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At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...
OK, so im just curious about this... my friend is growing right now with no mmj card and about 57 plants in so cal. I'm concerned about the consequences if hes caught. he claims ( and also a few other people i know that grow a nice amount) its pretty much a slap on the wrist for a first time offender if you have the money to pay the fines and hire a good attorney and that basically, its about 5-6k in fines and a good lawyer will get it reduced to a possession charge in most cases and you would maybe get 6-8 months of probation or maybe house arrest. he's even told me that he knows several cops that buy weed from him who say they don't care about small ops like that and that he even knows a DEA agent(a family member of his) that told him its basically not a very big deal if your under 99 plants and that they don't wanna waste their time with petty shit like that. like they wanna go after big ops that have 3, 4, 600 plants and looks good in the media and their phony "war on drugs" my question is, 1) if you are caught by LEO with that amount( around 30-60 plants), can a good attorney really bail you out and get your charges reduced at all if your a first time offender. 2)does it make a difference if you DO have your mmj card and...
What do our servants in the federal government do when the voters have spoken? They promptly announce their intention to ignore the voters. At least, that's what happens when it comes to the marijuana laws. The citizens of Colorado and Washington may have thought the decision was theirs on whether to legalize cannabis -- that they'd have the final say in the matter. But a spokesperson for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has other ideas. "The Drug Enforcement Administration's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," an agency spokesperson blithely told Reason this morning, Mike Riggs reports. "In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance," the federal spokesperson said. "The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time. Last month, Deputy Attorney General James Cole hinted at what the Obama Administration's response might be to state voters legalizing marijuana. "Each case is going to rise and fall on its own unique facts," Cole told 60 Minutes. "Any of that is still in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of the federal law. "We're not interested in bothering people who are sick and are using it in the recommendation of a doctor," Cole said. "We are concerned with people who are using it as a pretext to become large-scale drug dealers." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in his state. "The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,"...