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Spread the News! Tell Everyone you know.  Then everyone you don't know.  Yet. Welcome to the home page for Willamette Valley NORML News Items and more Welcome to the home page for Willamette Valley NORML News Items and more for 2009. 

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Survey on the Modes of Delivery of Cannabinoids

Subject: IACM-Bulletin Special of 18 August 2009 | There is an international survey on the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of delivery of cannabis-based drugs and substances. People who want to support the survey are cordially invited to spread the word on it in the internet. There are direct links to the questionnaire in different languages:

English: http://www.cannabis-med.org/limesurvey/index.php?sid=91387&lang=en

German: http://www.cannabis-med.org/limesurvey/index.php?sid=91387&lang=de

Spanish: http://www.cannabis-med.org/limesurvey/index.php?sid=91387&lang=es

French (soon available): http://www.cannabis- med.org/limesurvey/index.php?sid=91387&lang=fr

Dutch: http://www.cannabis-med.org/limesurvey/index.php?sid=91387&lang=nl

Anyone who uses cannabis or other cannabinoids for medicinal purposes and has experience with two or more of the following substances or modes of delivery is invited to participate:

    - Smoking of cannabis,

    - Inhalation of cannabis with a vaporizer,

    - Oral use of cannabis as a tea,

    - Oral use of cannabis in baked goods/cannabis tincture,

    - Oral use of dronabinol/Marinol (THC),

    - Oral use of nabilone/Cesamet,

    - Inhalation of dronabinol (THC) with a vaporizer,

    - Sativex,

    - other use.

Participants remain anonymous. The survey was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Medical School of Hannover and is headed by the chairwoman of the IACM, Dr. Kirsten Mueller- Vahl, Professor at the Medical School of Hannover (Germany), in cooperation with Dr. Arno Hazekamp of the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), Dr. Donald Abrams, Professor at the University of California San Francisco (USA), Dr. Ethan Russo, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Montana (USA), Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen of the nova-Institut (Germany), Dr. Mark Ware, Assistant Professor at the McGill University, Montreal (Canada), Dr. Ricardo Navarrete-Varo, Malaga (Spain), and Dr. Rudolf Brenneisen, Professor at the University of Bern (Switzerland).

The questionnaire is available at: http://www.cannabis-med.org

Contact info: International Association for Cannabis as Medicine (IACM), Am Mildenweg 6, D-59602 Ruethen, Germany * Phone: +49 (0)2952-9708571 * Fax: +49 (0)2952-902651 * or visit - http://www.cannabis-med.org


The DEA RAIDS AGAIN

The raids continue - when will the policy change? by ASA | On Wednesday, August 12th, officers representing seven different law enforcement agencies conducted raids in Los Angeles on two medical marijuana dispensaries and the owner's home. Please urge our President and Attorney General to stop this practice. Dozens of officers representing the DEA, FBI, IRS, LA County Sheriff, and three city police departments executed the paramilitary style raids, which included helicopter air support. According to the Los Angeles Times, they even shot the dog.

While nothing yet is confirmed, ASA has learned that the raids may have been conducted over allegations of tax evasion and failure to pay workers' compensation. This does not seem to justify the presence of seven different law enforcement agencies. Despite California law and recent court decisions, are medical marijuana facilities still being singled out? Heavy-handed tactics like these seem to contradict the President's stated intentions of creating a new federal policy on medical marijuana.

From California cities to the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, more and more communities are taking the time to explore reasonable regulations facilitating access to medical marijuana. It is time for the federal government to follow suit. Please urge President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to end DEA raids and develop a sensible national policy on medical marijuana. Thank you for your help!

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  Legislative Update!  

Support The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009

Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with a bipartisan coalition of 13 co-sponsors, is seeking to strengthen legal protections for state-authorized medical marijuana patients. House Bill 2835, The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act of 2009, would ensure that medical cannabis patients in states that have approved its use will no longer have to fear arrest or prosecution from federal law enforcement agencies. Thirteen states -- Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington -- have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Yet in all of these states, patients and providers still face the risk of federal sanction -- even when their actions are fully compliant with state law.

