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  1. I know where my time and resources will be going from here on.
  2. US MA: Editorial: Closer To Legalization Get Active Subscribe Support Us URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n550/a08.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 Source: Metrowest Daily News (MA) Copyright: 2013 MetroWest Daily News Contact: mdnletters@cnc.com Website: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/619 CLOSER TO LEGALIZATION Law enforcement, drug policy experts and consumers of illegal drugs have long speculated on the consequences, good or bad, if marijuana growth and use were simply legalized. Uruguay, a South American nation of 3.4 million people tucked between Brazil and Argentina, is about to become the first country to find out on a national scale. A bill, advocated by President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, that has passed Uruguay's lower house and is expected to soon pass the Senate would, according to The Associated Press, make it "the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers." Two U.S. states, Colorado and Washington, have already passed laws legalizing and regulating production of marijuana, even though it is technically illegal under federal law. More than 20 states have legalized production and possession of marijuana for medical use. That list includes Massachusetts, which is in the midst of an orderly process of licensing a limited number of medical marijuana production facilities and dispensaries. Forty years into the war on drugs, America's "reefer madness" seems to be dissipating. A recent Gallup poll found that 58 percent of Americans now favor full legalization of pot. Uruguay may be the first to legalize, but it likely won't be the last. MAP posted-by: Matt
  3. That's certainly where a lot of my time and whatever funds I have been able to throw together have been going toward.
  4. That's the point, Cell. The 'reality' IS what people are willing to settle for, NOT what they dream of or wish for. Do a poll of the average voter and I think it would prove me to be right. But I certainly also wish for and dream of a cannabis situation of 'no restriction or limitations'. And new cannabis laws ARE coming our way, we'll just have to see how it plays out, won't we?
  5. Darn good question. We'll have to do all we can to make whatever new cannabis laws that may be coming our way give us the legislation we think we should have. But I can almost guarantee you can ask ten people here what the limit should be in terms of the # of plants we should be allowed to grow under a 'recreational use' law and you'll ten get different answers. And that is probably why you're seeing such a wide range of restrictions and limitations in these new laws.
  6. US WA: Small Skamania County City Seeks to Own Its Own Pot Get Active Subscribe Support Us URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n549/a08.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 Source: Seattle Times (WA) Copyright: 2013 The Seattle Times Company Contact: opinion@seattletimes.com Website: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/409 Author: Bob Young SMALL SKAMANIA COUNTY CITY SEEKS TO OWN ITS OWN POT STORE North Bonneville Supporters Hope Pioneering Move Will Guarantee Control and Generate Revenue Many cities in Washington state are trying to ban or block new state-regulated pot stores. North Bonneville, population 1,005, is not one of them. A city some see as a Chevron station just west of the Columbia River's Bridge of the Gods, North Bonneville not only wants a pot store - it wants to own a pot store. Mayor Don Stevens figures that would give the Skamania County city more control of a store they're likely to get anyway - and more revenue. "We have a longstanding relationship with law enforcement. We have a vested interest in maintaining the health and welfare of our community. And someone else who might be granted a license might not have the same concerns," Stevens said. On the question of North Bonneville becoming the first Washington city to own a pot business, only three residents stood up and disagreed with the mayor at a public hearing Tuesday. And they were pretty tame. John Mobley mostly had questions. Susie Strom, a drug- and alcohol-prevention coordinator, implored the City Council to slow down and think more about children. Jim Goldring agreed, asking, "How can the city operate a store without an adverse impact on youth?" Five residents supported the city becoming a pot dealer, some reluctantly. "I don't want somebody coming into the community where I walk my 6-year-old and making money off getting people high," said Rachele Rice. But "if it's coming here ... I want to see that money benefit the community." The council voted 3-to-1 to take the pioneering step and apply for one of the state's 334 retail stores. Councilmember Charles Pace stressed that in no way was he encouraging customers to illegally take pot across the river to Oregon, or making a