A Victory Over Some Illegal “Drug Courier Profile” Traffic Stops in Illinois

The test should be, “Is it better than Prohibition.” Does the proposal stop the arrest of smokers and establish a legal market where consumers can obtain their marijuana?

The Supreme Court of Illinois recently handed down a decision which found that some of the drug courier profile traffic stops in their state were illegal, and agreed with the lower courts that the drugs confiscated in five cases that had been combined for the court’s consideration, should be suppressed. The case was People v. Ringland, et al.

The criminal defense attorney bringing this legal challenge was NORML Legal Committee (NLC) Life Member Stephen M. Komie from Chicago.

The somewhat unique fact in all five of these cases, which arose in 2012 and 2013, was that the drivers were all stopped and searched by a “special investigator” of the La Salle County prosecutor’s office; not by state or local police. After carefully considering the statute that establishes and defines the powers of state prosecutors, the high court found that the prosecutor did not have the legal authority to hire their own people to drive up and down the highways, making traffic stops and searching vehicles for drugs.

Congratulations to attorney Stephen Komie for ending these illegal traffic stops in Illinois with a creative legal challenge.

 

Legalization Takes the Stage in Major Congressional Race

voteWhile most political observers are keeping their eyes on the 2018 midterm elections, there are several important special elections to fill seats vacated by members of Congress who were recently appointed to positions in the Trump Administration. One of the more prominent upcoming races will decide who represents the Montana At-Large Congressional District, a position previously filled by the newly minted Interior Secretary Robert Zinke (R).

The two major party candidates, Montana folk musician Rob Quist (D) and conservative multimillionaire tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte (R), will be facing off in a special election set to be held on May 25th. This election has been drawing nationwide attention and is expected to be highly contested. Over the weekend, the pair sounded off on a variety of topics in a debate aired by MTN News. Notably, the candidates were forced to go on record with their position on marijuana law reform.

Do you support the legalization of marijuana?

Rob Quist (D): 

“I went into a dispensary because I wanted to ask the proprietor…I said you know who uses this? The people that come in here are people whose bodies are burned out by pharmaceutical drugs and this is the only relief they can get. Quite frankly, I think that the war on drugs has been an abject failure, I think there’s a pipeline of money going into these organizations that can be better spent not incarcerating people, with our whole prison for profit…There are people in jail that don’t belong in jail because of this. I think the money can be better spent for rehabilitation and treatment. I think it’s important, the majority of Americans want to see that this is legalized.

Greg Gianforte (R): 

“One of the things that really came home to me as I travelled around the state was the addiction problems we have to meth, to opiates…The result is over 3,500 kids in foster care here in the state. I believe that marijuana has medicinal benefits and we should support that, but making it available for recreational use would just add to the addiction problem and cause more problems here and I oppose it.

The candidate for the Libertarian Party, Mark Wicks, also stated he supported the legalization of marijuana.

If you live in Montana, no matter who you support, be sure to participate in our democracy and cast your ballot in this special election. You can check your voter registration and find out all other information necessary to participate from the Montana Secretary of State HERE.

Kansas City: NORML Chapter’s Decriminalization Effort Qualifies For City Ballot

chapter_spotlightPetitioners seeking to decriminalize municipal penalties specific to the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot, a representative from the Kansas City Clerk’s office confirmed today.

The proposal, spearheaded by Kansas City NORML, amends citywide penalties from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil fine, punishable by a $25 fine. Similar municipal measures are currently in place in St. Louis and in Columbia, Missouri.

Members of the city council have 60 days to either act on the measure or to place it before voters this spring in a special election.

Under state law, the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. On January 1, new sentencing provisions will take effect reclassifying the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana as a Class D misdemeanor, punishable by a fine but no jail.

