A new legalization poll and some data on high school drop-outs implicates ignorant people, many from the South, in our ongoing and disastrous national experiment with cannabis prohibition.
A Reason-Ruppe poll this week found that 49 percent of Americans favor pot legalization, versus 47 percent who don’t. Support correlates to education, the poll finds.
Marijuana policy reform measures cruised to victory in several states across the nation last night.
Portland, Maine became the first city on the East Coast to legalize marijuana when voters approved Question 1 by a margin of 67-33, removing all penalties for possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older.
Marijuana Policy Project was the largest backer of the initiative, and "the huge showing of support in Maine’s most populated city bodes well for our efforts to pass a statewide measure in 2016 to regulate marijuana like alcohol," wrote Rob Kampia.
The Florida Supreme Court has set December 5 as the date for arguments in a lawsuit over the placement of a medical marijuana measure before Florida voters. Last month, medical marijuana advocates People United for Medical Marijuana submitted petitions and ballot language for a November 2014 measure vote. Last week, however, Attorney General Pam Bondi asked the Supreme Court to throw it out.
"I have a rule of thumb that favorability ratings need to reach about 65 percent before you hit a tipping point where a major social change starts getting codified into law nationwide," Drum writes.
Polling firm Tulchin Research released the results of a new survey today showing 65 percent of Californians support the taxation and regulation of marijuana.
“The survey makes it clear that voters offer strong support for legalizing marijuana when it is coupled with a comprehensive regulatory system and an ability to collect revenues to fund public services,” the San Francisco polling firm stated in a release.
The phone survey of 1,200 California voters was conducted September 26 and October 6 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.
Another group has decided to shoot for pot legalization in California by 2014. According to San Jose dispensary operator Dave Hodges, his group submitted to the State of California for review the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 on Friday. Now the Secretary of State must review the ballot language and if it's approved for circulation, allow the group to begin gathering signatures to put the initiative before California voters in November 2014.
Pop on over to The Economist to vote on whether or not cannabis should be taxed and regulated worldwide. After two days of voting, the yes contingent was winning this morning 94-6 percent.
Supporting the drug war, Neil McKeganey of the Center for Drug Misuse Research, who says, 'Yes, drug war, because marijuana makes people crazy.'
A group calling itself the California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative received clearance from the California Secretary of State Thursday to circulate a petition to legalize pot at the ballot box in the November 2014 election.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, the CCHI "Decriminalizes marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivaton, transportation, or distribution. Requires case-by-case review for persons currently charged with or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation. Requires case-by-case review of applications to have records of these charges and convictions erased. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state or local aid to enforcement of federal marijuana laws."
An aging drug law reform group is staging a pretty modern publicity stunt right now: The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is trying to get a pro-marijuana advertisement on international television during the upcoming Super Bowl. The Super Bowl ad will be paid for by Quickbooks-maker Intuit, which is holding a popularity contest for small businesses. The team with the most online votes wins the marketing opportunity of a lifetime.
After the contest was announced, the forty-year-old NORML used its huge online network to begin stuffing ballots, quickly shooting to the lead in Intuit's contest last week.
The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal Blog reported Monday that a former Colorado gambling bookkeeper turned medical marijuana bookkeeper is the new chief financial officer of Advanced Cannabis Solutions Inc. Christopher Taylor will oversee Advanced Cannabis Solutions' efforts to use "investment funding to purchase properties where the drug is made or sold, and lease the facilities back to the owners."