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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis to be Filed this Week in Massachusetts

The Joint Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 22:51

Massachusetts State Representative David Rogers will introduce legislation this week to legalize recreational cannabis.

The proposal, drafted by a team of lawyers and activists, would legalize the possession, use and private cultivation of cannabis for those 21 and older. The measure would also legalize both cannabis retail outlets and cannabis cafes, and would allow for the expungement of past cannabis convictions.

Although the full text of the measure isn’t currently available – and won’t be until early next week – Representative Rogers’ office tells us that the proposal would allow for the unlimited home cultivation of cannabis, meaning there would be no limit on how much an individual can cultivate on their own property. There will be strict regulations, however, on the cannabis industry.

Representative Rogers plans to file the proposal by Friday, which is the deadline for the 2015-2016 session.

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Washington, DC: District Officials Move Forward To Enact Municipal Depenalization Initiative

NORML Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:21

District of Columbia city officials this week moved forward with their intentions to implement a voter-approved municipal initiative depenalizing marijuana possession and cultivation offenses.

On Tuesday, city officials confirmed that Initiative 71 was transmitted to Congress for review. Under federal law, all District laws are subject to a 30-day review process by Congress, during which time members may take action to halt the law’s implementation.

Speaking to Roll Call this week, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that language previously adopted by Congress in a December 2014 spending bill already prohibits DC officials from implementing I-71 and, thus, no further action by Congress is necessary. However, several District officials – including DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson – said that the federal provision in question in no way blocks city officials from enacting the new law.

“The District’s examination agrees with our analysis that the initiative was enacted when voters approved it and will take effect at the end of the 30-day congressional review period,” Del. Norton said in a statement.

Chairman Mendelson agreed, saying, “I happen to believe that the initiative was enacted so I think there’s no question that after the 30-day review it will be law.”

The District of Columbia Attorney General’s office has not yet commented in regard to how the District will respond if Congress does not address the initiative during the review process, Roll Call reported.

In November, 70 percent of District voters approved I-71, which removes criminal and civil penalties regarding the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the cultivation of up to six plants.

Separate DC municipal legislation – ‘The Marijuana Legalization and regulation Act’ – which seeks to regulate commercial cannabis production and retail sales, is also pending before the Council. If enacted, this legislation would also go before lawmakers for Congressional review and likely would force a federal challenge.

15 Jan 2015: New Richmond News: Gary Storck: Bring back cannabis hearings

Madison NORML News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 19:24

Posted by Gary Storck
Thursday Jan. 22, 2015

This is my response to an editorial in the New Richmond News, "Our View: Not everyone is on board with marijuana enforcement," (Dec. 31, 2014).

Daily, Long-Term Cannabis Use Not Associated with Adverse Changes in Lung Health

The Joint Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:39

By Paul Armentano, NORML

Study Finds That Long Term Cannabis Exposure “Not Associated With Significant Effects On Lung Function”

ATLANTA, GA — The inhalation of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Investigators at Emory University in Atlanta assessed marijuana smoke exposure and lung health in a large representative sample of US adults age 18 to 59. Researchers reported that cannabis exposure was not associated with FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) decline or deleterious change in spirometric values of small airways disease.

Authors further reported that marijuana smoke exposure may even be associated with some protective lung effects among long-term smokers of tobacco. Investigators acknowledged, “[T]he pattern of marijuana’s effects seems to be distinctly different when compared to that of tobacco use.”

Researchers also acknowledged that habitual cannabis consumers were more likely to self-report increased symptoms of bronchitis, a finding that is consistent with previous literature. Separate studies indicate that subjects who vaporize cannabis report fewer adverse respiratory symptoms than do those who inhale combustive marijuana smoke.

Authors concluded, “[I]n a large representative sample of US adults, ongoing use of marijuana is associated with increased respiratory symptoms of bronchitis without a significant functional abnormality in spirometry, and cumulative marijuana use under 20 joint-years is not associated with significant effects on lung function.”

This study is the largest cross-sectional analysis to date examining the relationship between marijuana use and spirometric parameters of lung health.

