Hemp News 02-05-2010

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act - Ballot Title (I- 73)

For Immediate Release:

The Office of the Secretary of State received a certified ballot title from the Attorney General on February 2, 2010, for initiative #73, proposing a statutory amendment, for the General Election of November 2, 2010.

In addition, Secretary of State Kate Brown determined that the proposed initiative petition was in compliance with the procedural requirements established in the Oregon Constitution for initiative petitions.

The certified ballot title is as follows:

Permits personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote permits state-licensed marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state stores; permits unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statues that permit regulated use of medical marijuana.

United States: Pot vs Alcohol: What are the Costs - and Revenues

By Anna Song, KATU News and Staff

United States: Pot vs Alcohol: What are the Costs - and Revenues If you just listen to just one side of the debate to legalize marijuana, you'd think it was a wonder plant.

A common argument is that marijuana is safer than the legal drug alcohol. But do facts back up that assertion?

“Marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Madeleine Martinez of Oregon’s pro-legalization organization NORML said, “no one's ever died of a lethal dose of marijuana.”

Mark Herer, owner of the The Third Eye Shoppe, a classic “head shop” located on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, said he’s “met a lot of screwed up people in my day, I've met a lot of potheads in my day… most of the potheads I know are not screwed up people.”

Washington state lawmaker Mary Lou Dickerson, 63, is pushing for legalization and equates current marijuana laws to alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s.

“We're treating marijuana like we treated alcohol during prohibition, and it doesn't make sense,” she said.

United States: Legal Marijuana: Pot of Gold

By Anna Song KATU News and Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND, Ore. - While state budgets in Oregon and Washington face gaping holes, advocates of legalizing marijuana say taxing pot can help fill those holes.

Madeline Martinez, Oregon’s executive director for NORML, the national organization that’s pushing to reform marijuana laws, says she sees a golden opportunity to convince people that legalizing marijuana could be a good thing after all.

“Why don’t we capture the revenue that’s just being lost to the criminal market in many regards and bring it to the people. We’re the ones who deserve it,” she says.

Her group estimates the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, if passed by voters, would generate $140 million a year in revenue, 90 percent of which would go to the state’s general fund. The rest would go primarily to drug abuse treatment programs, Martinez says.

She calls it “Cannicare” because “we would be using cannabis money to pay for health care,” she says.

Australia: Rylstone Couple Lead in Legal Hemp Production

BY Darren Snyder, Staff Writer
Photograph By Steven Siewert

Australia: Rylstone Couple Lead in Legal Hemp Production Rylstone couple Richard and Wendy Friar are creating an Australian first by videoing an education program to explain the benefits of growing hemp.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed on Tuesday morning that the pair have become the first Australians to own and grow a licensed industrial hemp crop but they will also be the first to record the experience in order to teach others about the versatile plant.

But do not be alarmed. The pair are not potheads and nor are they growing anything illegal.

In a campaign to champion the idea that hemp is a plant with great utility, the couple have been given permission by the Department of Primary Industries to grow a pilot education project on a property in the northern beaches.

Mr Friar said he is trying to remove the stigma surrounding growing hemp.

“In the 1990s it was estimated hemp was used in about 25,000 products and I now believe it has reached 35,000 today,” he said.

The uses for hemp vary greatly, from oils to building fibres and medicinal uses, and Mr Friar said the potential of the plant must be made clear.

“The fibres taken from hemp are used in the building industry and are as strong as steel,” Mr Friar said.

“It is more efficient to grow than cotton.

“It is also challenging Petra-chemicals.”

The 66-year-old also said the couple had applied to Food Standards to sell the hemp seeds for human consumption.

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South Dakota: Medical Marijuana Advocates Look to Send Issue to Public Vote

By Journal Staff

South Dakota: Medical Marijuana Advocates Look to Send Issue to Public Vote An organization promoting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in South Dakota plans to turn in more than 29,000 signatures this week to bring the issue to a public vote.

