed 144.9 million U.S. individual income tax returns, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the 145.6 million returns filed for Tax Year 2011. This decrease occurred because of the large decline in returns filed by taxpayers in the smaller adjusted gross income (AGI) classifications. The largest decrease (3.9 percent) was a 1.5 million change in the number of returns with an AGI of under $15,000.

Excel Tables: 1

Related Link: Individual Income Tax Returns

Sales of Capital Assets Panel Data Reported on Individual Tax Returns, 2004–2007
by Janette Wilson and Pearson Liddell

The IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) Division collects data on the sales of capital assets to identify trends in the capital gains and losses reported on individual tax returns. In 1999, SOI began a panel study of individual taxpayers to measure the trends in taxes and income, including capital gains and losses, at different points in time. SOI designed the panel sample to represent all Tax Year 1999 returns, including late returns.

Excel Tables: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Related Link: 

Split-Interest Trusts, Filing Year 2012
by Lisa Schreiber Rosenmerkel

The number of Forms 5227 filed with the IRS has consistently declined in recent years. Preparers filed 113,688 Forms 5227 with the IRS in Filing Year 2012, a 3.4-percent decline from Filing Year 2011.

Excel Tables:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Related Link: Split-Interest Trust Statistics

Nonprofit Charitable Organizations, 2010
by Paul Arnsberger

Nonprofit charitable organizations exempt from income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(3) filed 269,474 Forms 990 and 990-EZ and reported $2.9 trillion in assets for Tax Year 2010, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year.

Excel Tables:  1, 2, 3, 4

Related Link: Charities and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations Statistics

Departments

  • SOI Sampling Methodology and Data Limitations
  • SOI Projects, Contacts, and Public Release Information
  • SOI Products and Services

In the Next Issue

The following articles are tentatively planned for inclusion in the spring 2014 issue of the Statistics of Income Bulletin, scheduled to be published in May 2014:

  • Individual income tax rates and tax shares, 2011;
  • High-income tax returns, 2011;
  • Individual foreign-earned income and foreign tax credit, 2011;
  • Exempt organizations unrelated business income taxes, 2010;
  • Municipal bonds, 2011; and
  • Large nonoperating foundations panel, Tax Year 1998–2010

Historical Tables and Appendix

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Washington State Department of Ecology Marijuana Licensing and the Environment

With the passage of I-502, businesses and communities are seeking information about what impacts recreational marijuana (cannabis) growers and processors may have on the environment and what environmental permits might be required in the state of Washington.

Licensing

General licensing questions are addressed by the state Liquor Control Board.

Permits are site specific

As with all proposed projects, I-502 licensees should start by considering local regulations and ask what approvals may be needed through their county or city permitting offices.  Permits and permissions for a project depend on zoning rules, location and operation information.

A pre-approval meeting will help determine whether to complete an environmental checklist (SEPA). This checklist provides an initial snapshot of a project’s environmental impacts. Decision-makers must consider likely environmental consequences.

As projects move forward, proponents may want to coordinate with Ecology, Liquor Control Board (LCB) and the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA).

Possible permits and environmental considerations

This is not a comprehensive list, but designed to prompt consideration as projects evolve.

Air Quality

  • A greenhouse growing or processing operation may need an air quality permit for the heating system.  The need would be based on the size of the heating unit and amount of fuel used if the system is not electrical.
  • Odors may need to be controlled.

Water Quality

  • Growers and processors may be able to discharge wastewater to local sewage treatment plants.  Growers and product processors can contact their regional Ecology offices or local jurisdictions to be sure they can discharge to local sewers.
  • If they cannot, they can seek information from Ecology to determine if they need a water quality permit to protect surface and groundwater.

