Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

a publication of StoptheDrugWar.org Issue #834 – 5/15/14
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Help us legalize marijuana in DC!

1. TENNESSEE’S SCARY NEW LAW CRIMINALIZING DRUG-USING PREGNANT WOMEN [FEATURE]
A new designed law proponents say is designed to help babies will actually hurt drug-using pregnant women, advocates say. It’s bad science and bad policy, they say, and they will keep fighting it.

2. GOP CONGRESSMAN THREATENS TO BLOCK DC DECRIM LAW
A Louisiana congressman is threatening to try to undo DC decriminalization law after a House hearing today.

3. DEA PLAYING GAMES WITH KENTUCKY’S HEMP SEEDS — STATE SUES
First it said Kentucky could have its hemp seed for research purposes. Then it said it couldn’t. Kentucky is getting fed up with the DEA, and is now going to federal court over hemp seed imports.

4. HELP US LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN WASHINGTON, DC!
An initiative in the District of Columbia seeks to legalize marijuana this November, and StoptheDrugWar.org has joined the team.

5. ALABAMA MAN KILLED AFTER COPS INTERRUPT DRUG DEAL
An Birmingham, Alabama, man becomes the 15th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year after a deputy shot him as he drove off from an interrupted drug deal. Police said he tried to run them over.

6. TEXAS OFFICER SHOT LEADING SWAT DRUG RAID DIES
A Texas police officer has died after being shot Friday in a pre-dawn SWAT drug raid. The last time that happened, a grand jury refused to indict the shooter.

7. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Strange goings on in Phoenix, some Philly narcs get their hands slapped, another prison guard gets in trouble, and a couple of crooked cops head for prison.

8. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 8, 2014
Another poll has marijuana legalization at the tipping point, a Colorado bill to form credit co-ops for pot businesses passes, an Illinois bill to let kids with epilepsy use medical marijuana is moving, a New York naloxone bill passes, Pittsburgh needle exchanges get some breathing room, and more.

9. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 9, 2014
House Republicans were "concerned" about DC’s decrim at a hearing this morning, an Oregon poll shows a majority for legalization, harm reduction measures move in three states, an Oklahoma medical marijuana initiative is about to start signature-gathering, and more.

10. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 12, 2014
Elderly senators grumble about new-fangled rules allowing legal marijuana businesses to use the financial system, there are more legalization polls, an Oklahoma US Senate candidate is talking marijuana reform, there is medical marijuana initiative news, Minnesota passes asset forfeiture reform and the governor signs it, and more.

11. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 13, 2014
The DC marijuana legalization initiative picks up some welcomed support, there’s a legal challenge to Washington state’s ability to collect marijuana taxes, a Republican US senator talks drug reform and takes some jabs at Obama, fentanyl-laced heroin in killing people in Philadelphia.

12. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 14, 2014
The NFL is about to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy, the DEA will unblock imported hemp seeds so Kentucky can do some research, Minnesota legislators try to reach a compromise on medical marijuana, the rate of prescription overdose deaths is up, and more.

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Kentucky: CBD-Only Marijuana Oil Bill Won’t Help Patients For Years, If Ever

Submitted by steveelliott on Thu, 05/15/2014 – 17:53

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In the past few months, a wave of "CBD-only" marijuana oil bills has passed, particularly in more conservative states where an actual medical marijuana bill might have found it difficult going. But unfortunately, many of these hastily passed pieces of legislation were so poorly crafted as to help no patients at all for months, years, or maybe ever, and Kentucky’s new law is one of those.

Rita Wooton of Louisville’s story of her son Eli, who has frequent seizures, and the promise of CBD (cannabidiol) oil to treat it, helped convince the Kentucky General Assembly to pass the bill, reports Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal. But now doctors and researchers are telling Wooton and other parents that it could take years to even begin trials treating children such as Eli with the oil.

"We’re really, really heartbroken," Wooton said. "It’s just really sad that everyone put that much time and effort and energy into it and now it’s going absolutely nowhere."

"For people like us and Eli, who have intractable epilepsy, seizures that are nearly impossible to even control or get a handle on, our hope is gone," Wooton said.

