Cannabis should be a medicinal ally, but we’ve put it on the wrong side of the drug war

We have a drug problem. Its victims include the very young, cialis sale cialis the very old and everyone in between.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, discount cialis cialis sale the number of babies born addicted to opiates has nearly tripled in the last decade. Overdose death rates for the elderly increased twofold from 1999 to 2006. In 2009, drug-induced deaths exceeded deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The culprit: legal prescription painkillers.

In many people, it starts innocently: A fall, an accident or a surgery begets unbearable pain, treated with an opiate painkiller. As useful as these drugs are, they can also be deadly. Their tragedy ripples through a network of family and friends whose lives are also torn apart and forever altered. We can do better.

What if there was a medication that acted on its own endogenous bodily system to relieve pain, as documented in clinical studies, while never resulting in one overdose death? There is. It’s called cannabis.

The real drug problem in this country lies in the war we have waged on this medicinal plant, while ever increasing numbers of young and old suffer and die from legal prescription drugs. It shouldn’t be. It needn’t be. People should have a choice.

We can do better for our families.

Theresa Daniello Auburn Township

 

Hemp Bill Passes Senate, On To Gov. Hickenlooper

On May 9th Mr. Lauve’s bill, generic viagra store  HB12-1099, the Phytoremediation Hemp Remediation Pilot Program, passed the Colorado Senate with an overwhelming supportive vote of 32-2.

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Chamber

House

Title

Phytoremediation Hemp Remediation Pilot Program

House Sponsors

W. McKinley (D)

Senate Sponsors

S. Williams (D)
L. Tochtrop (D)

Description

The chair of the agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee in the house of representatives and the chair of the agriculture, natural resources, and energy committee in the senate will appoint 7 members to the industrial hemp remediation pilot program committee (committee). The committee will establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program (pilot program) to study how soils and water may be made more pristine and healthy by phytoremediation, removal of contaminants, and rejuvenation through the growth of industrial hemp. The committee consists of members with various scientific backgrounds and with knowledge about the growth of industrial hemp. The growth of industrial hemp is prohibited until the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) approves the site chosen by the committee, the security measures that have been put in place by the committee at the pilot program location, and the cleanup plan for the site at the conclusion of the pilot program. The committee will make a final report of its findings and submit the report to the commissioner. The committee may accept gifts, grants, and donations for the pilot program. The pilot program is repealed on July 1, 2022.

Amendments out of Committee

Bill News

None

House Committee

Local Government

Senate Committee

Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

Status

Senate ThirdReadingPassed (05/09/2012)

Link to Full Text

Full Text of Bill (05/09/2012)

Link to Lobbyists

Lobbyists

Link to Bill Versions

Bill Versions

Link to Fiscal Notes

Fiscal Notes (04/16/2012)

Link to History

History

House Votes

House Votes

Senate Votes

Senate Votes

Vote Totals

Vote Totals by Party

01/18/2012 Introduced In House – Assigned to Local Government
02/13/2012 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Vote of 11-0 a unanimous approval

04/10/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
Vote of 10-3 in favor of the bill

04/12/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/17/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/18/2012 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily
04/24/2012 House Third Reading Passed
Vote of 56-8-1 in favor of the bill (for-against-absent)

04/25/2012 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
05/02/2012 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
Vote of 6-0-1 a unanimous approval (for-against-absent)

05/04/2012 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to Finance
05/04/2012 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/04/2012 Senate Committee on Finance Re-Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/07/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Vote of 8-1 in favor of the bill

05/08/2012 Senate Second Reading Special Order – Passed
05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered
05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
Vote of 32-2 in favor of the bill

Final Votes by Party for Bill: HB12-1099

Party

Yes

No

Excused

Democrats 51 0 1
Republicans 38 10 0

 

Lobbyists for HB12-1099

#

Lobbyist Name

Date

Position

Principal

 

