Arizona House and Senate Approve Measure Allowing Marijuana Research on College Campuses, Heads to Governor

Recently Arizona’s House of Representatives voted 37-19 to approve a measure, which was already approved by the Senate, to allow marijuana research to occur on college campuses. The bill would this by removing a ban that was placed in a piece of 2012 legislation which banned all marijuana from college campuses, even if the marijuana is possessed or consumed by a qualifying patient in the state.

The measure is quite important, as physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona received federal approval in 2011 to study the effects of marijuana on PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) – she was never able to conduct the research, given the before-mentioned ban of marijuana at colleges. Read the rest of this entry »

Initiative Drive Underway in Nebraska to Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Nebraska chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) recently began a 188356_117502641658316_3928344_nsignature drive to put the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes to a vote of the people in the state. Advocates have the daunting task of collecting roughly 125,000 valid signatures by May 20th.

Although this will certainly be challenging, Nebraska NORML remains confident, although they’re in need of volunteers willing to help get the measure on the ballot, “If you believe in ending marijuana prohibition in Nebraska, this is the best way you can help”, they stated in a recent call for volunteers, “This is not something to take lightly, we will need 125,000 signatures to get on the ballot, which with a little dedication and enough volunteers can easily be done.”

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The 10 Biggest Signs That Times Are Changing, and Legalization is Inevitable

If you haven’t noticed, marijuana legalization is a mainstream issue, and the majority of Ame392404_584369398254946_988805260_nricans believe it’s the right path forward. After decades of absurd propaganda, draconian laws, and a public that believes marijuana to be the devil’s weed, it’s increasingly refreshing to see the winds of change take place. In many parts of the country and world, marijuana laws are as harsh as they’ve ever been, but no where is the situation hopeless, and it’s hard to see widespread legalization as anything less than inevitable.

Here’s a list of what we feel to be some of biggest signs that legalization is here to stay, and times are changing. Read the rest of this entry »

Absurd Logic Rules the Day as Florida Legislature Votes to Ban Marijuana Pipes

Today Florida’s full Senate voted 31-2 in favor of a measure to explicitly ban the sell of marijuana pipes, such as bongs, within state border. The measure, which was recently passed by the state’s House with an 112-3, would make it a misdemeanor offense for any one, or any store caught selling marijuana paraphernalia – subsequent charges would result in a felony. With its passage in the state’s legislature, the measure now heads to Governor Rick Scott for final approval.

This measure is not only ridiculous and uncalled for, but it’s entirely unnecessary, and, just like prohibition itself, will do absolutely nothing to deter marijuana usage rates. What it will do, is further corrode basic civil liberties in the state (you’re telling me I can’t sell a piece of glass art because someone might smoke something illegal out of it). Read the rest of this entry »

Judge Orders Police to Return Marijuana to Caregiver, or Face Contempt Order

Last month we reported on a man in Tacoma Washington who had his marijuana confiscated after beinmarijuana_photog pulled over for speeding – a municipal court judge, Jack Emery, subsequently ordered the Tacoma Police Department to give the man his marijuana back, given that he was caregiver for a qualified patient, giving him a legal defense under state law to possess it. The police, since the order, have refused to hand over the marijuana. Today, Judge Emery responded, ordering the police once again to return the medicine, this time, threatening the department with an order of contempt (which could result in hefty fines).

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Colorado Lawmakers Approve Three Measures to Clarify Regulations on Recreational Marijuana Sales

Among numerous regulatory provisions included in the three measures passed by Colorado lawmakers today and yesterday, medical marijuana dispensaries will get a head start on applying for a recreational business license – a 9 month moratorium will be placed on individuals applstate-flag-coloradoying who aren’t currently running a dispensary. In addition, penalties for minors will be reduced to be analogous to a minor in possession of alcohol, and marijuana sales to tourists will be explicitly legal, though their purchase limit would be lowered to a quarter of an ounce, rather than an ounce.

The House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee approved House Bill 1317 with a 6-5 vote. Among other provisions, the measure would converts the medical marijuana enforcement division to the marijuana enforcement division and would give division the authority to regulate medical marijuana as well as recreational marijuana. The measure also requires that an individual running a marijuana retail outlet be a resident, and clarifies that tourists be legally authorized to purchase, possess and consume marijuana. The measure now moves to the House Committee on Finance. Read the rest of this entry »

Half of Young Christians Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI), has found that half of all self-identified Christians aged 18-29 support legalizing marijuana. 50% support such a move, with 44% in opposition – 6% are undecross for Christian Formationcided. The widespread support among this group of individuals is a clear example of the changing times – only 22% of Christian seniors support legalization.

“While most religious Americans overall continue to oppose the legalization of marijuana, the generational sea change on this issue is also shifting the ground inside churches,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of PPRI, “Christian young adults are twice as likely as Christian senior adults to say both that marijuana should be legal and that using marijuana is morally acceptable.”

One of the most surprising findings of the poll, was that young Christians were more likely than the general public to view marijuana use as being morally acceptable – 52% compared to 49%.

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Brazil Supreme Court to Review Constitutionality of Drug War

Last week seven former ministers of justice in Brazil submitted a petition to the country’s Supreme Court dws_Brazil_Flag_1024x1024eclaring that criminalizing individuals for personal drug use is entirely unconstitutional. The former justices served between the years of 1995 and 2010.

The Brazil Supreme Court will now begin reviewing whether or not what the former justices are saying is legally correct- at least in their opinion. If the Court decides that the illegality of personal drug use has no constitutional basis, it would set precedent across the country that would decriminalize the personal possession of all drugs – something that’s had hugely positive effects in Portugal.

In the petition, the former justices called the drug war “failed”, stating that “treating a user as a citizen, by offering them structured treatment through harm-reducing policies, is more effective than stigmatizing them as a criminal.”


Activists Seek to Decriminalize Marijuana in Kansas City

In large part due to the efforts of Show-Me Cannabis, a non-profit, pro-legalization reform group working oshow-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrut of Missouri, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently voted 22-3 in favor of a measure to deprioritize marijuana possession. Now the group is taking aim at another major Missouri city – Kansas City. The organization is calling upon its widespread base of supporters to contact elected officials in the city, namely the city council and mayor, urging them to support decriminalizing the possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

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Maine Lawmakers to Hold Public Hearing on Legalization Measure

On Friday, May 3rd, Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding the firstlegalize_cannabis public hearing on LD 1229, the Marijuana Regulation Act. If passed, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, it would direct the state to license and regulate retail outlets which would sell marijuana to adults in the state – the measure would also allow farmers to begin cultivating hemp. Read the rest of this entry »