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  1. The hemp industry is fighting the DEA again for its right to sell hemp products, including CBD. The Drug Enforcement Agency and US Attorney Generals have spent considerable resources on hemp farmers, state hemp projects, even attacking, raiding and destroying hemp crops in Native American tribal land. Members of congress have joined in the lawsuit against the DEA. Does the DEA even know what it is doing? Why did Eric Holder say hemp was schedule 1, prosecute hemp growers his entire tenure, only to retire and say that the laws should be changed? In Olsen v Holder 2009, some interesting facts about scheduling were reported: DEA Clarifies Status of Hemp in the Federal Register in 2001. What if you are unable to determine from reading the label and from asking the manufacturer or distributor whether the product contains THC? In such circumstances, if you wish to err on the side of caution, you may freely dispose of the product. As stated in the rules that DEA published on October 9, 2001, anyone who has purchased a food or beverage product that contains THC has 120 days (until February 6, 2002) to dispose of the product without penalty under federal law. Wait, Marijuana is the leaves and flowers and hemp is the stalks and seeds? What? Defining “Industrial Hemp”: A Fact Sheet The federal Congressional Research Service issued a report March 2017. Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity Renée Johnson Specialist in Agricultural Policy March 10, 2017 What about Cannabidiol? Since the DEA has been attacking Cannabidiol hemp products, some states have been claiming CBD is illegal. Department of Public Health Position Statement CBD Product Availability in Iowa Nebraska AG issued a memo on Cannabidiol products. Indiana AG issued an opinion of CBD , while the Indiana Governor said stores will have 60 days to destroy or remove CBD products from its stores. The FDA tested some CBD products and found some products contained no CBD, some contained higher than .3% THC and other products fluctuated with percentages of CBD. Also, the FDA has stated that because CBD is being investigated as a new drug, it cannot be marketed as a dietary supplement. The FDA is ignoring history when it says CBD is a "new drug". CBD was an ingredient of Extract of Cannabis, a formulation in the US Pharmacopia dating back to 1851. The fight against hemp, marijuana, cannabis continues. https://mjbizdaily.com/congress-members-defend-cbd-blast-deas-hemp-decision/ Congress members defend CBD, blast DEA’s hemp decision Published January 12, 2018 | By Kristen Nichols In a bold show of support for the hemp industry and CBD, 28 members of Congress are asking a federal appeals court to reject the Drug Enforcement Administration’s argument that cannabidiol is a Schedule 1 drug. The Congress members filed the brief Thursday in conjunction with a pending lawsuit against the DEA. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in the case Feb. 15. The Congress members – 22 Democrats and six Republicans – argue that the DEA is “blatantly contrary” to the 2014 Farm Bill when it argues that CBD is a marijuana extract and therefore illegal. “The Farm Bill’s definition of industrial hemp includes any part of the plant, including the flower,” the Congress members argue in the brief. The members conclude that the federal agency’s rule about CBD was an “abuse of DEA’s administrative procedure and rulemaking authority.” The lawyer who wrote the brief for the Congress members, Steven Cash, told Marijuana Business Daily that Congress members took the extraordinary step of weighing in on the lawsuit in hopes of seeing the courts resolve the conflict between the Farm Bill and the DEA’s interpretation on the Controlled Substances Act. “Apart from arguing about the relative benefits, flaws and dangers of medical marijuana and hemp, it appears we’re going to solve this (conflict) through traditional avenues, the courts,” Cash said. The DEA said in late 2016 that because CBD cannot be easily extracted from non-flower parts of the cannabis plant, CBD should be considered a controlled substance. The decision brought a hasty lawsuit from the Hemp Industries Association and a CBD business. A lawyer for the hemp companies says the brief will show judges that Congress understood what it was doing when it authorized hemp production, meaning not just the stalks and seeds but the whole plant. “Congress has spoken, yet again,” Bob Hoban said in a statement. “The industrial hemp industry has seen exponential growth … and this case represents the most significant challenge the U.S. hemp industry has seen to date.”
