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MJ News: T-Mobile Censors Medical Cannabis Texts!Cellphone carrier, T-Mobile has been sued by a medical cannabis website for censoring texts their site was sending to those who requested information about dispensaries near them. It's actually a cool service because with a cellphone you can easily find the nearest cannabis dispensaries. In several states medical cannabis is legal, and so such a service would also be legal.
It seems to be an issue of "net neutrality" and free speech wherein a communications carrier such as T-Mobile makes its own moral judgments on the content it carries, and censors that which doesn't meet its own moral standards. There is nothing wrong with the content being transmitted as that in itself is legal. So the question remains how can such censorship be justified?
Meanwhile the website, Weed Maps, is losing business as a result of the censorship.
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Posted by skip on Monday, September 20 @ 17:03:35 CEST (3877 reads)
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MJ News: Top British Police Chief Calls for Decriminalizing Cannabis!Once again, the British are reevaluating their stance on illegal drugs, including cannabis. Having reviewed the laws and effects of decriminalization in other countries like Portugal, where all personal use of drugs has been decriminalized, the British gov't is ready to take a look at changing their own classification system for illegal drugs.
With a new government in power, and both parties in the coalition willing to reconsider the draconian approach the gov't now has, wherein cannabis is still classified along other more dangerous drugs, the Brits are finally ready to admit failure in their drug war.
"Hollis, chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers' drugs
committee, said he did not want to criminalise young people caught with
minor amounts of substances such as cannabis. A criminal record that
could ruin their career before it began was disproportionate, he said.
said budget cuts had forced police to "prioritise" resources towards
tackling organised criminal networks rather than individuals carrying
drugs for personal use. He also backed calls for the current drug
classification system into class A, B and C to be re-examined following
concerns that bracketing substances such as heroin and ecstasy in the
same class is confusing."Cannabis had been decriminalized under Tony Blair, but politics interfered and a campaign of FEAR was launched in the U.K. with article after article of propaganda against cannabis leading to the recriminalization that still stands.
Some leading British scientists are calling for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use as well as the end of enforcement of laws against the personal use of illegal drugs. They say it's not only a waste of precious resources to arrest and imprison individuals for their drug use, while there are not enough resources to bring down the drug kingpins.
Let's hope the Brits can follow the lead of California and other US states in legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use.
Read More at the Guardian
Posted by skip on Sunday, September 19 @ 17:30:03 CEST (4965 reads)
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MJ News: California Union Supports Prop 19, Cannabis LegalizationSEIU, California's biggest and most powerful employee union, has come out in favor of legalizing cannabis. Prop 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 will be voted on this November by California residents. Polls show a tight vote, but this endorsement could make a big difference if it changes the way people think about cannabis.
"At the very least, the support by the S.E.I.U., which claims over
700,000 members in the state, could make it easier for other groups to
rally around the measure. More practically, it means access to the
union’s considerable campaign apparatus, which could finance mailings,
telephone calls and leaflets."
Read the full story here.
Posted by skip on Tuesday, September 14 @ 17:07:29 CEST (3222 reads)
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MJ News: MJ eases symptoms of ADHD a new study shows.A new study from the Heidelberg University Medical Centre in Heidelberg Germany has published the result from a study that shows that the effects of cannabis ease the symptons of ADHD. It also shows that smoking, or ingesting marijuana also helps people suffering from ADHD to concentrate on their driving which is a problem ( I know, I have been diagnosed with severe ADHD.) Please read and distribute this study to your doctor if you suffer from ADHD or to your parents if you are underage.
The synopsis of the story can be found here
Posted by skamikaze on Tuesday, September 30 @ 21:42:16 CEST (5874 reads)
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MJ News: California Upholds Proposition 215, Strikes Down SB 420 Possession Amounts!!!
