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PeckerWood 02-14-2014 10:40 AM

Marijuana Legalization Progress: Members of Congress Call on President Obama to Use H
 
February 13th, 2014 / Corona, CA / ACCESSWIRE / Extreme Biodiesel, Inc. (XTRM) today announced through its wholly owned subsidiary XTRM Cannabis Ventures that U.S. President Barack Obama has been asked by members of Congress to use his authority to reclassify marijuana stating in a letter that marijuana’s current status “makes no sense”.

Eighteen Members of Congress joined together today in calling on President Obama to use his authority to reclassify marijuana from its current position as a dangerous drug, alongside heroin and LSD, with no medical value.

A letter, signed and sent by federal legislators Wednesday February 12th, 2014 states that marijuana’s current status “makes no sense,” and requests that President Obama “instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way.”

“Classifying marijuana as Schedule I at the federal level perpetuates an unjust and irrational system,” read the Congressional letter. “Schedule I recognizes no medical use, disregarding both medical evidence and the laws of nearly half of the states that have legalized medical marijuana.” In a separate statement, the letter’s lead author Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said that reclassifying marijuana “is a step the administration can take to start to rationalize federal marijuana policy to bring it in line with the advances that are happening in the states.”

In addition to Representative Blumenauer, the Congressional letter sent to President Obama Wednesday was co-signed by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Sam Farr (D-CA), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Mike Honda (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), James McGovern (D-MA), James Moran (D-VA), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Jared Polis (D-CO), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT).

The CSA gives authority for rescheduling controlled substances to Congress, but it also grants executive branch authority to the U.S. Attorney General and the DEA. “President Obama just told the nation during his State of the Union address that because Congress has been unable to act, he would take executive action where he could on behalf of helping the American people,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group. “The president has the authority to reclassify marijuana and could exercise that authority at any time.”

This Congressional letter comes less than two weeks after President Obama told The New Yorker magazine that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol.

XTRM President Joesph Spadafore stated “We are positioning XTRM Cannabis Ventures to be ahead of the curve. As legalization on a federal level occurs we plan on being able to capitalize on it sooner rather than later. This is a rapidly going sector and we are very excited to be part of it.”

XTRM Cannabis Ventures a wholly owned subsidiary of Extreme Biodiesel has opened escrow on a 40 acre parcel in California with plans to cultivate Hemp and Marijuana as well as the construction of a massive indoor grow facility.

XTRM Cannabis Ventures plans to develop the 40 acres to accommodate up to five 20,000 sqft warehouses for indoor marijuana / cannabis growth, 20 acres for outdoor Hemp cultivation for biodiesel, and an industrial center to process marijuana / cannabis into smokeless products.


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mariju...141100304.html


first step reclassify marijuana then legalize it. it was put in as schedule I by Nixon only for political reasons. imo first made illegal to keep the police force from being layed off
after alcohol prohibition ended.


SteelerEmpire 02-14-2014 10:49 AM

Re: Marijuana Legalization Progress: Members of Congress Call on President Obama to U
 
Today, our leaders are very simple people (unlike the founding fathers). Their gonna do a poll first. If the legalization of marijuana will get them more votes than not, then it's WEED FOR EVERYBODY !!! Simple...

MACH1 02-14-2014 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by SteelerEmpire (Post 1265950)
Today, our leaders are very simple people (unlike the founding fathers). Their gonna do a poll first. If the legalization of marijuana will get them more votes than not, then it's WEED FOR EVERYBODY !!! Simple...

They'll have to spend billions of tax payer money first on new studies and new testing then studies on the testing and so on.....

Buddha Bus 02-14-2014 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by MACH1 (Post 1265963)
They'll have to spend billions of tax payer money first on new studies and new testing then studies on the testing and so on.....

Not to mention the prolonged debates that will ensue afterwards between Democrats and Republicans about what those tests and studies actually say as both sides will completely spin it whichever way they choose to.

And, bottom line, fuck all will be accomplished or decided within at least 10 years. :doh:

Vis 02-19-2014 12:47 PM

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JonM229 02-20-2014 10:57 AM

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Vis 02-20-2014 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by JonM229 (Post 1268001)

See you next week

Vis 02-20-2014 12:21 PM

Re: Marijuana Legalization Progress: Members of Congress Call on President Obama to U
 
Colorado Pot Tax Proving More Lucrative Than Expected

About a month into Colorado's adventure in legal marijuana commerce, Gov. John Hickenlooper is raising estimates of how much tax revenue it will bring in from $70 million all the way up to $98 million.

It is worth noting, though, that you really want to think about the fiscal impact of legal pot in a more comprehensive way. A key question about the public health impact of legal marijuana is how does it change alcohol consumption patterns. To the extent that legal marijuana displaces legal booze purchases, you're going to see an offsetting decline in alcohol tax revenue. Which would be fine—a big win for public health, in fact—but not quite the financial bounty states may be hoping for. Alternatively, if legal pot leads to a complementary surge in beer drinking, you'll have lots of tax revenue but potentially large problems.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/..._expected.html

Atlanta Dan 02-20-2014 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Vis (Post 1267682)

And in California :thumbsup:

This Scout apparently took inspiration from what may have been a photoshopped photo of the Girl Scouts in Colorado

Smartest Kid Ever Sells Girl Scout Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Clinic

Danielle Lei of San Francisco is one smart kid. According to Mashable, the 13-year-old and her mom chose a diabolically brilliant spot to vend Girl Scout cookies: outside the green-painted walls of a medical marijuana clinic. Unsurprisingly, sales were, um, high—the resourceful Scout dispensed 117 cookie boxes in two hours, 37 more than she managed to sell outside a neighborhood Safeway grocery store the following day. The Green Cross signed on completely:

"It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be a very beneficial endeavor for the girls," Holli Bert, a staff member at The Green Cross, told Mashable in an email. "It's all about location, and what better place to sell Girl Scout cookies than outside a medical cannabis collective?"

Duuude. It is a rare magical moment when the invisible hand makes a shaka sign and supply wafts up to mingle with the perfumed plumes of demand. But another cool thing about this story, besides its 13-year-old heroine monetizing the munchies for a cause, is that it may have its origins in a scam that went viral: a Photoshopped image, later debunked by Gawker, of three Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of a Colorado pot shop. Witness an ephemeral Internet spoof converted into real-world inspiration, the boisterous Web justifying its existence for another day.

Setting up your cookie shop outside a pot clinic certainly hews to the spirit of the Girl Scout motto: “Be prepared.” I also admire what is either epic stoner chillness or undiluted business acumen on the part of NorCal’s troop leadership: “We’re not telling people where they can and can’t go if it’s a legitimate business,” shrugged a spokesperson. Her laissez-faire attitude stands in refreshing contrast to the minicrises that sometimes bubble up when, say, a mom illicitly uses her Facebook page to advertise her daughter’s Thin Mints. And it indicates that at least some of the organization’s top brass refuses to be spooked by recent calls for a cookie boycott from abortion-rights opponents. (Background: A tweet linking to a slideshow that contained some glowing words for Wendy Davis caused several pro-life activists to mistakenly associate the Girl Scouts with Planned Parenthood.) Right on, ladies.


http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor...ollective.html


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