Task force addiction expert warns about parties, cartoon ads, thirdhand smoke
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
In order to address the many questions of marijuana legalization, Governor John Hickenlooper assembled a 24-member task force charged with developing policy recommendations. The addiction expert is Dr. Christian Thurstone, who says his goal is to limit the harm A64 could cause youth. We caught up with him yesterday to get an overview of his main concerns, including worries about targeted ads, parents letting kids smoke pot and third-hand smoke impacts.
Thurstone is a certified addiction psychiatrist, a medical director focused on adolescents with Denver Health's Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Prevention Program, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver. As we've noted in the past, he has spent a lot of time focused on youth smoking and how addictions and abuse at a young age can, he says, cause a lot of long-term damage.
As the governor's announcement of the task force noted, Thurstone was chosen because he is "a person with expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction."
The task force met for the first time Monday, attracting a lot of cameras.
Thurstone was personally opposed to the passage of 64, which makes small amounts of recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 and over. Supporters of the measure argue that it allows officials to regulate marijuana and thus limit underage illegal smoking, but for months opponents have been expressing concerns about how legal pot could increase access for teens, who are believed to be more negatively impacted when they do smoke.
Despite his opposition to 64, Thurstone tells us he is pleased to have a seat at the table on the Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64, which had its first meeting Monday.
That group, which will meet several times over the next month or so, does not exist to debate the merits of 64 or legalization in general, but rather is tasked with developing recommendations on various frameworks for implementation as the legislative cycle begins next year.
Should Marijuana be Legalized?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
New York State Voters Want Marijuana Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
High-strung New Yorkers are ready for a little bit of mellow mary jane.
A new poll from the Quinnipiac University finds that New Yorkers favor pot legalization 51 to 44, perfectly mirroring national sentiment on the issue. Democrats, Independents, men and college-degree holders support the idea, while Republicans, women, those with no higher education, as well as those 65 years of age and older do not.
Protestants are evenly divided (48-48) on the plant – which theoretically came from their all-knowing God. Catholics support pot legalization (48-47), Jews do not (46-50). Atheists strongly support pot legalization (70-24). Upstate New Yorkers support legalization (49-44), City-folk support it (54-33), and those in the suburbs support it (50-44).
Too bad New York lacks a ballot initiative process whereby the popular vote matters. Instead, New Yorkers will have to work with their legislators in Albany, NY, who stand firmly in the way of any drug law reform.
In fact, New York has one of the worst records in the world for stopping, frisking, and arresting people for minor amounts of herb – a huge waste of police resources and taxpayer dollars. (Read ‘Human Rights Watch Blasts NYPD for Half-Million Frivolous Weed Arrests’ here.)
Quinnipiac Pollsters asked 1,302 New York state voters between Dec. 5-10 the question “Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in New York State, or not?” The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
These Are The Next 13 States That Could Legalize Marijuana...
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization advocates are hopeful that the Colorado and Washington will be just the first in a wave of states to legalize marijuana over the next 12 months, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
In an email to Business Insider, St. Pierre said that his organization forecasts that several states — including Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota and Nevada — will consider marijuana legalization measures in the coming months.
"The New England states have been a ‘hot bed’ for the last few years," he told Business Insider via email. "Recent victories for reformers in Washington and Colorado have breathed more legislative and media attention into these proposed legislative measures."
NORML tracks ongoing legislation and ballot measures in all 50 states. By its count, 13 will consider initiatives for legalization either through legislation or ballot measures.
In addition to those states mentioned above, Virginia will call for a legalization commission to explore the policy. NORML also counts Oregon as another possible state, even though a ballot measure was voted down in November.
A key question, however, is how federal law enforcement will respond to legalization in Colorado and Washington. So far, the Justice Department has not made any moves to respond to the two states' defiance of federal policy, though it is still reportedly weighing taking legal action.
But support for legalization has been growing steadily, gaining support for lawmakers and prominent public figures. Notably, a bipartisan group of representatives in Congress recently introduced the "Respect States' and Citizen's Rights Act of 2012," a bill that states that state marijuana laws should not be preempted by federal laws.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com
Democrats ask Obama to respect Colorado, Washington
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Riverside County’s Democratic Central Committee has approved a resolution asking President Barack Obama to respect Colorado’s and Washington state’s decision to legalize marijuana.
The Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County drafted the resolution out of concern the president doesn’t look favorably on the passage of marijuana legalization measures by voters in those two states, wrote Brownie Mary club leader Larry Swerdlow in a press release.
“The President is out of touch with the voters on this issue and Democrats in particular,” said Swerdlow, an Inland medical marijuana advocate.
“His only contact with marijuana issues seems to be with law enforcement … who stand to lose their $20 billion a year marijuana prohibition full employment program if marijuana is legalized.”
Club members plan to go to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Riverside office on Thursday to ask her to make sure the resolution reaches the White House.
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