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February 13, 2014
Marijuana prohibition has been a long-term failure. Forcing marijuana into the underground market ensures authorities have no control of the product. Regulating marijuana would allow the product to be sold safely and responsibly by legitimate businesses in appropriate locations.
Rhode Island State Sen. Joshua Miller • In a statement, released via the official Rhode Island State Senate website, after introducing a bill that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana for all adults aged 21 or older. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act was also introduced to the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday, by Rep. Edith Ajello, and would make Rhode Island the third state to legalize use of the plant. Medical marijuana was approved by voters back in 2006, and a recent Public Policy Polling study shows a slight majority of voters in the state support regulating cannabis like alcohol. source
16:34 // 2 months ago
January 8, 2014

Early numbers reveal marijuana is pretty popular in Colorado

  • $5M was spent on recreational marijuana during the first week of sales in Colorado, according to the 37 dispensaries currently operating inside the state, including more than $1 million in sales on January 1. State officials expect cannabis sales to generate an estimated $70 million in tax revenue this year, with more than $25 million already allocated for the construction of new schools. source
14:43 // 3 months ago
January 4, 2014

Cuomo to propose limited medical marijuana for NY hospitals

  • 20New York state hospitals would be permitted to prescribe medicinal marijuana to patients with serious diseases (cancer and glaucoma among them) under a plan to be proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo at his State of the State address this Wednesday — good news for New York’s ailing. The system would reportedly be far stricter than in other states, California as a prime example, where prescriptions can be written largely by specialized doctors, for a range of maladies, with minimal verification. Of course, this may sound surprisingly stodgy and old-hat to the people of Colorado, who ushered in their new age of legalized weed by dropping $1 million on just its first day. source
21:11 // 3 months ago
January 1, 2014
17:48 // 3 months ago
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

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 // 4 months ago
November 27, 2013

U.S. Border Patrol confirms major pot bust in California

  • 260 pounds of marijuana were intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents, after being airdropped from an ultralight airplane that was spotted entering U.S. airspace at approximately 4am on Monday. Two men were arrested near the drop zone, in southern San Diego County; however, the plane and its pilot are believed to have returned to Mexico before landing. source
16:09 // 4 months ago
June 29, 2013

NYC-area woman charged with operating large-scale marijuana operation

  • 2,800+marijuana plants discovered by U.S. drug enforcement agents, allegedly grown in a large-scale, highly sophisticated operation run by Andrea Sanderlin, a mother of three in New York City’s affluent Westchester County. She has pleaded not guilty, and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted — meanwhile, two states (Colorado and Washington) have legalized cannabis outright, and recent polling finds a majority of Americans in support of legalization. source
15:14 // 9 months ago
April 20, 2013

Colorado sees first 4/20 in era of pot legalization

  • 80Kmarijuana smokers expected to celebrate 4/20 out in the open in Denver, Colorado today, the first such day in the state’s new era of legalized cannabis use. The consequence? Cops surrounding the event won’t be looking to make arrests or citations — rather, they’ll be focused on security in the aftermath of last week’s Boston marathon bombing. Which feels, frankly, like finally fighting the right enemies. source
16:26 // 12 months ago
April 9, 2013
19:41 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013
pewresearch:

Nearly half (48%) of all adults have tried marijuana, including 57% of Millennials. In the past year, 12% of Americans have used marijuana either for a medical issue or recreationally, or both. Age makes a difference: 27% of those under 30 say they have used marijuana in the past year, three times the percentage in any other age category.
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To whatever extent cannabis use among adults still holds a level of stigma or taboo thanks to its illegal nature, by the numbers it’s clearly something of an open secret. Support for legalizing it has now reached majority levels, and this isn’t something to be laughed off with some lame joke about Cheetos — countless thousands of Americans now languish in prison for non-violent use.

pewresearch:

Nearly half (48%) of all adults have tried marijuana, including 57% of Millennials. In the past year, 12% of Americans have used marijuana either for a medical issue or recreationally, or both. Age makes a difference: 27% of those under 30 say they have used marijuana in the past year, three times the percentage in any other age category.

Read more.

To whatever extent cannabis use among adults still holds a level of stigma or taboo thanks to its illegal nature, by the numbers it’s clearly something of an open secret. Support for legalizing it has now reached majority levels, and this isn’t something to be laughed off with some lame joke about Cheetos — countless thousands of Americans now languish in prison for non-violent use.

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16:47 // 1 year ago