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Peter B. Lewis: "Our Marijuana Laws Are Stupid"

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Noted pot enthusiast, billionaire, and Progressive chairman Peter B. Lewis, though a proponent of marijuana reform, has been quiet in the past year even as a couple of groups push for medical marijuana initiatives in Ohio. Earlier this spring, he put a call out through his lawyer for proposals for Ohio, but has been publicly silent ever since and has publicly stayed away from the two groups that have bungled their way through invalid signatures and ballot language so far.
 
Well, Peter B. is silent no more. In a first-person piece for Forbes this week, Lewis lays out his case for reform.
 
It is pretty blunt, to say the least. No pun intended. A snippet below. Click over to Forbes for the full effect.
 
Our marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective and stupid. I’m not alone in thinking this: Half of Americans believe we should stop punishing people for using marijuana. And not coincidentally, more than half of Americans have used marijuana themselves. I am one of those Americans, and I know firsthand that marijuana can be helpful and that it certainly isn’t cause for locking anyone up.
 
My story is fairly simple. I grew up after college in a world where social drinking was the norm but marijuana was hidden. When I was 39 I tried marijuana for the first time. I found it to be better than scotch. But it wasn’t until I had serious medical problems that I realized how important marijuana could be.
 
 

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Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

If you support the legalization of Marijuana then go HERE and sign the petition to regulate marijuana and treat it like alcohol.

We the people want to know when we can have our "perfectly legitimate" discussion on marijuana legalization. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in the arrest of over 20 million Americans since 1965, countless lives ruined and hundreds of billions of tax dollars squandered and yet this policy has still failed to achieve its stated goals of lowering use rates, limiting the drug's access, and creating safer communities.
 
Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?
 
Voice your opinion by signing your name on the petition.
 

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Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Can we just get it done already?

 


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CNN holds a poll for Legalizing marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Do you think Marijuana should be legalized? Do you think it should be used for medical reasons only? Well go vote and help show millions of people that the majority of Americans want Marijuana legalized already! 

The last time we checked the polls, over 94% of people where in favor of legalizing marijuana all together.

Check out the poll here CNN Marijuana Legalization Poll.

 

 

-THCfinder


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Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

After spending over $1.5 million out of his own pocket, Richard Lee thinks 2012 has no chance of seeing Marijuana legalized for California. Without any investors backing with support it just won't happen. It costs a great deal of money to get something like Marijuana legalized and without more support he feels the chances are slim to none.

‚ÄčLast year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  
 
That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot only after Lee spent his $1.5 million life savings on the requisite signature drive. 
 
Following Prop 19's historic defeat -- the legalization ballot measure lost 54 percent to 46 percent, but won more votes than gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman did -- backers, including Lee, promised they'd be back in 2012 with a successor measure. But the fundraising just hasn't been there, Lee said Saturday at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in downtown Oakland, held a few blocks away from the Oaksterdam campus. 
 
That means the effort to legalize marijuana in California has stalled out.
 
"It's pretty much dead," Lee told SF Weekly, speaking of the efforts by the "new Prop. 19 committee," the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, to put a successor initiative on the November 2012 ballot. "The funders didn't come through." 
 
 

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Law would regulate pot like wine

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
We may have lost the battle but we will win the war! It's time to get with the program and be the front runner state that legalizes marijuana and sets an example for the rest of the country.
 
The initiative is very similar to the failed Prop. 19 of 2010, but with one major difference: It would still allow employers to fire workers who test positive for marijuana. Prop. 19 lost one major natural constituency – libertarian-leaning business owners who feared their hands would be tied – and lost 53.5 percent to 46.5 percent. If the new, more business friendly initiative can pick up that crowd, it might win.
 
Moriarty’s estate includes an actual winery, which is why an Orange County pot-brownie baker who goes by the name Pati Cakes asked him to host the event. The initiative would tax and regulate marijuana like wine and, as with wine, anyone 21 or older could possess or use it. In fact, it generally would be illegal to impose on commercial marijuana activity any regulations greater than those imposed on winemaking and sales. See regulatemarijuanalikewine.com for details.
 
Of course, the initiative must make the ballot first, which is going to take about $1 million to get three-quarters of a million valid signatures. That’s was the purpose of the Thursday event, which raised about $10,000. I saw about 50 people there, among them Anaheim high school board trustee Katherine Smith, former county Treasurer candidate Keith Rodenhuis and Fullerton City Councilmember Bruce Whitaker, who was representing his boss, Assemblyman Chris Norby.
 
Rohrabacher, who admitted years ago he smoked pot as a young man, spoke briefly, repeating for everyone’s amusement his oft-quoted response to the question about whether he inhaled: “I did everything but drink the bong water.”
If Pati Cakes represented the medical-marijuana crowd and Rohrabacher the don’t-tread-on-me crowd, speaker Steve Downing, along with Gray, represented the drug-war-didn’t-work crowd. (I could not find an overt member of the let’s-just-get-stoned-and-watch-the-dog-for-three-hours crowd.)
 
Downing, a former LAPD deputy chief, said, “I was one of the original drug warriors,” and all it did was lead to the rise of the Bloods and Crips. (His group’s site, www.leap.cc, outlines why some cops support legalizing pot.) “I’ve never smoked a joint in my life,” Downing said, “and if this passes, I’m not going to start.”
 

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