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  • March 6 2013

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    Anti-Dispensary LA City Attorney Faces Runoff Election

    Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich could not hold off his opponent Mike Feuer in Tuesday’s City Attorney election.   Former Assemblyman Feuer received 44 percent of the vote while Trutanich had only 30 percent with all precincts reporting.   However, because neither reached a majority, the two will face each other again in a May 21 runoff election.   Trutanich is an important – and often underreported – figure behind the LA medical marijuana …More
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    Welfare Drug Testing Bill Introduced in Congress

    Despite a lack of evidence linking welfare applicants and recipients with increased (or even average-level) drug usage, U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Tennessee) has reintroduced a bill that would require those applying for welfare benefits to undergo urine testing for illegal drugs.    Rep Fincher's proposed legislation is modified from previous, similarly intended bills in hopes of circumventing court rulings that found welfare drug testing violates the U.S. Constitution's …More
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    Fined $900,000 for Using Marijuana?

    Last week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) slapped former middleweight champion boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. with a $900,000 fine and nine-month suspension. ChavezJrAlertWhy? Not for using a performance-enhancing drug or throwing a match, but simply because he tested positive for marijuana. Such an excessive punishment should not go unanswered, and fortunately Chavez is planning to appeal the decision. We need to get behind him and take this opportunity to send a message to the sporting world that it’s time to revisit their marijuana policies.

    Take action now and call on the NSAC to grant Chavez’s forthcoming appeal, drop the penalties, and change their policy regarding marijuana so this does not happen to athletes in the future. 

    The NSAC would never punish a fighter so severely for using alcohol, yet marijuana is an objectively less harmful product. It is less toxic, less addictive, and it does not contribute to assaults and other violent crimes like alcohol does. The commission’s harsh marijuana penalties do nothing to promote the health and safety of athletes. If anything, they put them in danger by steering them toward using alcohol and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead.

    Send a message to the head of the NSAC today and tell him the commission should drop the penalties against Chavez and change their policy regarding marijuana. Let him know it is time to stop driving athletes to drink!