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  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 3, 2006 

Posted by CN Staff on August 03, 2006 at 14:11:36 PT
Weekly Press Release  
Source: NORML 

Endocannabinoid System Plays Significant Role In Embryonic Development, Study Says August 3, 2006 - Nashville, TN, USANashville, TN: The endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in the development of healthy embryos and their implantation in the womb, according to preclinical data published this month in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee reported that experimentally inducing elevated amounts of the endogenous cannabinoid anadamide and/or THC in newly mated mice "deferred on-time [embryo] implantation" and was associated with "poor pregnancy outcome."Previous preclinical studies investigating the role of endogenous cannabinoids in prenatal development have shown that the body temporarily reduces the localized production of anadamide during embryonal implantation. Though some researchers speculate that smoking large quantities of cannabis during this period could negatively impact this biological process, there is - to date - a lack of clinical or epidemiological data supporting the theory."Nevertheless, it is apparent that a properly functioning endocannabinoid system is essential for both a healthy pregnancy and child," NORML Senior Policy Analyst Paul Armentano said.Previous studies indicate that the endogenous cannabinoid system plays a primary role in the development of memory and oral motor skills in newborns. Some researchers theorize that a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system (such as one that under produces anandamide) may be responsible for the development of certain abnormalities in infants - particularly so-called 'failure-to-thrive' syndrome, a condition in which newborns fail to properly grow and gain weight. In preclinical trials, infant mice fail to feed from their mothers when their cannabinoid receptors are blocked by the presence of a synthetic antagonist.In recent years, scientists have determined that the endocannabinoid receptor system is involved in the regulation of several primary biological functions including appetite, body temperature, mood elevation, blood pressure, bone density, reproductive activity, learning capacity, and motor coordination.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Fatty acid amide hydrolase deficiency limits early pregnancy events," appears in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.DL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6965 Alaska: AG Requests Supreme Court To Rule On Pot Recriminalization MeasureAugust 3, 2006 - Juneau, AK, USAJuneau, AK: The state Attorney General's office filed notice last week with the Alaska Supreme Court seeking to overturn a recent Superior Court ruling that found the legislature's effort to criminalize small amounts of cannabis to be unconstitutional.In July, an Alaska Superior Court judge struck down provisions of a new state law that sought to redefine minor marijuana possession as a criminal offense punishable by jail time. The Alaska ACLU filed suit to block enforcement of the law, arguing that it violated the privacy clause of the state constitution, which provides that "the right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not be infringed." In a 1975 Alaska state Supreme Court ruling (Ravin v State), justices determined that this constitutional provision encompassed the possession and use of small amounts of cannabis in the home.Superior Court judge Patricia Collins ruled last month that the Alaska legislature lacks the authority to override the Supreme Court's 1975 decision, finding that the Ravin decision "is the law until and unless the Supreme Court takes contrary action."Collin's ruling struck down sections of the new law criminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis, but left in place measures prohibiting the possession of greater amounts.Governor Frank Murkowksi (R), who strongly advocated for the new law, has argued that Ravin should no longer apply in Alaska because cannabis may pose greater health and safety risks today than it did in 1975.For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, at (202) 483-5500 or download the July 12th edition of the NORML Audiostash at: http://normlaudiostash.com/id120.htmDL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6963 Santa Barbara Voters To Decide On Pot 'Deprioritization' OrdinanceAugust 3, 2006 - Santa Barbara, CA, USASanta Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara officials this week confirmed that a municipal initiative that seeks to make marijuana law enforcement the city's "lowest priority" has been certified to appear on the November 2006 ballot.Sponsored by Sensible Santa Barbara, the measure directs municipal police to make activities related to the investigation, citation, and/or arrest of adult cannabis users their lowest priority. It would also appoint a Community Oversight Committee to monitor police activity as it pertains to marijuana law enforcement. Seattle voters passed a similar proposal in 2003, which has led to a 75 percent reduction in citywide marijuana arrests.According to the results of a November 2005 city poll, nearly 80 percent of Santa Barbara voters oppose incarcerating convicted cannabis offenders, and 67 percent believe that "marijuana users should be treated the same, under the law, as alcohol users."In June, West Hollywood City Council officials voted in favor of a resolution calling on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies to not "target adult marijuana users who consume this drug in private and pose no danger to the community." Santa Cruz voters will decide on a similar municipal ballot measure in November.For more information, please visit: http://www.taxandregulate.orgDL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6964Source: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: August 3, 2006Copyright: 2006 NORML Contact: norml norml.org Website: http://www.norml.org/CannabisNews NORML Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/NORML.shtml 

