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December 10, 2013
Legalized: The states of Washington and Colorado may be getting quite a bit of attention for passing legislation to legalize marijuana last year, but a different country is about to become the first in the world to legally protect its citizens’ right to consume, grow, and sell cannabis. Residents of Uruguay will soon be allowed to purchase up to 40 grams of marijuana per
week month from state-run pharmacies, at just $1 per gram, or grow up to 6 plants of their own. The government has also given itself 120 days to create a regulatory body for privatized distribution. (Photo via Coleen Danger) source
15:04 // 1 day ago
September 25, 2013
The real Rick Ross. Freeway Rick Ross. He didn’t invent crack. But he probably did more than anyone else to cause its spread. Just Say No. The War on Drugs. Mandatory Minimums. The Wire. RICK RO$$. This is his legacy. Say hello to my little friend.
Esquire has a piece on Rick Ross, the one who isn’t a rapper, but is enough of a big deal that the magazine ran a feature on him for its 80th anniversary issue.
20:26 // 2 months ago
August 12, 2013
We must never stop being tough on crime. But we must also be smarter on crime. Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law-enforcement reason … Although incarceration has a role to play in our justice system, widespread incarceration at the federal, state and local levels is both ineffective and unsustainable.
Attorney General Eric Holder • Calling upon the Department of Justice to change the way it files charges against non-violent drug offenders, by withholding drug quantities when filing reports; effectively allowing prosecutors and judges to sidestep existing federal minimum sentencing laws in an effort to curtail ever-growing inmate populations. Holder is expected to make the statement in front of the American Bar Association on Monday, according to prepared remarks given to the press. source
14:21 // 4 months ago
May 16, 2013
The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those who never or no longer did was that current smokers’ insulin levels were reduced by 16 percent and their insulin resistance (a condition in which the body has trouble absorbing glucose from the bloodstream) was reduced by 17 percent.
The Atlantic’s Lindsay Abrams, reporting on the results of a recent study on the health effects of marijuana. In addition, regular pot smokers were skinnier than those who abstained, “even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels,” and had higher levels of HDL (“good cholesterol”). source
11:38 // 6 months ago
April 9, 2013
November 14, 2012
Respect for the principles of democracy; respect for the states to make decisions on matters that primarily affect the residents of those states; the chance to conserve scarce federal financial resources — these we believe are many strong reasons for you to defer to the state decisions.
Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Ron Paul • In an open letter to President Obama, asking that his administration not interfere with recently passed ballot measures that legalized the recreational usage of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. The retiring House members have both long been advocates of reforming existing drug laws, and have repeatedly introduced federal decriminalization legislation in the past. The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency have remained relatively mum on the new laws, outside of signaling disapproval, though many expect to hear some word on the federal government’s stance in the days and weeks ahead. source
14:42 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
Marijuana legalization has early effects in Washington
- 220 misdemeanor marijuana charges have been dropped by prosecutors in King and Pierce counties before a new law legalizing possession of the (still federally controlled) substance takes effect next month. Washington’s widely publicized legalization initiative is set to become the law of the land on Dec. 6, barring federal intervention in the interim, but local authorities see little point in trying to enforce laws that will soon expire. ““I think when the people voted to change the policy, they weren’t focused on when the effective date of the new policy would be,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. “They spoke loudly and clearly that we should not treat small amounts of marijuana as an offense.” source
14:29 // 1 year ago
November 1, 2012
A new study from the Instituto Mexicano Para La Competitividad A.C. (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness) reveals potentially devastating consequences for a number of Mexican drug cartels should marijuana be legalized in a handful of the United States. The Mexican think thank believes the legalization measures on the ballot in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington could cut combined cartel profits by as much as 22 to 30 percent, and could severely cripple the infamous Sinaloa Cartel that operates in Western Mexico. source
17:55 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2012
House Resolution 6134, also known as theThe Truth in Trials Act, was introduced Tuesday by Representative Sam Farr on behalf of himself and 18 other congressmen. The bill aims to overturn existing federal regulations which prevent medical marijuana patients from discussing state law, and their compliance with it, during federal prosecution of marijuana-related offenses. It also aims to crack down on federal raids of dispensaries and caregivers by declaring that “No plant may be seized under any federal law otherwise permitting such seizure if the plant is being grown or stored pursuant to a recommendation by a physician or an order of a state or municipal agency in accordance with state law.” (Photo via Dank Depot) source
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15:26 // 1 year ago
April 14, 2012
One extreme can be to put all users in prison. On the other extreme, legalization. In the middle there may be more practical policies, such as decriminalizing consumption but putting all the efforts into interdiction.
President Obama • Speaking at the Summit Of The Americas in Colombia today. Obama sought, as he often does, to play the mindful pragmatist, seeking centrist ground. His former hypothetical is functionally impossible in a way the second one isn’t, really – there simply aren’t enough prisons to hold every person found to use drugs. However, the latter suggestion is opposed by a large chunk of the U.S. populace, and as such has scant support amongst the American political class, which Obama clearly understands: “…the time has come to simply analyze if what we are doing is the best we could be doing, or if we can find an alternative that would be more effective and less costly to society. This is a topic of extreme political sensitivity.” source (via • follow)
17:48 // 1 year ago