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Fox news poll on legalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Time to legalize it!


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Sen. Savino Seeks Medical Marijuana Law In New York

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
BAY RIDGE — State Senator Diane J. Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Bay Ridge), recently praised New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to implement his state’s medical marijuana program and urged New York to follow the lead of its cross-Hudson neighbor.
 
“Anyone who has watched a loved one struggle with a debilitating illness would do almost anything to help alleviate their pain,” Savino said. “New Jersey showed real compassion for Garden State residents who are suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other life-threatening diseases. We need to follow this example and pass legislation to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana when no other option is available.”
 
She has written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking for his support of this cause.
 
Studies have shown that marijuana can mitigate pain, nausea, and other symptoms in some patients who are unresponsive to other medication. Senator Savino said her late parents, who both were unable to be treated for chronic pain during their battles with cancer, were among those who would have been helped.
 
Savino is a co-sponsor of legislation, (S.2774 Duane/ A.7347 Gottfried), that would legalize medical marijuana in New York. The measure would give seriously ill patients the ability to purchase the drug through a registered dispensing facility with a physician’s approval. The program would be tightly controlled with patients having to register with the state Health Department, and be permitted to have no more than 2.5 ounces at a time.
 
The New Jersey law was signed by Christie’s predecessor, Jon Corzine, shortly before leaving office in January 2010. It became the 16th state to legalize medical marijuana.
 

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Savino: If NJ Can Go To Pot, Why Not NY

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
State Sen. Diane Savino today called on New York to follow New Jersey's lead and legalize medical marijuana.
 
Savino sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo urging action after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his state would move forward with it's medical marijuana program.
 
“Anyone who has watched a loved one struggle with a debilitating illness would do almost anything to help alleviate their pain,” Savino said. “New Jersey showed real compassion for Garden State residents who are suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other life-threatening diseases. We need to follow this example and pass legislation to allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana when no other option is available.”
 
In her letter to Cuomo dated today, Savino notes that New Jersey becomes the 21st state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to allow doctors to prescribe pot for medicinal purposes.
 
"As someone who has lost both parents to cancer, I know first-hand what it is like to see a loved one in pain and not be able to do anything about it," the Staten Island Democrat wrote.
 
She says the bill she is co-sponsoring with Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) would allow eligible patients to purchase pot through a "registered dispensing facility" with doctor approval.
 
Patients, she said, would be required to register with the state Health Department and be limited to having just 2.5 ounces of pot at a time.
 
"I urge you to lend your support and leadership to this legislation, and give doctors one more tool to manage pain and alleviate suffering for thousands of New Yorkers," Savino wrote to Cuomo.
 
But the bill's chances remain slim at best. Many Senate Republicans, who control the chamber,
have oppose the idea as does Cuomo himself.
 
"The dangers of medical marijuana outweigh the benefits," Cuomo said during the campaign. "I don't think the bill passes."
 

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Majority of states could soon have medical marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
A few months ago, Congressman Jared Polis told the Colorado Independent that he thought it would take a majority of states legalizing medical marijuana or otherwise liberalizing their laws before Congress would be likely to do anything at the federal level.
 
Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Now it looks like at least one more state is moving in that direction, with two different measures moving toward a vote in Ohio.
 
From The Columbus Dispatch:
 
While Cleveland billionaire Peter Lewis already had sent up smoke signals about organizing and funding a medical-marijuana ballot issue, another group quietly has been laying the groundwork for a constitutional amendment.
 
If approved by voters, the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 would establish a regulatory system modeled after the Ohio State Liquor Control system. There would be an Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, plus a state division and superintendent to run it. Marijuana purchases would require a doctor’s prescription and would be subject to state and local sales taxes.
 
Peter Lewis is the chairman of the board of Progressive Insurance Company, a company founded by his father. He has donated almost a quarter of a billion dollars to Princeton University, at least $15 million to the ACLU and $3 million to the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization that, among other things, tracks marijuana policy in the states.
 
Karen O’Keefe, of MPP, says she sees a scenario by which 27 states have legalized medical marijuana by 2014. In addition to Ohio, other states apparently on the cusp include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota and New Hampshire.
 
Once a majority of states have passed laws, she says it becomes much more likely that Congress will pass a bill like the one recently introduced by Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, Rep. Jared Polis and others that would actually legalize marijuana federally, leaving it to each state to either keep it illegal at the state level or to legalize, regulate and tax it.
 
She said that even if a bill like that doesn’t pass, with each new state that legalizes medical marijuana it becomes more likely that congress will address the issue by at least instructing federal law enforcement agencies not to prosecute anyone who is in compliance with state laws that legalize and regulate medical marijuana.
 

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Miami Beach Will Not Decriminalize Marijuana For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
The Miami Beach City Commission has declined to place the issue of decriminalizing marijuana on the November ballot. Even so the issue could, in the future, force a special election. 
The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy is spearheading the efforts. They collected more than 9,000 signatures on a petition in support of an ordinance to decriminalize the adult possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in Miami Beach.
 
They point out that when Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana last year it saved the city more than $2 million.
 
“I believe the city of Miami Beach has the right to decriminalize marijuana,” said Norm Kent, lawyer and board member of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. Kent is also the publisher of SFGN.
 
However, Miami Beach City Attorney Jose Smith, disagrees and told the Miami Herald that he’s skeptical of the constitutionality of the proposed ordinance.
 
If about 4,300 of the signatures are verified and the city attorney and city commission deem the ordinance constitutional the issue would then go to a citywide vote. Police officers would then issue $100 fines instead of making arrests.
 

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The White House Goes All Reefer Madness Again

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Well, tough break for the green team, and for countless Americans who may stand to benefit from the potential therapeutic properties of medicinal herb. From the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy, released Monday:
 
The science, though still evolving in terms of long-term consequences, is clear: marijuana use is harmful. Independent from the so called “gateway effect” — marijuana on its own is associated with addiction, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects. . .
That is why no major medical association has come out in favor of smoked marijuana for widespread medical use. For example, the American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Foundation, National Pain Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other medical societies are not in favor of smoked “medical” marijuana. The American Medical Association has called for more research on the subject, with the caveat that this "should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.” 
 
The sky is falling, according to the 108-page White House report, which maintains marijuana’s long-standing Schedule I classification alongside heroin, MDMA, DMT, LSD, peyote, psilocybin, and others. Cocaine, PCP and oxycodone, for comparison’s sake, are all less menacing, Schedule II substances.
 
Recreational marijuana use is at an eight-year high. Among high school students surveyed last year in Monitoring the Future, a rolling University of Michigan study of the “behaviors, attitudes, and values” of American adolescents and young adults, daily use increased “significantly.” One in 11 users will become addicted – one in six, should dabbling begin during adolescence. Marijuana was behind 376,000 “emergency department” responses throughout the country in 2009. And “confusing messages” advanced by entertainers, the media and medicinal advocates only compound the scourge, the “false notion” that weed is harmless, the push for the drug’s wholesale commercialization.
 
God save us.
 

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