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The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

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Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy.

There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past.

However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books:

1.) Police Unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their budget. In March, we published a story revealing that a police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Prop 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping his police department clients collect tens of millions in federal marijuana-eradication grants. And it’s not just in California. Federal lobbying disclosures show that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes nationwide.

2.) Private Prisons Corporations: Private prison corporations make millions by incarcerating people who have been imprisoned for drug crimes, including marijuana. As Republic Report’s Matt Stoller noted last year, Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies, revealed in a regulatory filing that continuing the drug war is part in parcel to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions bankrolling pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass harsh sentencing requirements for drug crimes.

3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies: Fearing competition for the dollars Americans spend on leisure, alcohol and tobacco interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of reach. For instance, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors contributed campaign contributions to a committee set up to prevent marijuana from being legalized and taxed.

4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations: Like the sin industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would like to keep marijuana illegal so American don’t have the option of cheap medical alternatives to their products. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax marijuana prohibition laws, told Republic Report that next to police unions, the “second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA” because marijuana can replace “everything from Advil to Vicodin and other expensive pills.”

5.) Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $1 million to defeat a measure that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.” Continue reading

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Appeals Court to Consider Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Out of: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/10/08/appeals-court-to-consider-theraputic-value-of-medical-marijuana/

By Sam Favate

Associated Press

For the first time in 20 years, a federal court will review scientific evidence on the therapeutic value of marijuana, as a legal challenge by a group of doctors, medical professionals and patients makes its way to the U.S. court of appeals in Washington, D.C., next week.

Americans for Safe Access is hoping the challenge will change the government’s classification of marijuana from a dangerous drug with no medical benefits, the Guardian reported. Other groups, such as the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the Federation of American Scientists and the American Academy of Family Physicians support either medical access to marijuana or its reclassification to one that has a medical benefit.

“Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court,” Joe Elford, chief counsel for ASA, told the Guardian. “This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana’s medical efficacy.”

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency rejected the ASA’s petition to reschedule marijuana, saying there wasn’t substantial evidence the drug should be removed from schedule 1. The DEA cited a five-year-old assessment from the Department of Health and Human Services that said there was no consensus in the medical community on the medical applications of marijuana.

In its reply brief, the ASA says the criteria used by the DEA and HHS to determine scheduling are flawed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments in the case on Oct. 16.  Check Out These Amazing Comments!!   Continue reading

Thoughts for the night/day/week/month.

September is one heck of a month for me.     Many birthdays including my own.   Many wonderful moments, and even some very sad.   Emotions running high can make your mind create rivers of thoughts.  These rivers can be navigated in a fine manner however, like any water charted down and then rehearsed, over and over.  With that said this little project of mine seems to be opening paradoxes globally.  Hopefully one day many will feel it.

Watching #Mermaids at home with the family on Discovery channel.  Amazing how history shows only what we think we know, or what we actually happen to know.  We however are never in tune, as we are each different in many ways.  The fact that this evidence is now being broadcasted, and the research advanced to the point where they concluded they can broadcast this publicly makes me feel humbled.  Humbled to know that God is big and gives faith only to those that deserve it. 

Furthermore, I believe each and every network on earth needs new authority and we can help mold this “enforcing power”.  I have in mind something that is unprecedented, this is not a normal advocate of advice but a prophetic theoretical enforcer of national importance behind the scenes working with humble spiritual power to enhance humanity to its fullest potential.  Every network using protocols of communications regarding TERMS or TOS or Agreements deserves a righteous virtuous enhancement which I believe can help every human update their own processing abilities in order to properly synchronize with the world we live in.  Only through liberty and justice for all.  I believe every update to such said terms to any and all groups/networks should be not just mentioned/emailed or brought up to people/members etc.  But I have a vision that when an update for any of these communication networks/organizations/groups/websites/companies happens, members should receive a very clear delivery of such updates, perhaps even with a questionnaire to prove as evidence that said members agree to the new updates.   We live in an age/era where ignorance is just no longer bliss.  We are too wise to ignore blatant mistakes.

Namaste

We Are Excited to Announce our New Website Domain!

From now on we will be using http://www.PNVP.Org as our website.

This is the beginning of the Peace and Non-Violence organized movement.

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