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UMass CRC We are the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition. We meet every other Tuesday at 7:00pm in the Campus Center. Our meeting room changes so check back for updates!

https://www.aclu.org/other/against-drug-prohibition
05/05/2019
Against Drug Prohibition

https://www.aclu.org/other/against-drug-prohibition

After decades of criminal prohibition and intensive law enforcement efforts to rid the country of illegal drugs, violent traffickers still endanger life in our cities, a steady stream of drug offenders still pours into our jails and prisons, and tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana still cross our....

With Extravaganja happening in less than 2 days, we want to remind all who are attending that it will happen rain or shi...
04/19/2019

With Extravaganja happening in less than 2 days, we want to remind all who are attending that it will happen rain or shine! We encourage bringing rain jackets, umbrellas, and wearing layers! We hope you have a great 4/20 even if it includes some rain :)

The CRC folks will be on the radio tomorrow, Wednesday, discussing the anti-First Amendment restrictions imposed by Nort...
04/09/2019
WHMP 101.5 & 107.5FM / 1240 & 1400 AM | News | Information | The Arts

The CRC folks will be on the radio tomorrow, Wednesday, discussing the anti-First Amendment restrictions imposed by Northampton officials -- with Bill Newman, director of the ACLU for Western Mass.

It's on WHMP -- 9:00 AM Wed. Apr. 10 -- frequency is 1400AM for those around the Valley
Show may be re-broadcast at 6:00 PM
and made into a podcast
Also can be heard live by going to the station website, http://whmp.com and clicking on "listen live"

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04/09/2019
Fundraiser for the MA Prison bail Fund

Fundraiser for the MA Prison bail Fund

Hello! We are raising money for the Massachusetts Bail Fund as part of a project. The MA Bail Fund specifically helps low-income people post up to $500 bail so they can continue living their lives and being in community with loved ones while resolving their case. According to the Sentencing Project, MA has the 14th highest black/white racial disparity in incarceration rates with a 7.9:1 ratio. For comparison, the overall US black/white racial disparity is 5.4:1. We also know that our LGBT friends are 3x more likely to be incarcerated (according to The Williams Institute). Helping people post bail is imperative to stop the cyclical nature of incarceration, particularly for low-income folks because not being able to post bail may result in re-incarceration for someone on parole. If you are interested in learning more about racial disparities or the disastrous effects of the bail system, like our informative page. We will be posting an important reading related to incarceration and bail every day for the next week as a part of this fundraiser. If you are able to help, please help us in donating to the MA Bail Fund via either Venmo (@Chelsie-Trombly) or Paypal (Chelsie Trombly). A simple share would also help!

Candidates' Ratings on Marijuana Policy.........(Declared & Probable).................Bernie Sanders (D) ...........A+Tu...
04/03/2019

Candidates' Ratings on Marijuana Policy
.........(Declared & Probable).................

Bernie Sanders (D) ...........A+
Tulsi Gabbard (D) .............A+
William Weld (R) ..............A+
Jill Stein (G) .....................A+
Adam Kokesh (L) .............A+
Cory Booker (D) ...............A+
John McAfee (L) ...............A+
Jay Inslee (D) ...................A+
Vermin Supreme (V) .........A+
Beto O"Rourke (D) ...........A
Adam Yang (D) ................A
Kirsten Gillibrand (D) ........A
Elizabeth Warren (D) ........A
Julian Castro (D) ..............A
Kamala Harris (D) ............A
Pete Buttigeig (D) ............B
Amy Klobuchar (D) ..........B
John Delaney (D) .............B
John Hickenlooper (D) ......B-
Donald Trump (R) ............C
Michael Bloomberg (D) ....F
Bob Corker (R) ................F
Joe Biden (D) ..................F
Howard Schultz (I) ...........?

Source: NORML, et. al.

03/29/2019

Tickets are live for our event Extravaganja! Spread the word of peace and love, send the link everywhere you can!

Learn about restorative justice and the future of conflict resolution on the UMass campus tomorrow at 6:30pm in ILC 101!
03/26/2019

Learn about restorative justice and the future of conflict resolution on the UMass campus tomorrow at 6:30pm in ILC 101!

