New York City Council Issues Formal Call For Legalizing Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder
New York: This week, the New York City Council called for the state of New York to pass historic legislation to both decriminalize and to tax and regulate marijuana. As part of the Council’s State Budget and Legislative Agenda for the 2015-2016 legislative session, the New York City Council urged the state legislature to pass two historic marijuana policy reforms – the Fairness and Equity Act and the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act (MRTA). The Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito had previously announced her support for marijuana legalization in November, but this marks the first time that marijuana decriminalization and legalization have been part of the Council’s official legislative agenda.
Four Different Initiatives In California Could Doom Marijuana Legalization In 2016
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 20th 2015 by THCFinder
Nevada Will Vote on Legal Weed in 2016
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, March, 18th 2015 by THCFinder
Minnesota Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Set To Open In July
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 16th 2015 by THCFinder
Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio step closer to ballot
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 13th 2015 by THCFinder
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment.
DeWine, who opposes legalizing marijuana, certified that the petition summary is a “fair and truthful” statement of the actual ballot language.
ResponsibleOhio now takes the matter to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to determine if the ballot language covers a single issue. Once that hurdle is cleared, the campaign must collect 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1 to make the November statewide ballot.
ResponsibleOhio is backed by deep-pocketed investors and an experienced political team with a multi-million dollar budget. While other grassroots marijuana legalization groups have circulated petitions off and on, none have had the political and financial clout of ResponsibleOhio.
ResponsibleOhio is headed by Ian James, who runs a political consulting company that includes petition gathering services. James’ team put the constitutional amendment to allow casinos in Ohio on the ballot in 2009.
The ResponsibleOhio proposal calls for establishing:
* 10 legal growing locations that are at least 1,000 feet from schools, day care centers, churches or libraries;
* A seven-member Marijuana Control Commission to regulate growing, sales, distribution, licensing and taxing of marijuana products;
* 5 marijuana testing facilities to check potency and safety;
* Not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries for patients with debilitating medical conditions who could buy pot at wholesale prices; and
* A 5 percent flat tax on retail pot sales with 85 percent of the tax revenue going to local governments for services.
The plan would also allow adults 21 and older to grow up to four plants in indoor areas inaccessible to minors. Home grown pot could be shared but not sold.
Read more: http://www.daytondailynews.com
Will DC Get Legal Cannabis?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
Even though citizens of Washington DC voted to legalize small amounts of cannabis for personal use in November, Congress may be putting it’s foot down in spite of the results. Initiative 71 passed with 70% of voters approving the measure. But even though the people have spoken in favor of legalizing the plant, Congress is expected to pass a funding bill that they will likely vote on later this week. Considering that Initiative 71 was hoped to end racial discrimination due to biased laws, people of Washington DC are enraged at this bypass of Democracy.
Michael Collins, the Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs stated, “Democratic leadership made it clear they would stand with voters on this crucial racial justice issue and push back against Republican opposition to the DC law. Democrats have always made claims of supporting DC home rule now is their chance to stands with 70% of voters in the District who voted for marijuana reform.”
A study done in 2013 by ACLU showed that African Americans were eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as compared to whites, despite marijuana use rates being the same regardless of race. With such a ridiculous difference between arrests, civil rights and other advocacy groups have signed on to an open letter, encouraging the Democratic leadership to protect the votes of DC citizens. “As you conclude negotiations over the FY15 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, we urge you to reject all efforts to include undemocratic restrictions on DC rights,” the letter said.
It’s sad that the voters stand to possibly lose their efforts to vote in such a sad attempt to thwart cannabis progress in the nation’s capitol. People all over the country support marijuana more than ever and advocates were really hoping for a smooth legalization process in DC. But of course, there always seems to be someone (in this case, Hal Roger, a Republican from Kentucky, and the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland, who sponsored the amendment) who wants to cause problems and are attempting to undermine the voters choices.
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