Emmett Reistroffer of Sioux Falls, director of communications for the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion, said the organization will turn in the petitions Wednesday to the secretary of state’s office in Pierre.

The group is months ahead of the filing deadline. And, provided that most of the names on the petitions are valid, it will be well above the 16,776 signatures needed to put the issue on the 2010 general election ballot.

Reistroffer said the organization was “extra careful” in the way it gathered the petition signatures, after the problems that opponents of an expanded smoking ban encountered last year with invalid signatures in their petition drive.

Related: South Dakota Coalition for Compassion


United States: OR, CA, WA & NV Marijuana Efforts Advance

BY Oregon Tax News,

United States: OR, CA, WA & NV Marijuana Efforts Advance Pot appears to be back on the docket in 2010, as four states debate legalizing marijuana and the impacts such a move could have on businesses and the economy. Business owners are concerned that legalization will make them subject to new discriminatory lawsuits for not hiring workers who use marijuana. Some states however are hopeful that the legalization and the sale of marijuana will bring new tax revenue to the state during difficult economic times.

In Oregon, the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) and Oregon NORML have finished gathering the 1,000 sponsorship signatures needed for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2010 (OCTA) to be placed on the ballot. The OCTA, would set aside two percent of the profits from the sale of cannabis in cannabis-only stores for two state commissions that promote industrial hemp biodiesel, fiber, protein and oil. The measure would legalize the sale, possession and personal private cultivation of marijuana.

2009: A Year to Remember; Ten Stories on Hemp and Cannabis Reform

"There is reason to believe there is hope for the 21st Century, and that's the way it will be." Walter Cronkite

Compiled by Hemp News Staff

1. California: DEA To Yield Marijuana Jurisdiction To States - 3/2/2009

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is sending strong signals that President Obama - who as a candidate said states should be allowed to make their own rules on medical marijuana - will end raids on pot dispensaries in California.

"What the president said during the campaign, you'll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we'll be doing here in law enforcement," he said. "What he said during the campaign is now American policy."


2. Washington State: Kitsap Medical Marijuana Defendant Acquitted - 3/24/2009

By CHARLIE BERMANT, Port Orchard Independent Staff Writer

There is a truth that must be heard! A medical marijuana patient being prosecuted in Kitsap County Superior Court for drug trafficking was found not guilty on Tuesday morning, after a jury ruled that his use of the drug was within the law.

The jury deliberated for approximately two hours prior to its ruling.

Oregon: 2009 Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award - Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D.

By Anna Diaz for Oregon NORML

Oregon: 2009 Oregon NORML Rick Bayer Award - Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D. The American Medical Association (AMA) voted in November 2009 to reverse its long held position that marijuana be retained as a Schedule I substance with no medical value. The AMA adopted a report drafted by its Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) entitled, "Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes," which affirmed the therapeutic benefits of marijuana and called for further research.

The change of position by the largest physician-based group in the country was precipitated in part by a resolution adopted in June 2008 by the Medical Student Section (MSS) of the AMA in support of the reclassification of marijuana's status as a Schedule 1 substance.

"It's been 72 years since the AMA has officially recognized that marijuana has both already-demonstrated and future-promising medical utility," said Sunil Aggarwal, Ph.D., the medical student who spearheaded the passage of the June 2008 resolution by the MSS and was one of the CSAPH report's designated expert reviewers. "The AMA has written an extensive, well-documented, evidence bases report that they are seeking to publish in a peer-reviewed journal that will help to educate the medical community about the scientific basis of botanical cannabis-based medicines."

Oregon: John Trudell - Children of the Plant - Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards

"I think that if the political and social movement groups and organizations that operate in this country today had the same kind of energetic commitment that the medical marijuana people have, many things could change in this country." John Trudell

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Oregon: John Trudell - Children of the Plant In early December, Artist-Activist John Trudell spoke at the 2009 Oregon NORML Medical Cannabis Awards Dinner in Portland, Oregon. In the last few years, Trudell has spoken at several Hemp and Cannabis events around the Portland Area, and has quickly become an inspirational voice for the legalization and advancement of the Cannabis plant.

