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Mayor could lead fight against legal marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, May, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

With a major battle in the making over marijuana legalization next year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and a passionate advocate for those struggling with drug addiction, is emerging as the most likely face of the opposition.

Walsh said he would “absolutely” be willing to take the lead opposing the anticipated referendum in 17 months, presuming no other high-profile leader steps forward.

“I just think it would be a mistake to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts,” said Walsh. “I’ve seen too many lives ruined by starting to smoke weed and then, eventually, going to other types of drugs.”

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley all oppose legalization, but none appears keen to lead the charge against the expected 2016 ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

There is political risk in opposing a referendum many pundits and elected officials expect to pass. Strong majorities of Massachusetts voters approved measures that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2008 and allowed its use for medical purposes in 2012.

But Walsh’s position is a matter of conscience, according to aides. Even as mayor, he still personally helps people struggling with addiction find beds in rehabilitation facilities, they said.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/05/31/walsh-could-lead-anti-marijuana-legalization-effort/EArW3aHfeA02r2eJ8HJrrO/story.html


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Concentrates | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder


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Denver's first openly weed-friendly hotel opens for business

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Rest easy, globe-trotting cannabis connoisseurs: Denver now has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel.

Nativ, which opened for business on Thursday in the LoDo District, has no lava lamps or Bob Marley posters, or whatever people generally associate with stoner culture. Colorado has been trying to ditch that image long before Amendment 64 passed, which allowed recreational marijuana to be purchased and consumed in private residences starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The hotel features a variety of suites and room packages, each with a distinct style and amenities. Each floor also has its own identity in an attempt to eliminate the mind-numbing monotony typically associated with hotels.

"It's definitely not a stoner hotel," Nativ COO Mike Alexander told The Denver Channel. "I think that in general, marijuana has a stigma attached to it and I think we're breaking that."

Aside from the luxurious rooms with flatscreen TVs, private patios with fire pits, mini bars — you get it, it's fancy — the hotel also features a bar and restaurant called Portions, fronted by chef Aaron May, which features a self-pour beer wall with 20 different craft brews. This is Colorado, after all.

Read More:http://mashable.com/2015/05/29/denver-marijuana-pot-hotel/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedly


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Should Marijuana Be Legal Just Because it is Safe?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibitionWorking with Students for Sensible Drug Policy and writing for the Weed Blog, I am constantly surrounded by legalization activists. My Twitter feed, my Facebook news feed, and casual conversations at different events generally focuses on marijuana legalization in some kind of way. However, the line I constantly hear is something along the lines of “marijuana is safe! How could something as safe as marijuana be illegal!?”

Last January I wrote an article about what happens after marijuana legalization in which I argued that we should begin the push to legalize other substances or push for lowering the drinking age (and most likely the smoking age), and ending the Drug War as a whole. In response to this article, I got plenty of less savory messages and not so happy comments, and this surprised me. To me, I thought this was a message that marijuana legalizers could get on board with! However, it is evident that many are actively against ending the Drug War as a whole, but are only interested in what they personally enjoy to be legalized.

It is also very common to see marijuana legalizers be actively supporting the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco today. That is absolutely insane! I agree that marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, but is that really the point? I do not support the legalization of marijuana solelybecause it is a safer way for people to have fun on the weekend, even if that is a nice side-effect of legalization.

I support marijuana legalization because it begins to hammer the nails into the coffin of one of the most destructive institutions in the United States today: the Drug War. I recognize that prohibition doesn’t work, and never will, whether it be of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, firearms, heroine, cocaine, etc, etc. The government does not have the means of eliminating this behavior from society, and as a result money continues to be poured into the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in order to destroy people’s property, kill people’s dogs, destroy people’s future, and so on.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/should-marijuana-be-legal-just-because-it-is-safe/


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