California: County Supervisor Says She Supports Medical Marijuana Program

By Imran Ghori, The Press-Enterprise

There is a truth that must be heard! A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the state's medical marijuana law, a San Bernardino County supervisor indicated Tuesday that she is ready to support the policy.

The Board of Supervisors is not scheduled to discuss its next step until June 2, but Supervisor Josie Gonzales told about 40 medical marijuana advocates it would be a top priority.

"I have long been a supporter of medical marijuana," she said.

Gonzales said she had committed to "step forward" after the legal debate was resolved and that she hopes the county has reached that point now.

Three years ago, San Bernardino and San Diego counties sued the state over a program approved by the Legislature in 2003 to regulate the medical marijuana law approved by state voters in 1996.

The counties contended that the state law, which sets standards for counties to review applications and issue medical marijuana user cards, conflicts with federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical purpose.

By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court upheld lower-court rulings rejecting those arguments.

Most other counties, including Riverside, already issue cards.

Advocates of medicinal use of marijuana, including several patients, told the San Bernardino County supervisors that it's time for the county to start issuing identification cards to patients who have letters from their doctors confirming their medical need.

"You've now got the guidance," said Lanny Swerdlow, a registered nurse at the THCF Medical Clinic and Patient Center in Riverside. "The Supreme Court has made it very clear you don't have a leg to stand on."

He and other supporters said they were encouraged by Gonzales' comments.

Jim Lindley, the county's director of public health, said if the board agrees to proceed with an identification card program, his department will issue them.

Wanda Smith, a Phelan resident who has been prescribed cannabis for ailments including fibromyalgia and pancreatitis, said she's exasperated by the delays and difficulties she and other patients have faced.

"We have to have our ID cards," she told the board. "We're not criminals."

Reach Imran Ghori at 951-368-9558 or ighori at PE.com


Source: http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_marijuana20.4...

Oregon: Jack Herer Benefit Event This Friday at Village Ballroom in Portland

THCF and Several NORML Chapters Join In


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By Paul Stanford and Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: Jack Herer Benefit Event - 12-4-2009 Portland – All are invited to a benefit event scheduled this Friday, December 4th at 8pm at the Village Ballroom for hemp icon and author, Jack Herer. The Village Ballroom is at 700 N.E. Dekum Street, which is located above the Oregon Cannabis Cafe, Oregon NORML's new medical marijuana patent resource center that has received a firestorm of publicity since opening last month. The benefit is organized by The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation (THCF), and cosponsored by Oregon NORML and Texas-based Waco NORML. We are joining together to raise money for Jack Herer, who suffered a heart attack after delivering a passionate speech on stage at the Portland Hempstalk Festival this past September 2009.

Jack had been traveling around the world for decades, promoting industrial hemp and his seminal book on the subject, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. The first edition of Jack's book was written in Portland in 1985. Jack has a business in Portland and lived here for several years. Jack Herer was also the subject of a video biography, The Emperor of Hemp, that played on PBS and HBO.

The benefit features music from two bands, Pass Margo and Tim Pate and Friends, who are donating their time to show support for Jack. It is sure to be a memorable evening and a great chance for the community to give back to the founder of the hemp movement, known worldwide as "The Emperor of Hemp". Jack's passion for the movement toward legalization of hemp and cannabis has inspired millions around the world to realize what potential lies in the cannabis plant. "I don't want to wait 20 or 50 years for something to be done about petrochemical pollution," Jack Herer said. Jack worked for years on initiative petition campaigns to legalize marijuana. Despite his current health issues, he remains strong and positive for the future of hemp.

Jack is now recovering in Eugene, Oregon, and making positive strides daily. He is a fighter and will surely overcome this obstacle to see the hemp plant restored to its rightful place in society.

There is a fund for Jack's recovery set up at US Bank to help the Herer family financially during this challenging time. If you can't attend this Friday's benefit event, you may go to any US Bank and advise the teller you are depositing into the JACK HERER DONATION FUND. Please donate what you can, your support is greatly appreciated!

http://www.usbank.com

Jack Herer, Paul Stanford, Madeline Martinez and Russ Belville - Cannabis Common Sense 501

Jack Herer (Hemp Can Save The Planet) - Hempstalk 2009

Jack Herer with Dr. Phillip Leveque - Hempstalk 2009



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United States: Gatewood Galbraith - Now's the Time

"This election will prove to be the most historic election in Kentucky history. Kentucky can step forward by electing a leadership team that will serve our Nation as an example of how government can work for the people, by the people." - Gatewood Galbraith

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

There is a truth that must be heard! Gatewood Galbraith is currently campaigning for Kentucky's 2011 gubernatorial race as an Independent, free from any party affiliations, and describes himself as free from hidden agenda. Galbraith is focusing his campaign on young voters by proposing a freeze on college tuition expenditures, a $5,000 educational voucher to high school graduates for college or technical school, and legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes, which he estimates could save the state $500 million to $1 billion in medical costs each year. His pledge is to end the "synthetic subversion" in his state.

It is this writer's belief that Galbraith is the change Kentucky, and our country, needs. He would be an intuitive Governor, helping to create thousands of jobs by implementing his forward-thinking plans. Bottom-line, he is running for the betterment of Kentucky, which has been plagued by perennial problems.

A Note from Gatewood: When people ask....

Kentucky: Willie Nelson Endorses 2011 Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith Why do you continue to run - I continue to run not just to express my own convictions but to answer the call of the people who continue to ask me to run in the hope that my election will ensure our government will again begin to work the way our founding fathers intended; to serve as a representative of the people and those laws so brilliantly laid out in order to form the most admired government in the World.

What are your chances at a win - I am in a better position now than ever before. After having run so many times, I recognize that Kentuckians now realize our Commonwealth's continued economic, social and statistical decline is directly related to the victories of my previous opponents and the continuing dysfunctional government plaguing Kentucky election after election.

What party are you - I inform them that I have stepped outside traditional political lines to run as an Independent. An Independent who will serve the agenda of the people and not get caught up in partisanship, bickering and cronyism. I will freely give credit and blame to those who deserve it most.

When I experience skepticism - I remain convinced that together we can in fact affect Real change. Change first comes in the hearts of the people, which in turn will motivate their actions. If my candidacy somehow inspires each of you then I have effected much needed change. My election will mend Kentucky's broken government so that our great Commonwealth and her great People become the example as to how it is done rather than what not to do. I have, more than any other candidate, earned the vote of the people of Kentucky. I will continue to run until Kentuckians are duly served. Together we Can and Will restore Kentucky to prosperity.

"He's smart and funny and he speaks the truth. He's a champion for the farmers and the working men and women of the world…" - Willie Nelson

For more information about the campaign: Please see http://www.gatewood.com/

Gatewood & Riley 2011 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=96154786018

Contact: Gatewood Galbraith Candidate for Governor – 859-433-3567

Dea Riley Candidate for Lt. Governor – 502-395-3159

United States: Longest Serving Non-Violent Federal Marijuana Prisoner Continues Life of Activism

By Ms. Sylence Dogood, Hemp News Correspondent

There is a truth that must be heard! Pitchman, businessman, and world traveler, Robert Platshorn, aka Bobby Tuna, has also served more federal time than any other non-violent marijuana inmate, having spent 28 years in federal prison. Platshorn has compiled his memoirs into his book, The Black Tuna Diaries, in which he tells his life story intermingled with his story of smuggling marijuana.

The book itself reads more like an adventure story than a collection of memoirs. Readers must remember that this is a true story, and not a fictitious compilation about bringing Columbia’s ‘Santa Maria Gold’ marijuana to America.

Woven through the smuggling tale is the story of Platshorn’s life as a boy in Philadelphia, growing up with the South Street Gang, on to the pitches on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, and the energy that pulsed through his life and propelled him in many business endeavors in the United States and abroad, legally and illegally.

The gift of gab has blessed Platshorn, and throughout his life he has been an actor and pitchman, spokesperson and dealmaker. From selling ice cream from a push cart on a New York City streetcorner to talking his way out of an encounter with a firing squad in South America, the story of the Black Tuna from childhood to present day, post-prison, weaves an amazing tapestry with unbelievable tales of planes, boats and encounters with the law.

Recently, there was a documentary released by the creators of Cocaine Cowboys called Square Grouper: the Godfathers of Ganja. The movie is inspired by Platshorn's memoir.

Platshorn and most of the surviving Black Tunas are featured in this full length feature film. The Square Grouper world premier was held at the Vimeo Theater at SXSW Film Conference and Festival.

"I've waited for this since I left prison over two years ago when the producers at Rakontur decided to base a movie on my memoir, Black Tuna Diaries," stated Platshorn.

MovingPicturesNetwork.com recently reviewed the film and said, “The facts and footage are incredible, and while it lacks the more dangerous nature of the cocaine trade, the film feels more entertaining as a result and is, naturally, accessible to a wider audience. That former FBI agents can chat with what seems to be joyous reminiscence about how the industry unfolded and that the players/storytellers seem reasonably relaxed given their recollections is perhaps indicative of the more liberal attitudes toward this substance today.”

One of Platshorn’s recent projects is giving presentations for the NORML/High Times Silver Tour. The Silver Tour goal is to educate seniors on the benefits of cannabis as a viable and accepted medicine. This educational speaking tour has brought the knowledge of the benefits of marijuana as a medically viable alternative to pharmaceuticals to a wider audience, and possibly the audience that could most benefit from marijuana’s many medicinal applications.

Platshorn does not seem bitter about his past or the way his path in life has gone. He projects an infectious optimism for what the future holds for himself and the marijuana legalization movement. In an interview he recently shared "I'm a lucky guy. Why should I look back and be bitter, I can look forward and know that I'm 68 but I'm gonna enjoy what time I can."

Hemp News feels Robert Platshorn is a pillar within our community; please help him in his future endeavors any way you can.

Learn more about The Black Tuna Diaries: http://www.blacktunadiaries.com

Learn more about Square Grouper: http://www.squaregroupermovie.com

Learn more about Robert Platshorn's Silver Tour: http://www.thesilvertour.org




Source: http://www.movingpicturesnetwork.com/24173/%E2%80%98square-grouper-the-g...

