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Tue
17
Mar

JFJ On Ganja Law: Gov't Should Step Up Public Education Efforts

Human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says the government needs to step up its public education programme on legislation, decriminalising the possession and use of small quantities of ganja.

JFJ says there seems to be confusion among the public and the police which it believes is having serious consequences.

The lobby group made the appeal against the background of the shooting death of Garfield Coburn by policeman Constable Kevon Gordon in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew on March 6.

Coburn was reportedly shot as he resisted attempts by the police to arrest him after being held with a ganja spliff.

The incident was captured on amateur video.

Tue
17
Mar

Marijuana Is God's Plant

On Texas’s Independence Day, Republican David Simpson filed a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas. Simpson’s bill aims to delete any mention of marijuana from state law, completely deregulate and decriminalize it and treat it as any other vegetable.

A release from Simpson’s office called the proposal a first in the nation. The statement read:

“I am proposing that this plant [marijuana] be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.

Tue
17
Mar

Cory Booker on how America's criminal justice system destroys the American dream

On March 10, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) was among a bipartisan group of senators that introduced a historic bill that would, for the first time, force the federal government to acknowledge that marijuana has some medical value. Booker, who has become one of the leading voices for criminal justice and drug policy reform in the US Senate, is also pushing theREDEEM Act, a bill that would, among other changes, allow nonviolent drug offenders to more easily seal their records and apply for welfare programs.

I sat down with Booker on the same day he introduced the medical marijuana bill to discuss some of his broader thoughts about the criminal justice system — and why he sees reform in this area as being as urgent as the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Tue
17
Mar

Federal marijuana laws can change if enough states reform – Obama

President Barack Obama said he is starting to see liberals and conservatives recognizing that current marijuana laws don’t make sense, and how costly it is to incarcerate individuals for non-violent drug offenses.

In an interview with Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith, President Obama seemed to initially dismiss the topic of marijuana legalization, telling Smith he understands interest in the drug before arguing that the issue “shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority.”

Young people should care about “climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace,” Obama said. Maybe at the bottom of that list, he added, “you should be thinking about marijuana.”

Tue
17
Mar

Ruling clears way for marijuana convictions to be erased

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of people busted in Connecticut for marijuana possession now have the right to get their convictions erased after the state Supreme Court ruled Monday that the violation had been downgraded to the same legal level as a parking ticket.

The 7-0 ruling came in the case of former Manchester and Bolton resident Nicholas Menditto, who had asked for his convictions to be overturned after the Legislature decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot in 2011.

"It's a topic multiple states will have to be facing," said Aaron Romano, Menditto's attorney. "Because marijuana is being decriminalized across the United States, this issue needs to be addressed."

Tue
17
Mar

Federal Representative Applauds Senate Medical Marijuana Bill

 Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been a longtime champion of sensible marijuana law reform. As a state legislator in Oregon, he voted to decriminalize personal amounts of marijuana all the way back in 1973. He has been at the forefront of cannabis law reform ever since, even when it wasn’t near as politically popular as it is today. He was very instrumental in the fight to legalize marijuana, even debating the merits of Measure 91 at the Salem City Club against Oregon’s most prominent prohibitionist.

Mon
16
Mar

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.

Mon
16
Mar

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.

Mon
16
Mar

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.

Sun
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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