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Free Medical Marijuana Laws Training

Sensible Colorado is holding this training to discuss the new state laws and their effect on medical marijuana patients. Learn about SB 109 -- the "Doctor/Patient Relationship Bill" -- and HB 1284 -- the "Dispensary Bill" -- and what they mean for Colorado's 50,000+ medical patients. No RSVP necessary at these free events, however please consider donating to support our work on behalf of patients. Also please mark your calendar for a medical marijuana leader and activist "Stakeholder meeting" on May 30 in Denver. Join nationally recognized expert Steph Sherer (ASA) and Sensible Colorado staff in developing a grassroots plan to ensure safe access in Colorado. More details to follow soon. Sensible Colorado would like to thank out project partners, thekindroom.org and marijuanapatientadvocates.com for helping to secure space for these events. For more information, see http://sensiblecolorado.org/.
Date: 
Tue, 05/18/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
685 North Murray Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80915-3405
United States

Free Medical Marijuana Laws Training

Sensible Colorado is holding this training to discuss the new state laws and their effect on medical marijuana patients. Learn about SB 109 -- the "Doctor/Patient Relationship Bill" -- and HB 1284 -- the "Dispensary Bill" -- and what they mean for Colorado's 50,000+ medical patients. No RSVP necessary at these free events, however please consider donating to support our work on behalf of patients. Also please mark your calendar for a medical marijuana leader and activist "Stakeholder meeting" on May 30 in Denver. Join nationally recognized expert Steph Sherer (ASA) and Sensible Colorado staff in developing a grassroots plan to ensure safe access in Colorado. More details to follow soon. Sensible Colorado would like to thank out project partners, thekindroom.org and marijuanapatientadvocates.com for helping to secure space for these events. For more information, see http://sensiblecolorado.org/.
Date: 
Mon, 05/17/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
1881 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
United States

DEA Accidentally Argues for Marijuana Legalization

Our friends at LEAP noticed this remarkable DEA testimony at a Senate hearing:

Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana abused in the United States. In fact, according to a 2008 inter-agency report, marijuana is the top revenue generator for Mexican DTOs—a cash crop that finances corruption and the carnage of violence year after year. The profits derived from marijuana trafficking—an industry with minimal overhead costs, controlled entirely by the traffickers—are used not only to finance other drug enterprises by Mexico’s poly-drug cartels, but also to pay recurring “business” expenses, purchase weapons, and bribe corrupt officials.

What a mess. Who'd have guessed that a drug known for producing feeling of pleasant relaxation would end up financing massive international networks of murderous gangsters.

Well, let's get one thing straight: this isn't happening because the Mexican drug lords grow the best weed. In fact, their product utterly sucks and they wouldn't be able to sell a single dime-bag of their seedy bloodstained schwag if it weren't for American law enforcement destroying as much domestic cannabis as possible.

It really is that simple. Every plant we uproot, every stash we "take off the streets," every cent we spend in our mindless war on marijuana is another dollar poured into the pockets of the pot mafia. They get to sell this stuff only because we help them dominate the market, and if we let responsible Americans do it instead, the cartels' marijuana profits would shrink to zero by the end of the next harvest season.

If you don't believe me, just give us one year to prove you wrong.

Maine Medical Cannabis Conference featuring Montel Williams

In November 2009 a citizen’s initiative, the Maine Medical Marijuana Act, was passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters. This new law expanded and improved Maine’s existing Medical Marijuana law which had been in put in place by Maine voters in 1999. Because of this new law, for the first time Mainers with debilitating and chronic medical conditions will have a number of safe and convenient options to access medical marijuana. But what does the new law mean for Maine? What does it mean for patients, or potential caregivers? Potential dispensary operators? Whether you are a member of the law enforcement community, a doctor or health care professional, or a municipal official concerned about regulating dispensaries you will find answers at Maine Medical Cannabis Conference. Join us June 5th at the University of Southern Maine as experts from Maine and across the country discuss the facts about medical marijuana and Maine’s new law. For more information, and to register, please see: http://www.mainemedicalcannabisconference.com/.
Date: 
Sat, 06/05/2010 - 8:30pm
Location: 
88 Bedford Street University of Southern Maine Portland Campus
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.: Agenda for May 11, 2010



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda
Lawrence Twp. Library (Mercer County) Room #3
Tuesday, May 11, 2010; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM


7:00 PM:  Call meeting to order.   Approve April 2010 minutes.  Discuss:

The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act is scheduled to take effect in July 2010.  Emergency regulations were due in April 2010--CMMNJ's response to delays?  NJ DHSS posted info at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/med_marijuana.shtml  Patient advisory groups are forming to add qualifying conditions to the law.  ATC Advisory Board also formed.