Some of the many issues surrounding implementation of the bill include the availability of CBD oil, the possible need for FDA approval, and the expense of studies, which preliminary estimates indicate could be $10,000 per patient.

But some doctors hoping to conduct the trials are still hopeful.

"I am extremely excited about it," said pediatric epilepsy specialist Dr. Karen Skjei of the University of Louisville, citing anecdotal reports of the oil reducing seizures when traditional pharmaceuticals can’t.

According to supporters, the oil can provide relief to children who have severe epilepsy. It contains low levels of THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD isn’t psychoactive and therefore doesn’t get the kids high.

Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville), allows "trials" of the CBD oil at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky’s medical schools or through FDA trials. But passing the bill is "just the initial part of the puzzle," according to Dr. Christopher Shafer, who specializes in adult epilepsy at the University of Louisville.

"Dr. Skjei and I want this for our patients, probably, almost as badly as the patients want it themselves," Dr. Shafer said. "And it’s really discouraging for us to not be able to tell them that we have it available. It’s going to take some time."

"While there is certainly an interest in this initiative, there are significant issues that remain to be addressed," said spokesman Jay Blanton of the University of Kentucky. "Additional research, the securing of funding and support, as well as support from the appropriate regulatory body, all would be required before a trial could be conducted.

"That process could likely take months, if not years," Blanton said.

Currently, the oil isn’t being legally manufactured in Kentucky, and shipping it across state lines violates federal law. Discussions are ongoing with one "West Coast businessman" about setting up a Kentucky dispensary, Skjei said.

"As of right now, there’s really nowhere to get it," she said.

"I feel their desperation," Shafer said of the patients, adding he wishes he could start prescribing it tomorrow. "Everybody who asks me about it, I’m keeping a list and I have a long list already."

"I still have patients that are talking about moving to Colorado, because they understand it’s going to be awhile before this is up and running," Skjei said.

What’s Up With CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more popularly known, is the new darling of lawmakers in conservative states who sense the rising tide of popular support for medical marijuana — and would love to appear to be "doing something" — but lack the political courage or will to advocate for an actual medical marijuana law.

CBD is politically safe because, as a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, it doesn’t get anyone high, and better yet, it helps to quell seizures of the kind often found in pediatric epilepsy. So the combination of "helping kids" and "it doesn’t get you high" has proven an "in" for medical marijuana in what would otherwise have been quite forbidding places, such as the halls of power in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and now Kentucky.

The disquieting fact about these no-political-risk types of laws (Alabama’s passed unanimously in both chambers, amidst much self-congratulation) is that (a) they are written so narrowly as to help only a handful of children, or perhaps none at all, according to some critics; and (b) all of the dozens of cannabinoids found in marijuana work most effective in a synergistic fashion, potentiating each others’ medical benefits in what Dr. Sanjay Gupta has called the "Entourage Effect."

Additional important information of which the legislators seem to be unaware is that, as first reported on Toke Signals, it doesn’t even have to be a high-CBD strain to treat pediatric seizures without getting kids high. THC which hasn’t been decarboxylated — that is, THC acid (THCA) which hasn’t been exposed to heat — is also effective against seizures, and it isn’t psychoactive, either.

That’s important information for struggling parents who may not be able to afford the sky-high prices of CBD oil which are unfortunately occurring due to the media frenzy over cannabidiol; THC-rich strains of marijuana are much more affordable.

– See more at: http://hemp.org/news/content/kentucky-cbd-only-marijuana-oil-bill-wont-help-patients-years-if-ever#sthash.ihqsdrBt.dpuf

Schapelle Corby Newsletter

Subject: Schapelle Corby Newsletter

A few issues to report this month:

1. Schapelle had another traumatic day this week when she was again paraded before the media in the parole office. She was clearly very distressed as she left. Pleas to the authorities and to Canberra has so far gone completely unanswered.

2. The following was reported on the Facebook group last week. It is positive, but frustrating at the same time.

INDONESIAN SUPREME COURT JUDGE: “SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACQUITTED”

In September 2013, Supreme Court Judge, Andi Ayyub Saleh, called for the immediate release of Schapelle Corby. He told reporters that "Corby is not only deserving of parole, but she should have been acquitted".