A separate study published in 2012 in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) similarly reported that cumulative marijuana smoke exposure over a period of up to 7 joint-years (the equivalent of up to one marijuana cigarette per day for seven years) was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.

A 2013 review also published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society acknowledged that marijuana a smoke exposure was not positively associated with the development of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or bullous lung disease. It concluded: “[H]abitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function. Findings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use. … Overall, the risks of pulmonary complications of regular use of marijuana appear to be relatively small and far lower than those of tobacco smoking.”

You may view an abstract of the study, “Effects of marijuana exposure on expiratory airflow: A study of adults who participated in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Study,” here.

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US: The War On Drugs Is Burning Out

MAP - Hemp - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Rolling Stone, 15 Jan 2015 - Leading at the Ballot Box From Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans Are Charting a Path to a Saner National Drug Policy The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation's capital, Americans voted convincingly to pull the plug on marijuana prohibition. Even more striking were the results in California, where voters overwhelmingly passed one of the broadest sentencing reforms in the nation, de-felonizing possession of hard drugs.

CN BC: Vancouver Medical Pot Stores Growing Like Weeds

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jan 2015 - Don Briere has hardly any time to stay in one place to chat because of the demand his Weeds Glass & Gifts chain store is serving. What skyrocketed Briere into notoriety in 2004 - opening up the Da Kine cafe on Commercial Drive that was dramatically raided by SWAT teams - has now turned into a prosperous business over the last 17 months as he's opened a chain of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. He's now eyeing three more in the near future across municipalities in B.C.

CN BC: Fines Eyed For Stinky Grow-Ops

MAP - Cannabis - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 15 Jan 2015 - A $500 fine is being eyed by Langley Township to fight anyone with a medical grow-op that smells Langley Township is looking to slap a $500 fine on anyone who owns a legal marijuana grow-op - there are about 600 in the town - that produces annoying smells.

Study: Long Term Cannabis Exposure “Not Associated With Significant Effects On Lung Function”

NORML Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 23:34

The inhalation of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Investigators at Emory University in Atlanta assessed marijuana smoke exposure and lung health in a large representative sample of US adults age 18 to 59. Researchers reported that cannabis exposure was not associated with FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) decline or deleterious change in spirometric values of small airways disease.

Authors further reported that marijuana smoke exposure may even be associated with some protective lung effects among long-term smokers of tobacco. Investigators acknowledged, “[T]he pattern of marijuana’s effects seems to be distinctly different when compared to that of tobacco use.”

Researchers also acknowledged that habitual cannabis consumers were more likely to self-report increased symptoms of bronchitis, a finding that is consistent with previous literature. Separate studies indicate that subjects who vaporize cannabis report fewer adverse respiratory symptoms than do those who inhale combustive marijuana smoke.

Authors concluded, “[I]n a large representative sample of US adults, ongoing use of marijuana is associated with increased respiratory symptoms of bronchitis without a significant functional abnormality in spirometry, and cumulative marijuana use under 20 joint-years is not associated with significant effects on lung function.”

This study is the largest cross-sectional analysis to date examining the relationship between marijuana use and spirometric parameters of lung health.

A separate study published in 2012 in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) similarly reported that cumulative marijuana smoke exposure over a period of up to 7 joint-years (the equivalent of up to one marijuana cigarette per day for seven years) was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function.

A 2013 review also published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society acknowledged that marijuana smoke exposure was not positively associated with the development of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or bullous lung disease. It concluded: “[H]abitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function. Findings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use. … Overall, the risks of pulmonary complications of regular use of marijuana appear to be relatively small and far lower than those of tobacco smoking.”

You may view an abstract of the study, “Effects of marijuana exposure on expiratory airflow: A study of adults who participated in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Study,” here.

It's Not a War on Drugs, It's a War on People - No Prison For Pot

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 19:43
It's Not a War on Drugs, It's a War on People - No Prison For Pot
In this short excerpt from Seattle Hempfest's "No Prison For Pot" DVD, Robert Lunday and Vivian McPeak speak from the heart on the malice of prohibition. "It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on people." Footage: Seattle Hempfest, No Prison For Pot #NoPrisonForPot Hempfest website: http://hempfest.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 284 7 ratings Time: 01:46 More in Education

Brazil Legalizes Cannabidiol for Medical Purposes

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 19:21

Brazil’s government has legalized the use of the cannabis compound cannabidiol for medical purposes.

The announcement was made Wednesday by officials from the nation’s Health Surveillance Agency, who say that the country now recognizes the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, saying it’s now a “controlled” substance and no longer illegal.

Those wanting to legally use cannabidiol will need to receive a recommendation from a physician, and have a qualifying condition such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia, among others.

Officials at the Health Surveillance Agency say that they’re drawing up legislation to permit the import of cannabidiol, given it’s not currently produced in Brazil.

Last month, Brazil’s Federal Medical Council authorized neurologists and psychiatrists to prescribe cannabidiol to treat epileptic children and teenagers who do not respond to conventional treatment.

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Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Kansas, Rally Planned

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:09

By Press Release

Kansas Patients Groups Join Together, Call For Compassionate Cannabis Law In Kansas

Lenexa, Ks – On January 15, 2015, at 1pm, Several Kansas medical cannabis groups, including Bleeding Kansas and Kansas For Change, Sen. Gail Finney, and Sen. David Haley, will be sponsoring a rally in the Topeka capitol rotunda. There will also be a full day of lobbying for patients and caregivers, as they make the rounds of appointments with lawmakers.

They will be asking lawmakers to please support Senate Bill 9 and House Bill 2011 [both filed this month], The Cannabis Compassionate Care Act, currently in the Health and Public Welfare Committee.

SB9: “AN ACT enacting the cannabis compassion and care act; providing for the legal use of cannabis for certain debilitating medical conditions; providing for the registration and functions of compassion centers; authorizing the issuance of identification cards; establishing the compassion board; providing for administration of the act by the department of health and environment…”

Many of the patients represented at the rally are children and adults with severe seizure disorders, including Dravet Syndrome, the most severe form of Epilepsy, and Sodium Channelopathy.

The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana.

The Epilepsy Foundation calls for an end to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions that limit clinical trials and research into medical marijuana for epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation believes that an end to seizures should not be determined by one’s zip code.”

The record of cannabis efficacy on seizures has been well documented, and recently brought to wide public attention through Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN specials “Weed” and “Weed 2.” We are asking for this same hope for the children of Kansas, including Sofie, Owen, Autumn, Mira, and Gavin. Many Kansas families have moved and joined the wave of medical cannabis refugees in Colorado, taking their taxes and talent with them. Otis Reed’s family of Lawrence, Kansas is one such family. However, many more Kansas families cannot move. They are begging for the hope that has been given to families in 34 other states.

We support the rights of every patient to access all medical options available. We believe medical choices should remain between physician and patient, dictated by medical precedent and research, and not outdated propaganda. “The Society supports the rights of people with MS to work with their MS health care providers to access marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with legal regulations in those states where such use has been approved.” http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Treating-MS/Complementary-Alternative-Medicines/Marijuana

Our patient’s ailments, proven by research to be helped, and even cured by cannabis, include: Cancer, including Leukemia, (cannabis has proven particularly effective against aggressive forms of cancer in the breast, lung and brain and seems to prevent metastasis of cancer cells) Alzheimers (cannabis has been shown to help even late stage Alzheimers), ALS, MS, (cannabis functions as a neuroprotectant, halting or slowing disease progression) Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, PTSD, Crohns, IBS, Tourette’s, Autism, ADHD, Lupus, and on and on.

“Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis invasion and metastasis” It should be noted this is from The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institute of Health, a federal government agency.

The U.S. Government has patent #6630507 on cannabis as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant.

“The U.S. holds a patent on one hand, and on the other hand, same government says it has no medical applications. Journalists are trained to hate hypocrisy. This is hypocrisy.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Anderson Cooper 360.

“We cannot see allowing hope and healing to critically ill patients in 34 other states, yet denying it to critically ill patients in Kansas. It is not only illogical, given the current fiscal crisis in Kansas and the potential tax revenue that SB9 can generate for our Kansas schools, it is simply cruel. Kansas citizens can bring compassion for patients by contacting their representatives and asking them to support SB9. We need to all work together to make compassion the law in 2015. ” Lisa Sublett founded Bleeding Kansas, a patient advocacy group dedicated to seeing The Cannabis Compassionate Care Act passed in the 2015 Kansas legislative session.

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It's So Nice To Be Stoned - THCF Medicinal Garden

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 03:17
It's So Nice To Be Stoned - THCF Medicinal Garden
Accompanied by the song "It's So Nice To Be Stoned" by White Witch, the following video slideshow is a compilation of photographs taken at THCF Medicinal Garden in 2014. Music: It's So Nice to Be Stoned, White Witch, 1972 Footage: THCF Medicinal Garden, Oregon U.S.A., 2014 Website: http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 437 9 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Education

Legislation to Legalize Hemp Filed in U.S. Senate

The Joint Blog - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 02:24

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkel, Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have filed a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp within the United States.

Titled the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (S.134), the proposal would amend the United State Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of cannabis, effectively ending its prohibition.

Senators Wyden, Merkel, Paul and McConnel attempted in 2013 to legalize hemp through the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, and by including an amendment in a federal farming bill, though unfortunately both efforts eventually stalled. However, McConnel is now the Senate Majority Leader, adding further weight to the effort, and the conservation surrounding hemp has continued to blossom.

In 2014, U.S. lawmakers approved a farming bill which included a provision prohibiting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state-authorized hemp research programs. Although this was a relatively small move forward in the grand scheme of things, it makes it clear that U.S. lawmakers are, at the very least, willing to discuss and implement some sort of change to the nation’s hemp and cannabis policies.

If you support legalizing hemp and live in the United States, please look up your district’s lawmakers by clicking here, and urge them to support the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015!

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Indiana

The Joint Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 22:50

Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian has filed Senate Bill 284, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 284 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to twelve plants, for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying conditions include AIDS/HIV, anorexia, severe nausea, arthritis, seizures, Chrohn’s disease, migraine headaches, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and “any persistent or chronic illness or condition that, in the opinion of a physician, substantially limits the ability of a person to conduct one or more major life activities; or may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or mental or physical health if not alleviated; if the illness or condition may be improved by the use of marijuana.”

The measure would establish the Department of Marijuana Enforcement (DOME), and would give them the authority to permit new qualifying conditions. The proposal would also allow state-licensed dispensaries to distribute the medicine.

The full text of the proposal can be found by clicking here.

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Hemp Proposal Becomes Law in Illinois

The Joint Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:29

Illinois House Bill 5085, a proposal to allow universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp, has officially become law. The proposal, which was passed unanimously in the state’s Senate in May, and was approved by the House shortly after with an 81 to 34 vote, took effect on January 1st.

Under the new law, an institution of higher education and the state’s Department of Agriculture is authorized to cultivate hemp if their studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of the plant.

The full text of the measure, which was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on August 26th, can be found by clicking here.

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Scientists Believe They Have Discovered a New Species of Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:36

By Zara Zhi, Culture Magazine

Blue Mountains, Australia.

Scientists at the University of Sydney believe they have found a fourth species of cannabis. The finding took place in 2010, when a group of people were hiking in the Blue Mountains of Australia and discovered a single plant that resembled cannabis. The shrub was later donated to a research laboratory at the University of Sydney where a series of tests were conducted on the plant – proving that it was indeed cannabis. “When we first received the plant we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis. It has somewhat similar growth structure, but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves,” according to researcher Christopher Pool.

The test results show that the species is resistant to freezing temperatures and the plant grows more like a shrub, without the archetypal candelabra shape of most cannabis strains. Countless cannabis breeders the world over have offered to pay upwards of $2,000 per seed, but Pool stated “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant,” adding,  “We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”

It’s easy to see the appeal of a cannabis plant that is resilient in cold temperatures– making open-air cultivation accessible to people in all climates.

Teams have spent years hunting for more of these specimens, but have all come back empty handed. The researchers are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information on how to procure another one of these peculiar plants.

