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Oregon To Vote For Marijuana Legalization In November 0

Jul15

Oregonians backing the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act looking to put a measure for the legalization of marijuana have gathered 165,000 signatures backing the proposition, well over the 87,000 required to achieve a spot on the ballot.

Should this measure be passed, Oregon will become the third state to legalize marijuana. The legalization of the use and sale of marijuana will create jobs in the hemp industry as well as drive tax revenue straight into the state’s general fund. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act would also form the Cannabis Commission, a governing body that shall oversee the cultivation and sale of marijuana, as well as implement rules and regulations concerning such.

Source: CNBC

Legalizing Marijuana Is The Best Thing For America 0

Apr29

When more than half the country agrees that something should be legal, something is to be said about about the sway lobbyists have in our country. Check out the facts, get involved.

Legalizing Marijuana Is The Best Thing For America

Marijuana Decriminalization Frees Police Resources 0

Jul28

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) frequently maintains talking point lists advocating the decriminalization of marijuana, which I would like to make available to our readers. Stand fast and fight the good fight!

60,000 individuals are behind bars for marijuana offenses at a cost to taxpayers of $1.2 billion per year.
REFERENCE: Marijuana Arrests and Incarceration in the United States. 1999. The Federation of American Scientists’ Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin.

Taxpayers annually spend between $7.5 billion and $10 billion arresting and prosecuting individuals for marijuana violations. Almost 90 percent of these arrests are for marijuana possession only.
REFERENCE: NORML. 1997. Still Crazy After All These Years: Marijuana Prohibition 1937-1997: A report prepared by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) on the occasion of the Sixtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Washington, DC; Federal Bureau of Investigation’s combined Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States (1990-2000): Table: Arrest for Drug Abuse Violations. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

The state of California saved nearly $1 billion dollars from 1976 to 1985 by decriminalizing the personal possession of one ounce of marijuana, according to a study of the state justice department budget.
REFERENCE: M. Aldrich and T. Mikuriya. 1988. Savings in California marijuana law enforcement costs attributable to the Moscone Act of 1976. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 20: 75-81.

New Mexico’s 2001 state-commissioned Drug Policy Advisory Group determined that marijuana decriminalization “will result in greater availability of resources to respond to more serious crimes without any increased risks to public safety.”
REFERENCE: New Mexico Governor’s Drug Policy Advisory Group. 2001. Report and Recommendations to the Governor’s Office. State Capitol: Santa Fe.

Marijuana arrests have more than doubled since 1991, while adult use of the drug has remained stable. During this same period, the number of arrests for cocaine and heroin fell by approximately 33 percent.
REFERENCE: Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000. Drugs and Crime Facts. Table: Number of Arrests by Drug Type, 1982-99. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 1996. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Main Findings (1990- 1999). DHHS Printing Office: Rockville, MD.

Police arrest more Americans per year on marijuana charges than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
REFERENCE: Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2001. Uniform Crime Report: Crime in the United States, 2000. Table 29: Total estimated arrests in the United States, 2000. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

Marijuana violations constitute the fifth most common criminal offense in the United States.
REFERENCE: Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000. Drugs and Crime Facts. Table: Estimated totals of top 7 arrest offenses, United States, 1999. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

More than 734,000 individuals were arrested on marijuana charges in 2000. Eighty-eight percent of those arrested were charged with marijuana possession only.
REFERENCE: Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2001. Uniform Crime Report Crime in the United States, 2000. Table: Arrest for Drug Abuse Violations. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

Almost 5 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana since 1992. That’s more than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington DC and Wyoming combined.
REFERENCE. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States (1993-2000). Table: Arrest for Drug Abuse Violations. U.S. Department of Justice: Washington, DC.

Source: TALKING POINT #1

NORML Marijuana Rights Wallet Insert (Freedom Card) 0

May17

NORML’s Freedom Card is a small, two sided pamphlet (I wouldn’t even call it that) which details your rights, and lets authority figures know that you understand your rights, in case of involvement with law enforcement personnel. Print the NORML Freedom Card document out on cardstock (front and back) then trim and fold between the opposing text. You can even print out the version with four cards to a page, so you can hand some out to friends and conserve paper at the same time!

NORML Freedom Card Text

Side 1

The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with your right to remain silent, to consult with an attorney, and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. However, it is up to you to assert these rights. This NORML Foundation Freedom Card will help you do so effectively.

If you are confronted by a police officer, remain calm. Be courteous and provide your identification. Politely refuse to answer any further questions. Ask to talk to an attorney. Do not consent to any search of your person, your property, your residence or your vehicle. Tell the officer you would like to give him or her this card, which is a statement of the constitutional rights you wish to invoke. Do not reach for this card until you have obtained the officer’s permission to do so.

Side 2

I hereby invoke and refuse to waive all of the following rights and privileges afforded to me by the U.S. Constitution:

  • I invoke and refuse to waive my Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Do not ask me any questions.
  • I invoke and refuse to waive my Sixth Amendment right to an attorney of my choice. Do not ask me any questions without my attorney present.
  • I invoke and refuse to waive all privileges and rights pursuant to the case Miranda v. Arizona. Do not ask me any questions or make any comment to me about this decision.
  • I invoke and refuse to waive my Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. I do not consent to any search or seizure of myself, my home, or of any property in my possession. Do not ask me about my ownership interest in any property. I do not consent to this contact with you. If I am not presently under arrest or under investigatory detention, please allow me to leave.
  • Any statement I make, or alleged consent I give, in response to your questions is hereby made under protest and under duress and in submission to your claim of lawful authority to force me to provide you with information.

THE NORML FOUNDATION
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20006-2832
www.norml.org / 202-483-8751

NORML Freedom Card (Side 1)
NORML Freedom Card (Side 2)

Sweet ReLeaf During Game 1 of the World Series 0

Nov1

If you were a medical card-holder in the San Francisco area during the San Francisco Giants’ first game against the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series, you were amiss to not be at the ReLeaf Herbal Center. ReLeaf was showing support for their home team by giving away free joints every time the Giants hit a homerun; they also are sporting the team color in their product with medicated orange punch!

ReLeaf Herbal Center

So, if you’re a local or you’re in town during one of the World Series games, they’ve already confirmed on their Facebook that they’ll still be showing their support with the giveaway during game two!

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