BOTB 2019
03/07/2019

BOTB 2019

03/05/2019

Congrats to our winner of Battle of the Bands: Straight Sex!!

Thanks to everyone who came out & to the awesome bands who performed!

Straight Sex
Rhythm Inc
Alright, Thanks
Britt Koff and the Common Cold
Skylight Traveler

Tulsi Gabbard is running for the presidential nomination in the Dem Party"Gabbard has introduced legislation to take mar...
01/12/2019

Tulsi Gabbard is running for the presidential nomination in the Dem Party

"Gabbard has introduced legislation to take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list as part of her criminal justice reform efforts"

Thankful for big names like Wall Street Journal drawing attention to CBD- education of the masses is so important!If onl...
12/07/2018
Not Everybody Must Get Stoned: Pot’s Nonintoxicating Future

Thankful for big names like Wall Street Journal drawing attention to CBD- education of the masses is so important!
If only research on cannabis was legal in US!

https://www.wsj.com/articles/prepare-for-a-wave-of-cannabis-productsbeyond-cbd-1540479300?mod=fbstoned&tier_1=paid_social_acquisition&tier_2=Facebook&tier_3=FB+-+Brand+Marketing+-+FOE&tier_4=FB+-+Brand+Marketing+-+FOE+Articles&tier_5=FOE+Stoned+IG+Story&nan_pid=1864819404&ad_id=8538191

New legislation could legalize every nonintoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana plants, opening a market for sleep aids, stimulants and more. Here, the compounds with the most buzz.

12/07/2018
Canna-people! Don't miss this awesome event, come out to hear about and discuss women's role in the cannabis industry an...
11/27/2018

Canna-people! Don't miss this awesome event, come out to hear about and discuss women's role in the cannabis industry and the impact of cannabis on women!

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Photo creds to NormL: check out this interesting article: https://blog.norml.org/2017/11/14/women-who-weed/

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#cannabiscommunity #umasscrc #crcseizetheday #womenincannabis

Apparently UMass is going to start cracking down on cannabis... time to start a campaign for legal weed on campus! Who's...
11/14/2018
UMass Amherst warns students to pass on pot

Apparently UMass is going to start cracking down on cannabis... time to start a campaign for legal weed on campus! Who's with us!

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/11/umass_amherst_warns_students_to_pass_on_pot

With one of the state’s first pot shops due to open soon in Northampton, nearby UMass Amherst has launched an aggressive campaign warning students that weed won’t be tolerated on campus.Northampton police, meanwhile, are concerned the local medical marijuana shop’s foray into recreational pot ...

Helloooo canna-friends! If you are interested in helping organize events, becoming a CRC officer, or hanging out with co...
11/08/2018
Viewpoint Diversity on Campus Survey

Helloooo canna-friends!

If you are interested in helping organize events, becoming a CRC officer, or hanging out with cool people, join us for an officer meeting today at 6pm at 30 N East St in Amherst ma!

Also, check out the following opportunity to contribute to social studies of campus diversity:
Dr. Matthew Malkan, a Prof. of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA is studying the diversity on college campuses thru a web-based survey of Viewpoint Diversity on Campus.
It is very brief (12 multiple-choice questions).
**Survey respondents should be at least 18 years old, and anyone who was or is in college can participate!

The link to the survey is:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ViewpointDiversity

Web survey powered by SurveyMonkey.com. Create your own online survey now with SurveyMonkey's expert certified FREE templates.

Hello canna-folk,The deadline to register to vote in MA is TOMORROW by midnight :)The CRC hopes you have considered regi...
10/17/2018

Hello canna-folk,

The deadline to register to vote in MA is TOMORROW by midnight :)
The CRC hopes you have considered registering or are registered. If you still need to register in MA, you can at this link: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
Another helpful article for UMass Students and those new to voting: https://www.umass.edu/studentlife/election

Once you have registered to vote, use your registered address to search www.wheredoivotema.com for information about where to vote and to see a sample ballot. The sample ballot is helpful to visualize and educate yourself about all the options on the ballot! You could use this cheat sheet to remember who you want to vote for: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/checklist.pdf

For those who have an MA address, the CRC encourages you to register locally, and vote on both the federal and state level. Your vote can really make a difference in local elections, and local elected officials have the most direct impact on our current community. The polling hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. If you already know what precinct you are in, find your voting location at https://www.amherstma.gov/189/Districts-Precincts-and-Hours.

