Cannabis Cures Cancer

"In California, approximately 133,000 people
are diagnosed every year with some form of invasive
cancer, not including the common skin
cancers. About 53,000 Californians die each
year from cancer."

Help free the cure, inform others, save lives.

To treat cancer it takes about 90 gram's of high quality cannabis oil ... Patients should take 1/3 of a gram of oil 3 times a day ... It takes about 1lb of high quality cannabis flowers to be able to make enough oil for one treatment ...
Start off slow and work your dosage up

One healthy large indoor or outdoor plant can produce 1lb of cannabis in a 90 day growth cycle. If possible grow your own to avoid cannabis contaminated with pesticides. One LB of Cannabis should make enough oil (90-100g) for 90 days ...

Make your own oil to cure your CANCER !!!

This blog is to help inform the public on the truth and medical benefits of cannabis. It also contains info to help teach others the healthiest and safest way to grow or acquire their medicine, what strains are best for their condition and responsible and healthy ways of medicating.

Have suggestions, comments, or questions you can email me at

Storm Crows MMJ Cannabis List on all ailments

Skunk Farm Oil Technique

"Note some solvents are cleaner than others"
AKA 100% Food Grade Ethanol, or Food grade Alcohol.

How to make cannabis milk
Make it into ice-cream to help with taste

Find us on You Tube

California Prop 215 Sb 420 & your patients rights .doc


Run for the cure video links; Cancer stopping cannabis extracts and one mans story.

You tube link to 7 part series

Article about "Run For the Cure" and easy video links

Here is some very good books on how to test for CBD's and the making of pure oil.
Marijuana Chemistry

Cannabis Chemistry

Cannabis Medical Extracts

THC / CBD / ETC Test Kits

MMJ Instructions

Cannabis Oil (QWISO)

Cannabis Milk

Bubble Hash


Coconut Oil

Juicing Raw Buds

DMSO for oil topical pain relief

Mix 50% rso 40% olive oil and 10% DMSO at luke warm ...

Links to learn how to grow your own ... It is easy cost effective and provides pesticide free medication.


Monday, December 16, 2013

CalNORML to Challenge Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ruling

December 11, 2013 - In an action supported by California NORML, medical marijuana patient James Maral will file a petition with the California Supreme Court to review the recent Third District Appellate Court decision upholding the city of Live Oak’s ban on medical marijuana cultivation.
San Francisco Attorney Joe Elford will draft and file the petition. “If you ban dispensaries and you ban cultivation, you’re ripping the heart out of California's medical marijuana laws,” said Elford. "This decision conflicts with the intent of the electorate and Legislature and should not be allowed to stand."
The announcement comes a day after Fresno county took steps to enact a total cultivation ban on first reading at its Board of Supervisors meeting. A second reading on the ordinance will take place on January 7.
Maral, 42, suffers from compartment syndrome, a painful life- and limb-threatening condition caused by insufficient blood supply to muscles and nerves. In addition, he has six damaged discs in his back, the result of his work as a heavy equipment driver. He and his family have lived in Live Oak for 15 years.
Maral is also a caretaker for his mother Donneda Maral, who has severe diverticulitis and Crohn's disease, for which she is frequently hospitalized.
"The only thing I'm fighting for is the patients who just want a couple of plants in their backyard," said Maral. "I'm not willing to let my mother die or live out the rest of her time in a hospital." The Marals live at least two hours away from any medical marijuana dispensary.
Cultivation is exempted from state law for medical marijuana patients by Proposition 215, passed by the voters in 1996. State law SB420 established a "floor" of 6 mature or 12 immature plants as allowable per patient, permitting cities and counties to pass ordinances allowing for greater, not lesser, amounts. The California Supreme Court threw out SB420's limits in People v. Kelly (2010), opting instead for allowing whatever a patient needs to grow.
Live Oak’s ban on medical marijuana cultivation took effect in January 2012, over the objections of local citizens. The only other known jurisdiction currently banning all medical marijuana cultivation is Tracy. Sacramento county has passed an ordinance zoning out anything federally illegal, and Sacramento sheriffs were out this year enforcing it by taking out gardens. The city of Selma rolled back their cultivation ban on October 16, voting to allow permitted, indoor gardens.
Prop. 215 co-author and CalNORML director Dale Gieringer, who sat on the state committee that wrote SB420, said, "The right of patients to grow their own medicine is fundamental to Prop. 215's stated purpose of ensuring that 'seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes.' The city of Live Oak has no legitimate business prohibiting Mr. Maral from growing the medicine he needs at his own private residence."
Established in 1972, California NORML is the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. We are a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to reforming California's marijuana laws. Our mission is to establish the right of adults to use cannabis legally.
Also see: Pot proponents vow appeal to state Supreme Court in Live Oak case
Appeal Democrat, December 12, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Legalize @ California 2014

