Pro-Pot Congressman Wins Ranking Member on Judiciary Committee

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WASHINGTON, DC — During a House Democrats meeting on Wednesday morning, the caucus elected marijuana reform supporter Representative Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler (D-NY) to be the party leader on the powerful Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has earned an “A+” rating on the NORML Scorecard for his support of ending the federal prohibition of marijuana, positive votes when given the opportunity, and his […]

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House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment

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House Committee Denies Vote on Medical Marijuana Protection Amendment | Marijuana Policy Project

WASHINGTON, DC — An amendment that would keep the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana programs was voted “out of order” by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, preventing the House from including it in its version of the FY 2018 federal budget. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) […]

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Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana

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Powerful Senate Committee Ties Jeff Sessions’s Hands on Medical Marijuana | Drug Policy Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC — This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted by voice vote to approve an amendment that would block the Department of Justice from spending any funds to undermine state medical marijuana laws. The amendment – led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) – is a striking rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had […]

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US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments

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US House Committee Blocks Veterans Equal Access Amendments | Justin Strekal

Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the Veterans Equal Access amendment, introduced by Senator Daines (R-MT) as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which would expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans. Yet House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) […]

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US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana

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US Senate Committee Expected to Vote Thursday on Medical Marijuana | Justin Strekal

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will have to decide: Will they protect our nation’s over 2 million lawful medical marijuana patients or subject them to the wrath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? The amendment they will be debating, known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, simply prevents the United States Department of Justice from spending any of our […]

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Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval

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Texas Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Key Committee Approval | HWN

AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in the Texas house have advanced a bill that advocates are calling “critical” to the future of Texas’ currently unworkable medical marijuana program. House Bill 2107 was advanced Friday by the Public Health Committee by a vote of 7 to 2. The bill now heads to the Calendars Committee, the legislative committee […]

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Oregon Senate Committee Passes Bill to Relax State Hemp Laws, Expand Market

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Oregon Senate Committee Passes Bill to Relax State Hemp Laws, Expand Market
“OFB and OFS support HB4060 with the goal of regulating industrial hemp the same as any other agricultural commodity. Oregon's industrial hemp farmers have asked the Legislature to build flexibility into their license, and we support this request …
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Industrial Hemp great economic potential
Industrial hemp appears to have great economic potential for the region, but it sounds like it will not simply happen overnight. Approximately 80 interested local residents, including several from the Yuma area, attended an informational meeting Monday …
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South Dakota Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Commercial Hemp Farming and

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South Dakota Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Commercial Hemp Farming and
PIERRE, S.D. (Feb. 2, 2016) A bill passed today by a South Dakota House committee would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, setting the foundation for people there to nullify federal …
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Colorado infant receiving CBD hemp oil for epilepsy
Lab technician Mario Ferrara transfers a mixture of extracted hemp CBD and coconut oil to capsules at Longmont's CBDRx organic hemp farm on Thursday. CBDRx is the first and only USDA certified organic hemp farm in the country. (Kira Horvath, Special to …
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South Dakota legislative committee OKs bill to allow industrial hemp

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South Dakota legislative committee OKs bill to allow industrial hemp
South Dakota lawmakers are attempting to overcome perceptions about hemp's family ties to marijuana to explore the economic potential of the crop. The bill that moved out of committee last week is patterned after North Dakota's industrial hemp law.
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Wyden, Blumenauer host Industrial Hemp Expo at U.S. Capitol
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., hosted an Industrial Hemp Expo Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol, bringing together leading policymakers and entrepreneurs in the movement to …
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Canadian Cannabis Coalition Response to the Special Senate Committee Report on Illegal Drugs

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(PRWEB) September 28, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             09-27-2002

Canadian Cannabis Coalition Response to the Special Senate Committee Report on Illegal Drugs

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT

Western Canada:

Philippe Lucas (250) 381-8427

Reille Capler (604) 875-0448

Eastern Canada:

Tim Meehan: (416) 854-6343

(additional contacts listed below)

