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Six Republicans Resubmit Bill To Allow States To Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

gop marijuana conservatives rand paul bryan fischerSix Republican members of Congress just reintroduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, previously submitted in 2013, which would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act by permitting states to develop their own marijuana policies without fear of federal prosecution. Four states have already legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults, while twenty-three states, D.C., and Guam allow some form of medical marijuana access. According to the think tank Third Way, 67% of Americans support Congress passing a bill that respects states developing their own marijuana policy.

“There are few principles more fundamental to the Republican Party than states’ rights. Allowing states to decide their own marijuana policy both fits with party ideology and makes much more sense than the laws currently on the books,” said Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director forLaw Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of cops and other criminal justice professionals opposed to the drug war. “But until Congress decides to change the law all assurances of non-intervention from the federal government may prove meaningless.”

Many states considering new marijuana laws have been hesitant because doing so may violate federal law, and because the Drug Enforcement Administration has said it will act independently of federal mandates that limit federal interaction with state marijuana laws. The Department of Justice released a memo in August 2013 stating they would no longer go after states that decided to legalize marijuana, so long as businesses complied with common sense guidelines such as not selling marijuana to children and not being involved in organized criminal activity. The recently passed federal “cromnibus” spending bill also prohibits the DOJ from undermining states’ medical marijuana policies. Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart has authorized her agency to ignore these mandates. Leonhart will be retiring next month after an official letter of “no confidence” was issued by the House Oversight Committee after hearings on a sex scandal in which DEA agents repeatedly had sex with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.

LEAP is committed to ending decades of failed policy that have created underground markets and gang violence, fostered corruption and racism, and largely ignored the public health crisis of addiction. The war on drugs has cost more than one trillion dollars, yielded only disastrous outcomes, and ultimately diverted the penal system’s attention away from more important crimes.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/six-republicans-resubmit-bill-to-allow-states-to-legalize-marijuana/


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Illinois House moves toward decriminalizing marijuana possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Getting caught with a small amount of marijuana would result in a fine instead of arrest under a measure the Illinois House approved Thursday.
 
Low-level cannabis possession would go from a crime with fines of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail to be more like a traffic ticket: no court time and a fine of up to $125. The measure would apply to people caught with 15 grams or less, the equivalent of about 25 cigarette-size joints.
 
Sponsoring Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said the measure wouldn't override laws in cities like Chicago that already have fines in place for marijuana possession but is aimed at creating a uniform penalty throughout the state and eliminating the option for police to arrest people carrying small amounts of pot.
 
"We currently have a patchwork of local ordinances where there is the possibility of getting a ticket but not a given that you'll get a ticket, so it's an open question where you go whether you're going to get arrested or get a ticket," Cassidy said. "That creates a system whereby it depends on where you live, and what you look like, and unfortunately more often than not, it is folks who are black and brown who are being arrested, who are being pulled off the streets, pulled away from their jobs and their families and put into our jails and prisons."
 
The House bill comes days after Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced her office would stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession cases for people with fewer than three arrests or citations. It also follows a measure enacted by Chicago in 2012 that allowed police to issue tickets of $250 to $500 for someone caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana.
 
he proposal, sent to the Senate on a 62-53 vote, drew support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Republican Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove said the legislation fits in with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's goal of reducing the number of adults and juveniles sent to jail by 25 percent over 10 years.
 
"I think police have been bogged down with petty possession crimes," Sandack said. "I think courts have been bogged down with petty possession crimes. These people, they're not dealers. They have no intent to sell."
 

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Michigan House Offers Overview Presentation On Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, April, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaA meeting on Tuesday in the Michigan House could provide clarity on the direction the legislature plans to take with pending medical marijuana legislation.

The House Judiciary will conduct what their official meeting notice calls “AN OVERVIEW PRESENTATION ON THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT” during their regular session at noon on Tuesday, April 21.

Rep. Klint Kesto, a Republican from Oakland County, chairs the House Judiciary Committee. His office confirmed the presentation will be conducted by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

The meeting is scheduled for a single hour, per the House Clerk’s office

Also up for consideration during that session: 4 bills, three of which deal with firearms law. The fourth originates from Sen. Jones, who proposes an amendment of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) to allow landlords to ban smoking and cultivation of marijuana from rental properties.