Jacks; WOOT

Regulate like wine; ehhh

A cannabis manufacturer is any registered business dedicated to the germination, cultivation, production, processing, conversion, extraction, in-vitro testing, distribution, or wholesale of cannabis. The registration fee for a cannabis manufacturer shall be an annual fee of five thousand dollars ($5,000), plus one hundred and fifty dollars ($150) per 100 square feet of cannabis plant canopy.

DPA; AKA Big Business Prop 19 back

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

SB 566 Would Allow California Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp Upon Federal Approval

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vote Hemp and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the nation's leading hemp grassroots advocacy organization and industry trade group, respectively, each working to revitalize industrial hemp production and processing in the U.S., are excited to report that Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 566, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act. After moving smoothly through the California legislature with strong bi-partisan support, this landmark legislation has now become California law.
Introduced by Senator Mark Leno earlier this year, SB 566 ensures that California is prepared to begin registering hemp farmers once the federal government has given states the green light. The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act will establish a framework for farming the oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant, which are used in a myriad of everyday consumer products, including food, body care, clothing, paper, auto parts, composites, building materials, and bio-fuels. Enforcement and oversight of hemp production would be conducted in concert with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and county agricultural commissioners, as is done with other crops.
"SB 566 demonstrates the real momentum behind the national movement to legalize industrial hemp," said Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. "With Congressional bills to legalize hemp currently in both the House and Senate, California is on the cutting edge, pushing forward with an industrial hemp law that would not only stimulate much needed growth in local business and farming sectors, but ultimately lead the nation toward a federal policy change that would open hemp cultivation to hemp farmers around the country. This will lower our dependence on Canada and China for hemp imports, and empower our agrarian and manufacturing economies to finally tap into one of the fastest growing natural products in the market."
"With the signing of this bill, California is poised to grow industrial hemp when the federal government gives states the green light," said Senator Leno, D-San Francisco. "In the past year, the conversation to legalize the cultivation of hemp has gained momentum at the federal level, and it is only a matter of time before a farmer's right to grow hemp is restored. Hemp, which is already found in hundreds of consumer products manufactured in our state, is a perfect crop for California. It has great potential to revitalize family farms, create new jobs and stimulate the economy."
Strong support for the bill has come from The California Sheriffs Association, individual county sheriffs, family and organic farmers, environmental organizations, labor unions, and businesses statewide. 2 Vote Hemp and HIA believe that hemp farming registrations could be accepted as soon as 2014 based on the recent memo from Deputy Attorney General James Cole of the Department of Justice. "Before farmers can begin planting hemp under SB 566, the state will need to seek clarification from federal officials that state regulations for hemp farming meet the requirements outlined in the recent memo issued by Deputy Attorney General James Cole," notes Vote Hemp Director Patrick Goggin.
Today, more than 30 industrialized nations grow industrial hemp and export it to the United States. Hemp is the only crop that is illegal to grow at the federal level, yet is legal for Americans to import. Among the numerous California-based companies who have supported the bill are Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, makers of North America's top-selling natural soap, and Nutiva, a rising star among innovative health food companies. Both of these businesses currently must import hemp from other countries. The passage of SB 566 sends a strong message to Washington that the time has come to change federal policy regarding industrial hemp.
"Hemp grown right here in California would stimulate massive growth in the food, body care, textiles, building and other crucial sectors that suffer from having to import less efficient materials in lieu of this lucrative industrial crop," says David Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. "The nationwide movement to legalize industrial hemp and farm it right here in the US to benefit American business is growing, and SB 566 opens a door to incredible opportunity for farmers who seek sustainable agriculture, ecologically responsible businesses and products. Ultimately, this bill will help end the prohibition on what is one of the most versatile and environmentally revolutionary industrial crops on the planet."
"Nutiva looks forward to buying hemp from American farmers," says John Roulac, President of Nutiva. "This will add American jobs and reduce our fuel consumption."
California businesses currently spend millions of dollars each year importing hemp primarily from Canada, China, and Europe. Demand for hemp products has been growing rapidly in recent years, and it is estimated that the U.S. hemp market now exceeds $500 million in annual retail sales. From natural soaps to healthy foods, there are a large variety of "Made in California" hemp products whose manufacturers and buyers will greatly benefit from an in-state source of hemp seed, fiber, and oil.
The environmental and agricultural benefits are not limited to the versatility of uses. Industrial hemp is an excellent rotation crop because its dense growth smothers weeds without herbicides and helps to break the disease cycle. Hemp requires less water and agricultural inputs than other crops, has deep tap roots that leave the soil in excellent condition for the next crop, and is proven to increase yields. These benefits save farmers money and reduce the amount of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers that run into our waterways.
Vote Hemp is a national, singleissue, nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance of and a free market for low THC industrial hemp and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to once again grow this agricultural crop. More information about hemp legislation and the crop's many uses may be found at or Video footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Ryan Fletcher at 202-641-0277 or

