A personal letter from Shona Banda (Please help Shona Banda!)

 

 

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Shona Banda’s ~ Live Free or Die·

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 

I want to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution that has helped so far in this struggle. The GoFundMe money was raised for legal fees and expenses surrounding the case, the money has been allocated and the site taken down. A new funding site will be made as further legal contributions are needed, and will be handled as the case continues. Legal funds do not account for living expenses. I prefer to work for the money I earn and have been able to get my book “Live Free or Die” ready for a reprinting with a projected date of the first week of April or sooner to be available worldwide.

I believe in persistence, perseverance, and working hard to achieve goals.

Many of you have seen what has happened in my life over the course of the last year, when police surrounded my home after my son spoke out in class. You have followed me in the past year as I have attended many court dates, struggled with pain and anguish, and watched me face this court system with my head held high.

I have a certainty, a clarity in my fight against these unjust laws. I fight with no fear, I hold my head high, knowing I am in truth. Knowing that I have a basic right to life, a basic right to live! I have faced death head on, I have struggled and felt torturous pain inflicted upon me by the barbaric medical system our society clings to and calls normal. I know I can stand tall and proud in truth, knowing it was all foretold.

Knowing that my journal, of finding how beneficial this cannabis plant was, and being able to share my personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences had to be written and published in 2010. I explain, in detail, my sickness, my life, my family, and how I teach my children; all surrounding the cannabis plant and how this plant made me feel as my body regenerated and healed.

“Live Free or Die” is a book that has already helped so many worldwide take back their own lives, and folks have been inspired to share their own stories and testimonials to help spread this knowledge.

Purchasing a signed copy of Live Free or Die helps me and my family in this very hard time, immediately, right now. I wrote this book to help others. I wrote this book to empower anyone who picked it up. I wrote this book to show everyone that LIFE truly matters. History is being made. Now. Own a piece of it, personally signed.

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Article: From Democracy to Pathocracy: The Rise of the Political Psychopath | OpEdNews

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Electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman. So why do we keep doing it over and over again?

Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this… That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one.”–Dr. Martha Stout, clinical psychologist and former instructor at Harvard Medical School

Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: “What’s the difference between a politician…

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As A Big UN Drug Policy Summit Draws Near, Will Marijuana Activists Become Global Drug Reformers?

By Joel Warner @joelmwarner On 03/29/16 AT 7:56 AM

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Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance and one of the most recognized speakers in drug policy circles, doesn’t mince words when he gets up to talk at marijuana industry events. “Frankly,” he often says, “I am not interested in meeting most of you.” The only people he wants to talk to, he tells his audiences, are those who are going to make a lot of money in the new marijuana industry in an ethical way and are interested in certain social issues that could make them ideal foot soldiers in the wider struggle against the global war on drugs.

That’s because Nadelmann and DPA aren’t just interested in marijuana legalization — they’re interested in wider drug policy reform in the United States and beyond.

Lately, calls for such reforms have reached a fever pitch, thanks to the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem on April 19-21, the first time the U.N. has held a special session on drug policy since 1998. Broad coalitions of nongovernmental organizations are pushing member nations like the United States to advocate for bold changes at the meeting. The latest issue of Harper’s Magazine is calling for the legalization of all drugs. And a report released last week by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Lancet condemns the global war on drugs for contributing to myriad public health crises.

Meanwhile, targeted efforts are afoot to shift drug policies in the United States. Groups of lawmakers in Maryland and Hawaii are exploring the decriminalization of low-level drug offenses, and Ithaca, New York, is considering opening a heroin injection center in response to the city’s growing drug crisis. “Things have changed enormously. There was no legalization on the horizon when I got involved in this,” said Dave Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org, who has been advocating for such reforms since the early 1990s. “At that point, there were tough-on-drugs bills all the time. Today, reforming drug sentences is one of the few partisan issues on Capitol Hill. There’s been a total reversal of politics on this issue, even though the changes are still slow to unfold.”

