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Emboldened by the actions of Colorado and Washington legislators in 10 states are seeking to legalize the recreational use of cannabis (http://tinyurl.com/a9yfcj5) for consenting adults. Bills have been introduced in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont with Maine and Pennsylvania expected to follow suit. While Hawaii's bill, HB699 has been shelved for this session plans to reintroduce it are already in the works. And let's not forget our very own state of California. While nothing has been introduced yet plans are being formalized for runs in both 2014 and should that fail again in 2016. Given that our next most likely governor (a shoe in for all practical purposes) Gavin Newsom is openly pro legalization things don't look so good for the ever diminishing numbers of shrilling shrieking prohibitionists who are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Having a cannabis friendly State Attorney General along with a 54% majority of voters (http://tinyurl.com/ctqttgq) wanting a regulated and taxed legal cannabis industry doesn't exactly hurt either.
An additional 16 states, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia have introduced Medical Marijuana bills while 9 states, Indiana, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont are looking to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. And finally bills, including HR499 (http://tinyurl.com/dxl7gex), are being introduced at the federal level to end prohibition.
While there is little chance that all these bills will pass it's a sign that times have changed. Just 6 months ago it would have been would have been nothing short of amazing if even one of these bills had been forwarded and there are now dozens of them. What was once seen as political suicide has now become acceptable. Legalization is no longer a question of if, only when. My guess is sooner than many of us had hoped considering how quickly this latest series of events have transpired.
Thanks to Colorado and Washington the door has been kicked open and were coming in...like it or not.

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TommyMarin commented on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 20:03 PM

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!

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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.

TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 01:26 AM

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.


TommyMarin commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 14:07 PM

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.

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 15:09 PM

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...





TommyMarin commented on Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 02:16 AM

States Can Legalize Marijuana (Though Federal Laws Stand), Says Congressional Research Service

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 21:10 PM

"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."

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 01:10 AM

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"

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 22:32 PM

Republic of Georgia Considering Marijuana Legalization


TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 14:28 PM

You've just got to love it when entire countries are on board with the Cannabis Reform Boat!

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM

Study says states can legalize marijuana despite federal ban


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 17:48 PM

Soon to be 12 states!

PaulScambot commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 18:52 PM

God's speed to all of them!

PaulScambot commented on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 00:41 AM

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!

PaulScambot commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 14:56 PM

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,

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 15:08 PM

Do you think they could use a towel?

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 18:33 PM

The legalization effort has gone global.

PaulScambot commented on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It's no longer if, it's when.

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 14:03 PM

Marijuana legalization: A state solution to a federal problem


PaulScambot commented on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 19:46 PM

We need more solutions like this!

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MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 00:51 AM

"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."


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 14:52 PM

"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."


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:28 PM

California NAACP Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative Language


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 16:49 PM

Study: Marijuana Users Less Vulnerable To Obesity And Diabetes


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 18:37 PM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 13:33 PM

Vagina searches and other reasons the war on marijuana must end in America


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 20:59 PM

California Ready for End to Pot Prohibition


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Cop Taken Off Street 4 Issuing 2 Many Pot Tickets


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Aug 28, 2015 at 16:57 PM

Drug Czar Supports DC Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM

No upswing seen in marijuana use among youths


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 14:06 PM

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!



MrTowlie commented on Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 19:31 PM

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 14:53 PM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 01, 2015 at 18:29 PM

New Mexico Senate Committee Passes Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 00:22 AM

Congressional Fundraiser Held At A Marijuana Garden


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 05, 2015 at 19:39 PM

Blue ribbon marijuana? Cannabis industry finds a foothold at the Oregon State Fair


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 17:01 PM

Marijuana Legalization Texas: House Committee Approves Bill HB 2165 To Make Marijuana Legal


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 06, 2015 at 19:09 PM

7 States On the Verge of Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 at 18:11 PM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 19:57 PM

Colorado raises $150 million from marijuana.


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Oregon's doomed marijuana prohibitionists: Editorial Agenda 2015


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Upbeat on Marijuana Legalization


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:33 AM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 11, 2015 at 14:14 PM

THE NEW YORK TIMES; "Congress and Obama Are Too Timid on Marijuana Reform"


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 14:29 PM

2016 Will be Huge For Marijuana


MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 at 19:06 PM

Judge says marijuana dispensary video can be used in probe of California police


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

California Lt. Governor – California Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2016


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 13, 2015 at 20:16 PM

New Data Shows Legalization Had No Impact On Teen Marijuana Use


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 16:12 PM

Road fatalities in Colorado have plummeted since marijuana was legalized


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Sep 14, 2015 at 19:58 PM

Washington: Legalized Marijuana Access Not Associated With Increased Teen Use


MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 at 15:14 PM

Legal Marijuana in Arizona Would Generate $72M Yearly in Tax Revenue, New Report Says


lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 17:02 PM

EDITORIAL: Federal report shows damning and deadly trends


Legal marijuana’s impact on Colorado troubling.


lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 17:04 PM

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


lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 17:11 PM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 at 17:38 PM

Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 at 15:47 PM

Bernie Sanders vows to strike down absurd federal marijuana money laws


lindataylor commented on Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM

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.


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 16:52 PM

Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Michigan


lindataylor commented on Monday, Sep 21, 2015 at 09:11 AM

‘Smart Colorado’ Hearing From ‘Hundreds & Hundreds’ Of Parents About Pot Use


MrTowlie commented on Monday, Sep 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Marijuana Report by Anti-Pot Group Continues Jihad Against Legalization


lindataylor commented on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM

The Unraveling of Ryan, Part 1: First Episode


lindataylor commented on Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 at 09:20 AM

Turnout not high for marijuana legalization push.


MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 at 10:17 AM

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."


MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 25, 2015 at 19:29 PM

After 2 Years With Legal Marijuana, Most Coloradans Still Like It

The percentage supporting legalization is, if anything, higher than before it took effect.


lindataylor commented on Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM

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."


MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

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.


lindataylor commented on Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 at 18:12 PM

Pot Use Ramping Up. As legalization gains steam, usage heads up.


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Studies: Fewer Teens Using Marijuana, Younger Adolescents More Likely To Voice Disapproval


lindataylor commented on Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 19:41 PM

The Dangerous Consequences of Magical Thinking About Marijuana


MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 23:57 PM

Bill Repealing Federal Pot Prohibition Has Bipartisan Backing

A Republican reintroduces legislation that lets states choose their own marijuana policies.


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