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To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

June 23rd, 2011 | By Pirate

On our show today we are going to be having Jason Kamiri from Iowa who is in favor of rescheduling cannabis. I have recently been in favor of rescheduling cannabis as well in order to give it some legal legitimacy as medicine, since Schedule I does not offer that legitimacy.

Interview with Jason Karimi about rescheduling cannabis  To reschedule or to unschedule cannabis

The question is; Do we reschedule or to unschedule cannabis?

Jason’s website is:  http://weedpress.wordpress.com

While I agree that cannabis is medicine and should have the notion made that it is considered medicine. I have changed my mind of working any further on cannabis rescheduling.
The biggest issue is being able to fight the federal government on the topic that Schedule I says that there is no accepted medical use of cannabis in the USA.

However Oregon took care of that last year by rescheduling cannabis to Schedule II.

I am very happy that Oregon took that step and won. Because now Schedule I is federally unqualified for cannabis, since cannabis does have accepted medical benefit in a very legitimate forum in Oregon via the scheduling of cannabis in Oregon under schedule II.  Now the feds can’t legitimately claim there is no accepted medical benefits in the USA any more.  Not only by that step in Oregon, but also in regards to 15 states having legalized cannabis for medical use, and the fact that the USA government has a patent on cannabis for it medical benefits.

The problems that I have with rescheduling cannabis is that in any other schedule than schedule I, big pharma gets control of the market.  Just like any other drug in Schedules II-V, Big Pharma controls and messes with that medicine however they see fit.

It also doesn’t offer much protection to consumers under Schedules II-V, because people still go to jail for these “legal drugs” for one thing or another.  Re-scheduling cannabis is not liberating cannabis. It is merely giving it a “medical qualification” and invalidating the claim that cannabis should be classified as schedule I.

While I disagree with Schedule I, I also disagree that big pharma should get control of this crop, because if they do, they will get their billions of dollars behind prohibition, and that can’t be good for anyone but big pharma.

Below is some of the issues that have taken place in Oregon.  Despite that cannabis has been rescheduled in Oregon, their dispensaries are getting shut down and patients are still getting arrested.

Rescheduling has not liberated Oregon from my point of view.

Which is why I believe it’s necessary to go back to May 18th 1969 when Timothy Leary challenged the constitutionality of cannabis prohibition and won.

Some clips from Oregon news on cannabis rescheduling:


Oregon Senate Bill 728 passed the Senate by a vote of 26-2, the House passed it 58-1, and the Senate concurred on amendments 26-3.  It now awaits Gov. Kulongoski’s signature.  The measure adds new sections to Oregon’s law on controlled substances:

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year.

The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.”

The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V.

The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

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Portland — The Oregon State Board of Pharmacy acted today to remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances,” in accordance with a bill the legislature passed last year. The new law, ORS 475.059 established by Senate Bill 728, requires marijuana’s removal from a list of controlled substances that have a “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use in the United States.” The Board placed marijuana into “Schedule II Controlled Substances,” which contains substances that have a “high abuse potential with severe psychological or physical dependence liability,” but are accepted for medical use in the US and are available by prescription. The Oregon Controlled Substances Act provides three additional schedules for substances that are progressively less serious or dangerous, Schedules III, IV and V. The Board reviewed scientific and medical literature and heard testimony from experts and members of the public before voting to move marijuana into Schedule II. This action is consistent with Oregon’s assertion that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use.

Senate Bill 728

http://www.leg.state.or.us/09reg/measures/sb0700.dir/sb0728.en.html

 

http://stash.norml.org/wake-n-bake-lounge-raided-after-nearly-seven-months-of-openly-operating-in-aloha-4

On Wednesday June 16, 2011, officers in Washington County served search warrants on Wake n Bake Lounge, located at 18918 Shaw St in Aloha, Oregon.  Three residences associated with the cannabis club were also searched.  Although computers, various equipment and cannabis were confiscated during the execution of the warrant for suspected “manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance,” no arrests were made.

How will this affect pot in Oregon? And what does this mean?

“A schedule I drug means that it has no medicinal value that is recognized,” said Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow. “A schedule II drug has recognized medicinal value but a high risk of abuse.
http://www.kval.com/news/local/96612724.html

To Schedule or Not to Schedule – Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.

May 30th, 2011 | By Pirate

I hope you’re having a great memorial day weekend.
Lets not forget those who have fought for our freedom in this country.
Lets not forsake the cause, liberty.

I disagree with rescheduling cannabis and this is why.
Cannabis is God given, safe, natural and restrictions only inhibit our liberty.
Scheduling cannabis gives this market to big pharma and thats it!
Cannabis should be FREE!

Do any of the drug schedules allow for ma and pa to be in the cannabis market?
Just look at the list of drugs in the schedules, and then look who is making them and who is selling them.
It’s NOT ma and pa. It’s big pharmaceutical companies, that’s it.
All of the drugs in drug scheduling can result in jail time, if strict guidelines aren’t met, or if police make up a reason to haul you into to jail for possessing them.
Here is what scheduling defines:
Schedule II
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Schedule_II_drugs_%28US%29
Schedule III
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Schedule_III_drugs_(US)
Schedule IV
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Schedule_IV_drugs_%28US%29
Schedule V
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Schedule_V_drugs_(US)

So how is drug scheduling good? No matter what schedule is is not beneficial to anyone but prohibitionists and big pharma!

