Pa. Senate Approves Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a bill permitting medical marijuana in the state — despite the objections of Gov.Tom Corbett.
Here’s what they’re saying about the event:
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 43-7 in favor of medical marijuana. The measure was championed by state senator Daylin Leach, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat.
“This is going to help people who are in desperate situations,” he said.
The chamber's debate had been propelled by parents who believe a marijuana oil extract can help their children who suffer from seizures so debilitating that they worry about whether their child will survive another day. But proponents talked about the wider possibilities it has for treatment of other people, such as veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.
"It is cruel and heartless to deny people the best medicine that is available," Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, said during floor debate. "And it's time to stop treating this irrationally and saying, 'we're not going to let you have this, we're going to instead make you take far more dangerous and less effective drugs.' That's just not how we would want to be treated; it's not how we want our families to be treated."
Children are at risk of death every day they can't access a medical-marijuana oil that has been effective in treating intractable epilepsy, said Dana Ulrich, a Berks County mother whose 7-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with the condition.
But she said mothers who've lobbied for medical marijuana aren't only concerned about seizures, and Wednesday's victory was bittersweet because the bill has been amended to remove a majority of the conditions the original language would've allowed for treatment.
"We don't want to give off the impression that this is a whole victory," she said after the vote. "There are patients all over Pennsylvania who are still going to be ignored if this becomes law."
Click here and scroll to the bottom to see a full list of which conditions will and won't be included for legal treatment with marijuana.
Young People Know Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Alcohol
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana opponents use children as a pawns in the game to keep marijuana prohibition in place. When asked why marijuana should remain illegal, people like Kevin Sabet almost always offer up the excuse that marijuana legalization will result in more young people consuming marijuana. The fact is, Colorado has seen a decrease in youth consumption of marijuana since marijuana was legalized there. That is a fact that Kevin Sabet seems to forget. Black market marijuana dealers don’t ask for ID, and marijuana is much more available in an unregulated system compared to a regulated one.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol, that fact is undeniable. Even Barack Obama has admitted as such. A poll was recently conducted that found out that young Americans are fully aware of this. Per Fire Dog Lake:
Young people think marijuana does much less harm to society than alcohol or tobacco. According to a Rare poll of adults 40 and younger, 47 percent believe alcohol does more harm to society, 27 percent think tobacco does, and only 13 percent picked marijuana as the most harmful of the three.
In addition, very young adults are the more likely they are to see alcohol as more harmful than weed. Among adults age 36-40 the ratio was only 33 percent to 24 percent, but among those under the age of 30 the ratio was an incredible 52 percent to 9 percent.
If people like Kevin Sabet wanted to protect America’s youth, then he would support marijuana regulation. Instead, he prefers to keep prohibition in place which increases access of marijuana to youth and makes it to where they are able to buy it on the black market without any regulations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Marijuana laws should reflect that fact.
Space Queen - Hybrid
Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization effort begins in California
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
SAN FRANCISCO -- A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.
The Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork with the California secretary of state's office registering a campaign committee to start accepting and spending contributions for a pot legalization initiative on the November 2016 state ballot, the group said.
The measure would be similar to those passed in 2012 by voters in Colorado and Washington, the first U.S. states to legalize commercial sales of marijuana to all adults over 21.
California, long the national leader in illegal marijuana production and home to a thriving, largely unregulated medical marijuana industry, is one of the 21 other states that currently allow marijuana use only for medical reasons. The drug remains illegal under federal law.
"Marijuana prohibition has had an enormously detrimental impact on California communities. It's been ineffective, wasteful and counterproductive. It's time for a more responsible approach," Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Rob Kampia said. "Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol just makes sense."
The Washington, D.C.-based group also has established campaign committees to back legalization measures in Arizona, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2016.
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will weigh in on marijuana legalization in November.
In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot initiative seeking to legalize recreational pot. The measure, just like the medical marijuana law the state approved in 1996, was the first of its kind. But along with opposition from law enforcement and elected officials, Proposition 19 faced unexpected resistance from medical marijuana users and outlaw growers in the state's so-called Emerald Triangle who worried legalization would lead to plummeting marijuana prices.
Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert predicted no such divisions would surface this time around.
Citing his group's experience in Colorado and the advantage of aiming for a presidential election year when voter turnout is higher, Tvert said legalization supporters would use the next two years to build a broad-based coalition and craft ballot language that addresses concerns of particular constituencies.
"Obviously, it's a whole different landscape in California, where it will cost probably as much or more to just get on the ballot as it did to run a winning campaign after getting on the ballot in Colorado," he said.
League of California Cities lobbyist Tim Cromartie, whose group opposed the state's 2010 pot legalization initiative and until this year fought legislative efforts to give the state greater oversight of medical marijuana, said Wednesday that it was too soon to say what kind of opposition, if any, would greet a 2016 campaign.
Lynne Lyman, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said her group expects to play a major role in the legalization effort and already has started raising money. Lyman said the goal is to have an initiative written by next summer. She estimated that a pro-legalization campaign would cost $8 million to $12 million.
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