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Time 4 Hemp To Host 'Global Cannabis Summit' Each Friday In August

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Each Friday during August, "Time 4 Hemp - LIVE" will be hosting two-hour specials to produce a 10-hour Global Cannabis Summit with some of the most brilliant minds and amazing leaders of the industrial hemp and medical marijuana movement. These presentations will be broadcast live on American Freedom Radio as well as on AM/FM stations across America and the ROKU Broadcasting Network at 9-11 a.m. (PST), then made available for free download from the archives at American Freedom Radio and in iTunes.

The cannabis legalization movement, according to Time 4 Hemp host Casper Leitch, has long wanted to have Congressional or Senate hearings, as well as the chance to meet with world leaders to present:

• The rational thinking and hard data that verify prohibition as a failed policy which ruins personal lives as well as the future of the following generations;
• The most significant scientific studies pertaining to medical marijuana and the need to stop arresting sick people and those who are caring for them;
• The hard data that verify the cost of arresting people for using marijuana (as well as other items found in the black market) is something society can no longer afford;

California: DEA Agrees To Pay $4.1 Million To Student They Forgot In Cell For 5 Days

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A student at the University of California San Diego, who was forgotten and left handcuffed in a holding cell with no food or water for five days by the Drug Enforcement Administration, has settled a lawsuit for $4.1 million, according to his attorney.

No criminal charges will be brought against the officers involved in the incident, which began with a "4-20" raid at a party Chong was attending, report Dave Summers, R. Stickney and Greg Bledsoe at NBC San Diego.

"They never came back, ignored all my cries and I still don't know what happened," Chong said in May. "I'm not sure how they could forget me." Chong filed a $20 million lawsuit against the agency for leaving him with nothing to eat or drink while in handcuffs for five days.

"This was a mistake of unbelievable and unimaginable proportions," attorney Julia Yoo said on Tuesday, reports Stan Wilson at CNN.

Daniel Chong, 25, drank his own urine to survive, even trying to carve a farewell note to his mother into his arm before authorities found him severely dehydrated after locking him up in a 2012 drug raid in San Diego.

Michigan: Advocates Submitting Signatures To Decriminalize Marijuana In Three Cities

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marijuana advocates in Michigan say they're excited about getting proposals on the November ballot in Ferndale and Jackson -- and possibly in Lansing -- to make possession of cannabis no worse than getting a traffic ticket.

"I have 600 signatures here," said Andrew Cissell, 25, of Ferndale on Tuesday morning, reports Bill Laitner of the Detroit Free Press. Cissell turned in a pile of petitions at the counter of City Clerk Cherilynn Brown -- almost double the number the proposal needed to qualify for the November ballot, Brown said.

"We will check these and then present them to City Council on August 12," Brown told Cissell as a crowd of supporters looked on.

"To me, this is a no-brainer," Cissell said. "If alcohol's legal, I think marijuana should be, too."

Activists in Jackson handed in petitions for a similar proposal to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, according to Tim Beck, 61, of Detroit, chairman of the Safer Michigan Coalition.

"We have provided every signature, and our surveys show this is going to pass," Beck said. Beck, a retired CEO of an employee health insurance firm, has spent more than a decade advocating the legalization of marijuana.

Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins sneered at the efforts, calling them "a waste of time." Possession of marijuana would still be illegal, Chief Collins said, "and the law's the law."

U.S./Canada Border: Marijuana Found On Justin Bieber Tour Bus; Star Not Aboard

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the Canadian border on Sunday found marijuana on one of Justin Bieber's tour buses as it crossed into Detroit from Windsor, Canada, but the teen pop sensation wasn't on the bus at the time.

The bus was stopped as it attempted to enter the United States on the Ambassador Bridge when a police dog alerted authorities to the presence of "drugs," CBP spokesman Ken Hammond confirmed, reports Ann Zaniewski at the Detroit Free Press. Customs officers found and seized a small, personal-use amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Hammond.

