New Data Confirms Racist Nature of Marijuana Prohibition

New data released by the American Civil Liberties Union – which tracked marijuana arrests by race in all 50 states – found that African Americans were nearly four timesracists more likely than someone who’s white to be arrested on a marijuana possession charge in 2010, despite their rate of consumption being roughly the same.

In certain areas, such as in Washington D.C., Illinois and Minnesota, African Americans were roughly 8 times more likely than Caucasians to be arrested for cannabis possession. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Assembly Passes Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

Today the full New York Assembly passed Assembly Bill 6357 – the Compassionate Care Act – by a vote of 95 to 38. If the measure becomes law, it will legalize the use and distribution (via dispensaries) of medical marijuana in New 1111York.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where, according to its primary sponsor Senator Diane Savino, there’s enough support to pass the measure. “We’re going to get this bill done this year”, said Savino.

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Nevada Legislature Approves Measure Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By a vote of 28 to 14, Nevada’s Assembly has just approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries. The proposal – Senate Bill 374 – has already been approved by the state’s Senate with a 17 to 4 vote. Gijilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweedven that there were changes made to the licensing fees, it will head back to the Senate for final approval – which is expected to come quickly – before heading to the governor for final consideration. The governor has stated he has an “open mind” about the measure. Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds Rally For an End to Marijuana Prohibition in Georgia

Today hundreds of Georgians rallied in downtown Tbilisi – the nation’s capital – to demand the legalizationReuters of marijuana.

Part of the inspiration for the protest was a recent announcement from David Sergeyenko, Minister of Labor, Health-Care, and Social Protections, stating that his ministry is discussing the possible legalization of marijuana with Georgia’s Justice Ministry.

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Hemp History Week Begins Today

Hemp is a plant with a massive historical significance, dating back thousands of years. In the U.S., it was once used as currency – in colonial times, hemp production was mandatedhemp100 in order to assure a steady supply of easily the most diverse plant on the planet.

To celebrate the history, and the future, of hemp, the 4th annual Hemp History Week will be held this week, starting today, June 3rd. The event is marked by thousands of organizations, retail outlets and activists participating in a week of educating the public on the many uses of hemp, as well as informing on its history and urging lawmakers to end this absurd prohibition that the U.S. government continually clings to.

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New Research: 48% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have conPeople-Press-300x200sumed marijuana within the past year.

Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its usage –  23% stated that they consumed marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Read the rest of this entry »

Independence Party of Minnesota Adopts Marijuana Legalization Platform

The Independence Party of Minnesota adopted a party platform yesterday calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning that they not only support such a move, but will be working towards it.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

The platform was adopted after a vote which took place at the party’s annual convention.

“Party members spoke to allowing for personal choice and individual responsibility throughout the convention,” said Kyle Lewis, Executive Director of the Independence Party. Read the rest of this entry »

UFC Softens Marijuana Testing Policy

After months of outcry from fans for a change, and after the World Anti-Doping Agency recently changed its policy regarding marijuana, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has changed its testing policy to be substantially more lenient towards marijuana.Logo-the-ultimate-fighting-championship-250777_800_600

Under the new policy someone won’t have “failed” a drug test unless they have at least 150 nanograms per milliter (ng/ml) of THC in their system. Before the policy shift, the limit was 50 ng/ml. Read the rest of this entry »

Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nurses and Physicians All Support Medical Marijuana in New York

A bill to legalize medical marijuana continues to gain momentum in New York as the state’s legislature pushes the measure forward, and as organizational support is on the rise. Medical-marijuana1

The measure, which would establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana to qualified patients, has already been approved by two committees and now awaits a full Assembly vote: If it’s approved, as is anticipated, it will head to the Senate. According to the bill’s prime sponsor, the majority of the Senate is in favor.  New York’s governor isn’t in support of the proposal, but has stated he has an “open mind”, indicating he may let it become law if given the opportunity.

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76% of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countriesmedical-marijuana-symbol, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every state in the U.S..

“We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote.

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