BFI Launches Short Form Animation Fund Supporting UK Creatives

The British Film Institute has launched a new Short Form Animation Fund, offering support for higher-budgeted animated works from U.K.-based teams, Animation UK reports.

“Short animated films are the bedrock of our animation industry,” commented producer Phil Davies or Astley Baker Davies / The Elf Factory Ltd. / Gastons Cave Ltd. “Be it stunning visuals or challenging shorts of the avant-garde, all have a home in this wonderfully eclectic art form. They not only act as a driver for the animation film and TV industries, but have also established themselves as an essential art form in themselves. Some of the purest story telling you’ll ever see.”

Two years ago, Animation UK set out to support growth in the sector and a secure production base by lobbying for further investment in the nation’s globally respected animation industry. In addition to vigorous support for the Young Audience Content Fund, and increased commitments from broadcasters in response to the Children’s Content Review, Animation UK joined the BFI’s consultation on support of the sector, which was identified as a priority in their five-year strategy BFI2022. The organization gathered evidence on the impact of reduced dedicated support for animation over the last decade and made a case for a support for animated shorts.

The resulting BFI Short Form Animation Fund is a vital part of the investment program, which will fill the vacuum left by previous schemes for investment in our animation creative talent and provide the next step on from the BFI NETWORK, which funds smaller projects at entry-level across the U.K.

“This new Fund is a result of us listening to the industry, and filmmakers, and working with them to develop something which celebrates excellence and creativity at a point when talent need is most,” said Ben Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive of the BFI. “Huge thanks to everyone we consulted on this work for their time and expertise, particularly Animation UK, Animation Alliance UK, and Helen Brunsdon, Director of the British Animation Awards. Our animators have long led the way in driving forward this art form, and we are thrilled to be offering funding which aims to back U.K. animation talent from a host of backgrounds, and through a variety of traditional and innovative media.”

The fund is for high-budget, U.K.-based animation teams, providing funding of £30,000 to £120,000 per project, to help support these teams in creating work which can open-up new opportunities, and gain them better recognition. It can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre and for any platform, from cinema to online to TV (not work intended focally for broadcast TV), and more. The fund is intended for work that is unlikely to be fully commercially financed and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support. The call for applications will take place once a year.

Ruth Fielding, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Films, observed, “Animated short films provide a valuable talent ladder for directors and writers to move from short form to longer form work be it series, one-off specials or features. Securing funding from the BFI, together with the support of existing established production companies, will help propel the talent of tomorrow towards the tipping point in their careers. We at Lupus Films as well as Animation UK welcome this initiative with open arms.”

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund will also offer the funded projects access to insight from a BFI Executive, and allocation of support from a dedicated animation specialist if required. Although the fund will not provide distribution support for projects, in some cases the BFI may take up a consultation role for funded teams in giving advice on distribution, exhibition, festival strategies, and methods of promotion.

“Huge credit should go to Animation UK and the BFI for creating this opportunity to access funding for short animated films, giving the next generation of filmmakers the opportunity to develop ideas, styles, techniques that all add to the ecosystem of our industry. Blue-Zoo already runs a successful in-house shorts program and hopes to support this initiative and the individuals who apply,” said Oli Hyatt, Managing Director and Co-Founder, BlueZoo.

Applications for projects for directors and writer-Director teams are open through November 5, 2019. Further details and guidelines for the BFI Short Form Animation Fund are available online.

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Alaska: It’s not too late to submit written comments supporting on-site cannabis consumption rules

Written comments can be submitted by email until 4:30 tomorrow, November 1

The Marijuana Control Board is still accepting written comments on proposed rules for on-site use, which may be submitted by email until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 1. Oral comments may also be submitted at a hearing to be held on Wednesday, December 19.

A link to the state’s announcement on the public comment period is available here, and the proposed rules are available here. Those who would like to submit comments by email may direct them to amco.regs@alaska.gov.

Under the proposal, a retailer could obtain an endorsement allowing it to sell adults 21 or over up to a gram of cannabis, which could be consumed at the premises. Products containing THC or other cannabis ingredients could also be sold, in addition to non-cannabis food and non-alcoholic beverages. Concentrates would be prohibited. Significant security and access provisions would apply, but these seem reasonable, and local communities would have final say.

