Overwhelming Majority Supports Taxing Marijuana In Indiana According To Poll
Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
A majority of Indiana residents believe that marijuana should be legally regulated like alcohol and nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers support taxing it, according to recently released statewide polling data released by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said that cannabis “should be regulated like alcohol.” Forty-five percent of respondents opposed legalization. Among self-identified Democrats, 64 percent of respondents backed regulation. Forty-nine percent of self-identified Republicans did so.
Hoosiers support for taxing cannabis was even stronger. Seventy-eight percent of respondents, including strong majorities of both major political parties, answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should we tax marijuana like alcohol/cigarettes?” Only 19 percent of respondents opposed the idea.
Under present state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses of under 30 grams are punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Subsequent offenses are classified as felonies, punishable by up to 3 years incarceration.
Six hundred randomly selected Indiana residents participated in the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent.
The Indiana poll is the latest to show growing support for marijuana law reform among so-called ‘Red State’ voters. Recent statewide surveys in Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas have similarly shown majority support for legalization.
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Increase In Cannabis Potency
Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, December, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana can range from 3% THC to almost 30% THC and that's just the flowers, not including the concentrates, which are even stronger. But back in the 60s and 70s, the weed wasn't nearly as strong as it is today. Why is that? Are people craving a bigger high or do patients need the stronger medicine due to tougher illness? It's probably a mixture of both at this point, as most Americans want cannabis to be legalized.
Stoners want to get high. That's obvious. For some people, the higher the better. Getting stoned is the only way that other people can go about their day. The potency of cannabis largely dictates it price and the demand for it in dispensaries, as well as with street dealers. Even concentrates are used recreationally, even though the high they produce is so intense. Some people just have an extremely high tolerance to THC, no pun intended.
On the other hand, stronger medicine means more relief for patients. Since there is now medical evidence to support the benefits of cannabis, patients can use it as a medicine. As with pills and the like, there are different ratings of the amount that you're taking. Same with marijuana. The THC percentage depends on how much pain or discomfort the patient feels. With higher THC percentages, the patients can feel more relief, letting them lead much more normal lives.
Seeing as how a THC overdose isn't possible, higher percentages of THC in the bud won't harm you. But it will make you extremely high. Always be sure to know how the different amounts of THC effect you before getting too stoned off of a strain with a higher percentage. Patients and recreational smokers alike can agree that there's nothing wrong with a stronger, longer lasting high. There are even growers who base their entire crop off of getting a stronger bud. So whether it's for fun or for medical, enjoy!
New York Has Had Medical Marijuana For How Long??
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
We're constantly fighting for marijuana to be even medically allowed, as long as people can get the right medicine for their illness. New York is one of the tougher states in regards to marijuana crimes but yet has had a medical marijuana law in place for cancer patients for the past thirty three years! The law was approved by the state Legislature as well as then-Governor Hugh Carey in the year 1980, after a brain cancer patient by the name of Antonio Olivieri, a former state Assembly member as well as a city council member, made an emotional request from his hospital bed.
The law, which was named after Olivieri, gives hospitals the right to prescribe medical marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients, after their condition has been evaluated. State Police would be responsible for distributing the cannabis to patients. Can you imagine having a cop drop off a bag of bud to your door? Talk about a serious curveball. But this would allow patients like Olivieri to get the medicine that they need, as the chemo doesn't always work and can sometimes make the health of the sick person worse by pumping their bodies full of radiation.
Olivieri died shortly after the law passed but not before getting a key quote in, as the patients themselves are the ones we should be listening to. "In my personal experience, marijuana was really the only thing during one course of chemo that allowed me to combat the nausea and keep eating", he said. Even people who don't believe that cannabis is a 100% cure for cancer, they cannot deny the fact that it makes chemo slightly more bearable. Not only that but glaucoma patients benefit from cannabis use too, as the plant lessens pressure in the eyes, leaving the afflicted a little more comfortable.
The Olivieri Law has recently been rediscovered and activists are using it to show that even in the 80s, people recognized the benefit of medical cannabis for patients. People are saying that the bill should be expanded and put to more use in order to reach more patients with multiple different illnesses. The more people that have access to cannabis, the less pain for the patients. If cannabis can help a chemo patient to eat a meal like normal, who is the government to say that that's wrong? I'm sure that if any member of an elected officials' family fell ill with cancer, they would do anything they could to make that person feel better. Am I right?
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