Marijuana legalization is helping to drive these changes. The fact that four U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis underpins the tough international drug policies the United States has championed for decades, while demonstrating the social impact of such reforms is far from catastrophic. And some marijuana advocates and industry stakeholders are already wading into the global drug policy debate; major marijuana groups such as Marijuana Policy Project and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, plus cannabis business interests such as the ArcView Group and Denver Relief Consulting are among members of an ad hoc coalition of organizations calling for narcotics law reforms in the lead-up to the UNGASS. Not only that, but the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access just submitted a lengthy report to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs outlining potential international medical cannabis reforms.

The growing push for drug law reform beyond marijuana legalization could also lead to divisions among cannabis advocates. Should the U.S. marijuana movement, which has become a political and financial force to be reckoned with, help lead the vanguard in changing drug laws around world? Or should cannabis activists and industry stakeholders stay focused on national marijuana reform, since that could be their best shot at changing the global dialogue on drugs?

“There is no way one cannot want to engage in these UNGASS efforts,” said Allen F. St. Pierre, NORML’s executive director. “But my own political horse sense says it doesn’t equal a hill of beans compared to what is happening on the ground for marijuana right now.”

For some marijuana organizations, the answer is simple: Since their mission is squarely focused on U.S. marijuana legalization, that’s where they need to focus energy and resources. “I think that the work our organization is doing is significantly impacting the international discussion,” said Mason Tvert, MPP’s communications director. “But we are not ourselves working on changing drug laws in Spain. We are focused on marijuana policy, and given the history of the United State being a driver of drug policies worldwide, our work is having an impact on the rest of the world.”

What’s left unsaid is that some of the strategies that operations like MPP are using to reform marijuana laws are ill-suited for wider drug policy debates, such as promoting the idea that marijuana is safer than alcohol. That approach has proven a potent tool, but it wouldn’t work so well in other drug-reform efforts, which are focused not on the relative safety of various narcotics but on the notion that prohibition-based laws combating these drugs make the potential harms even worse.

“I agree with Mason that if people realize marijuana is safer than alcohol, they are more likely to legalize it, but that is not going to fly in the broader drug-policy debate,” said Tom Angell, founder of the cannabis advocacy group Marijuana Majority. “If everything the American people have heard about why we should legalize this one drug hinges on its relative safety, it makes the transition to reforming other drug laws problematic.”

Then there’s the fact that while the marijuana industry is growing by leaps and bounds — the market is estimated to top $20 billion in sales by 2020 — organizations in the scene are still struggling with limited budgets, so they have to make tactical decisions on where to direct their efforts. And right now, for some activists, targeting marijuana legalization might seem like a smarter move than tackling wider drug policy.

For example, while the organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition works to reform all drug laws, a good portion of their work these days is focused on cannabis issues, says executive director Major Neill Franklin, a retired police officer. “If marijuana has all the attention right now, if it’s where the media and conversation is, that is where we are going to be,” said Franklin. “We would be fools to not get into that conversation. It helps us move the conversation on heroin, cocaine and other drugs.”

Another major problem is that drug-reform efforts beyond marijuana are still a very hard sell for the American public. Support for cannabis legalization, for example, just hit an all-time high, with 61 percent of Americans in favor of it. On the other hand, while a majority of Americans now support less-stringent narcotics laws like a shift away from mandatory drug sentences, roughly 10 percent or less want drugs such as cocaine, heroin and LSD legalized. That’s less than the percentage of Americans who wanted marijuana legalized in 1970, when the cannabis movement first began gearing up.

“I hope [DPA’s Ethan Nadelmann] lives a very long life,” said St. Pierre at NORML. “He’s laid the groundwork [for wider drug policy reform]. But it will happen much slower than marijuana. These are drugs that at their core are more pharmacologically dangerous. And as a culture, we don’t reaffirm their use. We don’t have heroin magazines or Cocaine Times.”

So for both tactical and financial reasons, many marijuana activists might be wary of engaging in wider narcotic policy reform in this country and beyond. And that could prove to be a liability for those whose activism depends on drawing attention to drug issues beyond marijuana in the United States. “The debate [around marijuana versus general drug policy reform] among international activists was very active when Colorado and Washington first legalized marijuana,” said Joanne Csete, an adjunct public health professor at Columbia University and member of the John Hopkins-Lancet commission that recently released the report on the global drug war. “There were some people dealing with real draconian drug laws in their countries who were worried that marijuana legalization would tick off the box for people. The concern was really all of drug policy would be defined around cannabis. And that would be the end of it.”

