County prosecutors won’t let up on charging a Minnesota mom with child endangerment for giving her sick child medical marijuana. Angela Brown is headed for trial in a case that could send her to prison for two years, even though an already-passed medical marijuana law that goes into effect in 2015 would allow medical use of cannabis oil.
Angela Brown’s son Trey suffers severe pain and spasms from a traumatic brain injury. Brown said she tried a barrage of prescription medications before turning to marijuana, as her son was in so much pain and discomfort that he cried himself to sleep and started punching and cutting himself. Brown, like a number of exasperated parents, traveled to Colorado to purchase some cannabis oil regulated under Colorado law. And she reported a familiar story of parents attempting to treat their child’s pain and seizures: within an hour of giving her son medical marijuana his condition was relieved. “Once it hit his system, Trey said the pressure in his brain was relieved,” she told the Huffington Post. “You could literally see the muscle spasms stopping. He felt amazing.”
But after Brown shared her story with the “wrong person” she was reported to officials, officials seized the cannabis oil from her home and charged her with child endangerment and causing a child to need protection.
Governor Hickenlooper now expects the state to rake in $114M in marijuana taxes this fiscal year.
Colorado has raked in nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees this fiscal year, according to state Department of Revenue data released Thursday.
During the first three months of recreational marijuana sales, Colorado’s cumulative revenue from tax and licensing fees for both medical and recreational marijuana has reached $12.6 million. The state has reaped $7.3 million from recreational marijuana taxes alone in the first three months since the first legal sales began on Jan.1.
Sales of recreational marijuana were nearly $19 million in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February, according to state figures. Despite the historic law, medical marijuana — legal in Colorado for years — continues to vastly outsell recreational pot. March medical marijuana sales were about $34 million.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Thursday insulted a group of student libertarians by calling them “pussies” for pushing for drug legalization and then found herself being booed when she insisted that LGBT people should only marry members of the opposite sex.
Fox Business host John Stossel on Thursday aired Coulter’s attempt to antagonize a crowd of about 1,400 libertarians at the recent International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
During the event, Stossel asked the conservative columnist if she agreed that “the drug war is a failure, get rid of it.”
“You libertarians and pot!” Coulter exclaimed. “Look, this is why people think libertarians are pussies. We’re living in a country that is 70 percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money… And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’”
“You know, if you’re a little more manly you would tell them what your position on employment discrimination is,” she continued. “How about that? But it’s always ‘We want to legalize pot.’”
“Why can’t gays get married like straights do?” Stossel pressed.
“Well, they can,” Coulter quipped. “They have to marry a member of the opposite sex.”
That response was met with boos and groans from the libertarian students.
Okay Kudos for supporting legalization of pot. But I can’t help but think to connect the dots of this appearance and some of his statements.
POLITICO- David Catanese
Kucinich at Seattle Hempfest: ‘Open America!’
August 22, 2011
Kucinich at Seattle Hempfest: ‘Open America!’
Rep. Dennis Kucinich continued his campaign in Washington state this weekend, appearing at Seattle’s Hempfest, where he compared efforts to legalize pot to the Civil Rights movement and the Arab Spring.
Obama Administration Overrides 2009 Ogden Memo, Declares Open Season on Pot Shops in States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal
“The Department of Justice sent out a memo Wednesday instructing the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and leading officials in the U.S. Attorneys Office to treat medical marijuana shops as top priorities for prosecutors and drug investigators… . The memo, authored by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, ‘clarifies’ a memo released in 2009 that declared medical marijuana sales in states that have legalized it to be a low priority for law enforcement and prosecutors.”
The Department of Justice is committed to the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act in all States. Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime that provides a significant source of revenue to large scale criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels.
The Odgen Memorandum was never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution, even where those activities purport to comply with state law. Persons who are in the business of cultivating. selling, or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law.
Marcy Dolin, of Rohnert Park, California, smokes eight joints (marijuana cigarettes) every day, and eats a marijuana cookie before he goes to bed every night. He prefers the peanut-butter cookies.
A 71-year-old man who has struggled with multiple-sclerosis for over half his life, Dolin is not the typical drug user often parodied in popular culture. He does not smoke recreationally, but rather because marijuana is the only thing that takes away the pain and stops the muscles spasms.
“I would be living on morphine and other horrible drugs. I couldn’t do that to my family,” he recently told The New York Times, “That’s no life, and I would have ended it. That’s the truth.”
Dolin is not alone. Across the United States, people struggling with chronic illness increasingly are questioning US policy toward marijuana, a homeopathic substance that until 1937 was, for the most part, legal nd regulated. Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the “war on drugs.” And what do we have as a result?
