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ATLANTA — A Georgia father whose young son is treated with medical cannabis is part of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s stance on marijuana.

Filed this week, the lawsuit argues that a federal law that views marijuana as dangerous as heroin is irrational and violates constitutional rights, such as the right to travel.

Marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 narcotic, meaning the federal government believes it has no accepted medical value. It’s the most restrictive category, and the Drug Enforcement Administration decided to keep it there just last year.

Concern about the federal law is a frequent roadblock for advocates in Georgia who are pushing for in-state cultivation, which would provide residents a way to skirt the federal prohibitions.

Georgia’s now two-year-old medical cannabis program allows the possession of low THC oil, but because of the federal Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to transport the oil across state lines. It’s also still a crime to sell or manufacture the oil in Georgia.

“Valid or not, (state officials) are using that it’s a Schedule 1 substance as a reason why they don’t want to help us have legal access to it,” said Sebastien Cotte, who is representing his 6-year-old son Jagger in the lawsuit and who is a parent-advocate in Atlanta.

“If our lawsuit were to be successful, then that would take away that excuse from them. They would have no reason not to allow us to grow it and buy it

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Federal officers raided nine Sacramento-area homes Wednesday, seized 7,750 marijuana plants and arrested nine suspects in an operation that began when an agent noticed unusually high electricity bills at some of the homes.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento Thursday morning says Drug Enforcement Administration agents and other law enforcement officials began their raids at 6 a.m. Wednesday, using a Mandarin interpreter in some homes and seizing “evidence of sophisticated marijuana grows” that included plants, bags of pot, high power fans and lights.

The raids stretched from Roseville to Elverta to Elk Grove, court documents say, with huge amounts of plants found at each of the nine homes.

The investigation began last October, when DEA Special Agent Alicia Ramirez learned that three different Sacramento-area homes – all owned by suspect Xiu Ping Li – “were consuming an unusually high amount of electrical power per month, indicating that the residences were probably being used to manufacture marijuana,” according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

That led to a probe involving SMUD investigators, property record searches, surveillance and trash searches that culminated in Wednesday’s raid, the affidavit says.

Here, according to the affidavit, are the addresses and amounts of marijuana seized at each:

7810 Elsie Ave. in south Sacramento: 1,433 plants seized, along with 18 bags of processed marijuana.

8638 Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove: 790 plants seized.

2860 Central Ave. in Roseville: 1,406 plants seized.

10315 Baseline Road in Elverta: 1,131 plants seized.

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The Zartlers have gone through a veritable pharmacy of prescription drugs, but they say medical marijuana is the only thing that stops Kara from hitting herself. Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:51 am CST Mark Zartler gives vaporized cannabis to his daughter Kara at home in Richardson.  courtesy Mark Zartler

Mark Zartler measures how well his 17-year-old daughter, Kara, is doing by what he calls a “hit test” — counting the number of times she hits herself on a given day.

Kara, who has severe autism and cerebral palsy, has engaged in self-abusive behavior since she was 6 years old. She smacks the heel of her palm against her ear and punches herself in the face repeatedly. Mark and his wife, Christy, have to restrain her as many as 12 times a day.

The Zartlers have gone through a veritable pharmacy of prescription drugs, but they say medical marijuana is the only thing that stops Kara from hitting herself. Cannabis is her “rescue medicine” — it calms her within minutes.

With cannabis, Kara’s hits have gone from more than 1,000 daily to as few as zero. “Instead of counting good hours, we’ve started counting good days,” Mark said.

But medical marijuana is illegal in Texas, and Mark knows the treatments could land him in jail, or risk his daughter being removed from their Richardson home. In March, Child Protective Services (CPS) opened an investigation after Mark posted a video on Facebook that shows him giving

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A Texas man was charged with cannabis-related crimes in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Charles J. Rodriguez, 33, of Rio Bravo, Texas, faces Class X felony counts of cannabis trafficking and possession with intent to deliver as well as a Class 1 felony possession count.

Judge Dana McReynolds arraigned him, setting his preliminary hearing for July 31 and appointing the public defender’s office to his case.

Mr. Rodriguez remained in jail Wednesday on $150,000 bond.

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Many who read this will recognize my last name and many of you will be my relatives.  You may be surprised that the youngest son of former District Attorney and District Judge J. Taylor Brite would be writing an opinion piece supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in Texas.  But, that is exactly the case.  My beliefs do not come from my political thoughts, but from an actual life experience that has touched my soul and caused me to be a strong proponent of medical marijuana in Texas.

The subject of medical marijuana conjures pictures of back alley smoking of a joint or wasted lives thrown away because of addiction to the horrors of cannabis.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Medical marijuana comes in many forms:  oil, cream, lotions, and, yes, full leaf plants.  Each form has it’s own use in different situations.  Sadly, in Texas, only a very limited form of oil will soon be legal, but with unworkable restrictions.

On October 3, 2004, we received the phone call that all parents dread.  On a hunting trip with friends, my 14 year old son, Alan, had been involved in an accident that crushed his skull.  Alan had bleeding on his brain and required immediate surgery.  We were told that Alan would likely not survive the injury and were told to prepare for the worst news a parent could receive.  And yet, prayers were answered and Alan survived.  After three months in the hospital and fourteen surgeries, Alan

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Dallas, TX., (Uptick Newswire – July 25, 2017) – Puration, Inc. (USOTC: PURA) announced last Thursday, July 20th, the acquisition of a 25-greenhouse grow operation.  The week prior, the Company announced a $1.2 million sales contract associated with the then pending acquisition.  The online presentation here is intended to elaborate on the overall strategy behind the acquisition, and the potential for the revenue from the acquisition to grow to $16 million annually in the relatively near term, and well over $100 million in annual sales in the long-term.