But so far, said Csete, those fears have proven unfounded. Instead, she said, “With the international crowd, I see there is a much greater coming together around the idea that, ‘Let’s learn from these legal regulated marijuana markets.’”

And not only is the marijuana movement bolstering drug reform efforts through successful cannabis legalization efforts, but also some activists and entrepreneurs who got their start in marijuana issues are now looking beyond cannabis to other drug reforms. “I think in general the industry is not overall super supportive of drug policy reform because like most industries, there is no economic drive for it that they see in front of them, but I also think that our industry was built from a grassroots activist movement,” said Aaron Justis, CEO of the Buds & Roses dispensary in Los Angeles and board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “It’s why we need to set a good example and put drug policy reform in our budgets now, and not just wait until we have extra money to spend on it. By setting a good example, we can push forward against the global war on drugs.”

It’s not just about setting a good example; for some marijuana activists, getting involved in other reform efforts could be key to their political survival. “I ask my board of directors, ‘As we move through these successions of success, as NORML achieves more and more of its mission statement, what do we do next? Do we continue to exist?’” said St. Pierre. “Can you pivot the marijuana movement — once it is successful — into the drug legalization movement?”

Such considerations are why, according to Nadelmann, among the lines in his speeches that garner the most applause at marijuana events are those that call for global drug policy reform. And it’s why, after such speeches, there are always a few individuals who approach him and say, “I am the person you were interested in talking to.”

Yes, the number of those people is usually small, but according to Nadelmann, it’s growing every day.

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Gary Johnson predicts Obama will reclassify marijuana on way out of office

Gary Johnson, who ran for the White house in 2012 as the Libertarian Party candidate, now leads a national movement to allow third-party candidates in national presidential debates. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

 

By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times – Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Former New Mexico Gov. and 2016 Libertarian White House hopeful Gary Johnson says he thinks President Obama is going to remove marijuana from the government’s “Schedule I” list of narcotics considered particularly harmful and addictive on his way out of office.

“It’s going to be just like alcohol,” Mr. Johnson told The Washington Times Tuesday. “I’m going to predict that Obama, when he leaves office, is going to deschedule marijuana as a Class I narcotic. I wish he would have done that to this point, but I think he’s going to do that going out the door. That’s a positive.”

 

Marijuana is currently on the Schedule I list alongside drugs like LSD and heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency defines Class I drugs as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, among others, has suggested reclassifying the drug under Schedule or Class II. Those drugs include cocaine, but also certain painkillers like oxycodone that are available with a medical prescription.

Mr. Johnson’s campaign followed up by saying that the former governor would prefer that the president remove marijuana from the controlled substances list entirely, allowing states to legalize and regulate as they and their voters choose.

But the campaign said most discussion and a more likely near-term step has centered around reclassifying it to Schedule II, which would remove a barrier to prescribed medical uses, though they said that either move would be a step in the right direction.

Mr. Obama has said that Congress can move on such a reclassification.

“What is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Mr. Obama said in a 2014 interview with CNN. “It’s not something by ourselves that we start changing … no, there are laws undergirding those determinations.”

Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, said the attorney general and the secretary of Health and Human Services can move to get rescheduling done without further legislation under the Controlled Substances Act.

“It’s tough to predict what the president will do on this issue before he leaves office, but if he’s willing to uphold his pledge to set policy based on science, and he listens to the majority of Americans who support marijuana reform, he will exercise his administrative authority for rescheduling,” Mr. Angell said.

Mr. Johnson pointed out that there are still some “dry counties” in the country with respect to alcohol and predicted marijuana would eventually be in that same category.

“I think every municipality has to realize that all the planes to Denver every single weekend are filled up, and that they’re missing out, and Colorado is absolutely vibrant,” he said. “Is it due to marijuana? I think it’s a contributing factor.”

“I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve been to Colorado, but I think you can sense vibrancy, and it’s there,” he said.

