Marijuana Veto Voted Down in Senate 

  Marijuana Veto Voted Down in Senate 

Posted by CN Staff on July 01, 2005 at 09:36:02 PT
By Joe Baker, Daily News Staff  
Source: Newport Daily News 

Providence, R.I. -- The Senate easily overrode Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's veto of medical marijuana legislation Thursday, and House leaders promised to do so soon.If House leaders are able to muster the votes needed to override Carcieri's veto, Rhode Island would become the 11th state in the country and third in New England to legalize marijuana use for patients with debilitating diseases. Vermont and Maine already have enacted medical marijuana laws.
The Senate voted 28-6 to override Carcieri's veto. They only needed a 60 percent margin, or 21 votes, for the override. All five of the chamber's Republicans changed their votes from the first Senate consideration of the bill to support Carcieri. The only Democrat to vote against overriding the veto was Sen. Marc Cote, D-Woonsocket."This is going to mean there will be another alternative for people," said Sen. Rhoda E. Perry, D-Providence, who sponsored the Senate version of the legislation. "They will no longer have to be as frightened of using marijuana for their pain."Rep. Thomas C. Slater, D-Providence, who sponsored the House version, said that House leaders told him they would not override the governor's veto before this year's session ends, probably today or Tuesday, but promised to return in a few weeks to hold an override vote. The House approved the legislation by a 51-10 vote."I'm confident the votes are there to override," Slater said.After Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere, R-Westerly, read part of the governor's veto message and urged senators not to override the veto, several Democrats argued that the legislation was aimed at showing compassion to those with serious medical problems."Put a human face on it," said Sen. Joseph M. Polisena, D-Johnston. "Think if someone you love was dying or was suffering. Would you go out and get them some marijuana? If you said you wouldn't, you're lying.""If we can do anything to alleviate the pain or increase the appetite of someone ... let's do it. I have never seen anyone die of a marijuana overdose," said Sen. Michael J. Damiani, D-East Providence, who is a retired police officer.The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for patients with serious diseases including cancer, multiple sclerosis or AIDS.Once the state Department of Health receives written notice from the doctor, it would issue photo identification cards to the patient and at least two caregivers, who would be able to assist the patient in procuring marijuana.Authorized patients would be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of "usable marijuana," which does not include stems and seeds, or grow up to 12 marijuana plants inside their homes.If the law is approved, the Department of Health would have to issue a progress report on the law by January 2007. The law would expire June 30, 2007, unless the legislature acts to extend it. Source: Newport Daily News, The (RI)Author: Joe Baker, Daily News Staff Published: Friday, July 01, 2005Copyright: 2005 Newport Daily NewsContact: Editor NewportRI.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Site:MMJ Information & Links Overrides Medical Marijuana Veto Island, Uncertainty About Med Marijuana Island Gov. Vetoes Medical Pot Bill

