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WATCH: Chuck Schumer Is Ready to Legalize Marijuana

Alternet - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:28
The Senate minority leader's proposal would send federal pot prohibition up in smoke.

The Senate's highest-ranking Democrat is letting his freak flag fly. In a Thursday night interview with VICE News, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced he is crafting legislation that would result in the effective end of federal marijuana prohibition.

Schumer has previously supported medical marijuana and allowing states the right to experiment with legalization, but this would be a radical shift in federal drug policy.

The New York senator isn't the first high-profile Democrat to embrace marijuana legalization—2020 presidential contenders Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are all on board—but he is the Senate minority leader. He could be the Senate majority leader next year (a longshot) or in 2021, and having a friendly majority leader means a legalization bill actually moves in the Senate.  

"Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom," he told VICE News' Shawna Thomas. "If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?" Schumer said.

The legislation should be unveiled within the next week and has four main points:

1. Remove (or deschedule) marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, ending federal marijuana prohibition and leaving pot laws up to the states.

2. Provide assistance to encourage minority and woman-owned marijuana businesses.

3. Provide funding for research on marijuana's effects, especially on driving impairment.

4. Maintain federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising like alcohol and tobacco.

Not only does Schumer now support leaving it to the states, he supports legalizing it in his own state.

"My personal view is legalization is just fine," he said. "The best thing to do is let each state decide on its own."

Marijuana could be a winning issue for Democrats this November and in 2020. The latest Gallup poll had support for legalization at a record high 64%. But Schumer said legalizing pot wasn't about politics.

"I’m doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined by the criminalization," he said. "If we benefit, so be it. But that’s not my motivation."

He even told Thomas that while he had never smoked weed before, he might give it a try. "Maybe, I’m a little old, but who knows?"

Watch the interview:

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What's the Vibe?: 10 Music Festivals and the Drugs That Define Them

Alternet - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:24
Who's doing what at which festival?

From SXSW to Burning Man to the Electric Daisy Carnival, festivals are known not only for their musical styles, but also for the drug-taking habits of the people that attend them. Blissfully dancing acid heads, ecstatic rollers, and drunken mud pit wallowers weave in and out of the massive crowds. They're part of the scenery at what is, after all, a massive party scene.

But who's doing which drugs at what festivals? Thanks to the good folks at TickPick.com, an online ticket marketplace, we now have an inkling. They surveyed more than a thousand festival-goers, and the result is their Most Used Festival Drugs. It's not a definitive study, but it is a fun point of departure for exploring the festival drug scene.

The first finding worth noting is that despite their reputations as drug-drenched bacchanals, most people at music festival aren't using illegal drugs. America's favorite drug—alcohol—is also the favorite of the festival scene, with three-quarters reporting having imbibed, twice as many as reported toking up. Fewer than 40% overall reported smoking pot, and when it comes to other drugs, the numbers shrink even further.

MDMA/Ecstasy/Molly came in third at 13%, but none of the other drugs listed—LSD, magic mushrooms, cocaine, opiates, DMT, other—came in as high as 9%.

While they all featured heavy alcohol and marijuana use, each music festival has its own personality, and its own drug habits. For instance, Lone Star state concertgoers at SXSW and the Austin City Limits Festival were the least likely to pick up a joint—27.1% and 24.2% respectively. Austin may be the pot-friendliest city in Texas, but it's still Texas.

The electronic dance music (EDM) festivals, are, unsurprisingly, Ecstasy hotbeds. Miami's Ultra festival came in at 17.7% for Ecstasy, while at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, more than one out of four attendees (26.4%) were rolling to those 130 beats per minute. Both festivals also scored high for cocaine use, with Ultra at 10.6% and the Carnival at 9.9%.

Cocaine didn't even make the top five list at Burning Man, that massive gathering each September in the Nevada desert. No, Burning Man is for tripping brains. More than one out of three Burners were on psychedelics, either mushrooms (19.2%) or LSD (16.0%). Burning Man also ranked high for Ecstasy use at 17.9%. What else are you going to do at Black Rock?

Below is the chart of the top drugs at each festival. Pick your music and pick your poison:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marijuana plants hidden in plain sight draw attention to legalisation debate - Mashable

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:21

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Australian artists installed "cannabis" plants all over Sydney's central business district on April 20 (also known as 4/20, international marijuana day), in an effort to draw attention to the country's debate around cannabis legalisation. If you're ...

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Airplane full of legal marijuana lands at YVR | CBC News - CBC.ca - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:08

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A plane carrying more than 100000 tiny marijuana plants landed at YVR airport on Thursday. They're going to be the start of an enormous facility being repurposed for cannabis in Delta.

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City estimates 37 people will be required to work on cannabis-related issues - Calgary Herald

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:34

Calgary Herald

City estimates 37 people will be required to work on cannabis-related issues
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Fallout from federal legislation to legalize marijuana expected later this year will affect 37 municipal employees, the city estimates. According to a presentation shared at a conference in Vancouver this week about municipal issues related to the ...

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The Millennial Voice Could End Federal Marijuana Prohibition - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:43

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When it finally comes time for the federal government to dig the cannabis plant out of the pit of prohibition and allow it to be sold nationwide in a manner similar to alcohol, a new survey finds that it could be the voice of the millennial generation ...

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Why a 14-year-old girl is the face of Friday's marijuana rally on ... - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:24

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A 14-year-old girl whose mother struggled with the side effects of opioid use is speaking in support of legal marijuana at a rally Friday on Parliament Hill.

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FDA Panel Votes To Approve Marijuana-Based Drug For Epilepsy - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 12:20

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Why it can be okay to call it 'marijuana' instead of 'cannabis' - The Verge

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:55

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Bernie Sanders Backs Bill To Punish States With Harsh Marijuana Laws - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:02

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Bernie Sanders Backs Bill To Punish States With Harsh Marijuana Laws
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... Party are increasingly recognizing that leading the charge on legalization is not only good policy, but good politics," Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, said in an interview. "The constituencies which the party claims to stand for are ...
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CBC Forum: Talking to your kids about cannabis - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 07:02

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CBC Forum: Talking to your kids about cannabis
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Recreational cannabis use is set to be legal across Canada this year, and young users are an especially important part of the conversation. A Statistics Canada survey found cannabis use has grown increasingly common among young Canadians aged 15 years ...

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AK: Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions - Wrangell Sentinel

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:35
wrangellsentinel.com (US) Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions - Wrangell Sentinel Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) b The Alaska House has passed legislation restricting access to records showing past convictions for simple marijuana possession. Alaska voters in 2014 approved recreational use ... (Thu Apr 19 18:35:33 2018 PDT)
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AK: Wrangell Sentinel Archives

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AK: Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions - Wrangell Sentinel

Drug News Bot - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:35
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AK: SitNews: Legislature Urges Respect for Marijuana Legalization in Alaska

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:33
sitnews.us (US) Attorney General rescinded a previous federal policy that respected the will of the voters in states that legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. (Thu Apr 19 18:33:28 2018 PDT)
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AK: SitNews: Legislature Urges Respect for Marijuana Legalization in Alaska

Drug News Bot - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:33
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AK: Marijuana Control Board approves first Nome pot store - The Nome Nugget

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:31
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AK: Marijuana Control Board approves first Nome pot store - The Nome Nugget

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FL: Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, - ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, Florida

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:26
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AK: Day 90 in the House -- a cause for ending the session?

Bot - Cannabis - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 01:26
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