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Mon
02
Nov

Dumb Things GOP Candidates Have Said About Legal Marijuana

The Republican presidential candidates are facing off yet again in another primary debate to be held at the University of Colorado Boulder-so you can guarantee they’ll be asked about that state’s wildly successful experiment with marijuana legalization. Given this theme and the debate’s location in the first state to legalize marijuana, it’s likely that the state’s recreational marijuana industry will be discussed. “You’re not going to get the psychosis or schizophrenia trend lines in just a year or two”.

Mon
02
Nov

Colorado attorney says federal law protects him from pot prosecution

 

In a motion that could throw federal enforcement of marijuana laws in Colorado into commotion, a lawyer at the center of one of the biggest criminal pot cases in the state’s legal-marijuana era is asking a judge to toss out the case against him.

In the new motion, lawyer David Furtado argues that the federal crimes he is charged with — money laundering and trying to deposit proceeds from an illegal enterprise into a bank — all stem from activity that is legal under state law in Colorado. Because Congress last year passed a law prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws, Furtado argues that the indictment against him should be dismissed.

Sun
01
Nov

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’

n the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the children!” argument by pointing out that dealers are currently selling pot to kids and dispensaries will be carding customers. But James, the man behind this Tuesday’s ballot measure to legalize marijuana in Ohio, is motivated by more than his political convictions.

Sun
01
Nov

The Duplicity And Deceit Of UK Drugs Policy

On 12th October, after more than 220,000 people had signed a government e-petition, Mike Penning MP, the drugs minister, responded to the debate.  He said:

Sun
01
Nov

Ted Strickland visits Warren, talks marijuana legalization

 

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Former governor and U.S. Senate candidate, Ted Strickland, was in Warren on Sunday supporting current Warren Mayor, Doug Franklin, in his reelection.

Strickland also shared his thoughts on the issue of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use.

“If this was a straight marijuana legalization vote, I would vote yes. I am troubled by the monopoly aspect of it,” he said.

Stickland is for recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, but if Issue 2, the Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment, passes, it will give a limited number people power.

 

Sun
01
Nov

Marijuana for Millionaires

Yesterday a friend emailed to ask if I had any thoughts about Ohio's Issue 3, which would fully legalize marijuana cultivation and sale in the state. Ohio? I barely pay attention to California, let alone Ohio.

But Issue 3 turns out to be surprisingly fascinating—or venal and repellent, depending on your tolerance for sleaze. Apparently one of the authors of the initiative came across a Rand report on marijuana written by a bevy of drug-policy worthies, and it offered up a dozen possible options for legalization. One of them is called "structured oligopoly":

Sun
01
Nov

Limited medicinal marijuana law frustrates

When Logan Edwards returned home to Davenport in 2008 after his deployment in Iraq as a Marine, he was anything but the same.

Having just turned 21, he started using alcohol to cope with his anxiety, insomnia and nightmares. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, better known by its initials PTSD, Edwards drank every day for six months before seeking help. By the time he got it, it was almost too late.

After a long journey with many trials and errors and no real relief, Edwards, now 28, said he found a way to live his life in a functional and productive manner through the advice of a Vietnam vet. That advice: Smoke weed.

Sun
01
Nov

Petition For 'Marijuana Legalization Initiative Statute' Needs 365880 Signatures

What could be a resolution to the long-running debate over medical marijuana in Los Angeles and across California took a step forward today when backers of a proposal to legalize the drug won the state’s OK to gather petition signatures needed to put the idea before voters.

If enacted, the state would see a huge financial windfall through law enforcement cost savings and the new taxation of the drug and drug businesses.

More than $100 million in law enforcement costs could be saved if the measure becomes law, according to state officials. In addition, millions would be raised by taxing the drug industry.

Sun
01
Nov

Pot Legalization Brings Struggling New Arrivals to Pueblo, Colorado

Meanwhile legalized marijuana usage in Colorado has produced unexpected consequences.

“I think the world is looking at Colorado and I think this is this great period with great social and economic change around controlled substances”.

Marijuana candy. Trick or treat? a billboard on a major Denver thoroughfare warned.

Sun
01
Nov

More tickets issued than arrests for pot possession in Vermont

What Vermont has lost in arrests since decriminalizing marijuana in 2013 it's more than made up for by issuing tickets for pot possession.

Last year, law enforcement around the state filed paperwork with the court for 1,366 adult civil marijuana complaints, more than double the amount of arrests on file with the Vermont Crime Information Center in 2012 when a similar offense was still criminal, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

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