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25 Oct 2014

U.S.: Federal Court To Hear Evidence On Whether Marijuana Is Misclassified As Dangerous Drug

Meanwhile, federal Drug Enforcement Administration carries out latest raid on Los Angeles area medical marijuana dispensaries
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California will hold rare formal hearings beginning Monday, October 27, to determine whether an indictment against Brian Justin Pickard and others for conspiracy to grow more than 1,000 marijuana plants violates the U.S. Constitution, and whether marijuana is misclassified by the federal government as a dangerous Schedule I drug with no medical value.
What: Evidentiary hearing with several expert witnesses to review the classification of marijuana as a Schedule I substance
When: Starting Monday, October 27, 9 am and continuing to Wednesday, October 29 
U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller will preside over the three-day hearing, which includes expert testimony from Drs. Carl Hart, associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University in New York City, Greg Carter, medical director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington, retired physician Phillip Denny, as well as author, consultant, and expert witness Chris Conrad.
Bertha Madras, Ph.D., professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and formerly with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George W. Bush, will testify on behalf of the government. Dr. Carter is scheduled to testify Friday at 1:30 pm due to a scheduling conflict.
The evidentiary hearing was granted by Judge Mueller after attorneys Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke filed a motion in November 2013 to dismiss the charges against their client Pickard on grounds that the indictment is unconstitutional. The defense attorneys are arguing that "marijuana does not fit the criteria of a Schedule I Controlled Substance," and shouldn't have been used to target their client. The original indictment was filed against Pickard and 15 others in October 2011.
This review of marijuana's classification under federal law come as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday raided two medical marijuana dispensaries located in West Hollywood and Westwood, California. So far, no explanation was given by the DEA for raiding the Farmacy, which operates both facilities in accordance with local and state laws.
Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with Katie Couric and questioned whether "marijuana is as serious a drug as heroin." Holder went on to say that science should be used as the basis for determining whether marijuana and heroin should be in the same category.
Yet, despite policy memoranda, and public statements by the President and his administration indicating different enforcement priorities, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to raid and prosecute people engaged in lawful medical marijuana activity.

Two students returned home from a mission trip to Uganda and are socially forced to stay out of school for 21 days, despite Uganda being 3000 miles from the nearest ebola case.

oncerns over the Ebola virus triggered a complaint from the mother of a Treynor student. 
"My daughter came home from school and she told me that a family was planning on going on a mission trip and that her classmate would be absent from school for a couple of weeks and they were going to Africa," said Traci Comstock.
KETV reports Comstock asked for additional measures to be taken upon that student's return, and the school district has responded.
A statement released by Treynor Community Schools said the student will be self-isolating for 21 days after returning from the mission trip to Uganda, an African nation not affected by the Ebola outbreak.
The woman who launched the complaint is happy, but she wants to make sure a policy is set in place for the future.
Comstock filed a complaint when she heard the student would be back in class immediately after returning.
"Is it probable that the family will contract a contagious disease? We don't know that. But there is a risk in regard to Africa, and I think it is too great of a risk right now," Comstock said.
Uganda has not been affected by the Ebola outbreak; however, as of Oct. 9, the World Health Organization reported one fatal case of another similar disease: the Marburg virus.
Uganda shares its western border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the Ebola virus was first identified and where there are currently nearly 70 cases of Ebola.
"We understand the (Iowa Department of Public Health) and (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are not discouraging travel to this portion of Africa and our student is considered low risk for contracting the virus. The student's family is planning to voluntarily self-isolate their child upon return from the mission trip. The voluntary self-isolation will last for 21 days," the district said in a statement.


Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/iowa-student-will-selfisolate-after-trip-to-africa/29314088

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24 Oct 2014

FBI Whistleblower: “U.S Is Reviving Terror Scare With ISIS To Promote The Terror War Industry”

So called “terrorist” attacks have been taking place on the planet for decades, the most memorable one being 9/11. Almost 15 years later, that one “terrorist” attack has served as a massive awakening tool for the human race, allowing us to see through the veil that’s been blinding the masses for so long, but we still have a long way to go.