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Comment #60 posted by jose melendez on July 04, 2005 at 04:10:17 PT
More Drug War Crimes to Come:"On the issue of illegal drugs, we have a situation where we have a reduction in cooperation between some police forces," U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield said in an interview broadcast Sunday on the Venezuelan television station Televen."I wish we could have more cooperation in passing along more information on matters of terrorism, the movement of specific people, Brownfield said, without giving details.U.S.-Venezuelan relations have been marked by tensions during President Hugo Chavez's more than six years in power.Chavez's close ties to Cuban leader Fidel Castro and his frequent criticisms of the U.S. government have coincided with U.S. officials' repeated statements of concern about his increasing domination of Venezuelan politics.U.S. officials have denied Chavez's repeated accusations of backing plots against him, including a short-lived coup in 2002.Chavez, who has warned the United States against invading his country, on Sunday said he has learned war games have been carried out to simulate an invasion."They have calculated what type of ammunition, how many planes, everything," Chavez said, without giving details or explaining how his government obtained the information."They had better not make a mistake" and try such a plan, Chavez said. "Because they would regret it for 500 years."(snip)Also, from: Private armies for hire proliferated. Executive Outcomes acted in Sierra Leone, Congo, and Angola, Sandline International in Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea, DynCorp in Colombia, Haiti, Kosovo, and Bosnia and, of course, MPRI in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and, lately, Macedonia. Aviation Development Corporation flies surveillance planes for the CIA. Its involvement was revealed when, in Peru, it misidentified a civilian light plane as carrying narcotics. It was shot down by the Peruvian air force. Re:
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Comment #59 posted by jose melendez on July 04, 2005 at 03:56:33 PT
type outed, loudly
July 3, 2005:A secret Downing Street report on crack and heroin, suppressed by ministers, has discovered that the government's war on drugs has failed.The document, seen by The Observer, was one of several papers on key areas of government policy prepared by the strategy unit at the Cabinet Office and overseen by policy tsar Lord Birt.Researchers found that stamping down on hard drugs through the police and courts had little effect on production and found no evidence that attacking drug supply had any impact on the harm caused by heroin and crack users. The full report provides a powerful argument for legalising drugs so they are not controlled by criminals.Even if the war on supply succeeds, the report found, it would simply lead to a rise in the price of crack and heroin, in turn producing more crime by addicts needing to feed their habit and increased profits for the drug barons. The cost of crime associated with heroin and crack users was estimated at UKP16 billion by researchers, but the report found that the global crusade on drugs had coincided with a rise in consumption.Birt's advice to the Prime Minister remains secret, but one source said he ignored the conclusions about the war on drugs and concentrated on the finding that 30,000 'high-harm' drug users were committing 21 million offences a year. As a result, he recommended coercing drug users into treatment.Half of the report, written by the Cabinet Office's Strategy Unit, was released on Friday night after a series of freedom of information requests with other papers on education, health, crime and London. But the report ends on page 53 with a note saying that the rest of the report had been withheld.The full findings of the 105-page report contained such a devastating critique of the government's policy of prohibition they are unlikely ever to be published.The suppressed pages, seen by The Observer, show that Downing Street experts found that the international drug war, led by the US, simply displaced production from one country to another. On page 61, for example, the researchers conclude that 'effective efforts at eradication of coca growing in Colombia [are] thought to have displaced crops to Peru and Bolivia'.Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesman Mark Oaten said: 'It is totally unacceptable if new evidence about harder drugs is being suppressed.'Danny Kushlick of the Transform Drugs Policy Foundation, campaigning for an end to drugs laws, said: 'This is a devastating critique of the government's policy and a powerful argument against prohibition. Ministers should now publish the whole report and establish an inquiry to balance the cost of the war against drugs against the harm being done by the illegal trade in drugs.'A Downing Street spokeswoman denied the pages had been suppressed to avoid government embarrassment, but said they had been withheld under the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts information relating to security matters. Sections of the act relating to the formulation of government policy had also been invoked. - - -7/31/03Briefing by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters, July 29, 2003MR. WALTERS: We do not intend to allow this to be another example of the balloon effect. We do not intend to simply move the problem around. The goal is to shrink it. And for the first time I think in the last 25 years, the actions and the pressure and the results of an unprecedented campaign in Colombia is to dramatically cripple, certainly to put into recession, if you look at the eradication of retailing and production, the cocaine trade in the world, we want to put into recession and put it out of business. That's why it's important that people lean in.And I trust the people I know from Venezuela, they don't want the drug business operating inside their country any more than anybody else does. Now is the time to lean in, to not let terror and narcoterror spread and become entrenched in Venezuela or some of the surrounding countries.But in the particular case of the larger, more substantial reports of activity inside Venezuela, it's time for Venezuela to lean in and start being more aggressive in supporting the effort to put these groups out of business.MR. DENIG: Okay. Let's take the gentleman in blue.QUESTION: Hi, Jose Lopez of the Mexican News Agency. A story today, in this week's Time magazine, suggests existence of a huge invasion of Mexican drug traffickers to the U.S. National Parks where they have created these huge plantations of marijuana with only a few agents to deal with this seemingly growing problem.Can you share with us how big this problem is now, as compared to before, the period before 9/11? And how do you respond to the charge that the U.S. is simply not allocating enough resources to fight drug cultivation and eradication at home?MR. WALTERS: The problem has grown. And I think it may be a reflection -- we don't know for sure -- that the efforts both by the Mexican Government and at our own borders has increased the risk and the cost of moving these drugs across the border or to engage them in Mexico.We also are now expanding our efforts at domestic eradication. - - -"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment." — Gaylord Nelson, deceasedGaylord Nelson was governor of Wisconsin from 1959 to 1963 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981. Millions of Americans joined him in observing the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his contributions to the environmental protection movement . . .
