As cannabis legalization gains ground in the United States and other nations, more evidence emerges to confirm that society can benefit from not outlawing a plant. In legal states, more people are turning to cannabis as natural alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical painkillers, the judicial system is no longer being burdened by frivolous possession cases, SWAT teams are no longer being dispatched to raid potheads, and there is big money to be made in tax revenue. Continue reading NYPD Commissioner Says Most Drug Violence Due to Cannabis, Entirely Missing the Point of Legalization
By Alice Salles, Anti-Media
(ANTIMEDIA) The 2016 U.S. election shocked everyone. But while the results did not look like anything pundits and pollsters predicted, American voters stayed mostly consistent on at least one subject: marijuana.
Prohibitive anti-marijuana laws across the country suffered a major setback on November 8, when voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada approved the legalization of recreational cannabis. Arizona, however, wasn’t as pro-freedom, as just over 52 percent of Grand Canyon state voters said no to Proposition 205. A powerful lobby backed the opposition in that state. Continue reading And the Winner of the 2016 Election Is… WEED!
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Smoking, growing and owning small amounts of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday as a growing decriminalization movement reached the United States’ northwest frontier.
Alaska, which narrowly passed the measure in November, followed Colorado and Washington among states allowing recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug.
It remains illegal, however, under federal law.
In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday the U.S. capital would go ahead with legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana and pot plants despite opposition from Congress. Voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing pot last year, but its sale is still banned.
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A marijuana sample at Uruguay’s second Cannabis Cup in Montevideo in June. A new law opens the way for the state to regulate the production, distribution, sale and consumption of marijuana. Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters
Stephen Cook: This move has been talked about for some time. It certainly changes the parameters of the illegal drug trade and possibly also the veil of the secrecy surrounding who really makes the billions from the illegal drug trade. If every country in the world did this, the so-called ‘war on drugs’ would be over.
By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, December 11, 2013 | Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia.
The world’s most far-reaching cannabis law has been passed by the Uruguayan parliament, opening the way for the state to regulate the production, distribution, sale and consumption of the planet’s favourite illegal drug.
The law, effective from next year, will: allow registered users to buy up to 40g of marijuana a month from a chemist’s; registered growers to keep up to six plants; and cannabis clubs to have up to 45 members and cultivate as many as 99 plants.
A government-run cannabis institute will set the price – initially likely to be close to the current black market rate of $1 a gram – and monitor the impact of the program, which aims to bring the industry under state control and push illegal traffickers out of business. Continue reading Uruguay Legalizes Production and Sale of Cannabis