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  1. In the middle of a debate on the legalization of marijuana, the opponents to legalization made the claim, without any details or statistics, that legalizing marijuana would cause auto insurance to rise. This is another bogus claim, in a long line of bogus claims, used to continue prohibition of a plant. In the long line of false claims made by prohibitionists, the theories seem to be getting weaker and weaker as time goes by. Looking back through the claims made over the last 100 years, it is foolish to continue believing these, or anything else the prohibitionists throw at us. Marij
  2. About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization. Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No", the unsuccessful campaign that failed to keep children and adults off of drugs is finally over. Prohibition has never worked in any country. Especially with the history of Alcohol prohibition, there is no way that marijuana prohibition would ever work. Now, a majority of the people of the United States would rather make marijuana legal, and tax it instead of giving the industry to the black market cartels. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/05/americans-support-marijuana-legalization/
  3. The Brookings Institute released a comprehensive report on Marijuana legalization in Uruguay in March. In the report the researchers detail how well the program has worked and why the limitations placed upon legalization have only backfired against the country. The implementation of legalization in Uruguay has directly mirrored the implementation of medical marijuana here in Michigan. With local police forces ignoring and treating marijuana as if it were still illegal in many cases, while the state licenses and regulates the market. Timeline of legalization in Uruguay
  4. WXYZ TV Published on Apr 24, 2018 Matthew Abel is hoping this week will mark history. He is part of a coalition of organizations that helped write the language for the proposed legislation the board of canvassers will consider on Thursday.
  5. Washington and Colorado -- The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data -- and they're putting those dollars to good use. In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. Read More...
  6. Washington, D.C. -- Even as support for ending marijuana prohibition is building around the country, Congress and the Obama administration remain far too timid about the need for change. Last year, residents in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia voted to join Colorado and Washington State in making recreational use of marijuana legal. Later this year, residents of Ohio are expected to vote on a ballot measure that would legalize it. Nevadans will vote on a legalization proposal next year. And Californians could vote on several similar measures next year. Read More...
  7. USA -- In the past few years, the U.S. has been steadily growing support for marijuana reform. From the presidential candidates to the general public, this progressive attitude has become a hot topic for debate, and as an election year approaches, everyone—from governors to legislators to those who would be president—seems to have an opinion on the issue. Presidential Candidates Read More...
  8. USA -- The war on drugs is over, and weed won. D.A.R.E., the organization designed to plant a deep-seated fear of drugs in the minds of every late-20th-century middle schooler, published an op-ed calling for marijuana legalization. Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed explains that it's impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. "People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children," McDerment writes. "We just happ
  9. Trenton -- Following reports that New Jersey's medical marijuana program is suffering from low enrollment, Gov. Chris Christie called the program and similar programs across the U.S. "a front for legalization. "New Jersey passed its medical marijuana law in 2009, and former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, signed it just before Christie, a Republican, took office. The first dispensary opened in December 2012. Read More...
  10. Washington, D.C. -- In its bid to fend off congressional interference with a pending marijuana decriminalization law, the District might have prompted President Obama to make an interesting declaration. The White House on Monday said it “strongly opposes” the amendment attached last month to the House spending bill that includes the D.C. budget. The amendment, offered by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), would bar the District government from spending any money on provisions that weaken its drug laws. The Harris Amendment, the Obama administration says, “undermines the principles of States’ right
  11. Washington, D.C. -- Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she supports medical marijuana "for people who are in extreme medical conditions" and wants to "wait and see" how recreational pot works in Colorado and Washington state. In an interview with CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour promoting her memoir Hard Choices, Clinton suggested she may be open to marijuana policy reform. Read More...
  12. The feds could actually soften their stance a little when it comes to weed. The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the medical evidence surrounding the safety and effectiveness of marijuana, a process that could lead to the agency downgrading the drug's current status as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous classification. FDA Press Officer Jeff Ventura described the review process, which is being completed at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency, to The Huffington Post. "FDA conducts for Health and Human Services a scientific and medical analysis of the drug under co
  13. Florida -- The stakes are getting higher - politically and financially - in Florida's heated campaign over a November referendum to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. The latest financial reports by the two main groups fighting the legalization of medical marijuana show a total of more than $7.7 million has been raised to oppose the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot. Read More...
  14. After suffering eight years of recession, Puerto Rico is contemplating more than a hundred different proposals intended to jumpstart its sagging economy -- including legal prostitution and marijuana use. Whether or not the government will actually move forward with such action is up in the air, as doing so would require public hearings, approval by the commonwealth’s legislative branch, and the support of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Shrinking Puerto Rico’s debt has become the central goal for Padilla, who has assured investors and credit agencies that he’ll reduce a deficit of $820
  15. Colorado lawmakers approved the world's first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject pot businesses for even basic services such as checking accounts because they fear running afoul of federal law, which considers marijuana and its proceeds illegal. Read More...
