Billboard Goes Up for Colorado Marijuana Initiative
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
In the opening move of its election season effort to pass Amendment 64, a marijuana legalization and regulation initiative, the Colorado Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has put up a billboard in the heart of Denver featuring a nice, middle aged woman who says, "For many reasons, I prefer marijuana over alcohol" and asks "Does that make me a bad person?"
The initiative, which takes the form of a constitutional amendment, legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and over. Adults would also be able to possess up to six plants—three mature—and the fruits of their harvest.
It also calls for the licensing of marijuana cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores. It would require the legislature to pass an excise tax on the wholesale sale of marijuana and that the first $40 million in tax revenues each year be dedicated to the state's public school capital construction assistance fund. It would give local governments the ability to regulate such facilities or prohibit them.
In the most recent polling on the issue, a December Public Policy Polling survey found that 49% supported the general notion of legalizing marijuana—the poll did not ask specifically about Amendment 64—while 40% opposed it and 10% were undecided.
That shows that victory is within reach, but by no means assured. One of the key demographic groups needed to win is mothers and middle-aged women, like that nice lady on the billboard.
Colorado isn't the only state where marijuana legalization will be on the ballot. A similar effort in Washington has qualified for the ballot, while signature-gathering for initiatives continues in a number of states. Of those, efforts in Oregon and Montana now appear to have the best shot of actually qualifying for the ballot.
Doc urges Bay State to decriminalize marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Uptight Bay Staters need to “get a grip” on their hang-ups about weed, according a doc who is a leading national advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana.
Dr. Donald I. Abrams, chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a cancer specialist at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, is headed to Boston this week to lecture at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. But he took time out of his schedule yesterday to lecture the commonwealth ahead of time, after learning local law enforcement is balking at a citizen initiative to decriminalize medical pot.
“It’s a flower. Get a grip. It’s part of nature. It should be available at sports events instead of alcohol. There’d be less violence,” Abrams told the Herald.
The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing today in the Gardner Auditorium on an initiative petition signed by more than 80,700 voters to let people with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other unspecified maladies possess pot.
Abrams is the featured speaker at Dana-Farber’s 12th annual Lenny Zakim Lecture tomorrow. While he’s been invited to hold forth on the use of natural supplements against cancer, he and Dana-Farber said yesterday cannabis is not on the agenda. But Abrams said he hopes someone asks. “Cannabis has been a natural medicine for thousands of years,” he said. “It’s an analgesic, it’s anti-inflammatory.”
Massachusetts legislators to weigh medical marijuana at Statehouse hearing
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
BOSTON – Doctors, parents and advocates are expected to square off at the Statehouse on Tuesday over a proposed statewide ballot question that could legalize the medical use of marijuana in Massachusetts.
The Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a public hearing on a bill that mirrors the ballot question on medical marijuana. A copy of the ballot question can be accessed through this link.
If the proposed law for the medical use of marijuana appears on the Nov. 6 ballot and is approved by a majority of voters, on Jan. 1 Massachusetts would join 16 other states with a law permitting the use of the plant for medical purposes.
The proposed law would allow a physician to prescribe a 60-day supply of marijuana to a patient with a "debilitating medical condition," such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's disease or a broad category that includes "other conditions." The law would permit up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries or treatment centers around the state, including at least one in each county.
Are Medical Marijuana Raids the Price We Must Pay for National Health Care?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, April, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
While federal agents were raiding a medical marijuana dispensary and the nation’s first pot trade school in Oakland, run by one of California’s most prominent legalization advocates, less than a mile a way, a gunman was murdering seven people at a Christian nursing school. The feds couldn’t have predicted the rampage, but it’s hard to imagine a starker illustration of misplaced law enforcement priorities.
In an ironic twist, the legal precedent that allows federal raids on state-permitted medical marijuana providers may be the key ruling that will enable President Obama’s health care plan to survive the Supreme Court. The government has repeatedly cited the case in its briefs and in oral argument: Gonzales v. Raich, a 6-to-3 ruling in 2005 that resulted in some odd ideological pairings.
Take Cannabis everyday and keep the stroke away
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 5th 2012 by THCFinder
Six National Drug Policy Organizations Call On President Obama To End Unnecessary Assault On Medical Marijuana Providers
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--April 4, 2012. In the wake of recent attacks on medical marijuana providers and patients by multiple branches of the federal government, including Monday's raids on Oaksterdam University in Oakland, CA, a coalition of six national drug policy reform organizations is appealing to President Obama and his administration to follow its own previously stated policies respecting state medical marijuana laws. In the letter, posted in full below, the organizations call on the Obama administration to bring an end to the federal government’s ongoing campaign to undermine state efforts to regulate safe and legal access to medical marijuana for those patients who rely on it.
The Obama Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy Report 2012, reportedly being released in the coming days, is expected to cling to failed and outdated marijuana policies which further cement the control of the marijuana trade in the hands of drug cartels and illegal operators, endangering both patients in medical marijuana states and citizens everywhere. The members of this coalition stand together with members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, current and former Latin American leaders whose countries are being ravaged by drug cartels, state officials from five medical marijuana states, and tens of millions of Americans in their call for a more rational approach to marijuana policy.
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