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Marijuana Friendly Gary Johnson Nominated as Libertarian Candidate for President while D.C. Program off to Rough Start

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It has been an eventful week for marijuana law as Connecticut is poised to enact a strict medical marijuana program, aimed at avoiding the legislative pitfalls seen in other states, especially California.  Over the weekend there was also the Global Marijuana March, which saw hundreds of thousands gather across the world with events held in over 160 cities in 29 different nations.

As always, there were many other stories that developed over the weekend.  Although presumed to be the nominee for months, two term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has officially been named the Libertarian Party’s choice for President in the upcoming 2012 election this November.  The long time supporter of marijuana reform/legalization won by capturing 70% of the party’s 632 delegates at the Libertarian Party’s convention held in Las Vegas.  Mr. Johnson told Reuters that “I am very humbled. This is just the start.”  In addition to his promise to reform marijuana laws, Gary Johnson has taken aim at big government spending and income tax laws.  Gary Johnson shares Ron Paul’s view on ending income tax and replacing it with a “Fair Tax”.  The proposal would see an end to the current income tax structure and replace it with flat rate 23% tax on new goods.  Resold goods would not face any sales tax.  Mr. Johnson is also hopeful that Ron Paul and his supporters will back the ex-Governor.

As Gary Johnson prepares for a possible journey to the White House, he may face the issue of marijuana reform before he even unpacks his bags.  Washington D.C. has finally started to move forward with a medical marijuana program that has been weighed down by legal disputes.  The program was originally voted on and approved by D.C. residents 12 years ago.  Six licenses have finally been granted to cultivation centers with hopes of patients being served within a few months.  Despite the approvals finally being issued, some applicants seeking to open dispensaries are filing lawsuits.  They feel they have easily met the criteria laid out by the Health Department in order to open and have been denied anyway.

According to the Washington Times, 3 law firms have filed a total of 5 civil complaints that contest the way in which the D.C. Department of Health scored and denied the applicants.  Dr. Duplessie is one of the plaintiffs and is seeking his application to be re-sent to Department of Health with a third party to oversee the second review.  The Washington Times article quoted Dr. Duplessie as saying “It appears that the D.C. Board of Health has either not read my application or the playing field is not level, I think the process is beyond flawed.”  Dr. Duplessie’s attorney has questioned what they believe is a lack of transparency, and said city health officials should elaborate on their decision further than simply saying “it’s just our right.”

While the D.C. story is not what patients want to hear, it is important to note how much progress has been made.  With a presidential candidate and the city of Washington D.C. supporting cannabis reform, the future for patients appears bright.  Despite whatever recycled statements are emitted from the well dressed men in landmark buildings, compassion seems to be winning out.


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