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Marijuana Poll Finds Almost Half Support Legalizing Its Growth

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Nearly half of Americans say that growing marijuana should be legal, and even more support legalizing the growing of hemp, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov Poll.
 
The online poll found that 47 percent said it should be legal to grow marijuana, while 37 percent said it shouldn't.
 
Younger people were significantly more likely to back legalization of pot cultivation. About half of every age group under 65 said growing marijuana should be allowed, compared with 36 percent of those 65 or older.
 

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Cannabis versus Alcohol: Health Effects

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

Alcohol use is Legal, yet Cannabis use is Illegal

Many cannabis users all over the world question why alcohol is legal when it is still illegal to use cannabis. The negative effects on a person’s health are much great when consuming alcohol than they are when consuming cannabis; there are many, many deaths each year attributed to alcohol consumption and very little attributed to cannabis consumption. The financial and social impact of alcohol and the crimes associated with alcohol use is immense every year, where the same impact due to cannabis use is minimal.

So is it not fair then that many people worldwide ask why cannabis use is criminalised yet alcohol use isn’t?

The Health Effects of Alcohol

  • Alcohol is a depressant and as such causes unnatural brain processes that can cause anxiety and depression.
  • Alcohol causes damage to your heart, which one of the damaging effects that you don’t see.
  • Alcohol consumption can lead to cancer: the consumption of alcohol can help cause stomach cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer.
  • One of the main issues caused by alcohol consumption is liver damage. The liver is a very important organ of the body which helps cleanse the body of toxins and without a healthy liver you won’t be a healthy person.
  • Alcohol consumption and deteriorated liver health means that more toxins flow through your blood and take longer to be expelled from the body. This leads to 2 very undesirable consequences: the first is that your brain function is compromised and (not to even mention hangovers) can leave you with a ‘foggy’ brain and no clarity of thought; but even more alarming for some is the fact that this flow of toxins affects your skin by making it blotchy and unhealthy looking and leads to premature signs of aging.
  • Alcohol can damage the pancreas and lead to Diabetes.
  • Alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Alcohol can affect your sexual health: in women it can reduce your fertility and chances of conceiving; for men it can reduce your libido and virility.

The Health Effects of Cannabis

  • Cannabis use can cause anxiety and paranoia.
  • Cannabis use can cause depression.
  • The use of some strains of cannabis such as White Widow and Pineapple Chunk can cause hallucinations which some people do not like.
  • Smoking cannabis can worsen asthma and even lead to lung cancer.

Summary Question: Should Cannabis Use be Illegal While Drinking Alcohol is Still Legal?

From looking at the health effects alone the case is pretty clearly in favour of cannabis use; but when you also take into account the socioeconomic problems caused by alcohol and the fact that these problems could be easily negated if cannabis was consumed instead of alcohol you will see that the scales are very much weighted one side.

On the question of whether cannabis should be legalised or not I would have to agree with the cannabis users out there and the many thousands of people that gather for the 420 rallies every year and say that there is a strong case for the legalisation of cannabis.


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Legislation Announced To Legalize Marijuana In New York

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she intends to file legislation in New York aimed at legalizing the recreational use, possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of marijuana for adults. The measure comes as New York’s Legislature continues to push forward a measure to legalize medical marijuana – a proposal that’s already been approved by the state’s House, and is expected to pass the Senate.
 
“It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” stated Krueger last week.
 
The measure, which will be titled theMarijuana, Regulation, and Taxation Act, would authorize adults to legally cultivate up to 6 plants and possess up to 2 ounces. The proposal would establish state-licensed retail outlets, which would be regulated through the New York State Liquor Authority.
 

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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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