John Wilson's bail hearing was 4/27/10; released from prison on 4/29 pending appeal.

Recent events:  Sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, 4/15--17/10 in Warwick, RI.   4/20 event:  PhillyNORML fundraiser.  Jersey City Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meeting on 4/23/10.  MS Patient Support Group at Morris Hall, Lawrence Twp., NJ on 4/25/10.  May 1, 2010 Worldwide Marijuana Marches—CMMNJ in Philadelphia and New Brunswick, NJ.  

Upcoming CMMNJ events:
Medical Marijuana Info Seminar on 5/12/10 @ 5PM at Bayada Nurses of Morristown, NJ, 40 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ, 973-538-3000; MS Patient Support Group at Contra State Hospital 5/17/10 at 1PM; Medical Marijuana Breakfast 6/3/10 @ 8:30 AM at New Jersey State Nurses Assn. Headquarters, Trenton, NJ.  Gay Pride Parade 6/6/10, Asbury Park, NJ.  Balloon Festival, 7/23, 24 & 25.  NJ League of Municipalities, November 15-18, 2010.  

Treasury report: Checking: $2,789.02; PayPal: $2,363.85.  IRS Form 990-N e-filed 4/13/10.  100 copies of "Cannabis Yields" bought for $265.  Tax-deductible donations to CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity may be made through Paypal on our web site, or send checks made out to "CMMNJ" to the address below.  Get a free t-shirt for a donation above $15—specify size.
    
CMMNJ's scheduled meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at the Lawrence Twp. Library from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  All are welcome.  Snacks are served.  The library is at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.   (Meeting at the library does not imply their endorsement of our issue.)  For more info, contact:

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618    
(609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com www.cmmnj.org
Location: 
Lawrenceville, NJ
United States

Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. Meeting

We hope you will join us! All are welcome. Snacks are served. The meeting will be called to order at 7:00 p.m., and we will discuss: The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act is scheduled to take effect in July 2010. Emergency regulations were due in April 2010--CMMNJ's response to delays? NJ DHSS posted info at: http://www.state.nj.us/health/med_marijuana.shtml Patient advisory groups are forming to add qualifying conditions to the law. ATC Advisory Board also formed. John Wilson's bail hearing was 4/27/10; released from prison on 4/29 pending appeal. Recent events: Sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, 4/15--17/10 in Warwick, RI. 4/20 event: PhillyNORML fundraiser. Jersey City Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meeting on 4/23/10. MS Patient Support Group at Morris Hall, Lawrence Twp., NJ on 4/25/10. May 1, 2010 Worldwide Marijuana Marches—CMMNJ in Philadelphia and New Brunswick, NJ. Upcoming CMMNJ events: Medical Marijuana Info Seminar on 5/12/10 @ 5PM at Bayada Nurses of Morristown, NJ, 40 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ, 973-538-3000; MS Patient Support Group at Contra State Hospital 5/17/10 at 1PM; Medical Marijuana Breakfast 6/3/10 @ 8:30 AM at New Jersey State Nurses Assn. Headquarters, Trenton, NJ. Gay Pride Parade 6/6/10, Asbury Park, NJ. Balloon Festival, 7/23, 24 & 25. NJ League of Municipalities, November 15-18, 2010. Treasury report: Checking: $2,789.02; PayPal: $2,363.85. IRS Form 990-N e-filed 4/13/10. 100 copies of "Cannabis Yields" bought for $265. Tax-deductible donations to CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity may be made through Paypal on our web site, or send checks made out to "CMMNJ" to the address below. Get a free t-shirt for a donation above $15—specify size. CMMNJ's scheduled meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at the Lawrence Twp. Library from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. All are welcome. Snacks are served. The library is at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246. (Meeting at the library does not imply their endorsement of our issue.) For more info, contact: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com www.cmmnj.org
Date: 
Tue, 05/11/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
United States

