We Have Reached Marijuana Reform Tipping Point
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We Have Reached Marijuana Reform Tipping Point
Posted by CN Staff on October 30, 2013 at 06:12:56 PT
By Matt Ferner 
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- Last week, more than 1,200 drug reformers from around the world gathered in Denver at the International Drug Reform Conference to talk about policy reform and find "an exit strategy from the war on drugs," as Tony Newman with the Drug Policy Alliance said in a statement about the conference.One of the most energetic and impassioned speeches over the three-day conference was delivered by Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann who said that the world has hit "the tipping point on marijuana."
"It's because of what Colorado and Washington did and what Uruguay is going to do," Nadelmann said, referring to both states' legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012 and Uruguay's expected passage of its own marijuana legalization laws, which will make it the first country in the world to establish rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adults. Nadelmann also cited the Department of Justice's decision to let Colorado and Washington's new marijuana laws go into effect without a challenge. "And we've hit the tipping point because 58 percent of our fellow citizens say it's time to legalize marijuana," Nadelmann said to applause from the conference audience.Just last week, Gallup released a poll showing that 58 percent of Americans think that marijuana usage should be made legal, which is the first time in U.S. history that more than half of Americans have expressed support for legalization.Although marijuana policy reform has come a long way recently, Nadelmann was quick to stress that more work is still needed. "We may be at the tipping point with marijuana -- two states down, 48 to go. And hopefully one country down, 200 to go -- that's a long way to go. So we have to be smart."He explained that "being smart" means states like Colorado and Washington will have to bear the burden of leadership in the end of pot prohibition. "Your system is going to have to be tighter and more restricted and constrained than sometimes seems reasonable -- so that the rest of the country can be reassured that this is the right way to go," Nadelmann said.American drug policies are complex and tied to many national systemic problems that also need solving, including mass incarceration and racism, Nadelmann said. He added that if the U.S. is at a tipping point with marijuana then "we're only at a turning point when it comes to mass incarceration in America." "We have, in America, been truly exceptional," he said. "Nobody in the history of democratic society has locked up fellow citizens in the way we do. Nobody has. Nobody has locked up black people the way we do. Nobody did these sorts of things.""I am fighting so that America becomes average."Source: Huffington Post (NY)	Author: Matt Ferner , The Huffington Post Published: October 29, 2013Copyright: 2013, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on November 01, 2013 at 14:55:51 PT
More about that tipping point.
There's always more.In the Boulder Weekly's, In Case You Missed It section:Council goes to potWe are not shy about criticizing the bone-headed moves that Boulder City Council makes periodically, but this time it seems to have gotten one right.The council voted Oct. 22 to allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to convert to a mixed-use model, combining retail with medical marijuana, in their current locations, instead of forcing them to choose one or the other and relocate if they opt for retail.The reason why this is important is that no one knows how the new retail marijuana shops will affect the existing medical marijuana market. Much depends on whether voters approve the hefty retail marijuana taxes on the ballot in November at the state and municipal levels, Proposition AA and City of Boulder Issue 2A. For instance, if both taxes pass, marijuana users may decide retail is simply too pricey and stick to their existing sources, whether it’s a dispensary or the black market. Alternatively, if the tax measures are defeated, perhaps retail marijuana will prove to be a thriving market, even taking business away from medical marijuana outlets.Allowing existing dispensaries to run retail under their roof in a joint operation, pun intended, gives them the flexibility to adjust their business model as needed and respond to market forces in a future that is still very smoky, er, cloudy. seems all the different locations (cities, towns, counties etc) will do things different and that will effect how things tip.
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Comment #14 posted by Sam Adams on October 31, 2013 at 22:44:24 PT
BS detector going off
>>"Your system is going to have to be tighter and more restricted and constrained than sometimes seems reasonable -- so that the rest of the country can be reassured that this is the right way to go," Nadelmann said.That's not the way it worked with medical MJ at all. Prop. 215 was the most permissive MJ law ever passed, and still is. And it inspired every other med MJ law out there. Despite all the backlash from federal, state, and local governments, Prop. 215 is still standing strong, and patients in CA have it better than anywhere else in the world.Funding and advocating for "legalization" laws that still feature thousands of arrests, seizures, and children being removed is wrong. In fact, squandering resources on laws that set us back are even worse than doing nothing.Martin Luther King said "The time is always right to do what's right"
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on October 31, 2013 at 19:45:32 PT
About that tipping point.
