Maine House denies voters chance to legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA — A bill calling for a referendum to ask voters whether marijuana should be legal in Maine was rejected by the House on Friday.
Republicans and Democrats were on both sides of the issue in the 71-67 vote on the bill sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland
Supporters said they were pleased with the narrow margin because it gives them hope that they can gain support in the future, in the Legislature or at the ballot box. They tentatively plan a citizens initiative to put the question on the state ballot in 2016.
The vote was “definitely a nail-biter,” said David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It’s a sign that there is a lot of support in the Legislature and in Maine for ending marijuana prohibitions.”
The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group backed last year’s initiative campaign in Colorado that legalized the possession, use and distribution of marijuana.
Read more: http://www.pressherald.com
Activists: "Texas Getting Closer To Legalizing Marijuana"
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some optimistic activists say new FBI crime statistics will push Texas closer to legalizing marijuana.
According to Mason Tvert, with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), investigators are wasting millions of dollars going after casual users. “There is no logical reason why law enforcement officials should be spending their time arresting and prosecuting adults simply for possessing a product that is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” he said.
Tvert also pointed to new crime statistics that show African Americans, while only making up about 12-percent of the state’s population, are arrested far more than Whites for marijuana possession.
“It is the 15th highest arrest rate and right now Black Americans are being arrested at more than twice the rate as White,” he said, adding, “Communities of color are really facing the most enforcement despite the fact that they use marijuana at the same rate as whites.”
According to the MPP, marijuana prohibition costs U.S. taxpayers $41.8 billion per year. Tvert said that shows law enforcement isn’t prioritizing when it comes to crime fighting. “We are spending our law enforcement resources arresting adults for marijuana, when we could be using those resources to address serious crime,” he said.
Tvert said the statistics on things like the use of tax dollars and disproportionate arrests by race show how wrong the current marijuana policy is and also demonstrates why Texas should legalize pot.
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Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicides And Traffic Fatalities
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
The benefits of legalization – whether for medicinal and/or recreational purposes – are more far-reaching than most people understand. As we continue to put an end to prohibition, we’ll continue to uncover new advantages of doing so. Two of the largest, most substantial benefits of legalization that recent studies have indicated; a drastic decrease in both suicides, and traffic fatalities. Who would of known?
A study conducted recently by the Institute for the Study of Labor, with help from researchers such as Daniel I. Rees of the University of Colorado’s Department of Economics, used a comprehensive statistical analysis to discover that states in the U.S. which have legalized medical marijuana saw a significant decrease in overall suicides – 5% in total. The drop was even higher among young adults aged 20 to 29, with an 11% decrease in overall suicides (the increase adds validity to the statistics, as individuals in that age group use cannabis at a considerably higher rate than the average person).
Although this is just one study, it’s extremely promising – it indicates that allowing the use of medical cannabis may have led to hundreds, if not thousands of prevented suicides. This is likely due in part to the fact that, according to university recent research released this month, cannabis can help fight depression and loneliness, and may raise self-esteem.
A different study, conducted around the same time, came to an equally surprising and important finding: Medical marijuana may reduce traffic fatalities.
According to the study released at the end of 2011 – which was reported on by Time Magazine and The Huffington Post - states which have legalized medical marijuana have seen a 9% reduction in traffic fatalities, indicating that one out of every eleven traffic deaths can be avoided if medical marijuana is legalized.
The study was conducted by Montana State University economics professor Mark Anderson, and Daniel Rees, a professor at the University of Colorado, and was published by the Institute for the Study of Labor.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Group urges Portland to consider legalizing marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) - Lead by the Portland Green Party, supporters of legalizing marijuana made their way into City Hall to hand in more than three thousand signatures.
Advocates say it's time to treat marijuana like alcohol. Regulate it, tax it, and make it legal. David Boyer, of the Marijuana Policy Project says "marijuana does not make someone a bad person, just as a glass of wine after work doesn't make someone a bad person."
Proponents say it's a waste of money and valuable police resources to go after marijuana users. They believe it fills jails with non violent offenders who end up with tainted public records that follow them for years.
Lawmakers in Augusta have been tackling a bill that would legalize marijuana statewide, but it was rejected in committee. It's unlikely it will pass the full legislature, so Portland residents will probably be the first to decide whether marijuana should be legal for adults
If it passes the ordinance would also present challenges to law enforcement since marijuana possession would still be against state and federal law. Supporters want that to change too, but believe Portland is a good place to start.
Colorado becomes worlds first legal, fully regulated market for recreational marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Call it the mile-high state.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made history Tuesday, signing two bills that make his state the first place in the world to fully regulate the recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Flanked by legislators and pot legalization activists at the Colorado State Capitol, Hickenlooper signed two bills that lay out the framework for marijuana retail sales, cultivation, and product manufacturing. In the November election, Colorado passed Amendment 64, a voter initiative that legalized recreational use of the drug by residents over 21.
“Certainly, this industry will create jobs,” Hickenlooper said. “Whether it’s good for the brand of our state is still up in the air. But the voters passed Amendment 64 by a clear majority. That’s why we’re going to implement it as effectively as we possibly can.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
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