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Uruguay’s Half-Baked Marijuana Experiment

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay — In December 2013, Uruguay offered itself as the world’s leading laboratory for marijuana policy. That month, the Latin American nation of some 3.5 million people became the first country to legalize and regulate the cultivation, sale, and consumption of the drug, turning itself into an outlier in a region where failed prohibition policies had been the norm. Marijuana legalization advocates from around the world eagerly waited to see how the case study would play out.

More than two years later, they’re still waiting. That’s because the government has yet to implement a plan for mainstream cannabis commercialization, arguing the task is too complicated to be rushed. Now, what was heralded as the world’s first controlled experiment of a bustling, nationwide legal weed economy is, instead, stuck in limbo. Rather than serving as a model for other countries contemplating cannabis legalization, Uruguay has become a cautionary tale about the difficulties of creating a marijuana market.

Read More:http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/03/21/uruguay-marijuana-legalization/


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Pennsylvania Could Become the Next State to Legalize a Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, March, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

Pennsylvania may be well be on its way to becoming the next state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

On Wednesday, following a nerve-racking few days debating additional amendments, the House of Representatives voted 149 to 43 in favor of Senate Bill 3, a measure aimed at legalizing a medicinal cannabis program for patients suffering from around 17 qualified conditions — a major move forward from the nature of the original proposal. 

The bill must now go before the Senate once again in hopes that the body will agree with the House and put its seal of approval on the changes made to the original language. Although the Senate voted 40 to 7 in favor of the measure in May of last year, there are some concerns that the recent amendments could be a deterrent to a majority vote. Nevertheless, reports indicate that the earliest the Senate would possibly deliberate the issue would be next Monday.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-could-become-next-state-legalize-medical-marijuana-program


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Puerto Rico Governor Calls for Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, March, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's governor has called for the legalization of marijuana during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that taking such action would lower crime and target hypocrisy. He said legislators should at a minimum approve a bill filed in 2013 that would decriminalize marijuana. Puerto Rico's Health Department recently adopted a regulation allowing the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana.

Garcia spoke for about an hour and addressed other issues, including the island's deepening economic crisis. He stressed the government's $69 billion public debt needs restructuring and said key decisions will be made in the coming months that will decide Puerto Rico's future.

Garcia is not seeking re-election as the island prepares to hold general elections in November.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/puerto-rico-governor-calls-legalizing-marijuana


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Tell Obama: Take Action To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, February, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

barack obama marijuanaCongressman Earl Blumenauer has a ‘take action’ effort going on. Earl Blumenauer sent a letter to President Obama with the below language. You can add your name at this link here:

It is time, Mr. President, for you to take the next logical step, cementing your legacy in history on drug reform and a fairer criminal justice system. Call for an end to marijuana prohibition and de-schedule marijuana. The House and Senate are reluctant to take bold action to legalize marijuana at the federal level, but you don’t have to wait. Under your leadership by de-scheduling marijuana, you will trigger monumental reform, allowing states to continue their pioneering efforts and putting pressure on Congress to take additional actions to tax and regulate. We can start by ending the lunacy of forcing legal marijuana companies to operate as cash-only. Seldom has such a small step, supported by a majority of Americans, had such potential transformational power.

Please seize the moment. We can’t wait.

The time is now. The country is ready.

In 2008, I joined with tens of thousands of Oregonians who cheered you on chanting, “Yes, we can!”

Today, I speak on behalf of millions of Americans across the country and ask you to support ending the prohibition of marijuana.

We hope you will respond, “Yes, I will.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/tell-obama-take-action-to-end-federal-marijuana-prohibition/


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Vermont Senate Approves Legal Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Vermont is well on its way to making history by becoming the first state in the nation to end marijuana prohibition by way of the state legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 16 to 13 in favor of aproposal aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, one that would create a taxed and regulated system that would allow weed to be sold in retail outlets all over the state. The bill must now survive another Senate vote before moving on to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Although there was some opposition to the bill (S.241)—some lawmakers argued it would destroy Vermont’s image, while others worried it did not take the concept of legal weed far enough—supporters were pleasantly surprised to learn the issue received an impressive 16 votes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/vermont-senate-approves-legal-marijuana


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Is Louisiana Preparing to Discuss Marijuana Legalization?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, February, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Louisiana is known for having some of the most cutthroat penalties against marijuana possession in the United States, but this bad reputation could become a legend of the past if lawmakers can miraculously convince legislative forces that legal weed is the right channel for which to satisfy the state’s budget woes.

Reports indicate that the Louisiana Legislature may be preparing to dive head first into a new proposal later this session aimed at dragging the state out of the trenches of prohibition to establish a fully legal cannabis trade.

Earlier this week, the appropriations committee put their stamp of approval on several bills intended to trim some of the fat from the underbelly of the state’s disastrous $850 million budget deficit, but lawmakers are concerned that a political tug-of-war between the Republican-dominated legislature and the Governor’s office over how to solve the state’s financial crisis will not result in any measurable reconciliation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/louisiana-preparing-discuss-marijuana-legalization


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