Adoption of the proposed rules would be a significant step forward and a solution to a pressing challenge, and it is likely these rules would provide a model for other states considering on-site use.

Please consider contributing to the discussion and submitting your comments in support, and please forward this message to those in your network!

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N.H.: Send Gov. Sununu a message by supporting pro-reform candidates

Find out where N.H. candidates stand on marijuana policy, then help good candidates win on Tuesday, November 6! 

Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu doubled down on his opposition to marijuana legalization. This is a disappointing development, especially in light of the fact that the legalization study commission’s report is set to be completed next week. Gov. Sununu signed the bill that created the study commission, so it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t wait for its report before taking a firm position on the issue.

Sununu’s general election opponents — Molly Kelly (D) and Jilletta Jarvis (L) — both support legalizing, regulating, and taxing cannabis for adults’ use. However, Sununu continues to lead in the polls, and it is rare for a first-term governor to lose a re-election bid in New Hampshire.

If Sununu wins on November 6, it will be difficult to pass a legalization bill in 2019, but that doesn’t mean it will be impossible. If enough legislators support ending marijuana prohibition, it will be possible to override a potential veto with a two-thirds majority in the legislature.

Click here to learn where candidates on your ballot stand on marijuana policy!

The outcome of state Senate races will be especially critical for our success in the next legislative session, and those contests are often determined by a very small number of votes. If you are able to volunteer to help a good Senate candidate win in your area, please consider doing so!

Click here for a condensed, printable one-page version of our voter guide.

Please share this information with your family and friends. Then, please do what you can to help good candidates win in November!

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Ask candidates for the Maryland Legislature to commit to supporting marijuana policy reform

The latest Goucher poll shows that 62% of Marylanders “support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.” Unfortunately, Maryland’s lawmakers have lagged behind the public on this issue — but this could change in November’s election. If you are a Maryland voter,  please let the candidates in your district know that this issue is important to you. (And don’t forget to check out the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition’s Voter Guide here.)

If you are interested in hearing more about MPP’s work — and meeting our new executive director, Steven Hawkins — please consider attending the Spark! Maryland networking event on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at The Reserve at Two Rivers, 4105 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122. You can purchase tickets here.

Marylanders are ready to join the eight other states that have legalized and regulated marijuana for adults 21 and older. Click here to ask the people who want to represent you in the General Assembly if they’re ready too.

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6 Governors Supporting Marijuana You Need to Watch Out For

6 governors supporting marijuana are wising up and taking the stand to end marijuana prohibition. Whether they outright state they support marijuana legalization or not, their actions tell us they certainly do.

Governors Supporting Marijuana Legalization

 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

A governor who supports marijuana legalization happens to be the very first one to vocally report this to the public. In a New York Times news article called, “Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be”, Gavin Newsome shines a light within the cannabis community that gives us hope for the future of cannabis. He highlights their credibility within the cannabis industry and shares his insights quoting:

“These are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people. Increasingly, people are willing to share how they use it and not be ashamed of it”.

His actions prove he’s pro-cannabis as he created the blue ribbon commission on marijuana policy. This was inspired to encourage California to put marijuana legalization on the voting ballot.

 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Recently, Phil Murphy was elected the New Governor of New Jersey. Why is this good news for the cannabis industry and its’ users?
This is good news because he openly supports marijuana legalization. He states from the New Jersey Political News, that when a marijuana legalization bill is placed on his desk, he’ll sign it. If you want to learn more about his decision and the specifics then read here.

 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper supported to legalize marijuana in Colorado. Since then Colorado has been a hub for many Cannabis users.

Although he supported marijuana legalization, he still has his concerns about its’ legality issues. In an interview, recorded by TheCannabist, he stated that marijuana has to be kept out of the hands of children and teenagers. These are worthy concerns any governor should worry about because it’s important to tread lightly in this new uprising cannabis industry.