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

War Never Ends

If you’ve been to any public event lately, you are probably aware that Americans for Safe Access-Nevada County is leading a petition drive that would allow the voters to accept or reject a more compassionate cannabis cultivation ordinance that is sponsored by our organization.
I apologize if we have asked some of you to sign our petition at multiple events.
Some have questioned whether our volunteers are being paid to gather signatures, and the answer is no.

All of our volunteers have given their time freely, although we do offer incentives like concert and raffle tickets to keep up morale.
This issue has united people from opposite ends of the political spectrum judging by the mountains of new voter registration cards we have gathered.
We cannot wait for a general election when the sheriff’s department is using the cultivation ordinance as a pretext to enter properties without justification … and to interpret the ordinance as they go without issuing clear guidelines.

Even people who don’t support patient rights are joining us because of violations against private property rights and the wasteful use of taxpayers’ dollars that are being spent to support prohibition — which has neither lowered supply nor demand but has incarcerated record numbers of nonviolent offenders.

Our initiative would replace the current cultivation ordinance that sets artificial square-foot restrictions on the size of the garden and would go back to state-sanctioned six plants per qualified patient.

We actually adopt the state minimum threshold as our maximum allowance. Our initiative would also restrict outdoor cultivation on R-1, R-2 and R-3 zoned parcels. You can read the whole initiative at

The current restrictions don’t just mark the outside dimensions of the garden. They include the height and width of a plant and the ground space separating the plants from each other.
You must cut the tops and sides of your plants if they extend past this invisible barrier.
The problem is that the best medicine is located in the tops and tips of the plant. 
Sheriff Royal has stated that square-foot restrictions are necessary because some cannabis plants grow to the size of giant Sequoia trees.

Although some Cannabis Sativa plants can reach heights of 14 feet or more, this is the exception rather than the rule, and his depiction is a gross exaggeration of the average plant being grown in Nevada County.

It really is a shame that our board of supervisors has steadfastly refused to mediate with stakeholders to find a solution that would meet the needs of patients while safeguarding the rights of neighbors to the quiet enjoyment of their properties.

Despite the fact that we voted for Prop 215 and poll after poll shows that we still support medical marijuana, our board believes that it knows what is best for us.

Special elections are necessary when our elected officials refuse to represent their constituents’ needs.
We cannot wait for a general election when the sheriff’s department is using the cultivation ordinance as a pretext to enter properties without justification, red-tag homes, conduct unlawful searches and to interpret the ordinance as they go without issuing clear guidelines.

ASA-NC again calls on the supervisors to accept our initiative and spare us all the cost of a special election.

Even worse are the missed opportunities that occur by opposing each other rather than working toward a creative win-win solution.

Case in point are the illegal grows taking place in our national forests that are polluting our watershed and destroying wildlife.

ASA supports organic growing methods to ensure the safest level of medicine is being produced for human consumption.

Surely this is an area where we could work together.
If you are still sitting on the fence about the effectiveness of marijuana as a medicine, I urge you to watch two remarkable films that I guarantee will change your mind.

First is “What if Cannabis Cured Cancer,” by Len Richmond, and the second is the CNN documentary, “Weed,” by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
A quick Google search will turn up links to both of these videos. I defy any parent to reject the cannabis therapy that spared young Charlotte Figi from suffering from more than 300 epileptic seizures a month.

Indeed, cannabis was the only medication that brought relief and controlled her symptoms.
After you see the effectiveness of medical marijuana for yourself, I hope you will join the thousands of people who have already signed our petition.
There may come a time when you or a loved one will need this medicine, and we hope that it will still available when you do.

Patricia Smith is the chair of Americans for Safe Access, Nevada County.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Nevada County Cracks Down, Support New ordnance ...