'The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.'
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Comment #58 posted by Max Flowers on July 03, 2005 at 17:24:03 PT
Rove = traitor scum
I'd like to see the People save themselves taxpayer money---skip the grand jury and just get a mob down there, grab him from the White House and hang him from the nearest lamppost, Mussolini style.Oh my stars, did I just type that out loud?? Golly gosh, I meant to say I hope he gets the American style justice he deserves, the slimy traitor...
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Comment #57 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 14:47:10 PT
Here's The UK Re-Broadcast from Live 8
People online have been looking for the UK concert and I just found it. I hope everyone is have a great holiday weekend!
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Comment #56 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 11:26:10 PT
Beautiful Song
I saved this song. It really is something when you think how Neil just lost his father and how he almost died with a brain aneurism. The name of the song is When God Made Me.It reminds me of the song Imagine by John Lennon but its different but really the same.
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Comment #55 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 10:58:45 PT
EJ It's Free and For Everyone
I don't have AOL either! 
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Comment #54 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 10:57:09 PT
I'm Watching U2 and McCartney Now
Broadband Connection:
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Comment #53 posted by E_Johnson on July 03, 2005 at 10:56:57 PT
But it's on AOL right?
I don't have AOL. I thought that only members of AOL could watch. Isn't that how AOL works?
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Comment #52 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 10:44:43 PT
EJ It's For Everyone
I was just watching the concert from Barrie but I really want to see Gordon Lightfoot and Neil so I'm going to wait a while. I enjoyed Dan Ackroyd playing the harmonica. They are showing all kinds of music now on this link. Soon we will be able to access individual songs it says. AOL says check back soon.
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Comment #51 posted by E_Johnson on July 03, 2005 at 10:39:14 PT
Wasn't it only for AOL users?
I thought Live 8 was just an AOL event. I don't have AOL and I don't like AOL so I didn't pay much attention to this event I'm afraid.
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Comment #50 posted by FoM on July 03, 2005 at 08:14:15 PT
Just a Comment
So far I haven't found any news worth posting on the front page but it is a holiday weekend. I will keep looking. I am planning on watching the concert now that it is online from Canada. The concert in Philly wasn't as interesting to me because I don't listen to most of music that was played. July has always been the slowest month for news on our topic but it will pick up sooner or later. Have a great weekend everyone.
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Comment #49 posted by whig on July 03, 2005 at 05:30:13 PT
#34 Comfortably Numb?
No. This may be what it does for some people, but for others it is quite different.
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Comment #48 posted by whig on July 03, 2005 at 05:23:58 PT
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Comment #47 posted by jose melendez on July 03, 2005 at 04:30:41 PT
million marijuana lawsuits
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Comment #46 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 21:12:55 PT
Thanks for the heads up about Dave Matthews. I turned it on. I hope you and everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend. I haven't enjoyed a day like this one with all the music in a long time. It's always good for us to take time and relax and enjoy life a little. 
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Comment #45 posted by ekim on July 02, 2005 at 21:05:55 PT
Dave Matthews on dir tv 124 
free concert. wishing a great 4th of July to all
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Comment #44 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 19:55:28 PT
I'm glad you liked his new song. He is one of only a few musicians that knows how to touch a part of his listeners like no other. I am reading the Rust List and everyone just is in awe of his new song. Neil and Pegi have stood the test of time and have lived the hippie dream and it shows me that it really could be done and it just wasn't an idealistic dream from years ago.
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Comment #43 posted by goneposthole on July 02, 2005 at 19:41:02 PT
Neil Young
You got me FoM, I had to listen to the song. Thanks much.I have always liked Neil Young, an original Winnipegger. The Guess Who are from Winnipeg, Manitoba, too. Arguably, Burton Cummings has the best voice ever in the history of Rock and Roll.Neil has a plethora of music which is a testament to his God-given talents.What he has done for his son is nothing short of sainthood.I have plenty of respect for Neil Young.One thing Neil can do: "Put a human face on it."Hats off to Neil Young. He does his best.How do you spell 'rhythm?'
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Comment #42 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 17:59:23 PT
Here's Neil's New Song
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Comment #41 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 17:31:39 PT
Hope and Everyone
It's really great to see you. You were missed. I figured you were busy with family things and would be back soon.The concert is over now and I tried very hard to see and hear what Neil Young sang but it kept buffering. I believe we can get it later though. He sang Four Strong Winds with his wife Pegi. Then he sang one of his new songs. As I said it kept buffering but I think the title of the song is:God Made MeSome words from the song.DID HE GIVE ME MY VOICESO THAT OTHERS COULD SILENCE ME???
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Comment #40 posted by Hope on July 02, 2005 at 17:06:56 PT
Checking in....
Still alive...up to my eyeballs in happy, busy, hungry grandchildren. Whew!Have a good and safe holiday, all!
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Comment #39 posted by global_warming on July 02, 2005 at 16:39:13 PT
Getting involved in the cannabis front,Reminds me of Black African slaves..people,Indigenous American Peoples,Australian indigenous peoples,Human Beings. closely involved,Attending, the Birth,Night brings forth Day,Each Day,Holds and cradeles,
The New Day,The Son of Man,Is coming,gw
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Comment #38 posted by kaptinemo on July 02, 2005 at 16:30:22 PT:
Enjoy the concert
Hopefully, suitably 'enhanced'. :)
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 16:11:25 PT