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Comment #35 posted by Global_Warming on August 04, 2006 at 16:15:13 PT
in the meantime
where is the shame?Charge filed against 78-year-old man following pot seizurehttp://tinyurl.com/hvj3nItasca County today filed a criminal charge of selling drugs against a 78-year old man who allegedly grew hundreds of marijuana plants on his rural property.If convicted, Dale Owen Milliren faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.Thirty years, yes that is 30 years, hope you tax payers can handle those tax increases to keep this old person on medical sciences best life sustaining mechanisms, cause it it will be a windy day when those monkey faced prosecutors, also known as lawyers of this generation can ever punish this tired soul.It sounds funny, old man, the full weight of the judicial system, what is wrong with this picture in your mind?
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Comment #34 posted by Global_Warming on August 04, 2006 at 15:40:58 PT
it used to be understood
that democrats represented the working class, unions and a decent working standard, while republicans represented the business interests, the battle was over fair wages and safe working standards verses the republican drive to optimize business profits.It is amazing how this has become so clouded.Now a days the republicans have managed to convince red neck workers that democrats are no good. Imagine that, the landlord has convinced you that he is on your side, the side of Jesus, that side you never want to look at.
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 15:11:31 PT
Toker00
Can Kinky win? That would be great. Go Kinky! That sounds odd for me to say! LOL!
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Comment #32 posted by Toker00 on August 04, 2006 at 15:00:17 PT
FoM
Few down here think that Bush is ok. But this is a very "Republican" state. From what I have learned at work, many Republicans are voting either Democrat, or Independent in November. We only had one life-long Republican on our crew, but he is now a born again Democrat. I like to think I had something to do with that. Many of the people I pissed off with my Bush Bashing are waving and being awful friendly these days. Many are seriously thinking KINKY. I wish Texas would get a little kinky. So, don't think we support Bush down here. This was a very Bushy place in the beginning, but it may get a bit Kinky before it's all over. Remember the Delay-amo! And also remember that a statue of Bush Sr. was drenched with blood-red paint, right at the beginning of the Iraq war. We know a crook when we see one. Toke.
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 10:46:25 PT
Whig
That is the problem for me about California. I love land and space to be in my own little world. Land per acre has to be very expensive out there. We still can get good land for about $5,000 per acre if you buy more then one acre. When we bought the land it was under a $1000 an acre.
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Comment #30 posted by whig on August 04, 2006 at 10:37:46 PT
Dankhank
You should definitely come out here. It's hard to find an affordable place to live on the coast but other than that I can't say anything bad about it. I think if you came out for a visit you wouldn't want to leave.
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 10:33:56 PT
DankHank
Maybe if we become a blue state you can move our way. Maybe if we don't become a blue state I'll give up my long time home and move to a blue state. I can't do that really but it's a nice thought. If I could take my little patch of ground and home with me I'd move though if we stay a red state.
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Comment #28 posted by Dankhank on August 04, 2006 at 10:28:23 PT
Bushlovers?
Oklahoma had democratic leadership at the national level and solid democratic majorities in both state houses in 1998.Things started getting crazy during the off-year elections resulting in a Republican takeover at the National level. Succesive elections see Republicans making incremental inroads at the state level, but no capture of the majority, yet.Today, a OK republican state senator, Nancy Riley, announced a switch to the Democratic Party. She stated that she was a moderate republican treated shabbily by conservative repugnicants for her views and because she is a woman.Dems still have a senate majority at 25-23 and she is now on board ... 26-22? yes ...Collectively, OK is still a mad, uninformed collection of misinformed cheerleaders for the Repubs, and will parrot any Repug crap.There's also a story of OK Senator Cole's speeck following his return from a five-day visit to Iraq, and his view.Cole said that U. S. efforts to create a democratic government is finally paying off."There is genuine democracy over there," said Cole, R-Okla. "Whether it survives or not is another thing."Stupid, ignorant, venal, vapid, vicious, villainous, virulent, vitriolic.We are years behing the coasts, we will be crappy and crazy for years. I will emulate Whig as soon as possible and move the hell out of this cesspool.
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 09:15:41 PT
Toker00
Why do people still think Bush is ok down your way? Sometimes I think the southern states are afraid of becoming a blue state. Why don't they like us? I have no idea if I am right about that but why not vote for a Democrat? I guess I try too hard to think logically.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 09:08:18 PT
Toker00
It is near Pittsburgh. Actually the last show that we are going to is closer to where we live then the Columbus show.
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Comment #25 posted by Toker00 on August 04, 2006 at 09:06:13 PT
Burgettstown
Is this town close to the Ohio border, FoM, or close to Pittsburgh? I have a U.S. map, but it is old, and I did not find this city. Doesn't matter, just would like to know. Freedom of Speech. That is what it is all about. Yes sir. Freedom. Not Fascism. No, uh, uh, not Fascism.Thanks, Dankhank, I will be in touch. I really appreciate it.Toke.
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Comment #24 posted by Dankhank on August 04, 2006 at 07:05:30 PT:
Copies
I'm making copies slow but steady ... I'll put a couple aside for you, send me and e ...
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on August 04, 2006 at 06:42:44 PT

