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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.”

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Marijuana legalization wins majority support nationwide

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new poll shows, with the change driven largely by a huge shift in how the baby boom generation feels about the drug of their youth.
 
By 52%-45%, adult Americans back legalization, according to the survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The finding marks the first time in more than four decades of Pew's polling that a majority has taken that position. As recently as a decade ago, only about one-third of American adults backed making marijuana legal.
 
Two big shifts in opinion go along with the support for legalization and likely contribute to it. Most Americans no longer see marijuana as a "gateway" to more dangerous drugs, and most no longer see its use as immoral. As recently as 2006, half of Americans said in a Pew survey that marijuana use was “morally wrong.” Now, only one-third do, while half say that marijuana usage is “not a moral issue.”
 
By an overwhelming margin, 72%-23%, Americans say the federal government’s efforts against marijuana “cost more than they are worth.”
 

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Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 25th 2013 by THCFinder


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Efforts to legalize marijuana in 2014 may be difficult, experts say

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Proponents of California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 may have a long way to go before they can see their measure implemented.
 
The initiative, which proposes to legalize cannabis hemp for industrial, medical and recreational uses, is in the early stages of the ballot process. The activists behind it are planning to begin collecting signatures in May, several months ahead of the deadline to file with the state for a shot at the November 2014 ballot.
 
"We've been getting a lot of positive feedback, and the cannabis movement is a really sophisticated and advanced movement that has a hard time getting on the same page," said Santa Cruz-based activist Michael Jolson. "A group of us want to wait until 2016 because they feel in 2016 they're going to get more young people to vote for a pot initiative."
 
Jack Pitney, a politics and government professor at Claremont McKenna College, said the initiative would have better odds at passing during the 2016 presidential election. Part of the problem with proposing the initiative during a midterm election is the voter demographics, he said.
 
"Midterm elections tend to be older and more conservative," he said.
 
"In 2012, the initiative in other states benefited from a younger and more liberal electorate - people who came out for Obama."
 

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