Cannabis prohibition is a fatal policy which leads to the stoppable and tragic death of thousands of individuals. Supporting this unambiguously failed policy means that you find these deaths worth a policy intending to stop the usage of a non-lethal plant, which has undeniably failed to do so – after decades of trying.
Ecuador has taken a significant step towards ending their nation’s war on drugs, which has been a clear and unambiguous failure. Under the new policy, published by the nation’s Substance Control, small amounts of drugs – including 10 grams of cannabis – will no longer be criminal charges which carry with it the possibility of jail time. Other drugs effected in the new change include heroin and cocaine, although a much smaller amount will be decriminalized (0.1 and 2 grams respectively). Continue reading
Oregon’s Senate Rules Committee approved House Bill 3460 today, sending the proposal to the full Senate; the measure has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives. Under this legislation, medical cannabis dispensaries will be authorized to operate as state-licensed entities, and will be protected from arrest and prosecution. so long as they follow certain guidelines, such as testing for pesticides and molds. If the proposal is passed and put into effect, roughly 200 dispensaries will be authorized to open throughout the state.
Vermont’s marijuana laws will take a significant step in the right direction on Monday, July 1st, when House Bill 200 goes into effect. HB 200 decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and up to 5 grams of hash, making it a simple ticket, rather than a misdemeanor which carries with it the possibility of months in jail.
The National Lawyer’s Guild has released a new report declaring their support for cannabis legalization, and denouncing government tactics used to enforce prohibition – including those in law enforcement and private prison industries who are profiting from the war on marijuana. The report, titled “High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives”, makes several suggestions including supporting states’ rights to regulate cannabis use, reclassifying pot for medical research, and challenging world drug treaties.
The report’s “Summary of Recommendations” is listed below: Continue reading
People United for Medical Marijuana will be filing a new initiative to legalize marijuana in Florida as soon as today, and no later than early next week. The group will be aiming for the 2014 general election ballot; they’ll need to collect roughly 700,000 valid signatures to do so.
“I have the finished product in front of me,” said John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and former fundraiser for President Obama, who is funding the effort through his own means and political connections, “I’m going to have it delivered to the Secretary of State Office by Friday or early next week at the latest.” Continue reading
Legislation adding post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical marijuana condition has officially become law in Maine without the governor’s signature. Maine will now join Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Delaware as states which have PTSD explicitly listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
A hemp measure which has already been unanimously approved by California’s full Senate has been unanimously approved by a key Assembly committee – the Committee on Public Safety. The measure, Senate Bill 566, now heads to the Committee on Agriculture; its approval will send it to the full Assembly, where its passage will send it to the governor for final consideration. The governor is expected to sign it into law.
By Michael Taillard, NORML Nebraska Board Member, professional economist
There’s still a lot of confusion across the nation about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients. Odds are you’ve heard something about it but weren’t sure whether the information was reliable or definitive. So, in order to help clear things up, here is a list of 25 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. Continue reading
With just one day left to pass it this session, the New Hampshire Legislature has given final approval to a measure aimed at legalizing medical marijuana – including state licensed dispensaries.
After much back and forth between the House and Senate, HB 573 has finally made it through – Governor Maggie Hassan will sign the legislation at any time, stating prior to its passage that: “I encourage the full legislature to pass this compromise so I can sign this legislation into law”.