What's really exciting about this is it's the state's elected officials pushing these bills, not voter referendums. Our elected officials are finally representing the will of the people. Woo Hoo!
Ten states and Copenhagen. Yes that's right, Copenhagen Denmark is considering legalizing cannabis for a three year "trial period" to evaluate the results.
The Danes are considering trying to import their supply from either Colorado or Washington, while I don't believe this would be a good idea for either state due to international treaties I do applaud the Danes for exploring ending prohibition at the international level.
And let's not forget our South American brothers, Uruguay has been eying legalization since before the elections. http://tinyurl.com/bc96czj
Looks like the dominoes are starting to fall on three continents.
The federal government should stop enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, with its draconian definition of marijuana, in Washington and Colorado, which voted last November to legalize and tax the growing and sale of cannabis, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told interviewers Monday.
MONTGOMERY, AL — A bill that would allow the possession, use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana by adults in Alabama was introduced Thursday. The bill would also authorize the medical use of marijuana in Alabama and the cultivation of industrial hemp.
Sweet home Alabama! Please note that Medical Marijuana is only a side note to House Bill 550.
It's primary goal is FULL RECREATIONAL LEGALIZATION of cannabis. For a bill like this to be introduced in the Deep South shows just how far we've come.
Are you listening Eric Holder and Michele Leonhart? You're days are numbered...
States Can Legalize Marijuana (Though Federal Laws Stand), Says Congressional Research Service
"AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, taxing and regulating it like alcohol, will receive a public hearing at 10 a.m. Friday before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee."
Eleven states and Puerto Rico!
"Puerto Rico has become the latest US state or dependency to see a marijuana legalization bill filed this year. Sen. Miguel Pereira earlier this month filed Senate Bill 517 (link is in Spanish) earlier this month"
Republic of Georgia Considering Marijuana Legalization
Study says states can legalize marijuana despite federal ban
I heard it's up 14 states now along with Puerto Rico and Georgia in the former USSR. I also read that the Organization of American States is considering it too. WOO HOO!
Time for an update Tommy, lot's has happened since Colorado and Washington gave the feds the old one finger salute.
We have the Oregon Legislature looking to end prohibition in that state,
The Pennsylvania legislature doing likewise,
The Ohio Legislature,
The state of New York,
The Puerto Rican legislature filing a bill,
With the Organization of American States and the Republic of Georgia chiming in,
Marijuana legalization: A state solution to a federal problem
"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."
"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."
California NAACP Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative Language
Study: Marijuana Users Less Vulnerable To Obesity And Diabetes
Oregon Court Of Appeals: Marijuana Odor Is Not Offensive
“We are not prepared to declare that the odor of marijuana smoke is equivalent to the odor of garbage. Indeed, some people undoubtedly find the scent pleasing,” the appeals court wrote, in throwing out the second-degree criminal mischief convictions of a Philomath man whose home was searched in 2012 because of the aroma of pot drifting from it.
Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America
California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition
Poll: Fighting Marijuana Legalization Is Bad Politics
A new Public Policy Polling survey from early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire has found that a solid majority of Republican respondents approve of states' rights to carry out marijuana policy reform without the feds cracking down.
Cop Taken Off Street 4 Issuing 2 Many Pot Tickets
Drug Czar Supports DC Marijuana Legalization
No upswing seen in marijuana use among youths
Corrupt Santa Ana Police Rob Dispensary; Want Evidence Thrown Out
Yes, you read that right. Santa Ana Police ROBBED a dispensary and now want off the hook because they claim evidence against them violates their right to privacy. The piggies raided a dispensary then helped themselves to edibles, eating them on camera. They claim that since they thought they had disabled all the cameras they were safe, but the thugs didn't get them all. HA-HA piggies, got you on this one!
The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization
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.
New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization
Congressional Fundraiser Held At A Marijuana Garden
Blue ribbon marijuana? Cannabis industry finds a foothold at the Oregon State Fair
Marijuana Legalization Texas: House Committee Approves Bill HB 2165 To Make Marijuana Legal
7 States On the Verge of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana-Legalization Efforts and Their Impact on the Presidential Race
With the race for the White House heating up, the “politics of marijuana” is looming as a possibly significant factor.
Twenty-four state ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization in 16 states have been filed already and will be voted on in November 2016, including in the “swing states” of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Colorado raises $150 million from marijuana.
Oregon's doomed marijuana prohibitionists: Editorial Agenda 2015
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Upbeat on Marijuana Legalization
Lawmakers announce deal on medical marijuana legislation
California lawmakers said late Thursday that they have reached a deal on legislation to regulate and license medical marijuana.
The regulatory framework to corral the billion-dollar medical cannabis industry will be contained in three bills that have received the blessings of the two chambers and Gov. Jerry Brown, said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, one of the authors of the measures.