Interestingly, it’s a well documented fact that Al-Qaeda was a creation of the CIA, there are multiple sources that show that, and it seems that ISIS might not be any different. (source)(source) The same terrorist groups the United States and their allies are fighting against were created by the United States and their allies themselves, this is a historical fact, so it’s important we ask the same questions when it comes to ISIS and keep our minds open to that possibility.

Many believe these groups are created to give the false illusion that we are under attack, in order to justify the infiltration of other countries for ulterior motives, and many still believe we are going after “terrorists.”
Here  is a video of US four star General Wesley Clark pretty much alluding to the same thing.
The video below is of FBI whistle blower Sibel Edmonds appearing on RT news. She is a former FBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). She gained a lot of attention in 2002 after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving Turkish nationals, which included serious security breaches and cover-ups, alluding to intelligence that was deliberately suppressed.

Here’s what she had to say about the “terrorist” group ISIS. She basically points to the belief that ISIS is the creation of those who are calling them terrorists. Think about that for a moment.
You can read a full transcript of this interview here.

Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday.
The incident gained public attention with the release of a 2008 video of police officers punching and kicking Anthony Warren as he lay on the ground after leading them on a roughly 20-minute high-speed chase.
Warren is serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder stemming from his running over a police officer during the chase, in which he also hit a school bus and a patrol car before crashing and being ejected from his vehicle.
Under the terms of the settlement of Warren's 2009 federal suit, in which he accused five Birmingham police officers of excessive force, his attorneys will receive $100,000 for expenses and $359,000 in fees, said Michael Choy, an attorney representing the officers on behalf of the city.
The agreement was reached last month and approved on Tuesday by the Birmingham City Council.

The city settled to avoid further litigation and the risk of a higher payout, Choy said.

Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion In 2020, If All States And Feds Legalize It

If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now.
That's according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in the U.S., which found that if all 50 states and the federal government legalized cannabis, combined sales for both medical and retail marijuana could balloon to $35 billion a year by 2020.
If the federal government doesn't end prohibition and the trajectory of state legalization continues on its current path, with more, but not all, states legalizing marijuana in some form, the industry in 2020 would still be worth $21 billion, GreenWave projects.
In its $21 billion 2020 model, GreenWave predicts 12 states plus the District of Columbia to have legalized recreational marijuana (besides Colorado and Washington, which legalized it in 2012). Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to data GreenWave provided to The Huffington Post from the full report. By that same year, the model assumes, 37 states will have legalized medical marijuana. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use.
"Our road map for the progression of states to legalize is very detailed –- our assumptions are largely predicated on whether a particular state has legislation in progress," Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner of GreenWave as well as author of the report, told HuffPost. "We assume that once legalization occurs, it will take a little over a year to implement a program and have product available for sale. So for example, for Florida, we expect the ballot measure to pass [this year] yet our sales forecast starts in year 2016. We think the time frame will lessen as new states to legalize will benefit from best practices."
As Karnes noted, some of these states are already considering legalization this November -- voters in OregonAlaska and D.C. are considering measures to legalize recreational marijuana, while Florida voters will weigh in on medical marijuana legalization.
GreenWave isn't the first group to suggest the federal government may end its decadeslong prohibition of marijuana. One congressman has even predicted that before the end of the decade, the federal government will legalize weed. And as outlandish as it may sound, it's already possible to observe significant shifts in federal policy toward pot.
The federal government allowed Colorado's and Washington's historic marijuana laws to take effect last year. President Barack Obama signed the 2014 farm bill, which legalized industrial hemp production for research purposes in the states that permit it, and the first hemp crops in U.S. soil in decades are already growing. And in May, the U.S. House passed measures attempting to limit Drug Enforcement Administration crackdowns on medical marijuana shops when they're legal in a state.
The GreenWave report also projects a substantial shift in the marijuana marketplace -- the merging of the medical and recreational markets in states that have both.
"In the state of Colorado, we are beginning to see the sales impact -- i.e., cannibalization of medical marijuana sales by the adult-use market -- when the two markets co-exist," Karnes said. "We expect a similar dynamic to unfold in those states that will implement a dual marijuana market."

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