A remarkable artistic demonstration that is, powerfully honest and brutally truthful, calling for the government to take a bow and admit that they are indeed the biggest drug pushers of all, getting us hooked on legal drugs while conveniently overlooking their subsequent overdose deaths. The prescription pill pandemic that is plaguing America is killing millions of people, yet inhaled or ingested marijuana has no known record of overdose… The government however is determined to punish its people for using pot, while sneakily laying claim to all the cannabis patents ultimately proving medical benefit.
This straight-shooting song also shames the corporate money trail that is leaving upstanding citizens of our community incarcerated, while frankly shaming the governments hypocrisy that is funding modern slavery through the system of privatized prisons. Ellen candidly points out that prohibition made it clear, when you turn a market black, its hard to turn it back, and that these days our taxes pay the FDA so the DEA can put us away. This non-violent offense devastates families, destroys lives, and encumbers on the futures prospects of the individuals too, making it hard to find employment, or earn a decent income.
Like Ellen sings, the war on drugs is a political joke. But as marijuana continues to make its way mainstream and public understanding evolves, perhaps the end of prohibition is not such a pipe dream anymore. As more people succumb to the deadly addiction of pain pills, public awareness is growing and people are finally seeing the truth for themselves, and realizing that big pharma is really the real power behind the president of America. Its time policy changed to prevent lobbyist from swaying our legislature, and its high time that cannabis be rescheduled to recognize its medical potential and benefits.
Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2 would allow any person, 21 and over, to posses up to 1 ounce of marijuana, while making an allowance for each person to grow no more than 6 plants. The measure would also allow for the production and sale of marijuana, which the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board would regulate until such time as a Marijuana Control Board could be established. And it would be taxed $50 per ounce at the point of sale. Although Alaska was one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana in 1975, while further legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes in 1998, the Alaskan legislators have not been in favor of these judicial and electoral decisions, and maintain strict enforcement of laws that keep marijuana illegal outside the confines of anyones home. As such there is no dispensary system in the state, leaving patients with no place to safely access their medication, despite the fact that its been prescribed to them by their physician. “We have thousands of cardholders in the state who have no safe way to access their medicine. They’re forced to criminalize themselves and engage in the black market in order to gain access to the medicine that they have been prescribed by their doctor,” said Taylor Bickford, a spokesperson for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska. As a result, a big part of the initiative behind Ballot Measure 2 is reinforcing Alaska’s existing laws for decriminalization and medical marijuana, in itself adding momentum to the measure.
The ballot initiative in Oregon, Measure 91, would allow any person 21 and over, to posses up to 8 ounces, and grow no more than 4 plants. The initiate, to be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, would also legalize production and sales, while taxing marijuana $35 per ounce at the point of sale, with a percentage of revenue allocated to enforcement and educational programs. Although the campaign in Oregon has drawn a lot of attention over accusations that federal taxpayer money was being used to fund anti-legalization efforts, the controversy highlights the federal governments problem in playing a key role as the chief enforcer of marijuana prohibition, while also acting as a major source of funding for anti-drug education campaigns. As a result, a big part of the initiative is proving to the voters that marijuana’s legal classification as a schedule 1 substance, which places marijuana in the same category as heroin, is inaccurate, unsubstantiated, and unfounded. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) who publicly supports marijuana legalization said, “Marijuana is big business right now. Its a multi-million dollar, huge industry in the United States. The problem is its illegal, so its not regulated, its not taxed, and there aren’t consumer protections.”
In Washington, DC, the ballot measure Initiative 71, would allow any person 21 and over to posses up to 2 ounces of marijuana, grow up to 6 plants, and also give marijuana to other adults 21 and older. But because voter initiatives in DC aren’t allowed to have a direct impact on the local budget, the initiative would not legalize, regulate, or tax sales. However with consistently strong support in the polls, it seems that DC’s legalization initiative holds the most promise of passing. Still the initiative faces some obstacles of its own, because Washington, DC, is the nation’s capital and a federal jurisdiction, proponents are concerned that the federal government will try to block the measure from becoming law, the same way they blocked local government from setting up dispensaries, nearly 12 years after the DC voters approved legalization of medical marijuana. Adam Eidinger, chair of the marijuana legalization campaign, expects Congress to respect the decision of the DC voters, however if they try to interfere with the initiative, he plans to lead a march on the Capital, “I expect them first and foremost to respect the initiative. If [the government’s actions] violate the spirit of the initiate in any way, thats what Im going to be focused on.”
