Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Harmful Drugs
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Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Harmful Drugs
Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2015 at 20:45:27 PT
By Alan Schwarz
Source: New York Times
California -- A federal judge declined on Wednesday to order the removal of marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of the most harmful and addictive drugs, disappointing those who had hoped the courts might help settle growing conflicts between federal and state laws.Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of United States District Court in Sacramento heard testimony on whether marijuana belonged alongside heroin and LSD on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule I list: substances classified as having no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
As more has been learned about marijuana’s therapeutic properties, however, 23 states, including California, have legalized the use of medical cannabis, and four states have approved its recreational use, creating confusion on how or whether federal law will be enforced.Judge Mueller will continue to preside over the case, in which the federal government is prosecuting 16 men in California accused of conspiring to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants in Shasta-Trinity National Forest.Defense lawyers had argued in court filings that the charges should be dismissed in part because marijuana’s Schedule I classification was arbitrary and unconstitutional. They asserted that the 10th Amendment barred the federal government from superseding state laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. Judge Mueller ruled that any adjustments to the law were better left to Congress. “This is not the court and this is not the time,” she said Wednesday, according to a report by The Associated Press. A written ruling will be issued by the end of the week.The decision dismayed advocates of marijuana legalization.“The medical benefits of cannabis are undeniable,” said Jeremy Norrie, a medical marijuana user in West Hollywood, Calif., who operates the Secret Cup, a cannabis trade show. “To keep it in the Schedule I classification is knowingly ignorant. It seems more to me that this judge wanted to avoid controversy and having to deal with the issue. We don’t see anywhere near the kind of public problems that the other drugs in Schedule I have.”A spokesman for the D.E.A., Matthew R. Barden, said it would not comment until officials saw Judge Mueller’s written ruling.The ruling is one of several indications that some resolution between federal and state marijuana laws may be approaching. In 2013, the Justice Department recommended that federal officials not target dispensaries, growers and patients who complied with state marijuana laws and had no links to cartels or interstate smuggling.Moreover, the 2015 appropriations bill passed by Congress in December barred the Justice Department from spending money to interfere with any state’s efforts to carry out its medical marijuana laws. The Justice Department has countered that it can still prosecute violations of the federal marijuana ban and continue cases already in the courts.A version of this article appears in print on April 16, 2015, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: No Clarity on Conflicting Laws as Judge Keeps Marijuana on List of Harmful Drugs. Source: New York Times (NY)Author: Alan SchwarzPublished: April 15, 2015Copyright: 2015 The New York Times CompanyContact: letters nytimes.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #18 posted by John Tyler on April 18, 2015 at 08:04:08 PT
"I Got the Beatles High" Dylan"
Bob "Rainy Day Woman" "I Got the Beatles High" Dylan. Isn’t that weird that that was one of those pivotal moments that changed the world? The Beatles turned on, and in turn, turned on a whole generation. “With our love we could change the world”. It seemed so innocent and gentle, but it worked.PS the judge punted. Good try, but I think she realized that this issue was too hot to handle. 
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Comment #17 posted by Oleg the Tumor on April 17, 2015 at 07:50:05 PT
The Calm before the Storm . . .
. . . is the best time to kick the can down the road. Or is that littering?THE END IS NEAR!REPAINT!!REPAINT AND STAIN NO MORE!!
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Comment #16 posted by runruff on April 17, 2015 at 01:12:58 PT
Thank you Hope.
Your tidings of good cheer are warming my cockles! She is one of those evil ones with the dead eyes. Please fire her then Start whittling down the most useless, corrupt Agency in the country. Oh the arrogance and cruel nature of Nixon's "Rosemary's Baby". If you have a functioning brain you will see that the American Dream and the DEA cannot exist together. The DEA is the very epitome of a deranged concept of government policy. 40 of the Punk Police raided my sweet peaceful home with machine guns pointed at me and my dear wife. What a bunch low life street thugs they are. It takes a high tech uniform and billions of dollars of propaganda to sell a clean, upright image of these morons. Good riddance to ol' Dead Eyes and her arrogant ignorance! Wrong is wrong, bad is bad and she is both.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on April 16, 2015 at 23:35:09 PT
Here ya go, Runruff.
DEA's Leonhart Doomed? Committee Declares 'No Confidence' Amid Sex Party Scandal
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Comment #14 posted by Universer on April 16, 2015 at 22:18:02 PT
Thank you, FoM and CNewsNation. You know why. But 'case you don't: Without on-line communities like this, orderly and intellectual and dedicated and compassionate, spreading truth without fear and love without reserve -- without such as here, all of the above (see below) would not be happening. At all. Thank you.Also - and I say the following as much to myself as to anyone else - in order to reach the goalline, we have to drive it all the way to and past the end zone. Keep it up keep it up keep it up up up. No laurel-resting, Universer you laurel-resting fool you.Anywhich. How we doin'? Never been better. Thanks.---You know who I forgot? Dr. Oz. Didn't he make a flying leap onto our bandwagon recently, at least for med? Anyway, it all counts. It's all good.
