Colorado To Grant Nine Million Dollars For Medical Marijuana Research
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
Colorado is about to start the largest state-funded effort to research medical marijuana. A bill was signed earlier this year that approved millions of dollars for marijuana research in Colorado. The bill should result in roughly 9 million dollars in research grants being handed out over the next five years.
Marijuana research has always been hindered by the federal government, who does it’s own research in secret and tries to fight attempts by others. There have been privately funded research projects, but those projects are always limited by funding. California has spent 8.7 million dollars on research over the last twelve years, which is some of the most solid information ever released and is relied upon by many people in the industry.
It’s great to see the State of Colorado step up research, which will not only benefit Colorado, but also other states that will get to look at the results of the research. Marijuana supporters have always wanted scientific studies, and are willing to let the truth speak for itself. The same cannot be said for marijuana opponents, who deep down know that the scientific results will make it harder to spread their propaganda. That’s why they fight so hard against it. Per the Denver Post:
“Our intent is to be rigorous scientifically, but to also act with some expediency because these are products that a large percentage of our population is using today,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer of the health department. “We want to make sure that what’s happening out there in everyday practice isn’t harming people.”
The future of marijuana science is bright. I can’t wait to see what information the Colorado research turns up. Suffering patients will benefit from the information, as will future marijuana reform campaigns. I wonder how Kevin Sabet will try to spin this into a bad thing?
Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Legalize Marijuana Because It's God's 'Miraculous' Creation
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
Oklahoma state Sen. Constance Johnson (D) announced Friday the filing of a statewide initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, citing God's creation of "this wonderful, miraculous plant" as a basis for comprehensive marijuana reform.
"We're putting forth Genesis 1:29 as the basis of this campaign," Johnson told supporters at the state capitol Friday, according to KFOR. "God created this wonderful, miraculous plant and we know that it has been vilified for the last 100 years, and it's time to change that in Oklahoma."
The petition, which aims to legalize up to one ounce of recreational marijuana and three ounces of medical marijuana, would require at least 160,000 signatures from registered voters within three months to appear on the November statewide ballot.
Johnson, who has partnered up with Oklahoma City criminal defense lawyer David Slane to advance the initiative, blamed existing marijuana policies for filling up the state's prisons with "non-violent, marijuana possessing people."
The petition proposes a $7 tax per ounce of recreational marijuana, 30 percent of which would be directed to the Department of Education, 20 percent to the Oklahoma City County Health Department and the remainder to the general revenue fund.
"We've experienced anything from downright disregard to ignoring us to telling us to, 'Go to hell' pretty much. And this is where we've had to go," Johnson, who has previously made several unsuccessful attempts to reform Oklahoma's marijuana policies, said Friday. "We're taking this to a vote of the people because we know the people of the State of Oklahoma, in spite of what the policymakers refuse to do, want to have a voice on this matter."
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, June, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
Jamaica to decriminalize personal marijuana possession
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
The Jamaican government has decided to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as "ganja."
Minister of Justice Mark Golding made the announcement at an afternoon news conference on Thursday saying that Jamaica's Dangerous Drugs Act would be formally amended this summer.
The cabinet of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the decision on June 2, he said.
"Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical-medicinal purposes," he said.
"Approval has been given also to a proposal for the decriminalization of the use of ganja for religious purposes," he said.
Uruguay recently became the latest country to legalize marijuana use, joining several countries in Europe as well as the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington.
Possession of small quantities of the drug would become a non-arrestable, ticketable infraction in Jamaica resulting in a fine, Golding said.
"Too many of our young people have ended up with criminal convictions after being caught with a 'spliff,' something that has affected their ability to do things like get jobs and get visas to travel overseas," Golding said.
He added that the government would propose a bill in the Jamaican Parliament soon that will expunge the criminal records of people convicted for possession of small amounts of the drug, which is grown widely across Jamaica.
Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/
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