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††ACLU Enters Marijuana Research Dispute

Posted by CN Staff on April 22, 2005 at 13:57:06 PT
By United Press International†
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Washington, DC -- The American Civil Liberties Union Friday challenged the Drug Enforcement Administration's refusal to allow an alternative source of research marijuana. The ACLU said it filed a statement with a federal administrative law judge opposing the DEA's refusal to allow University of Massachusetts Professor Lyle Craker to grow the alternative source of research-grade marijuana.
A hearing before the judge is slated to begin this summer.The ACLU said it will host a conference Monday on "the federal government's pattern and practice of blocking scientists from conducting research on the medical benefits of marijuana, and how this obstruction of research affects the current legal debate over medical marijuana, particularly in the U.S. Supreme Court in Raich v. Ashcroft."The Supreme Court heard argument earlier this term in the case, which challenges whether the Justice Department can ban the medical use of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.Ten states allow some use of medical marijuana.Source: United Press International (Wire)Published: April 22, 2005Copyright 2005 United Press InternationalWebsite: http://www.upi.com/ Contact: nationaldesk upi.comRelated Articles & Web Sites:ACLUhttp://www.aclu.org/Angel Raich v. Ashcroft Newshttp://freedomtoexhale.com/raich.htmOn Law: Don't Bogart That Marijuana Casehttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread20573.shtmlRed Tape, Big Pharm Muscle Strangling MMJhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread20529.shtmlDEA Ruling Renders Approval Impossiblehttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread20037.shtml

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Comment #43 posted by FoM on April 25, 2005 at 08:55:38 PT
Had Enough 
Thank you. I want CNews to go beyond what it seems to be. We need to keep learning. If we think we have all the answer and get set in our ways we stop growing and that isn't good. 
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Comment #42 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2005 at 08:49:39 PT
Information
See how informative this here board can be. Keep on keeping on FoM. The purpose of this board goes well beyond what it might appear on the surface. 
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Comment #41 posted by FoM on April 25, 2005 at 08:38:12 PT
Had Enough 
Thank you! Now I know. I've never even used a cell phone. My husband has one for work though. They are so small and that would be hard for me to do. 
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Comment #40 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2005 at 08:26:51 PT
Your Blackberry vs. Your Thumbs
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/1114361671
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Comment #39 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2005 at 08:20:31 PT
Blackberry
http://www.answers.com/topic/blackberry
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Comment #38 posted by FoM on April 25, 2005 at 07:48:45 PT
Had Enough 
I never heard of an E-Mail device called Blackberry. What is it if you don't mind me asking. I was thrown from a horse a number of years ago and shattered my right wrist. After last weeks large amount of news that I posted I couldn't barely move my wrist without serious pain. It's getting better now because the news has slowed up over the weekend. I guess doing news like I do I think No pain, no gain! LOL!
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Comment #37 posted by Had Enough on April 25, 2005 at 07:34:28 PT
Off Topic Comment - Kinda
While reading posts in this thread I had thought of something I heard on one of the news outlets on the Boob Tube. It seems that this new wave E-mail device called Blackberry, is causing an accelerated pace of people getting carpal tunnel syndrome in the users thumbs. So there you have it. E-mail not only causes you to have a lower IQ; it is now physically damaging.
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Comment #36 posted by Greenjoy on April 23, 2005 at 18:04:35 PT

Rocky Mountain High
 Funny...I finally felt it for the first time at 11,000 ft.   
 Near Estes Park. Had not "gotten off" till then. Couldn't hardly walk I was laughing so hard. Lumbo and thin air! I was...hang on a sec............OK, there were some elephants flying over. Gotta stop for that.---- My reality is so gnarly. I'm workin on the memory of it. Them ice flows are drippin. Hang in there everybody!
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 16:49:23 PT

global_warming 
We got to see John Denver years ago in concert. It was remarkable. I received a phone call on 4/20 from out of state that a friend of ours had died. Life is short and we need to make good memories while we have the time. He was only 50.
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Comment #34 posted by global_warming on April 23, 2005 at 16:29:11 PT

re:John Denver
"And talk of poems and prayers and promisesAnd things that we believe inHow sweet it is to love someoneHow right it is to careHow long itís been since yesterdayWhat about tomorrowWhat about our dreamsAnd all the memories we share"
-We will miss him, but we will remember, all the summer nights, and the promise from God.2Pe 3:13 But based on His promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell. 
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 16:03:25 PT