It is time that we allowed our unique federalist system to work the way it was intended. Patients and their state representatives should have the authority to enact laws permitting the medical use of cannabis -- free from federal interference. Previous versions of The Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act were introduced in both the 108th and 109th Congress, but failed to receive a public hearing or a committee vote. Please write your members of Congress today and tell them to stop targeting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers. Visit - http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13532281

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Hemp? Hemp! HOORAY! Legislation is in The House, Support The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009

Support Hemp in Oregon! Help make Hemp happen in Oregon and beyond.

Hemp law progresses in Oregon state, in Washington DC, and across America. In Oregon, Senate Bill 676 passed with a unanimous vote. Click > here < - in order to view details of the bill, related talking points, LTE examples, Hearing notices, links and leave yours on the Bulletin Board. NOTE: SB 676 was just one of the 30-plus legislative items in play this last session in the Beaver state. Check it out and let us know what You think.

Also, U.S. Representative Republican Ron Paul (TX), along with ten co-sponsors, is once again seeking to allow for the commercial farming of industrial hemp. House Bill 1866, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009, would exclude low potency varieties of marijuana from federal prohibition. If approved, this measure will grant state legislatures the authority to license and regulate the commercial production of hemp as an industrial and agricultural commodity.

Several states -- including North Dakota, Montana, and Vermont -- have enacted regulations to allow for the cultivation of hemp under state law. However, none of these laws can be implemented without federal approval. Passage of HR 1866 would remove existing federal barriers and allow states that wish to regulate commercial hemp production the authority to do so. Upon introducing the bill in Congress, Rep. Paul said: "It is unfortunate that the federal government has stood in the way of American farmers, including many who are struggling to make ends meet, from competing in the global industrial hemp market. Indeed, the founders of our nation, some of whom grew hemp, would surely find that federal restrictions on farmers growing a safe and profitable crop on their own land are inconsistent with the constitutional guarantee of a limited, restrained federal government. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to stand up for American farmers and cosponsor the Industrial Hemp Farming Act." Visit - http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13073826

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Members Of Congress Call For an End to Federal Marijuana Penalties

H.R.2943 : To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use, and for other purposes. Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), has reintroduced legislation to limit the federal government's authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders. The measure, entitled an "Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults," would eliminate federal penalties for the personal possession of up to 100 grams (three and one-half ounces) of cannabis and for the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce of pot - making the prosecutions of these offenses strictly a state matter.

Under federal law, defendants found guilty of possessing small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use face up to one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Passage of this act would provide state lawmakers the choice to maintain their current penalties for minor marijuana offenses or eliminate them completely. Lawmakers would also have the option to explore legal alternatives to tax and regulate the adult use and distribution of cannabis free from federal interference. Visit - http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13568661

when contacting your members of Congress. H.R.2943 : To eliminate most Federal penalties for possession of marijuana for personal use, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] (introduced 6/18/2009)      Cosponsors (4) Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 6/18/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. COSPONSORS(4), ALPHABETICAL Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 6/18/2009 Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 6/18/2009 Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 6/18/2009 Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] - 6/18/2009

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Support The National Criminal Justice Act of 2009!

Over a dozen U.S. Senators, led by Virginia Democrat Jim Webb, are seeking to establish a blue-ribbon commission to review America's criminal justice policies -- and the criminalization of nonviolent drug possession in particular. Senate Bill 714, The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009, seeks to initiate a comprehensive re-evaluation of America's drug and prison policies.

Writing in Parade Magazine on March 29, Sen. Webb explained why this review is necessary:

"America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace. ... The United States has by far the world's highest incarceration rate. With 5% of the world's population, our country now houses nearly 25% of the world's reported prisoners.

... Drug offenders, most of them passive users or minor dealers, are swamping our prisons. ... Justice statistics also show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses. Additionally, nearly 60% of the people in state prisons serving time for a drug offense had no history of violence or of any significant selling activity. ... African-Americans -- who make up about 12% of the total U.S. population population -- accounted for 37% of those arrested on drug charges, 59% of those convicted, and 74% of all drug offenders sentenced to prison. Visit - http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13046001

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HELP! People Needing Medical Cannabis Across America. TAKE ACTION NOW!

