An Oklahoma state senator has turned to the bestselling book in history — the Bible — to advance her battle to legalize marijuana in the state, arguing that God created the “miraculous plant.”
In this Dec. 5, 2013, photo marijuana matures in ideal conditions at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. As Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, opening Jan. 1, hopeful retailers are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world, all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) AP Photo/Ed Andrieski
State Sen. Constance Johnson’s new campaign is apparently based on Genesis 1:29, which deals with the biblical story of creation and the Lord’s intentions for mankind.
The verse reads: “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’”
The scripture is being used to tout Johnson’s effort to create a constitutional amendment that would legalize three ounces of pot for medicinal purposes and one ounce for recreational use in Oklahoma, according to KFOR-TV.
“We’re putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign,” she said after filing a statewide initiative to try and take the issue to voters, the outlet reported. “God created this wonderful, miraculous plant and we know that it has been vilified for the last 100 years, and it’s time to change that in Oklahoma.”
Johnson is arguing that legalization would alleviate burdens on prisons that house non-violent drug offenders and provide monetary benefits to the state, as there would be a $7 per ounce tax on recreational marijuana.
Laura Sharp, a legal medical cannabis patient and directing member of SocalPURE inc., will be in court Friday in Vista for a motion to return property confiscated in a raid on the legal medical cannabis establishment located in San Diego’s north county.
On October 9, 2013, law enforcement in riot gear forced their way into SocalPURE, a non profit mutual benefit corporation. The armed men threw people to the ground, screaming “where are the guns” and yelling obscenities in Laura’s face. The officers handcuffed everybody on-site and kept them that way for six hours.
This raid was a terrifying display of force on a legal business. No attempt was made to establish lawfulness, no effort was made to check documentation and financial records before the defendants were terrorized and treated as criminals. Further, the charges were dropped making this a politically driven message from San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis that your life will be turned upside down if you provide cannabis medicine to legal patients. Even though Dumanis is aware she can’t win in court she is doing an end-run around California state law and stealing the assets of vulnerable cannabis cooperatives.
During the raid thousands of dollars in electronics were taken by the armed gunmen, proceeds from the day and even the cash was stolen out of Laura’s wallet. Charges were filed against Laura and two co-defendants then dropped unceremoniously by Deputy DA, Landy Spencer-Daly in April. Spencer-Daly also participated in the raid on SocalPURE inc.
Laura Sharp’s attorney Michael Cindrich has filed a motion asking the courts to order law enforcement to release Laura’s property. Please come to Vista Court, 325 South Melrose Dr. Vista, CA 92081 and stand with Laura. Proceedings begin at 1:30PM, Friday, June 13, 2014.
A federal judge deemed Brazil’s ban on marijuana unconstitutional in a drug trafficking case. Some say could pave the way to reform.
In a case involving a small-time marijuana dealer, Judge Ernesto Frederico Cardoso Maciel ruled that marijuana laws are unconstitutional because they violate principles of equality, reports Brazilian media.
Thank you President Obama for the positive comments you made about cannabis. You indicated marijuana is probably no more harmful than alcohol. Kudos to you !!
Just one thing however. Your drug czar has cannabis categorized as a hard narcotic like heroin or coke.
Can you call the czar and ask him to reduce the marijuana category to the same level as alcohol or cigarettes ?
That would be great !
As a result I’m sure you would see an immediate uptick in your poll numbers.
Perhaps you can use your phone and or pen to implement an executive order decriminalizing marijuana.
I think if you legalized marijuana you would go down in a historical blaze of glory !!!
There are 50 states not counting Washington DC which is not a state. It’s a district. To pass a constitutional amendment we need 3/4s of the 50 or 37 to get ratification.
KEEP FIGHTING !
We currently have 20 states that have approved medical marijuana sales. When we get 12 more states on our side then it’s time to ramp up grass roots efforts to pass an amendment.
Once done we can tell Department of Juster head, Holder , the DEA , the IRS , FDIC, congress and the president, etc., to take their silly archaic rules against marijuana and put them where the sun doesn’t shine.
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