What We Are Being Denied
And I have to say it nowItís been a good life all in allItís really fineTo have a chance to hang aroundAnd lie there by the fireAnd watch the evening tireWhile all my friends and my old ladySit and pass the pipe aroundhttp://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/john-denver/73889.html
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Comment #32 posted by global_warming on April 23, 2005 at 15:41:00 PT

GreenJoy's Utopia
Sounds soooo good.Maybe when the glaciers melt, we could share in this new world.
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Comment #31 posted by Greenjoy on April 23, 2005 at 15:16:38 PT

 Cannabia
 AOL realy does bite! OK. A response to comments 6 and 7. Ten Four! We certainly are a culture. I know of no "Heroin High Times" or "Crack Culture". It sure does chap my hide when cannabis is lumped in with those substances. We feel so comfortable within our group of like minded individuals. It is a real shock when one is taken captive by the thought police and their drones. A conversation I was forced to have with one of them. Q."So...how bad is your marijuana habit, how many joints a day do you smoke."
 A."I rarely smoke joints. I cook with it. I use a waterpipe...do bongs."
 Q."I had no idea you could cook with it. Bongs...waterpipe, what's that?"
 A."Uh...its a pipe with water in it."
 Q."Well, I wouldn't know. I decided early on not to rot my brain with drugs."
 A."Yeah? You must be so proud. It just got like that by itself." Click. We Are Persecuted! Its become so complex and should be so simple. The government has absolutely zero right to tell me what I can and cannot put in my body. To make it an issue of interstate trade is an absurdity. The rift between us and them is immense. Might as well be different countries...planets. I find myself wishing we could be our own country. We could call it Cannabia! :-) All from Psilosibia and San Peyote would be welcome. Every other blue moon we could test the water and attempt trade with what's left of this country. We would share our art, crafts, music, literature, theatre, films, herbal remedies, etc. They would share their...um. They would share their....uh. Hmmm, they would share their....ya know, I wouldn't trade a small tie dyed tshirt for....I dunno. Nothing.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 14:53:20 PT

GreenJoy
You're all fixed it seems. That's good. I wanted to mention about something I do when I write a comment. After I write what I want to say I copy it so it stays on my browser and I can paste it if a post doesn't work. ( I hope this makes sense ) I learned that a long time ago after losing quite a few comments. I sometimes save it to NotePad if I really am concerned about losing it. When we lose a comment we can't redo it because the thought is over I've found. I hope this helps.
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Comment #29 posted by Greenjoy on April 23, 2005 at 14:44:55 PT

This is Greenjoy
 Testing thru Netscape
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Comment #28 posted by potpal on April 23, 2005 at 14:42:16 PT

fom / tv
Of course, not all use is abuse...;-)May the force be with you.
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Comment #27 posted by global_warming on April 23, 2005 at 13:43:55 PT

re:CSA
I wonder who were most instrumental in scribing the CSA?I understand that the CSA was a response to a challenge of the marijuana tax act, but the driving principle of both the marijuana tax act and the CSA I still do not understand. Were the "prohibitionist" that well organized? Was that world overly populated by Puritans, Christian Purists, and other soul saving souls?Back in 1937, when the marijuana tax act was conceived, it was also the time when the "New Deal" was born, along with that trial of the wheat farmer, that is pivotal to these current deliberations of the Supreme Court.When I look at the history, something bothers me, about the people in that period, it was during their watch, their precious time in this world, that such a way of thinking was, and how the marijuana tax act was pushed through the legislative branch, with little or no objection.Its starting to look like America was hijacked a lot further back in time than we understand.I also wonder, what were Joe and Jane Americans reading back in those days? Newspapers? gw
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Comment #26 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 13:29:00 PT

