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    Guess I'm not all that surprised that Randtard Paul was for it, since most Libertarians are for legalization, but Bitch McTurtle being on board is a little surprising.

    I just wish we could legally keep the tobacco industry's hands off of this. They don't need any more money.
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    Video below has statement direct from President Obama about his views on legalization from 2004....

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    Drivers tested while high. Results were that they had to get 5 times higher than the legal limit (whatever that is) before they showed signs of any impairment.


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    Testing Art's OG, Diablo and Monster tonight.
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    http://bangordailynews.com/2013/02/2...tax-marijuana/

    Democratic and Republican legislators unite on bill to legalize and tax marijuana

    AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use in a statewide referendum.

    The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce.

    Russell and others argued during a press conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue. Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana.

    “We have retail establishments that grow and supply [medical] marijuana to responsible consumers,” said Russell, whose first effort to legalize marijuana failed in the Legislature two years ago. “We have proven here in Maine that this can be done for medicinal purposes and it’s now time to institute that same strict regulatory infrastructure for responsible adult recreational consumers.”

    Russell proposes making it legal for individuals to grow as many as six plants if they are cultivated in a locked space. She also supports allowing the transfer of the drug from one adult to another without compensation, as long as they are at least 21 years old. The bill would make it illegal to smoke pot in public and calls on the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to license marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities and testing facilities.

    Libby said his support for the bill isn’t about promoting drug use, but rather about taking government regulation out of what he called a “morality issue.”

    “I believe that ending marijuana prohibition is a true part of limited government,” said Libby. “As a fiscal conservative, I see great potential in the economic growth of removing these prohibitions.”

    David Boyer, who is the Maine political director for a Washington D.C.-based group called the Marijuana Policy Project, argued that in many ways marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol.

    “Marijuana is objectively far less harmful than alcohol for the consumer and for the broader community,” he said. “It is irrational to punish adults who simply prefer to use the less harmful substance. Law enforcement resources should be focused on preventing and responding to serious crimes rather than enforcing the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

    Denison Gallaudet, a former superintendent in the Richmond area, also supports the bill because of the potential revenue that could be reaped by the state. But another reason for his support of the bill is that in his experience, drug laws don’t keep marijuana out of the hands of kids.

    “We were confronted with the fact that our high school kids were smoking marijuana at twice the rate of smoking cigarettes,” said Gallaudet of his time as superintedent. “This is clearly a plan that is not working.”

    If passed by the Legislature, “An Act to Tax and Regulate Marijuana” would result in a statewide referendum in November 2014.

    Washington and Colorado approved ballot measures last year that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Bills to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol also are expected to be debated this year in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jhale667 View Post
    Testing Art's OG, Diablo and Monster tonight.
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    http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com...ced-in-oregon/

    Bill Ending Cannabis Prohibition Introduced in Oregon
    by Anthony Johnson • February 25, 2013

    On the heels of Colorado and Washington legalizing cannabis, the Oregon House Committee on Revenue has recently introduced a bill that would end cannabis prohibition by licensing, regulating and taxing cannabis similar to alcohol. After legalization victories in two states and 47% of Oregon voters supporting a proposal that would have allowed the unlimited personal production and possession of cannabis last November, The Oregonian Editorial Board called on state lawmakers to craft a sensible legalization bill. The editorial board was rightfully concerned that Oregon would be losing out on much-needed revenue to its northern neighbor.

    And if business booms at Washington’s pot shops, as expected? Our neighbor to the north will collect millions of dollars in new “sin” taxes, with much of the money coming from Oregonians who’d be happy to keep their business — and taxes — in state if given the opportunity.

    Losing out on all that revenue would be a pity. However, when policies diverge so widely in adjoining states — whether they govern marijuana or taxes – people move back and forth in pursuit of their interests. Want to stop the movement? Remove the incentives by leveling the policies.

    The obvious policy response for Oregon is to legalize marijuana as Washington has done. Like the idea or hate it, it wouldn’t amount to a radical change. For all intents and purposes, Oregon legalized the casual use of marijuana years ago through that giant loophole known as the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. By taking the Washington approach, the state at least would be honest about what it’s doing and, perhaps, collect some cash in the process.