Hundreds of billions of dollars wasted in the midst of a fragile economy, the financial and social cost of imprisoning hundreds of thousands of offenders annually, and patients like Dolin who continue to suffer due to our failed policies. When compared to other drugs, recent clinical trials have shown that marijuana is exceedingly successful in relieving pain, without the serious side-effects that often plague users of other medications.
“I used to take a drug called Neurontin, and I just never stopped crying,” Dolin continues. “I was in a fog, totally depressed. I told my doctor that I was going back to just marijuana; he said he would have me arrested if he could. What are they going to do? I’m 71 years old. Are they going to put me in jail? I’m not hurting anybody. It’s just here in my own house.”
Debilitating pain in the nervous system can be caused by cancer, HIV/Aids, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes; this pain can also be a side-effect of the recommended treatments for these various conditions. About a third of patients with HIV/Aids suffer from this excruciating pain in their nervous system – much of it a response to the antiretroviral therapy that is the initial treatment for HIV patients. Yet there is no adequate approved treatment to mitigate the pain. As a result, some patients reduce or discontinue treatment because they can neither tolerate nor eliminate the debilitating side-effects. Marijuana has been proven to alleviate the effects of both the illness itself, and the prescribed medication used to treat it.
While the advantages of legal medical marijuana are clear, the potential benefits of full legalisation should also be considered, especially when evaluating the economic advantages of its regulation and taxation. Currently, Americans face dim economic prospects. Since the market crash of 2008, unemployment has remained staggeringly high as businesses have either closed or moved overseas. The US’s debt has doubled in the past ten years, the poverty rate is the highest it has been in 15, and, adjusted for inflation, the median income has hardly moved since the 1950s.
Meanwhile, New York City spends $75m per year to enforce the prohibition of marijuana. A recent study by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that between 2002 and 2010, New York City spent between $350m and $700m to arrest and charge people with low-level marijuana possession. Against this background, the city presently debates which schools to close and which public employees to lay off – decisions that will only deepen the impact of the recession.
Another report estimates that nationwide government spending on enforcing marijuana laws costs $7.7bn per year. A look at Montana, however, shows how the state has been given a much needed bump from the legalisation of medical marijuana. Since 2004, investors have put millions of dollars into the newly legalised medical marijuana sector, creating jobs for professional horticulturists, construction workers and electricians put out of work by the recession. This small marijuana industry created 1,400 jobs last year – this in a state with less than a million people.
Weed-loving treehuggers, you are on notice. The cultivation of your beloved endo, or marijuana grown indoors, consumes a whopping 1 percent of the entire nation’s electricity. That’s enough juice to power 2 million American homes. All those grow lights, it turns out, inhale some serious juice.
This is according to the work of Evan Mills, a longtime researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (who worked on this on his own time, he makes sure to note). Mills released his eye-popping independent study last week.
David Frum’s mild piece asking whether we might not examine links between the Arizona shooter’s pot use and his actions has already drawn one snotty (and analysis-free) response on LGF.
The response of pot advocates to anything suggesting marijuana might have harmful effects is wholly on a par with climate denialism or the stonewalling by the tobacco industry on the link between lung cancer and smoking.
Here’s a plan. Let’s get some objective evidence. Let’s hear from people who don’t use pot themselves but know pot users, explaining how that person has improved by using pot.
Parents and teachers: tell us how the user became a better student.
Spouses and children: tell us how the user became a more loving and attentive parent and a better support for the family.
Employers: tell us how the user became a more productive and punctual worker.
Instead of pot users trying to make the case that pot is harmless, or even beneficial, wouldn’t it be a far more effective testimonial if non-users were to come forward and tell us how pot use made someone a better student, parent, or employee?
I’m not the least bit interested in your appraisal of how pot is beneficial to you. I’ll flag any such responses. Let’s hear from non-users only.
I’ve seen one comment by someone who tells of a friend who went from being a violent drunk to a mellow pot user. I’ll accept that - one example.
America is safer now that our famous out and open pot smoking country music star has been busted for possession of the good herb.
PER THE SAME SOURCE,
Since the 73-year-old federal war on marijuana has been such a smashing success (yes, that is sarcasm), why not extend the ban to fake pot, as well?
And while the DEA was at it — perhaps in an effort to ensure their own job security, should pot be legalized in the near future, as appears inevitable — they went ahead and made fake pot (synthetic analogues of THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana) — a Schedule I banned substance, right up there with heroin, methamphetamine, and, you guessed it, real marijuana.