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Erik | Jun 18, 2013 | Comments 0
Advocates to legalize the possession of marijuana for adults in the municipality of Portland, Maine have successfully gathered double the amount of signatures that are necessary to have their referendum qualify for the ballot in November.
The required petitioned signatures have been officially delivered and if their efforts are efficacious, marijuana would be legal to possess within Portland’s city limits for adults over the age of 21.
Marijuana Policy Project’s David Boyer spoke about the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol, and why residents of Portland should vote to end marijuana prohibition.
Review the enclosed video news clip and please share the good news with your friends circle. Stay tuned to The 420 Times for any new developments regarding efforts to legalize the possession of marijuana in Portland, Maine and for all your marijuana community news.
Patrick Kennedy’s assertions are laughable – though not funny. In order to be taken seriously, one needs to produce evidence, facts… incontrovertible proof of their claim, whatever it is. And unfortunately for Patrick many of his assertions are lacking just that – evidence. As such, comedian Bill Maher took this opportunity to enlighten the ex-Rhode Island Representatives’ mistaken assertions. Such as Kennedy’s reiteration of the old Reagan era mantra that pot “destroys the brain and expedites psychosis.”
Pathetic, sad and wrong. Bill pointed out to the ex-pill popping representative that…“It sounds like you’ve been hanging around with Nancy Reagan in 1983.”
Or…firmly in the pocket of the many businesses that would like to perpetuate his tired and ill-conceived line of thinking. Such as big pharmaceutical, the industrial prison complex, the paper industry, the alcohol industry, the tobacco industry, the drug rehabilitation industry – and a host of other old-school, entrenched businesses which fear the cannabis plant and all it stands for.
Kennedy, who has set himself up to profit from the war on marijuana stated “I used to have your position, I used to think marijuana was no big deal,” but now, as the ringleader in his own personal circus of ignorance and lies – formed an organization known as Smart Approaches to Marijuana – which is anything but.
Patrick’s main concern was centered on the mistaken notion that marijuana legalization would kick open the door to further and more damaging drug use “if you give a permissive environment you’re gonna have more kids use,” Kennedy informed Maher.
Bill, not being one to buy someone’s B.S. quite so easily, laughed and told Kennedy “Come on, man, this is like global warming denying. This is stuff we heard years ago.”
Patrick’s primary problem with marijuana legalization goes something like this… If marijuana were legalized, the greed mongers from America’s major corporations would go down the same addictive path as the tobacco industry did, targeting children.
“You’re reasoning is adults shouldn’t do things because kids might,” Maher laughingly pointed out. “Adults shouldn’t have fire or drive cars under that reasoning, too. Kids might do all sorts of bad things. Parents have to stop them and teachers have to stop them…It just seems so un-Kennedy like to be against what I called two weeks ago was the new gay-marriage. It is the new civil rights movement.”
“I led the effort in Congress for drug courts, because I don’t believe people ought to be incarcerated because of an addiction,” Kennedy noted, going on to point out “If you legalize [pot], there’s going to be greater use, that’s a fact.”
…sounds good to me!
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan are reopening using a new model this month after being shut down since February thanks to a state Supreme Court ruling making patient-to-patient sales illegal.
Higher Expectations Medical Partnership in Battle Creek, Michigan says his shop now doesn’t have any marijuana on site to sell anymore. Instead, HEMP acts as a clearinghouse for caregivers and patients – a relationship that is still allowed by state law.
According to Michigan medical marijuana rules, caregivers can have up to five patients and can possess up to fifteen ounces of herb.
HEMP owner Brock Korreck tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that their goal now is to connect patients with caregivers, and give them a place to make their medical cannabis transactions. Caregivers will have to pay a fee and take classes on cultivating marijuana from the center in order to participate in the program.
The goal is to create a network of patients and give “options for patients to have new caregivers if their caregivers aren’t living up to their expectations,” Korreck told the Enquirer.
“Nobody wants to meet in parking lots,” Korreck said. “Nobody wants people at their houses. Nobody wants to go to anybody’s house. This is a safe access point.”
Patients would be able to access the center and it’s resources for free, and caregivers would pay a $ 100 monthly fee and a one-time, $ 100 charge for every new patient they bring with them.
Other shops are also trying new models. According to the Enquirer, two other Michigan shops are trying to implement private membership. Caregivers store cannabis in private lockers and patients have to order their pot ahead of time.