    Some astute Oregon legislators appear to have heard The Oregonian (and common sense) loud and clear. It is time to stop wasting hard-earned tax dollars on trying to prevent people from growing, selling and utilizing cannabis. Instead of wasting money on cannabis prohibition, House Bill 3371 would establish a licensed and regulated industry that creates thousands of jobs and generates millions of dollars through licenses fees and excise taxes.

    The bill takes good parts from both the Washington and Colorado models and crafts a proposal that will regulate and tax cannabis like alcohol, implementing safeguards to better keep marijuana out of the hands of children while also generating millions of dollars in revenue for education, public safety, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. Unlike, Washington’s I-502, HB 3371 doesn’t establish a per se DUII law as it leaves the current DUII law alone. Employment and landlord-tenant law are also left alone. Like Colorado Amendment 64, the measure allows for small, personal cannabis gardens. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will handle inspections and enforcement, tasked with ensuring that cannabis retail outlets are checking IDs and keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors.

    The timing is right for Oregon to end cannabis prohibition. Colorado and Washington legalized cannabis with strong majorities and support is increasing rapidly among Oregon voters. Passing HB 3371 is a good policy for the state as it will expand individual rights; raise funds for much-needed services; save money by diverting resources currently spent on marijuana enforcement; and allow police to focus on more important priorities, like violent crime. Just like alcohol prohibition, cannabis prohibition is a failure that is robbing good citizens of their tax dollars, without accomplishing any of its intended goals. I commend the House Committee on Revenue for taking up this important issue and look forward to helping move this bill forward.


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    Wow. That is awesome!
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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/...ded-san-diego/

    Pot vending machines coming to SD?



    SAN DIEGO — Could San Diegans soon be getting their medical marijuana from vending machines?

    Los Angeles-based Medbox Inc. is securing leases to put its automated dispensing machines in up to 30 locations around the city in anticipation that the City Council could approve a dispensary ordinance later this month.

    For $150,000, the company assists would-be operators in getting their dispensary up and running with its technology, which Medbox says provides carefully managed access and reduces theft.

    More than 100 Medbox machines now operate in California, Colorado and Canada. Previous plans to bring them to San Diego were nixed when the U.S. Attorney’s Office cracked down on dispensaries here in 2011.

    Now the company has received deposits to set up its shops in more than a dozen locations in San Diego in the hope that Mayor Bob Filner succeeds in getting new regulations in place.

    Medbox CEO Bruce Bedrick said the company’s patented technology has turned it into a consultant for medical marijuana startups that want to run their operations securely and within the law.

    “We help people get into the business of medical marijuana by taking them from a ground zero all the way up and through turnkey dispensary,” he said.

    Bedrick added, “It is a detractor of crime. ... It’s a lot easier to go in and rob a dispensary that has pot all over the place and cash all over the place compared to some place that uses an 800-pound machine, or two, that’s armor-plated.”

    One of the biggest criticisms facing dispensaries — especially from federal prosecutors — is that they are engaged in a for-profit drug-selling operation rather than servicing needy patients as nonprofits. Dispensaries have also been frequent targets for robberies.

    Medbox facilities look much like a doctor’s office, although with armored dispensing machines located in a secure area. Medical marijuana patients must provide a state-issued ID card and a fingerprint to gain access and the machines won’t dispense more than has been prescribed by a doctor. Each transaction is recorded.

    The City Council is slated to discuss the medical marijuana issue at its March 25 meeting, although council President Todd Gloria’s office said it is unclear if a proposed ordinance from Filner will be under consideration at that time.

    In late January, Filner promised to deliver a new ordinance within 30 days that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate legally within city limits. That deadline has passed, but he continues to work with advocates on crafting it.

    Filner told San Diego CityBeat that he’s considering a $10,000 permit fee for dispensaries and a 2 percent excise tax on the sale of marijuana products. A mayoral spokeswoman confirmed the ordinance would likely include those provisions but said Filner didn’t have an opinion yet on Medbox’s technology and a TV report that he supports the machines was incorrect.

    Filner renewed the dispensary debate Jan. 8 when he told a group of medical marijuana advocates that he would intimidate the city attorney into backing off prosecutions. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith responded the next day by informing Filner that he could halt prosecutions by using his strong-mayor powers to direct police and code enforcement officers to stop forwarding cases to the City Attorney’s Office. Filner issued that decree the next day.

