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Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder


Pot Matters: Marijuana and the Grand Old Party

Category: Politics | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

The latest Republican presidential debate included some discussion of marijuana legalization.  

Chris Christie is against it; Rand Paul is for it; Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina want to increase funding and attention to drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration; and many candidates have expressed their support for states' rights to have different policies than the federal government.

Supporters of marijuana legalization approve and appreciate Paul’s positions on drug policy reform, as well as the support for legalization provided by libertarians now and consistently in the past.

For many in the media, the discussion during the debate suggested that Republicans are warming to the idea of state level legalization. For example, MSNBC published a piece entitled, “GOPers open the door to legal marijuana.” has a piece focusing on how Chris Christie remains the only candidate outright opposed to legalization, promising to apply federal law in Colorado and other legalized states. 

All in all, Republicans are being portrayed as embracing a policy of benign neglect toward marijuana reform. Hands-off, not a priority, got better things to do... Frankly, this is also the policy of many Democrats.

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North Carolina Hemp Legalization Bill Heads To Governor For Signature

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

industrial hemp cultivationAs America becomes more environmentally conscience, more and more states are considering hemp reform. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant, and can do anything that petroleum products do, without the undesirable effects on the environment. The hemp industry in America is huge, and is getting bigger every year that goes by. Right now entrepreneurs have to import their hemp from other countries to turn it into the things that they sell. In a better scenario, they would be able to grow it on their own domestically.

North Carolina has become the latest state to be on the verge of legalizing industrial hemp. Per The Joint Blog:

North Carolina’s full Senate – with an 101 to 7 vote – has given approval to an amended version of Senate Bill 313, which allows industrial hemp to be cultivated in the state for the first time in decades. Having already passed the House of Representatives, it now heads to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.

If signed into law by Governor McCrory, or allowed to become law without his signature, the measure would establish anIndustrial Hemp Commission which would oversee a hemp pilot program. The commission would be tasked with granting licenses to farmers as well as the state’s A&T University to cultivate industrial hemp.

“I did run an industrial hemp bill several years ago and had opposition from the law enforcement community,” said the bill’s primary sponsor Senator Stan Bingham. According to Bingham, law enforcement no longer objects. 

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Latest US Sentencing Reform Effort Is More Hype Than Guts

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

While federal lawmakers were busy getting nothing done in Washington, D.C. last week, there was at least some harmony on the hill regarding the issue of sentencing reform.

After several months of negotiations, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois struck a deal within the U.S Senate by introducing “The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.” The proposal begs to impose modest changes to the criminal justice system in the United States that would create more flexible guidelines in the area of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. 

The bill is being hailed by supporters as one of the most substantial criminal justice reforms to be introduced since the inception of the War on Drugs—a signal that some believe to be an indication that a treacherous era is finally coming to an end.

The legislation, however, is not exactly salvation’s wings.

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