The bus driver was issued a civil citation, Hammond said. The bus and its passengers were then released.

The 19-year-old singer was in another vehicle, and was able to perform later that night at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

A few months before, Bieber was in Sweden when cops discovered a small amount of marijuana and a stun gun aboard one of his tour buses.

(Photo: A.V. Club)

California: Report Says Lung Effects of Smoking Marijuana Are Much Less Than With Tobacco

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The pulmonary impact of smoking marijuana regularly is far less than that of smoking tobacco, according to a comprehensive new review of the published evidence conducted by Dr. Donald P. Tashkin, emeritus professor of medicine and medical director of the pulmonary function laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Habitual marijuana use alone doesn't appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function, according to the report, nor does it increase the risks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or either lung cancer or upper airway cancer, reports Bruce Jancin at The Oncology Report.

Smoking marijuana is, however, associated with an increase in symptoms of chronic bronchitis (due to inhaling the smoke); but these symptoms go away upon discontinuation of use, according to Dr. Tashkin (Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2013;10:239-47).

"The accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana, compared with the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco," Dr. Tashkin concluded.

Dr. Tashkin's article is "the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the subject ever published," according to an accompanying editorial by Dr. Mark A. Ware.

Kansas: At The Crossroads of 'Marijuana Trafficking'

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With marijuana laws relaxing seemingly everywhere, the blossoming domestic cannabis industry has increased the quality of pot, and not just in states where it's legal for medical or recreational purposes. Neighboring states like Kansas have become way stations for the high-grade marijuana flowing to more populated cities to the east.

In the past, reports Roxana Hegeman at The Associated Press, most of the weed seized by cops came in the form of compressed bricks, much of it from Mexico and selling for between $400 and $500 a pound.

Just a few years back, 70 percent of the marijuana seized in Wichita was compressed, according to Chris Bannister of the undercover narcotics division of the Wichita Police Department. In contrast, today about 85 percent of the marijuana seized is "medical-grade," Bannister claimed, and just 15 percent is "traditional marijuana."

"The quality is there, the demand is there, and the price reflects that," Bannister said. "And it is driving down the price of traditional pressed marijuana."

"Drugs go east; cash goes west," said Chris Joseph, a Topeka lawyer who handles drug-related traffic cases. "Really the Colorado angle is that it is just a different source, it is not so much that the amount of drugs and money on the highways has really changed."

Hawaii: Church Member Files Writ of Habeas Corpus for Jailed Cannabis Minister Roger Christie

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A member of the The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry in Hilo has filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of his pastor, Rev. Roger Christie, who has been held without bail by the federal government as a pretrial detainee for more than 3 years.

Mike Ruggles, 56, a resident of Mountain View on the Big Island, filed the petition with the United States District Court in Honolulu on July 23.

Rev. Christie was arrested by federal authorities on July 8, 2010, charged with distributing
marijuana to members of his congregation. He has been held without bail at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center for more than 36 months.

“Roger was a pillar of the community and he is sorely missed at this time,” said Ruggles. “Since Roger has been gone, meth use and violent crime have gotten worse, not better. Roger’s influence on the community was more effective than 50 cops on the street.”

Christie founded his Cannabis Ministry in the early 2000s. The Ministry operated openly on the second floor of the historic Moses building in downtown Hilo, right across from Hilo Bay.

Federal authorities conducted an extensive investigation of the Ministry beginning in 2008.

Rev. Christie will argue for his right to base his defense on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a hearing scheduled for July 29th at 10:30 a.m. and July 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Honolulu Federal Building Courtroom of U.S. District Judge Kobayashi.

“Our country was founded on religious freedom,” said Ruggles. “The government wants to shut down his religion. Whose religion is next?”