  2. Here is some insight into our system of injustice; prosecutorial misconduct on an unprecedented scale: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/29/1388819/-Judge-disqualifies-all-250-prosecutors-in-Orange-County-CA-because-of-widespread-corruption?detail=facebook_sf Those familiar with Orange County understand the similarities between "justice" in Orange County, and our own Oakland County here in Michigan.
  3. U.S. Attorneys in California Defy Obama on MMJ California -- Last week, the Alameda County (CA) Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking the Federal government to, "end Federal interference on the municipal and state laws allowing medical marijuana, and... requests that President Obama begin a discussion about the potential benefits of reforming federal laws on marijuana use in all forms, including medicinal and recreational uses." Their desire for clarification and support on this issue is understandable. Two of the oldest and most respected dispensaries in California, Harborside Health Center and Berkeley Patients Group, both in Alameda County, have been targeted by the Feds on numerous occasions, even in light of strict regulations imposed by their localities, and a squeaky clean track record of providing both a crucial public health service and a large amount of tax revenue. Read More...
  4. Grand Jury Report Acknowledges Inconsistencies in CA County Marijuana Policy A Grand Jury Report has been released highlighting the inconsistencies in marijuana policy in Tulare County, Ca. The county is located in the California central valley and includes cities such as Visalia, Sugarloaf, and Exeter. “We believe all the incorporated cities should have some kind of uniform medical marijuana ordinance and permit process but all the cities have to work with each other in order to do that,” said Kat Harris from the Tulare County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury Report revealed that some cities are fine without marijuana regulation and are happy to let collectives operate freely, while others have imposed tighter regulations. Some cities, such as Exeter and Porterville, lack medical marijuana regulations, yet still plan to enforce both state and federal marijuana laws. The Grand Jury Report also recommends all cities have a permit process and a medical marijuana ordinance. The report also recommends that cities have a system that lets them each share information so they can keep track of different illegal grows and the perpetrators. Exeter officials explained that they do not believe there is a “one size fits all” approach that will work for all cities when it comes to medical marijuana regulation. Medical marijuana has been a prominent issue in Tulare County. The sheriff’s office is flooded with calls about illegal marijuana grows and the board of supervisors has created and updated ordinances to keep grows and collectives under the letter of the law. However, cities are free to do what they choose, putting city officials and county officials at odds. Tulare County is known for its farm land and park land, making it an ideal place for marijuana growers– both legal and illegal– to set up shop. Earlier this year, California lawmakers attempted to institute legislation that would create a governing body and regulations for medical marijuana in all cities in California, but it failed. [Source]
  5. Daniela Drake, a graduate from the prestigious Stanford medical school, shares her experiences as a California "Pot Doctor" and how she was transformed from a skeptic to an avid supporter of medical cannabis. Like many doctor's involved in medical marijuana certifications, she has witnessed first-hand the cruelties and hypocrisy of marijuana prosecution, these experiences have compelled her to speak out. Michigan readers will resonate with her poignant story and will hopefully glean important lessons therein. Check out the article from the daily beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/10/how-a-doctor-came-to-believe-in-medical-marijuana.html
  6. Long Beach, CA Police Sued After Allegedly Using Excessive Force During MMJ Collective Crackdown Jul 05, 2012 In June, Long Beach, CA police raided THC Downtown Collective as a part of a city wide crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. A complaint has now been filed by the collective’s employees, which claims that over $10,000 in damage was committed, as well as destruction of evidence by police and police brutality toward employees. Surveillance videos from the day of the raid show a police officer stepping on the back and neck of Dorian Brooks, a volunteer at the collective, as he was taken into custody after surrendering to police. In addition, police are seen destroying surveillance cameras with a metal pole. According to NBC Los Angeles, however, the video was being recorded at an off-site location, so police only destroyed the camera, not the video footage that had been recorded up to that point. A police spokesperson has announced that, “A thorough review into what occurred during that operation will be conducted once all of the facts have been collected.” The incident is being referred to as a “personnel matter.” The collective was not considered to be one of the 18 exempt collectives in Long Beach which have permits from the city and are technically allowed to operate. However, the collective was operating in compliance with state law. Below is footage of the raid and the aftermath left behind: LEO CAUGHT ON CAMERA DURING THC CLINC RAID!! Trix
