Dec 202012
 December 20, 2012
Study Shows Cannabis Is A "Potential Exit Drug To Problematic Substance Use"

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Three quarters of medical cannabis consumers report using it as a substitute for prescription drugs, alcohol, or some other illicit substance, according to survey data published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory. An international team of investigators from Canada and the United States assessed the subjective impact of marijuana on the use of licit and illicit substances via self-report in a cohort of 404 medical cannabis patients recruited from four dispensaries in British Columbia, Canada. Researchers reported that subjects frequently substituted cannabis for [...]

Dec 202012
 December 20, 2012
Which States Will Be The Next To Legalize Marijuana?

Rolling Stone Magazine Lists Next 7 States to Legalize Marijuana Tim Dickinson just penned “The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot” for Rolling Stone and the piece, not surprisingly, has Oregon and California at the top of the list.  The Beaver and Sunshine States do seem poised to join Colorado and Washington in ending cannabis prohibition as both of the West Coast states have medical cannabis on the books, have already decriminalized personal amounts of marijuana and have recently placed legalization on the ballot.  California’s Prop 19 garnered 46.5% of [...]

Dec 202012
 December 20, 2012
All Donations To Americans For Safe Access Will Be Doubled For Rest Of Year

By Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access I know you agree that everyone who needs medical cannabis should have it. That is why you participate in the grassroots campaign and support Americans for Safe Access (ASA). Thanks to a generous donor, you can maximize your impact by making a special year-end contribution now. MedBox, Inc., an international leader in automated inventory control and medicine dispensing systems, will match your year-end donation to if you give before December 31. MedBox, Inc. is offering up to $10,000 in matching donations, but [...]

Dec 202012
 December 20, 2012
An Open Letter From Greta Gaines To President Obama About Hemp

This is an open letter from Greta Gaines to President Obama during the election. I didn’t see it during the election but felt it still needed to be posted because industrial hemp is now legal in Colorado. Then candidate Obama may or may not have given the idea much thought. But now that he is forced to face reality, maybe he’ll take a closer look! GG Intro I’ve been getting an awful lot of letters and emails from President Obama about what he sees as important, (AND ASKING FOR $13 dollars) [...]

Croatia Decriminalizes Possession Of Drugs

 Posted by at 7:14 AM on December 20, 2012  Global Drug War
Dec 202012
 December 20, 2012
Croatia Decriminalizes Possession Of Drugs

The Croatian parliament approved a bill on 14th December that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. Under amendments to the country’s penal code, possession of drugs for personal use will no longer be a criminal offence. “Now youngsters caught in a park with a joint will not go to prison, but pay a fine,” Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic told lawmakers. From January 1, those found in possession of drugs can be fined up to 2 680 euros ($3 503), be sent for rehabilitation or ordered to do [...]

Dec 192012
 December 19, 2012
Texas Women Sexually Assaulted By Police Over Marijuana Smell

So you say you don’t smoke pot, so how could the War on Drugs affect me? Watch that video. It’s in Texas, but it could be anywhere in America… well, except now Washington and Colorado, because marijuana is not contraband there, and the smell of it in a car is not probable cause to search its driver and passengers. In the video, reported by the UK Daily Mail and all over the national and international media, a trooper pulls over two women – a woman and her niece – for [...]

Dec 192012
 December 19, 2012
DPA Runs Full Page New York Times Ad Celebrating End Of Marijuana Prohibition

Full Page New York Times Ad in Thursday Paper: “80 Years After the End of Prohibition, Prohibition is Finally Coming to an End” Drug Policy Alliance Thanks Colorado and Washington Voters, Pat Robertson, Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, and Presidents of Colombia, Guatemala and Uruguay Comes on Heels of Obama Response to Marijuana Legalization in Colorado and Washington: “We’ve Got Bigger Fish to Fry” In Thursday’s New York Times, the nation’s leading drug policy reform organization is running a [...]

Dec 192012
 December 19, 2012
Majority Of New Yorkers Say Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith A Quinnipiac poll released last Friday has New Yorkers supporting marijuana legalization by a narrow majority. The poll found 51% supported marijuana legalization, with 44% opposed. That puts New York in line with the rest of the country, where most post-election polls are showing support for legalization at over 50%. Those polls come in the wake of victories for the Amendment 64 and Initiative 502 marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, respectively. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been pushing marijuana decriminalization, but the Quinnipiac poll suggests New [...]

Dec 192012
 December 19, 2012
How Much Money Would Marijuana Legalization Generate For Michigan?

Michigan’s Marijuana Legalization Payoff: $2.8 Billion By Rick Thompson On November 6, 2012, citizens in two states legalized the use of marijuana for all adults 21 and over. Washington State’s fiscal report of costs and benefits of this new legalization legislation yields a startling projection of $1.9 billion generated or saved during the program’s first 5 years. Michigan’s larger population indicates the Great Lakes State could reap a $2.8 billion payoff for initiating similar legislation. Washington’s estimate of financial yield came in the OFM Fiscal Impact Statement (I-502), compiled by the state Office of Financial Management. The [...]