Polls Find Maryland And Florida Ready For Marijuana Reform
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, October, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
Polls from two more states this week show an increasing acceptance of the need to reform marijuana laws. In a Florida poll, Sunshine State voters said they were ready to back medical marijuana, while in a Maryland poll, Old Line State voters said they were ready to decriminalize and/or legalize the weed.
Voters in the two states are joining a growing cavalcade of marijuana reform supporters in state polls, some of them in places where the support seemed unlikely. Just in the month of September, different polls showed majority support for marijuana legalization in Louisiana, majority support for decriminalization and a near majority (47%) for legalization in Michigan, majority support for decriminalization and medical marijuana in Oklahoma, and majority support for legalization in California.
In Florida, where the Right to Medical Marijuana Initiativesignature-gathering campaign is underway, a Public Policy Polling survey found support for a medical marijuana ballot measure at 62%, with only 26% opposed and 12% undecided.
That poll found strong support for medical marijuana among Democrats (68%) and independents (74%). And while there wasn’t majority support among Republicans, more Republicans supported medical marijuana (46%) than opposed it (41%).
In Maryland, a Public Policy Polling survey found nearly three-quarters (72%) support for medical marijuana, more than two-thirds (68%) for decriminalization, and a slight majority (53%) for legalization. (The legalization question asked: “Would you support or oppose changing Maryland law to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and over, and regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol?”)
The poll was commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project and the ACLU of Maryland, both of which have been working with the state legislature in Annapolis to loosen pot penalties. This year, the legislature approved a medical marijuana program, but rejected efforts to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Study Finds Marijuana Prohibition Ineffective
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, October, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Another study pointing to the failures of the war on drugs was published yesterday by a group of U.S. and Canadian researchers. The study was funded by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and examined the relative price and potency of cocaine, heroine, and marijuana from 1990 to 2010. Through analysis of existing data from various UN and governmental databases, the study found that, despite an estimated $1 trillion spent by the U.S. alone, the war on drugs has failed. Lead researcher Dr. Evan Wood commented on the results:
These findings add to the growing body of evidence that the war on drugs has failed. We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts.
The study showed that although marijuana seizures by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration increased by 465% between 1990 and 2010, the misguided efforts are ineffective. Since 1990, the price of marijuana has decreased by 86%, and its availability remains high.
It is clear that marijuana prohibition is not an effective means to control marijuana use. Instead, it is time to focus on policies that are best for the community and the individual, instead of wasting resources on arrest.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Poll: Majority Supports Legalizing Marijuana In Maryland
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
Is it just me, or does it seem like every time I turn around there is another state coming out with a poll where a majority of those polled support legalizing marijuana? It’s only a matter of time before those numbers translate to Election Day victories across the nation. It’s truly an exciting time for marijuana reform supporters. Below is information about the poll, along with a link to donate to the Marijuana Policy Project, which I encourage all readers to consider:
A new poll jointly commissioned by MPP and the ACLU of Maryland shows that a majority of Marylanders support legalizing marijuana for adults and regulating it similarly to alcohol! If you live in Maryland, please let your legislators know that you are among the 53% of voters who believe adults should be allowed to use a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol.
In 2014, representatives in Annapolis will be considering several bills that propose a more sensible approach to marijuana policies. Voters are fully behind all of these reforms. In addition to showing majority support for making marijuana legal, our poll also found that 68% of Marylanders support a civil penalty for the simple possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. This is up 11 percentage points since our poll just two years ago!
Replacing jail time with a fine — or no penalty — would free up police, prosecutor, and court resources to focus on serious crimes. In 2011, there were 24,298 arrests in Maryland for marijuana, 90% of which were for mere possession! Legislators need to know what their constituents know – that is time to stop arresting adults for the possession of a substance that about half of all Americans have used.
52% of Californian adults want to legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
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.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Group works to legalize marijuana, put measure on 2016 ballot
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
TUCSON - 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.
Marijuana group kicks off petition drive for Oregon legalization initiatives
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Volunteers 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.
Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com
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