Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
Colorado and Washington passed referendums legalizing marijuana for recreational use, becoming the first states in the country to legalize the drug, according to ABC News.
ABC News projects that a similar measure in Oregon failed to garner enough support to pass.
The initiatives would allow marijuana to be cultivated and for special stores to sell up to an ounce to individuals 21 and older.
In Colorado specifically, the Amendment 64 makes changes to state law to allow for commercial production and sale. Newsweek reported that business – including big tobacco – has been gearing up for the change.
"It's unprecedented," Jonathan Caulkins, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, told The Denver Post. He said the change would put Colorado to the left of the Netherlands when it comes to marijuana policy.
It could also impact Mexico.
A report found that legalizing marijuana would cut the cartels' income by $1.37 billion, or 23 percent of its $6 billion in sales in the United States. Legalization in Colorado potentially represents a similar decline.
The big question now is what is the federal government going to do? Will they finally step up and recognize what the people want? We hope so!
U.S. Justice Department: federal marijuana law unchanged by legalization
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
UPDATE 11:02 a.m. Justice Department headquarters issued an identical statement to Durkan’s this morning, indicating that Washington D.C., not Washington’s two U.S. Attorneys, will be dictating what comes next.
ORIGINAL POST: U.S. Attorney for Seattle Jenny Durkan’s office released a terse statement this morning in response to passage of Initiative 502, legalizing recreational marijuana use. Durkan is out of the area, said spokesperson Emily Langlie, and is not available to answer questions about the conflict between the federal marijuana ban and state de-criminalization of marijuana possession (as of Dec. 6). Langlie said this is all Durkan’s office has “for now.”
The Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department is reviewing the ballot initiative here and in other states and has no additional comment at this time.
On election night, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said he’d spoken to Durkan on Tuesday and was assured — but not guaranteed — that the federal government “has no plans, except to talk.”
Holmes has said he believes the Justice Department will be reassured by the I-502′s tight regulatory control – no home-grows, sales of no more than an ounce, a ban on sales to people under 21, etc. – and will decided not sue.
“We’re having really good conversations, but no promises,” Holmes said Tuesday night.
Mass. OKs medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters have overwhelmingly approved a move to legalize medical marijuana, but questions remain over how distribution will be regulated and whether the state can stop abuses.
The law approved through Question 3 on Tuesday’s election ballot eliminates penalties for the use of marijuana by people with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, AIDS and other conditions determined by a doctor. It will allow nonprofit treatment centers to grow and provide marijuana to patients or their caregivers.
Opponents say they are concerned that the state Department of Public Health, which is supposed to regulate the treatment centers, will not be able to prevent abuses. The department has been criticized in recent months for a lack of oversight at a drug-testing lab that was shut down after a chemist allegedly acknowledged mishandling evidence and faking test results.
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