    At the time, Goldsmith said about 100 prosecutions had already been completed against dispensaries and 11 were still active and would be dropped at Filner’s direction. The council later voted in closed session — with Filner’s consent — to proceed with enforcement actions until a new ordinance is enacted because of fears that dispensaries would begin opening again before rules were in place.



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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0..._ref=marijuana

    Colorado's Marijuana Task Force Issues 58 Recommendations For How Pot Should Be Regulated

    Posted: 03/13/2013 7:33 pm EDT

    Colorado's Marijuana Task Force issued its final recommendations for how the state ought to implement Amendment 64, though the actual regulations will be made by state lawmakers.

    The 165-page report released Wednesday included 58 recommendations to be reviewed by the governor and state legislators.

    Task Force Co-Chair Jack Finlaw, the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel, called the report "very comprehensive" and said that it laid the groundwork for regulation.

    "The Task Force recommendations will now need to be perfected through the legislative process and rulemakings by various state agencies," Finlaw said in a statement.

    (Click here to read the report in full)

    http://www.colorado.gov/cms/forms/do...inalReport.pdf

    Task force leaders agreed that legislators will have to put a "Marijuana Products Sales Tax" initiative on the November ballot, but left the taxation rate to legislators.

    According to a 7News report, some in the task force recommended a 25 percent sales tax, but others were concerned that it would continue to perpetuate the underground market for cheap pot.

    The task force also recommended that during the first year of licensing "only entities with valid medical marijuana licenses should be able to obtain licenses to grow, process and sell adult-use cannabis."

    Smoking marijuana in bars should be banned in establishments covered by the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act as well as other places where tabacco smoke is tolerated, the report says.

    Consistent with alcohol rules, the task force also recommends that the Legislature prohibit open packages of marijuana in vehicles.

    "This was ground-breaking work and the Task Force process went very well," task force co-chair Barbara Brohl said. "It was supported by many committed and astute individuals who took the Governor's charge very seriously. Task force members represented differing viewpoints, they addressed all issues in a well-thought-out manner and worked hard to develop sound solutions. The Task Force did all the 'heavy lifting," but now a lot of follow up work has to be done in the coming months."




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    http://tokesignals.com/marijuana-imp...ged-men-study/

    Marijuana Improves Mental Sharpness In Middle-Aged Men: Study
    By Steve Elliott On March 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Not only does smoking marijuana not “burn you out,” but it’s downright good for your brain. It actually appears to improve cognitive functioning among middle-aged men, according to a 2011 medical study.

    Researchers looked at a large sample of 8,992 men who “used drugs,” mostly cannabis, at age 42 and then again at age 50, reported Dennis Romero at LA Weekly. The men were tested to measure their level of brain functioning.

    Surprise, surprise — the Brits who had used illegal drugs did just as well — or slightly better! — than the chaps who had never “used drugs” at all.

    When current and past drug users were lumped together as one group, their scores tended to be better than those of non-users. That advantage was small, researchers said, and might be due to the fact that people who have tried drugs tend to be better educated than those who haven’t.

    “A positive association was observed between ever (past or current) illicit drug use and cognitive functioning,” the study’s authors concluded in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

    Marijuana was by far the most commonly used substance among participants of the study — performed by Alex Dregan of King’s College London, reported Amy Norton at Reuters.

    ”At the population level, it does not appear that current illicit drug use is associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age,” an abstract of the study concludes.

    Other drugs that were asked about included amphetamines, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine and ecstasy, but only three to eight percent of study participants said they’d ever tried those.

    A small subset of participants who claimed they had been treated for their drug use — which could suggest heavy or addicted drug use, or perhaps harder drugs of choice — did not fare as well cognitively at 50, but there were so few of them, it was impossible to draw meaningful conclusions, the study’s authors said.

    “In a Western population of occasional drug users, this is what you’d expect to see,” said John Halpern, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who has studied the potential cognitive effects of drugs.

    “In some ways, this is not surprising,” Dr. Halpern said. “The brain is resilient.”

    The study’s findings support the idea that the effects of marijuana and perhaps other drugs are only temporary, and that cognition isn’t damaged once the effects wear off.




