Uruguay Expected To Legalize Marijuana Tuesday

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
legalizing-on-cannabisOn Tuesday, Uruguay’s Senate will vote on historic legislation to make their nation the first in the world to legalize recreational cannabis. The Senate is expected to approve the proposal, which was initially introduced by the nation’s President, José Mujica, and has already been approved by the Uruguay House of Representatives, and the Senate Health Commission. Approval in the Senate on Tuesday will send the measure to Mijuica’s, who will quickly sign it into law. It will take effect after 120 days.
Under this new law, the possession of up to 40 grams of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants, will be legal for all adults 18 and older. In addition, cannabis will be sold through cannabis clubs, and medical cannabis will be distributed through pharmacies. According to officials, the government will sell cannabis for around $1 a gram.
Although places like Amsterdam tend to tolerate cannabis use, and in some instances even distribution, no country, since the beginning of cannabis prohibition, has outright legalized cannabis. Uruguay would instantly set a positive precedent for the world to follow.


Will Morocco Legalize Marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
morocco-thinking-about-legalizing-marijuanaThere has been a lot of talk lately about Uruguay’s attempts to legalize marijuana. It looks like another nation might be thinking about legalizing marijuana as well. Earlier this week the nation of Morocco’s parliament held a hearing to discuss recreational and medical marijuana. The hearing was organized by the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM).
The Moroccan parliament recently held a hearing to discuss and explore the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco’s main political parties are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant. According to RT:
“Security policies aren’t solving the problem because it’s an economic and social issue so the PAM is trying to find a credible alternative,” PAM’s Mehdi Bensaid said. ”We think this crop can become an important economic resource for Morocco and the citizens of this region.”
Illegal marijuana cultivation annually reaches 10 percent of Morocco’s economy with sales estimated at $10 billion, according to the Moroccan Network for the Industrial and Medicinal Use of Marijuana. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Cannabis farms are mainly found in the north of the country in the Rif Mountains.
I dream of day when the United States tries to legalize marijuana on a federal level like Uruguay, or at least has a major political party lead a constructive conversation about it. How many other countries are going to legalize before the United States? How long do you think the United States will watch other countries reap the benefits of legalization before we change our federal policy? I hope that after Uruguay leads the way, the United States won’t be that far behind. And definitely if Uruguay and Morocco both legalize, I would absolutely hope that would be enough. But who knows, United States politics is f’d.


Uruguay On The Verge Of Becoming The First Country In The World To Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
uruguay-to-legalize-mjUruguayan Senate to Vote Next Week on President Mujica’s Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana
Next week, the Uruguayan Senate will vote on a bill that would make their country the first in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. The bill was approved in the House of Representatives in July with 50 out of 96 votes.  The Senate vote will most likely take place on Tuesday, December 10. Once approved in Senate, Uruguay will have 120 days to write the regulations before implementing the law.
The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by President José Mujica in June 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity. After a year and a half of studying the issue, engaging in political debate, redrafting the bill, and the emergence of a public campaign in favor of the proposal, Uruguay’s parliament is set to approve the measure this year.
“It’s about time that we see a country bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model and try an innovative, more compassionate, and smarter approach. By approving this measure, Uruguay will represent a concrete advance in line with growing opposition to the drug war in Latin America and throughout the world,” said Hannah Hetzer, who is based out of Montevideo, Uruguay, as the Policy Manager of the Americas for the Drug Policy Alliance.
The Uruguayan proposal has also gained attention abroad over the past year, as momentum has built throughout the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere for broad drug policy reforms. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world to approve the legal regulation of marijuana.  In August, the White House announced that the federal government will not interfere with state marijuana laws – as long as a number of stipulations are adhered to, such as preventing distribution to minors.
“Last year, Colorado and Washington; this year, Uruguay; and next year, Oregon and hopefully more states as well,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  “We still have a long way to go but who would have believed, just five years ago, that legalizing marijuana would have become a mainstream political reality both in the United States and abroad?!”
The Uruguayan bill allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health, domestic cultivation of 6 plants, membership clubs similar to those found in Spain, and licensed sale in pharmacies. It also prohibits sales to minors, driving under the influence, and all forms of advertising.


