Hemp legalization in America could come much sooner than people think. We reported recently on the fact that House Majority Leader John Boehner has indicated that he’ll work towards ending hemp prohibition, and that such a move could be introduced and approved by being added as an amendment to the national farm bill, which overhauls farming regulations throughout the nation. Now, Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, has introduced such an amendment, which would remove hemp from the U.S. Federal Controlled Substances Act.
This afternoon Michigan’s Supreme Court made a decision which adds a legal protection for drivers who are medical marijuana patients. In the decision, which was unanimous, the court rules that the state’s medical marijuana statute pre-empts the state’s zero-tolerance provision for THC, which finds someone guilty of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) for simply having THC in their system, even if it was from days ago.
“While we need not set exact parameters of when a person is ‘under the influence,’ we conclude that it contemplates something more than having any amount of marijuana in one’s system and requires some effect on the person”, stated the court in their 8-page decision paper.
Anyone who consumes cannabis on a regular basis knows that it doesn’t make you a dangerous driver. Many people find that it makes them a safer, more focused driver; one that’s more aware of their surroundings and the dangers associated with controlling tons of gasoline-filled metal. Not only has this been an anecdotal truth for as long as cars and cannabis have been paired, science has also been clear that consuming marijuana doesn’t make you a dangerous driver, and may make some people safer drivers. More research is needed, but it’s hard to deny that of the research we have, marijuana hasn’t been found to increase a person’s risk of an accident.
To back this claim up, here’s a list of studies and research conducted on this very topic, some of which were funded by national governments in hopes of different results. (Sources are hyperlinked).
By John Wind Bell a.k.a Leaf Forall, comedian and author
Much to the chagrin of the prohibitionist in the USA and around the World, two states stepped forward last year, denounced the lies and propaganda, and removed the eighty year old shackles from their people so they can breathe easier, and yes, exhale easier. Their action has caused a ‘legalize virus’ to escape and spread through-out the land! And maybe across the ‘Pond’, as well as up North to our dear friends in Canada.
Since the legal medical marijuana ‘virus’ has spread after California set it free, now 18 States have caught the virus, there’s no telling how many States can hold on and not succumb to rational thought, another side effect of the virus. Or possibly States will just ‘puff’n pass-up’ the MMJ bills for legalization instead. As if they need the President’s pat of approval.
Legislation to protect owners and operators of nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries has been approved by the California Senate. Senate Bill 439 passed today with a 22 to 12 vote, with not a single Republican voting in favor, and now heads to the state’s House of Representatives. If approved, the measure would clear up some of the confusion associated with the state’s fluctuating medical cannabis industry, and would provide dispensary owners the clearest legal protection they’ve ever had in the state.
“We want to create more certainty where little or none exists now”, stated Senate President (Pro Tem) Darrell Steinberg after the vote.
Legislation to legalize medical marijuana is continuing to advance in New York’s Legislature, having already passed the full House, and new polling will give extra momentum to the effort. New polling released today, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, found that 82% of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana. The polling found that, surprisingly, support among Democrats and Republicans is equal, at 81%. Self-described independents support the move the most, with 89% being in favor.
The movement to reform our failed marijuana policies has been progressing tremendously, and victories are being accounted for all across the globe. One of those victories includes the State of Illinois, whose House and Senate recently voted to approved legislation legalizing the possession and state-licensed sales of medicinal marijuana. All that is left before the measure becomes law is a signature from the governor. He stated today that he has an “open mind” on the issue, knowing that legislation is heading his way.
New polling has found that a drastic majority of Pennsylvania residents – 82% – support the legalization of medical cannabis. Only 14% oppose such a move, with only 4% being undecided. This new polling is sure to give weight to recent legislation filed in the state’s House which would legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis for adults who have a qualifying medical condition. The measure would also legalize medical marijuana safe access points, without specifying any particular regulations.
Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she intends to file legislation in New York aimed at legalizing the recreational use, possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of marijuana for adults. The measure comes as New York’s Legislature continues to push forward a measure to legalize medical marijuana – a proposal that’s already been approved by the state’s House, and is expected to pass the Senate.
“It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” stated Krueger earlier this week.
The Illinois Senate has voted, 35 to 21, to approve a measure to legalize medical marijuana. The proposal has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and now heads to the governor for final approval. If signed into law, it would be legal in Illinois for qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which they would obtain through one of sixty state-licensed dispensaries. Governor Quinn hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll sign the measure, but stated recently that he’s “open minded” about the move.