 

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam actually desires the decriminalization of marijuana. How do we know this? Apparently, he wrote a letter to the state of Virginia in correspondence of legalizing cannabis. If you’d like to find out more information on his decision read here.

 

Candidates Running for Governor Who Support Marijuana Legalization

Although there are 6 governors supporting marijuana, the following are political individuals who are potentially running for governor that support marijuana for the 2018 election.

Florida – John Morgan is undecided about continuing to run for governor.

Maine – Rep. Diane Russell is running for governor

Minnesota – Democratic Congressman Tim Walz is running for governor

Tennessee – Republican State House Speaker Beth Harwell is running for governor.

Overall, it seems as though more and more people are becoming conscious of the healing benefits cannabis provides. These are including individuals who need this plant for medical use. Be sure to look into these 6 governors supporting marijuana as they’re changing the industry one political movement at a time.

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Why Isn’t the Republican Party Supporting Medical Marijuana?

Considering Donald Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, and so have several other top Republicans, it seems strange to me that medical marijuana is not part of the Republican Party’s platform this year. That’s not to say there weren’t efforts to make it part of the platform, but they failed for the worst reasons.

After Maine legislator and delegate Eric Brakey submitted a measure that would add medical marijuana support to the Republican platform, the measure received criticism from people who clearly know little-to-nothing about marijuana.

According to the Huffington Post, some party leaders claimed marijuana causes mental health issues, mass murders smoke marijuana, marijuana caused the opioid epidemic and more absurdities. Some prominent Republicans tried to fight back, but they ultimately failed.

“It’s not like we’re talking about Cheech and Chong here, folks. We’re talking about allowing people with debilitating conditions to ease their suffering,” Maryland delegate Ben Marchi said during arguments.

The strangest thing, to me, about the Republican Party’s failure to endorse medical marijuana is just that it’s so popular. A Harris poll from last year found a whopping 81 percent of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana nationwide. If you can’t get behind something that 8 out of 10 people support, it’s hard to imagine what you can get behind.

If we want to take this a step further, it’s also pretty surprising that legalizing recreational marijuana doesn’t seem to have been discussed at all. I can understand why the party might be hesitant to support marijuana legalization, as there’s still some concern around recreational use in some circles and support for legalizing nationwide is closer to 60 percent, but it’s pretty shocking there’s no evidence of the idea being mentioned.

Furthemore, states that have legalized medical marijuana are raking in millions in taxes. You would think a party that is always talking about the debt and the government not having enough money would want to get in on that.

Not to play favorites, but the Democrats have endorsed marijuana in a major way. The Democratic platform includes language supporting a “pathway to legalization” and supporting immediately rescheduling marijuana. You can almost surely thank Bernie Sanders for that, because he made his millennial followers swoon by being the first major candidate to support legalization while Hillary Clinton was arguing that marijuana should be a Schedule 2 drug.

So why haven’t the Republicans decided to endorse medical marijuana? Either they really do believe some of these more ridiculous claims about what marijuana does to people and society, or they may have Big Pharma, police unions, private prison companies and other peddlers breathing down their necks. You’d imagine the Democrats have at least some of the same pressures, but apparently they were able to get around them to some degree.

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Victory Is NORML: Court Orders ISU To Stop Censoring T-Shirt Supporting Marijuana Legalization

Sticking up for the First Amendment while shooting down discrimination, a federal judge informed the President of Iowa State University on January 22, that censoring T-shirts worn by a NORML group on campus established a devious bias against the students… not to mention some serious constitutional concerns.

Primarily upset that Iowa State University (ISU) had banned the group’s highly modified NORML/ISU t-shirts “due to the messages they expressed,” which was meant to “maintain favor with Iowa political figures,” the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa found that ISU had sunk to a new low by engaging in unconstitutional discrimination – something the First Amendment seriously frowns upon.

While most growers were harvesting their crops during 2012, the student members of the ISU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) presented a new twist on their T-shirt design to the university’s Trademark Office. Emblazed on the front of their new t-shirt was Cy the Cardinal, ISU’s mascot, relaxing on the schools initials with Cy’s face replacing the O in NORML. And telling it like it is on back of the shirt … “Freedom is NORML at ISU.”

