Marijuana Legal In Washington D.C. – & The White House Is Hopping Mad !

Big Victory In Washington

Big Victory In Washington

As of 12:01am a New Law goes into effect and it has the Hill Hopping Mad.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told Bowser that if she continued with her plan to implement marijuana legalization she would face “very serious consequences,” The Washington Post reported.

“You can go to prison for this,” The Post quoted Chaffetz as saying. “We’re not playing a little game here.”

Bowser was undeterred by the threat of prison time. “We are acting lawfully,” she told reporters. “I have a lot of things to do, being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”

Rep. Andy Harris, D-Md., who has been one of the most vocal opponents of marijuana legalization in D.C., says implementation of the law would be a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits the spending of federal funds that have not been appropriated.

“The Anti-Deficiency Act doesn’t say everybody except the mayor,” Harris said, according to The Hill. “The Anti-Deficiency Act is clear. It has two years’ jail time and loss of a job, as well as penalties.”

Nearly two thirds of D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 in November. Under Initiative 71, people ages 21 or older will be allowed to possess two ounces or less of marijuana, use marijuana on private property and give one ounce or less to another person as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.

Residents will also be permitted to cultivate up to six marijuana plants — although no more than three mature plants— in their primary home.

Congress has final say over the laws in the District of Columbia, and the two sides disagree about whether Congress acted quickly enough to block an initiative legalizing pot.

Congress passed legislation in December that aimed to block Initiative 71 by banning the use of appropriated funds to “enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize” marijuana.

District officials argue that the law was enacted when voters approved the initiative in November and that it merely takes effect Thursday. Chaffetz disagrees with that interpretation and says the mayor and other District employees who move forward with legalization could face criminal penalties.

Chaffetz and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., sent Bowser a letter Tuesday “strongly urging” her to reconsider implementing marijuana legalization. They argue D.C. bills do not become law and are not enacted until the 30-day review period called for in the Home Rule Act has expired.

According to City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, “The initiative was enacted at the point that the voters voted and the board certified the results,” The Post reported. “I sent the initiative to Congress for the required congressional review as required by law. This is not a matter that I had a choice about. The legal opinions are consistent.”

The letter from Chaffetz and Meadows says if money is spent to change the D.C. law it would violate the Anti-Deficiency Act. To that end, the Oversight Committee has begun an investigation and demanded the District turn over all documents that would reveal how much time and money city employees have spent on the marijuana legalization law.

No one has ever been convicted of violating the Anti-Deficiency Act, although government employees have been punished administratively for violations.

Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University, characterized the threat of criminal prosecution as “a lot of huffing and puffing on Capitol Hill.”

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Contributing: WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.; The Associated Press
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New Medical Marijuana Rules Effective January 1, 2015

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New Medical Marijuana Rules – In Effect Now

On January 15, 2015, new medical marijuana rules will take effect and be implemented. The new rules
do all of the following:

Establish a $60 application fee for all qualifying patients (reduced from $100).
Eliminate the reduced $25 application fee.
Require that caregivers pay a $25 processing fee for each required criminal background check.
Due to the rule changes, applicants who apply for registry cards on or after January 15, 2015 must use
the new forms that will be available below.

Please use the applications below if you are applying for or renewing your registration: (PLEASE NOTE THE ORIGINAL AND RENEWAL APPLICATIONS ARE NOW COMBINED.)

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Lame Duck Shuffle….Medical Marijuana Law Enhancements Can’t Make The Senate

 

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Michigan Marijuana Vote 2014*Marijuana Wins Big in Michigan*Decriminalizing Marijuana in Michigan

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Lapeer failed by 6 votes so the recount is on

Anyone 21 years and older now can use,posses or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana on private property !

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a victory for sure but let us not be complacent…………

Huntington Woods,Pleasant Ridge,Berkley,Port Huron & Lapeer all had decriminalization on the ballot,..

Lapeer was our only loss by 6 votes which should prompt a recount.

Unfortunately …We still have Bill Schutte in power dispite all of our efforts he is a crafty force of evil,in the end,his ads worked for -:> him.

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We still have to change our government before marijuana users can come out of the shadows.Marijuana is s schedule 1 narcotic which means it has ” NO MEDICAL USE & IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE” -:> Yet the “REAL KILLER” drugs have made it to sch 2 & schedule 3 respectively.

On the one hand, United States federal government officials have consistently denied that marijuana has any medical benefits. On the other, the government actually holds patents for the medical use of the plant( U.S.patent was obtained in October of 2003).

Just check out US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism.

This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmunediseases.

The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia.”

The US government may hold this patent, but that will not stop their officials from consistently denying the benefits of medical marijuana. An FDA spokesperson, for instance, has claimed that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment.”I guess she didn’t get the memo.

