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52% of Californian adults want to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
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Support for the legalization of marijuana has never been so high in the Golden State.
 
Fifty-two percent of adults surveyed by the Public Policy Institute of California said they thought marijuana should be made legal in the state, a new record level since the group began polling residents.
 
The pro-pot sentiment was especially robust among Democrats, who favor legalization by a margin of 64%-33%. Independents give legalization the green light by a margin of 60%-36%. California Republicans, on the other hand, would prefer to keep the drug from becoming a legal commodity, with just 45% saying they would legalize it, and 53% opposing doing so.
 
Mirroring nationwide trends, a clear majority of Californians said that the U.S. Department of Justice should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its use for either medicinal or recreational purposes. Of those surveyed, 61% of adults and 68% of likely voters said that Uncle Sam should let state marijuana laws stand, even if they are in conflict with the federal prohibition.
 
While just two U.S. states—Washington and Colorado—have passed measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults, several more, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont could soon follow suit.
 

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Group works to legalize marijuana, put measure on 2016 ballot

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
2016-group-legalization-pushTUCSON - A campaign to legalize marijuana in Arizona is drawing attention from the state's medical marijuana dispensary operators.
 
The national campaign "Marijuana Policy Project" hopes to put the measure on the 2016 ballot, but some dispensary operators said the focus should be put elsewhere.
 
Medical marijuana card users and dispensaries are speaking out about the efforts to put an initiative on the ballot that would legalize marijuana fully in Arizona.
 
"We'll be working with businesses and advocates and organizations around the state of Arizona over the next year or so to develop the best possible initiative," said Mason Tvert with Marijuana Policy Project.
 
But some marijuana dispensary operators believe more energy should be put in furthering medical marijuana education instead.
 
"At this time I think it needs to be focused on the fact that it is a medication, a powerful medication, very useful to very many people and should be treated like that with a lot of respect. I don't think it's recreational. That's not the intention of it," said Michael Schmidt with Nature Med.
 
Shawn Earl, a medical marijuana patient hopes the initiative does get on the ballot.
 
"I actually think it would help promote the medicinal use of marijuana," said Earl.
 
So far, marijuana has been legalized in Washington state and Colorado.
 

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Marijuana group kicks off petition drive for Oregon legalization initiatives

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
oregon-mmj-push-legalizationVolunteers and paid petitioners have started gathering signatures for two 2014 initiatives that would work in concert to legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon.
 
Initiative 21 is a constitutional amendment that would end criminal penalties for marijuana and give adult Oregonians permission to grow and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
 
Initiative 22, also know at the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2014, would create a commission to regulate how marijuana would be grown, sold and taxed in the state.
 
Both initiatives gathered more than 5,000 signatures over two days at the the ninth annual Hempstalk Festival in Portland, according to HEMP in Oregon. The group called the kick off to its petition drive a strong start.
 
"Marijuana prohibition does not work and is expensive to maintain," HEMP in Oregon Director Paul Stanford said in the release. "We must move forward on a better path for hemp and marijuana in Oregon."
 
Some Oregon lawmakers like Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, have reached a similar conclusion about prohibition's effectiveness and are pushing party leadership to form a bicameral committee to look at marijuana legalization's impacts on revenue, judicial and healthcare in Oregon.
 

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Legal marijuana: Will most states head that way?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
states-legal-mmj-recreationalIs it possible that most US states will legalize marijuana for recreational use?
 
Already, Washington State and Colorado are working out detailed regulations for such use after voters last year approved the possession and consumption of personal amounts of pot. And 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, have allowed marijuana for medicinal purposes.
 
It's been 17 years since California voters shocked the world by allowing doctors to write prescriptions for pot and almost exactly 31 years since Ronald Reagan assured the nation that "we're going to win the war" on marijuana and other illicit drugs.
 
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Now this summer, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has signaled that it will mostly leave to states the responsibility to regulate individuals' use of pot. And a majority of Americans – 52 percent, according to the Pew Research Center, now agree with that ubiquitous reggae plea: "Le-ga-lize it."
 
Yes, people are still being arrested for selling, even consuming, outlawed street drugs, and many members of society are still troubled by, among other things, new psychoactive compounds like the club drug "Molly," which has been blamed for several recent deaths.
 
And specifically regarding marijuana, the federal government still categorizes it as more harmful than cocaine.
 

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Denver council passes historic retail marijuana rules and regulations

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
colorado-mj-rulesDenver City Council Monday night passed a historic bill that sets the rules and regulations for the retail marijuana industry in the state's largest city.
 
Most other big municipalities around Colorado have taken a time-out from setting their own regulations with many opting out to see how Denver's system will work. Denver also was the first to take on medical marijuana regulations.
 
"The whole world is watching, not just the country," said Councilman Charlie Brown, who led the council committee on the issue. "There will be some changes. It is a work in progress. We did what we could, but this is a huge unknown."
 
Brown said he wants to hold another meeting with Denver's police chief, the manager of parks and recreation and some municipal judges to talk about how to enforce the laws against public marijuana consumption.
 
Several council members were upset after a free marijuana giveaway Sept. 9 in Denver's Civic Center park that included public pot smoking, which is against the law. No one was arrested or cited for the violations.
 
"When people are blatantly flaunting our laws and putting it in our face, that is not what we want for the city," Brown said.
 
Now, he said, it is up to Congress to pass legislation that will allow a normal banking relationship within this industry. He cited a bill being sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden.
 

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Uruguay May Become First Country to Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
urguay-marijuana-legalizationUruguay is poised to become the first nation to legalize and regulate the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. This would place Uruguay in the vanguard of countries with liberal drug policies, surpassing even The Netherlands, where recreational drugs are illegal but a policy of tolerance is in place.
 
The bill, which was passed by Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies and will be taken up by the Senate, attempts to answer the questions that inevitably arise when debating drug policy: How will marijuana be regulated? Who will grow it? How can the country avoid cannabis tourism?
 
The Uruguayan government offers specific proposals for how to manage a legal market for marijuana.The government supports the marijuana bill and says it was designed to resolve issues particular to Uruguay. But the model the bill proposes will undoubtedly be studied by other countries that grapple with similar questions.
 
There is a contradiction in Uruguayan law, the secretary-general of the country's National Committee on Drugs, said: Consumption of marijuana has been legal, but its production and sale are not.
 
The other proposals in the marijuana bill treat the use of weed as a health issue and make a distinction between dangerous drug traffickers and consumers.
 
The same debates about marijuana that exist in the United States -- about medicinal properties, recreational use, the impact on the justice system -- have been happening in Uruguay for a long time, Calzada said. The decision to push legislation to overhaul its drug policies did not come overnight.
 
"We have reflected on our problems," Calzada said, and the government felt that Uruguay's tradition of tolerance and equality merited action on the marijuana issue.
 

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