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    Bill Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Oregon Scheduled for a Hearing
    by Anthony Johnson • March 19, 2013

    We recently broke the story that a bill to legalize cannabis had been introduced in the Oregon Legislature and some mainstream media outlets are now picking up the story as the bill has been scheduled for a hearing before the Oregon House Judiciary Committee. We here at NCC helped craft this bill, along with both Oregon grassroots and national activists. I am the director of a new PAC established to help promote this bill during the 2013 Oregon legislative session. If Oregon legislators won’t pass a bill this session, we will transition to a legislative referral for 2014. If the legislators ultimately fail to act, then we are preparing for a possible initiative petition drive to place the measure before Oregon voters in November of 2014.

    From The Oregonian:

    State lawmakers scrounging for money for schools, mental health and public safety could find the solution to their funding woes to be green.

    No, not more cold, hard cash, but pot. Legalize it and tax it. That’s the plan under House Bill 3371, which is scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

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    “Soon, we may have our neighbor to the north collecting tax revenue from Oregon residents, when Oregon should be collecting that revenue,” said Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, a new political action committee formed by a coalition of groups seeking legalization of marijuana and hemp in Oregon. “Marijuana is safer than alcohol, and it makes sense to regulate it like alcohol.”


    House Bill 3371, as currently written, would allow adults over 21 to grow up to 6 mature cannabis plants and posses up to 24 ounces, the current limits imposed upon Oregon medical marijuana cardholders. Only sales regulated by the state will be allowed as the bill establishes the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) as the government agency tasked with regulating commercial producers, processors and retailers. A $35 tax on each ounce will be imposed, providing the state with millions of dollars of additional revenue. Forty percent of the revenue raised will go towards schools, 20% to public safety, 20% to mental health services and 20% towards the state’s General Fund. The bill doesn’t impact the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), driving under the influence laws or employer/employee relations. The bill will also fully legalize hemp production in Oregon as it removes federal interference as a reason for the state Department of Agriculture from issuing hemp production licenses.

    The Oregonian Editorial Board has already called upon the Oregon Legislature to enact a common-sense legalization measure and House Bill 3371 provides legislators that very opportunity. Cannabis legalization is inevitable. Every arrest, prosecution and jail sentence is such a tragic waste, as is every violent crime that could be prevented if our law enforcement resources were better prioritized. Workers remain unemployed, revenue goes uncollected and our schools are underfunded, but House Bill 3371 can help. Let’s hope that the Oregon Legislature will do what is best for their constituents and join Washington and Colorado in ending the harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.

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    Maryland Senate Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

    By Thomas H. Clarke on March 19, 2013

    ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Senate voted 30-16 on Tuesday on a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill will now be considered by the House of Delegates.

    If passed, Senate Bill 297, would make the penalties for possession of less than ten grams of marijuana (approximately one-third of an ounce) a civil offense punishable by up to a $100 fine with no time in jail.

    Currently, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana in Maryland is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 90 days in jail.

    The bill was approved for passage by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee earlier this month after passing the first reading in the Senate, and passed a second reading in the Senate last week.

    “We don’t want to wrap people up in the criminal jail system for this,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D- Baltimore County), said at last week’s hearing, where the bill met little resistance or opposition.

    The bill now proceeds to the House, where it has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee. If it successfully passes out of committee, it would be sent a House floor vote before being sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

    The House of Delagates, meanwhile, is hearing testimony today on a bill that would legalize the possession of marijuana by adults 21 or older, and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol. The bill would remove all penalties for private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivation of up to three plants.

    Maryland lawmakers are also considering three separate medical marijuana bills, which received hearings at the earlier this month.

    During hearing on the medical marijuana bills, Maryland Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told lawmakers thatGov. Martin O’Malley’s administration supports passing medical marijuana legislation, a reversal in position from last year, when medical marijuana bills were defeated in the General Assembly.

    A Democratic stronghold, Maryland has legalized same-sex marriage and abolished the death penalty. Marijuana law reform, at some level, is not far behind.




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    Meanwhile, in bass ackwards dirty vegina they're busting weed dealers like mad! Grrrr......
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    I'm curious - what's everyone's opinions on edibles?




    As opposed to say, Xanax? Gotta be better for you, right? Eat a rice krispie treat or brownie and sleep like a baby...


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    I've never tried them, but it will be interesting to see how the new laws around here affect the sale of such materials.

