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MACROS president Aaron Bott says he'll take marijuana fight to Supreme Court if need be

To the courts, Aaron Bott is just a drug dealer. But to members of his cannabis dispensary, he was a connection to medicine.

“We were helping people,” Bott, who is currently facing trafficking charges, said.  

“Unfortunately, it seems like Alberta isn’t willing to listen, and is persecuting us as hard and fast as they can. They aren’t even looking at us helping people access their medicine or anything like that.”

Bott is president of the Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society (MACROS), Edmonton’s only compassion club. For the past 11 years, MACROS operated without issue until July, when Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team shut it down.

He and several members of his family were in court facing trafficking and cultivation charges.

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23
Sep

Wife who produced £34,000 cannabis farm to 'help dying husband' walks free from court

Jeanette Hurst, 58, from Waterfoot gave her cancer sufferer husband chewy sweets laced with cannabis oil

 
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23
Sep

Drug war a wasted effort

How many wars can we fight?

Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder!

America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever.

Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, creates fat profits that invite law-breaking.

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23
Sep

Congressmen Want to Save Pot Plants From DEA Sickle

Rep. Lieu says the price of pot will drop if his colleagues uproot a DEA program through his bipartisan bill.

 

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives unanimously accepted an amendment aiming to halve funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s marijuana eradication efforts.

“Congress didn’t even think it was that controversial, which is terrific,” amendment author Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., beamed after the $9 million cut was accepted in a voice vote.

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23
Sep

Brilliant Ways to Tell Kids the Truth About Drugs

With school back in session, many students across the country will file into classrooms to learn drug education or resistance training. But with shifting public perceptions and drug policy reforms in many states, drug education programs are entering a new landscape in which the punitive, zero-tolerance approach they once championed is increasingly being called into question.

Wed
23
Sep

THSI Press Conference - Shasta, Tehama and Sonoma County Raids (9-16-2015)

Announcement of lawsuits for raids of medical cannabis patients in Shasta and Tehama counties and of lawsuit against Sonoma County for violating Native American rights during a recent raid.
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23
Sep

Pigs Aside, Cameron's Drug Policy Hypocrisy Is One of the Biggest Lord Ashcroft Revelations

While much of the media obsessed over 'pig gate', excerpts from Lord Ashcroft's upcoming book on David Cameron have once again put the spotlight on our Prime Minister's drug law hypocrisy, and his troubling rejection of his past beliefs on the need for reform.

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23
Sep

Michigan House panel approves dispensaries, edible marijuana, taxes on sales

Lansing — The House Judiciary Committee touched off a new effort to legalize dispensaries and edible forms of cannabis for medical marijuana patients Tuesday, sending three new bills to the House floor for consideration.

The bills, containing tighter rules than in failed 2014 proposals and an 8-percent excise tax on gross retail income of provisioning centers, is a compromise plan designed to overcome law enforcement opposition.

A voter-approved medical marijuana law that took effect in 2008 doesn’t specifically mention dispensaries or edible marijuana products, whose legality has been clouded by Michigan Supreme Court and appeals court rulings in recent years. Lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that clarifies the law.

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23
Sep

Chile: Marijuana decriminalization: Government proposes cuts of sanctions

According to the deputy Juan Luis Castro, up to four grams and a plant will be considered a fault, while more than that is a crime.
"We are far from reaching an agreement on the project," said the chairman of the Health Committee.

A reduction of penalties, without their removal, is what the Government proposes on the project that seeks to decriminalize marijuana, which is pending in the House of Representatives.

According an advance from the president of the Health Commission of the House, Juan Luis Castro (PS), the position is that if a person is caught carrying up to four grams of marijuana or has a plant for self-cultivation in his home it will be considered an administrative offense, with citation to the local police court, and a possible fine.

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Sep

Australia: Cannabis key for cancer treatment

Kerryn Stamation from Irymple says legislation which would allow her terminally ill husband Bill to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil should have been introduced by the Victorian government years ago.

Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy said earlier this month the government would introduce a Bill into parliament by the end of the year to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

Bill Stamation was diagnosed with terminal gastric and liver cancer, seventeen months ago and was given six to 12 weeks to live.

His wife Kerryn said since the 57-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in April last year, his treatment, which has included chemotherapy, meant he has been pumped with all sorts of chemicals.

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