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Marijuana Activist, Shona Banda, Who Lost Custody Of Son Says She’s Suing So It Doesn’t Happen To Others

Shona Banda, shown here after she was booked into jail and then released after posting bond in June, has sued state and Garden City officials, claiming she has a constitutional right to use cannabis to treat her Crohn’s disease. Credit James Dobson / Garden City Telegram

 

By Dan Margolies

The Garden City, Kansas, mother who lost custody of her 11-year-old son over her use of cannabis oil says she wants to hold state officials accountable “so this doesn’t happen to people any longer.”

Shona Banda, who sued state agencies and officials late last week, is representing herself in the action, which asks the court to restore custody of her son, declare that she has a “fundamental right” to use cannabis oil to treat her Crohn’s disease and award unspecified damages.

“We need to restore actual liberties in this country,” Banda said in a telephone interview with Heartland Health Monitor. “The powers that be have gained way too much control when they think that they can do these kinds of things even with your children.”

Banda posted a draft of her lawsuit online as long ago as September but later said its filing had been delayed by the inability of her attorneys, one in Lawrence, Kansas, and the other in California, to agree on a mutual schedule.

In the lawsuit filed last week, however, she is acting on her own behalf. Asked what had become of her attorneys, Banda said the California attorney had a medical emergency “and we were coming on the statute of limitations to file the case. So I had to do what I had to do in order to make this happen.”

The suit was filed a year to the day after Garden City police raided her home and seized marijuana, cannabis oil and drug-related equipment after her 11-year-old son spoke up about her use of cannabis at a school anti-drug presentation.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families subsequently took custody of her son, saying the home environment was not safe for him, and the Finney County district attorney filed drug-related criminal charges against her. The charges carry a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison.

Banda said she would represent herself in court until she could find “adequate representation.”

Her 20-page lawsuit, filed in federal court, names as defendants the state of Kansas; the Kansas Department for Children and Families; DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore; Gov. Sam Brownback; the Garden City Police Department and its police chief, James R. Hawkins; the Garden City School District; and Tyler Stubenhoffer, an employee of the school district.

The suit alleges that the defendants violated Banda’s constitutional rights under the 9th and 14th amendments and cites an “emerging awareness” of the medical benefits of marijuana and its increasing societal acceptance. However, legal experts say there’s little case law supporting a constitutional right to medical marijuana.

Under Kansas law, possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second conviction is punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman for the Department for Children and Families, could not be reached for comment on Monday. But asked in September about Banda’s then-threatened lawsuit, she said that the department’s mission is to “protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility.”

“Our social workers are trained to assess the safety of a home and make an appropriate recommendation to the court,” Freed said. “Marijuana is an illegal substance in the state of Kansas. It can have both direct and indirect detrimental consequences on families.”

Banda said her son is in the custody of his father and she has visitation rights. She said, however, that she and the father are getting divorced “and I’m fighting for sole custody of my son.”

Banda has another son, 19, who lives with her and whom she says “is working and trying to do what he can to be an adult.”

She acknowledged that the legal odyssey she’s endured over the last year has been “very difficult” but said her younger son was “doing OK.”

“But it’s been very difficult on our family as a whole, I will say that,” she said.

Banda has been a highly visible advocate of medical marijuana and self-published a book about her use of cannabis oil to treat her Crohn’s, an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause severe abdominal pain and other symptoms.

Her lawsuit says she has undergone 17 surgeries over eight years. It says that the cannabis oil she uses to treat her condition had “significantly relieved” debilitating symptoms that had prevented her from working and confined her to her home.

Dan Margolies, editor of the Heartland Health Monitor team, is based at KCUR. You can reach him on Twitter @DanMargolies.

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A personal letter from Shona Banda

ADVOCACY ALERT! (Colorado) WE’RE CHANGING THE CHILD WELFARE CODE!

Teri Robnett

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ADVOCACY ALERT! WE’RE CHANGING THE CHILD WELFARE CODE!

I’m excited to announce the introduction of HB16-1385. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Singer and Sen. Linda Newell, updates and modernizes the language of the definition of “abuse” or “child abuse or neglect” in the “Colorado Children’s Code” to reflect the ways a child’s welfare can be threatened or harmed by adults through the use of or exposure to substances. It allows for prescription or recommendation of substances for medical purposes during pregnancy under the care and monitoring of a healthcare provider who is aware of the pregnancy. It is meant to give clear guidance as to appropriate child welfare intervention in families when substance use, possession, cultivation, manufacturing, or distribution is a factor. This does not change the criminal code.

