NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- January 5, 2006

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- January 5, 2006
Posted by CN Staff on January 05, 2006 at 16:20:35 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
Rhode Island Becomes the 11th State Legalize to Medical MarijuanaJanuary 5, 2006 - Providence, RI, USAProvidence, RI: Rhode Island has officially become the 11th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. On Tuesday, January 3, the Rhode Island House voted 59-13 to approve the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, overriding Governor Donald Carcieri's veto. Since the Senate had already voted to override the veto, this bill now officially becomes law in Rhode Island.
The medical use proposal enjoyed strong support from the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, and the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition.Rhode Island is the third state to legalize medical marijuana through the state legislature, rather than a voter initiative. Rhode Island joins Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington State in protecting sick and dying patients who find relief from medical marijuana.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-5500.DL: Foundation Videoblog Contest Winners For 2005; New Contest Announced for 2006January 5, 2006 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: The NORML Foundation launched a series of videoblog contests during the fall of 2005, featuring cash prizes that asked supporters to submit a video against the general policy of marijuana prohibition to mark the 68th anniversary of the arrest of America's first victim in the federal government's war against marijuana consumers, Samuel Caldwell of Colorado.The videos are featured on (the search tag words are "norml" and "prohibitioncontest"): were numerous entries and the winners, chosen by NORML's Washington DC staff, for the first NORML videoblog contest are:First Prize ($250):Legalize ItSecond Prize ($150):Drug WarriorsThird Prize ($100):NORML PSANew NORML Foundation Videoblog Contest Announced for 2006The NORML Foundation announces another $500 cash award contest starting January 4, 2006 and ending February 28, 2006. Three notable celebrities have volunteered to review, judge and award the winners of the NORML Foundation's next videoblog contest:*Ron Mann, Canadian documentary filmmaker of popular documentaries such as Grass and Go Further. Ron serves on NORML's Advisory Board.*Rock band Sara Drive*R. Keith Stroup, Esq., NORML's founder, member of the Board of Directors of NORML and the NORML Foundation, and currently Of CounselThe requested theme and tag words for this beta phase of NORML's videoblog contest are:Theme = Parody of the US government's infamous Partnership for a Drug Free America commercials.Tag Words = "norml", "normlvideoblogcontest", "pdfacontest", "pdfaparody", "partnershipforadrugfreeamericacontest"For more information about NORML's videoblog contest checkout: of NORML's 2006 National ConferenceJanuary 5, 2006 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: NORML's 2006 annual conference will once again be held in the great city of San Francisco, California at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway.This is the only pro-marijuana law reform conference in America so our discounted hotel rooms sell out early. Last year more than 550 like-minded NORML supporters came together for the organization's 34th national conference. This is your opportunity to join the oldest and most important of all drug policy reform conferences.To secure your place at this year's sure-to-be sellout national NORML conference in San Francisco, the epicenter of cannabis culture in America, please reserve your hotel room as soon as possible at: and NORML social activity registrations will begin soon but discounted hotel room space is limited so please reserve your hotel room now.Next, please let us know who would you like to hear speak or perform at the 2006 NORML conference? What topics or panel discussions relating to marijuana or marijuana law reform interest you? Your input is important! You can email your input to:  media norml.orgFor more information on NORML 2006 in San Francisco, please contact Associate Director Kristopher Krane or Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, 202-483-5500.DL: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: January 5, 2006Copyright: 2006 NORML Contact: norml Website: NORML Archives
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Comment #2 posted by Richard Zuckerman on January 06, 2006 at 09:19:04 PT:
Assemblyman Mark Leno (San Francisco), submitted such a Bill last year! I called his office to thank them for it, too! While Jack Herer asserts in his book entitled THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES, [click on the book title at the top of his Web page to download the book], that Hemp is an alternative source of fuel for our automobiles, See also, the cover article of this month's issue of The Free Press, P.O. Box 2303, Kerrville, Texas, 78029-2303, (Fax)(830) 896-7374, freepres, $25/year for 12 issues subscription, is entitled "A contrived oil shortage?", by Dr. Stanley Monteith, of, DoctorStanRadio He also wrote the article entitled "The Peak Oil myth", on pages 2-4 of this issue of The Free Press. I wonder what the current status is of the Congressional Bill entitled "The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2005"? I guess it died because Congress does not care.Richard Paul Zuckerman, Post Office Box 159, Metuchen, New Jersey, 08840-0159, richardzuckerman2002
Diploma in Paralegal, New York University, 2003; B.A. in Political Science, Kean College of New Jersey [Kean University], 1987.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 05, 2006 at 16:45:02 PT
NORML: Industrial Hemp Introduced in California 
Ask Your Assembly Member To Support AB 1147 
 NORML is pleased to announce that Assembly Bill 1147, an act to legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp, has been introduced in the California legislature. Now is the time to contact your state Assembly member and urge him or her to allow licensed farmers to cultivate this important agricultural commodity.The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to a 2005 Congressional Resource Service (CRS) report. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing.The aim of AB 1147 is to allow California to authorize a licensed, statewide hemp industry. However, this bill will only receive serious consideration if California's elected officials hear an unmistakable message of support from their constituents. Please take two minutes of your time to write your Senator and tell him or her how important it is that they support industrial hemp.Read about this bill:
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