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Legalize marijuana in Pa.?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
legalzie-mj-paAny time you go to a civic event in Harrisburg that gives the public a chance to speak, odds are good that a graying, older woman named Ava Berg will show up and use the forum to advocate for her favorite cause, legalizing marijuana.
 
That’s what happened Thursday evening at Harrisburg Hope’s well-attended forum on promoting economic development, held at Hamilton Health Center, a sparkling new facility that is a point of pride in the struggling neighborhood of Allison Hill.
 
When Berg stepped up to the microphone, the panelists and most in the audience knew what was coming, and looked politely amused. Having heard her several times before, I did too – until she made this point:
 
Forty years ago, you could get arrested for playing the numbers. Now, she said, the lottery yields the state $3 billion dollars a year. (Her number is high for the lottery, but if you add in the state’s take from casino gambling, it’s pretty close to $3 billion.)
 
Legalizing marijuana is a ready-at-hand economic development idea that would actually work, Berg said. It’s something you can do almost anywhere and would create jobs and tax revenue.
 
Berg noted that other states have legalized dope (Washington state and Colorado). She claimed 85 percent of Pennsylvanians favor legalization — but she neglected to mention that those results are only for medical use of marijuana, not toking up for fun. A Franklin and Marshall poll in May found that, for now at least, a majority of voters (54 percent) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana.
 

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If Marijuana Is Legalized, Who Will Start Using More of It?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
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Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, doesn't think kids and teens are going to start using marijuana more frequently if the drug is fully legalized across the country. The reason is simple: They can already get pot pretty easily.
 
"There are three national surveys in which young people say it's now easier to buy marijuana today that it is to buy alcohol. In every high school in America, marijuana use is now more or less omnipresent. In the surveys for the last thirty years, 80 percent of young people say it's easy to get marijuana. So I don't think that's the group where it's going to go up. If anything, you're going to take away some of that forbidden fruit attraction to marijuana," he said during a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week.
 
So who will start using more marijuana if it's fully legalized? Nadelmann, a legalization advocate whose organization was founded to stop the "war on drugs," points to the grandparents of the world. "It's going to be people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s," he said. "It's going to be older people going, 'Damn, it helps with that arthritis, I didn't realize that.' Or, 'It helps me sleep at night,' or 'I actually find I prefer it to having a drink at the end of the night, or 'You know what, I prefer it to the pharmaceuticals my doctor is giving me for my mood or my anxiety.'"
 

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Aussie expert: Legalize marijuana to protect teens from binge drinking

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
legalize-mmj-no-drinkThe director of Australia’s alcohol policy research body said Tuesday that he believes marijuana should be legalized and tightly controlled by the government in order to reduce binge drinking, which he said has a much stronger association with violence than any other drug of abuse, particularly among teens.
 
Robin Room told The Herald Sun on Tuesday that it “makes sense to legalize marijuana in a controlled market.”
 
Room is director of Australia’s Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, and earlier this week he presented a bunch of new ideas on how to curb binge drinking across the country.
 
Some of his proposals to attack alcoholism are stout enough to make drinkers blush, and range from raising the legal drinking age, limiting sales to certain hours, creating a government monopoly to control all sales, lowering blood-alcohol limits for drivers, limiting the number of liquor stores in a given area, and even crafting tax policies that make cheap wine all but impossible to find.
 
But when he was speaking to The Herald Sun this week, he also threw his support to legalizing marijuana, saying it would particularly affect teens who are most prone to injury from binge drinking. “We are in a situation where we need to look ahead,” he reportedly said. “I think we need to have the discussion and it makes a lot of sense in terms of, among others, cutting down government costs to have a fairly highly controlled legal (cannabis) market and, while we are at it, tighten up the legal market of alcohol in the same way we tightened up the market of tobacco.”
 
He went on to recommend that the government create a monopoly for marijuana sales as well, saying the drug should not be available in supermarkets and must not be advertised at all. “Cannabis is not without harm but it’s substantially less than alcohol and tobacco in terms of social harm,” Room reportedly added.
 

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Former Mexican president Fox urges marijuana legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Mexican President Vicente Fox took his crusade to legalize marijuana to San Francisco on Monday, joining pot advocates to urge the United States and his own country to decriminalize the sale and recreational use of cannabis.
 
Fox met for three hours with the advocates, including Steve DeAngelo, the Oakland-based executive director of California's largest marijuana dispensary, and former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively, who hopes to create a Seattle-based pot brand now that Washington state has legalized recreational use.
 
Legalization, Fox told reporters after the meeting, is the only way to end the violence of Mexican drug cartels, which he blamed on America's war on drugs.
 
"The cost of the war is becoming unbearable - too high for Mexico, for Latin America and for the rest of the world," Fox said in English.
 
Every day, he said, 40 young people are killed in drug-related violence.
 
Fox's position on legalizing drugs has evolved over time since the days when he cooperated with U.S. efforts to tamp down production in Mexico during his 2000-2006 presidential term. He has been increasingly vocal in his opposition to current policies, backing two prior efforts to legalize marijuana in Mexico.
 

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Liquor board sets tentative rules for marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
marijuana-rules-waOLYMPIA – Washington will allow legal marijuana to be grown outside if it has adequate security, under new rules receiving preliminary approval Wednesday by a state board.
 
The state might allow an unlimited number of marijuana growers and processors, but a limited number of stores where adults can buy the drug for recreational use. The plants and the products made from them will be tracked “from seed to sale” in secure facilities. Growers who break regulations on sales, packaging, transportation or security could lose a fourth of their crop on the second violation in three years, half their crop on the third and lose their license on the fourth.
 
Advertising of the stores and their products will be strictly limited and not targeted at minors. Legal marijuana being sold in licensed stores will have to come in child-proof packaging and be clearly marked with the level of its intoxicating substance.
 
But it won’t carry a logo of a marijuana leaf in a green Washington map.
 
The State Liquor Control Board canned the proposed logo Wednesday and will work on a replacement. Board Chairman Sharon Foster said there are many other logos that use the state map or outline and “we need to have something different.”
 

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Push is on to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

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TALLAHASSEE — From the beginning, the legislative push to legalize medical marijuana came with a deep-seated sense of impending doom.
 
“Slim to none,” was the chances state Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, gave a bill she filed this year to legalize medical marijuana.
 
Her comments came during an April 1 news conference with more than a month left in the legislative session. Her bill, and a one filed by state Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, did not receive a committee hearing this session.
 
Though supporters hit a legislative brick wall, legalization supporters did maintain a sense of optimism. And for good reason.
 
Two days before the Capitol news conference, John Morgan, one of the state’s most prominent attorneys, stroked a $100,000 check to People United for Medical Marijuana, a political committee gearing up to push a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan, who is a top Democratic donor, is also the committee’s chairman.
 
He got involved because two decades ago his father used marijuana to help his battle with cancer.
 
“He was against illegal drugs, but my brother Tim said ‘You might want to try this,’” Morgan said. “He had an appetite and his anxiety went down.”
 
The effort to legalize medical marijuana has been around for a few years, but has lacked the momentum that Morgan brings to the effort.
 

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