Since one part of the government applied for the patent of medical marijuana, and another part of the government approved that patent, it seems logical to conclude that the federal government knows that marijuana has some valid medical properties.

Now the hard part. How do we get them to admit it? Together we will see change.Keep the faith

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Halloween 2014

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Together,We Can Save Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Law

Stop Schuette Before it’s Too Late

The video highlights several groups impacted by Bill Schuette’s radical agenda:

WOMEN – By denying women coverage for contraceptives.

VICTIMS –  By passing Michigan’s outrageous drug immunity law and losing millions as Attorney General.

KIDS – By denying some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children loving homes.

FAMILIES – By raising taxes on families with health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Along with the video, Totten released this statement:

This race is about giving Michigan families an advocate who keeps them safe and never lets politics get in the way.

But it’s also about stopping a politician who is the most extreme, far-right Attorney General in the nation – a crusader who needs to be stopped now, before he does even more harm later.

In conjunction with the video,Totten also unveiled a new website, StopSchuette.com, where he details some of Schuette’s more egregious actions, all funded by Michigantaxpayers.

Schuette is Michigan’s version of former Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, an outrageous conservative ideologue who was sent packing by Virginia voters during the last election:

Cuccinelli fought to overturn Obamacare in the courts and lost – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli signed on to an amicus brief opposing the federal government’s lawsuit challenging Arizona’s racist immigration law – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli is a raging homophobe who used his office to fight marriage equality and adoption rights for LGBT couples every step of the way – So did Bill Schuette.

Cuccinelli sided with Big Business to fight regulations to protect our environment – So did Bill Schuette.

The similarities are actually a bit creepy. Schuette is so extreme that he even thinks marriage has one purpose: to “regulate sexual relationships” so that people make babies.

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He also decided to throw Medical Marijuana patients under the bus,every chance her could !

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Hazel Park,Oak Park Voters Approve Marijuana Proposals

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Hazel Park Marijuana Ordinance  

YES   763 (62%)

NO   469 (38%)

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Oak Park Marijuana Ordinance
 
YES    2,161 (53%)
 
NO    1,913 (47%)

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Hazel Park,Oak Park  voters approve pot proposals

 HAZEL PARK, Mich. (AP) — Voters in two Detroit-area communities have approved ballot proposals legalizing marijuana for personal use.
 
 Unofficial results posted by the Oakland County Elections Division show the measures passing Tuesday in Hazel Park and Oak Park.
 
The two were among at least 11 cities across Michigan and one county targeted by pro-marijuana activists seeking ballot initiatives to legalize or decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use. 
 
Last year, voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing approved proposals that call on local police not to arrest people for marijuana possession if they are found with an ounce or less of the drug, are at least 21 years old and are on private property. 
 
Marijuana users in those communities still face risks because state law bars marijuana use and possession unless it’s medical marijuana.

UPDATE

Voters said yes to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Hazel Park and Oak Park, according to unofficial election results.

The measure would allow the use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana on private property not used by the public by a person who is at least 21 years old.

It passed 62% to 38% with all precincts reporting in Hazel Park. The unofficial win was more narrow in Oak Park with 53% to 47% passage with all precincts reporting.

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Pot at The Polls

June 2014

June 2014

Pot at the Polls. Michiganders are gearing up for a lot of voting about marijuana over the next several months. In August, folks in Hazel Park and Oak Park will be voting on decriminalization of possession and transfer on private property of up to an ounce of the substance for those 21 and older.

Birmingham Eccentric,Frank Carnovale describes himself as a “fearless father” and a “proud veteran.” He’s certainly no fan of medical marijuana. In a stinging letter to the Birmingham City Commission, Carnovale said allowing medical marijuana grow facilities to operate in the city’s Rail District will turn the east side of Birmingham into a “ghetto.”

After more than two hours of closed-door deliberations in the chamber of Judge Rae Lee Chabot at the Oakland County Circuit Court, the parties to the Oak Park marijuana ballot proposal case said the city officials will deliberate on the legal matter and decide the future of the ballot proposal on Monday.

The Safer Oak Park Coalition filed a lawsuit last week demanding the city put their marijuana legalization proposal on the August ballot. Attorneys for Oak Park argued the city needs to get the ballot language approved by the state’s Attorney General’s office before putting it on the August ballot.

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Petition Drives Underway to Change Local Laws ,Cities Across Michigan

Petition drives are currently underway to change the local laws of cities across the State of Michigan.

Petition drives are currently underway to change the local laws of cities across the State of Michigan.

 

Tim Beck, Chuck Ream and Justin Soffa from a Coalition for a Safer Michigan have lined up well over a dozen cities and there is a final deadline of May 10th to make a final commitment to completing the petition drive.

Oak Park and Hazel Park petition drives have been completed already, under the direction of Michigan House of Representative candidate, Andrew Cissel.

