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Insightful marijuana comments by Houston Police chief Charles McClelland.

Houston police chief sounds off on pot arrests

Chief Charles McClelland also takes aim at decades-long war on drugs

Author: Keith Garvin, Anchor/Reporter, kgarvin@kprc.com

Published On: Dec 05 2014 10:54:42 PM CST Updated On: Dec 05 2014 11:02:04 PM CST

HPD chief sounds off on pot arrests

HOUSTON –

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland is making national headlines after indicating it may be time for marijuana use to be legalized not only in Texas but across the country.

“We cannot criminalize such a large population of society that engage in casual marijuana use,” the chief said in the radio interview. The topics were wide-ranging — but the chief was largely asked about marijuana use. McClelland made it clear he believes enforcing marijuana laws is wasting time and other valuable resources.

“Taxpayers can’t afford to build jails and prisons to lock up everyone that commits a crime,” said McClelland. “We must put more money into crime prevention, treatment, education, job training.” Continue reading

Thank you Matt Ferner for this update from the alcohol millionaire’s opinion of legalizing marijuana-by the A64 voting citizens.

Admin;  Follow the link for the link to Matt Ferner’s  article about Hickenloopers backtracking.  Mr. Alcohol is trying to covering his *ss.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper: Legalizing Marijuana In Colorado Wasn’t ‘Reckless,’ It Was ‘Risky’

Posted: 10/07/2014 8:46 pm EDT Updated: 10/08/2014 12:59 pm EDT

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said Tuesday his state’s recreational marijuana law is not “reckless,” as he called it a day earlier, but “risky.”

“Context is everything,” Hickenlooper said in a statement, first reported by International Business Times. “I was asked if I thought it was [emphasis Hickenlooper’s office] reckless to legalize marijuana in Colorado -– perhaps risky is a better word. While I believe it was risky for Colorado to be the first state to step away from a failed federal policy given all of the unanswered legal questions and implications, the adoption of Amendment 64 by Colorado voters sent a clear message to the federal government that marijuana should be legal and regulated.”

“Is it risky now?” the governor asked. “It is certainly less so. We have a robust regulatory enforcement system that would not have been possible without the partnership of the marijuana business owners, activists, law enforcement officials, regulators, parents, policy experts and stakeholders. Together we have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and fair system that protects the public health, diminishes the underground market, and educates and keeps marijuana out of the hands of our children.”

Hickenlooper said the state remains committed to carrying out the will of voters, obtaining access to banking for marijuana businesses, and maintaining a fair regulatory system.

On Monday, Hickenlooper was asked during a gubernatorial debate about other state governors who may be considering legalizing marijuana.

“I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are” in Colorado, Hickenlooper said. His Republican challenger, Bob Beauprez, agreed with the “reckless” characterization,according to Politico.

The governor later expanded on the state’s legalization, saying: “I think for us to do that without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless.”

“I’m not saying it was reckless, because I’ll get quoted everywhere,” Hickenlooper added. “But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done it, right. I opposed it from the very beginning. All right, what the hell — I’ll say it was reckless.” Continue reading

Marijuana legalization; latest polls

Admin; Legalization is on a roll!

How marijuana legalization became a majority movement

Updated by German Lopez on October 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. ET @germanrlopez german@vox.com

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In just a few years, marijuana legalization advocates have gone from being part of a long-shot movement to representative of a view held by 58 percent of Americans.

The quick trajectory of this type of social movement is far from exclusive to legal pot. In recent years, the same-sex marriage movement in particular has been characterized by a rapid change in public opinion and multiple court decisions in favor of marriage equality.

But unlike same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization doesn’t have much establishment support. Politicians and lawmakers have remained as far away from the issue as possible even as retail sales for marijuana began in Colorado and Washington earlier in the year. The only major Supreme Court decision on the issue (Gonzales v. Raich) allowed the federal government to continue enforcing prohibition in California even after the state’s voters legalizedmedical marijuana.

The political caution and lack of judicial intervention might explain why marijuana legalization hasn’t progressed as swiftly as public opinion. But there are some indications that could change — if the movement overcomes some key hurdles.

Legalization has relied on popular support in a few states, but that could change

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A protester calls for an end to the war on drugs. (Spencer Platt / Getty Images News)

Fabio Rojas, a professor at Indiana University who studies social movements, said that these movements tend to be driven by ballot initiatives, lobbying of policymakers, or mass protests that raise awareness.