State officials have questioned the legality of the new models, noting that state law forbids making a profit off the sale of cannabis. A county prosecutor in Michigan says the state medical laws aren’t meant to be a go-ahead for people venturing into new businesses. They were intended to get sick people medicine, he says.
As of April 1, there were 131,000 medical marijuana patients in Michigan which makes the state medical marijuana population one of the in the country.
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Erik | Jun 14, 2013 | Comments 0
A great quantity of marijuana was unfortunately discovered growing inside a residence in Leicester, England, thanks to the incessant farting of a police officer who had recently started a high-protein diet.
Three officers were patrolling in the area in which the bust took place when one of them proceeded to load up the vehicle with his natural gases. Not being able to stand the retched odor, the officers rolled down the vehicle windows in order to gain some fresh air.
When doing so, the cops in the fart-car couldn’t help but notice another familiar odor lofting through the seemingly fresh air that they were seeking. It was the smell of sweet-leafed marijuana ripening on the vine and it was coming from a nearby residence.
So, being the curious types that police are, they cleared their eyes of fart derived tears and proceeded to allow their noses to point them in the direction of the grow-op.
“Imagine the surprise on the faces of the occupants of the house further along the road when the officers, following their noses, found a cannabis factory with a crop worth £12,000 [$ 18,784],” according to a report in the Police Federation’s magazine.
The Toucan Sam of police work, I personally think this story stinks. Stay with The 420 Times for all your international and local marijuana community news.
A bowl of buds and a ticket to ride… Exotic strains, hallucinogenic surroundings and the burgeoning business of big marijuana. As pot goes mainstream, PBS travel guru speaks of his heady days fighting the 80’s new dumb, and their “just say no” anti-pot campaign of hypocrisy. Join Rick as he speaks about the joys of watching marijuana become legalized in his home state of Washington… and traveling the world while getting high.
While Rick and his travel company are enjoying an elevated status now… It’s not always been this way. Long before Steve’s was paid to travel the world, enjoying the sights – and some of the best cannabis the world has to offer. He was known around the neighborhood in his Edmonds, Washington hometown, as being a somewhat low-key, pro-legalization advocate. Speaking out against the pitifully ill-conceived marijuana policy, perpetuated by the federal government on some of Washington’s local radio shows. Rick was a pioneer in the marijuana legalization movement, looking to put a positive, average guy face – to the otherwise demonized topic of marijuana consumption.
So here we are, in your home, with an ounce of legal marijuana. How does it feel to be able to say that after all this time?
It’s nice to stick a bong on my shelf and just hope somebody asks about it – because it’s legal here in Washington State. Ahhhhh … that is a nice feeling.
When did you try marijuana for the first time?
The first time was in Afghanistan, in Kabul.
Wow. What year was that?
Must have been 1978. I never got high in college.
So you went through college in the ’70s without smoking pot, and then went to Afghanistan and tried it?
I didn’t smoke in college because I felt like there was a lot of peer pressure, and I didn’t want to succumb to it. But in Afghanistan, the whole world was high – you’d be riding a bus, and at the rest stop they’d all sit around and watch somebody slaughter a goat while passing some sort of a pipe or bong. Everybody would get as stoned as you can imagine, and then they’d say, “Okay, time to get back on the bus.” It was an amazing, strange world.
Of course, where I really learned to enjoy the experience was in Nepal, in Katmandu. I’d get high and eat apple pie hot out of a medieval oven while listening to the Stones or something like that, surrounded by travelers from all over the world. And I’d just think, “Life is good.”
You sometimes describe “high” as a place you like to visit. Can you explain what you mean by that?
What I mean is that, when you travel, you enter a different mind-set – and when you get high, you can find yourself in a different mind-set, too. And I think that if you’re an adult, you should be free to choose whether or not you want to go there. Also, if somebody tells me I can’t step across a little line on the sidewalk, all of a sudden I want to step across. That’s kind of human nature, isn’t it?
So you think outlawing marijuana has been counterproductive?
You go to the Netherlands, and the Dutch people think it’s just kind of odd that Americans are so excited about marijuana coffeeshops. For them, it’s like, “Yeah, if you want it, it’s down the street. What’s the big deal?” Well, you can do hard time for marijuana in America. That’s what’s the big deal.
And if you look at marijuana usage in the Netherlands, for both youth and adults, it’s lower than here.
