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Cannabis reform across America: a look at pot legislation in 26 states

Posted on  March 11, 2013 by  News Admin

 The movement to reform our failed cannabis policies has grown tremendously in recent years and months. It's not slowing down anytime soon. Cannabis reform is a mainstream issue, and frankly, there's no denying it. A majority in the county support legalizing cannabis, and 81% support its legalization for medical purposes. On top of this, a majority of states in our country (27 in total) have either decriminalized cannabis possession (14), or legalized it for medical and/or recreational purposes (18). The remaining states are hard at work towards reform, and advocates in the states mentioned above are vehemently trying to improve their situation. For those who have been on the line about getting involved in helping bring cannabis law change, now is absolutely the time to jump in. Below is a breakdown of efforts going on around the country: Alabama: In Alabama, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition has announced that they're working on 5 cannabis-related bills; everything from simple (though substantial) patient protections, to full legalization. The first of these five to be filed, House Bill 315, has been assigned to the House Committee on Health. The bill would provide prosecution protection for patients who possess and cultivate cannabis, as long as they get a recommendation from a doctor, and then a license from the state's Department of Health (which will determine the possession limits). Arizona: In Arizona, Republican representatives are attempting to repeal the state's medical cannabis laws, by putting it, once again, to a vote of the people. Arizona...

Bill To Legalize Marijuana Being Introduced In Pennsylvania

Posted on  January 10, 2013 by  News Admin

 A state senator in Pennsylvania on Wednesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) is currently looking for cosponsors for the bill. "This past November, the people of Washington state and Colorado voted to fully legalize marijuana," Sen. Leach said, reports The Sentinel. "Other places, including California, have had de facto legalization for some time." "This week, I will introduce legislation which would have Pennsylvania join these other states in ending this modern-day prohibition," Leach said. "My bill will legalize the consumption of marijuana for adults over the age of 21, without regard to the purpose of that consumption." There were 24,685 arrests for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania since 2096, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), reports Philly.com. That means $325 million to prosecute, incarcerate and disrupt the lives of thousands of people whose only crime, Leach said, "was smoking a plant which made them feel a bit giddy." Leach has already introduced another bill which would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes by eligible patients in the state. Leach said current marijuana policies are expensive, citing billions of dollars spent "investigating, prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring millions of our fellow citizens who have hurt no one, damaged no property, breached no peace. "It is time for Pennsylvania to be a leader in jettisoning this modern-day prohibition, and ending a policy that has been so destructive, costly, and anti-scientific," Leach said.  According to Leach, marijuana is "less dangerous than beer,...