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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Winning In Latest Poll, Young Voter Turnout Is Vital

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
oregon-mj-legalization-winningA new poll was released in Oregon which shows the marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 91, winning by a significant margin. Support is highest among young voters and independents. Per Oregon Public Broadcasting:
 
Fifty-two percent of likely voters said they’d vote for the idea. Forty-one percent said they’d vote against it.
 
Debra Klaviter lives in The Dalles and has run a Farmers Insurance Agency for 25 years. She says she’ll be voting for the marijuana legalization measure because she says it should be an option for people in pain.
 
“I’ve seen people that have started to take care of their own health care, their own pain management, and how the system works for them. Oh my gracious, there’s no question that it should be legalized,” Klaviter said.
 
Some who oppose the measure say it would allow people to possess too much pot at one time, and in forms that might appeal to children.
 
The poll has a margin of error of 4.3 percent.  About seven percent of respondents haven’t decided how they’ll vote on Measure 91. That means the measure’s passage is still up for grabs.
 
Pollster John Horvick of Portland-based DHM research says turn-out will be key.
 
“For example, 18 to 34 year-olds, 70 percent plan to vote for Measure 91 for legalization.  Sixty-eight percent of independents plan to. Now those are all groups who are the least likely to show-up come election day. So if the marijuana campaign is able to get those voters out, it looks like it could pass, it’ll be close, a squeaker.”
 
I look at this blog’s traffic stats and demographics everyday. I know that we have received well over 600,000 visitors to this blog from Oregon, and that about 75% of those visitors were between 18-34 years old. I don’t know the political party affiliations of those visitors, but I’d imagine a great percentage of them are independents. So for the love of marijuana reform, VOTE! Tell everyone else that you know to VOTE. We will only legalize marijuana in my home state if you guys get off your butts, and turn in your ballots. Oregon is a vote by mail state, so it’s not even that hard. Watch for your ballot, fill it out, and turn it in. Marijuana reform is relying on you!
 

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Will Arizona Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
az-legalize-mj-in-2016Arizona is on my list of states that have a great chance of legalizing marijuana in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project recently announced that they are ramping up efforts there. If Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. can approved marijuana legalization next month during the 2014 Election, it would increase the chances for other states to follow suit in 2016 such as Arizona. At least one Arizona lawmaker wants to introduce a marijuana legalization bill next session. Per The Joint Blog:
 
Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr, a Republican, has announced that he will file a proposal to legalize cannabis early next year. Although no specific details were given on what exactly the bill will do, Orr says it will be modeled after cannabis legalization initiatives which were approved in Colorado and Washington State in 2012.
 
Last month, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) of Arizona officially launched its campaign to legalize cannabis in the state, with the group planning to put an initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot. Orr’s goal is to have his proposal approved into law before MPP’s initiative is put to a vote.
 
According to polling released last year by the Behavior Research Center, 56% of those in Arizona support the legalization of cannabis.
 
Whenever a politician says they want to do something before the citizens initiative process does, it makes me skeptical. For all we know Mr. Orr wants to legalized marijuana, but only CBD. Recreational CBD of course would not help nearly as many people as true legalization. Fortunately, if Mr. Orr’s plan sucks, the citizens can always be working in the background with the help of the Marijuana Policy Project to put something on the ballot that is better if need be.
 

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Recent Poll Shows Alaska Marijuana Legalization Winning By Large Margin

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
alaska-marijuana-legalization-winningAlaska voters will be voting on marijuana legalization next month, along with Oregon and Washington D.C.. While case law makes marijuana legal in Alaska already, it’s far from the legalization model that is in place in Washington and Colorado where consumers can go into a store and buy marijuana for recreational purposes. Most polls that I have seen out of Alaska have shown the initiative barely winning, or even losing. However, those polls were flawed for several reasons. The most recent poll shows the initiative winning, and by a large margin. Per AmandaCoyne.Com:
 
According to a question on a poll conducted by local pollster Ivan Moore, Ballot Measure 2, which would tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, is winning in the state by about 18 percentage points, 57.2 percent to 38.7 percent. The question about the measure was paid for by the group working to legalize pot in Alaska, and was asked as part of a larger poll that Moore was conducting. The sample size was 568 likely voters, and was conducted Sept. 26-30. The margin of error is 4.1 percent. (I’m waiting for the complete demographics.)
 
Taylor Bickford, who’s running the legalization campaign, said that the numbers seem a little optimistic to him. Older internal polls showed the campaign winning, but by a slimmer margin, he said. However, the poll is significant in that it’s the first public poll that asks the question exactly as it will appear on the ballot. A highly touted August PPP poll which showed the measure losing messed up the wording in the question. Further, the PPP poll didn’t call cell phones, which are a key demographic in this race.
 
This is great news for marijuana reform in Alaska and for the nation. Every state that legalizes marijuana builds momentum for other states to legalize, and eventually, for the entire country to legalize at the federal level. I’m very hopeful that we will see Oregon, Washington D.C., and Alaska all pass marijuana legalization next month. If you are able to do so, I urge you to donate to the Alaska campaign as they try to make their final push to get their message out to voters.
 

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Legalize Or To Not Legalize

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
legalize-weedWhen one begins to ponder the thought of cannabis legalization, it seems like a really good idea. Right? No more going to jail for possessing a plant, people will be able to make hemp products, and sick people will feel better with the help of a natural medicine. The economy will benefit, new jobs would be created, and the states would make bank from the tax revenue. But as more states pass initiatives in order to legalize, it seems like there are more laws put in place to prevent us from enjoying the cannabis plant. So is legalization something that we can expect to see in our lifetime?
 
