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Canada takes action to legalize and strictly regulate cannabis

April 14, 2017

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News Release From Health Canada Proposed legislation would provide regulated and restricted access to cannabis and crack down on impaired driving April 13, 2017              Ottawa, ON                                                                  Government of Canada The current approach to cannabis does not work. It has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the […]

‘America Is Full Of Hypocrites’: Marijuana Lifer John Knock Speaks Out

February 21, 2017

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By Tess Allen  |  Feb 20, 2017 Days after John Knock learned that his application for clemency had been denied – meaning he would have to continue serving out two life sentences plus 20 years for a non-violent cannabis offense – he found himself transfixed by a story on NPR. “There was [someone on the […]

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

February 19, 2017

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Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals. Dubbed a "Walk for Life" prayer rally and endorsed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the gathering came just days after the […]

Cannabis convict Eddy Lepp free from prison

December 9, 2016

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Lepp, age 64, hailed as a “marijuana martyr” by supporters   By Lisa M. Krieger | lkrieger@bayareanewsgroup.com PUBLISHED: December 7, 2016 at 9:59 am | UPDATED: December 8, 2016 at 9:16 am     SAN FRANCISCO — Free after eight years of federal imprisonment, one of the nation’s most celebrated cannabis convicts came home to […]

Petitioning to keep Kratom OUT of the Controlled Substance Act and Schedule I – We only have until December 1st!

November 16, 2016

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Recently I published an article with information pertaining to the rescheduling of Kratom by the U.S. Government via the DEA into Schedule I Status. Fortunately the change was at least held off long enough for people to be able to make their comments on the subject. The link to REGULATIONS.GOV where the DEA/Federal Government is […]

The DEA is accepting comments on the rescheduling of Kratom into Schedule I until December 1st…The time to comment is NOW!

November 2, 2016

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Due to be published in the “Federal Register” on August 31st, 2016 is the DEA’s “Intent to reschedule” the opioids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine  These are the “ingredients” of the plant Kratom and they are placing it into schedule I using the “temporary scheduling provisions” of the Controlled Substances Act.  LINK     Speak now or […]

Every 25 seconds in the United States, someone is arrested for the simple act of possessing drugs for their personal use…

October 13, 2016

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  Summary   Neal Scott may die in prison. A 49-year-old Black man from New Orleans, Neal had cycled in and out of prison for drug possession over a number of years. He said he was never offered treatment for his drug dependence; instead, the criminal justice system gave him time behind bars and felony […]

The DEA is withdrawing a proposal to ban another plant after the Internet got really mad

October 12, 2016

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By Christopher Ingraham October 12 at 10:42 AM The Drug Enforcement Administration is reversing a widely criticized decision that would have banned the use of kratom, a plant that researchers say could help mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic. Citing the public outcry and a need to obtain more research, the DEA is withdrawing […]

Unless we tell the real truth about why folks shouldn’t support "legalization", we are as negligent as the legalization supporters…

September 25, 2016

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Kratom Advocates Sip Tea and Seethe at White House Rally Against DEA Ban

September 22, 2016

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One user plans to move to Canada. Another plans to quit. Many more don’t know what to do. By Steven Nelson | Staff Writer Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:20 p.m. Several protest attendees brought their own bottle of kratom tea Tuesday to the White House. Those who did not were offered a Solo cup. Steven […]

U.S. Attorney General Admits Marijuana Is Not a Gateway Drug

September 21, 2016

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Top federal official crushes this popular anti-legalization argument. One of the most popular arguments against the legalization of marijuana is that pot is a “gateway” drug with the potential to turn the great American populous into a nation of dope fiends. But today the country’s leading law enforcement official denounced this common misconception by admitting […]

CENSORSHIP: THE 1947 MEDICAL CANNABIS STUDY COVERUP

June 27, 2016

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By Erin Elizabeth – June 24, 2016   (Editor’s note: The Antique Cannabis Book is a free resource on the internet and houses “over  600 2,000 Pre-1937 Medical Cannabis Products Documented;—a Great Resource book for the Antique Cannabis Collector”. But don’t think of it just as a picture book, it’s also an amazing resource. It […]

After Fighting for Freedom, 76-yo Vet Sentenced to Die In Prison for Treating His Illness With Pot

April 23, 2016

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    Claire Bernish April 21, 2016 As public frustration helps sound the death knell for the drug war, its arbitrary laws and policies appear even more absurd. In the latest inexcusable enforcement of an antiquated law, 76-year-old disabled veteran Lee Carroll Brooker will live out what should be his golden years behind bars — […]

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, California Pioneers Rot in Federal Prison

April 14, 2016

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Luke Scarmazzo and Ricardo Montes opened a dispensary in Modesto. Now they’re doing 20 years in federal prison. Their families want them home. By Angela Bacca / AlterNet April 13, 2016 Behind the headlines about President Obama’s historic visit to federal prisons and highly publicized releases of non-violent drug offenders, the numbers tell a different […]

Eric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized. "From homebodies to activists – couple continues fight for medical marijuana" (in Kentucky)

April 9, 2016

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MARLA TONCRAY marla.toncray@lee.net Apr 5, 2016   ORANGEBURG — Eric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized. They have traveled across the state to speak at town hall meetings on the subject; they attended the Fancy Farm (political) Picnic in […]

Media Silent as US Announces Unprecedented Move to End Drug War

March 19, 2016

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    By Claire Bernish | The Anti Media Slipping by virtually unnoticed, the United States made a surprising move last week toward entirely ending the contentious and wholly ineffective War on Drugs. With the approach of the first Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss international drug policy in nearly 18 years, […]

Heroin killed their son, but who killed their Son?

March 6, 2016

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    Linked below is to an article I just saw on wtnh.com, a news channel out of Connecticut, which is telling the story about how an  young man surmised to an overdose of Heroin back in 2014. While I can agree that Heroin addiction is a horrible problem that has to be addressed, I […]

From Organizing America to Operation Chronic Problem, How Cannabis Prohibition Ruins Lives

February 24, 2016

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      Katree Darriel Saunders is a 30 year old mother, cannabis activist, and an active member of her community. Katree was living in Las Vegas, NV when she was arrested during a DEA sting called Operation Chronic Problem on the charges of: Conspiracy to distribute marijuana and hashish. For 10 grams of hashish […]

Ex-judge urges Obama to commute harsh sentence he was forced to give

February 12, 2016

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A former federal judge in Utah is asking President Barack Obama to commute the sentence for Weldon Angelos, a music producer who was jailed in 2004. Pictured: In this Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, members of Safer Choice stand in protest at a Denver federal courthouse, where the court was hearing an appeal of Angelos’ […]

Employers tightening drug policies since marijuana legalization

December 18, 2015

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    "There is what I consider to be a significant number of employers that are saying they wouldn’t hire an employee that uses marijuana," said Evren Esen, SHRM’s director of survey programs.   Published: Dec 15, 2015, 11:37 am By Bloomberg News With marijuana legalization spreading state-by-state and the U.S. government backing away from […]

New Hampshire Committee Approves Bill to Curb “Policing for Profit” via Asset Forfeiture, Federal Loophole Remains

November 19, 2015

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CONCORD, NH (Nov. 17) – Last week, a New Hampshire House committee passed a bill to reform and restrict civil asset forfeiture. But remaining in the bill is a loophole that would allow law enforcement to work with the feds to skirt more stringent state laws. Introduced by Rep. Dan McGuire (R-Merrimack) along with ten […]