    Why shouldn't they sell that stuff at the local Safeway? I can buy beer there, wine. Even booze, since the corporations killed the state liquor stores. No reason why a somewhat less harmful and now just as legal substance shouldn't be there.

    Of course the shelf arrangments would probably have to be called into question... they probably can't put those cookies next to the Oreos and the Keebler elves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    I've never tried them, but it will be interesting to see how the new laws around here affect the sale of such materials.

    Why shouldn't they sell that stuff at the local Safeway? I can buy beer there, wine. Even booze, since the corporations killed the state liquor stores. No reason why a somewhat less harmful and now just as legal substance shouldn't be there.

    Of course the shelf arrangments would probably have to be called into question... they probably can't put those cookies next to the Oreos and the Keebler elves.

    They're plainly marked "not for children". Personally I don't see why they couldn't/shouldn't be sold in their own section like alcohol anywhere in the US. IMO it's kind of ridiculous that it isn't. And edibles aren't at all like smoking it (unless you ate a bunch of them I guess), you're not "high" - it's more of a "body" thing, verrrrry mellow... but I'm finding they're great for relieving mild arthritic-type pain and as a sleep aid.



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    US Medical Marijuana Sales to Hit $1.5B in 2013, Revenues Could Quadruple by 2018

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    US Medical Marijuana Sales to Hit $1.5B in 2013, Revenues Could Quadruple by 2018

    By Chris Walsh

    Retail medical cannabis sales in the United States could hit an estimated $1.3 billion-$1.5 billion in 2013, growing 10-15% from last year as the industry recovers from widespread turmoil, according to exclusive research data released today by MMJ Business Daily.



    The long-term future appears even brighter: The legalization of marijuana for adult use in Colorado and Washington – coupled with the emergence of several new markets and continued overall growth on the medical side – could boost overall state-legal cannabis sales to $3 billion in 2014 and $6 billion by 2018.

    These forecasts appear in the Marijuana Business Factbook 2013, a 180-page industry report, with 69 exclusive table and charts, that begins shipping on Monday, March 25.

    The Factbook – published by the editors of MMJ Business Daily – provides a comprehensive overview of the cannabis industry and includes state-by-state market estimates and stability/opportunity rankings as well as regulatory and investing information. It also features a wealth of financial data such as average revenues and startup costs for dispensaries, cultivation operations, edibles companies and ancillary firms. You can order it now here.

    “Although plenty of information has been published elsewhere about cannabis itself, as well as the legalization movement, until now there’s been a near-complete dearth of financial, market and other business-related data,” said Cassandra Farrington, publisher of MMJ Business Daily. “These are all facts that entrepreneurs, investors and expanding businesses need at their fingertips.”

    The industry revenue estimates include sales of medical cannabis and infused products at dispensaries in states that have marijuana laws on the books, but not wholesale revenues or dollars tied to ancillary products and services. Projections for 2014-2018 include sales of marijuana for recreational use in states where it’s legal.




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    One thing I love about getting high......it helps me sleep......good solid deep sleep.

    And the side effect is, I have very vivid and bizarre dreams......waking up going WTF? is not uncommon.

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    The country is going to pot.

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    Cannabis Smoking Associated With ‘Significantly Better’ Health Outcomes Than Tobacco Smoking


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    Randwick, Australia: Adults who inhale cannabis report significantly better health outcomes than do those who smoke tobacco or a combination of both substances, according to exploratory survey data to be published in the journalAddictive Behaviors.

    Investigators at the University of New South Wales assessed the relationship between cannabis, tobacco, and combined cannabis-tobacco use and various health outcomes in 350 subjects age 40 and older.

    Authors reported that the cannabis-only subjects reported “significantly better” general health and fewer smoking-related health concerns compared to the tobacco-only group. Specifically, both tobacco-smoking groups experienced significantly more mucous/sputum than the other two groups (the cannabis-only group and controls). Cannabis-only subjects were less likely to report diagnoses of cancer and diabetes compared to all other groups, including controls; however, these differences did not achieve statistical significance. Overall, researchers reported, “General health measures demonstrated a pattern in which the control and cannabis-only groups tended to report the best health, with the two tobacco-smoking groups faring worse.”

    They concluded, “Cannabis-only users report better health than tobacco and cannabis-tobacco users. Mixing cannabis with tobacco may synergistically compromise health.”

