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Pittsburgh decriminalizes pot possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Pittsburgh City Council is ending its 2015 legislative session on a high note, having voted Monday morning to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana within city limits.

Council voted 7-2 in favor of a bill, sponsored by Councilman Daniel Lavelle, that allows police to levy a fine of up to $100 against anyone possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish. In the case of minors, parents or guardians will be notified of the offense and must pay the fine.

Supporters say that’s better than charging suspects with a misdemeanor criminal offense, which can saddle defendants with a potentially job-killing rap sheet and burden police with paperwork.

Mayor Bill Peduto has pledged to sign the bill: A spokesman called it “a common-sense change that will help protect the futures of young people.”

Patrick Nightingale, a marijuana reform activist, hailed the measure, which is similar to a Philadelphia ordinance passed in 2014. The legislation “will protect Pittsburghers of all colors and all ages from unwarranted and unnecessary police interactions, and it will help police more efficiently utilize limited resources,” he said.

Read More:http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/21/PIttsburgh-City-Council-votes-to-decriminalize-possession-of-small-amounts-of-marijuana/stories/201512210150


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San Francisco Forms Legal Cannabis Taskforce

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

San Francisco's Examiner reports Dec. 14 that city authorities, in anticipation that California voters will legalize recreational cannabis use next year, are assembling a body to propose regulations for the industry. The newly created entity will be called the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. The body will advise the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Last week, the board's Rules Committee selected 11 people to serve on the body, with three more seats still to be filled. One of the appointees is Erich Pearson, founder of SPARC, one of San Francisco's biggest dispensaries. "We need to determine how many cannabis users we are going to have in San Francisco and how many stores that's going to take to distribute that cannabis once it's legal," he told the Examiner.

Current regulations restrict cannabusinesses to a "Green Zone," with 28 dispensaries now operating in just 5 percent of the city's territory. The San Francisco Cannabis Clubs website is promoting a petition to enlarge the Green Zone.

Kevin Reed, founder of Green Cross dispensary´╗┐, told the Supes that the city should open up areas for that are currently off­-limits, like the Bayview. He also called for dropping the restriction that limits dispensaries to the ground floor of buildings. "You have an entire Financial District of tall buildings that you can open up," he said. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/san-francisco-forms-legal-cannabis-taskforce


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Help Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida In 2 Steps

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Florida medical marijuanaI received the following e-mail from the Florida campaign:

Your support has been unreal, together we’ve raised over $100,000 for United for Care’s efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. We need to continue to push to get to our goal of $150,000 by January 1st.

How can you help the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida?

1. Contribute to our fundraiser

2. Sign the Petition 

We stand for the people with cancer, MS, epilepsy, PTSD, severe neuropathic pain, and countless other severely debilitating conditions that can achieve relief through medical marijuana. It’s time to help those suffering from these conditions and make a difference.

Again, we truly appreciate all the help and support. Together, we can make this happen, but we need your help!

BELIEVE!

United for Care
http://www.unitedforcare.org/

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/help-legalize-medical-marijuana-in-florida-in-2-steps/


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The End Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition May Be Only Five Years Away

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibitionBy Phillip Smith

Rob Kampia thinks so, and he’s a very well-placed observer. As head of theMarijuana Policy Project, Kampia has his finger on the pulse of pot politics as well as anyone, and he made a pretty startling prediction at the International Drug Reform Conference in suburban Washington last month.

At a panel on “Marijuana Reform in Congress,” Kampia suggested that a handful of state-level marijuana legalization victories next year is going to set in motion a congressional debate on legalization that could see an end to federal marijuana prohibition before the end of the decade.

Legalization campaigns are already well-advanced in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada, and while getting on the ballot is no guarantee of victory next November, polling so far suggests that most of them will win. And next year could also be the year the first state, and even perhaps a second, legalizes it through the legislative process.

Kampia said, “Vermont is most likely to legalize through the legislature, and Rhode Island has a good shot, but those are the only two states in play.”

But then there are the initiative states.

“It could be that four or five initiative states legalize it, and then all of this is facing Congress in 2017,” Kampia continued. “Then there will be a vigorous debate on legalization, and then, I predict, Congress could pass the states’ rights bill in 2019.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-end-of-federal-marijuana-prohibition-may-be-only-five-years-away/


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Marijuana Legalization Initiative In Massachusetts Poised For 2016 Ballot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

massachusetts marijuana campaign 2016A proposed initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts is poised for the November 2016 ballot after proponents submitted their final petition signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on Tuesday.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than 103,000 total signatures, and 64,750 valid signatures of registered state voters are required to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The Secretary of the Commonwealth is expected to validate the signatures by mid-December, at which time the petition will be transmitted to the Massachusetts Legislature. If the legislature does not adopt the measure, initiative backers must collect 10,792 additional signatures in June 2016 to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

“This is direct democracy in action,” said campaign manager Will Luzier. “People can see that our current prohibition policy isn’t working, and they’re taking action to replace it with a more sensible system. Based on the level of support and enthusiasm we saw during the petition drive, voters are ready to end prohibition and start treating marijuana more like how our state treats alcohol.”

The proposed initiative would:

  • Allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow a limited number of marijuana plants in their homes, similar to home-brewing; 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-initiative-massachusetts-2016-ballot/


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Marijuana Legalization Is Not Exactly ‘Inevitable’ In California In 2016

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

vote for california marijuana initiativesI read several articles today that made it sound like California is a total slam dunk to legalize marijuana in 2016. The word ‘inevitable’ was found throughout the articles. Does California have a good chance of legalizing in 2016? Absolutely. Is it inevitable? Not by a long shot.

There is still a ton of work to be done in California if any of the current initiative efforts are to even make the 2016 ballot. Hundreds of thousands of signatures are required to get a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot, and those signatures aren’t going to gather themselves. It will take a small army of people to do it, and they will have to gather significantly more than the required amount to calculate for ones that will be deemed invalid for various reasons.

Then, only after ballot access is achieved, does the next phase of the campaign begin, which involves promoting the initiative and convincing voters to vote for it. California will be one of the hardest states to do that in two ways. The first is that in a lot of people’s minds, marijuana is largely legal already via the state’s medical marijuana program. I am not one of those people, but I recognize that there are a lot of swing voters that feel that way, and believe that marijuana opponents will try to use that to their advantage.

The second is that California is the most expensive state to run a campaign in due to the size of the state, the huge population spread out into several different media markets, and the price to run ads in those media markets. When political analysts take into account how much a successful marijuana legalization campaign media effort would cost in California, they are always quick to say that a victory is far from certain, and that doesn’t even take into account all the other hurdles that a campaign will face.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-is-not-exactly-inevitable-in-california-in-2016/


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