Thank you. I had this article set up to post this morning but I got caught up in the Live 8 Concerts. It's posted now. I don't think I've done that before! Oops!
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Comment #36 posted by global_warming on July 02, 2005 at 16:05:04 PT

The Way
Saluting, the comfortable,The slaves, and our childrenWho are held captives,Thanks to the bastards, Who sell, our breath,Our futures, Our best health,One guitar, may summon,Like the new wind,Time, to "smell, each unfoldingChapter, as each page,Is read, and examined,Like the colors,Of the childs "colloring Book", Wihh one stroke, the pain,Gracefully, is gone,The New World,Filled with childrenHerald, and bring Balm,A Future, so, most sacred,gw
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Comment #35 posted by kaptinemo on July 02, 2005 at 15:52:29 PT:

Not numb; creative
Here's something that we here have discussed before: the link between cannabis and creativity:Pot City, USA gist of the article can best be summed up with a correlation between an highly educated populace and it's use of cannabis. Have a look. Then take a look at the discussion resulting from this thread: and again and again...cannabis enhances, alcohol detracts. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 15:21:00 PT

Comfortably Numb
I always loved that song and isn't that what Cannabis really and simply does for people?
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 15:18:44 PT

Oh Pink Floyd
Wow is all I can say!
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Comment #32 posted by global_warming on July 02, 2005 at 15:06:54 PT

Standing By The River
Trying to get a glimpse what is on the Other side,gw
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Comment #31 posted by global_warming on July 02, 2005 at 14:17:11 PT

I just heard Gordon Lightfoot from Toronto
I cannot forget, the last breath of the Christ, from Jerusalem.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 13:41:33 PT

Sounds Like It Was Great EJ!
I just heard Gordon Lightfoot from Toronto and now Bon Jovi on VHI. Bon Jovi is so cute. I told my husband he's so cute when he dies of old age he'll still be cute! LOL!
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Comment #29 posted by E_Johnson on July 02, 2005 at 13:23:15 PT

Speaking of concerts
I just had two sublime concert experiences in a row, not counting this one.Thursday night I went to the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Dance Series opening concert -- the reggae group Easy Star All Stars playing a complete reggae version of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, titled Dub Side of the Moon. It was fantastic and amazing. People in the crowd were lighting up. Nobody bothered them.Last night I had the fortune to see Joan Osborne at the Roxy in a stripped down performance with just her and a guitarist.She did that song War - what is it good for? And the audience got to supply the ABSOLUTELY NOTHING part.Now today I'm almost concerted out!
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 13:12:25 PT

You're right. I'm listening to Barrie and it is buffering alot but it really is good. We will be able to access this for a week or so I read so when the traffic isn't so heavy we should be able to catch the musicians we want to see and hear. Since my first computer in the fall of 96 technology has come so far. Once the bandwidth problem is totally solved for everyone who will need tv anymore? We will have become our own media! The people! Us! I think it's wonderful.
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Comment #27 posted by potpal on July 02, 2005 at 12:54:59 PT

Is it safe to say that what we are watching with live8 is what exist today of our 'cannabis culture'...Now just think what a wonderful world this would be if the weed were free. Let's rephrase that...what a wonderful world this will be when the weed is free.Grow.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 12:07:39 PT

One More Comment
So far the Barrie Concert seems to be the best. I just saw and heard Smoke on The Water. Go Deep Purple! It is buffering alot but I can only imagine how many people are trying to access the live feeds. The live feeds are much better then VHI.
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 11:19:43 PT

