Michigan Poll Says 50% Support Legalization & Taxation

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A new poll conducted by EPIC-MRA of Lansing shows that 50 percent of Michigan voters would be likely to support a future ballot proposal to legalize the possession or cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older and allow taxable sales at state-licensed stores.

The poll was commisioned by NORML‘s MI chapter, and surveyed 600 people. Now, while 50% of the vote may seem like it was split down the middle, there was actually an undecided count of 4%, making this a final vote of 50/46. Good news for Michigan!

Borrowed from an article at mlive:

MARIJUANA POLL RESULTS

On another topic, voters may circulate petitions to place a proposal on a future election ballot relating to the issue of marijuana. The proposal would make the possession and cultivation of limited amounts marijuana legal in the State of Michigan for adults age 21 or older. Also, it would allow the sale of marijuana to adults age 21 or older only by stores that would be licensed by the state, and finally, it would tax the sale of marijuana by these state licensed stores. If this proposal were to appear on a future election ballot, if the election were held today, would you vote yes to approve of the proposal, or would you vote no to oppose it?

39% Definitely vote yes
9% Probably vote yes
2% Lean toward voting yes
50% TOTAL VOTE YES
46% TOTAL VOTE NO
35% Definitely vote no
8% Probably vote no
3% Lean toward voting no
4% Undecided/Refused

Source: EPIC-MRA survey December 10-14, 2014

Legitimate Use Of Medical Marijuana Act

Congressman Morgan Griffith in a red button up shirtGreat news stirring about for proponents of marijuana legalization, with the controversy of Congressman Morgan Griffith‘s new bill, H.R. 4498, which was introduced on Monday, April 28th.

Griffith introduced the Legitimate Use of Medicinal Marijuana Act (LUMMA), which would prohibit the federal government from preventing the prescription, possession, transportation, and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes in compliance with applicable state law.

By moving the  Controlled Substances classification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II class, LUMMA would allow medicinal marijuana to be legally prescribed to patients under a physician’s care.

Previously, marijuana was regarded as an unsafe substance that has a high potential for abuse with no safe use of the drug under supervision. The same is applied to heavy drugs like heroin, LSD, DMT, psilocybin, etc.

 

 

The Secret to Eliminating Marijuana Odor

Few people want the smell of cigarettes in their home, so it’s obvious the same would apply to marijuana smoke. As medicinal marijuana legalization picks up speed, how do we reduce the plume of smoke coming from our neighborhoods?

 One method for reducing the smell is using a vaporizer. But, just how efficient is this method? And, what if you don’t have $200 to burn on a quality vape? If you don’t feel like hiding under your sheets, what other homemade methods are there for reducing marijuana odor?

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Three More Lucky States Ready For Decriminalization

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The race to be the next state to legalize marijuana at the ballot box is on. Activists in three states — Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon — have taken initial steps to get the issue before the voters during the 2014 general election.

In Alaska, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell last Friday certified a ballot initiative application that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, the initiative would also set up a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. Adults could grow up to six marijuana plants for their personal use. Proponents will have one year to gather 30,169 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot. But they have to wait a week or so for the state elections division to begin printing the petition booklets.

Alaska already allows for adults to possess small amounts of kush in their homes under the state Supreme Court’s interpretation of the state constitution’s privacy provisions.

In Arizona, Safer Arizona is sponsoring an initiative to amend the state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana use and commerce. The group filed the measure last week with the secretary of state. It now must gather 259,213 valid voter signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

Organizers there said it would be a grassroots campaign relying on volunteers. The conventional wisdom for initiatives in high signature-count states is that they require paid signature-gathering efforts to succeed at a rough cost of a dollar or more per signature obtained.

Arizona voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in 2010, but that initiative squeaked through with barely more than 50% of the vote.

In Oregon, Paul Stanford, the controversial proponent of last year’s failed marijuana legalization campaign, is back with two more measures, and other activists could file yet a third. Stanford’s Oregon Marijuana Tax Act initiative largely echoes the language of last year’s underfunded initiative, which picked up 47% of the popular vote, but reworks a contentious provision relating to a commission to regulate marijuana and hemp commerce. Stanford’s second initiative would simply legalize the possession and production of pot by adults 21 and over with a proviso that the state could impose regulations.

