Category Archives: Federal

Is the DEA wrong about marijuana’s medical value?

The Question Presented I’ve been asked to explain the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) decision on July 19, 2016, not to accept the Marijuana Rescheduling Petition filed by the states of Washington and Rhode Island on November 30, 2011.  See … Continue reading

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My Conversation with Senator Grassley

I spoke with U.S. Senator Charles Grassley on Monday, November 2, 2015. I’ve tried contacting him many times before, but this is the first time we’ve actually spoken. The reason for that is because Senator Grassley has developed a new … Continue reading

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Marijuana and Federalism Conference

Presentations from our conference: “Federalism: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle!” Saturday, October 31, 2015, 1 PM to 4 PM Community Room, Mickle Center, 1620 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50314 Dr. Frank Caligiuri, Professor of Pharmacy, “The Scheduling Dilemma” … Continue reading

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My Meeting with Congressman Young

Meeting with Congressman Young – 9/22/2015 I met with Congressman David Young (R. IA-3) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. I gave him a series of documents and had a short discussion on each one. I asked him … Continue reading

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Federalism: the missing piece in state medical marijuana laws

At first glance, state medical marijuana laws seem to conflict with federal law. But that seems odd, because the federal government has never attempted to block state medical marijuana legislation. Why is that? When Congress wrote the federal Controlled Substances … Continue reading

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Martin O’Malley will declassify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug

On July 31, 2015, Martin O’Malley released his white paper on Criminal Justice Reform, which says, “As president, Governor O’Malley will: … Declassify Marijuana as a Schedule I Drug.” But, the sentence immediately following that one is less clear, “O’Malley … Continue reading

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How to stop the annoying candidate calls

I’ve found a simple way to cut down on annoying campaign calls from candidates running for president. Start out with a simple question. Does marijuana have accepted medical use in treatment in the United States? If the answer is no, … Continue reading

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My Amendment to SF 484

On April 7, 2015, I met with Iowa senators Jack Whitver and Charles Schneider to discus protecting Iowa cannabis patients from the unlawful classification of cannabis under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Senator Whitver gave me the following amendment he … Continue reading

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Urbandale Legislative Forum

I attended the legislative forum on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. The event was well-attended and two medical cannabis advocates spoke out at the forum, Connie Norgart and Craig Miller, asking for production of cannabis … Continue reading

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