Here is how medical marijuana have NOT saved people from being arrested as we see a 3 fold increase in arrests for marijuana since MMJ laws were initiated.
http://xcannabis.com/2011/05/how-are-medical-laws-protecting-patients/

http://www.cjcj.org/files/Marijuana_Arrests_and_Californias_Drug_War.pdf

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

Opinions of Full Legalization vs. Decriminalization

May 22nd, 2011 | By Pirate

I have been speaking with many people from states where cannabis has been decriminalized.

The opinions vary greatly.  There seems to be a fierce stance to keep cannabis medical only.

There is also an overwhelming stance that people believe that cannabis needs to become fully legalized.

I have posted my opinion on this over the years, the pros and the cons.  The dangers of stagnation or apathy is one of my biggest concerns, because it appears that big pharma is trying to get behind cannabis with over 150 patents.  That worries me.

Some people think maybe I have some kind of a  stake in legalized cannabis.  I do.  FREEDOM!

But I presently do not sell cannabis, and I have not sold cannabis for 15 years.

I have been known to help patients get access to good genetics via giving seeds away with no reimbursement (cash or otherwise), but I have the means and the knowledge to open a dispensary and I have chosen not to, as I believe I need to keep the conflicts of interest to a minimum while working on freedom initiatives.

I seem to get the most resistance as well as baseless accusations from those already in the market in some fashion.
I don’t think they are resisting me personally, but the idea in general, as I haven’t met 90% of this opposition in person.

Here are some videos from YouTube on the subject, and at the end I am posting some link to articles relating to this.

Legalization vs. Decriminalization: A debate on the increasing violence in Mexico

Legalization vs Decriminalization of marijuana? @ Yahoo

Monopolies and the cannabis market

May 18th, 2011 | By Pirate

I have heard a lot about how cannabis trade associations are trying to keep cannabis prices high, all while including only those friendly to them in their trade association.
I have witnessed this by reading different events and city council meetings in San Diego and Spokane.

They are creating this oligopoly by requesting and supporting regulation.
Learn more about monopolies here: http://wn.com/monopolies

Now the main problem with this, beyond the fact that this has a negative impact on consumers is that this will eventually be the reason that big pharma gets cannabis rescheduled and then will eventually take over cannabis and exclude the small ma and pa businesses, meanwhile providing more funding for prohibition.

See this from a San Diego city council meeting featuring Don Duncan (co-founder of the ASA)

This explains to me why the ASA (Americans for Safe Access) is asking for their members to not promote full legalization at their rallies as I personally witnessed in Spokane recently.

See more about this at ** The Weedly News **

Thanks to Donna Lambert for her brave activism!

The prohibitionists are calling for rescheduling cannabis SB 5955 WA

May 13th, 2011 | By Pirate



The prohibitionists want it to be rescheduled as Schedule II, to give it to Big Pharma (Don Pierce, and John Snaza? both cops).
Of course they want it rescheduled. It takes it away from ma and pa, and gives it to big pharma.

http://xcannabis.com/2011/05/ending-the-controlled-substances-act-vs-rescheduling-cannabis/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuD6krtiUTI

Lo and behold, they want to reschedule cannabis

May 12th, 2011 | By Pirate

After discussing a topic with facebook friends and activists I learned that there is a growing desire to reschedule cannabis in Washington state.   I posted my opposition to this yesterday, because after having this idea myself in 2009 and collecting signatures on a petition to do just that, I have learned a lot of things about this process that has made me change my mind.

Now the CDC, Cannacare and other medical marijuana groups in WA are proposing rescheduling.
I thought it was entirely peculiar that so many people were talking about this all at once.
Well, read it and weap, cannabis is about to be changed forever as we’ve known it:
http://cdc.coop/docs/2011_rescheduling_petition.pdf
http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011_rescheduling_petition.pdf

Here are my thoughts and at the bottom I will give you some research to consider:

  1. Rescheduling cannabis rather than removing it from the list, will NOT prevent MOST cannabis consumers from going to jail.
  2. Rescheduling cannabis in Washington will not over ride federal supremacy clause via Article VI, etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supremacy_Clause
  3. This will open more doors to BIG pharma (not the little guys) for getting into the cannabis business, and leaving the rest of us out.
  4. Once big pharma is involved and once they put their money into cannabis, prohibition will not decrease, they will fight harder to keep it a schedule II, because it benefits them more.
  5. The US government already has dozens of patents on cannabis, and when it is rescheduled those patents will be more effective for them.  Meaning they will further OWN cannabis as opposed to now.   As a schedule I, those patents can’t really be utilized.  Under schedule II they can give their big pharma friends and contributors the rights to utilize those patents
  • I have known about the patent for neuroprotection and anti-oxidants for years now.
    US Patent 6630507
  • There are also many OTHER patents on cannabis:

If you are a supporter of these groups, please write them and explain to them how Big Pharma taking over cannabis is NOT what is good for the cannabis community!

Credit for the image at this website:
http://morallowground.com/2011/04/20/big-pharma-set-to-take-over-medical-marijuana-market/