Marijuana Acceptance Varies Across Hemisphere

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  Marijuana Acceptance Varies Across Hemisphere

Posted by CN Staff on October 21, 2013 at 16:57:12 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

World -- Marijuana's acceptance is growing in Latin America as much as in the U.S., but the support is top-down in most countries except the United States, editors were told Monday at the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association. Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance told the editors that elected officials in the U.S. have been slow to embrace marijuana legalization, though polls show most people favor it. By contrast, he said, elected officials in Latin American countries are talking more about pot legalization, while most people oppose the idea.
Uruguay is expected to finalize plans by the end of the year to become the first nation in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers.  "This debate is going to jump to a new level in Latin America," Nadelmann predicted. The editorial director of El Universal, the largest newspaper in Mexico City, had tough questions for Nadelmann about the effect of legalization in Latin America. "Latin America will just put up the dead, and you'll continue to party? You'll continue to enjoy marijuana? This is very serious," Roberto Rock said. Nadelmann replied that the U.S. started a failed global drug war but that this country now shouldn't shy away from trying to change global drug policy. "This is the only way for a debate to open up throughout the hemisphere," Nadelmann said. Nadelmann addressed the editors along with Jack Finlaw, lawyer to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and head of a marijuana task force set up in Colorado earlier this year. Finlaw likewise predicted marijuana legalization would expand. He cited a statement last month from the U.S. Department of Justice that it would not interfere with state pot laws as long as the states try to keep the drug away from children and criminals, among other priorities. "It's going to happen. More states are going to legalize. And we feel privileged to be the test case, the incubator," Finlaw said. Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Kristen Wyatt, Associated PressPublished:  October 21, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 22, 2013 at 12:22:20 PT
For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing MJ
Gallup Poll: For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing MarijuanaSupport surged 10 percentage points in past year, to 58%By Art SwiftOctober 22, 2013WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization.Gallup Poll:
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 22, 2013 at 07:27:58 PT
Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol
October 22, 2013(CNN) -- Anti-marijuana crusaders like Kevin Sabet, while well-intentioned, are promoting policies that lead to more violence and disease in our society. In his recent op-ed, Sabet argues we should keep marijuana illegal. But as long as marijuana remains illegal, profits from sales go to criminals and drug cartels, and adults will continue to be punished for using a substance less harmful than currently legal drugs.Confused? Let's back up. For more than 80 years, our government has spent tens of billions of taxpayer dollars fighting a war against marijuana. We arrest three-quarters of a million adults every year, 87% for simple possession rather than production or sales of marijuana. Courtrooms turn into assembly lines churning out probationers -- mostly minorities -- with convictions that will make it virtually impossible to find employment.The result? Marijuana is universally available, used by almost half of Americans at some point in their lives, and we've enriched murderous drug cartels fueling violence in Mexico that has claimed more than 60,000 lives.Complete Article:
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on October 22, 2013 at 03:57:17 PT
Colorado alone in toleration of guns at marijuana stores, counsel says
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Comment #5 posted by Swazi-X on October 21, 2013 at 21:24:18 PT
Sanity In Uruguay 
Uruguay has it right - tank the price, increase the legal availability and you suffocate cartels' involvement with and reduce criminality surrounding cannabis. True, if you're like California with for-profit prisons, they'll likely see a drop in revenue. Same thing for drug counselors, local law enforcement budgets, D.E.A. clowns, and all the other profiteers who brutalize citizens over a weed, but if honesty and the health and well being of the majority of citizens is what you're after - it's the only choice.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on October 21, 2013 at 20:51:53 PT
FoM #2
"Now that's a good price." $28 an ounce. I remember back in the '70s when we could get Mexican for $10 an ounce, Columbian gold for $20 an ounce and Thai stick for $30 an ounce. That's where the inflated prices of the militarized drug war, escalated by Reagan-Bush, should head.Do you have this album with early Neil Young songs?:Buffalo Springfield-Retrospective [Full Album] 1969
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2013 at 19:57:59 PT
Kush on isle 3
Re-legalizing cannabis should bring the price way down. $375 per ounce and more in Washington is pathetic. Colorado may see about the same thing.Buy it by the ounce (bulk limit), may be a better bargain and may cost only $300 and that's better... $28 per ounce will certainly get rid of black market realities. $375 per ounce will produce a thriving black market.Wonder how much a gram usually cost on the black market in Uruguay?Prohibitionists want to keep Colorado & Washington's legal God-given plant from crossing state lines: I wonder how they'll keep Uruguay pot at $28 an ounce from getting into Colorado?
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 21, 2013 at 19:02:35 PT
Now that's a good price.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2013 at 18:25:31 PT
Uruguay making a move
Uruguay official: legal marijuana for $1 per gram state's may be $13- 17 per...
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