United States: The Roots of Hemp Prohibition in America

By Ms. Sylence Dogood, Hemp News Staff

A distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa L., the hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed meal and seed oil. Marijuana is a group of flowering plants that includes three species of Cannabis, all indigenous to Central Asia and surrounding regions, but both Hemp and Cannabis can be readily grown in many regions throughout the world.

There have been over eight million Cannabis arrests in the United States since 1993, including 786,545 arrests in 2005, and Cannabis users have been arrested at the rate of 1 every 40 seconds. Statistics show that about 88% of all marijuana arrests are for simple possession, not manufacture or distribution, according to FBI Uniform Crimes Report. Large-scale marijuana growing operations are frequently targeted by police in raids to attack the supply side and discourage the spread and marketing of the drug, though the great majority of those who are in prison for cannabis are either there for simple possession or small scale dealing.

The effects of marijuana prohibition in the United States today are similar to the effects of alcohol prohibition in the United States from 1920 to 1933. Prohibition sought to achieve forced abstinence from alcohol through legal means and constitutionally banned its manufacture, sale and transport throughout the United States.

A number of social problems resulted from the Prohibition era. A profitable and violent black market for alcohol flourished. Powerful gangs corrupted law enforcement agencies, and stronger liquor surged in popularity because its potency made it more profitable to smuggle. Enforcing prohibition had an enormous price tag, and the absence of almost $500 million annual nationwide tax revenues on alcohol affected the government's financial resources. When repeal of prohibition occurred in 1933, organized crime lost nearly all of its black market alcohol profits in most states because of competition with low-priced alcohol sales at legal liquor stores.

At the end of prohibition some of the initial supporters openly admitted its failure. A quote from a letter, written in 1932 by wealthy industrialist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., states:

“When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.”

However, when it came to marijuana and hemp prohibition, Rockefeller took a different stance. He was a known supporter of hemp prohibition along with Harry J. Anslinger, the United States First "drug czar" and William Randolph Hearst, well known media mogul. As to be expected, Hearst sympathized with the drug czar in his war against marijuana. Hearst's paper empire, which included hundreds of acres of timber forests, was threatened by the renewable resource of hemp that could be re-grown yearly, unlike Hearst's timber. In his newspapers, Hearst published many of Anslinger’s fabricated stories, aiding the anti-marijuana movement that eventually led to its prohibition in the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. Rockefeller had his interests in oil, and after founding Standard Oil in 1870, soared to become the first U.S. dollar billionaire, and Standard Oil was even convicted of monopolistic practices and broken up in 1911. There seems no way that hemp could have had a chance when the media, the government, and the oil industry were swiftly making little room for hemp to survive.

Hemp is not only in direct competition with timber and petroleum, but also with many other industries throughout the world. Hemp offers wholesome and nutritious foodstuffs such as edible oil from the seeds, which are also used for making chocolate bars and other foods; renewable fiber for clothing and building. The original Levi jeans were made from hemp but lasted too long to be commercially viable; high grade papers, such as those used for bank notes, tissues, hand towels, and tea bags, where strength when wet is critical, and so much more. Cannabis is a medicine that was created by nature, producing powerful documented results without the side effects of the manufactured chemicals that the drug companies peddle during every television commercial break. Cannabis can even be a nice after work treat in the same way that a glass of beer or wine is enjoyed after a long day at the office.

When it comes to the cost that our nation pays when it comes to hemp and cannabis prohibition, it is clear that we must re-legalize this diverse and useful plant. There are so many benefits to be gained from this potential source of income for our state and country. This needless "war on marijuana" must end. We must restore the right to realize the benefits of an income source from a renewable source through agriculture, energy, paper, clothing, nutrition, medicine, and responsible adult recreation. By restoring Hemp and Cannabis in Oregon we will not only keep Oregon free and green, but we will strive toward making Oregon even GREENER!

SD

Sources:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis#By_Nation
http://www.naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_defined.html#plant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_United_States

Learn more about biodiesel at:

http://www.hempmuseum.org/ROOMS/ARM%20BIO-FUELS.htm
http://www.hempcar.org/hempfacts.shtml
http://www.hemp4fuel.com/news.php
http://thefuelfilm.com
http://www.joshtickell.com
http://www.biowillieusa.com
http://www.hemphasis.net/Fuel-Energy/fuel.htm

2010: A Year to Remember; Ten Stories on Hemp and Cannabis Reform

"There is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults and it should be of no interest or concern to the government. They have no business knowing whether we smoke or why we smoke." Keith Stroup, NORMLCON 2010

Compiled by Hemp News

1. Global: U.S.-Mexico Drug Summit Fails to Acknowledge Obvious Solution to Violent Drug Cartels

Ending Marijuana Prohibition Would Deal Crucial Blow to Mexican Drug Cartels, Drastically Reduce Border Violence.

Salem-News.com

There is a truth that must be heard! (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, high-ranking officials from the United States and Mexico concluded a three-day conference meant to outline ways the two nations could reduce the illicit drug trade-associated violence that continues to plague the U.S.-Mexican border.

Unfortunately, officials concluded their talks without making any reference to the most sensible and guaranteed strategy for reducing that violence: removing marijuana from the criminal market, and depriving drug cartels of their main source of income and strife.


Source: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february252010/mpp_mexico.php

2. Canada: Research for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Sustainable Feedstock Begins

Naturally Advanced Technologies Agrees with the National Research Council of Canada to Collaborate on Research for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Sustainable Feedstock

This Research is Intended to Develop New Enzyme Technology for Cellulosic Ethanol Manufacturing

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Naturally Advanced Technologies Signs Amended Agreement with the National Research Council of Canada to Collaborate on Research for the Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Sustainable Feedstock Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) amended its agreement with the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada to include collaboration on cellulose technology research for the production of cellulosic ethanol from sustainable feedstock, such as corn stalks and straws, the unexploited byproduct in agri-food production. In my opinion, this is a huge step toward sustainability and mankind's ultimate survival.

This writer knows, hemp is truly a wonder plant with endless possibilities for its use and, given time, will evolve to become a "trillion dollar crop". Take the time to learn more about Dr. Sung's research and you will be not only more informed but also amazed.

Related: Hemp has a large number of potential uses
http://www.hemptrade.ca/products.php?cat=other&lang=en


Source: http://www.naturallyadvanced.com/s/Bio-Fuels.asp

3. New York: CBS Reverses Decision, Agrees to Run Pro-Marijuana Ad

By Te-Ping Chen

New York: CBS Reverses Decision, Agrees to Run Pro-Marijuana Ad Was it Margaret Mead who said, "Never underestimate the power of 8,809 readers who care about criminal justice?" Okay, maybe not quite that. But I'm excited to announce that one story we've closely tracked here at Change.org -- CBS's refusal to accept a pro-marijuana legalization ad -- resulted in a victory this afternoon.


Source: http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/cbs_reverses_decision_agrees...

4. United States: Recycling Reefer Madness: Why It Still Doesn’t Work

By Steve Elliott, NEWS JUNKIE POST

There is a truth that must be heard! It happens with an all-too-familiar regularity: Another “scientific” study that attempts to draw some connection, however tenuous, between smoking pot and schizophrenia.

Just this week, the findings of a study allegedly indicating that smoking marijuana can “double the risk” of psychosis received heavy publicity. Of course there were the inevitable “sky is falling” reactions on the part of faux-horrified commentators who already decided, years ago, that they were against pot and are all too happy to trumpet what looks like confirmation of their prejudice.

Problem is, those findings are in conflict with previous reviews and ought to be interpreted with caution – but you won’t be reading that in mainstream news outlets.


Source: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/03/06/recycling-reefer-madness-why-it-sti...

5. Michigan: WalMart Fires Associate Of Year, Cancer Patient For Medical Marijuana

 

By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town for Hemp News

Targeting:  Michael Duke (Walmart CEO) Despite medical marijuana being legal in Michigan, WalMart has fired a cancer patient and former employee of the year who tested positive for the drug, which was recommended by his doctor.

"I was terminated because I failed a drug screening," ex-WalMart employee Joseph Casias told WZZM-13.

In 2008, Casias was Associate of the Year at the WalMart store in Battle Creek, Mich., despite suffering from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.

WalMart fired cancer patient Joseph Casias for following his doctor's instructions and using medical marijuana. At his doctor's recommendation, Casias legally uses medical marijuana to ease his pain.

Petition Targets: Michael Duke (Walmart CEO)
http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/stop_walmart_from_firing_...

Take Direct Action: Walmart, Board of Directors
http://investors.walmartstores.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=112761&p=irol-govboard

Aida M. Alvarez, James W. Breyer, M. Michele Burns, James I. Cash, Jr., Roger C. Corbett, Douglas N. Daft, Michael T. Duke, Gregory B. Penner, Allen I. Questrom, H. Lee Scott, Jr., Arne M. Sorenson, Jim C. Walton, S. Robson Walton, Christopher J. Williams, Linda S. Wolf


Related: http://michiganmessenger.com/35833/walmart-fires-battle-creek-employee-f...

Related: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/wal-mart_fires_battle_creek_...

Related: http://salem-news.com/articles/march162010/michigan-marijuana.php

Related: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/michgan-man-fired-walmart-medical-marijua...

Related: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/17/wal-mart-sympathetic-man-fired-medi...


Source: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2010/03/walmart_fires_employee_of_year_canc...

6. History: Jack Herer - 1939-2010

"Hemp will be the future of all mankind, or there won't be a future." Jack Herer

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

History: Jack Herer - The Emperor of Hemp Friends and family have confirmed that Jack Herer, known throughout the world as ‘The Hemperor,’ passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Herer was 70 years old, and a dear friend to CRRH and THCF, he will be greatly missed.

"No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it's a bestseller in Germany. His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come. I honor his memory." Paul Stanford, CRRH/THCF

"He was one of my personal heroes." Madeline Martinez, Oregon NORML

"The one and only Jack Herer will be missed forever." Bonnie King, Salem-News

Despite not being introduced to cannabis until he was 30 years old, Herer spent most of the rest of his life speaking out for the cannabis cause. He is often referred to as the father of the cannabis legalization movement, and his passionate speeches and bombastic personality were infectious throughout the world.

