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Time for California to Decriminalize, Tax & Regulate Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
It is time for California to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana and decide who sells it, who can buy it legally, and for how much. When California became the first state to approve medical marijuana, we led the nation on progressive drug policies, and now it is time to lead again.
 
Bolstered by growing public support and building on our initial leadership, Californians must renew our push for common-sense marijuana policy by developing a state level regulatory system and lead the national effort to end draconian laws that favor incarceration over education.
 
In California, San Francisco has taken the lead in reforming ineffective drug laws and changing the conversation around substance use. Medical marijuana laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the efforts to reduce the state's prison population make us a strong voice for change. But it is not enough. We stand at a time where science and common sense must trump age-old fear and propaganda.
 
San Francisco pioneered and advanced innovative programs to reduce the harms of substance misuse by using alternative adjudicative action, using drug and community courts as an alternative to the traditional criminal court system and sentencing. It involved connecting people to treatment and mental health services, housing and resources for education and training. San Francisco has invested significant local tax dollars in providing substance treatment to those who need it, but San Francisco is just one city -- and it is not enough.
 
The U.S. leads the world in the incarceration of its citizens, with less than 5 percent of the world's population but almost 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. In 2011, 757, 969 people in the United States were arrested for a marijuana law violation and of those, 87 percent were arrested for possession only, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.
 

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed In Puerto Rico

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, April, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
Puerto Rico Senator Miguel Pereira has filed legislation which would explicitly legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. Senator Pereira is a former police chief, as well as a former federal prosecutor. Currently in Puerto Rico, those possessing even small amounts of marijuana can face up to 3 years in prison, in addition to a $5,000 fine.
 
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, during a press conference last week, stated that he was entirely open to a debate on the issue, stating, “I don’t have a problem with an open debate about the possibilities, benefits or drawbacks of such a measure”. This is important, because if the measure passes the Senate, and then House, it would go to the governor for final approval.
 

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Boulder allows adults 21 and over to smoke marijuana on private property

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder will allow adults 21 and over to smoke pot on private property, even if others can see it and smell it.
 
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to specify that people who are legally allowed to smoke marijuana have the right to smoke it on private property.
 
But the city -- and the state -- are still conflicted over the sale and regulation of recreational marijuana.
 
The University of Colorado - Boulder banned people from holding 4/20 rallies on campus on Saturday.
 
Retail marijuana shops can't open until next year in Boulder.
 
Longmont is already taking steps to block stores from selling recreational marijuana there.  Tuesday night they voted unanimously to start the process of banning pot shops.
 

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Legalization support continues to grow

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, April, 13th 2013 by THCFinder


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Thousands rally for marijuana legalization at annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, April, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
As speakers at Saturday’s 42nd annual Hash Bash at the University of Michigan Diag called for the legalization of marijuana, Ralph Worick’s green and white-striped flag fluttered in the blustery chill.
 
“I think we should decriminalize cannabis period,” Worick said as he steadied the white plastic piping that held the flag, which also had large and small marijuana leaf images similar to stars, high above the crowd. “My flag represents the United States of Euphoria.”
 
Worick, who lives in Portage near Kalamazoo, is 56 but has been smoking marijuana since he was 11. He said he has been in the pro-marijuana “movement” since 1975, and he’s brought some type of flag to the event every year since 2003, although he noted that last year’s Bob Marley “Freedom” flag just seemed to confuse people.
 
Worick’s long-term commitment to legalizing marijuana was reflected in the range of speakers at the event that drew an estimated 3,000 people, according to University of Michigan Police spokeswoman Diane Brown, who noted that there were a few calls for ambulances as well as some enforcement for marijuana possession and citations issued for illegal sales not necessarily affiliated with marijuana. Brown noted the potential for an eventful day because of the mixture of crowds attracted to the Hash Bash, those watching the Final Four game featuring the Wolverines men's basketball team and a large gathering of Native Americans in Ann Arbor.
 

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Majority Of All Americans Now Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 5th 2013 by THCFinder

In recent years, polls have shown that a majority of Americans think the United States is losing the so-called “War on Drugs” and that states should be allowed to decide whether marijuana is legal. Now, just months after the passage of two voter-approved state initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana, a new Pew poll finds that for the first time, a majority of all Americansalso think marijuana should be legal. The nationwide survey found that 52 percent support legalized marijuana, while 45 percent oppose legalization. Unsurprisingly, the strongest support comes from younger Americans, with 65 percent of Millenials age 18 to 32 in favor of legalization. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press illustrates shifting public opinion on this question:

An overwhelming  72 percent now believe that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws have cost more than they’re worth, and some 60 percent  say the federal government should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states where it is legal. In medical marijuana states, federal authorities have continued to crack down on some distributors seemingly complying with state law. As Washington and Colorado move forward in implementing their new recreational marijuana laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to announce the official Department of Justice policy, although he has said he will have an answer “relatively soon.”

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org


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