Marc Emery Will Be Extradited; Headed for Five Years in America's Gulag

As the Canada Press reports:
Marc Emery's lawyer says the self-described “Prince of Pot” has been ordered extradited to the United States. Kirk Tousaw says he received word from the federal justice department shortly after the long time marijuana advocate turned himself into custody today that the minister has decided to sign off on his extradition. Mr. Emery has been out on bail since last fall, when he was released from custody as the minister made the final decision in his case. He made a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors last year, agreeing to plead guilty in connection to his Vancouver-based seed-selling business in return for a sentence of five years in prison. It's not clear when Mr. Emery will be sent to the U.S., but Mr. Tousaw says he expects it will happen within the week.
Emery turned himself in this morning. This was the day Justice Minister Rob Nicholson had to decide whether to okay the extradition, deny it, or postpone a decision. Emery spoke briefly before vanishing into the gulag:
“I think of myself as a great Canadian – I've worked my whole life for individual freedom in this country, I've never asked for anything in return,” Mr. Emery told reporters outside B.C. Supreme Court in downtown Vancouver, with his wife by his side and a throng of supporters carrying “Free Marc” signs. “And now I will be possibly handed over to the United States for a five-year sentence for the so-called crime of selling seeds from my desk. I'm proud of what I've done, and I have no regrets.”
Well, I, for one, can rest easier tonight knowing this dangerous criminal is behind bars.
Location: 
Vancouver, BC
Canada

ASA Fighting for Patients in Washington, DC

 

Dear friends,

Help us improve the new DC regulations to protect patients' rights.

The District Council approved a landmark ordinance regulating medical cannabis dispensaries this week, but there is still important work to be done to ensure the new regulations work for patients in Washington, DC. There is only a short time to influence Mayor Fenty and the Department of Health to improve this ordinance. Can you make a contribution today, so that ASA can keep fighting for safe access in Washington, DC?

Voters approved Initiative 59 legalizing medical cannabis in 1998, but Congress blocked its implementation until December of last year. Since then, ASA has been talking with District Council members about regulations to protect safe access and patients' rights. We succeeded in improving early drafts of the ordinance. However, we must still persuade the Mayor to increase the amount of cannabis patients can acquire from the five authorized dispensaries. We must also keep working to authorize personal cultivation by individual patients and protect them from discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas.

ASA has the only office in Washington, DC, dedicated exclusively to medical cannabis patients, and our staff in DC has been hard at work making sure that there is real access in our Nation's Capitol. The final regulations must be approved by the US Congress, and we will use this ordinance as a chance to talk to federal lawmakers about a national strategy to provide medical cannabis to every American who needs it.

ASA is committed to championing regulations that serve the interests of patients first. That is why we are determined to keep pushing for improvements in the new ordinance in Washington, DC - just like we are doing in cities nationwide. We need your help to bring the patients' voices to the table in these debates… and we need it now!

Thank you for helping!

Steph Sherer
Executive Director

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Europe: European Court of Justice Hears Case That Could Ban Foreigners from Dutch Cannabis Cafes

Late last month, the European Court of Justice heard arguments in a case that could open the door to all but Dutch citizens being banned from the country's famous cannabis cafes. The case, Josemans v. Maastricht, pits a Dutch border town coffee shop owner against his municipal government, and behind it, the Dutch government and the governments of Belgium, France, and Germany.

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downstairs of a coffee shop, Maastricht (courtesy Wikimedia)
The case dates back to 2006, when Maastricht, right on the Belgian border and only a half hour from Germany, passed a municipal ordinance prohibiting foreigners from entering coffee shops. Shortly after that, police found two foreigners in the Easy Going coffee shop owned by Marc Joseman, who is also the leader of a regional association of coffee shop owners. That allowed the city to bring a test case, and the ordinance has not been applied pending the result of the case.

The case pits Dutch drug policy, which tolerates the sale of marijuana through the coffee shops, but in which some now wish to incorporate a limiting of "drug tourism," against the European Union's laws governing free trade on the continent. The EU guarantees a free, unified market of goods and services among its members. The question now before the court is whether that should apply to Holland's tolerated-but-not-officially-legal coffee shop industry.