If you are from a state such as North Dakota, Michigan, Missouri or Utah, the CRC encourages you to vote via absentee ballot! Read this article about the cannaquestions on the ballot in these states: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kriskrane/2018/08/21/at-the-ballot-box-these-four-states-could-legalize-some-form-of-marijuana-in-november/#3c3476c85c95

Thank you for your impact on your community, and we hope you CRCseize the day on November 6th: Election day!
On that day (Nov 6) at 7pm there will be a Destigmatization costume party and movie screening of Fahrenheit 11/9. Check out the event on facebook or email us for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/286530121958465/

We are also hosting a Know Your Rights presentation in room 904-08 of the Campus Center at UMass Amherst on October 23 at UMass Amherst. Check out the event on facebook or email us for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571033242998463/

We challenge all our members and followers to get registered! Come visit us at our first meeting (see event for details)...
09/15/2018

We challenge all our members and followers to get registered! Come visit us at our first meeting (see event for details) or follow this link to register online!!

http://vote.dosomething.org/g/1?campaignid=1400367336&adgroupid=59211813247&source=ads&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsIzCoZO-3QIVREsNCh23cQ6uEAAYASAAEgLxBvD_BwE

Voting is so important. To encourage robust participation from the student population I am introducing the #gotvchallenge A friendly competition between student groups to see who can register and get the most students out to vote UMass Student Government Association, MASSPIRG—UMass Amherst Chapter, Center for Education Policy Advocacy (CEPA), UMass Democrats, UMass College Republicans, Umass Amherst African Student Association, UMass Latinos Unidos (LU), Isenberg Citizens First, UMass Amherst Interfraternity Council - IFC, UMass Amherst Panhellenic Council, UMass Hillel No matter what your mission-letting your voices be heard is part of it. Now that I have challenged you, please challenge 2 other groups or friends. Let's make this spread and #gotv in November.

Add your name here to be counted for your team!
https://goo.gl/forms/immZ7hERkUCf4tUl2

Massachusetts is moving very slowly on getting licences accessible. The town of Montague and 253 Organic have met all re...
09/05/2018
Petition Support The Town Of Montague and 253 Organic LLC

Massachusetts is moving very slowly on getting licences accessible. The town of Montague and 253 Organic have met all required criteria and have started a petition to let the Cannabis Control Coalition know that the community is ready to get the show on the road. Please read, sign and share the online petition!
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-montague-253

This is petition for Support The Town Of Montague and 253 Organic LLC. Join the movement! Sign now!

Long time cannabis reform obstructor, Sanchez, opposed in Sept 4 Dem primary. (District includes parts of Boston and Bro...
08/06/2018
CANNABIS OPPONENT OPPOSED IN HOUSE RACE

Long time cannabis reform obstructor, Sanchez, opposed in Sept 4 Dem primary. (District includes parts of Boston and Brookline)

CANNABIS OPPONENT OPPOSED IN HOUSE RACE

https://digboston.com/cannabis-opponent-opposed-in-house-race/

August 4, 2018 By ANDY GAUS Leave a Comment


Nika Elugardo gives Jeffrey Sánchez a run for his money

As a Mission Hill resident and cannabis advocate, I have vivid memories of the years leading up to the 2012 ballot question legalizing medical marijuana. In those days, till the voters finally took matters into their own hands, all medical marijuana legislation remained bottled up in the Joint Committee of Public Health, chaired by my district’s representative, Jeffrey Sánchez.

This year, Sánchez faces a challenger to be reckoned with in the Sept 4 primary: Nika Elugardo, an MIT-educated lawyer originally from Columbus, Ohio, who struggled with poverty during her early years, as well as with people telling her not to aim too high. (Her high school guidance counselor was so mad when Elugardo got into MIT that she gave a party for everyone in her class “who didn’t get into their dream school”—in other words, everyone but her.) Elugardo promises to be a progressive Democrat who will not let her positions be dictated by the speaker of the house.