This is the most important and challenging piece of legislation I’ve worked on. In 2013 and 2014, we fought legislation that would have changed the Children’s Code, but in a way we were concerned could be poorly interpreted and put cannabis-consuming parents in further jeopardy. Many might remember the dramatic rally and hearing on April 9, 2014, when we defeated that bill.

After 2 years of working together, starting with an educational campaign on keeping kids safe from substances called Smart Choices Safe Kids, we’ve finally managed to come to a place that both sides can support. http://smartchoicessafekids.org/

We won’t be without opposition, however, so it’s important that we come ready with facts and show strong support.

This bill will have its first hearing by the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, April 5, at 1:30pm in House Committee Room 0107. Mark your calendar and plan to be there to show your support!

http://www.leg.state.co.us/…/8CBD4ED6CD3F82C587257F2400659B…

http://statebillinfo.com/bills/bills/16/1385_01.pdf

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It is time that we learn from the past and start our own VICTORY Gardens!

We will be “Overgrowing the Government!”

 

 

In March 1917,Charles Lathrop Pack organized the US National War Garden Commission and launched the war garden campaign.  President Woodrow Wilson said that “Food will win the war.”

It is almost a hundred years later and history is set to repeat itself.  It is the beginning of Spring and it is time to start planting your gardens now to ensure your access to fresh food later!

According to Numbeo.com the recommended minimum amount of money for food figured by 2400 calories x 31 days is $333.89 per month.  Multiply that by two and it would be almost $668.00 a month for the MINIMUM amount of food for just two people to remain somewhat healthy.   That figure includes these food items:  Milk, White Bread, Rice (white), Eggs, Cheese, Chicken Breasts, Beef Round (0.15 kg), Apples, Banana, Oranges, Tomato, Potato,  Onion, and Lettuce. It really does not leave much to ponder when deciding what you are going to have for dinner!

At those prices, with those options alone, one does not have to imagine if they will be wanting for food this year.  I would suggest that if you would like to eat a decent meal once in a while you had better start growing your own – at least for long as possible before Agenda 21 comes in and takes over all of our gardens via a seed treaty of some sort.  Don’t laugh too hard because it could happen.

Here is an easy idea for those persons who are not lucky enough to have property or even a ‘back-yard’.  Bucket Gardens are becoming popular for limited areas.  Anyone can put 3-5 buckets on the front porch or even in the Living Room with standard fluorescent lighting.

Additionally, here are some ideas about growing small amounts indoors.  Be sure to do a Google search for more ideas on indoor growing.  (Yes, there are other plants that we can grow indoors for food besides Cannabis/Hemp!)

In fact, even if you have a garden area in your yard or on your property or farm it would probably be a good idea to start a few “buckets” of vegetables as well.  Something you can easily move indoors if the need arises.   Heaven forbid, if an event happened whereby you were not able to go out of your house for a period of time, you could still nurse the bucket vegetables by the window or under a light, if you are lucky enough to have electric at the time, and still get some benefit out of them. 

In 1943 the US Department of Agriculture estimated that more than 20 million victory gardens were planted.  There were approximately 42 million gardens in 2014.  The population of the U.S. is about 318 million.  There are 124 million households.  That means we need to have about 82 million more household gardens started in some form or fashion around the country in order to make a distinctive difference in the amount of money we pay out for our groceries to Corporate entities as well as making a  difference in how food-healthy we live.

In 1942 the government urged people to make gardening a family and community effort.  Today there are a lot of Community Gardens available to use and volunteer with.  If you do not wish to grow at home then make use of a Community Garden.  Many times the areas are already prepared and you only have to plant and tend the plants.  One of my first experiences with a Community Garden was when my Father had been retired for a number of years and was no longer able to till a garden for himself.  He made use of a Community Garden plot in Louisville, Kentucky on Fegenbush Lane and his “crop” rendered us many good meals!

Now, getting back to the issue at hand, the average person still likes to plant their garden in their backyard.  So here are a few pieces of information on how to make that a little easier.

*Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. VIEW THE VIDEO HERE.

