Marijuana Politics

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Australia: Medical marijuana has widespread support from Vote Compass users

Support for medical marijuana was highest amongst people aged 55 and over: 84 per cent agreed it should be legal.

Younger respondents were slightly less supportive, with 72 per cent aged 18-34 in favour.

Both major parties have offered conditional support for medical marijuana.

The Coalition Government is planning medicinal cannabis trials for epileptic children, terminally ill adults and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley has accused the Government of moving too slowly, saying the trials are unnecessary because the benefits have been proven.

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UK: Treat cannabis the same as alcohol and tobacco, says Bristol MP Stephen Williams

Bristol West MP Stephen Williams says it's his personal wish to give cannabis the same legal status as alcohol and tobacco.

He argues that if you look at the hierarchy of harm caused by substances, you could not say cannabis was more harmful than alcohol.

"It terms of the damage alcohol does, in terms of domestic violence and crime, its far more harmful than cannabis," he says.

On whether this could lead to an increased culture of drug use, comparable to alcohol, he said that the main problem behind binge drinking was a pricing issue, with supermarkets able to sell alcohol too cheaply.

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Ohio marijuana legalization amendment certified

The Ohio Attorney General's Office today (March 13) announced that the marijuana legalization amendment has been certified.

Below is the announcement from Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the petition for the proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment to the Ohio Constitution.

On March 3rd, the Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Marijuana Legalization Amendment,” from the group Responsible Ohio.  The submission was certified today as containing both the necessary 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters and a “fair and truthful” summary of the proposed amendment.

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15
Mar

Dominica PM wants more debate on marijuana issue

ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is not completely sold on the idea of decriminalising small amounts of marijuana as regional countries debate the issue.

Speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, Skerrit asked what would be done with the “excess’ if the authorities agree to enact legislation allowing for the use of small quantities of the illegal drug.

“What do you do with the excess, and you don’t want to be encouraging the trafficking of this drug to other countries and what would be your relationship with the rest of the world?”

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14
Mar

Marijuana Legalization In Nevada: Voters To Decide Whether To Regulate Like Alcohol

Cannabis or marijuana possession and sale for recreational use in Nevada could be legalized in November next year as the legislature is expected to let voters decide whether to regulate it like alcohol. Nevada already has decriminalized possession of the substance for people 21 and older and it is legalized for medical use in the state, but possession of marijuana is still a misdemeanor and the sale of it is still a felony. The first offense of possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana warrants a $600 fine, and subsequent offenses go up to $5,000 or even jail terms.

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13
Mar

Four Marijuana Bills Advance In Missouri General Assembly

On Wednesday, Missouri legislative committees approved four separate cannabis law reform bills. We already wrote to you about HB 978, which would free Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving life without parole for a non-violent cannabis offense, and was approved by the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday morning. As the day progressed, so did three other pro-reform bills.

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Editorial: Ending the Federal Government's Doublethink on Marijuana | Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reform has made great strides over the past few years. Four states are now allowing their citizens to freely use recreational marijuana. Washington D.C. -- the seat of the federal government itself -- has joined Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state in fully legalizing marijuana. Almost half the states (23 of them) have legalized medical use of marijuana, and an additional dozen have allowed for heavily-restricted medical use of some form of the plant or another. That adds up to over seventy percent of America. Yet the federal laws have not budged an inch, and remain Draconian in their condemnation of any use of marijuana.

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UK: It's Time to Listen to Cannabis Consumers

It really is true; as the rest of the world sails along with progress in their sights, the UK remains anchored to the barnacles of prohibition. Don't fall for the false rhetoric of compassion that the UK drug policy has forged - we still maintain a stance of indiscriminate criminalisation. Like many, I have come to realise that the criminalisation of any person for their substance use is, frankly, a barbarous act - a sharpened shiv wielded for political intent.

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12
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South African Farmer’s court bid to legalise 'dagga'

Durban - The battle to legalise the use of dagga could reach the Constitutional Court if a Howick farmer has his way.

John Lawrence Strydom, 44, on Monday launched a Pietermaritzburg High Court application against the minister of justice and the office of the director of public prosecutions.

Strydom wants criminal proceedings against him for the possession and cultivation of dagga to be stayed.

This was in order for him to approach the Constitutional Court to have certain parts of the Illicit Drugs and Trafficking Act of 1992 and the Medicines and Related Substances Controlled Act of 1965, relating to the use, possession of and dealing in dagga, declared to be in violation of the Bill of Rights.

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Israel: Grass roots support: Most Israeli parties favor use of medical marijuana

The legalization of marijuana, particularly for medical use, has made it onto the agenda of this election, with most parties addressing the issue, and several adopting a more liberal position than they have in the past.

“It seems that someone – I don’t know who – has invested a great deal of money over the past two years in a campaign to promote marijuana in Israel,” says strategic consultant Itay Ben Horin, who has led many political campaigns in the past. Still, he says, “You still don’t see candidates for prime minister presenting that as part of their agenda.”

Most political parties have some position regarding marijuana use — with the exception of Likud, whose officials chose not to comment or respond to Haaretz’s query on the issue.

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