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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Wins First Committee Vote

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, February, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

vermont medical marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

A bill that would legalize marijuana and allow for regulated marijuana commerce is advancing.Senate Bill 137 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 4-1 vote.

The bill allows for marijuana to be sold in stores, but bans home cultivation. Only licensed commercial grows in safe, secure locations will be allowed.

The Judiciary Committee vote to advance the measure came a day after six state physicians’ groups came out against the bill, citing what they called the ill effects of marijuana.

The measure now goes to the Senate Finance Committee, Judiciary Committee Chair Richard Sears said. If the bill gets through the Senate, it is expected to face a tough battle to get through the House this year.

Peter Shumlin (D), who has endorsed the measure, pronounced himself pleased.

“I want to thank Senator Sears for his leadership and the entire Judiciary Committee for their hard work on this bill,” he said in a statement. “This legislation meets the principles I outlined in my State of the State Address and I believe it provides the framework for our state to cautiously, step-by-step and in the Vermont way end the failed war on drugs policy of marijuana prohibition. This debate is about whether we can take a smarter approach towards marijuana, which is already widely available and used by tens of thousands of Vermonters.Promoting prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids, getting rid of illegal drug dealers, and doing a better job responding to impaired drivers already on our roads, I believe this legislation is a huge improvement on the failed war on drugs,” Shumlin continued. “I look forward to working with the legislature as they continue to debate this issue.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-marijuana-legalization-bill-wins-first-committee-vote/


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O.C. Sheriff on plunge in marijuana-related arrests: 'It's essentially decriminalized already'

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, January, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

At the height of recent anti-reefer madness, law enforcement slapped 7,440 people in Orange County with marijuana-related misdemeanor arrests.

That was in 2009. A mere five years later – thanks to a 2010 law that made possession of up to one ounce of marijuana a civil infraction, akin to rolling through a stop sign – pot-related misdemeanors had plunged a stunning 93 percent, to just 548.

The story was much the same throughout California, with marijuana misdemeanors down 90 percent between 2008 and 2014.

As pot legalization initiatives proceed toward California’s November ballot and rhetoric gets hotter, the numbers belie any argument that legalizing marijuana will clear out California’s jails. They’re pretty clear of pot-related offenses already.

Read More:http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-701245-legalization-use.html


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If Marijuana Legalization Is On The Way In Canada, Why Are People Still Being Arrested?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, January, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

jail prison daniel chong deaIn 2015 Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister of Canada, which was considered by many to be the top marijuana reform moment of the year. Justin Trudeau campaigned on a pro-marijuana legalization platform, and stated during his campaign that if he were elected, he would get to work on legalization as soon as he took office. Mr. Trudeau has taken some preliminary steps to do that, but the process is proving to be more difficult than many had expected. Meanwhile, people are still being arrested for marijuana in Canada, even though legalization is on the way. That is resulting in activists in Canada calling for no more arrests, with one of those activists being prominent Canadian reform activist Jodie Emery. Per News Talk 1010:

Pot activist Jodie Emery says it’s a concern and disappointing.

She says Trudeau seems to be dragging his heels on this and in the meantime prohibition is costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year and too many Canadians are being arrested for pot possession.

“Our movement is asking the Liberals to stop all marijuana arrests. We need a moratorium on marijuana arrests because money is being wasted going after people for pot and the longer we wait to really move forward on this file, the more lives will be negatively impacted.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/if-marijuana-legalization-is-on-the-way-in-canada-why-are-people-still-being-arrested/


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Canada and Mexico Must Prove Case With United Nations Before Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Before Canada, Mexico or any other country can legalize marijuana across their respective nation, governments must first show the United Nations General Assembly later this year how they plan to make it happen while remaining in compliance with several international drug treaties.

A briefing memo sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which was obtained by The Canadian Press, suggests that the northern nation will have to divulge a plan to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana without violating three treaties, all of which make the possession and manufacture of the cannabis plant for recreational purposes illegal worldwide. 

"As part of examining legalization of cannabis possession and production, Canada will need to explore how to inform the international community and will have to take the steps needed to adjust its obligations under these conventions,” the memo reads

Not only will Canada’s sales pitch be required when the United Nation’s General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem meets in April, but the brief indicates that Trudeau’s legalization concept will need to be strong enough to essentially convince the world that this reform is a move in a responsible direction.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/canada-and-mexico-must-prove-case-united-nations-legalizing-marijuana


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Here Are the States That Will Possibly Legalize Marijuana in 2016

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

It was a big year for marijuana, which gained more and more momentum in its movement toward full legalization. Midway through the year, 23 states and Washington D.C. had marijuana legalized in some form. States like Hawaii, DelawareMichigan and Vermont legalized weed for medicinal purposes. But it's fully legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. 

With the presidential election nearing, 2016 will most likely be another significant time for marijuana. Below are the states most likely to join in legalizing recreational marijuana, according to Leafly

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/states-possibly-legalize-marijuana-2016-223026150.html


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Colombia Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

colombiaMedical marijuana reform is spreading all over the world. The latest example of that is the nation of Colombia. Today the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, signed a decree that legalized medical marijuana. This is huge news for the suffering patients of Colombia, and also is big news for other reform efforts in other nations, as it will increase the momentum of reform. Per Yahoo News:

In a nationally televised address, Santos announced it would be fully legal to grow, process, import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use.

“This decree allows licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana,” he said from the presidential palace.

“It places Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront… in the use of natural resources to fight disease.”

Medical marijuana has been operating in a legal gray area in Colombia, with no real regulations. That changed with this decree, which allows people to apply for licenses to grow medical marijuana, and people can even apply to export medical marijuana to other countries where it’s legal. I had a long discussion with Robert Platshorn about Colombian marijuana recently, and he said it’s good stuff. Robert was convicted of smuggling over three million pounds of marijuana from Colombia decades ago, so I’ll take his word for it. Colombia has the potential to become a very large supplier of medical marijuana to the world.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/colombia-legalizes-medical-marijuana/


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