Fed official in Seattle wants marijuana to remain illegal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, March, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
If one locally based federal official is any indication, it’s not a slam-dunk that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will allow laws establishing state-controlled marijuana to fly under the federal drug enforcement radar.
Holder said last Wednesday that his decision and remarks on how the Department of Justice will respond to legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado would come “relatively soon.”
There’s been no word from Holder or his office yet, but federal drug officials have been speaking out more frequently (and negatively) about the new pot laws.
The director of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program in Seattle – an arm of the Office of National Drug Control Policy that’s headed by “Drug Czar” and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske – says legal marijuana is a mistake and medical marijuana laws are a “sham” and should be repealed.
“I think, from my perspective, that marijuana is a controlled substance, Schedule I, and it’s there (on that list) for a reason and until the science tells us otherwise that’s where it should remain,” said NW HIDTA Director Dave Rodriguez.
“I think medical marijuana is a sham. It has no basis in science,” he said, adding that there are alternatives to smoking marijuana that meet FDA rules for what can be considered medication. He also said medical marijuana rules cause too much confusion for officers in the field trying to enforce drug laws.


Boulder County awaits state laws, rules on recreational-marijuana businesses

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, March, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
BOULDER -- Boulder County, which still is reviewing more than 40 applications from businesses seeking medical marijuana licenses, now faces uncertainties about what kinds of state laws and regulations might affect the county's ability to control businesses planning to grow or sell marijuana for recreational uses.
"We're looking to follow the will of the voters," said county commission chairwoman Cindy Domenico, referring to Colorado voters' November 2012 approval of Amendment 64, which allows individuals age 21 and older to possess, use, purchase or transport one ounce or less of marijuana.
However, Boulder County officials -- like their counterparts in county and municipal governments elsewhere in Colorado -- are waiting to see exactly what state laws and rules they'll have to follow, if those local governments decide to allow businesses to grow and sell recreational marijuana within their jurisdictions.


Feds policy on Washingtons marijuana law still under wraps

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At 7:13 a.m. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont popped the question to federal Attorney General Eric Holder that so many in Colorado and Washington have been anxious about.
At a far-ranging Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Chairman Leahy asked Holder if he was prepared to announce the federal government’s response to new legal recreational marijuana laws in those two states.
Both states are moving ahead with implementing regulations, but could face lawsuits and prosecution from the federal government which considers all forms of marijuana a dangerous illegal drug.
Early risers in Colorado and Washington tuned into CSPAN did not get an answer.
Holder said he had “good conversations” with elected leaders in those states, including Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
“We expect our ability to announce a policy relatively soon,” Holder said.
In what Leahy then called a bit of editorializing, he suggested Holder’s Department of Justice should pursue “more serious things than minor possession of marijuana.”


4 States Move On Marijuana Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 4th 2013 by THCFinder

Florida, Idaho, Maine, and Oregon all put forward legislation in recent weeks relating to marijuana legalization. Although some states are closer to legalization than others, marijuana policy has emerged as a primary issue across the nation.


Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) introduced the most recent bill regarding medical Cannabis, SB 1250. Also known as the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act,” the bill would legalize marijuana for medicinal use as approved by a physician.
Resolution 112 passed last Monday proclaiming opposition to legalization as well as cultural acceptance of marijuana. Representative Chuck Winder (R-Boise) also derided the recent move in neighboring states.
Just last week, Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland) introduced an “Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana.” The bill would legalize the possession of up to two and a half ounces of Cannabis as well as the cultivation of up to six plants.
Just south of Washington, Oregon’s recent move towards legalization came last Monday in the form of House Bill 3371. The “Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act” would legalize the use of marijuana in a similar fashion to Measure 80, which was defeated in 2012.
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Could Florida be next in line to legalize marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A Florida Democrat has proposed a bill to allow Floridians with debilitating medical conditions to legally buy and use marijuana. The bill, known as the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, would allow those with certain severe medical conditions to be able to legally use marijuana only if their doctors recommend it. It was introduced by State Sen. Jeff Clemens, of Lake Worth.
Under the Act, patients or their caregivers would be allowed to have up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. 
The bill is named for Cathy Jordan, who uses marijuana to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. “Scientific research consistently validates the medical benefits of marijuana in the treatment of a variety of debilitating medical conditions,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. 


Bill to legalize marijuana in Maine attracts Democrats, Republicans

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
AUGUSTA — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce.
Russell and others argued during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue.
Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana.



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