Category Archives: Marijuana Legislation

Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

The Marijuana Policy Project released its top ten positive developments on the marijuana front for 2011.  I’ll try to summarize or you can find the entire article here: The Huffington Post: Top 10 Marijuana Highlights from 2011.

  1. Obama and Congress did away with Clinton’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
  2. A bill allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies (not just medical) was introduced in Congress. Twenty-one House members currently support this bill.
  3. Public support for the legalization of marijuana has reached an all-time high, finally reaching 50 percent.
  4. Delaware legalized medical marijuana.
  5. Maryland and Vermont improved their medical marijuana laws.
  6. Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and D.C. implemented and/or expanded their medical marijuana laws.
  7. Arkansas and Connecticut lowered their penalties for possession of marijuana.
  8. World leaders, including Kofi Annan, George Schulz and President Carter, spoke out in favor of decriminalization of marijuana.
  9. Republican Congressman Ron Paul, running for presidential nomination, continually attacked the US war on drugs.
  10. Governors asked the feds to reschedule marijuana — to make it a Schedule II drug, meaning it has medicinal value.

 

New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program Should Be “Fully Functional” Next Year

Snippets:

Nearly two years after it was legalized in New Jersey, lawmakers announced last week that the state’s medical marijuana program, the most restrictive in the country, would be fully functional sometime in 2012…

…Gov. Chris Christie had issued a surprise announcement in July that the state would move forward with its then-stalled medical marijuana program. But since then, federal prosecutors have done something even more surprising: They raided and seized property from medical marijuana growers and dispensaries in California, despite the Obama administration’s indications that they would not crack down on such facilities…

…even though 86 percent of New Jersey voters support medical marijuana, Christie put the program on hold while he awaited word from federal officials that New Jersey marijuana workers and doctors would not be prosecuted…

…New Jersey limits prescriptions to patients with terminal illnesses or illnesses where conventional pain medication has failed, such as glaucoma and epilepsy. Furthermore, a doctor can only prescribe marijuana to a patient they’ve been seeing for over a year…

…This is a big one: New Jersey’s non-profit dispensaries are all licensed by the state, unlike in California, where they are not required to obtain a state license specifically to sell marijuana. “They’ve [federal prosecutors] never interfered with a dispensary licensed by a state,” said Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director of Drug Policy Alliance.

Full Article: N.J. Green-Lights Medical Marijuana Program as Calif.’s Goes Up in Smoke

Upcoming show on Discovery Channel: Weed Wars

Snoop Dogg wrote the theme song. Good choice.

Weed Wars follows Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medicinal cannabis dispensary serving over 94,000 patients. The series introduces the Harborside staff as well as the growers and “patient farmers” whose job it is to provide the “medicine” – the buds – that will be eventually purchased and used by thousands of clients. The shows delves into the ongoing legal debate regarding cannabis and follows the journey of the plant from germination to harvesting and dispensation. Source: http://www.friendsofcannabis.com/directory/

Speaking of Snoop Dogg:

Music Video: Snoop Dogg
This Weed Iz Mine f. Wiz Khalifa

Peter Tosh says “Legalize It”

Peter Tosh performing “Legalize It” Live

http://www.thetalkingdrum.com/tosh.html

Legalize It: Peter Tosh Family Endorses Prop 19
and Just Say Now

CelebStoner Legends: Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh on Wikipedia

Marijuana and Religion

Rastafari: The Secret History of the Marijuana Religion
A very thorough cover of the history of Rastafarianism; not as much mention of the importance of marijuana as the title promises.
Marijuana And Other Rasta Symbols
A more specific article on the use of marijuana in Rasta rituals.

Temple 420 Home Page
Not as much information or content as I would have liked to see.
Hollywood’s Temple 420 Raided by LAPD
I recommend watching the video on this one.

Marijuana in the News: Cancer, USD and Reefers

Woman claims marijuana cured her cancer


USD officials concerned by medical marijuana
This is actually a very in-depth look at the ongoing war between LEGAL marijuana dispensaries and the Federal law prohibiting marijuana

 

Marijuana Farmer Discloses Patch

This one kinda cracks me up. This is a newspaper article from 1951. He “went on the weed” as a GI in Europe, and “He returned to Pittsburgh, planted three patches of marijuana, and has manufactured reefers ever since.”