Mexico City Considers Legalizing Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
I have done missionary work in Mexico a handful of times, and if there is any place that needs drug reform, it’s Mexico for sure. Below is an e-mail that I received from my friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:
MEXICO CITY – After years of brutality and violence from drug cartels largely funded by marijuana, political leaders in one of the world’s largest cities may take power and profits away from those cartels by legalizing and regulating marijuana. Members of the Mexico City city assembly plan to submit bills establishing clubs that would sell marijuana and allow the possession of small amounts of the plant at the end of this month. The new mayor, Miguel Mancera, has stated his support for marijuana policy reform in the past and is widely expected to support the new bills.
“More than 70,000 people have been killed in the drug war in Mexico in the past seven years,” said retired police major Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs. ”Were Mexico City to legalize and regulate marijuana, taking it out of the hands of violent cartels and into those of legitimate businesses, it would be a tremendous boon to public safety in the city and a sign to the rest of the world that legalizing marijuana is a smart, workable solution to the evils of the drug war.”
If the proposals are successful, the city will join the ranks of Colorado and Washington state, which both voted to legalize marijuana last November, and Uruguay, whose lower house has already approved a legalization bill expected to pass the senate this month.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a nonprofit organization of police, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement professionals who, after fighting in the war on drugs, now advocate for its end.
U.K. Proposal Announced To Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, October, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
A group of ministers in the Liberal Democrat party are introducing a proposal to drastically alter the U.K.’s drug policies by legalizing cannabis, in addition to other “club drugs” such as ecstasy, according to the Sunday Times. The move is planned as a means to fix the U.K.’s failing war on drugs, which has resulted in an increase in crime, and a heavy financial burden on taxpayers.
A review ordered by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, which is due to be published before Christmas, is expected to suggest that the U.K. should legalize cannabis in a way similar to Washington and Colorado in the United State.
The proposal is also expected to call for the introduction of heroin clinics where addicts can receive the drug through prescription in an attempt to reduce crime by dissuading individuals from purchasing from the black-market.
The proposal is expected to be released in December.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com/
Marijuana Legalization: 8 Lies the White House is Spreading About Weed
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana use is harmful and should be discouraged, or so says the White House. The misinformation regarding weed has been going on for decades, and the Obama administration is no exception. All anyone has to do read through the unintentionally hilarious “fact sheet” from the White House, and see how ridiculous our federal government has become at spreading lies about marijuana. According to the White House, “A careful examination of the facts leads to the following conclusions about the dangers of marijuana use and the likely consequences of legalization.” Let’s light their claims up!
1. “The downward trend in youth marijuana use during the late 1990s has ended ... Not surprisingly, this increase coincides with a softening of youth attitudes about the risks of marijuana.”
This presumptuous nugget insinuates that softening attitudes, i.e. majority support for legalization, regarding the risks of marijuana are what cause people to smoke it. In reality, people are just realizing that the facts simply aren’t on prohibition’s side.
2. “Proposals such as legalization that would promote marijuana use are inconsistent with this public health and safety approach.”
What the heck does public health and safety mean? In this context, there is no mention of what this public health and safety approach is. If by denying legitimate medical conditions from relief like cancer or HIV/AIDS, then yes, it is consistent with “this” public health and safety approach. What it isn’t consistent with is common sense and science.
3. “Legalization would lower price, thereby increasing use.”
This is a fantastic example of how little the government actually understands about the markets it regulates. While legalization MAY decrease price, what will most likely happen when marijuana is legalized is like what after prohibition. The government will control it, and so prices will not necessarily decrease due to taxation and other factors, such as home gardens. This claim assumes that prices and usage are directly correlated, which isn’t true. Prices on government-dominated markets vary, something Washington forgets all too often.
4. “And because drug use is sensitive to price, especially among young people, higher prices help keep use rates relatively low."
