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Illinois Close to Passing Bill to Legalize Marijuana

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

Year after year, patients and advocates of medical marijuana in Illinois have watched in dismay as a bill that would legalize marijuana has failed to pass through the House. This past Friday however, that bill came closer than ever to passing, in fact, the measure is just one or two votes short of passing the House right now, which is huge progress for Illinois.

 
Rep. Lou Lang tells the Pekin Daily Times he's close to getting the support he needs for the four-year pilot program. The Skokie Democrat's measure would allow patients with specific medical conditions to obtain marijuana.
 

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Legalized marijuana: Can Florida be next?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Now that Norman Elliot Kent, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the chair of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the state has become a hot seat for medical marijuana reform.
 
On March 22, the NORML team was working hard to drive up the buzz about the benefits of medicinal marijuana at the University of Central Florida. A recent survey conducted by the advocacy group People United for Medical Marijuana, or PFUMM, showed a majority of Floridians are in favor of legalizing pot for medical use. Kent felt that now was the time to educate the public and try push a bill through the house to add Florida to the list of 18 states that already have legalized marijuana for medical use.
 

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Oregon lawmakers consider legalizing, taxing marijuana as pot advocates ponder 2014 ballot initiative

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, March, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
SALEM -- State lawmakers scrounging for money for schools, mental health and public safety could find the solution to their funding woes to be green.
No, not more cold, hard cash, but pot. Legalize it and tax it. That's the plan under House Bill 3371, which is scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.
 
The bill would allow the production, processing and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products. Individuals 21 or older would be allowed to keep up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of marijuana at a time, the same amounts allowed under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.
 
Under the bill, the Oregon Health Authority would be charged with licensing marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers.
 
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would oversee taxation of marijuana, according to the bill. Marijuana producers would be taxed $35 per ounce. The money would go to a "Cannabis Tax Account," with 40 percent of proceeds going to schools and 20 percent each to Oregon State Police, the general fund, and services for mental health, alcoholism and drugs.
 
The bill would go into effect July 1, 2014.
 

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Time to Legalize it

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 17th 2013 by THCFinder


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Bills take aim at federal marijuana ban

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A few House members have begun a broad effort to overturn a 43-year-old federal ban on marijuana and say they're prepared to keep up the pressure even if it takes years.
 
About 10 lawmakers, mostly liberal Democrats, are writing bills that will serve as legislative guideposts for the future if the GOP-controlled House, as expected, ignores their proposals during this Congress.
 
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said it's time to end the federal ban because 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana and many other states are exploring that option in response to growing public pressure.
 
"Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way," he said. "I'm very patient. I've been working on this one way or another for 40 years, and I think the likelihood of something happening in the next four or five years is greater than ever."
 

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Fed official in Seattle wants marijuana to remain illegal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, March, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
If one locally based federal official is any indication, it’s not a slam-dunk that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will allow laws establishing state-controlled marijuana to fly under the federal drug enforcement radar.
 
Holder said last Wednesday that his decision and remarks on how the Department of Justice will respond to legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado would come “relatively soon.”
 
There’s been no word from Holder or his office yet, but federal drug officials have been speaking out more frequently (and negatively) about the new pot laws.
 
The director of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program in Seattle – an arm of the Office of National Drug Control Policy that’s headed by “Drug Czar” and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske – says legal marijuana is a mistake and medical marijuana laws are a “sham” and should be repealed.
 
“I think, from my perspective, that marijuana is a controlled substance, Schedule I, and it’s there (on that list) for a reason and until the science tells us otherwise that’s where it should remain,” said NW HIDTA Director Dave Rodriguez.
 
“I think medical marijuana is a sham. It has no basis in science,” he said, adding that there are alternatives to smoking marijuana that meet FDA rules for what can be considered medication. He also said medical marijuana rules cause too much confusion for officers in the field trying to enforce drug laws.
 

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