Voting Guide to Drug Policy Reform Candidates and Ballot Measures - November 2014

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  • California NORML Backs CCPR Unity Initiative for Marijuana Legalization 2016
    October 2014 - Plans are afoot for a unity initiative to legalize marijuana in California in 2016. A statewide coalition of advocates, including California NORML, has formed the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR), to help lead the effort under the banner of

  • Prof. Madras Defends US Government Position on Marijuana Scheduling at Court Hearing in Sacramento
    October 30 - The fourth and fifth days of U.S. court hearings before Judge Kimberly Mueller on the constitutionality of marijuana's schedule one classification was spent in cross-examining the government's only witness, Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology at the Harvard School of Medicine.
  • Government Witness to Defend Marijuana's Schedule One Status Today
    October 29 - Dr. Bertha Madras will take the stand today in federal court in Sacramento to defend her declaration arguing that marijuana should remain in Schedule One (no accepted medical use; high potential for abuse).
  • Day Two of Scheduling Hearings: Drs. Carl Hart and Philip Denney Take the Stand
    October 28 - Dr. Carl Hart (right) left the witness stand as unscathed as Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner following his masterful testimony on cross-examination by US Attorney Gregory Broderick yesterday.
  • Day One Testimony in Federal Marijuana Rescheduling Hearing
    October 24 - Dr. Gregory Carter was cross-examined by video today in Judge Kimberly J. Mueller’s federal courtroom in Sacramento, after Carter submitted a declaration in support of defendants’ claim in United States v. Pickard, et. al. that there is no rational basis to treat marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance.
  • SF Federal Court Rules Warrantless Medical Marijuana Raids in Lake County Violate U.S. Constitution
    October 15 - Federal District Court Judge Thelton Henderson ruled yesterday that medical marijuana patients have demonstrated a strong likelihood of prevailing at trial on their claim that law enforcement raids in Lake County unconstitutionally violate their Fourth Amendment rights.
  • Statewide Reform Group Endorses “No on A” in Shasta County
    October 14 - California NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, has endorsed the No on Measure A campaign in Shasta county.
  • Over 20,000 Arrested in California on Marijuana Charges in 2013
    October 5, 2014 - According to the California Attorney General's office, there were 13,779 felony and 6,567 misdemeanor marijuana arrests in California in 2013.
  • Ending the 100-Year War on Marijuana in California
    September 8 - The disastrous legacy of the war on marijuana will be addressed at a press conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first “marihuana” raid in LA’s Mexican Sonoratown neighborhood (pictured) on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 am. at LA City Hall. Download flyer.
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill SB1262 "Held in Committee"
    August 14 - Medical marijuana regulation bill SB1262 has been held in the Appropriations committee, meaning it won't see a floor vote this year.
  • Emerald Unity Coalition Kicks Off MMCA Campaign in Lake County
    July 21 - A successful Emerald Unity Coalition event was held on Saturday, July 19 in Lake County to kick off the MMCA (Medical Marijuana Control Act), an initiative that will be on the November ballot to establish better regulations in Lake for marijuana gardens.
  • Tell California's Senators to End Federal Interference in CA's Marijuana Laws
    June 2 - Call on Senators Feinstein and Boxer to support the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which would prohibit the US Department of Justice from spending resources to interfere with California's marijuana laws.

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