He also referred to the AFP, as reported by the Indonesian News Agency, Tempo:

Ayyub said the case possesses several anomalies, including the chronology of marijuana discovery in Corby’s bag. It was presumed as a mere police setup since Corby has never opened the bag since leaving Australia.”

In preparing input for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, regarding the clemency application, Mr Ayyub Saleh was studying files relating to Schapelle Corby’s case, including material obtained by The Expendable Project.

Tempo reported this here (Indonesian):

http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2013/09/26/063516748/Hakim-Agung-Ayyub-Corby-Harusnya-Bebas

However, this hugely significant development was not reported by any Australian mainstream media outlet. Not one.

As usual, they were collectively pushing appalling smears against her family: blatant fabrications which were so flagrant that they had to be channelled through Schapelle Corby’s father, under the protection of “dead men can’t sue”.

Hard relevant news, and centrally important comments by a Supreme Court Judge, examining the real case for the President, were not presented to the Australian public at all. They were censored.

This is far from the only recent development in Indonesia.

Gerry Georgatos is famed for his tireless and courageous campaigning for the Indonesian children who were held in Australian adult jails. During this process, he built a number of relationships within the Indonesian government.

One such government official told him directly that:

Schapelle Corby is probably innocent, many of us (in Indonesia) believe or know this but the fault for this is Australia. Why is it so easy to plant illegal drugs in luggage in your airports?”

Whilst the doors in Indonesia appear to be open, the ranks amongst Australian politicians remain firmly closed.

Regardless of how incontrovertible and how conclusive the new material is, they remain silent, protecting their own. Further information on this culture of prejudice and self-interest corruption is available via the newly published ‘Business As Usual’ report:

http://www.expendable.tv/2014/04/background-briefing-business-as-usual.html

3. And developing news from earlier today, via the following shocking article:

AUSTRALIA BANS YOUTUBE VIDEOS AFTER GOOGLE REFUSES TO REMOVE THEM

Take a look at this video: . If you are under Australian jurisdiction, you will be presented with the image below. If you are anywhere else in the world, you will see it, and hear it, perfectly normally.

Another example? Try this one: . There are a growing number like this, produced by The Expendable Project, which are censored from the Australian people, and ONLY from the Australian people.

Google, the owners of YouTube, having refused to remove them, were forced to block them from Australian IP addresses courtesy of the Australian authorities.

Why?

What is it they don’t want the people to see?

What is it that threatens the Australian establishment, and its media?

What are they so scared of?

They are afraid that the people of Australia might learn the truth: learn how corrupt they are, who they govern for, and what they are prepared to do to anyone who gets caught under the wheels of their greed.

In a nutshell, they fear an innocent and courageous woman who DID get caught under those wheels.

Her name is Schapelle Corby, and The Expendable Project has published hundreds of government cables, including dozens of items of ministerial correspondence, which exposes them, by their own hands. It proves exactly what they did to her to protect their own interests.

It has also recorded and published dozens of interviews with whistleblowers and insiders, like the ones in those YouTube clips above, which are censored.

SCHAPELLE CORBY
For the nine years and four months that Schapelle Corby suffered in an Indonesian prison, the Australian government, the AFP, and others within the establishment, knew that she was innocent. But more, they actually suppressed the conclusive proof of this: they buried it and sought to bury her to protect themselves and the commercial interests of Sydney Airport, Macquarie Bank, and those who were funding their gravy train.

The media went into overdrive to poison public perception, censoring and fabricating at every turn. They have vilified, lied directly, and abused her family and loved ones on a scale which beggars belief. This worked perfectly… at least until the material facts began to appear on the Expendable website.

Much of this is explained in Max Igan’s must-watch video, which isn’t yet censored:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmSREvTQhk

THE GAGGING OF SCHAPELLE CORBY
On 10th February 2014, Schapelle was released on parole. But she isn’t free. She has to stay in Bali until the end of 2017: trapped in her sister’s home, with the media stalking and hounding her outside, 24×7. It gets worse…

She is gagged.

