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Obama Won’t Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Told Him

Obama Won’t Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Told Him

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn’t the “…

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The "Uber of Marijuana": Eaze Offers Smartphone Medical Marijuana Delivery

The "Uber of Marijuana": Eaze Offers Smartphone Medical Marijuana Delivery

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Demonstrating that anything can be improved by dubbing it “the Uber of” something, a San Francisco startup called Eaze is offering medical cannabis deliveries via a smartphone app — which makes it the “Uber of marijuana,” multiple news outlets are reporting today.

The brainchild of an early Yammer employee, Kevin McCarty, who is funding the whole thing himself and running the operation out of his Chestnut Street apartment, Eaze is not a medical cannabis dispensary per se: it is instead a network of “caregivers” who essentially go to the dispensary for you and then deliver you your weed, in some cases in 10 minutes, McCarty claims.

Which means, like Uber (and like other apps, launched last month, that also claim to be the “Uber of marijuana), Eaze is able to dodge all those pesky regulations that cost money stifle innovation. 

As of this writing, there are about 30 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco. Most offer delivery.…

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Arianna Huffington:  This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let’s End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington: This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let’s End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time — not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren’t. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country’s history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on some of our most vulnerable citizens. So as we move toward legalization, let’s put the science front and center.

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Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving …

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REPORT: NFL Drug Policy Is Even More Ridiculous Than You Think

REPORT: NFL Drug Policy Is Even More Ridiculous Than You Think

With the Josh Gordon appeal hearing set for Friday and with Gordon hiring (as Adam Schefter reported last night) the same lawyer who helped Seahawks c…

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Chris Weigant:  Marijuana’s Tipping Point?

Chris Weigant: Marijuana’s Tipping Point?

According to the Controlled Substances Act, Eric Holder himself can reclassify anything on the list, with no more authority necessary than his own signature. Perhaps if Congress refuses to act, Holder (or Obama) will make this change on his own. That, more than a Times editorial, might more accurately be called marijuana’s tipping point.

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House Bill Would Legalize ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Medical Marijuana

House Bill Would Legalize ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Medical Marijuana

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday would legalize a compound in marijuana used to treat severe epilepsy.

The le…

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A Majority Of Florida Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

A Majority Of Florida Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Florida residents don’t just love medical marijuana, they support legalizing the recreational use of it, too.

According to a Quinnipiac University…

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Tony Newman:  Why the  New York Times ‘ Editorial Series Calling for Marijuana Legalization Is Such a Big Deal

Tony Newman: Why the New York Times ‘ Editorial Series Calling for Marijuana Legalization Is Such a Big Deal

The Times‘ editorial has the feel of legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite coming out against the Vietnam war. They dropped a bomb on our country’s disastrous war on marijuana with unprecedented force.

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Montana Man Facing Life in Prison for Grow Operation

Montana Man Facing Life in Prison for Grow Operation

A Montana resident may face a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty of growing marijuana. According to Helena’s Independent Record, 22-year-old Chance McKenzie Bowen was charged with one count of felony criminal production or manufacturing of dangerous drugs. Bowen was arrested when a Drug Task Force came across 178 plants growing on and around his property. The Independent Record acquired a copy of the affidavit, which provides more details about the arrest. The affidavit states that the “Missouri River Drug Task Force (abbreviated as MRDTF) had received information from Montana probation and parole in regards to Chance McKenzie Bowen operating a marijuana grow operation.” The arresting officer, Detective Scott Finnicum, took that information and, along with “another anonymous tip,” applied for and received a search warrant for Bowen’s house. The affidavit continues by saying the task force found the plants – some inside, some outside in the backyard – as well as other materials such as, “grow lights, ballasts, soil and other heating/lighting equipment.” Det. Finnicum arrested Bowen according to Title 45, Chapter 9, Part 10 of Montana Code, Criminal Production or Manufacture of Dangerous Drugs.  The Code states: “a person commits the offense of criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs if the person knowingly or purposely produces, manufactures, prepares, cultivates, compounds, or processes a dangerous drug, as defined in 50-32-101” 50-32-101 says, “Marijuana (marihuana)” means all plant material from the genus Cannabis containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or seeds of the genus capable of germination,” as well as synthetic THC-like substances, and hashish. Montana Code sets Marijuana and THC aside in their own category, and continues by saying: “A person convicted of criminal production or manufacture of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol… shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a term not to exceed 10 years and may be fined not more than $50,000, except that if the dangerous drug is marijuana and the total weight is more than a pound or the number of plants is more than 30, the person shall be imprisoned in the state prison for not less than 2 years or more than life and may be fined not more than $50,000. “Weight” means the weight of the dry plant and includes the leaves and stem structure but does not include the root structure” However, someone who has already been convicted of criminal production or manufacture may be imprisoned for longer and fined up to $100,000. Raw Story reports that Bowen could face fines of up to $50,000, so does not seem liek he has prior convictions, at least of criminal production or manufacture. The part of the affidavit that claims the MRDTF received information from Montana probation and parole does, however, suggest Bowen has some kind of criminal history in the state. Thus, Bowen is likely looking at somewhere between two years and life in prison. Montana has a history with unreasonable (medical) marijuana laws, so it’s no surprise that the state’s current sentences are harsh.

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US MI: Ferndale OKs Medical Marijuana Shop

US MI: Ferndale OKs Medical Marijuana Shop

The Daily Tribune, 26 Jul 2014 – Three medical marijuana caregivers are ready to open a shop for their patients now that the Ferndale City Council has approved their plan. Adam Applebaum, CEO of Meridian Wellness, told city council members he and two other caregivers will service up to five patients each, as allowed under the state’s medical marijuana law.

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US: Sweeping Shift On Marijuana

US: Sweeping Shift On Marijuana

Los Angeles Times, 28 Jul 2014 – Mood on Legalization Is Compared With the Swift Fall of Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage. More than a third of adults have smoked it – including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.

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New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization, Devotes A Week to Weed Coverage

New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization, Devotes A Week to Weed Coverage

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The New York Times has come out swinging in support of marijuana legalization. 

Over the weekend, the nation’s major newspaper of record published an editorial saying it was “High Time” to roll back the Nixon-era federal laws banning cannabis. In making its case, the paper’s editorial board cited the drug’s medical efficacy, the absurd federal classification of cannabis making it as dangerous as heroin and less useful than speed, and vastly changing public attitudes toward the plant.

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CN ON: Cops Putting Drugged Driving To Test

CN ON: Cops Putting Drugged Driving To Test

The Barrie Advance, 24 Jul 2014 – Const. Chris Allport is quick to judge your footwork, balance and hand movements. But he’s not a local dance instructor, he’s a Barrie Police drug recognition evaluator. And he’s watching your every move.

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US OR: Pot-card Holders May Lose Licenses

US OR: Pot-card Holders May Lose Licenses

Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 – Oregon officials say five home-based child-care centers are owned by people who have medical-marijuana cards, but the owners may soon have to give up either their pot cards or their daycare licenses. Until now, medical-marijuana card holders have been able to get day-care licenses as long as they don’t use marijuana in front of children in their care, among other conditions.

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Activism

US DC: OPED: Prohibition On Pot

US DC: OPED: Prohibition On Pot

The Hill, 29 Jul 2014 – Someday, we’ll look back on two federal prohibitions – on same-sex marriage and marijuana – and ask ourselves: “How were we ever so dumb? What’s the big deal?” Indeed, more and more people are asking that question every day. Even before the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, several states moved to recognize same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first, in May 2004. Today, either by legislation or court order, marriage equality is the law in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Courts in 14 other states, most recently Virginia, have ruled to strike down bans on same-sex marriage. While those decisions remain on appeal, it’s clearly only a matter of time before all 50 states accept the fact that every American, gay or straight, should be free to marry the one he or she loves.

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CN ON: Powwow Drug Arrests

CN ON: Powwow Drug Arrests

Kenora Daily Miner And News, 25 Jul 2014 – Treaty Three Police’s New Street Crime Unit Arrests Eight People at Powwow Treaty Three Police arrested eight people at the Wuzhushk Onigum (Rat Portage) First Nation’s powwow, five of whom have been charged with drug possession. The aboriginal police service says people can expect more of the same if they decide to bring illicit drugs and alcohol to powwows elsewhere in the Treaty 3 area this summer.

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US WA: Peninsula Pot Store Is All Sold Out

US WA: Peninsula Pot Store Is All Sold Out

Peninsula Daily News, 27 Jul 2014 – DISCOVERY BAY — The first recreational marijuana store to open on the North Olympic Peninsula sold out in its first day. Sea Change Cannabis in Discovery Bay opened at 10 a.m. Friday, more than two weeks after the state’s first pot shops began sales.

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US MI: Medical Marijuana Caregivers Want To Open Shop In Ferndale

US MI: Medical Marijuana Caregivers Want To Open Shop In Ferndale

The Daily Tribune, 26 Jul 2014 – A group of medical marijuana caregivers wants to open up a shop to dispense marijuana to their patients in Ferndale at a former party store on East Nine Mile. The company, called Meridian Wellness, is seeking approval to operate from the Ferndale City Council on Monday.

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US DC: Pot Opponent Not Ready To Roll Over

US DC: Pot Opponent Not Ready To Roll Over

Chicago Tribune, 25 Jul 2014 – But D.C. Man Finds It’s A Lonely Fight As Drug Gains Ground WASHINGTON – As pro-marijuana forces deployed their sidewalk soldiers to gather signatures to put pot legalization on the District of Columbia’s November ballot, Aaron McCormick, a 47-year-old city native and father of three, watched with growing alarm.

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Law

US MI: Edu: Student-Backed Marijuana Decriminalization

US MI: Edu: Student-Backed Marijuana Decriminalization

Central Michigan Life, 30 Jul 2014 – Mount Pleasant voters could see a student-backed proposition calling for the citywide decriminalization of marijuana on the November ballot. Student Advocates for Medical/Recreational Cannabis have procured enough petition signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. The registered student organization at Central Michigan University got all the necessary signatures a week shy of their deadline.

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New Zealand: Fight For Jade’s Health

New Zealand: Fight For Jade’s Health

Whangarei Leader, 22 Jul 2014 – A family is being torn apart in its bid to give a 6-year-old medicinal cannabis. Jessika and Brendan Guest moved from the United States to Whangarei last year with their children Jade, 6, and Ethan, 8.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Looks Like the Stoner Movie of the Year

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Looks Like the Stoner Movie of the Year

There’s no John Cusack (at least in the trailer), but there’s still a hot tub, time travel, and Lougle. This Christmas, Hot Tub Time Machine will return to woo stoners everywhere. The unexpected sequel of the year, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, recycles a familiar time-travel sequel strategy: instead of going back in time, the protagonists time travel to the future. For the trio of hot tubbers, that future is 2024. Lou (Rob Corddry) is on top of the world. Nick (Craig Robinson) is covering Lisa Loeb songs. And Jacob (Clark Duke) looks exactly the same. Yes, this film will probably get something like a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, but become critically acclaimed amongst pothead. The Richard Branson-transformation of Corddry is just on point: In Cusack’s place is Adam Scott, who gets dosed with some kind LSD-bug: I could watch Craig Robinson play curling against Canadians and still be entertained. Even if the movie lacks any sort of plot, Robinson’s screen time will be the price of admission: And there’s the obligatory random gorgeous Hollywood chick that no one has ever heard of, until now: Here’s the full Red Band trailer:

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The New York Times Goes Up in Smoke

The New York Times Goes Up in Smoke

The New York Times has gone all in on weed. Yesterday, America’s longstanding “national newspaper of record” and its Editorial Board released a front page op-ed calling for America to “Repeal Prohibition, Again.” Less than a week after proclaiming marijuana America’s “Next Gold Rush” on its front page, The New York Times re-upped for more green with a forthright, pro-pot message. The simple, eloquent plea from The Times’ Editorial Board echoes a familiar, growing sentiment, but does so from a lofty journalistic pedestal few media outlets claim. When The New York Times speaks, America listens. And this is how the Times’ Board began its newfound push to foil prohibition It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.  Referring to the “social costs” 0f prohibition, the 658,000 pot-related arrests in 2012, and marijuana’s medical value, the editorial piece cites both the failure of prohibition and the potential benefits of its repeal. Furthermore, the piece closes with a subtle jab at the nation’s Capital: We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition. [NYTimes] While the Times won’t be installing a marijuana section or editor (at least, not yet), this message isn’t just a one week shout-out from the 1851-founded newspaper. Now, The New York Times will embark upon an on-going joint mission to repeal prohibition via the mighty pen. The paper’s case for legalization and pro-pot coverage will be an ongoing series and a represent the new, evolving pulse of America. With other published articles in the series titled “The Public Has Lightened Up on Weed” and “Let the States Decide What do Do About Marijuana”, it’s clear that the Times will portray cannabis in a positive light. Simply put, the days of the mainstream media prolonging reefer madness seem to be dissipating. In reefer madness’ misleading place come reason, logic, and morality. And it’s emblematic of a growing trend amongst America’s media. Other outlets like USA Today, CNN, TIME, the LA Times, have all expanded their marijuana coverage (and positive marijuana coverage at that) within the last year. Journalists have the power to move the needle and influence public opinion. With The New York Times operating as America’s new, self-appointed journalistic ambassador for marijuana reform, the sky appears to be the limit. [The New York Times]

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US AZ: Organization Threatening To Pull Funding For U Of A Marijuana

US AZ: Organization Threatening To Pull Funding For U Of A Marijuana

The Capital, 23 Jul 2014 – Medicinal marijuana Medicinal marijuana [Tribune file] The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he will pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Sue Sisley to the staff and the project. Rick Doblin told Capitol Media Services Tuesday he rejected offers by UA officials to have someone other than Sisley named as “principal investigator” for the study on whether marijuana is useful for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, said his group has four years of history with Sisley and will move its funding wherever she goes. The UA is apparently unwilling to budge, however.

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Reviews

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

This article was originally published on April 20, 2009, and has been reposted each year since.

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, …

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Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

“Why is everybody staring at me?”

Watch the latest “Commentary On” video from Above Average to see what one woman’s night looked like when she got …

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This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

Marijuana legalization has been dominating headlines as of late, bringing tales of Colorado’s edibles and Washington’s dispensaries to nationwide news…

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised, and 67% want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs

A new poll by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by Transform Drug Policy Foundation, shows that over half of the public (53%) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis. Only 1 in 7 support heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. In addition, the survey shows that around two thirds (67%) support a comprehensive independent review of all the possible policy options (from legal market regulation to tougher enforcement) for controlling drugs.

The findings indicate that 45% of mid-market newspaper readers (including Daily Mail and Express readers) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis, with less than one in five (17%) supporting heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. For tabloid readers these figures are 47% and 20%. Around 65% of mid-market newspaper readers and 66% of tabloid readers support a full review of all drug policy options.

Additional survey findings include:

  • 53% of the public support legal regulation or decriminalisation of cannabis – 50% of Conservative supporters and 55% of Labour supporters also support these options, as do 46% of Daily Mail readers
  • Only 14% of the public (and 17% of Daily Mail readers) support tougher enforcement and heavier penalties for cannabis offences
  • 67% want a comprehensive review of all policy options. 70% of Conservative supporters and 69% of Labour supporters also feel this way, as do 61% of Daily Mail readers
  • When outcomes from Portugal were briefly described, almost 40% of the public support the Portuguese-style decriminalisation of small quantities of drugs for personal possession

A spokesperson for Transform said: “These results show just how far ahead of politicians the public are. Whilst Labour and Conservative politicians shy away from the debate on drugs, around half of their supporters want to see legal regulation of cannabis production and supply or decriminalisation of cannabis possession, and a significant majority want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs – including consideration of legal regulation. The poll demonstrates that even amongst Daily Mail readers, almost half support less punitive approaches to cannabis, and a majority back an independent review of all options, which may come as a surprise to the paper’s editors.

“Politicians have repeated their ‘tough on drugs’ propaganda for so long that they assume the public are more fearful of change than they really are. In fact the world has changed, and the public are far more progressive than was thought, right across the political spectrum. At the very least the government should heed long standing and growing calls for a review of all policy options, including legal regulation. And as a matter of urgency the coalition should engage in experiments in the Portuguese style decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use. Now is the time for the heads of all parties to show the leadership citizens surely deserve.”

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Danny Kushlick, Head of External Affairs: 07970 174 747 danny@tdpf.org.uk

Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst: 07980 213 943 steve@tdpf.org.uk




Notes

1. The full poll data is available here: http://www.tdpf.org.uk/Ipsos_MORI_TPDF_poll.pdf

Technical Details

Ipsos MORI carried out the survey, on behalf of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, between 25th January and 5th February 2013. A sample of 946 British adults aged 18+ completed a face-to-face survey via the Ipsos MORI omnibus. The data has been weighted by gender, social grade, age, region, working status, housing tenure and ethnicity to reflect the known local population profile.

Questions / Definitions

  • Given the subject matter, questions were presented to respondents on showcards with options reversed for some respondents. Respondents read out a letter to indicate their response.
  • Q1 was a split sample question: half sample were asked Q1A half sample were asked Q1B.

Q1A. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q1B. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

Since this was introduced in Portugal in 2001, and resources were instead spent on healthcare, overall use of drugs rose at a similar rate to neighbouring countries. However, there were higher numbers accessing drug treatment, the justice system spent less time and resources on drug-related crime, and there were falls in problematic drug use, and drug use amongst school age children also fell.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q2. Would you support the government commissioning a full independent review of drug policy, that compared our current system of criminalisation with alternatives, including: increasing the criminal penalties for production, sale and use of drugs; decriminalising drug possession as described; and the legalisation and state regulation of production and supply for some currently illegal drugs?

  1. Yes, I would support a review
  2. No, I would not support a review
  3. Other

Q3. Here are a number of different options for regulating the production, supply and use of cannabis (also sometimes called marijuana, pot, hash, grass, skunk, weed, spliff or joints). Please read through this card and then read out the letter next to the option which you think best matches how you think cannabis should be regulated.



Scenario A. Legal – minimal control


Legal to produce and sell cannabis with minimal control and regulation.

Similar to tea and coffee, there is unrestricted advertising and availability. Only basic trading standards and quality controls apply, with prices, location and number of outlets decided by the market.



Scenario B. Legal – moderate control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with moderate government control and regulation

Similar to the current system for tobacco and alcohol, but cannabis is only available from licensed shops or premises. The number and location of outlets is decided by the government, which also influences prices through taxes or setting minimum prices. Packaging carries health warnings, and advertising and age restrictions apply.

If you are underage and in possession of cannabis, it may be confiscated. Licensed premises selling the drug to anyone underage will be fined, and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario C. Legal – strict control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with strict government control and regulation

Like controlled medicines, cannabis is only available either with a doctor’s prescription for medical uses, and/or bought over the counter from a licensed retailer similar to a pharmacist, trained to give health information and advice. The government decides prices, maximum quantities sold, and the number and location of outlets. Users may be registered, age restrictions apply. Packaging carries health warnings, and branding and advertising are banned.

Any licensed retailers selling cannabis to anyone underage will be fined and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario D. Illegal – decriminalise possession

Illegal to produce and supply, but possession of cannabis does not lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Those found in possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use would not be given a criminal record. But the drug may be confiscated, and the user given a fine (similar to a speeding fine), or a requirement to attend a drug treatment or education programme.

Production and supply of cannabis to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario E. Illegal – current laws apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Production, supply and possession for personal use, or to supply others, can result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario F. Illegal – much heavier penalties apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all carry a prison sentence

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Possession for personal use is always punished with a prison sentence, or a young offenders’ institution for under 18s. Production and supply to others is punished with an automatic life prison sentence. Substantially more money would be spent on enforcement against suppliers and users.

ENDS



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Premium Concentrates Pen: HELOS From eDab

Premium Concentrates Pen: HELOS From eDab

Every so often, there are certain truly exceptional products that come out and despite their premium quality, seem to somehow fly under the radar. It then falls on the industry insiders to spill the beans, and inform the masses about these best kept secrets that are right under their noses. You’ve just stumbled upon one […]

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US OR: Pot Legalization Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

US OR: Pot Legalization Initiative Qualifies For November Ballot

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Newport News-Times, 22 Jul 2014 – An initiative that would legalize marijuana use for people 21 years of age and above has qualified for the November general election ballot, officials said Tuesday. The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office certified the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana Industrial Hemp Act, said New Approach Oregon, sponsor of the initiative.

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US NY: Safer Era Tests Wisdom Of ‘Broken Windows’ Focus On Minor

US NY: Safer Era Tests Wisdom Of ‘Broken Windows’ Focus On Minor

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New York Times, 25 Jul 2014 – Even as violent crime has receded across New York City, arrests are near historic highs, driven by an increasingly controversial imperative that no offense is too minor for police officers to pursue. Now, the death of a Staten Island man after officers tried to arrest him for peddling cigarettes is intensifying scrutiny of the Police Department’s unflagging push to arrest people over the most minor offenses.

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US AZ: Column: Planning Progress

US AZ: Column: Planning Progress

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Tucson Weekly, 24 Jul 2014 – By enacting changes suggested by the Planning Commission, Tucson could finally catch-up on cannabis biz Tucson last week took a step closer to allowing some big changes in the medical marijuana world, but some of the changes suggested by the advisory Planning Commission seem unlikely to make the cut.

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CN ON: Column: The Inequity Of Medical Marijuana

CN ON: Column: The Inequity Of Medical Marijuana

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sudbury Star, 24 Jul 2014 – The use of medical marijuana is a subject many people don’t want to weigh in on. Neither did I under I heard from Alexander Stewart. Stewart, 54, has embarked on a hunger strike to draw attention to the need for better access to medical marijuana for those who have a licence from Health Canada to purchase it.

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Legal Marijuana Gets Heavyweight Backing

Legal Marijuana Gets Heavyweight Backing

The most authoritative paper in the United States has put its weight behind the federal legalization of marijuana, a momentous endorsement in the prol…

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