Water Resources

  • Marijuana growers may or may not need a water right permit to water plants.
  • Water availability can vary significantly from county to county or water source to water source.
  • Industrial greenhouses and outdoor growers may be able to hook up to an existing water purveyor, such as a city utility or irrigation district.
  • Growing operations and greenhouses are limited in size by the Liquor Control Board and as a small use may qualify under a permit exemption for a groundwater well.
  • There may be local rules or requirements related to a new permit exempt well or new surface water uses, depending on the watershed.
  • On May 20, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a policy statement prohibiting the use of federal water or facilities for the cultivation of marijuana.  Questions on the policy should be directed to the bureau.

Waste Management

  • Solid waste management is regulated at the local level by county health departments.  Businesses should consult with their local health department to determine the amount of solid waste oversight needed.
  • Marijuana licensing rules require that marijuana stems and organic waste from growing and processing operations be rendered unusable by mixing them with 50 percent other materials and grinding them up before disposal or composting.
  • Growers and processors should employ common recycling and e-cycling practices.
  • Growers should consider pesticide management and consult with the Washington Department of Agriculture on pesticide and fertilizer use.
  • If any dangerous wastes are generated, dangerous waste regulations need to be followed.  Some dangerous wastes to consider:
    • Any waste with 10 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or greater would designate as a dangerous waste.
    • Fluorescent bulbs or other bulbs with mercury.
    • Unused pesticides/herbicides/etc. that are to be disposed.
    • Possible waste containing solvents.http://www.ecy.wa.gov/topics/marijuana.html

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-04 WASHINGTON STATE CARBON POLLUTION REDUCTION AND CLEAN ENERGY ACTION

http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/execorders/documents/14-04.pdf

WHEREAS,the University of Washington, as required by statute, recently released its summaryof existing knowledge regarding the causes, impacts, and effects of
climate change on Washington State con including
.
Human activities have increased atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases to levels unprecedented in at least the past 800,000 years;
Washington has experienced long-term warming, a lengthening of the frost-free season,and more frequent nighttime heat waves. Sea level is rising along most of Washington’s coast, coastal ocean acidity has increased, glacial area and spring snowpack have declined, and peak streamflows in many rivers have shifted earlierin the year

Three key areas of risk, specifically changes in the natural timing of water availability, sea level rise and ocean acidity, and increased forest mortality, will likely bring significant consequences for the economy, infrastructure, natural systems, and human health of the region;and Decisions made today about greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant effect onthe amount of warming that will occur after mid-century;WHEREAS, studies conducted by the University of Oregon found that the effects of climate
change on water supplies, public health, coastal and storm damage, wildfires,and other impacts,will cost Washington almost $10 billion per year after 2020, unless we take additional actions to
mitigate these effects

Link to Washington State Jovernor Jay Inslee Executive orders:

http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/execorders/

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Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

 

Northwest Public Radio

Fri May 9, 2014

 

For months now, Washington Republicans have been predicting that Governor Jay Inslee will use his executive powers to enact something called a low-carbon fuel standard. Inslee acknowledges he’s looking at ways to do this without legislative approval. Either way he thinks Washington is poised to move forward.

Washington will likely adopt a California-style pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels.
Credit Kristen Steele / Flickr

 

 

 

 

“I think it’s a probability that we will be able to fashion a low carbon fuel standard that will be effective for the state of Washington both for carbon pollution and from a cost-containment standpoint,” Inslee said. “From what I know today, I think it’s a likelihood we will succeed in fashioning that, but I want to reiterate we’re going to have a very sophisticated, thorough evaluation of that before I make that ultimate decision.”

Inslee was speaking on Seattle Channel’s “Civic Cocktail” program. A low-carbon fuel standard is basically a requirement that vehicle fuels be blended with less carbon-intensive alternative fuels. Governor Inslee has promised a “deliberative, public process” as he pursues carbon pollution reduction measures in Washington. Legislative Republicans oppose a fuel standard and say it could drive up the cost of gasoline.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Networkhttp://nwpr.org/post/inslee-predicts-washington-will-adopt-controversial-fuel-standard

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United States 2014 Elections Schedule

http://www.politico.com/2014-election/schedule/#.VDjDPFdhBkg

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Leon Panetta on Fighting ISIS: $1.1 Billion Dollars Already Spent, *30 Years of War* to Come

http://rt.com/news/193780-isis-billion-30-panetta/

As the Pentagon reports spending of over $1 billion on bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the fight against the Islamist movement may take as long as 30 years.