1 BERRY, TRAVIS DAVID 01/2012 Monitoring THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
2 BOYDSTON, BRENT 01/2012 Supporting COLORADO FARM BUREAU
3 CHASE, SCOTT M 03/2012 Monitoring THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
4 COLE, JAMES J. 02/2012 Supporting COUNTY OF WELD, COLORADO
5 Colglazier, Nicholas 01/2012 Supporting Colorado Farm Bureau
6 COLORADO LEGISLATIVE SERVICES,
LLC
02/2012 Supporting COUNTY OF WELD, COLORADO
7 ERBERT LEE, RACHEL 03/2012 Monitoring THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
8 JENSEN PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
ANNMARIE JENSEN
02/2012 Monitoring COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE
9 LAYTON, MELANIE M. 01/2012 Supporting COUNTY OF WELD, COLORADO
10 MILLER, KARA DIANNE 02/2012 Monitoring MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY GROUP
11 OKEEFE, MARGARET-MARY S 02/2012 Monitoring CBA
12 POLITICALWORKS, LLC 03/2012 Monitoring THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
13 TOMLINSON, DANNY L 03/2012 Monitoring COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
14 VORTHMANN, GARIN 02/2012 Supporting COUNTY OF WELD, COLORADO

 

US Should Allow Hemp Farming

To the Editor:
In a recent press release opposing legislation to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, cialis sildenafil the White House drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, has shown a stunning ignorance about the plant, stating ”all parts of the plant, including hemp, can contain THC (a psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), a Schedule I controlled substance.” In the world of scientific reality, the amounts of THC found in industrial hemp – even in the flowers – are so minute as to be meaningless. But the amounts of THC found in hemp fiber are so low as to be undetectable, which is why hemp fiber products are legal in the United States.

A few examples of the usefulness of industrial hemp are in order. Because of its resistance to degrading, American hemp was the best product for ship’s ropes and rigging during our American Revolution and financed a large part of it. The oil from pressed hemp seeds is both nutritious (highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids) and can be used as a diesel biofuel. The resultant seed cake rivals soy as a protein source and has essential amino acids. The long fibers from the plant make an excellent source for fabric and high-grade paper (the original drafts of our Constitution were made from hemp paper). The rest of the biomass can be used as a nutritious animal feedstock. It has a thick root system with a taproot over three feet long, markedly lessening desertification (soil loss/runoff). Finally, since the biochemistry of the plant kingdom differs, the hemp plant does better with increasing ultraviolet radiation (think ozone hole), the rice plant does not, making hemp seed cakes a much more valuable nutrition source as we advance into the 21st century.

However, Kerelikowske also said ”America’s farmers deserve our nation’s help and support to ensure rural America’s prosperity and vitality.”

Every other industrial nation allows hemp farming. In a time of economic recession, we should be promoting industrial hemp for its economic potential, especially since the American climate is very suitable for producing high quality hemp and the world market is growing.

The simplest and most effective way to start this economic progress is to completely remove hemp from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration drug Schedule I, which prohibits it. This change could be made immediately by a presidential order to the DEA drug czar.

I remember President Obama campaigning on effective change. The time to start is now.

Gene Tinelli
Jamesville

IRS ruling strikes fear in medical marijuana industry

IRS ruling strikes fear in medical marijuana industry

Posted in MSNBC

By Al Olson

In a potentially crushing blow to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, sildenafil ampoule the IRS has ruled that dispensaries cannot deduct standard business expenses such as payroll, security or rent.

Harborside Health Center, one of the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries and considered a model for the industry, is on the hook for $2.5 million in taxes from 2007 and 2008.  That is $2 million more than the Oakland, Calif.-based company paid for those tax years.

“I see only two outcomes here,” said Steve DeAngelo, director and chief executive of Harborside. “Either this IRS assessment has to change or we go out of business. There really isn’t a middle ground for us.”

DeAngelo says the ruling will likely be appealed. He has 90 days to respond to the ruling.

The IRS ruling is based on an obscure portion of the tax code — section 280E — passed into law by Congress in 1982, at the height of Reagan administration’s “war on drugs.” The law, originally targeted at drug kingpins and cartels, bans any tax deductions related to “trafficking in controlled substances.”

