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.”
Billionaire funds Mass. ballot initiative on medicinal marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
With generous donations like this, we can only hope it will help spread the word and get the message across to people about the amazing benefits of medical marijuana.
A proposed ballot question that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in Massachusetts is being bankrolled almost entirely by an Ohio billionaire who has backed similar efforts in other states.
Peter Lewis, chairman of auto insurer Progressive Corp., contributed $525,000 to the Committee for Compassionate Medicine, which is supporting the question. That accounted for virtually all the $526,167 raised by the group in 2011.
The Massachusetts ballot question would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to get permission from their doctors to use marijuana. The plan also calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers around the state to distribute the marijuana.
A public relations firm representing the committee said the goal of the question is “to ensure that Massachusetts patients have the same access to the necessary medical resources to fight debilitating diseases that are available in sixteen other states.”
With Lewis’s financial boost, the group is hoping to convince voters to approve the measure if it reaches the November ballot.
Legal Recreational Marijuana: Not So Far Out
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, February, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
Could 2012 be the year that sets things in motion to finally see Marijuana legalized for Recreational use?
The drive to legalize marijuana has long been a fringe cause, associated with hard-core libertarians and college-age stoners. But it could go mainstream in a big way in this November’s election, when Washington could become the first state to legalize recreational pot use. If it does — or if voters in any of several other states do — this year could be a turning point in the nation’s treatment of marijuana.
The idea that a majority of voters could support legalizing marijuana may seem far out — but the polls say otherwise. In many states, the prolegalization and antilegalization camps are roughly equal in size. In a poll of Washington state voters released last month, supporters of the legalization referendum outnumbered opponents: 48% vs. 45%. And Washington probably won’t be the only state voting on marijuana this year. In Colorado, supporters last week fell about 3,000 signatures short of getting a legalization measure on the ballot — but the law gave them 15 days to collect the rest, and it seems likely they will. Activists are also collecting signatures in other states, including California, Michigan and Montana.
For years, the debate over marijuana has been focused on a narrower question: medical marijuana. The argument that cancer patients and others with chronic pain should be able to alleviate it by using marijuana has been prevailing in state after state. Today, 16 states — including Washington and Colorado — and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.
Regulate Marijuana Like Wine" Wins 62% in CA Poll
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, February, 1st 2012 by THCFinder
CA voters and people across America are ready for legalization!
A voter survey commissioned by California's Regulate Marijuana Like Wine (RMLW) initiative campaign suggests the initiative could win at the polls in November—if it manages to make it on the ballot in the first place.
RMLW is one of handful of proposed 2012 California marijuana legalization initiatives, all of them ill-funded. For any of them to make the ballot, they have to come up with more than 500,000 valid voter signatures by April, a task that is considered almost impossibly to accomplish by volunteer efforts alone.
RMLW commissioned the poll in a bid to show potential funders it could win in November, and with these poll results, the campaign can now make that argument. California initiative watchers estimate that it would take between $1 and $2 million in paid signature-gathering to make the ballot.
The statewide poll of 800 likely voters conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates found support for the initiative at 62%, with 35% opposed and 3% undecided. No cross-tabs have been made available.
The poll found even higher levels of support for more general critiques of current drug laws and the level of attention California law enforcement pays to marijuana. Four out of five respondents (80%) agreed with the statement, "State and federal drug laws are outdated and have failed, therefore, we need to take a new approach that makes sense for today," while 71% agreed that law enforcement spends too much, time, money, and resources enforcing marijuana laws.
If RMLW were to pass, the California Legislative Analyst's Office has projected "savings of potentially several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments of the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders," as well as potentially generating "hundreds of millions of dollars in net additional tax revenues related to the production and sale of marijuana products."
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