Puration’s Overall Business Strategy And Where The Recent Acquisition Fits-In

PURA operates a U.S. Patented Cannabis Extraction Process and sells its extracts for infusion into a variety of consumer products to include beverages, foods, nutritional supplements and cosmetics.  The challenge in today’s market with the infusion business model is that a Nabisco and General Mills are not yet in the market to purchase cannabis extractions that can be infused into cookies and cereal.  In other words, there is not yet a market for the cannabis extractions Puration is selling.

Puration is ahead of its time, but if the Company executes well, once marijuana legalization further matures to the point Nabisco and General Mills are ready to sell cannabis infused cookies and cereal, then Puration will be established as the cannabis

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By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

In what many cannabis activists are considering a supremely ignorant, offensive, and inappropriate tweet, The Securities and Exchange Commission office in Fort Worth, Texas, tweeted a bad joke about cannabis regarding it’s illegality. And, it was one everyone has heard before … a bad variation on the old “joint custody” joke.

What is no surprise is the office the sent the tweet. Texas is long considered one of the more draconian of marijuana prohibition states and has harsh laws on cannabis possession, sale, and cultivation. The state has been the bane of celebrities, with their Sierra Blanca border crossing nabbing numerous ones, including Willie Nelson and Snoop Dog.

Twitter responses were predictable. Almost immediately people were pointing to the inappropriateness, hypocrisy, and sheer idiocy of the comment:

Seems the SEC office in Texas has a lot of free time on their hands. Maybe they should spend a little more time focused on regulating industries that are scamming people than the federal illegal status of a plant that has been used for centuries as medicine and for enjoyment. It’s the exact big business control of our government, that the SEC so aptly represents, that is to blame for cannabis prohibition over 75 years ago, which makes the tweet that much more insensitive and offensive. Bad form SEC. You should take it down and apologize.

Thanks to Marijuana Moment daily newsletter for the tip on this story.

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A groundbreaking new lawsuit aims to force the feds to change their rules on cannabis.

A group of marijuana activists and patients sued the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Justice on Tuesday, alleging that the federal government violates due process, along with the civil rights of African Americans, by continuing to implement what the suit characterizes as arbitrary and ill-intentioned pot laws.

Although almost every state now allows some form of recreational or medical marijuana use, the DEA still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug. That’s the highest classification, ostensibly reserved for only the most dangerous substances. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in New York, argues the government can’t “merely…manufacture a supposedly ‘legitimate government interest’” to criminalize marijuana use. And the government is violating due process by doing so, according to the suit.

More explosively, the lawsuit also argues that the Nixon administration invented strict marijuana prohibition as a pretense to harass black people and that the government remains insincere about its reasons for criminalizing the drug. African Americans are almost four times more likely than white people to be arrested for pot crimes despite using pot at roughly the same rate, according to numerous studies, including a 2013 analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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“The Nixon Administration recognized that African Americans could not be arrested on racial grounds, and war protesters could not be prosecuted for opposing America’s involvement in Vietnam,” the five lawyers, who hail from three separate

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Even as Texas gets ready to put the Compassionate Use Act into action and allow some medical marijuana in the state, Texas doctors are still left without a way to prescribe or even legally discuss marijuana with patients.

Brian woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed, his stomach muscles still aching from being forced to vomit up the pills he’d used to try and kill himself. He knew it was time to see a psychiatrist, and get over his fear of how a doctor would react to the fact that he smoked weed.

For years, Brian, Houston-area resident in his early 20s who asked for his last name to be omitted, avoided going seek help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that Brian quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely.

He had smoked to help keep his anxiety in check since he was a teenager, and the idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew at least helped him deal with the paralyzing fear that came at irregular, unpredictable intervals, was so daunting he couldn’t convince himself even make an appointment.

But during a bout of depression that jeopardized his relationship and left him unable to hold down a job, Brian tried to commit suicide with a huge quantity of pills, and got so violent that his boyfriend called EMS and

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SAN ANGELO, TX – Is weed illegal or legal in Texas? While some cities are trying for “cite and release” policies, it is still illegal in the Lone Star State. But as laws evolve, so does the drug itself. Our Senora Scott explains.

“Dabs or oil, or common ones we hear is wax. It doesn’t smell you can get it in flavors,” Chelsea Ashton said.

Chelsea Ashton, Prevention Director at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley is talking about weed. That’s right, now a days, it’s much more than just a plant.

“And then when you get into the concentrates then you’re looking at 40 to 98 percent pure THC,” Ashton said. 

Those concentrates; being seen more often all over the state and the Concho Valley. 

“Not only is that illegal, it’s a felony in the state of Texas,” Sgt. Justin Baker with the Department of Public Safety said.

They’re not always smoked, they can be vaporized, you can drink them, and they can even be eaten. To get concentrated THC the marijuana plant goes through a certain process but…

“Is the plant itself becoming more potent?
Yeah, definitely. You know with hydroponics and other types of genetic manipulation, and different types of fertilizer and those kinds of things, marijuana that used to grow would be 7 percent THC, now we see plants that are more often between 15 and 30 percent THC.”

These concentrates are becoming more popular and while

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