Lawmakers Preparing State MJ Legalization Push
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Lawmakers Preparing State MJ Legalization Push
Posted by CN Staff on November 14, 2012 at 18:53:52 PT
By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post 
Source: Huffington Post 
New England -- State lawmakers across New England are preparing legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use, building on recent victories for the movement in Colorado and Washington last week.The Marijuana Policy Project announced Wednesday that state legislators in Rhode Island and Maine, where medical marijuana has already been legalized, are set to announce bills in their respective states that would pave a path for broader legalization of the substance.
Reason reports that Rhode Island's Rep. Edith Ajello and Maine's Rep. Diane Russell will discuss their plans during a conference call with the MPP on Thursday. The MPP also reports that lawmakers in Vermont and Massachusetts intend to follow suit.As a region, New England has been at the forefront of marijuana acceptance. Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana last week, leaving New Hampshire as the last state in the region to remain in line with federal laws prohibiting the drug. New Hampshire's Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill attempting to change that earlier this year, but Democratic Gov. John Lynch vetoed the measure.It remains to be seen exactly how Colorado and Washington will implement the new measures legalizing recreational use of marijuana in the face of federal laws that continue to consider pot to be a dangerous and illegal substance. A recent poll suggested that Americans believe the current approach of prioritizing enforcement of anti-drug laws isn't working. The survey, conducted last week, showed that 82 percent believed the country is losing the war on drugs.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author:  Nick Wing, The Huffington Post Published: November 14, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 15, 2012 at 07:28:40 PT
"And the race is on!"
Texas Democrats Move To Legalize Marijuana
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Comment #2 posted by Had Enough on November 14, 2012 at 21:48:13 PT
Law would let Uruguayans grow marijuana at home
The President says the proposed law would undermine smuggling gangs, while critics say it would attract more Uruguayans to hard drugs.MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayans will be able to grow marijuana at home or in clubs, but the state will be in charge of the trade from cultivation to sale under a government-led legalization bill presented in Congress on Wednesday.The use of cannabis and other drugs is already legal in Uruguay, one of Latin America's safest countries and a trailblazer on liberal lawmaking, but the sale and cultivation of drugs is not.President Jose Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla fighter, says the proposed law will help undermine smuggling gangs and fight petty crime in a region hit by drugs-related violence. Critics say it risks luring more Uruguayans to harder drugs."The idea is to grant licenses for production, distribution, storage and for retail. We haven't said whether that will be done by the private or public sector, the government will decide that," said Sebastian Sabini, a ruling party lawmaker who heads a congressional committee on drugs and addiction.more…Some opponents have warned that Uruguay risks riling governments battling drug-related violence in the region, such as Colombia and Mexico, as well as the United States.U.S. President Barack Obama said earlier this year that legalizing drugs would not do away with violent cartels and "could be just as corrupting, if not more corrupting than the status quo."The rest of the story found here…
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 14, 2012 at 19:26:16 PT
It has been predicted. When the wall gets a hole in it, the whole thing will fall quickly.One of the things that hasn't been mentioned since election day is the word, jealousy. That's right, JEALOUSY.Whether or not citizens want to believe it or not, RE-legalizing the superplant had become a RACE.Colorado won. Now there are many states, which are jealous that they didn't even have a horse in this race.Notice when the Seattle Times wrote about it, it was said Washington became the 1st state to legalize cannabis along with Colorado. I may be nitpicking here, but I caught it. Something so good as to end something so so bad; everybody wants to be the 1st to dump the so obviously evil but not many were willing to get into that spotlight.But now that the evil is being conquered, everyone wants to get in a jab.Cannabis prohibition and extermination is an evil vampire. Now many more states want to go on record so the world knows they helped make sure it is completely dead. They can't be 1st or 2nd but they can still be part of killing the bad evil.And you can imagine what kind of state will continue impose the discrimination. It's the same states that didn't get many of the other forces to end various discriminations in the past.But make no mistake.This monster is going down.And for those states which didn't have a horse in THAT race, stay tuned; THEY'RE COMING AROUND THE BEND.Victory feels good. EVERYBODY WINS. Join US.
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