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Puerto Rico Is Latest Area to Legalize Medical Marijuana

It is yet another victory for marijuana advocates in the campaign to legalize the plant for use. Sunday marks the signing of an executive order by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico allowing patients in the U.S. territory to be permitted to use medical marijuana effective immediately.

Sam Tabar has read that the order follows a drawn-out dispute over the issue of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes on the island, and Governor Padilla’s ratification of its use was surprising to many. The health department in Puerto Rico now has the authority to sanction the use of any part of the plant or derivative thereof for medical purposes. Governor Padilla has given the health secretary three months to compile a report that will show how the executive order will be carried out, what affect it may have and what can be done in the future to help the process.

The order has been signed, however, there is still much to be done regarding the matter. While authorities still need to detail which medical ailments will be classified for use and what derivatives of the plant will be permitted, Gove Padilla said, “We’re taking a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life.” Supporters of medical marijuana are wondering who will be permitted to use the plant, where will the product come from and will interested parties be allowed to apply to grow the plant in Puerto Rico for sale to patients. Jenniffer González is one legislator who opposes the governor’s action and says the law on marijuana is left in a “judicial limbo.”

Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

It is no secret that many Americans are against same sex marriage. However, who are we to judge? We are not defined by the color of our skin or the hand that we hold. Whether you love the opposite sex, same sex, or even a transgender person, love is love and it will forever be. The supreme court shows that they may indeed be ready to rule in favor of same sex marriages. This is an amazing ordeal that is happening right now because there are so many couples out there living amongst us who are unable to share in the same happiness as those who are of opposite sex. Justice Anthony Kennedy will have the deciding vote on whether or not the courts will rule in favor of same sex marriages or not. If love is now color blind when it was once shamed upon to date outside your own race, then why can’t we have gender equality with love? We live in a new time where the world that we once knew is truly evolving and changing and things that once were shamed are now accepted. Gianfrancesco Genoso (jornadacriminosa.com) agrees that same sex marriage should also be changed because it is not our duty to fault those around us who love just a deeply as we do on a different level.

Regulating Marijuana

President Obama is taking a stand for those who seem to have a problem with marijuana use. He wants to get these people into a program so that they get the help that they need to stop using the drug instead of being locked up for a short time and let go with the possibility of going back to jail if they get caught again. Obama also wants to show his support for medical marijuana. These are issues that should have been addressed a long time ago. Marijuana is a drug that, if used properly, has several benefits instead of the negative effects that many people believe. When the President of the United States backs regulating the drug, albeit in a medical form, then that should tell the rest of the country something positive. Christian Broda (wsj.com) agrees that there needs to be more public information released about the drug instead of keeping people in the dark so that they form an opinion based on what they are told instead of the facts.

House of Representatives Enter Bill to Repeal Patriot Act

The House of Representatives has recently introduced a new bill to repeal the USA Patriot Act which was the terrorism bill passed in the wake up 9/11 that granted federal and state governments wide reaching powers to monitor and incarcerate individuals for crimes relating to terrorism. This was reported recently by Freedom Works which is a political news site

Repealing the Patriot Act should have happened many years ago and the fact that this atrocious law remains on the books is both a threat to our freedoms today and a great stain on our illustrious history of free speech and movement that we have enjoyed since independence stated Alexei Beltyukov. There are a number of truly disturbing aspects of the Patriot Act including the vast surveillance powers that it allows the government.
The Patriot Act also created courts that act in secret to allow the government to use these powers. These courts are not open to th public or media and have the ability to detain American citizens indefinitely.

The House of Representatives must send a strong message and pass this bill to repeal the act. Many Democrats and some Republicans should be able to find some common ground when it comes to protecting and extending the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

New Jersey Senator Menendez Could Face Criminal Corruption Charges

The U.S. Justice Department Is Getting Ready To Prosecute The Senator

Most people like Dr. Daniel Amen believe our two-party system fuels corruption among other negative political behavior. The government is a good hiding place for men and woman that want to misuse power and get away with it. We have a broken electoral system, and it is beginning to show signs of a major meltdown. A good example of this meltdown is New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. 

The Democratic Senator is accused of using his office to promote the business interests of his Party’s donors. These so-called friends of the Democratic Party gave the Senator gifts for his powerful help and information. The Menendez camp denies the allegations. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation has had their eye on the Senator for some time. Two law enforcement officials say the corrupt dirt that is swirling around Menendez could bury him. 

The Jersey Senator is a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a wishy-washy supporter of the President. Over the past two years, the Menendez name has been mentioned in questionable relationships with big money donors and underage prostitutes, but those allegations were discredited. But according to prosecutors, there is too much noise about credible corruption floating around Menendez. Prosecutors don’t want him to slip back into his cushy political hiding place without formally making him accountable for his actions.

