Cannabis vending machines seen in UK if drug legalised
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Cannabis vending machines are being developed in US states where the drug has been legalised, while Sir Richard Branson has faced criticism after calling for decriminalisation here in the UK.
Virgin boss Sir Richard co-signed a letter with Caroline Lucas MP and others to The Times, calling for an “alternative drug strategy” and saying the current policy “pointlessly criminalises people”.
Cannabis was recently legalised for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, and three companies are currently developing vending machines for the drug in those states.
Medical cannabis vending machines are already widely in use.
A group of drug experts, including Neil McKeganey of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research wrote to The Times criticising the call from Sir Richard and others.
The letter said: “There are now more medical marijuana outlets in some parts of the US than Starbucks cafés with cannabis-laced soft drinks and medical marijuana vending machines already much in evidence.
“Is this the alternative drug strategy that the signatories to the Times letter are seeking to promote?”
The letter, also signed by the former head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the president of ‘Europe Against Drugs’, warned about “grave dangers for humanity”.
It said: “We need a greater focus on abstinence-focused treatment, prevention, and robust enforcement and we need to strengthen, not weaken, the principle of shared responsibility between nations in how they are tackling their drug problem.”
“At a time when the use of illegal drugs in the UK is in decline we should be wary of those who claim that existing drug laws have failed.”
Sir Richard Branson called on politicians to decriminalise drugs, saying they “would not lose votes”.
He made the comments ahead of an international drugs conference, at which he gave the opening address by video link.
Read more: http://www.christian.org.uk
Oregon voters would likely pass marijuana vote
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
It could happen as early as 2014.
In the wake of ballot measures legalizing marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, it’s not at all out of the question that Oregon voters will have another shot at legalizing marijuana in this state.
Now, it’s true that Oregon voters just last November rejected another initiative, Ballot Measure 80, which would have legalized marijuana. But our sense is that voters were reluctant to ratify that particular measure because — well, because it was loony.
If there’s a pot-legalization measure on the Oregon ballot in 2014 — and if the measure appears to have been crafted with somewhat more care than went into Measure 80 — our hunch is that the measure will pass.
And Oregon state law on marijuana will lurch into head-on conflict with federal law.
The Obama administration hasn’t given much guidance on this matter to its federal attorneys in Washington state and Colorado after the marijuana votes in those states. In fact, Obama himself said that his administration had “bigger fish to fry” than figuring out strategies to help cut through the thicket of contradictions between state and federal drug laws.
Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com
Debunking the Marijuana Legalization myths
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
1. If pot is legal, more people will use it.
As drug policy undergoes big changes, I’ve been watching rates of youth cannabis use with interest. As it is for most fathers, the well-being of my family is the most important thing in my life. Whether you like the plant or not, as with alcohol, only adults should be allowed to partake of intoxicating substances. But youth cannabis use is near its highest level ever in the United States. When I spoke at a California high school recently and asked, “Who thinks cannabis is easier to obtain than alcohol?,” nearly every hand shot up.
2. Law enforcement officials oppose legalization.
It is true that many law enforcement lobby groups don’t want to end America’s most expensive war (which has cost $1 trillion and counting), but that’s because they’re the reason it’s so expensive. In 2010, two-thirds of federal spending on the drug war, $10 billion, went toward law enforcement and interdiction.
3. Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol would control the legal cannabis industry.
In 1978, the Carter administration changed alcohol regulations to allow for microbreweries. Today the craft-beer market is worth $10.2 billion annually. The top-shelf cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle realize this potential. “We’re creating an international brand, like champagne and Parmigiano cheese,” says Tomas Balogh, co-founder of the Emerald Growers Association in Humboldt, Calif. Get ready for the bud and breakfast.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com
Maine House denies voters chance to legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA — A bill calling for a referendum to ask voters whether marijuana should be legal in Maine was rejected by the House on Friday.
Republicans and Democrats were on both sides of the issue in the 71-67 vote on the bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland
Supporters said they were pleased with the narrow margin because it gives them hope that they can gain support in the future, in the Legislature or at the ballot box. They tentatively plan a citizens initiative to put the question on the state ballot in 2016.
The vote was “definitely a nail-biter,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s a sign that there is a lot of support in the Legislature and in Maine for ending marijuana prohibitions.”
The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group backed last year’s initiative campaign in Colorado that legalized the possession, use and distribution of marijuana.
Read more: http://www.pressherald.com
Activists: "Texas Getting Closer To Legalizing Marijuana"
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some optimistic activists say new FBI crime statistics will push Texas closer to legalizing marijuana.
According to Mason Tvert, with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), investigators are wasting millions of dollars going after casual users. “There is no logical reason why law enforcement officials should be spending their time arresting and prosecuting adults simply for possessing a product that is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” he said.
Tvert also pointed to new crime statistics that show African Americans, while only making up about 12-percent of the state’s population, are arrested far more than Whites for marijuana possession.
“It is the 15th highest arrest rate and right now Black Americans are being arrested at more than twice the rate as White,” he said, adding, “Communities of color are really facing the most enforcement despite the fact that they use marijuana at the same rate as whites.”
According to the MPP, marijuana prohibition costs U.S. taxpayers $41.8 billion per year. Tvert said that shows law enforcement isn’t prioritizing when it comes to crime fighting. “We are spending our law enforcement resources arresting adults for marijuana, when we could be using those resources to address serious crime,” he said.
Tvert said the statistics on things like the use of tax dollars and disproportionate arrests by race show how wrong the current marijuana policy is and also demonstrates why Texas should legalize pot.
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Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
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