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California: Marijuana Infraction Measure Sent To Governor

NORML NEWS

CA Assembly Approves Bill to Downgrade MJ Possession to an Infraction; Infraction Measure Sent to Governor’s Desk for Signature.

California NORML News: CA Assembly Approves Bill to Downgrade MJ Possession to an Infraction

Posted August 31st, 2010 by canorml_admin

SACRAMENTO Aug 30: The California state Assembly voted 43-33 to approve Sen. Mark Leno’s bill SB 1449 downgrading petty marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The bill passed thanks to support from the CA district attorneys and courts; similar legislation had been voted down by the Assembly three times in the past.

The bill now heads to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desk for his signature.

As usual, the vote split largely along party lines, with Democrats voting 40 – 8 in favor of more lenient penalties and Republicans 2 – 23 against. Independent Juan Arambula voted yes. Republicans voting in favor were Anthony Adams of Hesperia and Chris Norby of Brea. Democrats voting no were Anne Marie Caballero (Salinas), Felipe Fuentes (LA), Ted Lieu (Torrance), Pedro Nava (Santa Barbara), V. Manuel Perez (Cathderal City), Anthony Portantino (Pasadena), Jose Solorio (Santa Ana), and Mike Gatto (Burbank). Not voting were Democrats Marty Block (SD) and Cathleen Galgiani (Tracy).

Californians are urged to tell the Governor to sign SB 1449 into law

For more information, please contact Dale Gieringer, California NORML Coordinator, at (415) 563-5858, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Additional information on S.B. 1449 is available online @

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NM Department of Health Proposes Changes to Medical Cannabis Regulations Public Invited to Comment; Public Hearing Sched. for Sept. 29/30

For immediate release August 30, 2010

Media contact: Deborah Busemeyer
505-827-2619, 505-470-2290

Public contact:
http://nmhealth.org/idb/medical_cannabis.shtml

Department of Health Proposes Changes to Medical Cannabis Regulations

Public Invited to Comment; Public Hearing Scheduled for Sept. 30

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Harold Runnels Auditorium in Santa Fe to review proposed changes to the regulations that oversee the Department’s Medical Cannabis Program.

“When we established our first-of-its-kind program we knew we had lessons to learn about the best way to manage this complex program effectively,” said Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil, MD. “We will consistently evaluate and make changes so we have a sustainable program that meets patients’ needs without jeopardizing public safety.”

One proposed area of change, in order to make the program self-sufficient financially, is to add an annual fee of 7 percent of the total annual gross receipts of the licensed nonprofit organizations who produce medical cannabis for New Mexico patients. A second proposal is to change the application fee to become a licensed nonprofit producer from $100 to $1000.

Other proposed additions to the regulations include:
• The Department or its designee may test producers’ medical cannabis for mold, bacteria or other contaminants.
• Clarification that producers and all patients may possess seeds. Patients licensed to produce for themselves may obtain no more than 16 seeds from a non-profit producer in a three-month period.
• The Department may open and close enrollment periods for receiving and considering nonprofit producer applications.
• The names and contact information of medical practitioners certifying patients’ conditions and primary caregivers will be kept confidential.
• Nonprofit producer board members must be New Mexico residents.
• Nonprofit producer boards cannot have more than two individuals who serve on another board, and individuals may not serve on more than two boards.

There are 2,250 active medical cannabis patients, and 1,022 are licensed to produce their own supply of medical cannabis.

To be approved for the Medical Cannabis Program, patients must have a physician certify they have one of the qualifying conditions. Certain conditions require additional medical certifications or medical records detailing the condition.
Qualifying conditions for medical cannabis: severe chronic pain, painful peripheral neuropathy, intractable nausea/vomiting, severe anorexia/cachexia, hepatitis C infection currently receiving antiviral treatment, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with intractable spasticity, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, and hospice care.

The Department of Health’s Medical Advisory Board will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the Harold Runnels Auditorium to review petitions for adding new conditions into the Medical Cannabis Program. The Department will accept petitions until Sept. 8 in the office of the Medical Cannabis program, Runnels Building Room S-1310, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

Please visit the Medical Cannabis Program forms web-page for petition requirements and further details regarding the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board meeting.

