Marijuana would be treated like liquor in Oregon if legalization measure passes
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Talking over a car speakerphone, Oregon's marijuana impresario Paul Stanford describes what life would be like if his ballot measure to legalize weed wins next month.
"It would be just like liquor," says Stanford, who has tried for years to end what he considers an ill conceived and damaging pot prohibition. If you're 21 or older, you walk into a state-licensed store and buy a pack of pre-rolled joints, or a baggie if you're looking to buy in bulk, or marijauna-laced food, or a bottle of cannabis extract.
The state-licensed agent rings up the sale, which includes a state profit margin, and you're on your way to getting legally high.
"I don't like that term 'recreational,'" Stanford says about the most likely customers of such stores. "I like 'adult social use.' We don't talk about recreational alcohol use. It's pejorative."
Whatever the label, Measure 80 would dramatically change the way the leafy drug is grown, bought, sold and enforced in Oregon. In addition to buying at state marijuana outlets, adults would be free to grow and use marijuana at will, whether for medical reasons or to relax after work.
How does that Country Joe McDonald song go? "Must be a hippie's dream."
More like a nightmare, say state law enforcement officials, who are the primary opponents of the measure.
"From a pure policy standpoint, I don't want to introduce yet another intoxicant and open the spigot full blast so everyone can get stoned all the time," says Josh Marquis, district attorney for Clatsop County and a designated spokesman for the opposition. "Look at what a dreadful job we've done keeping alcohol from being abused by adults, and worse yet, by kids."
Marquis says the most salient argument against the measure is that pretty much anyone in Oregon who wants to smoke marijuana can -- and does.
"It's easier to get a medical marijuana card than it is to get a driver's license," Marquis says. Some 57,000 residents have a certificate to use medical marijuana. And even without one, anyone caught with less than an ounce of pot is issued an infraction -- akin to a speeding ticket.
Given the state's loose laws surrounding marijuana, few people end up in jail, much less prison, for using it, he says. State corrections statistics appear to back his statement.
Of the 14,200 inmates in Oregon prisons, fewer than one in five are in for any type of drug-related charge, says Liz Craig, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. Of those, 30 are in on drug possession-only convictions, and 10 are marijuana-related. A total of 51 people are in Oregon prisons on marijuana delivery charges, she says.
Such numbers don't stop supporters of legalization from arguing that society has gone overboard tracking down and prosecuting dopers. It's a big part of the case made by one of the most high-profile supporters of Measure 80, former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury.
"We're wasting so much time and so much energy and so many people's lives with our current policy," Bradbury says. "We're putting them in jail at the prime of their lives. It's just ridiculous."
Marijuana Legalization Advocates Can Help Pass Measure 80 in Oregon
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
The only polling data we have for Oregon’s legalization initiative, Measure 80, shows a very close race with a massive number of undecided voters. In a September survey of 633 registered voters by SurveyUSA, 37% of voters said they were definitely voting yes on the measure, 41% said they were definitely voting no, and 22% remain undecided.
Now there is a way you can help convert those undecideds into strong YES votes! JustSayNow has partnered with Oregonians for Marijuana Law Reform to provide a web-based phone banking system to enable cannabis advocates around the country to volunteer their time to pass Measure 80.
Click here to easily register and begin calling voters today. Once you create an account, simply click start calling voters for Measure 80 and you will be given a step by step script and the information for a registered voter in Oregon.
JustSayNow’s program also provides options to call voters in support of Colorado’s Amendment 64, and even has a unique “Women Calling Women” feature so female cannabis reformers can directly reach out to other women.
If each person who saw this blog post committed to making just 5-10 calls a day from now until November 6th, we will see legalized marijuana in 2012.
Help end Marijuana prohibition -- Vote 'yes' on Amendment 64
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
The anti-marijuana forces have been doing their much-anticipated zombie dance with the approach of election day -- or is it Halloween? "Marijuana is the gateway drug," "teen use will skyrocket," "dispensaries invite crime" -- display your fangs, twirl your bloody limbs, zombies -- miserable arguments coming back from the dead are all you have!
Let's look at the first one: Marijuana as a "gateway." It's a little like saying milk is the gateway to alcoholism -- think of mom adding chocolate syrup to lure you the same way bartenders put cherries in mixed drinks -- obviously theyre linked.
Yeah, marijuana can be a gateway if you're unlucky enough to grow up without parents in the middle of the forest -- otherwise the available information about drugs should be enough to help any child understand the enormous distance that exists not just between marijuana and meth, but between marijuana and a St. Joseph's aspirin.
It may be possible for children to be confused or not know the difference -- it's known to happen when kids are told enough lies. Ending prohibition means accurate information will be more available now than ever -- any teen switching from marijuana to hard drugs will be doing it on their own steam and probably against the standards and expectations of their peer group -- something already obvious to a multitude of educators and parents.
Don't be fooled. Marijuana prohibition is the favorite cause of a select group of special interests that include private prison operators and "the beer lobby." In other words, people who can financially profit from ignorance.
Additionally, some local law enforcers have warned against support. The corporate media frequently ignores the fact that thousands of both active and retired law enforcement officers nationally have gone on record supporting Amendment 64 (as well as federal legalization).
This November, help Colorado and the nation turn back the zombies! Vote "yes" on 64.
Is marijuana close to being legalized?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, October, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Once again, medical-marijuana advocates are taking to the courts to eliminate the biggest barrier to legal use—the federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no valid medical use.
On Oct. 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appeals court that usually handles cases involving government regulations, will hear oral arguments onAmericans for Safe Access v. DEA. It will be the first time in almost 20 years that federal courts have considered the science of medical marijuana, says ASA spokesperson Kris Hermes.
Specifically, ASA, a California-based patient-advocacy group, is trying to get the Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana out of Schedule I, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970s category for drugs with “a high potential for abuse,” “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States,” and no “accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision.” Heroin, LSD, and PCP are also in Schedule I. Cocaine, methamphetamine and OxyContin are in Schedule II, legal for medical use but strongly restricted.
Two previous attempts to get the DEA to reschedule marijuana failed, but advocates believe there is enough new evidence to convince the courts. “There’s simply more science now,” says ASA chief counsel Joseph D. Elford. Since 2000, says Igor Grant of the University of California at San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, the center has done six studies that showed “efficacy for marijuana over a placebo” in relieving pain caused by peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage).
This current attempt began in 2002, when a coalition of medical-marijuana and legalization advocates filed a petition with the DEA. It contended that cannabis “has an accepted medical use in the United States, is safe for use under medical supervision, has an abuse potential lower than Schedule I or II drugs, and has a dependence liability that is also lower than Schedule I or II drugs.” It requested that marijuana be moved to Schedule III (Vicodin, acetaminophen with codeine), Schedule IV (Valium, Xanax), or Schedule V (codeine cough syrup).
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