Up to this point, the marijuana legalization movement has largely relied on ballot initiatives to change state laws. Colorado and Washington voters legalized marijuana at the polls in 2012, and legalization measures are on the ballot in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, in November. Continue reading

New poll shows Washington, D.C. voters overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization

Admin; You can see the green writing on the wall of marijuana legalization…Matt Ferner Become a fanMatt.Ferner@huffingtonpost.com

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Washington, D.C., Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Legalization

Posted: 09/18/2014 7:54 pm EDT Updated: 09/19/2014 10:59 am EDT

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a newpoll that puts support at 65 percent.

The NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll’s finding that district voters support legalization by amost a 2-1 margin “is the highest support ever for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative,” Adam Eidinger, chair of D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group backing the legalization measure, said in a statement. “It vindicates the work of this campaign so far, but we still have more work to do turning out the vote come Election Day.” Continue reading

I’m glad to see the original intent of medical marijuana upheld.

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Please take time to read this news release by CBS local…

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/16/marijuana-caregivers-escape-colorado-crackdown/

Notice last sentence in paragraph 5.

“They avoid taxes and regulations required by commercial growers.”

This is the original intent of medical marijuana-please recall that I had said years ago that “caregiver” was the intended concept…

Now with the dispensaries and the retail marijuana trade-these two entities were really wanting the caregiver “loophole” to close due to competition.

And the politicians want their tax revenue increased.

This is ironic because caregivers are the original intended concept to grow and provide one on one medicine.  Which now recently is bolstered by positive results for children as well as adults.

So this is why I have always been embracing the caregiver model.

Marijuana has become and WILL become big business.

But one on one in this world is still the best personal connection for providing medicine.

 

Marijuana Caregivers Escape Colorado Crackdown

September 16, 2014 2:42 PM

Medical Marijuana (credit: Colorado Department of Transportation)

Medical Marijuana (credit: Colorado Department of Transportation)

DENVER (AP) – Confronted with a room full of teary parents with sick children, Colorado health authorities on Tuesday changed course on a plan to limit marijuana caregivers to 10 patients.

The Board of Health voted 6-1 to delete a proposed change to the state rules for caregivers, who are designated to grow pot on behalf of medical marijuana patients.

The change came after hours of emotional testimony from mothers of children with epilepsy and other conditions treated with cannabis-derived oil. Many of the parents testified that they fear losing access to caregiver-grown pot treatments that aren’t available in dispensaries.

“I cannot be one of those dropped. My child will die,” said mom Janea Cox, a mother who moved from Macon, Ga., to Colorado Springs to get a cannabis-based treatment for her daughter Haleigh.

Colorado currently limits caregivers to five patients and requires them to be responsible for other duties besides just growing pot. But the state allows “waivers” for caregivers to add patients. Only four caregivers would’ve been affected by the rule change, but those growers serve 100 or even more patients. They avoid taxes and regulations required by commercial growers.

“I provide medicine that is needed,” insisted Jason Cranford, a Boulder County caregiver who testified that he spent six years developing a strain to reduce seizures.

Cranford scoffed at suggestions that parents of sick children could learn to grow the strain themselves.

Pointing to the crowd behind him, Cranford asked, “These children are in wheelchairs. Do you not see this? Do you think they have time to sit in a garden?”

Some of the moms applauded when Cranford vowed to ignore the rule if adopted.

“What you’re asking me to do is put children’s blood on my hands and I’m not willing to do that,” he said.

Health authorities insisted they aren’t trying to reduce medical-marijuana supply, just make sure caregivers are complying with state laws regarding their responsibilities to patients.

“We want to change the perception that caregivers do nothing but provide marijuana to their patients,” said Dana Erpelding, director of the department’s Center for Health & Environmental Data.

“Caregivers that want to focus on production and distribution should look at becoming medical marijuana centers,” she said.

But the Board declined to set a hard cap of 10 patients, instead adopting stricter guidelines for getting those waivers to grow on behalf of many patients. The new criteria include proximity to licensed medical-marijuana dispensaries.

Colorado Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Larry Wolk, said after the hearing that his agency has limited enforcement powers but wanted to address criticism in a 2013 state audit that criticized the agency for not ensuring that caregivers have proposer supervision.

Boom! Check out the marijuana legalization poll results.

Admin; Huge upsurge of American adults saying yes-lets legalize and collect taxes.

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Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows

Posted: 09/03/2014 4:17 pm EDT Updated: 09/03/2014 4:59 pm EDT

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A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears to be growing.

The survey, released last week from online polling data company CivicScience, asked more than 450,000 U.S. adults over the last two years this question: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Continue reading

The Marijuana Show auditions now in Denver.

Admin; In case you missed it this web based show will be offered to the public on Youtube and Vimeo this fall.

