New York Governor To Legalize Medical Marijuana Through Executive Action
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has plans this week to announce an executive action that would legalize medical marijuana. Governor Cuomo’s plan is a strict one, but would be a step in the right direction. According to media reports out of New York the executive action would allow 20 hospitals across New York to prescribe marijuana to people with cancer, glaucoma and/or other conditions that meet standards to eventually be set by the New York State Department of Health.
No other state medical marijuana program was created by an executive action. The first ones were via the initiative process because politicians weren’t prepared to pass legislation to create medical marijuana programs. Then, slowly, state Legislatures created programs. This is definitely a welcomed third route for legalizing medical marijuana, and one that I hope other Governor’s will pursue.
According to the New York Times, “The governor’s action also comes as advocates for changing drug laws have stepped up criticism of New York City’s stringent enforcement of marijuana laws, which resulted in nearly 450,000 misdemeanor charges from 2002 to 2012, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates more liberal drug laws.”
Medical marijuana has had growing support in New York for quite awhile now. It’s a shame that it has taken this long for New York patients to finally get the legal protection they deserve. The fight is far from over. Just because the Governor issues an executive action doesn’t mean that there won’t be push back inside and outside of the state. And until every patient has safe access to safe medicine, activists in New York should remain as active as possible.
Cannabis In CO
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, January, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
Well it's happened. Cannabis has become legal in two states and the day has passed where stores opened their doors to hundreds if not thousands of stoners, eager to get their hands on the first batch of legal cannabis since the drug war began and people began referring to the plant as Devil's Lettuce. It's definitely amazing that we are able to see the beginning of a cannabis accepting society, in which stoners are no longer prosecuted and disliked.
CNN came up with a list of a few things that people should know about the new laws that are being put forth by Colorado officials in order to keep the cannabis trade under control. With shops worrying every day about whether their supply will last until close and cannabis tourism growing in to a bigger business every day, raking in the money for the state, people are starting to worry that this will form a problem in the future.
1. How is cannabis legal?
Because democracy. Because we're still allowed to vote. The citizens of Colorado voted to have this measure passed and thankfully, the officials listened.
2. Why legalize?
Cannabis will save taxpayers billions of dollars a year, not to mention create a huge revenue for the state itself, since cannabis is a huge tourism attraction.
3. Is medical separate from recreational?
Yes. Recreational marijuana will have a 25% tax on it, as well as a state tax. This makes marijuana one of the highest taxed products in the state. Medical users do not have to pay the 25% tax and will continue to receive their medicine at the normal price. Medical shops and recreational shops will be separated.
4. How much pot can one purchase at one time?
Recreational users that are 21 or older can purchase up to an ounce at a time with a Colorado issued ID. Those from out of state can buy up to a quarter. Recreational users can also share weed with another, being able to "gift" in amounts up to an ounce.
5. Where can I light up?
Not in the park! Or in the street! Or anywhere that's considered public. Be careful when toking up, as you can still get ticketed for smoking in a public place. However, you can smoke on private properties so you're safe at your buddies house or curled up in bed on a snowy day.
6. Can I grow my own?
You can still grow your own bud. A person may have up to six plants in their home but the garden must be enclosed and locked.
7. If I'm underage, can I still smoke?
Person's under the age of 21 can't buy weed but for those 18-21, marijuana has been decriminalized, allowing these young people to avoid jail time and receive a fine instead. Those that are under 18 can still be sent to a juvenile facility if found in possession of cannabis.
8. Can you get a marijuana DUI?
Yes. They can measure the amount of THC in your blood and it must be below 5 nanograms. How exactly they plan to test drivers for cannabis consumption is a mystery, since the amount of THC that remains in a person depends upon the person. Everyone is different. The marijuana DUI is still a work in progress.
9. What about our friends the Feds?
As always, this relationship is one of extreme strain. In August, the Feds said that they would no longer interfere with the legal states. However, we can't really be sure that the Feds will stand by that statement or not.
San Diego Man Busted For Marijuana Dies In Border Patrol Custody
Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
A San Diego man detained by the Border Patrol after being caught carrying three pounds of marijuana died in a holding cell Christmas Eve. Steven Keith, 58, becomes the 41st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
According to the Associated Press, Keith was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 in Southern California, and authorities found the marijuana, along with unspecified drug paraphernalia and traces of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
He was then arrested and placed in a holding cell, where he collapsed shortly thereafter. Paramedics were unable to revive him.
The Border Patrol said it is cooperating with an investigation being undertaken by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, but as NBC San Diego reported, local human rights activists are pointing out that Keith’s is only the latest death in Border Patrol custody.
“Since 2010, we have had more than 20 individuals who have died while in Border Patrol custody. We don’t have any answers as to what happened in any of those cases. Those are all pending investigation or investigations that have never even started,” said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego. “We haven’t seen any outcomes on any of the other cases,” Guerrero said. “And so, it should be concerning to the general public and for the family that this is yet another case. We’re just mounting up cases is all we’re doing. We’re not getting any answers.”
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