For the sake of humanity, let’s hope scientists uncover more of this elusive and rare specimen.

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Proposal to Legalize Cannabis Retail Outlets Filed in Washington D.C.

The Joint Blog - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 07:25

D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso, Vincent Orange, Jack Evans and Brianna K. Nadeau have filed the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2015 (B21-0023), a proposal to legalize sales of recreational cannabis, including establishing a framework for legal cannabis retail outlets. The introduction of the proposal comes just over two months after D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, a proposal that legalized cannabis possession and cultivation, though not sales.

Introduction of the proposal comes despite the recent passage of a federal spending bill that included an amendment barring the District of Columbia from spending local or federal funds to implement any law that legalizing the sale of cannabis.

“I think we’re on the path to seeing this bill enacted,” says Councilmember Grosso. “This is a golden opportunity to do direct civil disobedience, because if Congress is saying, ‘No, you can’t do it,’ and we do it, it challenges them to do what they think they have to do.”

The full text of the proposal can be found by clicking here.

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Poll: Majority of Michigan Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 20:31

A new poll conducted by the polling firm EPIC-MRA has found that a majority of voters in Michigan would vote to legalize recreational cannabis if given the chance.

According to the survey, 50% of Michigan voters support legalizing cannabis, with 46% opposed; the remaining 4% are undecided.

The results mark a 3% increase in approval for cannabis legalization since the last time the firm posed the question; in September, 2013, support was shown to be at 47%.

Of the 50% who stated that they would vote to legalize cannabis, 39% said that they would “definitely” vote yes if given the chance, with 9% saying they would “probably” vote yes, and 2% saying that they’re leaning towards voting yes. Of those opposed to legalizing cannabis, 35% said they would “definitely” vote against a legalization initiative, with 8% saying they would “probably” vote against it, and 3% leaning towards voting against it.

The full poll, which included 600 participants with a 4% error rate, can be found by clicking here.

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POLL: Majority of Michigan Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana

NORML Blog - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 19:37

From Michigan NORML:

The attitude of Michigan voters is evolving toward acceptance of legalizing and taxing marijuana use for adults, per a recent EPIC-MRA survey commissioned by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MiNORML).

The poll shows 50% of Michigan adults would likely vote in favor of a system like those being utilized in Washington and Colorado, where marijuana is sold to adults and the proceeds are taxed by the state. 46% of respondents opposed the program. The results show a 3% increase in the acceptance of the tax and regulate legalization model from the previous survey, conducted in 2013 by the same firm.

The 2014 poll asked respondents if they would vote for a ballot proposal that would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and over, create a system of licensed dispensaries to distribute the marijuana and tax its sale. 600 participants were surveyed on December 10 through 14, including 20% cell phone contact and the poll has a margin of error of ±4%.

“Michigan is a leader in the national trend toward reform of marijuana laws,” said Matthew Abel, attorney with Cannabis Counsel PLC in Detroit and the Executive Director of MiNORML. “This latest poll shows a major shift in attitude toward marijuana legalization over the last year. Legislators, take note: Michigan is ready for this.”

Support for legalized marijuana was greater among parents (52% likely YES) than among those voters without children (49%). Voters of all educational levels would approve a marijuana legalization ballot proposal; more than 50% of all the poll’s respondents (309) identify themselves as college-educated. 69% of those in the 18-34 age group responded as likely YES votes, as did 60% of all men age 18-49 and 70% of male Democrats. The largest demographic of opposition: Republican males (63% likely NO).

In conservative western Michigan the staunchest support for legalized marijuana was higher (40% definite YES), and opposition was lower (35% definite NO), than statewide averages (39% definite YES/36% definite NO). The statewide averages are skewed by numbers from the Bay Region that are significantly more negative toward legalization (38% likely YES/60% likely NO) than any other region surveyed.

Keith Stroup, national NORML founder and legal counsel, said “The latest Michigan polling results are in line with what we are seeing all across the country. Numerous polls have shown a majority of the public nationwide now support ending marijuana prohibition, and regulating and taxing the responsible use of marijuana by adults. It’s promising to see that voters in Michigan agree.”

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