New Poll: Majority in Missouri Support Legalizing Marijuana

Today the non-profit, pro-legalization group Show-Me Cannabis Regulation released new polling whicshow-me-cannabis-regulation-missouri-smcrh shows that a majority in the state support legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana like alcohol. The poll was conducted by DHM Research, and surveyed Missouri residents who are likely to vote in the 2014 election. Participants were asked if they would vote for an initiative which is similar to the one that Show-Me Cannabis Regulation attempted to place on the ballot in 2012, and will be attempting again, aiming for either the 2014, or 2016 ballot.

According to the poll, 50% of voters are likely to support, and vote for such a measure, while 45% remain opposed (with the rest, of course, being undecided).

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Senator Rand Paul: Bush and Obama Got Lucky They Weren’t Arrested for Marijuana

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Senator Rand Paul.

Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, stated today that President Obama and former President Bush “got lucky” that they weren’t arrested as young adults, a time when both admit they consumed cannabis.

The statement came during public testimony for a new bill being sponsored by Senator Paul and Senator Leahy, which would end most federal mandatory minimums for non-violent drug related offenses.

After the hearing, Paul told Fox News, “Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use….Look what would have happened. It would have ruined their lives. They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky. They don’t have good attorneys. They go to jail for these things. And I think it’s a big mistake.”

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Where Does Your State Rank in Cannabis Consumption?

Cannabis consumption among humans isn’t going away anytime soon. Despite an intense prohibition, consumption rates have risen, not decreased. As we bring this prohibition to an end, cannabis rates aren’t likely to drop: Which is a good thing, as a slight increase in usage brought forth by medical cannabis has, according to studies, led to a drastic decrease in suicides, as well as traffic fatalities.

Examining consumption rates throughout America  using some of the most recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health here is a full list of U.S. states, in order of the state with the highest percentage of cannabis consumers, and ending with the state that has the lowest.

Some of the states appear where you might expect, but others, such as America’s #1, might be a bit surprising to some.

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So You Smoke Cannabis (And Why That’s Okay)

So, you smoke cannabis. Welcome to the club. This of course is a non-exclusive club, and consists of over 15 million Americans who have consumed in the past month, and roughly 100 million who have smoked at least once in their lives.joint

Smoking cannabis, despite what propaganda claims, is entirely normal and safe.

However, this might not mean much to you if you have friends or loved ones who may look down upon it; or in some cases, depending on your living situation, even forbid it. This is a tough situation faced by many, and isn’t an easy one to handle. Many of us want to maintain the respect of the ones we care for, and don’t want the conflict that could ensue. But at the same time, just because someone decide to consume an herb doesn’t mean they should be treated negatively, especially in the modern era of Starbucks, energy drinks and rampant pharmaceuticals.

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Uruguay Working to Legalize the Sale and Cultivation of Cannabis

A bill being pushed by the country’s government, which is sitting in Uruguay’s Congress, would legalize the possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis for adults. The country starts a 3-month public discussion on April 4th, withuruguay_20flag the measure’s first public hearing; the ongoing discussion will include roundtables, conferences and seminars across country.

According to NewsAhead, the measure would pass Congress if put to a vote, but President José Mujica, who supports the measure, wants to slow things down a little in order to educate the public about its purpose.

Proponents of the bill argue that the the new law would help undermine criminal syndicates, and would help fight crime in a country hit hard by drug-related violence. Critics say the bill will lead Uruguayans to harder drugs, an argument that, of course, has no statistical backing.

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ACLU: Nevadans Have Constitutional Right to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a legal brief with the Nevada Supreme Court, claiming t120808121931_aclu_logo_webhat Nevada’s medical marijuana law is unconstitutional, as it “restricts people from filling a legal prescription”.

According to the brief, the ACLU claims that the law is making criminals out of those “who make reasonable efforts” to obtain their medicine – a medicine that was declared legal in Nevada through a voter-enacted constitutional amendment in 2000.

Despite the legality of patients possessing and using marijuana for medical purposes, individuals can’t legally purchase it.

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Who Supports Prohibition?

By John Toker, Safety Patrol Communications Director, Seattle Hempfest

Prohibition benefits the black market, terrorists, law enforcement, politicians, and industry. All standnorml_remember_prohibition_ to gain, all of them financially. The black market profits directly. There are no regulations around health, safety or child welfare. There are no taxes to pay, and prices are driven up by the prohibition.

Terrorists benefit because the market our government refuses to regulate can be used to fund their efforts. It doesn’t matter if they’re in the streets of Chicago, the cities of Juarez, or the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Gangsters and terrorists are both organized criminal enterprises because prohibition gives them a bottom line to protect.Law enforcement benefits from the tax money that rains down on them to stop the scourge of harmed children.

The forfeited assets sold at auction and federal grants raise money for the paramilitary gear needed to break into homes and tear families apart. What’s more, drug laws create ways to bypass probable cause and search and seizure protections.

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United Nations: 5% of the World’s Population Uses Cannabis

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According to the United Nation’s 2012 World Drug Report, 5% of the world’s population consumes cannabis.

The report indicates that in 2010 (the most recent data accumulated) up to 225 million people consumed cannabis – approximately 5% of the global population. In countries like America and New Zealand, the number is above 10%. The report states:

Cannabis is a truly global phenomenon. Reports on cultivation and seizures of cannabis and on sources of cannabis products illustrate that cannabis is not only consumed in all countries in the form of cannabis herb (marijuana), it is also grown in most of them.

A Brief Look at the History of Cannabis Prohibition

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

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Harry J. Anslinger.

This is a quote from Mr. Harry J. Anslinger, quite possibly the most influential person in bringing forth the criminalization of cannabis. In other words, the bane of many of our existences. This isn’t an exaggerated quote, and is one among many in the same spirit and tone spewed by Mr. Anslinger, who essentially equates cannabis to the religious equivalent of a demonic sacrament.

When taking even a quick look at cannabis prohibition, if you start towards the beginning with Harry and pay attention to how racially charged his attempts really were, it’s hard to not immediately begin questioning the other influences that led to such a randomly unjustifiable prohibition.

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Medical Marijuana Sales Expected to be $1.5 Billion in 2013, Could Reach $6 Billion Annually by 2018

Today the medical cannabis trade magazine Medical Mar2222ijuana Business Daily published new research which shows that in 2013, there will be between $1.3 – $1.5 billion in state-authorized sales of marijuana to patients in the U.S.

A clear showing of how drastic the industry is growing, the group’s research finds that by next year, sales will likely double, and will be between $2.5 – $3 billion for the year. The industry is expected the grow consistently from then on: It’s predicted to be up to four times its current size by 2018, with a market size of $4.5 – $6 billion per year.

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