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.


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.


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.”


Push is on to legalize marijuana

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


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.


Puff puff, pass it: 52% of adults in the US want to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, June, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

It looks as if the supporters of marijuana legalization aren't just stoner college kids and your one uncle who lives in an Airstream. A historic 52 percent of adults in the U.S., according to a survey by the Pew Research Center, are in favor of legalizing marijuana, up 11 points since 2010.

Sixty percent think the feds have no business enforcing laws in the 18 states that have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes. Seventy-two percent of adults think the cost of pursuing and imprisoning marijuana users is more than it's worth, and the cops enforcing those laws agree. According to Rolling Stone, many officers are sick of busting teens for marijuana possession when they could be doing "real police work."



Washington State releases regulations for recreational Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
A little over a month ago, the Washington State Liquor Control Board released an initial draft of the regulations and restrictions that will govern the newly legal marijuana industry in Washington State.
Under Initiative 502, the initiative legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational use by adults, which was passed by Washington voters last November, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is responsible for establishing the requirements and restrictions for licensing, regulation and taxation of the marijuana industry.
The law specifically grants the WSLCB the ability to impose regulatory guidelines regarding issues such as, the facilities and equipment used in marijuana production, the packaging and labeling standards for retail sale, the potency and quality levels of the marijuana and finally the security and screening requirements for employees and licensees. Under the law, by December 1, 2013, the Liquor Control Board is required to specifically implement protocols and processes for license application and renewal for marijuana producers and retailers, determine a limit for the amount of licensed retailers and determining the maximum quantity of marijuana, marijuana facilities may have on the premises at a given time. With the release of this first draft on marijuana industry regulations, the process of determining and implementing an administrative regime to manage the newly formed marijuana industry is beginning to take shape.
The regulations were subject to a public comment period, which ended on June 10, that allowed Washingtonians to voice their concerns or recommendation for the guidelines. The board plans to file its revised rules on July 3 and a public hearing on the changes to the regulations will be held on August 7. According to the proposed time line released by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the Board will begin accepting applications for all license types, related to the marijuana industry, by September 14.
The regulations released by the WSLCB seek to track marijuana from “seed to sale,” as to prevent diversion of legally produced marijuana into the illegal market within and outside Washington State. According to Bloomberg News, Mark Kleiman, a public policy professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has consulted Washington policy-makers on marijuana issues, stated that “the rule that the state can’t require the retailer to keep records of their purchasers seemed to encourage purchase for out of state shipment...The Washington statute, [seed to sale tracking], was designed to keep the whole matter in-state and the board is certainly very concerned about that.”
The Board has additionally adopted a point-based system to determine if applicants seeking licensure for participation in the marijuana industry, as growers distributors or retailers, are eligible based on their previous criminal history. The point system ascribes point values to various criminal offenses--any applicant seeking a marijuana license, must not have accrued more than 8 points based on the scale established by the Board. The current system allows for up to two marijuana possession misdemeanors to be waived from consideration. Certain Federal marijuana charges may be ignored on a case-by-case basis, and the system would apply to all entrepreneurs, employees and financiers.



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