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A new Harris Poll finds that the growing acceptability of marijuana among state lawmakers reflects attitudinal shifts amongst the general American public since 2011. Support for the legalization of marijuana for both medical treatment and recreational use has increased by seven percentage points over the past four years.
Currently, four in five adults (81 percent) favor legalizing marijuana for medical use, up from 2011 when three quarters of Americans (74 percent) indicated the same. Meanwhile, according to Harris, half of Americans are supportive of legalizing marijuana for recreational use (49 percent), up from the two fifths (42 percent) who felt that way in 2011.
Nearly nine in ten Democrats and Independents are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical treatment (87 percent & 86 percent, respectively) and over half support recreational use (58 percent & 55 percent, respectively)
While a majority – albeit a slimmer one – of Republicans also support the legalization medical marijuana (69 percent support, 23 percent oppose), a similar majority opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use (27 percent support, 65 percent oppose).
Some politicians in Salem want to undermine Oregon voters by making it easy to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, according to New Approach Oregon. If Senate Bill 964 passes, city councils and county commissions could arbitrarily shut down medical marijuana facilities — without a vote of the people.
“That’s not the policy Oregonians voted for when passing Measure 91 with more than 56 percent of the vote,” reads an email from New Approach Oregon. “We promised to protect medical marijuana patients who depend on local dispensaries to get life-saving medicine.”
But Senate Bill 964 would partially dismantle Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It would invite expensive lawsuits that could disrupt implementation of Measure 91. It would feed the criminal market.
(Hemp News)Do you use cannabis every day, religiously? So does Indiana’s Bill Levin, and he’s taking advantage of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — passed to legalize discrimination against gays in restaurants and other establishments — to offer a bold test of the law’s ban on government restraints on the exercise of religion.
Adherents of the recently established First Church of Cannabis worship and smoke marijuana, reports Steven Nelson at US News & World Report, which is illegal to grow, use or possess under state law.
It’s unclear if local police and prosecutors will take action against the church, or accept claims the conduct is protected by the RFRA. We’ll know more after the church’s first worship service, scheduled for July 1, the same day the RFRA takes effect.
Levin said he’s trying to find a church building willing to lease him space. He said the July 1 service will happen “come hell or high water” and that he will consider any suitable alternative, including religious campgrounds, private land, or a public park.
The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday voted 40-7 to approve a bill that would make it legal for seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with recommendations from their doctors. The bill will now go to the House for consideration.
SB 3, sponsored by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), would allow qualified patients to obtain medical marijuana from a limited number of licensed, regulated dispensaries throughout the state.
Smoking would not be permitted under the restrictive language of the bill, but patients could consume marijuana in edible form, and patients with certain conditions could consume it through vaporization. Patients under the age of 18 would be required to have parental consent in order to take part in the program.
Unfortunately, home cultivation would also not be allowed under the bill, depriving many fixed-income patients of an economical way to provide their own medicine.
A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. Attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as interim director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, for the past 18 months.
Outgoing DEA head Michele Leonhart announced her retirement last month in the wake of numerous scandals. She came under intense criticism for opposing the Obama Administration’s efforts to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and for opposing the administration’s hands-off approach in the four states that have approved legal regulation of marijuana.
The DEA has existed for more than 40 years but little attention has been given to the role the agency has played in fueling mass incarceration, racial disparities, the surveillance state, and other Drug War problems. Congress has rarely scrutinized the agency, its actions or its budget, instead showing remarkable deference to the DEA’s administrators.
That has started to change recently, and Leonhart’s departure was seen as an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the agency and support reform.
(Toke Signals)With 20 co-sponsors for I-1372 so far, the word about the initiative — aimed at protecting medical marijuana patients in Washington state — is spreading like wildfire on Facebook and social media.
“The week before the signing of SB 5052, word about I-1372 began spreading quickly,” said sponsor Kirk Ludden. “With Governor Inslee signing SB 5052, he may have just pushed the People to qualify I-1372 and be the champions for patients once again in this state. If this happens, I-1372 will supersede SB 5052 and the medical cannabis community will have a fair and transparent board to regulate the market.”
As more volunteers gather signatures, a concern by some voters are that the information will be used to create a database. Kirk’s reply, “I’m the one who receives all petitions, and only check for a printed name and signature. I have no time, nor desire to create a database.”
Snoop Dogg sure knows how to do an album release up nice and proper. Not only is he collaborating with vaporizer powerhouse Grenco Science, coordinating the release of a like-named “BUSH” vape pen with his new album, but when consumers buy the BUSH G Pro Vaporizer set, it will come with an included digital download of the new release.
“In celebration of today’s release of Snoop’s new album, BUSH, Grenco Science proudly unveils the Snoop Dogg BUSH G Pro Vaporizer and G Slim for Ground Material,” the clearly thrilled company gushes in a Tuesday press release. “The G Pro Vaporizer comes with a digital download of BUSH, making it the first release of its kind, bundling music with a vaporizer set.”
The album, available both digitally and physically across North America, was executive produced by multiple Grammy award-winner Pharrell Williams, and is a creative partnership between Doggystyle Records, I Am OTHER and Columbia Records. Fans can purchase the album here: http://smarturl.it/BushAlbum.
“The BUSH Series combines the industry-leading functionality Grenco Science products are known for with the lively, flourishing garden imagery inspired by Snoop Dogg’s BUSH album artwork,” at least according to the company’s press release.
“The BUSH collection takes the vaporizer game to a whole different level,” Snoop said. “Now, my fans can have something to vibe and groove to while listening to my new album.”
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