Ganja Granny sez 7/10/10
Ganja Granny sez LEGALIZE IT NOW! We definitely need Medical Marijuana as soon as possible. Too many people are need. These are people who have tried everything else and Cannabis works for them. These are people who are suffering from various illnesses and are not looking to get high or stoned. They are trying desperately to get relief. We do not want another Barbara Jacksons! We do not want any more arrests for consumers of marijuana. My personal opinion is to LEGALIZE it for anyone to use medicinally , recreationally or spiritually. LEGALIZE should be our war cry…Except…. WE are not at war with anyone… THEY are at war with us because we are bringing this out into the open for sensible productive debate. Millions of people… daily,…use marijuana in the world and in this country, the good ole USA. SO! Why is it not legal.. Why do so many people ignore the law?Yesterday I attended a Press conference on City Hall Steps … I want to share with you the HIGH-Lites of what was said. First ,I must tell you it was attended by a great group of people. Rabbi Itzak Fried(MEDICAL MARIJUANA RABBI), Ms. Letitia Tarayo, Keneth Toglia, Noah Potter, Arthur Peeples, Douglas Greene from Norml, Sheila Steinberg, Dr.Tracy Bievins, Paul Smentek , Dana Beals, Aton Edwards and of course ME. There were a few more and I apologize because I did not get everyones name. Several of us did speak, including myself and I think we did very well. The next day I was bombarded with emails and phone calls from various people telling me they heard my speech. I walked out of the hi rise where I reside and the entire lobby crew shook my hand. It was definitely inspiring.
Contrary to the mis-informed statements of Mayor Bloomberg and Special Narcotics Prrosecutor Brennan, medical marijuana is already an accomplished FACT in NYC. It has been since Morgenthau’s office dropped prosecution of Johann Moore in 1996. That case was followed by decisions not to prosecute Ken Toglia in 2000 and(the “medical marijuana granny”) 2004. After 15 years, it may be LEGALLY impossible to reverse the long-standing policy of not going after the buyers’ clubs–aside from the practical consideration that no jury in the 5 boroughs will convict genuine medical marijuana patients or their providers.
(Federal courts do not allow a medical defense in marijuana cases, but federal guidelines also exclude the amounts involved in medical cases from federal prosecution to begin with. Attorney General Holder has also directed U.S. attorneys not to initiate cases where local authorities don’t prosecute medical marijuana.}
Several buyers clubs currently operate in New York City by meeting in the houses of patients–all for patients with serious illnesses, such as AIDS, MS, hepatitis C and cancer. A private Cannabis Patients Registry issues ID cards to anyone who can document that they have one of the conditions for which medical marijuana is recognized. This card has already been recognized by NYPD, CCNY Security, and the TSA. We intend to publicize the existence of this service for any qualified patient in the tri-state area; to encourage the New York State Senate to finish passage of the new medical marijuana bill so that we don’t have one regime in New York City and another upstate; and to call upon the DA and the Mayor’s office to meet with us to better implement medical marijuana for the truly sick who really need it.
For questions of law, call Noah Potter at 917 754 4875 or Arthur Peeples 347 446 4487.
For questions about the patients’ registry or the mechanics of medical marijuana, call Dana Beal at 212-677-7180.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA: LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY!
Special Prosecutor Brigit Brennan and Michael Bloomberg say that medical marijuana is a bad idea for New York City. They oppose Richard Gottfried’s bill claiming it will lead to the unchecked, Los Angeles-style spread of dispensaries. The comparison to California is nonsensical since the NY law is designed precisely as an alternative to the California system.The entire point of the proposed law is that it requires that the State Department of Health approve dispensaries before they can operate and license patients before they can obtain marijuana. The critics either have no idea what the bill proposes or are intentionally mis-characterizing the bill. This display of ignorance is worrisome, and all the more so if these statements are not made ignorantly but with intentional disregard for the truth. It is even more discouraging if they are saying that the City and the State are incapable of operating a medical marijuana system, when activists have been providing marijuana to sick people since the height of the AIDS crisis in the early 1990’s.
Why are public officials campaigning against Medical Marijuana? Why are they stating their allegiance to the failed, wasteful, and discredited federal policy of complete marijuana prohibition?
In fact, New York has been a leader for medical marijuana since it passed one of the first laws in the U.S., the Olivieri statute, in 1982. Plainly, New York is already on record that marijuana has legitimate medical uses and that patients should not be criminals. And if they can possess it, they have to be able to get it safely from suppliers who are concerned for their well being or, as proposed by this bill, dispensaries licensed by the Department of Health.
The District Attorneys of the city have long recognized that it should not interfere with the supply of marijuana to sick patients who need it to protect their health and their lives. In 3 Court cases involving sales–Johann Moore in 1996, Ken Toglia in 2000, and the “Medical Marijuana Granny” in 2007- DA’s have declined to prosecute bona fide medical providers. In fact, in 2004, Robert Morgenthau campaigned with his arm around Montel Williams.
Clearly, medical marijuana is a fact of life in the 5 boroughs. In numerous drug stops, the NYPD, CCNY security and the TSA have all honored the patient ID card issued by Cures not Wars Cannabis Patients Registry, refusing to put seriously ill patients “through the system” like regular pot users–instead issuing a ticket instead under New York’s “decrim law.” Which the judge then dismisses.
In other words, the District Attorney and the Police Department have recognized that a functioning medical marijuana distribution system poses no threat to the public health and welfare. The recent public statements by the Mayor and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor can, therefore, only be explained as political grandstanding. They bring shame upon this great City.
It is critical to understand that the state medical marijuana laws are the result of the hard work by activists who stepped forward to undo the damage caused by the inhumane and unjustifiable complete prohibition of marijuana by the federal government–activists who carried the torch to supply marijuana to people sick with AIDS, cancer, and other serious diseases. Finally, in 1996 the people of California had enough – they stood up and threw off the law criminalizing the medical use of marijuana. Fourteen states have followed suit. It is time for New York to retake its rightful place as a leader in progressive social policies, and it is unconscionable that anyone would now publicly oppose the proposed medical marijuana law.
For some one whose task it is to prosecute major narcotics crimes, what evidence does Brigit Brennan have that a medical marijuana program administered by the State government will complicate her job? The state is simply recognizing its responsibility to facilitate the supply of medical marijuana to sick people. States are supposed to be laboratories for experimentation, and they have begun to declare their independence from a failed and brutal federal policy of marijuana prohibition. New York should take its rightful place in this movement.dium;”>
It’s time to end the charade and stop trying to run for higher office based on callous disregard for human suffering. For some one who’s job it is to stop narcotics, it is especially difficult to understand how Brigit Brennan could be calling for a crackdown on the very same people who are referring addicts for treatment with ibogaine (another drug wrongly classified as Schedule I) which gets people OFF meth, crack and heroin with a single dose or short course of treatments.
Yeah, lets bust anyone who went to Mexico for treatment who happens to have enough ibogaine (about 300 milligrams) for a booster treatment when their cravings become too much to handle! That will really stop narcotics!
Patients and advocates of marijuana law reform and the compassionate care activists who had to remain in the shadows under G.W. Bush, call upon the City of New York to continue to remain true to the stated policy of the State of New York in favor of medical marijuana. The State of New York is preparing to pass a better law. The City of New York should be preparing to implement that law in the most effective way instead of bad-mouthing it. Instead of getting in the way, take the initiative pro-actively to support a medical marijuana law that will allow sick people to get their medicine without fear….. Ganja Granny sez We are not going quietly away… We will continue to fight for our rights…We need you to stand up, stand out and support us… In the meantime Keep the Fire Burning!