The White House Goes All Reefer Madness Again

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Well, tough break for the green team, and for countless Americans who may stand to benefit from the potential therapeutic properties of medicinal herb. From the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy, released Monday:
The science, though still evolving in terms of long-term consequences, is clear: marijuana use is harmful. Independent from the so called “gateway effect” — marijuana on its own is associated with addiction, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects. . .
That is why no major medical association has come out in favor of smoked marijuana for widespread medical use. For example, the American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Foundation, National Pain Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other medical societies are not in favor of smoked “medical” marijuana. The American Medical Association has called for more research on the subject, with the caveat that this "should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.” 
The sky is falling, according to the 108-page White House report, which maintains marijuana’s long-standing Schedule I classification alongside heroin, MDMA, DMT, LSD, peyote, psilocybin, and others. Cocaine, PCP and oxycodone, for comparison’s sake, are all less menacing, Schedule II substances.
Recreational marijuana use is at an eight-year high. Among high school students surveyed last year in Monitoring the Future, a rolling University of Michigan study of the “behaviors, attitudes, and values” of American adolescents and young adults, daily use increased “significantly.” One in 11 users will become addicted – one in six, should dabbling begin during adolescence. Marijuana was behind 376,000 “emergency department” responses throughout the country in 2009. And “confusing messages” advanced by entertainers, the media and medicinal advocates only compound the scourge, the “false notion” that weed is harmless, the push for the drug’s wholesale commercialization.
God save us.


Should Indiana decriminalize marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Should we "decriminalize marijuana?"
That's something Indiana lawmakers will start studying soon.
State Senator Karen who started the push is also a lawyer and had the idea when sitting in court. 
She says she saw just how much time and money was going into marijuana possession cases.
Tallian says Indiana had about 12-thousand possession cases in 2010.  She likes the way some states are going.  They're treating small possession cases like a speeding ticket for example. You pay a fine, but do not go to jail.  We caught up with her by phone on Tuesday.
Senator Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Ogden Dunes says, "I really want the people of the state of Indiana to look at this in a big way and think about what is this costing us? Is this where we want to spend our tax dollars, first of all, and secondly, are we doing harm to our children when we pick them up for some stupid thing and charge them with a felony that may follow them the rest of their lives."
Senator Tallian says she does not think marijuana would become any more readily available than it already is.
The first study committee meeting on the topic is on July 28th..


Marijuana Could Be Legal In Indiana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

TERRE HAUTE, IN (WIBQ)  --  Indiana lawmakers are considering making marijuana legal in some fashion. They’re giving some consideration to either decriminalizing the drug, allowing for medical marijuana, or maybe something else.

The General Assembly’s criminal law and sentencing policy study committee will be looking at all the different sides of the issue, but we don’t know if committee members will talk about it when they meet next week. Several states have decriminalized the drug in various ways.

Lets cross our fingers and hope another states gets on the ball.




Pot Decriminalized in Connecticut: What You Need to Know

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Connecticut: Marijuana Decriminalized on July 1
July 1, 2011 marks the first day that marijuana is decriminalized in the state of Connecticut. Note that this does not mean that pot is legal in CT. 
Here's what you need to know:
If you're caught by police with .49 ounce or less of marijuana, the cops will confiscate your pot and give you a $150 ticket. If you're under 18, your parents get notified. Ouch.
If you're busted again, the fine goes up. By a lot.
Three times busted, you hae to go to a drug treatment program.
If you have 1/2 ounce or more of pot, or any other type of drug (including synthetics like K2), you face jail time and a fine of $1000.
DUI is still illegal, no matter what substance you're on.
If you're under 21, you can lose your driver's license for up to 150 days
If you're busted with weed near a school, you're in deep sh&t.
Connecticut Decriminalizes Marijuana on July 1, 2011
Note that Connecticut police will be carrying precision scales in their cruisers. Be wary of this scenario, though: "You can pretty much eyeball it," said Vernon police Capt. Stephen Clark. "Most experienced officers can tell what's under half an ounce." 
It is very easily disputable that a police officer can tell the difference between .49 ounce and .5 ounce just by eyeballing it.
Several other US states have passed some degree of cannabis decriminalization, though the amounts involved, restrictions, and penalties vary widely.


White House to host 'Will you legalize marijuana?' town hall on Twitter

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
June 30, 2011, 2:19 PM — Twitter and the White House have announced a Twitter Town Hall webcast for July 6 in which participants are invited to ask President Obama "questions about the economy and jobs."
But if past experience is any indicator -- and trust me, it will be -- the most-asked questions will be about the president's willingness to push for the legalization of marijuana.
In March 2009, shortly after his inauguration, Obama held a webcast "town meeting" in which online viewers could submit questions to him.
At one point, the commander-in-chief interrupted the event M.C. to say, "There was one question that voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience, but ... this was a popular question. We want to make sure it's answered. The answer is no, I don't think that's a good strategy to grow our economy. All right."
Obama's answer was criticized (rightly so, in my opinion) for being flippant, especially given the spectacular decades-long failure that is the war on drugs.
Last January, the same thing happened when Obama participated in a YouTube question-and-answer session. Despite a wide range of problems and issues before the president and the country, the most popular questions concerned marijuana legalization.
Of course, the White House will get to pick and choose which questions Obama will answer. So we may hear a pot question, and we may not. And if we do, the president will quickly dismiss the issue as he did two years.
But it will be the most popular question category -- probably closely followed by "when will you release your real birth certificate, not that fake one from a couple of months ago? #tcot".
The White House invites Americans and sovereign citizens alike to submit questions via Twitter by using the #AskObama hash tag. People with marijuana questions should consider using a #AskObamaAboutWeed hash tag. It'll help them keep things organized.


Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

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