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Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Argue For Federal Appeal

Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Argue Their Federal Appeal Thursday

By Americans for Safe Access | January 23, 2014

CINCINNATI, OH — Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval and his son Jeremy, who are serving 10 and 5 years in prison, respectively, after being convicted in April 2012 without a defense in federal court, will argue their appeal Thursday before the Sixth Circuit.

Jerry Duval, 54, a kidney-pancreas transplant patient with coronary artery disease and diabetic retinopathy, began serving his sentence in June at FMC Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts, but has complained about not receiving adequate medical treatment. The Obama Administration has so far refused Duval’s Compassionate Release Request despite a price tag of over $1 million to care for him in prison.

Oral arguments in the Duvals’ appeal comes just months after Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a now-famous memorandum in August 2013, stating that it was “not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on seriously ill individuals.” The appeal is also being argued only days after President Obama told The New Yorker magazine that Americans should implement marijuana reform so that we can avoid “a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Despite their strict adherence with Michigan’s medical marijuana law and multiple inspections by local law enforcement, the Duvals were arrested in 2011 by federal agents for manufacturing with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, and maintaining a drug premises. Unsatisfied with the criminal convictions against the Duvals, the Obama Justice Department is also trying toseize the family’s home and farmland worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Imprisoning someone with life-threatening illnesses who was fully compliant with state law makes no sense at all,” said medical marijuana advocate Kari Boiter, who is helping to organize pressure on the Obama Administration to release Duval. “Why should Jerry Duval be needlessly and harmfully punished at a tremendous cost to taxpayers, while the federal government stands aside as marijuana legalization laws are implemented in the U.S.”

While in prison, Jerry Duval has been refused essential medication and has received inadequate treatment for his variety of serious health conditions. Only after appealing to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who represents the state in which Duval is being imprisoned, was he able to obtain medicine that helps him avoid rejection of his kidney and pancreas transplants. However, Duval is still being refused proper treatment for other conditions, like the hemorrhaging in both of his eyes which has persisted for months.

Since the time he began his incarceration, Jerry Duval has been pursuing his release on compassionate grounds in addition to appealing his conviction in federal court. The Compassionate Release program, implemented as part of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, has been underutilized over the years and by the Obama Administration in particular, according to a report issued last year by the Inspector General. The program appears designed for seriously ill prisoners like Duval, with “extraordinary and compelling” circumstances, but the DOJ officially denied his request late last year, an action that Duval is appealing.

via Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Argue Their Federal Appeal Thursday.

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Drugs and the Failed Drug War

Failed War on Drugs

Drugs and the drug war are big business and Former California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray has a frank discussion about the 6 groups that gain the most from the failed Drug War.

via CANNABIS SCIENCE – JIM GRAY and the Failed DRUG WAR – YouTube.

Who is winning the war on drugs? Cartels, street gangs, police, terrorists and others continue to profit while everyone else loses the war on drugs

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2012 Ballot Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition in Michigan

End Marijuana Prohibition in Michigan

A new 2012 Michigan Ballot Initiative to end prohibition of marijuana is in the works.

You will be seeing people collecting signatures for this one coming real soon, and I’ll be helping out. If you want to stop the senseless arrests of Michigan residents, then you need to support this initiative. Also, for those nay-sayers, check the bottom line. This initiative is sensible, and even has a section against driving while your ability to do so is “impaired”.

“Article 1 Section 28. Repeal of Marihuana Prohibition.

For persons who are at least 21 years of age who are not incarcerated, marihuana acquisition, cultivation, manufacture, sale, delivery, transfer, transportation, possession, ingestion, presence in or on the body, religious, medical, industrial, agricultural, commercial or personal use, or possession or use of paraphernalia shall not be prohibited, abridged or penalized in any manner, nor subject to civil forfeiture; provided that no person shall be permitted to operate an aircraft, motor vehicle, motorboat, ORV, snowmobile, train, or other heavy or dangerous equipment or machinery while impaired by marihuana.”

via The 2012 Michigan Ballot Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition.

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Medical Marijuana: a gateway drug for breaking cocaine addiction

Medical Marijuana – A Gateway Drug For Breaking Cocaine Addiction?

A while back I wrote about Medical Marijuana and Narcotic Pain Pill Reduction.

Well it seems that what I have been saying all along, is also backed up with another new study. This time the study however, was not on pain pills, but on cocaine consumption, and it shows how stimulating the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain of addicts, can reduce the desire to use cocaine.

 This information proves that marijuana is indeed a gateway drug, just not how we have been lead to believe.

 If medical marijuana can cause a reduced desire for cocaine in addicts, then there is no reason it could not be used to help wean those addicts off of such a dangerous drug, and act as a “gateway drug” to help them break their addiction.

 For years now we have heard that marijuana is a gateway drug, and now we can stop denying it. It’s time for us to embrace medical marijuana as the new “gateway drug”. The gateway drug, that will be used to increase the chances of quitting, for addicts who want to quit using such dangerous drugs as cocaine, but find themselves having a hard time with their desire to use more.

 Science is proving what many of us have thought for a long time now.

Are you open minded enough to see the truth when it is proven to you, or are you too old and set in your ways for your own good?

Wake up people!!

The truth is right in front of us, you just can’t see it until you open your eyes, and close your ears.

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12,000 Drug Offenders Released from Prison

12,000 Drug Offenders To Be Released From Prison EarlyDrug offenders to benefit from the “Fair Sentencing Act”, that recognizes that the laws separating cocaine and crack cocaine, are at the least – unjust.

Before the passing of the Fair Sentencing Act, if a drug offender was caught with “Crack Cocaine”, they were subject to punishment that was 100 times more severe than if they were caught with the same amount of powdered cocaine.

This just made no sense whatsoever and the only thing it accomplished, was to put more black drug offenders in jail, for longer periods of time than white drug offenders who committed the same “crime” of using or possessing cocaine.

According to many statistics, 80-90% of crack cocaine drug offenders are black.

Over 70% of “powdered-cocaine” drug offenders are white, or of Hispanic decent. (non-blacks)

What these statistics mean is, even though the drug offenders in question are using the same drug, the “black” drug offenders were being punished 100 times more severely, just for their choice of ingestion method. The mere fact that more “black drug offenders” use crack than powdered cocaine, means that this law made the African American drug offenders a direct target – intentionally, or not.

We may never know if the law, that made crack cocaine 100 times more severe than powdered cocaine, was directly targeted at the black community. What we do know is, the numbers tell that this law did indeed put more black drug offenders in jail for longer periods of time than white drug offenders, who used the same drug.

Well it looks like congress has recognized this as well, and have agreed to release nearly 12,000 prisoners, who are still in jail today because of this law.

Read the rest of this story below via: 12,000 Drug Offenders Released from Prison – New Drug Policy.