Florida Supreme Court Gives Initiative Approval, State to Vote on Medical Cannabis Legalization This November

Today the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling on the medical cannabis legalization initiative that is vying for this November’s ballot. In a close 4-3 medicalcannabisfamdecision, justices determined the initiative is valid, and will be put to a vote.

This ruling comes just days after campaigners received confirmation that they had collected enough voter’s signatures on the initiative to secure its place in the election (roughly 1.2 million signatures total).

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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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New Poll Finds 65% in Florida Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A new poll released Wednesday from Public Policy Polling has found that 65% of voters in Florida would support a ballot measure legalizing medical floridammjcannabis; considering they are almost certain to have such a measure on this November’s ballot, these high approval ratings may offer a promising prediction of Florida’s near future.

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Cannabis Law Reform Bills Filed In Missouri Assembly

By Dan Viets, JD, Chair of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation

A bill to legalize the limited use of marijuana as medicine and a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana were both filed in the Missouri General Assemblymissouri on Monday, January 13. The primary sponsor of both bills is Representative Rory Ellinger of University City.

House Bill 1324 would add Missouri to the quickly growing list of 22 states which now have some form of legal marijuana use for medical purposes, as does the District of Columbia. New York is the most recent state to join the list following executive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill would eliminate penalties for those who use marijuana pursuant to a recommendation by a licensed physician for the treatment of serious medical conditions.

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New RAND Report Reveals Predictions of Washington Cannabis Consumption for 2013 Not Even Close

A new report released from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center has found that past projections of cannabis consumptionstock2 in Washington for 2013 fell short – by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The report estimates the weight of cannabis consumed in Washington in 2013 based on data collected from existing household surveys and a new web-based consumption survey, and the results indicate that previous projections of Washington’s consumption rate for 2013 reflected less than half of actual consumption for the year:

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Over a Year After Amendment 64 Passes, Voters Still Support Cannabis Legalization in Colorado

A new poll released this week shows that public opinion still favors cannabis legalization in Colorado, more than a year after Amendment 64 passed.colorado-cannabis Public Policy Polling surveyed almost 1,000 Colorado voters, asking the question “In general, do you think marijuana usage should be legal or illegal?”. The results found that 53% of voters remain in favor of legalization, with just 38% opposed (9% were unsure).

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Berlin Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Approve Proposal to Legalize Nation’s First Cannabis Coffee Shop

By RT.com

Berlin could soon be enjoying its very own legal marijuana, as the parliament of the trendy and hip Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg districtcannabiscoffeeshop voted overwhelmingly in favor of a measure that could see the first legal coffee shop in the country.

After barely a month in office, the then-newly elected Mayor of the area, the Green Party’s Monika Hermann, came up with the idea in September to turn her district into a zone free of cannabis laws, akin to Amsterdam’s coffee shops or Copenhagen’s famed Christiania district.

The idea was born out of a realization that dealing with drug crime in the area’s famous Görlitzer Park was simply too much hassle for authorities, when their time could be better spent tackling hard drugs and organized crime.

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Slovakia To Legalize Marijuana Seeds

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

Marijuana seeds will no longer be illegal in Slovakia as of March 2014, according to a report in the Slovak Spectator. The decision came Wednesday in a proposal from the Health Ministry.

The Slovakia capital, Bratislava.
The Slovakia capital, Bratislava.

While the move has yet to be confirmed by parliament and the president, the deed is considered as good as done because both parliament is dominated by the Smer Perty and President Ivan Gasparovic is widely viewed as a Smer ally.

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U.K. Proposal Announced to Legalize Cannabis, Other Drugs

A group of ministers in the Liberal Democrat party are introducing a proposal to drastically alter the U.K.’s drug policies by legalizing cannabis, in addition to other “club drugs” such as ecstasy, accordinukg to the Sunday Times. The move is planned as a means to fix the U.K.’s failing war on drugs, which has resulted in an increase in crime, and a heavy financial burden on taxpayers.

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Alaska Advocates Nearing Signature Requirement to Place Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in 2014

Advocates in Alaska are hard at work on an initiative to legalize cannabis, with the goal of putting the proposal to a vote in November, 2014. The group is on track to meet this goalcampaignalaska, and has collected nearly 30,000 signatures in less than 4 months, the initiative’s spokesman Timothy Hinterberger tells us. The group is required to submit 30,000 valid signatures by January to make the ballot.

Given that not all signatures will be valid (those not from registered Alaska voter), the group has set a goal of 45,000 signatures by December 1st (a self-imposed deadline, as they officially have until January), a goal they’re on track to make.

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