THE NEW YORK TIMES; "Congress and Obama Are Too Timid on Marijuana Reform"
2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana
Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police
California Lt. Governor – California Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2016
New Data Shows Legalization Had No Impact On Teen Marijuana Use
Road fatalities in Colorado have plummeted since marijuana was legalized
Washington: Legalized Marijuana Access Not Associated With Increased Teen Use
Legal Marijuana in Arizona Would Generate $72M Yearly in Tax Revenue, New Report Says
EDITORIAL: Federal report shows damning and deadly trends
Legal marijuana’s impact on Colorado troubling.
Analyzing Colorado's grand experiment
California Attempts Medical Marijuana Regulation, Despite Warnings.
By Roger Morgan.
Statewide Coalitions Call Foul On The Assembly & Senate Pushing In Last Minute Marijuana Legislation
Regular Marijuana Use Up 12% nationwide the year of legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Who's legalizing marijuana in U.S.? Pro-marijuana groups want to put an end to national prohibition on recreational use. (Marijuana Policy Project- that get's their funding from George Soros)
Wyoming Medical Society Opposes Medical Marijuana Legalization Effort
Is Smoked Marijuana Medicine? The science remains hazy…
Pot promoters continue to insist it’s harmless while marijuana deaths get more press
Bring back the war on drugs
"Addiction treatment and overdose medication are inadequate to staunch the heroin epidemic. The heroin Drug epidemics are not “natural” phenomena. They do not represent cycles that we can only hope to contain. This plague epidemic is inflicted upon us by criminal acts that produce an abundant supply of inexpensive drugs. Stopping these criminal acts will stop the epidemic."
State medical group against medical pot proposal
Driving under the Influence, Crime
Of course the legalization of marijuana has led to more driving and traffic problems. The state put had a television announcement: “Drive High and Get a DUI.” Yet the problems continued to be higher than before the marijuana expansion.
In 2006, 37 people died in crashes where drivers tested positive for marijuana, making up 7 percent of total crash fatalities. In 2014, 94 people died in crashes where drivers tested positive for marijuana, making up 19 percent of total crash fatalities.
In 2014, toxicology reports with positive marijuana results of active THC for primarily driving under the influence increased 45 percent in one year.
Average potency of marijuana is 17.1% THC, up from national average under 4% in 1995.
Crime in Denver rose 12.3%, from 2012 to 2014.
Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol
Bernie Sanders vows to strike down absurd federal marijuana money laws
At Amherst College, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor encourages students to listen, work hard and be passionate...except when it comes to marijuana legalization. Woot woot! Woohoo!
“I don’t care what kind of thing you become passionate about, except legalizing marijuana,” she said.
Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Michigan
‘Smart Colorado’ Hearing From ‘Hundreds & Hundreds’ Of Parents About Pot Use
Marijuana Report by Anti-Pot Group Continues Jihad Against Legalization
The Unraveling of Ryan, Part 1: First Episode
Turnout not high for marijuana legalization push.
Supposedly Neutral Federal Report Stacks The Deck Against Marijuana Legalization
"In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.
For prohibitionists determined to portray marijuana legalization in Colorado as a disaster, those poll results are inconvenient, since they indicate that public support for Amendment 64 was higher after more than a year of legal recreational sales and more than two years of legal possession and home cultivation than it was in 2012. Honest drug warriors would acknowledge the Quinnipiac numbers and perhaps try to balance them with other poll results. Dishonest drug warriors would do what the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) does in its new report on marijuana legalization: change the numbers."
After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It
The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.
Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth.
American College of Pediatricians – September 2015
"Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave. Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease and testicular cancer, and is associated with both psychiatric illness and negative social outcomes. Evidence indicates limited legalization of marijuana has already raised rates of unintended marijuana exposure among young children, and may increase adolescent use."
Barbara Boxer and Dean Heller Back Federal Legalization of Medical Marijuana in States That Allow It
The senators cosponsor a bill that protects patients and providers from federal harassment.
Pot Use Ramping Up. As legalization gains steam, usage heads up.
Studies: Fewer Teens Using Marijuana, Younger Adolescents More Likely To Voice Disapproval
The Dangerous Consequences of Magical Thinking About Marijuana
Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing
A Republican reintroduces legislation that lets states choose their own marijuana policies.
GOPers Open Door To Legal Marijuana
Boulder Loosens Restrictions on Town's Marijuana Businesses
New California Statewide PollFinds Strong Support for Legalizing, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana in California
The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support forlegalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system
and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services. Specifically,
nearly two-thirds of voters (65 percent)support a proposal to legalize,
regulate and tax marijuana in California for adults.
