Due to tribal land's unique legal status, many Native American tribes are now looking to grow and regulate cannabis through the same mechanism they can operate casinos.
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML, is quoted in the article saying “It is certainly significant, America has seen some tribes go from being economically disadvantaged to becoming powerful economic and political players through the introduction of one industry, gambling. Now the same could be happening with marijuana.”
Do you think this is a good development for legalization?
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Journalists from News 21 compiled this extremely thorough and up-to-date synopsis of the current state of cannabis in the U.S. From Arizona, California, and every other state looking at ballot initiatives in 2016, to the groups like NORML and MPP who are leading the charge, this is an excellent overview of the status of legalization in America.
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One of the biggest struggles for legalization regulation is how to determine what constitutes "driving under the influence". The current 5 nanogram THC law that exists in Colorado can unfairly target medical patients or regular consumers, due to the fact that THC can remain in the body days after consumption.
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, is quoted in the article saying "In every state already, it is a criminal violation to drive under the influence of a substance that can impair judgment. There is no need to amend those laws in a manner that is entirely arbitrary and unscientific. If we’re concerned about individuals driving impaired, then the last thing we ought to do is amend the traffic safety laws so that a guilty conviction is divorced from any evidence of impairment."
What do you think about the current DUID limits in Colorado? Tell us in the comments!
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"Essentially, in Oregon and other states that use carboxy-THC test results as evidence of impairment, a jury could find a driver guilty of being under the influence of marijuana based on carboxy-THC levels, even though the driver may have ingested the drug several hours, days or weeks earlier and was not impaired at the time of his or her arrest."
If someone's not driving well, then pull them over and do a "sobriety test" for impairment. Don't ruin their life because of some phony piss test!
Paul Armentano, NORML's Deputy Director, just posted to the NORML Blog about a new medical cannabis case study!
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decriminalized marijuana possession in 2014, yet police are still constantly patrolling low-income neighborhoods in the city for marijuana citations.
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The Wyoming Tribune Eagle has come out in support of NORML Wyoming's medical marijuana initiative. The paper had previously supported decriminalization efforts, but now has changed its stance and supports giving the citizens of Wyoming the access to medicine that they deserve.
“We previously have favored decriminalization for small amounts of the drug but not any form of legalization. Yet there is enough anecdotal evidence that we have come to believe medical marijuana can - in certain and controlled circumstances - be beneficial to people in Wyoming.”
You can donate to Wyoming NORML's medical marijuana initiative here: http://www.gofundme.com/z5dk74cg (They have $8,700 out of $15,000 raised in a month!)
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"'America's Weed Rush' is the 2015 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. 27 journalism students from 19 universities traveled through half of the country to report on the politics, regulation and science behind the nation’s marijuana movement."
The project has resulted in articles about nearly every aspect of the legalization movement, including Politics, Medical, Recreational, Science, Money, and Enforcement.
We'll be featuring stories and reports from News21's "America's Weed Rush" throughout the week, check out the articles for great information about cannabis legalization in America!
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Great results out of Colorado! Cannabis sales spiked in June, breaking $50 million for the first time in the industry's existence! Marijuana sales jumped more than $7.6 million from May to June in the Rocky Mountain state.
When asked about cannabis tourism contributing to the increase in sales, State Senator Pat Steadman said "It might be too early to say for sure that there’s these patterns, but you can explain some of them if you think about the winter sport tourism or summer tourism or other things happening — vacations, wedding parties, graduations. It’s a lifestyle thing.”
More proof that legalization works and benefits the economy!
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NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.
Adopted by the NORML Board of Directors, June 29, 2013