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Portland voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
portland-votersmmjPORTLAND — Proponents of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Maine’s largest city evoked the controversial George Zimmerman verdict during a Monday news conference in Portland and said laws against pot are used to unfairly target blacks.
 
“Our justice system is failing us,” said Regina Phillips, an executive board member of the Maine NAACP, during the event. “It does not treat people equally.”
 
The news conference was held to rally support for a proposed ordinance change that would decriminalize possession of the drug in Portland just hours before the city council effectively voted to place the ordinance amendment on the Nov. 5 citywide ballot.
 
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was found not guilty of murder last week in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. The high-profile case has been been protested by many civil rights groups as an example of racial inequality, first because Zimmerman was not initially charged in the shooting, and subsequently after a jury found him not guilty.
 
Zimmerman claimed self-defense in the case, but critics have pointed to the fact that Martin was unarmed and that police subsequently reported that there was no indication the teen was involved in criminal activity at the time of the shooting.
 
On Monday, legalization advocates recalled the flashpoint case and said the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws is another illustration of the criminal justice system targeting blacks.
 

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Legalizing Marijuana May Help Save the US Economy

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
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For his book "Too High to Fail," author Doug Fine took off to Mendocino, California, where growing marijuana is big business. A tolerant county sheriff sees pot as a source of much-needed revenue for his department and local government, even as the Obama administration sporadically swoops down on medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
Entering the gray zone of the green revolution in northern California, Fine documents an entrepreneurial spirit that represents a key feature of the stereotype of the American dream: risk and innovation in pursuit of monetary gain. Fine, however, repeatedly reminds us that these are investors with a mission: the full legalization of marijuana.
 
Given the passage of the recent statewide initiatives legalizing pot in Colorado and Washington State, Fine's exploration of the Mendocino model provides insight into what is very possibly in store for many states in America.
 
As Bill Maher noted of Fine's book, “Fine has written a well-researched book that uses the clever tactic of making the moral case for ending marijuana prohibition by burying it inside the economic case.”
 

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Pa. governor hopeful wants legal marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
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A Democratic challenger to Governor Tom Corbett says Pennsylvania should reform its marijuana laws.
 
John Hanger said medicinal marijuana should be permitted, and penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana should be reduced to a summary offense similar to a traffic ticket by 2015.
 
He said Pennsylvania should regulate and tax marijuana use by 2017.
 
Hanger announced his plan during a news conference at the state Capitol.
 
He said Pennsylvania is spending $325 million a year prosecuting non-violent people for possessing marijuana, when regulating and taxing marijuana could bring the state at least $24 million a year.
 
Hanger was secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection for three years under Governor Ed Rendell. He is among a field of Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination next year.
 
The other candidates are U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue secretary Tom Wolf, former DEP secretary Kathleen McGinty, Lebanon County commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, and Mechanicsburg minister Max Myers. State Treasurer Rob McCord is also exploring a bid.
 

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Legalized marijuana prompts new question: What about hash?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
hash-hashhishSEATTLE — Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.
 
When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours.
 
So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a full-time, legitimate paycheck — a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana stores with high-quality hash oil.
 
"Every major culture that has marijuana associated with it has hash associated with it as well," said Andersen, whose company, XTracted, already has two Seattle locations serving medical marijuana dispensaries. He said his business would help prevent such pot extracts from ending up on the black market.
 
Substance abuse experts are concerned that such increasingly popular, extremely potent and potentially dangerous pot extracts will be sold, and that state regulators' interpretation of the recreational marijuana law will allow people to buy vastly more hash than they need for personal use.
 
That, they fear, will increase the chances that some of it will end up in the black market out of state.
 

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Legalize it!

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 14th 2013 by THCFinder

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In the famous words of Peter Tosh, “legalize it, don’t criticize it, legalize it and I will advertise it.”

The marijuana industry is one that is becoming undeniably profitable and marketable. As activists and anti-prohibition legislatures have been doing their best to decriminalize our beloved cannabis plant, the war on drugs might be finally making some positive changes within the next decade, or so we hope. The many medical and industrial applications are enough to change the world. In 2006, a statement was released that marijuana is the number one cash crop above soybeans, hay and corn. The United States annual domestic cannabis revenue is $36,803,591,000.00. In addition to the amount of money cannabis rakes in every year, it is a plant that can be completely utilized, stalk, leaf, flower, and seed. The stalk is where the fibrous material of hemp is extracted and can be used for apparel, rope, canvas, paper, insulation, mulch and many other products. The leaves and flowers are where the majority of the THC is held and are generally used for consumption, recreationally and medicinally, through smoking, vaporizing, oils, and butter, just to name a few. The seed is probably one of the most diverse parts of the cannabis plant. Aside from the obvious function of procreation, the seeds can be used to produce animal feed and birdseed, soap, hair product, lotions, cosmetics, balms, varnishes, ink, fuel, solvents, lubricants, putty, cooking oils, vitamins and many other various types of helpful items.

In a statement issued in 2012, studies have shown that the United States is populated by almost 313 million people. Of that population, 10% or 32.7 million people, have been reported as using cannabis regularly. The true number is likely more than 10%. Every 36 seconds, a marijuana related arrest occurs in the United States and billions of dollars are wasted every year on these incarcerations as well as these arrests. With all of these statistics and figures being thrown at us almost daily from both sides of the war, it is not surprising that many just choose to remain apathetic and simply hope for the best. This approach has gotten us nowhere fast. If you are a cannabis user and believe in the magic of marijuana, then get up, stand up and don’t give up the fight.

Source:  Stonerdays.com


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Legalize marijuana in Pa.?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
legalzie-mj-paAny time you go to a civic event in Harrisburg that gives the public a chance to speak, odds are good that a graying, older woman named Ava Berg will show up and use the forum to advocate for her favorite cause, legalizing marijuana.
 
That’s what happened Thursday evening at Harrisburg Hope’s well-attended forum on promoting economic development, held at Hamilton Health Center, a sparkling new facility that is a point of pride in the struggling neighborhood of Allison Hill.
 
When Berg stepped up to the microphone, the panelists and most in the audience knew what was coming, and looked politely amused. Having heard her several times before, I did too – until she made this point:
 
Forty years ago, you could get arrested for playing the numbers. Now, she said, the lottery yields the state $3 billion dollars a year. (Her number is high for the lottery, but if you add in the state’s take from casino gambling, it’s pretty close to $3 billion.)
 
Legalizing marijuana is a ready-at-hand economic development idea that would actually work, Berg said. It’s something you can do almost anywhere and would create jobs and tax revenue.
 
Berg noted that other states have legalized dope (Washington state and Colorado). She claimed 85 percent of Pennsylvanians favor legalization — but she neglected to mention that those results are only for medical use of marijuana, not toking up for fun. A Franklin and Marshall poll in May found that, for now at least, a majority of voters (54 percent) oppose legalizing recreational marijuana.
 

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