Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Arizona is pushing to legalize Recreational Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
A north Phoenix man has launched an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Arizona.
Dennis Bohlke, the 59-year-old computer programmer who is leading the effort, said the Safer Arizona initiative is modeled after Colorado’s newly enacted law, which taxes and regulates marijuana.
“The intent of the initiative is to legalize marijuana in Arizona and to treat it as we treat alcohol,” said Bohlke.
The effort would amend the state Constitution to allow people 18 and older “to consume or possess limited amounts” of marijuana. The initiative would allow state officials to license grow facilities, marijuana stores and other facilities.
The initiative needs 259,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014, to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
Bohlke said he has no major financial backing to fund signature gathering. He said he has spoken with Republican, “tea party” and Democratic lawmakers about his effort and that while they would not support him, they “were very receptive” of his effort.
Bohlke acknowledged it will be challenging to gather the signatures necessary to place the initiative on the ballot without major funding.
In addition, law enforcement and prosecutors would likely mount a strong opposition campaign.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com
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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Colorado Localities Make Own Rules Before Final Decision on Marijuana Sales
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
AURORA, Colo. — As Colorado moves closer to issuing temporary regulations on the sale of marijuana, now legal in small quantities here, some cities and towns are not waiting for the new rules to take effect.
More than a dozen municipalities across the state have decided to enact moratoriums on retail marijuana sales, restricting them for now or at least until after the rules are finalized later this year.
Others, unsettled at the prospect of dispensaries within their borders, have banned marijuana sales entirely — which they are permitted to do under Amendment 64, the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by voters that legalized recreational use of the drug.
“As we talked to our police department and our building code enforcement people, it didn’t seem to be a very logical answer for us,” said Mayor Tom Norton of Greeley, a conservative farm town north of Denver that banned marijuana sales outright this month. “It seemed like it had the potential for creating more mischief than what we wanted to put up with.”
Discussions about how marijuana is to be regulated, and how the state will handle a legal drug market, played a central role during Colorado’s 2013 legislative session. Meanwhile, communities from Littleton to Vail have taken it upon themselves to ponder the issue publicly.
In the past six months, a task force of lawmakers, representatives of the state’s growing marijuana industry and others have wrestled with developing the rules.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com
Overwhelming Majority Of New Yorkers Support Allowing Medical Marijuana For Patients In Need
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
Patients, Doctors and Nurses Gather in Albany for Press Conference and Rally to Demand NY Senate Pass Medical Marijuana Bill Immediately
Albany — Yesterday, dozens of patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, and other serious, debilitating medical conditions travelled from around the state to demand that the New York State Senate pass the Compassionate Care Act (S.4406/Savino) immediately. The bill, which would create one of the nation’s most tightly regulated medical marijuana programs, would allow seriously ill patients access to a small amount of marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.
Last week, the Assembly passed the bill with bipartisan vote of 99-41, the widest margin of the four times the bill has been passed in that chamber.
“From Delaware to Maine, almost every state allows medical use of marijuana,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried, noting that 18 states and the District of Columbia currently have medical marijuana laws. ”If the patient and physician agree that a severe debilitating or life-threatening condition should be treated with medical marijuana, the government should not stand in the way. This is sensible, strict, and humane legislation,” Gottfried added.
A recent Siena Poll found that an overwhelming 82% of New York voters support medical marijuana, including 81% of both Republicans and Democrats. Despite this broad support, the Senate has never let the bill come to the floor for a vote.
“I have suffered from excruciating nausea and pain from the many chemotherapy treatments I have undergone,” said Nancy Rivera,Troy resident and survivor of two bouts of breast cancer, colon cancer and throat cancer. “During a series of chemo and radiation treatments, I lost 40 pounds in 3 months. I have never used medical marijuana since it is not legal; however, I think all cancer patients should have the legal option of trying medical marijuana if their provider recommends it.”
“As someone who has lived with HIV/AIDS for 20 years, I know that medical marijuana can help with the side effects of HIV medications,” said Dawn Carney of Mount Vernon. “It is simply wrong that New Yorkers living with serious and life-threatening conditions have to break the law just to use a medication that can relieve their symptoms. Patients have suffered long enough! It’s time for the Senate to pass this bill,” she said.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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