For updates or more information about the Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Program, look up

New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program: Updates

NM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE:ADVISORY BOARD HEARING FOR SEPT 29TH & REGULATION CHANGES PROPOSAL SEPT 30TH

KOB.com-(New Mexico)- Housing policy kicks Medical Cannabis patients to the curb?

KOB.com – Housing policy kicks Medical Marijuana users to the curb.

Reefer Madness In the Land of Enchantment?

Reefer Madness In the Land of Enchantment?

Just when we thought reefer madness couldn’t get any crazier, along comes the federal government with its oh-so-atypical strong-arm tactics; issuing a specific memorandum declaring medical cannabis use in federal housing to be an evict-able offense, due to the fact that federal law still preempts state laws concerning the medical use of Cannabis.

Is it no surprise then that Monarch Properties, based out of Dallas, Texas, would issue a new policy banning the use and/or cultivation of the state approved medicine by current New Mexico tenants, including those living within Albuquerque area? In fact, across the country the federal housing authority has been sending letters of intimidation out to property management companies who provide subsidized housing [I.E. “Section 8”], warning them that federal funding could be forfeited unless policies were enacted immediately to ban the use of Medical Marijuana on federal property. These federal mandates unfairly affect the well being of our most sensitive citizens: seniors and veterans of foreign wars. Such discriminatory policies force the sick and suffering to make the terrible choice between having a place to live or using the doctor recommended medicine that is essential to their wellbeing.

And yet, with 14 states and Washington D.C. having passed compassionate use laws, it is becoming more and more difficult for the government to continue to purport that marijuana currently has no ‘accepted’ medical use within the United States. No person should be forced to choose between housing and medicine. How could any compassionate government enforce such an irrational, and ignorant, housing policy?

Even the Department of Veteran Affairs is FINALLY budging, issuing a new policy specifically directing doctors to allow the medical use of Cannabis by veterans living within one of the 14 states that have approved the legal use of Medical Marijuana. This policy change was the direct result of activist pressures exerted upon the federal bureaucracy. Prior to this change, many veterans reported being told by VA doctors that unless they ceased their illegal Medical Cannabis use immediately, they could be denied access to federally funded opioid pain management programs and possibly evicted from their housing.

With the voters of California soon to decide on Proposition 19, I wonder if the federal government is left feeling like a child that has been told no; a child that naturally throws a tantrum in RETALIATION? The federal government might as well be Big Brother waving his big stick, but is anyone listening anymore?

Approximately 81 percent of the U.S. public supports the medical use of Marijuana and nearly 47 percent believes that it should just be outright legalized. Isn’t it time for our leaders to obey the will of the people? Isn’t it time for our policies concerning Marijuana to be based upon science and reason, not racism and religious rhetoric? So like a bully on the playground, Uncle Sam doesn’t care to play fair and he certainly means business. His agenda, oh so like the bully, is one of fear and control. And if the federal government can scare us into believing the lie that Marijuana has no medical value, then it becomes even easier for them to convince us that those who consume it are a problem and a nuisance.

As advocates for social justice, we must remember to always fight for those who cannot defend themselves. As it is, the majority of the public believes that Marijuana can be an effective and safe treatment option for those who are sick, suffering and terminally ill. And yet, how many have written their legislators admonishing the federal government for its’ unconscionable actions towards the sick and suffering? How many of us have taken the time to write HUD and express our own discontent?

Make the time now and take YOUR ACTIVISM to the NEXT LEVEL!

To be active is to move and one can not affect change while resting upon one’s laurels.

So, we must rise up as a force for change, one army with many voices, leading the call to victory, one heart and one mind at a time.

Remember friends: Know the Truth… Be the Change… and

YOU WILL SEE THE VICTORY!

Please, write a brief message to your congress-person/senator, urging them to pass legislation that will protect those who are in clear and unambiguous compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

Connect with your fellow reform advocates, attend a town hall meeting or write your state legislator(s) asking them to support sane and rational medical cannabis policies and/or reforms.

