Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fifth California Legalization 2016 Measure Filed

by David Downs
Wed, May 6, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Californians are raring to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, with at least five legalization-related measures filed with the Attorney General by May 1.

The latest proposal, The 2016 California Bipartisan Decriminalization of Cannabis Act, comes from Jason Porter Collinsworth and Lara Marie Collinsworth, and illustrates the diversity in ideas for ending eight decades of cannabis prohibition.

There could be a dozen proposals for California legalization in 2016, the hard part is gathering signatures. Above, a failed 2014 petition drive. - DAVID DOWNS
  • David Downs
  • There could be a dozen proposals for California legalization in 2016, the hard part is gathering signatures. Above, a failed 2014 petition drive.



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Medical Marijuana on the March in Conservative Battlegrounds

by David Downs
Wed, May 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Midwest, Southern, and Eastern states still trail behind the rest of the country with regard to medical marijuana laws, but that is slowly changing.

This week, the Louisiana Senate passed a medical cannabis bill by a vote of 22 to 13 that would allow pharmacies to dispense the botanical, reports indicate. It heads to the Louisiana House now.

Laws authorizing medical marijuana (shown above) continue to sweep through conservative America. - DAVID DOWNS
  • David Downs
  • Laws authorizing medical marijuana (shown above) continue to sweep through conservative America.
Louisiana has actually had a non-functional medical marijuana law since 1978. It was renewed in 1991, but patients lack a mechanism to access the drug, as they cannot grow it or buy it. Governor Bobby Jindal said he is open to a tightly regulated medi-pot trade. The Louisiana Sheriffs' Association is neutral on the bill.

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