FDA rejects medical uses of marijuana

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it does not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The FDA said in a statement that it and other agencies with the Health and Human Services Department had "concluded that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use."

A number of states have passed legislation allowing marijuana use for medical purposes, but the FDA said, "These measures are inconsistent with efforts to ensure that medications undergo the rigorous scientific scrutiny of the FDA approval process and are proven safe and effective."

The statement contradicts a 1999 finding from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, which reported that "marijuana's active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea, the anorexia of AIDS wasting and other symptoms, and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials."

Bruce Mirken, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said Thursday: "If anybody needed proof that the FDA has become totally politicized, this is it. This isn't a scientific statement; it's a political statement."

Mirken said "a rabid congressional opponent of medical marijuana," Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., asked the FDA to make the statement.

Souder, chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on drug policy, has said the promotion of medical marijuana "is simply a red herring for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Studies have continually rejected the notion that marijuana is suitable for medical use because it adversely impacts concentration and memory, the lungs, motor coordination and the immune system."

The FDA statement noted "there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful." It also said, "There are alternative FDA-approved medications in existence for treatment of many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana."

Mirken responded, "There is abundant evidence that marijuana can help cancer patients, multiple sclerosis patients and AIDS patients. There is no scientific doubt that marijuana relieves nausea, vomiting, certain kinds of pain and other symptoms that don't respond well to conventional drugs, and does it more safely than other drugs.

"For the FDA to ignore all that evidence is embarrassing," Mirken said. "They should be red-faced."

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ANNUAL SMOKE IN AT THE WHITE HOUSE 2014!

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Friday July 4th 2014 , will be a landmark day in our long standing struggle to achieve an end to the Federal Government’s opposition to reschedule T.H.C.
 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

High Noon-3:00pm White House/Lafayette Park
3:00pm- 3:15pm Front of White House Photo opportunity
3:15pm- March steps off to Lincoln Memorial
3:00pm- 9pm Lincoln Memorial

(THIS IS A NATIONAL PARKS PERMITTED EVENT)
This has been coordinated with US Secret Service, National Parks, National Parks Police and D.C. Police

Website http://www.smoke-in.us

 

45th Annual Smoke-In Rally | Washington Peace Center
 
 
Street Address: Lafayette Park (north side of the White House)
City: WashingtonState/Region: DC
Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
 
Event Description: The 45th Annual Smoke-In Rally...
 
 
FROM "WAYWARD BILL" THE U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY HEAD CHAIRMAN:
 
 
Getting prepared for the 45th Annual Smoke in at the White House Rally, Cannabis March, and a rock em sock em good time at Music Stage followed by the most awesome fireworks on the Fourth of July!
 

Greeting fellow members of the cannabis freedom movement!

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Written by:  Ed Norton - USMJParty Hawaii

Greeting fellow members of the cannabis freedom movement. Like many of you, I have done some research as to my states motive and incentive in not making cannabis totally legal in our country.

I found this pdf format “FREDERAL GRANT FUNDING DOCUMENT” which was released in or for the year 2013. What this document actually is, is a state by state federal grant funding distribution accountability disbursement of those federal grant dollars that each and every state receives after they show cause that that particular state has a “drug problem” within that state.

Now, in laymen’s terms, the more arrests made in a state means the more of a drug problem they have. And the easiest drug arrest any cop or police agency could make to show cause for those federal dollars who be to make the most prevalent drug arrest in our country, and you guessed it by now. MARIJUANA! With one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds in our country totaling well over “SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND {650,000} nonviolent innocent Americans for simple possession of MARIJUANA’

What I would like everyone to do, is take this document, {and I’ll walk you through the process here} and see how much money OUR federal government is giving to each state that you choose to privy yourself with. Here’s an example. I’m in the state of Florida, and when I did the research within this document I was astounded when I read that my state receives over a HALF BILLION DOLLARS IN FEDREAL GRANT monies which is CLEAR MOTIVE and INCENTIVE for law enforcement throughout the state of Florida to conspire to arrest it’s citizens for simple marijuana possession. $585.115.853 in 2013 EXACTLY!

I also read the many sheriffs and police sites here in Florida, that our citizens are also arrested for drug paraphernalia. i.e, a marijuana pipe with a smear of marijuana residue or even a roach in a person’s ashtray. Both as noted also are entered in Florida narcotics arrest statistics in order to “PAD” or bring greater statistics to show cause OR TO INFLATE for those federal grant dollars.

