Smart Approaches to Marijuana was here today and I got into a little argument with Kevin Sabet near the end of the presentation. Here’s the audio.
Audio from November 14, 2013, Kevin Sabet
Dr. Christian Thurstone, M.D. from Colorado spoke first. He said the marijuana industry exploded in Colorado in 2009, but he didn’t explain why. A member of the audience asked him to explain why, but he still didn’t explain it. So, I asked him if it was because of the Obama Administration’s “Ogden Memo” in October of 2009. Dr. Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., stood up, looked at me, and said, “That’s exactly right!” Then, Dr. Thurstone said the Colorado courts had decided a case around that time that caregivers were not limited to just one patient. So, it was the combination of those two events that caused the explosion.
Polk County Iowa District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg ruled against the Iowa Board of Pharmacy’s motion to dismiss today in Carl Olsen v. Iowa Board of Pharmacy, No. CVCV045505. Reasoning that failure of the board to advise the legislature annually, as required by Iowa law, was an ongoing injury capable of repetition, the court ruled there was an actual controversy between the parties. The judge also held that the enactment of medical marijuana laws in 19 jurisdictions created a public interest that prevented dismissal of the case before trial. Trial is scheduled for January 4, 2014, at the Polk County Courthouse. A copy of the court’s ruling can be found by clicking on this link.
Gee, fellas, do you think maybe people are afraid to speak out? It’s not being paranoid if the state is really out to kill you, now, is it? This is nothing short of cold-blooded, pre-meditated murder, Mr. Jessen and Mr. Lukan. I see you trying to wash that blood off your hands, but it won’t wash off. But, you have an armload of prescription drugs and alcohol to help you sleep at night. What a tragedy!
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy has our two new petitions on the agenda for next week. The board also has something called a legal update, that could include our case against the Iowa Board of Pharmacy in Iowa District Court.
Here’s what you need to know about the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.
1. The board has a duty to advise the legislature on classification of controlled substances annually. Iowa Code § 124.201(1)
2. The board has a duty to recommend a change to the classification of any controlled substance that doesn’t belong in a category. Iowa Code § 124.203(2)
Because the board found that marijuana is in the wrong category in 2010, and because marijuana remains in the wrong category in 2013, the board still has a duty to recommend the change annually until the legislature says they don’t have to do it any more.
Obviously, the board would like to jump ship now because this matter is annoying to them.
So, we understand why the board is going to oppose us, but we have the law on our side.
Federal officials swear an oath when they take office to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, for this band of renegades, Eric Holder is not running for re-election and doesn’t have to worry about what laws the people in the state of Washington think he should refuse to enforce. I’m not sure it’s treason for these Democrats to make such a request, but it comes awfully close.
The sad part of this story is that there is a federal law that Attorney General Holder is not enforcing. Congress put a limit on schedule one in the federal drug law that says the Attorney General may not classify a substance in schedule one if it has accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Washington has had a state medical marijuana law since 1998, but the Congressional Delegation from the state of Washington has never once asked Attorney General Holder to enforce this prohibition on federal schedule one.
A study bill relating to the controlled substance of marijuana, providing a penalty, and including an effective date provision. 1–24-13 Subcommittee assigned, Klein, Brandenburg, and R. Olson. H.J. 116.
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January 24, 2013
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Steve Lukan apprehended by the Muscatine Journal
Iowa Drug Czar Steve Lukan (one joint of marijuana is equal to drinking a keg of beer — Legal drug industry wants you dead) is at it again, this time with the help of Muscatine County Attorney Allen Ostergren.
Ostergren told the Muscatine Journal, “I may go home tonight and have a glass of bourbon,” Ostergren said. “I’m not going to get drunk. Plenty of people use alcohol responsibly. The whole point of marijuana and other drugs is to get impaired.”
Rep. Mark Lofgren, R-Muscatine, invited Steve Lukan, director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, and Peter Komendowski, president of the group Partnership@DrugFreeIowa.org, as well as local law enforcement officials and Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren to a community discussion on the direction of drug policy in Iowa.
According to the Muscatine Journal, “The speakers may have outnumbered the audience of three, but the group still stayed on task and promoted their message.”
Kudos to the citizens of Muscatine for having the wisdom to stay away from these proponents of misinformation.