This one is refuted by their own statements! They say that high prices will keep use rates low. Even if the price stayed the same, their graph at the beginning of the fact sheet invalidates their claim. If keeping marijuana illegal causes higher prices and lower usage rates, why have the usage rates been going up?
Read more: http://www.policymic.com
Lawmakers light up marijuana legalization bill for third time
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
After two failed attempts, two Wisconsin legislators reintroduced a bill to make Wisconsin the 21st state in the country to legalize medical marijuana.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, provides legal protection to medical cannabis users, along with legal protection for testers and prescribing physicians of the medicine.
Although the bill was introduced in previous sessions, this version of the bill adds additional provisions for users of medical cannabis than versions introduced in previous Legislative sessions in 2010 and 2012.
“Some of the language, including a provision about edibles, brings it more in line with other bills around the country,” Gary Storck, Is My Medicine Legal Yet? spokesperson, said.
While the bill would legalize medical cannabis in Wisconsin, supporters of the bill were adamant that its passage would not lead Wisconsin down a path to legalization of marijuana in the state.
Julie Laundrie, spokesperson for Erpenbach said the goal of the bill is to help patients and doctors who believe in medical cannabis as a treatment for a variety of conditions.
Laundrie added the Legislature is far behind the public on this issue.
According to a May 2013 Fox News poll, 85 percent of Americans support the usage of medical cannabis when prescribed by a physician.
“There’s public support for this, it’s amazing,” Storck said. “If the state Legislature would listen to the people instead of lobbyists and special interests, they would’ve passed this bill a long time ago.”
Read more: http://badgerherald.com
Poll Finds Texans Ready To Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
Voters in Texas are among the latest to hop on board the marijuana legalization bandwagon, according to a poll released this week. The Public Policy Polling survey had support for marijuana legalization at 58%, support for medical marijuana at 58%, and support for decriminalizing small-time possession at 61%.
The poll was commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project. The survey of 860 randomly selected Texas voters was conducted September 27-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%.
“Marijuana prohibition has been just as big a failure as alcohol prohibition,” said MPP executive director Rob Kampia, a part-time Austin resident. “Most Texans agree that marijuana sales should be conducted by legitimate businesses instead of drug cartels in the underground market.”
The poll’s legalization question — “Would you support or oppose changing Texas law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, where stores would be licensed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older?” — was the only question that allowed respondents to qualify their support as “strongly support” or “somewhat support.” Some 41% strongly supported legalization, with another 17% somewhat supporting it.
Unusually, support for legalization was stronger among women (59%) than among men (56%). Also going against the grain, support was stronger among blacks (61%) and Latinos (60%) than Anglos (56%). In most polls across the country, men and whites are more likely to support legalization than women, blacks, or Latinos.
By political affiliation, legalization won strong majority support among Democrats (70%) and independents (57%), while even nearly half of Republicans (48%) also favored it. Legalization also won majority support across all age groups, with even those 65 and older coming in at 52%.
The poll also found that 61% of state voters support removing criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replacing them with a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $100 with no possibility of jail time. Only 30% said they were opposed to that. Under current Texas law, it is a criminal offense for a person to possess a small amount of marijuana, and he or she can be sentenced to up to a year in jail and fined up to $2,000.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Romania Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
Romania has become the tenth country in the EU to legalize medical marijuana. This is welcome new for those that are suffering from various ailments in Romania. Up until now people have had to either use medical marijuana illegally or use harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
Other European countries that have legalized medical marijuana include Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Czech Republic, and Spain. I wonder how long the United States will sit on the sidelines at the national level. Not only does the Obama Administration refuse to legalize medical marijuana at a national level, but it continues to disrespect the will of voters at the state level by harassing medical marijuana program participants in states that have passed medical marijuana laws.
The United States federal government needs to step up an do what’s right and legalize medical marijuana at the federal level. Especially considering the US government produces medical marijuana for four federal patients, and owns patents relating to medical marijuana. History will look back on this hypocrisy and future American citizens will consider this area of federal policy to be a colossal failure.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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