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Sacramento bill prepares for legal cannabis

Posted on October 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaSan Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano on Sept. 23 introduced a bill to provide a regulatory structure for cannabis if California voters approve Proposition 19 on Nov. 2. One of the arguments Prop 19 opponents make is that the measure doesn't provide details or direction on how the substance should be regulated. Assembly Bill 9 6X would create a statewide regulatory system to oversee the sale of cannabis to Californians at least 21 years old, while still allowing local governments to decide whether to allow the sale of the substance. (Sacramento Bee, Sept. 22)

Booze biz fights Prop 19

Posted on October 5th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaCalifornia Beer & Beverage Distributors, an industry lobbying group, is sinking money into the campaign to oppose Proposition 19, the November ballot initiative that would legalize cannabis in the state. "[I]t donated $10,000 to Public Safety First, a committee organized to oppose the proposition, on Sept. 7, 2010, though the contribution was only recently made public," reports The Huffington Post "The alcohol industry has long seen illicit drugs as a threat to sales, as consumers may substitute pot for booze. A night spent on the couch smoking marijuana and watching television is a night not spent at the bar."

Drug Czar rep disses medical marijuana, legalization

Posted on September 28th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

cannabisThe Obama administration opposes legalizing marijuana and views medical marijuana dubiously as well, said Kevin Sabet, special adviser for policy at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "Marijuana cannot be the one exception in history of the world that doesn’t go through a scientific process to be approved as medicine," Sabet told the Montana Supreme Court Administrator's annual drug court conference in Helena. “It doesn’t make any sense. “How can we imagine that a dangerous, illegal drug like marijuana should be voted on by the people? That’s not how we do medicine in this country.”

Gary Johnson speaks at Cannabis Revival

Posted on September 27th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Cannabis RevivalNearly 4,000 attended the 11th annual Cannabis Revival in Joplin, Mo., on Sept. 25. Among the speakers advocating for legalization of marijuana was former Republican New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (1995-2002). Kelly Maddy, director of the Joplin chapter of the NORML and organizer of the Cannabis Revival, said the weekend event was held as a way to encourage public involvement in marijuana law reform. Johnson, who has toured the country speaking on the issue, says the drug should be regulated and taxed like alcohol. (AP, The Fuse, Joplin, Sept. 26)

Will Prop 19 hurt medical users?

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaIn a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety in Sacramento Sept. 21, proponents and opponents weighed in on California's Proposition 19. In the latter category was, surprisingly, the California Cannabis Association, an alliance of medical users which has launched a website called Keep Cannabis Medical. "Proposition 19 is a direct assault on medical marijuana patients," Cap Radio quoted George Mull, the group's president. "Prop 19 is deeply flawed, and creates a chaotic, local, 'you figure it out' approach to marijuana regulation. That won't work."

Architects of failed Drug War oppose legalization —surprise!

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Shadow WatchOn Aug. 25, the Los Angeles Times ran an opinion piece, "Why California should just say no to Prop. 19." jointly written by Gil Kerlikowske, John Walters, Barry McCaffrey, Lee Brown, Bob Martinez and William Bennett, directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. On Narco News, Al Giordano responds with "Six American Zeroes: Reason Enough to Support California Prop 19." Here are some excerpts:

California Chamber of Commerce blasts Prop 19

Posted on August 13th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaOn Aug. 12, the California Chamber of Commerce held a press conference bashing Prop 19, claiming employers would have to permit employees to smoke marijuana at work. But First Amendment lawyer and Prop 19 author James Wheaton says the Chamber is lying. Employees don't have to let workers come to work drunk, and they wouldn't have to let them come to work high. Furthermore, employers can already fire employees at will, as well as if they fail a drug test, and that will not change if Prop 19 passes.

Wonks bash Mexico's Fox over legalization proposal

Posted on August 10th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

MexicoMexico's former president Vicente Fox wrote on his blog Aug. 8 that "we should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs"—the most far-reaching stand for legalization yet in Mexico, where more than 28,000 people have died during the current administration's war against drug cartels. The proposal is sparking the predictable backlash from hardliners, as AP reports...

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