Survey: 58 Percent Of Americans Say Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
Nearly 60 percent of Americans support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to an analysis of over 450,000 online responses collected by the online polling data company CivicScience over a nearly two-year period.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they would support “a law in [their] state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they would oppose such a change in law.
An analysis of responses provided within the past three months found even stronger support for legalization, with 61 percent of those polled endorsing marijuana law reform.
Democrats, men, and those respondents between the ages of 25 to 34 were most likely to support regulating cannabis.
Though the CivicScience survey is not a scientific poll, its findings are similar to those previously reported by Gallup in 2013. In that poll, 58 percent of respondents similarly backed legalizing marijuana. More recently, in April, national polling data published by the Pew Research Center reported that 54 percent of Americans support legalizing the plant.
Police chief: Legalize marijuana, use tax revenue to fund drug treatment
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs.
The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city.
Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an “abject failure,” and said the same about the broader war on drugs. “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement, that it’s time to reorder and triage the necessities of what’s more important now,” Koval said.
Referring to the states of Washington and Colorado, which have legalized the drug for recreational use and sell it at state-regulated stores, he said it was time for Wisconsin to consider doing the same.
Koval said he would like to see the state “acknowledge the failure” of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the “infinite amount of challenges” posed by drugs such as heroin. Taxes from the legal sale of marijuana, he said, would create state revenue that could then be used to fund drug treatment and expand the capacity of drug court programs that divert addicts from the criminal justice system.
Once relegated to the fringe of the political spectrum, proponents of marijuana legalization have seen their numbers swell in recent years. Along with Washington and Colorado, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.
The cause has not advanced
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How To Get Rid Of Pests And Bugs On Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
The N.F.L.s Absurd Marijuana Policy
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES — VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.
The game we celebrate creates a life of daily pain for those who play it. Some players choose marijuana to manage this pain, which allows them to perform at a high level without sacrificing their bodies or their minds.
I medicated with marijuana for most of my career as a tight end from 2003 through 2008. And I needed the medication. I broke my tibia, dislocated my shoulder, separated both shoulders, tore my groin off the bone once and my hamstring off the bone twice, broke fingers and ribs, tore my medial collateral ligament, suffered brain trauma, etc. Most players have similar medical charts. And every one of them needs the medicine.
Standard pain management in the N.F.L. is pain pills and pregame injections. But not all players favor the pill and needle approach. In my experience, many prefer marijuana. The attitude toward weed in the locker room mirrors the attitude in America at large. It’s not a big deal. Players have been familiar with it since adolescence, and those who use it do so to offset the brutality of the game. The fact that they made it to the N.F.L. at all means that their marijuana use is under control.
Had marijuana become a problem for me, it would have been reflected in my job performance, and I would have been cut. I took my job seriously and would not have allowed that to happen. The point is, marijuana and excellence on the playing field are not mutually exclusive.
A good example is Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver who led the league last year with 1,646 receiving yards, despite missing two games for testing positive for codeine (for a strep throat, he said). He was suspended again late last month for the entire season after testing positive for marijuana. (At least five others were also suspended last year and this year for marijuana, according to the magazine Mother Jones.)
Most players are tested once a year under the N.F.L.’s substance abuse policy, between April 20 and Aug. 9. But players who test positive for a banned drug are placed in the league’s substance abuse program, where the testing is more frequent. It is in this probationary program that players tend to falter.
Gordon had marijuana in his system. He broke the rules. I understand that. But this is a rule that absurdly equates marijuana with opiates, opioids and PCP. The N.F.L.’s threshold for disciplinary action for marijuana is 10 times higher than the one used by the International Olympic Committee.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/
Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
Now that growing and selling marijuana are legitimate businesses in Colorado and Washington, the injustice of sending people to prison for engaging in those activities is starker than ever before. This week at Reason.com, for example, Aaron Malin highlighted the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who has served 21 years of a life sentence he received for a series of marijuana offenses.
In 1984 Mizanksey sold an ounce of pot to a police informant, which led to a search of his home that turned up eight more ounces. Seven years later, acting on a tip that Mizanskey was selling pot, police obtained a search warrant and found less than three ounces in his home. In 1993 Mizanskey went to a motel room with a friend who planned to buy a few pounds of marijuana. The supplier turned out to be another informant cooperating with police in a sting operation.
Under Missouri’s “three strikes” law, those three felonies triggered a mandatory life sentence. As Malin observes, Mizanskey “never hurt anyone, never brandished a weapon, and never sold to children.” Yet he was punished more severely than many rapists and murderers. His only hope of freedom lies with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has the power to commute his sentence.
Mizanskey’s case is unusual but not unique. In a 2013 report on thousands of nonviolent offenders serving sentences of life without parole, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes 14 other cases where people received that penalty for marijuana offenses. The ACLU’s list is not exhaustive, because it includes data for only nine states, plus the federal prison system. It also does not include de facto life sentences imposed as terms of years.
Like Mizanskey, the marijuana lifers in the ACLU report are all victims of laws aimed at “habitual offenders.” Terrance Mosley, for instance, is serving a life sentence in Louisiana because police found two pounds of marijuana in a car in which he was sitting. Mosley, who says he was just getting a ride, insists the pot was not his. The driver received probation, but Mosley got life because of two prior offenses he committed as a teenager, both involving small amounts of cocaine.
Read more: http://www.forbes.com
Washington entrepreneur creates, bottles marijuana-infused soda, coffee
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
Call it pop, call it soda — it’s all made with weed.
A new line of cannabis carbonated beverages brewed by a Washington state entrepreneur promises a different kind of buzz to go along with your sugar rush.
“Legal” sparkling sodas infused with marijuana hit shelves at legal weed dispensaries around the state Monday, as did bottles of cold brewed coffee meant for pot aficionados looking for a different kind of edible.
It could even replace the traditional bottle of wine presented at dinner parties.
"It's much more approachable, as opposed to 'Hey, mom and dad, do you want a joint?'" drink creator Adam Stites told KGW-TV.
The drinks provide a pot kick, along with natural ingredients.
Stites’ company, called Mirth Provisions, provides the first marijuana drinkables to hit the market nearly two months after pot became legal in Washington on July 8. The cold brew coffees will allow you to “take on the day with a smooth buzz and a grin a mile wide,” the company’s website promises of the drink, which contains 20 milligrams of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets you stoned.
Cherry, Lemon Ginger or Pomegranate provide 10 milligrams each of locally grown cannabis extract with all natural ingredients and are created specifically for different activities, be it “couch, meet butt,” or “riding through the clouds on the back of a mythological beast.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
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