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The State of Colorado Relaxes its Marijuana Laws

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder

Archaic Cannabis Laws

The old outdated laws that criminalise cannabis use are regarded by many in North America to be laws that have past their time and need to be revised for many reasons, if not only the absurd reasons that it was banned in the first place. It was claimed in The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 that: “Two weeks ago a sex-mad degenerate, named Lee Fernandez, brutally attacked a young Alamosa girl. He was convicted of assault with intent to rape and sentenced to 10 to 14 years in the state penitentiary. Police officers here know definitely that Fernandez was under the influence of marihuana” and silly statements such as “…a boy and a girl…lost their senses so completely after smoking marihuana that they eloped and were married” and “It is commonly used as an aphrodisiac, and its continued use leads to impotency”. These obviously ridiculous statements are idiotic reasons to still keep marijuana under an illegal status.

Amendment 64

Thanks to the help of the annual 420 rallies America has made major steps in legalising cannabis and the latest of these steps happened in Colorado in 2012. In Colorado it is now legal to possess and carry a small amount of marijuana. Marijuana hasn’t been made legal but the new amendment, amendment 64, has been passed decriminalising the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Denver 420 Rally

To celebrate amendment 64 the city of Denver Colorado decided to host a massive 420 rally in 2013 which a reported 80,000 people attended. The 420 rallies are set in cities all over North America annually on 20th April. The purpose of the rallies are to peacefully demonstrate and put the point across to the government that there are many thousands or millions of people that want to see marijuana legalised. Although the 420 rallies in Denver were marred by a shooting incident this incident was not associated with the struggle to legalise cannabis.

The First Annual United States Cannabis Cup

The cannabis cup is a major event in Europe already, but until 2013 there hadn’t been an official annual cannabis cup in the United States. With the recent relaxation of cannabis laws in Colorado, as well as its first 420 rally, Denver also decided to host the first annual United States cannabis cup. The cannabis cup event makes awards to marijuana breeders for new or great strains of marijuana. Great strains such as the now famous Iced Grapefruit strain have made their name in the cannabis cup and have now become favourites of many pot smokers all over the world.

Marijuana legalisation advantages to the US economy

The legalisation of marijuana would bring a lot of advantages to the American economy. The largest of these advantages would be the ability for the government to tax the sales of marijuana and marijuana products such as marijuana seeds. The marijuana trade which currently benefits organised crime is a multi-billion dollar industry and would bring billions of dollars in tax revenue to the American government, which they could then spend on things such as health and education.


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Georgia Government Considering Legalization Of Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
“The Georgian government is considering the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana because bans could have the opposite effect in certain situations”, Georgia’s Minister of Labor, Health and Social Security David Sergeyenko said at a press conference on Friday, reports VoR.
 
“As far as drugs are concerned, ban-related mechanisms very frequently entail the ricochet effect, which means strengthening, development in other directions. It is a topic that requires a well-considered strategy, and the legalization of marijuana could be part of it,” he said.
 
Many countries are currently considering the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana, the minister said. An appropriate law has already been passed in some of them, he added.
 

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Colorado legislature gives final approval to historic marijuana bill

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, May, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
The Colorado legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill asking voters to impose taxes on recreational marijuana, inching the state legislature closer to becoming the first in the country to pass laws regulating recreational pot.
 
The state Senate approved the tax measure and another one spelling out rules for marijuana stores and then sent both to the House on Wednesday morning. The House quickly passed House Bill 1318, the bill on marijuana taxes, and sent it to the governor. House members will now take up the second measure.
 
Sen. Mark Scheffel, R-Parker, said on the Senate floor there could be some "bounce back-and-forth" between the two chambers during the final day of the session.
 
The Senate's votes Wednesday morning came with little discussion. One day after lengthy debates on both bills, only Scheffel stood to speak about the bills on Wednesday.
 

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Ohio may fully legalize marijuana use

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
Although many "ignorant" people think marijuana use is a bad thing, it can really help those who are in chronic pain or have chronic conditions. According to a report made by The Columbus Dispatch on May 3, proposals may full legalize the use of marijuana. That means not just for medicinal purposes but also allow for recreational use.
 
Rep. Robert F. Hagan has been trying to legalize it for years but his attempts have always been ignored and have died. However, a poll done by Ohioans has shown that many people are coming around to feeling more comfortable with the use of pot.
 
One bill that may be passed would be to allow medical marijuana for those with chronic conditions and pain to use it. The other one would be to allow for those 21 and older to purchase and use pot for recreational use. However, there are a few stipulations to the second bill. If the second bill is passed and those 21 and older are allowed to buy and use it, they will have to pay a 15% tax on their purchase. Also, the pot will only be sold by those establishments that have a license to sell it.
 
Since 18 other states have passed for at least medical marijuana, Ohio may be next on the list. This may not go over well with some people but many will be happy about it. Especially those who are on pain killers and need something better to help ease their pain or control their conditions.
 

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Obama Says No To Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
In a speech in Mexico City on Friday, President Obama shut the door on any possibility that he'll support efforts in his second term to legalize certain recreational drugs.
 
“I’ve been asked, and I honestly do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer,” the president told a large gathering of young Mexicans at the city’s Anthropology Museum.
 
Polls show that more and more Americans favor ending the federal ban on pot. A handful of states in the U.S. have lifted legal restrictions on the drug in recent years — including Colorado and Washington — putting Obama in an awkward place. A pot smoker in his younger days, he must decide whether to instruct his Department of Justice to challenge those state laws, or to simply let them be.
 
The president likely felt it necessary to touch on drugs in his speech today since marijuana is a chief import from Mexico to the United States. It is also largely to blame for the rising swell of cartel violence that has killed thousands in Mexico over the years, and has occasionally spilled over into the southern U.S.
 
Obama said that his administration must focus on an all-encompassing strategy to deal with drug users at home, as well as figure out a way to reduce demand for drugs.
 
“We understand that much of the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico, for which many so Mexicans have suffered, is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States. And so we’ve got to continue to make progress on that front.”
 

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Proposals would legalize marijuana in Ohio

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
As poll numbers show Ohioans are growing increasingly comfortable with the idea of marijuana use, a Youngstown Democrat wants to give people the chance to make the drug fully legal in Ohio.
 
Rep. Robert F. Hagan has made a few attempts over the years to persuade his colleagues to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio, and each effort has died a quiet death.
 
A spokesman for Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, declined to comment on the pair of proposals Hagan introduced yesterday.
 
One is a bill that would allow patients with certain chronic conditions such as cancer or sickle-cell anemia to use marijuana for treatment. Eighteen other states have approved similar measures.
 
“In addition to the studies that show marijuana to be a valuable treatment option for chronic pain, nausea and seizure disorders, I have heard countless stories of how cannabis has made a difference in the lives of people who are sick or dying,” Hagan said.
 
His other proposal, modeled after an amendment recently passed in Colorado, would ask voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. The drug could be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.
 

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