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Medical Marijuana: Watch this lying TV ad in Michigan

[Courtesy of Marijuana Policy Project] 

MPP’s medical marijuana initiative in Michigan is under attack by out-of-state prohibitionists, who have purchased thousands of dollars' worth of airtime on major TV stations in Michigan to run this outrageously false ad that claims “every major health organization rejects” medical marijuana.

This is a flat-out lie, of course. To the contrary, numerous major health organizations support medical marijuana access and even call on the government to change the law and stop arresting medical marijuana patients — including the American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, AIDS Action Council, American Academy of HIV Medicine, National Association of People With AIDS, and many others.

We can’t let the drug warriors lie to the public and jeopardize our ability to pass the medical marijuana ballot initiative in Michigan. Would you please help us fight back with the truth by donating to our campaign today?

We know from past successes that we can pass state medical marijuana initiatives, and we can do it again in Michigan this November — if we have the financial resources to make sure voters hear the truth. Since our well-financed opposition is swarming the airwaves with false and fear-mongering ads, it's crucial that we have the funds to fully execute our campaign plan.
 
Would you give what you can today? If you help us respond, you’ll be able to tell your friends and family that you helped pay for the campaign that succeeded in making medical marijuana legal in Michigan.

Thank you in advance,
Kampia signature (e-mail sized)

Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

P.S. As I've mentioned in previous alerts, a major philanthropist has committed to match the first $3.0 million that MPP can raise from the rest of the planet in 2008. This means that your donation today will be doubled.

Location: 
MI
United States

Press Release: Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Introduced Yesterday in Congress

[Courtesy of Americans for Safe Access] For Immediate Release: April 18, 2008 Contact: ASA Government Affairs Director Caren Woodson (510) 388-0546 Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act Introduced Yesterday in Congress HR 5842 would reschedule marijuana for medical use, end federal interference in state laws Washington, D.C. -- Congressional Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced the "Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act," HR 5842, yesterday, a bill co-sponsored by Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Sam Farr (D-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Ron Paul (R-TX). The act would change federal policy on medical marijuana in a number of ways. Specifically, HR 5842 would reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug, which cannot be prescribed, to a Schedule II drug, which would recognize the medical value of marijuana and create a regulatory framework for the FDA to begin a drug approval process for marijuana. The act would also prevent interference by the federal government in any local or state run medical marijuana program. Similar versions of HR 5842 have been introduced in prior Congressional terms, but have never made it out of committee. "It's time that the federal government take this issue seriously," said Caren Woodson, Government Affairs Director with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a nationwide medical marijuana advocacy group working with Mr. Frank and other Members of Congress to change federal policy. "By disregarding marijuana's medical efficacy, and undermining efforts to implement state laws, the federal government is willfully placing hundreds of thousands of sick Americans in harms way." In addition to rescheduling marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), HR 5842 would provide protection from the CSA and the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) for qualified patients and caregivers in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Specifically, the act prevents the CSA and FDCA from prohibiting or restricting: (1) a physician from prescribing or recommending marijuana for medical use, (2) an individual from obtaining, possessing, transporting within their state, manufacturing, or using marijuana in accordance with their state law, (3) an individual authorized under State law from obtaining, possessing, transporting within their state, or manufacturing marijuana on behalf of an authorized patient, or (4) an entity authorized under local or State law to distribute medical marijuana to authorized patients from obtaining, possessing, or distributing marijuana to such authorized patients. In December, U.S. House Judiciary Chair John Conyers stated publicly his concern about the tactics being used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and promised oversight hearings. Since then, several California mayors have written to Conyers expressing their support for hearings, including the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, West Hollywood, and Santa Cruz. Opposition to federal interference in state medical marijuana laws has also come from multiple city councils, members of the California Board of Equalization and the state legislature, as well as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Further information: Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, HR 5842: http://americansforsafeaccess.org/downloads/HR5842.pdf ASA Fact Sheet on the Escalation of Harmful DEA Tactics: http://americansforsafeaccessnow.org/downloads/dea_escalation.pdf December 2007 Statement by House Judiciary Chair John Conyers: http://judiciary.house.gov/newscenter.aspx?A=889 Letter from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to Conyers: http://www.americansforsafeaccessnow.org/downloads/Newsom_Letter_to_Cony... Letter from NM Governor Richardson to President GW Bush: http://safeaccessnow.org/downloads/richardson_letter.pdf # # #
Location: 
Washington, DC
United States