This release is also available in HTML and PDF formats

HTML: http://cannabiscoalition.ca/senatepr.htm


PDF: http://cannabiscoalition.ca/senatepr.pdf

The Senate report is available at:

http://www.parl.gc.ca/illegal-drugs.asp

The Canadian Cannabis Coalition (CCC), a national umbrella organization for stakeholders in cannabis-related organizations, products and services, applauds the visionary recommendations of the Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs, especially in regards to the legalization of cannabis. The report is a major advancement toward a harm reduction-based cannabis policy, which acknowledges that the harms and benefits of cannabis can best be dealt within a legal,

regulated and controlled environment.

Through rigorous research and analysis of the many models of drug policy practiced around the world, the Senate Special Committee has

acknowledged the failure of cannabis prohibition, which serves only to advance black-market criminal interests, while criminalizing a large

proportion of the population (around 600,000 Canadians currently have criminal records for personal possession of cannabis) for behaviour

that is not inherently dangerous to the self, or to others.

The CCC has been a vocal critic of the new Marijuana Medical Access Program. As such, it was of particular interest that the Senate Special Committee had many of the same concerns that we had long expressed. The Senate found that “The MMAR are not providing a compassionate framework for access to marijuana for therapeutic purposes and are unduly restricting the availability of marijuana to patients who may receive health benefits from its use”.

The recommendations and findings that are of particular interest to some of our members are:


Measures should be taken to support and encourage the development of alternative practices, such as the establishment of compassion clubs

No attempt has been made in Health Canada’s current research plan to acknowledge the considerable expertise currently residing in the

compassion clubs

Health Canada should, at the earliest possible opportunity, undertake a clinical study in cooperation with Canadian compassion clubs

The qualities of the marijuana used in those studies must meet the standards of current practice in compassion clubs, not NIDA standards

Consider viewing marijuana as a natural health product, like other herbs and plants

People who smoke marijuana for therapeutic purposes prefer to have a choice as to methods of use

Additionally, Health Canada has recently announced the formation of the long overdue Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. Although the CCC boasts some of the most experienced and knowledgeable medicinal cannabis users, researchers, suppliers and pioneers in Canada, we have been denied representation on the committee.

While we applaud the Senate’s report for its compassionate and rational recommendations, we would like to point out some areas that could be improved:

The report calls for a declaration of amnesty for any person convicted of possession of cannabis under current or past legislation.

The CCC further recommends that amnesty be extended to anyone convicted of nonviolent growing and distribution cannabis offenses

under current or past legislation.

The CCC is opposed to any form of forced treatment for cannabis users. Those who are arbitrarily deemed excessive users must not be

forced to undergo treatment by a Drug Treatment Court or any other agency.

While the Senate shows great concern for the health of the many Canadians who use cannabis, these concerns could be better addressed

with attention to the quality standards of the cannabis being produced. Higher potency cannabis will lead to smaller amounts being consumed, and organically grown cannabis tested for molds, mildews and fungus will result in a healthier product being consumed. Such standards will greatly reduce any health risks associated with

cannabis use and will put the onus on the producer rather that on the consumer.

When considering cannabis use and driving, we suggest that impairment is the only valid concern as opposed to the operation of a vehicle under the influence of this substance if one is not impaired. Thus testing should be for impairment, not for substance use.

The CCC welcomes the Senate’s recognition that the label of “drug abuse” is arbitary and incorrect. At the same time, we do have concerns that some other language of the report, such as arbitrarily defining “at-risk” and “excessive” use at over and under one gram of consumption per day respectively, is counter-productive. Many

Canadians, particularly, medicinial users, consume in excess of several grams of cannabis per day without any harm to themselves or

others.

The recommended National Advisor on Psychoactive Substances and Dependency might better be called the Advisor on Psychoactive

Substances, until there is a better understanding of dependency and the connotation is less pejorative. The recommended national fund for

research on psychoactive substances should also fund research on the beneficial effects of such substances on humans.

