Should states have the right to legalize marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - A new bill being introduced on Capitol Hill would give states the choice to legalize marijuana.
If passed, the bill would limit federal enforcement of the marijuana ban to trafficking across state lines.
That means people could grow, sell and use marijuana in states that approved it without fear of federal prosecution.
It would also clear the way for Arizona’s current medical marijuana law.
Where do you stand on this issue? Should states have the right to legalize marijuana?


Former U.S. attorney in Seattle heads coalition pushing to legalize pot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
A high-powered coalition of public figures led by a former U.S. attorney and the Seattle city attorney is launching a drive to legalize marijuana in Washington state, The Seattle Times reports.
The group, which includes the state chapter of the ACLU and travel guide Rick Steves, aims to gather more than 240,000 signatures to put the initiative before the Legislature.
Former U.S. attorney John McKay, who led federal anti-drug efforts in the state before he was fired by the Bush administration, says he hopes the initiative will help "shame Congress" into ending the federal ban on pot.
He says current law is "stupid" and has created a black market exploited by international cartels and crime rings, The Times reports.
"A lot of Americans smoke pot, and they're willing to pay for it," McKay says. "I think prohibition is a dumb policy, and there are a lot of line federal prosecutors who share the view that the policy is suspect."
City Attorney Pete Holmes says taxing sales of marijuana would bring in at least $215 milion a year to the state.
Some states have decriminalized pot and others have allowed the use of medical marijuana, but none has outright legalized it.


It's time Iowa legalized use of medical marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
With the Vermont governor's signing of a bill this month to legalize medical marijuana, eight states have now approved the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes. But today in Iowa, a person who is found to possess even small amounts of marijuana that they might use for bona fide medical problems is subject to arrest and time in jail -- not to mention the costly legal expense to hire an attorney, take time off from work and possible jeopardy to a career.
In February of this year, our Board of Pharmacy in Iowa voted unanimously to officially recognize the medical value of marijuana and further recommended that the Legislature re-categorize it to Schedule II, giving physicians the right to prescribe it. And while the members of the Board of Pharmacy could have made the change in schedule themselves, they chose to delegate the controversial matter to our Legislature.
With medical marijuana we can tax the industry and control the quality and purity of the product -- making it safer and more predictable for those whose doctors have chosen to prescribe it for them.
The time has come for the Iowa Legislature to approve the use of marijuana for legal medical purposes. Debate continues about how effective marijuana is for certain disease states. Regardless of your view on marijuana for so-called "recreational" purposes, people with medical problems that respond to marijuana should not be kept waiting. Those who now use it to treat real medical problems should not have to fear facing arrest.
Let physicians and their patients decide.


Poll: One-Third of Texans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Thirty-three percent of likely voters and the same percentage of all Texans support legalizing and marijuana, according to a new poll conducted by University of Texas researchers and sponsored by the Texas Lyceum.
“One-third is more support than I would have predicted for it,” pollster and UT-Austin professor Darren Shaw told KUT News. “It either says something about the subtlety of opinion in Texas, or it says something about how significant the budget crunch is now.”
Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is currently a Class B Misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the an analysis by the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.  A bill that would have lowered that fine to $500 died in committee during the regular legislative session.
Shaw says that while support for higher income taxes and other traditional sources of government revenue remains low, there appears to be growing popularity for so-called "sin taxes," such as excises on gambling, alcohol and tobacco.
The percentage of Texans who said they support some expansion to gambling increased to 59 percent this year, compared to 50 percent in the 2010 edition of the survey.


Could Utah be the next state to approve Medical Marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 13th 2011 by THCFinder

Finally someone who see's the light at the end of the tunnel!

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he would support the legalization of medical marijuana after experiencing months of intensive cancer treatment.

"Until you've experienced chemo, you can't describe exactly how it feels," he said Thursday on KSL Newsradio's Doug Wright Show. "It's kind of like having the flu because you ache all over. But it's worse than that... Everything feels awful."

Shurtleff said it would be possible to control and regulate marijuana just like any other prescription medication, comparing it to the highly-addictive "liquid opium" he had been prescribed. Although he supported the use of marijuana for medical purposes, he criticized other states, like Colorado, for having laws that were too lax.
"We can use these medicines," he added. "We can use them appropriately. So I am open to discussions about it, if it can be controlled."


CT Senate decriminalizes marijuana possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Afer five hours of debate, on Tuesday Connecticut became the 13th state in the Union to decriminalize marijuana. The state’s House of Representatives passed new legislation and Governor Dan Malloy is expected to sign off on it.
The House voted 90 to 57 in favor of SB 1014.
According to the new rules first-time offenders caught in possession of less than a half-ounce of pot will be hit with a 150 ticket; repeat offenders would get at least $200 but a maximum of 500 per offense. If you're under 21, you'll get a two-month suspension of your driver's license.
"Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good — both in the impact it has on people’s lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system," Malloy said in the statement.
State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) in a statement on her website said that decriminalization sends the wrong message to the state's youth about the risks of marijuana use.
“What kind of message does this send to our children?” Senator Boucher said in the statement. “This law undermines a fundamental lesson that our schools, social service programs and parents teach our children: that taking drugs is bad for you.”
Connecticut's non-partisan Office of Fiscal Analysis however estimates the bill will save the state nearly $1 million in court costs and attorney salaries and net upwards of $1.4 million in new fines and fees.



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