Colorado: Nine of 10 Largest Cities In State May Ban 'Legal' Marijuana Shops

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The wisdom of allowing an "opt-out" provision in marijuana legalization proposals could easily be called into question in Colorado, where it appears nine of the 10 largest cities in the state could be headed towards cannabis bans or moratoriums. Dozens of Colorado cities and counties have in recent weeks decided to ban marijuana stores, cultivation businesses and infused-products businesses.

Of the 10 largest cities in Colorado, only Denver looks likely to allow pot shops, reports John Ingold at The Denver Post. Only about 20 cities and counties statewide are likely to start accepting applications for recreational marijuana stores later this year, according to advocates.

The stores will be allowed to open as early as January 1, 2014.

Politicians in at least 56 Colorado cities and counties have already voted to ban marijuana businesses. A number of those are small towns in outlying areas, but the list also includes Colorado Springs, the second-largest city in the state. The city council there voted 5-4 to keep recreational marijuana shops out of the city.

"For us to move forward with this is not a responsible move from an economic development point of view," Councilman Merv Bennett said at a Colorado Springs City Council meeting this week. Merv didn't mention how "responsible" he thought it was to say no to all that tax money, nor did he mention how "responsible" it might be to ignore the will of the voters of Colorado Springs.

Indiana: Marijuana Legalization Ad to Air at NASCAR Brickyard 400 This Weekend

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Video on jumbotron will inform fans that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol; ad reminiscent of a beer commercial characterizes marijuana as a 'new beer' with 'no calories,' 'no hangovers,' and 'no violence' associated with its use

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

NASCAR fans attending this weekend's Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be greeted by a video ad in support of making marijuana legal for adults. The ad, produced by the Marijuana Policy Project, is scheduled to air dozens of times from Friday through Sunday on the jumbotron at the entrance of the speedway, which will be "the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing" this weekend, according to the event's website.

The ad, which is reminiscent of a beer commercial, highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol by characterizing marijuana a "new 'beer'" that is less harmful to the consumer and to society. It points out that marijuana has no calories, does not produce hangovers because it is less toxic, and does not contribute to the violent and reckless behavior frequently linked to alcohol use.

"Our goal is to make this weekend's event as educational as it will be enjoyable," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. "We simply want those adults who will be enjoying a beer or two at the race this weekend to think about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product.

California: Group Busted For Selling Marijuana Over The Internet

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A group using a little-known part of the Internet to sell California marijuana to people in at least 16 other states has been broken up by federal investigators.

Matthew Gillum, 29, of Loomis, and Jolene Chan, of Roseville, each face charges of marijuana distribution, unlawful use of the mail, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and avoiding currency reporting transaction requirements, reports Dave Marquis at News 10.

The investigation began last year when Sacramento postal inspectors found several Express Mail packages sent to the region containing large sums of money. The packages were sent to are post office boxes, and addressed to fictitious businesses with names like American Sound Concepts and Granite Cove Property Management.

A "controlled delivery" from Granite Bay to New Jersey by postal inspectors in December 2012 led to recipient who "cooperated" with law enforcement. The snitch said he'd bought the marijuana from the website Silk Road, using a fictitious name.

Minnesota: Lawsuit Says Officers Gave Occupy Protesters Marijuana As An Experiment

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Several videos taken in April 2012 of law enforcement officers interacting with Occupy Minnesota protesters at Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis have led to an officer being placed on leave, a state training program suspended, and now a federal lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.

Attorneys for Occupy Minnesota demonstrators who say police officers gave them marijuana to smoke as part of a Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) program squared off in a courtroom on Monday with lawyers for the counties and cities where the law enforcement personnel worked, reports Mark Albert at KSTP. None of the officers were charged, reported Laura Yuen atMinnesota Public Radio.

A motion to dismiss was argued by attorneys for 26 police officers in 18 agencies. The state has been dismissed from the lawsuit for now, even though the DRE was set up, run, and supervised by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The counties' attorney, Jason Hively, told Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel during the 65-minute hearing that the 13-page complaint alleging constitutional violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments should be dismissed because the participants volunteered and were not forced to take part.