This is a chain e-mail you can't refuse. Unlike most, this will actually help you - and a whole buncha others - just by passing it on. Cannabis consumer or not - from the folks just trying to take care of themselves or a loved one to those who simply see the expensive, immoral waste of making war on the sick and dying - everyone is affected by this issue.

There are a number of medical cannabis (marijuana) bills in play in states across the US. We need to get the word out and people contacting reps and officials and get this legislation into law.

To accomplish this you need to click on the following links and send a message to all the reps and media you can on the issue. Then get everybody else to do the same.

To do this you need to tell everybody you know. And can confide in.

Then/or anonymously tell everybody you don't know - or can't confide in. Yet.

Tell everybody you can by e-mailing a link to this website to them and/or printing off this info and handing out where necessary. Also phone call and visit. Take literature with you and approach businesses, organizations and even people on the street while you're out and about. Wear your pot-leaf shirt and register voters, as feasible.

Organize an event or action item to attract people in order to inform, educate and activate. Don't forget to alert the media!

Tell everybody else by Letters-to-the-Editor, displaying signage at street corners and over-passes (wear trenchcoat, fedora and sunglasses if afraid of exposure), and/or anonymously leaving literature and posting on-line at places where people are likely to find it. Coffeeshops are good places to leave printed material and you can go to the websites of the local newspapers to post items as well. More ideas and supporting tools via the links below.

And we're sure you'll come up with more. Exchange notes at the websites provided.

Help medical cannabis in Alabama - click > here

Help medical cannabis in Connecticut - click > here

Help medical cannabis in Illinois - click > here

Help medical cannabis in Massachusetts - click > here

Help medical cannabis in Minnesota - click > here

Help medical cannabis in Missouri - click > here

Help medical cannabis in New Jersey - click > here

Help medical cannabis in New York - click > here

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Help medical cannabis in North Carolina - click > here

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Help medical cannabis in Pennsylvania - click > here

Help medical cannabis in South Dakota - click > here

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Help medical cannabis in Texas - click > here

This info and and more at NORML’s Legislative Action Alerts page, visit - http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/

For more info on medical cannabis in America, visit - http://www.mercycenters.org/usa

Thanx! and please give us feedback.


Student’s marijuana speech ends with flourish – and trip to jail, 17-year-old lights joint to make point

Students marijuana speech ends with flourish – and trip to jail, 17-year-old lights joint to make point At the end of his speech Tuesday urging legalization of marijuana, a 17-year-old Peninsula High School student pulled out a joint, lit it and smoked away. Then he ate the remains.

For that he got a quick escort to the school office and then a ride to Remann Hall juvenile jail. The stunt was celebrated among some of the teen’s peers but was frowned on to say the least by law enforcement officers and district administrators.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said, “If people want that law changed, they need to go about it the right way.”

He did admit, though, that the student’s action will prompt discussion.

“It sure will probably bring a lot of attention to the issue,” Troyer said. Visit > the story < for more.


Lies, A Gateway to Disaster  

Lies, A Gateway to Disaster This billboard was photographed in Sandy, Oregon about 5/17/2009. The Billboard of Waste There are others reportedly up around the state, part of an ongoing campaign as Prohibition seeks its own bailout. There several problems with this sign, as people see it. Studies, like the IOM Report in 1999, have shown that the Gateway Theory of Prohibitionists is a lie and that lying about the issue is a waste and even counter-productive. It's a recipe for disaster.

Don't Blame Pot -- There's No Such Thing as a "Gateway Drug"

The surging debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana has brought with it the resurrection of the "gateway theory," which alleges that experimenting with marijuana leads to the use of harder drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Anti-drug zealots originally created the "gateway" theory from thin air, so it's easily refuted: most marijuana users just don't use other drugs. And yet, the gateway debate is continued / reborn - as demonstrated by a video of FBI director Robert Mueller testifying before Congress that marijuana should be illegal because it leads to more dangerous drug use. Click > here < for more.


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