Although 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing medical use of marijuana, the federal government still considers it a Schedule I drug, the most restrictive category with the harshest penalties.

The Internal Revenue Service refused to comment on the specific case, but letters sent from Andrew Keyso, IRS deputy associate chief counsel, to some members of Congress spell out the official position:

“Section 280E of the Code disallows deductions incurred in the trade or business of trafficking in controlled substances that federal law or the law of any state in which the taxpayer conducts the business prohibits. For this purpose, the term “controlled substances” has the meaning provided in the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana falls within the Controlled Substances Act.”

The news has spread rapidly through the cannabis community and is likely to have a chilling effect on businesses.

“We are all a bit nervous and frustrated,” said Ken Estes, owner of Patient To Patient Group Collective in San Jose, Calif. “We have tried to comply with every city, state and federal law. We ask for input from all the agencies. But we are still being punished for operating a legitimate business.”

Harborside, which celebrated its fifth anniversary Monday, serves 94,000 patients with 84 full-time employees and brings in about $22 million in annual revenue. According to DeAngelo, the center, set up as a not-for-profit business, pays about $1.1 million in taxes to the city of Oakland, $2 million to the state of California and $500,000 to the federal government.

“We have no complaint about the taxes we pay,” DeAngelo said. “We are doing our part. All we ask is that we be treated like any other business enterprise. To treat us like criminals is simply wrong. Drug kingpins and cartels don’t file taxes. We do. But no business, including ours, can survive if it is taxed on its gross revenue. The IRS is trying to tax us out of existence.”

Keith Stroup, legal counsel and founder of NORML, the nation’s largest marijuana advocacy group, says the IRS ruling is likely to  stifle the quasi-legal industry and force people back onto the black market.

“You know, Al Capone was taken down by the IRS, not by the FBI or the police. And I can assure you that Steve DeAngelo is no Al Capone,” Stroup said.

Stroup believes the move also could make it more difficult for the medical marijuana industry to capture significant capital investment. Medical marijuana is now a $1.7 billion market, according to a report released this year by See Change Strategy, an independent financial analysis firm that specializes in new and unique markets. The figure represents estimated sales of marijuana through dispensaries in states with medical marijuana laws.

Although the IRS declined comment, Stoup says NORML has received e-mails from other dispensaries that are currently being audited and will likely receive similar rulings. “Harborside is one of the biggest, so that is why the IRS targeted them first,” Stroup said. “But there are other dispensaries that will suffer the same fate unless Congress acts.”

Some members of Congress have taken up the cause.

Reps. Pete Stark, D-Calif., Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., have introduced legislation to ensure the medical marijuana industry is treated like any other business.

Two Republican presidential candidates — Ron Paul and Gary Johnson — also support the legislation.

Stark’s bill, the Small Business Tax Equity Act, authorizes medical marijuana dispensaries to take the full range of business expense deductions.

“You’d think that a time of record budget deficits that the IRS would be happy that a legal business is doing the right thing and paying its taxes,” Polis said. “Instead, the IRS seems intent on destroying a successful and legal business that creates jobs and strengthens our economy.”

The confused legal situation is “an un-American  loop of nonsense,” says Jerome Handley, a tax attorney in Oakland who has more than 100 clients in the medical marijuana industry. “My advice to my clients is simple: Document everything … and stay out of the spotlight.”

William Panzer, an Oakland  tax attorney who helped author California’s medical marijuana law, Proposition 215, also successfully fought the IRS in a similar case in 2007.

In that case, U.S. Tax Court Judge David Laro declared that Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP), a medical marijuana provider, could deduct the majority of employee costs as caregiving expenses. The IRS sought $426,000 in back taxes and penalties, but CHAMP ended up paying a tax assessment of less than $5,000.

“This law is not about protecting citizens from criminals. It is a concerted effort by the federal government to crack down on a legitimate business,” Panzer said.

