Legalize, regulate and tax marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

Marijuana is safer than alcohol, legalizing it could potentially drop the crime rate, it could improv the economy and has multiple medicinal benefits.

Maybe medical marijuana dispensaries aren't crime magnets after all. That's the conclusion the Rand Corp. came up with after completing a study that found that crime rates went up in neighborhoods after nearby dispensaries were ordered to shut down. 
The Times editorial board argues, however, that the study is inconclusive:
Does this mean that dispensaries decrease neighborhood crime rather than increasing it? Unfortunately, despite Rand's analysis, we still don't know the answer. There are so many obvious problems with Rand's study that it's impossible to come to solid conclusions about crime either way.
After pointing out that the study is based on "unwarranted assumption" and poking holes in the analysis, the board concludes:
Whether or not these rogue dispensaries attract crime, they are a nuisance. A lack of oversight means they could be selling anything, including marijuana laced with dangerous drugs or chemicals. California voters intended them to operate as nonprofit collectives, yet it's not clear they're all doing so. Also unclear is the extent to which they're selling to minors or people with no legitimate medical need. L.A. is right to try to crack down; now its lawyers just need to figure out a way of doing so that passes court muster.


Could legalizing pot in U.S. put end to Mexican drug violence?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Reports show that the illegal Marijuana industry supports the cartels and there is a good chance if we legalized pot a large portion of their drug money would dry up and cause many organizations to go under with no funding.

It’s been a grim week for news regarding border violence and the Mexican drug cartels. On Tuesday, criminals dumped 35 bodies on a busy Veracruz highway in the middle of rush hour traffic.
Then, yesterday, the editor-in-chief of the Mexican newspaper Primera Hora, Maria Elizabeth Macias, was found beheaded in the northern Mexico town of Nuevo Laredo. Meanwhile, as Customs and Border Patrol agents in Arizona recovered over a ton of marijuana from a stolen vehicle on Tuesday, as well as 312 pounds from several individuals attempting to flee into the desert the following day, the seizures invite one to question how much narcotics must still be making their way into this country undetected.


Time for cannabis debate, says NZ leader

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Is it time for NZ to legalize Marijuana? Countries are spending milliions every year on simple possesion crimes which should be nothing more than a slap on the wrist at most!

In New Zealand, Act Party leader Don Brash, has called for his country to consider decriminaling cannabis use.
Dr Brash told New Zealand newspaper, The Taranaki Daily News, he's haunted by the thought that police time and resources could be better deployed in keeping New Zealanders safe from real criminals.
"The police and the courts spend some $100 million of taxpayer money a year enforcing this prohibition of a drug, believed by many people to be less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol," he said.
"Is there really any point to this?"
He said the law is making criminals of thousands of people who are harming no-one except arguably themselves.
A New Zealand Law Commission, under former Prime Minister Sir Georffrey Palmer, recommended in April cannabis be allowed for medical use, and punishment for none-medical use, to be a caution rather than a criminal penalties.
Dr Brash said this supported his call to debate a government change in policy.
"I'm not saying it's now ACT policy to decriminalise or legalise marijuana," Dr Brash said. 
"I'm simply saying it's my personal view that we should give the idea serious consideration as there are some strong arguments in its favour." 
A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key said The National Party believed decriminalising cannabis use would be a "step in the wrong direction".


Peter B. Lewis: "Our Marijuana Laws Are Stupid"

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Noted pot enthusiast, billionaire, and Progressive chairman Peter B. Lewis, though a proponent of marijuana reform, has been quiet in the past year even as a couple of groups push for medical marijuana initiatives in Ohio. Earlier this spring, he put a call out through his lawyer for proposals for Ohio, but has been publicly silent ever since and has publicly stayed away from the two groups that have bungled their way through invalid signatures and ballot language so far.
Well, Peter B. is silent no more. In a first-person piece for Forbes this week, Lewis lays out his case for reform.
It is pretty blunt, to say the least. No pun intended. A snippet below. Click over to Forbes for the full effect.
Our marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective and stupid. I’m not alone in thinking this: Half of Americans believe we should stop punishing people for using marijuana. And not coincidentally, more than half of Americans have used marijuana themselves. I am one of those Americans, and I know firsthand that marijuana can be helpful and that it certainly isn’t cause for locking anyone up.
My story is fairly simple. I grew up after college in a world where social drinking was the norm but marijuana was hidden. When I was 39 I tried marijuana for the first time. I found it to be better than scotch. But it wasn’t until I had serious medical problems that I realized how important marijuana could be.


Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder

If you support the legalization of Marijuana then go HERE and sign the petition to regulate marijuana and treat it like alcohol.

We the people want to know when we can have our "perfectly legitimate" discussion on marijuana legalization. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in the arrest of over 20 million Americans since 1965, countless lives ruined and hundreds of billions of tax dollars squandered and yet this policy has still failed to achieve its stated goals of lowering use rates, limiting the drug's access, and creating safer communities.
Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol? If not, please explain why you feel that the continued criminalization of cannabis will achieve the results in the future that it has never achieved in the past?
Voice your opinion by signing your name on the petition.


Legalize Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 12th 2011 by THCFinder

Can we just get it done already?




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