    A separate clinical trial published in 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that subjects exposed to moderate doses of cannabis smoke long-term did not suffer from deficits in pulmonary function, but that subjects exposed to tobacco smoke did so.

    For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Health outcomes associated with long-term regular cannabis and tobacco smoking,” will appear in Addictive Behaviors.


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    The difference is pot doesn't have nicotine which is a deadly poison. One drop of pure nicotine can kill you. That's probably the difference. Still. Burning something and holding smoke in your lungs is not good for you. It kind of cracks me up that the same people who want clean air smoke pot. LOL! It still is a bunch of people who want to get high hassle free and have more choices justifying why their hobby should be legal. I don't give a damn. Alcohol fucks people up more than pot and kills more people and you can buy it at the gas station. Cigarettes are as addictive as heroin and they are legal. If they legalized pot the negative affect of society would be nill. It would make no difference.



    If people want it. They are going to get it. These kids bought their chewing tobacco at Wal-Mart. They don't look 18 to me. Day's O Work plug. That shit is loaded with nicotine. It originally was the first energy bar. It helped the men work longer and harder. Those kids are going to get addicted if they already aren't now. Smoke pot instead kids. It won't rot your teeth out or give you gum disease.
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    The latest attempt on the National Level:

    House Dems propose changing ‘out of date’ federal marijuana laws

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...#ixzz2P9U4dpct




    States are starting to legalize pot, and some in Congress want the feds to catch up.

    Two Democrats in the House are pushing legislation to nix the federal law prohibiting marijuana, now that it's in conflict with a growing number of states that have decriminalized it for medical purposes or even legalized it for recreational use. Colorado and Washingston state passed the most permissive pot laws through voter referendums in November.

    “We’re in a situation now where our current federal policies regarding marijuana are hopelessly out-of-date,” Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer told Politico. “It’s a Schedule 1 drug. Who today thinks its more dangerous than cocaine or meth?”

    The bills being introduced by Blumenauer and fellow Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado would end the federal ban on marijuana, allow it to be regulated and taxed by the states like alcohol, and allow states to directly offer patients medical mariju Such efforts are surely going nowhere in the Republican-controlled House, but backers say the public is on their side.

    “Public opinion is there on this issue,” Polis said on a conference call with reporters. “Public opinion is leading. It’s just a matter of Congress catching up.”







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    Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect Monday In Rhode Island

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    By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Legislation signed into law last year decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses takes effect on Monday, April 1.

    Presently, possessing cannabis in the Ocean State is classified as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $500 maximum fine. Starting Monday, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an individual 18 years or older is a non-arrestable civil offense, punishable by a maximum fine of $150 but no jail time, and no criminal record.

    Fifteen states have enacted similar decriminalization laws. Three states — Alaska, Colorado, and Washington — impose no criminal or civil penalty for the private possession of small amounts of marijuana. (Colorado had previously decriminalized cannabis possession decades earlier, while Alaska’s legal protections were imposed by the state Supreme Court.)

    Similar decriminalization legislation is pending this year in nearly a dozen additional states, including Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont.

    Lawmakers in several other states, including Maine, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, are considering separate legislation to legalize the adult consumption of cannabis and regulate its retail production and sale.


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    http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com...ary-committee/

    Marijuana Legalization Bill Passes Oregon House Judiciary Committee
    by Anthony Johnson • April 2, 2013

    History was made at the Oregon Legislature today, when House Bill 3371 became the first Oregon cannabis legalization measure to have a hearing and pass out of a committee. The bill passed out of the committee 6-3, with one Republican, Wayne Krieger, joining the committee’s 5 Democrats. The bill now moves onto the House Committee on Revenue.

    I am honored to have testified on HB 3371, a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana similar to how the state handles alcohol today. I was joined by the bill’s primary drafter, David Kopilak, an attorney for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; and John Horvick, a pollster for DHM Research. Also, written testimony in support was submitted by David Lesh, a former Multnomah County Prosecutor; Shelley Fox-Loken, a former corrections officer and current member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; and US Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

    Only one representative for the Oregon Sheriff’s Association spoke in opposition.

    From the Statesman Journal:

    “Marijuana legalization is coming to Oregon sooner rather than later,” said Anthony Johnson of Portland, an activist who leads New Approach Oregon. “It makes sense to regulate marijuana like alcohol and for the Legislature to take the lead on the issue and make sure sensible regulations are in place.”