Tribute to Jack Herer By Gatewood Galbraith

Jack Herer is a social and philosophical tsunami, the ripples from whose splash will forever grace the shores of human consciousness in every freedom loving nation.

He is a grand champion of “We the People” and a natural cycle in our battle with the synthetic subversion which threatens the very concepts of the sovereignty of each human individual.

Jack's tireless efforts to eliminate the facts about cannabis have furnished freedom fighters everywhere with the tools of knowledge with which to resist the fascism of the corporate state as it seeks to subject everyone to its economic bottom line.

Jack recognized that cannabis is a gateway to existentialism, which enlightens our existence and is the basis of our freedom of choice. He also recognized the miraculous healing powers of this herb and many sick and dying people have found comfort in its use after reading his wonderful manifesto "The Emperor Wears No Clothes". I am one of them.

Jack Herer's grand spirit may have left his worn out body, but he is entered into the hearts and minds of millions of us who will forever be grateful to have been educated by his commitment to the truth.

God Bless you Jack Herer.

7. United States: Hemp fans look toward Lyster Dewey's past, and the Pentagon, for higher ground

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post Staff Writer

United States: Hemp fans look toward Lyster Dewey's past, and the Pentagon, for higher ground Hemp needed a hero. Needed one bad.

The gangly plant -- once a favorite of military ropemakers -- couldn't catch a break. Even as legalized medical marijuana has become more and more commonplace, the industrial hemp plant -- with its minuscule levels of the chemical that gives marijuana its kick -- has remained illegal to cultivate in the United States.

Enter the lost hemp diaries.


Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/12/AR201005...

8. Global: Seattle Hempfest 2010: Paul Stanford - Work For Global Cannabis Freedom

Stop the Drug War, Before They Kick In Your Door

By Paul Stanford, Executive Director of THCF for Hemp News

There is a truth that must be heard! My speech at the 2010 Seattle Hempfest is my effort to highlight the historical, scientific and philosophical importance of hemp and cannabis. I honor cannabis reform activists that have passed on, such as Jack Herer and Dr. Tod Mikuriya; those arrested for cannabis, such as cannabis minister Roger Christie of Hawaii, Marc Emery of Canada, and Eddy Lepp of California; and those sentenced to death for cannabis in Malaysia.

In this oration, I also specifically place emphasis on hemp as a precious gift from our creator for alternative energy (which could end toxic petrochemical spills); a 1916 U.S. Department of Agriculture study on hemp hurds used for paper making material (which could end global deforestation and protect the seventh generation); and hemp foods as a perfect balance of Omega, 3, 6 and 9 for our bodies. Cannabis is also a source of natural medicine that is contributing to the fight against cancer, multiple sclerosis and a multitude of other illnesses, including post traumatic stress disorder. Hemp would contribute to the return of economic control to the people and away from the monopolistic petrochemical companies.

In conclusion, I ask for everyone to work together to support California's tax and regulate Prop 19, Oregon's Ballot 74 regarding dispensaries and other upcoming monumental ballot measures across the country on the issue of global cannabis freedom.

Restore Hemp!

Footage: Seattle Hempfest
August 22, 2010

9. California: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties

(SACRAMENTO) - From California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, on September 30, 2010.

There is a truth that must be heard! To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am signing Senate Bill 1449.

This bill changes the crime of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor punishable only by a $100 fine to an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. Under existing law, jail time cannot be imposed, probation cannot be ordered, nor can the base fine exceed $100 for someone convicted of this crime.

I am opposed to decriminalizing the possession and recreational use of marijuana and oppose Proposition 19, which is on the November ballot.

Unfortunately, Proposition 19 is a deeply flawed measure that, if passed, will adversely impact California’s businesses without bringing in the tax revenues to the state promised by its proponents.

Notwithstanding my opposition to Proposition 19, however, I am signing this measure because possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction in everything but name. The only difference is that because it is a misdemeanor, a criminal defendant is entitled to a jury trial and a defense attorney.

In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket.

As noted by the Judicial Council in its support of this measure, the appointment of counsel and the availability of a jury trial should be reserved for defendants who are facing loss of life, liberty, or property greater than $100.

For these reasons, I am signing this bill.

Sincerely, Arnold Schwarzenegger


In the video below, California NORML Director Dale Gieringer talks about SB 1449 at NORMLCon 2010.

Related: Decrim In Cali! Schwarzenegger Signs Bill: Pot Now $100 Fine
http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2010/10/decrim_in_cali_schwarzenegger_signs...


Source: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october012010/schwarzenegger-marijuan...

Photo Source: http://Salem-News.com

10. United States: Arizona Becomes 15th State to Approve Medical Marijuana

By a narrow margin, Arizona voters have approved medical marijuana for people with chronic or debilitating diseases.

By The AP

There is a truth that must be heard! The decision makes Arizona the 15th state to have approved a medical marijuana law. California was the first in 1996, and 13 other states and the District of Columbia followed.

The ballot measure on the issue, Proposition 203, won by just 4,341 votes out of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, according to final tallies announced on Saturday.

The approval came as something of a surprise. At one point on Election Day, the measure trailed by about 7,200 votes. The gap gradually narrowed until it edged ahead during counting on Friday. The final tally was 841,346 in favor and 837,005 opposed.


Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/15/us/politics/15arizona.html?_r=2

2011: Cannabis Resolutions in the New Year

By Stephanie Bishop, Hemp News Correspondent

There is a truth that must be heard! I was born in 1974, the year Nixon left office. Somewhere in my late teens, I realized my Kraft Macaroni and Cheese was toxic and the Smurfette Big Wheel, which I loved, was made by a little Kid is Asia for 2 cents a day. I don’t think they make much more 35 years later. Since then, you wouldn’t believe the amount of information I have taken in and processed. Governments are spending more money on guns, missiles and warplanes than basic services for their people. Our food is toxic on purpose. Corporations focus on the bottom line, destroying lives and entire eco-systems to see it grow. The really rich continue to violate the really poor. All of our financial systems are non-sustainable. Our air and water, the very things we need to survive are polluted. The list goes on and I haven’t scratched the surface. It’s enough to drive a person mad.

I learned to build up my filters and decipher truth from subtle lies. I joined anti war groups and attended rallies, marching with thousands of individuals dedicated to ending commodity wars fought on our dime and in our name. Eventually, I had to look for solutions or be lost in the vastness of problems humans face today. I had to focus on something with the potential to save the World. I found this solution in the Cannabis Plant.

Let’s back up a bit. At this point in my life, I had no formula of my own for defining certain ideas and character traits for myself. I listened with a mild disdain to business people justifying their bad business practices with statement like “It’s not personal, It’s just business.” I watched rich people with empty lives save for the inanimate petroleum products surrounding them tell me I should be “Locking and Loading” and “Going for the Gold”. I was stepping back and looking for true meaning, in spite of society and Webster’s twisted word combination's for what we should know today. What did sustainable business really mean? What was honorable? What character traits did I want listed on my Tombstone, Rich in Gold or Rich in Spiritual Merit?

Careful reflection and a few heated conversations at the local pub later, I figured out a base philosophy for how I would get up every day and do things in my life. This would become the common denominator I would use to clarify definitions of things I find or create in my life. No matter what, I would try my best to honor life. Now I just had to figure out what that meant.

There is a truth that must be heard! The Cannabis Plant honors life in every way, each molecule working to improve the quality of life of all natural things and beings surrounding it. It cleans the air, the soil, the human body. You can build your house with it, put it in a diesel engine and drive, replace petroleum as the base product in all plastics making them biodegradable and non-toxic, eat it, sleep on it, wear it… the list goes on and on. The plant doesn’t need toxic chemicals to grow and leaves no deadly residue on the Earth when processed. The cannabis plant does so much for the Human Race, it’s unimaginable it would be illegal to produce and use.

Every Human Being has an Endo-Cannabinoid System, built in receptors in the brain and immune system. We are wired for Cannabis. Cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years, so why are we not reversing devastating and ineffective prohibition laws and once again restoring cannabis to American society and marketplaces?

Of course there is more to business than mere selection. It’s not enough to merely choose a product that honors life. Business practices surrounding the Cannabis plant will not succeed unless they too honor the life of the people and natural things growing and producing the plant.

All of the business models we have as examples are not sustainable as they focus on the bottom line, no matter the consequences suffered to grow their profits. The markets have degraded our commodities, taking them from the land in non-sustainable ways and storing harvests, so they can produce more of a demand, reason enough to raise prices and further increase their profit margins. There is no longer room in business for practices like these. If we as business owners and medical providers do not use this opportunity to redefine business as we know it, this commodity will end up serving the greedy. What can we do? I think it’s time to define sustainable for ourselves.

I have decided my New Year’s Resolutions will be focused on creating sustainable visions personally and professionally. I will get up every day and figure out ways I can honor life, helping anyone I meet with the same basic intentions. I will be more forgiving and tolerant with those stuck in old perceptions, lost in the thinking we have to be dishonest to get ahead. We are blessed to be filled with truth and knowledge, united around the same source of light, the Cannabis Plant. May we all see an end to prohibition this year and ultimate unity! Happy 2011!


There is a truth that must be heard! HeartBrain Hemp evolved out of the need to coordinate between the best industrial hemp producer in Canada, Hemp Oil Canada, Inc., and our hemp sector clients and events in the U.S. More significantly, we feel dietary hemp is the most realistic and immediately actionable thing most people can do about surviving, restoring and sustaining at individual and social levels.


Source: http://heartbrainhemp.com/profiles/blogs/cannabis-resolutions-in-the

Canada: Industrial Hemp Production

Canada:  Industrial Hemp Production

By Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development

Canada:  Industrial Hemp Production Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. The species was banned in North America in late 1930s because its leaves and flowers contained a hallucinogenic drug known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It was banned internationally in 1961 under the United Nations’ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Hemp does suffer from the “snicker factor”, largely because of its hippy-dippy image and close association with marijuana, its conscious-altering cousin.