Doctor fights prosecutors' efforts to gag him, supporters

Location: 
Wichita, KS
United States
Publication/Source: 
Fort Mill Times (SC)
URL: 
http://www.fortmilltimes.com/124/story/136607.html

Press Release: Study Confirms Medical Marijuana Pain Relief

[Courtesy of Marijuana Policy Project] 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 17, 2008

Study Confirms Medical Marijuana Pain Relief
University of California Clinical Trial Shows Relief of Neuropathic Pain, Mild Side Effects

CONTACT: Bruce Mirken, MPP director of communications, 202-215-4205

DAVIS, CALIFORNIA -- A clinical trial conducted at the University of California at Davis and just published online by the Journal of Pain has demonstrated significant relief of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damage to nerves) stemming from a variety of causes. This is the second study in just over a year to show that marijuana relieves neuropathic pain, which is notoriously resistant to treatment with conventional pain drugs, including opioid narcotics. A UC San Francisco study published last year showed relief of HIV/AIDS-related neuropathy.


    In the new study, 38 patients experiencing neuropathic pain from diabetes, spinal injury, multiple sclerosis and other causes were given marijuana cigarettes of three different strengths: Zero percent THC (placebo), 3.5 percent THC or 7 percent THC. In each session, patients took the same number of puffs, following a standardized procedure to ensure uniformity of the dose received at each strength.


    Both doses of marijuana reduced pain significantly, producing marked declines in pain intensity that lasted over five hours. Researchers Barth Wilsey and colleagues wrote that side effects "were relatively inconsequential," and "psychoactive effects were minimal and well-tolerated." Although the scientists did express caution about the neurocognitive effects of the higher dose -- reflected in lower scores on some tests of memory and problem solving, the study was not designed to examine the potential for marijuana to allow reduced doses of narcotic painkillers that also cause cognitive impairment, a benefit widely reported by patients. For a copy of the complete study, contact MPP director of communications Bruce Mirken at 202-215-4205.


    "This is yet more proof that the American College of Physicians was right that U.S. government policy on medical marijuana is totally divorced from scientific reality," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. "Congress needs to act to end the federal war on medical marijuana, but in the meantime states should act on their own to protect medical marijuana patients from arrest, as several states are considering right now."


    States where legislators are presently considering medical marijuana legislation include Illinois, New York and Minnesota. A medical marijuana initiative has qualified for Michigan's November ballot.


    With more than 23,000 members and 180,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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Location: 
Davis, CA
United States

Groundbreaking Chronic Pain Study Needs Participants: Find Out What You Can Do to Help

[Courtesy of Americans for Safe Access]

Dear ASA Supporter,

Dr. Donald Abrams of University of California, San Francisco needs individuals who are currently using Oxycontin or MS Contin to join an important medical cannabis study! This research could potentially provide clinical proof that when added to conventional narcotic pain drugs, marijuana can provide added relief and often allow much-reduced doses of these dangerous narcotics.

Dr. Abrams has conducted numerous groundbreaking medical marijuana studies and you could be involved in his next historic project! Time is of the essence, be one of two dozen people to impact medical marijuana research for the future.

In order to ensure that this necessary research continues and is a success, Dr. Abrams is seeking out individuals who meet the following qualifications:

To qualify, you must:
  • Be taking either OxyContin or MS Contin (or Kadian) twice daily;
  • Have smoked marijuana at least 6 times in the past;
  • Be willing NOT to smoke marijuana for a month prior to screening for the study;
  • Be willing not to smoke cigarettes at least 2 weeks prior to screening and through the study;
  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Meet some additional criteria;

    And you cannot:
  • Be pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding;
  • Be on chemo, radiation, or other cancer therapy;
  • Be currently using alcohol or recreational drugs;
  • Have kidney or liver failure, severe heart problems, high blood pressure, lung disease or a severe psychiatric disorder.
  • The study takes place at San Francisco General Hospital, in the clinical research center, and is a 5-day inpatient stay. Participants may be eligible to receive up to $520.00 for travel reimbursements. You can read more about the study here: www.AmericansforSafeAccess.org/AbramsPainStudy

    How to Get Involved:
    If you meet the qualifications above and are interested in participating in this historical research please contact Paul Couey at: 415-476-9554 ext 315 or e-mail at: pcouey@php.ucsf.edu. Let Paul know you found out about this study from ASA.

    If you do not meet the criteria above, there is still an important role for you to play! Please forward this message on to any lists you belong to, any community members you know might be interested, and your family and friends!

