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San Jose suspends restrictive medical ordinance

Posted on February 5th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

San JoseMayor Chuck Reed issued a memo Jan. 27 calling for the city of San Jose to suspend its controversial medical marijuana ordinance. He cited the California Supreme Court's decision to review four medical marijuana cases dealing with localities' power to regulate, as well as a referendum that has qualified for the ballot to repeal the ordinance. He said the city will remain in talks with dispensaries and will continue to collect taxes on them. "We're just in a position where we can't fix this without some clarification on this unsettled area of the law," Reed said. "It's just impossible for local government to do. So, we’re just going to have to wait." The City Council still has to act on Reed's memo.

NJ Supreme Court: five years in prison for MS patient

Posted on February 5th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

medical marijuana Multiple sclerosis patient John Ray Wilson must complete his five-year prison term for growing cannabis after New Jersey's Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal on Jan. 20, in what attorney William Buckman called a "wrongheaded and a vicious travesty."

Ron Paul + Potheads = Racist Dopes

Posted on February 4th, 2012 by Michael I. Niman and tagged , , , , .

Ron Paul's popularity, given his history of racism, is troubling. More troubling, however, is the willingness of his supporters, an odd coalition of one-percenter corporatists and anti-war pothead libertarians, to ignore or excuse these views.

Politically and economically multifarious as Ron Paul's posse may be, they almost all share a common trait—that’s their whiteness, which translates into their historical immunity from racist persecution. This is also why their willingness to accept and excuse Ron Paul’s history of racism is particularly revolting.

2010 national cannabis arrests near record high

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

Police nationwide made 853,838 arrests in 2010 for cannabis-related offenses, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released late least year. The annual arrest total is among the highest ever reported by the agency. According to the report, cannabis arrests now comprise more than one-half (52%) of all drug arrests in the United States. An estimated 46% of all drug arrests are for offenses related to mere marijuana possession. The near-record totals were nearly identical with those of 2009.

2011 NYC pot busts top 50,000

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

New York CityRecords show New York City police arrested nearly 50,700 on low-level pot charges last year—despite a drop after officers were instructed not to use tactics that rights groups decried as trickery. State Division of Criminal Justice figures show arrests for the lowest marijuana misdemeanor actually rose slightly in 2011. The Drug Policy Alliance obtained the statistics and provided them to the Associated Press.

Patient advocates file brief in federal case to reclassify cannabis

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

medical marijuanaThe country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), filed an appeal brief Jan. 26 in the DC Circuit to compel the federal government to reclassify cannabis for medical use. In July 2011, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied a petition filed in 2002 by the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC). The petition was denied only after the coalition sued the government for unreasonable delay. The ASA brief is an appeal of the rescheduling denial.

California high court to review controversial cannabis cases

Posted on January 19th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

The California Supreme Court issued an order Jan. 18 indicating its intent to review two controversial medical marijuana cases that have resulted in the suspension of several local dispensary ordinances across the state. As a result of the order, Pack v. City of Long Beach and City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patient's Health and Wellness Ctr., Inc. have both been vacated in anticipation of the high court's ruling. The Pack decision held that dispensary regulations may be preempted by federal law, and the Riverside decision held that localities could legally ban distribution altogether.

Ecologists protest impacts of outdoor grows

Posted on January 19th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

CaliforniaA five-county study assessing impacts on salmonids presented Jan. 10 in Eureka, CA, named unpermitted grading as a major impact—and cited the cannabis industry as a key culprit. Humboldt County's Supervisor Mark Lovelace said the effects of illegal grading connected to cannabis grows are as bad as the impacts seen during the worst years of the timber industry. "It's shocking," he said, referring to photos he'd viewed of grow-related grading. "It compares with the worst of the worst from some of the bad years of the timber industry."

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