The Truth About Marijuana
Even the DEA acknowledged (in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, #131, 7/8/11), "Extensive research has been conducted recently to investigate whether exposure to marijuana is associated with schizophrenia or other psychoses...At present, the data do not suggest a causative link between marijuana use and the development of psychosis."
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.”
Washington health officials: Steer clear of medical claims about marijuana
New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana sales in Colorado continue to climb while crime statistics suggest the state is becoming safer than ever.
Fewer crimes, more revenue as medical marijuana industry stabilizes in Colorado Springs
Texas Cops Sexually Assault Another Motorist in the Name of Pot Prohibition
The warrantless roadside cavity probe happened two days after the governor signed a bill banning such searches.
Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report
Why Congress Did Not Stop Marijuana Legalization in Its Backyard
Despite a prohibitionist tantrum, pot is legal in the nation's capital.
Colorado Support For Legal Marijuana Increases After Legalization
According to a Quinnipiac University Poll support for legal marijuana has risen by over 3% since legalization.
Poll Finds Majority Support for Legal Marijuana in Three Swing States
Voters are especially tolerant of medical use.
Justice Department To Grant Early Release To First 6,000 Of Eventual 46,000 Drug Offenders.
The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The Sentencing Commission estimated that an additional 8,550 inmates will be eligible for release Nov. 1, 2016.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously for the reduction last year after holding two public hearings in which they heard testimony from former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., federal judges, federal public defenders, state and local law enforcement officials, and sentencing advocates.
Signature Gathering For Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Bill Starts
The Government Is Stifling Medical Marijuana Research, Major Think Tank Declares
"The federal government is stifling medical research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety," the report, written by John Hudak and Grace Wallack, says. "Statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area."
Noting that medical marijuana is already legal in dozens of states, the report argues that conflicting and contradictory federal policy is "interfering with the relationship between doctor and patient."
* Arizona: Mayor’s report…get educated on marijuana.
* Oregon has a deepening marijuana divide. Growing number of cities and counties outlawing pot business.
We’re Manufacturing Addicts: Marijuana Use Doubles Among US Adults
Willie Nelson’s crusade to stop big pot.
Beware of the risks in legalizing marijuana.
CDC: Tobacco Use Decreased by 64 Percent Among High School Students Since 1997, But Marijuana Use Doubled.
Hype Around Marijuana As Treatment For Cancer Unwarranted
News coming from the “Marijuana Impact on Public Health and Safety” conference in Colorado.
"More refreshing was the honest evaluation of Deputy Attorney General Matt Durkin who admitted, “It’s not working.” He said that in spite of regulations, marijuana is “everywhere.” It’s publicly consumed, widely advertised, and police have their hands tied in many enforcement actions by constitutional provisions that few, if any, voters understood when they voted for Amendments 20 and 64."
Marijuana banned in Ontario, Oregon.
Survey: National Support for Legal Pot Has Risen by 29% Since 2010
Coloradans are keener on legalization than they were when they voted for it in 2012.
Busted Over $80 Worth of Pot, College Student Turns Informant, Then Turns Up Dead
This is the way everybody does it, says the local police chief.
Arizona's Pima Commission Gives Up On Preventing Marijuana's Inevitable Legalization, Focuses On Public Education
Faced with mounting evidence that marijuana use has doubled in the United States, more states, including Arizona, are poised to pass laws allowing recreational use.
Commission officials said it will use its resources to educate the public, rather than trying to stop a growing movement.
Welcome to the marijuana election, where Colorado is the star
National Institute on Drug Abuse Study Casts Doubt on Legal Definitions of Stoned Driving
Simulator tests also confirm that marijuana impairs drivers less than alcohol.
A new study by researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) confirms that marijuana has a less dramatic effect on driving than alcohol does and casts further doubt on the standard that Colorado and Washington use for determining when someone is too stoned to drive.
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
"New marijuana rules get tougher on pesticides in Oregon cannabis industry"...Proof that legalization works. With legalization we will be getting a healthier product free from unwanted contaminants.
Israel's Police Chief Suggests Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
Politicians on the left and right say recreational use should be legal.
South Carolina Senate panel approves medical marijuana proposal.
A Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee voted unanimously to advance a bill that would make medical marijuana legal in South Carolina.
California Looking For Someone To Oversee Medical Marijuana Industry
The job description does not require a marijuana background.
Russ Heimerich of the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs is accepting applications, saying the marijuana chief will primarily need experience as a bureaucrat.
“It’s essentially a licensing and enforcement agency,” he said. “We’re going to want someone with experience in the regulatory regime because one of the first thing they’re going to have to do after establishing the bureau is write regulations to make the laws effective.”
Tactics And Tricks That Cops Use To Bust You For 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
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.
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
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.