Friday, December 20, 2013

California Legalization Initiative for 2014 Gets Tweaked

by David Downs
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

A proposed ballot measure to legalize pot in California in 2014 underwent some changes this week, increasing personal cultivation limits to six plants, among other minor alterations.

"The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act” from Drug Policy Alliance and a group representing the late Peter Lewis offers a modest form of legalization.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blame Ongoing Pot Prohibition On Ignorant South

by David Downs
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A new legalization poll and some data on high school drop-outs implicates ignorant people, many from the South, in our ongoing and disastrous national experiment with cannabis prohibition.

A Reason-Ruppe poll this week found that 49 percent of Americans favor pot legalization, versus 47 percent who don’t. Support correlates to education, the poll finds.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bevy of Weed Wins on Election Day

by David Downs
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Marijuana policy reform measures cruised to victory in several states across the nation last night.

Portland, Maine became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana when voters approved Question 1 by a margin of 67-33, removing all penalties for possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older.

Marijuana Policy Project was the largest backer of the initiative, and "the huge showing of support in Maine’s most populated city bodes well for our efforts to pass a statewide measure in 2016 to regulate marijuana like alcohol," wrote Rob Kampia.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Florida Supreme Court Will Hear Medical Marijuana Measure

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The Florida Supreme Court has set December 5 as the date for arguments in a lawsuit over the placement of a medical marijuana measure before Florida voters. Last month, medical marijuana advocates People United for Medical Marijuana submitted petitions and ballot language for a November 2014 measure vote. Last week, however, Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the Supreme Court to throw it out.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mother Jones: Legal Pot in US by 2020

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

With Gallup reporting that a record-high 58 percent of Americans support legalizing pot, Mother Jones' Kevin Drum writes that the plant will be legal nationwide by 2020.

"I have a rule of thumb that favorability ratings need to reach about 65 percent before you hit a tipping point where a major social change starts getting codified into law nationwide," Drum writes.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Poll: 65 Percent of Californians Support Tightly Regulated Pot Legalization

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Polling firm Tulchin Research released the results of a new survey today showing 65 percent of Californians support the taxation and regulation of marijuana.

“The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services,” the San Francisco polling firm stated in a release.

The phone survey of 1,200 California voters was conducted September 26 and October 6 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

'Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014' Filed in California

by David Downs
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Another group has decided to shoot for pot legalization in California by 2014. According to San Jose dispensary operator Dave Hodges, his group submitted to the State of California for review the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 on Friday. Now the Secretary of State must review the ballot language and if it's approved for circulation, allow the group to begin gathering signatures to put the initiative before California voters in November 2014.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Economist Debate: Should Cannabis Be Legalized Everywhere?

by David Downs
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Pop on over to The Economist to vote on whether or not cannabis should be taxed and regulated worldwide. After two days of voting, the yes contingent was winning this morning 94-6 percent.

Supporting the drug war, Neil McKeganey of the Center for Drug Misuse Research, who says, 'Yes, drug war, because marijuana makes people crazy.'

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Friday, September 27, 2013

California Marijuana Legalization 2014 Initiative Cleared for Circulation

by David Downs
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

A group calling itself the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative received clearance from the California Secretary of State Thursday to circulate a petition to legalize pot at the ballot box in the November 2014 election.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, the CCHI "Decriminalizes marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivaton, transportation, or distribution. Requires case-by-case review for persons currently charged with or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation. Requires case-by-case review of applications to have records of these charges and convictions erased. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state or local aid to enforcement of federal marijuana laws."

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Marijuana Ad During the Super Bowl?

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

An aging drug law reform group is staging a pretty modern publicity stunt right now: The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is trying to get a pro-marijuana advertisement on international television during the upcoming Super Bowl. The Super Bowl ad will be paid for by Quickbooks-maker Intuit, which is holding a popularity contest for small businesses. The team with the most online votes wins the marketing opportunity of a lifetime.

After the contest was announced, the forty-year-old NORML used its huge online network to begin stuffing ballots, quickly shooting to the lead in Intuit's contest last week.

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