I wish Americans understood that. By every measure, the Dutch smoke less pot per capita than we Americans do. There’s no correlation between consumption and the strictness or looseness of a society’s laws. The Dutch approach drugs in terms of pragmatic harm reduction: They want to take crime out of the equation, and they treat those with addictions as people with a health problem who need help – not criminals who need to be locked up.
So, if “high” is a place and it’s now legal to go there in Washington State, do you have any travel advice for a first-time visitor?
That’s a good question. The thing is, I’m not really a proponent of pot – I just believe that if somebody wants to smoke it, that’s their right. Still, I’d say try it in a safe environment with experienced people you trust and feel comfortable with. You also might need to try it a few times, because it doesn’t always work the first time.
Do you think marijuana tourism will become a big ancillary business?
Right now, there’s a lot of speculation about marijuana tourism here in Washington State – the same way people visit the little vineyards in Walla Walla and go wine-tasting. But I don’t think that’s going to be much of an industry. I think Washington’s just going to be an example of a progressive state that understands the futility of criminalizing marijuana. Other states will see the positive results of that approach, and pretty soon tourists won’t need to think about traveling to Washington for legal pot, because pot will be legal all over the United States.
Why did you decide to speak out publicly about marijuana legalization?
All my adult life, most of the people I’ve worked with – including most of the people I’ve respected in my field – have smoked pot secretly, and they’re perfectly upstanding citizens in every way. But they’ve had to lie to their own children; they’re nervous about their employers; some are even nervous about their spouses. And I always thought, “This is not right.” As Americans, we embrace a lot of lies – and for me, the “evils of marijuana” was one lie too many.
Then, in 2003, the campaign to pass I-75 [the initiative that made marijuana the lowest law-enforcement priority in Seattle] asked me to give a talk on Capitol Hill to help raise money. I had to ask myself, “Wow, do I actually want to stand in a public place and explain the wisdom of taking crime out of the equation?” Ultimately, I realized this was the right thing to do. This is good citizenship. I was speaking up for the truth.
Really, I want to make marijuana less scary for the people who wish it would just go away, because marijuana is never going to go away.
Have there been any negative consequences to speaking out?
I figured there would be, but there haven’t been. I suppose I have turned certain people against me – but those are people that I don’t necessarily want for me, so what’s the loss? I don’t need to compromise on the truth or what’s good for society in order to have everybody like me. I have some celebrity and a bit of clout because of what I do, and I’d rather use it in a way that’s a little more courageous than simply trying to make everybody happy.
I guess over the years a few people have told me, “We know what you think about marijuana, and we’re never going to use your guidebooks or take your tours.” And all I can think is, “Europe will be a lot more fun without you.”
Where were you on election night?
I went to the official results-watching party at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. I was on pins and needles all night because we didn’t have any [advance] numbers for the initiative, and then all at once it was clear legalization had passed by a wide margin. I-502 won! At that point, I was euphoric. But I also realized I never want to go through another political campaign again – I just don’t handle that kind of stress very well. Because, you know, when it comes time to count the votes, you either win or lose – it’s 100 percent or zero. And we worked so hard and put so much energy and money into the campaign; all the conditions came together in what felt like a perfect storm. I didn’t know if we could ever get it all together again in the future.
How do you assess the reaction of the federal government since the election?
That’s the big question mark. Our governor here in Washington State wants the federal government to say what they’re going to do so we can build a regulatory system and start collecting tax revenue. I’m a friend of Governor [Jay] Inslee, and he understands this is a real issue. He flew to Washington, DC, to meet with US Attorney General Eric Holder and try to find out if we can do this or not – because he’s hoping to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the black market and then tax and regulate a new and legal industry. That is quite exciting.
Keep in mind, marijuana legalization got more votes in Colorado and Washington than President Obama. So if the federal government comes in here to overrule us, it will be a really blatant disregard of the will of the people. Fortunately, I think what the Justice Department wants to see is a smart law that’s enforced consistently and prevents legal Washington State marijuana from “leaking” into other states. The federal government doesn’t have endless resources, so they have to pick their battles.
And once we won, the tenor of the discussion changed very quickly. Now people can much more easily support the idea that we shouldn’t be locking up pot smokers. So overall, I’m feeling very confident that we’re going to have our chance to pull this off. I think that in a year or so, people will realize that the sky’s not falling – and in the meantime, the government will become addicted to the tax revenue.
So you’re saying tax revenue is the addictive property of marijuana?
That’s what I’m saying.