NORML vs Big Alcohol and Big Pharma

Hi, I’m Rick Steves, TV travel show host and a proud member of NORML’s Board of Directors. I’ve just returned from doing a barnstorming speaking tour in both Maine and Massachusetts to help build support for their legalization initiatives. It was an exhilarating week, meeting and talking with the good folks in those states, getting lots of great press, and feeling the excitement build in advance of what we expect will be victories in both states.

I’m investing my time and money in these latest state initiatives because I’ve seen first-hand the damage done to so many good, hard-working Americans because of a marijuana arrest. And we’ve got such a powerful message to share now that we have a solid legalization track record in my home state of Washington and in Colorado and Oregon: teen use does not go up, crime does not go up, and DUIs do not go up. The only thing that goes up is tax revenue and citizens exercising their civil liberty to smoke marijuana recreationally.

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I’m doing my part to help end prohibition and all the damage it does to our society, will you stand with me in this fight?

Our political opponents and the big money special interests they represent, including both the alcohol and the pharmaceutical industries, are investing millions of dollars to stop us:

  • $3.5 million from Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson to oppose legalization in Arizona, Nevada and Massachusetts.
  • $500,000 from opioid producer Insys to fight legalization in Arizona.
  • $75,000 from the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Massachusetts to oppose legalization in Massachusetts.
  • $10,000 from the Arizona Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association to oppose legalization in Arizona.

And that’s just to name a few.

We don’t have deep pocketed special interests funding our work, but we do have something more important and powerful … YOU!

So please, match my support and make a donation to NORML today and help us ensure that we not only win these current battles, but that we continue to expand the list of legalization states all across this country in 2017 and beyond.

Together, we have the power to end marijuana prohibition once and for all.

Let’s do it. Thanks!

Donate to NORML

National NORML Board of Directors Endorses Denver Social Use Ballot Initiative 300

Legalize marijuanaMeeting at our board meeting in Boston this past Friday, held in conjunction with the Boston Freedom Rally, the national NORML board of Directors endorsed Denver Social Use Initiative 300, the Neighborhood-Supported Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program.

Under current law, marijuana can be legally smoked only in a private home, or in one of only a few marijuana-friendly hotels in the state. Most tourists and many renters have no place where they can legally consume marijuana that they legally buy in Colorado. This is not a realistic situation, and will continue to result in many people smoking in public, which is not legal in Colorado, and can result in stiff fines.

Two Competing Social Use Initiatives

There were initially two competing social use initiative being circulated in Denver. Denver NORML and Responsible Use Denver were circulating petitions for an initiative that would have allowed marijuana-only lounges and special use permits to be issued, and frankly, it was in my perspective the preferred proposal. It would have provided Amsterdam-like lounges where marijuana smokers could socialize with their marijuana smoking friends outside a private home, and it would have provided for special permits for 420 and similar events where marijuana smoking would have been legal.

And most importantly, it would not have permitted alcohol sales in the marijuana lounges, an attempt to avoid the problems often faced when alcohol drinkers imbibe too heavily, getting in fights and otherwise engendering violent and aggressive behavior. As marijuana smokers, we did not want to be blamed for these all-too-familiar alcohol-related problems.

But despite a valiant effort by Jordan Person and Judd Golden and Denver NORML supporters, the petition failed to gather a sufficient number of signatures of registered voters. It was a true grassroots effort, and Denver NORML will likely be back with another effort in the future.

Initiative 300

An industry-backed and funded effort, Initiative 300, did make the ballot with a proposal that would permit certain bars and lounges to apply for a license that would permit marijuana edibles in restricted areas, and perhaps vaporization (although city authorities have questioned whether this would be permissible under current state law). But to obtain such a license, the applicant would first have to obtain the approval of a neighborhood advisory council, a requirement that is not likely to be met by many applicants.

Nonetheless, any proposal that recognizes the need for responsible marijuana smokers to be allowed to use marijuana outside a private home is a step in the right direction, and thus this initiative, with all of its shortcomings, still deserves our support.

