Posts Tagged ‘Marijuana Policy Project’
Check out this FULL LENGTH documentary, A NORML LIFE (2011) – all about the state of medical marijuana in the US today.
From the description: “A NORML LIFE documentary on the current state of medical marijuana in America. Personal stories from patients, doctors and caregivers verify its medical effectiveness while leading activist rally support to end prohibition.
Chris Burry …. associate producer
Peter Darling …. associate producer
Rod Pitman …. executive producer
Doug Ross …. producer
A NORML Life, goes beyond the recitation of facts and figures to capture the beating heart of the legalization movement, in all its passion, its commitment and its excitement.
It’s an extraordinary job by Pitman, producer Doug Ross and a rich cast of cannabis characters including Seattle Hempfest founder Vivian McPeak (who, near the beginning of the show, rightly says America’s marijuana laws are “fixing a problem that never existed,”), and it wastes no time in going for the emotional resonance which is the reason many of us are involved in this movement.
The documentary, which compellingly tells the proud story of advocates fighting for the legalization of marijuana, was released by Cinema Libre Studios on DVD last week. The film presents a strong case that the use of medical marijuana is effective, and that it is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
Disclaimer: This documentary and information is for entertainment only. Marijuana laws vary from State to State and Country to Country. In many growing and possessing marijuana is illegal. By no means is this an endorsement to break or violate any laws.”
Thanks to gotankless for the upload!
It’s about time! After two years of waiting on the State to make a move after NJ residents overwhelmingly voted to pass medical marijuana in the state, the registry has finally gone live! State Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd was the center of attention as the much anticipated medical marijuana registry went into action. About 150 doctors around the state who have registered for the program have had access to the website for a couple of months now in order to familiarize themselves with the process. August 13th was the first day potential patients were able to log on. Although NJ is only allowing patients with debiliating, life-threatening illnesses become patients, we can only hope that future legislation allows ALL patients to participate.
This is a great video I found from Reason.TV about Aaron Sandusky.
From the video description: “This is a Constitutional battle, and we’re going to defend our rights,” says Aaron Sandusky, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California who now faces federal drug trafficking charges even though he was operating within California state law.
Reason.tv first profiled Sandusky in late 2011 in the midst of a federal crackdown on marijuana dispensaries across California, which occurred despite repeated promises from the Obama administration to lay off operators compliant with state law (Incidentally, the city of Upland, which initiated the legal action against G3, admitted in court that Sandusky was operating within state law). During the production of that video, Sandusky’s storefront and grow house were raided, his assets seized and his product destroyed. But Sandusky was undeterred and joined a lawsuit with several other dispensary owners, challenging the right of city governments to outright ban dispensaries. After a favorable ruling from an appellate court, Sandusky re-opened, and the city of Upland was powerless to stop him. But the Feds were not happy with this outcome.
Sandusky was arrested and charged with six counts of drug trafficking, some of which could carry a life sentence. He’s spent the last seven weeks in a county prison, just awaiting a bond hearing. He finally was granted bail last Friday and is now out on house arrest, where he awaits an October trial to decide his fate. He agreed to sit down with Reason.tv for an interview to discuss his case, the state of medical marijuana in this country, and why this is a cause for which he’s willing to risk it all.
“If I have to go to jail for 20 years defending this, then so be it,” says Sandusky.
About 6 minutes
Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Tracy Oppenheimer.
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This clip is a great segment from Richard French Live – a political commentator who featured the topic of whether it is time to legalize marijuana. This is a great clip to show anyone interested in the subject. There is not only lots of money to be made from marijuana/cannabis, but millions of people that it can help medicinally! LEGALIZE CANNABIS NOW!
from the video: “Several dozen people in favor of a medical marijuana bill testified in Annapolis, Maryland. MPP’s Legislative Analyst Dan Riffle was asked about the bill, and the lack of support from the Governor, by WHAG.”
Little known fact – Israel has the highest concentration of medical marijuana patients in the world. Check out this clip about medical marijuana in Israel
Another clip that has me quite angry and sad! Found this on Reason.TV as well as the blurb below:
“Norman Smith seemed to be making progress in his liver cancer recovery at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. He had some of the best doctors in the world, he was on a transplant list and he had completed a successful clinical trial that had his doctors dubbing him a “miracle man.”
Then, his cancer returned and two months before he was would have received a transplant, he was de-listed for smoking marijuana prescribed by his oncologist at Cedars-Sinai. Now, if he doesn’t receive a transplant, he will die.
“It’s only my life that I’m fighting for,” says Smith. “What do I have to hide? I have nothing to hide.”
Smith’s situation represents one of the first battles being fought over the place of medical marijuana in medicine and it has left him in limbo.
Cedars-Sinai declined interview requests but referred Reason TV to Peggy Stewart, a clinical social worker with UCLA’s transplant program, which holds a similar position to Cedars-Sinai on medical marijuana.
“Marijuana is considered substance abuse,” says Stewart. “The legality of it is really not an issue.”
Stewart and Cedars-Sinai did say that transplant patients who consume marijuana put themselves at potential risk of infection from a mold found in cannabis called aspergillus.
But not everyone sees the mold as a potential threat.
“The truth is that Norman lives in Los Angeles and there are laboratories that he can take his medicine to and make sure that it doesn’t have contaminants,” says Stephanie Sherer of Americans for Safe Access , which works to break down political and legal barriers to medical cannabis.
Further, a 2009 study from the American Journal on Transplantation that looked at potential liver transplant candidates said that there wasn’t a significant difference between marijuana users from marijuana non-users.
Sherer points out that Smith isn’t alone, his problems are the reality for many patients caught in-between managing their pain and receiving a transplant.
“In our database at our office, we know of over two dozen patients that are going through this and unfortunately half of them have passed away because they did not receive these transplants,” says Smith.
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About 6:48 minutes. Written and produced by Paul Detrick. Camera by Alex Manning, Zach Weissmuller and Jim Epstein.
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From the video:
“Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Co-Director Mason Tvert is interviewed live just prior to the submission of 14,000+ signatures to the Secretary of State. The campaign needed to collect an additional 2,400 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot in Colorado. the initiative would remove penalties for adult marijuana possession, establish a system in which it is regulated similar to alcohol, and allow for the legal cultivation of industrial hemp.”
Thanks to ColoMJInitiative2012 for the vid!
This all seems so familiar! Oh, that’s right, because the United States went through a huge period of prohibition once before. And it didn’t work. It destroyed families and made criminals out of millions – just like the current War on Drugs – marijuana to be specific.
How exciting! I love seeing how there are more and more parts of the United States starting to wake up and push for the legalization of medical marijuana. Unfortunately, there’s always a massive battle against the uninformed and uneducated ahead of us – we need to keep educating and pushing!