Many advocates are hoping to learn the fate of a pair of bills launched three years ago and re-introduced in this year’s legislature. The Provisioning Centers Act and the Smoking Alternatives bills, HB 4209 and HB 4210, are assigned to Rep. Kesto’s committee but have not been formally scheduled for a hearing.

Sen. Jones’ bill has already been through the Senate Judiciary Committee and been approved by the full Senate.

The House Judiciary Committee meeting will take place at noon, Tuesday April 21 in Room 521, House Office Building, 124 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Rep. Kesto can be reached through his office at:

Phone: (517) 373-1799
FAX: (517) 373-8361

Email: KlintKesto@house.mi.gov

Questions regarding the Judiciary Committee can be addressed through:

Committee Clerk: Melissa Weipert
Phone: 517-373-5176

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-house-offers-overview-presentation-on-medical-marijuana-law/
e-Mail: mweipert@house.mi.gov


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Campaign begins in Arizona to make recreational marijuana legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, April, 18th 2015 by THCFinder
A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year's day in Northglenn, Colorado
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Advocates for legalizing marijuana launched a petition campaign in Phoenix on Friday seeking a ballot measure that could make Arizona the fifth U.S. state to allow possession, cultivation and consumption of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

Supporters have until July of next year to obtain the signatures of 150,642 registered voters in the politically conservative state in order to get their initiative placed on the November 2016 ballot, election officials said.

Formal paperwork to kick off the drive was filed with the state on Friday.

Following the leads of five other western states and the District of Columbia, the Arizona measure would legalize possession, cultivation and private personal consumption of marijuana by adults for the sake of just getting high.

Arizona is already one of 23 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, that allow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Cannabis remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, although the Obama administration has taken the position of giving individual states leeway to carry out their own recreational use statutes.

Under the Arizona proposal, adults 21 and older could ultimately purchase up to an ounce of marijuana through state-licensed retail outlets. They would also be permitted to grow up to six plants at home without a license.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/campaign-begins-arizona-recreational-marijuana-legal-021239007.html


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Georgia Gov. Deal signs medical marijuana bill into law

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

ATLANTA – An emotional Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday that immediately legalizes the use of medical marijuana in Georgia to treat eight serious medical conditions.

Sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, the new law makes it legal for people to possess up to 20 ounces of fluid cannabis oil. The cannabis oil can contain no more than 5% tetrahydrocannabinoil, or THC, the psychoactive agent.

With the stroke of a pen, Georgia became the 36th state, plus Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana extracts to treat illnesses. Georgia’s law makes cannabis oil legal to treat people with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and sickle cell anemia.

“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” said Deal, his voice cracking. “Now, Georgia children and their families may return home, while continuing to receive much-needed care. Patients such as Haleigh Cox, for whom this bill is named, and others suffering from debilitating conditions can now receive the treatment they need, in the place where they belong - Georgia.”

He hugged Haleigh, 5, who has intractable epilepsy, and her mother, Janea Cox, who have been living in Colorado for months while husband Brian, a Johns Creek firefighter, stayed in Georgia.

While possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law, the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not stand in the way of states that want to legalize marijuana as long as effective controls are in place. Joseph Moses, a special agent in Atlanta for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, said the DEA will “hold to those guidelines” but added that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Read More:http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/georgia-gov-deal-signs-medical-marijuana-bill-law


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Obama States Full Support Of Medical Marijuana, Alternative Drug Treatment Models

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he’ll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve incarceration.

The television special, called “Weed 3,” features CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who came to support medical marijuana after reviewing the evidence. This time around, he’ll be delving into the politics of medical marijuana research and interviewing President Barack Obama, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Obama has previously predicted that more states will follow the lead of Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana, and confirmed that although marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, the Department of Justice will look the other way. 

Gupta and Obama briefly discussed the recent bipartisan bill on the Senate floor introduced by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, which proposes to reschedule marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2.

 

Gupta wanted to know directly if Obama supports Booker’s bill.

“You know, I think I’d have to take a look at the details, but I’m on record as saying that not only do I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be,” Obama responded.

Read More:http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/15/breaking-obama-comes-around-states-full-support-of-medical-marijuana/


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