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Medical Marijuana Now Legal
Posted by CN Staff on July 27, 2010 at 08:30:20 PT
By Erica Johnston
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana is now legal in the District after the Democrat-controlled Congress declined to overrule a D.C Council bill that allows the city to set up as many as eight dispensaries where chronically ill patients can purchase the drug.Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said in a statement the bill become law after Congress finished its business Monday night because neither the House nor Senate opted to intervene.
The council approved the bill in May, and under Home Rule Congress had 30 legislative days to review it."We have faced repeated attempts to re-impose the prohibition on medical marijuana in D.C. throughout the layover period," said Norton. "Yet, it is D.C.'s business alone to decide how to help patients who live in our city and suffer from chronic pain and incurable illnesses."Although the bill has now cleared Congress, patients will likely have to wait at least several months before they can obtain the drug from a city-sanctioned dispensary.Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the Department of Health now have to establish regulations outlining who can bid for a license to open a dispensary.The law allows patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and other chronic ailments can possess up to four ounces of the drug.Patients will not be allowed to grow their own marijuana, but licensed companies will be able to sell the drug to people who first obtain a doctor's prescription.The council also approved a provision in the 2011 budget that calls for medical marijuana to be subject to the city's 6 percent sales tax. Underprivileged residents who qualify will be eligible to purchase their drugs free or at reduced cost.Under the legislation, sponsored by council members David A. Catania (I-At large) and Phil Mendelson (D-At large), both non-profit and for-profit organizations will be eligible to operate the dispensaries.Even after the Department of Health licenses the dispensaries and cultivation centers, they could be delayed by a zoning process in which residents could protest where the dispensaries will be located. The legislation states the dispensaries will not be allowed to be located within 300 feet of a school.Distributors also will be limited to growing no more than 95 marijuana plants at a given location, an apparent effort to keep dispensers within federal law that heightens penalties on anyone arrested with at least 100 plants.The law caps a years-long struggle to act on a 1998 referendum in which 69 percent of District residents voted for to allow medical marijuana. Until last year, Congress blocked the city from enacting the referendum.City leaders, hoping to avoid the quasi-legalization of the drug, say the District will have one of the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in the country. They fear a future Congress could reverse the law if it is abused.-- Tim CraigSource: Washington Post (DC)Author: Erica JohnstonPublished: July 27, 2010 Copyright: 2010 Washington Post Contact: letters washpost.com URL: http://drugsense.org/url/lPjYouctWebsite: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml
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Comment #37 posted by Hope on July 30, 2010 at 07:03:44 PT
comment 33 "slobber and snot"
The DEA, of course, is the "some people", and the people that supposedly hold the other end of their leash.Please dear people, don't offend the slobber and snot out of the DEA if you can keep from it.
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Comment #36 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 20:47:33 PT
me either
can't trust that manever
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on July 29, 2010 at 19:42:15 PT
Hope
It was one of my very first wakeup calls when I got online and started learning more. I was really shocked by what Bob Barr did. I never got over what he did. 
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Comment #34 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 19:00:27 PT
The Barr Amendment
Was one of the most devastating moments of political awareness in my entire life.I had believed the vote of the citizen was sacrosanct in this country. I knew there was cheating and conniving going on in government, of course, but I never imagined something like the Barr Amendment could happen right out in the blooming, broad daylight, open.I'm still stunned that it happened.
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Comment #33 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 18:41:53 PT
It was a good video, FoM.
Christie and Emery.Of course, no one has to support them that doesn't want to... but their treatment is so harsh and for really doing no one any harm. Just offending the slobber and snot out of some people over a plant and seeds.
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on July 29, 2010 at 17:18:52 PT
Hope
That was a good video. 
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 15:53:35 PT
Federales
Hawaii Cannabis Ministry founder ordered held without bailhttp://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/98642399.html
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Comment #30 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 15:19:23 PT
Whether you "like" Marc or Roger, or not....
if you can... you should go and protest what these governments are doing to them.Now... if you possibly can.And stay as long as you can.Be loud... if you can.Be there, though... if you can and if you will.'All it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to ignore it' or something like that.
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Comment #29 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 15:14:37 PT
Marc and Roger
Why? What good reason do they have for treating them like that?None. Not one. Except that they can... because they said so.
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 15:12:36 PT
Wow!
Watch this.Found it over at DrugWarRantThe Flowerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMM_T_PJ0Rs&feature=player_embedded
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on July 29, 2010 at 15:01:25 PT
Hope
I am not sure about Roger Chrisite or Marc Emery. What I read about Marc is he was in solitary confinement but hopefully he is out now.
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Comment #26 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 14:57:13 PT
Roger Christie
This is like the most informative ... recent thing I can locate. Someone may have already posted this and I missed it... but here it is anyway.Cannabis Minister Roger Christie Refused Bail in Religious Freedom Casehttp://mensnewsdaily.com/2010/07/23/cannabis-minister-roger-christie-refused-bail-in-religious-freedom-case/comment-page-1/
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 14:14:54 PT
Roger Christie and Marc Emery
Just to mention two reasons it's still so not over... of course.Anybody heard anything lately about either?
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 06:09:54 PT
What's going on?
Words escape me a lot... more than ever all the time... but I just found some of the right ones this morning, while enjoying my coffee, sitting on Pete's couch. http://www.drugwarrant.com/In his post "A crack in the conventional wisdom", Pete Guither says "Itís a halfway measure, but itís still extremely significant. Finally, politicians actually voting to reduce a prohibition measure."That' it... the words... "Extremely significant".Extremely.It's not over yet... but all this is extremely significant.And wonderful.
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on July 29, 2010 at 05:06:46 PT
Isn't it wonderful?
I just can't stop smiling. I'm smiling when I wake up and I'm smiling when I fall asleep. We did it. A bunch of little people that cared did it!
 
It's happening.Some of us did a lot. Some of us did a little. But we all did it. Together.Light is shining. The wreckage has been horrible and it should never have happened... but we've all been a part of righting a terrible, terrible wrong.We can't give back the lives that have been lost... but the hideous machine that has killed and maimed so many is being stopped.Finally.The joy of having been a part of this... and seeing.... really seeing victory over evil on the horizon is simply inexpressible.I know. I know. It's not over yet.... but look at the light!Isn't it wonderful?
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on July 28, 2010 at 19:47:43 PT
Ekim comment 21
Thank you.That's good news! Very good news.Unanimously. That's amazing.
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Comment #21 posted by ekim on July 28, 2010 at 16:52:09 PT
thanks FoM and afterburner
COPs members, family and friends, 4 years and some 1700 presentations to Hill staffers later - the bill/concept I have pushed since arriving here in DC ago just cleared the US House by unanimous consent.  Not one Member disagreed.  This will give the law a great shot of being passed by the Senate before the election. President Obama has already expressed his support for the bill. I am beyond emotion Ė beyond words.  Some details below provided by DPA and I totally agree with Bill Piperís words. Misty and I leave in four weeks to spend 9 weeks in California to pass their legalize/regulate/tax proposal. Karen is a saint to put up with me. Thank you so much for all your support, Howard Detective/Officer Howard Wooldridge (retired)Drug Policy Specialist, COP - www.CitizensOpposingProhibition.orgDrug Policy Alliancewww.drugpolicy.orgFor Immediate Release:                              Contact: Bill Piper 202-669-6430July 27, 2010                                         Tony Newman 646-335-5384U.S. House Unanimously Passes Legislation Creating National Commission to Reduce Incarceration and Reform the Criminal Justice SystemCommission Would Likely Analyze Over-Incarceration, Failed Drug War Policies, Racial Disparities, and MoreDrug Policy Alliance Urges Senate to Quickly Follow Houseís Lead
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on July 28, 2010 at 12:56:05 PT
Afterburner : Ben Keith RIP
Ben Keith Dies at 73; Steel Guitarist Known for Work with Neil YoungBen Keith, a veteran steel guitarist who played on Patsy Cline's 1961 hit "I Fall to Pieces" before befriending Neil Young and going on to play on more than a dozen of the Canadian rocker's albums, has died. He was 73.Keith died of a heart attack, director Jonathan Demme said Tuesday. Demme, who directed Young's concert film "Neil Young Trunk Show" from earlier this year and 2006's "Heart of Gold," said Keith had been staying at Young's ranch in Northern California working on new projects with his longtime collaborator. No other details were available.URL: http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ben-keith-20100728,0,355287.story
Picture From Greendale
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on July 27, 2010 at 23:06:48 PT
ekim #17 - LOL - See Below
BP Spills Coffee 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AAa0gd7ClM 
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 19:46:19 PT
ekim
I only caught a little bit of Michael Moore but I really appreciate all he has done for people. I love his movies. 
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on July 27, 2010 at 19:43:02 PT
M M asking the question what has happen to US
oh come on a seven inch hole three feet off the ocean floor,
and we could not stop it -- good going Michael Moore for saying out loud we need the skills, ideas and innovative thinking that have got us this far but -we are lacking and
we need to ask each other to think about it.jobs -- we can make ethanol and other fuels - many jobs follow the fuel industry just use your mind we are surrounded. products -- cloths we all need them.lets have a X prize to find out the best producer of fiber,
oil, food, and how the crops differ in cost to produce using chems and water.i hope Michael will think about a tag line to go along with his roll out his new effort at helping Mainstreet in the Citys he will give a pitch for the Farmers.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 18:22:59 PT
ekim
Thank you. We will turn Larry King On to see Michael Moore.
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Comment #15 posted by runruff on July 27, 2010 at 17:59:42 PT
WoD Legacy:
Much was sacrificedMany were harmedNothing was accomplished
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Comment #14 posted by ekim on July 27, 2010 at 14:08:33 PT
Michael Moore on Larry King tonight
maybe some day Michael will do a show on Hemp and 
how many jobs and value added products are being made
in over 30 Countries around the world.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 13:12:49 PT
Indeed
"Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little."
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 13:11:17 PT
The love seat
is trimmed or reinforced with wood.But it's close.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 12:47:21 PT
Comment 1
You know what?I think that's the love seat that matches Pete's Couch over at the DrugWarRant.http://www.drugwarrant.com/Lol!
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on July 27, 2010 at 11:33:54 PT
Never in the civilised world 
http://www.drugwarrant.com/The Economist has a devastatingly powerful attack on the U.S.: Too many laws, too many prisoners. Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little
http://www.drugwarrant.com/
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on July 27, 2010 at 11:20:17 PT
Jack and the Hempstalk.
40 years ago Jack stood up and shouted "look, the Emperor is naked!" It has taken 40 years to get that rascal to put his clothes back on!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 11:02:51 PT
Thinking
We... activists and fighters for freedom and justice. The "Fringe". The "Rabble". We were never really the "Rebels" or the "Radicals" or the "Liberals", or even the "Progressives" in this fight. We were, and are, and people like us always will be, the keepers of the flame. We only "rebelled" against the true traitors to what we cherish about this country and it's way of government and what it's supposed to be. We fought the fascists and made em give back some of what they were stealing from us all. People are waking up from the fascist dream/nightmare. We're what we're supposed to be.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 10:49:51 PT
Press Release From MPP
D.C. Medical Marijuana Law Clears Congressional HurdleURL: http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/07/27-6
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 10:47:35 PT
Rainbow
It's going to be interesting to watch. Nothing like being in the belly of the beast! LOL!
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Comment #5 posted by rainbow on July 27, 2010 at 10:38:04 PT
Raids??
I wonder if miss leonhart will start attacking the DC dispensaries.She really should, and then it will be interesting to hear the outcry. maybe even a congresscritter would get arrested for getting medicine.HeHeHe this is going to be interesting. let's see how many resources they have.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 10:33:39 PT
This article
If I could paint a picture of how I feel about this with words... it would be a very nice picture.I haven't even read it yet. The title, I have. Like being released from being held mostly under water in a really ugly struggle for a really long time.It's wonderful.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 10:30:02 PT
Hope
Glad you liked it. Stick saw it on MSNBC and said that I should go find it and post it for a laugh and I did.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on July 27, 2010 at 10:27:06 PT
Lol!
Love it!Better than a steering wheel on a bicycle!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 27, 2010 at 09:31:36 PT
Just For a Laugh
Motorized Couch Banned From BYU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LHiHO7xnf8
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