D.C. councilman to introduce bill legalizing marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, September, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Legalized pot in the nation's capital is no pipe dream.
D.C. councilman David Grosso plans to introduce legislation Sept. 17 that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the city — with a dance with Mary Jane possibly replacing the played-out Potomac two-step.
"If we're going to have alcohol legal in this country, I don't see any reason why we couldn't have marijuana legal," Grosso said — bluntly.
The bill will outline a plan for regulating and taxing marijuana sales and create licensing requirements for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, Grosso told The Washington Times.
It will also reportedly enable pot smokers to grow small amount of cannabis on their property.
Grosso, who is still working on the bill, thinks a few attempts might be needed before the legislation passes, but hopes this first round will spark a debate.
"The motivation for decriminalization simply has been the issue of the war on drugs and the disproportionate impact on African-American youths getting criminal records," Wells told The Washington Times.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Dodger hits three homers, displays marijuana hat in locker
Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Maybe it’s just a tribute to celebrated Dodgers fan Snoop Dogg.
Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe hit three home runs in Monday night’s thrashing of the Diamondbacks. It was the first three-homer game of Uribe’s 13-year career. It even earned him a curtain call.
After the game, Uribe spoke to reporters by his locker, as players do. Only unlike most players, Uribe held court in front of a hat that appeared to have a giant marijuana leaf on it.
First off, it’s just a hat. It’s not like Uribe gave a postgame interview on camera with a giant bag of weed visible in his locker. Second, medical marijuana is legal in California, and maybe Juan Uribe needs help managing his glaucoma pain or something. Or maybe he just saw Snoop Dogg wearing a similar hat in the video for Nuthin’ But a G Thang and thought it looked cool.
Read more: http://ftw.usatoday.com
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.”
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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