ISU_Administration_ perplexed_by_NORMLInitially given the green light by the schools Trademark Office, the design and decision to accept it became a political hot potato shortly thereafter when a story about marijuana legalization included a photo of NORML ISU members proudly sporting their new ISU/NORML shirts.

Crushed by a savage logic and answering to an onslaught of political objections from both state legislators and Iowa’s chief drug policy adviser, ISU administrators crumbled. Effectively rescinding the school’s approval of the pro-legalization Tee by declining to let the ISU NORML student group order more shirts, altering the guidelines for using any existing ISU trademarks, and stipulating that any new NORML ISU T-shirt designs be subjected to special scrutiny – which would reject any future designs that featured Cy or pot plants.

Although the court’s ruling established the reaction from Iowa State University and their policies were “unconstitutionally discriminatory as applied to Plaintiffs,” it failed to find ISU’s trademark policy to be unconstitutional.

While this is a sweet victory for the students who brought the case, the court failed to find a pattern of suppression on other school-based social groups to support invalidating ISU’s policy as written … at least on a First Amendment basis.

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A Second Look at Ohio: Why It’s Worth Supporting

With the 2015 election day only two weeks away, and prodded by our friend Russ Belville at 420 Radio for failing to more enthusiastically embrace Issue 3 in Ohio, this seemed like a good time to take a second look at the measure on the ballot in Ohio to both legalize marijuana for medical purposes and fully legalize marijuana for all adults.

First, one might justifiably ask the authors of this measure why they would bother with medical marijuana at all. If marijuana is legal for all adults, that includes patients as well as recreational users, and it removes the need for patients to pay a physician to confirm their need for marijuana. With the exception of a small medical use program that would cover those minors who have a legitimate medical need, there is no need for two separate legalization distribution systems.

But having somewhat duplicative legalization systems, while it may not be efficient, is not a reason to oppose Initiative 3.

Provisions Limiting Access to the New Market Are Not New

The reason given by most who claim to support legalization, but who oppose the Ohio proposal, is the reality that the investors who have put up millions of dollars to qualify the initiative for the November ballot also stand to profit handsomely from their investment, by controlling the 10 commercial cultivation centers allowed under this plan. It strikes many of us as inappropriate to build such an economic advantage by a few rich investors into the state’s constitution.

But as Belville and others (including this author) have noted, several other states that have legalized marijuana (for medical use) have limited entry into the legal industry by placing severe limits on the numbers of licenses that will be permitted, or by requiring such enormous financial investments that ordinary citizens are effectively shut out of the industry. So limiting access to the commercial cultivation centers in the newly legal market would be nothing new, nor should it justify opposing this opportunity to end marijuana prohibition in Ohio. We should focus on ending prohibition, and not get distracted by who will profit from the legal market.

Why NORML Supported I-502

In his latest rant, Belville questions why NORML and other pro-legalization organizations would endorse I-502 in Washington state in 2012, which failed to legalize personal cultivation, and included a 5 nanogram per se DUID provision that would leave many smokers unfairly subject to a DUID charge, but would either remain neutral on Issue 3 in Ohio (MPP, ASA and DPA) or tepidly endorse the proposal (NORML).

The answer to this question is simple: In 2012 marijuana for personal use was illegal in all 50 states, and had been for more than 75 years. It was crucial that some state – any state – show the courage to break the mold and openly defy federal law, as New York and a handful of other states did near the end of alcohol prohibition. For the legalization movement to gain credibility and force our way onto the mainstream political agenda, we had to take legalization out of the theoretical realm and demonstrate that it actually works.

Our opponents had always claimed that if we legalize marijuana, the sky would fall. Everyone would sit home and get stoned all day; no one would go to work or live an ordinary life; and western civilization as we know it would come to an end (perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the point).

Of course, we would counter that legalization would stop the senseless arrest and prosecution of otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana responsibly, and save enormous amounts of law enforcement resources that could be redirected to fighting serious and violent crime.

But until we had at least one state with the fortitude to declare itself out of the prohibition game, we had no actual data to validate either position. It was an endless theoretical argument, with no clear winner.

