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Appeals Court Considers Marijuana Reclassification

More than 10 years after it was initially filed, the latest petition to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is finally giving the herb its day in court. The current classification lumps cannabis in with drugs such as heroin, LSD and mescaline. The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments this week in the case of Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, providing an opening for medical marijuana reform advocates …

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Feds and Local Cops Conspire to Put Medical Marijuana Sales Out on the Streets

This is part two of a three-part series: Part one: US Attorneys Turn to Intimidation in a War on Medical Marijuana Part three: Trailblazing Medical Marijuana Cooperative Confronts Uncertain Future California’s four U.S. Attorneys are waging their war on medical marijuana without winning a conviction, bringing a case to trial or even filing criminal charges. They find that strong-arm tactics work better. Using a legal maneuver called civil asset forfeiture, they are seizing cash, cars and businesses – without the …

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Posted 2 years ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
US Attorneys Turn to Intimidation in a War on Medical Marijuana

This is part one of a three-part series: Part two: Feds and Local Cops Conspire to Put Medical Marijuana Sales Out on the Streets Part three: Trailblazing Medical Marijuana Cooperative Confronts Uncertain Future Four U.S. Attorneys in California have used disinformation and intimidation tactics in an unwanted attack on California’s medical marijuana dispensaries. For the most part, the federal prosecutors have avoided the courts, where their targets would have a chance to be heard in a public hearing. Instead the federal …

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Posted 2 years ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Live from NORML – Activists Slam Obama for Broken Promises

“I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” said then-Sen. Barack Obama from the campaign trail of 2008. The issue? Medical marijuana. At the 41st annual NORML national conference in Los Angeles, Stephen Gutwillig, Deputy Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, called out President Obama for going back on his word after taking office. “We have every right to be enraged at the Obama administration,” he said. “They knew …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Marijuana by Josh Crank  
Live from NORML – Advocacy Group Founder on Public Support for Legalization

NORML founder Keith Stroup warns marijuana reform advocates not to sit idly by as support for legalization in the United States swells beyond 50 percent. Speaking this morning in Los Angeles at the 41st annual national conference of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Stroup stressed the importance of seizing the day. “When we won decriminalization in Nebraska in 1978, we didn’t win another thing until California passed its law in 1996,” Stroup said. “Don’t take the public …

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