NJ Weedman – Ed Forchion Burlington County Trial

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Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion court verdict: Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion talks before and after the verdict is read in his Burlington County jury trial on charges of marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute.

 

MOUNT HOLLY — A jury convicted medical marijuana activist Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion of possession Wednesday, but could not reach a verdict on the more weighty charge of distribution.

Following the verdict announcement in Superior Court in Mount Holly, an uncharacteristically agitated Forchion, dressed in a white T-shirt with a green cannabis leaf pictured inside the O of the letters LOVE, challenged an assistant Burlington County prosecutor that he would be ready for a retrial on the distribution charge.

“If he thinks he can get me again, let’s go,” Forchion told Judge Charles Delehey in regards to Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano. “I would go tomorrow.”

Forchion, who is representing himself, shot down his court-appointed lawyer’s plan to file a motion to have the court dismiss the possession with intent to distribute charge, saying angrily that the process would only delay the resolution of his case. The motion would have had to have been heard before a new trial could begin on the outstanding charge.

“I’m stuck here broke,” Forchion said. “I want to get this over with.”

Forchion, 47, grew up in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township but later opened a medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was arrested in April 2010 when he returned to New Jersey to visit his children and was stopped in Mount Holly with a pound of pot in his trunk.

Since then, Forchion has heavily promoted his case in an effort to further argue against New Jersey’s marijuana laws.

“This is bigger than me,” Forchion said while waiting for the jury’s verdict Wednesday. “I’m not in here just fighting for me.

“It’s the cause. I’m on the side of righteousness here.”

In his opening arguments last week, Forchion boldly proclaimed to the jury that the stash of pot was his but he maintained that he never had any intent to peddle his “medicine” to others.

During the trial, experts from both sides presented their opinions as to whether there was evidence that Forchion was intending to distribute the pot.

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Reach George Mast at (856) 486-2465 or gmast@gannett.com

NJ Weedman – Ed Forchion Burlington County Trial

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Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion court verdict: Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion talks before and after the verdict is read in his Burlington County jury trial on charges of marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute.

 

MOUNT HOLLY — A jury convicted medical marijuana activist Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion of possession Wednesday, but could not reach a verdict on the more weighty charge of distribution.

Following the verdict announcement in Superior Court in Mount Holly, an uncharacteristically agitated Forchion, dressed in a white T-shirt with a green cannabis leaf pictured inside the O of the letters LOVE, challenged an assistant Burlington County prosecutor that he would be ready for a retrial on the distribution charge.

“If he thinks he can get me again, let’s go,” Forchion told Judge Charles Delehey in regards to Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano. “I would go tomorrow.”

Forchion, who is representing himself, shot down his court-appointed lawyer’s plan to file a motion to have the court dismiss the possession with intent to distribute charge, saying angrily that the process would only delay the resolution of his case. The motion would have had to have been heard before a new trial could begin on the outstanding charge.

“I’m stuck here broke,” Forchion said. “I want to get this over with.”

Forchion, 47, grew up in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township but later opened a medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was arrested in April 2010 when he returned to New Jersey to visit his children and was stopped in Mount Holly with a pound of pot in his trunk.

Since then, Forchion has heavily promoted his case in an effort to further argue against New Jersey’s marijuana laws.

“This is bigger than me,” Forchion said while waiting for the jury’s verdict Wednesday. “I’m not in here just fighting for me.

“It’s the cause. I’m on the side of righteousness here.”

In his opening arguments last week, Forchion boldly proclaimed to the jury that the stash of pot was his but he maintained that he never had any intent to peddle his “medicine” to others.

During the trial, experts from both sides presented their opinions as to whether there was evidence that Forchion was intending to distribute the pot.

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Reach George Mast at (856) 486-2465 or gmast@gannett.com

Marijuana activist ‘NJWeedman’ convicted of pot possession, jury hung on distribution charge

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, May 10, 6:37 AM

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — Jurors in New Jersey have delivered a mixed verdict at the trial of a marijuana activist who lives in California and goes by the name “NJWeedman.”

