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Alaska: Push to Legalize Marijuana Begins

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 15th 2013 by THCFinder

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The state will be the next battleground in the effort to legalize marijuana. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, whose office oversees elections, certified a ballot initiative application on Friday that would make it legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Supporters will have one year to collect 30,169 signatures from qualified voters across the state to get the question on the ballot. They aim to do this by January.

 

The effort in Alaska comes after voters in Washington State and Colorado legalized marijuana last year. The proposal would make it legal for those 21 and older to use and possess up to an ounce of marijuana, though not in public.

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com


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Arizona is pushing to legalize Recreational Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
arizona-legal-mjA north Phoenix man has launched an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Arizona.
 
Dennis Bohlke, the 59-year-old computer programmer who is leading the effort, said the Safer Arizona initiative is modeled after Colorado’s newly enacted law, which taxes and regulates marijuana.
 
“The intent of the initiative is to legalize marijuana in Arizona and to treat it as we treat alcohol,” said Bohlke.
 
The effort would amend the state Constitution to allow people 18 and older “to consume or possess limited amounts” of marijuana. The initiative would allow state officials to license grow facilities, marijuana stores and other facilities.
 
The initiative needs 259,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014, to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
 
Bohlke said he has no major financial backing to fund signature gathering. He said he has spoken with Republican, “tea party” and Democratic lawmakers about his effort and that while they would not support him, they “were very receptive” of his effort.
 
Bohlke acknowledged it will be challenging to gather the signatures necessary to place the initiative on the ballot without major funding.
 
In addition, law enforcement and prosecutors would likely mount a strong opposition campaign.
 

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Big Support For Medical Marijuana In Poll

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
legal-marijuanaMost Americans continue to support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, and most think the federal government should refrain from prosecuting patients and dispensaries in states where it is legal.
 
According to the new HuffPost/YouGov poll, 60 percent of Americans say they favor allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for their patients, while only 26 percent are opposed.
 
Democrats and independents in the survey were most likely to support legalizing medical marijuana, by a 69 percent to 21 percent margin for Democrats and a 61 percent to 24 percent margin for independents. But even among Republicans, more respondents supported than opposed allowing medical marijuana, by a 46 percent to 38 percent margin.
 
Majorities of every age group in the poll said they supported legalized medical marijuana.
 
By a margin of 57 percent to 25 percent, most respondents said that the federal government should not enforce its drug laws against patients and dispensaries following state law that allowed for medical marijuana. The poll was conducted before Nevada on Wednesday became the 19th U.S. state, plus Washington, D.C, to legalize medical marijuana.
 

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Cannabis vending machines seen in UK if drug legalised

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Cannabis vending machines are being developed in US states where the drug has been legalised, while Sir Richard Branson has faced criticism after calling for decriminalisation here in the UK.
 
Virgin boss Sir Richard co-signed a letter with Caroline Lucas MP and others to The Times, calling for an “alternative drug strategy” and saying the current policy “pointlessly criminalises people”.
 
Cannabis was recently legalised for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, and three companies are currently developing vending machines for the drug in those states.
 
Criticise
 
Medical cannabis vending machines are already widely in use.
 
A group of drug experts, including Neil McKeganey of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research wrote to The Times criticising the call from Sir Richard and others.
 
The letter said: “There are now more medical marijuana outlets in some parts of the US than Starbucks cafés with cannabis-laced soft drinks and medical marijuana vending machines already much in evidence.
 
“Is this the alternative drug strategy that the signatories to the Times letter are seeking to promote?”
 
Dangers
 
The letter, also signed by the former head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the president of ‘Europe Against Drugs’, warned about “grave dangers for humanity”.
 
It said: “We need a greater focus on abstinence-focused treatment, prevention, and robust enforcement and we need to strengthen, not weaken, the principle of shared responsibility between nations in how they are tackling their drug problem.”
 
“At a time when the use of illegal drugs in the UK is in decline we should be wary of those who claim that existing drug laws have failed.”
 
Decriminalise
 
Sir Richard Branson called on politicians to decriminalise drugs, saying they “would not lose votes”.
 
He made the comments ahead of an international drugs conference, at which he gave the opening address by video link.
 

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Oregon voters would likely pass marijuana vote

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
It could happen as early as 2014.
 
In the wake of ballot measures legalizing marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, it’s not at all out of the question that Oregon voters will have another shot at legalizing marijuana in this state.
 
Now, it’s true that Oregon voters just last November rejected another initiative, Ballot Measure 80, which would have legalized marijuana. But our sense is that voters were reluctant to ratify that particular measure because — well, because it was loony.
 
If there’s a pot-legalization measure on the Oregon ballot in 2014 — and if the measure appears to have been crafted with somewhat more care than went into Measure 80 — our hunch is that the measure will pass.
 
And Oregon state law on marijuana will lurch into head-on conflict with federal law.
 
The Obama administration hasn’t given much guidance on this matter to its federal attorneys in Washington state and Colorado after the marijuana votes in those states. In fact, Obama himself said that his administration had “bigger fish to fry” than figuring out strategies to help cut through the thicket of contradictions between state and federal drug laws.
 

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Debunking the Marijuana Legalization myths

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
 
1. If pot is legal, more people will use it.
 
As drug policy undergoes big changes, I’ve been watching rates of youth cannabis use with interest. As it is for most fathers, the well-being of my family is the most important thing in my life. Whether you like the plant or not, as with alcohol, only adults should be allowed to partake of intoxicating substances. But youth cannabis use is near its highest level ever in the United States. When I spoke at a California high school recently and asked, “Who thinks cannabis is easier to obtain than alcohol?,” nearly every hand shot up.
 
2. Law enforcement officials oppose legalization.
 
It is true that many law enforcement lobby groups don’t want to end America’s most expensive war (which has cost $1 trillion and counting), but that’s because they’re the reason it’s so expensive. In 2010, two-thirds of federal spending on the drug war, $10 billion, went toward law enforcement and interdiction.
 
3. Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol would control the legal cannabis industry.
 
In 1978, the Carter administration changed alcohol regulations to allow for microbreweries. Today the craft-beer market is worth $10.2 billion annually. The top-shelf cannabis farmers in California’s Emerald Triangle realize this potential. “We’re creating an international brand, like champagne and Parmigiano cheese,” says Tomas Balogh, co-founder of the Emerald Growers Association in Humboldt, Calif. Get ready for the bud and breakfast.
 

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