Hempstalk Is Coming To Portland September 7-8


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Portland Hempstalk, one of the best loved cannabis festivals in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at Kelley Point Park, at the confluence of the Willamette & Columbia Rivers in Oregon.

Hempstalk is in a bucolic, rural setting just outside the city; Kelley Point Park is quite secluded, and attendees must traverse trails to get to the event itself, but golf carts run a constant shuttle service between the gate and the event.

One striking thing about Hempstalk is the degree of enthusiasm shown by those who have attended; if they’ve ever been one time, folks plan to go back.

“Hempstalk is awesome,” Seattle activist Jared Allaway, known for giving out “Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol” t-shirts, told Hemp News. “They have a great location on the water with multiple stages for entertainment, great vendors, and great info debates. The hospitality is awesome!”

Another prominent Seattle activist, Renae Ely, agreed; 2012 was her first experience with Hempstalk. “Coming shortly after the mind-blowing hugeness that is Seattle Hempfest, I wasn’t sure just what to expect,” Ely told us. “After a long and leisurely stroll into Kelley Point Park, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sizable (yet not overwhelming) hemp and cannabis event happening!

Washington: Marijuana DUI Patrols Planned for Seattle Hempfest


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

With up to 200,000 expected in Seattle this weekend for Hempfest, cops looking to make "marijuana DUI" arrests -- whether those charged are actually impaired or not -- are going to have a target-rich environment.

The world's largest pot rally, hits the Seattle waterfront this weekend -- and it's probably not a coincidence that Washington state's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign starts at the same time, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

The Drive Sober campaign runs from August 16 through September 2, reports Ben Livingston at SF Gate, and it will especially focus on catching drivers who have been smoking marijuana.

"Officers can tell when a driver is experiencing other effects of marijuana influence such as relaxed inhibitions, altered perception of time and distance, disorientation, incomplete thought processes and increased pulse," a clueless press release from law enforcement, customized county by county for the state, tells us.

Uruguay: Sting and Richard Branson Accused of Using Nation as 'Laboratory' For Legalization


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Sting and Sir Richard Branson have been accused of using Uruguay as a "laboratory" for marijuana legalization after backing a campaign to regulate cannabis in the South American nation.

Uruguay looks to be a sure bet to become the first nation in the world the fully legalize marijuana, reports Tom Gardner at the Daily Mail. The changes were set into motion after a campaign by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), for which Sting and Branson are honorary international board members.

The involvement of the America-based drug law reform organization is being branded "meddling" by the Uruguayan opposition to cannabis legalization, who are attempting to inculcate a backlash against the planned changes.

Gerardo Amarilla of the opposition National Party accused the two celebrities of risking the health of Uruguayans with their "meddling," and turning the entire country into a "laboratory" for reform. "They should be meddling in Uruguay," Amarilla said.

"They should be lobbying in their own country because they're not going to suffer the consequences here, the security and health problems," Amarilla said, ignoring the fact that both men actually do lobby in their own country for drug reform.

Time 4 Hemp To Host 'Global Cannabis Summit' Each Friday In August


Each Friday during August, "Time 4 Hemp - LIVE" will be hosting two-hour specials to produce a 10-hour Global Cannabis Summit with some of the most brilliant minds and amazing leaders of the industrial hemp and medical marijuana movement. These presentations will be broadcast live on American Freedom Radio as well as on AM/FM stations across America and the ROKU Broadcasting Network at 9-11 a.m. (PST), then made available for free download from the archives at American Freedom Radio and in iTunes.

The cannabis legalization movement, according to Time 4 Hemp host Casper Leitch, has long wanted to have Congressional or Senate hearings, as well as the chance to meet with world leaders to present:

• The rational thinking and hard data that verify prohibition as a failed policy which ruins personal lives as well as the future of the following generations;
• The most significant scientific studies pertaining to medical marijuana and the need to stop arresting sick people and those who are caring for them;
• The hard data that verify the cost of arresting people for using marijuana (as well as other items found in the black market) is something society can no longer afford;

Minnesota: Lawmakers Look At Medical Marijuana Bill For 2014


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Minnesota could legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes next year, if a bipartisan group of lawmakers gets their way. They plan to introduce a bill in 2014 that would allow doctors to authorize cannabis for patients with debilitating medical conditions.

