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Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

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Marijuana: New Poll shows Americans want it legalized

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, August, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
Americans have spoken and our word has not been heard yet, when will the Government step up and realize Marijuana needs to be legalized already!
 
The ongoing debate on whether marijuana should be legalized gained momentum recently with the release of a new poll in the U.S.
 
A one-ounce bag of medicinal marijuana is displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, Calif. A recent Angus Reid poll found that a majority of Americans would like to see usage of the drug legalized.
 
The Angus Reid survey coincides with other such efforts in showing that the majority of Americans would like to see cannabis legalized.
 
The online survey, representative of a national sample of 1,003 American adults, found that 55 per cent of respondents support the legalization of marijuana, while 40 per cent oppose it.
 
"As has been outlined in Angus Reid Public Opinion surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010, a majority of Americans are calling for the legalization of marijuana," the polling group said in a news release.
 
According to the poll, the groups most supportive of making cannabis legal in the U.S. are Democrats (63 per cent), Independents (61 per cent), men (57 per cent) and respondents aged 35-to-54 (57 per cent).
 
While the majority of Americans would like to see laws governing the use of weed modernized, citizens are less than supportive and even disappointed when it comes to their government's efforts to battle the flow of other drugs.
 
Only nine per cent of respondents believe the "War on Drugs" - the efforts of the U.S. government to reduce the illegal drug trade - has been a success, while two thirds (67 per cent) deem it a failure, the findings revealed.
 
"Across the country, 64 per cent of respondents believe America has a serious drug abuse problem that affects the entire United States, while one-in-five (20 per cent) perceive a drug abuse problem that is confined to specific areas and people," the survey stated. "One-in-20 Americans (five per cent) think America does not have a serious drug abuse problem."
 
 

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Legalize marijuana, reduce national debt

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, August, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Let me preface this by saying this, I am in no way an admission or advocation of illicit drug use, but come on guys, just legalize it already.
 
From a purely economic standpoint, the legalization of marijuana could drastically help us reduce the national debt and it is a growing market that will bring in more and more profit throughout the years.
 
Harvard economics professor Jeffery Miron said that replacing the current prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation would save the U.S. $7.7 billion a year in State and Federal costs of maintaining prohibition.
 
It would also generate anywhere between $2.4-6.2 billion annually from taxes alone.  Not to mention the fact that if the industry is privatized, it would create — or rather legalize —many jobs.
 
The money procured through this industry currently is illegal and while it may find its way back into the system, it is most likely staying within the drug industry.
 
Crime rates will also fall with the legalization. While there is no correlation between marijuana use and crime, there is crime surrounding the industry. Whether it’s a disgruntled customer or a hotheaded competitor, there have been episodes of violence that can be attributed to the illegal distribution of the cannabis plant.
 
With the drug industrialized, there would be laws and regulations that prevent these drastic measures from being taken.
 
With all the money we as tax payers are pouring into the system, we should be more aware of what that money is doing.
 
Eighty-eight percent of marijuana-related arrests are made for possession of less than one ounce.  This means that these are people who are smoking on their own to deal with their personal issues, not hardened criminals trying to get you and your kids hooked.
 

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51% of Colorado Voters think Marijuana Should be Legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, August, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
A narrow majority of registered voters in Colorado think marijuana should be legal according to the latest PPP poll and the voters of the state may soon have a chance to make that a reality. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is currently gathering signatures to put a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot in 2012. From the Poll:
 
Do you think marijuana usage should be legal  or illegal?
Legal ………… 51%
Illegal………… 38%
Not sure ……. 11%
 
Not surprisingly the break down of support for legalizing the use of marijuana in Colorado is nearly identical to the patterns we have seen nationally. Support for legalizing the usage of marijuana is strongest among very liberal voters (82%), Democrats (65%) and voters under 30 (71%). While the least amount of support comes from very conservative voters (28%), Republicans (31%) and senior citizens (36%).
 
One very interesting piece of information from the cross tabs is that individuals who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal by a margin of 68 percent legal – 21 percent illegal. In the Colorado, at least, President Obama’s stance on both recreational and medicinal marijuana use is radically out of line with his base.
 
While majority support for marijuana legalization is a good sign for this Colorado campaign, it should be noted that in 2010 the California marijuana legalization measure, Proposition 19, was ahead in early polling but ended up losing narrowly on election day. This Colorado effort  should  be in slightly better shape than Prop 19 was because they are trying to put the issue on the ballot in a Presidential Election year. Presidential elections tend to see much higher turn out among young voters, who strongly support legalization.
 

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Majority of Americans Ready to Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, August, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
As was the case last year, most respondents believe the “War on Drugs” has been a failure.
Many Americans continue to believe that marijuana should be legalized, but are not supportive of making other drugs readily available, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
 
In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,003 American adults, 55 per cent of respondents support the legalization of marijuana, while 40 per cent oppose it.
 
The groups that are the most supportive of making cannabis legal in the U.S. are Democrats (63%), Independents (61%), Men (57%) and respondents aged 35-to-54 (57%).
 
However, only 10 per cent of Americans support legalizing ecstasy. Smaller proportions of respondents would consent to the legalization of powder cocaine (9%), heroin (8%), methamphetamine or “crystal meth” (7%), and crack cocaine (7%).
 
Across the country, 64 per cent of respondents believe America has a serious drug abuse problem that affects the entire United States, while one-in-five (20%) perceive a drug abuse problem that is confined to specific areas and people. One-in-twenty Americans (5%) think America does not have a serious drug abuse problem.
 
Only nine per cent of respondents believe the “War on Drugs”—the efforts of the U.S. government to reduce the illegal drug trade—has been a success, while two thirds (67%) deem it a failure.
 
Analysis
 
The survey shows a country that is concerned about the effects of drugs, and at the same time deeply disappointed with the efforts of the U.S. government to deal with the drug trade.
 
However, as has been outlined in Angus Reid Public Opinion surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010, a majority of Americans are calling for the legalization of marijuana. Cannabis is definitely not seen as a substance that is as harmful as other illegal drugs, as evidenced in the minuscule level of support for the legalization of cocaine or heroin.
 
Full Report, Detailed Tables and Methodology (PDF)
 

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Ohio medical marijuana possible for 2012 ballot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio are moving ahead, with a group submitting signatures to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. And that could launch the petition collection process in time for the November 2012 ballot, the Associated Press reports.
 
Backers of the “Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment” submitted 2,143 signatures summarizing the proposed amendment, which would allow those with qualifying illnesses to possess up to 3.5 ounces of marijuana, the news service reported. DeWine's office must validate at least 1,000 of those signatures and certify that the summary language is a fair representation of the amendment.
 
Should summary language be approved, backers must then begin collecting at least 385,245 valid signatures to make it to next year's ballot. Supporters say a win would open doors to medical treatment, while opponents worry it will create an enforcement problem.
 
State lawmakers in Indiana also are studying whether the state should decriminalize the use of marijuana or create a program that would allow people to use the drug to relieve pain.
 

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