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This is a News Item from 2011.   SUMMARY: Updated September 19, 2011 | Federal Medical Cannabis Patient Hassled by Local Yokel in Oregon | Elvy Musikka - one of four people allowed to use cannabis (marijuana) medically anywhere in the U.S. - is detained and her paperwork confiscated by Oregon State Police trooper even though she has her Oregon 'card' authorizing state-level use and possession as well. Elvy reports they learned that the state troopers were being ordered by the federal Department of Justice to engage in these seizures from state-legal patients. Help Elvy and the cause in general by Protesting this and Spreading the Word thru blogging, letters-to-the-editor and such.   Learn >>> more. You may comment on the story here,   or give us feed back, here.  

Protest! Blog, Letter-the editor, Call-in to talk shows, utilize ALL of THEM and more to -

- De-cry state officials violating civil rights with politically motivated stops ansd seisures. See more >>.

- Protest fed 'policy' and activities contrary to campaign promises and will of the people. See more >>.

- Support Elvy (and the cause in general) in her current resistance (court and hearing appearances) and continued activism, IE- ones to come. See more >>.

! but mostly just Spread the Word about this Outrage, Tell Everybody ... you know, then everybody you don't know ... yet! Elvy and The Cause Need Your Support! Learn >>> more, comment on the story here,   or give us feed back, here.  


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Federal Medical Cannabis Patient Hassled by Local Yokel in Oregon

As Russ reports: "Early Thursday morning (9/15/11), Oregon State Police detained Elvy Musikka, one of four remaining federal medical marijuana patients, along with other state medical marijuana registry cardholders following a town hall meeting on medical marijuana in the eastern Oregon / Idaho border town of Ontario.

According to Joey Nieves, clinic manager at 45th Parallel, a medical marijuana cardholders co-operative, a state trooper had staked out the co-op to harass cardholders as they left the building. Members of the co-op were detained by the trooper who issued citations, including a $1,000 ticket for "residue" to a grower whose patient had left behind an empty pipe.

Musikka was in town as part of the 45th Parallel's Town Hall Meeting, which took place at the Clarion Hotel earlier Wednesday evening." The meeting was designed to discuss the benefits of medical marijuana, and supporters of medical marijuana use in both Oregon and Idaho outweighed those opposed to the idea. (learn more about the Meeting) *(Full disclosure: the story reporter was a speaker at the event. He is also a registered Oregon cardholder and can verify that 45th Parallel vigorously checked his credentials before he was even allowed inside. He had to give a copy of his OMMP card and Oregon ID and initial numerous statements indicating his understanding of Oregon law.)* "At the hotel, an Oregon State Trooper sat parked just down the street from the public's entrance to the Clarion's parking lot and the reporter strongly suspects, though he has not yet verified, it was the same trooper that stopped Elvy and the others." [Eds NOTE: Heck, he could've called for back-up; it was a bunch of those "Reefer Mad" pot-heads, after all] "Nieves reports Musikka was detained for over an hour in a squad car, and then her federal paperwork and medicine was confiscated, as the trooper did not believe her story and papers entitling her to possess and use her federally-produced medical marijuana anywhere in the United States.

Patients on the scene recorded the encounter on video, which has been seized by the state police. Nieves, a former Army counter-narcotics specialist, told Russ Belville of the NORML Stash Blog that the trooper "got much more polite" once Nieves identified himself as a former soldier, but stonewalled when Nieves pointed to the actual law allowing the grower to be in possession of that pipe. Nieves reports that the trooper also denied requests for the video and the state police are giving him the runaround regarding the paperwork needed to recover the video." You can hear more from Joey Nieves (and possibly Elvy Musikka) as guest/s on Russ's NORML SHOW LIVE, part of The NORML Network, on Ustream at - http://live.norml.org/.

UPDATE: Elvy Musikka reports that she has her stuff back - the police took her ID and her prescription and summoned her to court on October 5th, but now case dismissed. Still, she had to find medicine that nite, had to get a ride there to get it back when she shouldn't have AND there's the other victims. An AP reporter was already working on a story about Elvy and in the process of getting the return of Elvy's prescription and ID, they learned that the state troopers were being ordered by the federal Department of Justice to engage in these seizures from state-legal patients. Lets help make this story viral! See below.

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Continue reading and comment on Examiner.com concerning Oregon State Police harassment of Federal medical marijuana patient Elvy Musikka here: http://www.examiner.com/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-in-portland/oregon-state-police-harass-federal-medical-marijuana-patient-elvy-musikka-outsid#ixzz1Y4hxEVCU

This video was shot by Sam Chapman, founder of the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapter at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. The event Elvy is describing was held in Ontario Oregon, put on by the 45th Parallel, a patient collective there.