Stanford’s move has inspired other Oregon activists organized as New Approach Oregon to say that they will likely have a better alternative initiative. “Something will be on the ballot,” the group’s Anthony Johnson told The Oregonian. “Either it’s going to be a responsible measure or something not as well-vetted.”

Stanford said he will conduct polling on the various measures before moving forward.

If legislators can’t get around to legalizing marijuana, activists in initiative states want to let the voters do it for them. That’s three states aiming at 2014 so far, and we’re still a year and half out from election day.

 

This article was originally posted by Stop The Drug War.

Arizona Seeks Decriminalization Of Marijuana

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Voters who have seen how medical weed works in Arizona could get an opportunity to expand the ability to make use of the drug to any or all other adults.

Proponents of legalization submitted the necessary paperwork Wednesday to begin collecting the 259,213 signatures they have to put the issue of legalization on the 2014 ballot.

Instead, it’d be one bit of data that may be offered — but officially inadequate with no movie of any field sobriety tests.

Robert Clark, chairman of the Safer Arizona Committee that will be forcing the measure, said this is particularly essential, as metabolites of marijuana stay static in the blood for-a long time after the drug have been used by someone.

But hee gave up after his plan hurt up in competition using the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which ultimately was approved by voters.

The only role of the local and state authorities is always to determine it, as it does liquor, with Arizona eligible for acquire a 1-5% excise tax o-n purchases in addition to state and local income taxes.

Bohlke acknowledged the medical marijuana initiative was accepted by simply a narrow margin, really going down to defeat in 12 of the state’s 15 areas. But he said even his much more extensive proposal for outright legalization should have no problem getting accepted.

‘Three years has made a huge difference,’ he said, saying polls show more people support legalizing pot now than when he made his first offer. And Bohlke noticed that voters in Colorado and Washington have since made marijuana ownership legal.

All that, however, thinks Bohlke and Clark could get the measure to the ballot.

But Clark said they have been guaranteed financial support from national groups for that actual strategy if he can manage to get the necessary signatures.

The change in drunk-driving laws alone will be important.

Clark said that isn’t fair.

‘There is no corre-lation between the amount of cannaboids in your program and impairment,’ he said. Clark said it can vary among individuals based on how much they’ve used and how long they’ve been using the drug.

‘We aren’t advocating for individuals to head out there and smoke weed while they’re operating and jeopardize someone else,’ he said.

For Bohlke, the problem is more than academic.

Could Marijuana Treat Diabetes?

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Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.

Although marijuana has a well-deserved reputation for increasing appetite via what stoners call “the munchies,” the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that the drug has a two-faced relationship to weight. Three prior studies have shown that marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements. And these trends occurred despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories.

Why? “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers,” says Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study. “Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.”

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/05/21/marijuana-the-next-diabetes-drug

Smoking Vs. Vaping [Infographic]

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I’m gonna guess that you already know what vaporizers are and why they exist, but just in case you do not:

Vaporizing Benefits

  • Healthier
  • Better flavor
  • Virtually no odor
  • More effective/efficient
  • Less mess

How are Vaporizers Healthier?

The basic design of the average marijuana vaporizer is to allow marijuana smokers to inhale the many active Cannabinoids, while at the same time avoiding any of the harmful elements that may exist on that specific flower… although invisible to the naked eye.

While most don’t know it … There is a vast difference in the quality of smoke that one receives when they vaporize versus igniting their plant matter. When one smokes a joint, or hits their bong approximately 88% of the combusted smoke gases contain non-cannabinoid elements, most of which do not get you high and provide potential health risks.

Conversely when one uses a marijuana vaporizer the smoke/gases that they are inhaling consists of approximately 95% cannabinoids, otherwise known as the psychoactive ingredients that both calm the mind and soothe the body.

Ok, Where are The Best Vaporizers?

