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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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U.K. Proposal Announced To Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, October, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
uk-proposal-to-legalize-marijuanaA group of ministers in the Liberal Democrat party are introducing a proposal to drastically alter the U.K.’s drug policies by legalizing cannabis, in addition to other “club drugs” such as ecstasy, according to the Sunday Times. The move is planned as a means to fix the U.K.’s failing war on drugs, which has resulted in an increase in crime, and a heavy financial burden on taxpayers.
 
A review ordered by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, which is due to be published before Christmas, is expected to suggest that the U.K. should legalize cannabis in a way similar to Washington and Colorado in the United State.
 
The proposal is also expected to call for the introduction of heroin clinics where addicts can receive the drug through prescription in an attempt to reduce crime by dissuading individuals from purchasing from the black-market.
 
The proposal is expected to be released in December.
 

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Marijuana Legalization: 8 Lies the White House is Spreading About Weed

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
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Marijuana use is harmful and should be discouraged, or so says the White House. The misinformation regarding weed has been going on for decades, and the Obama administration is no exception. All anyone has to do read through the unintentionally hilarious “fact sheet” from the White House, and see how ridiculous our federal government has become at spreading lies about marijuana. According to the White House, “A careful examination of the facts leads to the following conclusions about the dangers of marijuana use and the likely consequences of legalization.” Let’s light their claims up!
 
   1. “The downward trend in youth marijuana use during the late 1990s has ended ... Not surprisingly, this increase coincides with a softening of youth attitudes about the risks of marijuana.” 
 
This presumptuous nugget insinuates that softening attitudes, i.e. majority support for legalization, regarding the risks of marijuana are what cause people to smoke it. In reality, people are just realizing that the facts simply aren’t on prohibition’s side. 
 
   2. “Proposals such as legalization that would promote marijuana use are inconsistent with this public health and safety approach.”
 
What the heck does public health and safety mean? In this context, there is no mention of what this public health and safety approach is. If by denying legitimate medical conditions from relief like cancer or HIV/AIDS, then yes, it is consistent with “this” public health and safety approach. What it isn’t consistent with is common sense and science. 
 
3. “Legalization would lower price, thereby increasing use.”
 
This is a fantastic example of how little the government actually understands about the markets it regulates. While legalization MAY decrease price, what will most likely happen when marijuana is legalized is like what after prohibition. The government will control it, and so prices will not necessarily decrease due to taxation and other factors, such as home gardens. This claim assumes that prices and usage are directly correlated, which isn’t true. Prices on government-dominated markets vary, something Washington forgets all too often.
 
   4. “And because drug use is sensitive to price, especially among young people, higher prices help keep use rates relatively low." 
 
This one is refuted by their own statements! They say that high prices will keep use rates low. Even if the price stayed the same, their graph at the beginning of the fact sheet invalidates their claim. If keeping marijuana illegal causes higher prices and lower usage rates, why have the usage rates been going up?
 

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Lawmakers light up marijuana legalization bill for third time

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
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After two failed attempts, two Wisconsin legislators reintroduced a bill to make Wisconsin the 21st state in the country to legalize medical marijuana.
 
The bill, introduced by Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, provides legal protection to medical cannabis users, along with legal protection for testers and prescribing physicians of the medicine.
 
Although the bill was introduced in previous sessions, this version of the bill adds additional provisions for users of medical cannabis than versions introduced in previous Legislative sessions in 2010 and 2012.
 
“Some of the language, including a provision about edibles, brings it more in line with other bills around the country,” Gary Storck, Is My Medicine Legal Yet? spokesperson, said.
 
While the bill would legalize medical cannabis in Wisconsin, supporters of the bill were adamant that its passage would not lead Wisconsin down a path to legalization of marijuana in the state.
 
Julie Laundrie, spokesperson for Erpenbach said the goal of the bill is to help patients and doctors who believe in medical cannabis as a treatment for a variety of conditions.
 
Laundrie added the Legislature is far behind the public on this issue.
 
According to a May 2013 Fox News poll, 85 percent of Americans support the usage of medical cannabis when prescribed by a physician.
 
“There’s public support for this, it’s amazing,” Storck said. “If the state Legislature would listen to the people instead of lobbyists and special interests, they would’ve passed this bill a long time ago.”
 

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