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Jane is the founder of firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC. Subscribe in a reader

“No major medical organization has come out in support of medical marijuana” says Florida opponent. Oh really?

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 11:20 am

Jessica Spencer, director of the well-funded Vote No on 2 campaign opposing legalization of medical marijuana may have Sheldon Adelson’s millions on her side, but apparently not the facts.

Florida resident Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with Amyoltrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1986 and given 5 years to live. She claims credits smoking marijuana for the fact that she is still alive today.

Spencer, however, isn’t buying it. “No major medical organization has come out in support of medical marijuana” she says.

Medicaid Was Responsible for Most of the Newly Insured in California

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 2:20 pm

Roughly 3.4 million previously uninsured adult Californians say they have obtained health insurance since the beginning of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means that 58 percent of the once uninsured population in the state now have an insurance policies of some type.

Study Indicates Medical Marijuana Laws Don’t Increase Use by Teenagers

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:15 pm

We have gotten to the point where the most common arguments against marijuana reform often focus on children. The implication is usually that legalizing marijuana for adults will cause youth usage to skyrocket. Yet there is now more research that indicates even these fears could be misplaced.

New York Times Acknowledges Marijuana Prohibition Was Founded in Racism

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 12:12 pm

While this isn’t new information to anyone who’s been paying attention to the issue of marijuana reform, it is great to see the New York Times lay out in detail how the origins of marijuana prohibition were based entirely on lies and racism.

David Frum Accuses New York Times and Reuters of Faking Gaza Hospital Photos [Updated]

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 11:06 am

Update: David Frum has now apologized for his unfounded accusations.

A Year Since Military Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Was Convicted

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 10:01 am

United States military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was convicted of offenses related to her disclosures to WikiLeaks one year ago. In this time, Manning’s case has become a clear example to future whistleblowers of what the US government will do to military officers or federal government employees, who follow their conscience. And her case seems to have only emboldened President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to wage a war to control information that includes a clampdown on leaks, a campaign against national security whistleblowers and a concerted attack on press freedom.

Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 8:55 am

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia.

The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored inside the Thomas Jefferson elementary school led to the horrific air attack that killed 50 children with a “smart bomb.” The Chinese initially denied it all, until Eastern media broadcast cell phone photos. That prompted the Chinese to claim local residents actually blew up the school either by accidentally mis-aiming their crude mortars, or as a propaganda ploy. A gang rape of a young woman was never reported on the Chinese news even though it was common knowledge among residents.

Under Sanctions American Sales To Russia Increase

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:49 am

Though the US government helped overthrow the elected government in Ukraine and is arming forces in Kiev, it can not make the economic sanctions against Russia work. The primary problem lies with Europe which has little to no interest in cutting off its energy supply from Russia, but another problem is America itself which has actually increased sales to Russia since sanctions were imposed. That’s called failing.

Israel Increases Attacks on Gaza: Knocking Out Power Plant, Expanding Target List

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 6:45 am

Despite international outcry over civilian casualties, Israel escalated its strikes on Gaza yesterday. One of the strikes knocked out an electric power plant in Gaza that started a large fire and left many residents in the dark. Disabling the power plant also meant water, sewage, and hospitals were offline at a time when they were needed the most.

The Palestinian death toll for the day was at least 100 with the total Palestinian death toll since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8th of over 1,200.

By Patrick Kennedy’s Logic Beer Today Is “Virtually a Different Drug” Compared to 40 Years Ago

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 2:19 pm

Among the many distortions put forward by the prohibitionists none bothers me more than this attempt to scare older voters with the claim that the marijuana of their youth has magically changed into something completely different the past few decades. Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, an anti-legalization spokesman, was again allowed to make this claim in a USA Today op-ed.

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