Just a Wish
I have been so deep in thought with all the news that we have had to deal with since actually the Invasion of Iraq. The path we have been on has been overwhelming and all in the name of freedom. Since I have always believe that good would outshine darkness it has perplexed me. Today with Live 8 I see we are not alone but only have been silenced. Today the world hears and sees we are still alive and well and keepin' on!
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Comment #24 posted by goneposthole on July 02, 2005 at 11:03:58 PT

It's good news
It's all good.A couple of cases of Narragansett beer would come in handy to celebrate!'Ich trinke gern bier'Prohibition I is history. Prohibition II is going, going, gone.Enough of the lies and distortions.
Narrangansett beet
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Comment #23 posted by mayan on July 02, 2005 at 10:52:59 PT

The wall will fall...MSNBC Analyst Says 2nd Source Confirms Karl Rove as Plame Leaker: out.
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Comment #22 posted by nuevo mexican on July 02, 2005 at 10:22:58 PT

The time has arived, let's take our world back!
Thank you George Bush, you have united the world against the policies of the bush crime cabal, and noone could've done a better job! Looks like a great Fourth of July!Now check out the news about bush and his links to this guy Nathan Sproul, we all know so well here at C-News, tell me this isn't huge!
The link doesn't work anymore, so I copied this from a post last year at C-News. Voter Drive Accused of Tossing Cards By DEBORAH HASTINGS The Associated Press Friday, October 22, 2004; 6:40 PM In several battleground states across the country, a consulting firm funded by the Republican National Committee has been accused of deceiving would-be voters and destroying Democratic voter registration cards.Arizona-based Sproul & Associates is under investigation in Oregon and Nevada over claims that canvassers hired by the company were instructed to register only Republicans and to get rid of registration forms completed by Democrats."We treat these complaints very seriously," said Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. The Democratic office-holder said three complaints were filed with election officials throughout the state. He declined to provide details, citing the continuing investigation.Substitute teacher Adam Banse wanted a summer job with flexible hours, so he signed up to knock on doors in suburban Minneapolis and register people to vote.He quit after two hours. "They said if you bring back a bunch of Democratic cards, you'll be fired," Banse contends. "At that point, I said, `Whoa. Something's wrong here.'"Nathan Sproul, a former head of Arizona's Republican Party and the state's Christian Coalition branch, denies any wrongdoing and accuses Democrats of making things up."This is all about making accusations," Sproul said Thursday. "They allege fraud where none exists and get the media to cover it."Republican National Committee spokeswoman Heather Layman responded that her party accepts all voters, and she accused the Democratic Party of operating under this mandate: "If no sign of voter fraud exists, make it up, manipulate the media into covering baseless charges and spread fear."Sproul declined to name the states in which his company conducted registration drives. His political consulting firm was founded last year and has received nearly $500,000 from the RNC since July, according to federal election records.Former canvassers such as Banse have come forward in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Oregon in the past two weeks alleging they were told to register only Republicans and to "walk away" from people who said they intended to vote for Democrat John Kerry.Some said Democratic registration forms had been thrown out or ripped up.It is illegal to tamper with voter registration cards, which are numbered and issued by local election officials. In some states, including Oregon, such acts are felonies.Eric Russell of Las Vegas told The Associated Press that he watched a Sproul supervisor tear up eight to 10 registration forms completed by Democrats and managed to grab some of the shredded documents as evidence. State officials are investigating his claim.Russell said that Voters Outreach of America, the name under which Sproul employees operated in Nevada and other states, owes him hundreds of dollars for registering residents but refuses to pay him.Sproul called Russell simply a disgruntled employee.Prompted by Russell's accusations, Clark County Democrats unsuccessfully went to court last week to try to persuade a state judge to reopen voter registration in their county, which encompasses Las Vegas.In West Virginia, Lisa Bragg said she refused a sorely needed $9-an-hour job to register voters after attending an orientation session conducted by Sproul employees.Like Banse in Minnesota, she said canvassers were discouraged from registering Democrats and were told to misrepresent themselves as poll takers.Bragg, who filed a complaint earlier this week with the West Virginia secretary of state's office, said Friday that canvassers were given a script that read at the bottom, "Our goal is to register Republicans."She called the registration drive dishonest, adding, "I believe everyone has the right to vote. Even though I'm a Democrat, I would have registered Republicans to vote."In Pennsylvania, Democrats in the state House of Representatives have asked the attorney general to investigate complaints from former Sproul canvassers who said they had been instructed to not register Democrats. About 40 to 50 also complained they had not been promptly paid.In Pittsburgh, library patrons protested that Sproul employees were pressuring people to register as Republicans at tables set up outside a Carnegie Library branch.A similar incident was reported in Oregon in September, when the manager of Medford library headquarters refused a Sproul request to register voters after learning the firm was affiliated with Republicans.Keep up the good work folks, the walls are falling, don't let the bricks hit you as it falls, as it is falling faster than you can say, Impeach Bush!More reasons why bush is toast:Prime Minister Tony Blair Confirms Authenticity of Downing Street Memo 
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 09:42:57 PT

