Legalizing pot would cut gang violence: experts

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
VANCOUVER — A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British Columbia, arguing the policy change would reduce gang violence and convert criminal profits into new tax revenues.
The push comes as the federal Conservative government moves to pass polar opposite legislation, an omnibus crime bill aiming to toughen penalties for drug traffickers along with other law-and-order measures.
Calling itself Stop the Violence BC, the group released it first report Thursday and is pledging to issue further scientific research, poll results and hold public forums in an effort to pressure politicians towards its cause.
"To continue the criminalization of marijuana is, I think, completely out of tune with what's going on in society today," Ross Lander, a former B.C. Supreme Court judge for decades, said in an interview.
"The coalition's objects meet what I would personally want, that is stop the useless killings and the violence that attends this drug trade."


California Physicians Call for the Legalization of Cannabis

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

More and more support continues to come out for the medical marijuana industry, so why is the federal government the only ones not seeing what is going on?

October 26, 2011 — The California Medical Association (CMA) has adopted an official policy calling for the legalization and regulation of cannabis, which, it says, will facilitate wider clinical research on the drug.
"CMA may be the first organization of its kind to take this position, but we won't be the last. This was a carefully considered, deliberative decision made exclusively on medical and scientific grounds," said James T. Hay, MD, president of the CMA, in a release.
"As physicians, we need to have a better understanding about the benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis so we can provide the best care possible to our patients."
The CMA notes that clinicians in California, where cannabis is decriminalized, are often in a catch-22 situation. Under the decriminalization rules, they can only "recommend" the substance for medical purposes, but there are no processes in place to address this.
Dr. Paul Phinney
"We need to regulate cannabis so we know what we're recommending to our patients," Paul Phinney, MD, president-elect of the CMA, told Medscape Medical News.
"Plus, because it's still illegal on a federal level, physicians are left in an incredibly difficult legal position."


Colombian president calls for legalisation of marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 26th 2011 by THCFinder
Finally a president who gets it and is willing to talk about his support of legalization of marijuana and cracking down on the real hardcore drugs instead of wasting time and money on a failed drug war against Cannabis.
Mr Santos added his voice to a growing list of influential figures in Latin America demanding a rethink of the policies that have been used for decades to fight the drugs trade.
He said legalising softer drugs such as marijuana worldwide could help improve international efforts to deal with harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
"The world needs to discuss new approaches ... we are basically still thinking within the same framework as we have done for the last 40 years," he said.
Asked if making marijuana legal could offer a way forward, Mr Santos said it could and that he would support it "provided everyone does it at the same time". But he emphasised that other countries needed to take the lead, saying the issue was "a matter of national security" for Colombia, whereas "in other countries this is mainly a health and crime issue".
"Drug trafficking is what finances the violence and the irregular groups in our country. I would be crucified if I took the first step," he said in an interview with Metro, the global free daily newspaper chain.


Clearing the smoke: Why marijuana should be legalized

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
To toke or not to toke? That has been the question springing up like whack-a-mole all over the country. The effort to legalize marijuana has won small battles, but despite record-setting support for legalization – 46 percent by the latest Gallup poll in Oct. 2010 – marijuana remains illegal in most of the country, including Minnesota.
Why is marijuana illegal, exactly? The drug has a complicated legal history, and its prohibition is intimately tied with industry monopolizing and even hints of racism against the black men of blues music from the early 20th century, who had a reputation for smoking up, but the better question is why is it still illegal?
Prisons are overflowing with peaceful potheads who just wanted to listen to their Pink Floyd, man, and the government is sinking more and more of your tax dollars into keeping the Drug War going. But is this a battle worth fighting? First thing’s first. Does it work?
Well, um. No.


Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

Why haven't we legalized Marijuana yet?



Marijuana Measure In Colorado Survives Legal Challenges

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Colorado keeps on pushing for Marijuana legalization and is getting one step closer to making that become a reality!

DENVER, Colo. -- A proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has survived two legal challenges.

The Colorado Supreme Court this week rejected two challenges to the measure that would ask voters whether marijuana in small amounts should be legal for people over 21. Sponsors of the marijuana measure are gathering signatures to place the question on 2012 ballots.
Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce challenged the ballot language. He said the measure should be labeled a tax increase. Pot activists said that while the marijuana measure would allow lawmakers to tax pot, the measure itself is not a tax question.
Separately, a marijuana activist who argued the measure was improperly worded brought a challenge to the state's highest court. Both challenges were dismissed without comment.



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