Now that Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana expect the highway death toll to drop even more. Yay Washington and Colorado!
UNICEF Report Indicates That Decriminalizing Marijuana Reduces Youth Usage Rates
People under the influence of mj tend to realize they are impaired while drunks think they're invincible. I can't count the times I've heard somebody who's been smoking marijuana say they were too high to drive and stayed home. I have never heard a drunk say that they were too drunk to drive. With them it's always "I'm fine, I can handle my liquor".
Up to 42 states may have medical marijuana laws by 2016. Things have really taken off since Holder has said the Feds will allow marijuana reform if done right.
The Democratic Party of Oregon supports marijuana legalization...
The California Democratic Party has officially called for the legalization of marijuana...
"Marijuana opponents claim that cops aren’t really focused on enforcing marijuana prohibition, so that marijuana legalization isn’t needed. That claim is blatantly false. Quite a bit of resources are dedicated towards busting people for marijuana in Oregon. These same resources could go towards fighting real crime, but they are instead directed towards enforcing a failed, harmful, racist policy."
by Johnny Green
"According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, marijuana use among Colorado teens has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012."
Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"
"Officer Tried to Have Oral Intercourse With 12-year-old Orphaned Boy"
Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement
"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"
Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2014!
Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!
"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"
"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."
"Florida Legislation would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition"
"Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records"
"No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ"
"Marijuana Bill Gains Cosponsors in House and Senate"
"I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful."
U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade
"No, legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t lead to crime, according to actual crime stats"
"Arizona Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Use is Allowed on Probation"
"Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor"
"Denver Police Use Twitter To Send A Supportive Message To Marijuana Users At The 4/20 Rally"
"Foes Of Marijuana Legalization Can't Like These New Numbers"
Pew Poll: "Support For Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition"
"Fifty-three percent of respondents support legalization. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose the idea and three percent are undecided. "Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition," pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans' support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Pollsters further acknowledged that legalization supporters are more likely than opponents to say that they have changed their minds on the issue in recent years."
"Supporters of legalization more likely than opponents to have changed minds."
"Among the public overall, 30% say they support legalizing marijuana use and have always felt that way, while 21% have changed their minds; they say there was a time when they thought it should be illegal. By contrast, 35% say they oppose legalization and have always felt that way; just 7% have changed their minds from supporting to opposing legalization."
"GSS Poll: Majority of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal"
"Fifty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana – an increase of nine percentage points since GSS pollsters asked the question in 2012. Forty-two percent of respondents said that they opposed the idea.
GSS pollsters have been tracking Americans’ views regarding marijuana legalization since the early 1970s. In 1990, only 16 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant. The just-reported 2014 survey data marks the first time that the General Social Survey has ever reported majority support for legalizing cannabis.
Separate national surveys by both Gallup and the Pew Research Center, among others, have previously documented that most Americans now favor legalizing the plant."
"Americans' Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll"
"A report released last month by the Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of legalization -- some of the highest support for marijuana legalization to date. Earlier this year, General Social Survey, widely regarded as the most authoritative source when it comes to researching public opinion, found 52 percent of Americans in support of legalization."
"The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie"
6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana
New Research Debunks One of the Oldest Myths About Marijuana
Legalized marijuana is bringing record high benefits to Colorado schools
Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths’ Use, Study Finds
'Just Say No' to the Gateway Theory of Pot
D.A.R.E. gets duped by anti-pot satire
Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
But what would you expect from a bunch of reefer madness prohibitionists?
Marijuana Prohibition Is a Moral Scandal Built on a Mountain of Lies
Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America
California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition
Salem City Council takes step to allow Oct. 1 marijuana sales
SALEM — The Salem City Council has voted to permit the early sales of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Statesman Journal reports that the council's vote Monday would permit the sales beginning Oct. 1, more than three months ahead of the planned start date.
2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana
Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police
Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin
After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It
The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Expresses Support For States’ Rights On Marijuana Policy
During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said that her predecessor Eric Holder’s policy of generally respecting state marijuana laws “certainly would be my policy if confirmed as attorney general.” In written answers to question from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said that the policy is “effective, consistent and rational.”
Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report
Colorado is Making Way More On Marijuana Than They Thought
Marijuana taxes drew in $70 million instead of the predicted $40 million—almost double the expected amount. Alcohol taxes, on the other hand, drew in only $42 million.
SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana
Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Men's Wearhouse founder comes out in favor of pot legalization
Study: Marijuana Users 50 Percent Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.
Michigan Cops Protect Citizens by Stealing Leaf Blowers From Cancer Patients
Five More Marijuana Studies Debunk Carly Fiorina’s Ignorant Reefer Madness Mindset
NY State Legislators Call for Marijuana Legalization
Why More Potent Marijuana Isn't a Bad Thing
"The bottom line is: strong cannabis actually means people smoke less, so there's less exposure to respiratory irritants," Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany and a chairman at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), told ATTN:. "In addition, the idea that cannabis was remarkably weaker 40 years ago is overstated."
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Corrupt Michigan Cops Use Medical Marijuana Money To Buy I-Pads, Truck, Shirts
Legislation passed in 2013 (HB 5313) and signed into law in 2014 by Governor Snyder allowed money from the state’s Medical Marihuana Fund (the Fund) to be used by local units of law enforcement “for the operation and oversight of the Michigan medical marihuana program… operation and oversight grants are for education, communication and enforcement of the Michigan medical marihuana act…”
Instead they treated themselves to I-Pads, trucks, and t-shirts.
Ex-DEA agent on medical marijuana: some 'can't grip it until they've l i v e d it'
Pennsylvania bill legalizing medical marijuana has former DEA agent, State Rep. Mike Regan's (Republican) support.
Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Personal Marijuana Use
Ruling could pave way for legalization of recreational use.
Earl Blumenauer: DEA chief unfit after calling medical pot ‘a joke’
During morning remarks on the House floor, Mr. Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, said the interim DEA chief’s attitude on medicinal marijuana is “indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs,” and he urged the Obama administration to consider a replacement.
“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” the congressman continued. “He’s an example of the inept, misinformed zealot who has mismanaged America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”
San Diego Approves 21st Legal Medical Marijuana Shop
Victory! Congress passes bills to prohibit DEA from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in those states that have legalized them. It also okays federal funding for needle exchange programs.
Thanks to language in the omnibus spending bill the DEA's hands are tied and all they can do is stand there, w a t c h, and fume.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown
Medical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.
"This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers, and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.
"It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws,"said Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. "I hope the Obama administration takes this ruling to heart and makes sure DEA and federal prosecutors finally stop trying to stand between patients and their medicine."
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’
The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.
In a Wednesday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful.”
“I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking,” he added.
The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015
From passing medical marijuana laws in two states, the expansion of medical marijuana in four states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico to bills introduced in both houses, the partial defunding of the DEA and presidential candidates being forced to go on record over their views on marijuana this year shaped up nicely. We also saw two states and numerous local jurisdictions decriminalize marijuana possession and two states introduce legislation to allow on-site consumption (marijuana bars) and ballot measures for full legalization in five states (so far). Even Texas is jumping on the band wagon by legalizing limited medical use of marijuana.
Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016
"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.
Colorado: 55% Of Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet were very certain that Colorado voters would regret voting for marijuana legalization in 2012. Three years later, there is no buyer’s remorse in Colorado. In fact, the same percentage of voters that approved marijuana legalization in Colorado on Election Day 2012 stated that they still support it according to a poll recently released by Quinnipiac University. Per 9News:
Fifty-five percent of Colorado voters say they support the voter-passed law that legalized marijuana in the state, while 41 percent are opposed. And 53 percent said they believe that legalizing marijuana has been good for the state.
There’s a large gender gap when it comes to marijuana approval rates. Men are higher in the votes while woman are divided on the issue. Forty-five percent are saying it’s a good thing, and 47 percent believe marijuana is negatively affecting the state.
55.32% of Colorado voters voted ‘yes’ on Election Day 2012 for Amendment 64. I don’t expect Kevin Sabet to change his tune after the release of these poll results. However, I do expect him to look even dumber than usual if/when he continues to act like marijuana legalization in Colorado hasn’t worked. Colorado’s citizens have spoken, again, and they have expressed that they like their decision to legalize marijuana. I expect similar results in every other state that follows in Colorado’s footsteps.