Our culture is strong, diverse and becoming united. We are also coming of age. It's our turn to take the wheel. Oh yes mayan! This is amazing. I am in my own world today. 
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Comment #20 posted by mayan on July 02, 2005 at 09:30:38 PT

I was just watching MTV for the first time in years. They showed McCartney with U2 doing Sgt. Pepper's. I can't wait for Floyd. Waters,Gilmour,Wright and Mason back together! I never thought I'd see the day. Wouldn't it be something if Sid Barrett walked out on stage? Even if they had to carry him out in a straitjacket the crowd would go berzerk! Our culture is strong,diverse and becoming united. We are also coming of age. It's our turn to take the wheel. LIVE 8 PINK FLOYD/ROGER WATERS REUNION - TV/RADIO/INTERNET BROADCASTS:
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 08:22:29 PT

A Comment About Live 8
I am really impressed with Live 8. I was watching and listening to Berlin and now I'm listening to London. Our people created the Internet and because of all the thinkers we are getting the word out. I am so happy today! 
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 08:10:42 PT

Cartoon from The Toronto Star
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 08:05:54 PT

News Article from Counter Punch
Study: Smoking Marijuana Does Not Cause Lung Cancer
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Comment #16 posted by ekim on July 02, 2005 at 07:35:58 PT

cannabis herb with a retail market size of $113 bn
what reason could there be not to regulate such a large and popular activity. Richard Cowan has report on his site.The World Report for June 30, 2005 The UN Office On Drugs and Crime World Drug Report 2005 was released Wednesday in Stockholm.The largest market, according to these estimates, is cannabis herb (with a retail market size of $113 bn), followed by cocaine (US$71 bn), the opiates (US$65 bn) and cannabis resin (US$29 bn). The ATS markets together (methamphetamine, amphetamine and ecstasy) amount to US$44 bn. The valuation does not take into account the value of other drugs.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on July 02, 2005 at 07:32:11 PT

Sing a Song For Freedom
Hello Everyone! I love music and I love the spirit of all that is happening around Live 8. I am going to make a DVD of all 8 hours if my machine works right. The "stoners" as we all are called are a real threat and I am beginning to really understand why they fight us so. Music touches our very soul and they don't want that part of us being awakened. The only other name I use anywhere besides FoM Is SAS. That's from a song from Greendale and it captures how I feel about music and how it influences the world. I am looking for news while watching the event on AOL because it is unedited. I want to see Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Deep Purple, Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young. I am so excited and thankful that AOL and Bill Gates are bringing this to us today. This is activism at it's very best! I'll keep looking for news but it might be fairly non existent over the weekend. Enjoy the day and its message everyone!
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Comment #14 posted by potpal on July 02, 2005 at 07:16:26 PT

I had placed (fake) html tags, replace ( w/  around the word 'horrible' in my previous post with the word 'sarcasm' inside the tag, however these tags apparently were filtered out. Enjoy live 8 on the can even jump around the world. Welcome to the 21st century... As far as the links go, it is not beneath the antis to post here...not much of anything beneath them.Aloha.
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Comment #13 posted by VitaminT on July 02, 2005 at 06:54:14 PT

Another Link to AIM?
So far the media has largely ignored the propaganda tape for obvious reasons. It's a series of clips taken out of context, cut together by a fanatic and distributed by the country's ultimate right wing extremist media group.So why do I keep seeing the link newly posted here?The tape is BS and most people who've seen it have come to that conclusion but at CNEWS we're obsessing on it.
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on July 02, 2005 at 06:43:26 PT