People are auditioning for a new marijuana reality show. It’s called ‘The Marijuana Show’

By Elahe Izadi September 15 at 7:29 PM


Wild marijuana (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

Nearly every industry has a reality show dedicated to it.  Shipping stuff? Yes. Dog whispering? Check. Bounty hunters named Dog? Of course. Now, prospective legal marijuana tycoons can get in on the action.

As Fox 31 Denver reported, 200 people showed up Saturday in Denver to audition for a new, Web-based marijuana reality show named “The Marijuana Show.” (No pot puns here, folks.)

Here’s how it works: People pitch their marijuana business ideas to investors, who will back projects by investing $25,000 to $1 million or more, co-creator Wendy Robbins told the Fox affiliate.

In their online pitch, show co-creators Karen Paull and Robbins describe their project as “The Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice,” but emphasize it’ll be more like a dolphin tank rather than shark tank. They also have a higher vision in mind: to combat negative connotations around marijuana use. “It’s really an important and potent herb and medicine and it needs to be legal,” Robbins told Fox 31. “That’s why we are doing this.”

“We’re the puff the magic dragon of reality pitch shows. Basically, we don’t wanna be rude,” Robbins told 303 Magazine. “It’s really about educating, and us getting educated too, the world about the whole industry.”

On Saturday, people pitched ideas to a panel, which will then choose six winners to head to a boot camp in New Mexico. From there, the contestants will prepare for October, when they will pitch investors back in Denver, the Fox affiliate reported. Audition pitches ranged from movie projects to a woman who wants to use cannabis in her flower shop designs, and the show will air online in November, CNN reported.

Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2012, and since then, the legal marijuana industry across the country has been booming; as The New York Times pointed out, the legal industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion this year, per marijuana research firm ArcView Group.

Elahe Izadi is a general assignment national reporter for The Washington Post. She can be reached at elahe.izadi@washpost.com and on Twitter @ElaheIzadi.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/15/people-are-auditioning-for-a-new-marijuana-reality-show-its-called-the-marijuana-show/

Marijuana is not a schedule 1 drug; Step by step politicians acknowledge public opinion and the waste of taxpayer money policing this.

Admin; It is interesting to watch the consistent public opinion overcome decades of marijuana policing policy.

Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia

September 8, 2014 3:57 PM

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office. Photo by Mike Dunn)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter today agreed to sign into law a bill that essentially decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.   But he says he’ll sign it only after City Council tweaks certain details of the measure.

The original bill, authored by councilman Jim Kenney, would have police issuing citations akin to a parking ticket for possession of one ounce of pot or less.

The Nutter administration and police officials had reservations about that approach.   Now, Kenney and the mayor have reached agreement on a compromise: the infraction would result in what’s called a “non-summary civil offense.”

“We’ve gotten to a place where it is out of the criminal realm,” Kenney said today.  “There’s no more handcuffs, no more bookings, no more criminal record.  Police will not have to leave their posts and go to the station house to deal with this.  People will pay a fine based on the offense: $25 for the possession of anything under an ounce.” Continue reading

I love research about marijuana; especially now that it’s medical validity is coming to light due to voter pressure to legalize.

Admin; Isn’t it interesting how voter political pressure has changed the landscape of positive medical marijuana revelations due to previous research?  No doubt the federal government and DEA propaganda to justify the War on Marijuana is shifting to a grandfatherly acceptance of the truth of marijuana’s true medical contributions.  And now you actually see funding to expand this research.  Huh-from denial to actual support of medical marijuana. Imagine that?

Marijuana: Colorado Will Pay You to Prove MMJ Works — and Here’s How

By Michael Roberts Wed., Sep. 3 2014 at 10:51 AM

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment isn’t known as the biggest booster of medical marijuana. Nonetheless, the CDPHE has been tasked by the state legislature with overseeing $10 million worth of grants intended to fund “objective scientific research regarding the efficacy of marijuana and its component parts as part of medical treatment.” Continue for the details, the deadlines, the documents and more. Continue reading

Marijuana has a reputation as calming as opposed to nicotine and alcohol; this new study comfirms.

Admin; Am I the only one that notices lately all these pro marijuana studies are confirming the benefits of medical marijuana/marijuana.  Seems just “yesterday” the media and of course federal and state governments were making cannabis out as worse than cigarettes and alcohol.  Maybe those lobbies are losing the battle to common sense.

Study: Couples who smoke marijuana are less likely to engage in domestic violence

By Christopher Ingraham August 26


Toke now, or forever hold your peace. Photo by Flickr user Tyler Ingram, used under a Creative Commons license.

Marital marijuana?

A new study by researchers at the University of Buffalo finds a significantly lower incidence of domestic violence among married couples who smoke pot. “Couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV [intimate partner violence] perpetration,” the study concludes. Continue reading