Legalize It!

legalize itIs this the End (of cannabis prohibition as we know it)?

The NORML blog says eight states may legalize marijuana this year:

2012 has only just begun and it is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting and active years for marijuana law reform in some time. More than a dozen state legislatures are currently considering reform measures in some respect and 8 states are attempting to put legalization initiatives before voters this November.

Many of these efforts are still in the signature gathering stage. Check out the list below to see if you might be able to vote ‘Yes’ on marijuana legalization in your state this year and how you can get involved to make that a reality. In addition to the legalization initiatives below several states, such as Ohio and Massachusetts, are working to also put medical marijuana initiatives before voters this year. To stay up to date on all the efforts to reform marijuana laws you can follow our “Legalize It 2012″ hub on Facebook and Twitter.

California

Regulate Marijuana Like Wine

Details: “The “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” initiative intends to repeal prohibition of marijuana for adults, strictly regulate marijuana, just like the wine industry, allow for hemp agriculture and products while not changing laws regarding medical marijuana, impairment, work place drug laws, or laws regarding vehicle operation. This initiative would also provide specific personal possession exemptions, require dismissal of pending court cases for marijuana possession, and ban the advertising of non-medical marijuana.”

Learn More: www.regulatemarijuanalikewine.com

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  • Raphie6

    1.The sounds don’t even match.
    2.Anyone can add sounds to a video like that, using any sound/video rendering software.
    3.remember “the boy who cried wolf?

  • Jim

    Pot is good and bad, just like everything else! Use it the correct way and things go smooth in ones life. Perhaps legalise all drugs, but lets have the energy and resources to direct towards eliminating addiction period. Use drugs as an ally rather than something else.

    Here is an interesting article about addiction. I’m not against my country, but I think as a race we can turn a a corner and eliminate addiction and use drugs to achieve something for humanity!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/bc-doctor-agrees-to-stop-using-amazonian-plant-to-treat-addictions/article2231413/

  • zedted

    Raphie needs to put down the pipe. .D00D.

    Until federal law changes it won’t matter.  All states could adopt the same laws and it will still be the same as per federal law.  Meaning a Schedule 2 narcotic.  Or maybe I”m wrong about that?  But, the feds will kick in your door any time they want regardless of YOUR state law.

    It’s all very confusing to me.  I don’t even smoke it. 

    • MoralDrift

      its a schedule 1 bra……NO MEDICAL USE

      So, you are right to a point but states already flout that law…the number of federal law enforcement agents compared to local is very small.

  • Mr Willow

    Is this the End (of cannabis prohibition as we know it)?

    At this point, I’m ready to scream “It bloody well better be!!”, but honestly, not all that optimistic, considering the general sentiment from most politicians *cough*Obama*cough*, and the (projected) opinion of the country. 

    Still, I am liking the platforms being presented here. If it can’t be regulated like alcohol (or tobacco)—which is more harmful, damaging to your liver (and lungs), with the possibility of dependence—then the next batch of legislation proposed should be to criminalize those things (or how about synthetic pharmaceuticals). 

    It’s absolutely ridiculous for one form of ‘drug’—a naturally growing herb, in this case—to be prohibited, when we tolerate more detrimental substances in society.

  • Amilcar

    Jesus, the hebrew priesthood and every holy man from the old testament, used an oil made with marijuana, wich – once applied on the skin – would open the soul to the Holy Spirit:

    [...] The ancient recipe for this anointing oil, recorded in the Old Testament
    book of Exodus (30: 22-23) included over nine pounds of flowering
    cannabis tops, Hebrew “kaneh-bosm” B,
    extracted into a hind (about 6.5 litres) of olive oil, along with a
    variety of other herbs and spices. The ancient chosen ones were
    literally drenched in this potent cannabis holy oil. [...] (From http://www.cannabisculture.com/backissues/cc11/christ.html .)

    I think Rick Santorum could start correcting his path by advocating for legalization.

  • Eric_D_Read

    Toke of the Town has an interesting article on a lawyer’s argument that D.C.s MM law has set precedent for the Feds to defer to state law.
    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/02/congress_oks_medical_marijuana_everywhere_with_dc.php 

    A lawyer actually working to do some good for once. You don’t want to miss this, folks.

  • Hadrian999

    this may be the beginning of the end but it will be a hard fight, the feds use grant money to hire local police to crack down on drug operations, if it becomes legal there is a source of local funding that dries up, police organizations will fight that, the war on drugs is also an excuse federal agencies use to justify their budgets and tactics, it is also a boogeyman that federal government to justify military “aid” programs in the 3rd world. it will take a lot of effort to knock all that down and I doubt it will happen over night

  • Mamagriff50

    Think of the taxes they would collect, like ciggs. Maybe, just maybe it would help solve the debt crisis…..

    • JaceD

      I think the reason why it is illegal is because governments can’t tax it… In my country it’s $20 for a gram (Tinny) and $50 for 3 (50 bag) If governments were to legalise it, and sell it in the local shops, the price would be huge! Not only would the price of pot be really high, but also the strain would no doubt be a weaker, synthetic version, so any pot smoker would just carry on buyng from their dealer- which would be illegal.

    • JaceD

      Also the cost of smokers health issues far out weigh the tax revinue governments make off the taxes.

  • Haystack

    Legalize what? 

    Oh, right. Sorry, I’m kind of stoned right now….