R.I.P. Betty Hiatt
Betty Hiatt, 1924-2005: Ailing woman championed pot's use:'s gettin' awful warm in DC...MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case: Treasonous Demise Of George W. Bush?
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Comment #11 posted by potpal on July 02, 2005 at 06:04:11 PT

Aside from its many, many medical benefits to humanity, and the enormous planet healing potential of cannabis, it is saddled with that  horrible  side effect, one that will forever make cannabis popular with future's fun. Indeed. Okay, great message!Lying and cheating are what the antis do best. Just like their republican comrades. Remember the picture of Kerry sitting near Jane Fonda...not. Photoshop has turned the saying 'a picture is worth a thousand words' into 'a picture is worth sqwat'. Same goes for editing tape to take words out of context. In the end, the truth will shine through.IMO, to keep cannabis/hemp out of the hands of humanity is a crime in and of itself. The tide is turning.Have a 'fun' holiday everyone. Independence and freedom are more than words. Kap, thanks for your words...and thanks to all of you.

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Comment #10 posted by WolfgangWylde on July 02, 2005 at 04:26:43 PT

Meanwhile, old Ed is doing his part...
Video Exposes Medical Marijuana as Hoax Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed a "medical marijuana" bill, saying it would encourage marijuana use and criminal activity. His veto comes as an anti-drug group has released dramatic video footage of a marijuana activist declaring that he uses dope for a health problem that he doesn't really have. The bottom line for this activist, Ed Rosenthal, is that "I like to get high. Marijuana is fun." The video has the potential of dealing a major blow to the "medical marijuana" movement, largely funded by billionaire George Soros. The video footage, posted at the website, gives the lie to the claim that we often see in the media that smoking marijuana is a legitimate medical treatment for people with diseases. Rosenthal, who was associated with High Times magazine for many years, is shown speaking to dozens of marijuana activists. "With all the talk about medical marijuana, I have to tell you that I also use marijuana medically (laughter)," he says. "I have a latent glaucoma, which has never been diagnosed (more laughter). And the reason why it has never been diagnosed is because I've been treating it (laughter)…But there is a reason why I do use it. And that is because I like to get high. (cheers, applause). Marijuana is fun." 
Video Exposes Medical Marijuana as Hoax
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Comment #9 posted by kaptinemo on July 02, 2005 at 04:13:54 PT:

OT: An article about SHOWTIME's "Weeds"
Hollywood Report SHOWTIME GOES TO POT; Will A Drug-Dealing Mom Attract Cable Subscribers?
Many probably already know that SHOWTIME is offering a new series called "Weeds", about a widow who turns to selling cannabis to make ends meet. The idea is hardly original, but given the foamingly rabid obsession the Bush Administration has about cannabis, the matter-of-fact way of handling the issue the producers have (judging from the trailers I've seen) it is sure to incite some controversy, despite the protestations to the contrary the producers make.As to why do I bring this up? Simple: as the writer points out, both in the script and in this article (and as has been said here all along) " '... that marijuana is a drug that "crosses all cultural, racial, social and economic divisions.' ". And this is why the attempts to expunge it from American culture have failed miserably. Because the 'weed' has 'roots' that reach deeply into several generations. Several generations know the truth - including the previous one that wants to drug test the present one, thinking(?) they can somehow 'protect' their children by hiring lying mercenaries (DARE) and destroying trust of them by demanding their kids pee in a cup.But the series will also point out something that the antis will find excruciatingly irritating: the bald-faced hypocrisy of prohibition will be laid bare to it's ugly bones. Because most of the buyers in the series are themselves 'pillars of the community' - just as many cannabis consumers are in real life. The conclusions will be inescapable; you can bet that some of these characters will be publicly ardent proponents of drug testing for their own kids. Art will reflect Life, and none too pleasently; after Johnny and Suzy Whitebread see it, a lot of parents are going to be facing some very hard questions from their kids, soon.And the very rationale of cannabis prohibition will be held up in comparison to the damage it is supposed to prevent - but only exacerbates. It shall be publicly, popularly 'weighed in the balance, and found wanting'. And it's long past time that happened...I expect that after the antis see this posted here, a new campaign against the program will develop (you're so predictable, guys) just as one was mounted against the series about Ronald Reagan. But they're too late; the word's already out. 