Medical marijuana could bring much-needed relief to some patients, according to state Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing), the bill's chief sponsor in the House, reports Tim Pugmire of Minnesota Public Radio. There is also a Senate version of the bill.

"The medical marijuana conversation really is centered around compassionate care and allowing for patients to be prescribed medication from their physician that will help them," Melin said.

Minnesota's Independence Party is going farther than that -- they say marijuana should be legalized overall. Delegates decided earlier this year to add a new plank to their party platform which calls for the legalization, taxation and regulation of cannabis.

"We're penalizing people for what is not a crime for stronger drugs, which could be alcohol or other things that can be abused," said Mark Jenkins, state chairman for the Independence Party. "And it's an opportunity to put more and better control on it. Also, a revenue opportunity as well, so there are a lot of different constituencies that like it for a lot of reasons.

Indiana: Marijuana Legalization Ad to Air at NASCAR Brickyard 400 This Weekend


Video on jumbotron will inform fans that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol; ad reminiscent of a beer commercial characterizes marijuana as a 'new beer' with 'no calories,' 'no hangovers,' and 'no violence' associated with its use

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

NASCAR fans attending this weekend's Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be greeted by a video ad in support of making marijuana legal for adults. The ad, produced by the Marijuana Policy Project, is scheduled to air dozens of times from Friday through Sunday on the jumbotron at the entrance of the speedway, which will be "the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing" this weekend, according to the event's website.

The ad, which is reminiscent of a beer commercial, highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol by characterizing marijuana a "new 'beer'" that is less harmful to the consumer and to society. It points out that marijuana has no calories, does not produce hangovers because it is less toxic, and does not contribute to the violent and reckless behavior frequently linked to alcohol use.

"Our goal is to make this weekend's event as educational as it will be enjoyable," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. "We simply want those adults who will be enjoying a beer or two at the race this weekend to think about the fact that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product.

Minnesota: Lawsuit Says Officers Gave Occupy Protesters Marijuana As An Experiment


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Several videos taken in April 2012 of law enforcement officers interacting with Occupy Minnesota protesters at Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis have led to an officer being placed on leave, a state training program suspended, and now a federal lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.

Attorneys for Occupy Minnesota demonstrators who say police officers gave them marijuana to smoke as part of a Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) program squared off in a courtroom on Monday with lawyers for the counties and cities where the law enforcement personnel worked, reports Mark Albert at KSTP. None of the officers were charged, reported Laura Yuen atMinnesota Public Radio.

A motion to dismiss was argued by attorneys for 26 police officers in 18 agencies. The state has been dismissed from the lawsuit for now, even though the DRE was set up, run, and supervised by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The counties' attorney, Jason Hively, told Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel during the 65-minute hearing that the 13-page complaint alleging constitutional violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments should be dismissed because the participants volunteered and were not forced to take part.

"They all knew that they were using marijuana," Hively claimed. "There was no experiment here ... They knew exactly what they were getting into."

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Mexico: President Vicente Fox - The HIGH TIMES Interview

There is a truth that must be heard! Interview by Justin Hampton, High Times
Video by Steve Payne, High Times

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox sits down with HIGH TIMES for an exclusive interview regarding his global initiative to legalize marijuana. Alarmed by the Drug War that has been ravaging his country since he left office in 2006, President Fox has created a broad coalition that includes American pot activists to focus on a singular goal that will help curb cartel violence: legalizing pot.



New York: Staten Island Traffic Sign Hacked To Read 'Smoke Weed Every Day'


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A portable traffic sign in Staten Island, New York, invited motorists to "SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY" after someone apparently broke into the machine and changed its text.

That phrase apparently wasn't the only pro-marijuana sentiment to flash on the traffic sign last weekend, with at least one other passerby posting an Instagram picture of the sign reading something similar, reports Ryan Lavis at the Staten Island Advocate.

The text on the portable sign was soon restored to its original message, warning drivers of shifting traffic patterns.

The Department of Design and Construction is currently overseeing a large sewer project in the area, but responsibility for the sign itself falls on the contractor for the site, according to DDC spokesman Joseph Soldevere.

The contractor corrected the sign on Monday and put on new locks, Soldevere said. Construction on the project should end next summer, he added.

(Photo: Mike Tompkins/Staten Island Advocate)

U.S.: American Drug War II Is IMDB's Highest Rated 2013 Documentary


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

"American Drug War II: Cannabis Destiny" is currently rated highest among all 2013 documentaries on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, with a score of 9.7 out of 10, according to the film's makers.

The documentary focuses on the failed U.S. Drug War and its effect on a new generation. As IMDB states, "Director Kevin Booth navigates through the cutting edge of cannabis research while becoming a foster parent to a child ordered to take powerful mind altering drugs."

"It has been one of the greatest professional experiences of my life to work with Kevin Booth and his team," said Robert Kane, CFO and senior vice president of business development at X-Change Corp. "It is a privilege to be part of the project from the inception of the business plan, through production and release.

"To have it #1 on this year's IMDB highest rated documentary list is telling of the quality of production and the power of the film's message," Kane said. "This is important because the story speaks to our country's failed drug policy within a context of inhumane effects on children in need of treatment.

"We are thankful that the documentary includes the poignant story of little Cash Hyde," Kane said. "The interest in this film is a game changing moment for both the film and entertainment industry as well as the cannabis industry as the film's success establishes that the market is primed for further investment from media and entertainment giants to support, fund, and invest in related projects."

U.S.: Google Plans To Quietly Help Medical Marijuana Activists


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Starting next month, Google searches for "chemotherapy nausea" will turn up an ad for medical marijuana, courtesy of the charitable arm of Google. Last week the internet search giant donated $120,000 worth of AdSense advertising to a Michigan medical marijuana advocacy group.

As part of its gift, Michigan Compassion will be promoting medical marijuana through the plain-text ads that pop up just to the right side of Google search results, reports Eleazar David Melendez of The Huffington Post.

Michigan Compassion doesn't sell medicinal cannabis, but instead connects patients with growers. The group said the ads will appear alongside searches likely to be made by cancer chemotherapy patients.

"The goal is to link the negative effects of chemotherapy and the positive effects of cannabis," said Amish Parikh, vice president of Michigan Compassion.

Google had previously maintained a strict policy against hosting ads for marijuana-related searches, even medical-marijuana searches. But its new friendliness towards the cause fits in with the culture of Silicon Valley, where tech companies and their employees have been quietly contributing to cannabis activism, according to attorney Lauren Vazquez, who is involved in the legalization movement.

"They're not the ones coming to the city council meetings to protest, but they quietly send in their donations," Vazquez said. "And they're definitely consuming the cannabis."

Michigan: Thousands Demand Release Of Patient Imprisoned For Medical Marijuana


An online petition is helping medical cannabis prisoner Jerry Duval’s request for Compassionate Release gain some traction. Duval is serving a 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for marijuana, even though he was legally registered and strictly complied with Michigan state law.

Duval’s prison sentence has become the focus of a media firestorm in recent weeks, including an article in Huffington Post that highlights the $1.2 million dollar price tag, just for Duval’s medical costs while incarcerated. The 53-year-old organ transplant recipient surrendered to a Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts on June 11.

Duval has filed for relief under the Bureau of Prison’s Compassionate Release program. In addition to his serious medical conditions, Duval points to sentencing disparities among similarly situated defendants.

Just this week, Edwin Schmieding received two years' probation after being convicted of growing 8,000 plants less than 30 miles from the Duval farm. A federal judge felt that Schmieding “deserves a break.” The indictment against Schmieding’s wife was dismissed by U.S. Attorneys.