thanks
i usually use tinyurl for those long crazy url's this time it seemed to work in the preview, or i changed it a bit b4posting cant recall which.. anyway, it works now =)--------
also came accross this one about govt 'news'
--------http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0422-23.htmPublished on Friday, April 22, 2005 by the Center for Media and Democracy / PR WatchA Bumper Crop of Government-Produced 'News'The USDA's Broadcast Media and Technology Centerby Diane Farsetta-=snip=-Is this shoddy reporting? Worse - it's "news" that's been scripted, recorded and produced by an interested party - in this case, the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The segment, titled "Johanns Addresses Trade At NCBA Conference," is a fake television news story, or video news release (VNR), produced by the USDA's Broadcast Media & Technology Center (BMTC).With its $2.8 million annual budget, BMTC is "one of the most effective public relations operations inside the federal government," the New York Times concluded in its March 2005 exposť on government VNRs. BMTC's website resembles a cutting-edge communications firm, advertising full-service digital production facilities and offering services to other government agencies, including video and audio conferencing, field video production, CD-ROM and Internet content for distance learning, and radio and television "news" production.-=snip=-Of course, "fake news" has its greatest effect - and is most deceptive - when viewers aren't aware of its source. The New York Times reported on WCIA, a CBS station in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, that airs BMTC segments so frequently they asked BMTC to "record a special sign-off," implying the VNRs were "the work of WCIA reporters."Until mid-February 2005, the standard sign-off for all BMTC television segments was, "I'm [name] reporting" - pause - "for the U.S. Department of Agriculture." The pause allowed TV stations to easily remove any indication that they were allowing the USDA to report to their viewers on the USDA. As of mid-April, BMTC radio sign-offs still regularly include the word "reporting.""Listeners and viewers are entitled to know who seeks to persuade them," the Federal Communications Commission noted, in an April 13, 2005 Public Notice on VNRs. Existing but rarely enforced federal laws and FCC rules already forbid government propaganda and set strong disclosure requirements for "political material and program matter dealing with controversial issues." (After the Public Notice was released, an FCC spokesperson admitted she was "not certain who would judge what is political or controversial.") A strong and growing consensus among government watchdog groups, journalism schools, media organizations and some reporters is that all material provided by third parties and aired by news broadcasters should be clearly identified as such to listeners or viewers.-=snip=-[and finally our *cough* 'favorite' govt dept..]
--------The status quo is unacceptable, yet questions about the solutions to these media problems remain. What's undeniable is that fake news, an issue raised by the Center for Media and Democracy more than a decade ago, is finally getting serious attention. Influential mainstream media outlets are reporting on VNRs. U.S. Senators are calling for federal investigations. In one week, forty thousand people signed a petition demanding an end to taxpayer-funded fake news. The FCC signaled its intention to study the issue and take "appropriate enforcement action." Even the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, an agency whose VNRs were found to be "covert propaganda" by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, has promised to stop using VNRs.-=snip=-
A Bumper Crop of Government-Produced 'News'
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Comment #25 posted by GreenJoy on April 23, 2005 at 10:57:05 PT

Test
This is FoM.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 10:49:00 PT

Ethics
I agree that the media needs to start paying attention to ethics and what is important. I look at news and think it's a big gossip column. If someone does a good job I guarantee the media will find something out bad about them. I mind news being used to tear down and not help our world become a better place. This administration has really made me hostile towards news.
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 10:26:18 PT

AOLBites
Got it!http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&ie=UTF-8&q=respect+ethics
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 10:22:30 PT

AOLBites
If you past the url in the message it will work. If the url is too long it breaks. Like this!http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=marijuana&btnG=Search+News
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Comment #21 posted by observer on April 23, 2005 at 10:21:17 PT

''alternative source'' to us gov stems n seeds
the alternative source of research-grade marijuana.Rev. Sung Yung Moon's Moonie UPI article totally obscured the reason for wanting real pot: Uncle Sam only allows crappy dirtweed with buds removed (for they 'jam the rolling machines'.)http://drugpolicycentral.com/bot/pg/nida_stems_n_seeds.htmOf course, the real reason is because they want the maximum amount of plant material and minimum amount of resin and THC. So they can later "prove" how tarry and un- medicinal the resulting stuff is that NIDA calls "marijuana". It isn't.Compare the above pics with what real buds should look like:
http://images.google.ca/images?q=nice%20buds
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Comment #20 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 10:15:24 PT

oh whatever
just search respect ethics popei mucked up again., oh the link url was too long.. got it.
"respect ethics"
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Comment #19 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 10:11:29 PT

yahoo links suck.
yahoo links suck.
google news search...
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Comment #18 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 10:07:22 PT

even the pope is annoyed at the media =P
 Benedict's message to the media was courteous but clear.He stressed the "ethical responsibility of those who work in the media, especially regarding the sincere search for truth and the defense of the centrality and dignity of the human person." 
pope tells the media to seek truth
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 09:51:15 PT