"They all knew that they were using marijuana," Hively claimed. "There was no experiment here ... They knew exactly what they were getting into."

Louisiana: Sheriff Finds 20,000 Marijuana Plants In Vernon Parish

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana recently found two marijuana cultivation operations, seizing almost 20,000 plants they claimed were worth more than $30,000, according to a press release from the office.

The first grow op was found on June 14, and narcotics agents with the sheriff's office pulled up more than 6,800 plants, which they claimed were worth more than $10,000, reports The Town Talk.

The second discovery was about five miles away, and, according to the release, was found by the Sheriff's Office narcotics task force, Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana National Guard.

To find these supposedly "dangerous" marijuana plants, law enforcement used expensive, high-tech equipment including "aviation assets." The pilots flew from two miles away and guided snipers from the Louisiana State Police into position using real-time video imagery and radio communication (remember, taxpayers: you are paying for all of this stupidity).

"We provided aircraft at night with an IR (infrared) camera to see how many people were working in the plot," bragged Lt. Col. Dallas Jones, deputy counterdrug coordinator. "This is the largest find the LANG [Louisiana National Guard] Counterdrug has ever assisted in.

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Arizona: Man Driving Car With 220 Pounds of Marijuana Had Been Deported 11 Times

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A man accused of driving a car carrying 220 pounds of marijuana had already been deported to Mexico 11 times, according to law enforcement authorities along the Arizona border.

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Jupa-Fino was arrested on Tuesday after he ran from a car when a deputy pulled him over on Interstate 8, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, reports the Associated Press.

The sheriff's office said it later learned from federal authorities that Jupa-Fino had been deported 11 times during the past three years for entering the U.S. illegally.

He's currently in jail in Florence, Arizona, on charges of possession and transportation of marijuana.

A second man who was a passenger in the vehicle was also arrested on marijuana charges.

Louisiana: Mother Arrested After 14-Month-Old Tests Positive For Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Louisiana mother is facing charges after her 14-month-old baby tested positive for marijuana, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

Jaranique Goins, 21, said the baby boy "may have eaten remains of pot cigarettes she threw in the back yard after smoking," said Sheriff James Pohlmann, reports WWL TV.

Deputies were called after Goins and her mother brought the baby to St. Bernard Hospital early Friday morning. Goins told doctors the 14-month-old boy had been unresponsive while in his bed.

The baby was in good condition, but tests showed he had marijuana in his system. The child has already been released from the hospital, according to Pohlmann.

To anyone who knows very much about cannabis, it's no surprise that the baby was unharmed. The body's natural endocannabinoids are vital for health, and in fact are present in mothers' breast milk, where they serve as an appetite stimulant, among other important functions.

The mother told deputies she had smoked marijuana and had thrown the roaches in her back yard, according to Pohlmann. Goins said she believes the boy may have eaten one of the joint butts, since he plays outside in the yard.

"This was irresponsible behavior on her part, but fortunately the child has been checked out at Children's Hospital and was later released," Pohlmann said.

New Jersey: Guy With Marijuana Butt-Dials Cops By Accident; Talks About His Weed

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

On July 5, police got a call from a cell phone in Florham Park, New Jersey. The accidental caller could be heard in the background, discussing marijuana, according to the cops.

Officers Brian Mensing and Kevin Langereis responded to the address, knocked on a door and heard a man say "the cops are here," according to a Louis C. Hochman at NJ.com.

They then saw a man later identified as Andrew Macfarlane, 22, pick up some items off a table and walk towards the rear of the home, officers said.

They kept knocking on the door, and Macfarlane finally answered it, letting them come in, according to the cops.

Macfarlane told the officers he had "butt dialed" 911 by mistake, police said.

The cops saw what they claimed looked like "marijuana residue" on the table; they investigated further and found the items Macfarlane had just removed from the table: A small bag of suspected marijuana, a cannabis grinder, and a pipe, according to officers.