Voters in Florida through Amendment 2, aim to legalize marijuana to treat “debilitating medical conditions”, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or any other conditions for which a physician believes that medical marijuana use would likely out weigh the potential healths risks to the patient. However, because the measure is constitutional amendment, Florida law requires that it get at least 60% of the vote, a challenge in a midterm election year when turnout among young voters is lower. Ben Pollara, director of the United for Care, the organization behind the medical marijuana initiative, said, “The people of Florida have been begging for a medical marijuana law for years.” But political scientist at the University of South Florida, Susan MacManus, stresses that young voter turnout is critical.
When interviewed on the subject, Jason Draizin, CEO of MarijuanDotors.Com, said that, “With 23 states currently allowing for medical marijuana, 2 states recreationally legal, and another 3 states considering following suite, it is overtly apparent that the tide has turned, and that the idea of marijuana legalization is no longer a pipe dream, but is becoming ever more of a reality as it continues to build mainstream momentum. To quote the new documentary from the makers of The Union, “Culture High“, ‘We have to break out of the fog… Its not rational or logical, its financial.’” Reference]]>
“I was shocked it came so fast, I’m very excited,” Said the 48-year old Champion. Mr. Champion who is a resident of Somonauk, led a group of more than 2,000 seriously ill Illinoisans who applied to join the program in the first few days that it was accepting applications. Individuals who have been admitted into the state’s pilot program will receive registration cards which will be required to buy medical marijuana at a state approved dispensary. At this current time no dispensaries are open in the state.
State residents who have a qualifying condition and whose last name begins with the letters A through L can submit their applications up until October 31st. Patients whose last names begin with the letters M through Z can send in their information beginning November 1st until the end of the year.
Of the 158 applications received from entrepreneurs wishing to operate cultivation centers only 22 licenses will be awarded. The state netted almost $5 million in non-refundable application fees from all of the potential business owners.]]>
Mrs. Greene was initially reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club for a piece during Sunday night’s broadcast, without yet revealing her connection to the organization. At the end of her recorded segment, during a live on air shot, she revealed she was in fact the club’s owner and would be quitting. She went on to say “Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska, and as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”
And with that resounding statement she simply walked off camera.
When reached later after the broadcast Greene told reporters that’s KTVA had no prior knowledge that she was going to quit or that she was affiliated to the Alaska Cannabis Club. When questions as to why she chose to quit in such a dramatic fashion she said, “Because I wanted to draw attention to this issue. And the issue is medical marijuana. Ballot Measure 2 is a way to make medical marijuana real…most patients didn’t know the state didn’t set up the framework to get patients their medicine.”
“If I offended anyone, I apologize, but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made.”
In a statement posted on its FaceBook page, KTVA news director Bert Rudman said, “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.”
Originally created this past April, the Alaska Cannabis Club connects medical marijuana patients with other card holders who are growing marijuana. Growers are then offered donations as reimbursement for the costs to cover the cannabis grow ops. In an interview conducted in August, the club said it hopes to increase access to medical marijuana patients despite operating in a unstable legal territory. Alaska voters will decide on November 4th if they wish to legalize the recreational use of marijuana similar to how states like Colorado and Washington have done. Those wishing to see the YouTube clip of Greene quitting live on-air can click the link below.]]>
Sadly several weeks later Mr. Boyer was fired from both of his full-time positions due to the interview he gave KREM. According to Boyer life since the firings has been difficult. “I was number, I still have that title, I don’t really regret it,” Boyer told reporters. Thankfully Boyer has since managed to gain one of his positions back but has not worked any hours since his return. “I can’t get a job. Everywhere I go, the employer goes ‘you’re the weed guy. We saw you on the news.’” Boyer lamented.
According to Bayer he has made it through several first-round interviews but has ultimately been rejected because he refused to take a drug test. He originally hoped in finding a job in the cannabis industry but has yet to hear back from any places he has applied to. “I just wish someone in the marijuana movement would pick me up.”
Thankfully Boyer’s luck took a positive turn when he managed to obtain a part-time job as a landscaper in North Spokane. He says his new employer has prohibited him from using marijuana while at work and forbidden him from speaking about drug use with his other employees.
“It’s never been a problem in the past,” Boyer was quick to point out. He added he hopes to prove that he can be a valuable employee. “I just need the opportunity to prove myself, Don’t judge a book by its cover.”]]>
The state government has established a functioning group which has been tasked with setting up the trail. Parts of its focus will include analyzing and addressing means by which to supply and distribute the medical marijuana to be studied. Additionally state legislators have begun to create and established law enforcement guidelines so that individuals who are found to possess personal user amounts of marijuana will not be prosecuted if their names appear on a state maintained list of terminally sick patients. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird told the nation’s parliament that he was personally impacted and moved upon hearing the story of terminally ill Daniel Haslam of Tamworth.