Ordinance Doesn’t Address Compliance

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal says the proposed new marijuana ordinance being brought forward by Americans for Safe Access-Nevada County is more like “be kind to your neighbor”. The Sheriff says the proposed ordinance has no penalties for non-compliance and no terms dealing with enforcement of the ordinance. The Sheriff also says the number of plants a person can grow is being greatly increased.
Click here to listen to Sheriff Keith Royal
ASA-Nevada County Chair Patricia Smith agrees that enforcement and penalties are not part of the proposed ordinance.
Click here to listen to Patricia Smith
Smith says that current enforcement penalties would be sufficient if applied to the proposed ordinance.
Click here to listen to Patricia Smith
The proposed ordinance allows patients to grow up to six plants and collectives to grow six plants per patient member which is in alignment with California law. Smith says the existing ordinance restricts the number of plants per patient by restricting garden size.
A number of people are collecting signatures to to place the proposed ordinance before the voters.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Americans for Safe Access - NC will be filing a Request for a Special Election to replace Ordinance 2349 with the Safe Cultivation Act of Nevada County

Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County (ASA-NC)

June 14, 2013 - On Monday, June 17, Americans for Safe Access - NC will be filing a Request for a Special Election to replace Ordinance 2349 with the Safe Cultivation Act of Nevada County.

The Board of Supervisors passed the Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance to combat neighborhood nuisance complaints on May 8, 2012. It was passed as an Emergency Measure based on Sheriff Royalʼs assertion that he was receiving 20 - 30 calls a day. When Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County requested copies of the complaints through a Freedom of Information request, we were told that they hadnʼt been recorded. They didnʼt have a single complaint on file!

State laws already exist that make large commercial grows illegal. Even federal law has set limits on how many plants one can grow before they will intercede. This Ordinance was designed to restrict small medical growers who are following State law. Some MMJ Collectives have been cited for growing as few as twelve plants on large AG zoned parcels.

The provisions of the Ordinance are so prohibitive as to amount to a de facto ban. As a result, ASA-NC initiated a lawsuit to challenge the ordinance on behalf of medical marijuana patients who were no longer able to grow enough medicine to treat their conditions. Our case was dismissed when the CA Supreme Court decided in the City of Riverside v The Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Collective that local jurisdictions have the right to make their own land use regulations concerning the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.

We believe that elected officials are put in office to represent the views of their constituents. ASA-NC conducted a survey to assess the feelings of our fellow citizens regarding the Ordinance. Over 70% of the registered voters that we polled thought the Ordinance was overreaching. This figure included cultivators and business owners, Republicans and Democrats, the young and old. Surveys were conducted in Alta Sierra, Lake Wildwood, Lake of the Pines as well as Briarpatch Co-op and the Flour Garden to get an accurate sampling of the whole county.

The CA Supreme Court stated that a voters initiative would required to change the law. We believe an issue of this importance should be decided by the people, so ASA-NC has filed a Request for a Special Election to replace the current Ordinance with one that complies with the 2008 Attorney Generalʼs Guidelines by using the initiative process.

Special Elections cost taxpayers a lot of money and ASA-NC would have preferred to save the County this burden. Estimates for Special Elections range from $125,000 - $250,000 according to statements made by local officials. ASA-NC has tried to work with the county to reach a compromise that would protect homeowners and patients alike, but the Board of Supervisors has refused to mediate with us. If we wait for a General Election, patients will have to suffer through two seasons under the restrictive provisions of this Ordinance.

I urge you to support our cause. There is more at stake than whether patients have safe access to medical marijuana. Any type of medical therapy one pursues is a decision best made between patient and doctor - not patient and the Board of Supervisors. This is a basic individual freedom that should never be usurped.

The citizens of Nevada County voted to support patients rights when they approved Prop 215 in 1996. The Safe Cultivation Act of Nevada County will protect patients and homeowners alike. In the spirit of compromise, The Safe Cultivation Act of Nevada County wonʼt be to everyoneʼs liking, but it is far better than what we have now.

You can read the full text of our initiative online (and below)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress

The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.

The rider, which is officially known as the Farmer Assurance Provision, has been derided by opponents of biotech lobbying as the “Monsanto Protection Act,” as it would strip federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns.

The provision, also decried as a “biotech rider,” should have gone through the Agricultural or Judiciary Committees for review. Instead, no hearings were held, and the piece was evidently unknown to most Democrats (who hold the majority in the Senate) prior to its approval as part of HR 993, the short-term funding bill that was approved to avoid a federal government shutdown.