statement on national drug policy. "We're doing this for North Bonneville," Pace said. The dissenting vote came from Michael Hamilton, who said he voted to legalize weed last year but objects to the city getting into private business. It's not clear that's going to be legal. The new law allowing adults to possess small amounts of pot doesn't mention cities as potential license holders. Stevens sees that as a sign North Bonneville can proceed. A spokesman for the state agency implementing the law isn't so sure. Under the law, cities are the local authorities that determine what kind of businesses go where within their boundaries, and what local rules they must meet. A city-owned pot store could create a conflict of interest, said Brian Smith of the Liquor Control Board. In theory, such a city could make regulations onerous to a competing store in order to protect its own financial stake, Smith said. "I don't think there's a definitive answer one way or another," Smith said. "The board will have to take that up if and when a city does apply." North Bonneville officials argue that cities should be viewed more favorably than private pot merchants. Cities would be inclined to "to do the right thing instead of potentially cutting corners in the strict interest of the bottom line," Stevens said. No schools North Bonneville isn't that different from many Washington cities. Its residents approved legal pot, through Initiative 502 last year, with 54 percent of the vote, just a smidgen behind the statewide margin. It's a timber town turned retirement-and-bedroom community, Stevens said. The city grew up around the nearby Bonneville Dam and most of its residents leave for work, many at the dam. They also commute to Portland and Vancouver, about an hour away. Within the city, Bonneville Hot Springs Resort is the biggest employer, said Stevens, who markets fruit-snack bars in his day job at Gorge Delights in the city. The city has a golf course, a disc-golf course, and three places where you can get a bite and a drink. But it has no schools, a factor in pursuing a pot store. To the east is Hood River, Ore., a haven for skiers, windsurfers and potential customers for a North Bonneville pot store, another factor. When state officials issued rules for the new legal pot system, they allocated stores based on population. Skamania County got just two stores. ( King County got the most, 61. ) Some 97 percent of the county's land is owned by the state and federal governments. And, state law requires that no pot businesses be within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds and other venues frequented by youth. That left few viable places in Skamania County for pot stores. North Bonneville officials looked to Stevenson, their more cosmopolitan neighbor, where North Bonneville kids go to school. Given the 1,000-foot buffer, and Stevenson's zoning, they didn't see opportunities for pot merchants there. They figured that made school-less North Bonneville a target - or an opportunity. Mayor Stevens views the prohibition of marijuana as impractical. "By bringing it out of the shadows and making it legal, and making sure everyone is properly identified and checked out and adhering to those rules, you end up with a safer, more functional system than we currently have," he said. Pot tourism Stevens even goes so far as to suggest North Bonneville could become a little Amsterdam-on-the-Columbia, although he stresses it would be illegal for people to take pot across the river to Oregon. "People could come here and partake and stick around. It could lead to tourism. We have an RV park in town. Stevenson is just 6 miles down the road," Stevens said, pointing to other attractions, such as hiking, biking and fishing. It gives a whole new meaning to Woody Guthrie's "Roll on Columbia." City officials have a site in mind, an industrial building just off Highway 14. They don't expect a windfall. A consultant estimated they might make $65,000 a year, once they paid the debt of creating the business. Still, North Bonneville "is no different than any other small city," said the mayor. "We're counting every penny. We certainly could put some of that money in law enforcement," Stevens said. The idea for the store is complicated. The cost of developing a site and leasing it might reach $145,000, according to city officials. The city may lay out a little to get the project started, but hopes a planned public development authority ( PDA ) will get most of the funding from Internet crowdfunding, other investors, or possibly a city loan, which Stevens called a "last resort." A consultant said a store could expect positive cash flow in three to four months and to pay off its debt a year later. North Bonneville plans to create a separate arm of city government to run the store, using the PDA model that runs Seattle's Pike Place Market independently of the city, with its own governing board. Importantly, a PDA would give the city legal immunity from any liabilities incurred by a pot business, according to North Bonneville