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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Marijuana is not just for getting high (not that there's anything wrong with that) but...

it heals as well.

Here's an incredible story about a young girl named Charlotte, and how medical marijuana gave her back her life.

The whole story is HERE.

And in other news:

Washington (CNN) - "In a major turnaround from past decades, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll. 

 The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicated that the number of people who say smoking pot is morally wrong has plunged. 

 Fifty-five percent of those questioned nationally said marijuana should be made legal, with 44% disagreeing. The CNN/ORC findings are similar to a Gallup poll conducted in October. 

 According to the CNN poll and numbers from General Social Survey polling, support for legalizing marijuana has steadily soared over the past quarter century - from 16% in 1987 to 26% in 1996, 34% in 2002, and 43% two years ago. 

 The survey found interesting divides on the issue. "There are big differences on age, region, party ID, and gender, with senior citizens, Republicans, and Southerners the only major demographic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. 

 Two-thirds of those 18 to 34 said marijuana should be legal, with 64% of those 34 to 49 in agreement. Half of those 50 to 64 believe marijuana should be legal, but that number dropped to 39% for those age 65 and older. 

 Support stood at 60% in the Northeast, 58% in the West, 57% in the Midwest, but just 48% in the South. 

Sixty-two percent of Democrats and 59% of Independents, but just 36% of Republicans, backed legalizing marijuana. 

Fifty-nine percent of men but just 51% of women supported making pot legal."

I'm a Northeast liberal female who supports legalizing marijuana. The war on drugs, and especially possession of pot, is a failure, and putting people in prison for smoking a joint is just plain stupid. The facts are that if you're poor or a person of color, your chances of getting convicted for possession are higher than if you come from an upper or middle-class white family. That's just the way our justice system works today. 

Justice certainly isn't blind when it comes to arresting people for possession of pot. 

Racially Biased Arrests for Pot

"Researchers have long known that African-Americans are more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, even though studies have repeatedly shown that the two groups use the drug at similar rates.

New federal data, included in a study by the American Civil Liberties Union, now shows that the problem of racially biased arrests is far more extensive that was previously known — and is getting worse. The costly, ill-advised “war on marijuana” might fairly be described as a tool of racial oppression.


Nationally, African-Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites. The disparity is even more pronounced in some states, including Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, where African-Americans are about eight times as likely to be arrested. And in some counties around the country, blacks are 10, 15 or even 30 times as likely to be arrested. This nationwide pattern is evident in all kinds of communities — urban and rural, wealthy and low income, in places where the African-American populations are large and in places where they are small. As the report notes, police officers who are targeting black citizens and black neighborhoods are turning “a comparatively blind eye to the same conduct occurring at the same rates in many white communities.”

 The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests

Let’s Stop Arresting Marijuana Users

It's good to see the country moving in the right direction of decriminalizing marijuana and allowing police to go after truly dangerous criminals.

Regulate it, tax it, and... 

legalize it.


skudrunner said...

All drugs, weed, coke, heroin, should be legal, taxed and treated like alcohol. High and drive, you get an ankle bracelet and a stiff fine.

Drugs and poverty, we have shown that no matter the amount of money we throw at it, it will still thrive and grow. Prostitution is the same way, legalize it and make it safe.

The illegal drug trade cost the US billions in enforcement and missed taxes. Make it cheap and available through head stores and stoner's will pay some of the freight.

okjimm said...

hmmm... only ONE comment here?
skud..//All drugs, weed, coke, heroin, //

a couple of major differences...we cannot domestically produce heroin or we can domestically grow marijuana. It must be imported. Marijuana has none of the prevalent adiction factors that the other two have.

Heroin and coke that is sold in the US today is cut with so many adulterates that no sane person would use them. Seriously.

I concur, legalizing Marijuana has many more benefits than detetriments....and it would boost cookie and doughnuts sales tremendously. Some of tghe other street shit...forget about it.

Shaw Kenawe said...

okjimm, I don't know very many stoners who read blogs.

skud, agreed. On most points. [See okjimm's comment.]

skudrunner said...


We could grow both if allowed and coke is the rich mans meth.

What you are saying is MJ is not a gateway drug, which I agree but there is a lot of evidence to show it is.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Oh for Darwin's sake, skud. Milk is a gateway "drug" as well.

Every single drug addict known drank milk as a child.

Les Carpenter said...

I applaud the relaxation of canabis laws and what will eventually be legalization across the USA.

Aside from the benefits those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and other disease exerience it is true the majority of causual users do so for relaxation and enjoyment.

I fail to discern any difference between recreational use of marijuana and recreational us of alcohol. Negative effects of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, pancreatitis, and cirrosis of the liver)is as devestating to the individual, family, businesses, and society in general (public safety) as is drug abuse.

From a strict consistency and philosophical viewpoint the argument can be made there are as many reasons to de-legalize alcohol as there is to keep canabis illegal.

Skuds "gateway" argument is simply based on fear, misinformation, and is as bogus as the claim was "back in the day."

okjimm said...

shaw "okjimm, I don't know very many stoners who read blogs"

sheesh, what am I? chopped Liver?

skud, you are being obtusely argumentative.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Good gonzo okjimm! You are most definitely NOT chopped liver.

More like filet mignon, with a mountain of Doritos on the side?

The Prophet Dervish Z Sanders said...

Yikes! I am in agreement with RN. Not something that happens very often, for sure. Some Conservatives think marijuana use is a felony and anyone found to be using should immediately be locked up for public safety reasons, due to the possibility of them becoming "drug crazed berserkers". How absolutely crazy is that? Time to end the failed drug war, IMO.