potpal 
I really enjoyed your comment. I love the Internet. The only time I enjoy watching news on TV is when an event is happening like when the Pope was the topic. I looked at it in a historic light and found the architecture beautiful to see. I appreciated John Kerry's video he sent out because I could see and hear another way of looking at the current system of government. I watch educational channels. Last night it was a show called Hot Rocks. It was about the rocks in the earth and how they were formed and it was really good. We are now watching Rust Never Sleeps. I'm glad Neil Young is going to be ok. I've learned more since I've been online then I ever learned from school. I often think of questions and use google and can find what I want to know. It's a wonderous thing the Internet.http://www.neilyoung.com/dearfriends.html
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Comment #16 posted by potpal on April 23, 2005 at 09:30:45 PT

fom /(tv) news lowers your IQ
I recently cancelled cable and now rely soully on videos borrowed from the library/friends or rent one now and then when I need a fix. (Talk about a psycological addiction! Try it for just one day.) Also, discovering the many video outlets available today on the internet...which are growing at an astounding pace. Give it a couple years and I'd bet we'll have access to literally thousands of live streaming video outlets if not millions one day. Mark 'dem woids. Not only has the internet given everyone a printing press, it has given everyone a television studio as well. Anyway, I'm enjoying a new sense of calm in my life. No longer plugged into the corporate/goverment news/propaganda machine, off with its head. How many times can one watch the Simpsons anyway? I keep thinking back to the 'friends' in Fahrenheit 451 and how close Bradbury came to prediciting the future. However, he didn't foresee the internet. The internet, and those who use it, relys on good reading skills, a renaissance for the written word in a sense, but how long will/can that last? The net is interactive, more diversived to the nth degree, you can be extremely selective, and a tally can be kept of where everyone is going, something TV never had. How this impacts the future is still way up in the air. For us its been a godsend. Before the net and Cnews all we (cannabists) had was High Times and the letter section for communication, ok Norml. Indeed it is exciting to watch it unravel. A magic time to be alive. To bad man hasn't changed all that much along with it.Enough of this ramblilng rant. Enjoy the rain. You're only as Neil Young as you feel...;-) and thanks for being there.Okay one more thing then I'll chill for the weekend...
I said it before and see no harm in saying it again, anyone who is good at writing letters and has email, feel free to send 'any' senator or congressman, federal/state/local in any state a email post speaking your mind. They'll never figure out where you're located and never will bother to...its not like your signing a petition or anything. Just pick a city in their state if you want. Bombard their orifices with email. Aloha. 
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Comment #15 posted by potpal on April 23, 2005 at 08:45:51 PT

422
Why do you think they call it high school?If you know you're gonna fail, pee on the floor. Tell 'em you're far sighted. Wonder if that's a crime...yet.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 23, 2005 at 08:31:05 PT

AOLBites
That's OK! I think it is funny that e-mail lowers a persons IQ. I know that e-mail scatters my brain. I actually barely use e-mail except to read news from different topics that I'm interested in. PS: It's a rainy spring day here and I turned off the news and we are watching Neil Young Live in Berlin! Much better then the TV News! TV News lowers my IQ! LOL!

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Comment #13 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 08:17:39 PT

woops
hadn't read ther rest of the news yet so didn't see that already posted in prior comments .. sorry..at least it was a diff source tho =)
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Comment #12 posted by AOLBites on April 23, 2005 at 08:04:43 PT

Emails more damaging than cannabis
Emails more damaging than cannabisExperts warn on dangers of 'Crackberry' addictionIain Thomson, vnunet.com 22 Apr 2005Researchers at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry have found that the constant distractions of email and texting are more harmful to performance than cannabis.Those distracted by incoming email, phone calls and text messages saw a 10-point fall in their IQ, more than twice that found in studies of the impact of smoking cannabis, according to the researchers.Some 1,100 volunteers were used in the study, sponsored by HP. Half of those questioned said that they reply to emails instantly or as soon as possible, and one in five admitted to breaking off meals or social engagements to deal with email.This constant shifting of concentration makes the brain more tired and less focused, and causes the temporary IQ fall-off.Email and SMS are also making us work longer. Over 60 per cent of those questioned answered work emails at home or when they are on holiday.The phenomenon of email addiction is well known, not least to users of RIM's BlackBerry devices.Intel president Craig Barratt and many others refer to these devices as 'CrackBerrys' because of the obsessive email use they inspire in their owners.LINKS  * Narcotics Anonymous
http://www.ukna.org/  * University of London Institute of Psychiatry
http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/RELATED ARTICLES  * Online dope sales hit new high
http://www.vnunet.com/news/1137719  * Techie tokers are joint favourites
http://www.vnunet.com/news/1134008
Emails more damaging than cannabis
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on April 23, 2005 at 05:26:05 PT

