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Hemp: A Coming Epidemic

MSNBC reports on the alarming surge of hemp-laced foods being sold openly in our neighborhoods. Hemp products flow freely across our border from source countries such as Canada, where liberal policies have facilitated a booming industry targeting American snackers south of the border. While a ban on domestic hemp production provides some protection, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep these products out of the hands of children.

According to MSNBC, hemp cultivation has been a problem for quite some time:

Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber and food. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp and in fact Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

In recent years, hemp users have adopted increasingly diverse and discreet methods of administration:

Since the early 1990s, shelled hempseeds have been used as a food ingredient in a wide variety of foodstuffs, including baked goods, snacks, breakfast cereals, beverages, frozen desserts, tofu, and milk substitute.

The DEA has invested millions combating the dangers of hemp, both in court and in open fields around the country where the plant has learned to reproduce itself without human assistance. Still, there remains a well-funded campaign to legalize hemp in several states. Hemp advocates seek to deceive the public with misleading claims that it is a healthy food and that it isn't drugs.

To its credit, MSNBC refutes the dangerous myth that hemp foods are non-psychoactive:

If 20 percent of a food's ingredients are shelled hempseeds, and assuming a 2 ppm THC level, a human being would have to eat 50 pounds of the food in question to become intoxicated.


The prospect of hemp addicts consuming 50 pounds a day to get their fix is frightening indeed, and stands in stark contrast to the hemp advocates' repeated claims that it is "good for you."

Needless to say, this is not your daddy's granola bar.

Location: 
United States

Ferry Plans to Fight Pot Dispensary

Location: 
Santa Clarita, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Signal (CA)
URL: 
http://www.the-signal.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=45590&format=html

Medical Marijuana bill aims to change conditions

Location: 
Manchester, VT
United States
Publication/Source: 
Manchester Journal (VT)
URL: 
http://www.manchesterjournal.com/headlines/ci_5000693

Medical Marijuana: Colorado Case Will Test State's Law

A Fort Collins couple will be the first in Colorado to seek to use the state's medical marijuana law as a defense to marijuana cultivation and distribution charges. James and Lisa Masters pleaded not guilty to the charges last Friday and face a March trial.

The couple was arrested last August when police arrived at their home to check on the welfare of their two children, girls aged four and six. According to a police affidavit, a police officer smelled marijuana in the house, and the couple told officers they had doctors' recommendations to use marijuana, which they were growing for that purpose.

The Masters and their attorneys filed a motion last fall to have the charges dismissed, arguing that they were protected by the state's medical marijuana law. The couple, both registered medical marijuana patients, said they grew the pot solely for themselves and other patients on the state registry. But in October, District Judge Jolene Blair rejected that motion, saying the couple did not have proper documentation showing they are caregivers for registered patients.

According to the Colorado criminal code, the state Department of Public Health and Environment is charged with creating "a confidential registry of patients," not patients and caregivers. But the code also charges the department with creating an application form for would-be patients, and on that form, patients are required to fill in information about caregivers.

Last fall, when the Masters were first arraigned, their attorney, Rob Corry, argued they were within the bounds of the state medical marijuana law. While there is no state registry card for caregivers, he said, the Masters were designated as such by properly registered patients. "The majority of voters in this state said medical marijuana should be available. My hope here is the jury will follow the law and show some compassion for patients who need help," Corry said.

But at least one Colorado official argued that in order for someone to have protection as a caregiver, patients must list that person on their applications. It appears that the Masters case will resolve that apparent ambiguity in the law. If the Masters lose, they face up to six years in state prison and the loss of their children, whom police seized after their arrest despite the lack of any evidence of abuse or neglect. It took the couple eight weeks to win the return of their children.

"The Masters are being targeted for helping sick people. This test case has the potential to increase vital access to medical marijuana by expanding the legal definition of 'caregiver' to allow those with significant responsibility for the care of seriously-ill individuals to cultivate and provide them with medical marijuana," said co-counsel Brian Vicente.

Cities struggle with medical marijuana

Location: 
CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)
URL: 
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4983103

Bay Area soars above rest of nation in recreational drug use

Location: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
The San Francisco Examiner
URL: 
http://www.examiner.com/a-498213~Bay_Area_soars_above_rest_of_nation_in_recreational_drug_use.html

DEA selective in medical marijuana arrests; Raids on two high-profile dispensaries elicit criticism that agency is only targeting sellers who live affluent lifestyles

Location: 
Hayward, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/state/16416757.htm

Owners of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Arrested

Location: 
Palm Springs, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
KESQ News Channel 3
URL: 
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5910278&nav=9qrx

Sweet Leaf Valentine Ball/Fundraiser

We've set the date, obtained the venue, lined up the entertainment and making plans for our February Emerald Empire HempFest fundraiser. Don't miss this one!! More details to follow. In the interim, please contact: Dan Koozer Cannabis Liberation Front P.O. Box 10957 Eugene, Oregon 97440-2957 "Fighting For The Re-Legalization of Cannabis"
Date: 
Sat, 02/17/2007 - 4:20pm - 11:00pm
Location: 
OR
United States

Radio Event: Drug War and Homicides -- Friday Night 1/5/07 10:00pm

On Friday, January 5 at 10:00 pm (Eastern) Rob Ryan, Bill Gallagher and Peter Christ will be on The Scott Sloan Show on Cincinnati's WLW 700 AM. We will be discussing the War on Drugs impact in Cincinnati and beyond, especially focusing on the record number of homicides last year and the role of the the new marijuana ordinance that made marijuana possession an arrestable offense in Cincinnati. Note under Ohio state law the same amounts are a minor misdemeanor ticket. Please listen live or via online at www.700wlw.com. The call in lines is 513-749-7000 or 1-800-THE-BIG1. Mr. Gallagher is the past president of the Ohio Criminal Defense attorney Association and Mr. Christ is a speaker with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.leap.cc). Note WLW 700 has a huge broadcast range, my father-in-law in Virginia listens to it at night. RRR ______________ Robert R. Ryan www.robryan.org
Location: 
Cincinnati, OH
United States

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