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Boulder won’t display “Lab Rat” cage for Colorado teen campaign

The city of Boulder has decided to hold off on participating in the statewide “Don’t Be a Lab Rat” campaign after the Boulder Valley School District said it opposed the use of a giant metal cage to educate teens about the effects of marijuana on the developing brain.

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U.S. Government to Grow Over 1,400 Pounds of Cannabis in 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) plans to grow this year for research purposes; from 46.3 pounds, to 1,433 pounds.

The DEA put this move up for public comment on May 5th after giving it initial approval; only one person submitted an official comment, and it was in favor of the increase.

“The DEA appreciates the support for this adjusted 2014 aggregate production quota for marijuana which will provide for the estimated scientific, research and industrial needs of the United States,” states the announcement, published in the Federal Registry. “The A DEA has taken into consideration the one comment received during the 30-day period and the administrator has determined,” the notice says, that the change should be made.

The cannabis will be used by the National Institute of Health, though what specific studies the cannabis will be used for remains unknown.

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Jury Nullification: Learn About It, Spread the Word

Jury nullification is one of the most effective weapons activists have in their civil-rights arsenal when combating bad, unjust laws. Despite this, far too few people know about and understand what jury nullification is, or that it even exists.

Jury nullification is the act of a jury acquitting someone of a charge by finding them “not guilty”, even if the evidence is clear that the individual did in fact commit the alleged crime. By doing this, jurors can literally ignore a law that they find unjust; for example, nonviolent crimes related to the drug war.

No matter how small the charge placed against someone – such as possession of a cannabis roach – or how large – such as a 10,000 plant grow operation – a jury is completely within their legal right to find that person “not guilty”, regardless of what either attorney or the judge has to say. It’s not easy, given it takes a unanimous vote from the jury, but it’s possible.

When it comes to jury nullification, education is vastly important, as many in our society know absolutely nothing about it. This isn’t a surprise as its usage is widely hated and shadowed by judges. In fact, in most instances attorneys are ethically prohibited from directly advocating for jury nullification: When they do, a judge will almost always and instantly call a mistrial. This, along with a general public that doesn’t tend to care about the specifics of their nation’s legal system, has led to jury nullification being widely underused, despite it being a huge weapon against unfair laws.

Even though jury nullification is underused, it’s not entirely uncommon, and its presence is increasing in courtrooms around the nation. Laws are even beginning to change, with states like New Hampshire passing legislative in 2012 to explicitly allow defense attorneys to inform juries of their right to jury nullification. Just a few months after this law took effect, a man was nullified of a cannabis cultivation charge, which would have been a felony.

To increase cases like this, advocates must do their best to educate others on the existence and necessity of jury nullification.

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Illinois Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed House Bill 5085 into law, a proposal to allow universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp. The bill was passed unanimously in the state’s Senate in May, and was approved by the House shortly after with an 81 to 34 vote.

Under the new law, an institution of higher education and the state’s Department of Agriculture is authorized to cultivate hemp if their studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of the plant.

House Bill 5085 takes effect in January. The full text of the measure can be found by clicking here.

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