Toker00
I was worried you weren't going to be able to make it. I am so glad you can come. Here is the schedule. We are going to the Ohio show with two people who live next to us out here. They rent from us. Then the final show is September 10th and that's the one that you and Mrs. Toker00 and Afterburner are to go too. I am so excited I can barely stand it. This is so cool to be able to meet you and celebrate Freedom of Speech together. The tour is having it's week off now and then the final leg will start in West Palm Beach and work it's way up and around the east coast. They are having one in Washington, DC too! All I can say is go for it guys! Here's the tour schedule.http://www.csny.com/tourdates
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Comment #22 posted by Toker00 on August 04, 2006 at 02:52:57 PT

FoM, GW, Dandhank
I'm doing...fine. I have taken a couple of weeks to just come here and read, without posting. Just wanted to step back and see you guys continue the marvelous battle for truth.We are gearing up for some (I hope) very large protests in Houston, prior to the mid-terms. Bush and his fascist regime are going to be harder to pull down than I thought. Even after six years of beatings by the truth, Bush is still here, the American people are still sheepish.Dankhank, did you make enough copies of the 9-11 Scholars Symposium to send me a couple of copies if I send you the green? My entire work crew watched this, at my insistence, and now our side grows. Most were completely blown away, and each for a different reason. Now the truth marches on.FoM, the concert in Ohio is in Aug., right, and the last show is in Penn.? Then I will have to make the Aug. show. Everything looks good for the trip so far. Maybe I read the schedule wrong, so could you verify? I'm lazy this morn. :)Toke.
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Comment #21 posted by afterburner on August 03, 2006 at 23:35:44 PT

MBC
Hang in there. "Love is coming to us all" -CSNY "It's the new Mother Nature takin' over It's the new splendid lady come to call It's the new Mother Nature takin' over She's gettin' us all She's gettin' us all" --The Guess Who
Déjà Vu [fuel for the soul] 
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Comment #20 posted by mai_bong_city on August 03, 2006 at 22:35:03 PT

what to do
i don't know anymore. it's all so blown out of proportion i think, all of their ranting against.....
we know proof. i have living proof.
but i don't know what you do when you don't know what to do anymore. because i don't. i don't know how to fight anymore, i don't think i was designed for such arduous battle. i just don't. 
i'm sick on top of it. they take away our main ally and help, this plant. what can we do?
i'm powerless without it.
what do you do then, when all the power is gone from you? all the oxygen, all the life support, what every cell knows.....
i am way, way tired of these wars.
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Comment #19 posted by ekim on August 03, 2006 at 19:52:04 PT

Traverse City Film Fest ------the best
this week the Traverse City Film Festival is in full swing, its the second year that Michael Moore has showings of some of the hardest hitting films of all times. Last night i had a chance to see "Who Killed The Electric Car" Directed by Chris Paine about how both the EV {Electric Vehicle}and ZEV {Zero Emission Vehicle} were smashed by the auto -oil-mega-corporate complex. 
 Gee i had no idea of how the Auto Companies sued CA. to stop the Zero Emissions Law from having any teeth in 2003 then destroyed EVs. Brilliant film must see for every American wishing to clean the air and get off imported OIL.
 