Finally, on the same day that the Senate released its Final Report – September 4, 2002 – the DEA raided the most respected medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, The Wo/men Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM); literally grabbing medicine out of the hands of the

sickest, weakest, most vulnerable of its citizens. In Canada, the last month has seen both the Toronto Compassion Centre (1200 members) and

the Sunshine Coast Compassion Society (70 members) raided by police, resulting in closure of the clubs. This callous, indefensible police

response to the suffering of some of Canada’s sickest citizens must also end.

To avoid further accusations of callousness or negligence, the government must act to implement the recommendations of the Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs with the CCC’s additions, immediately.

For our part, we will continue to press the issue through the criminal and civil courts, the political process, education via print, web and

electronic publishing, and civil disobedience, until the situation is remedied.

Canada is a modern, educated, and compassionate country; it is time for our drug laws to reflect logic and common sense. It is time to end

the war on responsible Canadian cannabis users. It is time for a drug peace.

The Canadian Cannabis Coalition

Bloc Pot – Montreal, Que.

British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS)- Vancouver, B.C. (604) 875-0448

British Columbia (B.C.) Marijuana Party Vancouver, – B.C.

Bubble Bags – B.C.

Canadian Action Coalition

Canadian Media Awareness Project (CMAP) – Victoria, B.C.

Canadian Medical Marijuana Association

CanEvolve Facilitators – Calgary, Alta

Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) Toronto, Ont. (416) 367-3459

Cannabis Culture Magazine – Vancouver, B.C.

CannabisLink.ca – [email protected]

Cannabis Research Institute (CRI) – Grand Forks, B.C.

Chris Clay – [email protected]

Club Compassion de Montreal Montreal, Que.

Compassionate Cannabis Club – Sturgeon Falls, Ont. – [email protected]

Crosstown Traffic Ottawa, Ont.

Family Action Coalition Toward Sensible Solutions

Grand Forks Hemp Company – Grand Forks, B.C.

Heads Magazine – Hudson, Que.

Hedron Analytical Inc. – Richmond, B.C.

Hemp Depot – Ottawa, Ont.

Holy Smoke Culture Shop – Nelson, BC

London Cannabis Compassion Centre – London, Ont.

Mama Indica’s Hemp Products – Tofino, B.C.

Med Marijuana Inc. – Bedford, Nova Scotia

Medical Marihuana.ca – Duncan, B.C.

Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club – Nelson, B.C.

NORML Canada – Abbotsford BC

Northern Lights Hemp Company

Odd Duck Herbal Research Farms – Richmond, B.C.

Ontario Consumers for Safe Access to Recreational Cannabis (OCSARC) –

[email protected]

(The) Open Minder – Grand Forks, B.C.

Parti Marijuana Party du Canada -Montreal. Que. –

[email protected]

Potshot – Vancouver, B.C.

Pot-TV – Vancouver, B.C.

Renee Boje

Sacred Herb – Victoria, B.C.

Sunshine Coast Compassion Club Society – Gibsons. B.C.

Tarzan’s Hemp Company – Sturgeon Falls, Ont. –

[email protected]

Toronto Compassion Centre (TCC) – Toronto, Ont.

Toronto Hemp Company (THC) – Toronto, Ont.

Vancouver Island Compassion Society (VICS) – Victoria, B.C. –

[email protected]

West Hemp (B.C.) Cooperative

Women’s Cannabis Collective

Global Affiliates :

Hemp Lobby Organization – Washington State

Washington Hemp Education Network – Washington State

Ecology – Australia

Cited:

The Wo/men Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM): http://www.wamm.org/


Toronto Compassion Club: http://www.torontocompassioncentre.org/


Sunshine Coast Compassion Society:

http://www.sunshinecoastcompassionclub.org/

Other Atrocities:

Michael Patriquen: http://www.railroaded.info/


Terry Parker Jr.: http://www.geocities.com/terryparkerjr/

For further information about the Canadian Cannabis Coalition, visit http://cannabiscoalition.ca/ or contact:

P.O. Box 1481 Grand Forks B.C. V0H 1H0

E-mail: [email protected]

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