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The Surprising State That Could Be The Next To Legalize Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

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It’s looking more and more likely that voters in a key battleground state will be voting on marijuana legalization in November, and recent polling suggests it could win. That’s this November, not November 2016.

The state is Ohio, where a controversial pot legalization initiative is already well on the way to qualifying for the ballot, and its backers—or should we say investors?–have the cash on hand to make sure it does.

There are pot legalization bills pending in any number of states, and early on, there were hopes this would be the year a state legislature would get around to legalizing it. New England states such as Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont looked like the best bets, but it now doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.

And 2016 promises to see a wave of legalization initiatives—think Arizona, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts, for starters, with Arkansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio also likely to see serious efforts emerge.

But that’s next year. The group ResponsibleOhio is well on the way to putting the issue before Buckeye State voters this year. They’ve already had their proposed constitutional amendment approved for signature gathering and, thanks to paid signature-gatherers, are cruising toward qualifying for the ballot.

To qualify in Ohio, initiatives need 305,000 valid voter signatures; ResponsibleOhio collected 180,000 raw signatures in its first three weeks and still has more than two months to gather the rest. And the campaign is still expanding.

Veteran initiative watchers will tell you campaigns want a cushion of excess signatures to account for ones that are thrown out, maybe 25% to 30% above the requirement at a bare minimum. In Ohio this year, that would be 400-450,000 raw signatures. The campaign says they are aiming for 700,000.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-surprising-state-that-could-be-the-next-to-legalize-marijuana/


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Ecuador Moves to Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, May, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Convinced that prohibition of marijuana, or even cocaine, is not the solution to curbing addiction rates or fighting against the black market drug trade, Ecuadorian lawmakers have proposed a historic piece of legislation aimed at decriminalizing all illegal drugs

Earlier last month, Carlos Velasco, who oversees Ecuador’s congressional Commission of the Right to Health, submitted a bill (Organic Law on Comprehensive Drug Prevention) that would strip away the criminal penalties currently associated with the possession and use of illicit substances, while establishing a system that provides prevention and rehabilitation programs as and alternative to jail.

"Treating the drug phenomenon in a repressive way, as was done in the 1980s and 1990s when prison was the only destination for the drug consumer, is absurd," said Velasco

The law, if passed, would allow for the creation of a Technical Secretariat of Drugs, which would set controls on more than 100 substances, regulating every aspect from importation to general use. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the system, whether it is consumer or dealer, would be required to register with the agency and adhere to the rules set forth. The current law punishes individuals caught growing or selling illegal drugs to up to 16 years in prison. Under the revised statute, violators would only be required to surrender their stash and pay a fine.

But will decriminalization serve the greater good of Ecuador?

Many legislators believe the measure is entirely too liberal to be effective, paving the way for an escalation in drug use, while giving dope dealers a free pass. Some even argue that if the grand scheme of the proposal is to simply legalize marijuana that it should be decided on by the people through a referendum.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ecuador-moves-decriminalize-all-illegal-drugs


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, May, 6th 2015 by THCFinder


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Louisiana Senate passes bill allowing medical marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, May, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

BATON ROUGE – Roughly a year after a medical marijuana bill was shot down in committee, the Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a similar proposal that could get medical-grade pot to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy.
 
The bill sponsored by Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, passed on a 22-13 vote, sending it to the House for debate. The measure moved on despite concern from some lawmakers that medical marijuana could be abused.
 
During floor debate, Mills said his bill hits “the sweet spot between patient care and law enforcement.”
 
As written, Mills’ proposal would have tight controls on the use and distribution of the drug. Only 10 pharmacies in the state could fill prescriptions. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry would oversee the state’s sole cultivation facility, and patients prescribed the drug would be closely monitored.
 
Another major provision specifies that the plant cannot be smoked. Patients could consume only refined forms of marijuana such as oil, said Mills, who is a pharmacist.
 
Last year Mills brought a similar bill, but it was defeated in committee after drawing opposition from law enforcement. That changed this year, after Mills worked with the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association to draft the bill.
 
The Louisiana District Attorney Association remains opposed to the bill, said Pete Adams, the group’s executive director.
 

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