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These Are The Next 13 States That Could Legalize Marijuana...

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization advocates are hopeful that the Colorado and Washington will be just the first in a wave of states to legalize marijuana over the next 12 months, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
In an email to Business Insider, St. Pierre said that his organization forecasts that several states — including Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota and Nevada — will consider marijuana legalization measures in the coming months. 
 
"The New England states have been a ‘hot bed’ for the last few years," he told Business Insider via email.  "Recent victories for reformers in Washington and Colorado have breathed more legislative and media attention into these proposed legislative measures."
NORML tracks ongoing legislation and ballot measures in all 50 states. By its count, 13 will consider initiatives for legalization either through legislation or ballot measures. 
 
In addition to those states mentioned above, Virginia will call for a legalization commission to explore the policy. NORML also counts Oregon as another possible state, even though a ballot measure was voted down in November.
A key question, however, is how federal law enforcement will respond to legalization in Colorado and Washington. So far, the Justice Department has not made any moves to respond to the two states' defiance of federal policy, though it is still reportedly weighing taking legal action.
 
But support for legalization has been growing steadily, gaining support for lawmakers and prominent public figures. Notably, a bipartisan group of representatives in Congress recently introduced the "Respect States' and Citizen's Rights Act of 2012," a bill that states that state marijuana laws should not be preempted by federal laws.
 

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Blueberry Haze

Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

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Detroit police remain unclear on handling of marijuana possession in wake of legalization

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
DETROIT — Detroit voters overwhelmingly supported decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana in November, but so far it doesn't appear anything has changed from the government or legal perspectives. 
 
Not one of the four agencies MLive Detroit spoke to about the law said they have instructed officers to discontinue arrests or citations for marijuana possession in the city, based on the guidelines of the proposal.
 
The proposal voters passed 65-35 over a month ago says it's now legal for anyone over 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property in Detroit. 
 
State police said the proposal has no bearing on their enforcement operations. Get caught with pot and you'll be cited under a misdemeanor violation of state possession laws and subject to $2,000 in fines and up to a year in jail, said State Police Lt. Mike Shaw. 
 
"We don’t enforce local ordinances, so nothing has changed for us," Shaw said. "Mariuana is still illegal for us according to state law. Anyone who doesn't have a medical marijuana card will be arrested for state possession" violation.
 
Shaw said any agency is allowed to write a violation based on the state law, even with the success of the proposal. 
 
The Detroit Police Department seems to be in limbo on the matter.
 

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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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New York State Voters Want Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
High-strung New Yorkers are ready for a little bit of mellow mary jane.
 
A new poll from the Quinnipiac University finds that New Yorkers favor pot legalization 51 to 44, perfectly mirroring national sentiment on the issue. Democrats, Independents, men and college-degree holders support the idea, while Republicans, women, those with no higher education, as well as those 65 years of age and older do not.
 
Protestants are evenly divided (48-48) on the plant – which theoretically came from their all-knowing God. Catholics support pot legalization (48-47), Jews do not (46-50). Atheists strongly support pot legalization (70-24). Upstate New Yorkers support legalization (49-44), City-folk support it (54-33), and those in the suburbs support it (50-44).
 
Too bad New York lacks a ballot initiative process whereby the popular vote matters. Instead, New Yorkers will have to work with their legislators in Albany, NY, who stand firmly in the way of any drug law reform.
 
In fact, New York has one of the worst records in the world for stopping, frisking, and arresting people for minor amounts of herb – a huge waste of police resources and taxpayer dollars. (Read ‘Human Rights Watch Blasts NYPD for Half-Million Frivolous Weed Arrests’ here.)
 
Quinnipiac Pollsters asked 1,302 New York state voters between Dec. 5-10 the question “Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in New York State, or not?” The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
 

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Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder


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