I asked her three questions:

Do you have any ideas about maximizing the benefits or minimizing the risks of legal cannabis?
With legal cannabis, we’re creating a new industry. We must ensure that it’s inclusive of those who’ve been disproportionately impacted by the “war on drugs.” We can achieve this through the economic empowerment priority applicant process and equity provisions. Current legislation must be coupled with adequate funding for outreach to diverse communities and technical assistance in business planning, compliance, industry best practices, and raising capital. As legislators, we need to work with cities and towns to reduce barriers to entry. We need to support small- and medium-size businesses—which we know, from studying other industries, are the true job creators.

We’re a medical and science hub. We shouldn’t forget this when thinking about the cannabis industry. There’s evidence that cannabis can, in some cases, be used in place of opioids. Boston has the talent available to study this topic and see if it’s a possible intervention into the opioid epidemic.

On the campaign trail, I’ve heard some nervousness around edibles and use by children. The legislation is strong here, with a prohibition on marketing to youth. After legalization in Colorado, teen cannabis use actually dropped; we need to work toward the same outcome. We must ensure that schools, parents, and medical professionals deliver medically accurate, age-appropriate information about all substances to young people and their families.

Finally, the adult-use cannabis industry represents a new significant source of revenue for the Commonwealth. As a representative, I’ll make sure that revenue is put to good use for priorities such as the move to single-payer healthcare, funding for addiction treatment and community/integrated mental health care, publicly funded education (early childhood to higher education), and truly affordable housing.

If you are less than totally subservient to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, are you afraid he will marginalize you?
No. Too many reps are tired of having their constituents’ concerns squashed by DeLeo’s special interests and pathological need for the consensus that buffers his position. It’s anti-democratic, and the voters I’m talking to understand that the times we’re in can’t abide that. We need to strengthen democratic institutions, including the House of Representatives. Running for state rep, against leadership, is a challenge, but I’m ready for it. My district and Massachusetts are ready for a new kind of politics. And I’m not doing this alone.

Recently we’ve seen thousands of our neighbors show up at Logan when Trump’s “Muslim Ban” went into effect, follow youth leadership in the March for Our Lives, and descend upon the State House to advocate for the Safe Communities Act. Voters were ready for the SCA, but Speaker DeLeo and my opponent shut it down anyway.

A colleague once said, “Nika could talk a starving dog off a meat truck.” I’ll stand with my constituents but also with other progressive House members who voted with their constituents against DeLeo’s budget. The “no” votes of Reps. Provost, Connolly, and Matias, like the people in the streets, are more than a protest—they’re part of a movement away from the status quo and toward social justice. Many other reps, not just those identifying as progressives, would like more transparency and autonomy. As the critical mass of pro-democracy voices grows stronger and louder, we will stand together. I will help provide the leadership and organizing tools to ensure this. True leadership doesn’t require a position to be effective.

The culture of complicity, retaliation, and silence on Beacon Hill is coming to an end, and I’m excited to be one small part of a new beginning. I won’t compromise on key progressive values or act as de facto staff to the speaker because I’m running to represent my constituents and to make real change.

What do you especially want to do if elected?
I envision our community—in Greater Boston and nationwide—working to co-create real justice for all, to unlearn practices and undo policy and political structures that keep in place misogyny, racism, homo/transphobia, and xenophobia. I envision a community where we have built political and economic systems that promote people before profit.

From this vision comes an integrated policy infrastructure grounded on equal and accessible health care, housing, and education for all. My platform works toward living wages, indexed to inflation, and provides for climate justice by making substantial public investments in integrated transit, green energy, and a green economy.

I also look forward to building on recently enacted legislation, particularly in criminal justice reform. I’ll work to abolish solitary confinement, eliminate mandatory minimums, end cash bail, and decriminalize immigration—precursors to abolishing mass incarceration. I’ll work with advocates, lawmakers, and residents to continue expanding diversionary programming and replacing damaging prison environments with tools and opportunities for healing, personal/professional development, and transformative justice.

Ed. note: Rep. Sanchez did not respond to a request for an interview.

Nika Elugardo gives Jeffrey Sánchez a run for his money

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