Ohioians: Our time for marijuana legalization is upon us!
Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) says he’ll propose two bills to end the state’s pot prohibition. One bill would legalize marijuana in the state for medicinal purposes, while the other would give Ohio voters the chance to decide if pot should be legal for recreational use as well.
What does this mean you should do?
Just enter your zipcode and find your representative for your district. Calling them would be the best, but emailing would be a good idea as well. This will alert your local representative to consider being in support of Bob Hagan when these bills are proposed in the future. The time to start this process is now. The earlier you act the better the result.
A template email is as follows but I STRONGLY encourage you to write something that isn’t exactly the same.
Hello [Your Rep]!
My name is [You!] and I’m reaching out to you for your support for Representative Hagan’s plan to introduce a bill that would legalize cannabis use both recreationally and medically. It’s important that cannabis be legalized medically so that it can be officially studied, prescribed and reimbursed by insurances.
This is a very important cause as the war on drugs has proven to be a costly and ineffective venture and I believe that bills like Rep. Hagan’s are the first steps toward ending federal prohibition. The amount of funding spent on this war has so much more potential when directed towards more sincere and meaningful causes. I’m sure you’ve heard all the statistics on potential profits this could bring, and I for one want to see the great buckeye state benefit from these profits.
Understandably, this bill wouldn’t change the federal law. However, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) could protect Ohioans from federal persecution (Respect State Marijuana Laws H.R. 1523). Thank you for reading this and for your consideration.
P.S. It’s important to also shed these negative connotations with cannabis by dropping the ridiculous nomenclature ‘marijuana’ that was popularized by Harry Anslinger in his campaign against the plant in the 1930s. Cannabis is not only the preferred name, but truly the correct, scientific term. Once again, thank you.
Can Marijuana Lift Colorado Out of the Recession?
- Colorado raked in $5 million in tax revenue in 2011 from medical marijuana businesses, and its cities collected hundreds of thousands more from the budding industry.
- If voters pass Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, the state will save $12 million in criminal and court costs in the first year (note: article is from October 2012. Amendment 64 did pass)
Marijuana decriminalization passes in New Mexico House
It was close, but by a vote of 37-33 the New Mexico House passed legislation removing the possibility of jail time for possession of marijuana. Next, the bill will move to the Senate where it will be assigned to a committee. It will then need to win the support of the majority of committee members, then a majority of the full Senate.
If it passes in the Senate and is not vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez, HB 465 would make the first offense for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense, punishable only by a $50 fine. Possession of one to four ounces would also be punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. Second offenses would be petty misdemeanors subject to double the fine amount, but would still carry no risk of jail time. Possession of four to eight ounces would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $300.
Under the influence of marijuana, participants decreased their speed and failed to show expected practice effects during a distracted drive. No differences were found during the baseline driving segment or collision avoidance scenarios. No differences attributable to sex were observed.
I think this clarifies what I was saying the other day about hemp. Cannabigerol is what’s found in hemp, and is not psychoactive. The hemp plant is basically illegal for no reason at all.
So read this, learn about cannabinoids, and know the difference! Especially when the time rolls around for your state to have any of these legalized. I’m sure medicinal marijuana might be classified as just CBD or CBN, although the stuff being prescribed now certainly has a good amount of THC in it.
I really don’t see why hemp is illegal. The industrial uses and benefits FAR outweigh any negativities.
The one, sole reason hemp is illegal, if you ask me, is because of the possibility of getting high. I say possibility because the amount of THC in hemp is somewhere between .05% and 1%, meaning it’s pretty much impossible to get high off of hemp. Some powerful strains of marijuana are upwards of 30%, however based on what I’ve seen this year the most potent being around 25%. In fact, I would need to check up on this, but I do not believe the THC in hemp is the same as in a cannabis plant. I don’t even know if I should be calling it THC. Look at it this way: cars run on gas, but some gas has higher octane. Some cars also run on ethanol, which has a slightly lower octane rating. Make sense?
The amount of weed that it would take to kill someone is an unrealistic amount, and you’d need a field of it to supply that high. The amount of hemp it would take to get someone so high that they would die is a rate that is not attainable by a human through any conventional smoking method. You can quote me on that.
I just want to point out the number of pounds of drugs each year that are confiscated. The majority of that is labeled as cannabis/hasheesh. Think about the street value that most normal people pay for a sack. Based on what I’ve heard that can easily be $7000 a pound (as a street value, not distributor). Think about the government regulating weed like alcohol and how much money could be earned instead of pissed away incarcerating harmless stoners, or distributors who might only need to be harmful to move/protect the product.
Five Scientific Conclusions About Cannabis That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To Know
1. Cannabis use is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with psychotic disorders
2. The enactment of statewide medical marijuana laws is associated with fewer incidences of suicides
3. The effects of cannabis smoke on the lungs are far less problematic than those associated with tobacco
4. Cannabis use is associated with only marginal increases in traffic accident risk
5. The schedule I classification of cannabis is a lie; the science says so
(Schedule I being: “substances under federal law, which defines said substances as lacking any therapeutic value and possessing health risks on par with those of heroin”)
Read in-depth here:
The ban on marijuana “has done an impressive job of racking up racially-biased arrests, throwing people in jail, … and enriching psychotic Mexican drug lords. But it hasn’t stopped Americans from smoking a ton of weed.
CU study: Medical marijuana saves lives
So the University of Colorado did a study about marijuana vs alcohol and the relative dangers of the two. The results are no surprise, if you ask me, however they’re considering it “groundbreaking” due to the fact that yeah, this is a pretty fucking big deal when you make these types of claims as well as research like this hasn’t been done before. This is a pretty good read and has some interesting bits in it, such as:
“…those driving under the influence of alcohol are unaware of their reduced skills and actually drive faster and more recklessly than when they are sober. Stoned drivers, on the other hand, seem to know they are stoned and they slow down, increase the distance between them and the car ahead of them and avoid risky maneuvers.”
Long story short though, the article is basically saying that when you drink alcohol you are not entirely aware of your loss of control and just exactly what you might be doing. While high you know and understand that you are high and do not act quite so foolishly, and you actually wind up being a little safer due to understanding the dangers of what you’re on.
Plus weed hardly does shit to your body in comparison to booze but that’s another story.