An easy way to ensure that state Medical Cannabis patients are protected from arrest and prosecution at the federal level is to simply legalize the use of Marijuana. Despite justice department promises, patients and their caregivers are STILL being harassed, raided, and threatened with federal sanctions. If we just legalize the adult use of Cannabis, then those who choose to use Marijuana medicinally would no longer have anything left to fear. They would be legal users of a federally legal substance, which would be regulated and taxed in an open market. Problem Solved.

Also, I ask you to personally email President Barak Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, HUD AND Monarch Properties Inc., with the purpose of expressing your absolute dissent from federal policies that unfairly discriminate against the sick, suffering and terminally ill.

Do you support the legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana?

If you do support,even the limited, legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana then please click on the link provided below
and cast your vote in support of it’s legalization in the United States of America.

Do You Support the Legalization of Marijuana?

Afterwards, please write a brief comment showing support in your local area. Also, please take a few moments and visit a few of the leading organizations helping to reform drug policy, most especially the reformation of our nation’s Marijuana laws.

The Marijuana Policy Project

The Drug Policy Alliance

Americans For Safe Access

and OF COURSE don’t forget to visit: NORML.ORG

Cannabis Reform 101: Combatting Reefer Madness

Cocaine is a schedule II and III drug, meaning IT has medically
accepted value.

Cannabis/Marijuana is a schedule I drug, meaning it has ‘no currently accepted’ medical value within the United States. Apparently 14 states and counting must be completely ignorant of the ‘facts’ or Cannabis is a drug with currently accepted medical value and the United States federal government is being purposefully misleading and dishonest in regards to Cannabis and it’s medical efficacy.

YOU DECIDE.

In fact, The United States federal government controls the sole legal source of ‘research grade’ cannabis
at the University of Mississippi and STILL refuses to sell even 1 GRAM
to independent researchers, despite one of its’ own DEA administrative law judges making a recommendation to the contrary, stating, in no uncertain terms, that it would be in the public’s best interest to allow for the approval of private Cannabis research by independent doctors.

I believe the FDA  *SHOULD*  allow the federal clinical trials needed to legalize Cannabis for medical purposes, however, to date, no federal organization has EVER authorized the use of Cannabis for the express empirical purpose of proving the plant’s medical viability in human beings.

Also, the federal government only funds and/or approves research that actively seeks to validate the ‘accepted’ negative consequences associated with Cannabis use. Such a study is currently being conducted at the Mind Research Institute at the University of New Mexico. The scientists there are attempting to show a causal link between so-called ‘marijuana addiction’ and specific cannabinoid geno-types. Basically the research seeks to prove that ‘users’ with certain genotypes are more likely to become ‘addicted’ to Cannabis.

So it seems that, to no avail, our own government is constantly disrespecting the will of its’ own people, the will of approximately 81 percent of the American people, a will that totally and unequivocally supports the use of Medical Cannabis.

And this same federal government has no problem wasting millions UPON MILLIONS of YOUR tax payer dollars researching any and all information that will ‘support’ the LIE that Cannabis has no ‘currently accepted’ medical value, while simultaneously ignoring citizens’ demands for a rational, and compassionate, approach to Cannabis and its’ users.

That’s Reefer Madness in a nutshell folks.

What are you going to do about it?

Take the time to compose a short message to your local, state, and federally elected legislators, starting with your congressional and senatorial representatives.

Go To: The Marijuana Policy Project

Also, try these other great drug policy reforms organizations on for size:

Americans For Safe Access

and/or , The Drug Policy Alliance

Then go to: Do you Support the Legalization of Marijuana?

Cast YOUR VOTE in support of Marijuana Legalization, post a comment, and JOIN THE DEBATE.

Take your activism to the NEXT LEVEL… and…

BE THE CHANGE you wish to see around you.

Remember Folks: If you Know the Truth, You will Be the Change.. and then..

YOU WILL SEE THE VICTORY.

Reap Hemp. Free Your Mind. Free the World.

-The Activist