Ok, that being said, why not take a look at your state and see for yourself this conspiracy for those arrest incentive dollars money game that every state is in competition for.

Also, to back up my investigation, I’m attaching this you-tube video released by the “Young Turks You-tube channel” Which was released when that news group was on national cable network, and are now mainly on You-Tube” where they also explain in detail of a “Huffington post Investigation” Which also backs up this federal document. I’ll attach that article as well for your investigation of this blatant conspiracy that being perpetrated upon our innocent men, woman, and yes even children who are arrested in wholesale numbers for those competitive federal funding drug money grant dollars.

PLEASE, I FOUND THE INFORMATION WHICH I HAVE YET TO SEE ON ANY PRO CANNABIS SITES THUS FAR! It’s all hear guys, this is a conspiracy and YOU must take a few minutes that it would take to see this document and only then will your hair stand on the back of your heads, I promise you that this information will BLOW YOU AWAY GUYS! And you will be appalled at what you’re going to see. I did the research, now you have to stop toking for a while and read this atrocity. I promise, you’ll tanks yourselves that you did take the initiative to investigate.

OK, anyway, getting to the actual document. Here’s that pdf web address.
On the main page, towards the right side, you will see the word “GRANTS” {Click on that word.}
From there, it will take you to a page titled “GRANT PROGRAMS” Now to the far left of that portion of the document, you’ll see at the top left, the word “GRANTS”
Scroll all the way down until you see another word “FIND GRANTEES NEAR YOU” {NOW CLICK ON THOSE WORDS}
After clicking on that you will be directed to a page which displays a map of America with each state within out union. Now click on ANY or Your state, and that will take you to the actual federal grants page which if you scroll down to pages 6-7, you will see the monies that your state receives in federal grants for ARRESTING NON VIOLENT, INNOCENT CITIZENS FOR MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUG RELATED OFFENCES! {WLECOME TO THE RABBIT HOLE}

Now you can get a better understanding of WHY the many state by state police agencies are arresting you, your loved ones, and your friends among others who are caught in this constant circle of our criminal justice system all for the all mighty dollar! Also, ask yourself if you reasonably believe that if THE FEDERAL MONEY CASH COW STOPPED, WOULD PEOPLE BE ARRESTED AS THEY ARE NOW? If that happened, watch how fast cannabis would become legal and taxed to hell in order to bring revenue to your and EVERY STATE IN AMERICA! WAKE UP AMERICA!
Well there it is. I did the research, now you must READ THE UNDISPUTABLE TRUTH, act and vote YES for cannabis in your state and put a stop to this obvious conspiracy to arrest, convict, and incarcerate our United States of AMERICAN citizens in wholesale numbers and are incarcerated in our many private for profit prisons throughout our GREAT NATION! Thank you for taking the time as I did to investigate this ongoing problem in our country. FREE THE WEED!

February 2012 The Administration’s inaugural National Drug Control Strategy...
whitehouse.gov

Gun owner denied CPL for legally using marijuana

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SEATTLE -- With recreational marijuana sales about to begin in Washington State, legal gun owners are facing a "don't ask, don't tell" dilemma. The gun owners are grappling with the idea of admitting they use marijuana, which goes up against federal firearm laws.

I-502 made possession of marijuana for adults legal in the state of Washington. The Second Amendment gives every law abiding American the right to bear firearms, but the two don't coexist very well when it comes to marijuana. The conflict between federal and state law is putting police and gun-owning marijuana users in the middle. 

It's a conflict Bobbi Jo Floyd of Richland knows all too well.

"People know who I am, a lot of people do," said Floyd, who is an officiant and has presided over 2,000 weddings in the tri-cities area.

Floyd is also an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana and an authorized patient.

"I'm also a Republican and I believe in my guns," she said

In January she went to apply for a concealed pistol license at the Richland Police Station. Skinner says in Washington, a CPL is not a right, but considered a privilege granted at the discretion of the issuing agency, which tends to be the applicant's home town police agency.  Most people are granted a CPL after passing a criminal background check.

Floyd had no problems with any question on the application, except when it came to question number five, which asks, "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?"

"I answered it 'no' because how I read it is,  are you an 'illegal user' or addicted to marijuana, and I don't feel I'm either," Floyd said. 