Well, you can check out some in our products menu at the top of the screen. Also a good option is these two wonderful companies: Vapor Giant, and GotVape. They both have a huge selection, and low prices compared to the rest of the market.

Michigan May Decriminalize Marijuana

State Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor introduces a bill that would decriminalize marijuana during a press conference at the Michigan Capitol on April 24, 2013.

LANSING, MI — Democratic state Rep. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor wants to decriminalize marijuana in Michigan, and at least two Republicans agree that it’s time to have the debate.

Irwin, who represents a city that enacted a similar policy decades ago, introduced a bill today that would make the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a civil infraction punishable by a fine rather than a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

“We know, and the people here in Michigan know, that marijuana prohibition is not working,” Irwin said today during a press conference at the Capitol.

“Despite the fact that we’re spending a minimum of $325 million a year on arresting, trying and incarcerating marijuana users in this state, we know marijuana has never been more available. We know that law enforcement has not been successful at keeping marijuana out of the hands of anyone in this state.”

Irwin was joined at the press conference by a group of marijuana decriminalization advocates and bipartisan co-sponsors, including Democratic Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright of Muskegon and Republican Reps. Mike Shirkey of Clarklake and Mike Callton of Nashville.

“This is the right time to have this debate in Michigan,” said Shirkey, who agreed to co-sponsor the bill in order to guarantee bipartisan support but is concerned that the version introduced today does not differentiate between adult and minor possession, which he’d like to see changed.

“We’re using a lot of money, energy and resources in Michigan and across the nation to accomplish something we’ve failed at,” he said. “If government has a primary role, it is to protect people’s freedom. That doesn’t mean we have unfettered freedom … but the best government, by and large, is a smaller, less restraining government.”

Callton, who recently introduced legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan, said he believes the drug is less harmful than alcohol and does not understand why it continues to be treated as a “taboo.”

Irwin offered a similar comparison: “Alcohol prohibition also didn’t work,” he said, referring the federal policy that ended in 1933. “And when we adopted a more sane, and may I say sober policy for alcohol, we were better able to control it and keep it out of the hands of our children.”

While he expects opposition from law enforcement officials, Irwin suggested that officers on the front lines of the drug war may have different opinions than their bosses. Neill Franklin, a retired Maryland State Police major now serving as executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, called the bill “a sensible first step toward a more humane and just criminal justice system in Michigan.”

Seventeen states have adopted some type of marijuana decriminalization law, including Washington and Colorado, where voters recently approved ballot measures to legalize recreational use. The Michigan bill would not legalize the drug, but it would change the penalty for small-time possession from possible jail time to a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense or $75 for a third offense.

“This is nothing radical,” said Tim Beck of the Coalition for a Safer Michigan. “We’d only be doing what a lot of very sensible legislators and voters have done in other states.”

Beck spearheaded the 2008 statewide ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Michigan, and he recently led a successful decriminalization initiative in Detroit. Voters in Grand Rapids, Flint and Ypsilanti also approved municipal decriminalization measures last year, but Beck believes the Legislature is better suited to craft public policy.

Republican co-sponsors do not guarantee Irwin’s bill will see a vote, let alone a committee hearing. The House GOP has other priorities right now, according to spokesperson Ari Adler, but leadership is not ruling out an eventual debate.

“It will go through the committee process, but we’re not going to close the door on having the discussion,” Adler said. “There are a lot of important issues that we have to deal with first.”

This post was syndicated from MLive

The Campus Pot Connection [Infographic]

Here’s a neat infographic we found at atbreak.com showing the relationship of marijuana and users still in school. Studies have shown that MJ affects your mental health until you are fully mature, around age 25.

Psychologists that endorse MJ prefer that adolescents and young adults don’t inhale until the have matured to a level that won’t have an adverse affect on them….The-Campus-Pot-Connection

5,000 Years Of Cannabis Use

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Cannabis has been used for medicinal, spiritual, and recreational purposes for several thousands of years. While it is currently outlawed in many countries around the world, this is really only a recent move. Debate currently wages around whether the drug should be made legal and it looks likely that Washington and Colorado were only the first of many states to pass laws that allow the sale and consumption of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Ancient China – 2737BC

The earliest dated reference to marijuana was made in Chinese literature. In 2900BC Emperor Fu wrote that “ma” (the Chinese word for cannabis) was a medicinal drug that contained both Yin and Yang. In 2737 BC emperor Shen Nung was said to have discovered the healing properties that the plant had to offer. The Chinese Pharmacopeia of 1500BC listed cannabis as a healing plant.

