Tommy Chong Speaks On Marijuana Legalization, Says He Thinks End Of DEA Is Near
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Fri, December, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
"Cheech & Chong" comedian, actor and weed activist Tommy Chong is stoked that marijuana has been legalized in two states, and he says he believes this is just the beginning.
Chong appeared on Current TV's "The Young Turks" on Wednesday, where he said he believes the pro-pot movement has finally been revitalized. Chong said he thinks the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado will have a sweeping impact across the nation.
"It's gonna legalize hemp. It's also going to empty the jails and we're probably going to disband the DEA," he told Current TV. Adding, "Washington and Colorado, they're just the toe into the water. The whole body's following."
Chong is optimistic about the effects of legalization. "Marijuana enhances the creative ability of artists, that's well known," he told Current TV. "That goes all the way back to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, for instance... You wouldn't have a computer if it wasn't for pot." Adding, "These aren't guys that are smoking pot just to relax or to cure some medical ailment. These are guys that are smoking pot so they could get the ideas, the creative ideas, that pot creates. We wouldn't have had the Beatles."
The 74-year-old "Up in Smoke" star also spoke with NPR about how legalization will affect the pot subculture.
"Going to jail [as he has] and being arrested by cops and being hassled for having a plant, or smoking a plant, is never fun," he told NPR when asked if the fun is gone from the now-legal pot. "There's nothing glamorous ... that we're going to miss."
In 2003, Chong was targeted in the federal investigation "Operation Pipe Dreams" for selling drug paraphernalia and was eventually sentenced to nine months in prison, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"The truth is, most potheads feel like it's legal anyway," he added to NPR. "That's where there's so many of us getting arrested everyday, because you're not doing anything wrong. You're smoking a flower."
Marijuana Legalization: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Could Be Convinced
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he doesn't yet know if he supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use -- but he could be convinced.
"I'm not there yet. I could be," Villaraigosa said during an extended interview on HuffPost Live Thursday. "We have to make sure that you have certain protections, obviously, like driving under the influence. But it's not before us, so I don't need to opine at this point.
Over 95 percent of the Border Patrol's anti-drug trafficking efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border involve marijuana, according to a report from the Center for International Policy released this week. Marijuana accounted for 46 percent of all illegal drug arrests in 2010, according to FBI statistics.
But despite U.S. authorities' preoccupation with controlling marijuana use, support for its legalization has grown in recent years. Medical marijuana laws have made the drug widely available in California, and the states of Washington and Colorado legalized recreational use of it on Nov. 6.
Czech MPs vote to legalize marijuana for medical use
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech lawmakers voted on Friday to allow marijuana and drugs derived from it to be available on prescription from pharmacies from next year, extending narcotics laws which permit possession of small amounts of drugs including heroin and cocaine.
Only imported marijuana will be available for the first year, after which the central European country's State Institute for Drug Control will allot licenses to local growers.
"The point of the proposal is to make medical marijuana accessible to patients that need it and that already use it today, even when it is against the law," said Pavel Bem, one of a group of deputies who created the bill.
The central European country already lets the public grow, possess, and consume - but not sell - small amounts of most illicit drugs and considers the possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana as legal.
It also tolerates the use of recreational drugs in pubs and clubs, and the sight of people rolling and smoking marijuana joints in public and outside pubs is common.
Czech lawmakers were told how the use of marijuana can help some people with debilitating medical conditions. The upper house Senate is expected to approve the bill, which needs to be signed by the president.
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