Effective March 12, 1998, the commercial production (including cultivation) of industrial hemp is now permitted in Canada, under licenses and authorization, issued by Health Canada. This action was prompted by several years of field research and lobbying by the agricultural and business community. Prior to 1998, there were only a handful of licenses issued to grow industrial hemp in Canada. In 1998, the first year after Health Canada opened up the licensing process, 241 licenses were issued. These licensees grew almost 2 370 hectares (5,857 acres) of hemp for industrial use. In 1999, the number of applications to grow hemp jumped dramatically to 545 with the area of hemp production increasing six-fold to nearly 14 031 hectares (34,657 acres). It looked as though the industrial hemp was well on its way to becoming the "Cinderella" crop in Canada. However, events in the summer of 1999, i.e., the demise of the perspective hemp processing company in Manitoba, changed the outlook for hemp production in Canada.

The number of licensees decreased by over 53 percent to 255 and area by almost 63 percent to 5 487 hectares (13,553 acres) in 2000. In 2001, industrial hemp acreage further decreased very dramatically to 1 316 hectares (3,250 acres). In 2002, production of industrial hemp showed an increase of 16 percent to 1 530 hectares (3,778 acres). Then in 2003, the area licensed to produce industrial hemp again increased by almost 79 percent to 2 733 hectares (6,750 acres) but this was still nowhere near the 1999 level (See Table below). It appears that interest in producing industrial hemp is again coming back. In 2004, area licensed for industrial hemp production increased by 28 percent over in 2003 to 3 531 hectares (8,721 acres).

In 2005, area licensed for hemp production in Canada increased almost three-folds to 9 725 hectares (24,021 acres). The largest increases in hemp production area were in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Area under hemp production increased to its highest level in 2006 at 19 458 hectares (48,060 acres) almost double than in 2005. Prairie Provinces again lead the country in hemp production with almost 97 percent of hemp area. Manitoba had 10 705 hectares (26,442 acres) of hemp followed by Saskatchewan at 6 025 hectares (14,882 acres) and Alberta at 2 103 hectares (5,194 acres). Area under hemp decreased by about 68 per cent in 2007, primarily due to lack of processing facilities for hemp fiber and stock. In 2008, area licensed for commercial hemp production in Canada further decreased by almost 47 percent to 3 259 hectares (8,050 acres). Total number of licenses issued by Health Canada was 85 in 2008, a significant decrease over the last few years.

In 2009, area licensed for hemp production increased by 72 percent across Canada over in 2008, i.e., from 3 259 hectares (8,050 acres) to 5 602 hectares (13,837 acres). Major increases in area were again on the Prairie Provinces lead by Manitoba (145%) and Saskatchewan (34%). Area under hemp production in Alberta increased by 200 hectares (524 acres) over in 2008. Only province to report decrease in hemp area in 2009 was Quebec from 134 hectares (331 acres) in 2008 to 92 hectares (227 acres) in 2009. In British Columbia, area for hemp production increased from five (5) hectares in 2008 to 84 hectares in 2009. Similarly, area in Ontario increased from mere eight (8) hectares in 2008 to 132 hectares in 2009. Table 1 below provides data on commercial hemp production in Alberta and Canada from 1998 to 2009. Tables 2 and 3 provide hemp production in Canada by provinces from 1998 to 2009 in hectares and acres.

In 2010, area licensed for hemp production increased by almost 94 percent across Canada over in 2009, i.e., from 5 602 hectares (13,837 acres) to 10 856 hectares (26, 815 acres). Major increases in area were again on the Prairie Provinces lead by Saskatchewan (204%) and Manitoba (156%). Area under hemp production in Alberta increased by 1 304 hectares (3,221 acres) over in 2009, an increase of almost 267 percent Similarly, area in Ontario increased from 132 hectares (325 acres) in 2009 to 372 hectares (919 acres) in 2010, an increase of about 283 percent. In Quebec, area under commercial hemp production increased more than three-fold to 321 hectares (793 acres) in 2010 over 2009. Only province to report decrease in hemp area in 2010 was British Columbia from 84 hectares (207 acres) in 2009 to 64 hectares (158 acres) in 2010. No hemp was grown in the Atlantic Provinces and Yukon Territories in2010. Table 1 below provides data on commercial hemp production in Alberta and Canada from 1998 to 2010. Tables 2 and 3 provide hemp production in Canada by provinces from 1998 to 2010 in hectares and acres.

The industrial hemp production received a lot of attention in the early years. Advocates of hemp production painted a rather rosy picture for growth potential. However, the sudden demise of Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP) Inc. of California left a large number of hemp growers in Manitoba sitting with a huge crop and nowhere to market it. This company was largely responsible for the rapid increase in acres in 1999 and the fallout in 2000. The company created a lot of interest and hype for hemp among producers, particularly in Manitoba. The CGP contracted an estimated 40 per cent of the total industrial hemp area licensed in Canada in 1999. However, the company went into receivership after failing to meet contractual obligations. This left the hemp producers with a huge surplus of hemp seed and fiber hanging over the market. This surplus was stored in warehouses and farmers’ bins, awaiting bankruptcy settlement. A considerable portion of the hemp crop did not get sold and producers had to absorb the losses. Thus, the negative events of 1999 have brought a lot of skepticism and fear for the future growth potential of hemp industry in Canada. Downturn in hemp cultivation during the last three –four years is buoyed by a steady increase in the processing of hemp, and the development of many small businesses engaged in developing new products and marketing of these products. In Alberta, work is well underway at Alberta Research Council (ARC) and Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) to evaluate hemp as a potential source of producing pulp and fiber.

Currently, there are many Canadian companies – including Hempola Valley Farms; Fresh Hemp Foods; Ruths Hemp Foods; HMF Sales and Marketing; Hemp Oil Canada; Cool Hemp; and Natures Path, etc.; working to develop and market products made from hemp seed. Many of these companies have strong regional distribution but there is no clear national leader yet. All of these companies are involved in the hemp seed market and are producing a wide range of products. These are snack foods, hemp meal and flour, edible oil, shampoo and conditioners, moisturizers, commercial oil paints, beer and aromatherapy and cosmetic products. Most of the companies are reporting good growth. Another trend worth noting is that much of the hemp food industry has switched to certified organic production because of strong demand. A few industry experts estimate that around 1/3 of Canadian hemp seed production is certified organic.

Another interesting development in 2007 was the collaboration between National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) previously called Hemptown Clothing Inc., a manufacturer of hemp clothing. NAT has been working with the NRC Institute for Biological Sciences (NRC-IBS) to commercialize NRC developed enzyme technology for processing hemp fabric (enzymes are used widely in industrial applications for everything from pulp bleaching to meat tenderizers). The technology promises dramatically improved fiber quality (softer, whiter fabric) using environmentally friendly methods.

In April 2010, the Province of Manitoba provided $500,000 to Plains Hemp Processing in support of a new, innovative project design to process hemp. This hemp processing project is a first of its kind located in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. Plains Industrial Hemp Processing currently manufactures several hemp based products such as hemp pellets, animal bedding and insulation. The newly built hemp processing plant will have the capacity to process up to 18 000 tonnes of hem per year.

On December 13, 2010, the federal government announced an injection of $728,000 to help the hemp industry increase production capacity and make new inroads into the U.S. market. “Canadian farmers and processors are finding tremendous success with hemp thanks to its many nutritional benefits and wide range of uses in pasta, salad dressings and frozen desserts,” said Minister Toews. “This Government is proud to invest in this growing industry so that farmers can continue to expand their markets and develop more products.”

The Government of Canada investment will support three groups:

A $410,000 repayable contribution through the AgriProcessing Initiative for Fresh Hemp Foods to purchase and install new dehulling, oil pressing, and packaging equipment in its new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

A $300,000 repayable contribution through the AgriProcessing Initiative for Hemp Oil Canada to purchase and install new air classification milling and cold press oil expeller technology.

A $18,625 investment through the AgriMarketing program for the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance to enhance its website, hold a strategic planning meeting of its board of directors and take the first steps toward achieving Generally Regarded as Safe status in the U.S.

In 2009, exports of hemp seed and hemp products were valued at more than $8 million, with most exports going to the U.S.


Source: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/econ9631

Global: Building with Hemp

By Paul Benhaim, Hemp News Correspondent/Hemp Building Consultant

Building with Hemp As there are so many applications for hemp and hemp products, so it is not a surprise to find that it can be used to build a house; but the question we need to answer is, is it worthwhile?

Let's look at the facts and see why the answer to this question is undeniably YES!

To begin with, hemp buildings are not a new concept - but the technology necessary is very new and constantly evolving. Although there is a 300 year old hemp-built house in Japan! Hemp building technology was originated in France where most hemp building products come from.

There are several different combination's of building materials used in hemp building:

• Hemp + Lime, Cement and minor wetting agents.

• Hemp + Lime only

• Hemp + Gypsum based binder

The Gypsum composite is the basis for hemp bricks, for building, generally the first method is the most used. The composite should be chosen to suit the climate and specific requirements of the building. Hemp houses exist from the snow of Canada down to the Australian tropics and just about everywhere along the way!

The hemp used in most of these methods is the hurd or shiv, which comprises the woody inner core of the hemp stalks. In theory this predominant part of the hemp stalk is waste. The reality is that the shiv/hurd has become a valuable resource and is in high demand for building composites. Alternative uses for this versatile fibre include absorbency products and animal bedding.

The most popular form of hemp building is based on creating a timber frame on a concrete base, the walls being filled with hemp + binder. Methods do vary depending on the type of binder and the hemp used. Obviously hemp buildings can only be built where a supply of hemp is available.

A method developed in Australia allows for the use of the whole hemp plant. The main benefit to this is that equipment used for decortication - the means of separating the hurd/shiv from the fibre - is no longer required. There are only about 6 commercial decorticators in the world, due to the relatively high startup costs. The lack of need for this offers a major advantage as it allows house builders (or small farm co-ops) to grow their own hemp for building purposes. All that is required is a chaffer or cutter to chop the whole stalk which when combined with a binder produces an infill material that has a proven track record.

Why build with hemp?

To help answer this question, we should take a quick look at the state of the current construction industry:

• 19 % of the carbon footprint left by the UK is a result of building and infrastructure.

• 40% of Australian waste is building waste.