Since mid-June, when militants from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL) launched their lightning offensive in Iraq, the Pentagon has spent $1.1 billion on fighting the militia, US Central Command reported Monday.

The US Navy has spent $62 million on about 185 warheads, including 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The US Air Force has spent far more on munitions, dropping some 1,000 smart bombs and rockets during its sorties, AP reported CentCom as saying.

Officials say the campaign has cost an average of $7 million to $10 million a day since June. The cost escalated after the US started bombing IS positions in Iraq in early August and then expanded to Syria in September.

The report confirmed an estimate by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a Washington-based think tank with ties to the Pentagon, which said a week ago that the campaign against ISIS had probably already cost between $780 and $930 million.

READ: Nearly $1bn already spent on US military campaign against ISIS

The US military spending, supported by a coalition of some 40 nations, doesn’t appear to have stopped IS from scoring new victories. Its fighters have been advancing in the battle for the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight, with two IS flags still visible over the eastern side of the town, Reuters reported.

Leon Panetta (AFP Photo / Thierry Charlier)

Leon Panetta (AFP Photo / Thierry Charlier)

The fight against IS may take quite a long time, according former Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, who said “we’re looking at kind of a 30-year war” in an interview with USA Today.

“It’s going to take a long time to go after these elements,” he said.

Panetta, whose memoir, “Worthy Fights,” is about to hit bookstores, criticizes President Barack Obama in the book for rushing the Iraq withdrawal in 2011. The decision was based on the assumption that Iraq’s own US-trained army and security forces would be able to provide security in the country. But in reality, Iraq slid into a violent quagmire that culminated with a surprise insurgent offensive that Baghdad’s troops did little to prevent.

***Note from Anna: How many hospitals, schools, elder care centers, or food programs could this money be funding? How many jobs could be created? Endless war budgets have gutted the taxpayers, made the world’s weapons companies CEOs (and the politicians who support them) billionaires while leaving America completely unsafe militarily, socially, and health-wise.

How many epidemics(aside from Ebola) will spread across America as funding from healthcare is diverted to endless wars overseas? Everyone loses.  VOTE THEM *ALL* OUT IN 2016.

Remove *all* of the rotten-to-the-core, unrepentant judges, cops, lobbyists, and politicians from the past two generations of Republicans, Democrats, Moderates,and extremists need to be shown the door. They are finished.

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KENTUCKY DOR’S SECRETS REVEALED by Jerry Donnini, Esq.

Many states, like my home state of Florida, have broad freedom of information laws. Known in Florida as the Sunshine Laws, the state’s citizens can request a wide range of information from the government. Under the laws, so long as the information is not made confidential by a specific statute/law, then the government has an obligation to provide the citizen with whatever is requested. As a state and local tax (“SALT”) practitioner, I often use this knowledge to my advantage. I often request documents and statistics from the state that I find beneficial to myself, my client, or my practice.

Other states have similar laws. In Kentucky, the Open Records Act gives its citizens a mechanism to request a broad spectrum of information from its government. Like many state agencies believe, the Kentucky Department of Revenue thought it was above the law. In a decision sounded on no legal basis, the DOR in Kentucky did not make available to its citizens some 700 administrative court decisions because it feared it would disclose confidential taxpayer information. Further, the DOR argued that producing some 700 opinions was overly burdensome and would not be helpful to its citizens. Mark Sommer, an attorney in Louisville, had a fundamental problem with the secrecy of the government and challenged the DOR’s interpretation of the law by filing suit.

