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Thank you for helping set the record straight on this mess, it is truly astounding how inaccurate most reporting on this bill has been so far.  What I think is most important about this bill is the explicit acknowledgement (by Congress) of medical marijuana laws in 32 states, in obvious and unmistakable contradiction to the herb's classification as a 'schedule I narcotic'.  Reinforcing a theory I've got that most government employees, particularly politicians and law enforcement, have no idea what the Controlled Substances Act explicitly states as the requirements for a substance to be classified as 'schedule I'.  They, like the general public, are under the impression the plant cannot be used as medicine because of it's scheduling; whereas the CSA clearly dictates that any substance with known medical value does not meet the criteria for 'schedule I', and even gives a protocol for the various gov't agencies to follow should a substance merit removal from it's current schedule.

We have plenty of momentum and legal justification to demand a fundamental restructuring of all federal drug policy, but "leading" reform advocacy groups continue focusing on drawn out legislative initiatives -- that were undoubtedly key to progress so far, yet inherently problematic and incapable of providing real or lasting safety for any consumer or producer until cannabis is officially removed from 'schedule I' classification...

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Federal Cannabis Spending Bill Widely Misunderstood


@weed_the_people  Thanks for the reply.  I was afraid it didn't have bearing on this case, but am glad to hear it is being championed by Uruguay.  Hopefully the feds mention Uruguay and the 1948 treaty to the UN official in Washington this week claiming the U.S. is in violation of drug treaties...  It has been fascinating to read your coverage of the hearings, and it looks like when the decision finally comes it will be a giant step in the right direction!  Also wondering if the statements and evidence presented in these hearings can have an impact on other cases, or is her decision all that matters?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Schedule I Hearing: Did Feds Have It All Wrong? (Warning: Wonky)


What about the federal government (senior state dept official) recently admitting they are "reinterpreting" international drug treaties to allow for legal cannabis use and trade, is that part of the evidence being considered by the judge here?  As was mentioned in the Brookings Institution discussion panel last month, a sound legal argument can be made for "reinterpreting" the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights to contradict and overrule all three of the later drug control treaties.  Here are a few of the relevant articles:

Article 3:  Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person

Article 5:  No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 8:  Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 18:  Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 27(1):  Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Article 28:  Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 30:  Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Schedule I Hearing: Did Feds Have It All Wrong? (Warning: Wonky)


Good article, it's nice to hear some sanity coming from a political party leader for a change.  Being a libertarian, maybe it would help you to get beyond this whole 'left' versus 'right' paradigm that only serves to pit us against each other.  Like it or not, your values based on what you might like to call the far right are basically the same as those held by many on the far left.  We've all been conned by the elites (repubs and dems) for so long, it's difficult to tell friend from foe.  

In my opinion, the failed drug war is presently this nation's worst enemy and principal reason for economic (as well as environmental) challenges.  But it is merely a symptom of corruption which undermines the ideals of this great nation.  Watching it come down is entertaining and educational; offering undeniable proof that congress and the Obama administration are hopelessly out of touch with reality.  Leaving all of us in a very precarious position...  for more on the politics and economics of ganja, please check out my blog at

2 years, 7 months ago on Do We Have the Stones