Legalization

Marijuana Legalization Sets its Sites on Our Nation’s Capital

The movement for the legalization of marijuana seems to be on an upward trend unlike we have ever witnessed in the history of the United States for, well, just about anything. Imagine what would have happened just 5 years ago if the proponents of the cause stood up for the rights of pot and pot smokers (hint: it involves the cops). So any time the legalization of America’s favorite herb makes it to the ballot, it’s big news.

Who’s the latest? Washington D.C…

That’s right, this coming November, residents of the District of Columbia will vote for the legalization of marijuana thanks to a ballot initiative submitted by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, which garnered enough signatures to qualify for the general election in just a few short months.

As reported by dcist.com, if enough people turn out and vote in favor, here’s what will happen:

Ballot Initiative 71 proposes allowing adults over the age of 21 to legally possess up to two ounces of marijuana, as well as give (but not sell, as the initiative clearly states) up to one ounce to other adults.

But for residents of D.C., don’t hold your breath too long if Ballot Initiative 71 gets the go ahead with enough votes. Turns out that just because enough people agree on a a proposition, and vote to enact it as law, marijuana won’t just automatically be “legal.”

Dr. Malik Burnett, an organizer with the Drug Policy Alliance in D.C., says there may need to be some additional research on the topic, but stated that due process will likely get in the way of immediate inaction.

But this news isn’t all for naught. In order for Ballot Initiative 71 to even be considered, The Cannabis Campaign needed 23,780 signatures to get it put on the November ballot. How many did they get? More than 57,000. Nice turn out. You think Barry “Choom Gang” Obama was one of them?

The Cannabis Campaign’s next goal is to register voters to march to the polls this fall. “We hope to register tens of thousands of voters,” says campaign chairman Adam Eidinger. Well, Mr. Chairman, we hope you do too.

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Criminal Charges Lessened in CA

Starting this month, the new law, SB1449 takes effect along with numerous other legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. If caught with 1 ounce or less of marijuana the law has changed from a misdemeanor to an infraction. That means offenders will no longer face arrest, a criminal record and having to appear in court. The maximum penalty of a $100 fine and no jail time remains the same as before.

We may not have won with Prop 19 in California, but we are chipping away at the harsh laws on the books which seek to arrest and fine recreational users of marijuana.


Goodbye Proposition 19

On November 2nd, Californian residents voted on Proposition 19 aimed to legalize and tax marijuana in their state.  If it had passed, it would have allowed citizens to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow it in a 25 square feet section on their property. While the outcome may not have been in your favor, you can appreciate the things that were accomplished on that Tuesday. Maybe next time around, we will show stronger numbers at the polls.

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Feds enforce pot laws when Prop 19 Passes

That’s right.. I said WHEN 19 passes. The federal government has made their case clear that they intend to fully prosecute marijuana use for recreational use if and when 19 passes. Anyone that uses, grows, or distributes marijuana will be prosecuted under the full extent of the law no matter what state law in California is.

Obama let California and other states have their medical marijuana and have vowed to stop the prosecution of legitimate medical marijuana patients and dispensaries, but it seems that they have different ideas about recreational consumption. State law should be the law of the land. If Californians feel the need to legalize (as does most of the country, they should be able to do so.


Awesome video about prohibition

I found this at networkedblogs.com. If anyone knows who created this video please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.


Corporate America Pushing Hard Against Prop 19

Today, a popular new aggregation site Reddit.com posted their official statement on why they can no longer publish advertisements supporting the Californian vote in November to legalize marijuana.

Here is there official statement…

The reddit admins were just blindsided with news that, apparently, we’re not allowed to take advertising money from sites that support California’s Prop 19 (like this one, for example). There’s a lot of rabble flying around, and we wanted to make some points:

1. This was a decision made at the highest levels of Conde Nast.
2. reddit itself strongly disagrees with it, and frankly thinks it’s ridiculous that we’re turning away advertising money.
3. We’re trying to convince Corporate that they’re making the wrong decision here, and we encourage the community to create a petition, so that your anger is organized in a way that will produce results.
4. We’re trying to get an official response from Corporate that we can post here.

Please bear with us.

Did you think that the people would have the main influence in the vote? Think again. Corporate America pushed our government to ban marijuana to banish the hemp industry in America back in the day. Looks like they are ready to battle once again.

As much as we want to see marijuana legalized in America (starting with California) I fear it will not happen, because our government has been bought and sold thousands of times over. If big business doesn’t want marijuana legalized, they will stop at nothing until they have succeeded.


November vote on marijuana legalization

If you rely on marijuana for its medicinal purposes or you smoke it as a recreational activity, you should know that this November,  an important bill will be voted on in the state of California which wins to legalize the consumption and growth of marijuana.  It is time to get involved and do your part to be heard.

Marijuana prohibition is inherently a bad idea which was deceitfully voted into effect which criminalized the use of a plant has a rich history and a variety of benefits.  Someone from a younger generation that researches the history if Marijuana prohibition will be astounded how this piece of legislation ever got passed. It has to be reversed. If the federal government will not budge from their position, we must as people get pot legalized at the state level. We must get involved with organizations that aim to overthrow the prohibition of weed.

Once California votes on the proposition to legalize marijuana, it will have a domino effect on the rest of the nation and other states will follow suit. I imagine sometime in the nit to distant future where we will have a marijuana civil war which pits the states for and the states against marijuana legalization against each other. Protecting and enforcing a differing state law at state borders will become increasingly important to states and the united states federal government. I feel that some states may create harsher punishments related to marijuana as a retaliatory action towards neighboring states.

As marijuana restrictions are dropped from state to state, we will eventually begin to convince our government towards full legalization. Pressure from outside governments may push the feds further in the legalization direction seeing as How other countries may see a huge benefit to the legalization in the US. We already get most of our pot from Mexico and Canada anyway… now they would be able to claim it to be one of their major exports to the united states.

Get involved people! Now is the time!

Get the fuck off yo couch!

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