It is highly likely that we will see the legalization of cannabis in the near future, in the majority if not all of the states. Legalization meaning that the plant will, by law, be allowed. But if the laws say we can have it and city ordinances say that we can't, is that really legalization? Many stoners fret over the fact that some states are putting bans on edibles, while others are banning the cannabis concentrates. The legal state of Washington is trying to make it illegal to have cannabis in the car, trying to mimics the open-container laws regarding alcohol, even though the two substances don't even exist in the same form. But with the way that things are going, the legalization of the plant does, in fact, seem likely. Will we benefit from it? That's kind of hard to say at the moment, seeing as how these bans are just now beginning to pass and make an impact.
 
Another worry of the modern day stoners; sub standard strains. With the allowance of marijuana, the mom-and-pop operations are flourishing. However, we all know what happened the last time mom-and-pop stores were doing well. This multi-billion dollar company named Wal-Mart showed up and put them all out of business. Imagine a Weed Wal-Mart, where eventually, it would be the only place that would carry cannabis and related products, at cheap prices but with a small percentage of THC, as compared to the high content of the buds that are grown today. The weed would not be as lovely and the smaller scale stores would surely go out of business, taken over by a corporation that will ruin the locality of the cannabis community.
 
Substandard bud would mean a hit for both medical and recreational users. Medical users wouldn't be able to get the high doses of THC that they might need, say for cancer. Recreational users wouldn't be able to flex on Instagram as much... Or get as stoned as they usually do. Of course, we may never even see that happen if the lawmakers keep giving us a little and taking back a lot. It's hard to tell where cannabis legalization will go from here. But just keep things like this in mind while we fight for at least some generalized acceptance of the cannabis plant.

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Australia On It's Way To Legal Bud

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
australia-on-its-way-to-legalizing-weedUraguay legalized cannabis, at rock bottom prices, to help control the black market and illegal drug trade. Although their program isn't solid, it's working and people seem to be following suit. While the down under continent won't be fully legalizing the use of the plant, Australian support for legal medical cannabis is growing and there is a bill going before the federal Parliament next month that will push legal medical cannabis in to effect in the country.
 
The bill will be introduced this month by the chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform, Richard Di Natale. Prime Minister Tony Abbott also endorsed medical marijuana publicly last month, according to SMH. "I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates," Abbott said in a letter written to Alan Jones, a radio host. "If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose and is being administered safely, there should be no question of its legality."
 
After witnessing the suffering of a 24 year old cancer patient, the NSW Government agreed to perform clinical trials for medical marijuana use. The young patient uses cannabis to cope with the disease and Premier Mike Baird was influenced by the toughness and resilience of someone so sick and still so supportive of what is believed to be a cure for cancer. These clinical trials must be presented to the Therapeutic Goods Administration in order for medical marijuana to be approved in Australia.
 
If the bill gets approval, the federal government would oversee the production as well as the distribution of cannabis. Patients with chronic pain and illnesses would be able to access this lifesaving medicine. The federal government already oversees such production of opiates for patients. Di Natale's bill encompasses the regulation and and processing of cannabis, as well as coordinating who is allowed to grow as well as maintaining the quality of the weed.

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Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
california-mj-legalizationSAN FRANCISCO -- A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year.
 
The Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork with the California secretary of state's office registering a campaign committee to start accepting and spending contributions for a pot legalization initiative on the November 2016 state ballot, the group said.
 
The measure would be similar to those passed in 2012 by voters in Colorado and Washington, the first U.S. states to legalize commercial sales of marijuana to all adults over 21.
 
California, long the national leader in illegal marijuana production and home to a thriving, largely unregulated medical marijuana industry, is one of the 21 other states that currently allow marijuana use only for medical reasons. The drug remains illegal under federal law.
 
"Marijuana prohibition has had an enormously detrimental impact on California communities. It's been ineffective, wasteful and counterproductive. It's time for a more responsible approach," Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Rob Kampia said. "Regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol just makes sense."
 
The Washington, D.C.-based group also has established campaign committees to back legalization measures in Arizona, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2016.
 
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will weigh in on marijuana legalization in November.
 
In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot initiative seeking to legalize recreational pot. The measure, just like the medical marijuana law the state approved in 1996, was the first of its kind. But along with opposition from law enforcement and elected officials, Proposition 19 faced unexpected resistance from medical marijuana users and outlaw growers in the state's so-called Emerald Triangle who worried legalization would lead to plummeting marijuana prices.
 
Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert predicted no such divisions would surface this time around.
 
Citing his group's experience in Colorado and the advantage of aiming for a presidential election year when voter turnout is higher, Tvert said legalization supporters would use the next two years to build a broad-based coalition and craft ballot language that addresses concerns of particular constituencies.
 
"Obviously, it's a whole different landscape in California, where it will cost probably as much or more to just get on the ballot as it did to run a winning campaign after getting on the ballot in Colorado," he said.
 
League of California Cities lobbyist Tim Cromartie, whose group opposed the state's 2010 pot legalization initiative and until this year fought legislative efforts to give the state greater oversight of medical marijuana, said Wednesday that it was too soon to say what kind of opposition, if any, would greet a 2016 campaign.
 
Lynne Lyman, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said her group expects to play a major role in the legalization effort and already has started raising money. Lyman said the goal is to have an initiative written by next summer. She estimated that a pro-legalization campaign would cost $8 million to $12 million.

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