Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In New York Senate
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
New York — Today, New York State Senator Liz Krueger introduced a bill to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. The bill would end the criminalization of adults 18 years and older who possess up to two ounces of marijuana and would create a regulatory system allowing for the retail sale of marijuana to those over the age of 21, much like the current system for regulating alcohol. Recent polls show a majority of Americans now support taxing and regulating marijuana.
New York’s current marijuana policies are widely recognized as broken. Approximately 600,000 people, mostly young Black and Latino men, have been arrested for marijuana possession in NY since 1997, saddling them with criminal records that impede their ability to obtain jobs, student loans, and housing.
“Prohibition of marijuana is a policy that just hasn’t worked, no matter how you look at it, and it’s time to have an honest conversation about what we should do next,” said Sen. Krueger. “The illegal marijuana economy is alive and well, and our unjust laws are branding nonviolent New Yorkers, especially young adults, as criminals, creating a vicious cycle that ruins lives and needlessly wastes taxpayer dollars. Worst of all, this system has resulted in a civil rights disaster: African Americans are dramatically more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites, despite similar rates of marijuana use among both groups.”
In New York City, marijuana possession is the number one arrest, and NY makes more marijuana arrests than every other state in the country, including California, Florida and Texas. Nearly 97% of all marijuana offenses in New York were for mere possession. The vast majority of those arrested (85%) are Black and Latino, mostly young men, even though numerous government studies report that young white men use marijuana at higher rates.
“As a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent the past fifteen years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, I can tell you that the claims about the harms associated with marijuana use have been greatly exaggerated in the media,” said Dr. Carl Hart, associate professor of psychology at Columbia University. “Far greater harm results from arresting people for marijuana possession and the racial disparities of those arrests.”
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, December, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Baby Bree's Story
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
The effectiveness of parenting does not depend on the usage of cannabis. Those of you that have heard of little baby Bree Green know this very well. For those that have been living in the shadows, baby Bree is an 8-month-old that was forcibly removed from her parents care, after authorities deemed the parents not fit to care for their child due to their marijuana use. Michigan law allows caregivers to grow small amounts of plants in their homes and the law also states that unless the person's behavior creates an unreasonable source of danger to the child. The danger has to be seriously apparent and must be proven. In Bree's case, both of her parents are caregivers. Her father suffers from epilepsy and her mother uses cannabis to combat multiple sclerosis symptoms.
This is not the first time that parents have suffered because of their belief in cannabis. Parents of children who are using RSO for cancer treatments have had child services called on them because they do no subject their child to chemo. The people calling claim that the parents are abusing their children. Not only is this a ridiculous claim, but an ass backwards one. Putting a child through chemotherapy can be traumatizing. Ask a cancer survivor who suffered while young. They'll tell you how horrifying it is to lay in a hospital bed, waiting for their heart monitor to flatline. No child should have to do that and those that don't see the attempted effort to help the children are blind.
Baby Bree has thankfully be returned to her parents, after a long and exhausting legal battle with the state. This is a great accomplishment for the cannabis community, even though the child should have never been removed from her home in the first place. There are so many factors in this situation that make Bree's parents amazing people. Parents shouldn't be punished for simply trying to help their kids avoid suffering. Modern medicine is extremely unstable in children most of the time and there can be long lasting effects. And the parents of children should be allowed to be caregivers without the threat of their children being taken. Being punished for trying to help themselves and others? Not okay.
Pros And Cons Of Hemp Production
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Growing hemp is a bursting industry. There are millions of dollars to be made as the amazing (non psychoactive) form of cannabis beings to take root in the US. The plant can be used for just about anything, from clothing to fuel. A lot of people think that growing hemp could eliminate a lot of the problems that the United States are dealing with. Saving fossil fuels and trees is very important with the human population constantly growing and hemp is the one plant that can help with that.
As said above, the benefits of hemp are endless. It takes up less space and yields a great deal more than cotton. It doesn't get you stoned either, so it's technically not even a drug. By inhaling this stuff, all you're likely to get is a massive headache and a strong drive to get real bud. Hemp is in the process of making a lot of people rich as well, showing how much of a financial gain it would be if the hemp industry were to really take hold.
While the majority of the facts about hemp are pros, there are some cons as well. Since hemp plants don't depend on gender like the cannabis plant, there is no need to pull the males from the crop. If the males in a hemp crop are producing a large amount of pollen and there's a medical cannabis outdoor grow somewhere close by, a windy day can result in the destruction of an entire cannabis field. Which means that there will have to be measures put in place to make sure that doesn't happen.
The most money to be made from cannabis relies on the medical aspect. As an incredible medicine, cannabis is sure to bring hope in to a lot of peoples' lives that have tried all that they can for a cure. But if both hemp and cannabis were allowed to be produced without bullying from the federal government, there is a large amount of money to be made and an even bigger amount of people to be helped. It is incredibly important to know the benefits of industrial hemp as well as medical marijuana, as both can benefit the economy and society overall.
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