Just Days Before Election Day, Polls Are Very Close For Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, October, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

ohio signIt’s only 9 days until the 2015 election in Ohio. Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Ohio, in a form that has not been seen before in marijuana politics. Parts of ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana initiative have created a lot of outcry from voters and specifically reformers. From what I have seen on social media and blogs, there is more support for the initiative than ever before. That’s certainly not to say that the initiative isn’t without it’s opposition from within the marijuana community, because there absolutely is. But it seems to be less prevalent than before, with many nationally known reformers expressing that they would ultimately vote for the initiative.

But that growing level of support seems to not have translated to voters in Ohio. Two polls were recently released which found the initiative to be in a deadlock, with the difference between yes and no falling well within the margin of error. One of those polls was conducted by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics University of Akron. The poll found out the following:

• Overall, pluralities of registered voters are supportive of Issue 2 (monopoly), 40 to 28 percent with 32 percent undecided.

• Overall, registered voters are evenly divided on Issue 3 (marijuana), 46 to 46 percent with 8 percent undecided.

• Nearly two-fifths of registered voters see Issue 3 (marijuana) as the most important measure on the 2015 ballot, followed by one-third who see local tax levies as the most important. 

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U.S. marijuana use, approval of legalization soaring

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

A record number of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, according to a new poll released Wednesday by international pollster Gallup.

And government surveys published Wednesday offered further indications that marijuana is moving into the mainstream nationally, nearly three years after Colorado voters legalized recreational pot.

Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over the past decade, rising to more than 22 million mostly recreational users, the surveys show.

The results come from a comparison of health surveys from 2001-02 and 2012-13 sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Almost 80,000 adults aged 18 and older participated in face-to-face interviews about various health-related behaviors, according to results published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

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Mexico Supreme Court To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Later This Month

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

mexico flag marijuanaYou would be hard pressed to find a country that needs marijuana reform as much as Mexico does. Mexico has been overrun by drug cartels for many decades now, causing an enormous amount of misery. People are getting kidnapped, tortured, and murdered at an alarming rate with no end in sight. Cartels don’t make as much money as they used to from the marijuana industry, but they still profit from it, and use those profits to carry out horrific acts in an attempt to keep making money.

Later this month Mexico’s Supreme Court will consider reforming Mexico’s marijuana laws. Per The Joint Blog:

On October 28, the Mexico Supreme Court is set to discuss a proposal that would effectively legalize the possession, use and production of cannabis for recreational purposes.

According to Reuters, judges will vote on whether to declare unconstitutional parts of a federal health law prohibiting the growth and consumption of cannabis after a nonprofit group filed an injunction against a 2013 decision by health regulatorCofepris. According to documents on the supreme court’s website, the hearing date is set for October 28.

A favorable decision would not only be huge for Mexico, it would also be huge for other countries that have to deal with the fallout from cartels based in Mexico. Arizona, Nevada, and California are hopefully going to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, which if combined with legal marijuana in Mexico, would hurt cartels a lot. I will be anxiously awaiting any decision from Mexico’s Supreme Court, and will definitely post something as soon as I hear anything.



North Carolina Hemp Legalization Bill Heads To Governor For Signature

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

industrial hemp cultivationAs America becomes more environmentally conscience, more and more states are considering hemp reform. Hemp is an extremely versatile plant, and can do anything that petroleum products do, without the undesirable effects on the environment. The hemp industry in America is huge, and is getting bigger every year that goes by. Right now entrepreneurs have to import their hemp from other countries to turn it into the things that they sell. In a better scenario, they would be able to grow it on their own domestically.

North Carolina has become the latest state to be on the verge of legalizing industrial hemp. Per The Joint Blog:

North Carolina’s full Senate – with an 101 to 7 vote – has given approval to an amended version of Senate Bill 313, which allows industrial hemp to be cultivated in the state for the first time in decades. Having already passed the House of Representatives, it now heads to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.

If signed into law by Governor McCrory, or allowed to become law without his signature, the measure would establish anIndustrial Hemp Commission which would oversee a hemp pilot program. The commission would be tasked with granting licenses to farmers as well as the state’s A&T University to cultivate industrial hemp.

“I did run an industrial hemp bill several years ago and had opposition from the law enforcement community,” said the bill’s primary sponsor Senator Stan Bingham. According to Bingham, law enforcement no longer objects. 

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Pa. lawmakers move closer to legalizing medical marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

Pennsylvania legislators moved one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana this week after a group of state House members unveiled recommendations to shape a bill that could be voted into law before the end of the year.

The recommendations, prepared by 13 House members who had been discussing the issue since July, touched on subjects including how to license growers and sellers, and which medical conditions would qualify for a marijuana prescription.

Steve Miskin, spokesman for House Republicans, said the next step would be using the guidelines to draft a bill that can garner enough support in the House.

"Hopefully, [it] passes by the end of the year," Miskin said.

The state Senate has already approved its own medical-marijuana bill, and State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), a longtime proponent of medical marijuana, said he believed the upper chamber would support a House bill that reflected the recommendations that were made public this week by State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R., Centre).

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Which States Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In 2016?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 24th 2015 by THCFinder
2016 election marijuana


The 2016 Election is not that far away, especially for campaigns. Signature deadlines vary across the country, but they will be up sooner than later. Campaigns are working very hard to get marijuana legalization on the ballot in many states, some having better chances than others of making it on the ballot. I was hopeful that over a dozen states would make the ballot in 2016, and maybe there will be some significant changes that help some states catch up. But for now, below are the states that I feel will make the ballot, and in the case of Nevada, already have made the ballot:


As is always the case in California, there are multiple initiatives. I have seen a lot of people on social media promoting each one of them, but I haven’t seen any text for some of the initiatives, and haven’t seen polling for any of the initiatives. I do believe that ultimately most people will band together with ReformCA as time goes by, which seems to have the most resources for its initiative. WeedMaps has put up two million dollars for a legalization effort, and Justin Hartfield recently did an interview in which he said that there are multiple billionaires in California that are willing to fund an effort that shows promise. For the sake of California, and for the sake of the greater movement, I hope legalization can be achieved in California in 2016. California used to lead the way on marijuana policy, and has since fallen behind. California is an enormous state, and if it legalized, it would open the flood gates for legalization in other states in future elections, and would create a recreational state industry that would dwarf all other recreational marijuana states combined I’d imagine. I would estimate that a successful campaign in California would run upwards of 20 million dollars, which obviously is a huge pile of money, but is not that much for a handful of California billionaires.

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