unrelated
Students tested after 'get high' day:
http://www.lafayettejc.com/news20050423/200504230local_news1114235037.shtmlCANNABIS-BASED PAINKILLER HAILED A BREAKTHROUGH: 
http://tinyurl.com/d9h6jMore on the Achilles' heel...One-Time GOP Insider Claims He Has 9/11 ĎSmoking Guní:
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/one-time_gop_insider.html
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Comment #10 posted by potpal on April 23, 2005 at 05:12:35 PT

this is good
That a non-pot-linked national high profile organization is on our side of the fence. Since weekends are usually slower, here's an interesting ot propaganda video...and a good site to pass some time if you have some.
http://www.trioplus.tv/plus/res_fest/pasta.html 
I got a kick out of it. Cheers!
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Comment #9 posted by Toker00 on April 23, 2005 at 04:35:56 PT

Done.
Taylor121, do any of the undecideds represent your district?
I have recieved no reply from DeLay after e-mailing him twice. Let's see what kind of luck I have with the undecideds.Proud to be Green. Proud to be a Cannabist.Peace. Legalize, then Revolutionize! (medicine)(energy)(nutrition)
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Comment #8 posted by Taylor121 on April 22, 2005 at 21:51:07 PT

Texans: Medical Marijuana Needs Action
TO:   Texas residents*FROM:  Ryan Grim, MPP legislative analystDATE:  Friday, April 22, 2005SUBJECT: Texas medical marijuana bill needs one vote to pass first
     hurdle======================================================================On April 5, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard H.B. 658,
a bill that would give medical marijuana patients an affirmative
defense to prosecution. The hearing went very well. No one present
testified against the bill, yet it was left pending in the committee.
As of earlier this week, the bill's author, Rep. Elliot Naishtat
(D-Austin), has been told by Reps. Escobar (D-Kingsville), Hodge
(D-Dallas), Keel (R-Austin), and Moreno (D-El Paso) that they are
ready to vote for H.B. 658. This means we need only one more vote to
pass this vital piece of legislation out of the committee.Please take a few minutes to call the undecided members of the
committee, listed below, to politely urge them to support H.B. 658.
Visit http://texansformedicalmarijuana.org/docs/HB658FactSheet.pdf 
for talking points on H.B. 658.Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Houston)
Capitol Phone: 512-463-0572
District Phone: 281-537-5252Rep. Aaron Pena (D-Edinburg)
Capitol Phone: 512-463-0426
District Phone: 956-383-7444Rep. Mary Denny (R-Flower Mound)
Capitol Phone: 512-463-0688
District Phone: 972-724-8477Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo)
Capitol Phone: 512-463-0558
District Phone: 956-753-7722Rep. Elvira Reyna (R-Mesquite)
Capitol Phone: 512-463-0464
District Phone: 972-279-7030Once you've called these members, please visit 
http://mpp.org/TX/action.html to send an e-mail to the same committee
members asking them to vote H.B. 658 out of the committee as soon as
possible, so it will have a chance to be debated on the
House floor.With only one swing vote needed, your e-mails and phone calls could
shift the balance over the next few days. Please forward this e-mail
on to friends around Texas. Thank you for supporting the Marijuana
Policy Project.

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 22, 2005 at 21:34:32 PT

JustGetnBy
I understand why you feel the way you do because I think the same way. Why can't we get them to understand. Money clouds truth. Money blocks people in charge from seeing how it should be. Caring for the rights of a culture of people isn't important if it isn't profitable. Montel Williams said follow the money.
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Comment #6 posted by JustGetnBy on April 22, 2005 at 21:07:45 PT

And the Beat Go's on .......................
I'm sorry if I give this a negative outlook, but I am tired of defending myself against these govt. subsidized drug war maniacs.  I really feel some pretty radical feelings on this subject, and I feel they push us to the wall on this issue.  Damn,there are so many of us that feel so much the same thing about personal choice.  WHY CAN'T WE MAKE THE GOVT. DO WHAT WE WISH?????????????tHIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION ..........
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on April 22, 2005 at 20:49:31 PT

