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  • Historic congressional vote on decriminalizing marijuana could happen in December

    11/20/2020 8:12:52 AM PST · by NobleFree · 31 replies
    Denver7 ^ | Nov 17, 2020 | Sam Cohen
    A historic bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives in December. This would be the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted on removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis was included as what is called a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. Schedule I drugs are defined as having a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and peyote. “I write to share the busy Floor schedule we have...
  • Virginia lawmakers say door is open to legalizing marijuana in 2021

    11/15/2020 9:44:25 AM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    Virginia Mercury ^ | 14 Nov 2020 | Ned Oliver
    Members of the House of Delegates expect it to pass. In the Senate, they give it “slightly better than 50-50 odds.” And Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he’s “certainly open to it.” Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Virginia are set to get their first serious hearings when the General Assembly convenes in January and, at least for now, it looks like there’s a decent chance they could succeed... The movement in Virginia comes after voters in four states overwhelmingly approved referendums legalizing marijuana, bringing the total nationwide total to 15. If lawmakers in Virginia move forward, the state would...
  • Oakland police shoot, kill 20-year-old man at scene of pot grow robbery

    11/07/2020 9:25:33 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 26 replies
    East Bay Times ^ | November 5, 2020 | David DeBolt, Bay Area News Group
    OAKLAND — The man shot by Oakland police Tuesday evening during a chaotic confrontation with suspected armed robbers died at the scene, authorities said late Wednesday. He was a 20-year-old Oakland resident. Police did not release his name. The shooting happened at around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when officers interrupted an attempted burglary and robbery of a cannabis grow inside a building in the 1400 block of 92nd Avenue, at Holly Street. The burglary was one of several officers responded to Tuesday evening, as a group police described as a “caravan of armed robbers” robbed or attempted to rob several marijuana...
  • Ballot Initiatives on Legalizing Weed Pass in 5 States

    11/06/2020 10:27:34 AM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | Nov 5 2020 | Rick Moran
    That most American of institutions — the referendum — has been growing in recent election cycles as voters realize how much direct power they can wield on certain issues. Pioneered by California’s reformist Governor Hiram Johnson, the ballot initiative has become popular with both the left and right as a means to short-circuit entrenched interests. Some states make putting an issue on the ballot a simple matter of getting enough signatures. Other states find ways to put roadblocks in the way of citizens looking to change the system or the law. But without a doubt, ground zero for referenda continues...
  • Pot: The Gateway Crime

    11/06/2020 8:12:06 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 40 replies
    Look Around | 11/06/2020 | blueunicorn6
    Marijuana has been called a “Gateway” drug. The thinking is that once a person experiences the effects of pot, they will have lost their reluctance to try stronger drugs such as cocaine, meth and heroin. “I smoked pot and lived through it. I kind of liked it. Maybe the stronger drugs won’t hurt me. Maybe they will be like pot, only better. They probably won’t kill me. Plus, it’s kind of exciting.” We sit after this election wondering how so many of our fellow citizens feel the need to cheat to achieve a political goal. Cheating is against the rules....
  • On Election Night, the Real Winner Was Drugs

    11/04/2020 3:45:37 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 51 replies
    Reason ^ | Nov. 4, 2020 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Drugs are winning the war on drugs. [...] But there was one absolutely certain loser last night: the war on drugs. If Americans across the country provided a clear mandate for anything this year, it's ending the hold that drug prohibition has on our country. Of nine drug decriminalization or legalization measures on state ballots last night—including two addressing hallucinogens and one covering all illegal drugs—not a single one failed. These were decisive victories, too, not close calls. And unlike some previous waves of pro-marijuana votes, which were concentrated in predictable areas, successful anti–drug war measures in 2020 spanned a...
  • 5 States Approve Ballot Measures Expanding Access To Marijuana (Recreational Use in NJ, AZ, MT and SD)

    11/04/2020 9:59:56 AM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | 4 Nov 2020 | Rachel Treisman
    The Associated Press says voters in five states have approved measures to legalize medical or recreational marijuana, or both, in Tuesday’s election. Voters in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota voted to legalize recreational marijuana for people ages 21 or older, joining 11 other states and Washington, D.C. South Dakotans also approved a measure to establish a medical marijuana program in the state for “individuals with a debilitating medical condition.” According to the Marijuana Policy Project, that makes South Dakota the first state to legalize medical and adult-use marijuana on the same day. In Mississippi, two versions of a...
  • Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize possession of ALL drugs including HEROIN and COCAINE - as New Jersey and Arizona legalize pot

    11/04/2020 5:51:41 AM PST · by mmanager · 76 replies
    D.M. ^ | November 4, 2020 | A/P
    Oregon has become the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize personal possession of all drugs, while Washington D.C. allows for consumption of magic mushrooms and New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana for recreational use. The move to decriminalize hard drugs including heroin and methamphetamine in Oregon - as well as legalizing the use of psilocybin mushrooms - passed by two large margins on Tuesday. Known as Measure 110, it will completely change how Oregon's justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of the hard drugs.
  • Cannabis Stocks Down, Positive Indicator for Trump

    11/03/2020 10:20:26 AM PST · by grayhog · 25 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11-3-20
    Cannabis stocks are a good indicator for what the stock market is thinking about the election. After the VP debate when Harris pitched decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level, these stocks soared. Today they are largely down despite a big up day for the market. I'm watching CGC, TLRY, ACB, TCNNF as a representative basket.
  • These are the states voting this week to legalize marijuana

    11/02/2020 2:59:17 PM PST · by BeauBo · 43 replies
    Border Report ^ | Nov 2, 2020 | Nexstar Media Wire
    As voters head to the polls to select the next president, citizens of five states will decide whether to legalize medical or recreational marijuana. Right now, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, according to CNN. Eleven of those states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In 2016, pot measures passed in eight out of nine states where it was on the ballot. Here’s a look at the states where voters will decide the future of pot: Arizona A proposition on the ballot would legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults who are 21 or older. People would be...
  • 7 bodies, nothing stolen: Were killings at California marijuana grow 'a message'?