The panel in Mount Holly on Wednesday convicted Ed Forchion of possession of one pound of pot in the trunk of his car. However, they could not reach a verdict on whether he intended to distribute it.

The 47-year-old moved to Los Angeles several years ago to run a medical marijuana dispensary. He was arrested during a traffic stop in April 2010.

He could not use New Jersey’s medical marijuana law as a defense.

Forchion told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill (http://on.cpsj.com/JhKWmV ) he was happy he didn’t get thrown in jail while he awaits a retrial for the distribution charge.

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Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/

THE NJ WEEDMAN HEADS TO COURT

THE WEEDMAN HEADS TO COURT ( 4/25/2012)

Ed Forchion, dreadlocks falling across his face, sat in a booth at the Dolphin Diner on Route 130 in Burlington Township, explaining how he plans victory “for potheads everywhere.”

“I win this case, I’m a hero, a legend. One juror — just one — that’s all I need,” he said. “I think I’ll be able to tell who, too. You know how some people have ‘gaydar’ — they can tell who’s gay? I have ‘weedar.’ I can tell who’s cool with weed.”

He’ll look for that person in a courtroom at the county courthouse in Mount Holly, where his trial for possession of a pound of pot is set to begin May 1.

Forchion, 47, is known as NJWeedman, a celebrity among dedicated marijuana smokers.

At the diner, people wave to him. A man several booths away mouths “good luck.” Weedman returns the warm regards.

“See? That guy knows who I am,” he said.

Of course, it’s hard to miss his calling card in the parking lot — a van artistically adorned from bumper to bumper with pro-weed slogans, marijuana leaves, and depictions of himself blowing pot smoke into Uncle Sam’s face. He calls it the Weedmobil. He traveled in it with a friend from his home in Los Angeles, where he is the proprietor of a medical marijuana shop.

Or was. Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency busted him. This compounded his bust in Mount Holly in 2010. Forchion had been visiting family when he was pulled over for a traffic violation, and the police found weed in his rental car.

Now, awaiting trial, he’s broke and using Facebook to solicit contributions to put gas in the Weedmobil.

In spite of this, he seems a cheerful soul. He is a charming dining companion, tells good stories, smiles easily, and is unfailingly polite. His cause is the legalization of marijuana, which, he said, he uses daily. (He produced a document from Dr. Edward A. Alexander of Los Angeles, who vouches for Forchion’s need for pot, not only for medical reasons but also for “spiritual” reasons. Forchion is a Rastafarian.)

“I’ve been called a fakin’ Jamaican, but this is who I am,” he said.

Forchion was born in New Jersey and grew up in Sicklerville, Camden County. Good parents. Happy childhood.

“The first time I smoked pot was right here in Willingboro,” he said. “I was 14 or 15. It was the summer of 1979. It was a peer-pressure thing. My cousin was there, and these kids were all passing around a joint, right there in Pennypacker Park.”

He inhaled, got the giggles, and thoroughly enjoyed the high.

“That day was when I realized that pot is not some boogeyman, like in ‘Reefer Madness.’ That was a good day, a defining moment in my life,” he said.

After high school, Forchion enlisted in the Marines. A health issue got him a medical discharge. He spent six years in the Army, where he was trained as a medical technician.

He married, divorced and has five children, ages 5 to 26. He worked as an independent coast-to-coast trucker. It was in Phoenix in the early 1990s where he realized the appealing economics of dealing weed.

“You could buy a pound for $300 in Phoenix and sell it in Jersey for $1,200,” he said. “So I got 10 pounds and sold it. Then I got 30 pounds.”

He was rolling in dough. He bought a house in Chesilhurst, Camden County, next to the police chief’s place. In the late 1990s, he was busted, served three months in prison, got out, and moved to the pot-friendly West Coast.

Forchion’s case in Burlington County is novel in two ways. Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey will permit him to represent himself. Also, Forchion will attempt to get the jury to acquit him through nullification. That is, although jurors may believe a defendant is guilty, they acquit him anyway due to other circumstances.

He said his courtroom pitch will appeal to “common sense.”

