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Washington DC finally got it! Since today it’s legal to be high over there. They won’t get pot-shops, it’s forbidden to smoke on the open air, but at least they can grow it at home. If it’ll be a successful experience this might be a good example for other states. Plus people who were convicted for possession of marijuana for personal use will be able to avoid court. Gonna smoke some to celebrate!

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KTVA Charlo Greene just quit on live TV after revealing she was the founder of the Alaska Cannabis Club.
Read the full article on Alaska Dispatch News: http://j.mp/adnakcannabisclub

Uruguay’s President Mujica is a former revolutionary (some might call him a terrorist) who was shot six times, imprisoned for 14 years, tortured, and kept in solitary confinement for upward of three years, only to be released, renounce violence, enter politics, win election to the nation’s highest office, and lead Uruguay as it rose out of recession, all the while legalizing gay marriage and abortion, which is noteworthy for a country that counts Catholicism as its dominant religion. He donates 90 percent of his income to charity, lives at his small farm rather than the country’s lavish presidential palace, drives a Volkswagen Beetle, almost never wears a suit, and rails against the excesses of consumerism and the West’s reliance on it as economic ballast.

President Chill: Uruguay and Its Ex-Terrorist Head of State May Hold the Key to Ending the Global Drug War

Since legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado a year ago, the fruits of the cannabis movement are beginning to be shown, backed by statistical data, that even the staunchest critic couldn’t deny.

According to a recent study, published by the Drug Policy Alliance, marijuana legalization in the Rocky Mountain state has brought in noteworthy savings, reduction in crime rates, as well as significant tax revenue gains, not only from the sale of the plant but also it’s byproducts (e.g. edibles) Not bad for a drug that’s still on the federal government’s schedule one narcotics list.

Savings

The alliance evaluated key statistics and determined that Colorado saved millions of dollars from not arresting people for marijuana possession. According to the study, 1,464 people were arrested for marijuana related crimes since legalization, compared to 9,011 in 2010, prior to legalization.

“Given that arrests such as these cost roughly $300 to adjudicate, it is reasonable to infer that the state is saving millions in adjudicatory costs”, says the study.

Crime Rates

In relation to Colorado saving money since legalization, the study showed that crime rates have actually dropped, most notably due to the Colorado law, approved by voters in 2012, which legalized marijuana possession, as well as the sale and cultivation of plants for adults over the age of 21. Stated in the reports, shows a 9.5% decrease in burglaries, as well as an 8.9% decline in property crime in Denver. Perhaps the most telling of the data, is the 84% decrease in marijuana possession and arrests, directly contributed to legalization efforts.

Tax Revenues

In addition to savings and crime rate decreases, tax revenues from recreational marijuana brought the state an estimated $40.9 million, of which $8 million was set aside for youth prevention services, new school development, health care services, and community based organizations. Without the influx of marijuana sales due to legalization and the tax generated from them, these key services would have been left ignored or paid for directly by taxpayer money.

During the full year that it’s been approved, recreational marijuana has paid for itself and then some, and even though some advocates claim it is not the deciding factor to all of Colorado’s funding needs, it sure looks like it’s part of the solution. (source)

One statistic sums up why The New York Times suddenly stood up for legal marijuana

 The racial bias of marijuana arrests is one of the New York Times editorial board’s key arguments for repealing prohibition.

The logic is simple. In the 40 years since the current ban was enacted, black and white Americans have used cannabis at comparable rates.

Bad for everyone. Worse for black people.

Looks Like Weed Legalization Will Be on the November Ballot in DC

Forbes just put out a list of the coolest cities in the US, and against all odds, DC won the top spot. The honor may be more deserved come November, when residents of the District will decide whether to join Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana.

The DC Board of Elections certified a ballot initiative Tuesday by the DC Cannabis Campaign to legalize marijuana for personal use. Ballot Initiative 71 would legalize possession of up to two ounces of marijuana outside the home, allow DC residents to grow up to three plants in their homes, and restrict use to residents 21 and over.

The campaign submitted roughly 56,000 petition signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, more than twice the threshold number of 22,000. Organizers were expecting a challenge from the board of elections, and there was palpable relief in the room when the board announced about 27,000 of those signatures had been deemed valid.

Now that the initiative is officially on the ballot, the biggest hurdle for the campaign may be over. A Washington Post poll earlier this year found that 63 percent of District residents supported legalization, compared with 34 percent who were opposed.

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Remind us, why is marijuana still illegal?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2013 shows that tobacco, alcohol and prescription painkillers were responsible for more direct deaths than any other drug. Even after you remove alcohol and tobacco from the equation, the majority of drug overdoses in 2013 came from “legal” pharmaceuticals rather than illegal narcotics like heroin and cocaine.

More on how screwed up our drug policy is

How Portugal Brilliantly Ended its War on Drugs

Levels of drug consumption in Portugal are now among the lowest in the European Union.No surprise, the decriminalization of low-level drug possession has also resulted in a dramatic decline in drug arrests, from more than 14,000 per year to roughly 6,000 once the new policies were implemented. The percentage of drug-related offenders in Portuguese prisons decreased as well — from 44 percent in 1999 to under 21 percent in 2012.

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Reporter quits on air to campaign for legalization; “As for this job—fuck it, I quit”