Team Fr33dom member Sarah Bales at the San Francisco “Free Bradley” rally
On Saturday Bradley Manning will mark his 1,000th day imprisoned without trial. In the course of those thousand days, from the moment he was formally put into pre-trial confinement on 19 May 2010 on suspicion of being the source of the WikiLeaks disclosures, Manning has been on a long and eventful journey.
It has taken him from the desert of Iraq, where he was arrested at a military operating base outside Baghdad, to a prison tent in Kuwait. From there he endured his infamous harsh treatment at Quantico Marine base in Virginia, and for the last 14 months he has attended a series of pre-trial hearings at Fort Meade in Maryland, the latest of which begins next week.
For the small band of reporters who have tracked the prosecution of Private First Class Manning, the journey has also been long and eventful. Not in any way comparable, of course; none of us have been ordered to strip naked or put in shackles, and we have all been free to go home at night without the prospect of a life sentence hanging over us.
Hemp. The Gutenberg Bible was printed on it. It’s an ingredient in cosmetics and soaps, and you can even design clothes with it. But it’s illegal to grow it in the U.S. because Federal Law considers it a Controlled Substance, per the Controlled Substance Act. But that could soon change thanks to a bill proposing to legalize its growth.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 just got a new and unexpected supporter in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who, along with Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, is on board with legalizing industrial hemp farming. Also backing the legislation is fellow Kentuckian Senator Rand Paul.
PRAGUE — Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed into law legislation that makes it legal in the Czech Republic to use marijuana for medical treatment.
Klaus gave his approval on Friday, after the law had been approved by both houses of Parliament.
It allows marijuana to be imported and later grown locally by registered firms licensed for such activity, which is currently illegal.
Patients will need a prescription from a doctor to get the drug at pharmacies, and treatment will not be covered by health insurance. Patients wouldn’t be allowed to grow marijuana at home.
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