Legalize Vs Decriminalize - How do you feel?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
There are a lot of people that want marijuana to be legalized. But what most people don't really understand is the weight that legalizing marijuana comes with. While most view it as a very positive change, there are others that are skeptical and believe that legalization may be bad news for pot smokers everywhere. There is a huge difference between decriminalization and legalization and there are pros and cons to each of them.
 Decriminalization would allow for people to still get tickets and such if caught with it but not arrested. Basically, it means that we wouldn't be criminals. People wouldn't go to jail for smoking a joint. Smokers would still have to take precautions but we would be able to control the majority of the marijuana, much like it is now. The perfect example is California. They have it pretty much perfect. While the plant isn't illegal there, they haven't made it legal either. There are dispensaries and doctors write prescriptions for people to be able to medicate the best way that they see possible.
 Legalization poses a large problem, which we are already starting to see take form in some of the states that have been less harsh with the laws. The biggest concern that stoners have about legalizing fully is the fact that the government might release standard marijuana, much like generic sugar. It'll be a generalized strain. There will be no differences in tastes, looks, or quality. You will always get the same weed. Since breeding higher quality plants is a living for some people, a standard strain of marijuana could destroy a lot of lives. Not only that, but some patients need more or less THC/CBD in order to feel better. If the strain of bud is just general, some patients may continue to suffer. However, being able to smoke whenever and where ever could be awesome for stoners everywhere. Never having to hide our smoking habits again? Sign me up!


Phoenix lawmaker pushes for full legalization of marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
lawmaker-pushing-full-legalizationPHOENIX -- Saying legislation is better than a voter initiative, the Number 2 Democrat in the state House wants colleagues to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix pointed out that proponents of making marijuana legal for adults are gearing up to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. And Gallego said he believes that Arizona voters, who approved the drug for medical use three years ago, may be ready to take the next step.
But Gallego warned that anything adopted by voters is pretty much cemented into place: The Arizona Constitution sharply limits lawmakers from tinkering with anything approved at the ballot, even if they find major flaws.
So Gallego is proposing to have the issue debated through the legislative process, with the idea that lawmakers are better suited to coming up with a comprehensive plan -- and one without unforeseen problems -- than outsiders circulating petitions.
The head of the House Judiciary Committee, through which Gallego's measure would have to pass, acknowledged that attitudes about marijuana in Arizona are becoming more liberal. In fact, Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said voters might even approve a legalization measure at the ballot.
But Farnsworth said he's still opposed to the idea. And he said just because it might be approved at the poll is no reason for him and others who don't want marijuana legalized to vote to support it at the Capitol.
Gallego, who said he's never tried marijuana, said one reason to legalize the drug is purely economic: the costs to the state of jailing people for marijuana possession.
He acknowledged that a 1996 voter-approved measure generally allows first- and second-time offenders to escape incarceration. But Gallego said prosecutors use the fact that someone had marijuana when arrested for something to boost their prison sentence.
He also said that those with marijuana possession convictions face other problems, like becoming ineligible for federal Pell grants and federally backed student loans.


Mass. activists push to fully legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
mass-activists-want-legal-mmjBOSTON — Pro-marijuana activists in Massachusetts have already succeeded in paving the way for dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug.
Now many of those same activists have set their sights on the full legalization of marijuana for adults, effectively putting the drug on a par with alcohol and cigarettes.
And those activists — as they have in the past — are again hoping to make their case directly to voters.
The group Bay State Repeal says it's planning to put the proposal on the state's 2016 ballot. The group is first planning to test different versions of the measure by placing nonbinding referendum questions on next year's ballot in about a dozen state representative districts.
Those nonbinding questions are intended to gauge voter support for possible variations of the final, binding question.
Bill Downing, a member of Bay State Repeal, said the state should legalize marijuana for many reasons, especially since the use of marijuana no longer carries the stigma it once did and many people smoke the drug despite laws against it.
"That's the problem with the marijuana laws," Downing said. "There's no moral impact anymore because the laws don't reflect our common values."
The activists have some reason to be hopeful. Not only have Massachusetts voters twice supported past efforts to ease restrictions on marijuana, but other states and cities have also recently moved toward lifting prohibitions on the drug.
Last year, voters made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.
This month, voters in Portland, Maine, overwhelmingly passed a question making it legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to 2½ ounces of pot but not purchase, sell or use it in public.



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