D.C. Police Chief: Cannabis Decriminalization Makes Job ‘Easier for Us’

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Tuesday that the decriminalization of cannabis has made life easier for police.

“[Decriminalization] saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with”, Chief Lanier told NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday. “It’s a little bit easier for us”.

The comments mark a significant change in tone from Lanier’s response to decriminalization before it was enacted. In June, 2013, Lanier told DCist that she has issues with decriminalization due to “the risk to children with increased access, the health impact of increasingly potent plants, and conflict with federal laws.”

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Fury as Indonesia Executes Foreigners for Drug Trafficking

By Australian Associated Press

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Brazil and the Netherlands have recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders.

The other convicts to face a firing squad were from Vietnam, Malawi, Nigeria and Indonesia. The six were the first people executed under new President Joko Widodo.

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Cannabis May Prevent and Treat Non-Alcohol Related Fatty Liver Disease

Cannabis may cannabisplanttreat as well as prevent non-alcohol related fatty liver disease, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Hepatology, and published online by the National Institute of Health.

According to researchers; “Obesity and associated metabolic syndrome have quickly become a pandemic and a major detriment to human health globally. The presence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD; hepatosteatosis) in obesity has been linked to the worsening of the metabolic syndrome, including the development of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease.”

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U.S. Attorney General: Feds Can No Longer Accept Property Seized by State and Local Police

By Drug Policy Alliance

Property Seizures by Local and State Police Often Conducted Under Pretext that Property Is Connected to Illegal Drugs

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

WASHINGTON, DC — [On Friday], Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order establishing a new policy prohibiting federal agencies from accepting civil asset forfeiture assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies unless the owner is convicted of a crime. The U.S. Treasury Department, which has its own forfeiture program, is issuing a similar policy.  The Department of Justice becomes involved after a state or local law enforcement agency seizes property pursuant to state law and requests that a federal agency take the seized asset and forfeit it under federal law.

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Proposal to Legalize Cannabis Filed in New York

New York thcannabisState Senator Liz Krueger filed legislation this week to legalize recreational cannabis. The proposal is co-sponsored by Senators Martin Dilan, Gustavo Rivera, Brad Hoylman and Velmanette Montgomery.

Under the proposed law – Senate Bill 1747 (The Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act) – the possession and private cultivation of cannabis would be legal for those 21 and older. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets would also be allowed, and cannabis possession would be decriminalized – though they wouldn’t be able to purchase it – for those 18 to 21.

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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis to be Filed this Week in Massachusetts

Massachusetts massaState Representative David Rogers will introduce legislation this week to legalize recreational cannabis.

The proposal, drafted by a team of lawyers and activists, would legalize the possession, use and private cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older. The measure would also legalize both cannabis retail outlets and cannabis cafes, and would allow for the expungement of past cannabis convictions.

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Daily, Long-Term Cannabis Use Not Associated with Adverse Changes in Lung Health

By Paul Armentano, NORML

Study Finds That Long Term Cannabis Exposure “Not Associated With Significant Effects On Lung Function”

ATLANTA, GA — The inhalationLos Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Investigators at Emory University in Atlanta assessed marijuana smoke exposure and lung health in a large representative sample of US adults age 18 to 59. Researchers reported that cannabis exposure was not associated with FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) decline or deleterious change in spirometric values of small airways disease.

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Brazil Legalizes Cannabidiol for Medical Purposes

Brazil’s government has legalized the use of the cannabis compound cannabidiol forbrazil medical purposes.

The announcement was made Wednesday by officials from the nation’s Health Surveillance Agency, who say that the country now recognizes the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, saying it’s now a “controlled” substance and no longer illegal.

Those wanting to legally use cannabidiol will need to receive a recommendation from a physician, and have a qualifying condition such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia, among others.

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Kansas, Rally Planned

By Press Release

Kansas Patients Groups Join Together, Call For Compassionate Cannabis Law In Kansas

Lenexa, Ks – On January 15, 2015, at 1pm, bleedingSeveral Kansas medical cannabis groups, including Bleeding Kansas and Kansas For Change, Sen. Gail Finney, and Sen. David Haley, will be sponsoring a rally in the Topeka capitol rotunda. There will also be a full day of lobbying for patients and caregivers, as they make the rounds of appointments with lawmakers.

They will be asking lawmakers to please support Senate Bill 9 and House Bill 2011 [both filed this month], The Cannabis Compassionate Care Act, currently in the Health and Public Welfare Committee.

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Legislation to Legalize Hemp Filed in U.S. Senate

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkel, Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have filed a proposal to legalize the cultivation and I'm told this is industrial hemp, which grows wild on the preserve. production of hemp within the United States.

Titled the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (S.134), the proposal would amend the United State Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of cannabis, effectively ending its prohibition.

Senators Wyden, Merkel, Paul and McConnel attempted in 2013 to legalize hemp through the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, and by including an amendment in a federal farming bill, though unfortunately both efforts eventually stalled. However, McConnel is now the Senate Majority Leader, adding further weight to the effort, and the conservation surrounding hemp has continued to blossom.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Indiana

Indiana Statecannabisthc Senator Karen Tallian has filed Senate Bill 284, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 284 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to twelve plants, for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include AIDS/HIV, anorexia, severe nausea, arthritis, seizures, Chrohn’s disease, migraine headaches, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and “any persistent or chronic illness or condition that, in the opinion of a physician, substantially limits the ability of a person to conduct one or more major life activities; or may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or mental or physical health if not alleviated; if the illness or condition may be improved by the use of marijuana.”

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Hemp Proposal Becomes Law in Illinois

Illinois House Bill 5085, a proposal to allow universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to studyhemptennessee industrial hemp, has officially become law. The proposal, which was passed unanimously in the state’s Senate in May, and was approved by the House shortly after with an 81 to 34 vote, took effect on January 1st.

Under the new law, an institution of higher education and the state’s Department of Agriculture is authorized to cultivate hemp if their studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of the plant.

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