In a well-crafted argument, Sommer essentially argued that the taxpayers have a fundamental right to be aware of what its government is doing. The government should not be allowed to make rulings in secrecy when transparency would give others guidance as to how the government is interpreting and administering the law. The DOR disagreed and believed that such rulings would not be helpful to its taxpayers. In addition to be being “burdened” by producing some 700 rulings, the production would unduly infringe on the privacy rights of taxpayers.

On August 26, 2014, a Kentucky Court ruled that the DOR was obliged to release redacted copies of its final rulings under the Act. The judge concluded that the law was “abundantly clear” and the DOR could comply with this “burdensome” ruling without infringing on taxpayer privacy. Judge Shepard went on to state that he balanced the privacy interests of the taxpayers against the public’s right to be informed about its governments workings, and held that the public’s right to be informed outweighed the privacy concerns.

Following the ruling, Sommer stated that the Kentucky judge “set[] the standard for what transparency in SALT matters should really be about.” The attorney for Tax Analysts, Cornish Hitchcock, continued, “The decision is an important victory over ‘secret law’ that affects taxpayers without their knowledge. The Department’s ruling are definitive statements of the agency’s interpretation of Kentucky tax law, and they can be cited against taxpayers even when taxpayers don’t know that they exist.”

This case serves as one of countless examples of the need for government accountability. Without transparency the government is free to be overly oppressive and unfair to its citizens. Something just seems fishy about a government unwilling to share its interpretation of laws with its citizens. I commend the team involved in fighting this peculiar issue in Kentucky. If other states are equally unfair about similar issues then I hope others follow Kentucky’s lead and fight back.

About the author: Mr. Donnini is a multi-state sales and use tax attorney and an associate in the law firm Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, PA, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Donnini’s primary practice is multi-state sales and use tax as well as state corporate income tax controversy. Mr. Donnini also practices in the areas of federal tax controversy, federal estate planning, Florida probate, and all other state taxes including communication service tax, cigarette & tobacco tax, motor fuel tax, and Native American taxation. Mr. Donnini received his LL.M. in Taxation at NYU. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact him via email JerryDonnini@Floridasalestax.com or phone at 954-642-9390http://www.floridataxlawyer-blog.com/2014/10/kentucky-dors-secrets-revealed.html

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Medical Marijuana Regulatory System Part II Department of Public Health and Environment Department of Revenue Performance Audit June 2013

State of Colorado

http://www.leg.state.co.us/OSA/coauditor1.nsf/All/C9112BFFDE1559CE87257BA5007AE40F/$FILE/2194B%20MedMarijPart2%20June%202013.pdf

LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COMMITTEE
2013 MEMBERS
Representative Angela Williams
Chair
Senator Steve King
Vice-Chair
Senator Lucia Guzman
Representative Su Ryden
Senator Owen Hill
Representative Jerry Sonnenberg
Representative Dan Nordberg Senator Lois Tochtrop
OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR
Dianne E. Ray
State Auditor
Monica Bowers
Deputy State Auditor
Eric Johnson
Legislative Audit Manager
Jenny Atchley
Nina Frant
Reed Larsen
Legislative Auditor
Dianne E. Ray, CPA
State Auditor
Office of the State Auditor
June 25, 2013
Members of the Legislative Audit Committee:
This report contains the results of a performance audit of Colorado’s medical marijuana
regulatory system. The audit was conducted pursuant to Section 2-3-103, C.R.S., which
authorizes the State Auditor to conduct audits of all departments, institutions, and agencies of
state government. This second of two reports presents our findings, conclusions, and
recommendations and the responses of the Department of Public Health and Environment and
the Department of Revenue. The first report was released in March 2013.

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FBI Forces Police Departments Across The US to Keep Quiet About Cellphone Spying Gear

annajaya67:

FBI Forces Police Departments Across The US to Keep Quiet About Cellphone Spying Gear

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

mobile.si

Not only are local police departments across the United States increasingly relying on so-called StingRay devices to conduct surveillance on cell phone users, but cops are being forced to keep quiet about the operations, new documents reveal.