Senator John Tester (D-MT) proved to be the lone dissenter to the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, though his proposed amendment to strip the rider from the bill was never put to a vote.

As the US legal system functions today, and largely as a result of prior lawsuits, the USDA is required to complete environmental impact statements (EIS) prior to both the planting and sale of GMO crops. The extent and effectiveness to which the USDA exercises this rule is in itself a source of serious dispute.

The reviews have been the focus of heated debate between food safety advocacy groups and the biotech industry in the past. In December of 2009, for example, Food Democracy Now collected signatures during the EIS commenting period in a bid to prevent the approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa, which many feared would contaminate organic feed used by dairy farmers; it was approved regardless.

Previously discovered pathogens in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soy are suspected of causing infertility in livestock and to impact the health of plants.

So, just how much of a victory is this for biotech companies like Monsanto? Critics are thus far alarmed by the very way in which the provision made it through Congress -- the rider was introduced anonymously as the larger bill progressed through the Senate Appropriations Committee. Now, groups like the Center for Food Safety are holding Senator Mikulski (D-MD), chairman of that committee, to task and lobbing accusations of a “backroom deal” with the biotech industry.

As the Washington Times points out, the provision’s success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donated $7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009, and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

It remains unclear whether the bill’s six-month expiration means that the provision will be short-lived. Regardless, Food Democracy Now has begun a campaign calling on US President Barack Obama to veto the Continuing Resolution spending bill, which seems unlikely as HR 933 includes a sweeping amount of government funding.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Op-Ed: ASA-Nevada County | County Conspires to Stifle Free Speech

By: Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County (ASA-NC)

March 27, 2013 - Apparently, the Board of Supervisors (Terry Lamphier excepted) only wants to hear from constituents who agree with their policies. In a blatant attempt to intimidate opposition, eleven armed deputies were posted across the back wall and inside and outside the doors of the Supervisor's chambers when collective cannabis gardens came up for discussion. All twenty-seven items that preceded the Cultivation Ordinance were quickly dispatched without this unwarranted show of force, nor were armed officers present for the afternoon session.

That they wanted to muzzle public comment was apparent from the opening remarks made by County Counsel, Alison Barrat-Green. After reading the proposed amendments to the ordinance, she informed the public "only comments concerning collectives" would be entertained. However, this only applied to the opposition as the sole public supporter of the County's actions spoke about everything except collective gardens without reprimand from the Chair, Hank Weston.

These actions were a clear attempt to stifle the free speech of political opponents. It sent a chill throughout the roomful of citizens that had peaceably assembled to address their grievances with the Board. The one heated moment during the session occurred when a courageous citizen called out the Sheriff's Department for their aggressive behavior.

The Board was asked to amend the existing Cultivation Ordinance to acknowledge the right of patients to grow medicine together in a collective garden. Although the Board unanimously passed the amendments, they refused to allow additional space to grow medicine for each collective member even in remote rural areas.

Attorney Jeff Lake, representing Americans for Safe Access - Nevada County in their lawsuit against County's ordinance, wasn't allowed to include other improvements to the Cultivation Ordinance during his public comments. Supervisor Lamphier asked for a motion to require the County to enter mediation but was advised by Barrat-Green to "stick to the amendments before you."

The Board has rejected ASA-NC's request for mediation and have opted instead to wait for the CA Supreme Court decision in the City of Riverside v. The Inland Empire Patients Health & Wellness Collective. The Court's decision will determine whether local jurisdictions can ban dispensaries and/or cultivation rather than regulate the operation and location of these establishments. Their decision is expected by early May.

Americans for Safe Access has been conducting a phone survey to ascertain the level of support the Cultivation ordinance has in this County. The results have been so overwhelming against the Ordinance that we questioned the results even though we have used the same random sampling techniques and standards as those used by major polling organizations.

We decided to expand the survey by going into specific areas where we presume support for the County's Ordinance runs high as a counter balance to the phone survey. We do not advertise the locations of our field surveys as to not draw supporters from either camp. If you happen upon one of our survey takers, we hope that you will take a moment to state your opinions regardless of your position. In fact, we welcome those with opposing viewpoints as we want to be inclusive of the entire County's attitudes.

For me the issue is quite simple: cannabis has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a myriad of conditions. It is a fundamental human right to be able to use any medical treatment one chooses without interference from government bureaucrats. By placing Collective gardens in rural areas, most of the perceived nuisances can be eliminated. This would be a win for residential homeowners and a win for patients.