DeAngelo points out the apparent craziness of the law. “The IRS allows me to deduct my cost of purchasing cannabis, which is the controlled substance they say is illegal. But I can’t deduct my payroll or my rent? That, clearly, defies logic and common sense.

“Besides,” DeAngelo added, “have you ever heard of a drug trafficker that actually files a tax return? Me neither.”

source: http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/05/8153459-irs-ruling-strikes-fear-in-medical-marijuana-industry

Vote “NO” on 300 and save patient access in Fort Collins, Colorado

When people hear the term “medical marijuana” these days, cialis sale rx it likely sparks a strong reaction one way or the other. Though many “sensational” stories have made their way into the public eye via the media, viagra much of the reality of the medical cannabis community as it stands today remains largely misunderstood by the average person. READ MORE…

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Drugged Driving… Putting Science In Prison

I just completed a 30 day trial of daily dosages of over 1.2g of Cannabis oil a day and I am now convinced that THC metabolites do mitigate the effects of THC. Colorado just started a “Drugged Driving Is Impaired Driving” campaign that is completely propagandist.  To infer that someone had an accident because they have Cannabis in their system does not mean it caused the accident, generic cialis for sale that is absurd to think that way. Look at the science and stop profiling us.

What ever happened to teaching people to take responsibility for themselves? I would never drive if I were impaired, viagra sales no rx but to tell me I am impaired because I am using Cannabis is an insult. Give me a driving test and you will see. I have police follow me everywhere, as I have Cannabis all over my Jeep, and I have not been pulled over for impaired driving. These ads are an insult to us as Cannabis patients.

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This campaign may target all drugs, but 90% of this demographic are Cannabis consumers.  I support going after people driving on Ambian and other pharmaceuticals. I have lost a friend in Louisville, Colorado to a woman taking pharmaceuticals who drove over 50′ off the road striking John.  As a patient if I were to see these prejudicial posters in a dispensary, I would share it will all I can, because those that support this campaign have lost my support.  This is only going to hurt us as patients. This is just like RACISM*, the difference being that society calls us DISABLED. Why is our own industry fighting each other with this propaganda.

Where did the money come from to pay for all this advertising?  Wouldn’t it have been better spent telling the truth?

I am very concerned about MMIG, law enforcement and centers that support this. I believe that it is our responsibility as patients to confront this Drugged Driving campaign as it is demeaning to us as disabled people.  This is only furthering Refer Madness.

Beware that City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, 531 U.S. 32 (2000),  is where the Supreme Court of the United States limited the power of law enforcement to conduct suspicionless searches, specifically, using drug-sniffing dogs at roadblocks.

*Hundreds of thousands of us are in prison, have been killed, tortured and abused by law enforcement, and forced to physically build more private prisons.

UPDATE: I am now recording all my driving behavior as a demonstration to the fact that I am not impaired with the elevated doses of Cannabis.

Here is a great book that you may want to read “Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth”  by Todd Wilkinson

Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War on Nature and Truth

 

 

Advocacy Update: Week of 8/15

This last week we met with a wonderful man who is a Veteran of one of our wars at the V.A. in Denver and another man facing prison for growing his own plants to make oil for his cancer.

Bruce is willing to try Cannabis oil and he wants to make sure he is following the law, cialis usa health but because he is from Wy, tadalafil viagra sale the residency requirement in Colorado is a problem.  Bruce was a cartographer for the Air Force and has a sharp mind.

I have been visiting with him, medical his daughter, and his brother, speaking with them about the endocannabinoid system in our bodies and how Cannabis may be able to reduce the size of the tumor in his bladder.  The medical doctors want to surgically remove the tumor, but will not touch it until it is reduced in size.  Most people go for the chemo-therapy or radiation at this point, but Bruce chooses not to take his doctors recommendation.  It has come to Bruce’s attention that Cannabis oil in high concentrations may reduce his tumor without toxic effects.

We also went to Bob Crouse’s hearing in Colorado Springs on Thursday to support his Constitutional Right to use Cannabis oil for his Leukemia.  His trial is now scheduled for December 12th and we are here to support him.  He faces the almost the same thing I went to trial for and he needs our support.

