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Mar

War on dagga puts rural people at toxic risk, specialists warn

A weedkiller used on marijuana plants is said to pose a danger to the health of communities where subsistence farming is the mainstay.

The village of Bulawo in Port St Johns is tucked away deep in the hilly valleys of the pristine Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. The beauty of this coastal village is breathtaking, with waves crashing on the rocks and lush forests extending as far as the eye can see.

Thu
19
Mar

UPND vice president backs legalization of Ganja

… Peter Sinkamba has a point. Trouble is, he is from the future. In his enlightenment, he is many years ahead of the average citizen. Indeed he will be misunderstood reviled and even fought because his audience is way behind him. His attitude should be like that of Jesus, 'forgive them Father for they know not what they do'.

 

By Dr Canisius Banda 
(Personal View)
WHAT I am going to tell you will shock you. And you will be shocked because either you are just a nincompoop or you are merely under-informed. Either way, you should be forgiven.

What I am going to say I said it many years ago. I wrote a lengthy article about it, which article was carried by my column in The Post several years ago.

Wed
18
Mar

Jamaica to lead charge to change int'l treaties on marijuana

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says Jamaica intends to lead a charge in the United Nations to effect changes to the international treaties concerning marijuana.

The aim is to change the schedule class of marijuana in light of scientific studies that have proven its therapeutic benefits and medicinal value.

“We believe that the schedule in which marijuana is now placed, which is one of the highest schedules as a drug, we believe that it should be removed from that schedule and looked at in the light of... the evidence, which has revealed its strong medicinal (value),” Hylton said, while addressing a session of the recently concluded Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

Wed
18
Mar

She's 85. She's a Texas Republican. And she's a marijuana activist

WASHINGTON—Ann Lee, a Republican precinct chairman in southwest Houston, had her first marijuana epiphany around her 60th birthday.

A workplace fall paralyzed her son Richard from the waist down. When he began to use marijuana to treat his pain, she decided her lifelong opposition to the drug was wrong.

Her second epiphany came after her 80th birthday. NORML, the marijuana advocacy group, invited her to be part of a five-person panel discussion at a conference in 2012. “As we all talked,” she says, “we realized that three of us were Republicans!”

Wed
18
Mar

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

Nevada's vote is set and advocates believe they can get similar measures on the ballot in four other states

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That means the initiative is going on the ballot in 2016, making Nevada the first state to officially be voting on pot legalization in the next election.

Wed
18
Mar

He Was Sentenced To Life In Prison For Marijuana, But Now A Bill Could Free Him

A new Missouri bill would grant clemency to inmates serving life sentences for marijuana-related offenses, which could help a 61-year-old man who’s already served 20 years.

Tue
17
Mar

JFJ On Ganja Law: Gov't Should Step Up Public Education Efforts

Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says the government needs to step up its public education programme on legislation, decriminalising the possession and use of small quantities of ganja.

JFJ says there seems to be confusion among the public and the police which it believes is having serious consequences.

The lobby group made the appeal against the background of the shooting death of Garfield Coburn by policeman Constable Kevon Gordon in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew on March 6.

Coburn was reportedly shot as he resisted attempts by the police to arrest him after being held with a ganja spliff.

The incident was captured on amateur video.

Tue
17
Mar

Marijuana Is God's Plant

On Texas’s Independence Day, Republican David Simpson filed a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas. Simpson’s bill aims to delete any mention of marijuana from state law, completely deregulate and decriminalize it and treat it as any other vegetable.

A release from Simpson’s office called the proposal a first in the nation. The statement read:

“I am proposing that this plant [marijuana] be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.

Tue
17
Mar

Cory Booker on how America's criminal justice system destroys the American dream

On March 10, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was among a bipartisan group of senators that introduced a historic bill that would, for the first time, force the federal government to acknowledge that marijuana has some medical value. Booker, who has become one of the leading voices for criminal justice and drug policy reform in the US Senate, is also pushing theREDEEM Act, a bill that would, among other changes, allow nonviolent drug offenders to more easily seal their records and apply for welfare programs.

I sat down with Booker on the same day he introduced the medical marijuana bill to discuss some of his broader thoughts about the criminal justice system — and why he sees reform in this area as being as urgent as the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Tue
17
Mar

Federal marijuana laws can change if enough states reform – Obama

President Barack Obama said he is starting to see liberals and conservatives recognizing that current marijuana laws don’t make sense, and how costly it is to incarcerate individuals for non-violent drug offenses.

In an interview with Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith, President Obama seemed to initially dismiss the topic of marijuana legalization, telling Smith he understands interest in the drug before arguing that the issue “shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority.”

Young people should care about “climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace,” Obama said. Maybe at the bottom of that list, he added, “you should be thinking about marijuana.”

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