New Zealand Saying War On Drugs Has Failed
Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
The War On Drugs has been going on for far too long at this point at the expense of the taxpayers. From tearing families apart to hurting innocent bystanders, the war has been sucking economies dry all over the world. When the efforts that go in to a raid are thought of, how is it even justifiable? Government agencies spend millions of dollars to raid one grow operation, where the marijuana that is confiscated doesn't even hold the same amount of street value. Is shutting down marijuana grows really worth losing money? New Zealand doesn't seem to think so.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy have found that the War On Drugs has accomplished... Well.. Nothing. They stated that the war failed to achieve any of the objectives that it was supposed to. In New Zealand, the use of drugs is on the rise, while taxpayers shell out $400 million every year to enforce a prohibition that clearly isn't working. Since marijuana actually isn't a drain on the economy (the war on drugs is the real drain), the government in NZ is rethinking it's stand.
Julian Crawford, the leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, says that "a far more effective way to undermine the black market would be to regulate and tax the cannabis trade". Finally! Leaders are starting to realize the more positive ways of using cannabis to their countries benefits, rather than using methods that hurt the citizens and government alike. Crawford goes on to say that there are innocent cannabis users that are being prosecuted and having their medicine stolen by the government. While cops are around to "protect and serve", they're definitely not protecting sick citizens.
New Zealand will hold a Party Vote for the ALCP, to reassure the fact that the war on drugs has failed it's mission. While a vote may just be a formality, it is an awesome thought that leaders are beginning to take note of how negatively the cannabis prohibition effects the citizens. The government needs to think of the needs of the people. Greed and corruption are unfortunately the blinders that come with every politician. But once a few leaders realize, others will follow. The truth can't be denied for long!
Marijuana is safer than alcohol
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Editor's note: Dan Riffle is a former assistant prosecutor and the director of federal policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, the primary financial backer of the 2012 campaign to regulate marijuana in Colorado.
(CNN) -- Anti-marijuana crusaders like Kevin Sabet, while well-intentioned, are promoting policies that lead to more violence and disease in our society. In his recent CNN.com op-ed, Sabet argues we should keep marijuana illegal. But as long as marijuana remains illegal, profits from sales go to criminals and drug cartels, and adults will continue to be punished for using a substance less harmful than currently legal drugs.
Confused? Let's back up. For more than 80 years, our government has spent tens of billions of taxpayer dollars fighting a war against marijuana. We arrest three-quarters of a million adults every year, 87% for simple possession rather than production or sales of marijuana. Courtrooms turn into assembly lines churning out probationers -- mostly minorities -- with convictions that will make it virtually impossible to find employment.
The result? Marijuana is universally available, used by almost half of Americans at some point in their lives, and we've enriched murderous drug cartels fueling violence in Mexico that has claimed more than 60,000 lives.
Of course, we've been down this road before. During alcohol prohibition in the 1930s, federal agents raided speakeasies and busted barrels of illegally produced and imported booze. Meanwhile, bootleggers made money hand over fist, empowering criminals like Al Capone to turn Chicago into an urban war zone. And much like with marijuana today, even under alcohol prohibition most Americans who wanted a drink had no problem finding one.
Today, marijuana prohibition has proven itself just as disastrous a public policy failure as alcohol prohibition before it. Yet despite all the obvious similarities between the two, there's one key difference: Marijuana is dramatically safer than alcohol.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com
Research closing in on a breathalyzer for marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
If an officer of the law pulls you over and suspects you’ve been using marijuana and might be impaired, the officer performs a field test. And if that leads to greater suspicion, well, things can escalate to a blood test.
But what if the officer didn’t have to take you in to get a blood test looking for that controversial limit of 5 nanograms-per-milliliter of active THC in your system that can be hard to defend against in court? At that limit, you’re assumed to be impaired the same as if you “blew” .08 in a breathalyzer test for alcohol.
A recent study has found that THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, can be detected from a breath test.
The researchers “collected” exhaled breath from chronic (those who use four times or more a week) and occasional (two times a week) marijuana users and tested them before and after they smoked a joint with 6.8 percent THC weed.
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com
Washington DC Likely To Approve Marijuana Decriminalization
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
The Washington D.C. City Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a public hearing last night on legislation introduced earlier this year by Councilman Tommy Wells. There is another hearing scheduled for today. Media report after media report has shown overwhelming support for the legislation. According to NBC:
“With the majority of the D.C. Council supporting at least decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, it seems likely that the District’s marijuana laws will change next year…”
The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Act that was introduced by Councilman Tommy Wells would make possession of up to an ounce by those 18 years of age or older a civil violation, punishable by a $100 fine. Under the current law, possession of any amount of marijuana in D.C. is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a maximum $1,000 fine.
This would be a welcomed change for not only Washington D.C. residents, but also American citizens nationwide. If Washington D.C. changes it’s marijuana laws, it’s another clear sign of changing times and sends a signal to states nationwide that it’s time to reform their marijuana laws as well. I felt the same way when Washington D.C. finally implemented it’s medical marijuana law.
Below is a written testimony that NORML submitted, which was very well written and makes outstanding points. How do readers feel about this? Do you live in the D.C. area? If so, how do you feel about it?
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Google Earth narcs on an Oregonian marijuana grower
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
An Oregon marijuana grower was outed to police by satellite images of his farm viewable on Google Earth, according to the Grants Pass Daily Courier (via CNET). While the satellite images are usually far from up-to-date, Curtis W. Croft had been at the pot growing game long enough that even the infrequently refreshed Google Earth was able to catch him.
The local police were originally tipped off when Croft was reported to have been bragging about his prodigious ganja crop. Someone in the force then had the insight to check Croft's property on Google Earth; sure enough, they spotted row upon row of crops. "Aerial reconnaissance" confirmed that the Google Earth images were still accurate.
Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, but Croft did not have permission to be growing the quantity he was.
Google Earth images can be years out of date, so they're far from an ideal research tool for identifying current criminal activity. But this is far from the first time that the service has been used to implicate someone: it was reportedly used to catch a man growing pot in Wisconsin back in 2006.
Read more: http://arstechnica.com
Uruguay Will Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 Per Gram, Official Says
Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's drug czar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram, though he's given higher figures in the past.
A law already passed in the lower house of Congress and expected to pass in the Senate later this year would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.
The El Pais newspaper reported Sunday that drug chief Julio Calzada says marijuana sales should start in the second half of 2014 at a price of $1.
He says the idea isn't to make money, but to wrench the market away from illegal dealers. Calzada said in August that the price would be around $2.5 per gram.
Sales are for locals only.
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