Push is on to legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
TALLAHASSEE — From the beginning, the legislative push to legalize medical marijuana came with a deep-seated sense of impending doom.
“Slim to none,” was the chances state Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, gave a bill she filed this year to legalize medical marijuana.
Her comments came during an April 1 news conference with more than a month left in the legislative session. Her bill, and a one filed by state Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, did not receive a committee hearing this session.
Though supporters hit a legislative brick wall, legalization supporters did maintain a sense of optimism. And for good reason.
Two days before the Capitol news conference, John Morgan, one of the state’s most prominent attorneys, stroked a $100,000 check to People United for Medical Marijuana, a political committee gearing up to push a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan, who is a top Democratic donor, is also the committee’s chairman.
He got involved because two decades ago his father used marijuana to help his battle with cancer.
“He was against illegal drugs, but my brother Tim said ‘You might want to try this,’” Morgan said. “He had an appetite and his anxiety went down.”
The effort to legalize medical marijuana has been around for a few years, but has lacked the momentum that Morgan brings to the effort.
Read more: http://staugustine.com
Black Diamond mini nug
Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
The DEA seized 17 million pounds of marijuana; enough to give everyone in the world two joints
Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Between January 2005 and October 2011, there were more than 128,000 drug seizures by the US Customs and DEA, reports show. What they didn’t tell us is that out of those 128,000 seizures they somehow accumulated:
17,000,000lbs of marijuana
That is a staggering amount of weed. No word on whether it was one 16.999 million pound bust and one mason jar of schwag or whether it was 17 million individual pounds, but either way you slice it, that is an insane amount of weed. It is enough weed, if you packed it tightly, to cover the infield of a major league baseball stadium 101ft high. It is enough weed to give everyone in the world two joints. Really. The Philadelphia Enquirer has done the math. Click on over there for more examples.
You could make one single joint 583 feet high …
Read more: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com
Don't Fire California Teachers for Private Marijuana Use
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
ROLE MODELS ARE HUMANS TOO - The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Behind a veiled claim of protecting the public, collateral sanctions continue to be heaped upon those arrested for using drugs. While these policies may be well intentioned, they are creating an inter-generational chain reaction that unjustly impacts entire communities for decades to come.
Every time a well-intentioned lawmaker adds another collateral sanction or lifetime punishment for a drug violation, they advance the New Jim Crow (the impetus for segregation), and further arm the drug war, which has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latino communities.
Such is the case of AB 375 by Joan Buchanan, Democrat of Livermore, California. In the main, it's a good bill, making it easier to suspend or fire teachers who are charged with or convicted of sex offenses, or other serious misconduct. However, it also includes provisions to make it easier to drum a teacher out of his or her job for low level drug offenses, including using marijuana on their own time, away from school, or growing or using marijuana recommended by their doctor.
While it is not the intent of this bill to disqualify greater numbers of Black and Latino teachers than whites that is its likely effect. In 2010, the arrest rate for marijuana misdemeanors per 100,000 persons varied greatly by race: Black: 473 per 100,000; Latino: 169; White: 142; Asian: 65.
Policies that deny college funding, business and contractors licenses, deny food stamps and other public assistance such as healthcare and housing, and even remove the right to vote, based on a nonviolent drug conviction, further disenfranchise Black and Latino communities, building a permanent underclass of untouchables.
But it doesn't stop there. As an unintended consequence of the effort to destroy the lives and abilities for success among those who use drugs, policymakers are systematically removing the mentors of the next generation and quashing the examples they might have set for today's youth.
To be clear, teachers can already be dismissed for being intoxicated on the job, or if their use involves a minor. These are policies that Drug Policy Alliance wholeheartedly supports. However, AB 375 would police the private lives of teachers and make dismissal a reality for behavior conducted on their own time, including cultivating or using marijuana for personal medical use.
Whenever the punishments for drug arrests or drug convictions are widened, as is the case in this bill, the lifetime collateral consequences fall hardest on people of color, their families and communities.
Read more: http://www.citywatchla.com
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