New Jersey: New Poll Finds Majority Support For Legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

new jersey medical marijuanaA significant majority of New Jerseyans support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll. The poll was conducted in partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance.

The poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana like alcohol for adults 21 and over. Those surveyed were most persuaded to support marijuana legalization and regulation as a result of New Jersey’s costly marijuana laws. New Jersey wastes more than $125 million a year arresting people for marijuana possesssion. This absurd policy criminalizes otherwise law-abiding citizens and wastes law enforcement resources that would be better spent on serious crime and public safety issues.

“Support for legalization in New Jersey is growing, which mirrors national polls,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “By asking a question that makes clear legalization for adults 21 and over would come with taxes and regulation, we provided context that may account for some of the 9-point jump in support from our April 2014 poll. Even so, no matter how the question is asked, we have been seeing a long-term upward trend in favor of marijuana legalization among New Jerseyans.”

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All forms of medical marijuana are legal, Canadian court rules

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, June, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana patients in Canada can legally use all forms of the drug, the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled.

Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana, not only smoke it.

Cannabis oil is now permitted instead of only "dried" marijuana, meaning people can bake it into food products.

The case began in 2009 when a baker from the Cannabis Buyers Club of Canada was charged with trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Former head baker of the club Owen Smith was caught baking 200 pot cookies, CBC reports.

A British Columbia judge acquitted Mr Smith and gave Canada's government a year to change laws around extracting marijuana. The case then wound up in the Supreme Court.

Restricting people to dried marijuana for medical purposes has been declared "null and void" by the court.

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Louisiana Close to Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Better Legislation than Texas

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, June, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Louisiana, which is, perhaps, the most infamous state in the nation for its strictness for all things pertaining to pot, is on the verge of resurrecting a medical marijuana program that has set idle for over two decades.  

On Thursday, the House of Representatives put their seal of approval on a bill that would allow patients suffering from specific, serious conditions to have access to the herb. The measure was pushed through in a vote of 70 to 29. It now heads back to the Senate for approval over an amendment that would make the bill functional once it is signed into law. 

Louisiana legalized medical marijuana 24 years ago, but it has since been a worthless law because the language only allows physicians to prescribe the herb rather than offer recommendations. As we learned earlier this week with the recent legalization of cannabis oil in Texas, physicians are forced to violate the Controlled Substances Act by writing “prescriptions” rather than provide certifications, meaning patients can not get their hands on the medicine once it is made available.

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Delaware House decriminalizes marijuana possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware House lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would treat simple marijuana possession and personal use by adults like a traffic violation, replacing criminal penalties with civil fines.

The bill passed the House by a 24-14 vote, and now heads to the Senate. Gov. Jack Markell supports decriminalization. No House Republicans voted in favor of the legislation on Tuesday.

Some opponents said decriminalization would embolden drug dealers operating in a black market. Others say it could prevent police from initiating important searches on suspicion of simple marijuana possession.

Under language added by an amendment, Delawareans under the age of 18 would still face criminal penalties for possessing marijuana. Those between the ages of 18 and 21 would face criminal penalties upon their second arrest.

That change to the legislation caused angst among the bill's opponents and its supporters, who questioned why juveniles would be treated differently than adults when caught with pot.

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Mayor could lead fight against legal marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

With a major battle in the making over marijuana legalization next year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a recovering alcoholic and a passionate advocate for those struggling with drug addiction, is emerging as the most likely face of the opposition.

Walsh said he would “absolutely” be willing to take the lead opposing the anticipated referendum in 17 months, presuming no other high-profile leader steps forward.

“I just think it would be a mistake to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts,” said Walsh. “I’ve seen too many lives ruined by starting to smoke weed and then, eventually, going to other types of drugs.”

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley all oppose legalization, but none appears keen to lead the charge against the expected 2016 ballot question to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

There is political risk in opposing a referendum many pundits and elected officials expect to pass. Strong majorities of Massachusetts voters approved measures that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2008 and allowed its use for medical purposes in 2012.

But Walsh’s position is a matter of conscience, according to aides. Even as mayor, he still personally helps people struggling with addiction find beds in rehabilitation facilities, they said.

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Should Marijuana Be Legal Just Because it is Safe?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, May, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibitionWorking with Students for Sensible Drug Policy and writing for the Weed Blog, I am constantly surrounded by legalization activists. My Twitter feed, my Facebook news feed, and casual conversations at different events generally focuses on marijuana legalization in some kind of way. However, the line I constantly hear is something along the lines of “marijuana is safe! How could something as safe as marijuana be illegal!?”

Last January I wrote an article about what happens after marijuana legalization in which I argued that we should begin the push to legalize other substances or push for lowering the drinking age (and most likely the smoking age), and ending the Drug War as a whole. In response to this article, I got plenty of less savory messages and not so happy comments, and this surprised me. To me, I thought this was a message that marijuana legalizers could get on board with! However, it is evident that many are actively against ending the Drug War as a whole, but are only interested in what they personally enjoy to be legalized.

It is also very common to see marijuana legalizers be actively supporting the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco today. That is absolutely insane! I agree that marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, but is that really the point? I do not support the legalization of marijuana solelybecause it is a safer way for people to have fun on the weekend, even if that is a nice side-effect of legalization.

I support marijuana legalization because it begins to hammer the nails into the coffin of one of the most destructive institutions in the United States today: the Drug War. I recognize that prohibition doesn’t work, and never will, whether it be of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, firearms, heroine, cocaine, etc, etc. The government does not have the means of eliminating this behavior from society, and as a result money continues to be poured into the DEA and other law enforcement agencies in order to destroy people’s property, kill people’s dogs, destroy people’s future, and so on.

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