Marijuana Research In Colorado: Health Department Grants $2.35M For Studies On Drug's Impact On Driving
Canadian Prime Minister Recommends Minimum Age of 18 to Buy Legal Pot
Now that Canada has gotten the green light to sell recreational weed in a range of retail outlets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recommended that the minimum age to partake should be set at 18 or 19.
“I think the proposal for the age of 18, or 19 in some provinces, to align with the [legal drinking age] across the country, is a reasonable compromise,” Trudeau said at a news conference on Thursday. “We know the largest misdeeds of marijuana use happens at a lower age than 18, 19 years of age, and I think this is a responsible approach that we have found in terms of balance that is both practical and useful.”
In most of Canada’s 10 provinces, the legal drinking age is 19; in Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta, the age limit is 18.
Kentucky Will Discuss Recreational Pot in 2017
Kentucky will soon discuss how it could become the first state in the Midwest to legalize marijuana in a manner that allows a variety of cannabis products to be purchased similar to beer.
Democratic Senator Perry Clark marched up to steps of the State Capitol in Frankfort last week and pre-filed a piece of legislation aimed at establishing a taxed and regulated cannabis market throughout the Commonwealth.
The proposal, which was submitted under BR408, steals a chapter from a number of successful recreational markets across the nation by pushing for adults 21 and over to have the freedom to carry up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to five plants at home for personal consumption.
This legislation would steer Kentucky into the ranks of the eight states, spanning California to Maine, that have made marijuana fully legal in an effort to prevent senseless incarcerations and breathe new life into communities suffering from economic stagnation.
With Marijuana Legal But Nowhere to Buy It, Massachusetts Enters the Weird Zone
On Thursday, marijuana possession and cultivation officially becomes legal for all adults 21 and older in Massachusetts, one of the four states to approve legalization on Election Day last month.
Exciting! As will be the experience for anyone trying to actually find any cannabis—which, just like before Bay State voters thought they were ending the drug war, will almost certainly require committing some kind of crime.
Massachusetts marijuana-seekers are entering what the Boston Globe calls a “gray area.” Marijuana is legal to possess, consume and grow. But it’s illegal to buy or sell—and it’s illegal for any medical-marijuana patient, the only people by whom cannabis can be legally purchased in the state, to share their stash.
California Cops Say Marijuana Growing Causes Crime, Can’t Provide Proof
California’s famous marijuana-producing region, the Emerald Triangle, begins well before you encounter the region of towering redwood trees a few hours north of San Francisco.
Sonoma County, famous as a mecca for foodies seeking cheese, wine aficionados and NASCAR races, also plays host to a sizable cannabis industry.
And what happens when marijuana competes for field space with grapes and cows—two high-impact agricultural products that require much more water and resources for a smaller financial return than the state’s newest cash crop?
Marijuana loses, of course.
This week, county supervisors in Sonoma bowed to pressure from cannabis-fearing farm folk and voted to “ban” marijuana cultivation in rural areas in the county, as the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.
How to Cut the Prison Population, Save Billions of Dollars & Keep America Safe
We have a prison problem in this country, and we need to talk about it. We have way too many people behind bars in general and, in particular, for low-level offenses.
The Brennan Center for Justice recently did an authoritative look at what it concluded to be “unnecessary incarceration” and then came up with some suggestions.
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