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@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?

5 days, 14 hours ago on Schedule I Hearing: Did Feds Have It All Wrong? (Warning: Wonky)

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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.  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/


5 days, 15 hours ago on Schedule I Hearing: Did Feds Have It All Wrong? (Warning: Wonky)

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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 http://0u812.wordpress.com/

2 years, 3 months ago on Do We Have the Stones

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