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Santa Fe- Today the city of Santa Fe’s City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city’s citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.
The Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign headed by Drug Policy Action and ProgressNow NM, submitted close to 11,000 signatures in 52 days, more than twice the number needed to qualify for the ballot. The initiative now goes before the City Council where the governing body has two options, vote for the ordinance change outright or send the initiative to the people for a vote. Not only will this be the first time in history that New Mexican’s will vote on reforming marijuana laws, it is the first time that the people of Santa Fe brought forth an… Continue reading
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That’s why Colorado and Washington have the most moral drug laws in America right now.
Under the law in 48 states, here’s what can happen when an adult is thought to possess marijuana: Men with guns can go to his home, kick down his door, force him to lay face down on the floor, restrain him with handcuffs, drive him to a police station, and lock him in a cage. If he is then convicted of possessing marijuana, a judge can order that he be locked in a different cage, perhaps for years.
There are times when locking human beings in cages is morally defensible. If, for example, a person commits murder, rape, or assault, transgressing against the rights of others, then forcibly removing him from society is the most just course of action. In contrast, it is immoral to lock people in cages for possessing or ingesting… Continue reading
“I have been a proponent of legalizing and taxing marijuana as long as I have enjoyed using marijuana which (I began) more than 40 years ago,” Paul Kuhn told the Nashville Kiwanis Club. He made a strong case, particularly for using marijuana as medicine. He says, “We have wasted tax dollars, ruined lives and foregone revenue we would have gotten if marijuana were regulated and taxed.
Overcrowded prisons, racial disparities and social and economic burdens are some reasons US Attorney General Eric Holder called for changes in the Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences that have landed hundreds of thousands of non violent drug users in jail. Read more about it here.