D.C. Councilmember: "Marijuana Does Not Do Harm, It's Not A Gateway Drug"
Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A bill introduced Wednesday by D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital.
The bill would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.
The measure was prompted in part by an American Civil Liberties Union report that found the District of Columbia leads the nation in per capita arrests for marijuana possession.
Councilmember David Grosso, one of nine co-sponsors of the bill, strongly supports decriminalization in the District for a multitude of reasons.
“It’s time for us to recognize that marijuana does not do harm,” said Grosso. “It’s not a gateway drug like people think it is. It’s not causing massive accidents or causing people to go crazy on the streets. And it’s just leading a lot of kids right to jail. Until they’re able to purchase this in a regular store and not have any consequences, that’s what it’s going to continue to do.”
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The ACLU report also states about 90 percent of those arrested for marijuana possession are black.
“For too many years we’ve put non-violent drug offenders behind bars, disproportionately affecting African-American males, especially in the District of Columbia,” Grosso said. “It’s time for us to step up and stop that from happening. The way to stop that is decriminalization.”
Read more: http://washington.cbslocal.com
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Legalize marijuana in Pa.?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Any time you go to a civic event in Harrisburg that gives the public a chance to speak, odds are good that a graying, older woman named Ava Berg will show up and use the forum to advocate for her favorite cause, legalizing marijuana.
That’s what happened Thursday evening at Harrisburg Hope’s well-attended forum on promoting economic development, held at Hamilton Health Center, a sparkling new facility that is a point of pride in the struggling neighborhood of Allison Hill.
When Berg stepped up to the microphone, the panelists and most in the audience knew what was coming, and looked politely amused. Having heard her several times before, I did too – until she made this point:
Forty years ago, you could get arrested for playing the numbers. Now, she said, the lottery yields the state $3 billion dollars a year. (Her number is high for the lottery, but if you add in the state’s take from casino gambling, it’s pretty close to $3 billion.)
Legalizing marijuana is a ready-at-hand economic development idea that would actually work, Berg said. It’s something you can do almost anywhere and would create jobs and tax revenue.
Berg noted that other states have legalized dope (Washington state and Colorado). She claimed 85 percent of Pennsylvanians favor legalization — but she neglected to mention that those results are only for medical use of marijuana, not toking up for fun. A Franklin and Marshall poll in May found that, for now at least, a majority of voters (54 percent) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana.
Read more: http://www.pennlive.com
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, July, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Pot brownies not 'usable' under Michigan's medical marijuana law, appeals court rules
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING -- Baked goods and other food containing THC, marijuana's active ingredient, are not "usable marijuana" under Michigan's medical marijuana law unless they contain actual plant material, an appeals court has ruled.
However, registered medical marijuana patients who possess THC-laced foods may still be able to claim immunity from prosecution under a different section of the law.
The ruling comes in a case centering on a January 27, 2011 traffic stop in Oakland County. Police charged Earl Cantrell Chambers with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after a search of his car revealed "marijuana found in various locations within the vehicle, including mason jars, plastic bags, and a binder of plastic pouches, as well as containers of brownies that were individually labeled to indicate the weight of the brownie and content of medical marijuana," according to the Michigan Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday.
Chambers also had "packaging materials, including Glad zipper bags, labels, price labels, plastic portion cup lids, a vacuum sealer, and a grinder," the opinion states, and paperwork indicating sales had been made to a list of people.
When arrested, Chambers presented both a medical marijuana identification card, a caregiver certificate and applications for four patients. Chambers was tried and convicted of possession with intent to deliver and sentenced to 33 days in jail and three years of probation.
On appeal, Chambers argued he should have been allowed to claim immunity under Section 4 of the medical marijuana law, which protects patients from prosecution if they possess no more than 2.5 ounces of "usable marijuana" and protects caregivers if they possess that amount for each registered patient.
Read more: http://www.mlive.com
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