Marijuana Legalization Petition Gets Enough Signatures To Earn Debate In UK Parliament

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

United Kingdom MarijuanaIn the United Kingdom, people can gather signatures for petitions and force a debate in Parliament for whatever topic the signatures were gathered for. One was started for cannabis legalization, and in just a handful of days, the 100,000 signature threshold was met. There is a deadline of January 2016 to gather the needed signatures, but as of this blog post, not only had the goal been achieved already, it was smashed with over 175k total signatures gathered and climbing. Below is the language of the petition:

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

You can add your signature to the petition at the link above. The petition was started by a 25 year old economics student. Below is more information about his effort, via The Guardian:

The man who started the petition, James Owen, an economics student at Aberystwyth University, told the Guardian he felt people in the UK were ready for cannabis law reform. 

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Australia may legalize medical marijuana in August

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

A Senate committee representing all Australia’s major parties is preparing a Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill to legalize medical marijuana, despite warnings of regulatory complications with both Australian and international law, a report says.

The committee includes the Coalition (the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Northern Territory Country Liberal Party, and Queensland Liberal branch the Liberal National Party), the Labor Party and crossbench senators. They will “strongly recommend” parliament pass a cross-party bill setting up a medical marijuana regulator, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, citing Fairfax Media sources close to the legislation debate.

Today, over two-thirds of Australians support the idea of medical marijuana use and only 9 percent oppose it, a recent survey by Palliative Care Australia has found.

The leader of Australia Greens, Richard Di Natale, initiated the bill in November last year. The committee received the bill in February and after conducting public hearings and attracting nearly 200 public submissions, it is set to present its report on August 10.

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Marijuana Legalization In Italy: 250 Italian Lawmakers Support Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Italy may well be on its way to becoming the largest country in Europe to legalize marijuana. An Italian tracking group has found that more than 250 lawmakers from across the political spectrum have given their support to a proposal that would largely decriminalize production, distribution, sale and consumption of marijuana throughout the nation.

The leap may appear far-fetched for a country that just 10 years ago voted in a draconian anti-drug bill that removed any distinction between hard and soft drugs, increasing sentences for pot smokers and heroin addicts alike.

But the legalization movement recently gained momentum, with one of the world's most progressive legislative proposals on marijuana being submitted to the Italian parliament. Drafted by the Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, the legislation would allow anyone over the age of 18 to cultivate as many as five plants at home. Italians could also team up to form a "cannabis social club," with each having a maximum of 50 people growing as many as 250 plants.

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Ohio marijuana proposal in danger of falling short

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, July, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

CINCINNATI — The marijuana legalization effort in Ohio is in danger because it does not have enough signatures yet to put a measure on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We’re coming in lower than we were expecting,” said Ian James, executive director of ResponsibleOhio, the private investor group that wants to legalize marijuana this year.

Ohio’s secretary of state is expected to announce as early as Monday whether ResponsibleOhio gathered enough valid signatures of registered Ohio voters to get the measure before voters in 2015. ResponsibleOhio needs 305,591 signatures to qualify. On June 30, the group turned in 695,273 signatures with the goal of ensuring it would have the right number, 50%, to qualify.

In four southwest Ohio counties, final counts show the petition campaign had a majority of valid signatures only in Warren County, at 53%. Hamilton County had a 33.74% validity rate. Butler and Clermont counties came in at 41%.

If the secretary of state finds that ResponsibleOhio did not get to 305,591, the group has 10 calendar days to send out its army of signature gatherers in hopes of hitting the target.

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Texas Town Pushes for Marijuana Legalization to Combat Cartel Traffic

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

The quiet border town of El Paso has reportedly become a trailblazer in the effort to reform marijuana laws in Texas. 

According to the Guardian, El Paso's proximity to Ciudad Juárez—"the Mexican city so ravaged by drug cartel violence that until recently it was the murder capital of the world"—has actually spurred many locals to support marijuana legalization (or at least decriminalization). 

"The believe the decades-long U.S. 'War on Drugs' has militarized the border and put ordinary people under constant surveillance, disrupting lives and fracturing communities without achieving results that justify the emotional, cultural and economic costs," the Guardian reported. 

With Border Patrol seizing 44,000 lbs of marijuana in the El Paso area last year, residents believe that legalizing the herb would harm cartels' income streams and, in turn, take away much of their power. 

“The cartels are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been and what have we really done that’s thwarted their efforts? Nothing,” Justin Underwood, an El Paso attorney, told the Guardian. “I am of the opinion that human beings are going to do drugs, period. Human beings are going to drink alcohol. I accept these things as facts and as long as you have a demand you will always have a supply, no matter what.”

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Cannabis Cultivation Decriminalized in Spain?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

The new "Citizen Safety Law" that took effect in Spain on July 1 is notoriously draconian, making it illegal to march on public buildings, and imposing prohibitive fines for holding any protest without a permit. It also raises the minimum penalty for public cannabis use or possession from 300 to 600 euros, with the maximum penalty set at a whopping 30,000 euros for "grave infractions." 
But even this is something of a victory, as conservatives had been pressing to raise the minimum for to 1,000 euros. And there may be a more surprising bright side. According to reports on the Medical Cannabis Spain Blog and, language was added to the section of the law dealing with cultivation, saying that it will only be punishable when it is "in visible public places." The reports state that this means cultivation behind closed doors is effectively decriminalized in Spain, as private possession has been for several years.



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