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Clearing the smoke: Why marijuana should be legalized

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
To toke or not to toke? That has been the question springing up like whack-a-mole all over the country. The effort to legalize marijuana has won small battles, but despite record-setting support for legalization – 46 percent by the latest Gallup poll in Oct. 2010 – marijuana remains illegal in most of the country, including Minnesota.
 
Why is marijuana illegal, exactly? The drug has a complicated legal history, and its prohibition is intimately tied with industry monopolizing and even hints of racism against the black men of blues music from the early 20th century, who had a reputation for smoking up, but the better question is why is it still illegal?
 
Prisons are overflowing with peaceful potheads who just wanted to listen to their Pink Floyd, man, and the government is sinking more and more of your tax dollars into keeping the Drug War going. But is this a battle worth fighting? First thing’s first. Does it work?
Well, um. No.
 

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Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

Why haven't we legalized Marijuana yet?

 


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Marijuana Measure In Colorado Survives Legal Challenges

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Colorado keeps on pushing for Marijuana legalization and is getting one step closer to making that become a reality!

DENVER, Colo. -- A proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has survived two legal challenges.

The Colorado Supreme Court this week rejected two challenges to the measure that would ask voters whether marijuana in small amounts should be legal for people over 21. Sponsors of the marijuana measure are gathering signatures to place the question on 2012 ballots.
 
Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce challenged the ballot language. He said the measure should be labeled a tax increase. Pot activists said that while the marijuana measure would allow lawmakers to tax pot, the measure itself is not a tax question.
 
Separately, a marijuana activist who argued the measure was improperly worded brought a challenge to the state's highest court. Both challenges were dismissed without comment.
 
 

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Legalize, regulate and tax marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

Marijuana is safer than alcohol, legalizing it could potentially drop the crime rate, it could improv the economy and has multiple medicinal benefits.

Maybe medical marijuana dispensaries aren't crime magnets after all. That's the conclusion the Rand Corp. came up with after completing a study that found that crime rates went up in neighborhoods after nearby dispensaries were ordered to shut down. 
 
The Times editorial board argues, however, that the study is inconclusive:
 
Does this mean that dispensaries decrease neighborhood crime rather than increasing it? Unfortunately, despite Rand's analysis, we still don't know the answer. There are so many obvious problems with Rand's study that it's impossible to come to solid conclusions about crime either way.
 
After pointing out that the study is based on "unwarranted assumption" and poking holes in the analysis, the board concludes:
 
Whether or not these rogue dispensaries attract crime, they are a nuisance. A lack of oversight means they could be selling anything, including marijuana laced with dangerous drugs or chemicals. California voters intended them to operate as nonprofit collectives, yet it's not clear they're all doing so. Also unclear is the extent to which they're selling to minors or people with no legitimate medical need. L.A. is right to try to crack down; now its lawyers just need to figure out a way of doing so that passes court muster.
 
 

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Could legalizing pot in U.S. put end to Mexican drug violence?

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

Reports show that the illegal Marijuana industry supports the cartels and there is a good chance if we legalized pot a large portion of their drug money would dry up and cause many organizations to go under with no funding.

It’s been a grim week for news regarding border violence and the Mexican drug cartels. On Tuesday, criminals dumped 35 bodies on a busy Veracruz highway in the middle of rush hour traffic.
 
Then, yesterday, the editor-in-chief of the Mexican newspaper Primera Hora, Maria Elizabeth Macias, was found beheaded in the northern Mexico town of Nuevo Laredo. Meanwhile, as Customs and Border Patrol agents in Arizona recovered over a ton of marijuana from a stolen vehicle on Tuesday, as well as 312 pounds from several individuals attempting to flee into the desert the following day, the seizures invite one to question how much narcotics must still be making their way into this country undetected.
 

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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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