Alaska Marijuana Legalization Campaign Has More Than Enough Signatures
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
The ‘Campaign to Regulate Marijuana’ in Alaska looks like they have more than enough signatures to qualify a marijuana legalization initiative for the 2014 election. Alaska’s state election laws require 31,169 valid signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot. The Alaska legalization campaign has 44,845 signatures according a media report out of Alaska.
There’s of course still the verification process, which can be as low as 50% sometimes. But the deadline for the final signature turn-ins is not until January 21, so there’s still time to submit even more signatures. With so much momentum in Alaska, I’d expect out of state money to start rolling in at an increasing rate. If they don’t have the required valid signatures on hand yet, they should be the end of the deadline.
As I’ve said many times before, I think Alaska, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Maine have stellar chances for legalizing marijuana during 2014. Other states sound like their campaigns are either waiting until 2016, or in the case of California, have a lot of different initiatives gathering signatures. I hope California can get behind one solid effort. Only time will tell.
Should Missouri legalize marijuana?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) - More than 200 people gathered Wednesday night at the St. Louis Ethical Society in Richmond Heights for a marijuana debate of a different kind.
This time, the discussion involved law enforcement. The National Narcotics Officers Coalition has never addressed marijuana proponent organization, Show Me Cannabis, until now.
Vice President of NNOC, Sgt. Jason Grellner, said Show Me Cannabis has recently been holding several town meeting about legalizing marijuana in Missouri and he felt it was time people heard the other side.
Show Me Cannabis is planning to poll voters in 2014 to see if there is enough support to putting marijuana legalization on the ballot next year.
Show Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne and Sgt. Grellner faced off in a respectful, professional debate for 90 minutes -- which included questions from the audience.
When asked who won, St. Louis City resident Cecil King said, "It's probably about half and half, both arguments on both sides, very good. It's something both sides should get involved in and take a look at."
"They both want the same end, which is to stop the abuse of a drug, but they're coming at it in different directions," said St. Louis City Resident Mike Votaw.
Sgt. Grellner says he has no immediate plans to debate again with Show Me Cannabis.
As the Missouri marijuana debate continues, it is important to note, that Illinois will legalize medical marijuana in January.
Denver Prepares For 2014 Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
With January being the month that Denver will put their legalization bill in to effect, the state is scrambling to figure out where they're going to put the weed stores. The waiting list for permits grows a bit every day and people are beginning to get frustrated with how long the licenses seem to be taking. The list as of right now has over 100 businesses on it, all requesting to be a licensed marijuana shop. But unfortunately for Denver, there may be as little as five to ten shops opening when the bill goes in to effect.
The city and state are the ones obstructing the licensing of marijuana retailers, almost as if they're trying to stop the bill from passing just by being asinine. By delaying these documents, perhaps the governments hopes to deter people from even trying to obtain a permit, limiting the number of shops in the area. The government in Colorado is legitimately trying to stop democracy and it is 100% wrong, not to mention incredibly immature. Maybe they don't understand but the bill has passed and if the government decides that they will keep delaying permits, I'm sure that there will be some sort of rebellion from the citizens who voted to legalize.
The Mayor in Denver, Michael Hancock, has been anti-cannabis since day one. When asked by the Denver Post is he hated the idea of marijuana, Hancock replied "Yes" without a second of hesitation. He went on to say in this interview that he has "seen the devastation of the progression of marijuana to a harsher drug like crack cocaine and a lot of folks that have dealt with substance abuse - particularly with cocaine and crack cocaine - they started with marijuana." Long story short, Hancock is just long winding the gateway drug theory. His quote could easily have been used fifty years ago and the reasoning holds no water. People do crack cocaine because they said yes to the first time someone offered it to them. Marijuana did not hold a gun to those peoples' heads and say "You will do crack cocaine". No, that definitely did not happen.
Denver's absurdly childish response to the legalization of marijuana just shows that even when the plant is legal, there are still many hurdles that we'll have to jump over. We believe that the fight ends once the bills say it's legal but there's much more to it than that. Just because the law says it, doesn't mean that people will agree with it. Once the laws change, we will still have to change the minds of people like Michael Hancock and the other members of the Denver government that are dragging their feet with this. The fight for marijuana acceptance will never truly end, while legalization gets continuously closer, even though it's slow.