  16. There can't be a better way to start a video than with the line: "I'm smoking weed with the president of Uruguay on his farm outside of Montevideo," as the video pans to President José "Pepe" Mujica actually sitting right next to VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu smoking a joint.
  17. USA -- Among the concerns of those who oppose legalization of marijuana for medical purposes was that one way or the other, the pot would find its way to young people and encourage more drug use. But the first comprehensive study of teen drug use in the states where marijuana is available for medical uses shows that it just hasn’t happened. The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, is sure to figure into the ongoing debate over the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. Read More...
  18. US Attorney General Eric Holder “Cautiously Optimistic” About Marijuana Legalization During a visit to the federal courthouse is Charleston, US Attorney General Eric Holder explained that he is :cautiously optimistic” about recreational marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado. When asked where he saw the future of marijuana, however, Holder wasn’t so positive. “I think there might have been a burst of feeling that what happened in Washington and Colorado was going to be soon replicated across the country,” he stated. “I’m not sure that is necessarily the case. I thin
  19. USA -- The CEO of Partnership at Drugfree.org, best known for its 1980s "Your brain on drugs" ads, conceded during an interview with Advertising Age published Monday that the legalization of recreational marijuana in the U.S. "is happening." After successful legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington, the 28-year old group, formerly known as Partnership for a Drug-Free America, has rejected requests to launch a campaign condemning the policy shift, viewing anti-legalization commercials as a futile effort, according to CEO Steve Pasierb. Read More...
  20. Phillip Morris Introduces Marlboro Marijuana Cigarettes Phillip Morris, the world’s biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Marketed under the brand “Marlboro M”, the cigarettes will be made available for sale through marijuana-licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, and the state of Washington when it becomes commercially legal there later this year. Serafin Norcik, Phillip Morris’ Sr. Vice President for Marketing said in an interview that the company has been high on the idea of mar
  21. Disabled Vet Grows Pot, Calls Cops On Himself A disabled veteran is bringing the fight for marijuana legalization in North Carolina straight to the cops. That is to say he actually called the cops on himself for growing marijuana in his backyard. Robert Dorr wants to bring the legal battle to a head for medical marijuana and his fellow veterans are backing him up. "Mr. Dorr is a very braved disabled veteran who had decided instead of hiding in the corner and use cannabis and feel like a criminal to let people know this is medicine," said Perry Parks, a retired army veteran of 29 years. D
  22. Tokers React to High-Priced Legal Marijuana Sales in Colorado When the first legal marijuana sales in America began January 1 in Colorado, Facebook and Twitter lit up with posts by excited tokers showing their sales receipts for their first legal buy. Those posts were followed by thousands of re-tweets and shares by pot smokers nationwide reacting to the prices shown on the receipts. “$400 an ounce?” asked one Twitter user about a receipt showing a purchase of an eighth ounce of Girl Scout Cookies for fifty dollars, plus $14.25 in taxes, for a total of $64.25. “You can keep your l
  23. Colorado Committee Considers Changing Rules for Lawyers Looking to Help Marijuana Businesses Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, but its illegal federal status is causing some headaches for certain professionals, including lawyers. Attorneys in Colorado could have peace of mind soon, now that a committee is working to change the way lawyers can interact with marijuana-related businesses. Currently in Colorado, attorneys would be breaking one of the state’s rules of professional conduct by helping marijuana businesses because they would be helping clients partici
  24. Washington, D.C. -- The tidy Takoma Wellness Center, one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the nation's capital, has a quaint reception area furnished with black leather chairs, plants and artwork. On the front desk are a pile of business cards and a sign-in sheet. In the back, shelves are stocked with the latest marijuana accessories: pipes, cookbooks, even a machine that mixes the drug into butter or oil for cooking. All that's missing are more patients. Since opening this summer, the three Washington, D.C.-based marijuana dispensaries have served a total of 111 pat
  25. Colorado Issues First Licenses for MJ Businesses Colorado on Monday became the first U.S. state to issue special licenses for recreational marijuana businesses. After weeks of scrutiny of applications, officials at the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division slipped 348 approved licenses into the mail and sent them out to hundreds of stores, products-makers and cultivation facilities. Those businesses could begin producing and selling marijuana to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1, assuming the businesses also have the approval of their local governments. The number includes 136 marijuana shops
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