So all Denver marijuana smokers need to get behind this city-wide voter initiative, and let’s continue to push the envelope until we achieve a policy that treats responsible marijuana fairly in all respects, including job discrimination, child custody issues; driving under the influence of drugs, and the right to socialize with other marijuana smokers in a public setting outside the home where we are permitted to smoke marijuana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Takes Dig at Pro-Legalization Senate Candidate Dan Winslow

WinslowAt a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston this past weekend, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took a jab at pro-legalization Republican State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), who is currently vying for the Republican nomination for Senate in Massachusetts’s upcoming special election.

Addressing the crowd, Senator Warren said, “I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow’s platform. He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he’s for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned.”

According to statements received by VoteSmart, Rep. Dan Winslow’s stance on marijuana policy is as follows:

I disfavor decriminalization of marijuana because it increases demand from illicit sources. Instead, I think we need to legalize marijuana (likely starting with medicinal marijuana in view of the current federal prohibition) and then regulate it and tax it. Only be lawful production of marijuana will the cartels, crooks and drug dealers be put out of business in the US. – State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk)

Representative Winslow is currently engaged in a primary for the GOP nomination, if he were to receive it he would face either Democratic Congressmen Stephen Lynch or Edward Markey in the June 25 special election.

Reddit Cannabis Community R/Trees Celebrates 420,000 Members With NORML Fundraiser

One of the internet’s largest cannabis communities, R/Trees, is closing in on 420,000 members. To celebrate, they graciously offered to run a fundraiser to benefit National NORML’s work towards legalizing marijuana across the United States.

You can purchase one of their special edition shirts by clicking here. Proceeds go to benefit National NORML.

At 2pm EST R/Trees will also be hosting an online Q&A with NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri. Click here to tune in and submit your own questions on marijuana law reform!

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NORML would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all the good “Ents” over at R/Trees for putting this effort together. Be sure to check out their online community here.

Ann Arbor Cannabis Seminar Is Open For Enrollment

Oakland, California (PRWEB) April 5, 2009

Oaksterdam University’s first Michigan seminar is now open for enrollment. Only days after announcing the weekend package, a number of Michigonians have enrolled for the weekend seminar to be held on May 23rd and 24th at Best Western Ann Arbor Executive Plaza.

Proposal 1 passed last November making Cannabis legal for Michigan citizens with a valid doctor’s recommendation. The seminar will cover cannabis politics, legal issues and horticulture with special emphasis on the new Michigan medical marijuana laws.

The Oaksterdam University classes will teach students how to grow and distribute cannabis legally under the new law. A similar measure to Proposal 1 passed in California in 1996 and since then thousands of jobs have been created and the state now collects 100 million dollars in annual sales tax.

Oaksterdam University staff available for interviews:

Rich LeeOaksterdam University President and Politics Instructor

Chris ConradPolitics and Legal Issues Instructor

Omar Figueroa ESQ- Legal Issues Instructor

Rob Raich ESQ – Business Instructor

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact Greg Grimala.

To learn more about Oaksterdam University, log onto http://www.oaksterdam.com or http://www.michigancannabis.com.

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Greg Grimala

300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza STE 175

Oakland, CA

94612

(510) 238.9655

greg(at)odmediaco.com

http://www.oaksterdam.com

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Ann Arbor Cannabis Seminar Coming Soon

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) May 19, 2009

Proposal 1 passed last November making Cannabis legal for Michigan citizens with a valid doctor’s recommendation. The seminar will cover cannabis politics, legal issues and horticulture with special emphasis on the new Michigan medical marijuana laws.

The Oaksterdam University classes will teach students how to grow and distribute cannabis legally under the new law. A similar measure to Proposal 1 passed in California in 1996 and since then thousands of jobs have been created and the state now collects Millions dollars in annual sales tax.

Oaksterdam University staff available for interviews:

Rich LeeOaksterdam University President and Politics Instructor

Chris ConradPolitics and Legal Issues Instructor

Dale Clare – Chancellor

Rob Raich ESQ – Business Instructor

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact Greg Grimala.

