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The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy. There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past. However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books: 1.) RELATED: Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? To receive stories and investigations about political corruption, sign up for our daily digest here. Share and Enjoy Filed under: Lobbying

Marijuana legalization support at record high A man smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana "4/20" celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010, in Denver. Getty Images Never before have more Americans believed legalizing marijuana was the right course for the country. In a new Gallup poll, 50 percent of respondents in a nationwide survey said they believed it was time to make pot legal. Support for legalizing marijuana tended to be stronger among younger, more liberal groups, according to Gallup. In a release, Gallup writes: "When Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12 percent of Americans favored it, while 84 percent were opposed. 4 Americans get medical pot from the fedsStudy: LA pot clinics shut down, crime went upCalif. braces for medical marijuana crackdown If the steady climb in public support for marijuana legalization continues at its current pace, politicians will soon have to address the laws that fly in the face of that movement in opinion. © 2011 CBS Interactive Inc.

Marijuana legalization does not increase probability of use, according to researchers Jun 18, 2012 With several states, including Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, considering lifting the prohibition of marijuana, and the acceptance of medical marijuana growing, counter-arguments loom over whether legaization will increase probability of use amongst high school students. Not so, says Daniel I. Rees, a professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver. “There is anecdotal evidence that medical marijuana is finding its way into the hands of teenagers, but there’s no statistical evidence that legalization increases the probability of use.” Rees teamed with two other economics professors, Benjamin Hansen, assistant professor of economics at the University of Oregon and D. “This result is important given that the federal government has recently intensified its efforts to close medical marijuana dispensaries,” said Hansen. Wait, that’s absurd: everyone aside from the marijuana industry and its smokers are being dishonest.

Cop's Marijuana Legalization Question Gets First Place in White House Video Contest President Obama to Answer Top-Voted YouTube Questions on Monday WASHINGTON, DC -- A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House's "Your Interview with the President" competition on YouTube this weekend. President Obama is slated to answer some of the top-voted questions on Monday. Downing's question came in first place for video questions and ranked second out of all questions (with the overall top spot going to a text question about copyright infringement). Voting in the YouTube contest wrapped up Saturday at midnight EST. More information about the contest and the top-voted questions can be viewed at . Tom Angell, Media Relations Director Law Enforcement Against Prohibition phone: (415) 488-6615 or (202) 557-4979 e-mail: media@leap.cc San Francisco, CA

Cannabis Can Kick Cancer's Ass Actually it’s the cannabinoids (the chemicals in cannabis) that fight cancer cells. In the past nine years, there have been over 20 major studies that these cannabanoids actually arrest cancer growths of many different forms of cancer, including brain, melanoma and breast cancer. There is evidence that cannabinoids cause direct anti-tumor activity. The side effects associated with cannabis, compared with all other current drug therapies, is classified as “low risk”. You’d think that if 800 well respected Scientists concur that indeed, cannabis does have medicinal value, our Federal Government would support it’s medical use and further research, but sadly they are not. What can the governemt do to show it’s citizens that are stricken with illnesses such as cancer, MS and Chron’s Disease? Medical cannabis, has been used for centuries as a natural treatment for many conditions,until we created pot prohibition in 1937. Original Story Source More Medical Marijuana News from Around the Web:

What if we “Run from the Cure” instead of using it? | News Truth, The Simple Truth What if it was illegal to do something that would save your life or the life of a much loved family member or friend? What if you were a Police Constable and knew something was being done that was illegal but could cure somebody from a very serious disease, lets say ‘Cancer‘, would you arrest them and charge them for trying to help save the life of their family member or friend? What if you were a Police Constable but the person who could be cured was a member of ‘Your’ family or a friend , would ‘You’ go against legislation, break the (law) legislation, to save this persons life? What if you were a Judge, lawyer or clerk of the court, would you prosecute and sentence people for trying to save the lives of their loved one’s in using this cure? What if you were a Judge, lawyer or clerk of the court, and the person who was being prosecuted for trying to save the life of their loved one was You? What if the only side effects of ingesting this plant were HEALTH and HAPPINESS? WOULD YOU? St.

Respected Study Finds DEA Should Re-Classify Marijuana The present classification of cannabis and its organic compounds as schedule I prohibited substances under federal law is scientifically indefensible, according to a just published review in The Open Neurology Journal. Investigators with the University of California at San Diego and the University of California, Davis reviewed the results of several recent clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of inhaled or vaporized cannabis. They concluded: “Evidence is accumulating that cannabinoids may be useful medicine for certain indications. Control of nausea and vomiting and the promotion of weight gain in chronic inanition are already licensed uses of oral THC (dronabinol capsules). Recent research indicates that cannabis may also be effective in the treatment of painful peripheral neuropathy and muscle spasticity from conditions such as multiple sclerosis. The lead author of the review, Dr. Last month, Ms.

Copenhagen votes to legalise marijuana The scheme, if approved by the Danish parliament at the start of next year, could make the city the first to fully legalise, rather than simply tolerate, marijuana consumption. "We are thinking of perhaps 30 to 40 public sales houses, where the people aren't interested in selling you more, they're interested in you," said Mikkel Warming, the Mayor in charge of Social Affairs at Copenhagen City Council. "Who is it better for youngsters to buy marijuana from? A drug pusher, who wants them to use more, who wants them to buy hard drugs, or a civil servant?" The proposal will then be sent to to the Danish Parliament for approval early next year. "We want to make it a little bit more concrete what kind of decriminalisation we want: should it be a public buying system, should there be an age limit?" He said he was opposed to instituting cannabis cafés, where marijuana use is tolerated, despite it remaining illegal to grow and import the drug. "We don't want an Amsterdam model.

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Study: No lung danger from casual pot smoking Add one more data point to the decades-old debate over marijuana legalization: A new study concludes that casual pot smoking - up to one joint per day - does not affect the functioning of your lungs. The study, published in the Jan. 11 edition of Journal of the American Medical Association, also offered up a nugget that likely will surprise many: Evidence points to slight increases in lung airflow rates and increases in lung volume from occasional marijuana use. Air flow is the amount of air someone can blow out of their lungs one second after taking the deepest breath possible. The volume measure is the total amount of air blown out once someone has taken the deepest breath possible. Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years The study of 5115 men and women took place over two decades between March 26, 1985 and August 19, 2006 in 4 American cities: Birmingham, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Minneapolis. Echo of past findings Study co-author Dr.

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