A state appeals court upheld
California's 12-year-old medical marijuana law Thursday, rejecting two
counties' arguments that allowing patients to use the drug with their
doctor's approval condones violations of federal narcotics laws.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego dismissed
challenges by San Diego and San Bernardino counties, which objected
both to the 1996 marijuana initiative and to recent legislation
requiring counties to issue identification cards to users of medical
The cards protect their holders from arrest by state or local police for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can
enforce its drug laws, which ban marijuana use and cultivation, against
patients and their suppliers in California and the 11 other states that
have legalized medical marijuana under their own laws.
But in Thursday's ruling, the appeals court said states remain free
to decide whether to punish drug users under their own laws.
"The (federal) law does not compel the states to impose criminal
penalties for marijuana possession," said Justice Alex McDonald in the
3-0 ruling, which upheld a Superior Court judge's decision.
"The purpose of the (federal law) is to combat recreational drug use, not to regulate a state's medical practices."
Posted by skip on Friday, August 01 @ 19:06:47 CEST (17979 reads)
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MJ News: Candidates Positions on Medical Marijuana
The following story discusses each candidate's stated position on medical marijuana.
Ever since California voters
became the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana in 1996,
the state has faced unyielding opposition from the federal government,
which insists it has the power to prohibit a drug it considers useless
That could all change with the next presidential election.
As the candidates prepare for a May 20 primary in Oregon, one of 12
states with a California-style law, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois has
become an increasingly firm advocate of ending federal intervention and
letting states make their own rules when it comes to medical marijuana.
His Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, is
less explicit, recently softening a pledge she made early in the
campaign to halt federal raids in states with medical marijuana laws.
But she has expressed none of the hostility that marked the response of
her husband's administration to California's initiative, Proposition
Posted by skip on Thursday, May 15 @ 18:50:53 CEST (5657 reads)
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MJ News: Police Rain on Nimbin's Mardi GrassComplaints of not enough Marijuana at Festival due to police busts!
Police Search festival goers for drugs during Nimbin's Mardi Grass Festival.
A POLICE clampdown on cannabis smokers at Nimbin's annual Mardi
Grass festival was allowing it to be taken over by amphetamine and
alcohol use, an organiser said.
"The crowd are complaining there's not enough pot," Mardi Grass
parade marshall Graeme Dunstan said of this weekend's festival.
"There's too much alcohol and too much speed, which people bring
in from outside. The police go for cannabis because it's easy to
Police have vowed to stamp out drugs in Nimbin. They sent
officers from the riot, drug and mounted squads, plus regular
officers, as an estimated 20,000 people gathered for a weekend of
music, pot smoking and protest to demand the legalisation of
"We are seeking to eliminate the supply of prohibited drugs,"
Richmond Local Area Command acting Superintendent Steve Clarke said
on Friday. "We will not tolerate any breaches of any laws."
Michael Balderstone, president of the Nimbin Hemp Embassy, said
the Nimbin community was furious about the police's approach. "You
may as well get a stick and poke it in a hornet's nest. It's
pointless. You can put us in jail for 20 years and you won't change
Posted by skip on Sunday, May 04 @ 22:03:35 CEST (11718 reads)
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MJ News: Canadian Marijuana Church SeizedChurch of the Universe leaders imprisoned
by Al Sweeney,
CHCH News Perhaps the most well known marijuana activists in our region are going to jail.
"The Church of the Universe" on Barton street is now under new management.
been seized by the government. The two reverends who sold marijuana
here as a sacrament in their church, have started serving prison terms.
Police took over the building late Friday afternoon following a court order by a judge, and the judge came down hard.
He sentenced Michael Baldasaro to two years for selling marijuana, and he gave Walter Tucker a year in jail.
two men lived in their church, and this case made history in Hamilton.
It's the first time that a residence has been seized and will
eventually be sold off under the drug law.
we're inspecting the premises, seized property management is here,
they're the people that are going to manage the property (during) the
forfeiture process, just here to ensure the property's secure, make
sure there's nothing of value in the property that could go missing,
change the locks, board the property up make sure it's secure.
will send the message that if you're going to carry on trafficking in
drugs, growing drugs, in your premise or residence, it can be forfeited
as offence-related property."
-Bob MacDonald, Hamilton Police
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