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A new poll from Pew Research Center finds that 53 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, with 44 percent opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32 percent supported legalization, while nearly twice as many — 60 percent — were opposed, according to Pew.
Crucially, the poll finds that people are much more likely to change their minds from opposing legalization to supporting it than vice versa. Among the general public, 21 percent of people support legalization now, but once opposed it. In contrast, just 7 percent of people used to support legalization but now oppose it.
Millennials (currently 18-34) lead the change, with 68 percent in favor. But across all generations, with the exception of the Silent Generation (ages 70-87), support for legal weed has risen sharply over the past decade.
The TV special, “Weed 3,” features CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon who changed his mind and began supporting medicinal cannabis after reviewing the evidence, reports Jonah Bennett at The Daily Caller.
The third installment of “Weed” has Dr. Gupta delving into the politics of medical marijuana research, including an interview with President Obama. In addition to supporting medicinal cannabis, the President advocates for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don’t involve imprisonment.
Christie made an appearance on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Tuesday and claimed he will “crack down” on states that have legalized marijuana if he becomes President in the future, reports Carimah Townes at ThinkProgress.
“Marijuana is a gateway drug,” Christie claimed, ignoring scientific studies showing otherwise. “We have an enormous addiction problem in this country. And we need to send very clear leadership from the White House on down through the federal law enforcement.
“Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law,” Christie said. “And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.”
If you’ve ever doubted that the deck is stacked, you can safely lay those doubts to rest. A federal judge in California on Wednesday unexplainably declined to remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs, ignoring all evidence to the contrary.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued the nonsensical ruling in response to a motion by defense lawyers to dismiss charges in a case the authorities claim involves a marijuana growing operation, reports Don Thompson at the Associated Press.
Marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act means the U.S. federal government officially considers cannabis to be roughly on par with heroin (also on Schedule I) in terms of danger. Schedule I drugs are considered to have no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse.
It was the first time in decades that a federal judge seriously considered marijuana’s classification. To rule that cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance means ignoring the vast body of medical evidence that has accumulated in recent decades, including hundreds of clinical studies and thousands of patient testimonials.
The new law, sponsored in the Georgia House by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), makes it legal to possess up to 20 ounces of “fluid cannabis oil.” The catch is, that oil can contain no more than 5 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive component of cannabis and also one of its chief medicinal compounds. Scientific research has shown that all the cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant, including THC and CBD, work best when used together, a phenomenon known as the “Entourage Effect.”
Georgia’s new medical marijuana law, a slight improvement on the “CBD only” laws passed by lawmakers in other conservative states, makes it legal to use cannabis oil to treat patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders; Lou Gehrig’s disease; cancer; multiple sclerosis; Crohn’s disease; mitochondrial disease; Parkinson’s disease; and sickle cell anemia.
“For the families enduring separation and patients suffering pain, the wait is finally over,” Gov. Deal said, his voice cracking. “Now, Georgia children and their families may return home, while continuing to receive much-needed care.”
The Washington Legislature on Tuesday approved a bill essentially gutting the state’s medical marijuana program, sending to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee a bill that eliminates medicinal cannabis dispensaries now that the state’s recreational market is nominally in place.
The Senate concurred with changes made to the bill in the House last week, then voted 41-8 to send it on to the Governor for his expected signature, reports Beth Nakamura at The Oregonian.
Republican Senator Ann Rivers of La Center claimed the state could “no longer wait” to “reconcile” the medical and recreational markets, effectively forcing patients to pay the much higher prices in recreational pot stores, where employees are forbidden to even mention the medicinal applications of cannabis.
“The reality is that we have a thriving illicit market,” Rivers said, ignoring the fact that medical marijuana collectives have been legal in the state since 1998. “It’s essential that we shut that down.”
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said in a Tuesday interview that the patients of Washington State should “stand up” to efforts to shut down the medical marijuana community, and called the taxation scheme of recreational legalization measure I-502 “unfair and unworkable.”
I-502’s heavy taxation, under which marijuana is taxed 25 percent at each stage of the process (growing, processing, and retail), plus regular sales taxes, particularly incensed the liberty-loving Ventura.
“It’s ridiculous to have a special marijuana tax,” said Ventura, in an exclusive interview with Toke Signals. “Marijuana should be taxed the same as anything else you buy.”
The fact that the heavy taxation and onerous bureaucracy imposed in Washington under I-502 results in prices roughly double (or even triple) black market street prices highlights the absurdity of over-regulation.
“If people can get marijuana cheaper from the guy down the street where they’ve always gotten it, maybe that’s where they should go to get it,” Ventura said. “There’s no reason to pay insanely high taxes to give greedy politicians more spending money.”
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With Washington Governor Jay Inslee looking increasingly likely to sign SB 5052 into law, it may end up being a waste of taxpayers’ money. Due to its violating federal and HIPPA laws, a federal injunction could be issued, ending SB 5052 before it can cause harm to patients. Showing that SB 5052 violates the state constitution will take longer in state court.
A dedicated and motivated sponsor is behind the citizens’ Initiative 1372. The reason you may not have heard about this initiative, which last year was I-1343, starts with our current initiative process.
This state allows the People the initiative/referendum process. This allows the People to do what the Legislature won’t if they no longer represent the will of the People.
Even though many say that the only way to get an initiative to the ballot is through funding, this hasn’t stopped the sponsor of I-1372. Kirk Ludden is a medical cannabis patient who says that cannabis — the whole plant — has saved his life as well as his health care costs.
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