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Bill to legalize marijuana in Maine attracts Democrats, Republicans

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
 
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce.
 
Russell and others argued during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue.
 
Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana.
 

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Bill to legalize marijuana in PA unveiled

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
As anticipated, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17), who represents parts of Montgomery County, has unveiled the full text of his controversial marijuana legalization bill, called the “Regulate Marijuana Act” — Senate Bill 528 in the current session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, according to a Leach spokesperson.
 
The bill states that “in the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes and individual freedom, the people of this Commonwealth find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older and taxed.”
 
Under the proposed legislation, it would no longer be illegal for a person age 21 or older to possess, grow, process or transport up to six marijuana plants (with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants) and possess the marijuana produced by those plants where they were grown, “provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space, is not conducted openly or publicly, and is not made available for sale. Additionally, the transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana, without remuneration, to those 21 or older would be permitted.
 

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Colorado marijuana regulators sign off on pot tourism

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER –  Marijuana tourism is on the way to Colorado, under a recommendation made Tuesday by a state task force to regulate the drug made legal by voters last year.
 
But Colorado should erect signs in airports and borders telling visitors they can't take pot home, the task force recommended.
 
Colorado's marijuana task force was assembled to suggest regulations for pot after voters chose to flout federal drug law and allow its use without a doctor's recommendation. Made up of lawmakers, law enforcement authorities and marijuana activists, the task force agreed Tuesday that the constitutional amendment on marijuana simply says that adults over 21 can use the drug, not just Colorado residents. If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.
 
"Imposing a residency requirement would almost certainly create a black market for recreational marijuana in the state," said Rep. Dan Pabon, a Denver Democrat who sits on the task force.
 
Tourists could see purchasing caps though, possibly as low as an eighth of an ounce per transaction.
 
Afraid that marijuana tourism could open the door for traffickers to load up and take it across state borders for illegal sale, task force members agreed that non-residents should be able to buy only limited amounts, though a specific amount wasn't set.
 
"Marijuana purchased in Colorado must stay in Colorado," Pabon warned.
 

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House snuffs out bill to legalize marijuana in Hawaii

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House.
 
House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House.
 
Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
 
Pamela Lichty, head of the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group, says the organization is disappointed with the outcome but will continue to advocate for marijuana decriminalization through other measures.
 
She says that the fact that there were more than 20 marijuana-related bills introduced this year is a sign of public support for the initiative.
 
She says the organization plans to continue to advocate for bills related to medical marijuana, which is legal in Hawaii.
 
The proposal that failed Tuesday would have legalized marijuana for recreational use for people aged 21 or older. It can’t be revived until future sessions.
 
The initiative ignited an outpouring of public testimony that reflected sharply divided public opinion.
 
At a public hearing on the bill, law enforcement officials told Hawaii lawmakers that marijuana is a dangerous drug.
 
They said the societal costs of legalizing weed aren’t worth the risks of allowing marijuana culture to proliferate.
 

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State Rep. Jeff Irwin to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, February, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
State Representative Jeff Irwin says it's high time to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use in Michigan.
 
The Ann Arbor Democrat plans to introduce a bill in the state House of Representatives that would lessen the penalty for using marijuana recreationally. He says the state wastes hundreds of millions of dollars by "running marijuana users through the court system and doing so at great cost to our state and at great cost to those individuals and their futures."
 
Irwin says many legislators are privately supportive of decriminalization, but may shy away from supporting a proposal publicly. Still he says public opinion may change their minds.
 
A poll released last year by the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ showed Michigan voters were about evenly split on legalizing recreational marijuana.
 
Pot is already decriminalized several cities including in Detroit and Grand Rapids.
 

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized and Taxed?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
It is time again to end a useless prohibition, according to two legislators who have proposed legalizing marijuana.
 
Rep. Edith Ajello and Sen. Donna Nesselbush announced Wednesday they have proposed legislation to legalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island for adults age 21 and older. Pot would be regulated and taxed similar to alcohol under their proposal. The legislation follows last year's decriminalization of marijuana possession in Rhode Island, due to go into effect this spring.
 
“It is time for Rhode Island to put the failed policy of marijuana prohibition behind us and adopt a more sensible approach just as our nation did with alcohol 80 years ago,” Ajello said in a prelease. “Regulating marijuana like alcohol will take marijuana sales off the street and put them in the hands of legitimate businesses that would face real disincentives for selling to minors. These new businesses will also create jobs and generate much-needed new tax revenue.”
 
Under the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act, Rhode Islanders over 21 would be permitted ton have up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to three marijuana plants in their homes.
 

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