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Vaporized marijuana may be easier on the lungs

Location: 
United States
Publication/Source: 
Scientific American (NY)
URL: 
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?alias=vaporized-marijuana-may-b&chanId=sa003&modsrc=reuters

Ill Canadians rally for improvements to medical marijuana program

Location: 
Halifax, NS
Canada
Publication/Source: 
Nova News Now (Canada)
URL: 
http://www.novanewsnow.com/article-101393-Ill-Canadians-rally-for-improvements-to-medical-marijuana-program.html

Medical Marijuana: By a Veto-Proof Margin, Rhode Island Legislature Passes Bill to Keep It

The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to make the state's marijuana law permanent, and the state Senate followed right behind Thursday. The vote was 50-12 in the House and 28-5 in the Senate.

The votes set the scene for an expected veto by Gov. Donald Carcieri (R), who has indicated he will do just that. But the margin of victory in both chambers appears sufficient to easily overcome any veto. That would ensure that the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which was passed last year with a one-year sunset provision, becomes a permanent part of Rhode Island law.

"The medical marijuana law has made life better and safer for me and over 250 other patients," said Rhonda O'Donnell, a registered nurse from Rockville, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. "Patients deserve permanent protection, and I still hope the governor will change his mind and sign it. A veto would be nothing less than an attack on the sick and suffering," she added in a Marijuana Policy Project press release.

"The science supporting medical marijuana is now beyond doubt, and Rhode Island's experience with this law has been completely positive," said Ray Warren, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. "The only controversy seems to be in the governor's mind, but strong support from the public and the medical community overcame his veto once, and if necessary, will do so again."

Gov. Carcieri vetoed the 2006 bill, but was overridden by the legislature. Look for history to repeat itself soon and for Rhode Island to become a permanent medical marijuana state, joining Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Letter from Virginia Resner (President of Green Aid) about Ed Rosenthal: Count Down to Trial

Dear Friends: At the last two hearings, on April 13 and 20, Judge Breyer urged the prosecutor to drop Ed Rosenthal's case. The judge was trying to prevent the feds from marching straight ahead into a quagmire, just like in Iraq. Using the same wisdom they have shown on other issues, they decided to forge ahead. Trial begins in two weeks. We need to raise $100,000. We are asking for your help because Ed's case will change marijuana policy for all of us. This is a totally political case: what's on trial is the future of medical marijuana. The court has already agreed that Ed cannot receive any more time, since he has already served his sentence. Federal prosecutors are hoping to use this trial to close all the dispensaries in California. If Ed wins acquittal, it can change their misguided policies. We need your help right now to send a message to Washington. Ed is being defended by a dynamic team of attorneys mentored by Tony Serra, who share his disdain for these cruel and unjust policies. Even though they are working at a reduced rate, funds are still needed for courtroom transcripts, expert witnesses, investigators and all the other resources necessary to explain the whole truth to the jury. The publicity campaign is also expensive but necessary to educate the media and the public about what's really at stake. Ed's case has already backfired on the government. During the first trial, public interest in medicinal marijuana skyrocketed. The media was extremely favorable and supportive. It was a huge victory for patients, providers, and the drug policy reform movement. Keith Stroup, founder of NORML said, "The world changes when people like Ed Rosenthal stand up and fight back." Why? Because this is not a criminal case, it's a political one. Ed's already served his sentence. With this in mind, the trial is a farce similar to that of the Chicago Seven or the Scopes Monkey Trial. The Chicago Seven changed how people viewed Vietnam-era protestors. The Scopes Monkey Trial changed how people viewed the teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution, in a courtroom battle that pitted science against myth and superstition. That's exactly what we want to accomplish when Ed goes to court May 14 -- show that the government's position on medical marijuana not only lacks any medical or scientific credibility, it hurts people. This trial will convince more people that the government is spending billions of dollars to maintain a policy that is out-of-touch, cruel and has no rational basis. At the same time we are protecting the democratic process in the 12 states that have made the compassionate decision to allow medical marijuana. We've all wanted to change the laws for a long time. By making a generous contribution to Green Aid today, your funds will go directly to this upcoming trial. Raise some funds for Ed, and he'll make sure the public takes notice. Make a donation now at http://www.green-aid.com or you can send a check to Postal Mail Box #172, 484 Lake Park Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 We need contributions small and large. All are appreciated. If you can afford them consider these award levels. Guardian: $1000 "One Percenter": $3000 (this is 1% of the total cost of the trial of $300,000) Hero: $5000 or more. Thank you for your continuing support. We can't win without you! Don't think of it as helping just Ed. He's is on the front line to help all of us. Help him help you. Sincerely, Virginia Resner President of Green Aid "Most people would have backed down, but not Ed. He's in this to the end. We owe him for that." -- Jack Herer "Ed's not a flight risk. He's in this case till the bitter end." -- Magistrate Chin: "Most people considering their circumstances for one reason or another are forced to give in under the weight of government pressure. I have the privilege and opportunity to be able to stand for all the people who've been harassed and hounded by the government." -- Ed Rosenthal
Location: 
United States

Will our leaders be dopes?

Location: 
IL
United States
Publication/Source: 
Chicago Sun-Times
URL: 
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/368948,CST-NWS-contro03.article

Medical marijuana advocates put question to Hanover voters

Location: 
Hanover, NH
United States
Publication/Source: 
WCAX-TV (VT)
URL: 
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=6464284&nav=4QcS

R.I. lawmakers advance medical marijuana bill

Location: 
Providence, RI
United States
Publication/Source: 
Boston Herald
URL: 
http://news.bostonherald.com/national/northeast/view.bg?articleid=198301

Medical Marijuana: Minnesota Bill Passes Senate, House Version Moving Too

The Minnesota Senate Tuesday gave final approval to a medical marijuana bill, passing SF 345 on a narrow 33-31 vote. The vote marks the first time a medical marijuana bill has been approved by a full vote in either House in Minnesota.

Also Tuesday, the House version of the medical marijuana bill, HF 655, overcame one more committee hurdle, passing the House Finance Committee on a 20-14 vote. It should soon be on the way to a House floor vote.

While there are differences between the House and Senate bills, both would essentially set up a system where qualified patients could obtain marijuana to ease their pain and symptoms through nonprofit organizations registered with the state.

"I'm happy the Senate has voted to protect some of Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens from the threat of arrest for trying to alleviate their pain, per the advice of their doctor," said Sen. Steve Murphy (DFL-Red Wing), the bill's lead sponsor. "I'm hopeful we are only a few weeks away from Minnesota becoming the 13th medical marijuana state."

But Minnesota is not there yet. The House must still approve its version of the bill in a final floor vote. And even if it passes and is reconciled with the Senate version, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), backed by law enforcement organizations, is vowing to veto it.

Sensible Colorado's Music for Medical Marijuana

Please join UCCS Professor Dr. Bob Melamede and Sensible Colorado staff members at this free event featuring live music, educational speakers, voter registration, and information on Colorado's medical marijuana law. For more information, call 719-641-1188.
Date: 
Sat, 05/05/2007 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
115 E. Platte Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
United States

Minnesota Senate agrees to let seriously ill smoke marijuana

Location: 
MN
United States
Publication/Source: 
Austin Daily Herald (MN)
URL: 
http://www.austindailyherald.com/articles/2007/05/02/news/news3.txt

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