“By including the comprehensive medical marijuana bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, in their state budget proposal, the Assembly has jumpstarted negotiations with the Senate and Governor, as the measure will now be part of state budget negotiations”, said the Drug Policy Alliance in a Wednesday press release.
Last night, BuzzFeed released a gripping video [which can be found below] about one New Yorker’s harrowing experience of being arrested for marijuana possession. A Marijuana Arrest tells the story of former Manhattan Public School art teacher Alberto Willmore, who recounts how his life was upended after NYPD officers aggressively seized and charged him with marijuana possession. Mr. Willmore immediately lost his teaching job, spent nearly two years fighting the case in court, and – even though the case was thrown out – he was still penalized by his employer, the Department of Education.
By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org
A California marijuana legalization initiative backed by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) was filed Wednesday with the state attorney general’s office. But the national drug reform group said it has not yet decided whether to campaign to get it on the November 2014 ballot.
The Control, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana Act would legalize up to an ounce and four plants for people 21 and over and create a statewide system of regulated marijuana commerce. It would also impose a 25% tax on retail sales.
By Johnny Green, TheWeedBlog.com
Yesterday an initiative to legalize cannabis was filed in Oregon. Here’s an update on that effort.
Oregon’s marijuana legalization efforts have been well documented by media outlets around the country. As I’ve said many times, Oregon should have joined Colorado and Washington in 2012, but national donors dropped the ball for one reason or another on Measure 80. I have stated over and over that if Oregon had a better initiative on the ballot, even without national campaign donors, it would have passed. Or, if national donors had donated even 1/5 what Colorado and Washington had to work with, it would have passed. Even with no money, and a poorly written initiative, we were within 3 percentage points of victory.
The President of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina praised the voters of Colorado and Washington for legalizing cannabis during a speech given at the United Nations on Thursday. The president also spoke out against the failures of the drug war, and urged countries to take a different approach.
“You know global drug policy is changing when the president of a Latin American country plagued by drug trafficking violence praises US initiatives to legalize marijuana,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It feels like sanity and rationality are at last penetrating the highest levels of governments throughout the Americas.”
New Approach Oregon – in collaboration with the Drug Police Alliance – announced today that they’re drafting an initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon, with the aim of putting the proposal to a vote in 2014.
“Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 election”, said Anthony Johnson, Director of New Approach Oregon, which helped to introduce the legalization measure House Bill 3371 this year, which passed out of its initial committee in April, though eventually stalled.