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Hawaii lawmakers may revive dead marijuana dispensaries bill

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are saying they might revive a bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bill died late Friday when it failed to pass out of a key committee before a legislative deadline. But Senate President Donna Mercado Kim said Friday night that the Legislature may make an exception and revisit passing the bill out of committee.

“There’s an opportunity that we may extend, only for this bill, until Monday,” Kim said.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana nearly 15 years ago. But the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

Negotiators between the House and Senate said they could not reach agreement before a committee deadline late Friday.

Hawaii was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana, but the estimated 13,000 patients approved for the drug statewide have generally been left to buy it on the black market or grow it on their own.

“It is certainly a very unfortunate turn of events for patients,” said Rafael Kennedy, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. “Many patients are already pushed to the black market by the fact that there is no legal way for them to access their medicine.”

Kennedy later said he’s happy the Legislature would revisit the bill, but he wished there was a more definitive outcome.

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/2/agreement-not-yet-reached-on-medical-marijuana-dis/


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51% Support Legalizing Marijuana says FOX News Poll

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, April, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

For the first time ever, a FOX News poll has found a majority of respondents in favor of legalizing marijuana.
 
The poll, released late last week, found 51% of those surveyed favor legalizing marijuana. Just 44% were opposed. Last year, a similar FOX News poll found support at 50% in favor, and 43% against. In 2013, 46% favored legalization while 49% were opposed.
 
The poll found that voters under 35 years old (54%) are more likely than those 65 and older (39%) to favor legalizing marijuana. Men (56%) are more likely than women (46%) to support it.
 
Majorities of Democrats (62%) and independent voters (53%) support legalizing marijuana, while a majority of Republicans opposes it (59%).
 
The findings are similar to other recent national polls released this month, and reflect a growing national acceptance of marijuana law reform.
 
The FOX News poll, was conducted between April 19-21, 2015. The poll sampled 1,102 registered voters nationwide, and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.
 

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Vermont Politicians Want To Ban Alcohol Sales Until Marijuana Prohibition Ends

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, April, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

vermont marijuana decriminalization‘Marijuana is safer than alcohol.’ That statement has been said a lot in the last few years. It’s a statement that has been very effective in the battle to end marijuana prohibition. It’s effective because it’s true. According to a recent study, marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol. So the fact that alcohol is legal, and even proudly consumed by many marijuana opponents, but marijuana is illegal, is a huge slap in the face to logic and reasoning.

In an effort to highlight the obvious hypocrisy that is marijuana prohibition, two lawmakers in Vermont recently introduced a bill that would prohibit alcohol sales until marijuana sales are allowed. Per The Cannabist:

Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze.

Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference Wednesday to announce they had filed legislation to ban the sale of alcohol in Vermont.

Both called the idea “laughable,” but said they are trying to further their arguments that marijuana is less harmful to individuals and to society than alcohol and should be legalized for adults.

The bill obviously does not have a solid chance of passing. However, it got a lot of media buzz, and I’m sure it’s got people talking in Vermont. Alcohol is very commonplace in America, and is generally accepted by most people. It’s beyond time that people realized that marijuana should be afforded that same level of acceptance and tolerance, because after all, it’s far safer.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-ban-alcohol-marijuana/


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Michigan Voters Favor Marijuana Legalization By A Slim Margin

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

safer michigan marijuanaBy the slimmest of majorities, Michigan voters support legalizing marijuana and distributing it like alcohol sales in the state, according to a poll released by the Marketing Resource Group on April 24.

51% of respondents told interviewers they somewhat support or strongly support the concept during the MRG poll, conducted in April with 600 Michigan residents with a history of voting.

The numbers may not accurately reflect the view of Michigan citizens. By screening out voters without an established history of voting the methodology excludes some of legalization’s most strident supporters- the under 29 voting group (69% YES).

Treating marijuana like alcohol is not universally supported among advocates of marijuana legalization, nor is that model looked upon as a good program to imitate.

Other states have had a difficult time pushing the regulate-marijuana-like-wine concept. California voters rejected that proposal at the ballot box. In Washington State, involvement by the state Liquor Control Board has led to a dismantling of the medical marijuana program. The question creates a negative response even among those who would likely vote in favor of a legalization scheme, if offered.

Voters in the city of Detroit have expressed dissatisfaction with the liquor distribution system in their communities. During a recent community group meeting in Detroit’s 2nd District, advocates sided with prohibitionists when the idea of allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate with the same rules as the alcohol industry. “Bars on top of liquor stores, that’s what we got,” one activists told me. “We gotta do better than that with medical marijuana.”

Poll results indicate an uncharacteristic dip in marijuana support within the state’s largest city. Detroiters were more negative (44% YES) when responding to the MRG question than any other region of Michigan except the Upper Peninsula. By contrast, their other Wayne County community residents responded with the highest degree of support of any region included in the survey (59% YES).

What this clearly indicates is a multi-tiered system of state-regulated marijuana stores created under the authority of a Lansing-based Board like the Liquor Control Commission is not what the people want. Legalization programs imitating the state’s liquor distribution system have been suggested or directly offered by diverse voices including Rep. Klint Kesto, the Michigan Cannabis Development Association and the Michigan Resource Group.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-voters-favor-marijuana-legalization-by-a-slim-margin/


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Majority Of Americans Back Marijuana Legalization

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

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The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News.

Fifty-three percent of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should marijuana use be legal?” That is the highest level of support ever recorded by CBS pollsters since they began posing the question in 1979. Forty-three percent of respondents opposed legalization.

Males, younger voters, and Democrats were most likely to support marijuana’s legalization. Seventy-four percent of those who acknowledged having tried marijuana said that the plant ought to be legalized, compared to just 35 percent who have never used it.

The majority of respondents (51 percent) agreed that cannabis is less harmful than alcohol. Only 12 percent of respondents said they believed that marijuana was more harmful than booze, while 28 percent said that both substances were equally harmful.

Forty-three percent of respondents acknowledged having consumed marijuana, an increase of nine percent since 1997. Seventy-five percent of respondents said that it would not matter to them if a Presidential candidate admitted having tried it.

On the question of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, 84 percent of respondents supported allowing physicians to authorize cannabis therapy to their patients.

The CBS News poll is the latest in a series of national surveys showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-back-marijuana-legalization/


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Federal Bill Could End Prohibition Across the United States in 2015

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, April, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

If a state passes a law deeming marijuana a legal substance, the federal government should have no authority over the prosecution of individuals for crimes associated with the substance. This is the battle cry of a recent piece of legislation, which swept through Capitol Hill this week on bipartisan wings, aimed at blocking Uncle Sam from unleashing the dogs of the drug war against states that have legalized the leaf for medicinal or recreational purposes.

The bill entitled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015” was introduced to Congress earlier this week by Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California. It seeks to provide immunity against federal prosecution for individuals and businesses abiding state marijuana laws. And while this legislative offering is a short document, the implications between the lines are substantial, as it suggests the passing of this measure could be all that is needed to basically eliminate prohibition on a federal level. 

Unlike the CARERS Act, which is a bid to legalize medical marijuana nationwide, Rohrabacher’s latest proposal would extend the same protection the medical sector of the cannabis industry needs to the recreational side, which would allow states the ability to legalize weed for any purpose without concerns over violating federal statutes.

“The American people, through the 35 states that have liberalized laws banning either medical marijuana, marijuana in general, or cannabinoid oils, have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives," Rohrabacher said in a statement. "It’s time for restraint of the federal government’s over-aggressive weed warriors.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-could-end-prohibition-across-united-states-2015


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