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What We Didn't See In Colorado, With Legalization In Full Swing
Moderate Marijuana Smokers Show Greater Lung Capacities Than Non-users
lol...typical druggie. Duh
York man accidentally shoots self, is arrested on drug charges
"Deputies say an investigation into an accidental shooting led to the arrest of a York County man on marijuana charges."
Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana
Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.
“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to d e l i v e r on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.
New Study Proves That Marijuana Doesn't Lower IQ
New study using identical twins debunks seriously flawed Duke University study. Marijuana use not linked to declines in IQ.
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Is Killing Mexican Drug Cartels
Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Anti-Marijuana Veto
The Maryland Senate dashed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s efforts to prevent the decriminalization of marijuana Thursday.
The Democrat-controlled assembly mustered the three-fifths majority needed to override the Republican governor’s veto in a vote on the bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in public, as well as possession of cannabis paraphernalia like pipes and papers.
The bill’s advocates said it fixed an anomaly in the law, where marijuana use was decriminalized, but paraphernalia remained illegal. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said the bill “is really a correction to what we did a couple years ago.”
Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say
A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.
Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés
California’s Largest Doctors Group Backs Recreational Marijuana
Doctors with the California Medical Association announce support of marijuana legalization, saying that regulation would serve public health better than 'ineffective prohibition'
Committee Approves Bill That Would Remove Oregon Residency Requirement For Marijuana Investors
Judge Dismissed Felony Charge Against Medical Marijuana Patient Max Lorincz
Legal Marijuana Would Be Good For Kids
Critics say an Arizona initiative to legalize marijuana would be disastrous. But evidence proves otherwise.
Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
District Court Dismisses Marijuana Lawsuit Against Pueblo County
A lawsuit filed by marijuana opponents against Pueblo County and others was dismissed Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed in February by the owners of a mountain hotel and a horse farm, along with a group called the Safe Streets Alliance. They argued that Amendment 64, Colorado’s 2012 marijuana-legalization measure, has hurt their properties. The lawsuit asked the federal government to block Amendment 64, citing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA)
Legal Weed Having Little Effect On Teen Marijuana Use, Federal Data Shows
Federal data released this week found there was no change in monthly marijuana use in nearly every U.S. state compared to last year. The only significant changes were in Rhode Island, Ohio and Hawaii, where monthly marijuana use fell year over year.
The Mexican President Promises a Debate on Marijuana Legalization
By Gabriela Gorbea
November 10, 2015 | 4:05 pm
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised a major national debate to decide the country's position on marijuana legalization, the week after the country's supreme court granted four individuals the permission to cultivate and use the drug.
Peña Nieto instructed the country's interior ministry to organize the debate he said would include experts from multiple disciplines and will define Mexico's stance at next spring's United Nations global drug policy summit as well as the country's own specific policies on the issue.
While he laid out his own personal opposition to legalization — arguing that marijuana consumption leads to harder drugs — the president said he could be persuaded to change his mind.
"I am not the owner of the truth," Peña Nieto said. "I am open to listening to well-documented positions that are scientifically sustainable and could lead to a different position."..."from the human rights perspective you cannot stop anybody, specifically the four people in the case, from using their freedom to consume it if they want."
State Lawmakers To Congress: Butt Out Of Our Marijuana Laws
The National Conference of State Legislatures, the de facto bipartisan group of lawmakers, passed a resolution at its annual meeting Thursday calling on the federal government to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize state marijuana laws and on the administration to keep its nose out of state pot policies.
The resolution reaffirms that the federal government cannot use its power to force states, the laboratories of democracy, to criminalize marijuana or hemp, as “doing so would constitute unconstitutional commandeering.”
Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled
Yale Study Links Increased Impulsivity and Hostility with Recreational Marijuana Use
Drug impaired driving: New report urges national and state action.
More WA drivers test positive for THC in deadly crashes since 2010
Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade
Marijuana and Driving:
Fatal crashes involving marijuana double in Washington.
Data released Tuesday indicate that the number of Washington drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for active marijuana doubled from 2013 to 2014 - the first year of legal marijuana sales in the state.
Effects of marijuana – with and without alcohol – on driving performance
Detox Network Sees Pot DUIs Spike in Colorado After Legalization.
Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies