NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- December 29, 2004

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- December 29, 2004
Posted by CN Staff on December 29, 2004 at 13:50:17 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
2004: The Year In Review: NORML's Top Ten Events That Shaped Marijuana PolicyDecember 29, 2004 - Washington, DC, USA#1: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On Whether Feds Can Prosecute Medical Marijuana Patients
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in late November to determine whether patients who use marijuana in compliance with state laws are constitutionally protected from federal arrest and prosecution. "If our Constitution means anything, it should mean that 'the war on drugs' cannot be made to be a war on the quality of life of the chronically or terminally ill," NORML stated in an amicus curaie filed with the Court on behalf of the respondents, patients Angel Raich and Diane Monson. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case by March 2005. Read the full story at: Voters Nationwide Embrace Marijuana Law Reform ProposalsVoters in 2004 approved numerous ballot proposals liberalizing marijuana laws, including a statewide measure in Montana legalizing the use of medicinal cannabis for medical purposes, as well as several municipal proposals depenalizing the possession of marijuana for personal use. Read the full story at: Marijuana Arrests For Year 2003 Hit Record HighPolice arrested an estimated 755,187 persons for marijuana violations in 2003, the highest annual total ever recorded in the United States, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 2004 Uniform Crime Report. A marijuana smoker is now arrested every 42 seconds in America. Read the full story at: Cannabinoids Treat Pain, Protect Brain Cells And DelayNeurodegenerative Disease Progression, Studies Say Clinical studies published in 2004 reported that cannabinoids may aid in the treatment of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as aid in the treatment of pain and obesity. Read the full story at: NORML Activists Tell Congress: "We're Here. We Smoke. We Vote."Hundreds of marijuana law reformers from around the nation convened in Washington, DC in April to participate in NORML's first-ever Congressional Lobby Day. "There's no substitute for face-to-face contact between constituents and their elected officials," NORML's outgoing Executive Director Keith Stroup said. "The intent of NORML's first annual Congressional Lobby Day was to encourage hundreds of marijuana law reformers to begin careers as 'citizen lobbyists,' and to urge them to replicate their efforts not only in Washington, but also in their home districts." Read the full story at: Canada To Authorize Prescription Use Of First-Ever Medical Cannabis SprayHealth Canada issued a "Qualifying Notice" in December for the approval of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts, for the treatment of neuropathic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Produced by the British biotechnology firm GW Pharmaceuticals, Sativex is a whole plant medicinal cannabis extract containing precise doses of the cannabinoids THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Health Canada is expected to finalize marketing authorization for Sativex by early 2005. Read the full story at: Feds To Employ Hair, Sweat And Saliva Testing For Government WorkersGuidelines proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2004 would allow federal agencies to collect samples of employees' hair, sweat and saliva to test for illicit drugs. About 400,000 federal workers are subject to federal drug testing and stand to be impacted by the new regulations, which would also clear the way for the expanded use of alternative testing technologies in the private business sector. Read the full story at: Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Hemp Foods BanThe Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in February struck down Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations criminalizing the possession and manufacture of edible hemp seed or oil products that contain trace amounts of THC. Read the full story at: Researchers Propose Per Se Guidelines For Cannabis And "Drugged Driving"Laws prohibiting motorists from operating a vehicle with any detectable level of marijuana or marijuana metabolites in the driver's blood or urine improperly classify occasional marijuana smokers as impaired, concluded a report presented in August at the 17th International Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS). Read the full story at: Britain: Pot Reclassification Finally Takes EffectLong-awaited British legal reforms downgrading marijuana from a Class B to a Class C scheduled drug took effect in January, marking the first substantial change to the nation's 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act in more than 30 years. Read the full story at: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: December 29, 2004Copyright: 2004 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 22, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 16, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 09, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 02, 2004
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Comment #4 posted by ekim on December 30, 2004 at 17:53:35 PT
Next week – a report on Canada’s confusing 
Kubby and Tuck Allowed to Appeal Denial of Refugee Status. Canadian Law Enforcement Violates The Law With Multiple Attacks On Tuck. Hayes Simply “Takes Leave.” 
Posted by Richard Cowan on 2004-12-30 16:20:00 
“It is important to note that the court only agrees to hear appeals of refugee board decisions in less than one percent of cases.”On one raid this summer, Steve Tuck was forced to lie face down in a mud puddle for several hours while the narks held an M-16 against his head. If DEAland narks will go to such lengths to violate their rights here in Canada, how can it be safe for them to return to the belly of the beast?  ( note: Next week – a report on Canada’s confusing medical cannabis situation. Happy New Year!)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 30, 2004 at 08:45:24 PT
Thanks for the article. I did see that particular article and didn't feel anyone would want to read it so I didn't post it. I hope you had a nice vacation. We are finally shaking the flu. It hangs around for weeks it seems. The news is so slow I can barely find anything worth posting. What is going on in the world is so serious that our issue seems small during this time. Last night we had to turn off the news and watched a James Taylor concert. This is the first time I have ever thought that this old world might be winding down but one disaster after another reminds me how fragile this earth is. I don't know where all the regular posters are but I'm hoping they are on a vacation and resting up for the news we will get after the New Year.
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on December 30, 2004 at 07:36:38 PT
moving forward ...
more on NY DA:
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on December 29, 2004 at 18:37:36 PT
More on Ohio...Blackwell, Bush, Rove Subpoenaed for Depositions:
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