“The law they’re prosecuting me under is unconstitutional,” he said. “The (federal law) classifies pot as a Schedule I drug, which means it has no ‘accepted’ medical value. On the other hand, the state of New Jersey has approved the use of medical marijuana. So, which is it?”

Hmm.

“Like I said,” said the Weedman, “all I need is one juror to agree with me. Just one.”

TSA Screeners at LAX Arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking, Corruption Charges

Created on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:12
Written by DEA

Los Angeles, California – The DEA last week announced that two former and two current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have been arrested on federal narcotics trafficking and bribery charges for allegedly taking cash payments to allow large shipments of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to pass through the X-ray machines at TSA security checkpoints.

In addition to the current and former TSA officials, one drug courier is currently in state custody, and another drug courier is expected to surrender tomorrow. Authorities are continuing to search for another alleged drug courier named in a 22-count grand jury indictment that was unsealed this morning.

The indictment outlines five specific incidents in which current and former TSA employees took payments of as much as $2,400 to allow suitcases filled with drugs to pass through X-ray machines while TSA screeners looked the other way.

“This case underscores the unique nature of 21st century drug smuggling,” according to Briane M. Grey, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in Los Angeles. “Here, the defendants traded on their positions at one the world’s most crucial airport security checkpoints, used their special access for criminal ends, and compromised the safety and security of their fellow citizens for their own profit.”

“Airport screeners act as a vital checkpoint for homeland security, and air travelers should believe in the fundamental integrity of security systems at our nation’s airports,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “The allegations in this case describe a significant breakdown of the screening system through the conduct of individuals who placed greed above the nation’s security needs.”

The indictment names the following individuals:

  • Naral Richardson , 30, of Los Angeles, who was arrested this morning. Richardson, who was terminated by TSA in 2010, is accused of orchestrating five incidents in which TSA screeners agreed to waive narcotics through security checkpoints.

Richardson is charged in five narcotics conspiracies, five substantive counts of possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of offering bribes to public officials. If convicted, Richardson faces mandatory minimum sentences of at least 10 years, and he potentially faces life without parole in federal prison. Each bribery count also carries a statutory maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

  • John Whitfield , 23, of Los Angeles, who was arrested last night. Whitfield, a TSA screener who allegedly worked with Richardson to allow nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine to pass through LAX security, is also accused of personally allowing more than 20 kilograms of cocaine to pass through LAX security.

Whitfield is charged in a conspiracy involving about four kilograms of methamphetamine, as well as substantive drug possession charges involving marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. Whitfield is also named as the recipient of six bribes. If he is convicted, Whitfield faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

  • Joy White , 27, of Compton, who was arrested this morning. White, who was terminated by TSA last year, allegedly was stationed at LAX screening checkpoints when she allowed drugs to pass through, including a shipment of more than 20 kilograms of cocaine.

White is charged in three narcotics conspiracies – involving a total of about 25 kilograms of cocaine and about 22 kilograms of marijuana – as well as three substantive drug possession counts. White is also charged with one count of receiving a bribe. If convicted, White would face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

  • Capeline McKinney , 25, of Los Angeles, who was arrested this morning. McKinney is a TSA screener who allegedly allowed more than 20 kilograms of cocaine to pass through her security checkpoint.

McKinney is charged in a cocaine conspiracy involving 20 kilograms of the drug, as well as a substantive drug possession charge and one count of receiving a bribe. If convicted, McKinney faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years and a potential sentence of life imprisonment.

  • Duane Eleby , 28, of Downey, who is expected to surrender to authorities tomorrow morning. Eleby allegedly attempted to bring almost five kilograms of cocaine through a security checkpoint, but his narcotics were seized by law enforcement when he went through the wrong security checkpoint.

Eleby is charged in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, as well as possession with the intent to distribute nearly five kilograms of cocaine. If convicted, Eleby faces a five year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum statutory sentence of 40 years in prison.

  • Terry Cunningham , 28, of Los Angeles, an alleged drug courier, is currently being sought by authorities.
  • Stephen Bayliss , 28, of Los Angeles, an alleged drug courier, who currently is in state custody.