The majority of Americans are in favor of RE-legalizing this plant of Biblical proportions but obviously it is extremely popular either way.One way or another, demand will be met.-0-Tunnel linking US and Mexico foundA drug-smuggling tunnel equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system has been found connecting San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on October 31, 2013 at 14:25:23 PT
Storm Crow Comment 11
They approved some trials... on epileptic children. But this article is deceptive. It's approved for the trials. Not approved by the FDA in general. It won't be available to anyone not in the trials. It's also for one component of cannabis... just one "Purified" component. This is good news. I have been watching it... but what about the one that is the whole plant grown by the six brothers in Colorado that is having success with some children? What about that?They are scared to death that a plant they've hated without cause for decades is actually a truly miraculous medicine and preventative for many illnesses.Maybe this is the case that will prove to the dunderheads that have refused to see... under any circumstances, that cannabis is, in fact, an amazing medicine. 
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Comment #11 posted by Storm Crow on October 31, 2013 at 11:56:48 PT
FDA approves marijuana-based CBD drug
FDA approves marijuana based drug.Published on: Thursday, October 31, 2013By Bonnie KatzThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved clinical trials of a cannabis-based drug and its effects on epilepsy. The treatment, Epidiolex, is 98 percent purified cannabidiol (CBD) made by GW Pharmaceuticals based out of the U.K. There are around 60 known chemicals contained in cannabis called cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, is the main component responsible for the drug’s psychoactive nature. CBD, however, is the second most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis and provides medicinal benefits without the “high.” Epidiolex will come in a viscous liquid form to be dispensed from syringes. A 25 milligram per meter or 100 milligram per meter will be the two strengths made available to those in the trials. (snipped)
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on October 31, 2013 at 08:53:35 PT
even some Dems voted for this Bill
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Comment #9 posted by HempWorld on October 30, 2013 at 20:02:02 PT
Thank you!That's hilarious!The gift that keeps on givin'But how about Charlotte and all the other ones like her?
Cannabis Saves Little Children's Lives!
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Comment #8 posted by The GCW on October 30, 2013 at 18:22:49 PT
Ski area news 
Colorado ski slopes differ on marijuana tolerance January, citizens from around the world may legally purchase cannabis at stores in Colorado. While tourist visit Colorado to experience that new found freedom, one thing to do is ski or snowboard.
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on October 30, 2013 at 17:56:37 PT
Glad you liked it!
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 30, 2013 at 17:45:40 PT
Woo who?PatrioticDissension. I agree that even taking those dogs around children is egregious. I knew it was bound to happen. It's a wonder it doesn't happen more often. They want to show the dogs off, scare the kids of authority, and get them used to the presence of government/police/attack dogs. 
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Comment #5 posted by PatrioticDissension on October 30, 2013 at 15:41:43 PT
Police demonstration to group of 11 yos goes wrong
I just thought everyone should take a look at this link about a mock drug search done by police as a demo to a group of 11 year old the police gave one boy real drugs and when they began the mock raid the boy fidgeted and was severely harmed by the police dog. Wonderful to know how the police are trying to get our kids used to living in a police state. I cant say enough about the polices irresponsability in this.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on October 30, 2013 at 11:36:39 PT
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on October 30, 2013 at 10:31:44 PT
Who's there?
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on October 30, 2013 at 09:07:49 PT
Knock knock!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on October 30, 2013 at 07:36:13 PT
"Nobody did these sorts of things."
Well, except, maybe Hitler? Financed by Wall Street and the Bank of England?Going back to the elite's hobby of Eugenics; race purification, now it sounds familiar again, doesn't it?Dear Matt, author of this article, I think we are way past the tippint point, Cali is at 65% for example. The momentum continues to accelerate towards the upside of the "Yes" voters, add the generation gap and the aging "Nay" sayers... see my point?
It's Finally Over!
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