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Thu
01
Oct

The marijuana movement and the marijuana lobby

Reactions to the “Responsible Ohio” cannabis-legalization initiative have a lot to tell us about the changing politics of the marijuana question. No much of what they have to tell us is encouraging.

Cannabis policy change in the United States has been driven, until now, by people whose interest in the matter was primarily non-commercial: pot smokers yearning to toke free, culture warriors of the (cultural) left, libertarians, criminal justice reformers concerned about arrest and incarceration, and people who think that it’s bad policy to criminalize the behavior of tens of millions of people unless there’s a stronger reason to do so than the risks of cannabis create.

Wed
30
Sep

Roadside drug tests wrongly target cannabis users

It is absolutely absurd that there is no legal level of THC allowable by law in the saliva or the bloodstream when driving – as there is with that much more dangerous drug, alcohol.

Even the slightest trace of THC – which I’m told can be detected from a smoke many hours, days or even a week previously – will get you convicted of Driving Under the Influence.

You’ll lose your licence, perhaps your job, get fined, and perhaps even face gaol time.

And in the absence of an allowable level, there should be an impairment test for people who test positive for THC in their systems, if they’re picked up in a random roadside test without having driven erratically or broken any road laws.

Wed
30
Sep

Oregonians can buy recreational marijuana tax-fee until next year

A closeup of a marijuana plant shows the tiny hairs known as trichomes covering the surface of its leaves. Starting Thursday, adults can buy recreational marijuana in Oregon, the third state to permit legal sales.(Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)

Oregon residents can buy legal recreational marijuana starting Thursday, joining just two other states with similar systems.

Adults 21 and older in Oregon may buy up to a quarter-ounce of cannabis per day, without needing a doctor’s recommendation.

Wed
30
Sep

Medical cannabis campaigners push for UK progress

Earlier this week, in a crowded meeting room in central London, the United Patients Alliance (UPA) convened a discussion about medical cannabis. The UPA is a group of volunteers from around the United Kingdom, all of who suffer from debilitating ailments that could be alleviated with cannabis use. The discussion involved individuals emotively describing the harrowing experiences that they had endured with their illnesses, their anger at being prevented from legally accessing their medicine, and their hope for policy reform.

Wed
30
Sep

Auditor: Issue 3 not the way to legalize medical marijuana

SPRINGFIELD — 

Ohioans should be able to vote on repealing marijuana prohibition without creating a monopoly for a “cartel” of investors, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost, one of many Republican statewide office-holders speaking out against Issue 3 and in favor of Issue 2.

Yost addressed Springfield Rotary Club on Monday, saying he believes legalized recreational marijuana will ruin Ohio’s labor force and be harmful to kids, but that it’s time for state lawmakers to consider allowing medical marijuana in a tightly regulated way.

“We need to do this and do it right,” Yost said. “This is the wrong way to do it. It’s too extreme.”

Wed
30
Sep

How Marijuana Could Help Determine the Outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election

 

 

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The 2016 Presidential Election could draw the largest voter turnout this country has ever seen. And it's not because the list of Presidential candidates is exciting and controversial. It's because the huge millennial generation will be voting in this election and social issues, like the use of marijuana, could be at the forefront. Candidates' policies on the still illegal drug could play a major part in determining our country's next commander-in-chief.

 

 

Expect this millennial youth vote to be especially strong in key swing states like Florida and Nevada, where state marijuana ballot initiatives will be slated for 2016. 

Wed
30
Sep

Trinidad: Health Ministry facing ganja lawsuit

THE MINISTRY of Health is to be sued over ganja laws, the country’s first incorporated Cannabis Law Reform Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) has said.

According to a release from Colin Stephenson, the director and co-founder of C420, “under current law in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the possession, import, export, sale, manufacture, production, cultivation or distribution of cannabis is legal as long as one has been issued a licence”.

Stephenson said C420 is ”in possession of a legal opinion from the Ministry of Health confirming the same”.

“In light of this, C420 has made several applications for medicinal cannabis licences on behalf of individuals who feel cannabis will be effective as a treatment for their illnesses,” Stephenson said.

Wed
30
Sep

Jamaica: Guiding Principles for Cannabis Industry

 Since the formal establishment of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) some four months ago, there has been much speculation among the public regarding the development of a legal marijuana and hemp industry in Jamaica. The CLA, which is the authority responsible for crafting the regulations for the sector, has committed to providing continuous updates on the progress being made; demonstrating the highest level of probity in addressing all issues.

In a recent statement issued by the Authority, a list of guiding principles have now been put in place to provide assurance, transparency and structure for individuals and/or companies seeking to operate in the space.

Wed
30
Sep

Vote Compass: Majority of Canadians support softer marijuana laws

A majority of Canadians are in favour of either decriminalizing or legalizing personal marijuana use, according to the latest findings of Vote Compass, CBC's voter-engagement survey.

This applies not only to Canadians overall but also to those who identify as Conservative voters — who have historically favoured a strict drug policy.

According to Vote Compass, 75 per cent of Conservative supporters favour either decriminalization or legalization of marijuana for personal use, compared to 86 per cent of respondents overall.

The findings are based on 14,502 respondents who participated in Vote Compass between Sept. 22 and Sept. 24.

Wed
30
Sep

Canada: Parties hide in the weed(s) on legalizing marijuana

TORONTO - Colorado did it. Oregon and Washington, too. Sarah Palin’s Alaska did it. Maine hasn’t done it yet, but its biggest city, Portland, did.

Even the District of Columbia did it, which may explain that goofy grin on Joe Biden’s face. Spain, Portugal, Holland and Uruguay did it, to one degree or another. Many other countries are doing it or thinking about doing it.

Hell, North Korea reportedly did it, though you’re out of luck if you get the munchies.

Bangladesh did it. At the risk of starting a stampede to Bangladesh, I read you can get a gram of decent local product for 15 cents. No wonder they call their river the Ganga.

Yes, the list of jurisdictions around the world with legal recreational marijuana is growing like, well, a weed.

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