Cunningham and Bayliss are each in a conspiracy involving 22 kilograms of marijuana, as well as possession with intent to distribute marijuana. If convicted, each of them would face up to five years in federal prison.

All of the defendants who were arrested last night and this morning are expected to be arraigned on the indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. If they are convicted of the charges in the indictment, the current and former TSA officials each face stiff mandatory minimum penalties, and each would face a potential sentence of life imprisonment.

The indictment outlines five separate incidents in which the TSA officials conspired with either drug couriers or an undercover operative working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to smuggle narcotics through security checkpoints at LAX.

These incidents occurred from early February 2011 and continued until early July 2011, according to the indictment.

In one incident, Richardson and White allegedly agreed that Eleby would bring about five kilograms of cocaine through a security checkpoint that was being staffed by White. But when Eleby failed to follow White’s instructions and went to the wrong security checkpoint, TSA officials uninvolved in the scheme seized Eleby’s bag, which was filled with cocaine. In the final incident outlined in the indictment, Richardson and Whitfield allegedly conspired with the DEA’s “confidential source” to allow about eight pounds of methamphetamine to pass through a security checkpoint that was being staffed by Whitfield. After the methamphetamine went through security, Whitfield met the confidential source in an LAX restroom to receive $600 in cash, which was the second half of the agreed-upon $1,200 fee for that pass through.

“TSA has assured the investigating agencies we will do everything we can to assist in their investigation,” said Randy Parsons, TSA Federal Security Director at LAX. “While these arrests are a disappointment, TSA is committed to holding our employees to the highest standards.”

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which worked in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration, the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles International Airport Narcotics Task Force, and the Los Angeles Airport Police.

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Marijuana bust related to Hells Angels operation

by Tim McGinnis

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A man in Murrells Inlet was arrested for having $419,000 worth of marijuana plants and another $11,760 worth of processed marijuana.

The bust was made by agents assigned to the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, or DEU. The agents work for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgetown Police Department.

Agents also seized money from a house on Crystal Lane in Murrells Inlet. At that location, Daniel Richardson, 62, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.

The DEU says agents also searched a home on Sunnyside Avenue in Murrells Inlet, they say that home was an inactive grow, and was set up for a grow, but the plants had been removed.

Richardson is awaiting a bond hearing at the Georgetown County Detention Center.

The arrests are part of "Operation Red Harvest", the 18 month investigation that started in 2010, and resulted in the arrests of several members of the motorcycle group, the Hells Angels. This search was one of eleven search warrants executed in Horry and Georgetown counties.

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Global Marijuana March 2012: Worldwide Protests For Pot Legalization

By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture – Tuesday, May 1 2012

CANNABIS CULTURE – The 2012 Global Marijuana March is Saturday, May 5! Join the world’s largest simultaneous pot protest in 153 confirmed cities around the world, or add your city to the list.

Every year, on the first Saturday in May – just after the other global stoner gathering, 4/20 – potheads and drug law reformers gather in cities around the world for the Global Marijuana March (GMM).

Meeting at strategic gathering locations, activists and weed-smokers hit the pavement and march through the city streets, leaving stunned passer-bys and, in many cities, a large cloud of aromatic marijuana smoke.

This year, there are at least 153 confirmed cities (as the time of publication of this article) on the website WeedWiki.

There may be many more unconfirmed cities who will also have protests – to see a larger (and somewhat out-of-date) collection of cities and info, view the Big List at GlobalCannabisMarch.com.

Started in New York in 1999 by legendary pot activist Dana Beal, the March has grown to include 738 cities from 64 different nations over the years, according to to WeedWiki. Beal has had a tough last year, fighting both legal and health issues.

Over the years, Beal and other activists like Marc Emery sent thousands of GMM posters around the world (the same ones published them in the pages of Cannabis Culture).

See coverage of GMM 2011 (and more) from CC.

In some locations, the March is held on days other than May 5, and is known by a number of other names including the Worldwide Marijuana March, Million Marijuana March, World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, Million Blunts March and others.

Read more about the history of the Global Marijuana March.

