Archive for the ‘America’ Category
June 29th, 2010
At yesterday’s Washington State Democratic Convention, party delegates overwhelmingly voted to endorse I-1068, a potential ballot measure to legalize cannabis in the state. From Publicola.net:
Bucking the recommendation of their executive board, delegates to the Washington State Democratic Convention endorsed I-1068 (the marijuana legalization initiative) with 62 percent “yes” vote (314 to 185). The executive board had given no recommendation on the initiative because “the committee was even more split than the delegates,” according to State Vice Chair Sharon Smith.
The endorsement of the State Democratic Party may be too late to ensure marijuana legalization is on the ballot this November. A petition with signatures from at least 241,153 registered voters must be submitted by July 2nd, just five days from now in order to put I-1068 on the ballot. Read the rest of this entry »
June 25th, 2010
reposted from www.katu.com
SALEM, Ore. – The State of Oregon has re-classified how it views marijuana.
The State Board of Pharmacy voted Wednesday to recognize pot as a drug that has medical use.
The move came because of a law passed last year that ordered marijuana to be removed from a list of drugs that have “high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use.”
Marijuana will now be what is known as a “Schedule II controlled substance.” That’s a drug that has medical use but still has “high abuse potential.”
Oregon becomes the first state in the nation to make marijuana anything less serious than a Schedule I drug.
June 17th, 2010
A campaign for a system of medical marijuana supply systems in Oregon turned in enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot – if the signatures are valid. According to an early turn-in, the initiative for a medical marijuana supply system has gathered 115,404 signatures. It needs 82,769 verified names of registered voters to make the ballot.
The preliminary total only reflects the signatures gathered by paid petitioners through May. The campaign will continue to gather signatures up to the July 2 deadline to give them a cushion for names that have to be thrown out.
Also, a Detroit City Council committee passed today on amending a city ordinance to allow adults in the city to legally possess a small amount of marijuana. Instead voters will get to decide in November. Read the rest of this entry »
June 14th, 2010
June 10th, 2010
by Jodie Emery – Tuesday, June 8 2010
On Thursday night, June 3rd, Marc was put into solitary confinement, or “SHU”, (Security Housing Unit) at SeaTac Federal Detention Centre (SeaTac FDC) while he awaits his sentencing in September. The reason? For unknowingly breaking an unwritten rule. I haven’t heard from him since… Here’s what happened.
On Thursday afternoon, Marc had me record a phone call that was meant as his first US Prison Podcast, similar to the ones he did last fall while imprisoned here in BC and posted on iTunes and our website. That evening, as he was writing me an “email” through the Corrlinks prison messaging system, he mentioned that a guard had just given him a citation, said his phone access was suspended for “at least three days” and that there would be a disciplinary hearing in “a few days”. Read the rest of this entry »
June 4th, 2010
Smoking marijuana barely affects driving performance.
Researchers from Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and the University of Iowa had 85 subjects participate in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial where they were tested on a driving simulator before and 30 minutes after smoking a marijuana cigarette.
The researchers found there were no differences between the performance of marijuana smokers and those who were given a placebo in either the simulator’s baseline driving segment or its collision-avoidance scenarios. In fact, the only difference between the two groups was that the subjects who got the real stuff were more likely to decrease their speed during certain parts of the simulation.
Nevertheless, this study didn’t address the vicious way marijuana smokers have been known to attack their roommates’ bottles of Nuttella. Which is the real reason why the ancient herb must remain illegal.
June 4th, 2010
Survey finds 49% support the ballot measure but a third of those only “somewhat” support it. Of the 41% who oppose it, a vast majority believe it will worsen social problems. One in 10 are undecided.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/USC POLL
May 31, 2010|By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
California voters, by a modest margin, think they should be allowed to grow and consume marijuana, according to a new poll that also found more than 1 in 3 voters had tried pot and more than 1 in 10 had lit up in the past year.
The Los Angeles Times/USC poll found that voters back the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot, 49% to 41%, with 10% uncertain about it. But support for the initiative is unstable, with one-third of the supporters saying they favor it only “somewhat.”
May 28th, 2010
The groundbreaking study showing how the City of Oakland could make $2 million per year licensing a medical cannabis growing warehouse caught many locals by surprise this week. Even though city officials and the cannabis industry are looking toward licensing large-scale grows allowed under state law SB 420, the hard numbers appear to be the first of their kind. Economist Joanne Brion of Brion and Associates, who did the six-month, $16,000 report said she was surprised at how potent an economic force cannabis is.
“My gut instinct said that this would be a great revenue and job generator for the city,” she said. “But after running the numbers, “I went, ‘Wow, that’s really a job generator.’” Read the rest of this entry »
May 26th, 2010
Kiwis are proud to speak out in support of Marc Emery, our ‘Prince of Pot’.
The American Drugs War must end NOW!!
President ‘Toker’ Obama you cannot continue to lead the world down this wrong path.
SEND MARC EMERY HOME TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS…He is no threat to anybody except those who perpetuate the drug war lies.
May 22nd, 2010
The US is thinking about dealing with drug abuse as a medical issue, says Martha Mendoza
fter 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost US$1 trillion ($1.5 trillion) and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.
Even US drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn’t worked.
“In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” Kerlikowske said. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.”