For more information about Americans for Safe Access, please visit our website at

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Patient Protections Act

Yesterday, Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Sam Farr introduced legislation that will end the federal conflict with state medical cannabis programs. Blumenauer’s bill, titled the States’ Medical Marijuana Patient Protections Act (HR 689), will move cannabis out of Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and allow for medical research to be controlled by an agency other than the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Farr’s bill, the Truth in Trials Act (HR 710), will allow patients, caregivers and providers who are in compliance with state law to offer evidence of the medical necessity for their use of cannabis.

Our champions in Congress are doing their part to protect safe access, but now the ball is in our court to make sure these bills pass! Next weekend, ASA will be hosting the first ever National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference in DC that will culminate with a congressional briefing and a lobby day on Capitol Hill to support these bills. By registering for the conference, ASA will also schedule a meeting with your congressional representative during the lobby day so we can really show Congress a unified voice in support safe access!

The best chance we have at getting these bills passed is through an overwhelming show of support from advocates like you. Don’t miss this historic chance to join fellow supporters of medical cannabis as we march on Capitol Hill on Monday, February 26th. Register for the conference now to make sure you get to meet your congressional rep!

Even if you can’t join us in DC, you can still contact your member of Congress and urge them to vote for HR 689 and HR 710. You have the power to end the federal war on medical cannabis this year, so join us in DC or let your voice be heard that safe access is an issue of vital importance!

Looking forward to seeing you in DC next week …

Hunter Holliman National Field Coordinator

Thursday, January 24, 2013

So much for science and freedom; Cannabis denied reclassification

Immediate Release: January 22nd, 2013

D.C. Circuit Denies Medical Marijuana Reclassification Challenge, Advocates Vow to Appeal Americans for Safe Access will seek En Banc review, continue fight to develop public health policy

Washington, DC -- The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling today in the medical marijuana reclassification case, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration. In a 2-1 decision, the Court granted standing in the case -- the right to bring a claim against the federal government -- but denied the legal challenge on the merits, agreeing with the government's assertion that "adequate and well-controlled studies" on the medical efficacy of marijuana do not exist.

"To deny that sufficient evidence is lacking on the medical efficacy of marijuana is to ignore a mountain of well-documented studies that conclude otherwise," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy organization, which appealed the denial of the rescheduling petition in January of last year. "The Court has unfortunately agreed with the Obama Administration's unreasonably raised bar on what qualifies as an 'adequate and well-controlled' study, thereby continuing their game of 'Gotcha.'"

ASA intends to seek En Banc review by the full D.C. Circuit and,necessary, the organization will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. ASA intends to argue that the Obama Administration has acted arbitrarily and capriciously by using continually changing standards of "medical efficacy" in order to maintain marijuana as a Schedule I substance, a dangerous drug with no medical value. The government now contends that Stage II and III clinical trials are necessary to show efficacy, while ASA has consistently argued that the more than 200 peer-reviewed studies cited in the legal briefs adequately meet this standard.

In 2002, the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, made up of several individuals and organizations including ASA, filed a petition to reclassify marijuana for medical use. That petition was denied in July 2011, after ASA sued the Obama Administration for unreasonable delaying the answer. The appeal to the D.C. Circuit was the first time in nearly 20 years that a federal court has reviewed the issue of whether adequate scientific evidence exists to reclassify marijuana.

"The Obama Administration's legal efforts will keep marijuana out of reach for millions of qualified patients who would benefit from its use," continued Elford. "It's time for President Obama to change his harmful policy with regard to medical marijuana and treat this as a public health issue, something entirely within the capability and authority of the executive office."

Patient advocates claim that marijuana is treated unlike any other controlled substance and that politics have dominated over medical science on this issue. Advocates point to a research approval process for marijuana, controlled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is unique, overly rigorous, and hinders meaningful therapeutic research. ASA argues in its appeal brief that the DEA has no "license to apply different criteria to marijuana than to other drugs, ignore critical scientific data, misrepresent social science research, or rely upon unsubstantiated assumptions, as the DEA has done in this case."

ASA will continue to put pressure on the Obama Administration, but will also be lobbying Members of Congress to reclassify marijuana for medical use. A new comprehensive public health bill on medical marijuana is expected to be introduced soon in Congress, and ASA is holding a national conference in February to support its passage.

Further information: Today's D.C. Circuit decision: ASA appeal brief: CRC rescheduling petition: