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Study: Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana Will Hurt Cartels

Posted on  November 05, 2012 by  News Admin

  Of 3 states poised to legalize, Oregon's Measure 80 will do the most damage to cartels A new study by a leading international think tank, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, finds that legalizing and taxing marijuana in any one of the U.S. states poised to do so on Nov. 6 would significantly hurt Mexican drug-cartel profits. The study, titled, "If Our Neighbors Legalize," asserts that marijuana regulation in Colorado, Oregon or Washington could cut Mexican drug cartel profits by up to 30 percent. The study goes on to point out that Oregon, following passage of Measure 80, would cause $1.8 billion in losses to Mexico's violent and destabilizing cartels. "Measure 80 isn't just about making communities and kids in Oregon safer, it's about Oregon contributing to our national security," said Yes On 80 spokesman Roy Kaufmann. "Mexico has lost more than 50,000 lives to the drug war, and the United States has lost precious law-enforcement lives and billions of dollars with a failed approach to marijuana. Measure 80 is a smart, workable approach of legalization through regulation." The findings support and build on similar results found by a recent RAND Corporation study on the topic. The Mexican think-tank report only examines the possible impact of marijuana regulation in one U.S. state or another; the impact of two or three states legalizing marijuana would be much greater. "What we have to bear in mind is that not only has the 40-plus years of the so-called war-on-drugs been an abysmal failure,...

Measure 80 Would Mean Marijuana For Oregon's PTSD Veterans

Posted on  October 26, 2012 by  Site Admin

  Every day in America, 18 military veterans commit suicide. The United States has lost more military service-members and veterans to suicide than to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oregon is home to an estimated 300,000 veterans, including more than 20,000 from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, according to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. A 2008 Rand Corporation study found nearly 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets reported PTSD symptoms.   Currently, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program does not recognize or allow for access to cannabis to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Therefore, Oregon military veterans who suffer from PTSD cannot access medical marijuana. On Monday, October 29, Veterans for Measure 80 will be holding two press conferences to share why they support Measure 80 and common-sense marijuana regulation in Oregon.   Where Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 907 824 SE Mill Street (at Grand) Portland, OR 97214 Ashland Library Gresham Room 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, Oregon 97520    When Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 Portland 10:30 a.m.:          Media, speakers arrive 11 a.m.:               Speakers 11:30 a.m.:          Q&A Ashland 2:30 p.m.:             Media, speakers arrive 3 p.m.:                   Speakers 3:30 p.m.:             Q&A Who Portland ·       Roy Kaufmann, spokesman, Yes on 80 ·       U.S. Air Force Sergeant (disabled-retired) Michael Krawitz,...

Yes On 80 Campaign Says Marijuana Prohibition Is The Problem

Posted on  October 03, 2012 by  News Admin

  Campaign Makes Statement on Oregon Medical Marijuana Raids: 'Regulation is the solution.' Washington County, Oregon sheriffs' officers on Thursday morning raided The Human Collective, a medical marijuana facility in Tigard. Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Ray claimed The Human Collective dispensary, which opened in April 2010, was selling marijuana. Two people were detained during the search, reports Noelle Crombie of The Oregonian. No arrests were made, and nobody has been charged with a crime. "We have been the most legally compliant place in the whole state," said Don Morse, a co-director of the dispensary. "We are a model." Investigators seized plants at a home in the 1100 block of SW 63rd Avenue in Tigard, in addition to serving a search warrant at The Human Collective's offices. Attorney and medical marijuana advocate Leland Berger said after the raid that it was "disappointing that the Washington County Sheriff's Office would choose to interrupt the supply of medicine to patients." "This is just the latest in an increasing number of raids on medical marijuana operations across Oregon," said spokesman Roy Kaufmann with the Yes On 80 campaign, which backs a legalization measure which will be on November's general election ballot. "These raids are symptomatic of a larger problem: marijuana prohibition is a failure, and it's time to repeal it.   "The effects of prohibition are as destructive as they are wasteful: until marijuana prohibition is repealed, medical marijuana will always be at best a gray market, where business owners are caught in the web...