“Why not take a stance to say to the rest of the country, this matters. It’s time we did something about it,” Baird told the press. “So I say at the same time, we want to give the terminally and those around them, their carers, their family, a greater piece of mind. We also want to ensure that carers aren’t forced to watch their loved ones suffer when their pain can be alleviated.”
Sadly Daniel Haslam was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of bowel cancer at just 24-years old. He found that using cannabis helped deal with some of the ravaging effects of his chemotherapy. Mrs. Haslam, Daniel’s mother said she was ecstatic when the Primer informed her of the government’s decision. “I think I gave him a big hug and a kiss. He’s a very kind, caring man, you know he’s a dad,” said Mrs. Haslam in regards to the Premier who had worked so hard to help families like hers. She went on to elaborate “I think he probably knows as any parent the horrible feeling of watching your child suffer and feeling powerless. He can empathize with that I think.”
Mr. Baird went on to explain that New South Wales hopes to lead the way on a unique issue that should make it to the national agenda.]]>
“I will push for taxation and regulation of marijuana,” Kreuger said at an unrelated campaign event for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. At that same event Kreuger went on to say “I continue to work with experts around the country and to evaluate laws and regulations being put into place now. “
Ironically Senator Krueger has made a similar attempt to get such a bill passed last legislative session. Back then it seemed like an impossible liberal dream in what was back then a conservatively controlled state senate that had not even considered medical marijuana. Krueger admits that she has made appropriate amendments to her bill since the last time she submitted it. She says that observing things that worked or did not work in other states allowed her to make the necessary changes. “I knew we needed to move medical marijuana into law before people would focus on the bigger question – tax and regulation,” Kreuger said.
Mr. DeZarn who served a year in Iraq in 2005 suffers from PTSD and decided to email University President Christopher Eisgruber regarding his decision to use medical cannabis. Following his heartfelt e-mail to President Eisgruber and a meeting with several university officials from the Office of Human Resources, the University has agreed to consider DeZarn’s request to use medical marijuana on the school’s campus.
In the e-mail to Eisbruger dated August 22nd, DeZarn says “I apologize for contacting you regarding the current situation I find myself in, but I’m really not sure where else to turn because I have been told that I am no longer allowed to work at Princeton because I am a medical marijuana patient.”
Princeton officials ultimately decided to allow DeZarn’s request to medicate pending the submission of the appropriate documentation and more discussion by Human Resources officials. DeZarn recently obtained a medical marijuana card from the state after going through a grueling two year process. He firmly asserts that using medical marijuana has allowed him to stop taking his previously used prescription medication. He says he is thankfully no longer in pain and smokes marijuana anytime he has a spasm. The groundbreaking meeting comes weeks after DeZarn was told by a public safety official that he may no longer work at Princeton while using medical marijuana, he claimed that the Department of Public safety believed he posed a threat to the security of the campus environment.
In his e-mail to President Eisbruber, DeZarn writes that the DPS official in question told him to “just stay home and get high with my friends.”
The Granville City Council voted 6-1 to close the loophole by changing the laws wording to have it align with Ohio state law. Simply three lines of legislation in the village’s code meant the difference between a pain free life and chronic debilitating pain for some, such as Mr. James Malick. “It feels like somebody hits you in the face all day long is the way I feel then. About five, ten times a day it feels like somebody comes up and hits you in the face with a brick and you just drop to your knees,” Mr. Malick said when describing his chronic pain.
Mr. Malick states that his symptoms are a result of nerve damage that he has spent the past several years unsuccessfully trying to manage. He says his doctors feel the only permanent relief would involve an extremely risky brain surgery that may leave him in even worse condition. “They said coma, paralyzed, or seizures for the rest of my life,” Malick told a local NBC affiliate.
“I’m a patient I know how it can help patients, said LeAnne Barbee, a local advocate for medical marijuana.
Ironically it was an article written by Mr. Dennis Cauchon in which he notified patients of the loophole that also drew the ire and concern of Granville Village Law Director Mike King. Upon becoming privy to the loophole in the towns code he suggested that the village council adopt a new revised ordinance that fell more in alignment with the Ohio Revised Code. According to Mr. King “Prior written recommendation from a doctor is not the same as a lawful prescription,” because there is currently no such thing as a lawful prescription for marijuana in Ohio.]]>