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Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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Maryland Prosecutor Claims Marijuana Decriminalization Increases Murder Rates

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

While a number of places all over the world have vouched for the effectiveness of marijuana decriminalization, a top Maryland prosecutor bringing the heat in Prince George’s County, located just outside the District of Columbia, believes that stripping the criminal penalties away from pot possession has contributed to a recent spike in murders throughout the county.

During a recent interview on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Maryland State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks suggested that an increase in murders in Prince George’s County is likely due to the state’s decision last year to decriminalize marijuana. Her rationality for this argument is that ever since decriminalization took effect, area gangs have been engaged in a vicious turf war to gain control over the black market drug trade. She insists that with police now unable to conduct random searches for marijuana, more guns are now being carried, which is leading to more street disputes being settled with deadly force. 

"The decriminalization of marijuana has really driven the violence we have seen this year in Prince George's.” Alsobrooks said. "What we're seeing is they're fighting for turf. The marijuana dealers are fighting." 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-prosecutor-claims-marijuana-decriminalization-increases-murder-rates


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Mexico’s Supreme Court Declares Individuals Have the Right To Consume And Cultivate Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

mexico marijuanaToday, in a 4 to 1 vote, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court determined that the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana – and its cultivation for non-commercial ends – violates the human right to the free development of one’s personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.

“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: it is being argued on human rights grounds and it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs,” said Hannah Hetzer, Senior Policy Manager of the Americas at the Drug Policy Alliance. “Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana, Canada is expected soon to follow suit, medical marijuana initiatives are spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and marijuana is legal in a number of U.S. states. Now with this landmark decision out of Mexico, it is clear that the Americas are leading the world in marijuana reform.”

The public debate on marijuana has surged in Mexico in recent months since the case of an 8-year old girl with epilepsy who became Mexico’s first medical marijuana patient made national and international headlines. The government granted the right to import and administer a cannabis-based treatment for the young patient.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/mexico-supreme-court-individuals-have-the-right-consume-cultivate-marijuana/


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Colorado Approves Letting State Keep Pot Taxes

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) – Colorado voters agreed Tuesday to allow the state to keep $66 million worth of marijuana taxes despite an accounting error that could have forced the state to refund the money to taxpayers and pot growers.

An accounting error in a pot tax measure approved two years ago led to the proposition. An inaccurate tax projection required the state to ask voters again if it could keep the revenue collected last year from a 10 percent sales tax and 15 percent excise tax on recreational pot.

The vote means the state won’t have to refund the $66 million and the 10 percent sales tax won’t be cut almost entirely for a time. Instead, the state will put the money toward school construction and educational and anti-drug efforts.

Proposition BB had broad support from Democrats, Republicans, the marijuana industry and nearly every newspaper in the state. There was no organized opposition.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-approves-letting-state-keep-pot-taxes


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