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Legal weed is coming to Oregon.

Legal weed is coming to Oregon.

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign-timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.

August 20th, 2014
KATE WILLSON | Politics

Legal weed is coming to Oregon-that’s the conventional wisdom anyway.

A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreational use of marijuana. And a growing consensus says it will happen Nov. 4, when Measure 91, the latest pot legalization initiative, appears on the ballot.

The Measure 91 campaign has deep pockets padded by mainstream donors. It enjoys a growing number of middle-of-the-road endorsements, including from a retired Oregon Supreme Court judge and theCity Club of Portland. And Measure 91 looks similar to measures that passed in Colorado and Washington in 2012.

But an opposition campaign is taking shape-and it will run parallel to a federally funded anti-drug tour… Continue reading

Las Vegas Review Journal: Legislative panel votes 9-3 to request bill to amend per se THC traffic safety limits

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told the panel there is no scientific correlation between the amount of the active ingredients of marijuana in a person’s system and impairment.

Patients can become tolerant to the effects of THC over time, compared to a new user, he said.

“Cannabinoids’ absorption patterns and effects on performance vary widely from person to person, raising concerns that imposed limits are unlikely to be consistently applicable to individual subjects,” Armentano said.

If adopted by the 2015 Legislature and signed by the governor, DUI marijuana would no longer be based solely on how much THC is in someone’s system.

Colleagues,

I testified before this legislative advisory Committee for over an hour yesterday. You can read the full text of my testimony, some of which is also cited in the LVRJ story below, here:

http://norml.org/pdf_files/testimony/NORML_Testimony_NV_Medical_Marijuana_Use.pdf.

It was… Continue reading

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Depenalize Marijuana This Fall

 

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Decrim Pot This Fall

Over 20 Cities Will Vote Whether to Decrim Pot This Fall

AlterNet / By Paul Armentano

In Michigan, voters in over a dozen municipalities, including Saginaw (population 51,000), East Lansing (population 49,000), Port Huron (population 30,000) and Oak Park (population 29,000), will decide on local measures to eliminate citywide penalties that prohibit the possession, transfer or use of cannabis on private property by adults for non-medical purposes. Voters in another Michigan city, Utica (population 5,000), will also decide on separate language seeking to deprioritize the enforcement of minor marijuana offenses by local police.

All of the measures are sponsored by the Safer Michigan Coalition and are part of the group’s long-term strategy to incrementally change the state’s marijuana laws, city by city, if necessary. In past years, voters in several of the state’s largest cities, including Detroit (population 700,00), Grand Rapids (population 191,000) and Lansing (population 114,000) enacted similar… Continue reading

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA HAS: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR JOHN MORGAN

Bringing the MMJ Vote to Florida

Bringing the MMJ Vote to Florida

By MARGIE MENZEL
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 20, 2014……….

Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He’s also backing an employee of his law firm — former Gov. Charlie Crist — in a bid to unseat Gov. Rick Scott in November.

Meanwhile, Morgan continues to expand the law firm he founded in 1988, taking the slogan “for the people” and vowing never to take a case representing an insurance carrier or a large company. Morgan and Morgan has 26 offices and 260 lawyers; its founder has made a fortune in personal-injury litigation and written a book on how he did it.

Morgan graduated from the University of Florida, where… Continue reading

Marijuana Use Lowers Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.

These findings are similar to those of a separate 2014 paper I previously summarized here:

http://norml.org/news/2014/01/09/study-alcohol-not-cannabis-associated-with-intimate-partner-violence

Find the abstract of this latest paper, paid for by NIDA, below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134048

Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Couples’ Marijuana Use Is Inversely Related to Their Intimate Partner Violence Over the First 9 Years of Marriage

Smith PH, Homish GG, Collins RL, Giovino GA, White HR, Leonard KE.

Abstract

Research on the association between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV) has generated inconsistent findings, and has been primarily based on cross-sectional data. We examined whether husbands’ and wives’ marijuana use predicted both husbands’ and wives’ IPV perpetration over the first 9 years of marriage (Wave 1, n = 634 couples). We also examined moderation by… Continue reading

Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

Jacob Sullum|Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) gathers together all the horrible things that have happened in Colorado since the state began loosening its marijuana laws in 2001. The result falls short of the terrifying effect the authors presumably were hoping to achieve.

The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to “document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado,” with an eye toward informing the “ongoing debate in this country concerning the impact of legalizing marijuana.” Given the provenance of the report (a government agency that would not exist without drug prohibition), readers may be skeptical of this just-the-facts pose. It becomes increasingly risible as you wade through the document, which considers only bad effects of legalization, down to the uniformly… Continue reading

United For Care Bus in Florida

What a great way to advertise the upcoming election in Florida. It will be the first southern state for medical! This election in November will make great strides toward removing cannabis prohibition.

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