Majority of states could soon have medical marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
A few months ago, Congressman Jared Polis told the Colorado Independent that he thought it would take a majority of states legalizing medical marijuana or otherwise liberalizing their laws before Congress would be likely to do anything at the federal level.
Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Now it looks like at least one more state is moving in that direction, with two different measures moving toward a vote in Ohio.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
While Cleveland billionaire Peter Lewis already had sent up smoke signals about organizing and funding a medical-marijuana ballot issue, another group quietly has been laying the groundwork for a constitutional amendment.
If approved by voters, the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 would establish a regulatory system modeled after the Ohio State Liquor Control system. There would be an Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, plus a state division and superintendent to run it. Marijuana purchases would require a doctor’s prescription and would be subject to state and local sales taxes.
Peter Lewis is the chairman of the board of Progressive Insurance Company, a company founded by his father. He has donated almost a quarter of a billion dollars to Princeton University, at least $15 million to the ACLU and $3 million to the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization that, among other things, tracks marijuana policy in the states.
Karen O’Keefe, of MPP, says she sees a scenario by which 27 states have legalized medical marijuana by 2014. In addition to Ohio, other states apparently on the cusp include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Arkansas, Idaho, North Dakota and New Hampshire.
Once a majority of states have passed laws, she says it becomes much more likely that Congress will pass a bill like the one recently introduced by Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, Rep. Jared Polis and others that would actually legalize marijuana federally, leaving it to each state to either keep it illegal at the state level or to legalize, regulate and tax it.
She said that even if a bill like that doesn’t pass, with each new state that legalizes medical marijuana it becomes more likely that congress will address the issue by at least instructing federal law enforcement agencies not to prosecute anyone who is in compliance with state laws that legalize and regulate medical marijuana.


Miami Beach Will Not Decriminalize Marijuana For Now

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
The Miami Beach City Commission has declined to place the issue of decriminalizing marijuana on the November ballot. Even so the issue could, in the future, force a special election. 
The Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy is spearheading the efforts. They collected more than 9,000 signatures on a petition in support of an ordinance to decriminalize the adult possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in Miami Beach.
They point out that when Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana last year it saved the city more than $2 million.
“I believe the city of Miami Beach has the right to decriminalize marijuana,” said Norm Kent, lawyer and board member of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws. Kent is also the publisher of SFGN.
However, Miami Beach City Attorney Jose Smith, disagrees and told the Miami Herald that he’s skeptical of the constitutionality of the proposed ordinance.
If about 4,300 of the signatures are verified and the city attorney and city commission deem the ordinance constitutional the issue would then go to a citywide vote. Police officers would then issue $100 fines instead of making arrests.


The White House Goes All Reefer Madness Again

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Well, tough break for the green team, and for countless Americans who may stand to benefit from the potential therapeutic properties of medicinal herb. From the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy, released Monday:
The science, though still evolving in terms of long-term consequences, is clear: marijuana use is harmful. Independent from the so called “gateway effect” — marijuana on its own is associated with addiction, respiratory and mental illness, poor motor performance, and cognitive impairment, among other negative effects. . .
That is why no major medical association has come out in favor of smoked marijuana for widespread medical use. For example, the American Cancer Society, American Glaucoma Foundation, National Pain Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other medical societies are not in favor of smoked “medical” marijuana. The American Medical Association has called for more research on the subject, with the caveat that this "should not be viewed as an endorsement of state-based medical cannabis programs, the legalization of marijuana, or that scientific evidence on the therapeutic use of cannabis meets the current standards for a prescription drug product.” 
The sky is falling, according to the 108-page White House report, which maintains marijuana’s long-standing Schedule I classification alongside heroin, MDMA, DMT, LSD, peyote, psilocybin, and others. Cocaine, PCP and oxycodone, for comparison’s sake, are all less menacing, Schedule II substances.
Recreational marijuana use is at an eight-year high. Among high school students surveyed last year in Monitoring the Future, a rolling University of Michigan study of the “behaviors, attitudes, and values” of American adolescents and young adults, daily use increased “significantly.” One in 11 users will become addicted – one in six, should dabbling begin during adolescence. Marijuana was behind 376,000 “emergency department” responses throughout the country in 2009. And “confusing messages” advanced by entertainers, the media and medicinal advocates only compound the scourge, the “false notion” that weed is harmless, the push for the drug’s wholesale commercialization.
God save us.


Should Indiana decriminalize marijuana?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, July, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
Should we "decriminalize marijuana?"
That's something Indiana lawmakers will start studying soon.
State Senator Karen who started the push is also a lawyer and had the idea when sitting in court. 
She says she saw just how much time and money was going into marijuana possession cases.
Tallian says Indiana had about 12-thousand possession cases in 2010.  She likes the way some states are going.  They're treating small possession cases like a speeding ticket for example. You pay a fine, but do not go to jail.  We caught up with her by phone on Tuesday.
Senator Karen Tallian, a Democrat from Ogden Dunes says, "I really want the people of the state of Indiana to look at this in a big way and think about what is this costing us? Is this where we want to spend our tax dollars, first of all, and secondly, are we doing harm to our children when we pick them up for some stupid thing and charge them with a felony that may follow them the rest of their lives."
Senator Tallian says she does not think marijuana would become any more readily available than it already is.
The first study committee meeting on the topic is on July 28th..


Marijuana Could Be Legal In Indiana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2011 by THCFinder

TERRE HAUTE, IN (WIBQ)  --  Indiana lawmakers are considering making marijuana legal in some fashion. They’re giving some consideration to either decriminalizing the drug, allowing for medical marijuana, or maybe something else.

The General Assembly’s criminal law and sentencing policy study committee will be looking at all the different sides of the issue, but we don’t know if committee members will talk about it when they meet next week. Several states have decriminalized the drug in various ways.

Lets cross our fingers and hope another states gets on the ball.




Pot Decriminalized in Connecticut: What You Need to Know

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Connecticut: Marijuana Decriminalized on July 1
July 1, 2011 marks the first day that marijuana is decriminalized in the state of Connecticut. Note that this does not mean that pot is legal in CT. 
Here's what you need to know:
If you're caught by police with .49 ounce or less of marijuana, the cops will confiscate your pot and give you a $150 ticket. If you're under 18, your parents get notified. Ouch.
If you're busted again, the fine goes up. By a lot.
Three times busted, you hae to go to a drug treatment program.
If you have 1/2 ounce or more of pot, or any other type of drug (including synthetics like K2), you face jail time and a fine of $1000.
DUI is still illegal, no matter what substance you're on.
If you're under 21, you can lose your driver's license for up to 150 days
If you're busted with weed near a school, you're in deep sh&t.
Connecticut Decriminalizes Marijuana on July 1, 2011
Note that Connecticut police will be carrying precision scales in their cruisers. Be wary of this scenario, though: "You can pretty much eyeball it," said Vernon police Capt. Stephen Clark. "Most experienced officers can tell what's under half an ounce." 
It is very easily disputable that a police officer can tell the difference between .49 ounce and .5 ounce just by eyeballing it.
Several other US states have passed some degree of cannabis decriminalization, though the amounts involved, restrictions, and penalties vary widely.



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