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Should Marijuana be Legalized?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 19th 2012 by THCFinder


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New York State Voters Want Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
High-strung New Yorkers are ready for a little bit of mellow mary jane.
 
A new poll from the Quinnipiac University finds that New Yorkers favor pot legalization 51 to 44, perfectly mirroring national sentiment on the issue. Democrats, Independents, men and college-degree holders support the idea, while Republicans, women, those with no higher education, as well as those 65 years of age and older do not.
 
Protestants are evenly divided (48-48) on the plant – which theoretically came from their all-knowing God. Catholics support pot legalization (48-47), Jews do not (46-50). Atheists strongly support pot legalization (70-24). Upstate New Yorkers support legalization (49-44), City-folk support it (54-33), and those in the suburbs support it (50-44).
 
Too bad New York lacks a ballot initiative process whereby the popular vote matters. Instead, New Yorkers will have to work with their legislators in Albany, NY, who stand firmly in the way of any drug law reform.
 
In fact, New York has one of the worst records in the world for stopping, frisking, and arresting people for minor amounts of herb – a huge waste of police resources and taxpayer dollars. (Read ‘Human Rights Watch Blasts NYPD for Half-Million Frivolous Weed Arrests’ here.)
 
Quinnipiac Pollsters asked 1,302 New York state voters between Dec. 5-10 the question “Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in New York State, or not?” The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
 

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These Are The Next 13 States That Could Legalize Marijuana...

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization advocates are hopeful that the Colorado and Washington will be just the first in a wave of states to legalize marijuana over the next 12 months, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
In an email to Business Insider, St. Pierre said that his organization forecasts that several states — including Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota and Nevada — will consider marijuana legalization measures in the coming months. 
 
"The New England states have been a ‘hot bed’ for the last few years," he told Business Insider via email.  "Recent victories for reformers in Washington and Colorado have breathed more legislative and media attention into these proposed legislative measures."
NORML tracks ongoing legislation and ballot measures in all 50 states. By its count, 13 will consider initiatives for legalization either through legislation or ballot measures. 
 
In addition to those states mentioned above, Virginia will call for a legalization commission to explore the policy. NORML also counts Oregon as another possible state, even though a ballot measure was voted down in November.
A key question, however, is how federal law enforcement will respond to legalization in Colorado and Washington. So far, the Justice Department has not made any moves to respond to the two states' defiance of federal policy, though it is still reportedly weighing taking legal action.
 
But support for legalization has been growing steadily, gaining support for lawmakers and prominent public figures. Notably, a bipartisan group of representatives in Congress recently introduced the "Respect States' and Citizen's Rights Act of 2012," a bill that states that state marijuana laws should not be preempted by federal laws.
 

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Free the Leaf

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 12th 2012 by THCFinder


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Democrats ask Obama to respect Colorado, Washington

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Riverside County’s Democratic Central Committee has approved a resolution asking President Barack Obama to respect Colorado’s and Washington state’s decision to legalize marijuana.
 
The Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County drafted the resolution out of concern the president doesn’t look favorably on the passage of marijuana legalization measures by voters in those two states, wrote Brownie Mary club leader Larry Swerdlow in a press release.
“The President is out of touch with the voters on this issue and Democrats in particular,” said Swerdlow, an Inland medical marijuana advocate.
 
“His only contact with marijuana issues seems to be with law enforcement … who stand to lose their $20 billion a year marijuana prohibition full employment program if marijuana is legalized.”
Club members plan to go to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Riverside office on Thursday to ask her to make sure the resolution reaches the White House.
 
Read more: http://blog.pe.com

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Poll: Keep feds out of state pot laws

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Most Americans want the federal government to stop enforcing anti-marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington state, which legalized the drug earlier this year, according to a poll released Monday.
 
Sixty-four percent do not want the federal government to enforce its anti-marijuana laws in those states, compared to only 34 percent who do, according to a Gallup Poll. Among those who believe marijuana use should be legal, a whopping 87 percent said the federal government should back off. But even among those who oppose marijuana legalization, 43 percent don’t want the federal government to get involved.
 

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