    If you have questions about the study or need more information, please contact Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org

    Sincerely,

    Sonnet Seeborg Gabbard
    Field Coordinator
    Americans for Safe Access

    Location: 
    San Francisco, CA
    United States

    Job Opportunity: Grow Marijuana for the Canadian Government

    This sounds like a fun gig. Whoever lands this job should start a blog:
    OTTAWA — Health Canada is looking for someone to grow its weed.

    The department served notice Monday it will soon invite firms to bid on a contract to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana, which is now being done in Flin Flon, Man., by Prairie Plant Systems Inc.

    The winning firm will be expected to deliver a steady stream of government-approved dope to certified medical, users starting in the fall.


    Ottawa has been a reluctant supplier of pot since a series of court rulings forced it into the medical marijuana business. [Canadian Press]
    Some applicants might want to speak with an attorney before sending in a resume. What a delightfully odd situation this is.

    Anyway, I propose that Marc Emery be sentenced to hard labor managing the facility to resolve his outstanding legal disputes with the U.S. and Canadian governments. Let the punishment fit the crime, I say.
    Location: 
    United States

    Watch Our New Medical Marijuana TV Ad

    [Courtesy of Marijuana Policy Project] 

    This week, the Marijuana Policy Project begins blanketing Minnesota airwaves with this TV ad, which urges Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) not to veto the medical marijuana bill that the Minnesota House will soon be voting on and — hopefully — passing.

    The ad features Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson of Minneapolis, who suffers from disabling pain after enduring 10 surgeries for a serious back injury. She gives an emotional plea for lawmakers to pass the bill into law, explaining, “I’m in more and more pain all the time ... I’m tired of being a criminal.”

    The ad is generating enormous press coverage, and we urgently need to keep it on the air as we make the final push to pass the medical marijuana bill into law. Would you please help by making a donation of $50 or more today?

    We’re very close to making Minnesota the 13th medical marijuana state — and the first such state in the Midwest — but danger lurks ahead: Although the bill passed its final Minnesota House committee last week and already passed the Senate last year — and although it is supported by hundreds of doctors, thousands of nurses, and a multitude of medical associations — the governor has threatened to veto it. We have overcome vetoes and veto threats before in other states, and we can do the same in Minnesota, but we’re going to need to ramp up the pressure to succeed.

    We're spending tens of thousands of dollars to keep this ad running, so we’re counting on your support to keep the pressure on. A one-time donation of $50 or more would go a long way toward pushing this bill through into law.  For example, a $100 donation would ensure that approximately 2,000 Minnesotans will see the ad.

    In sum, your donation will help ensure that medical marijuana patients like Lynn and so many others will no longer have to face arrest and jail simply for using medical marijuana on their doctors’ advice.  Thank you in advance for anything you can give.

    Sincerely,
    Kampia signature (e-mail sized)

    Rob Kampia
    Executive Director
    Marijuana Policy Project
    Washington, D.C.

    P.S. As I've mentioned in previous alerts, a major philanthropist has committed to match the first $3.0 million that MPP can raise from the rest of the planet in 2008. This means that your donation today will be doubled.

    Location: 
    MN
    United States

    Medical Marijuana Advocates Announce TV Ad Campaign Featuring Seriously Ill Patients

    [Courtesy of MPP] 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    APRIL 14, 2008

    Medical Marijuana Advocates Announce TV Ad Campaign Featuring Seriously Ill Patients

    CONTACT: Neal Levine, MPP director of state campaigns, 612-326-6690 ext.802

    MINNEAPOLIS — Advocates announced the first in a new series of TV ads today featuring seriously ill patients asking Minnesotans to urge Gov. Tim Pawlenty not to veto a bill to protect suffering Minnesotans from arrest for using medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.

        The ad, which will begin running on broadcast and cable stations throughout Minnesota later this week, can be viewed online here: http://www.minnesotacares.org/Ads_video.html.

        The ad features Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson of Minneapolis, who suffers intractable pain after enduring 10 surgeries following a back injury.

        "Really, the only thing that gave me relief was marijuana," Nicholson says in the ad of her struggle to find relief from the constant pain that keeps her bedridden most of the time. "It's not ok to break the law ... I'm tired of being a criminal."

        SF 345, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth), passed in the Senate last year, and the House Ways and Means Committee, 13-4, April 9. The bill is heading to the House floor for a vote soon, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty has threatened to veto it if it passes.

        "The governor has threatened a veto after hearing from certain aspects of the law enforcement community," said Neal Levine, director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project. "Hopefully, before he finalizes his decision, he will also consider the opinions of the hundreds of doctors, thousands of nurses, multitude of medical associations, the vast majority of Minnesotans and suffering patients like Lynn, who all support this bill."

