This month people all over the world will take to the streets with a common goal – ending marijuana prohibition. This annual showing of global support – known as the Global Marijuana March – helps bring attention to the subject, as well as discredits the idea that marijuana is taboo, proving that people everywhere agree – marijuana prohibition has failed.
As hundreds of cities march together in unison (you can find a full list of all the cities marching by clicking here), activists and supportive citizens alike are given hope that the laws can change, wherever they may be, if they work together towards reform.
To exemplify how diverse these marches are, here’s a look at some of the more interesting and inspired posters from around the world encouraging people to stand up for their rights. We hope you consider taking part in a marijuana liberation march near you.
Enjoy! (Click the posters to see them full-sized).
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Maine lawmakers just finished a public hearing on a measure which would make Maine the 3rd state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for adults. Maine’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety held the hearing on LD 1229 - the Marijuana Regulation Act – and the hearing contained dozens of testimonies.
“We have seen over the past several years a real culture shift in the attitudes towards marijuana”, stated the bill’s sponsor, Diane Russell, at the start of the hearing, “whether you like legalization or don’t, this issue is coming to our state. We have a responsibility as lawmakers to get ahead of the issue and deal with it responsibly.”
LD 1229 is supported by a bipartisan coalition of over 30 State Senators and Representatives, several of which testified in favor of the measure.
Other supporters included numerous Maine residents, representatives from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the Marijuana Policy Project, and others including a city council member from Portland, Maine. Advocates argued that legalizing marijuana would reduce the dangerous black-market and increase revenue to the state.
Opponents, which consisted of the usual – substance abuse and prevention “experts” and law enforcement, mostly – made predictably stale arguments, such as it increasing “stoned driving” (advocates hit back with a recent study showing a decrease in traffic fatalities in medical marijuana states), and maintaining the myth that it’s a gateway drug (one speaker pointed out that the only thing making marijuana a gateway drug is the black-market which marijuana is placed in).
The committee scheduled a workshop for next Friday, where they will discuss the measure, including any possible amendments. The committee, although anything can happen, is expected to approve the measure.
Recent polling shows 57% of Americans to be in support of legalization.
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At a recent Seattle event held by the marijuana investor group the ArcView Investment Network, over $1 million was committed to 5 marijuana-related businesses, and 2 marijuana legalization groups. The investments were announced at a press conference in Seattle – total commitments are expected to surpass $2 million within a week.
The Marijuana Policy Project, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy obtained over $100,000 in commitments for future legalization efforts. The remaining investments went to the marijuana industry. Here’s a list of the companies that investors are investing in.
- Uptoke: A company which sells portable vaporizers.
- Rodawg: A marijuana packaging company.
- WeCanna: A marijuana-related crowdfunding company.
- Canna Security America: A security-solutions company for the legal marijuana industry.
- Apeks: A company which sells machines to make marijuana concentrates
This Seattle event was the first of many being planned around the nation by the Arcview Investor Network – which motto is “A New Dawn for the Legal Cannabis Industry” – a marijuana investment company founded by Steve DeAngelo, founder of California’s Harborside Health Center and star of Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, and Troy Dayton, co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
The next event takes place on June 14th in New York City.
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Earlier this week Texas lawmakers held a public hearing on House Bill 594, a medical marijuana measure which would protect qualified patients in the state by adding an “affirmative defense”. This law, which is similar to affirmative defense laws in places like Washington State, gives individuals who receive an authorization from a physician a legal defense from prosecution. `
Although in this instance patients can still be technically prosecuted, it has to be done by a jury which explicitly ignores the state’s law. Given how high support is in the public for medical marijuana, the rate of prosecution in these instances are so low that in states like Washington, it’s effectively legalized medical marijuana, eventually leading to dozens of safe access points operating throughout the state. The proposal also adds firm arrest protection to physicians who recommend that their patients use medical marijuana.
The measure isn’t perfect, but is a huge step forward for Texas.
The measure currently sits in the Public Health Committee, where it remains pending. This means that, although time is running out, the bill is not dead, and may still receive a committee vote. If its approved, it’ll head towards a full House vote.
Those in Texas should urgently contact the members of this committee (which you can find by clicking here), asking them to support this measure.
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Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters. House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.
“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” stated Representative Hagan.
To be placed on the ballot, HJR 6 would need to receive a three-fifths vote from the legislature. The full text of the measure is available online here.
If you live in Ohio, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him/her to support this historic legislation! It is time to let the people of Ohio decide for themselves whether or not it is time to legalize marijuana.
This week Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-1 in favor of decriminalizing the possessing of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, making it a civil infraction – like a traffic ticket – rather than an arrestable misdemeanor that carries with it the possibility of jail time. The measure now heads to the full Senate.
For those under 21, penalties for marijuana possession would be made analogous to penalties for a minor in possession of alcohol. The proposal, House Bill 200, has obtained a coalition of 38 cosponsors. The full House voted earlier this month, 98-44, to approve the measure. If it passes the Senate, it will head to the governor for final approval.
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