To learn more about Oaksterdam University, log onto http://www.oaksterdam.com or http://www.michigancannabis.com .

OD Media

Greg Grimala

300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza STE 175

Oakland, CA

94612

(510) 238.9655

greg(at)odmediaco.com

http://www.michigancannabis.com

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Oaksterdam University Returns to Michigan September 5th – 7th Over Labor Day Weekend

Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2009

The Oaksterdam University classes will teach students how to grow and distribute cannabis legally under state law. A similar measure to Proposal 1 passed in California in 1996 and since then thousands of jobs have been created and the state now collects Millions dollars in annual sales tax.

Proposal 1 passed last November making Cannabis legal for Michigan citizens with a valid doctor’s recommendation. The classes will cover cannabis politics, legal issues and horticulture with special emphasis on the new Michigan medical marijuana laws.

Advanced classes will feature expert horticulturist Ed Rosenthal.

Learn from experts who founded the successful medical cannabis movement in California. This is the last time we’ll be flying them in to Michigan, as the local experts will be taking over moving forward.

We’re working towards a solid foundation for the Cannabis Industry to provide compassionate care to medical marijuana patients in addition to economic relief for the state of Michigan.

Classes are enrolling now. To receive your quality training in the Cannabis Industry, please call Oaksterdam University at (510) 251-1544 or visit http://www.michigancannabis.com.

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California’s 420 College is Planning to Help & Train Arizona?s Future Medical Marijuana Professionals

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2010

http://420college.biz The long fight for marijuana rights saw another victory via this past November?s mid-term ballot, as Arizona voters pulled together in support of Proposition 203. This new piece of legislation expands the legality of marijuana in the state, and opens up opportunities for the nation?s rapidly expanding Medical Marijuana industry.

As Arizonan?s usher in Prop 203, which will make available 124 dispensary licenses for the state, 420 College will be on the scene to help blaze this new trail with it?s brand of knowledge and professional expertise.

420 College is a California based Medical Marijuana Training Institute, which focuses on marijuana law, medical marijuana business, and provides an extensive discourse in general cannabis education.

With such a limited number of licenses up for grabs, time is of the essence. As a result, 420 College will be taking their show on the road to Arizona to help interested entrepreneurs get a head start on the application process, and a handle on the in and outs of this sometimes complex industry.

420 College?s track record of student success in California has been ahead of the curve, and many attendees have gone to start their own marijuana dispensaries and other related businesses. With these recent developments, the school now looks to do the same for those in Arizona.

From day one, the school has not only been educating interested individuals, it has also been providing assistance to it?s students through the many steps required to start up a medical marijuana business. 420 College?s staff includes experienced lawyers, doctors, and other marijuana professionals, which walk students through the various paperwork and permits, and provide assurance that their ventures adhere to local law.

In anticipation of the passing of Prop 203, these experts have teamed up with Arizona professionals to develop a comprehensive program for the newly legal state. 420 College will start things off with a seminar series in Tempe, Arizona on the 5th and 6th of February 2011.

Along with this type of thorough entrepreneurial and legal instruction, these seminars will also feature a discussion on the disparages between California and Arizona marijuana laws and a special cultivation workshop.

420 College?s overall objective has always been to extend education and community to those individuals interested in becoming a part of one of the nation?s fastest growing industries. As the cannabis movement spreads across the country, 420 College is making strides to stay in step and bring its expertise to wherever it?s needed.

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Seattle Times: “It’s Time For Employers To Rethink Marijuana, Drug-Testing Policies”

A majority of Americans are now demanding we reassess our cannabis policies. As I argue in The Seattle Times, this reassessment should also include amending employers’ policies that sanction workers’ off-the-job use of marijuana.

It’s time for employers to rethink marijuana, drug-testing policies
via The Seattle Times

Voters have declared that it is time to rethink our marijuana policies. It’s also time to rethink the practice of drug testing for pot.