Well just so happens that after the film the Host Michael Moore comes out and meets with the people. It was great as i had a chance to meet Mr. Moore and hand him a copy of the LEAP DVD and asked him to please view it to which he said he would be glad to see it and thanked me for the copy. 
Well i hope he liked what he sees and Leap might gain another supporter.
http://www.leap.cc/events/
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on August 03, 2006 at 19:19:13 PT

Gloovins
He chewing on a piece of particle board. He likes to shred things into tiny pieces once he starts on something. He's a little bit crazy. LOL! I probably could use the help of the Dog Whisperer. 
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Comment #17 posted by gloovins on August 03, 2006 at 19:07:42 PT

Wow
your dog looks to be eating a shingle or a large piece of pita bread! ... What IS that he's chewing on?
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on August 03, 2006 at 18:36:52 PT

gloovins
I believe in walking softly but have a big dog. LOL!
My Rott 
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Comment #15 posted by mayan on August 03, 2006 at 18:11:44 PT

Freedom To Fascism
It's #41! Not too shabby considering it's only in 10 theatres!Weekend Box Office Actuals (U.S.) Jul 28 - 30 weekend:
http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/boxoffice/;_ylt=A9htftp3DNJEjEUAFwFfVXcA
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Comment #14 posted by gloovins on August 03, 2006 at 18:04:55 PT

yeah
Very little primal fear left in me too as far as attack chihuhuha's go ... the new thing is to cross-breed dogs like jack russels & chiuhuha's ... jackuhuh's they call em .. I think when you intoduce a different blood line of species, they make for a heartier, stronger mix breed of dog. Years of inbreeding amongst purebreds make for some really unhealthy pure bloodline breeds ... but I have only a cat, so what do I know? 
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on August 03, 2006 at 17:08:43 PT

gloovins 
No that's no where near us. That's way up in the northern part of the state. The dog is cute though. At least it would be hard for a dog that size to hurt more then an ankle if it attacked though.
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on August 03, 2006 at 16:57:37 PT

Lack of Data
From the first article...Though some researchers speculate that smoking large quantities of cannabis during this period could negatively impact this biological process, there is - to date - a lack of clinical or epidemiological data supporting the theory.Isn't it strange how these articles make it into almost every newspaper in the land even though their findings are inconclusive? They sure do have such damning,assuming headlines though.THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Beginnings - Thanks Alex And C-Span:
http://rense.com/general72/alexcpan.htm9/11 American Scholars Symposium Panel Discussion (video):
http://infowars.com/conference/panel/911 "Conspiracy Theorists" Vindicated: Pentagon deliberately misled Public Opinion: http://infowars.com/articles/sept11/911_theorists_vindicated_pentagon_mislead_public.htmNORAD Tapes Only Intensify Implausibility Of 9/11 Official Story:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/august2006/020806tapesintensify.htmRandi Rhodes interview with Complete 9/11 Timeline author, Paul Thompson on Air America:
http://www.911podcasts.com/files/audio/RandiRhodes_PaulThompson_NORAD_080206.mp3ONE IN 3 AMERICANS SAY U.S. AIDED 9/11:
http://tinyurl.com/fz3tcNational Reading Month: 
http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2006/08/national-reading-month.htmlNelson Eisman for Governor of Wisconsin:
http://voteeisman.org/node/56Writings of a Finnish Military Expert on 9/11:
http://www.saunalahti.fi/wtc2001/military.htmOn Christians and Truth-Telling:
http://mytown.ca/garger/Sept. 11 Conspiracy Book From Presbyterian Press Raises Eyebrows: 
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19688_1.html

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Comment #11 posted by gloovins on August 03, 2006 at 16:44:05 PT

chihuaha sniffing drug dog - this is so cute yet 
sad...Are you near this part of Ohio FoM?http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14043725/Coming soon to an airport or squad car near you...
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Comment #10 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 16:36:47 PT

and some kind of understanding
this world and "our" many ways,Enjoy Life, look up at the Stars,Wonder, wonder about tomorrow,
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Comment #9 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 16:24:03 PT

In That Current Time
We those people can continue to punch each other in the eye,Instead of Loving and Kindness,
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Comment #8 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 16:13:24 PT

Looking for my savior in the Sky
this pause may remind youit is time to pay your true taxin this real world
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Comment #7 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 16:05:24 PT

re: Johnny B Goode
Artist: Chuck BerryHope you can dance, and shake that booty,....Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play the guitar just like a ringing a bellGo go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. GoodeHe used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineerswould see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could playGo go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. GoodeHis mother told him "Someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight."Go go
Go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go
Johnny B. GoodeCatch you all on that other side,
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Comment #6 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 15:39:07 PT

where have you been?
Toker?Have you been well?