• On average, homes now account for 27% of our families' carbon footprint.

• Buildings use 40% of total energy consumed. This is down from 68% in 2002.

• A significant 5% of the world's greenhouse gases result from cement production.

These facts do not make for good reading so let's look at what hemp properties offer the building industry:

Hemp is a Carbon Positive Resource: Carbon Positive is better than carbon neutral; hemp building is suitable carbon sequestration.

Affordable: Hemp building is very cost-effective, competitive with cheap pre-fab brick veneer.
(Work out your hemp building costs with this handy calculator which can be downloaded from: www.thehempbuilder.com)

Thermally Efficient: Hemp materials are low density and as a result offer impressive thermal insulation properties.

Resistant to Pests: Hemp is rodent resistant and an inherent property of lime/hemp building materials is termite proofing.

Fire Resistance: Fire resistance is another useful property of hemp building materials, making it a safe option in brush-fire prone places.

Impressive Strength: Hemp is very strong and flexural, so in earthquake and tornado zones, hemp building is a safe alternative. Another advantage using hemp is that less building material will be required to reach the same strength as conventional materials would - another boost to the environment and the benefit of cost-savings.

Hypo-allergenic: A hypoallergenic building material, hemp is an ideal choice for those who suffer allergies. Hemp composites form "breathable" walls; which can help to balance the temperature & humidity of rooms so there are no mould problems; mould being a problem that commonly worsens allergy symptoms. This is particularly relevant in areas that have wide ranging temperatures either from day to night, or season to season. Having "breathable" walls creates very comfortable rooms indeed!

Excellent Sound Insulation: The same properties that make hemp a great thermal insulator make it a great sound insulator/barrier too.

Render Friendly: Walls can be finished with regular building renders. Although choosing a breathable render like lime, with coloured minerals also available to mix in, ensuring the benefits of your hemp walls are enjoyed with style.

Recyclable: A hemp wall can be demolished and reused! Alternatively, this material is suitable for direct use as a fertiliser.

Healthy Home Environment: Building biologists have approved this building method and it actually increases the value of your home.

Maintain Future Property Value: Running costs are important to buyers; hemp buildings are low-cost and so retain future value.

Truly Environmentally Friendly: Contrary to many green building materials which still leave a footprint, hemp really is a sustainable and eco-friendly building method.

What will my house look like?

Of crucial importance is that hemp homes do not need to look like ‘hobbit homes’. It is possible to build most styles of house from hemp materials, see some examples pictured here in this article.

To see other examples of buildings, find out a lot more about hemp construction techniques, (including access to full construction manuals) and an opportunity to attend a workshop on hemp building; Please visit: http://www.thehempbuilder.com.

Build with hemp today for a better tomorrow!


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Bio: Paul Benhaim has been involved in the hemp building industry for over fifteen years. He started Europe’s first hemp foods company and the world’s first hemp plastics company. He is the author of seven books including “A Modern Introduction To Hemp” and “Growing Hemp For Profit”. He is the founder and chairperson of the Australian Hemp Foundation – a national body representing the hemp business in the Southern Hemisphere.


Photo Source: http://www.thehempbuilder.com

Illinois: Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers

Over the past several years, sixteen states have passed pro-hemp farming legislation, so why are Illinois lawmakers working against the farmer?

By Michael, Hemp News Correspondent

Illinois Lawmakers Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers Last month, because of years of festering propagandist lies, the Illinois House of Representatives voted against mid-west farmers and their right to grow a viable rotation crop (HB1383 - Illinois Industrial Hemp Act). The bill, which passed a House Agriculture and Conservation Committee by a vote of 11-2 earlier in the same week, would have licensed: individuals desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, possess, sell, or purchase industrial hemp or industrial hemp related products. In many cases, an alternative rotation crop, such as hemp, could possibly save the multi-generational farms from foreclosure.

"The fiber from industrial hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers known, and it is present in bundles that surround the main stem. Industrial hemp fiber applications include uses in textiles, cordage, construction materials, paper products, and bio-composite plastics," according to Donald P. Briskin, Professor of Plant Biochemistry/Physiology, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Advocacy groups, including The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) have stated, "We support revisions to the federal rules and regulations authorizing commercial production of industrial hemp."

Notably, in 2009, The National Grange voted to support hemp, stating that it "supports research, production, processing and marketing of industrial hemp as a viable agricultural activity."

Earlier this year, The National Farmers Union came out in favor of industrial hemp, which was adopted by delegates of the National Farmers Union (NFU) at its 108th annual convention in Rapid City, South Dakota. At the conclusion of their convention, the NFU issued the following statement on its new policy: "We urge the President, Attorney General, and Congress to direct the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana and adopt policy to allow American farmers to grow industrial hemp under state law without requiring DEA licenses."

Linked, is a summary of how the Illinois House voted this past March 31st on HB1383. If a no vote was cast by the representative of your district, please re-consider voting for them in the future.

Illinois: Lawmakers' Continue Reefer Madness, Punish Farmers

STATE OF ILLINOIS
NINETY-SEVENTH
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL 1383
INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACT:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/97/house/09700HB1383_0331201...


Sources: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1383&GAID=11&GA=97...

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/national-farmers-union-now-supports-indus...

http://nfu.org/about/policy

http://agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu/2001/tours/ind-hemp/index.html

Kentucky: 2011 Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith Gains Grassroots Momentum With Willie Nelson Endorsement

"Together we can restore Kentucky to prosperity." Gatewood Galbraith/Dea Riley 2011

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Kentucky: Willie Nelson Endorses 2011 Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith United we stand, divided we fall: Bluegrass State, if you are tired of all the negative political rhetoric taking place in the capitol in Frankfort between both Democrats and Republicans, vote Gatewood/Riley in 2011!

Willie Nelson, creator and spokesperson of the newly formed Tea Pot Party, officially announced the group’s first endorsement for a U.S. political race: Independent candidates Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley for Governor and Lt. Governor of Kentucky. It is a move sure to shake up the status quo and the Galbraith/Riley ticket would be a fresh beginning for a state aiming to achieve greater economic results. Currently Kentucky’s unemployment rate is at an all time high, their poverty ranking has increasing from 15.4 to 17.3 percent over the past eight years under both a Republican and Democrat administration, marking them as the fifth poorest state in our nation.

"I am a longtime friend of Gatewood Galbraith. We crossed Kentucky in a car that ran on hemp fuel one time when he ran for governor. I think the teapot party should back him this time. He is a good man and will do a good job," proclaimed Nelson.

Galbraith added, "I’m so proud to have Willie’s endorsement again. He's been a dear friend for many years. I’m equally proud to have the support of the Tea Pot Party members. We have an aroused electorate who are demonstrating their dislike of big government and our campaign in Kentucky this time is primed to succeed because of it."

"We've already received the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America," Galbraith continued. "This is the first time in their 120-year history that they've ever endorsed Independent candidates. We need 425,000 votes to win this election. We have a winning shot this time if we can raise significant money. We don't need as much as the other guys. We just need to show we are viable. Money does that."

Galbraith and Riley are asking Tea Pot Party members to contribute just $25 each to their campaign as a show of support. They believe now is the time to affect the greatest change in government.

"This endorsement marks the second major endorsement our candidacy has acquired thanks to the tireless efforts of Gatewood Galbraith. He has stood first and foremost for the rights of the people of Kentucky. I'm honored to serve to further Gatewood’s lifelong effort. We're very pleased with the ever-growing success of our campaign," said Riley.

Turning around the state’s struggling economy will be the duo’s first priority. "I think that Kentucky has suffered through these years with a lack of economic development. I think that there’s a million categories which I could utilize as an example, but good marketing, utilization of these natural resources for tourism, improvement in healthcare, staying focused on industry, and staying focused on those businesses that are already here and achieving," says Riley on the program "Issues & Answers".

It is the opinion of Hemp News that Gatewood Galbraith is a force for positive improvements in government and could change the state of Kentucky and our country with his forward-thinking ideas, positive view of life and faith in the power of people.

A Note from Gatewood: When people ask....

Kentucky: Willie Nelson Endorses 2011 Gubernatorial Candidate Gatewood Galbraith Why do you continue to run - I continue to run not just to express my own convictions but to answer the call of the people who continue to ask me to run in the hope that my election will ensure our government will again begin to work the way our founding fathers intended; to serve as a representative of the people and those laws so brilliantly laid out in order to form the most admired government in the World.

What are your chances at a win - I am in a better position now than ever before. After having run so many times, I recognize that Kentuckians now realize our Commonwealth's continued economic, social and statistical decline is directly related to the victories of my previous opponents and the continuing dysfunctional government plaguing Kentucky election after election.

What party are you - I inform them that I have stepped outside traditional political lines to run as an Independent. An Independent who will serve the agenda of the people and not get caught up in partisanship, bickering and cronyism. I will freely give credit and blame to those who deserve it most.

When I experience skepticism - I remain convinced that together we can in fact affect Real change. Change first comes in the hearts of the people, which in turn will motivate their actions. If my candidacy somehow inspires each of you then I have effected much needed change. My election will mend Kentucky's broken government so that our great Commonwealth and her great People become the example as to how it is done rather than what not to do. I have, more than any other candidate, earned the vote of the people of Kentucky. I will continue to run until Kentuckians are duly served. Together we Can and Will restore Kentucky to prosperity.

When I am told that I am ahead of my time - Well I simply respond - Now's the Time....

For more information about the campaign: Please see http://www.gatewood.com/

Gatewood & Riley 2011 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=96154786018

Tea Pot Party Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TeapotParty

Contact: Gatewood Galbraith Candidate for Governor – 859-433-3567

Dea Riley Candidate for Lt. Governor – 502-395-3159

Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQp33AU8MpU

Source: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1508062349989&set=a.1071545677345...

New York: Medical Marijuana Will Ease Suffering, Craig Burridge, 2010

By Craig M. Burridge, Times Union

There is a truth that must be heard! Albany, N.Y. -- The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York has become the latest professional health organization to endorse the medical marijuana bill under consideration in Albany.

As medical professionals who believe in palliative care, responsible oversight, and -- most important -- relieving the suffering of ill patients whenever possible, we strongly support this legislation.

