Monday, March 23, 2015

California dreaming: Another marijuana delay

A federal judge’s ruling that could remove the underpinnings of marijuana laws has been delayed again.

District Judge Kimberly Mueller, the first federal judge to even hear evidence on whether weed should be a schedule one drug, had promised a ruling by March 20.

Now it has been delayed to April 15, according to the Eastern District of California blog.

<blockquote>Yesterday, in United States v Schweder, et. al., No. 2:11-cr-0449-KJM, Judge Mueller cancelled the March 25 status conference and scheduled a new conference for April 15, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 3. </blockquote>

Not only are marijuana users hoping she will rule in their favor, some companies that would see their value rise, are already experiencing a boom.

"Green Technology Solutions Inc (OTCMKTS:GTSO) is making an explosive move up after reversing off $1.29 lows. GTSO exploded in December to a high of $8.91.

GTSO announced on March 23 that the company is close to securing a new permanent location for the Class 5 clean room it acquired earlier this month.

The clean room is a germ- and pest-free environment where GTSO can reliably test cannabis products for contamination, potency and breeding, among other measurable attributes. The multi-million-dollar asset was acquired by the company in order to begin offering scientific testing and quality-control services to the top cannabis cultivators and retailers in the U.S. Accordingly, GTSO is seeking out a new permanent home for the currently disassembled clean room in the state of Colorado, which is home to the most successful cannabis industry in the U.S., " reported Microcap Daily.

There simply is no scientific evidence that marijuana, although it may not be harmless, should be classified with heroin, LSD, mescaline, MDMA, GHB, ecstasy, psilocybin, quaaludes or khat.

Many studies have found alcohol far more dangerous.

Supporters of legalization said marijuana can be a valuable medicine. Some argue that it was dragged into the drug wars to protect manufacturers of synthetic hemp.

Mueller’s decision, along with the legalization of medical marijuana by more than 20 states and recreational marijuana by four states and the District of Columbia, means that  just like same-sex marriage legalization is only a matter of time.

Although the path is far clearer for gay marriage, with the U.S. Supreme Court promising a ruling by June, Mueller’s decision has cleared the way for facts to become part of the decision-making process.

Certainly, drug cartels want it to stay illegal. Marijuana sales are a huge part of their revenue. Cops get bonuses and paramilitary equipment for enforcing the laws. Many government bureaucrats depend on the laws to keep their jobs.

The prison industry also benefits but the nation hasn’t been able to build jails fast enough so their crowded conditions create human rights issues. And it is no secret that blacks suffer vastly more than their proportionate share of drug arrests.

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