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A poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center showed that for the second year in a row, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — support making marijuana legal. This represents a two percent increase in support from 2013. Only 42 percent support keeping marijuana illegal.
Three-quarters of those polled think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide.
The poll also revealed that 69 percent of respondents see alcohol as more harmful to individual health than marijuana, and 63 percent think alcohol is more dangerous to society.
WebMD on Thursday released Marijuana on Main Street, a special report looking at the debate over medicinal cannabis. The site surveyed nearly 3,000 consumers and Medscape surveyed more than 1,500 doctors about their opinions on legalization, cannabis as a treatment option, and the perceived risks and benefits of its use.
“Despite more than 20 years of anecdotal evidence about the medicinal effects of marijuana, doctors and consumers remain in search of answers,” said Dr. Michael Smith, chief medical editor at WebMD. “The findings of our consumer-physician survey indicate the medical community’s support for the use of marijuana as a treatment option, particularly among clinical specialists that have pioneered research.
Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart apparently has no problem trash-talking her boss. The administrator of the DEA repeatedly criticized the Obama Administration at a Wednesday hearing on the DEA’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
In a memo released in July 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would not interfere with the effective implementation of laws regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adults in Colorado and Washington. When asked by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) during a Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing whether the Obama Administration’s tolerant views toward legal marijuana had affected morale at the DEA, which is a branch of the DOJ, Leonhart replied that “Our agents are fighting back against those messages. It makes us fight harder.”
The DEA administrator had earlier criticized the DOJ for a perceived delay in issuing a response to Washington and Colorado’s new laws, claiming there was “a lot of confusion in those 296 days.”
The D.C. City Council had approved the bill, which eliminates criminal offenses for an ounce of less of cannabis, and sent it to Mayor Gray’s desk for his approval, reports Eyder Peralta at NPR.
Anyone caught with an ounce or less of marijuana will be charged with civil offense punishable by a $25 fine, reports Martin Austermuhle at WAMU. Medical marijuana patients, of course, are exempt from this civil offense, since they are allowed to possess up to two ounces of dried cannabis.
Supporters of a bill that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois on Thursday released the results of a statewide poll showing strong support for such legislation. The Illinois House Restorative Justice Committee approved the bill last week, and supporters are now calling on members of the House to approve the proposal.
The Public Policy Polling survey shows 63 percent of Illinois voters support making possession of an ounce of marijuana a non-criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $100. Only 27 percent oppose the proposal.
The poll found majority support across all reported genders, races, and political party affiliations. The survey polled 769 Illinois voters from March 28-30.
The independent, double-blind process will happen April 21-25, according to the WSLCB, and will produce a list of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. The agency said it expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.
Initiative 502 directed the WSLCB to limit the number of marijuana retail stores by county. In its rules, the WSLCB limited the number of stores statewide to 334.
State Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) has introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, creating a taxed and regulated system of distribution like the one in Colorado. The bill on Monday was endorsed by the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association, the president of which called it “silly” to spend money on marijuana cases.
The 7-2 vote, by the prosecutor’s association’s board of trustees, produced such high emotions that some prosecutors quit the association upon learning the results, according to the association’s President Jon-Henry Barr, reports Susan K. Livio at The Star-Ledger.
“This is something a lot of prosecutors have been thinking but never talked about,” Barr said. “I have spent hours and hours litigating the issue of suppression motions because usually the police will retrieve marijuana without a search warrant, and at the end of the day, it is all over a joint. It’s just collectively brought me and so many prosecutors to the point where this is silly.”
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