Misleading Interpretation: Unconstitutional, Not
"His prosecution came after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found the state's Proposition 215, which provided for such use of the drug, unconstitutional."{The ruling [excerpt]{In United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative et al., the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the federal government's right to close an Oakland, Calif. buyers' cooperative. The cooperative was established under the state's Proposition 215 to supply marijuana to more than 8,000 patients who use the substance for a range of medical reasons. {The drug has been credited with relieving pain and muscle spasms, stemming the nausea that can accompany chemotherapy and stimulating patients' appetites. {However, the Supreme Court found that the federal Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, contains no exception that would allow patients to use the drug after exhausting all other remedies. And although the passage of related state laws removed the threat of state prosecution for patients who use the drug, the threat of federal prosecution continued to exist.} --American Medical News 
June 4, 2001
http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2001/06/04/hlsb0604.htm
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 22, 2005 at 19:28:52 PT

Rosenthal To Be Guest Speaker at NORML Festival
April 22, 2005Ed Rosenthal, the high priest of California's medical marijuana movement, will be the featured speaker Saturday at Houston 420 Fest, an evening of music and political advocacy sponsored by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. 
Rosenthal, author of more than 12 books on the use and cultivation of medical marijuana, gained national attention two years ago when he was convicted of a federal charge for growing the drug for medical use in California. His prosecution came after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found the state's Proposition 215, which provided for such use of the drug, unconstitutional.Rosenthal's lawyers contended that he had acted legally under a local medical marijuana law in Oakland, Calif. In June 2003, a federal judge sentenced him to one day in prison, fined him $1,000 and placed him under court supervision for three years.Saturday's event, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance, also will feature performances by eight local bands, said 420 Fest spokesman Dean Becker, who hosts a weekly pro-marijuana program on KPFT-FM. Rosenthal is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m.Saturday's festival marks the closing segment of the annual three-day event.http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/3148814
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on April 22, 2005 at 18:17:25 PT

Research
Any honest research will only undermine the government's position. It's really that simple. In the meantime, sick people needlessly suffer.unrelated...Medical Marijuana Bill Likely Dead For This Legislative Session (AL):
http://www.nbc13.com/news/4399770/detail.htmlTHE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...WHY AMERICANS REFUSE TO BELIEVE THE 9/11 EVIDENCE!!!
http://tvnewslies.org/html/refusing_the_9_11_evidence.htmlThe Rest Of The 9/11 Street Engine Story:
http://rense.com/general64/wth.htmLarry Flint To Publish Major 9/11 Skeptic Article:
http://rense.com/general63/fmt.htm9/11 - Team 8+:
http://www.team8plus.org/news.php
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Comment #2 posted by PainWithNoInsurance on April 22, 2005 at 15:26:00 PT

A Proud Member
I am so proud to be a member of the ACLU and MPP. ACLU has 400,000 members and MPP has 17,000 members. I urge everyone to become a member and be proud as well.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 22, 2005 at 13:59:37 PT

Related Press Release from MPP
Researchers Fight Federal Obstruction of Medical Marijuana Research Telephone Press Conference Monday, April 25th, 2005
 
 WASHINGTON -- April 22 -- Researchers battling federal obstruction of medical marijuana research have reached the next stage in the dispute, filing a pre-hearing statement in preparation for a hearing before an administrative law judge this summer. The scientists -- whose efforts to establish a research facility aimed at developing marijuana as an FDA-approved prescription drug have been blocked by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration -- will discuss current developments in a telephone press conference convened by the Marijuana Policy Project and the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday, April 25, at noon eastern time."With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on an important medical marijuana case, this effort to end federal obstruction of medical marijuana research is crucial," said Steve Fox, MPP director of government relations. "At least one justice suggested that patients go to the FDA for relief, but DEA obstructionism has effectively shut that door."WHAT: Telephone press conference to discuss developments in the effort to overcome Drug Enforcement Administration obstruction of medical marijuana research.WHO: Lyle Craker, Ph.D., director, medicinal plant program, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Rick Doblin, Ph.D., president, Multidisciplinary Institute for Psychedelic Studies; Allen Hopper, staff attorney, ACLU; Steve Fox, director of government relations, Marijuana Policy Project; Phillip Alden, patient living with AIDS who dropped out of a medical marijuana study due to the low quality of government-grown marijuana that researchers are forced to use.WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2005, noon EDT.TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1-866-704-5415; code # 9836438.With more than 17,000 members and 150,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment. For more information, please visit: http://MarijuanaPolicy.org/ http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0422-08.htm

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