The enactment of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana use in Washington state, is an ideal opportunity for employers to re-examine their drug-testing policies regarding employees’ off the job cannabis use. Those who consume alcohol legally and responsibly while off the job do not suffer sanctions from their employers unless their work performance is adversely affected. Employers should treat those Washingtonians who consume cannabis legally while away from the workplace similarly.

Programs that mandate the random testing of employees’ urine for alleged traces of drug residue are invasive and ineffective. They neither identify workers’ who may be impaired nor do they contribute to a safe work environment.

… A positive test result for carboxy THC, marijuana’s primary metabolite, provides little if any substantive information to employers. That is because carboxy THC, unlike most other drug metabolites, is fat-soluble and may remain detectable in urine for days, weeks or, in some rare cases, months after a person has ceased using cannabis. Most other common drug metabolites are water soluble and therefore undetectable some 24 hours or so after ingestion.

In short, a positive test result for cannabis does not provide any definitive information regarding an employee’s frequency of cannabis use, when he or she last consumed it, or whether he or she may have been under the influence of the substance at the time the drug screening was administered.

… Writing in the journal Addiction, investigators at the University of Victoria in British Columbia reviewed 20 years of published literature pertaining to the efficacy of workplace drug testing, with a special emphasis on marijuana. “[I]t is not clear that heavy cannabis users represent a meaningful job safety risk unless using before work or on the job,” they concluded. “Urinalysis testing is not recommended as a diagnostic tool to identify employees who represent a job safety risk from cannabis use.”

So why are Washington employers still engaging in it?

Read the entire text of the op/ed here.

No Accepted Medical Use? Three Perspectives on Medical Cannabis

The US government classifies marijuana—along with heroin and LSD—as a Schedule I drug, the most tightly restricted category of drugs in the United States. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs are unsafe and have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Really? As medical marijuana proponents have pointed out since the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress in 1970, cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and there has never been a reported case of a marijuana overdose. Moreover, in recent years clinical researchers around the world have demonstrated the medicinal value of cannabis. We talked to a doctor, a pharmacist, and a patient to get three firsthand perspectives on medical cannabis. Special thanks to Dr. Donald Abrams, JoAnna LaForce and Don Grubbs.Approximately 10 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. Go to reason.tv for HD, iPod and audio versions of this video and subscribe to Reason.tv’s YouTube channel to receive automatic notification when new material goes live

Listen To Voters President Obama, Not The Vice President!

According to Rolling Stone: “There are not many friends to legalization in this administration,” says Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida who served the White House as a top adviser on marijuana policy. In fact, the politician who coined the term “drug czar” – Joe Biden – continues to guide the administration’s hard-line drug policy. “The vice president has a special interest in this issue,” Sabet says. “As long as he is vice president, we’re very far off from legalization being a reality.”

Really?!

We’ve got a decidedly baby boom president and former leader of the Choom Gang as the so-called elected leader of the free world, but reform of cannabis prohibition is supposedly being held up by the World War II era-influenced, and current self-described “drug warrior” Joe Biden?

Let’s send a clear message to President Obama to sensibly pay attention to public polls and election vote totals regarding the tenor of America quickly moving away from the failed eight decade-old federal cannabis prohibition and embracing logical public policy alternatives–notably taxing and regulating cannabis products in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco products–and NOT to his stodgy, longtime prohibitionist and disconnected Vice President.**

Please sign this White House petition here.

**Joe Biden, when he was a Senator from Delaware, led the Democrats’ efforts in the 1980s to try to rebuff longtime and successful Republican efforts to paint Democrats as ‘being soft on crime and weak on drugs’ by helping to create the Office of National Drug Control Policy (AKA Drug Czar’s office) and inserting into its mission statement one of the most anti-democratic and anti-free market charters of all time in a government bureaucracy.

According to Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998: H11225:

Responsibilities. –The Director– [...]

(12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that–

is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and
has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

 

 

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