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Comment #8 posted by FoM on July 01, 2005 at 21:18:30 PT

Off Topic: Live 8 Information
How To Tune in To Live 8 ConcertsBy Sarah RodmanSaturday, July 2, 2005Online: 
   Go to: You don't have to be an AOL member. From noon until 8 p.m., AOL is streaming six entire shows - from Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Toronto. Computer users can focus on one show at a time or stream several feeds at once.Starting tomorrow, you can view all the concerts free for six weeks. On television: 
   MTV, VH1 and college station mtvU will broadcast a shared feed from noon to 8 p.m. In addition to the Philadelphia show, the broadcast will include tape of the hottest headliners from other cities, backstage interviews with artists and celebrities, and news on the G8 summit and the original Live Aid. Tomorrow, VH1 Classic and CMT will air highlights.    From 8 to 10 p.m., ABC (Ch. 5) will show highlights from around the globe. 
On the radio: 
   Satellite: XM is dedicating seven channels - 40-46 - to Live 8. Subscribers will be able to switch between London, Philadelphia, Rome, Berlin, Toronto, Paris and ``Live Global'' coverage. 
   Terrestrial: The Premiere Radio Networks are offering 12 hours starting at 9 a.m. It can be heard locally on WHEB-FM (100.3) and WBMX-FM (98.5).
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Comment #7 posted by mayan on July 01, 2005 at 18:27:17 PT

Why Wait?
I agree,Sam. Why didn't they just vote on it today since they are confident they have the votes to override. All they are doing is allowing the feds more time to pressure the Representatives. At the same time, I guess we have more time to focus all of our energy towards the House! We will all soon find out just who the R.I. Representatives truly represent.unrelated...Body's Own Marijuana-like Compounds Are Crucial For Stress-induced Pain Relief: says ruling doesn't directly affect Colorado medical marijuana program: War Fails to Dent U.S. Supply: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...'Down and Dirty' News And Dark Side Of Bush Family Taboo In Washington Press; Neo Con Thugs Intimidate Publisher To Pull Plug On Book Exposing Corruption And Treason Within The Administration: Conspiracy:
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on July 01, 2005 at 16:25:38 PT

Pot City, USA
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Comment #5 posted by global_warming on July 01, 2005 at 14:46:25 PT

ot:Who Knows?
Baby girl weighs in at nearly 14 pounds,.."This isn't the first supersized baby for Paul and Robin Buzzell, from suburban Mequon,MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin.Their now-4-year-old daughter, Cameron, was born weighing 11 pounds, 8 ounces, and their second child, Alexis, now 2, weighed in at 10 pounds, 8 ounces when she was born.When Cameron was born, Paul Buzzell said he posted a sign on the door that said "Home of the Whopper." When their second child was born, Buzzell put up a sign describing her as "Whopper Jr."With the birth of the "Big Enchilada," the Buzzells say their family is now complete."..Hope you'all have a great holiday,gw
 "Big Enchilada"
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Comment #4 posted by Taylor121 on July 01, 2005 at 14:23:50 PT

I'm off for the 4th
Be back next week. Later all.
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Comment #3 posted by Taylor121 on July 01, 2005 at 14:12:25 PT

"Rep. Thomas C. Slater, D-Providence, who sponsored the House version, said that House leaders told him they would not override the governor's veto before this year's session ends, probably today or Tuesday, but promised to return in a few weeks to hold an override vote"I hope the NORML/MPP and everyone in Rhode Island keeps the pressure on. We've come way too far to lose now.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 01, 2005 at 11:05:37 PT

News Brief from
Card May No Longer Be a Pass for Drug Tests 
July 1, 2005 
SALEM, Ore. - Under a new law passed by the Oregon House, an employee's medical marijuana card would do them no good if a work-related drug test showed traces of pot in their system. 
Current law requires employers to accommodate medical marijuana users.But some lobbyists say that's confusing for businesses that are trying to put drug-free workplace rules into place.Supporters of medical marijuana argue the bill would make it harder for patients using a legal medical treatment to hold down a job.After 39-to-20 vote in the Republican-controlled House, the bill now goes to the state Senate.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on July 01, 2005 at 10:04:09 PT

a few weeks
Hmmm, doesn't exactly inspire confidence, coming from politicians. Anyone know how many Republicans they've got in their House? Probably less than 40%. Do they always come back in late July or August after the session ends? I would be cynical & not think this bill was going to pass, however, I think in this situation the Dems are eager to pass it. I'm sure there's no love lost between them & the Republican governor, they're probably eager to vote him down on a very public issue. The delay is worrisome though, why don't they just vote now?
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