Arkansans use grassroots effort to try and legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, April, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – A grassroots effort is underway to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansans after several failed attempts in the past decade.
The advocacy group Arkansans for Compassionate Care (ACC) has gone door-to-door, held awareness events, and worked with lobbyists in hopes of making 2012 the year the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act goes before voters in November.
If passed, it would pave the way for 30 dispensaries to throughout Arkansas. Government-issued prescription cards would be required for purchasing and carrying marijuana.
Similar supporters of marijuana legalization failed in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2011 to get an initiative successfully passed.
This time around, ACC needs 62,507 signatures by July to make the ballot.
"We're about halfway there, maybe a little less than half way," said Melissa Fults, a volunteer with ACC, "but we have three more months to go and we're getting more and more volunteers every day."
There are about 300 volunteers statewide who have taken up the cause.
"After a couple of years I lost a third of my body weight," said Paul Coody, a paraplegic Navy veteran and volunteer for about a year with ACC. "My body was literally consuming itself."
Legalize today get high tonight
Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, March, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
Pat Robertson Believes Marijuana Should Be Legalized and Regulated
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Pat Robertson, the 700 Club host said that ” Marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs has failed.”
Robertson the self-proclaimed “hero of the hippie culture” believes that going to jail for marijuana possession in our day and age is ridiculous.
Legalizing marijuana use has been an issue that has been debated about for years. In recent years many states have allowed the use of medical marijuana, despite the repercussions that can take place on a federal level.
With taxpayers shoving out billions of dollars for the war on drugs, it makes you wonder why it has not been legalized. It has been proven that the states who have legalized marijuana seen some type of money going back to the state. So the question is, what is the real issue? and why is it taking so long to legalize a controlled substance that everyone across the board use?
The 81-year-old Robertson said “I just think it’s shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of a controlled substance.”
With the way things are going with our youth, I cannot help but to agree.
Will California Finally Legalize Marijuana? Study Shows 62% of California Voters Polled Favor Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, February, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Is it finally time for California to legalize marijuana? We hope so but it was only about a year ago that legalization was defeated!
LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--In November, 2010, a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana was narrowly defeated (53-46) in California. Convinced the time has come to legalize cannabis, activists are collecting signatures to place the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 (RMLW) on the November, 2012 ballot.
“LEAP believes the citizens of California are far ahead of the federal government in assessing a policy that will reduce death, disease, crime, and corruption, when they register 62% support for the initiative Regulate Marijuana Like Wine.”
“Wine is something that people understand can be used in moderation,” said retired LAPD Deputy Chief Stephen Downing, who coauthored the voter initiative. “In fact, a recent study found that 64 percent of people polled stated marijuana poses no greater risk to society than drinking alcohol.”
In the report, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), 62 percent of California voters polled believe marijuana should be legalized, 67 percent believe responsible adults over the age of 21 should have the right to use marijuana, and 80 percent believe new drug policies are needed.
The report further indicates most Californians believe law enforcement spends too much time enforcing marijuana laws, which prevents them from concentrating on more serious crimes like murder, rape and robbery.
According to the FM3 survey:
71 percent of respondents agree state and local law enforcement agencies spend too much time, money and resources enforcing marijuana.
63 percent believe a main reason for severe prison overcrowding is the prosecution and incarceration of non-violent drug offenders.
64 percent say marijuana should be taxed to fund public schools, police and fire services, and other vital services.
According to a summary prepared by the Attorney General, some of the initiative’s regulations include:
Decriminalizing marijuana sales, distribution, possession, use, cultivation and transportation.
Retaining laws forbidding use while driving or in the workplace.
Establishing regulation of commercial marijuana trade to match regulation of wine and beer.
Directing state and local officials to not cooperate with federal enforcement of marijuana laws.
Banning development of genetically modified marijuana.
California’s Legislative Analyst’s summary of the initiative’s fiscal impact
If the initiative passes, the potential fiscal impact on state and local government could:
Save tens of millions of dollars annually because state and local governments will no longer incarcerate and supervise certain marijuana offenders.
Net hundreds of millions of dollars in additional tax revenues related to the production and sale of marijuana products.
Jack Cole, co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a 50,000 member organization of police, prosecutors, judges, and supporters, said, “LEAP believes the citizens of California are far ahead of the federal government in assessing a policy that will reduce death, disease, crime, and corruption, when they register 62% support for the initiative Regulate Marijuana Like Wine.”
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