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Tell Obama: Take Action To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, February, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

barack obama marijuanaCongressman Earl Blumenauer has a ‘take action’ effort going on. Earl Blumenauer sent a letter to President Obama with the below language. You can add your name at this link here:

It is time, Mr. President, for you to take the next logical step, cementing your legacy in history on drug reform and a fairer criminal justice system. Call for an end to marijuana prohibition and de-schedule marijuana. The House and Senate are reluctant to take bold action to legalize marijuana at the federal level, but you don’t have to wait. Under your leadership by de-scheduling marijuana, you will trigger monumental reform, allowing states to continue their pioneering efforts and putting pressure on Congress to take additional actions to tax and regulate. We can start by ending the lunacy of forcing legal marijuana companies to operate as cash-only. Seldom has such a small step, supported by a majority of Americans, had such potential transformational power.

Please seize the moment. We can’t wait.

The time is now. The country is ready.

In 2008, I joined with tens of thousands of Oregonians who cheered you on chanting, “Yes, we can!”

Today, I speak on behalf of millions of Americans across the country and ask you to support ending the prohibition of marijuana.

We hope you will respond, “Yes, I will.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/tell-obama-take-action-to-end-federal-marijuana-prohibition/


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Vermont Senate Approves Legal Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, February, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Vermont is well on its way to making history by becoming the first state in the nation to end marijuana prohibition by way of the state legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 16 to 13 in favor of aproposal aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, one that would create a taxed and regulated system that would allow weed to be sold in retail outlets all over the state. The bill must now survive another Senate vote before moving on to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Although there was some opposition to the bill (S.241)—some lawmakers argued it would destroy Vermont’s image, while others worried it did not take the concept of legal weed far enough—supporters were pleasantly surprised to learn the issue received an impressive 16 votes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/vermont-senate-approves-legal-marijuana


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Is Louisiana Preparing to Discuss Marijuana Legalization?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, February, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

Louisiana is known for having some of the most cutthroat penalties against marijuana possession in the United States, but this bad reputation could become a legend of the past if lawmakers can miraculously convince legislative forces that legal weed is the right channel for which to satisfy the state’s budget woes.

Reports indicate that the Louisiana Legislature may be preparing to dive head first into a new proposal later this session aimed at dragging the state out of the trenches of prohibition to establish a fully legal cannabis trade.

Earlier this week, the appropriations committee put their stamp of approval on several bills intended to trim some of the fat from the underbelly of the state’s disastrous $850 million budget deficit, but lawmakers are concerned that a political tug-of-war between the Republican-dominated legislature and the Governor’s office over how to solve the state’s financial crisis will not result in any measurable reconciliation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/louisiana-preparing-discuss-marijuana-legalization


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Australia Is Pushing to Legalize Marijuana Growth for Medical Research

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, February, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

The legislation in question does not address recreational use

Australia is set to introducelegislation that will legalize the licensed growth of marijuana for medical-research purposes.

The bill before Australia’s parliament will amend half-century-old drug regulations to create a licensing program for cannabis cultivation, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Read More:http://time.com/4215192/australia-cannabis-law-research/


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Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Wins First Committee Vote

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, January, 31st 2016 by THCFinder

vermont medical marijuanaBy Phillip Smith

A bill that would legalize marijuana and allow for regulated marijuana commerce is advancing.Senate Bill 137 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 4-1 vote.

The bill allows for marijuana to be sold in stores, but bans home cultivation. Only licensed commercial grows in safe, secure locations will be allowed.

The Judiciary Committee vote to advance the measure came a day after six state physicians’ groups came out against the bill, citing what they called the ill effects of marijuana.

The measure now goes to the Senate Finance Committee, Judiciary Committee Chair Richard Sears said. If the bill gets through the Senate, it is expected to face a tough battle to get through the House this year.

Peter Shumlin (D), who has endorsed the measure, pronounced himself pleased.

“I want to thank Senator Sears for his leadership and the entire Judiciary Committee for their hard work on this bill,” he said in a statement. “This legislation meets the principles I outlined in my State of the State Address and I believe it provides the framework for our state to cautiously, step-by-step and in the Vermont way end the failed war on drugs policy of marijuana prohibition. This debate is about whether we can take a smarter approach towards marijuana, which is already widely available and used by tens of thousands of Vermonters.Promoting prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids, getting rid of illegal drug dealers, and doing a better job responding to impaired drivers already on our roads, I believe this legislation is a huge improvement on the failed war on drugs,” Shumlin continued. “I look forward to working with the legislature as they continue to debate this issue.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-marijuana-legalization-bill-wins-first-committee-vote/


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O.C. Sheriff on plunge in marijuana-related arrests: 'It's essentially decriminalized already'

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

At the height of recent anti-reefer madness, law enforcement slapped 7,440 people in Orange County with marijuana-related misdemeanor arrests.

That was in 2009. A mere five years later – thanks to a 2010 law that made possession of up to one ounce of marijuana a civil infraction, akin to rolling through a stop sign – pot-related misdemeanors had plunged a stunning 93 percent, to just 548.

The story was much the same throughout California, with marijuana misdemeanors down 90 percent between 2008 and 2014.

As pot legalization initiatives proceed toward California’s November ballot and rhetoric gets hotter, the numbers belie any argument that legalizing marijuana will clear out California’s jails. They’re pretty clear of pot-related offenses already.

Read More:http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-701245-legalization-use.html


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