York Maine Advocates Get Recreational Marijuana on November 2014 Ballot

recreational-marijuanaProponents of recreational Marijuana in maine have gathered enough signatures to get the measure on November 2014 ballot.

If approved, this measure would make it legal according to town law for an adult to possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of recreation marijuana. The measure is being sponsored and put on the ballot by the group Marijuana Policy Project. David Boyer, Maine’s political director for the national Marijuana Policy Project, announced on January 21, 2014, that the organization would attempt to put similar ballot measures on the ballots of three municipalities in Maine: Lewiston, South Portland and York.

The groups efforts have paid off. over 200 signatures have been delivered. Citizens for a Safer Maine on June 19, 2014 announced it submitted the signatures to the York town clerk to start the process of getting an ordinance on the November ballot.

The proposed ordinances supported by cannabis activists would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and paraphernalia. It would also have the businesses tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Users would be prohibited from consuming marijuana in public.

DEA Bullying Of Medical Marijuana Doctors in Massachusetts Will Slow Roll Out Further

Some Doctors in Massachusetts have had a visit from the DEA recently. So harassing that Lawmakers from California to New England what legislation passed to protect doctors.

Back on June 6, 2014 the Boston Globe reported the DEA is visiting doctors associated with Dispensaries / Caregivers.

“US Drug Enforcement Administration investigators have visited the homes and offices of Massachusetts physicians involved with medical marijuana dispensaries and delivered an ultimatum: sever all ties to marijuana companies, or relinquish federal licenses to prescribe certain medications, according to several physicians and their attorneys.”

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“Here are your options,” Dr. Samuel Mazza said he was told by Gregory Kelly, a DEA investigator from the agency’s New England Division office. “You either give up your [DEA] license or give up your position on the board . . . or you challenge it in court.”

The DEA is targeting doctors who are listed as part of the management or board of directors of proposed marijuana dispensaries. This will only slow down what is already a meandering execution of the law voters approved.

The DEA has not taken a hands off approach to Medical Marijuana even though law makers and even the President have told them to do so.

Representative Michael Capuano said he supported the Rohrabacher initiative because he does not expect the DEA to stop its actions without a “clear directive” from Congress. Senator Edward J. Markey said that he also is troubled by the reported DEA actions.

“The federal government should work with Massachusetts state officials and respect the will of the people of the Commonwealth,” Markey said.

Implementing the Medical Marijuana Law in Massachusetts will surly be slowed by the DEA’s actions. Everyone involved will need to take a second look at how they want to move forward. Doctors, Caregivers, and Patients are left in limbo while politics of the issues are worked out.

Poll Shows Connecticut Residents Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

Marijuana US FlagConnecticut residents want recreational Marijuana legal in their State. That according to a Quinnipiac Universality poll. (See image below)

The poll clearly shows younger resident have a different perspective from older ones. No surprise as the older generations happily believe the lies business and politicians have spewed over the last 100 years.

%90 of those asked support Medical Marijuana and %52 would support recreational use of Cannabis in the state.

By a slight 52 – 45 percent majority, with a wide age gap, Connecticut voters support “allowing adults…to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By a huge 90 – 9 percent margin, voters support the medical use of marijuana. Support ranges from 84 – 14 percent among voters over 65 years old to 99 – 1 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. Voters also support 69 – 28 percent having a medical marijuana dispensary in their town or city, this independent poll finds.

On the question of so-called recreational marijuana use, voters 18 to 29 years old support the idea 80 – 20 percent, while voters over 65 years old are opposed 61 – 34 percent. Men back recreational marijuana 54 – 42 percent, with women divided 49 – 48 percent.

About half of Connecticut voters, 47 percent, admit trying marijuana. Some attitudes about marijuana include:

61 percent of voters say alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health, while 16 percent say marijuana is more harmful and 18 percent say both are harmful;
If marijuana were more widely available, 55 percent of voters say alcohol would be more harmful to society, while 28 percent say marijuana would be more harmful;
Legalizing marijuana would lead to more underage use, voters say 59 – 37 percent.

“A slight majority of Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, with huge age and party gaps. While 90 percent support the current law allowing medical marijuana, support drops to 69 percent who would want a medical marijuana dispensary in their town,” said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll also focused on death penalty and gun issues in the state of Connecticut. The state still has “Blue Laws” on the books that restrict alcohol sales.

CT Marijuana Poll 2014

source quinnipiac.edu

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Stevens Says Make Marijuana Legal

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Stevens has a book he’s promoting now. Its on Amazon at Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

Make Marijuana Legal in America

In a NPR Interview retired Supreme Court Justice John Stevens was asked if “if the federal government should legalize marijuana”

“Yes,” Stevens said.

“I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that's] changed. And recognize that the distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction. Alcohol, the prohibition against selling and dispensing alcoholic beverages has I think been generally, there’s a general consensus that it was not worth the cost. And I think really in time that will be the general consensus with respect to this particular drug.”

Source NPR

Support Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance At State House

Please support The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance rally at the State House.

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Massachusetts Patient Advocacy

On Thursday, April 24 at 2:00 pm, medical marijuana patients, family members, and medical professionals will be gathering for a press conference at the Massachusetts State House. Patients suffering from conditions such as cancer, MS, ALS, seizure disorders, and severe chronic pain will explain why safe access to medical marijuana is so important, and demand progress on implementation of dispensaries. They will also be speaking about the need to change the regulation that restricts the number of patients each caregiver can help. – See more at: Massachusetts Patient Advocacy

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Signs Bill That Decriminalize Marijuana

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Mayor Vincent Gray

Washington D.C has had a big turn around in recent years. Reports claim crime is down from previous decades.Now that D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed the bill to decriminalize marijuana arrests will go down even more. The law is allowing small amounts of Marijuana for personal use The bill will be reviewed by Congress before it becomes law.

Possession of marijuana had previously been a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Source: Time