NORML call on 2500 to take Court action

NORML call on 2500 to take Court action

NORML New Zealand is calling on all 2500 people charged for cannabis in Operation National to enter Not Guilty or No Plea at every court appearance to clog the court system.

NORML vice-president Abe Gray said that if the 2500 people refused to plead guilty, cannabis prohibition would become unworkable immediately.

“By pleading Not Guilty they will have a greater chance of avoiding jail and challenging the validity of police searches,” he said.

“The public is waking up to the evils of prohibition and the fact that growing a plant is never a real crime.”

NORML are calling on Juries made up of their peers to nullify these charges.

“Nullification is an ancient common-law right for the public to deal with unjust laws,” Mr Gray said.

“If the authorities can ban one medical plant they can ban any medical plant, it’s a… Continue reading

Poll watching is a civic duty

We are encouraging our members, regardless of party affiliations, to come out with us and protect the purity of the electoral process. We all want free and fair elections, so come out and help us. There is a two hour class that is required to be credentialized and available the next two Saturday mornings and we are asking for four hours of your time on election day.

You will learn about absentee ballots, residency requirements, voter challenges, and voter assistance. We will be participating with other organization i.e., the League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Tennessee Citizen Action, and Vanderbilt Law School.

For more information there is an article in The Tennessean.

Saturday, October 27, 9 am – 11 am, TN Citizen Action, 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, TN Citizen Action, 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250

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Report: HSBC allowed money laundering that likely funded terror, drugs

By NBCNews.com’s Alastair Jamieson and news services

A “pervasively polluted” culture at HSBC allowed the bank to act as financier to clients moving shadowy funds from the world’s most dangerous and secretive corners, including Mexico, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria, according to a scathing U.S. Senate report issued on Monday.

The report [link to PDF here] which comes ahead of a Senate hearing on Tuesday, said large amounts of Mexican drug money was likely to have passed through the bank.

HSBC’s U.S. division provided money and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh believed to have helped fund al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, according to an Al-Jazeera story on the report.

While the big British bank’s problems have been known for nearly a decade, the Senate probe detailed just how sweeping the problems have been, both at the bank and at the Office… Continue reading

1 in 8 with Fibromyalgia Uses Medicinal Cannabis

Medical Cannabis

One in eight people with the painful condition fibromyalgia self-medicate with pot and other cannabis products, according to a new Canadian study.

“That is not unusual behavior, in general, for people with chronic medical illnesses for which we don’t have great treatments,” said Dr. Igor Grant, who heads the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California and was not involved in the study.

“People start looking around, they look for other types of remedies, because they need the help,” he told Reuters Health.

The question is if self-medicating with cannabis is really helpful for people with fibromyalgia, researchers say.

Marijuana has been shown to ease certain types of pain in patients with HIV and other conditions. But Grant said he doesn’t know of any research showing the drug can relieve the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

And the question of whether it helps fibromyalgia sufferers regain… Continue reading

JASON DAVID: A FATHER’S PLEA

Patient’s Plea to Keep The Nation’s Leading Medical Cannabis Facility, Harborside Health Center, Open

Oakland, California – Before he found Harborside, Jason David was losing hope for his young son Jayden, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. In his first five years, Jayden had a seizure every day of his life. He rode in an ambulance 45 times. He tried 22 different medications from around the world, and nothing worked. As a last resort, Jason consulted Harborside Health Center management, who worked with their patient-vendors to develop a non-psychoactive medicinal cannabis product to help Jayden. Since that time, Jayden experienced his first seizure-free day. He is functioning better and experiencing a greater quality of life. Now Jason fears that if the federal government shuts down Harborside, he will be unable to get this specialized, effective, vital medicine for his son.

On Tuesday, July 10,… Continue reading

And Then There Were Three: Oregon to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator

The Oregon secretary of state’s office completed the legalization trifecta this afternoon when they announced the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 (OCTA) officially qualified for the November ballot. Oregon now joins Washington and Colorado on the list of states whose voters will have the opportunity to end cannabis prohibition this fall.

Supporters ended up turning in 88,887 valid signatures, slightly over 1,000 more than required for qualification. The initiative will appear on the Oregon ballot as “Measure 80.” According to the campaign, Measure 80 would “regulate cannabis (marijuana) for adults 21 years of age and older, with commercial sales only through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of tax revenue, estimated at more than $140 million annually, would go to the state’s battered general fund. Seven percent of tax proceeds would go toward funding drug treatment programs, and much of the remaining revenue would be… Continue reading

Alcohol Not Marijuana Triggers Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Alcohol Not Marijuana Triggers Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Alcohol is the Gateway Drug

If you want your kids to stay away from drugs, then you might want to keep teenagers off alcohol because a new study says that long term drug abuse is likely to occur due to alcohol, not marijuana, use.

The present study included data on more than 14,500 high-school students from 120 schools across U.S. The data was obtained from Monitoring the Future study.

Researchers analyzed the data to find out what substances were being tried by students. They checked for use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, amphetamines, tranquilizers and other narcotics. Alcohol was the first substance to be tried by students, the results showed.

“By recognizing the important predictive role of alcohol and delaying initiation of alcohol use, school officials and public health leaders can positively impact the progression of substance use. I am confident in our findings and the clear implications… Continue reading