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Comment #13 posted by Universer on April 16, 2015 at 22:05:42 PT
Chris Christie & Judge Sidestep be darned. We're..
...doing just fine, thanks.The Wealth Channel showing Marijuana Miracle on loop. Dr. Gupta blowing his horns again. Pres. Obama as close to on-board (med, at least) as any sitting Pres. ever has (and as any ubercautious centrist (that he is) would).Several openly supportive members of Congress, the odd mayor here and there, and a couple state legislators holding booze hostage until the weed is freed.Arizona, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Ohio with potential referenda on the agenda, with Rhode Island and Vermont maybe doing it the old-fashioned representative-democracy way.And let's not forget Guam.Recent poll by Quinnipiac (or maybe it was Pew -- they've both been polling swing states lately) suggests that Virginia, the Old Dominion, the birthplace of Presidents, my home and native land where I pays my taxes and takes my chances, has 54% favoring some variety of non-medical cannabis (re-)legalization.That's large. And they didn't even ask me.(Up here in heavily populated Northern Virginia probably more like 70%. You're welcome.)Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida, slim majorities, but yet majorities where till recently no such was conceivable. Four states and counting...another 20 with med...possible referenda nearly everywhere you can do that sort of thing...and it's perfectly legal to have and to hold in this Nation's Capital, from whose border I'm sitting 30 miles away. From.Merry 4/20, every one.I follow the lead of Runruff:The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’-- Bob "Rainy Day Woman" "I Got the Beatles High" Dylan
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Comment #12 posted by Universer on April 16, 2015 at 21:43:48 PT
OT:LeafOnline: Plea For $upport for Kettle Falls 5
To whom it may concern, which is all of us:
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2015 at 16:52:08 PT
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's time for a medical marijuana revolution
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on April 16, 2015 at 15:38:58 PT
"There's something happening here..."
"What it is ain't exactly clear..."For What It's Worth
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2015 at 10:44:06 PT
Add Georgia
Georgia took a (small but important) step today.Governor Signs Bill Making Medical Marijuana Legal In Georgia
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 16, 2015 at 09:03:02 PT
A lot is starting to go on right now with our cause. CNN will have 2 different programs on from 9 to 11 EDT on Sunday night. We are getting so close to some serious change just because no matter how anyone tries to twist it the only real answer is to legalize it.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 16, 2015 at 08:59:16 PT
CNN Sunday Night Heads Up
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on April 16, 2015 at 07:47:00 PT
Many said it would take 10 years
Others said it would never happen! It is taking decades and the super majority of Americans to change the federal ban on pot, a plant. This, if nothing else should tell us how important this plant is. They play down it's importance but fight tooth and nail to keep it away from us. If you tell me they do this for my own good I will scoff at you. The fed has demonstrated a complete disdain for the people by selling us out for decades but when it comes to a harmless plant they are killing us to protect us from it. Irony or hypocrocy ?
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on April 16, 2015 at 07:30:49 PT
That is a welcome bit of news.At any given moment cannabis may no longer be a schedule I substance.From that Jamaica news the other day, I believe Obama said something to the effect, there is no big changes planned...-they're pretty consistent with that type of response right up to the moment that there is a big change... [aren't they]RE-Scheduling cannabis so it's not in the same category as heroin will be a HUGE change for the better in America. [as You know]It will have a positive effect in so many ways.One of the ways that will be better is that government will no longer give citizens the idea that heroin is no worse than cannabis and that may help lower heroin and other hard drug addiction rates. (-I how does this escape people???) [I really want to know]Duh!US MD: PUB LTE: Fight Heroin By Legalizing Pot PRESENT, GOVERNMENT'S MESSAGE TO CITIZENS IS THAT HEROIN IS NO WORSE THAN CANNABIS. WOW!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 16, 2015 at 06:23:55 PT
Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana
Breaking: Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana, Alternative Drug Treatment ModelsURL:
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on April 16, 2015 at 03:15:11 PT
Judges are glorified bureaucrats. 
Somebody must have taken Miss Kimmie and showed her the big picture, the overall long term impact legalization will have.There are those arm twisters in high places who have known before anyone what the long term implications are here.They cannot control the most useful, universal healthfull thing on the planet.I feel lazy right now so I will only say this. With the full unfettered implementation of cannabis/hemp there will be a redistribution of wealth and power in a few decades. Institutit ions will crumble. Budgets will shift and deminish. The police state will shrink ,the foreign war for oil and profits will stop. Small businesses around the country will flourish while Wall Street will shrink. Central banking will be unnecessary and inconvenient." The leaders now are soon to be last , for the times they are a changin'" -Bobby
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Comment #2 posted by Universer on April 15, 2015 at 22:34:01 PT
Wrong Place at the Wrong Time?
“At some point in time, a court may decide this status to be unconstitutional,” Mueller was quoted as saying on, a pro-marijuana blog that has been covering the case. “But this is not the court and not the time.” (LA Times)She is saying that what's constitutional is a function of the court and the time.I thought it was a function of the Constitution.Silly little judge.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on April 15, 2015 at 21:22:12 PT
Awe shucks.
We'll just have to keep doing what We've been doing and get the job done with out Her.
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