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Who Are the Cowards at US Immigration?

We'd like to know who the cowards are at the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS). After getting deported by the US from Thailand, the family getting left behind, small children and their mother left to fend for themselves, we wonder who these faceless Nazis are?

Deported for Human Rights Activism. Deported because SOMETHING we were doing for the Akha hill tribe was SO important and upsetting the US SO bad that they had to tell the Thai government what to do.

The Ibogaine Alternative

Paul DeRienzo

Imagine a drug that could eliminate a scourge that impacts the lives of more than three million Americans and more than a million western Europeans — drug addiction — with one pill.

Ibogaine was isolated from the root-bark of a plant known as Tabernanthe iboga that grows in a forested area of West Africa in Cameroon and Gabon. In Africa the plant is central to a religion known as Bwiti, one of the most resilient indigenous belief system in Africa. An initiate into the religion must eat the iboga root to induce intense visions and to "meet their ancestors."

Czech Republic Will Decriminalize Growing of Cannabis for Personal Use

Bushka Bryndova, Legalizace

This week the lower chamber of the Czech Parliament approved a new text of the Penal Code decriminalizing growing of psychoactive cannabis and of magic mushrooms (very popular in the Czech Republic) for personal use. The new law still needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by the President. It is almost sure that the Senate will vote for it and that President Klaus would approve it too.

The new law makes a clear distinction between soft (cannabis and magic mushrooms) and hard drugs, and stipulates different penalties for their possession and for the growing of cannabis and mushrooms, which have been since a long time demanded by drug experts and activists. The penalties for hard drugs remain practically unchanged.

"Overgrowing the Government" Campaign

Marc Emery and the British Columbia Marijuana Party

The BCMP needs your help. The ongoing struggle against the extradition of the BC Three (Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams) is of critical importance to the future of cannabis policy reform in Canada. With your help, we can win the fight and Canada can become an example of tolerant, compassionate and fact-based cannabis policy. Please help us Overgrow the Government!
What YOU Can Do To Free the BC Three

Marijuana Might Cause New Cell Growth in the Brain

Kurt Kleiner, New Scientist

A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.

greenfever writes

UK To Host 2006 Global Marijuana Music Awards


The 2006 GMMA is open to all music across the globe with a marijuana
theme. Winners announced at 2006 Cannabis Rally, London. Entries
accepted in English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Japanese, Greek,
French, Hebrew & Arabic. With 14 music categories to choose from
including Poetry & Video and a cash prize for Pot Song of Year,
marijuana is something to sing about!
Wanna be a Potstar? Check out here to enter the
2006 GMMA!

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Use of Medical Marijuana

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to the
medical marijuana movement, ruling that federal narcotics laws make
it a crime to grow and use the drug even when it never crosses state
lines and is used only to relieve pain or nausea.

The justices today said Congress's power over interstate commerce is
broad enough to let it ban locally grown and used medical marijuana.

The 6-3 ruling, issued in Washington, overturns a lower court
decision that had let two California women use cannabis to treat
pain, nausea and other symptoms.

California and nine other states exempt seriously ill people from
laws banning cultivation and use of marijuana. Today's ruling means
people in those states nonetheless will face the risk of federal
prosecution if they use or distribute marijuana.

The case is Ashcroft v. Raich, 03-1454.

"U.S. Supreme Court Broadens Police Search Authority:

Justices Rule 6-2 that Dogs Can Sniff Cars at Traffic Stops"

Hope Yen, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can have dogs check out motorists' vehicles for drugs even if officers have no reason to suspect illegal activity.

The 6-2 opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, stipulates police dogs may sniff only the outside of a car after a motorist is lawfully stopped for a traffic violation.

But privacy rights advocates said the ruling would lead to far more traffic stops as a way to find drugs.

greenfever writes:

2005 Marijuana Music Awards

Offering 15 categories of music with entries accepted in 8 languages, the 2005 Marijuana Music Awards are open to everyone around the world with music with a marijuana theme.
The Awards include 15 Music Categories plus Video & Poetry Categories. Entries accepted in 8 languages.

Winners announced and Best Live Performance Award held at Nimbin Mardi Grass 30 April/ 1 May 2005.

Closing Date (Best Recorded Track Award) 1 March 2005

For entry details check here.

CIA-Cocaine Dark Alliance Reporter Gary Webb, 49, Apparent Suicide

Jessica Portner, San Jose Mercury News

Gary Webb, a former Mercury News investigative reporter, author and legislative staffer who ignited a firestorm with his controversial stories, died Friday in an apparent suicide in his suburban Sacramento home. He was 49.

The Sacramento County coroner's office said that when A Better Moving Company arrived at Mr. Webb's Carmichael home at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, a worker discovered a note posted to the front door which read: "Please do not enter. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance." Mr. Webb, an award-winning journalist, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, Sacramento County Deputy Coroner Bill Guillot said Saturday.

Mr. Webb was perhaps best known for sparking a national controversy with a 1996 story that contended supporters of a CIA-backed guerrilla army in Nicaragua helped trigger America's crack-cocaine epidemic in the 1980s. The "Dark Alliance'' series in the Mercury News came under fire by other news organizations, and the paper's own investigation concluded the series did not meet its standards.


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