*Small Space Permaculture Food Forest Garden on 1/4 Acre Home Lot. VIEW VIDEO HERE.

There is no end to the amount of information that is available online to help you in your endeavor no matter how large or small it may be.  The point I am trying to make here is to just make an effort to do something to help sustain yourself and your family!  It is amazing how much food you can actually grow on your own with just a few seeds and a little imagination.  And even if you do not have any imagination, then just take a packet of seeds (of your choice) outside, find a spot, dig some holes in the yard and put the seeds in them.  Water and watch something grow!  I promise you that if you do, and you watch even one vegetable grow out of the ground that is eatable, you will be out there again next year with a larger plot to plant!  It is worth the work!

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The next problem you will have is how to store the vegetables which you reap from your garden!  That is where I am at now.  I would like to put a “root cellar” in to store my vegetables so that I can keep those fresh vegetables for quite a while.  EHow.com has many articles on how to do this in different ways. 

Additionally, I would like to add here that if you are Blessed enough to have a piece of property, or a farm, or even just a ‘back-yard’, and you know someone who does not have that available to them, encourage them to share your area and plant a few things.  It will make you feel good to be able to help someone else accomplish something and it is always good to have gardening friends.  You can help each other succeed!

As another thought, there are many “weeds” that grow wild in your backyard or on your farm that are totally edible!  EATTHEWEEDS.Com is a very good website to find out about this and they also have a very good newsletter I would recommend subscribing to!  One of the edible weeds that Roundup tries to rid you of is Dandelions.  Check out the site and see how much food you have growing free in your yard!  BE CAREFUL what you choose to pick out of your yard to eat!  Some plants are poisonous and can be dangerous if ingested.  Be sure to check first before consuming! PETERSON FIELD GUIDES are among the best books available for this purpose.  They can be bought for a reasonable price online.  I have the “Medicinal Plants and Herbs” version and would like to get the whole series.  Books are still a good thing to have around even though there is so much information available on the internet.  There could be a time when we would not have access to electric as we do now and books could become life savers.

One more thing to do is plant a couple of fruit tree’s!  You will be glad you did in a few years when you can walk outside and pick an apple off of your own tree and enjoy eating it without paying for it!

Finally, if you are lucky enough to live in a legal Cannabis growing state be sure and plant a few in your garden to use for food!  But since it is still illegal in most states to grow your own Cannabis/Hemp, put back a few dollars if you can to to buy Hemp food products.  They are very healthy for you!

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http://www.eattheweeds.com/foraging/

How to Make a Cheap Root Cellar

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http://www.ehow.com/search.html?s=how+to+build+a+root+cellar&skin=corporate&t=all

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http://jefferson.ca.uky.edu/horticulture_communitygardens_layout

http://www.garden.org/about/press/press.php?q=show&id=3819&pr=pr_nga

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"Any sense as to what will happen with marijuana’s legal status if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected, given that they’re the presidential frontrunners? I would expect Hillary to continue the policy we’ve seen from the Obama administration. With Donald Trump, I have not the slightest idea."

 

March 23, 2016

CBD, Marijuana Banking and General Cannabis Reform: Q&A With NCIA’s Taylor West

 

By John Schroyer

Before landing her current job as deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, Taylor West spent more than a decade working in national politics, including four years in Washington DC.

During that time, West gained insight she can use today to assess the likelihood of federal change on the cannabis front.

Marijuana Business Daily sat down with West recently to get her thoughts on how the 2016 election could impact the cannabis industry and the chances of meaningful MJ reform for businesses.

What kind of cannabis-related reforms do you think Congress or President Barack Obama could move on in the near future?

I’m not optimistic that we’ll see much out of the president at this point. The president pretty clearly stated on multiple occasions now that he thinks this is an issue that needs to be dealt with by Congress.

As much as I’d like to think he’ll have a change of heart, he’s said it enough times now that I think he’s sticking to it.

From a congressional standpoint, there seems to be some movement in Congress around some kind of CBD legislation that protects businesses and patients that are involved with those products.

The second piece where we’re most likely to see some movement is on banking. There is a possibility that we’ll see an amendment that says the Department of the Treasury cannot spend any of the funds being appropriated to them to go after financial institutions that serve legitimate cannabis businesses.