The federal policy she talks about (directing state police officers to seize and not return medical marijuana) was relayed to her by the Oregon State Police troopers who stopped and harassed her. NORML's outreach co-ordinator, Russ Bellville, blogs on about this subject here: http://stash.norml.org/oregon-state-police-harass-federal-medical-marijuana-patient-elvy-musikka-outside-ontario-co-op

Here is an article with a bit more information about the incident, here - http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-police-harass-federal-medical-marijuana-patient-elvy-musikka/

Federal Medical-Marijuana Patient Elvy Musikka Hassled by Oregon | 1 day ago ... Elvy Musikka, one of the four remaining federal medical marijuana ... visit - http://www.celebstoner.com/201109198387/news/marijuana-news/federal-mmj-patient-hassled-in-oregon.html

AN INCIDENT IN KANSAS - An interview ... On 21 June 1994 around 7:30pm, RICHARD DAVIS and ELVY MUSIKKA, a legal marijuana user ... with my picture on the cover, so Officer Patrick and the rest of them knew from the ... visit - http://www.zoklet.net/totse/en/drugs/legal_issues_of_drug_use/hempmuse.html

Showing selected medical testimony - The UK Cannabis Internet | Elvy Musikka. Glaucoma. Sunday 29 Jul 2001. In late February 1975 I went to see Dr. Rosenfeld ... I spoke without giving my name or picture, because I feared losing my job and ... visit - http://www.ukcia.org/medical/showmedicaltestimony.php?articleid=11

Elvy Musikka: Glaucoma patient | Photo: Elvy holds her can that she gets every month containing 300 IND issued joints. Living in Florida, Elvy Musikka bought the Reefer Madness story, hook, ... visit - http://www.hr95.org/musikka.htm

Elvy Musikka - Bio | Pics | Fans | Wiki | Quotes - Flixster members are collaborating to create the definitive resource for Elvy Musikka ... viait - http://www.flixster.com/actor/elvy-musikka

--- more about Elvy and her situation ---

Elvy Musikka, glaucoma survivor and federal medical cannabis (marijuana) patient Elvy is one of 4 remaining federal medical cannabis (marijuana) patients from the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (CIND) program that was begun in 1976. Due to the growing number of AIDS patients throughout the late 1980s and the resulting numbers who joined the Compassionate IND program, the Special Interests That Be panicked and directed their tool - 'King' George H. W. Bush (I) - to have his administration close the program down in 1992. At its peak, the program had thirty active patients and hundreds of applicantions pending. (Learn more >> about the CIND). Originally from Florida - where her case established the right to a medical necessity defense there - Elvy now lives in Eugene, Oregon and is available for interviews, lectures and whatever activism helps the cause. (Make Contact >>)

Sadly, harrassment of the CIND folks by local, pot-head-hating yokels is not new and Elvy's is not the first case of state officials hassling federal medical cannabis patients because they can - but by our efforts should be the last. Irvin Rosenfeld, another CIND Program participant, was messed with for testifying in Illinois in 2005. ("The two cops took it upon themselves to detain this person," said state state Rep. Larry McKeon, D-Chicago, sponsor of House Bill 407. "It is a clear example why we need this legislation." ... Learn more >>). And these are just the cases we know about, the ones that got press.

Unfortunately, their strategy appears to have worked and Illinois still struggles for some form of medical cannabis law / sanity. So, it needs to be pointed out that this is purely 'political action' by this officer and those who gave him his orders and has less than nothing to do with 'criminals' and 'justice'. That it is really about maintaining the status quo and serving special interests, at the peoples expense.

--- Taking Action ---

Talking Points and Action Items - Protest! Don't let them get clean away with this wasteful, stupidly mean little piece of bullying. Lets turn this around and use it as a poster-child as to why the law needs reforming, needs change. Blog, Letter-the-editor, Call-in to talk shows, ALL of IT and then some to -

    - De-cry state officials violating civil rights with politically motivated stops ands seisures. Point to the pattern of abuse by Oregon LE:

      * Un-warranted and possibly un-lawful access of OMMP database by LE,

      * Along with Reports of stop-n-fish expeditions in Southern Oregon.

      * and officials fined for - and still bragging about - political activity while on the job;

    ... for starters, we're sure there are others. Got One? Let everybody know!

    Also contact the head of the state police, the governor, your state rep and senator and any other officials you can think of about, and Protest! -

      > Local officials doing the fed's (dirty) work, they get paycheck from us here in the state after all.

      > The stalking of people in the Program, etc. See above. Note this 'prioritizing' is happening at the same time as burglaries, etc. go unanswered due to 'budget cuts'. Yes, we read not long ago where the Oregon State Police were so budget constrained, they leave parts of the state uncovered at night. No officers to respond to wrecks, robberies, burglaries, and god-knows-what other actual, real crimes upon citizens. It becomes obvious the problem is their priorities, not lack of funding, or resources. Incompetent management such as this - and the harm from it - must be pointed out and this is the perfect time to do so.

    - Protest federal 'policy' and activities contrary to campaign promises and will of the people.