The Clinton World Combats Scandals with Message: Do as We Say, Not as We Do

Hillary Clinton has stated that it is her desire to rise above partisanship and bring in competing political ideologies such as red, blue, right or left into the color purple IE bipartisan. It seems like a noble enough goal and is certainly a statesman-like approach to take. Still, the email scandal, which threatens to engulf her looming candidacy, reeks of partisanship. For starters, President Obama has a deep disdain for long-time Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal. The seasoned political hack was banned from serving in the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. However, Mrs. Clinton not only eschewed using secure email at the State Department, she regularly corresponded via private email with Blumenthal. So much for the spirit of bipartisanship.

Falvio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG (diariodocomercio.com.br) has learned that Mrs. Clinton has stated that her presidential campaign will place emphasis on a spirit of cooperation. However, her handling of the email scandal thus far suggests she is far from practicing what she preaches. While she has released private emails to the State Department, her team vetted which ones would be handed over. Presumably, nothing that could blow back on her campaign was deemed “relevant” for the public. In fact, the efforts out of the Clinton camp seem devoted to ensuring that they escape any blame at all. It remains to be see how effectively their camp is at deflecting scrutiny for a scandal entirely of their own making.

Texas Lawmaker Proves He Doesn’t Know Which Judge Ruled On Same Sex Marriage

Tea Party State Representative Sends Handwritten Complaint To Judge That Permitted Same-Sex Marriage

Tony Tinderholt, the Republican State Representative from Arlington, thinks he knows something about marriage. Tinderholt has been married five times, but he draws the line when it comes to same-sex marriages. When Judge David Wahlberg ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Tinderholt decided he should set the judge straight, but all the Tea Party member did was show he didn’t know Texas judges.http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-lawmaker-and-five-time-groom-makes-6110172.php

Tinderholt wasted no time submitting his handwritten complaint to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Three days after he did, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reporter Bud Kennedy noticed Tinderholt’s blunder. In Kennedy’s weekend column, he set the record and the lawmaker straight. Judge David Walberg didn’t make the ruling on same-sex marriage. People at Anastasia Date have read that  probate Judge Guy Herman issued that ruling when a woman wanted her lesbian partner to be recognized as her spouse so that she could claim part of her estate.

Judge Wahlberg used Judge Herman’s ruling when he married a lesbian couple who couldn’t wait for a final ruling because of a terminal illness. Tinderholt announced his filing on Facebook this way: “Judge David Wahlberg issued a ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This judge deliberately violated statutory law that requires judges to notify the Office of Attorney General before ruling on constitutionality.”

House-Senate Panel Grill EPA Chief Over Looming Regulation Over the Nation’s Waterways

Washington, D.C. – It is not often that both the House and Senate conduct a joint hearing regarding any matter. That said, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to “clarify” portions of the 1972 Clean Water Act which allows it to oversee “U.S. Waters”. This has prompted a special hearing attended by both chambers. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stressed that the new regulation, which is expected to be announced later this spring, is merely eliminating any confusion as to the agency’s existing authority over the nation’s waterways. She also pointed out the new regulation would not seek to expand their authority in any way.

However, the EPA’s assurances are not swaying GOP lawmakers and farmers across the nation. Paul Mathieson has learned that the Obama administration already has exhibited a penchant for “reinterpreting” existing laws so as to find new authority which Congress has not granted them. More on Mathieson is available on Ireport. Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is deeply concerned the EPA is looking to expand federal regulatory control over any waterway on private land even if it is operable only part of the year. Congressman Shuster believes the Obama administration is once again trying to skirt Congress to enact its agenda.

Senator Barbara Boxer belittled the concerns of farmers by saying their worries were tantamount to believing the EPA would be regulating swimming pools, retention ponds, or puddles of water. Prior EPA regulations have impacted farmers in her state. Despite their pleas for help, she had sided with federal regulators.

American Academy of Pediatrics Lend Their Influence into Reclassifying Marijuana

The fight for legalizing medical marijuana still has yet to receive the green light on a federal level, even though 23 states have adopted its medical uses. Just recently, the highly influential American Academy of Pediatrics has begun advocating for the reclassification of marijuana from a Schedule I drug, which includes substances such as heroin, ecstasy and acid, to a lesser Schedule II drug. This is being done with the hopes of the DEA approving more research efforts into the plants ability to improve the symptoms of many medical conditions. Bernardo Chua has found that, particularly in the AAP’s sites, is its use to combat epilepsy in children.

As it stands now, being listed as a Schedule I drug implies that it has no accepted medical use in the U.S. Without federal rescheduling of marijuana in a classification along with prescription medications like fentanyl, morphine and codeine, the FDA will not involve itself in any studies of therapeutic benefits.

Although the Obama administration has opposed any rescheduling of marijuana as of yet, recommendations to do so from the American College of Physicians and the Epilepsy Foundation, along with other medical organizations have been presented through recent years. With these medical groups already in the DEA’s ear to reclassify marijuana, it seems many in the medical community agree that marijuana does, in fact, serve a medical purpose, and they should be listening. As long as the public and those in the medical field continue to press for legalization, the federal government has no right to continue to prohibit the sale and use of this very useful plant.

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