Andrew Cissell is lifetime resident of Oakland County, and he is a medical marijuana patient and caregiver.

Last year Andrew Cissell, with the help of the VGIP, Coalition for a Safer Michigan and local political guru Debra Young, successfully completed the Ferndale petition to legalize basic possession of marijuana under the Ferndale city code, which passed with 69.25% of the vote, despite the Oakland County’s investigation a subsequent charges against Mr. Cissell for being a Caregiver in Oakland County and voter fraud.

The Oakland County Sheriff and County Prosecutor have consistently fought against Michigan medical patients and caregivers, denying them the opportunity to inform the jury of their licensing under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program and other legal tricks to undo the protection under the MMMA of 2008.

Andrew Cissell believes he was targeted because of his leadership in cannabis law reform, and his strong contention for the 27th district house seat. Andrew is also working on several other cities in Oakland County that will run in the November election.

Andrew is on the ballot of the August primary, and he will be contending against four others in the democratic primary.

A democrat traditionally holds the seat, so if Andrew wins the democratic primary he will have a serious advantage in the general election.

When asked why he thinks he will win, Cissell stated,”I’m as real as it gets.  

I represent the people. I have a finance degree, and a proven track record of passing laws.” We are very proud of Andrew Cissell and his work with the Vote Green Initiative Project.

There are many great things that have come from this project that was started almost three years ago.   Many folks have been inspired to join the movement and, more importantly, learned how to win.

We will be working hard to complete the rest of the petition drives that have been organized by the Coalition for a Safer Michigan.

We are also working hard with the Cannabis Stakeholders Group (CSG) to pass HB 4271 and HB 5104.

Recently Nick Pannesidi, Chelsea Shaker and many others for the Cannabis Stakeholders Group have participated in dozens of meetings in Lansing to foster support and lobby for our rights, working with many others group like MI NORML, Americans for Safe Access, National Patients’ Rights Association and CPU.

Debra Young is the campaign manager and has been instrumental in the success of Andrew. She can be reached at (734)604-2676.

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10 Truths About Marijuana

New Studies Show Marijuana to Improve The Brains-Cognitive Function.

New Studies Show Marijuana to Improve The Brains-Cognitive Function.

The buzz surrounding marijuana has become more of a roar since the U.S. state of Colorado legalized the drug earlier this year.

Marijuana, a drug already deeply ingrained in modern culture, has seen its popularity rise like never before.

No longer simply the lifeblood of 60′s hippies and Rasta-farians, or a subject for Kid Cudi to rap about incessantly, marijuana usage is now incredibly common, despite it’s varying legality.

Opinion regarding the legalization of marijuana, for medical or recreational use, is fiercely divided. Despite the rallying of those who oppose marijuana usage it’s undeniable that many countries, particularly the United States, are slowly accepting the cultivation and usage of this plant.

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Last December, Uruguay made headlines when the country’s president José “Pepe” Mujica completely legalized the cultivation, sale and usage of marijuana – the production and sale of the product will be completely government-controlled within Uruguay.

The actions of the president were praised by many agencies, such as Dutch NGO The Drugs Peace Institute, who stated that his actions are a ”symbol of a hand outstretched, of a new era in a divided world.”

His decision to legalize  marijuana was so influential that Mujica has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Mujica is certainly brave, but he seems to have confidence in his decision recently stating that “the path of repression doesn’t work” in a recent interview.

Whatever stance we choose to take, it’s undeniable that marijuana has pros and cons. It is certainly a subject on which opinion will always be divided.

If you’re still unsure about your position on the legalization of the drug, or if you’re just interested in learning a bit more about the little plant that’s forever shrouded with controversy, you’ll be intrigued by these 10 Shocking Facts about Marijuana.

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10. It Reduces Suicide Rates

After the introduction of medical marijuana, a study was done in Denver in order to analyse whether or not suicide rates had been affected as a result. And they had been, quite significantly.

The study showed that overall, the introduction of medical marijuana correlated with a 5% reduction in suicides.

The reduction was highest amongst young males aged 20-29: this category showed a staggering reduction of over 11%. One of the researchers who carried out the study equates this massive reduction with the fact that many young men had begun to smoke marijuana instead of drinking alcohol on a regular basis.iowahemp

9. Marijuana Still Grows Wild

The marijuana plant is heavily controlled these days, with the majority of marijuana plants growing in large plantations. However, there are many areas around the world where wild marijuana still grows without human intervention.

Anyone who goes exploring through Northern India, Nepal, Southern China or the Himalayas is likely to stumble across a naturally occurring marijuana field.

Marijuana also grows wild in Siberia and Russia. In order to produce a potent substance, though, the plant must be cultivated extremely carefully so plantations are found worldwide, despite the fact that the plant is only indigenous to certain regions. Afghanistan produces the most marijuana of any country on earth.