That's when something unusual happened. Floyd was asked to provide her medical marijuana authorization card.

"An employee recognized me and she asked me to attach my medical license on my application," she said.

With nothing to hide, Floyd says she obliged.  A couple of weeks later, she got her application back in the mail. It was denied.

With the denial came a letter for Richland Police Chief Chris Skinner who wrote Floyd was not eligible to receive a CPL because she had an authorization to possess cannabis. Skinner also cited Federal law, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3) which prohibits any son who is an "unlawful user of, or addicted to any controlled substance" from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Skinner goes on to write that marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance and "there are no exceptions in Federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by State law."  Floyd couldn't believe it.

"I was incredibly angry because I was being honest," she said. "I had done nothing wrong".

Skinner says he is bound by both state and federal law.

"That really put us in a kind of a bind for the first time trying to make a determination as to whether or not we in good conscience could issue a CPL to somebody knowing that potentially was going to be in violation of federal law," Skinner said.

Skinner said he was following the latest directive from the US Department of Justice. In September 21, 2011 an open letter to all federal firearms licensees, Arthur Herbert, Assistant Director for Enforcement Programs and Services wrote, "any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance."

The letter says marijuana users need to answer "yes" to marijuana use questions on federal firearms applications rather than "no" like Floyd did.  The directive is aimed at firearm possession. But Skinner says he said it applies to a CPL as well.

"There is a blurring of the lines between the constitutional right of gun ownership and what I believe to be a privilege of carrying a weapon concealed," Skinner said. "In my decision, I erred on the side of the federal government, which does not recognized the medicinal use of marijuana as being a legitimate use."

Floyd has been contacted by attorneys who believe Skinner's decision was wrong.  She said they see a Supreme Court ruling in her future.

A precedent may already have been set.  In 2012, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from an Oregon sheriff who denied a conceal weapons licensee to a medical marijuana user.  Cynthia Willis of Central Point Oregon was denied a CWL the the Jackson County Sheriff because she uses medical marijuana.

She sued and won at ever court level including the Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court. The sheriff argued federal law prevents a person from possessing a firearm, even if medical marijuana is legal under state law, which it is in Oregon.

"I was not a criminal and I met all the conditions to have a concealed weapon license," Willis said. " A cannabis patient is the same as any other patient and we are to be treated equally and fairly."

Despite a court issued CWL, Willis is reluctant to answer a simple question, does she own a gun.

"It's a hard question to answer because there is a threat that the federal government can come in at any time an arrest me if I answer yes," she said.

Skinner and Floyd hope their story will spark a debate within the federal government to come up with some answers.  Otherwise, they expect more police agencies and soon, the recreational pot user will be facing the same dilemma.

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How to get your license: Concealed pistol license (Washington State)

Requirements

You must meet all of the following requirements to get a concealed pistol license (RCW 9.41.070):

  • Be 21 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien with permanent resident card (green card).
  • Have no pending trial, appeal, or sentencing on a charge that would prohibit you from having a license.
  • Have no outstanding warrants for any charge, from any court.
  • Have no court order or injunction against possessing a firearm.
  • Have never been adjudicated mentally defective or incompetent to manage your own affairs.
  • Have never been committed to a mental institution.
  • Have no felony convictions, or adjudications for a felony offense, in this state or elsewhere. “Felony” means any felony offense under the laws of Washington, or any federal or out-of-state offense comparable to a felony offense under the laws of Washington.
  • Within the past year, haven’t been an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, narcotics, or any other controlled substance.
  • Haven’t been convicted of 3 or more violations of Washington’s firearms laws within any 5-year period.
  • Haven’t been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.
  • Aren’t currently subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child, an intimate partner, or the child of an intimate partner.
  • Have never renounced your United States citizenship.
  • Have no convictions for any of the following crimes committed by one family member against another:
    • Assault IV
    • Coercion
    • Stalking
    • Reckless Endangerment
    • Criminal Trespass in the first degree
    • Violation of the provisions of a protection order or no-contact order restraining the person or excluding the person from the residence

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Lawsuit claims marijuana taxes violate Fifth Amendment - Attorney accuses Governor and Mayor of "Kingpin" violations

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{Denver} -- Attorney Robert J. Corry, Jr. filed a lawsuit on June 9, 2014 in Denver District Court seeking to permanently end Colorado's marijuana taxes, on the grounds that payment of the taxes violates a citizen's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Corry also accuses Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock of violating the federal "Kingpin" statute (aka, the federal law against operating a "continuing criminal enterprise") for collecting taxes and laundering money on a federally illegal substance.

