Efforts to legalize marijuana in 2014 may be difficult, experts say

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Proponents of California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 may have a long way to go before they can see their measure implemented.
The initiative, which proposes to legalize cannabis hemp for industrial, medical and recreational uses, is in the early stages of the ballot process. The activists behind it are planning to begin collecting signatures in May, several months ahead of the deadline to file with the state for a shot at the November 2014 ballot.
"We've been getting a lot of positive feedback, and the cannabis movement is a really sophisticated and advanced movement that has a hard time getting on the same page," said Santa Cruz-based activist Michael Jolson. "A group of us want to wait until 2016 because they feel in 2016 they're going to get more young people to vote for a pot initiative."
Jack Pitney, a politics and government professor at Claremont McKenna College, said the initiative would have better odds at passing during the 2016 presidential election. Part of the problem with proposing the initiative during a midterm election is the voter demographics, he said.
"Midterm elections tend to be older and more conservative," he said.
"In 2012, the initiative in other states benefited from a younger and more liberal electorate - people who came out for Obama."


Illinois Close to Passing Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, March, 25th 2013 by THCFinder

Year after year, patients and advocates of medical marijuana in Illinois have watched in dismay as a bill that would legalize marijuana has failed to pass through the House. This past Friday however, that bill came closer than ever to passing, in fact, the measure is just one or two votes short of passing the House right now, which is huge progress for Illinois.

Rep. Lou Lang tells the Pekin Daily Times he's close to getting the support he needs for the four-year pilot program. The Skokie Democrat's measure would allow patients with specific medical conditions to obtain marijuana.


Legalized marijuana: Can Florida be next?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Now that Norman Elliot Kent, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the chair of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the state has become a hot seat for medical marijuana reform.
On March 22, the NORML team was working hard to drive up the buzz about the benefits of medicinal marijuana at the University of Central Florida. A recent survey conducted by the advocacy group People United for Medical Marijuana, or PFUMM, showed a majority of Floridians are in favor of legalizing pot for medical use. Kent felt that now was the time to educate the public and try push a bill through the house to add Florida to the list of 18 states that already have legalized marijuana for medical use.


Oregon lawmakers consider legalizing, taxing marijuana as pot advocates ponder 2014 ballot initiative

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, March, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
SALEM -- State lawmakers scrounging for money for schools, mental health and public safety could find the solution to their funding woes to be green.
No, not more cold, hard cash, but pot. Legalize it and tax it. That's the plan under House Bill 3371, which is scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill would allow the production, processing and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products. Individuals 21 or older would be allowed to keep up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of marijuana at a time, the same amounts allowed under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.
Under the bill, the Oregon Health Authority would be charged with licensing marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would oversee taxation of marijuana, according to the bill. Marijuana producers would be taxed $35 per ounce. The money would go to a "Cannabis Tax Account," with 40 percent of proceeds going to schools and 20 percent each to Oregon State Police, the general fund, and services for mental health, alcoholism and drugs.
The bill would go into effect July 1, 2014.


Time to Legalize it

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, March, 17th 2013 by THCFinder


Bills take aim at federal marijuana ban

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A few House members have begun a broad effort to overturn a 43-year-old federal ban on marijuana and say they're prepared to keep up the pressure even if it takes years.
About 10 lawmakers, mostly liberal Democrats, are writing bills that will serve as legislative guideposts for the future if the GOP-controlled House, as expected, ignores their proposals during this Congress.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said it's time to end the federal ban because 18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana and many other states are exploring that option in response to growing public pressure.
"Maybe next year, maybe next Congress, but this is going to change. And the federal government will get out of the way," he said. "I'm very patient. I've been working on this one way or another for 40 years, and I think the likelihood of something happening in the next four or five years is greater than ever."



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