        The bill's chances were recently boosted by a strong statement supporting medical marijuana from the 124,000-member American College of Physicians, the second largest physician group in the U.S. Their statement is available at http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/where_we_stand/other_issues/medmarijuana.pdf.

        Twelve states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – presently allow medical use of marijuana. Medical marijuana bills are now under consideration in Illinois and New York, and an initiative is expected to appear on Michigan's November ballot.

        With more than 23,000 members and 180,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. For more information, please visit www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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    Location: 
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States

    Amazing progress on medical marijuana in Minnesota and Illinois

    [Courtesy of MPP] 

    MPP surprised all the political pundits when the final Minnesota House committee passed our medical marijuana bill with a 13-4 vote yesterday! The bill — which would protect Minnesota’s medical marijuana patients from arrest and jail — now heads to the House floor for the final battle ... meaning that Minnesota could be just two or three weeks away from becoming the 13th medical marijuana state.
     
    We’re also making historic progress in Illinois, where our medical marijuana bill — which Illinois voters support by a whopping 67% to 27% margin — has cleared a major hurdle, passing the Senate Public Health Committee by a 6-4 vote last month, and is now slated for the Senate floor.

    But we need your help to push both bills to victory. Our opposition is pushing back, and we need to make sure these bills don’t get halted in their tracks when we’re so close to a double win. Would you please donate whatever you can afford to ensure we can take these bills all the way and make Minnesota and Illinois and the 13th and 14th medical marijuana states?

    For instance, in Minnesota, police officers are calling legislators and urging them to vote “no.” And in Illinois, the opposition is spreading lies about our bill, claiming that it would allow patients to drive under the influence of marijuana, use marijuana in the workplace, or become drug dealers. The bad guys are also claiming that our legislation would encourage kids to use marijuana — but in fact marijuana use among teens has actually gone down — not up — in each of the medical marijuana states with available data.

    As you can see, we urgently need your help to fight back and ensure that legislators hear the facts about what our bills would do.

    I know we all have competing demands for our money. So if you’re not sure about donating, would you please take a minute to meet some of the seriously ill patients who are counting on our help? You can read about some of the patients whose health and freedom depend on these bills here ... and even watch video footage here.

    Even a small donation will help protect patients like these from arrest and jail.

    Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help. Your support is what has allowed MPP to successfully pass medical marijuana laws in states like Montana, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and it can make the difference again.

    Sincerely,
    Kampia signature (e-mail sized)

    Rob Kampia
    Executive Director
    Marijuana Policy Project
    Washington, D.C.

    P.S. As I've mentioned in previous alerts, a major philanthropist has committed to match the first $3.0 million that MPP can raise from the rest of the planet in 2008. This means that your donation today will be doubled.

    Location: 
    United States

    Medical Marijuana: Minnesota Bill Heads for House Floor Vote, Last Stop Before Governor's Desk

    A bill that would allow some Minnesota patients to use medical marijuana is headed for a House floor vote after easily passing the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday. The bill, SF 345, passed the Senate last year, so the House vote is the only obstacle remaining before the bill lands on the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

    But the governor remains an obstacle as well. Pawlenty has signaled he will veto the bill. A Pawlenty spokesman reiterated the veto threat Wednesday, saying the bill must include provisions to make it palatable to law enforcement.

    The bill would allow qualifying patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and to obtain it from organizations created to dispense the drug. Those nonprofits can grow up to 12 plants per patient. Patients and dispensaries would be registered with the state.

    "To me, this is the ultimate conservative issue," said Rep. Chris DeLaForest (R-Andover), a cosponsor of the measure. "It's about keeping the government out of the doctor-patient relationship."

    While the bill passed out of committee with no debate, that will not be the case when it comes before the House as a whole. That should take place sometime in the next few weeks.

    Preston resident Neil Haugerud, former sheriff of Fillmore County and a former state representative who suffers chronic pain from arachnoiditis (inflammation of the lining that surrounds the spinal cord), said, "I'm grateful to the committee for passing the medical marijuana bill, and I hope the full House and the governor will go ahead and make it law as soon as possible. Patients who are in pain shouldn't have to risk arrest and jail to get relief."

    Twelve states -- Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington -- presently allow medical use of marijuana. Medical marijuana bills are now under consideration in Illinois and New York, and an initiative is expected to appear on Michigan's November ballot.

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