The approval of legalization in Washington and Colorado in 2012, by giving us these two state laboratories where we could measure the actual impact of legalization, was the game changer that catapulted full legalization into the mainstream political debate, and gave us the measurable evidence that legalization is indeed the solution that most Americans are looking for. And the fears that were stoked by our opponents – of a spike in adolescent marijuana smoking, or carnage on the roads caused by stoned drivers – simply did not materialize. In fact, just the opposite. Adolescent use is slightly down in the legalization states, and there has been no increase in DUID cases.

We gave our strong support to I-502 in Washington (as well as A-64 in Colorado) even with its limitations, because of the crucial need to demonstrate that a majority of the voters in a state would support full legalization, and that legalization actually works on the ground, with few, if any, unintended consequences. Those first two victories made it possible for our subsequent victories in Alaska and Oregon in 2014, and hopefully many more to follow.

Issue 3 in Ohio Should Be Approved

There. Now I have said it, clearly and unequivocally. Issue 3 in Ohio should be endorsed by all who favor legalization, even with its imperfections. As the NORML board of directors concluded when we endorsed the Ohio proposal, unless the current proposal in Ohio is approved, it will likely be five years or more (perhaps far longer) before marijuana will be legalized in Ohio. Under their current laws, roughly 12,000 Ohioans are arrested on marijuana charges each year. Does anyone really believe we should sit by waiting for a more acceptable version of legalization to magically appear, while another 60,000 to 100,000 smokers are arrested in Ohio?

In addition, just as the victories in Washington and Colorado were especially significant because they were the first, and opened the door for serious consideration in additional states, it would be an enormous step forward politically to adopt full legalization in Ohio — a large, conservative midwestern state. And it would suddenly put full legalization on the table for serious consideration by many other similarly situated states.

Its time to legalize in Ohio.

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Rep. Blumenauer of Portland, OR Runs TV Ad Supporting a Tax-and-Regulate Policy on Marijuana

EarlblumenauerFacing a reelection race in Oregon this fall, Portland Rep. Earl Blumenauer aired a television ad on April 25 focusing on marijuana legalization. Blumenauer’s heavily Democratic district lends him an easy reelection, but that hasn’t diluted his fervor to advocate for his signature issue.

In the ad, Blumenauer points out how “our marijuana laws don’t work and cost the government billions.” Later, he calls for the federal government to “let states set their own laws — tax it, use the money to fund education and let the police focus on real drug abuse.”

It is unclear how many ads he plans to run, but Blumenauer said he plans to spend six figures on campaign advertising that will broadcast not only in Oregon, but online and in other states, drawing national attention to the issue.

Blumenauer said the purpose of his ad isn’t just about reelection — it’s about transparency and letting his constituents know what he is doing in Congress. In a response to releasing the ad, Blumenauer told The Oregonian that, while he appreciates letting the states move forward on marijuana laws, the Obama administration is doing the “absolute least the federal government can do.”


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Iwata on Ditching 3D, Supporting Social Networks, and Wii U Price Cut Concerns

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3D might be the most distinct feature of the 3DS, but it’s not the only thing that sets it apart. It is, however, something that could be entirely ignored in future game releases — even those from Nintendo.

An English translation of Nintendo’s recent financial results Q&A has gone live, giving us more insight into the company’s decision to drop the price of the 3DS so early in its life cycle, among other things. CEO Satoru Iwata addressed a number of questions about the system’s 3D capabilities, prompting him to outline the difficulties of conveying 3D through traditional advertising. He also admitted that 3D isn’t a necessary feature for every 3DS game.

“I think there could be a Nintendo 3DS software title which does not use the 3D feature at all, and I believe Nintendo will develop such software,” he said. “Instead, other features of the Nintendo 3DS should be focused on. It might be a communication feature, or other functions (such as the gyro sensor or the motion sensor). The important thing is that each respective software title has its own characteristics, and appeals to the consumers in a way that fits the software. So I am not worried in a way like, ‘The value of the Nintendo 3DS will decrease when the novelty of 3D wears off.'”

