Meet & Greet with candidate MaryRene Baxter a successful event.

MaryRene & Willie

Today MaryRene Baxter, candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 92 spoke to several Tennessee NORML members and supporters including our Tennessee NORML president Doak Patton. MaryRene has a natural passion for several areas including supporting medical cannabis in Tennessee. MaryRene was born and raised here in Tennessee and in District 92 and shows an understanding of the needs of fellow Tennesseans. A vote for MaryRene on August 2nd will be another voice saying it’s time to help those in need of medical marijuana.

Thanks go out to the owner and staff at the Sunset Grill who have helped NORMLtn on many occasions.

Obama Oakland visit draws protests

Police officers arrest a pro-marijuana protester outside Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif.

Oakland may be a proven bastion of support for President Obama, but his planned visit to the politically charged city Monday is expected to lead to the first major downtown protests in months.

Medical marijuana advocates are staging what will likely be the biggest rally as they urge Obama to halt a Justice Department crackdown on dispensaries. Antiwar activists are coming, too, lending energy to the barrage of criticism that Obama has been taking from the activist left.

If the president wanted this kind of attention, he picked the right destination.

Among East Bay stops on Monday, Obama is set to appear at a fundraiser that starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater, which sits on the edge of Oaksterdam, Oakland’s unofficial cannabis district, on a block where Occupy activists have clashed with police.

Between the… Continue reading

Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality

(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) – Years ago, a friend of mine, a good Christian lady, had a child with “failure to thrive”. She had CPS all over her, looking for even the tiniest trace of child neglect. They found none. The child was well cared for, but she just didn’t seem that interested in eating. Her bottles often went half finished.

I believe that those bottles of formula, given from birth, were major part of the problem. Our bodies make chemicals called “endocannabinoids” that are closely related to THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Endocannabinoids control many bodily functions and are excreted into breast milk. When lactating female rabbits were injected with CBD, a non-psychoactive, plant-derived cannabinoid, there was “a significant accumulation of the drug in milk.” [1]

Endocannabinoids are also detected in human and cow’s milk, with the highest levels occurring the day after giving birth. This healthy dose of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids stimulates… Continue reading

Sensible Drug Policies: Will Evidence Finally Overtake Prejudice?

One hundred years after the first international drug control treaty was signed the failure of the “war on drugs” is indisputable.  In Europe two distinct trends are emerging around how countries are choosing to tackle drug policy; a punitive, criminalization approach–which is failing dramatically and expensively–or one based on scientific evidence and harm reduction–which is bearing fruits.

Punitive, law enforcement-focused drug policies are usually an outcome of unrealistic expectations, prejudice and lack of knowledge. Contrary to ample evidence, it remains many politicians’ belief that harsh drug laws deter people from experimenting with illicit substances, lower demand for drugs, and help the police to apprehend drug suppliers. These misguided assumptions are increasingly questioned and the Czech Republic is emerging as a global example of an effective, evidence over ideology approach to drug policy.

In the post-Soviet 1990s, greater personal freedoms in the then Czechoslovakia led to more widespread and visible… Continue reading

Lack of Studies Cited by Arizona as Reason to Oppose Medical Marijuana for PTSD

(The Russ Belville Show) When you read marijuana news every day for a living, you begin to notice disturbing trends in the sensationalism used to cover the issue.  Take this most recent example for the state of Arizona, where patient advocates are trying to get the state to recognize PTSD, anxiety, depression, and migraine as qualifying conditions for legal medical marijuana use.

First we start with the misleading headline, “Medical benefits of marijuana in dispute”.  Ah, so someone has uncovered some research to show medical marijuana doesn’t really work, eh?  Your curiosity piqued, you continue to the lede paragraph:

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new University of Arizona study shows little or no evidence that medical marijuana is an effective treatment for anxiety, migraines, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, a finding that could hinder efforts to expand the allowable uses for the drug in this state.… Continue reading

Morgan Freeman On Marijuana: Criminalization Of Weed Is ‘Stupidest Law Possible’

Morgan Freeman is a fan of marijuana.

Morgan Freeman is a long-time advocate of marijuana legalization, a point he recently reiterated in a wide-ranging interview with Newsweek.

Here’s what the “Dark Knight Rises” actor had to say on the issue:

Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.

Pot wasn’t the only topic on his mind, however. Freeman also explained his own personal — to use Barack Obama’s word — evolution on same-sex marriage:

I grew up in the South but I started dancing in… Continue reading

Truth In Trials Act, Medical Marijuana Protection Bill, Proposed By Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill this week designed to create enhanced legal protections for valid medical marijuana patients prosecuted due to conflicting state and federal laws regarding the legality of the substance.

Under the Truth In Trials Act, sponsored by California Democratic Rep. Sam Farr and co-sponsored by other representatives such as Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas), state-licensed medical marijuana users would be given the right to provide an “affirmative defense” in the case of a federal prosecution. This effectively allows them to prove that their actions, while illegal at the federal level, were in fact protected under state law.

“Any person facing prosecution or a proceeding for any marijuana-related offense under any federal law shall have the right to introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which the person stands accused were performed in compliance with state law regarding the medical… Continue reading