officials. Stevens said the site the city is eyeing could accommodate a second pot store, and the city could lease space to the second store under state rules as long as it had its own entrance and exit and an impenetrable wall divided the two businesses. North Bonneville would get sales and business-and-occupation taxes from a second store, he said. But first the city has to hurry to meet a 30-day application window that opens Monday. Then the Liquor Control Board needs to approve its application. And then the city must create the public development authority and raise funds, all in hopes of opening a store by next fall. "It's an all-hands-on-deck proposition," said City Attorney Ken Woodrich of the effort required. As of Tuesday night, seven residents had volunteered for the five-member PDA board of directors. Still, North Bonneville could get shut out. If more than two qualified applicants seek a store in Skamania County, the state plans to use a lottery to pick the winners. "Anyone not nervous isn't paying attention," Stevens said of the city's historic endeavor. Nearby White Salmon, in Klickitat County, considered following North Bonneville's footsteps. But it's pretty certain they're not going to move forward, said Wood-rich, also the city attorney for White Salmon. "I've never smoked marijuana, but I do know it's coming, I know this is a city with all types of financial issues. It may be one of the craziest ideas we've ever come up with," said resident Cheryl Jarmenn. "So be it." MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
  7. US CO: PUB LTE: No Need To Fear Get Active Subscribe Support Us URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n549/a05.htmlNewshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 Source: Vail Daily (CO) Copyright: 2013 Vail Daily Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/wo3Ts7AI Website: http://www.vaildaily.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3233 Author: Kevin Cross NO NEED TO FEAR As a local resident of Vail, I have been bombarded with comments and concerns about the recreational use of cannabis. I am a frequent medicinal user and am in favor of Amendment 64. I understand your fear that if cannabis is legalized that your community will be brought down with the rest of the system. I want to voice for my generation ( Gen Y ) that we do not intend any ill harm by our habits. I will strive continuously to enhance the lives and environment of the valley ( using cannabis or any other vice wouldn't change that ). Things may get a little strange at first as we work together to get everything ready for a new vacation guest, but we have hopes that tax profits and exclusivity will help the valley grow. As a front desk agent, I would like to see more guests using cannabis than the guest drinking alcohol and causing problems. If you work after 11 p.m., you know exactly what I'm talking about. There is no need to fear about the upcoming year. I know that locals ( and medicinal users ) working with guests will be able to create a safe but "free" space so that everyone has a great time in Colorado. I believe that most of your fears will be put to ease once you see how willing users are to keep Colorado beautiful and serene. I agree the smell may be obnoxious, but so is cleaning up barf from an overly-drunk guest. See my point? Kevin Cross Vail MAP posted-by: Matt
  8. 2) Dispensary/marijuana stores or other commercial distribution - Retail stores selling marijuana to adults, while all unlicensed and unregulated manufacturing and distribution activity becomes illegal. This is the nightmare of the 37%, because they really think "weed is bad," as bad as alcohol in some ways, and some of these people would even make alcohol illegal again if they were King. See Pappageorge response to Bob's letter; he is in his early eighties, but very healthy, so we could be waiting quite a while for the die-off predicted by many legalization proponents. Zap, I believe your #2 will be the outcome; the state will want its 'tax' cut for the 'revenue'. But if Michigan ends up not allowing AT LEAST the number of plants to be grown for personal use that Colorado allows (6) I will be moving on along, kinda like the mountains anyway.
  9. As more states pass pro-cannabis laws the federal government will have no other choice but to change the national laws regarding cannabis. One of the reasons for the coming changes will be due to the inevitable law suits between the states and federal governments' due to the IRS accepting tax money from the states that goes toward helping the feds hamper or interfere with citizens for their use of cannabis in those states were it's legal. The feds can't have it both ways: they can either stop enforcing anti-cannabis federal law within the states were cannabis is legal OR they can stop taking 'MJ tax money' that comes from the very states were they are enforcing those law. And I think the DOJ already foresees this kind of a very expensive situation arising... but... interesting times to come.
