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LEGAL Colorado has become the first state in the history of the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Voters in the Rocky Mountain State decided it's high time to just get over 75 years of nonsense around the cannabis plant. According to early returns, 53 percent of state voters approved Amendment 64, which, according to its sponsors, will restore some sanity to Colorado's marijuana laws by treating cannabis much more like alcohol and less like an illegal drug. "The victories in Colorado and Washington are of historic significance not just for Americans but for all countries debating the future of marijuana prohibition in their own countries," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "This is now a mainstream issue, with citizens more or less divided on the issue but increasingly inclined to favor responsible regulation of marijuana over costly and ineffective prohibitionist policies." While the restrictions are stringent enough that some in the medical marijuana and recreational cannabis communities opposed Amendment 64 on principle, the chance to become the first state in the union to legalize proved too attractive to pass up, for the majority of the state's voters. Never before has support for making marijuana legal been so widespread. Last year, a Gallup poll found for the first time that 50 percent of Americans support making marijuana legal, with only 46 percent opposed. Public support has shifted dramatically over the last two decades - especially over the last five years - as majorities of men, 18-49-year-olds, liberals,...
Courageous Caregiver Refuses Constitutional 'Compromise' By Kari Boiter "I have decided to fight the federal government because for me, not defending the things that I know are right is dishonorable," writes Chris Williams from his cell at Crossroads Correctional Center, a for-profit prison in Shelby, Montana. "Every citizen has a responsibility to fight for what is right, even if it seems like the struggle will be lost." Williams' words are particularly poignant. As he writes from prison, he faces the near-certainty that he will spend the rest of his life locked away in an industrial-size cage. His crime? Providing medical marijuana to terminally ill and disabled patients authorized to use cannabis under Montana law. Williams co-owned Montana Cannabis, along with Tom Daubert, Chris Lindsey and Richard Flor. Daubert was a lobbyist who helped write Montana's medical marijuana law; Lindsey was a former public defender; Flor was the first registered caregiver in Montana; and Williams was the consummate farmer. Together, these men established a "gold standard" for strict compliance with Montana law. Montana Cannabis operated openly and honestly with direct oversight from the State Drug Task Force and other law enforcement agencies. In fact, the Narcotics Bureau Chief for the State of Montana is captured on film as Williams gives him a tour of the Helena greenhouse. Despite clear and unambiguous compliance with State law, Williams's company was taken down in highly-coordinated federal raids that targeted 26 businesses across Montana -- all in the course of a single day....
No Grey Sky, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, has sued the United States Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, claiming that the federal crackdown is an illegal crusade that threatens to prevent thousands of patients from having safe access. The collective and its members are seeking an injunction agains the DoJ, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the DEA, whose agents raided its downtown storefront this month,j reports Matt Reynolds at Courthouse News. No Grey Sky said it has been licensed by the state of California to dispense medicinal cannabis, and that Atty. Gen. Holder is acting "in excess of the government's authority granted by the Controlled Substances Act" by threatening to shut it down. According to No Grey Sky, continuing its business is "vital to the safe and affordable distribution of medical cannabis to patients suffering from chronic and acute pain, life-threatening and severe illnesses, diseases, and injuries." The dispensary said it has complied with all state laws concerning distribution of medical marijuana. No Grey Sky maintains that medical marijuana dispensaries have operated lawfully and "transparently" to offer relief to thousands of patients after voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, and that Los Angeles established an ordinance to allow providers to distribute medicinal cannabis, according to the federal complaint. The dispensary further avers that marijuana collectives have provided "billions of dollars in revenues." The complaint points out candidate Barack Obama's 2007 promise that dispensaries following state medical marijuana laws would be left alone. But in 2010 L.A....