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Medical Marijuana Sunday School

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director October 18, 2009

    Forget the Sunday edition of the New York Times, professional football or leaf peeping on this autumn day…

    Medical Marijuana Sunday School is now in session:

    Lesson #1

    The University of Colorado/Denver recently hosted physicians Kevin Boyle and Eric Eisenbud to present a lecture on medical cannabis’ historical, legal and policy considerations; Scientific research and new cannabinoid pharmaceuticals; Clinical applications.

    Check out the lecture video here.

    Lesson #2

    Two NORML Legal Committee Members, Lee Berger and John Lucy, IV, from Portland, Oregon, presenting a lecture at Lewis & Clark Law School in September 2008 on Oregon’s medical cannabis laws. Check out the lecture video here.

    8 Responses to “Medical Marijuana Sunday School”

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    2. ol tex says:

      Breaking News!Oct. 18th 2009

      WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

      Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

      The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.

      Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

      California is unique among those for the presence of dispensaries — businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services.

      Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

      A 3-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

      The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

      The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.

      At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.

      In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or other crimes.

      And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

      The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. Attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.

      Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama’s repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.

      Shortly after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government’s plans.

    3. Concerned Parent says:

      It’s time to write the President a thank you note!
      The address is:

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

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    5. Drew says:

      Please I have a few requests:

      1. Put such great (I guess they’re great since you all linked to them) resources on the net in publicly documented file formats that can be viewed on more than one platform. FLASH stinks on my computer and I could not hear any audio on the first link.

      2. Microsoft does not make a Silverlight plug-in for my computer.

      Please let me suggest file formats for which there are plenty of great players on all platforms: mpeg4 (mp4, m4v), even the older and far less good mpg is acceptable since I can usually view those. Since VLC is available for every platform I’m not against whatever file format you encode through it. But I gotta say that mp4 is an excellent codec, with players on every platform (and best I can tell most major OS/browsers can play it back without installing extras, or at least they’re an easy install).

      So unfortunately I was not able to participate in this Sunday School lesson. Sigh, I am not like Visa Card, accepted everywhere. More like the opposite. :-(

    6. Chikitita says:

      In Sacramento, there is a new law that affects medical marijuana use. Although in many parts of the country all use of marijuana is illegal, in Sacramento and other parts of California it is legal to use marijuana for medical reasons. This means that if you have a painful medical condition such as AIDS, or a condition that requires painful treatments, such as cancer, you can legally use marijuana to get relief from the associated pain and nausea. Of course, you will need to go through the proper channels to make sure that you are within the scope of the law. Following the proper guidelines ensures that you will be able to use marijuana medically in Sacramento without having to worry about getting into trouble with the police.
      In 1996, Californians voted to pass Proposition 215. This proposition is also known as The Compassionate Use Act. It allows people to use, cultivate, and transport marijuana for medical uses. It also exempts people who do so and doctors who prescribe medical marijuana from any legal repercussions related to their actions. This is relevant because the federal government still considers marijuana use to be a crime. There have been several cases where the US government chose to prosecute individuals using medical marijuana in Sacramento (mostly growers of marijuana) who believed that they were acting within the scope of the Compassionate Use Act. If you choose to grow marijuana for medical purposes you will want to be aware that the federal government may choose to pursue you even though the state laws in Sacramento and other parts of California are on your side.
      Following the passage of Proposition 215, marijuana dispensaries started springing up around Sacramento. In order to clarify some questions that came up, the California Senate passed Bill 420. This bill paved the way for a registration program for individuals who wanted to use marijuana for medical purposes. People who want to get a Medical Marijuana ID card (MMID) need to have a note from a doctor saying that their condition would benefit from the use of marijuana. Once a person has that he or she will need to go to the Sacramento County Office of Vital Statistics to pick up an application. The application asks about medical history and whether the applicant believes that marijuana use will help their medical condition. In addition to the doctor’s notes, applicants are required to provide proof of residency, a photo identification, their doctor’s name and contact information, and a non-refundable application fee of $166. Applications can only be turned in with a prior appointment. Appointments are scheduled on Wednesdays or Fridays, and applicants can call 916-875-0994 to schedule one.
      Since the passage of Proposition 215 and Senate Bill 420, the use of medical marijuana in Sacramento has become much more commonplace. There are websites dedicated to maintaining a directory of doctors who are willing to write letters of recommendation, and of dispensaries where those possessing an MMID can purchase marijuana for medical use. Overall, surveys show that many citizens of Sacramento favor medical marijuana use so long as there are programs in place to keep people from abusing the system. For those who use medical marijuana for pain relief, these laws have enabled them to find their product in Sacramento without fear of legal repercussions.
      For more info visit
      sunnyfieldsgrow.org

    7. Practice cognitive therapy to challenge the cognitive distortions that have made it acceptable
      to return to using pot in the past. Hey, it’s almost some money an hour or so for
      the full-time job. to get a short time the water cools enough to stop boiling
      but after a while that same cold water will heat up and start
      to boil just like the rest. Away from techniques- There are of course many
      off putting facts about the negative impact smoking has for
      the mind and body.

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