    But Sheriff Pat Garrett of Washington County spoke for the Oregon State Sheriffs Association, which opposes House Bill 3371.

    “This act will not make the problems of marijuana abuse go away,” he told the House Judiciary Committee.

    Most voters, politicians and policy makers understand that cannabis legalization is coming to Oregon, sooner than later. The Oregon Legislature can take the opportunity to lead on the issue and craft a measure that contains their preferred regulations and tax structure. If the Oregon Legislature doesn’t take the lead, then activists will put a different legalization measure on the ballot with fewer regulations and less tax revenue. Hopefully, Oregon legislators will pass House Bill 3371 or refer the measure to the voters in November 2014. We shall keep you posted here at NCC.

    My complete written testimony in support of HB 3371:

    Oregon House Judiciary Committee:

    I represent New Approach Oregon, a coalition of local and national activists that favor smart marijuana reform and have come together to advocate for HB 3371. Please pass House Bill 3371, a measure that will regulate and tax marijuana similar to alcohol and allow for the production of industrial hemp, onto the House Committee on Revenue. The bill will generate new revenue to help support critical public services and free up limited law enforcement resources for more important priorities, like violent crime.

    Marijuana prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, costs taxpayers too much money and enriches criminal organizations. It is time to take a new approach on marijuana and replace prohibition with a sensible regulatory and taxation framework, especially since Washington recently legalized marijuana. The Oregonian Editorial Board spoke for a majority of Oregonians when it urged the legislature to take the lead on this issue, stating that, “Our neighbors to the north will collect millions of dollars in new ‘sin’ taxes, with much of the money coming from Oregonians who’d be happy to keep their business—and taxes—in state if given the opportunity.”

    Under HB 3371, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will license and regulate the state’s marijuana industry, as the agency will be empowered with the regulatory and tax-collection authority it is currently provided under the state’s alcohol model. This new industry will create much-needed jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenue for the state, while also saving millions in law enforcement and court costs. The bill allocates 40% of revenue for education, 20% for law enforcement, 20% for the General Fund and 20% for mental health and substance abuse services.

    While empowering the OLCC to effectively regulate marijuana, HB 3371, also maintains strong, sensible regulations. Usage of marijuana by minors under 21 years of age will still be illegal and the OLCC will be tasked with ensuring that retail outlets don’t provide to minors, just as the agency does with alcohol. Additionally, marijuana may not be distributed within 1,000 feet from schools, public use is prohibited, DUI laws remain and employers are still free to implement Drug Free Workplace policies. The bill also provides the OLCC the power to implement new rules and regulations as needed.

    House Bill 3371 will also allow Oregon farmers to produce industrial hemp, a low-potency form of marijuana with many uses, such as paper, fiber and textile products. Ending hemp prohibition will provide our farmers with a sustainable, profitable new crop while creating jobs across multiple business sectors in Oregon.

    It is inevitable that marijuana prohibition will be repealed in Oregon, likely sooner rather than later. House Bill 3371 provides the Oregon Legislature the opportunity to lead on the issue and craft a law that makes sense for Oregonians—a measure that not only generates revenue, but also better utilizes our law enforcement resources.

    Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this bill,

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    Drivers tested while high. Results were that they had to get 5 times higher than the legal limit (whatever that is) before they showed signs of any impairment.
    How do you test how high someone is? Offer them a bag of Doritos when you pull them over? If they eat the entire bag they're over the legal limit?
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    Marijuana Has Won The War On Drugs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock69 View Post

    House Bill 3371 will also allow Oregon farmers to produce industrial hemp, a low-potency form of marijuana with many uses, such as paper, fiber and textile products. Ending hemp prohibition will provide our farmers with a sustainable, profitable new crop while creating jobs across multiple business sectors in Oregon.
    Good move adding that to the bill. Though the industrial hemp issue SHOULD be completely separate from weed (you cannot get stoned from hemp even if you smoked a pound of the shit) it was the same corporate forces who made both illegal at the same time, so both should be removed from prohibition in the same way.

    And this was the approach that was taken with the recent ballot initiative which passed here in Washington state.

    http://maryjanesgirl.com/media/I-502...trial_Hemp.pdf

    The Colorado law also addressed industrial hemp

    http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/hemp

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