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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

The Legalize Marijuana Party 420 Event/Fundraiser

Every year NJweedman runs for office and this year (2007) is no different except this year. NJWEEDMAN plans to raise funds for a serious run for office. He needs money to run commercials on TV and to present the Issue of Marijuana Legalization to the Public. - NJweedman will be holding a 420 Reefer Raffle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gistL7nzICI The event features: Reggae Artist: Patrick Mystery Comedian: Big Daddy Mac Spoken Word Artists and more! Admission is $20. A $4.20 Reefer Raffle will be held. For more information see http://events.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&eventID=157...
Date: 
Sat, 01/20/2007 - 8:00pm
Location: 
931 Chambers Street (at Morris Avenue)
Trenton, NJ 08625
United States

Feds jail elderly medical cannabis caregiver

Location: 
San Francisco, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Fog City Journal (San Francisco, CA)
URL: 
http://www.fogcityjournal.com/news_in_brief/landa_press_conf_070104.shtml

Hemp: DEA Has Spent $175 Million Eradicating "Ditch Weed" Plants That Don't Get You High

In the past two decades, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has spent at least $175 million in direct spending and grants to the states to eradicate feral hemp plants, popularly known as "ditch weed." The plants, the hardy descendants of hemp plants grown by farmers at the federal government's request during World War II, do not contain enough THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to get people high.

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chart by Jon Gettman for Vote Hemp
According to figures from the DEA's Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program, it has seized or destroyed 4.7 billion feral hemp plants since 1984. That's in contrast to the 4.2 million marijuana plants it has seized or destroyed during the same period. In other words, 98.1% of all plants eradicated under the program were ditch weed, of which it is popularly remarked that "you could smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole and all you would get is a headache and a sore throat."

While the DEA is spending millions of tax payer dollars, including $11 million in 2005, to wipe out hemp plants, farmers in Canada and European countries are making millions growing hemp for use in a wide variety of food, clothing, and other products. Manufacturers of hemp products in the United States must import their hemp from countries with more enlightened policies.

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chart by Jon Gettman for Vote Hemp
"It's Orwellian that the biggest target of the DEA's Eradication Program is actually not a drug but instead a useful plant for everything from food, clothing and even auto parts and currently must be imported to supply a $270 million industry," said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, a group lobbying for increased acceptance of the versatile plant. "While Vote Hemp has urged the DEA to recognize the difference between hemp and marijuana so farmers could grow it here, the federal agency is spending millions of dollars to destroy hundreds of millions of harmless hemp plants."

DEA officials regularly argue that there is no difference between hemp and marijuana, but their own statistics belie that claim. In its reports on the domestic eradication program, the agency clearly differentiates between ditch weed and "cultivated marijuana."

Not only is the ditch weed eradication program a waste of money, it may even be counterproductive, said Vote Hemp national outreach coordinator Tom Murphy. "Much of the ditch weed eradicated is believed to be burned, turning a carbon consuming plant into a contributor of Greenhouse gasses," said Murphy in a post-Christmas press release. "For all the effort to find and destroy these harmless wild hemp plants they are coming back year after year. It is likely that the eradication programs help re-seed the locations were ditch weed is found. The late summer timing and removal method causes countless ripe seeds to fall to the ground where they will sprout again the following year."

Your tax dollars at work.

Resource: Screening Kit Now Available for "Waiting to Inhale" Video

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Many DRCNet readers have ordered copies of Waiting to Inhale, an important new documentary about the movement to legalize medical use of marijuana.

The producers of Waiting to Inhale have created a Screening & Discussion Guide for motivated citizens who want to use the video to get the word out and stimulate discussion and debate. A PDF version of the Guide is available online here.

If you haven't already gotten your copy of Waiting to Inhale, you can request one from DRCNet with a donation of $30 or greater -- visit our online donation page to donate online or to print out a form to send in with your check by mail. Thank you for participating in this important effort.

Medical Marijuana: California's Booming Market Offers Substantial Tax Revenues, Report Finds

Medical marijuana is a billion dollar a year business in California, according to a new report, and the state's bottom line could improve dramatically if it were taxed like other herbal medicines. The report, "Revenue and Taxes from Oakland's Cannabis Economy," was prepared for that city's Measure Z Oversight Committee by California NORML head Dale Gieringer and and Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance board member Richard Lee.

While the report focused on Oakland, which has seen medical marijuana revenues and the taxes derived from them decline dramatically since the city tightened regulations on dispensaries in recent years, it also looked at state and federal data to attempt to draw a state-wide picture of the size of the therapeutic cannabis industry. According to the data, the state's medical marijuana patients are currently consuming somewhere between $870 million and $2 billion worth of weed a year. That would translate to somewhere between $70 million and $120 million in state sales tax revenues, the authors estimated.

But currently, the state treasury is receiving nowhere near that because many dispensaries do not pay sales taxes or keep financial records that could be used against them in a federal investigation. Other dispensaries and patient groups argue that nonprofit collectives and co-ops should be exempt from taxes.

The study estimated the number of California medical marijuana patients at between 150,000 and 350,000. There is no firm figure, because unlike many other medical marijuana states, there is no comprehensive, statewide registry of patients. Those patients each smoke about a pound of pot a year.

Medical marijuana patients account for about 10% of California marijuana users, the study found, suggesting that tax revenues from a legal recreational marijuana market would skyrocket into the low billions of dollars each year. The state is currently spending about $160 million a year to arrest, prosecute, and imprison marijuana offenders, and not collecting any tax revenue from recreational sales.

State officials have a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens they represent. This report makes clear just how miserably California officials are shirking that responsibility.

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