 

Can’t Use Medicine in Home

My husband and I received a notice in the mail today with our usual rent bill.  I’ve attached it to this email, best cialis here so that you can read it.
We live in a mobile home park in Federal Heights, viagra decease and we’ve lived here since Dec. 2004.  My husband works for the City of Federal Heights, hospital and I’ve been very active in the MMJ community since Jan. 2010, when I received my MMJ recommendation from my physician.  I’ve never hidden my MMJ status – I don’t feel the need to hide.  It is my right, under law, to use cannabis to treat the varying forms of chronic pain (fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, post-herpetic neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy) that I live with on a daily basis.
I’m a good citizen.  I’ve never been in trouble with the law in any way (other than a couple of speeding tickets more than 10 years ago).  I run the Colorado Fibromyalgia Network, and I’m politically active within my own community and at the state and national levels.  I have children – one is an adult and is married and living on his own, and the other just turned 16 and lives with us in Federal Heights.
After reading this notice from our park manager, I’m feeling really threatened.  I do have cannabis in my home.  And I have two small plants growing in my bathroom, to help cut some of the costs of my meds – assuming I am successful in cultivating them.  I don’t medicate outside my home, and I don’t do anything to violate my status under Amendment 20.  I take my MMJ status very seriously, and am a responsible user.
by Lannette Johnson

The International struggle to gain safe access to Marijuana has begun

Marijuana Laws World Cannabis map

Safe access to medical grade cannabis internationally is nothing new, viagra sales clinic so what’s taking so long?

Cannabis, illness mistakenly known as Marijuana- prohibition has been the subject of debate and controversy for decades.  Cannabis is illegal to consume, try use, possess, cultivate, transfer or trade in most countries.  Since the beginning of widespread cannabis prohibition around the mid 20th century, most countries have not re-legalized it for personal use. 

Currently only 10 countries tolerate (or have decriminalized) its use and/or its cultivation in limited quantities. 

Medicinal use of cannabis is also legal in a number of countries, including Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel and 16 states of the United States.

It has been accepted that small amounts of possession are dealt with in different ways around the world, and always changing according to a country’s political leaders.  This makes it very hard to find an accurate reference to the unspoken police attitude of casual decriminalization of cannabis in certain places.

In some places there are just not enough police, judges or prisons to enforce the law to the letter; and other countries have laws that are not as vigorously as prosecuted as others.

But other than the countries that offer access to medical marijuana, the majority of countries have various penalties ranging from “Easy” to “Cruel”, and everything in between.  Some infractions are dealt with more or less seriously depending on who you are; when it comes to regarding the cultivation, use, possession, or transfer of cannabis for recreational use.

However, simple possession can carry long jail sentences in some countries, particularly in East Asia, where the sale of cannabis may lead to a sentence of life in prison or even execution.  Which seems kind of strange to me because nearly any other strange depravity a person could want is normally widely available.

Political barriers

U.S. opposition-  The United States, one of the most influential Parties to the Single Convention, has tended to oppose loosening cannabis laws.  Describing the former-U.S. President’s position, an October 20, 1999 article in the Dallas Morning News noted, “Aides said Mr. Bush does not support legalizing marijuana for medical use”.

INCB opposition-  In addition, the International Narcotics Control Board has tended to have an unfavorable view of drug legalization.  This was perhaps most profoundly expressed by Philip O. Emafo, President of the International Narcotics Control Board, in the Board’s 2002 annual report.

Individual nations could withdraw from drug control treaties, but would still be subject to the pervasive influence of bodies like the International Narcotics Control Board, which can issue unfavorable reports and recommend sanctions.  The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or the Convention on Psychotropic Substances could be terminated if the number of signatories fell below 40, but the Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances has no termination clause and therefore would remain in effect as long as there is even one signatory.

It’s a long road, but I believe we will soon see 16 countries; in addition to the 16 States that now have, at least, legalized Medical Marijuana.

What say you..?  Click on the comments and tell us how you feel about the repeal of Cannabis Prohibition Internationally.