Use As An Anaesthetic In India – 1000BC

It was in India that the use of cannabis really spread. In 1000BC they mixed a drink called Bhang, combining milk and cannabis, and used this for its anaesthetic properties. It had anti-phlegmatic properties and was used in the country to treat a large number of ailments, illnesses, and maladies. The Venidad, one volume of an ancient religious text, listed Bhang as an essential medicine and cannabis as the most important medicinal plant. In 600BC it was even believed to offer a cure for leprosy.

Jesus’ Anointing Oil – 30AD

As well as being listed as a means of helping cure more than 100 ailments in China, it was used in ancient Greece. It is also alleged that Jesus used an anointing oil that was made from a combination of olive oil, herbs and spices, and 9lb of flowering cannabis tops. Not only did he use this anointing oil to cure others but it is argued that he used this oil to help see spiritual visions.

Hemp Used Heavily During Middle Ages – 1500AD

By the Middle Ages, hemp had become a staple part of a healer’s medicine cabinet. The New Herball, published in 1538 by renowned botanist William Turner, praised the plant for its healing properties.

Settlers Bring Cannabis To US – 1611AD

In the 17th Century, cannabis made its first journey into the USA. Jamestown settlers brought the hemp plant in 1611 and not only were people encouraged to grow it but were fined if they did not produce the plant. Its use continued to spread in England where it was recommended to treat everything from depression to gout.

George Washington Grows Hemp – 1750AD

George Washington was one of the plant’s greatest protagonists and he grew the plant over the course of about 30 years at his Mount Vernon plantation. He was intrigued by the plant’s medicinal properties and it is believed that he concentrated his efforts on the production of plants with a high THC content. Thomas Jefferson is also believed to have grown hemp although it is not clear whether he consumed it personally. In England, Queen Victoria was prescribed and regularly used cannabis to help combat menstrual cramps.

Massachusetts First State To Outlaw Cannabis – 1911AD

The prohibition era began in the USA in earnest in 1910 and as well as banning alcohol, cannabis began to be outlawed in many states. Massachusetts was the first to take the step in 1911 and various states followed shortly after. The move was made in order to prevent future use and misuse of the drug rather than because of existing widespread use. Further states followed the same pattern into the 1920s. In 1928 it was added to the UK’s dangerous drugs list.

Marihuana Tax Act – 1937AD

The 1930s were a bad decade for marijuana and its users. The introduction of drugs like aspirin meant that it was becoming less commonly used in medicine and all 48 states had passed laws restricting the use of the drug. Furthermore, campaigns led by Commissioner Harry Anslinger and newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst had urged further investigation into the societal effects of the use of the drug. In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act was passed despite competition from pharmaceutical companies and this saw a major decline in marijuana prescriptions.

Boggs Act – 1951AD

New laws, passed in 1951 and commonly to as the Boggs Act saw harsh mandatory sentences imposed for possession as well as for trafficking. First time offenders faced between two and five years in prison. In 1956 the drug was added to the Narcotics Control Act which meant that mandatory minimum sentences were increased to between two and ten years,

California Legalises Medicinal Use – 1996AD

The 1990s saw the marijuana debate reignited, although it had never fully blown over. Scientists discovered the cannabinoid receptors in the brain in 1990 and in 1996 California legalised the medicinal use of marijuana. Oregon followed suit two years later in 1998 along with Alaska and Washington. Further legalisation for medical use would continue with Massachusetts becoming the 18th and most recent state in which the medical use of cannabis is legalised.

It is still against federal law to grow and consume cannabis but a number of state laws declare that medical marijuana strains are acceptable. The debate will continue for years to come and with opposition on both sides.