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How To Speak With Your Children About Legal Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

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Being a woman in the cannabis industry, I have been questioned many times on how I would approach any future children about my cannabis use, and I’ve also had conversations with many women about how they explain marijuana use to their own kids. This is a very important topic these days, as we strive to eradicate the “Reefer Madness” approach to marijuana education, and create a more factual dialogue. I recently sat down with Leah Maurer, local cannabis activist and mother of three to talk about her experience speaking with children, and other moms, about cannabis. Maurer stressed the value of communication, listening to your children, and the importance of speaking in a factual and up-front way about the effects of any substance. It’s important to communicate with young people about cannabis the same way you would about sex, alcohol, or the dangers of driving a car.

Leah is co-chair of the Portland Women Grow chapter and also founded the group Moms for Measure 91 in 2014 to educate and bring together mothers who were supportive of legalization, or just wanted to learn more about cannabis and the emerging industry. The Facebook group grew to over 1,000 people and created a space where mothers were able to dialogue openly without feeling judged. Some mothers who were unfamiliar with the industry were just looking for advice on how to approach the subject with their children when the time comes. This type of communication is essential now that marijuana is legal in our state. A lot of parents may have to reshape the ways they’re talking about the plant, and those who grow, sell, or consume it. “This is the way cannabis is going to be normalized,” Leah said. “Circles of people who are already in the industry, of course they all want to talk about cannabis, and it’s important for people like that to educate those who are not already marijuana smokers or don’t know all the awesome ways it can be used, or don’t realize all the great things that are going on in the industry.” As prominent figures in the Oregon cannabis community, Leah and her husband Travis are constantly working to educate people on the best ways to speak to their children about the emerging legal market. The Maurers have plans to open a dispensary in NE Portland later this year, and Leah compared her situation with any other mother who owns or works in an establishment that serves alcohol and doesn’t allow minors on the premises. While she would love to be able to show her kids what their mother does, and give them an idea of how their parents hard work has paid off, she also understands and agrees with the importance of teaching her children that there are just some things you cannot do until you’re an adult.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-speak-with-your-children-about-legal-marijuana/


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Marijuana Legalization Petition Gets Enough Signatures To Earn Debate In UK Parliament

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

United Kingdom MarijuanaIn the United Kingdom, people can gather signatures for petitions and force a debate in Parliament for whatever topic the signatures were gathered for. One was started for cannabis legalization, and in just a handful of days, the 100,000 signature threshold was met. There is a deadline of January 2016 to gather the needed signatures, but as of this blog post, not only had the goal been achieved already, it was smashed with over 175k total signatures gathered and climbing. Below is the language of the petition:

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

You can add your signature to the petition at the link above. The petition was started by a 25 year old economics student. Below is more information about his effort, via The Guardian:

The man who started the petition, James Owen, an economics student at Aberystwyth University, told the Guardian he felt people in the UK were ready for cannabis law reform. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-legalization-petition-signatures-debate-in-uk-parliament/


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Australia may legalize medical marijuana in August

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A Senate committee representing all Australia’s major parties is preparing a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill to legalize medical marijuana, despite warnings of regulatory complications with both Australian and international law, a report says.

The committee includes the Coalition (the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party), the Labor Party and crossbench senators. They will “strongly recommend” parliament pass a cross-party bill setting up a medical marijuana regulator, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, citing Fairfax Media sources close to the legislation debate.

Today, over two-thirds of Australians support the idea of medical marijuana use and only 9 percent oppose it, a recent survey by Palliative Care Australia has found.

The leader of Australia Greens, Richard Di Natale, initiated the bill in November last year. The committee received the bill in February and after conducting public hearings and attracting nearly 200 public submissions, it is set to present its report on August 10.

Read More:https://www.rt.com/news/310768-australia-marijuana-medical-legalise/


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Marijuana Legalization In Italy: 250 Italian Lawmakers Support Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Italy may well be on its way to becoming the largest country in Europe to legalize marijuana. An Italian tracking group has found that more than 250 lawmakers from across the political spectrum have given their support to a proposal that would largely decriminalize production, distribution, sale and consumption of marijuana throughout the nation.

The leap may appear far-fetched for a country that just 10 years ago voted in a draconian anti-drug bill that removed any distinction between hard and soft drugs, increasing sentences for pot smokers and heroin addicts alike.

But the legalization movement recently gained momentum, with one of the world's most progressive legislative proposals on marijuana being submitted to the Italian parliament. Drafted by the Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, the legislation would allow anyone over the age of 18 to cultivate as many as five plants at home. Italians could also team up to form a "cannabis social club," with each having a maximum of 50 people growing as many as 250 plants.

Read More:http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-italy-250-italian-lawmakers-support-cannabis-decriminalization-2024645


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Ohio marijuana proposal in danger of falling short

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

CINCINNATI — The marijuana legalization effort in Ohio is in danger because it does not have enough signatures yet to put a measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We’re coming in lower than we were expecting,” said Ian James, executive director of ResponsibleOhio, the private investor group that wants to legalize marijuana this year.

Ohio’s secretary of state is expected to announce as early as Monday whether ResponsibleOhio gathered enough valid signatures of registered Ohio voters to get the measure before voters in 2015. ResponsibleOhio needs 305,591 signatures to qualify. On June 30, the group turned in 695,273 signatures with the goal of ensuring it would have the right number, 50%, to qualify.

In four southwest Ohio counties, final counts show the petition campaign had a majority of valid signatures only in Warren County, at 53%. Hamilton County had a 33.74% validity rate. Butler and Clermont counties came in at 41%.

If the secretary of state finds that ResponsibleOhio did not get to 305,591, the group has 10 calendar days to send out its army of signature gatherers in hopes of hitting the target.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/17/ohio-marijuana-proposal-danger-falling-short/30325739/


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Texas Town Pushes for Marijuana Legalization to Combat Cartel Traffic

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

The quiet border town of El Paso has reportedly become a trailblazer in the effort to reform marijuana laws in Texas. 

According to the Guardian, El Paso's proximity to Ciudad Juárez—"the Mexican city so ravaged by drug cartel violence that until recently it was the murder capital of the world"—has actually spurred many locals to support marijuana legalization (or at least decriminalization). 

"The believe the decades-long U.S. 'War on Drugs' has militarized the border and put ordinary people under constant surveillance, disrupting lives and fracturing communities without achieving results that justify the emotional, cultural and economic costs," the Guardian reported. 

With Border Patrol seizing 44,000 lbs of marijuana in the El Paso area last year, residents believe that legalizing the herb would harm cartels' income streams and, in turn, take away much of their power. 

“The cartels are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been and what have we really done that’s thwarted their efforts? Nothing,” Justin Underwood, an El Paso attorney, told the Guardian. “I am of the opinion that human beings are going to do drugs, period. Human beings are going to drink alcohol. I accept these things as facts and as long as you have a demand you will always have a supply, no matter what.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/texas-town-pushes-marijuana-legalization-combat-cartel-traffic


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