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Oregon Moms for Marijuana Plan Rally Southern Oregon Moms for Marijuana plan to hold a rally today on the Jackson County Courthouse steps at 4 PM. The group is fighting against efforts to restrict access to marijuana or impose harsh penalties on users, including taking their children away from them solely because marijuana is in the home. Lindsey Rinehart is organizing Tuesday’s rally and is new to Southern Oregon. She says she is not sure of how common this is locally, but she says she knows all too well that it does happen after having her children taken from her for more than two weeks. “We need to make sure that C.P.S. knows, D.H.S. knows that we are, as a nation and even internationally, calling for reform of their organization and we can all support each other by banding together and doing what needs to be done to make sure this doesn’t happen to any more families,” said Rinehart. While living in Idaho and being a vocal activist for the legalization of medical marijuana, she had her children taken by Child Protective Services on grounds of neglect because cannabis and paraphernalia was found in the house. After 17 days, her children were returned to her and she says no charges were ever filed. Now she wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Rinehart said Moms for Marijuana hopes to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana and the futility of the decades-long fight over pot. The Southern Oregon Chapter of Moms for Marijuana is fairly new and will hold their rally today outside the Jackson County Court. Moms for Marijuana also will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at Southern Oregon Community Center and Clinic, 816 Bennett Ave., Medford. [Source]
Kentucky Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally Supporters of last years medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 129 the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act attended a barbecue and rally held Wednesday June 27th at the home of State Senator Perry Clark of Louisville who filed last years bill. Citizen activists from Winchester, Alexandria in Northern Kentucky and from all over the Commonwealth were in attendance. Ron Moore of Kentucky Veterans For Medical Marijuana, Tony Ashley of Free the Weed Kentucky, Lynne Wilson of Hemprock Radio which broadcasts out of Cincinnati across Northern Kentucky, on line, and on Public Access Television, and numerous citizens interested in a medical marijuana law for Kentucky’s sick and disabled citizens were there to discuss our options for getting a bill thru the 2013 Assembly. After a fine repast Senator Clark gave a short talk and stated his intention to rewrite and refile the bill prior to the Assembly convening. Senator Clark’s original bill was filed late in last years session and given the fact it was a busy year for the Assembly, it never got past it’s first stop, the Senate Judicial Committee chaired by Senator Jensen. Senator Clark said this is the year for getting this bill passed and indicated that Senator Jensen was also interested in moving the bill forward. Senator Clark stressed the importance of contacting your State Senator and Representative by mail and also to call and visit their offices to press our case. The Senator then went around the group asking for suggestions for making our case and getting the word out to supporters and those citizens who maybe wouldn’t use medical marijuana but see the frugality in continuing marijuana prohibition. Many suggestions were discussed for getting the message out and stressing the benefits, medical, financial and bureaucratic of a comprehensive medical marijuana bill for Kentucky’s citizens. Benefits like increased revenue for state and local coffers, positive economic impact as a result of people being employed in the industry, lower rates of traffic accidents, teen usage, prescription drug abuse, criminal justice costs, the freeing of police to focus on serious crimes, an alternative crop for our beleaguered farmers and lest we forget, the pain and suffering we will be helping our sick and disabled citizens to endure, the effect of which can’t be measured except in the relief in a sufferers eyes will result with the passage of this bill. Every state touching Kentucky’s borders are working on some form of medical marijuana bill as we speak and those states are going to need a supplier. We have a unique opportunity to fill the market and a medical marijuana bill can get us prepared for when these other bills come on line and the Federal prohibition of marijuana finally comes to an end as it most certainly will. http://www.state-jou...upporters-rally Trix