Trudell's words to the Cannabis Awards audience centered around the ideas of non-cooperation, creative intelligence, and the power of energy, clarity and coherency in today's global reality. He expressed thoughtful insight on the topics of sustainability, grass roots organization and the Cannabis plant as earth medicine.

Hemp News Staff

Hemp News - There is a truth that must be heard!

D. Paul Stanford - THCF/CRRH

Melodie Silverwolf - THCF

Anna Diaz - Oregon NORML/NORML Women's Alliance

Michael Bachara - THCF/CRRH

Urb Thrasher - Urbage Designs/Urb Thrasher &

Stephanie Bishop - Seattle Hempfest/HeartBrain Hemp

David Piller - Hemp for Humanity

Phillip Leveque M.D. - THCF/Salem-News

Larry Kirk - THCF/Oregon NORML

Michael Kirk - THCF/Oregon NORML

Nick Scranton - THCF/Oregon NORML

Ms. Sylence Dogood - CRRH

Steve Elliott - Toke Signals

Bonnie King - Salem-News

Tim King - Salem-News

Paul Benhaim - Hemp Building Consultant

Jon Marsh - Hemp Consultant

Amy Peradotta, Freelance Journalist

Washington: Vivian McPeak - Cannabis Freedom Fighter

"No political or human rights movement in America has made it this far without eventually winning, it's just a matter of time." Vivian McPeak

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Staff

Washington: Seattle Hempfest - A Minute With Vivian McPeak It has been said that Vivian Mcpeak, Seattle Hempfest Event Director, is quite possibly the most inspirational speaker in the hemp movement, and this writer agrees with that consensus.

Vivian has the ability to energize a crowd like no other and has become a pillar of strength for those who demand their voices be heard regarding cannabis reform. There have been many fantastic and inspiring speakers throughout the years at the Seattle Hempfest from the iconic Jack Herer to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) founder Keith Stroup, but once you have heard Vivian speak, something about you is different; you feel you have become a part of history.

Oregon: Reefer Madness and More - Medical Marijuana Q & A (VIDEO) addresses several points regarding the use of legal medical marijuana in Oregon, California and other locations.

Video and photo by Tim King

Oregon: Reefer Madness and More - Medical Marijuana Q & A (VIDEO)(SALEM, Ore.) - In this segment of our ongoing series on Medical Marijuana, Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King discuss subject from several different angles.

From the "Reefer Madness" of days gone by, to the current medicinal enlightenment period, there is an unending supply of unanswered questions sent in by our viewers.

Dr. Leveque speaks with Bonnie about a growing amount of coverage on the connections between autism and the use of medical marijuana, a subject that has recently been seriously covered by both ABC and CBS News.

The matter moved to the forefront in recent weeks, with a mother's declaration that medical marijuana was allowing her autistic son some of the calmest and most productive days in his life, all she says, because of this natural herb.

Dr. Phil Leveque is one of the most significant authorities on medical marijuana alive in the world today. His points have stood the test of time and now are finding rapid acceptance from a broader section of the American public than ever before.

Internet communications have allowed a voice of truth to emerge that some possibly never anticipated.


Dr. Phil Leveque & Bonnie King discuss medical marijuana. Part 1 of 2

United States: Why Should Farmers Grow Hemp?

Because hemp is the ultimate cash crop, producing more fiber, food and oil than any other plant on the planet.

By Paul Stanford, THCF/CRRH

United States: Why Should Farmers Grow Hemp? According to the Notre Dame University publication, The Midland Naturalist, from a 1975 article called, "Feral Hemp in Southern Illinois," about the wild hemp fields that annual efforts from law enforcement eradication teams cannot wipe out, an acre of hemp produces:

1. 8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre.

* When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of
* 6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour.

Michigan: Group Petitions To Allow Farmers To Grow Hemp

Supporters say hemp could help economy

By Greg Angel, Upnorth Live

Michigan: Group Petitions To Allow Farmers To Grow Hemp Atlanta - Could industrial hemp be the next cash crop for northern Michigan farmers? A group in Montmorency County hopes so.

Everett Swift went before the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners Wednesday morning urging them to pass a resolution that would open up opportunities for farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.

"It's got over 25,000 different uses," Swift said. "Textiles, biofuels, they're making biodegradable plastics, concrete, building materials."

Currently it's legal to sell hemp products, however it's illegal to cultivate, or grow, hemp without a permit from the federal government. While hemp and marijuana both belong in the cannabis plant family, supporters of the pro-industrial hemp resolution say they are very different.

"The difference, it's like a male and female plant," said Jolene Fowler, a local hemp jewelry business owner. "Hemp doesn't flower, it doesn't have any narcotic effects."

Washington: Groundbreaking Marijuana Policy Spearheaded by UW Student

By Monica Guzman, Seattle PI Staff

Washington: Groundbreaking Marijuana Policy Spearheaded by UW Student Marijuana has long been classified as a dangerous drug with no medical benefits. But thanks in part to the work of a University of Washington medical student, a major medical association this week urged the federal government to reconsider.

"It's a huge shift on medical ideology," said Sunil Aggarwal, who's been studying the medical uses of marijuana for 10 years. "It's something I've been dreaming of since I was an undergraduate and found out that marijuana wasn't a horribly dangerous thing."

Since 1997, the American Medical Association has taken a hard line against the drug, endorsing its classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance -- the most restrictive category -- and asserting its lack of medical value. Aggarwal's research, published in his dissertation and in two articles in the Journal of Opioid Management -- helped convince AMA members that the drug has potential.

United States: Support for Legalizing Marijuana Grows Rapidly Around U.S.

Approval for medical use expands alongside criticism of prohibition

Would you support medical marijuana?

By Karl Vick, Washington Post Staff Writer

United States: Support for Legalizing Marijuana Grows Rapidly Around U.S. The same day they rejected a gay marriage ballot measure, residents of Maine voted overwhelmingly to allow the sale of medical marijuana over the counter at state-licensed dispensaries.

Later in the month, the American Medical Association reversed a longtime position and urged the federal government to remove marijuana from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, which equates it with heroin.

A few days later, advocates for easing marijuana laws left their biannual strategy conference with plans to press ahead on all fronts -- state law, ballot measures, and court -- in a movement that for the first time in decades appeared to be gaining ground.

"This issue is breaking out in a remarkably rapid way now," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Public opinion is changing very, very rapidly."

The shift is widely described as generational. A Gallup poll in October found 44 percent of Americans favor full legalization of marijuana -- a rise of 13 points since 2000. Gallup said that if public support continues growing at a rate of 1 to 2 percent per year, "the majority of Americans could favor legalization of the drug in as little as four years."

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe

By Tracy Loew, USA TODAY

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe PORTLAND, Ore. — At first glance, the Cannabis Cafe, in a former adult club called Rumpspankers, looks like any other coffee shop. Customers sip coffee while playing cards, working on computers, or sharing a meal.

But here, patrons also slip away to smoke joints and pipes in the back. And the cafe features a vapor bar, where customers can get the benefits of cannabis without the harmful carcinogens.

The Cannabis Cafe is the nation's first medical marijuana smoking lounge. It's all perfectly legal and, for cancer patient Albert Santistevan, it's about time.

"It's a very positive atmosphere. We could use more places like that," the 56-year-old former jewelry shop owner said.

A few weeks ago, Santistevan would have had no place to go. But with the Obama administration's decision last month to soften the federal stance on medical marijuana, the Cannabis Cafe and a lounge across town popped up early this month.

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