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NORML.ORG US NE: Parading for Pot: Protesters Hold Rally Supporting

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by Mitch Smith, (Source:Lincoln Journal Star)
08 May 2011

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LittleTree Strongbow has three children.  She also has bipolar and post-traumatic stress disorders. 

And while the Omaha woman said using heavy pharmaceuticals like Valium to treat those illnesses doesn’t allow her to be an effective mother, she believes marijuana does. 

So Strongbow showed up in downtown Lincoln on Saturday decked out in a marijuana-themed bandanna and a belt made of artificial cannabis leaves.  With a bullhorn in hand, she and about three dozen other proponents paraded around the Capitol and along O Street advocating for legalized marijuana in agriculture and medicine. 

Prohibiting it has proved ineffective, she said.  When asked how long it would take for someone to find and purchase illegal marijuana in Lincoln, Strongbow estimated about 20 minutes. 

Strongbow believes the government is dismissing protesters’ arguments because large companies are threatened by the prospect of domestically grown hemp, or agricultural cannabis, entering the marketplace.  But she said hemp as a crop could be a boon to Nebraska’s economy. 

March organizer Diana Wulf agrees.  Wulf, who said she also has post-traumatic stress disorder, had a prescription for medical marijuana when she lived in Colorado.  Medical marijuana is now legal in 15 states and Washington, D.C., but not in Nebraska. 

Wulf, who lives in Staplehurst, said she leaned on marijuana when she stopped using methamphetamine several years ago.  She said pot helps her stay away from harder drugs and alcohol. 

A former hog farmer, Wulf also sees potential for hemp in agriculture.  If legalized in Nebraska, she said, agriculturally produced hemp could help farmers recovering from recent shifts in food production.  Hemp can be used to help make clothing, bricks and myriad other items, but it cannot be grown commercially in the United States.  Wulf said practical uses of cannabis are often overlooked by its opponents. 

“It’s not about getting high,” she said.  “It’s about industry.  It’s about medicine.”

Others contend marijuana is a dangerous drug, and say claims of medical benefits are fabricated or exaggerated.  The Controlled Substances Act classifies the drug as an unsafe and potentially addictive substance, and the Drug Enforcement Administration says medical marijuana is “a fallacy.”

Rumi Miller disagrees.  Miller, 20, has been using marijuana since her 14th birthday.  She joined the march Saturday because she hoped to spread awareness and dispel what she sees as common misconceptions about the drug.  Miller said she has bipolar disorder, and marijuana helps her cope with the disease’s symptoms. 

“It helps me stay focused and calm,” she said.  “Today I haven’t smoked at all and I feel all jittery.”


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AG Files Briefs Supporting Prosecutors In Medical Pot Cases

?Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed court papers on Monday in support of prosecutors in Oakland and Isabella counties, in separate court cases regarding the state’s Medical Marihuana Act.In the Oakland County case of State of Michigan v. Redden, Schuette filed a brief with the Michigan Supreme Court arguing that unregistered users of marijuana are not entitled to assert a defense under the Medical Marihuana Act against drug possession charges, reports Charles Crumm at the Oakland County Daily Tribune.

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NH Democrats and Republicans are Finding Common Cause in Supporting Medical Marijuana

concord monitor Liberal Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans are finding common cause in supporting a House bill that would legalize medical marijuana.

“This is a bill whose message has been heard loud and clear,” said bill sponsor Rep. Evalyn Merrick, a Lancaster Democrat. “I sense we’ll have a good deal of support on both sides of the aisle.”

The Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill allowing medical marijuana in 2009, but Democratic Gov. John Lynch vetoed it. The House overrode the veto, but the Senate came up two votes short.

State Sen. Jim Forsythe, a Strafford Republican and former chairman of the state Republican Liberty Caucus, said the challenge for libertarian-leaning Republicans will be to convince more socially conservative party members that allowing medical marijuana fits with conservative values.

“Conservatives traditionally oppose Obamacare because they want government out of doctor patient relationships, and medical marijuana helps satisfy that,” Forsythe said. “We believe in minimal regulation, and this helps toward that.”

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