Recent reports have indicated that law enforcement agencies from coast to coast have been turning to IMSI-catcher devices, like the StingRay sold by Florida’s Harris Corporation, to trick ordinary mobile phones into communicating device-specific International Mobile Subscriber Identity information to phony cell towers — a tactic that takes the approximate geolocation data of all the devices within range and records it for investigators. Recently, the Tallahassee Police Department in the state of Florida was found to have used their own “cell site simulator” at least 200 times to collect phone data without once asking for a warrant during a three-year span, and details about the use of StingRays by other law enforcement groups…

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Cannabis Dissolves Cancerous Tumor in Young Infant, Deemed A ‘Miracle Baby’ by Physician

http://www.naturalnews.com/046994_cannabis_cancerous_tumors_miracle_baby.html

Natural News:

(NaturalNews) Instead of opting for chemotherapy and radiation in an attempt to shrink an inoperable brain tumor, the father of an eight-month-old baby pushed for alternative treatment with cannabis oil.

The baby’s physician, Dr. William Courtney, was initially skeptical early in his career about cannabis as medicine but has since seen such impressive results that he’s now a staunch advocate for its use.

“They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby’s pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose… And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy,” said Dr. Courtney in an interview with The Huffington Post.

At four months, the tumor was completely gone. And after eight months of treatment, the brain tissue was considered completely normal.

Dr. Courtney notes that the successful application of cannabis to heal means that “this child, because of that, is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation… currently the child’s being called a miracle baby, and I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is frontline therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects.”

A healing phenomenon
Cannabis has a wide range of reported therapeutic uses — from cancer to asthma, as well as from neurodegenerative diseases to autoimmune disorders. Several U.S. states have recognized the beneficial healing aspects of cannabis and have therefore made it available for medicinal purposes. On the other hand, two states, Washington and Colorado, have taken this a step further and legalized cannabis for recreational use.

Numerous studies support the incredible healing capacity of cannabis, especially regarding cancer. The National Cancer Institute alone has documented 25 studies on the exceptional power that cannabis possesses to halt the progression of cancer. In animal tests, two forms of liver cancer — hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma — decreased when cannabis was given. Benign tumors in other organs, such as the pancreas, testes, uterus and mammary and pituitary glands, were diminished as well. Several reviews also found that cannabinoids appear to encourage cancer cell death (apoptosis), while preserving normal cells. Moreover, cannabis induces programmed cell death in breast cancer cell lines and offers protection against both colorectal and lung cancer.

The list of benefits could seemingly go on forever. To learn more about the wonder of cannabis, have a look at this comprehensive documentary by leading researchers and physicians in the field.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.collective-evolution.com

http://www.cancer.gov

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com

http://www.nature.com

http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website http://www.Thrive-Living.net she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

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***Note from Anna: What else does the government need to know about medical marijuana for them to consider it valuable enough to take of the DEA schedule?

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Medical Jane Needs Patient Stories

September 24, 2014  Medical Jane:

cannabis stock photo

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=05335b4d73cdc4aef0e54bd73&id=154ac60ec2&e=4dd7f577ac

With the upcoming release of Medical Jane’s website redesign, we will be launching a new section featuring success stories from real MMJ patients. If you would like to share your experience with medical cannabis, here is your chance. In doing so, you will be doing your part to help motivate others to see the power of cannabis as a medicine.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19G7wbW9zYWDRnqL_UzLrjXD466dpydm9TFsVBzQhmo8/viewform

 

 ***Note from Anna: When citizens don’t speak up for their friends and families, global medical marijuana legalization is critically delayed. Don’t watch people suffer and die needlessly, legalize all forms of marijuana. I can write patient stories anonymously for submission to Medical Jane for the sake of patient discretion. My email address is annajaya67@yahoo.com. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for me to get back in touch with you. Thank you~

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