It will establish a controlled and orderly system, based on established medical practice, for providing seriously ill patients with access to a medicine that has been demonstrated to relieve intractable pain and suffering.

Since 1996, 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws to allow doctors to recommend marijuana to qualified patients suffering from ailments such as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis. New York's bill is designed to include the best practices from those states, while at the same time learning from their mistakes.

Compared to other state laws, New York's bill would create a much stricter patient eligibility criteria, and more tightly regulate where the drug can be purchased.

A primary reason why pharmacists support this bill is the active oversight role it grants to the Department of Health. Patients would not be able to grow their own medicine, but rather gain access through a network of licensed pharmacies and nonprofit dispensaries approved and regulated by the Department of Health.

Craig M. Burridge is executive director of The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York.


Source: http://cannabisnews.com/news/25/thread25773.shtml

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act - Ballot Title (I- 73)

For Immediate Release:

The Office of the Secretary of State received a certified ballot title from the Attorney General on February 2, 2010, for initiative #73, proposing a statutory amendment, for the General Election of November 2, 2010.

In addition, Secretary of State Kate Brown determined that the proposed initiative petition was in compliance with the procedural requirements established in the Oregon Constitution for initiative petitions.

The certified ballot title is as follows:

Permits personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote permits state-licensed marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state stores; permits unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statues that permit regulated use of medical marijuana.

Summary: Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession and delivery are prohibited; regulated medical marijuana use permitted. Measure replaces state, local marijuana laws except medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws; distinguishes "hemp" from "marijuana"; prohibits regulation of hemp. Creates agency to license marijuana cultivation by qualified persons and to purchase entire crop. Agency sells marijuana at cost to pharmacies, medical research facilities, and to qualified adults for profit through state stores. Ninety percent of net proceeds goes to state general fund, remainder to drug education, treatment, hemp promotion. Bans sales to, possession by minors. Bans public consumption except where signs permit, minors barred. Agency to regulate use, set prices, other duties; Attorney General to defend against federal challenges/prosecution. Provides penalties. Effective January 1, 2011; other provisions.

Oregon: Marijuana Initiative for 2012 Ballot

By Susan Gager, KEZI

Oregon: Marijuana Initiative for 2012 Ballot EUGENE, Ore. -- Just months ago, a marijuana dispensary measure failed on the ballot in Oregon. Now the push is on to legalize the drug across the board.

The creator of the new initiative wants marijuana to be taxed just like cigarettes and liquor. He and its supporters say it would generate millions for the state. But does it have any chance of passing? That depends on who you ask.

"I think that it's time for the nation to take the demonization out of marijuana," said Phillip Allen, family nurse practitioner.

That's what the director of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation intends to do with a new initiative to get marijuana legalized in the state.

"It really does relieve a lot of pain and it can really help a lot of people," said Eliza Williams, student.

The executive director of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation says if it were taxed like cigarettes and liquor, it could generate millions of dollars in revenue for the state's general fund.

"Alcohol revenue brings in about $75 million. It will create lots of new jobs, and create all these new industries. We think it'll create billions and billions of dollars in the long run," said Paul Stanford, Hemp & Cannabis Foundation Executive Director.

Proponents also argue that marijuana isn't nearly as dangerous as cigarettes and alcohol.

"Right now alcohol and tobacco are legal and they've killed hundreds and thousands of people," said medical marijuana user Marcia Williams.

The change of law could put medical marijuana practitioners out of a job, but Allen supports the petition based on principal.

"We're talking about thousands and thousands of people who stand to benefit from the law change," Allen said.

But not everybody is ready for the change.

"It's really bad because I feel like people will get addicted to it. It's like cigarettes," said Thamer Alsulaiman.

"Typically people that are smoking marijuana become more apathetic and they lose their desire to get out, work and accomplish things," said Wayne Turner.

The director of the initiative is gaining support in Portland where the Hemp & Cannabis Foundation is based.

Stanford still needs 90,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, and that could mean reaching out to a more conservative population.



Source: http://kezi.com/news/local/202420

Oregon: Medical Cannabis Awards Kindle Community Determination

Talk of renewed unity within the cannabis legalization movement ignites a sense of family within the community

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent/Oregon NORML Member

Oregon: Medical Cannabis Awards Kindle Community Determination The 9th Annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards, sponsored by Oregon NORML, included a public Holiday Bazaar featuring unique items from a dozen vendors and held educational programs at the World Famous Cannabis Café located 322 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216. The Cannabis Cafe is a private club that serves Oregon Medical Marijuana Program registrants, and is not usually open to the public.

Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML, kicked off the event speaking of the need to move forward in the effort to attain freedom for everyone in 2012. She discussed the successes and shortfalls from 2010 and encouraged cannabis activists everywhere to join together and move on to the next steps toward legalization. Martinez encouraged the crowd to sign the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 petition, which would legalize cannabis in Oregon and restore industrial hemp as a viable cash crop.

Danny Danko, Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times Magazine was on-hand for a grow seminar and also showcased a book signing for his new book The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains. It was a huge success; he seemed to sell out within minutes.

Oregon NORML Attorneys Paul Loney and Leland Berger held a legal panel informing people of their rights.

The prestigious Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award was given to Dr. Eric Dover for standing his ground and fighting the Oregon Medical Board on a decision made earlier in the year. He was unable to attend the event.

Anthony Johnson of Coalition for Patients Rights spoke from the heart about his roots in the cannabis movement, the influences in his life and the positive aspects Measure 74 brought to Oregon's consciousness. While discussing his influences, Johnson gave special thanks to his wife and mother-in-law for their contributions to the cannabis legalization movement. Johnson accepted the Oregon NORML "Freedom Fighter of the Year Award" on behalf of his organization.

Sunil Aggarwal, PhD inspired the crowd by offering an overview of the corrupt pharmaceutical influence taking place within the United States and spoke of the urgency for health professionals to stand up and make a case for removal of cannabis’ classification as a Schedule I substance. Aggarwal was presented his 2009 Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award for his courage to speak out in favor of American medicine to reconsidering cannabis as a viable medicine.

J. Mack and Big Dub were the musical entertainment for the event, and kept the crowd dancing with their upbeat cannabis themed lyrics and smooth beats.

OVERALL Results:
1st Place: Shiskaberry
2nd Place: TIE - Stinky Sweet and Hash Plant
3rd Place - Perma Frost

APPEARANCE:
1st Place: TIE - Dutch Indica, Blueberry, Blackberry Kush
2nd Place: Medicine Woman
3rd Place: The Black

AROMA:
1st Place: Dutch Indica
2nd Place: Limon
3rd Place: Train Wreck

POTENCY:
1st Place: Gorgonzola
2nd Place: TIE - Perma Frost and Dogshit
3rd Place: Medicine Woman

TASTE:
1st Place: Space Cheeze
2nd Place: Limon
3rd Place: Rotten Rhino

SMOOTHNESS:
1st Place: Space Cheeze
2nd Place: Pot of Gold
3rd Place: Rotten Rhino

MEDICAL EFFECT is not given a separate ribbon, but is given double weight in the final scores.

1st Place: Shiskaberry
2nd Place: Hash Plant
3rd Place: TIE - Perma Frost and Gorgonzola


Footage: OMCA 2010
World Famous Cannabis Cafe
December 18, 2010
Website: http://ornorml.org
J. Mack and Big Dub: http://www.reverbnation.com/jmackandbigdub

Oregon: Stanford Pushes To Legalize Cannabis

By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town/Special to Hemp News

Oregon:Stanford Pushes To Legalize Cannabis If Paul Stanford has his way, cannabis will become legal in Oregon next year. The executive director of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) is working to get a measure on the ballot in 2012 to legalize marijuana in the Beaver State.

Pot should be taxed like cigarettes and alcohol to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state, according to Stanford, who said cannabis would be regulated and sold to people over the age of 21, reports Joe Raineri at KATU.

"We want to regulate it so that businesses like bars and taverns that bar the admission of minors can offer that as a business," Stanford said.

According to Stanford, legal marijuana would bring a steady flow of cash for Oregon.

"Alcohol revenues bring in about $75 million," he said. "It will create lots of new jobs. It will create all these new industries. We think it will be billions and billions of dollars in the long run."

About 90 percent of the revenue brought in by legal marijuana would go to the state's general fund.

In order to get the measure on the ballot, Stanford needs to get nearly 90,000 signatures.

Opponents of legalization seemed unable to come up with a better reason than old stereotypes like the "amotivational syndrome," which has already been disproven.

"Typically, people that are smoking marijuana become more apathetic, and they lose their desire to get out, work, and accomplish things," claimed opponent Wayne Turner, seemingly unaware of the irony of his words, given that Paul Stanford is one of the hardest working men in Oregon.


Source: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/01/stanford_pushes_to_legalize_cannabi...

United States: Drug War Now Killing More People Than Afghanistan War

By Steve Elliott, Toke of the Town/Special to Hemp News

United States: Drug War Now Killing More People Than Afghanistan War More people were killed in Drug War-related violence in Mexico last year than died in the war in Afghanistan, according to year-end reports from both countries.

In Afghanistan, about 10,000 people -- 2,043 of them civilians -- died in the fighting last year.

Although that conflict involves air power, heavy weapons, and numerous roadside bombs, it was less deadly last year than the Mexican Drug War, with a death toll estimated at around 13,000 by CNN.

In mid-December, the Mexican attorney general's office reported that 12,456 people had been killed through the end of November, reports Phillip Smith at AlterNet. With a death toll of more than 1,000 per month in 2010, a year-end figure of more than 13,000 looks to be accurate.

More than 140,000 U.S. and NATO troops are in the ninth year of a guerilla war with thousands of Taliban fighters who reap the profits of the illegal opium/heroin trade.

In Mexico, more than 50,000 federal troops are in the fourth year of a fight with the drug cartels, who all seem to also be at war with each other.


Source: http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/01/drug_war_now_killing_more_people_th...

United States: Gatewood Galbraith - Every Generation Must Re-Win Its Own Freedom

Now's the Time....Whether you support the Teapot Party, Tea Party or any other party, this candidate appeals to a wide variety of voters and is sure to stir up some governmental changes in Kentucky and across the United States.

