Embassy Headlines, Issue 45

MardiGrass this year is in a whole new venue in the middle of the village. It’s private property behind the Nimbin Hall and the HEMP Embassy, a natural amphitheatre which we think will be perfect for the HEMP Olympix events, the Bong Throw, Growers Iron Person, and Joint Rolling.

The Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform.

Here are the selected headlines for this week.

Embassy Headlines 45

USA: Cannabis Freedom March, A Funeral Procession for Prohibition May 11th

Every year, cannabis law reform advocates from around the state, gather in Seattle’s Volunteer park and march into downtown Seattle, to deliver a pro legalization message to our elected officials, and to draw attention to the truths about the hemp and cannabis plants. …Not This Year!  This year, we will be celebrating: The DEATH of PROHIBITION!  March with us!  Come to Volunteer Park no later than 1:00 PM as we’ll begin our Funeral Procession.  A hearse will be leading our procession down to West Lake Center. This is an important year!  We are starting the legalization process and we need to send a very clear message – Prohibition needs to be laid to rest!  No Federal Schedule! Long Live Legalization!

Who Is Trying To Patent Marijuana?

The secret is out: marijuana is medicine. And not to the surprise of the pharmaceutical industry, who is slowly but surely gaining exclusive rights to the medical properties of this age-old plant. But wait. How can a company, other than Monsanto, patent a plant? That’s not a serious question, but it brings up a serious point. Patents on marijuana have yet to cover genetic modifications of the plant itself, but rather involve the cannabinoids found in marijuana that are responsible for its medical effects. The most recent patent filing on cannabinoids comes from none other than GW Pharmaceuticals – the UK-based company that manufactures Sativex. Sativex is an oral spray that contains cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant itself, specifically THC and CBD. Although Sativex is not yet available in the U.S., it has already gained approval in Canada, the UK and eight other European countries.

Time for California to Decriminalize, Tax & Regulate Marijuana

It is time for California to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana and decide who sells it, who can buy it legally, and for how much. When California became the first state to approve medical marijuana, we led the nation on progressive drug policies, and now it is time to lead again.

Government Accountability Office Says Drug Czar Has Failed to Meet Goals

US Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is talking up “21st Century Approach” to drug use with a heavy emphasis on treatment and prevention, but the latest national drug budget still allocates 58% of funding to law enforcement and interdiction. And those remaining funds for treatment and prevention are “fragmented” across 15 federal agencies, with much overlapping. 

Colorado Court Allows Employers to Discriminate Against Patients

On Thursday, a Colorado Court of Appeals panel ruled that a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient fired for off-the-job marijuana use had no expectation of job security, creating a disquieting legal situation in the state. Despite lacking evidence that he was impaired on the job, the Dish Network fired telephone operator Brandon Coats after he tested positive for marijuana. Coats took his employers to court, arguing that his termination violated Colorado’s Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute, which states employees cannot be fired for engaging in legal activities when off-the-clock.

Marijuana Prohibition Now Costs The US Government $20 Billion A Year: Economist

Marijuana prohibition now costs state and federal government as much as $20 billion a year, an economist told The Huffington Post — and legalization efforts are only just beginning to chip away at that. That number comes from Jeffrey Miron, a senior lecturer at Harvard University who in 2010 studied the likely impacts of drug legalization, finding that about $8.7 billion would be saved on law enforcement and another $8.7 billion would be generated from taxes on marijuana. Accounting for inflation, that would add up to about $20 billion now, he said.

Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy

A Report by The New York Academy of Medicine and the Drug Policy Alliance: Please click here for a PDF of the full report.

Anger at biased BBC coverage of cannabis 420 event in Hyde Park

NORML UK have criticised the BCC for its biased reporting of the UK 420 smoke out in Hyde Park, which was a peaceful protest at the UK’s cannabis laws attended by over 10,000 people. The headline of the article claims there is anger at the fact only two arrests were made at the hugely successful event organised by the London Cannabis Club, yet if you read the actual article you’ll find the anger is only from anti-cannabis campaigner, Mary Brett. The article gave several lines of comment to Mary Brett, allowing her a platform to publish her false information and scaremongering about cannabis, such as falsely claiming cannabis is dangerous and that it is now somehow different to cannabis of the 1960s and 70s. The article lacked any impartiality and did not allow any counter-argument from a representative of the London Cannabis Club or any other UK drug reform group, despite the fact the BBC had been in contact with both the LCC and NORML UK about the event. It seems they just wanted permission to use our photograph for the story.

Coming soon: A Breathalyzer for pot and cocaine?

Scientists in Sweden believe they’ve made a breakthrough in creating a machine that police can use to detect high drivers.

21st Nimbin MardiGrass 2013 – This Weekend!



Cannabis law reform rally and gathering May 4th & 5th, 2013.


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