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Recent Past and the Near Future of Marijuana Regulation

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Less than 20 years ago California voters ushered in the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition with an initiative to allow medical marijuana. Medical marijuana laws have since spread to almost half the states. Further, many states have decriminalized small-time pot possession while two have enacted recreational marijuana legalization. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia may legalize marijuana ...

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NJ Not Into Recreation

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New Jersey voters are split down the middle when it comes to legalizing marijuana. However, they do not support a recreational industry at this time. A poll at Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press said that 48% of voters support legalizing the possession of marijuana. Voters were less supportive of legalizing a recreational marijuana industry; only 36% were in favor. While 45% ...

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Survey: Americans Convinced Legalization is Inevitable

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A survey just released by the Pew Research Center provides evidence that Americans are undergoing a tectonic shift on drug policy. Americans are convinced that marijuana legalization is coming, and large majorities support a fundamental realignment of our drug policies away from the criminal justice system in general. Among findings was that more than six in ten Americans (63%) believe ...

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Why Prohibition Must End

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Citizens of states that have not yet legalized marijuana face consequences that can still be substantial. Cultivation or sale of marijuana on all but the smallest scale can occasion a five-year mandatory minimum in some states even now. Among other problems, property used for these “crimes” may still be subject to federal forfeiture laws. As we already know, Federal tax ...

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New Jersey Going in the Right Direction

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New Jersey Senator Nicholas Scutari will hold a press conference next Monday to formally introduce a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis. “We’re not delusional about how simple the effort [will] be,” says Senator Scutari. “But I think from a standpoint of moving this state and this country forward on its archaic drug laws, I think it’s a step in the ...

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Florida OK with Cannabis Extracts for Medical Use

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Florida’s legislature has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes. The measure, introduced by Republican Representative Matt Gaetz, now heads to the House Judiciary Committee, after which it will be sent to the full House. The bill provide a defense to Floridians who use marijuana extracts for medical purposes provided they have in hand ...

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Georgia Takes a Step Toward Legalization

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Georgia’s Senate has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure passed earlier this month with a 171 to 4 vote. Academic medical centers in the state will be permitted to produce low-THC cannabis oil for those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures. The law will also provide protection from arrest for anyone who ...

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DC = De-Criminalize

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Washington, DC, is poised to decriminalize small-time marijuana possession after the city council gave final approval to a decriminalization bill. Mayor Vincent Gray has signaled his support. The “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014” (Council Bill 20-409) eliminates arrests for the possession of less than an ounce and replaces it with a $25 fine. Police still can seize any ...

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Eastern States Update

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Pennsylvania A recent Mercyhurst Center of Applied Politics poll found that 85% of people in Pennsylvania support medical marijuana. According to the poll: “A sizeable majority of Pennsylvania voters (85%) favor making it legal for patients to use marijuana if it was prescribed by their doctor, and only 10% oppose the position.” The prospect of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes ...

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Texas Open To Legalization?

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A new University of Texas poll has found that 77% of Texans support the legalization of medical cannabis. There is strong support for legalizing recreational cannabis, with 49% in support and 23% opposed. “It’s not a surprise that Texas was not on the front line of [legalization], given that most of the opposition here is among conservatives and Republicans,” Jim ...

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