    10/29/2020 1:12:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Oct. 29, 2020 | Matthew Ormseth and Stephanie Lai
    The boy knew how his mother made a living. He also knew the danger inherent in it. As recently as two months ago, he had stayed at a property in Aguanga, a small community in rural Riverside County, where his mother, helped by recent immigrants from Laos, grew marijuana.
  • States Should Stop Treating Sober Cannabis Consumers As Public Menaces

    10/28/2020 12:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Four years ago, Pennsylvania allowed patients suffering from any of 17 serious medical conditions to relieve their symptoms with marijuana. But there was a catch: If they used cannabis as a medicine, they could no longer legally drive. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would eliminate that legal disability by requiring evidence of impairment to convict medical marijuana patients of driving under the influence. That reform points the way to an overdue reevaluation of DUI laws that irrationally and unfairly punish cannabis consumers who pose no threat to public safety. Thirty-three states have legalized medical...
  • The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In

    10/27/2020 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 62 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10/27/2020 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    PUEBLO, Colo.—It’s a common story across America: A city loses its main employer, usually a manufacturing company with well-paying, blue-collar jobs (that often go to China). The city’s economy crumbles, and those who can move out, do. Decades later, and looking peeling-paint tired, the city hasn’t managed to recover, but drugs have found a permanent home. In Pueblo, Colorado, the manufacturer was a steel plant beleaguered by a market crash in the 1980s and worker strikes in the 1990s. And one drug was given a red-carpet welcome. For years, Pueblo has been looking for industries to revive its economy, and...
  • As a libertarian, I think it’s reprehensible that liberals are against medical marijuana, and also reprehensible that they tried to raise the price of wheat at a time when millions of Americans were hungry

    10/27/2020 10:34:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 27, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    As a libertarian, I think it’s reprehensible that liberals are against medical marijuana, and also reprehensible that they tried to raise the price of wheat at a time when millions of Americans were hungry. I hope Amy Coney Barrett will help overturn these rulings. In the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Raich, the court ruled that a person who grew and smoked their own medical marijuana was engaging in interstate commerce, even thought the marijuana never crossed state lines, and no money changed hands.Voting for the majority were Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Scalia.The dissenters were O’Connor, Rehnquist,...
  • Is the Governor Blowing Smoke? Marijuana Legalization Is a Net Loss for PA

    10/20/2020 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2020 | Tom Copeland
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that the state legalize recreational marijuana in an effort to raise tax revenues lost during the Covid pandemic. Ironically, his draconian shutdown of much of the state over the past six months has seriously impacted the PA economy, and hence the state’s tax revenue. But it’s a pipe dream. In Colorado, for every dollar gained from marijuana taxes, taxpayers spend $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization. For Pennsylvania, any short term revenue increase will be swallowed up by the serious long term social and economic effects of legalization.In fact, if the governor is...
  • Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Wolf calls for marijuana legalization to aid state economy

    10/13/2020 2:50:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 13 2020 | Brittany De Lea
    Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called for marijuana use to be legalized, which he said could help shore up the state’s economy. Wolf said on Twitter that he would be renewing calls on the state legislature to legalize adult-use to provide a new revenue stream as the state battles a multibillion-dollar coronavirus-related budget deficit. During a press conference on Tuesday, Wolf acknowledged that so far there has been no movement among Pennsylvania lawmakers to advance corresponding legislation.
  • Woman arrested after 85 pounds of marijuana found in luggage at Nashville airport

    09/28/2020 4:31:35 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 85 replies
    Cox Media Group ^ | 9/25/2020 | Bob D'Angelo
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 20-year-old woman is accused of carrying 85 pounds of marijuana in two pieces of luggage at Nashville International Airport, authorities said. Tomisha Hamm was arrested Wednesday night and charged with a felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, WKRN reported. She was booked into the Nashville Metro Jail and her bail was set at $100,000, the television station reported. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, a drug dog at Nashville international Airport alerted detectives to possible narcotics in luggage on a Southwest Airlines flight that originated from Los Angeles and was bound for Cleveland, WZTV reported. The...
  • There are millions of dollars out there! Californian growers terrified about wildfires destroying their pot plants

    09/28/2020 4:28:08 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 34 replies
    ss ^ | 9/28/20 | ss
    Smoking weed is the newest worry for California firefighters as the state’s biggest wildfire races toward the nation’s biggest marijuana-producing region. The wildfire is headed for Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, two small communities northwest of Sacramento that lie in the heart of cannabis country. And many of the locals — up to 1,000 — are refusing to evacuate because they want to protect their pot. Law enforcement officials went knocking on doors, but can’t make anybody go, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo told the AP. “It’s mainly growers,” Trujillo said. “And a lot of them, they don’t...
  • California’s largest wildfire is threatening marijuana-growing area in NorCal

    09/25/2020 6:46:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/25/2020
    The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said. As many as 1,000 people remained in Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, authorities and local residents estimated Thursday. The threatened marijuana growing area is in the Emerald Triangle, a three-county corner of Northern California that by some estimates is the nation’s largest...
  • Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

    09/25/2020 9:08:44 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2020
    California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames. The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said.