Record 58 Percent of Americans Say Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON – According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, a record high 58% of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39% who do not. In addition, 50% of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years.
A strong plurality (47%) of respondents said they think President Obama should allow Colorado and Washington to implement the ballot measures approved by voters last month to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Just 33% said they approve of President Obama using federal resources to prevent them from going into effect. Interestingly, support for the rights of states could be higher, but 46% of Republicans surveyed support the federal government asserting its power over the states.
Marijuana possession by adults is scheduled to become legal in Washington on Thursday when Initiative 502 officially goes into effect. A similar measure adopted by Colorado voters, Amendment 64, will go into effect no later than January 6. The new laws in Colorado and Washington make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. They also direct the legislatures of both states to create regulations in order to establish a legal market for businesses to cultivate and sell marijuana to adults. So far, the federal government has not stated whether it intends to use any resources to interfere with the implementation of the new state laws.
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
Indiana State Police leader says he would legalize marijuana and tax it
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
When it comes to legalizing marijuana, the politics can be tricky.
Paul Whitesell, superintendent of the Indiana State Police, learned that Tuesday after he told the State Budget Committee: “If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it.”
Later in the day, after news of his comments spread, the Indiana State Police issued a written statement clarifying the words of the agency’s leader. The statement described Whitesell’s comments as a “philosophical” opinion, not an official one.
“Although the superintendent personally understands the theoretical argument for taxation and legalization, as a police officer with over 40 years of experience he does not support the legalization of marijuana,” the statement said.
Whitesell is the latest in series of state officials in recent months to bring attention to the issue of decriminalizing or lessening penalties for marijuana possession.
Some political observers say the growing conversation indicates the issue could receive serious debate when the Indiana General Assembly convenes in January. However, considerable doubts remain that Indiana would go as far as Colorado and Washington, where voters earlier this month approved ballot initiatives to legalize small, recreational amounts of the drug.
Robert Dion, a political science professor at the University of Evansville, said that while there is a shift in the national attitude toward marijuana, he doesn’t think conservative Indiana will be among the leaders in easing laws against pot.
However, two Indiana lawmakers have said they would like to move in that direction.
Read more: http://www.jconline.com
More states ponder legal marijuana as feds loom
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, November, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
The battle over the legal recreational use of marijuana heads to several more states, as officials in Colorado and Washington wait to see how the federal government will react to their new pro-pot laws.
For now, it seems like the next legalization efforts will be focused on New England.
But the issue over legalized pot has crept into relations between the United States and Mexico.
Voters in Washington state and Colorado approved referendums in November that would allow citizens to use small amounts of marijuana, sold by the state, under approved conditions.
The fight over legalized pot seems headed for a court showdown and touches on several constitutional issues.
The federal government has selectively enforced its rights under the Controlled Substances Act to bust up medical marijuana facilities in the 17 states that have legalized medical marijuana.
But the widespread enforcement of national marijuana laws is quite problematic financially for the federal government if it has to staff law enforcement efforts within Colorado and Washington.
Read more: http://blog.constitutioncenter.org
Colorado's pot-legalizing Amendment 64 moves a step forward to becoming law today
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, November, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
The marijuana-legalizing Amendment 64 moves a step closer to becoming Colorado law today.
County clerks from across the state by the end of today must have submitted their certified vote totals for the fall election.
State law sets out a timetable giving Secretary of State Scott Gessler until Dec. 6 to certify the totals. Then, Gov. John Hickenlooper has 30 days to formally sign off.
“We’ll review the canvass board reports from each of the counties and then tabulate all of the results from the counties and issue the certified results,” said Rich Coolidge, a spokesman for Gessler. “Most of them will come in today.”
Amendment 64, which legalizes small amounts of recreational pot for personal use, takes effect upon Hickenlooper’s signature. Under the law, anyone 21 and older may possess up to an ounce of pot, and can smoke it in a private place without violating state law.
The ballot measure also establishes a system of marijuana stores, regulation and potential taxation, but those portions phase in over the next several years.
The Boulder and Denver district attorneys have already ended simple marijuana-possession prosecutions, although Weld and Larimer prosecutors say they will consider each prosecution on a case-by-case basis.
Because marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, state officials are struggling to reconcile the conflicting laws. Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers have both said they will support the state law because it passed with broad voter support, but have cautioned that implementing the law may be difficult.
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