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Time for cannabis debate, says NZ leader

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Is it time for NZ to legalize Marijuana? Countries are spending milliions every year on simple possesion crimes which should be nothing more than a slap on the wrist at most!

In New Zealand, Act Party leader Don Brash, has called for his country to consider decriminaling cannabis use.
 
Dr Brash told New Zealand newspaper, The Taranaki Daily News, he's haunted by the thought that police time and resources could be better deployed in keeping New Zealanders safe from real criminals.
 
"The police and the courts spend some $100 million of taxpayer money a year enforcing this prohibition of a drug, believed by many people to be less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol," he said.
 
"Is there really any point to this?"
 
He said the law is making criminals of thousands of people who are harming no-one except arguably themselves.
 
A New Zealand Law Commission, under former Prime Minister Sir Georffrey Palmer, recommended in April cannabis be allowed for medical use, and punishment for none-medical use, to be a caution rather than a criminal penalties.
 
Dr Brash said this supported his call to debate a government change in policy.
 
"I'm not saying it's now ACT policy to decriminalise or legalise marijuana," Dr Brash said. 
 
"I'm simply saying it's my personal view that we should give the idea serious consideration as there are some strong arguments in its favour." 
 
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key said The National Party believed decriminalising cannabis use would be a "step in the wrong direction".
 
 

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Peter B. Lewis: "Our Marijuana Laws Are Stupid"

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Noted pot enthusiast, billionaire, and Progressive chairman Peter B. Lewis, though a proponent of marijuana reform, has been quiet in the past year even as a couple of groups push for medical marijuana initiatives in Ohio. Earlier this spring, he put a call out through his lawyer for proposals for Ohio, but has been publicly silent ever since and has publicly stayed away from the two groups that have bungled their way through invalid signatures and ballot language so far.
 
Well, Peter B. is silent no more. In a first-person piece for Forbes this week, Lewis lays out his case for reform.
 
It is pretty blunt, to say the least. No pun intended. A snippet below. Click over to Forbes for the full effect.
 
Our marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective and stupid. I’m not alone in thinking this: Half of Americans believe we should stop punishing people for using marijuana. And not coincidentally, more than half of Americans have used marijuana themselves. I am one of those Americans, and I know firsthand that marijuana can be helpful and that it certainly isn’t cause for locking anyone up.
 
My story is fairly simple. I grew up after college in a world where social drinking was the norm but marijuana was hidden. When I was 39 I tried marijuana for the first time. I found it to be better than scotch. But it wasn’t until I had serious medical problems that I realized how important marijuana could be.
 
 

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Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

If you support the legalization of Marijuana then go HERE and sign the petition to regulate marijuana and treat it like alcohol.

We the people want to know when we can have our "perfectly legitimate" discussion on marijuana legalization. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in the arrest of over 20 million Americans since 1965, countless lives ruined and hundreds of billions of tax dollars squandered and yet this policy has still failed to achieve its stated goals of lowering use rates, limiting the drug's access, and creating safer communities.
 
Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?
 
Voice your opinion by signing your name on the petition.
 

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Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Can we just get it done already?

 


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CNN holds a poll for Legalizing marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Do you think Marijuana should be legalized? Do you think it should be used for medical reasons only? Well go vote and help show millions of people that the majority of Americans want Marijuana legalized already! 

The last time we checked the polls, over 94% of people where in favor of legalizing marijuana all together.

Check out the poll here CNN Marijuana Legalization Poll.

 

 

-THCfinder


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Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

After spending over $1.5 million out of his own pocket, Richard Lee thinks 2012 has no chance of seeing Marijuana legalized for California. Without any investors backing with support it just won't happen. It costs a great deal of money to get something like Marijuana legalized and without more support he feels the chances are slim to none.

‚ÄčLast year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  
 
That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot only after Lee spent his $1.5 million life savings on the requisite signature drive. 
 
Following Prop 19's historic defeat -- the legalization ballot measure lost 54 percent to 46 percent, but won more votes than gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman did -- backers, including Lee, promised they'd be back in 2012 with a successor measure. But the fundraising just hasn't been there, Lee said Saturday at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in downtown Oakland, held a few blocks away from the Oaksterdam campus. 
 
That means the effort to legalize marijuana in California has stalled out.
 
"It's pretty much dead," Lee told SF Weekly, speaking of the efforts by the "new Prop. 19 committee," the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, to put a successor initiative on the November 2012 ballot. "The funders didn't come through." 
 
 

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