Macfarlane was arrested, taken to the police station, and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the police.

Netherlands: Report Finds Separating Marijuana and Hard Drugs Decreased Problem Drug Users

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new report published by the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program shows the benefits of the Netherlands' approach of "tolerance" when it comes to drugs.

Coffee Shops and Compromise: Separated Illicit Drug Markets in the Netherlands tells the history of the Dutch approach, and describes the ongoing success of the country's drug policy. This includes the separation of the more popular marijuana market from hard drug dealers.

In the Netherlands, only 14 percent of cannabis users say they can get other drugs from their sources for marijuana. By contrast, in Sweden, for example, 52 percent of cannabis users report that other drugs are available from marijuana dealers.

"Governments are looking to reform their drug policies in order to maximize resources, promote health and security while protecting people from damaging and unwanted arrests," said Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program. "The Netherlands has been a leader in this respect.

"As other countries and local jurisdictions consider reforming their laws, it's possible that the Netherlands' past offers a guide for the future," Malinowska-Sempruch said.

Mexico: Marines Capture Head of Zetas Drug Cartel; Will Do Little To Stem Supply

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Mexican Marines announced late on Monday that they have captured Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, 40, also known as "Z-40," the head of the infamous Zetas drug cartel, known as the most violent crime organization in Mexico.

In recent years, the Zetas have been blamed for tens of thousands of gruesome deaths south of the border, and untold atrocities in the United States. The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for Treviño Morales, reports CBS News.

Officials claimed no shots were fired and three men were arrested, with $2 million in U.S. cash and multiple guns seized. One of the other two men was in charge of finances and the other was a bodyguard, according to Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez, Mexico's assistant secretary of media and security.

Sanchez Hernandez did not answer when asked what role the United States played in the capture, which took place in Anahuac, Mexico. Treviño Morales' truck was halted by a Marine helicopter gunship.

The Zetas cartel is notorious for civilian killings and beheadings. Its leaders ordered the killing of 72 undocumented immigrants in 2010 in what is known as the San Fernando Massacre. In May, the Mexican Army said the Zetas cartel left 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square.

Alabama: Woman Arrested, Kids Taken After Cops Smell Marijuana At Her House

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Alabama woman faces child endangerment after police said she exposed her three children to pot, according to the Dothan Police Department.

Police officers claimed they found a cigar filled with what they believed to be marijuana in the woman's home after noticing the odor of cannabis.

Shameka Nichole Sewell, 25, of East Burdeshaw Street, Dothan, was charged with three counts of "chemical endangerment of a child." Her bond totals $45,000.

Her three children, between the ages of 10 months and seven years old, were in the home at the time. A case worker with the Department of Human Resources was notified and the children were turned over to a relative prior to Sewell being taken into custody.

Germany: Group Plants Marijuana All Over City To Protest Pot Laws

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Göttingen, Germany, is overflowing with cannabis. From parks to planter boxes to gardens, and even at the police station, marijuana is growing.

The pot was planted early last month by activists to protest marijuana's illegal status, reports Stephen Adkins at University Herald.

A shadowy group known as "A Few Autonomous Flower Children," in a letter, claimed responsibility for planting the seeds across town.

"We can't set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it's absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it," the group said in the letter.

The group questioned Germany's strict marijuana laws, because citizens are allowed to buy alcohol and tobacco, but not cannabis. Calling their actions a "sign against the demonization of cannabis," the group said the plants growing throughout the city were of a low-THC variety.

The youth wing of the Green Party, known as the Green Youth, is also taking part in the pro-pot protest.

"The legalization of hemp is a matter of interest for us," a spokesman for Green Youth said. "A similar pot-planting protest took place last year in Göttingen, but on a much smaller scale. Now the plants are spread out across the whole city."

Police officials are busily uprooting the plants all over Göttingen; they've also launched an investigation for violation of Germany's drug laws.

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