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, 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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Marijuana Legalization in Texas

Steve Nolin, the president of the Houston Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), wrote in the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy blog in the Houston Chronicle that he is upbeat that marijuana legalization is coming to Texas. He predicts that in 2015, some form of medicinal marijuana law will pass in the Texas legislature. By 2017, marijuana will be regulated in the Lone Star State much as alcohol is.

There is some dispute over that last prediction, with some analysts picking later dates and at least one predicting that it won’t happen any time soon in Texas. In fact a group of Texas sheriffs have released a report, citing what they say is data from Colorado, where recreational pot is legal, advising against any move to legalize marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal marijuana is already enjoying wide spread acceptance, with as many as 65 percent of respondents of a recent poll take in Houston favoring its legalization. A possibility that the use of cannabis derived oil, which does not have any of the psychoactive properties of pot, but does have some benefit in calming seizures, will be legalized.

The key to legalizing marijuana in Texas, according to Nolin, is to not say that it is being legalized. Legalization brings forth images of pot heads running wild in the grip of reefer madness in the imagination of opponents. Instead, the bill should be about “regulating” marijuana. Regulation sounds safe, more in line with the law and order culture in Texas. Law enforcement already knows how to regulate things like alcohol, so moving pot from a black market to a regulated market should not be very hard.

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NORML 2011 Conference, DC: NORML is now accepting registrations to attend its 2011 national conference, taking place April 21 through April 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado – one of America’s premier ‘pot friendly’ cities.

Panel discussions at this year’s conference, which celebrates the 40-year-anniversary of NORML’s founding, will include:

  • Pot-n-Politics: 2011-2012 Marijuana Initiatives;
  • Cannabis Commerce: Coming of Age;
  • NORML Women’s Alliance: Closing The Cannabis Gender Gap;
  • Medibles: Cannabis & Cooking;
  • Marijuana and Safety: Real Myths, Real Concerns

This year’s keynote speaker will be Colorado Democrat Congressman Jared Polis.

NORML invites the public to join hundreds of likeminded marijuana law reformers at the nation’s only annual conference dedicated to ending cannabis prohibition.

Online registration, as well as further details regarding conference speakers, agenda, and social events, is available at:

    updated: Mar 10, 2011

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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.

Corporate America Pushing Hard Against Prop 19

Today, a popular new aggregation site 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.

Pressure to Legalize in Pennsylvania.. another one bites the dust.

The issue is coming to your doorstep.  Whose state will be next?  I know that my state will probably be one of the last to reform their laws on the use of marijuana, but it doesn’t stop me from cheering at news like this. There is now a bill in the Pennsylvania House that would legalize medical marijuana. First medical marijuana, then recreational use… then THE WORLD!!

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NORML Deputy Director Speaks to Fox News

This is an great video about the current state of “the war on drugs”, failures of marijuana prohibition, and the actions of local police, and governments as well as comments on federal actions taken against dispensaries.  This is one of the few times I will say it was pleasant watching a Fox news broadcast. 

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