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12 of 15: South Dakota

Next on our list of the seldom seen is South Dakota, the “Mount Rushmore State.” Here we find both mmj and recreational cannabis standing out in the rain with the door slammed in their faces. But this struggle is not over.   South Dakota’s 2013 legislative session saw lawmakers in Pierre consider two proposals to […]

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Legal Cannabis Does Not Create Crime

Yes, we all know what the law enforcement types claim at the top of their lungs.  Let’s go in search of the truth.   Opponents of marijuana legalization, particularly members of law enforcement, frequently claim that liberalizing cannabis laws will lead to an increase in incidences of criminal activity, such as burglary, robbery, and driving […]

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11 of 15: South Carolina

Today’s seldom seen place is South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War* were fired and Stephen Colbert was born.  Let’s take a look at the cannabis scene.   We’ve seen this previously — the truth about cannabis / medical marijuana seeping into hardened attitudes about the plant not based on science but […]

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10 of 15: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, “The Keystone State” is our next seldom visited jurisdiction, and things are happening here.   Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced legislation, House Bill 2137, which would place a question regarding marijuana legalization before state voters. If approved, HB 2137 would put a non-binding ballot question on the ballot “to determine the will of the electorate […]

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Maine: MMJ Expands

There are going to be more professionals who can authorize medical marijuana in Maine.   The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage […]

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Perception Is Re-Leglaization Inevitable

Here’s a welcome prediction.   Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that the personal consumption and retail sale of cannabis will eventually be legal for adults, according to national polling data released this week by the Pew Research Center. Pew pollsters have been surveying the public’s attitudes regarding marijuana legalization issue since 1973, when only 12 […]

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Physicians Strongly Favor Re-Legalization

Becoming a physician takes effort, dedication and a willingness to both see and speak the truth.   An estimated 70 percent of physicians acknowledge the therapeutic qualities of cannabis and over half believe that the plant should also be legal for non-medical purposes, according to survey data released last week by WebMD/Medscape. Sixty-nine percent of […]

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Maryland: Moving in the Right Direction

It’s not complete re-legalization, but it takes time to turn something as big as the law, eh?  Be brave, Maryland and embrace the future.   It’s not a law yet, but it’s right on the edge. If the governor goes along, getting busted for pot won’t mean jail, provided those joints don’t contain to too […]

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Another Poll Shows Americans’ Changing Attitudes; Mandatory-minimum sentences under fire

The Pew Research Center released the results of a survey on Wednesday that shows very clearly the changing attitudes toward cannabis in America. The poll asked 1,821 people questions about their feelings on how America tolerates and deals with illegal drugs. One of the biggest indicators may be the results of a question asking Americans […]

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Election Cycles Towards Re-Legalization

Every election cycle represents chance for statewide re-legalization.  Here’s what’s in the pipeline at the moment.   Nearly four out of ten participants in the nationwide survey said that they would be “much more likely” to go to the polls if an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana appeared on the ballot. An additional 30 percent […]

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