Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Court backs off marijuana reform

Showing once again that the nation’s court system, along with law enforcement, is in the hands of those opposed to democracy, a California federal judge has refused to take marijuana off the list of the most dangerous drugs.

Along with the shootings of unarmed people by police and blocking same-sex marriage, the U.S. legal system is being run for the benefit for those who run it and those who pay for it, and that does not include the people.

Kimberly Mueller, district court judge for eastern California, had given hints science would prevail when she agreed to hear arguments that marijuana was not a killer drug.

The court’s blog showed how reluctant the judge was to rule based on merits.

Eastern California District Court Blog

Mueller admitted things have changed, particularly with dozens of states legalizing medical marijuana, but said, "This is not the court and this is not the time" for change.

If not now, when?

A new Pew Research Center survey found that 53 percent of America thinks marijuana should be legal, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

But marijuana will remain right up there with heroin, CelebStoner noted. Mueller declined to even lower weed to a less dangerous classification.

On the same day, High Times reported millions being invested in methods of delivering marijuana just as grocery stories now do with online orders. “People love convenience, and pot delivery services” are filling those demands.

“Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery service, recently raised a cool $10 million thanks to a group of investors led by DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups and Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital,” High Times reported.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the pro-marijuana legalization group NORML, said the decision was not a surprise.

“It is our hope that lawmakers move expeditiously to change public policy. Presently, bipartisan legislation is before the House and Senate to recognize cannabis’ therapeutic utility and to reschedule it accordingly, and we encourage members of Congress to move forward expeditiously to enact this measure,” Armentano said.

Polls show overwhelming support for legalization of medical marijuana, and growing majority support for recreational marijuana both north and south of Mason Dixon line

Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority said, “Legalization isn’t just some liberal trend on the coasts. It’s a mainstream issue with majority voter support in crucial states that national politicians need to win. Presidential candidates would do well to start courting the cannabis constituency instead of running away from us.” Well, Hillary?

Marijuana is widely seen as the kind of none-existent threat that results if the fatal police shootings of civilians, usually blacks. Marijuana arrests include far more blacks than population statistics would justify, given the popular of marijuana with the white community.

Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have legalized it entirely, though legal sellers remain under strict controls.

The history of banning marijuana shows that it began as a way to control hemp, which industry wanted to control and dominate with synthetic equivalents.

The Weed Blog

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