Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Penalty Reduction Bills Into Law

Gov. John Kitzhaber expresses concern about how much marijuana Oregonians would be allowed to possess at home under the new legalization measure.

OREGON: Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Monday signed into law two measures that will reduce the punishments for certain marijuana-related offenses. The changes go into effect immediately. The first, Senate Bill 40, lowers the penalties for possession of more than an ounce of pot. Under the old laws, possession of more than four ounces was a Class B felony punishable Read the full article…

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Penalty Reduction Bills Into Law

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announces his resignation following allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.

OREGON: Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Monday signed into law two measures that will reduce the punishments for certain marijuana-related offenses. The changes go into effect immediately. The first, Senate Bill 40, lowers the penalties for possession of more than an ounce of pot. Under the old laws, possession of more than four ounces was a Class B felony punishable Read the full article…

New Petition Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana Filed in Florida

A local senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow medical marijuana patients legal access to their prescriptions in a hospital.

By Nick Evans FLORIDA: A group pushing for medical marijuana legalization filed a petition with the state of Florida this week. According to Florida’s Perscription Drug Monitoring program, nearly a quarter billion doses of prescription pain relievers were dispensed in 2012.  These medications include opioids ranging from the powerful – think Oxycontin – to its relatively Read the full article…

Poll: War on marijuana not worth the cost

End the 40-Year War on Drugs

A Suffolk University’s poll taken June 24 included more than just questions about Markey and Gomez. There was also a question about the drug war, and specifically the war on marijuana.. MASSACHUSETTS: This writer believes that once our not-so-brave politicians explain the war on drugs’ true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. Read the full article…

Oregon: Mandatory Minimums Repealed For Drug Offenses; Probation Expanded For Marijuana

Strategy Intended To Avert Prison Growth

By Steve Elliott, Hemp News OREGON: The Oregon Legislature has passed a broad criminal justice bill, HB 3194, that is projected to avert all of the state’s anticipated prison growth over the next decade. The bill repeals mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, and expands the use of presumptive probation in marijuana offenses. The Oregon House Read the full article…

Oregon: Mandatory Minimums Repealed For Drug Offenses; Probation Expanded For Marijuana

Strategy Intended To Avert Prison Growth

By Steve Elliott, Hemp News OREGON: The Oregon Legislature has passed a broad criminal justice bill, HB 3194, that is projected to avert all of the state’s anticipated prison growth over the next decade. The bill repeals mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, and expands the use of presumptive probation in marijuana offenses. The Oregon House Read the full article…

Would The Legalization Of Marijuana Eliminate The Black Market?

Will legalization end the black market?

With the nation’s mindset toward marijuana seemingly shifting in favor of reforming our country’s drug policy, one of the popular topics of discussion is the probable elimination of the black market via legalizing drugs. So, would legalizing marijuana on a nationwide basis indeed eradicate the black market’s source of income? Or would it be necessary to Read the full article…

Would The Legalization Of Marijuana Eliminate The Black Market?

Will legalization end the black market?

With the nation’s mindset toward marijuana seemingly shifting in favor of reforming our country’s drug policy, one of the popular topics of discussion is the probable elimination of the black market via legalizing drugs. So, would legalizing marijuana on a nationwide basis indeed eradicate the black market’s source of income? Or would it be necessary to Read the full article…

Florida Bong Ban Sponsor Not Happy About How Law Turned Out

FLORIDA:  Ex-crackhead Rep. Darryl Rouson, who sponsored the bill that eventually became the “bong ban” law on Monday, is unhappy about how watered down it turned out to be, when all was said and done. Rouson believes that The Pot is a gateway drug to things like The Crack. Therefore, he worked diligently for years on Read the full article…