If she speaks and exposes the truth, she will be sent back to prison for over three years. Even if her sister speaks, Schapelle will still be sent back to prison for those years.

This is a clear breach of her human rights, but everyone is happy and relieved. The government, the media, and the corrupt Australian human-rights industry: all are happy, and silent.

She has no-one to turn to

The crimes referred to above remain hidden from the people: the nature of the government and those who control society remains hidden. Indeed, much of the public believe the misinformation they have been fed about Schapelle and her family, and are happy to repeat it online at every opportunity.

The truth may remain buried, but it remains a serious and significant threat: hence the continued censorship by the media, and the current efforts of Australian authorities to censor YouTube and other networks.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The first and most important step is to learn the truth for yourself. See it with your own eyes. KNOW what they did. When you have watched Max’s introduction, take a look at the website.

A good report to read is the following, which demonstrates the corruption in all its glory:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7MjwfM7HGBgb0luLTFld2RkNWs/edit?pli=1

But take a look at some of the cables, in the reports:
http://www.expendable.tv/p/expendable.html

Or watch the full film on the front page:
http://www.expendable.tv/

Most importantly… please mirror and spread the material and information, to prevent it ever disappearing. Place the films on social networks across the world, to counter the censorship.

You can download Max’s introduction from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Ri1hdWxnTWRub3M/edit?usp=sharing

The Expendable Documentary can be downloaded from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Rm02c1hIaHoxd3c/edit?usp=sharing

Schapelle Corby has been abused, vilified, smeared, and traumatized for almost ten years, but her remarkable courage has created a window of opportunity, not only to make sure that this never happens again, but to open eyes, and to change society for ever.

Please help to achieve this by taking the truth to the world, and overcoming the censors.

Finally, the YouTube video interviews demonstrated at the start of this post can be viewed, via a Chinese server, on the following web page:
http://www.expendable.tv/2014/05/the-media-insider-interviews-stream.html

4. Finally, please don’t forget that there is a Facebook page where you can leave messages for Schapelle herself. It is moderated to keep haters and trolls out, so she can access it without fear:

https://www.facebook.com/SorrySchapelle

Thank you for caring for her.

J

Kathryn

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Report on America as a Prison Nation, More Criticism of War on Drugs – TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime

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Report on America as a Prison Nation, More Criticism of War on Drugs – TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime .

Human Rights Watch has a new report, A Nation Behind Bars, with facts on the current state of our prison nation and recommendations to reduce our over-reliance on incarceration.

Some facts:[More…]

  • In 2011, more than 95,000 youth under the age of 18 were held in adult prisons and jails across the United States;
  • Over half (53.4 percent) of prisoners in state prisons with a sentence of a year or longer are serving time for a non-violent offense;
  • For every 100,000 Americans in each race or gender group, there are 478 white males, 3,023 black males, 51 white females, and 129 black females incarcerated in state or federal prison;
  • Almost one-third of those serving life sentences—49,081 as of 2012—have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP);
  • In…

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Three Bills In Illinois Legislature Aim to Decriminalize Cannabis

U.S. Marijuana Party of Illinois

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By Alex Hirsch

Just as Illinois residents, politicians and law enforcement officials begin to prepare for the implementation of medical marijuana; new reports have surfaced regarding the possibility of decriminalized recreational use of cannabis in the near future.

John Fritchey, Commissioner of Cook County – America’s second most populous county – has requested that his state take a deeper look into the realistic possibility of legalizing or at the least decriminalizing cannabis.

“The Illinois Legislature should follow the successful lead of other states and start taking meaningful steps toward a workable framework to allow the responsible sale and use of cannabis,” Fritchey said in a statement.

Commissioner Fritchey was joined by other Illinois lawmakers who see the current system as broken, archaic and racially biased. It’s a known fact that despite cannabis usage as fairly equal amongst different races, minorities have…

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Drug War Chronicle, Issue #833 (short version)

Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #833 (short version)

a publication of StoptheDrugWar.org Issue #833 – 5/8/14
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Still more voices of reason…

1. CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW: HEMP BOUND
Journalist (and New Mexico goat farmer) Doug Fine has written the handbook to America’s next hemp revolution. It’s pretty inspiring, and a fun read, too. Check out our review of Hemp Bound.

2. LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS REPORT CALLS FOR NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG POLICY
A report from the London School of Economics released Monday night outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the war on drugs and calls for new, evidence-based approaches to drug use and the drug trade.

3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA UPDATE
A bid to ease access to medical marijuana for vets failed in Congress, but not by much; California continues to grapple with local regulation issues, limited CBD medical marijuana bills continue to prove popular, a Washington state family can’t use a medical marijuana defense for growing medical marijuana, and more.

4. SIGNATURE-GATHERING JOBS AVAILABLE WITH DC CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
Signature-gathering for an initiative to legalize marijuana in Washington, DC on this November ballot is ongoing through July 6. If you are in the area and have ten hours a week or more, you are eligible to apply for a paid position. The campaign is also seeking volunteers.

5. GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCHES SET FOR TOMORROW
Saturday is Global Marijuana March Day. People will be hitting the streets in at least 160 cities in 35 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

6. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
More jail guards gone bad, a Florida cop slinging steroids heads for prison, a California cop stealing pain pills from the elderly does, too, and so does a TSA agent who took bribes to look the other way.

7. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 1, 2014
Asset forfeiture gone wild is in the news, so is a Delaware drug lab scandal, there’s a major report on imprisonment from the National Academy of Sciences, Silk Road is back, and more.

8. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 2, 2014
Washington state should see marijuana retail stores open in July after license lottery winners were announced, limited CBD medical marijuana bills continue to move, a Washington state family of patients faces a federal trial, and the OAS wraps up its drug meeting in Washington, DC.

9. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 5, 2014
Uruguay prepares for the formal rollout of its marijuana commerce rules; meanwhile, across the Rio de la Plata estuary, Argentina sees the largest pot protest in history. Also, things are looking good for the Florida medical marijuana initiative, there’s going to be a hemp planting in Kentucky, and more.

10. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 6, 2014
Uruguay issues rules for legal marijuana growing and sales, the Argentines attack US drug policy, a new London School of Economics report trashes the drug war as a failure, the DEA orders a massive increase in marijuana for research purposes, a Minnesota medical marijuana bill is moving, and more.

11. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 7, 2014
A reform rollback in New Zealand, a hearing on DC decrim in Congress tomorrow, a medical marijuana trial becomes a travesty, the DEA makes another change-nothing drug bust, and more.

PRESS RELEASE: GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH of KENTUCKY has added BOWLING GREEN to the VENUE!

May 1, 2014 –

As of this morning BOWLING GREEN KENTUCKY will be hosting a “GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH”

ON SUNDAY MAY 4TH!!!

PER “BOBBIE SEXTON”  AT PERMITS OFFICE IN BOWLING GREEN, KY A PERMIT IS NOT NEEDED HERE TO HAVE THIS MARCH.

 

SO EVERYONE WHO IS IN BOWLING GREEN CAN COME TO LOUISVILLE ON SATURDAY AND THEN

GET TWICE THE FUN WHEN THEY GO TO THEIR OWN BOWLING GREEN MARCH ON SUNDAY!

COME OUT AND ENJOY YOUR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH!

THE ROUTE IS AS FOLLOWS:

*BEGINNING AT LIBRARY ON STATE STREET

*CONTINUE TO OLD COURTHOUSE

*CONTINUE TO THE NEW JUSTICE CENTER

*CONTINUE TO FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

*CONTINUE BACK AROUND FOUNTAIN SQUARE TO LIBRARY.

MEETUP AT 10:00 AM CST IN FRONT OF LIBRARY ON STATE STREET FOR MARCH TO BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 11:00 AM!!!!

*NO ILLEGAL ACTIVIES ALLOWED

*EVERYONE MUSH STAY WITHIN SIDEWALKS AND HONOR TRAFFIC SIGNALS.

THE WEATHER PROMISES A GOOD DAY SO COME ON OUT AND ENJOY!

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