MJ Legalization Supported By Majority In Hawaii
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MJ Legalization Supported By Majority In Hawaii
Posted by CN Staff on January 11, 2013 at 12:38:55 PT
By Nick Wing
Source: Huffington Post
Hawaii's governor signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana back in 2000, but a new poll shows that the state's residents are ready to take it a step further.The results of a survey commissioned by the Drug Policy Action Group and conducted by QMark Research were released on Thursday, showing 57 percent of respondents in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. Forty percent were opposed. According to Maui Now, that figure marks a 20 percent increase in support from a similar poll in 2005.
In addition to that, the survey showed 78 percent support for establishing dispensary system for medical marijuana.The poll was also accompanied by an economic impact report, which found that marijuana legalization would provide the state with savings of around $12 million a year in enforcement costs, as well as at least $11 million a year in additional revenue through taxation.Click over to Maui Now for a summary of the report's findings, or read a PDF of the full report here: in Colorado and Washington broke ground in November, approving measures to legalize marijuana in their states. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, however, under which it is classified as a Schedule I substance, alongside drugs such as heroin and LSD. The move to legalize has left President Barack Obama's administration scrambling to figure out how it will respond. While reports have suggested that the Justice Department could be drawing up a blueprint to undermine the voter-approved initiatives, the White House has not given any additional information about its plans.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Nick WingPublished: January 11, 2013Copyright: 2013, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:   -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on January 11, 2013 at 20:33:29 PT
Eye opener
Cigarette Makers Frustrated As Product Approvals Stall"It's been only a few years since Congress granted the federal government the power to approve how tobacco products are made and sold in the U.S.The Food and Drug Administration's new Center for Tobacco Products, established under a 2009 law that gives the agency jurisdiction over tobacco, must review all new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, as well as any changes to existing brands.But the agency has yet to clear any products under the new system, and some cigarette makers are frustrated by the backlog of applications.The FDA typically evaluates new drugs and other products with a "safe and effective" standard. But Lawrence Deyton, the Center for Tobacco Products' director, says that standard "doesn't work for tobacco products."FDA Would 'Rather Get It Right Than Get It Fast'It's Deyton's job to figure out how a public health agency will regulate a consumer product that has proved to be addictive and deadly. Because there's no safe way to smoke, Deyton says, the FDA is using what's called a "population health" standard to evaluate tobacco."Cont.-0-It is always mind boggling to thing the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration really regulates cigs (which kill OVER 1,000 Americans daily) but the federal government wants to cage citizens who use cannabis (which has never ever killed anyone).What are the correct words to describe that hypocrisy?
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