Alternet.org: ” There’s Been a Tectonic Shift on Marijuana Across the US, Except in Washington — Why Can’t We Pop the Beltway Bubble?”

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Posted on July 10, 2012, Printed on July 13, 2012 | Original Article Click Here

America is at a tipping point when it comes to the politics of pot. Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending this nation’s nearly century-long experiment with cannabis prohibition and replacing it with a system legalization and regulation. Moreover, state and local politicians beyond the ‘Beltway bubble’ for the first time in many decades are responding to this sea change in public opinion, even if their colleagues in Washington are not. From Rhode Island to Texas, from New York City to Chicago, lawmakers are finally acknowledging that being pro-pot reform equals votes. The question is: Why isn’t Washington getting the message?

It certainly isn’t due to a lack of public polling on the issue. Just the opposite: recent, high profile national polls affirm that voters are… Continue reading

Meeting Rep Jeanne Richardson at Paul Kuhn’s

Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis)

Last night Paul Kuhn hosted a meet & greet with Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) of the Tennessee General Assembly. She’s a medical marijuana supporter and sponsor of HB 0294 – Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Act (Click here to see the Bill Information).

Ms. Richardson spoke to us about the challenges, the snickers and the opposition to medical marijuana in Tennessee. Her compassion for the sick, dying cancer sufferers was heartfelt and touching.

If you live in the District 89 – Part of Shelby County, please support and vote for Jeanne Richardson in the next election. We need her to help us fight the good fight. She has earned and deserves our support in the struggle for medical marijuana in Tennessee.

Tennessee Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

While no Southern state currently allows the use of medical marijuana, the Volunteer State may be about to change all that.  It’s been brought to the attention of the Tennessee government that researching marijuana for the medical benefits could also benefit TN residents.

Tennessee’s House Health and Human Resources committee recently approved a bill that prompts the state’s Board of Pharmacy to conduct research proving that residents of Tennessee with debilitating conditions could benefit from a prescription for cannabis.

As said before, no Southern state allows the use of marijuana – medical or not – there is already one government research facility located at the University of Mississippi in which they research cannabis.  Tennessee would become the second state to operate a legal research facility dedicated to the benefits of marijuana.

If passed by Tennessee’s government, the law allowing the research of marijuana would begin this fall and… Continue reading

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Feds target $20 million ‘Weed Wars’ medical marijuana dispensary in Calif.

By msnbc.com staff and news services

Harborside Health Center founder and executive director Steve DeAngelo, and Harborside Health Center co-founder David Weddingdress speak at a panel discussion in July 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland  medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world’s largest, as part  of a crackdown by U.S. authorities on California’s massive cannabis trade.

The lawsuits, filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco,  seek forfeiture of two properties where Harborside Health Center operates, said  Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

The action against Harborside is the latest in a crackdown on what federal prosecutors say is a flourishing network of illegal cannabis suppliers operating across California under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana law.

The possession or sale of marijuana is illegal… Continue reading

The end of privacy: Government to deploy laser-based ‘molecular strip-search’ devices across airports and roadside checkpoints

(NaturalNews) Within the next two years, a spooky, powerful and invisible new  technology will be deployed by the U.S. government that can instantly scan and  identify every molecule on your body or person: the cocaine residue on your  dollar bills, prescription drugs in your purse, marijuana in your pocket and  even trace powder residue from your practice session at the gun  range.
And it can detect all this invisibly, silently, from a range of 50 meters away.

“New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People  At Molecular Level” declares a CBS News headline (http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/11/new-homeland-security-laser…).  “The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser. The device works by  blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by  the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to. This  could be Semtex explosives to the… Continue reading

James Vargo and Governor Bill Haslam

NORML Member James Vargo with Governor Bill Haslam

NORML Member James Vargo with Governor Bill Haslam

Great pic James! Love your T-Shirt.