White House to host 'Will you legalize marijuana?' town hall on Twitter
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
June 30, 2011, 2:19 PM — Twitter and the White House have announced a Twitter Town Hall webcast for July 6 in which participants are invited to ask President Obama "questions about the economy and jobs."
But if past experience is any indicator -- and trust me, it will be -- the most-asked questions will be about the president's willingness to push for the legalization of marijuana.
In March 2009, shortly after his inauguration, Obama held a webcast "town meeting" in which online viewers could submit questions to him.
At one point, the commander-in-chief interrupted the event M.C. to say, "There was one question that voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience, but ... this was a popular question. We want to make sure it's answered. The answer is no, I don't think that's a good strategy to grow our economy. All right."
Obama's answer was criticized (rightly so, in my opinion) for being flippant, especially given the spectacular decades-long failure that is the war on drugs.
Last January, the same thing happened when Obama participated in a YouTube question-and-answer session. Despite a wide range of problems and issues before the president and the country, the most popular questions concerned marijuana legalization.
Of course, the White House will get to pick and choose which questions Obama will answer. So we may hear a pot question, and we may not. And if we do, the president will quickly dismiss the issue as he did two years.
But it will be the most popular question category -- probably closely followed by "when will you release your real birth certificate, not that fake one from a couple of months ago? #tcot".
The White House invites Americans and sovereign citizens alike to submit questions via Twitter by using the #AskObama hash tag. People with marijuana questions should consider using a #AskObamaAboutWeed hash tag. It'll help them keep things organized.
Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
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Bill in Mass. would legalize medical marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst and Brookline Rep. Frank Smizik are co-sponsoring the bill. They say it would establish a registration process for patients suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses, such as cancer or AIDS.
A physician would need to confirm the condition in writing for a patient to receive marijuana from one of the 19 dispensaries planned under the bill.
Patients and dispensaries would be registered with the Department of Public Health, which would regulate the process.
Sufferers of chronic illness showed overwhelming support for the bill Tuesday at a hearing of the Legislature’s public health committee.
Medical marijuana is legal in 16 states, including Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine.
National Review on the Frank-Paul Bill to End Federal Ban of Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, June, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
What would change is that states — if they so chose — could legalize pot that is grown, sold, and consumed within their own borders. The Supreme Court has said that the federal government may regulate not only interstate commerce, but any activity that has a “substantial effect” on interstate commerce. It has further asserted that pot that is never even sold, but grown for personal consumption and never crosses state lines, can in aggregate have such an effect and therefore may be regulated. But the Court has not said, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith wrongly asserted, that Congress must regulate so comprehensively.
In addition to bringing federal pot laws in line with the Constitution and allowing states to pass reasonable marijuana policies, this law would eliminate the frightening discrepancies between state and federal policies regarding “medical marijuana.” In a society under the rule of law, a citizen should be able to predict whether the government will deem his actions illegal. And yet in California and Montana, businesses that sell medical marijuana — an activity that is explicitly sanctioned by state law — have been raided by federal law-enforcement officers.
Public opinion is such that fully ending the drug war is not within the realm of political possibility. Returning marijuana policy to the states, however, is a workable idea, and it would mark an excellent first step toward real reform.
It is a bit discouraging to me that even in a country where the flagship conservative publication is vocally in support of ending the war on drugs, the fact remains that it is politically a pipe-dream at this point. An end to the federal ban on marijuana is an excellent first step, however imperfect it may be.
Should states have the right to legalize marijuana?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - A new bill being introduced on Capitol Hill would give states the choice to legalize marijuana.
If passed, the bill would limit federal enforcement of the marijuana ban to trafficking across state lines.
That means people could grow, sell and use marijuana in states that approved it without fear of federal prosecution.
It would also clear the way for Arizona’s current medical marijuana law.
Where do you stand on this issue? Should states have the right to legalize marijuana?
Former U.S. attorney in Seattle heads coalition pushing to legalize pot
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
A high-powered coalition of public figures led by a former U.S. attorney and the Seattle city attorney is launching a drive to legalize marijuana in Washington state, The Seattle Times reports.
The group, which includes the state chapter of the ACLU and travel guide Rick Steves, aims to gather more than 240,000 signatures to put the initiative before the Legislature.
Former U.S. attorney John McKay, who led federal anti-drug efforts in the state before he was fired by the Bush administration, says he hopes the initiative will help "shame Congress" into ending the federal ban on pot.
He says current law is "stupid" and has created a black market exploited by international cartels and crime rings, The Times reports.
"A lot of Americans smoke pot, and they're willing to pay for it," McKay says. "I think prohibition is a dumb policy, and there are a lot of line federal prosecutors who share the view that the policy is suspect."
City Attorney Pete Holmes says taxing sales of marijuana would bring in at least $215 milion a year to the state.
Some states have decriminalized pot and others have allowed the use of medical marijuana, but none has outright legalized it.
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