New Poll: Support for Cannabis Legalization Continues to Grow in Colorado

A new poll released today from Quinnipiac University has found that Coloradans continue to support legalization – and that support is only growing.stock4

The poll surveyed 1,139 registers Colorado voters, and found that a majority of respondents were generally in favor of cannabis legalization, and specifically Amendment 64 (A64 was the constitutional amendment passed in 2012 that legalized recreational cannabis in the State of Colorado). Of those surveyed, 58% said they support the legalization of cannabis – up from 54% when Quinnipiac conducted a survey asking the same question in August of last year.

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Uruguay Government Launches Cannabis Cultivation Training Courses

Last December, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the sale of recreational cannabis. Now, in an effort to curb black market trafficking, the country’s National Cannabis Federation has growplantslaunched cultivation training courses for local citizens interested in learning how to grow their own.

Taught by experienced growers, the courses will cover everything from initial seed germination to harvesting techniques and curing, as well as tips on how to prevent pests and provide proper fertilization. “It’s about learning to care for the plant, but also about the user’s own use,” says Efe Antonella, a cultivation expert who will be directing one of the workshops.

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Bill Filed in Oregon to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

A new bill has been filed in the State of Oregon that would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, as well as cultivation flower-power-2and sales. Senate Bill 1556, sponsored by Senator Floyd Prozanski and State Representative Peter Buckley, aims to put legalization on this November’s ballot for voters to approve or decline.

The basics are straight-forward: once the bill is put on the ballot and passed, cannabis possession for adults over 21 would become legal. The possession limit varies, depending on where you are – a person can possess up to 8 ounces within their home, and cultivate up to 4 plants.

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Cities Across the Netherlands Seek to Cultivate Cannabis Legally

Marijuana sales are allowed in the Netherlands, but those merchants who provide it, such as local coffee shops, face a serious supply problem – it is still illegal to cultivate cannabis in the country. This major loophole leaves those attempting to operate legitimately still stuck relying on the black market. Now, multiple cities across the country are attempting to fix this conundrum.coffeeshops

At least 8 cities are submitting proposals for regulations for legally cultivating cannabis to the Dutch Justice Minister;

Amsterdam, Venlo, Zwijndrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, with others considering following suit. The city mayors are asking the government to allow them to experiment with the legal cultivation of cannabis, so they can supply coffee shops with cannabis legitimately, rather than requiring them to obtain it illegally.

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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.

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Maine Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approve Measure Allowing Hemp Cultivation

Today, with a vote of 9-1, Maine’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee approved a measure explicitly allowing hemp cultivation in the state, even before a federal change takes place. Under current Maine law,kentucky-set-to-be-first-state-to-legalize-hemp-production.si hemp is legal for certain purposes, though the law mandates that an individual can’t receive a license to grow until federal law changes – this measure would remove that requirement, and would allow farmers in the state to begin cultivating hemp this year.

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Oregon House Judiciary Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Marijuana

Today Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing to discuss House Bill 3371, and approved the measure with a 6-3 vote, sgir-046ending it to House Revenue Committee. The measure, titled the┬áControl, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act, would legalize the personal cultivation of up to 6 plants, and the personal possession of up to 24 ounces for adults, while establishing state-licensed retail outlets to sell cannabis.

The measure, which would also explicitly legalize hemp, would take effect on July 1st, 2014.

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Reminder: Juries Can Nullify Charges they Find Unjust

Although its usage is increasing in the American legal system, far too few people know about, and understand one of the biggest weapons we have in our civil-rights arsenal; jury nullification. 588x280xIM_fija_billboard1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.9dL7FwxKb7

Jury nullification is a practice that dates back to before our nation was formed, and is the act of a jury acquitting someone of a charge, even if the evidence is clear, by finding them “not guilty”. By doing so, people can make sure that an individual doesn’t fall victim to unjust, archaic laws. As a juror, taking this path is simple: Vote “not guilty” to someone who is being charged with a bad law. A bad law being something like, say, cannabis prohibition.
Or most non-violent convictions made under the drug war.

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