MJ Legalization: Blustery Crosscurrents of Change 
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MJ Legalization: Blustery Crosscurrents of Change 
Posted by CN Staff on June 29, 2013 at 06:56:55 PT
By David Clark Scott, Staff Writer
Source: Christian Science Monitor
USA -- Eighteen states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical use. New Hampshire looks likely to be come No. 19. Last November, voters in Colorado and Washington took legalization a step further by approving the use of cannabis for recreational use.But the new Colorado law allows every municipality to regulate retail sales of marijuana for recreational use – or opt out. On Thursday, some 60 residents turned out for a Colorado Springs City Council meeting held to give residents an opportunity to share their views. And if this meeting is any indication, the debate on marijuana legalization continues at the local level.
The Gazette in Colorado Springs reported:"Selling marijuana in retail stores could lead to more traffic crashes and fatalities, said Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey. On the other hand, selling marijuana could boost the economy with jobs and sales tax revenue. For every point there was a counterpoint as residents in a standing-room only hall waited patiently to speak."The new state law requires each city to decide on whether to allow marijuana sales – or not – by Oct. 1. Colorado Springs City Council member Jan Martin said they expect to make a decision by July 23.So far, 34 Colorado cities and counties have banned retail marijuana sales; 25 cities or counties have put a moratorium on sales and will take action at a later date, said Ms. Martin, according to The Gazette.Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the NAACP Colorado/Montana/Wyoming State Conference, spoke out in favor of Colorado Springs retail sales. The NAACP endorsed Colorado's Amendment 64, "because of the impact of incarceration on young men and women of color," she said. "We know from our research that possessing a joint has great impact on the lives of young people."Similarly, on June 25 the NAACP came out in favor of a bill allowing recreational use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.The NAACP says that the war on drugs in America unfairly targets minorities and that there is a “staggeringly disproportionate” arrest rate compared with white drug users, according to The Patriot News.“The war on drugs is a catastrophic failure,” said David Scott, chair of the Legal Redress Committee for the Cheltenham Area Branch of the NAACP and a former deputy chief of police. Scott cited an ACLU study that sees a racial bias in the prosecution of marijuana users.While the Pennsylvania marijuana legalization bill is not expected to pass, it's indicative of how the issue continues to roil.This past week, the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill that would make it the 19th state to allow for medical marijuana use.The Associated Press reports that "the bill allows patients diagnosed with cancer, Crohn's disease and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from one of four dispensaries authorized by the state. To qualify for medical marijuana, a person would have to have been a patient of the prescribing doctor for at least 90 days, have tried other remedies and have exhibited certain symptoms. Only New Hampshire residents would qualify.The [new New Hampshire] dispensaries could have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings and 80 ounces of marijuana or 6 ounces per qualifying patient. They also would have a limit of three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates the dispensary as a treatment center."New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she will sign the bill into law.Meanwhile, in California, where medical marijuana use has been legal since 1996, the state's Supreme Court ruled in May that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. A few weeks later, Los Angeles voters approved a ballot measure that limits the number of pot shops in the city to 135, down from an estimated high of about 1,000. And earlier this month, federal authorities in California began a crackdown on some 100 pot clinics in Los Angeles County.Source: Christian Science Monitor (US)Author:  David Clark Scott, Staff WriterPublished: June 29, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Christian Science Publishing SocietyContact: letters csmonitor.comWebsite: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by museman on June 29, 2013 at 11:08:40 PT
Who runs this country!Its obviously not 'the people' even though the pols consistently talk about 'the people' like the prohibs talk about 'the children.' Same BS. Same Ilk. Same corruption.What good is a 'Constitution' supposedly 'guaranteeing' our rights, that does nothing even close to the claim? And who decides constitutional law? The people? Ha Ha! The joke's on you america, you've been taken for a ride, and most of the people still refuse to get off the damn train to Purgatory.WAKE UP PEOPLE!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on June 29, 2013 at 07:29:48 PT
"And earlier this month, federal authorities in
California began a crackdown on some 100 pot clinics in Los Angeles County."Round and round we go, yes the feds don't like democracy very much, they trample it with their boots. Who is protecting the rights of Californians with the feds stomping all over it, for 20 years now...Is this going to be the fate of the people of Washington and Colorado state?Way to go Obama, thanks a lot dude!Please explain the logic and democracy of your current cannabis policies!
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