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Washington: Seattle Hempfest 2010: Gatewood Galbraith - Every Generation Must Re-Win It's Own Freedom Gatewood Galbraith is currently campaigning for Kentucky's 2011 gubernatorial race as an Independent, free from any party affiliations, and describes himself as free from hidden agenda. Galbraith is focusing his campaign on young voters by proposing a freeze on college tuition expenditures, a $5,000 educational voucher to high school graduates for college or technical school, and legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes, which he estimates could save the state $500 million to $1 billion in medical costs each year. His pledge is to end the “synthetic subversion” in his state.

A long-time hemp proponent, Galbraith was a guest at the Seattle Hempfest 2010 festival and spoke on the main stage eulogizing his long-time friend Jack Herer. “Jack Herer is a social and philosophical tsunami,” Galbraith exclaimed, “the ripples from whose splash will forever grace the shores of human consciousness in every freedom loving nation.”

At Hempfest, Hemp News was able to have a one on one interview with Galbraith and he took the time with us to talk about personal influences in his life, role-models of substance and the character of true heroes. He preached of the need for individuals from this generation to stand up and take action on the problems of today. "Every generation must re-win its own freedoms," he proclaimed.

According to Galbraith on his website, "This election will prove to be the most historic election in Kentucky history. Kentucky can step forward by electing a leadership team that will serve our Nation as an example of how government can work for the people, by the people.”

It is this writer's belief that Galbraith is the change Kentucky, and our country, needs. He would be an intuitive Governor, helping to create thousands of jobs by implementing his forward-thinking plans. Bottom-line, he is running for the betterment of Kentucky, which has been plagued by perennial problems.

Please support Gatewood Galbraith for Governor of Kentucky. Learn more about his efforts at www.gatewood.com.

A Note from Gatewood

United States: Hemp Education Research Project

David Piller, Hemp News Correspondent

United States: Hemp Education Research Project - Hemp for Humanity A friend of mine recently put together a survey for a ethnography research methods class on the topic of creating effective hemp education and promoting hemp awareness. Below are a few of my responses.

What is your educational platform (or pro-hemp argument) that you use when doing hemp outreach?

My main "argument" is that if we are truly serious about maximizing the growth of the green economy and creating a sustainable future, industrial hemp must become, once again, one of the United States' primary crops. I stress how cultivating hemp will do more to help clean our air, soil, and water than any patented technology our scientists can offer. I include hemp nutritional benefits and communicate how making more hemp foods available to our citizens, we can improve the quality of life of many and reduce our long term health care costs.

Do you change this platform for various audiences: when and why?

Yes and no.

I think it is important to make things as simple as possible for people to grasp hemp’s true potential, and I always strive to bring it down to a healthy environment, healthy food, and healthy industries to lay a solid foundation to build a dialogue upon.

With younger people, I'll maybe emphasize the sustainability and social justice (Alex White Plume and his efforts to grow hemp on sovereign land) angles. Talk of mass movements in US History and how bringing hemp back requires the same public involvement.

With older people, I'll maybe include more details about hemp’s place in World and US History, and emphasize the importance that future generations are left with the cleanest possible air, soil, water, and food that we can pass on to them.

It just depends on the situation and the group dynamics. Hemp is such a multi-disciplinary plant, if you know what I mean, and this definitely leads to a wide variety of topics to touch upon as they relate to hemp.

What are the various tools (i.e. brochures, movies etc.) that you use when you provide hemp education?

I've used a wide variety of tools which I share with people in my educational efforts, including books, movies, videos, and brochures; links to articles, videos, and web sites; letters to representatives and editors of various newspapers; and the song I wrote, Hemp Anthem which I've played at open mics and done as spoken word at poetry slams.


Photo Source: http://votehemp.com

Source: http://hempforhumanity.blogspot.com/2011/04/hemp-education-research-proj...

United States: Lawyer and Doctor Both Sentenced to Five Years for Following California Law

In 1996, the voters of California passed Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana at the state level, so why is the Federal Government continuing the persecution of law-abiding citizens?

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Fry, Schafer and family at August 2007 demonstration (courtesy indybay.org) Sacramento, California - In a hearing set before Federal Judge Damrell, Doctor Mollie Fry, MD and her husband, Attorney Dale Schafer were ordered to surrender themselves to United States Federal Marshals on May 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM to begin their five-year minimum mandatory sentence in federal prison.

The married couple's draconian tribulations began in September of 2001, when the police raided their Sacramento home and found 34 plants. The couple thought they were on safe legal ground as they were well below the 90-plant limit established by the local city ordinance for cardholders such as themselves.

After a ten-day trial in 2007, it took a federal jury in Sacramento less than three hours to find them guilty of conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana. In this landmark case, the prosecution was allowed to add three years of cumulative plants together, totaling approximately 109 plants, thus forcing mandatory federal penalties.

Dr. Fry, recovering from a mastectomy, decided to grow her own cannabis to offset complications from chemotherapy. Schafer, suffering from hemophilia, a chronic back condition and arthritis, is under constant care and cultivated cannabis to alleviate his need for pharmaceutical alternatives.

Schafer, 57, acknowledges that he grew cannabis initially for his wife and himself, and then for some of her patients. He had intended to argue in his case that he did so at the advice of counsel after a 1999 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made "medical necessity" a possible defense for marijuana distribution. Unknown to the defense at the time, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the 9th Circuit, and Judge Frank Damrell forbade Fry and Schafer from citing their once-possibly-valid belief that "medical necessity" justified marijuana production and sales. To the defendants, it was as if California Proposition 215 did not exist.

Fred Gardner, a reporter for Counter Punch and California Cannabis Research Medical Group wrote in a 2007 article, "Their only remaining hope was that a juror might disapprove of the war on drugs and vote not to convict on principle. Everyone in the jury pool who said they'd heard of California's medical marijuana law got dismissed. Seven women and five men were seated. Two were people of color. One was a paralegal employed by a public defender's office. Opening arguments hadn't concluded before Damrell instructed the jury that any references to "medical" anything were irrelevant under federal law".

"The judge wouldn't allow any medical evidence. They wouldn't let us tell the jury I was sick, or that I was a doctor," Fry said. "They wouldn't allow that I was helping sick patients."

"Cannabis is proven medicine," Fry added. "Why would the state of California create laws based on what the people want, and then allow the federal government to override them? I had cancer; we were growing medicine. I was helping people."

Prosecuting this couple, over the past decade, has cost taxpayers an estimated one million dollars, while other programs lost their needed-funding. What makes this story heart-wrenching is that if these two compassionate individuals had happened to live 60 miles to the south, they probably would have never experienced the cruel mistreatment they are currently facing in Sacramento.

"It's a glaring misuse of our legal system against Dr. Marion "Mollie" Fry and her husband Civil Attorney Dale Schafer," according to a Toke of the Town article by Reporter Jack Rikess. This popular publication concluded, "This isn't an issue of medical marijuana or state budgets; it is a matter of common sense."

Pardon Doc Fry President Barack Obama could pardon this couple tomorrow if he wished; you can leave a message for him at (202) 456-1111.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Hemp News has made available a pre-written letter to the President, please download it and mail/email it ASAP.

http://www.hemp.org/downloads/pardon-doc-fry-letter.pdf


Related: Time 4 Hemp Interview (4-21-11) - Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Shaffer, Attorney
http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/archive/Time-4-Hemp-32k-042111.mp3

Sources: Free Doc Fry
http://freedocfry.wordpress.com

Medical Marijuana: California Dr. Molly Fry Sentenced to Five Years
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2008/mar/28/medical_marijuana_califo...

The Trial of Mollie Fry, MD - Federal Jury Convicts Pro-Cannabis Doctor
http://www.counterpunch.org/gardner09012007.html

Medical Marijuana Patients to Start 5-Year Prison Term
http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/03/medical_marijuana_patients_to_start...

Photo Source: Fry, Schafer and family at August 2007 demonstration (courtesy indybay.org)

United States: Sunil Aggarwal, PhD – Removal of Cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act

The Pharmaceuticalization of Cannabis: Rescheduling proponents suggest cannabis doesn't meet the Controlled Substances Act's extensive criteria for placement in Schedule I. The U.S. Government clings to the stance that cannabis merit’s Schedule I status.

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

United States: Sunil Aggarwal – The Pharmaceuticalization of Cannabis Sunil Aggarwal, PhD, represents a new generation of scientific-minded doctors, leaving cannabis’ negative propaganda behind and fighting for it as a valuable, medicinal plant. His credentials include the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Health Professionals for Responsible Drug Scheduling, service on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and he is a Seattle Hempfest Core Staff Member.

In these videos, Aggarwal gives a brief overview of the corrupt pharmaceutical influence taking place within the United States and the urgency for the Obama Administration to remove cannabis as a Schedule I substance so it may be allowed to enhance the lives of patients without being turned into a pharmaceutical extract, padding the pockets of corporate investors in order to satisfy their economic bottom-line.

According to their website, the group “Health Professionals for Responsible Drug Scheduling” is examining irresponsible drug scheduling that the government has continually maintained for naturally occurring drugs or substances. These schedules will be challenged on scientific and humanitarian grounds, drawing on the accumulated wealth of knowledge about these drugs and their uses gathered from all fields. Regarding the schedule designations for substances which are judged to be unscientific and unjust, an advocacy and public education for their responsible rescheduling will be undertaken. The group envisions future scenarios of health and social development that would be possible with responsible drug scheduling.

The group is open to all health professionals and health scientists, including those retired and in-training. Non-health professionals can also join as supporters. Get involved in the growing online group to bring awareness to this matter.

United States: Sunil Aggarwal – The Pharmaceuticalization of Cannabis In 2009, Aggarwal was awarded the Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award for his courage to speak out effectively and elevate the conscientiousness in American medicine to reconsider cannabis as a viable medicine for future generations to study.