The scope of the GMM is truly global, with participating cities in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

See the list of cities in video form:

Vancouver and other Canadian cities including Montreal, London, and Victoria are on the list (and others – see list below).

Toronto’s Global Marijuana March has become the largest marijuana protest in the city, and has for the last five years been held simultaneously with the Toronto Freedom Festival (TFF). The TFF will not be held this year due to construction at its former location, Queen’s Park. (More information about Toronto and Vancouver GMM’s coming soon on CC)

Click here to go to the GMM 2012 Facebook page for links to more information and flyers, posters, and banners.

View the list of confirmed cities from WeedWiki below:

Global Marijuana March 2012 Confirmed Cities

AFRICA

South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

ASIA

Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

EUROPE

Austria

Salzburg, Austria
Vienna, Austria

Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium

Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

France

Bordeaux, France
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Lille, France
Lyon, France
Marseille, France
Paris, France
Reunion, France
Toulouse, France
Tours, France

Germany

Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Hanover, Germany
Potsdam, Germany

Greece

Athens, Greece

Ireland

Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Italy

Rome, Italy

Malta

Valletta, Malta

Norway

Bergen, Norway
Oslo, Norway
Stavanger, Norway
Trondheim, Norway

Poland

Poznan, Poland
Warsaw, Poland

Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal
Porto, Portugal

Spain

Madrid, Spain

Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland

United Kingdom

Cardiff, Wales, UK

OCEANIA

Australia

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia

New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Hastings, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
New Plymouth, New Zealand

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina

Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Cordoba, Argentina
El Bolson, Argentina
Formosa, Argentina
La Plata, Argentina
La Rioja, Argentina
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina
Neuquen, Argentina
Posadas, Argentina
Resistencia, Argentina
Rio Grande, Argentina
Rosario, Argentina
Salta, Argentina
San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina
San Juan, Argentina
San Luis, Argentina
San Miguel, Tucuman, Argentina
San Pedro, Misiones, Argentina
San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina
Venado Tuerto, Argentina

Brazil

Aracaju, Brazil
Atibaia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Blumenau, Brazil
Brasilia, Brazil
Curitiba, Brazil
Diadema, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fortaleza, Brazil
Guarulhos, Brazil
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Joinville, Brazil
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Natal, Brazil
Niteroi, Brazil
Patos, Brazil
Petropolis, Brazil
Presidente Prudente, Brazil
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Uberlandia, Brazil
Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil

Chile

Antofagasta, Chile
Calama, Chile
Concepcion, Chile
Iquique, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Valdivia, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile

Colombia

Bogota, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Medellin, Colombia

Ecuador

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Peru

Lima, Peru
Uruguay
Florida, Uruguay
Fray Bentos, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nearby islands

NORTH AMERICA

Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

United States

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA
Oakland, California, USA
Sacramento, California, USA

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Key West, Florida, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Topeka, Kansas, USA
Wichita, Kansas, USA

Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
St Louis, Missouri, USA

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Durham, New Hampshire, USA

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

New York City, New York, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Alva, Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Eugene, Oregon, USA
Medford, Oregon, USA
Portland, Oregon, USA
Salem, Oregon, USA

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

Austin, Texas, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA

Spokane, Washington, USA

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Prince of Pot Marc Emery Endorses I-502, Says Initiative’s Critics Are ‘Jealous’

By Nina Shapiro Tue., May 1 2012 at 7:00 AM

Marc Emery, British Columbia’s so-called Prince of Pot, has endorsed marijuana legalization initiative I-502. In staking out his position, Emery sided with the man who put him in prison–former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington John McKay–and gave a tongue lashing to the initiative’s critics.

Emery, serving a five-year sentence in connection with his former seed empire, made his views known via a blog he writes from prison (posted with the help of supporters). He delivered an upbeat post on Saturday, which took note of wife Jodie’s recent appearance with McKay at a press conference in Vancouver held by a pro-legalization group.

"The great news continues," Emery went on. "My former prosecutor John McKay, not content with just being a lecturer on the evils of the drug war, is also co-sponsor of an excellent legalization initiative on the Washington State ballot this November. Apology accepted, Mr. McKay!"

