Americans Agree: Marijuana Shouldn't be Criminalized

Allen St. Pierre is the executive director and Paul Armentano is the deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Washington.

NEW YORK:  Despite decades of propaganda from marijuana prohibitionists, a majority of the American public has indeed said “enough” to the policies of cannabis criminalization. And no amount of fear-mongering is going to change this fact.

Medical marijuana efforts soldier on without Congress’ help

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Thursday, August 1, Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation into law authorizing patients with a qualifying illness to legally possess and procure medical marijuana. Illinois joins 19 other states and the District of Columbia in its acknowledgement that marijuana is safe and efficacious as a therapeutic agent. Moreover, once the Illinois law is fully Read the full article…

Votes on legalizing marijuana coming in Ferndale, Jackson, say petition sponsors

Washington's pot shops will face initial supply shortage.

MICHIGAN: Proponents of legalizing marijuana in Michigan said they’ve collected enough signatures in Ferndale and Jackson to let voters make marijuana possession in those cities no worse than getting a traffic ticket.

Vermont Decriminalizes Marijuana Starting Monday

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VERMONT: As of Monday, Vermont will be the 17th state to decriminalize marijuana possession. A bill passed earlier this year goes into effect then. The measure, House Bill 200, was sponsored by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington), with a tripartisan group of 38 cosponsors. It ends criminal penalties for the possession of up to an ounce of Read the full article…

Oregon House narrowly approves bill legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries

Rich Studley of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says businesses are in a “no-win situation.” He says employers would have to ignore marijuana use or else pay higher unemployment taxes if a fired worker collects unemployment aid.

OREGON: The state House voted 31-27 on Monday to legalize and regulate dispensaries. The bill goes next to the Senate. Under existing law, the state’s nearly 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders must grow the pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them.