Phoenix lawmaker pushes for full legalization of marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX -- Saying legislation is better than a voter initiative, the Number 2 Democrat in the state House wants colleagues to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix pointed out that proponents of making marijuana legal for adults are gearing up to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. And Gallego said he believes that Arizona voters, who approved the drug for medical use three years ago, may be ready to take the next step.
But Gallego warned that anything adopted by voters is pretty much cemented into place: The Arizona Constitution sharply limits lawmakers from tinkering with anything approved at the ballot, even if they find major flaws.
So Gallego is proposing to have the issue debated through the legislative process, with the idea that lawmakers are better suited to coming up with a comprehensive plan -- and one without unforeseen problems -- than outsiders circulating petitions.
The head of the House Judiciary Committee, through which Gallego's measure would have to pass, acknowledged that attitudes about marijuana in Arizona are becoming more liberal. In fact, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said voters might even approve a legalization measure at the ballot.
But Farnsworth said he's still opposed to the idea. And he said just because it might be approved at the poll is no reason for him and others who don't want marijuana legalized to vote to support it at the Capitol.
Gallego, who said he's never tried marijuana, said one reason to legalize the drug is purely economic: the costs to the state of jailing people for marijuana possession.
He acknowledged that a 1996 voter-approved measure generally allows first- and second-time offenders to escape incarceration. But Gallego said prosecutors use the fact that someone had marijuana when arrested for something to boost their prison sentence.
He also said that those with marijuana possession convictions face other problems, like becoming ineligible for federal Pell grants and federally backed student loans.
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Ace of Spades
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Florida Couple Smuggles 11 Pounds Of Bud...On Accident?
Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Smuggling marijuana takes a lot of thought and skill. Getting caught is always the last option on the list. So how does a Florida couple manage to smuggle 11 pounds of pot in their luggage without even knowing that it's there? As unbelievable as it sounds, it happened to a couple from Key Largo. The husband and wife transported the 11 pounds of pot in their suitcases for 900 miles before discovering the green cargo.
The couple rents properties in other states, including a home in Louisiana. One day back in July, a package arrived at the rental home and was found by the housekeeper,. She contacted the owners of the home, who were in Florida at the time. The owners said to send the package back to UPS. But the shipping company sent it back for a second time and the housekeeper put the box inside the rental home.
On a recent vacation trip to the rental home, the couple found the box that had been left there. They opened it, finding it to be a few suitcases. Thinking that the luggage was being returned after a lost trip, the two packed the bags in to their car and began their journey back to Florida. When the two went back to Florida they opened the bags, which had been locked shut, to find that they were full of marijuana. They immediately called the sheriffs office, which in turn led to the weed being confiscated and "destroyed".
As said above, it's ironic that two people who had no idea that they had the pot on them managed to get 900 miles from point A to point B without getting caught. Lucky for them, however, because depending on the state that they were in at the time, it could've been a serious problem for the couple had they been pulled over and searched. Morale of the story? Don't carry strange luggage on long trips if you're unsure of what it contains.
We are Almost There Lets End The Marijuana War
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Yes, with United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the federal government generally won’t interfere with states’ cannabis policy, the American people, the economy, and the planet won another battle in the inevitable march to the victory known as the Drug Peace. America’s longest and most expensive war, the Drug War, following voter legalization of cannabis in Colorado and Washington in 2012, is nearly over.
This is not just my opinion. The world over, reaction to Holder’s caveat-laden promise is being interpreted as the first major signal from the federal government that the war on one of humanity’s longest utilized plants, one considerably safer than alcohol, is winding down. From the New York Times (whose editors ran a September 2 editorial in support of Holder’s policy statement) to Britain’s Guardian, which is closely covering U.S. drug policy developments and earlier reported that a majority of Brits want cannabis law reform in the UK, it’s hard to find opposition to the direction the last stages of the war are taking. This is terrific. We’re almost there.
But almost there is not there. If you’re an independent contractor, as I am with my words and images, you’ll know that the only thing that matters is what it says when you sign an agreement on the dotted line. Everything else is song and dance, is how I put it in Too High to Fail, which spells out a sustainable model for bringing cannabis, America’s number one crop, into the taxpaying economy.
What the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) says today is that the federal government considers cannabis to be a schedule one felony, more dangerous than cocaine and meth. Will the Attorney General’s words (and the accompanying lack of backlash) embolden the legislative branch to remove cannabis entirely from the CSA, as must happen, thus allowing states to regulate cannabis like alcohol, in turn bringing billions into the aboveground economy and crippling criminal organizations? Let us hope. Better still: let us call our congressperson and senators.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
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