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Federal Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced by Rep. Ron Paul

April 17, 2008 – Washington, DC, USA

Washington, DC: Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5842, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act,” earlier today. This bill would make federal authorities respect states’ current laws on medicinal cannabis and end DEA raids on facilities distributing medical marijuana legally under state law.

Representative Paul, whose presidential campaign prominently featured the ending of the drug war as a platform plank, was joined by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) in sponsoring this bill.

“I think marijuana is a helpful medical treatment for the people who have intractable nausea,” Paul said in a 2004 House debate regarding a similar measure. “I would like to point out this is not something strange that we are suggesting here. For the first 163 years of our history in this country, the federal government had total hands off, they never interfered with what the states were doing.”

Twelve states have approved the use of medical marijuana, beginning with California in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215. The DEA continues to raid and harass medicinal cannabis dispensaries operating within these states’ laws. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both indicated they would end such raids should they be elected.

Michigan will vote on an initiative to adopt medical cannabis legislation this November. Minnesota and Rhode Island’s respective legislatures are also considering pro-reform legislation this year.

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A Film By Christian Laurette

After a serious head injury in 1997, Rick Simpson sought relief from his medical condition through the use of medicinal hemp oil. When Rick discovered that the oil (with its high concentration of THC) cured cancers and other illnesses, he tried to share it with as many people as he could free of charge – curing and controlling literally hundreds of people’s illnesses.

But when the story went public, the long arm of the law snatched the medicine – leaving potentially thousands of people without their cancer treatments – and leaving Rick with unconstitutional charges of possessing and trafficking marijuana!

Note: In this movie they call the medicine “hemp oil”. According to most definitions, hemp is actually a non-medicinal form of cannabis. The medicine they’re using is derived from marijuana flower buds, and is essentially hash oil. The probable reason why they don’t use these terms is to try to avoid discrimination.

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The following are excerpts of the full article here.

On the 27th of December 2007 the Canna Zine (http://cannazine.co.uk ), a daily cannabis news website based in the UK, was accepted as an accredited Google News source.

It started when my broadband connection was all of a sudden cut off. Phone lines too.

After two days of British Telecom tech support telling me “the fault is a mystery”, I decided to do some of my own detective work.

Why?

I would be guessing if I answered, but you only have to read through my material, which is still on Google News, to see why the government, Gordon Brown, and Jacqui Smith specifically, may want to take the Canna Zine “off the air”.

Lies? Untruth’s?

Not a bit of it. We only tell the truth regarding the legal status of cannabis, but perhaps this is the problem?

I decided I needed to do some research and after only a search or two I was shocked at what I found out.

Apparently the Internet we all love and know so well is actually being overseen by the authorities. Every web search, every website we view, every picture file we look at, has been pre-agreed by the government, who says whether we can or can’t look at it.

How does that make you feel? Would you like to complain to your local member of Parliament? You can’t. Would you like that he represents you as the motion is discussed in Parliament? He can’t as there is no discussion. What’s done is done and we have no right of reply.

Back in December, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith wrote some unbelievable new laws.

Laws which received little, or no publicity. Laws which never got to follow the normal pattern of passing through the Houses of Parliament before becoming statute.

Do we trust the government enough to treat these responsibilities with a fair hand? And if we do, can we guarantee that all future governments will treat them with the same responsible attitude?

Is the government going to target only websites involved in distasteful pornography?

It appears not. From evidence I have found out, and witnessed at first hand through the month of January, this new technology also applies to websites guilty of no more than causing the government some irritation or embarrassment.

Why would the UK government want to take a tuppeny website like the Canna Zine off-line? My guess is because we’re publishing news which has never before been allowed.

The UK government has a warm and cosy relationship with the alcohol industry. An industry which contributes literally millions of pounds sterling into the UK economy every single year.

But the truth is out. This relationship causes over 10,000 deaths every year from alcohol related causes and its fair to say if alcohol were invented today, it would not be allowed a licence for sale.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out some of the news which we have published on the Canna Zine recently and make your own mind up.

US Investigators Praise Cannabinoids (marijuana) As Chemo Treatment
Under 18’s encouraged to ‘drink alcohol at home’
Liberal Democrats Appeal to Cannabis Community
Cannabis health argument, smoke and mirrors – Video
Cannabis risk overshadowed by rising alcohol fatalities
Cannabis Is Not The Real Issue In The UK
Cannabis Chronicles – The Reasons Behind Gordon Browns Marijuana Madness
Marijuana replaces Ritalin in treatment for ADD/ADHD – Video
Dutch Police Defend Cannabis Rights
TV Documentary “Dispatches” cannabis theory, shows alcohol as public enemy #1

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BBC defends presenter taking drugs
The Press Association

The BBC has defended a new show in which a reporter takes drugs on camera to demonstrate its effects.Should I Smoke Dope? will be broadcast later this year on channel BBC3, which is aimed at 16 to 34-year-olds.

Viewers will see journalist Nicky Taylor injected with THC – a chemical component of cannabis – in a lab at the Institute of Psychiatry.

She is also seen taking drugs in Amsterdam.

The BBC said the programme aimed to highlight the risks of cannabis use – but added that Taylor had suffered no ill effects since filming ended.

The UK government is trying to return marijuana to a Class B drug (it was demoted to a Class C in 2004; now they’re trying to change it back).This program is meant to air on the eve of the decision to reclassify the drug.