We’ve seen bipartisan action on that in the past two years, and it’s probably our best bet for getting any kind of banking activity between now and at least the election.

How would this type of banking reform affect the cannabis industry?

It’s a little bit unclear whether an appropriations amendment on banking would have as dramatic an impact, as we need to create an industry-wide solution, in part because appropriations have to be renewed every year. So it wouldn’t be a guaranteed multi-year protection for banks, and some of them may continue to be risk-averse on it.

But it would send a very clear message.

When we look to the election this November, are there any potential changes at the federal level that could have a major impact on marijuana companies and pro-cannabis bills in Congress?

There is the possibility that this year the Senate could change hands, from the GOP to the Democrats. That would be a huge deal, because that means all of the committee chairs change hands.

One of the hardest things for our issues is simply getting a hearing on some of these standalone bills.

We have good legislation that has been introduced in the House and the Senate, on banking, on tax reform, we have the CARERS Act.

But because the committees in which they’re sitting are chaired by Republican senators who are very opposed to (marijuana), they have a very difficult time getting a hearing, much less a vote.

Any sense as to what will happen with marijuana’s legal status if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is elected, given that they’re the presidential frontrunners?

I would expect Hillary to continue the policy we’ve seen from the Obama administration.

With Donald Trump, I have not the slightest idea. As with most things, he’s been a bit all over the map. He hasn’t been as clearly against legalization as some other Republicans, but he also isn’t exactly laying out a clear philosophy of how he would handle it.

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Editorial; Marijuana nullification?

March 22, 2016

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a challenge to Colorado’s voter-approved law legalizing recreational marijuana, but the legal question the case raises can’t be ignored indefinitely. The question is as old as the republic: How far can states go in substituting their own laws for those of the federal government? The issue of marijuana raises that question now. In the past it has been raised by the issues of tariffs, slavery and desegregation, and in the future it could come up in relation to anything from abortion to immigration.

The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the court to overturn Colorado’s four-year-old law, claiming that it imposed costs on their law-enforcement systems. The lawsuit described the emergence of a $100 million marijuana industry in a neighboring state, and argued that “If this entity were based south of our border, the federal government would prosecute it as a drug cartel.”

Instead, the federal government has turned a nearsighted, if not quite blind, eye toward Colorado’s law, along with similar laws in Oregon, Alaska, Washington state and the District of Columbia. The federal government also has largely looked away from the more narrow laws in 22 states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is categorized as a drug whose possession and use is prohibited under all circumstances.

The federal classification of marijuana is foolish, destructive and should be changed — but it’s still the law, and like other laws, foolish or wise, it is meant to be obeyed. Yet the U.S. Justice Department has told prosecutors to ignore state legalization laws, as long as marijuana possession, use and sale remain within a set of guidelines. Federal authorities will step in, for instance, to prevent interstate commerce in marijuana, or to keep the drug out of the hands of children. Within those guidelines, just about anything goes, as Oregonians can see from the proliferation of pot products and retailers.

The Justice Department’s permissive approach avoids a confrontation over the limits of state and federal authority. Such confrontations have occurred in the past. The friction goes back to the nation’s founding, when it was the states, not a federal government, that dissolved the colonies’ ties to the British crown and ratified the U.S. Constitution. In the early 19th century, advocates of state supremacy argued that states have the right to secede in response to what they perceived as federal overreach — a position that led to the Civil War. Figures ranging from John Calhoun to George Wallace have advanced variants of that idea, claiming that states have the power to nullify federal laws with which they disagree.

Advocates of marijuana legalization have not argued for nullification. So far the Justice Department, and now the Supreme Court, have sidestepped the question of whether nullification has occurred. But marijuana legalization laws such as Oregon’s can’t be squared with the federal Controlled Substances Act, and as a practical matter, the state laws have been allowed to prevail. Someone, somewhere, is bound to point to this as establishing a precedent for states’ right to set aside other federal laws.

If Oregon can legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law, why can’t other states make their own rules regarding health care, the environment or civil rights? It’s regrettable that the Supreme Court decided against hearing a case that raised such questions, because they are inherent in any state law legalizing marijuana — and, perhaps soon, in other state laws that openly conflict with federal law.

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