Last time we checked, while working on last year’s profile of McKay, the former prosecutor turned legalization activist did not reciprocate the warm fuzzies. "He got what he deserved," McKay said of Emery. "He wanted to change policy, and the way he chose to do that was not to get himself elected to the B.C. parliament, but to break the law."

McKay’s refusal to actually apologize is held against him by, among others, lawyer and legalization activist Douglas Hiatt, who told SW that the former prosecutor has never faced his "moral culpability." But that doesn’t seem to bother Emery, whose harsh words are reserved for activists like Hiatt who are critical of I-502.
Emery dismisses as "trivial" the argument that 502 would endanger cannabis users through the initiative’s DUI provision, which specifies a very limited amount of the drug that drivers can have in their bloodstream, and creates a zero tolerance policy for those under 21. Emery writes:

How ironic that I currently have far more respect for my former prosecutor and his proposed legislation than I have for those activists who would foolishly and dangerously oppose this great step forward over trivialities, much the same way as done by many so-called members of the movement who killed Prop. 19 in California in 2010. Much of the Washington state opposition to I-502 is rooted in adversarial jealousy, because after three attempts, some activists just can’t get an initiative of their own on the ballot, so resent McKay, the ACLU and their backers who did manage to get I-502 on the ballot.

 

Ouch. Hiatt, who founded Sensible Washington, the group that repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to get a broader legalization initiative on the ballot, insists his opposition to I-502 "doesn’t have a damn thing to do with jealously." Instead, he tells SW, it really does have to do with the initiative’s DUI provision.

And Hiatt bristles against the notion that all marijuana activists should fall in line behind the well-financed initiative and its influential supporters. "The whims of totalitarianism are blowing, even in the movement," he says.

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First non-THC-Based Line of Health and Wellness Products

press release

May 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. EDT

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s Dixie Elixir and Edibles Brand to Launch First non-THC-Based Line of Health and Wellness Products

Colorado’s Leading Manufacturer of Edible Medical Marijuana Products Expands Patient Footprint with Federally Legal Hemp Extract (Cannabidiol) Products to Address Pain Relief, Mental Focus, and Sleep Regularity

DENVER, May 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Dixie Elixirs and Edibles, Colorado’s premier Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC-infused products company, today announced a new line of products which will break entirely new ground for the company in the category of non-THC-infused product development. Following closely on the heels of its acquisition by cannabis and hemp industry innovators Medical Marijuana, Inc. MJNA -2.86% , today’s announcement consists of three new hemp-based Cannabidiol (CBD) products that contain no THC:

— Dixie DewDrops: a sublingual glycerin-based tincture designed for pain relief

— Dixie Botanicals: a topical pain relief salve and massage oil

— Dixie Scrips: a pharmaceutical-grade CBD capsule in two varieties, one for daytime focus/mental energy and the other a night time sleep aid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently considers hemp-based cannabinoids, including CBD, to be "food based" and therefore legal without a medical marijuana license. Amongst the many potential uses for CBD-based products that are currently under evaluation, CBD’s have been shown to relieve convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea. Based on medical potential and the federally legal status of hemp-based CBD products, Dixie and Medical Marijuana, Inc. estimate the market in the U.S. to be well over $5 billion. These three new products are the first of many that the companies intend to bring to the market in the coming year.

Dixie will initially offer the new products exclusively to their existing customer base which consists of over 400 dispensaries in the state of Colorado. This consumer base represents in excess of 70 percent of the addressable medical marijuana market in Colorado and over nine percent of the U.S. medical cannabis market. Within 90 days the Company intends to launch a mail order campaign and online e-commerce platform that will allow individuals throughout the U.S. to purchase these products since they contain no THC. The U.S. availability will be followed closely by distribution in international markets including Europe via several key product distribution relationships that are currently under negotiation.

"From the day that we created our first medicated elixirs, we have known that as an industry we have only just begun to tap the very deep health and healing properties of cannabis," said Tripp Keber, President and CEO of Dixie Elixirs and Red Dice Holdings, LLC. "These three new products open up a world of potential for Dixie and Medical Marijuana, Inc. to bring healthy alternatives to millions of patients who might otherwise never experience the tremendous benefits of cannabinoids. This is truly an exciting development for Dixie and we look forward to bringing Dixie Scrips, Dixie DewDrops, and Dixie Botanicals to patients around the country and around the world who are looking for a healthful alternative to mass-produced, man-made pharmaceutical products."

