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Different strategies for groups pushing legal marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

Two groups will file petitions for ballot measures Wednesday that would legalize marijuana for recreational adult use in Massachusetts, likely setting the stage for a fierce battle at the November 2016 ballot box.

But there’s another slow-burning conflict.

The groups’ efforts represent two fundamentally different philosophies on legalization. One would create a new regulation, taxation, and bureaucratic regimen for marijuana with similarities to the way alcohol is overseen in Massachusetts. The other is more focused on individual liberty, avoiding heavy regulation or any special taxes on the substance.

At the core of the divide are questions about personal freedom, the right role of government, and to what degree marijuana commerce should be overseen by the state. But there’s also another issue at play: What would a majority of Massachusetts voters support next fall?

Voters in four states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska — and the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/04/two-groups-push-marijuana-legalization-measures/p0R7ubyFtegg2HiLMI9PXL/story.html


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Survey: 79% Of U.S. Mayors Support Marijuana Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Marijuana reform is a very popular political topic these days. I remember as recently as the beginning of this decade when supporting marijuana reform was considered to be political suicide. But more and more elected officials are getting on the right side of history every day it seems. Many local elected officials are particularly supportive of marijuana reform. A recent survey of mayors in the United States by Politico magazine found the following results;

The mayors are enthusiastic supporters of the federal government taking a larger role in issues of police and criminal justice reform. One much desired area of reform: The surveyed mayors, themselves uniquely positioned to feel the brunt of the federal drug policies, overwhelmingly encouraged the decriminalization of marijuana, with 79 percent of the mayors suggesting that the federal government follow the lead of an increasing number of cities like Washington, D.C., and even whole states like Colorado.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that cities like ‘D.C., and even whole states like Colorado’ have done more than decriminalize marijuana – they have legalized it altogether, although D.C. decriminalized prior to legalizing. But I get what the authors are saying. They should have offered up cities like Philadelphia as an example to make it more clear I think. Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana and saved roughly one million dollars in the first year.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/survey-79-of-u-s-mayors-support-marijuana-decriminalization/


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2016: The Marijuana Election

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

In the past few years, the U.S. has been steadily growing support for marijuana reform. From the presidential candidates to the general public, this progressive attitude has become a hot topic for debate, and as an election year approaches, everyone—from governors to legislators to those who would be president—seems to have an opinion on the issue. 

Though public opinion is shifting toward embracing cannabis reform, presidential candidates are a little more hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. Of the candidates who have expressed interest in running for the 2016 presidential nomination, only three support radical federal reform as of press time. One candidate is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is in favor of decriminalization and medical marijuana use and open to federal legalization. Alongside him is Democratic candidate Lincoln Chafee. Having already signed marijuana decriminalization laws on a state level, the former Rhode Island governor admits recreational use could be good for tax revenues. Still, both Chafee and Sanders have made it clear they will continue to monitor Colorado before making any major decisions. Finally, Donald Trump expressed interest in legalizing drugs back in 2011 but as of press time has not released further statements on the matter.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/marijuana-election-358238


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D.A.R.E. Published an Op-ed Calling for Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

The war on drugs is over, and weed won? D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization (which they now say was published by mistake, see the update at the bottom of this post).

Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed explains that it's impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. "People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," McDerment writes. "We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer."

Read More:http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/dare-calls-for-marijuana-legalization.html


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NIDA Admits That Marijuana Has Medicinal Value

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

The United States government has surprisingly allowed one of its most prominent drug warriors to admit that, despite more than 40 years of pot propaganda, marijuana does actually possess medicinal qualities.

In a column published last week by the Huffington Post, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wrote that while many compounds of the cannabis plant are beginning to show evidence of a “range of uses in medicine,” cannabidiol, otherwise referred to as CBD, “appears to be a safe drug with no addictive side effects.” 

Dr. Volkow went on to say, “the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions,” while THC’s primary purpose appears to be simply to get users high.

Although it is discouraging to see the cannabinoids THC and CBD essentially separated into categories of good and evil, the federal government’s latest admission is, ultimately, a giant leap forward in the realm of nationwide pot reform. Since the signing of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, every single component of the cannabis plant has been considered a Schedule I dangerous drug with no medical value. This, of course, has stymied the scientific and medical community’s ability to research the herb for many decades, as well as prevented farmers across the nation from engaging in hemp production.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/nida-admits-marijuana-has-medicinal-value


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Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ's Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Justice's continued crackdown on medical marijuana patients and providers, saying the DOJ may be in violation of federal law.

"We request that you immediately investigate the Department's expenditure of funds to continue prosecuting these cases, which we believe are in direct violation of the prohibition on such expenditures established by Rohrabacher-Farr," reads the letter, addressed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz from Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). 

Rohrabacher and Farr's amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from using funds to undermine state-legal medical marijuana programs, found support in Congress and ultimately made it into the final federal spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama in December. As the marijuana provision is part of an annual funding bill that will expire, the lawmakers introduced an identical version again in June, which was reauthorized by the House of Representatives. 

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lawmakers-call-for-investigation-into-dojs-continued-crackdown-of-medical-marijuana_55bba4f4e4b0d4f33a0296ab


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