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.
Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com
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.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com
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
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