Marijuana Policy Project Plans For Legalization In 10 States
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
In the wake of the Department of Justice's decision to allow Washington and Colorado to regulate marijuana laws without federal intervention, reform group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) announced a lofty goal Monday to get legalization on the ballot in 10 states by 2017.
"MPP will work with local and national allies to pass voter initiatives in at least five states and bills in five state legislatures to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with systems in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol," wrote MPP in a statement sent to The Huffington Post.
Though both Colorado and Washington voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use in November, the Obama administration's nine-month delay in announcing whether it would allow the legislation to proceed without federal intervention left action on the new laws stagnant. But with Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement, other states may now step forward with similar legislation.
The Huffington Post reported:
But the move also, and perhaps more importantly, throws open the gates for other states to pursue similar pot legalization efforts, so long as they include "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Experts on both sides of the issue have already said they expect to see movement come quickly.
MPP has taken the announcement as a green light to help move similar legalization laws forward in other states. The group has rolled out a plan for its legalization efforts in 2014, 2016 and 2017, indicating attempts at bills or initiatives in 10 states.
“Most Americans are tired of seeing their tax dollars used to arrest and prosecute adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” said MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia in the statement. “Voters and state legislators are ready for change, and the federal government appears to be ready, as well.”
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's medical marijuana revisions pass
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
(CNN) -- The New Jersey General Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill Monday that will "ease access" and expand patient options, including allowing qualified children to consume edible forms of marijuana.
The bill, which has undergone numerous amendments, has passed in the Senate and needs Gov. Chris Christie's signature to become law.
Christie vetoed the original bill in August and said he would sign legislation that included a rule that edible marijuana would be dispensed only to minors and that a psychiatrist and a physician both would have to approve before a minor could join the program.
The final version of the bill -- which was approved in a 70-1-4 vote -- includes both of Christie's demands, according to a news release from the New Jersey Assembly Democrats.
Christie said last month he was worried about going "down the slippery slope of broadening a program and making it easier to get marijuana that wouldn't necessarily go to other people."
The bill was originally proposed after Brian and Meghan Wilson of Union City began a campaign to get what could be life-saving treatment for their 2-year old daughter, Vivian. She suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy for which anti-seizure medicine is ineffective, according to the news release.
"For Vivian and many children like her, marijuana may be the only treatment that can provide life-changing relief," Assemblywoman Linda Stender, who sponsored the bill, said in the news release. "As a state, we should not stand in the way of that, and today's vote is definitely a step forward."
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, September, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
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