The complaint was filed on behalf of an unnamed licensed medical and retail marijuana center, the "No Over Taxation" issue committee (which campaigned against Proposition AA, the marijuana tax issue approved by Colorado voters in 2013) and several individuals, including Kathleen Chippi, Larisa Bolivar, Miguel Lopez and William Chengelis.

Corry is seeking unspecified damages and a refund of all tax monies collected by the state.



If successful, Corry's lawsuit could be the basis for overturning ALL regulations regarding marijuana licensing and registration in Colorado on the same grounds. As long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, states cannot require people to give any information about themselves in order to distribute or purchase marijuana. ANY and ALL requirements to identify oneself would result in a "real and appreciable" risk of self-incrimination, and would require a citizen to implicate himself in federal crimes.

Read more about the Fifth Amendment here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Corry cites a 1973 Colorado Supreme Court case (People vs. Duleff) that overturned a man's conviction for "selling marijuana without a license" because compliance with the licensing requirement would have required that person to violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination and reveal a violation of federal law. Corry writes, "The Colorado Supreme Court held specifically that the Fifth Amendment prohibits state licensing requirements that force a person to reveal a violation of federal law."

From the Duleff decision, Corry quotes the Colo. Sup. Ct.: "The Fifth Amendment prohibits licensing requirements from being used as a means of discovering past or present criminal activity which is subject to prosecution by calling attention to the licensee and his activities....There is no doubt that the information which Duleff would have been required to disclose would have been useful to the investigation of his activities, would have substantially increased the risk of prosecution, and may well have been a direct admission of guilt under federal law. The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from such compulsory, incriminating disclosures and provides a complete defense to prosecution." -- Colorado Supreme Court (1973)

Corry also cites a 1969 US Supreme Court case (Timothy Leary v. United States) in which the highest court in the country overturned Leary's marijuana possession conviction and ruled that the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was illegal, due to the fact that a person seeking a tax stamp and complying with the law would be forced to incriminate himself, in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Corry writes, "Marijuana-specific taxes require plaintiffs and any other person paying said taxes to incriminate themselves as committing multiple
violations of federal law, including but not limited to, participating in, aiding and abetting, or conspiring to commit a 'continuing criminal enterprise' and 'money laundering.' These illegally-collected taxes are ultimately laundered by the State of Colorado through J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, which also participates knowingly in the continuing criminal enterprise." Item 67, Corry complaint filed 6/9/14.

Corry concludes, "It is illegal for government to retain tax monies illegally collected in violation of the constitution, so all amounts must be returned, and all records related to previous tax payments, destroyed."

Corry asks the Court to:

"Enter a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and/or permanent injunction ordering the Defendants, and all those acting in concert with them, to cease and desist from enforcement of the marijuana tax statutes, to cease and desist from any further collection, deposit, or laundering of the marijuana taxes, for a full refund of marijuana tax monies paid by any person or entity, and for destruction of all tax records and identifying information after full refunds are made."

"The state can't have it both ways. If it's illegal under federal law, you cannot collect taxes on it," says Kathleen Chippi, a plaintiff and member of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project. "We have another case pending in the Colorado Supreme Court now, Coats v. Dish Network, where Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argues that medical marijuana patients can be fired from their jobs for using medical marijuana off-duty, even though it is legal under state law. Suthers argues in the Coats case that, since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, patients have no rights."

"Yet Suthers and Hickenlooper, as kingpins in their continuing criminal enterprise, happily collect and spend the marijuana taxes, even though they
were collected in spite of multiple clear violations of federal law," Chippi concludes.

Read Boulder Weekly article on Federal Preemption issues and the Coats v. Dish Lawsuit (5/22/14):
http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-12900-local-attorney-argues-fed-laws-donrst-apply-to-mmj.html


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No Over Taxation, et al, v. Hickenlooper, et al
http://www.cannabistherapyinstitute.com/legal/colorado/propaa.complaint.corry.pdf

People v. Duleff (Colorado Supreme Court case)
http://www.leagle.com/decision/19731754515P2d1239_11697

US v. Leary (US Supreme Court case)
http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/395/6/

Read more about the Fifth Amendment here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

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