Despite their strict compliance with Michigan’s medical marijuana laws, Duval and his son, Jeremy, were given no such breaks. The pair was convicted after deciding to stand trial and fight the charges, even though state law is traditionally not allowed as a defense in federal court. Jeremy is serving a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.

World Remembers Activist Peter McWilliams, 13 Years After His Passing


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

On June 14, 2000, the world lost one of its bravest activists for medical marijuana and personal freedom. Peter McWilliams, author of Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do and many other books, passed away after a battle with cancer and HIV when the government took away the cannabis he used to control his nausea. More than a decade after his death, it's important to remember just who and what this man was.

McWilliams [1949-2000] lived a rich life. He was many things: author, publisher, photographer, poet and activist, among others. But one of the most important things Peter was, was an inspiration. His courage and charisma were and continue to be a source of strength to many who are struggling with illness and with the injustice of our marijuana laws.

He had a remarkable career starting in the 1970s, writing more than 40 books, including works on depression, losing a loved one, computers, and poetry (yes, he was a real Renaissance Man). Several of McWilliams' books made The New York Times Top 10 nonfiction bestseller list.

Peter's 1993 libertarian manifesto Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do remains one of the greatest affirmations of the right of citizens to act and live in any peaceful, honest lifestyle, including their inalienable right to drugs and especially cannabis. It emphasizes personal freedom and the responsibility that goes along with it.

Mississippi: Prince of Pot Emery Put In Solitary Confinement


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marc Emery, also known as the Prince of Pot, has been put into solitary confinement at the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Emery is serving a five-year sentence for mailing marijuana seeds to the United States from his business in Vancouver, British Columbia, reports Dana Larsen at the Vancouver Sun. He has about 14 months to go on on his sentence.

Emery writes a blog from prison, and in March, reportedly with permission, had some photos taken of his band practicing in the prison's music room. In the photo accompanying this article, Marc is seen with the prison band, which performs for other inmates.

Marc's wife Jodie Emery said that prison authorities were unhappy with the photos of Emery and the band. She reportedly said the investigation was to see if Marc had a cellphone to take the band photos. Emery's bandmates have reportedly been placed in solitary confinement, as well.

Emery is reportedly forced to wear a pair of 4XL shorts with string tied around his waist to hold them up, and has only one pair of socks with enormous holes in them, according to his wife. "I cried when I saw him, and he did too," Jodie told the Sun.

Prisoners in solitary confinement at the Federal Correctional Complex are locked down inside their cells for 23 hours a day.

Oregon: Two Marijuana Initiatives Filed For State Ballot


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Hemp News and The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) owner Paul Stanford has filed two new initiatives to legalize marijuana in Oregon.

One of the measures is similar to an 2012 initiative that fell short by just six points at the polls, but with a couple of major changes, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. The commission would no longer be chosen by cannabis growers, retailers and others in the marijuana community, but instead would be appointed by the governor, according to Stanford.

"In retrospect, [the commission proposal] was probably the most damaging thing in the campaign," Stanford said of Measure 80. The Portland-based president of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) said that a governor-appointed commission, in the new proposal, would poll better with voters.

The other major change from Measure 80, which would have allowed adults to possess unlimited quantities of marijuana, is that the new proposal would impose limits of 24 plants and 24 ounces of dried marijuana.

Stanford's second proposed initiative would constitutionally allow those 21 and older to possess and grow cannabis. It would allow the state to "reasonably define, limit and regulate" marijuana.

Stanford said he is working with a broad coalition of cannabis activists and will go ahead with whichever of the two legalization measures they decide has the best chance of passage.

The History of Hemp News

D Paul Stanford CCS

This publication, Hemp News, is the oldest online news service. In 1991, Paul Stanford began posting Hemp News on the Internet, back prior to the creation of the web. The worldwide web wasn't created until 1994. Stanford began posting news stories about marijuana on Usenet newsgroups, or bulletin boards that are text only computer sites with names like alt.hemp, misc.activism.cannabis, alt.politics.marijuana, alt.drugs.pot. Usenet newsgroups still exist and are archived in perpetuity.