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8. Hemp is a Hero

Any health food store worth it’s salt will stock hemp-based products. Hemp – the cannabis plant – comes in a range of forms, such as hemp seeds, hemp flour, hemp cereals and hemp milk. All of these products are incredibly good for you.

Hemp is extremely high in protein, and thus it is used in the production of special diet foods such as meat-free burgers and tofu.

Many vegetarians and vegans choose hemp milk over soy milk as the production of hemp is more economical and environmentally sustainable.

As hemp is 100% non-toxic, it can also be used to make other items such as clothing, rope, fuel, paper and ethanol. It isn’t just vegans and vegetarians that should be concerned about how eco-friendly hemp is – one acre of hemp produces the same amount of paper as over four acres of trees.

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7. Marijuana Goes By MANY Names

You obviously know that marijuana has more than one nickname, but are you actually aware of how many there are? In fact, there are over 2,000 recorded names for marijuana in the United States alone! 

Cannabis, weed, pot, ganja, green, smoke and spliff are among the most common. Some less common names include salad, magic dragon, joy stick, butter flower and babysitter.  Different names have colloquially evolved, or have been chosen by growers or dealers to name a new strain of the plant.

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Laws regarding the possession and usage of marijuana are quite varied, but many legal loopholes exist. For example, in Oregon, it is completely illegal to buy or sell marijuana.

However, you are legally allowed to smoke marijuana in your own home. While the state of Colorado has legalized recreational use of marijuana, those travelling to the state are not permitted to use marijuana in hotels, which has bothered many visitors to the area.

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5. Robert Randall: The Medical Marijuana Trailblazer

The momentum behind the legalization of medical marijuana is growing steadily. As of this month, 15 more US states are pending the legalization of medical marijuana, with New York and Florida among them.

The first ever legalization of medical marijuana, however, was thanks to Robert Randall. Randall took the US Food and Drug Administration to court back in 1976 after being charged with marijuana cultivation.

Randall had glaucoma, and battled the courts with the Common Law doctrine of necessity. Randall managed to win the case, and became the first person in the history of the United States to be supplied with marijuana from the government.

4. Possession Penalties Vary Enormously WorldwideMan-in-handcuffs-006

Around the world, as with so many issues, laws concerning marijuana use and possession vary from one extreme to the other – but not always in the way you’d expect.

In the militarized state of North Korea, for example, marijuana use is completely legal. Moreover, use of marijuana is not even classified as drug use. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Southeast Asia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.

In these parts of the world, drug laws are extremely tough, and quite often severe penalties are handed out to those caught with marijuana. In Malaysia, if you are found with more than 200 grams of marijuana, you will be automatically sentenced to death. While it certainly makes the situation in the United States seem much more tame, it is important to remember that 800,000 marijuana-related arrests are made in the US every year.

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3. Marijuana Causes Brain Cell Growth…

After many years of researchers stating that marijuana causes brain cells to be destroyed, recent research may actually suggest the opposite. It has been suggested that marijuana use can trigger neurogenesis: the growth of brain cells.

Neurogenesis is most active when the human fetus is growing during pregnancy. Studies have shown that marijuana use can trigger neurogenesis in the hippo-campus region of the human brain, which controls elements of our moods and our memory.

Studies have also shown that marijuana use can be a great aid to people who suffer from bi-polar disorder, as it helps with mental functions as well as anxiety issues.

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2. But Long Term Effects Are Still Unverified

However, it is important to understand that despite the positive results of many studies, the long term effects of marijuana usage are still indefinite.

Marijuana usage worldwide is extremely common but its legality is not, so accurate, global studies of the effects of marijuana usage are all fairly recent.Long-term research projects are impeded by the laws in certain countries, as well as by the fact that funding for such projects is not readily available.

Therefore, the studies which have suggested the negative effects of marijuana usage shouldn’t be discounted. Such studies suggest that heavy usage could result in a decreased sperm count, depression, paranoia and schizophrenia.

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1. Legal Marijuana Would Make Governments Rich

The irrefutable fact remains that the marijuana industry is extremely lucrative. According to the Cato Institute, the legalized sale of marijuana in North America alone would create nearly $9 billion in federal and state tax revenues annually! This remains the primary argument for those who lobby for the legalization of marijuana.

The proposition to legalize marijuana is not concerned with making it more available, as the drug is already readily accessible; the movement seeks to remove penalties for use and to eliminate the ‘black market’ element.

According to Norml.org, marijuana is already the third most popular recreational drug in the United States after tobacco and alcohol.

In 2013, the Pew Research Centre reported that over 50% of Americans support the proposed legalization of marijuana. As well as this, 42% of Americans have tried marijuana at least once.

With such definitive popularity, the legalization of the marijuana industry would be a lucrative move.

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