Is the delayed programming is meant to reduce the opportunity for critical analysis of the conclusions?

Is this a propaganda film?

Journalist Nicky Taylor has also made programs that feature her binge drinking and having surgery. The BBC claims that this program is committed to raising awareness to young people about the health risks of taking drugs.

What doesn’t make sense about this story is that she injects the drug – a method never used with cannabis. This would be like injecting alcohol to try to get drunk. And to add to that, she has no apparent experience with the drug and is injecting an especially potent form of it.

She said that the experience was “dramatic and unpleasant,” but that she has not had any ill effects since the experiment.

This story may produce one of two results:

  1. Propaganda: By using the drug in an extreme way, to make the drug seem far worse than it really is – this can be used as propaganda against marijuana.
  2. Reality: Even though she used unconventional, unpleasant, and undesirable methods, there were no lasting adverse effects – proving that the drug is less harmful than it’s made out to be.

It seems more likely that this will be a call to reality. As she will have smoked cannabis beforehand, at least this will give a real account of what it’s like to use marijuana.

But on the other hand, she may be trying to suggest that people will eventually start injecting it in order to get stronger effects.

The story has already drawn some criticism:

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, told the Daily Telegraph: “It is difficult to see what can be learnt from this experiment. Cannabis affects no two individuals in the same way”

So in other words, whatever happened to Nicky Taylor in this experiment – it does not necessarily translate to what happens generally.

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Advocates to call on state legislature to prevent discrimination

Sacramento, CA — The California Supreme Court ruled against medical marijuana patient Gary Ross today in his fight against employment discrimination. In a 5-2 decision, the Supreme Court claimed that Ross could not rely on the Fair Housing and Employment Act or the state’s medical marijuana law to prevent discrimination at the workplace. The Court did indicate in its decision that the state legislature had not adequately clarified employment rights of medical marijuana patients.

“Obviously, we are very disappointed by today’s decision,” said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the medical marijuana advocacy organization that argued the case. “However, we remain hopeful that the legislature will come to the aid of patients by preventing the sort of discrimination that is likely to occur from such a decision.” The dissenting opinion, written by Justice Joyce L. Kennard, stated that the ruling “has seriously compromised the Compassionate Use Act, denying to those who must work for a living its promised benefits.”

Despite a clearly worded amicus “friend of the court” brief filed in support of Ross in July 2006 by all of the original co-authors of SB 420 (state legislation that helped to define the rights of medical marijuana patients), the Supreme Court failed to believe that it was the intent of the entire legislature. Advocates assert that they will seek a different response from the state legislature in the form of a bill introduced in the next few weeks.

Gary Ross, a 45-year old disabled veteran and a medical marijuana patient living in Carmichael, California, is at the forefront of a landmark employment case, with significant ramifications for patients in California and across the country. Ross was fired in September 2001 for failing an employer-mandated drug test while working as a systems engineer for RagingWire Telecommunications, Inc.

“All I am asking is to be a productive member of society,” said plaintiff Gary Ross. “I was not fired for poor work performance, but for an antiquated policy on medical marijuana,” continued Ross. “This practice allows employers to undermine state law and the protections provided for patients.”

Ross’s physician recommended cannabis for chronic back pain that resulted from injuries sustained during his military service. But Ross’s employer, RagingWire Telecommunications, refused to make an exception to its policy of terminating anyone testing positive for marijuana.

Ross filed suit after he was fired in 2001, arguing that RagingWire illegally discriminated against him because of his condition. However, a Sacramento Superior Court, and then the Third Appellate District Court both rejected his argument. In October 2005, ASA appealed to the California Supreme Court on behalf of Ross. Strong public support has been shown for Ross and the plight of California patients to seek and maintain employment.

Since it began recording instances of employment discrimination in 2005, ASA has received hundreds of such reports from across California. Companies that have either fired patients from their job, threatened them with termination, or denied them employment because of patient status or a positive test for marijuana, include Costco Wholesale, UPS, Foster Farms Dairy, DirecTV, the San Joaquin Courier, Power Auto Group, as well as several construction companies, hospitals, and various trade union employers.

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USA Election 2008: Barack Obama vs. Ron Paul
by Marc Emery (07 Jan, 2008)

You should vote for Ron Paul despite the personality cult surrounding Obama for your future as part of the cannabis culture!

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who will END the drug war

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who will end the Drug War.

Marijuana users appear to be divided in supporting either Barack Obama (Democrat) or Ron Paul (Republican) in state primary votes, where presidential candidates are voted on. Even though it seems Obama’s message of “change” has been drawing supporters, it is imperative you understand the very defined difference between Obama and Paul when it comes to marijuana and the drug war.

Barack Obama has said CLEARLY HE WILL NOT LEGALIZE MARIJUANA or in any way alter the drug war except he has promised to stop DEA raids against medical patients in California. His remark was: “It’s a poor use of resources.” Period. In all the videos of Barack Obama being asked about medical marijuana, he expresses no sympathy or empathy on this issue. Since joining the Senate in 2004, Barack Obama has never sponsored or even voted for ANY legislation that repeals ANY aspect of the Drug War. Barack Obama has ALWAYS VOTED TO FUND THE IRAQ WAR in EVERY SENATE vote.

Also, Barack Obama responded to “Partnership For A Drug Free America” presidential candidate questions by saying he would increase the drug war and give federal power over drug courts. Obama will make the drug war even worse in America!

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