About Dixie Elixirs

As Colorado’s premier THC-infused products company, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles(TM), based in Denver, has been providing alternative medicated relief for patients in Colorado since 2009. Dedicated to providing the strength, taste, and discretion required by medical marijuana patients, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles provides a complete line of smoke-free medical marijuana products including Dixie Elixirs(TM) medicated beverages, Dixie Edibles(TM) infused edibles, Dixie Scrips(TM) cannabis and herb supplement capsules, Dixie Botanicals(TM) all-natural transdermal topicals, Dixie DewDrops(TM) concentrated tinctures, and Dixie Tonics(TM) medicated energy boosts. Dixie Elixirs & Edibles products are sold through licensed medical marijuana centers in Colorado in compliance with CO HB 1284. Find out more at DixieElixirs.com.

About Medical Marijuana, Inc.

Our mission is to be the premier cannabis and hemp industry innovators, leveraging our team of professionals to source, evaluate, and purchase value-added companies and products, while allowing them to keep their integrity and entrepreneurial spirit. We strive to create awareness within our industry, develop environmentally friendly, economically sustainable businesses, while increasing shareholder value. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: http://www.MedicalMarijuanaInc.com .

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Recreational marijuana smoking unimportant, should remain illegal

 

 

By DANIELLE CARPENTER Published April 29, 2012 at 11:45pm

Pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana is a waste of time.

The Tucson Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held its annual protest on April 20. About 50 protesters made their way to Cheba Hut for the seventh annual protest, where they held up signs to flash at traffic about legalizing marijuana. It’s sad how badly those people want recreational marijuana legalized. Medical marijuana helps people, but recreational marijuana can be dangerous.

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug found in “impaired drivers and crash victims involved in ‘drugged driving’ accidents,” according to the Alcohol Drug Abuse Help & Resource Center website. The drug interferes with the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls coordination, according to the center’s website. Legalizing this drug will do nothing more then increase the number of DUIs and fatal car accidents, as if Arizona needs higher numbers in that department.

A lot of people assume that marijuana does nothing bad for them. But the THC in marijuana — the reason for its effects — can interfere with the hippocampus, according to the center’s website. The hippocampus is one of the most important parts of the brain, as it controls memory, judgment and learning.

In chronic users, the impact on memory and learning can last days or weeks after marijuana’s effects seem to fade, according to a 2001 study in the medical journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

Studies have shown that frequent use of the drug can actually lead to more anxiety and higher rates of mental illness like depression.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health, notes that schizophrenia in particular seems to have a link to marijuana use, as a 2007 study found. This may be due to the fact that frequent use of marijuana case can cause a dire psychotic reaction in susceptible people, according to the NIDA, making it a possible factor in the onset or relapse of schizophrenia.

A 2006 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 84 percent of employers drug test new hires, and 39 percent will randomly test employees after they are hired. (Usually, those who meet the criteria for being able to have medical marijuana are excused.)

Most employers want mature, intelligent and dedicated employees who do not abuse drugs. Some employers, such as hospitals, are even starting to look at whether or not their applicants smoke cigarettes, not just marijuana or other controlled substances.

Smoking, marijuana or cigarettes, does not make one more appealing in any way, shape or form to a handful of careers or to other people. It’s time for people to grow up, and figure out how to live life without depending on marijuana.

If even California of all states would not pass a bill legalizing weed for those 21 and older, it’s clear that protesting Arizonans are fighting a hopeless cause. Arizonans should spend their time more wisely than trying to get something as pointless as recreational pot to happen.

The outcomes of keeping recreational marijuana use illegal will save Arizona from the increase of drug-related fatal car accidents, and protect the mental health of residents. Smoking weed recreationally should remain against the law.

— Danielle Carpenter is a pre-journalism freshman. She can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions .

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