Joseman's lawyer, Andre Beckers, argued that marijuana is an economic commodity like any other and should be treated as such. But Sander Lely, representing the city of Maastricht argued that marijuana is "contraband" and cannot be covered by regulations governing licit commodities.

The Dutch and Belgian governments supported that argument, saying barring foreigners from the coffee shops was important for maintaining public order in the EU. The Belgian representative asked the court to consider the "nuisance" of French pot smokers driving through Belgium, drug smuggling, and coffee shop visitors driving back home while high.

But European Commission representative Hubert van Vliet warned of possible consequences if the court found that the coffee shops were not subject to EU laws. "Everything pertaining to coffee shops would then be exempt," he argued. "What will that mean for the border workers employed there? The free flow of capital would also be affected, which means only Dutch nationals would be allowed to own coffee shops."

Van Vliet also referred to an earlier ruling by the court in a case involving Polish prostitutes in Holland in which the court held that a member state could not let its own residents conduct a business while blocking other EU nationals from doing the same. And he asked why less onerous measures had not been tried. "The European Commission does not oppose a test case in itself," he said. "But why haven't less far-reaching measures been tried first, such as a customer-card system, reducing the maximum amount available to single customers (from 5 to 3 grams for instance) or requiring customers to consume purchased wares on the spot?"

There is no firm date for a ruling, but the court said it would move swiftly. Once the European Court of Justice makes its decision, the case will move back to the Dutch courts, where the Council of State is expected to rule before year's end. Until then, new measures aimed at keeping non-Dutch out of coffee shops are on hold.

Marijuana: Weed War Breaks Out Among Philly Politicos

We recently reported on the move by new Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to treat marijuana possession cases more leniently. That didn't sit well with his predecessor, hard-line prosecutor Lynne Abraham, who used a US Senate committee hearing Monday to attack Williams for the move, which was also supported by two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices. The Williams camp has responded in kind.

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Independence Hall, Philadelphia
"Local gangs and marijuana growers everywhere are positively overjoyed" at the new policy, Abraham claimed. "'Welcome to Philadelphia, Light Up a Joint' may just be our new slogan."

The new policy, under which people caught with small amounts of marijuana would be charged with summary offenses instead of misdemeanors, would give a break to serious criminals, she argued. "They are the same criminals who ruin the city's neighborhoods by aggressive, destructive conduct, engage in shoot-outs, commit violent crimes to support their habits, and they intimidate or kill witnesses," Abraham said.

"These people arrested for 20 to 30 grams of pot are not first-time offenders for the most part," she said. "They frequently are the repeat offenders who have committed untold numbers of crimes and have been arrested dozens of times."

But Abraham wasn't done yet. "The marijuana market is into the billions. Now we are going to encourage its growth," she continued. "Just think of all those Customs officers on the US-Mexico border trying to stem the tide of marijuana mules, who now will be welcomed to bring their product into Philadelphia. The drug cartels who import pot from Mexico are thrilled," she asserted.

"Hyperbole," is how Williams' top aide, First Deputy District Attorney Joseph McGettigan described Abraham's assault. Abraham misrepresented the policy shift and provided a distorted description of those arrested in minor pot busts, he said. "I would see no evidence that the de minimus users of marijuana are significant contributors to this supposed Wild West violence," he said.

Chris Goldstein, a leader of Philadelphia NORML who lobbied city officials for the change, said he was "stunned" by Abraham's remarks. "This is a joke," he said. "It's like a fusillade of falsehoods here." Most pot is domestically grown, he said, and most smokers posed no threat to anyone. "This is a false characterization of the marijuana users of Philadelphia," Goldstein said. "The vast majority of the marijuana smokers are law-abiding citizens who are working every day to contribute to this city."

Feuding between the current and former district attorneys has gone on since 2005, when Williams highlighted a low conviction rate under Abraham when he sought to unseat her in the Democratic primary. Abraham beat back that challenge, but decided not to run for reelection last year. Since taking office, Williams has shaken up the department and taken other steps that implicitly criticize Abraham's tenure.

While Abraham is squawking about Williams' minor reform, Philadelphia lags behind dozens of cities that have passed "lowest law enforcement priority" initiatives and the 13 states that have already decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot.

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