  7. Over the last two days some 35 DEA agents spent their time pulling marijuana plants from a 40-acre area near Warner Springs in northeastern San Diego County. The seizure, which took place at a place called Sunshine Summit, was the biggest marijuana seizure on private property in the county’s history. The DEA was assisted – that’s right, 35 well-trained adults weren’t enough to pull plants – by a multi-agency Narcotics Task Force. There were also two large water tanks, chemicals for fertilizer, and a 30-round magazine for a semiautomatic weapon found on the property. It’s hard to fathom that the combined training of these individuals couldn’t be used toward better purposes. Why couldn’t they be used in investigations involving violent criminals; those who are a danger to society? And how much money was wasted on this plant-pulling operation? Dozens of man hours and resources used to seek out and destroy medicine while many go without proper healthcare and real crime goes unnoticed. When will the madness end? http://the420times.com/2012/07/dea-agents-remove-41000-marijuana-plants-from-40-acre-site-in-san-diego-county/ Trix
  8. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has flouted Mendocino County, California’s newly enacted medical marijuana ordinance by raiding the first collective that had applied to the sheriff’s cultivation permit program. A multi-agency federal task force descended on the property of Joy Greenfield, the first Mendo patient to pay the $1,050 application fee under the ordinance, which allows collectives to grow up to 99 plants provided they comply with certain regulations. Greenfield had applied in the name of her collective, “Light The Way,” which opened in San Diego earlier this year. Her property had passed a preliminary inspection by the Mendo sheriff’s deputies shortly before the raid, and she had bought the sheriff’s “zip-ties” intended to designate her cannabis plants as legal. In the days before the raid, Greenfield had seen a helicopter hovering over her property; she inquired with the sheriff, who told her the copter belonged to the DEA and wasn’t under his control. The agents invaded her property with guns drawn, tore out the collective’s 99 plants and took Greenfield’s computer and cash. Joy was not at home during the raid, but spoke on the phone to the DEA agent in charge. When she told he she was a legal grower under the sheriff’s program, the agent replied, “I don’t care what the sheriff says.” When she returned to her house she found it in disarray with soda cans strewn on the floor. “It was just a mess,” she said. “No one should be able to tear your house apart like that.” Greenfield called the raid a “slap in the face of Mendocino’s government.” The DEA has been tight-lipped about the raid, but claims it was part of a larger investigation involving other suspects. “Here Mendo is trying to step out in front by passing this ordinance, and what do the Feds do but raid the first applicant,” said Greenfield’s attorney, Bob Boyd of Ukiah. “The DEA is stepping all over local authorities trying to tax and regulate,” Boyd said. Neither Boyd nor other locals believe that the sheriff tipped off the DEA or gave them any information about permit applicants. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman confirmed Friday that the property owner had the proper paperwork and the marijuana was legal in the eyes of the county. “This was a federal operation and had nothing to do with local law enforcement,” Allman said. “The federal government made a decision to go ahead and eradicate it.” Sheriff Allman has been highly supportive of efforts to bring local growers into the permit program. Nonetheless, observers fear the raid will have a chilling effect on medical cultivators, possibly causing supply problems for local patients. “This raid is clear evidence that the DEA is out of control,” said California NORML director Dale Gieringer. “A change in federal law is long overdue.” “In the meantime, the DEA needs a new director who will enforce Attorney General Holder’s pledge not to interfere in state medical marijuana laws,” Gierigner said. The DEA is currently directed by Michele Leonhart, a Bush Administration holdover who has presided over numerous medical marijuana raids, and has obstructed research efforts to develop marijuana for medicine. President Obama has renominated Leonhart to head the agency — a move strongly opposed by drug reformers, who are calling on the administration to honor its pledge of change. By Steve Elliott, News Junkie Post Posted on July 12, 2010, Printed on July 17, 2010 http://www.alternet.org/story/147506/ © 2010 News Junkie Post All rights reserved. View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147506/
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