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NFIA, in Partnership with SAM, Publishes
List of 800+ Groups Working to Build Marijuana-Free and Drug-Free Communities

Today, NFIA, in partnership with SAM, is publishing a preliminary list of more than 800 nonprofit organizations that are working to build marijuana-free and drug-free communities. The list can be accessed at The Marijuana Report.Org website on the Links page.
 
Organized by state, the list provides the name, location, phone number, and link to the website or Facebook page of each organization.
 
“No one had any idea how many organizations are concerned about the impact of marijuana legalization on our kids until we began putting this list together, not even us,” notes William F. Carter, NFIA’s Chairman of the Board.
 
Adds NFIA’s Senior Advisor, Kent “Oz” Nelson, retired Chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service, “The overwhelming misinformation about marijuana that legalization proponents are putting out there is influencing young people negatively,” he says. “Just last week we learned that daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is the highest it has ever been since surveys began. It’s encouraging to learn there are so many groups dedicated to educating the public about marijuana’s effects.”
 
“Like the tobacco industry, which lied to Americans about the harmful effects of cigarettes for more than 50 years, the emerging marijuana industry is telling the same kinds of lies about marijuana,” said NFIA’s President and CEO, Sue Rusche.
 
Added Kevin Sabet, co-founder and director of SAM, “The public deserves to hear about the substantial science that defines marijuana’s harmful effects. We are delighted to discover how many groups are out there to counteract the marijuana industry’s lies.”
 
Explore list here.

 
Proponents Withdraw Denver’s
“Social Marijuana Use” Ballot Initiative

In a recent The Marijuana Report, we brought news of a new Denver ballot initiative that would allow “limited social use” of marijuana in Denver. Its proponent, Mason Tvert, also co-authored Amendment 64, the Colorado ballot initiative that legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. The Denver initiative seeks to allow marijuana use in restaurants and bars in the form of vaporizing and edibles and smoking outside in patio areas.
 
This week, proponents withdrew the initiative, choosing instead to negotiate with city leaders to get what they want. They threaten if they don’t to float another initiative in 2016 when voter turnout will be greater, which makes one wonder if their polling showed the initiative would lose this year.
 
“We believe that cannabis users deserve the freedom to congregate and socialize to the same extent as alcohol users,” said Tvert, the man who promised voters in 2012 there would be no use in public if they would just pass Amendment 64.
 
Restaurant and hotel associations fear they will lose their insurance coverage if marijuana use is allowed on their premises. City attorneys believe such an action would conflict with state law that bans public use, which is no small irony since the state’s legalization statute conflicts with federal law.
 
Read The Denver Post/The Cannabist story here.

 
Court Decision May Shut Down “Largest
Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the World”

Ironies abound. Steve DeAngelo and his brother started Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA a decade ago. They describe it as the largest medical marijauna dispensary in the world. It may well be, if one believes the hype, as this nonprofit allegedly serves more than 200,000 registered and certified patients and brings in more than $20 million a year.

It raises so much money, in fact, that the city of Oakland (population 400,000) not only depends on tax revenue from Harborside’s sales, it came to Harborside’s rescue when the federal government tried to shut it down.

In 2012, the US Attorney in San Francisco initiated proceedings to close down the Harborside operation and seize the property on the basis that it was selling to recreational users, not just patients. The City of Oakland became the first municipality in the nation to defend a pot shop, and filed suit to stop the forfeiture action. But last month, a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the lawsuit, allowing the federal legal action to proceed.

The DeAngelos and Oakland attorneys have two more options: to ask an 8-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court to rehear the case or appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Ironically, based on Harborside’s successes, Steve DeAngelo teamed up with another marijuana czar, Troy Dayton, maker of Dixie infused marijuana edibles and soft drinks, to found the marijuana investing organization, The ArcView Group, several years ago.

The same day the 3-judge panel threw out Oakland’s lawsuit, the DeAngelo Brothers announced plans to expand their Harborside businesses throughout California and elsewhere in anticipation that the state will no longer require medical marijuana dispensaries to be nonprofits. They also hope that voters will legalize recreational pot in 2016. If that happens, the brothers anticipate that California marijuana regulators will mimic Colorado’s, who allowed only established medical marijauna dispensaries to grow and sell recreational marijuana for the first few years after that state legalized.

That would give the brothers a distinct advantage. But first there’s that pesky lawsuit and impending forfeiture to resolve, not to mention a loss of credibility if they lose their business. Notes Ron Kirkish, former US Air Force intelligence operative and a board member of the Coalition for a Drug-Free California, “This could be a huge setback for the marijuana industry.”

 
Read stories here and here

To Our Subscribers
 
July 1 marked the first-year anniversary of The Marijuana Report e-newsletter. A huge thank you to all our readers who share their copy of The Marijuana Report with others in their networks!
 
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The Marijuana Report is a weekly e-newsletter produced by National Families in Action in partnership with SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Subscribe to The Marijuana Report and visit our website, The Marijuana Report.Org, to learn more about the marijuana story unfolding across the nation.

About National Families in Action (NFIA)
NFIA consists of families, scientists, business leaders, physicians, addiction specialists, policymakers, and others committed to protecting children from addictive drugs. Our vision is:
  • Healthy, drug-free kids
  • Nurturing, addiction-free families
  • Scientifically accurate information and education
  • A nation free of Big Marijuana
  • Smart, safe, FDA-approved medicines developed from the cannabis plant (and other plants) 
  • Expanded access to medicines in FDA clinical trials for children with epilepsy

About SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) 

SAM is a nonpartisan alliance of lawmakers, scientists and other concerned citizens who want to move beyond simplistic discussions of "incarceration versus legalization" when discussing marijuana use and instead focus on practical changes in marijuana policy that neither demonizes users nor legalizes the drug. SAM supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy. 

SAM has four main goals: 
  • To inform public policy with the science of today's marijuana.
  • To reduce the unintended consequences of current marijuana policies, such as lifelong stigma due to arrest.
  • To prevent the establishment of "Big Marijuana" - and a 21st-Century tobacco industry that would market marijuana to children.
  • To promote research of marijuana's medical properties and produce, non-smoked, non-psychoactive pharmacy-attainable medications.
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