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 03, 2006 at 15:25:42 PT

Toker00
It's good to see you. I wondered if you were ok.
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Comment #4 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 15:18:17 PT

As for Murkowski
Another tumor on backside of humanity,I would never consider moving to Alaska,as long as this broadsided ass is around,I, as a child of this generation votes to banish Murkowski,and all his children and family,May the Northern Lights remindYou Alaskans of your place in this world,When that cold wind blows against your cheeks,and your ass is freezing,try to rememberfreedom is the most precious jewelin this far sunlightin this universe.
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on August 03, 2006 at 15:12:28 PT

OT: Texas Medical Marijuana
Please distribute widelyThe Pharmaceuticalization of MarijuanaSouth Dakota Attorney General Misinforms Voters The Pharmaceuticalization of the Marijuana Plant As the medical properties of marijuana become more accepted, the rush to synthesize specific cannabinoids and declare scientific discovery becomes greater. Scientists are now proving what patients have been saying for eons. Marijuana is medicine! Researchers at the University Health Center in San Antonio recently discovered that a synthetic version of cannabinoid chemicals block the heat nerve pathway in the body. In other words, yes, marijuana can be a potent pain reliever. Should you have any doubts check the stories of some chronic pain patients and see for yourself the tremendous relief they experience from medical marijuana in its natural form. http://www.texansformedicalmarijuana.org/patients.htm#patientprofiles In a rather bizarre twist, a cannabinoid based drug called (Rimonabant) has been developed to control obesity and is currently being marketed in Europe. Based on the knowledge that marijuana stimulates ones appetite by binding to a particular receptor site in the brain (CB1), Rimonabant was developed to block that receptor site, rendering one “without munchies.” While Johns Hopkins scientists are studying compounds that would prevent the psychoactive effect of marijuana, researchers in Spain are exploring cannabinoids’ potential for inhibiting cancer cell growth and trigger cell death.Marijuana pharmaceutical products may be a good choice for some. But given the fact that in its natural form it is safe and effective, using the whole plant should not be ruled out. South Dakota Attorney General Misinforms Voters The only statewide medical marijuana initiative this November will be in South Dakota. Attorney General Larry Long, unhappy about the prospects of the initiative winning, is attempting to thwart the election by including misinformation on theballot language. The Marijuana Policy Project, threatening to sue, points out the last sentence of the Attorney General’s explanation, “…is flat wrong, in addition to being biased. The federal courts have already ruled that physicians cannot be prosecuted or have their licenses stripped from them just for recommending the medical use of marijuana.” If not criminally illegal, it is clearly ethically wrong for an Attorney General to lie to the voters of his state. Best Wishes,Karen Heikkala, Public RelationsNoelle Davis, Executive DirectorToke.
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Comment #2 posted by global_warming on August 03, 2006 at 15:04:04 PT

This should be happening in every district
"In June, West Hollywood City Council officials voted in favor of a resolution calling on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies to not "target adult marijuana users who consume this drug in private and pose no danger to the community." Santa Cruz voters will decide on a similar municipal ballot measure in November."In the good old U.S.A., instead our hard earned taxed dollars are falling into the hands of cruel and greedy opportunists, whose only bottom line is to insure their criminal existence, at my expense, for sure, damnation and the Eternal Night shall swallow up your infant soul, to be placed in some Eternal Place of horror and disgrace, that is forever and ever, Eternity is a lonely Place.
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Comment #1 posted by Global_Warming on August 03, 2006 at 14:34:53 PT

Born to Be
"Though some researchers speculate that smoking large quantities of cannabis during this period could negatively impact this biological process, there is - to date - a lack of clinical or epidemiological data supporting the theory."Though some researchers speculate that smoking large quantities of cannabis during this period could negatively impact this biological process, this finding has been largely proven for alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.Responsible people during this period avoid these substances, yet the government insists on locking up young people who use cannabis, fathers who use cannabis, the government is actively pursuing to displace and destroy more families through its over riding campaign against cannabis use while in the meantime it is effectively ignoring the more dangerous scourges of meth.There is no excuse for ignorance that these people in government exhibit from day to day, the day is coming, when reckoning will be these fools greatest concerns.
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