Stages in rescheduling proceedings

• Filing of Petition with DEA
• Acceptance of Petition by DEA
• Initial Review by DEA
• Referral to HHS
• Scientific and Medical Evaluation by HHS
• HHS Report to DEA
• Evaluation of Additional Information by DEA
• Publication of DEA Decision
• (Judicial review by the U.S. Court of Appeals)
• (Public Hearing on Disputed Matters of Fact)

Health Professionals for Responsible Drug Scheduling:
Website: http://responsibledrugscheduling.yolasite.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Health-Professionals-for-Responsible-Drug-...

Fact: In 1988, DEA Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis L. Young declared that cannabis in its natural form is "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” It was his opinion that cannabis did not meet the legal criteria of a Schedule I prohibited drug and should be reclassified.

Related: Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis
http://www.drugscience.org

Footage: Seattle Hempfest 2010
Seattle, Washington
August 21, 2010
http://www.hempfest.org

Footage: OMCA 2010
World Famous Cannabis Cafe
December 18, 2010
http://www.ornorml.org

Washington: Hemp and Cannabis Initiative Filed

Voters in Washington State Hope to End Hemp and Cannabis Prohibition in 2011

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Washington: Hemp and Cannabis Initiative Filed Members of the organization Sensible Washington have filed their highly-anticipated hemp and cannabis initiative.

The initiative, which would remove all state criminal and civil penalties for the possession, use and sale of hemp and cannabis, was filed in the Secretary of State's office in Olympia, Washington on January 26th. The group has changed last year's initiative to reflect concerns about civil regulations of marijuana and their new initiative has language that clearly directs the State Legislature to regulate the responsible adult use of marijuana. They feel the best way to end prohibition is to simply repeal prohibition language.

Proponents argue that cannabis is safer than alcohol, and its prohibition has failed.

Polling this year affirms that they can win in Washington as soon as legalization is put to the popular vote. Washington is one of the better polling states in the country on the topic of legalizing cannabis, with 52% of the public favoring legal marijuana and only 35% opposed statewide, according to the Sensible Washington website.

An attorney for Sensible Washington added, "The group has received support from farmers around the state who are interested in growing hemp." If passed, the proposal could create tens of thousands of quality jobs within the hemp industry for job-seeking Washingtonians.

Sensible Washington's I-1068 failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for last year's ballot, largely due to a lack of funding. They claim they are better funded and better organized this year and are looking forward to giving the public an opportunity to vote on this issue in November. They already have the endorsement of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

The group needs 241,153 valid signatures by June 30 to get the measure on the statewide November ballot. "We are hoping to turn in the signatures on April 20th," said Don Skakie, Sensible Washington Coordinator on the program Cannabis Common Sense.

To view the entire text of the 2011 initiative: https://sensiblewashington.org/blog/2011-campaign/proposed-text-of-marij...

If you believe in this cause, now is the time to support it. If you are interested in participating in the effort to legalize hemp and cannabis in Washington State, please contact Sensible Washington or "like" their Facebook Page to receive the latest news and updates regarding the campaign.

Washington: Seattle Hempfest Sues City of Seattle for 2011 Permit

Seattle Hempfest Core Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! Seattle Hempfest has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court against the City of Seattle, as well as its mayor, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, director of Seattle Center, and chairperson of the Seattle Special Events Committee. The suit seeks relief under the U.S. Constitution and the Washington Constitution, and was filed in an effort to obtain a 2011 permit to produce the annual free speech rally to reform America’s laws prohibiting cannabis.

The suit asks the city to issue an appropriate permit for Seattle Hempfest in August 2011 and, if necessary, to enjoin Seattle from implementing the "West Thomas Overpass project" in such fashion as to interfere with the use of Myrtle Edwards Park in August 2011. Planned summer construction of the sky-bridge in Myrtle Edwards Park, the location of Hempfest since 1995, has displaced the mammoth event which routinely draws more than 100,000 attendees annually.

Well aware of the slow-moving nature of the Seattle Special Events permit process, Hempfest submitted its special event application earlier than ever, in early November 2010, hoping for a decision within the 60-day period set forth by law. However, after months of negotiations Hempfest organizers find themselves with neither a date or a venue for the annual summer "protestival," which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

With a little over six months to plan and produce the national cannabis reform movement's flagship event, organizers feel they are fighting for the existence of the grass roots, all volunteer effort.

"It is with heavy hearts that we take this action against the city that we love," said Hempfest’s executive director, Vivian McPeak. "We thoroughly wanted to spend the months leading up to Hempfest's 20th anniversary working on the best event ever. Without a date or a venue that is almost impossible."

Upon the suggestion of the Special Events Committee, Hempfest contacted the Seattle Center in October 2010 to see if that venue would be suitable for 2011. After a few months Seattle Center representatives decided the center could not adequately host Hempfest until 2013 because of pre-existing reservations on some facilities as well as planned Seattle Center construction.

"We are very excited about the prospect of a new foot bridge into Myrtle Edwards Park, but after initially being told by the city that the project would not impact our event, we were suddenly informed we needed to hold the event in June or take Hempfest somewhere else. We've been, and we still are looking for alternatives to Myrtle Edwards Park. However, there are few venues that are adequate and after many months of meetings we are simply running out of time. We hope we can work with the city to find a workable resolution soon and get back to producing our event," McPeak added.

Source: http://www.hempfest.org

Washington: Tacoma Hempfest 2010 Draws Awareness

By Michael Bachara, Larry L.K. Kirk and Nick Scranton, Hemp News Staff

Washington: Tacoma Hempfest 2010 Draws Awareness On Saturday, June 26, organizers from across the state celebrated the 1st Annual Tacoma Hempfest at Wright Park.

The weather was perfect for a day out as thousands converged and brought attention to the cannabis plant, as well as highlighting the injustice done to Canadian citizen Marc Emery who many feel is wrongly incarcerated in the United States for selling seeds.

"Free Marc Emery" was the chant that could be heard throughout the day in opposition to his incarceration.

Musical acts and keynote speakers such Seattle Hempfest core member Vivian McPeak also inspired the crowd with moving dedications to fallen warrior Jack Herer, by declaring, "Every generation that comes along, it becomes necessary for somebody to step forward who can articulate a message of freedom and hope and show us a pathway away from tyranny to liberty. For this generation that was Jack Herer." He went on by stating, "Jack literally gave his life to the cannabis movement; he refused to stop!"

The crowd was encouraged by Sensible Washington Coordinators to learn that the 2010 I-1068 campaign can still make the November ballot with a strong finish. "When we want to see a change in the world we have to make that change," said a Sensible Washington volunteer.

Hemp News would like to thank the organizers of this event. We look forward to the 2011 Tacoma Hempfest. It is inspiring to see that activism is alive and growing in Washington State.

Vivian McPeak Talks about Jack Herer and his Legacy - Tacoma Hempfest 2010

Tacoma Hemp Company and I-1068 Coordinators - Free Marc Emery & Sign 1068 - Tacoma Hempfest 2010

Tacoma Hemp Company Discusses Jack Herer's role in the Hemp Movement - Tacoma Hempfest 2010

Learn more about Sensible Washington: http://sensiblewashington.org

Learn more about Tacoma Hempfest: http://tacomahempfest.com

Learn more about Tacoma Hemp Company:
http://tacomahempcompany.com


Source: June 26, 2010 - Tacoma Hempfest by L.K. and Nick Scranton, Hemp News

Oregon: Sign the Cannabis Tax Act Petition

OCTA 2012 The Office of the Secretary of State received a certified ballot title from the Attorney General on February 24, 2011, for initiative petition #9, proposing a statutory amendment, for the General Election of November 6, 2012.

When it is passed, this groundbreaking legislation will: regulate the legal sale of marijuana to adults through state-licensed stores, allow adults to grow their own, license Oregon farmers to grow marijuana for state-licensed stores and allow unlicensed Oregon farmers to grow cannabis hemp for fuel, fiber and food. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 (OCTA2012) will raise an estimated $140 million a year by taxing commercial cannabis sales to adults 21 years of age and older, and save an estimated $61.5 million as law enforcement, corrections and judicial attention can focus on violent crimes and theft. We estimate this will amount to $200 million a year more funding for state government. Ninety percent of the proceeds will go into the state general fund, 7% for drug treatment programs, one percent each for drug education in public schools, and two new state commissions to promote hemp biofuel, hemp fiber and food.

The certified ballot title is as follows:

Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of a "Yes" Vote : "Yes" vote allows commercial marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state-licensed stores; allows unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statutes that permit regulated medical use of marijuana.

Summary: Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession and delivery are prohibited; regulated medical marijuana use is permitted. Measure replaces state, local marijuana laws except medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws; distinguishes "hemp" from "marijuana"; prohibits regulation of hemp. Creates commission to license marijuana cultivation by qualified persons and to purchase entire crop. Commission sells marijuana at cost to pharmacies, medical research facilities, and to qualified adults for profit through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of net goes to state general fund, remainder to drug education, treatment, hemp promotion. Bans sales to, possession by minors. Bans public consumption except where signs permit, minors barred. Commission regulates use, sets prices, other duties; Attorney General to defend against federal challenges/prosecutions. Provides penalties. Effective January 1, 2013; other provisions.

Print, Sign & Return! OCTA 2012 Single Signature Sheet Petition (PDF)

Sign Petition Single Signature Sheet Petition Instructions:

The petition linked here is ONLY a single sheet petition. Following these instructions carefully will ensure that you meet the state of Oregon's requirements, so your signatures count. If you wish to circulate a ten signature sheet petition, please fill out our volunteer form.

• Do not put anything on the petition, like a sticker or stamp of any kind or write any slogans on there, this will disqualify the entire sheet.

• DO NOT cross anything off or write over anything on the petition.

• Do not number the petition.

• Along with your signature please print your name address and date. Please use a pen.

• A person can only sign a petition once, and CANNOT sign for anyone else. For example, husbands cannot sign for their wives.

• The date you sign at the bottom must be in MM/DD/YY format, no exceptions.

You MUST be a registered Oregon voter. Register Now. Sign your full name, as you did when you registered to vote.

• You may print off sheets for your friends and family to sign, if they too are registered Oregon voters.

• You may also forward the link to friends who wish to sign the petition.

Mail Petitions to:
OCTA Campaign Headquarters
2712 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

To view the full text of the proposed legislation, OCTA 2012 Full Text (PDF)