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Portland voters legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, November, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
portland-voters-legalize-mjPortland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana as voters overwhelmingly passed an ordinance Tuesday allowing adults to possess small amounts of the drug.
 
With all 12 of the city’s precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed the proposal passing with 67 percent of the vote – 9,921 to 4,823.
 
The ordinance allows people 21 and older to possess as much as 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It is seen by some as another step toward legalization across the country. Supporters say they will build on Portland’s vote with a statewide legalization effort in the next two years.
 
But the immediate and practical effects of Tuesday’s vote are hazy.
 
Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and is legal only for medical use under state law. Portland’s ordinance does not set up any legal way to obtain marijuana.
 
Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has said that, regardless of Tuesday’s vote, officers will continue to enforce state law, which says possessing as much as 2.5 ounces of marijuana can lead to a civil summons and fines of $350 to $1,000. Furnishing, selling or packaging the drug for sale can bring criminal charges.
 

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Ireland Is Ready To Legalize Cannabis

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
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It looks like marijuana legalization efforts are ramping up in Ireland. Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan recently published his ‘Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013.’ According to a media outlet in Ireland, legalization would generate somewhere around 300 million Euro. Admittedly, I’m not as familiar with Ireland public policy and economics as I am with American policy and economics, but 300 million Euro sounds like more than enough reason to end cannabis prohibition.
 
According to the Irish Times, the bill would (full bill can be found at the previous link):
 
- regulate cannabis for recreational and medical use
 
- allow for home cultivation up to a maximum of six cannabis plant
 
- allow for the personal possession of up to one ounce of cannabis
 
- allow for the setting up of “Cannabis Social Clubs” which would allow up to 50 club members to cultivate up to 300 plants for not-for-profit use
 
- set up a “cannabis regulation authority” to regulate the cultivation, sale, labelling, advertising and marketing of cannabis
 
- see tax revenue from cannabis fund drug addiction services, medical research and juvenile education courses on drugs.
 
- include a requirement that the Minister for Justice and Minister for Agriculture to examine the feasibility of the safe regulation and controlled use of cannabis.
 

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58 percent support marijuana legalization, poll says

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
legalizing-cannabis-americans-want-itThe times, they are a-changin.
 
With marijuana now legal in two states (and perhaps more to follow), a clear majority of Americans - 58 percent - say marijuana should be legalized, according to new poll from Gallup.
 
The results mark the first time since Gallup began polling on the issue in 1969 that a majority have voiced support for marijuana legalization.
 
In 1969, only 12 percent supported legalization. By 2000 that number had jumped to 31 percent. And while support has generally increased steadily over time, it seems to have jumped dramatically since 2012, when only 48 percent of respondents supported legalization.
 
In this latest poll, 67 percent of young adults between 18 and 29 years of age support legalization - the highest of any age group - and majorities of every age group except those over 65 also support legalization.
 
But ask grandma, and she might surprise you - even 45 percent of seniors think marijuana should be legal.

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Panel To Study California Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, October, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
study-ca-mj-legalizationCalifornia Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will lead a blue ribbon panel of expert to chart a path toward marijuana legalization, the ACLU of California announced Thursday. At the same time, the group released polling results showing that two-thirds of California voters are ready to support regulated legal marijuana commerce that contributes to state tax coffers.
 
“The prohibition of marijuana has had an enormous human and financial cost in communities across this state,” said Newsom, the highest ranking elected official in California to publicly endorse taxing and regulating marijuana for adults. “It is far past time for Californians take a serious look at smarter approaches to marijuana, and it is imperative that happen before any marijuana ballot initiative gets underway.”
 
The panel will consist of academic, legal, and policy experts and “will engage in a two-year research effort,” the ACLU said. That is a clear signal that organizers are aiming at 2016 — not 2014 — as the time to put the matter before voters, even though at least two separate 2014 marijuana legalization initiative efforts are already underway in the state.
 
“The panel’s work will be designed to help voters and policy makers evaluate proposals for a strict tax and regulation system that will enable California to benefit from billions of dollars of new revenue while ensuring safe communities and protecting against underage use,” the ACLU said.
 
Among those named to the panel are Keith Humphreys, a Stanford Health Policy Associate who was a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2009-2010; Erwin Chemerinsky, constitutional law expert and dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law; two past presidents of the California Society of Addiction Medicine; Dr. Seth Ammerman, a Stanford University professor and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith; and Sam Kamin, a Denver University law professor who has been appointed to the Colorado governor’s task force for implementing that state’s marijuana legalization initiative.
 

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Majority Of Americas Political Center Supports Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, October, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
legalize-cannabisA new poll commissioned by NBC and Esquire designed to determine the opinions of those in America’s “center” [the nation's voters who don't fit into a specific ideology or political party] has found that 52% are in support of legalizing cannabis.
 
According to the poll, 34% of America’s “political center” “strongly supports” cannabis legalization, more than all levels of opposition. 33% claimed to be oppose to legalizing cannabis, with 20% of those being “strongly opposed”. 15% said that they are either undecided, or neutral on the subject.
 
The results are practically identical to a Pew Research poll released in April, which found that 52% of Americans are in support of legalization with 45% opposed.
 

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Mexico City Considers Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
mexico-city-marijuanaI have done missionary work in Mexico a handful of times, and if there is any place that needs drug reform, it’s Mexico for sure. Below is an e-mail that I received from my friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:
 
MEXICO CITY – After years of brutality and violence from drug cartels largely funded by marijuana, political leaders in one of the world’s largest cities may take power and profits away from those cartels by legalizing and regulating marijuana. Members of the Mexico City city assembly plan to submit bills establishing clubs that would sell marijuana and allow the possession of small amounts of the plant at the end of this month. The new mayor, Miguel Mancera, has stated his support for marijuana policy reform in the past and is widely expected to support the new bills.
 
“More than 70,000 people have been killed in the drug war in Mexico in the past seven years,” said retired police major Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.  ”Were Mexico City to legalize and regulate marijuana, taking it out of the hands of violent cartels and into those of legitimate businesses, it would be a tremendous boon to public safety in the city and a sign to the rest of the world that legalizing marijuana is a smart, workable solution to the evils of the drug war.”
 
If the proposals are successful, the city will join the ranks of Colorado and Washington state, which both voted to legalize marijuana last November, and Uruguay, whose lower house has already approved a legalization bill expected to pass the senate this month.
 
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a nonprofit organization of police, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement professionals who, after fighting in the war on drugs, now advocate for its end.
 

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