Last month we reported on a new bill filed in Oregon, House Bill 3371, which would legalize cannabis for adults in the state. The measure would allow for the possession of up to an ounce, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, it would legalize state-licensed retail outlets, to be regulated by the state’s Oregon Liquor Commission. Now, the measure has officially been given a public hearing, giving residents in the state their opportunity to stand strong in support of legalizing cannabis.
On Saturday the Ohio Rights Group held a kickoff event to introduce their new initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Ohio. The group has to collect 1,000 signatures before it can make its way through the attorney general’s office. Once it does, they’ll need to collect roughly 383,000 valid signatures to put it to a vote of the people.
The initiative would legalize the possession, transportation personal cultivation and purchase of cannabis for medical purposes to those who are qualified patients. A 9-person commission, titled the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control, would oversee specific regulations in regards to possession limits, etc.. The commission would also establish regulations for legal access points. Continue reading
A bill in Missouri which would legalize hemp in the state has been scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 26th at 3:00PM. The measure, Senate Bill 358, would explicitly legalize hemp in the state, which it defines as containing 1% THC or less, removing it from the state’s controlled substances list.
Under the proposal, which is in the General Laws committee, it would be legal for farmers in the state to grow hemp by the end of August.
Unlike most other industrial hemp bills currently in discussion around the country (and there’s quite a few), this bill wouldn’t direct the state or any of its departments to license farmers for hemp cultivation, instead stating: Continue reading
New legislation filed in Oregon would make medical marijuana dispensaries legal in the state. Currently medical marijuana is legal for qualifying patients to possess, or grow, but dispensaries and safe access points are still illegal. Some have opened in the state anyway, which has resulted in uncertainty for patients, and in some instances raids and arrests for those running the business.
In a poll released recently by Public Policy Polling, it was found that 56% in North Carolina support removing cannabis possession as a criminal offense, instead making it a simple fine. Only 35% stated that they believe that possessing small amounts of cannabis should remain a crime.
The polling also found that 60% of those in the state feel that police enforcement of marijuana possession should be a “low priority.”
Possessing under an ounce and a half of cannabis in North Carolina is a misdemeanor charge with a jail sentence of 1-45 days. Possession of more than an ounce and a half is a felony charge that nets 3-8 months.
Studies over the past few years have been clear in their conclusion that medical marijuana dispensaries aren’t linked to an increase in crimes, and may very well lower the crime rate in the surrounding area.
In 2011 the RAND Corporation released the results of a new study which revealed that crime was 60% greater within a three-block radius, and 25% greater within a six-block radius, in areas where medical marijuana dispensaries had been shutdown – compared to areas where dispensaries were allowed to stay open. This study came after a Los Angeles ordinance shut down roughly 7 out of every 10 dispensaries in the city.
In 2012, a government funded study, conducted by the National Institute of Health, and published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, concluded that dispensaries weren’t linked to neighborhood crime. Continue reading
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is moving forward with HB 573, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The measure is up for a full House vote this week, and recently passed the state’s Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee by a vote of 14-1.
The measure would authorize qualified patients in the state to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis, as well as privately cultivate up to 3 plants. The bill would also recognize out-of-state individuals who are qualified patients in other states. The Department of Health and Human Services would give licenses to those wishing to sell cannabis through non-profit medical cannabis access points, though only 5 would be allowed.
New Hampshire lawmakers have actually approved similar legislation legalizing medical marijuana on three different occasions, including just last year, when it was again vetoed by then-governor John Lynch.
Now, the story’s different, as the new Governor, Maggie Hassan, has publicly stated that she would support such a measure. She backed medical cannabis legislation as a state senator in 2009. Continue reading
By Buddy Duzy, Coordinator, The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative
One of the greatest threats to the survival of modern mankind is climate change, specifically, the global warming of our planet. The vast majority of scientists and academics recognize this fact. All their charts, measurements, and statistics point to the incessant burning of the carbon based fossil fuels that power our cars and light our houses, coupled with the harvesting of timberlands and the destruction of earth’s rainforests and jungles, as the primary cause of this recent phenomenon.
Much thought has been devoted to remedying this problem but the solutions, such as carbon taxes, non-combustion energy production, smokestack scrubbers and whatever else, fall far short of a viable solution. At best, they will only slow the growth rate of carbon emissions and won’t do anything to lower the levels of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. Realistically, the only way to stop that growth rate is to stop pulling out and burning the fossil carbon buried deep in the earth, and the only way to reduce the destructive amounts of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is to stop cutting down and clearing our forests, rainforests and jungles.
According to the Miami Herald, John Morgan, “a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama and the boss of former Gov. Charlie Crist”, is taking a Florida medical marijuana initiative under his wings, promising to do everything he can to get it on next year’s ballot.
According to Morgan, who’s one of the top trial attorneys in Florida and runs the firm Morgan & Morgan, “I can get the money. I have the money. I will be joined by people with money who will help. I’ve been very fortunate in life, and I can make it happen.”
“I’ve been a health minister in my past and there’s no doubt that the health position would be to treat the issue of drugs as primarily a health and social issue rather than a criminalized issue,” Clark told Reuters. “Once you criminalize, you put very big stakes around. Of course, our world has proceeded on the basis that criminalization is the approach. Continue reading