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Mary Jane Mores
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Mary Jane Mores focuses on marijuana news, politics, and culture.
Mary Jane Mores focuses on marijuana news, politics, and culture.

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The prison industrial complex goes hand-in-hand with the drug war. This is an informative post on the ACLU blog.

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It's been widely accepted that #hemp had been used in a variety of ways for a very long time. However, it was rare to hear people talk about the consumption of #cannabis... it was used for industrial purposes, it was used as a food supplement. Whatever we used to believe, while probably true, cannabis was also recreational, and this discovery evidently proves it.

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Nice survey on #marijuana consumption and some analysis of people lying about their consumption habits. The Cannabis Closet looks like a good book too.

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Interesting question posed on the +Versus page. "Which drugs would you legalize?"

We been vocal about this thus far, and as we get up a running we'll detail our philosophy further, but suffice to say we're opposed to the term "legalize".

Mary Jane Mores is not currently aware of any actual bill, anywhere aside from H.R. 2306, that isn't simply a mechanism for turning drugs into profits. H.R. 2306 does the right thing, simply decriminalizes cannabis.

Admittedly, we're not familiar with every bill at every level of government, and we'd love to learn about any proposed legislation, but thus far, we don't really believe we're getting anywhere on the "legalization" front.
So which drugs would you legalise?

We're sensing a very pro-legalisation tone in the comments so far. It would be good to drill down and understand a bit more about what the pro-legalisation side is saying.

A 2011 report by the UK Drugs Policy Commission entitled Taking Drugs Seriously makes for a challenging read for pro-legalisers.

OK - 53% of people think that the Government's current approach to illegal drugs is ineffective. But only 23% of people said they would legalise marijuana, 7% would legalise magic mushrooms, 5% ecstasy and only 3% cocaine, with other drugs coming in lower still.

And mostly, people weren't narrow-minded: 70% saw some benefit to legalisation. But compare that to the 23% who want to legalise pot, and it's clear people think there are weighty arguments on the other side.

So which drugs would you legalise?

+1 those drugs you would legalise in the comments below.

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I-502 is NOT Legalization. Great work here by +Sensible Washington, who've dissected I-502 and found that it's not really what we want. Too bad. We agree with this analysis, we need to legitimately legalize cannabis. What legitimate legalization looks like can be debated, but we think Sensible Washington provides a solid foundation.

Here are some hallmarks of legalization:

- The right to make your own at home
- The right to share it with friends
- The right to purchase as much licensed product as you like

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"It is said that hemp has up to 50,000 uses. Hemp has been used for industrial purposes including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, construction, health food, fuel, and medical purposes with modest commercial success. In the past three years, commercial success of hemp food products has grown considerably."

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Cannabis is an herb, a herbaceous flowering plant. It's not like wine, whiskey, or heroin. Is there a law "legalizing" echinacea?

If the government wants to regulate the public processing, manufacture, and sale of something, that's one discussion. But should they be able to tell you that you can't grow tomatoes, or make them into salsa, or give that salsa to your friends?

Just in case you're confused... no, they should be able to do that.

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"A criminal cancer is spreading through the global economy, taking its nutrition from the world-wide illegal drug business."
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