Feds Blocked in Attempt to Prosecute Cannabis Growers 

A U.S. District Court this week blocked federal prosecutors from moving forward with their conspiracy case against a pair of Northern California cultivators because the duo was determined to be in compliance with Golden State medical marijuana laws.

Humboldt County growers Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore had already pleaded guilty to federal allegations (conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute) but sought an evidentiary hearing based on legislation, first enacted in 2014, that prohibits the U.S. Department of Justice from cracking down on cannabis suspects who are otherwise following their state laws. The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is a budget rider, co-authored by SoCal U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that prevents enforcement and prosecution in medical marijuana states by stripping funding for such endeavors.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg on Tuesday stayed the prosecution, so the case is closed unless the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment expires and fails to be re-enacted… Continue reading

Another Victory for Working Medical Cannabis Patients! 

On 8/8/17, a federal district court judge in Connecticut concluded that federal law does not preempt a Connecticut state statute that prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire someone who uses marijuana for medicinal purposes. The decision contains an excellent review of the state of the law in this area (including a footnote a listing all states that have laws prohibiting discrimination against employees who use medicinal marijuana). The case is Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company, LLC, (D. Conn. 8/8/17).

No federal law preemption. In Noffsinger, a nursing home rescinded a candidate’s job offer as a director of recreational therapy after she tested positive for marijuana in pre-employment drug screening — even though she provided evidence that a marijuana product was prescribed to treat her PTSD and that she only took the drug at night before bedtime and was not under the influence of marijuana at work.… Continue reading

Ex-NOPD Officer Kicked Opioid Addiction,Touts Cannabis for Pain Treatment

Jerry Kaczmarek still remembers the moment when his life began hurtling toward addiction. He was sitting in his police cruiser on Race Street writing out a report when the radio crackled with the signal for an armed robbery in progress.

He zipped around the corner onto Magazine Street, only to come car-to-car with the 16-year-old stick-up artist. “The next thing you know, instead of slowing to stop, he pushed on the gas pedal and just slammed right into me,” he said.

Kaczmarek’s injuries, from that run-in and others, forced the New Orleans police officer into early retirement in 2002, and soon he was hooked on the painkillers doctors had prescribed him.

He isn’t taking pills any more, though. And he credits one thing with saving him from the same scourge that has ruined so many lives in the U.S. over the past decade: high-grade marijuana from Colorado, where the… Continue reading

Illegally Healing in Tennessee: Gem’s Story

Due to the lack of a viable and effective medical cannabis program in Tennessee, hundreds of thousands of patients are suffering unnecessarily. Some of them have decided to join the ranks of the “illegally healed” and use cannabis medicine despite it’s illegal status in our state.
The Tennessee NORML blog will be sharing these personal stories anonymously, to highlight the need for a viable medical cannabis program for the suffering patients of Tennessee.

This is Gem’s story:

“I went to see a pulmonologist for the first time in March and was given the breathing test to see what stage of COPD I had. I was diagnosed with Stage 3 COPD.

I started taking cannabis oil 3 times a day for it, because I had read so much about how much it helps people with COPD symptoms. I started breathing MUCH better and I was not as exhausted as I was… Continue reading

Norml Tennessean’s Prohibition Horror Stories: “Emily”

The lack of a real medical cannabis program in Tennessee seriously harms Tennesseans, and it needs to stop.

Tennessee NORML is sharing personal stories of Tennesseans whom have been or currently are being harmed by the lack of a compassionate medical cannabis program here. If you are interested in sharing your story, even anonymously, message the page.

Meet “Emily” (name has been changed for privacy) a Tennessee resident who is currently actively being harmed by the lack of a medical cannabis program here. She tells us:

“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at age 16, and the doctors put me on 300mg of Tramadol a day. Within a year and a half, they bumped me up to Norco 750 mg 3 times a day. I was full fledge addicted to them within months.

Up till that point, I had never experimented with any drugs, I had never even smoked a cigarette……yet… Continue reading

DOJ Task Force Recommends Against Attacking State Marijuana Laws 

The task force –  whose recommendations are meant to inform ongoing policy decisions – asked for continued study and dialogue on the issue.

“The task force’s recommendations reflect the fact that the Dept. of Justice has more important priorities than harassing legitimate, taxpaying businesses”, says Don Myrphy, who’s the director of conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project. “In states that have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, these businesses are creating jobs, generating revenue, protecting consumers, and making their communities safer.”

 

Murphy continues; “The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to let states determine their own marijuana policies. We hope the attorney general is paying attention and maintains the current policy of non-interference.”

According to an April pollconducted by Quinnipiac University, 735 of U.S. voters “oppose government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or… Continue reading

Tennesseans that Qualify as Medical Cannabis Patients: Jennifer’s Story

The lack of a medical cannabis program in Tennessee is literally wrecking potential patient’s lives, not just their health.

It’s unfair that medicating with cannabis will automatically criminalize a person in Tennessee, causing the potential loss of jobs, children, homes and even one’s freedom.

It’s even more unfair to see that very same patient who is being persecuted in Tennessee for using cannabis as medicine, be told they’re qualified to be enrolled in a medical cannabis program in Arkansas or any other legal state. In that case, their right to medicate with cannabis would be afforded legal protections, rather than them being persecuted for it’s use as we Tennesseans are.

Meet Jennifer, a Tennessean who needs a medical cannabis program here. Cannabis has been the only medicine that helps her myriad of physical and mental issues without ruining her quality of life, or putting her in danger of addiction issues… Continue reading