Uruguay Expected To Legalize Marijuana Tuesday
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
On Tuesday, Uruguay’s Senate will vote on historic legislation to make their nation the first in the world to legalize recreational cannabis. The Senate is expected to approve the proposal, which was initially introduced by the nation’s President, José Mujica, and has already been approved by the Uruguay House of Representatives, and the Senate Health Commission. Approval in the Senate on Tuesday will send the measure to Mijuica’s, who will quickly sign it into law. It will take effect after 120 days.
Under this new law, the possession of up to 40 grams of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants, will be legal for all adults 18 and older. In addition, cannabis will be sold through cannabis clubs, and medical cannabis will be distributed through pharmacies. According to officials, the government will sell cannabis for around $1 a gram.
Although places like Amsterdam tend to tolerate cannabis use, and in some instances even distribution, no country, since the beginning of cannabis prohibition, has outright legalized cannabis. Uruguay would instantly set a positive precedent for the world to follow.
Will Morocco Legalize Marijuana?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
There has been a lot of talk lately about Uruguay’s attempts to legalize marijuana. It looks like another nation might be thinking about legalizing marijuana as well. Earlier this week the nation of Morocco’s parliament held a hearing to discuss recreational and medical marijuana. The hearing was organized by the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM).
The Moroccan parliament recently held a hearing to discuss and explore the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco’s main political parties are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant. According to RT:
“Security policies aren’t solving the problem because it’s an economic and social issue so the PAM is trying to find a credible alternative,” PAM’s Mehdi Bensaid said. ”We think this crop can become an important economic resource for Morocco and the citizens of this region.”
Illegal marijuana cultivation annually reaches 10 percent of Morocco’s economy with sales estimated at $10 billion, according to the Moroccan Network for the Industrial and Medicinal Use of Marijuana. According to the UN, Morocco is responsible for 42 percent of the world supply of marijuana. Cannabis farms are mainly found in the north of the country in the Rif Mountains.
I dream of day when the United States tries to legalize marijuana on a federal level like Uruguay, or at least has a major political party lead a constructive conversation about it. How many other countries are going to legalize before the United States? How long do you think the United States will watch other countries reap the benefits of legalization before we change our federal policy? I hope that after Uruguay leads the way, the United States won’t be that far behind. And definitely if Uruguay and Morocco both legalize, I would absolutely hope that would be enough. But who knows, United States politics is f’d.
Uruguay On The Verge Of Becoming The First Country In The World To Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Uruguayan Senate to Vote Next Week on President Mujica’s Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana
Next week, the Uruguayan Senate will vote on a bill that would make their country the first in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. The bill was approved in the House of Representatives in July with 50 out of 96 votes. The Senate vote will most likely take place on Tuesday, December 10. Once approved in Senate, Uruguay will have 120 days to write the regulations before implementing the law.
The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by President José Mujica in June 2012 as part of a comprehensive package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity. After a year and a half of studying the issue, engaging in political debate, redrafting the bill, and the emergence of a public campaign in favor of the proposal, Uruguay’s parliament is set to approve the measure this year.
“It’s about time that we see a country bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model and try an innovative, more compassionate, and smarter approach. By approving this measure, Uruguay will represent a concrete advance in line with growing opposition to the drug war in Latin America and throughout the world,” said Hannah Hetzer, who is based out of Montevideo, Uruguay, as the Policy Manager of the Americas for the Drug Policy Alliance.
The Uruguayan proposal has also gained attention abroad over the past year, as momentum has built throughout the U.S., Latin America and elsewhere for broad drug policy reforms. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world to approve the legal regulation of marijuana. In August, the White House announced that the federal government will not interfere with state marijuana laws – as long as a number of stipulations are adhered to, such as preventing distribution to minors.
“Last year, Colorado and Washington; this year, Uruguay; and next year, Oregon and hopefully more states as well,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “We still have a long way to go but who would have believed, just five years ago, that legalizing marijuana would have become a mainstream political reality both in the United States and abroad?!”
The Uruguayan bill allows four forms of access to marijuana: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health, domestic cultivation of 6 plants, membership clubs similar to those found in Spain, and licensed sale in pharmacies. It also prohibits sales to minors, driving under the influence, and all forms of advertising.
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