      * Protest to US attorney, current admin / Obama campaign and Democratic party in general.

    ... as well as any other points that can be made.

    - and, Support Elvy and the Others (and the cause in general by doing so) in their resistance (court and hearing appearances) and continued activism, IE- ones to come. (Make Contact >>)

    > Publish and Publicize; get Publicity ...

    > ... Fundraise! and more.

... as well as any other ideas that folks may have. Got One? Let everybody know!

Example - There is some internal discussion within the Oregon Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapters about organizing a protest around this issue. As of now, the current action item at hand is asking our legislators to sign onto HR1983: The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act which would reschedule cannabis. Thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns are encouraged. (See more)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 09:55 AM:
Lee from PDX wrote:
"Elvy was the inspiring one. There is no stronger evidence of federal drug policy hypocrisy than the IND patients.

Lee B., Portland

On 10/10/2011 4:38 PM, Bradley Steinman wrote:
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> Podcast of Lewis& Clark Law SSDP's first official event:
See - http://lawmedia.lclark.edu/LawMedia/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=8ea95b00c5a64a22903b90ae35251b711d - The event starts at the 22 minute mark. We had a great turnout today. Special thanks to Lee Berger for doing a killer job educating and pumping up the law students. I hope to host more of ya'll at the law school in the weeks and months to come.

Bradley M. Steinman
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JD Candidate 2013, Lewis and Clark Law School
Bradley@law420.com "

Sunday, October 9 at 07:15 AM:
Dan from Missouri NORML wrote:
"Yes, if I recall correctly, it was Reagan who started it, Bush I who killed it (in the final months of his miserable one term, when most presidents are granting pardons), and Clinton who utterly failed cope with the issue. He could have restored it with the stroke of a pen, as could the present dissappointing resident of the White House. But apparently that ain't likely to happen!

Dan Viets, Missouri NORML"

Wednesday, September 21 at 12:39 PM:
Sam Chapman from UO-SSDP wrote:
"Hey Gang,

I just signed the petition "Oregon State Police: Receive Training on Medical Marijuana Policy" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name and forwarding it to other list serves that you find appropriate.

Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/oregon-state-police-receive-training-on-medical-marijuana-policy

If anyone would be willing to help me contact local media with this information about the petition and the youtube video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXf6Nngj90w) that would be amazing. I have a media contact list from the M74 campaign, but if anyone has an updated list I could use, that would be even better.

Any thoughts on hosting a rally around this petition? Maybe call on a few key organizations (ASA,DPA,SSDP,ACLU etc) to host patient speakers to direct messages to Obama? Anything is possible as long as we stay concise and focused. Please don't hesitate to call me directly at 503-396-9062

Thanks!

Sam Chapman
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Chapman Consulting*
503-396-9062
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531565610
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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnar-photography/ "

Wednesday, September 21 at 06:25 AM:
Adam Assenberg from Colfax, WA wrote:
"Elvy is a friend of mine, and I am a patient as well with nine broken bones in my spine. I was helping others get Cannabis when in May of this year I was raided. I'm using 21 USC Section 812 Part (B) that states for a drug to be a level 1 it can not have any current use in the U.S. I'm bringing in a person from the Federal Cancer Center and the Medical Branch of the Veterans center and have them talk about how they allow it for medical use smoked! This argument will open the door for thousands to sue the Dept of Justice for violations of congressional law since 2002. To learn more call me toll free at 888-812-0553 or e-mail me at massenberg420@yahoo.com And by the way, I am going after Whitman County for 3.5 million for damages and violations of law. "

Tuesday, September 20 at 06:16 PM:
Jennifer from Ore. wrote:
"I would add a point to this list of "things to do."

I spoke with OSP Lt. Pileggi from Ontario Area Command for Oregon State Police. He stated that he was completely unaware that there WAS a federal program, but that after confirming that the program DID exist, he PERSONALLY dismissed the case against Elvy and got her meds returned - which I believe Elvy confirmed on air during Russ's show the other day. I would recommend contacting Lt. Pileggi and THANKING him for returning her medicine and illustrating to him the importance of educating the LEO in OSP about the federal program AND Oregon law, since there is so much confusion. Be polite, but firm about the NEED for such education. Also let them know that there are MANY in our community that would be happy to assist with such an education, including Elvy! (You can reach Lt. Pillegi at 541-889-6469)

When a door opens, walk in. ;-) I spoke with him for quite some time and learned that Elvy was the FIRST federal patient that OSP has encountered (since there are only four remaining, that doesn't seem completely unlikely). I think this is quite likely true, as well, since Elvy's story had traveled and the Info officer in PDX, Dan Swift, was familiar with the incident with Elvy as well (but neither of the two officers were aware of another traffic stop which occurred the same night - in short I think Elvy was the talk of the "cop shop" the next few days - aka door is OPEN for educating them, even if only via a phone call).

Jennifer "

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