  10. Let Floridians Vote on Medical Pot Posted by CN Staff on November 17, 2013 at 05:59:09 PT By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Source: Sun-Sentinel Florida -- Floridians deserve to know the truth about a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. Here it is: Some people want voters to decide whether pot should be allowed for medical purposes, as prescribed by a doctor. Some don't. Some of the state's most prominent leaders have lined up against a push to place medical marijuana on the 2014 state ballot. They argue the ballot language is deceptive, hiding the scope and permissiveness of the constitutional amendment. They demand it be kept off the ballot. This is hardly a complex question. Floridians should be allowed to vote on the initiative next November. Floridians are quite capable of understanding what legislation called Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions is all about. And they're up to the task of deciding for themselves whether loved ones suffering from Parkinson's, cancer and other debilitating diseases should be allowed to use marijuana. The drug is known to ameliorate pain, nausea and other agonizing conditions. Twenty states, along with the District of Columbia, allow medical marijuana. And while the drug remains banned by federal law, federal authorities have signaled a move a way from personal-use prosecutions. Still, in Florida, lawmakers refuse to discuss the issue. As a result, proponents have launched a citizen's petition drive to let everyday Floridians be heard. People United for Medical Marijuana, the group advocating for the state constitutional amendment, wants to make it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical reasons. So far, 300,000 Floridians have signed a petition to place the measure on the next ballot, of the nearly 684,000 required by law. To be adopted, the proposed amendment would need to be approved by 60 percent of state voters, a high threshold meant to clearly signal the people's will. The intention of the proposed amendment is spelled out in a 75-word summary, which has been submitted for automatic review by the state's highest court. It begins with these words: Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. The amendment also ensures caregivers may assist patients in the use of medical marijuana without fear of arrest; directs the Department of Health to register and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, and issue medical ID cards; and clarifies that it does not authorize non-medical use, possession or production of pot. The proposal includes several medical conditions under the term "debilitating medical conditions," including cancer, glaucoma and Parkinson's. Phooey, says Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi contends the amendment title and summary — which would go on the ballot as-is if approved by the Florida Supreme Court — are misleading, and has requested a ruling. She also argues the amendment does not clearly state that federal law still bans marijuana. Should the state's high court side with the attorney general, it would mean the end of the campaign for the 2014 ballot. Should the amendment end up before voters, however, and pass as polls show it might, Bondi warned the court, "Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations." That's because, she says, provisions permit any physician to approve marijuana for any reason, and as long as the physician believes the drug's benefits likely outweigh the risks, "Florida would be powerless to stop it." Bondi is spot-on about at least one thing: The amendment does allow physicians to determine which patients would benefit from marijuana, and which should be issued medical marijuana ID cards. Why Bondi does not trust doctors, licensed by the state, to make those calls is not clear. After all, doctors make such decisions daily, prescribing drugs far more powerful, dangerous and addictive than pot. Nonetheless, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have filed similar opposing briefs with the court. Bondi and company are not wrong to call for keeping a close eye on medical marijuana distribution. One need look no further than the pill-mill clinics for evidence that the medical profession has some bad actors. Still, it's unfair to paint the entire medical profession with such a negative broad brush. Meanwhile, to date, state lawmakers have punted on the entire issue. Last session, bills legalizing medical marijuana under strict conditions died in committees. Pushing to kill this sensible and compassionate amendment over word choice only serves to harm those who could benefit from medical marijuana most. The Florida Supreme Court should approve the amendment and allow Floridians to vote on whether doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes. What's so hard about that? Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FL) Published: November 17, 2013 Copyright: 2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/mVLAxQfA Website: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ URL: http://drugsense.org/url/LdDHmQyo CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives http://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml Home Comment Email Register Recent Comments Help
  11. I give up... why are we? The article just said cannabis was winning elections, its main points were not about what the legislation contained in terms of taxing or restrictions... the main idea, from what my limited awareness is able to glean from it, is that cannabis is gaining acceptability. Is that not a good thing?
  12. Doesn't have to be correct, Zap... just has to be true. We will see major changes coming about regarding MJ.
  13. I believe that a majority of politicians in Lansing want to have full LEO tracking of MMJ and would love nothing more than to be able to tax it. And I believe all the indicators coming out of Lansing since the MMM act was voted into law substantiate that opinion. Just to mention one indicator: the push for legislation to allow the sale of MMJ in pharmacies. If there are other indicators that show otherwise please list them, would love to see them.
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