Starting in 1988, Stanford subscribed his Commodore 64 computer to Compuserve, the first national Internet Service Provider, at speeds of 1200 baud over the telephone landline, or about 50 alphabet/numeric characters per second. Stanford first subscribed to Compuserve's Executive News Service, which searched the printed news media's information, like the Associated Press and New York Times, and dropped news stories that matched selected keywords into an online folder, which cost $16 an hour to access. After reading the latest international news stories about marijuana, Stanford realized that most people, even those who were interested in marijuana and ending its prohibition, didn't have access to this news. When Stanford began posting these stories to Usenet newsgroups, no other online compilation of news had been posted about anything to the Internet.

Maine: Ballot Initiative To Legalize Marijuana In Portland One Step Closer


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A measure to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults in Portland, Maine, is likely to be on the ballot this fall.

A coalition led by the Portland Green Party on Thursday morning handed in petitions with more than 3,200 signatures to city officials, the first step in getting the proposal on the November ballot, reports the Portland Press Herald. The city requires 1,500 valid signatures for citizen initiatives to qualify for the ballot.

The proposal would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, while prohibiting its use in public spaces such as parks, schools, and sidewalks.

The law is vague on how adults could actually get marijuana, but according to Tom MacMillan, chair of the Portland Green Independent Committee, it's "likely" to be available through existing medicinal cannabis dispensaries (which we don't see as likely at all, unless and until the law changes on a statewide level). Distribution would be left up to the Portland City Council if the ordinance passes, MacMillan said.

Legalizing pot could lead to less use by young people, because it could eliminate the black market and make buying cannabis subject to the same type of age checks as alcohol purchases, MacMillan said.

New York: Man Hands Out Marijuana Lollipops On The Street


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Oakland, California man has been handing out marijuana lollipops on the streets of New York City since April.

"Marijuana has had a bad rap for too many years, man," activist Judah Izsraael, 44, co-owner of Weed World Candies, said on Wednesday, reports Shane Dixon Kavanaugh of the New York Daily News. "Its time is now."

Izsraael, driving a Ford Econoline van painted with pot leaves and ganja babes, said he has handed out weed lollipops along St. Marks Place and West 4th Street, Times Square and Union Square for a month now. The candies have strain names such as White Widow, O.G. Kush and Blueberry Dream.

"We just set up wherever," Izsraael said. "We're all about educating people."

A handful of attractive women in denim shorts and tank tops working for Izsraael stood on 14th Street near University Place on Wednesday night, offering passersby handfuls of the pot-laced lollipops. While most ignored the spectacle, others were agape.

"Is this for real?" asked one wide-eyed woman. "How do you not get caught?"

"Izsraael claims his candies contain only a small, yet legal, amount of THC -- the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gets you stoned," reports the Daily News, but of course that's nonsense, since there is no "legal amount" of THC under federal law.

"We're not giving out blunts," Izsraael said. "We can't guarantee that everyone is going to get high."

Illinois: Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Bill, Governor Urged to Sign Into Law

Illinois Seal

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Yesterday, the Illinois Senate voted 35-21 in favor of an historic bill that would allow people with certain ailments to use cannabis to ease their symptoms, if recommended by their doctor.

The bill, HB 1, which would allow Illinois residents with qualifying conditions the right to obtain 2.5 ounces every two weeks from a licensed dispensary, is expected to be signed by an "open-minded" Governor Quinn.

"We are embarking here on a way to achieve relief, compassionate relief, consistent with the law (with) a system which avoids abuse," according to the bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Bill Haine of Alton. "It's the tightest, most controlled legislative initiative in the United State related to medical cannabis."

"This is about individuals that are having a difficult time finding solutions to their cancer pains, that are finding other solutions and are going to the black market buying it anyway. We must find these solutions," Senator William Delgado, 2nd Legislative District (D), proclaimed on the Senate floor.

Proponents say cannabis can relieve continual pain without detrimental side effects of other pharmaceutical drugs.

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