The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has joined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a coalition supporting a 2012 ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Colorado.The initiative would make marijuana legal for adults, take it out of the black market, and establish a system in which it is regulated, taxed and sold similar to alcohol.”In Colorado we believe our laws should be practical and they should be fair,” the group said in a statement. “Yet we are wasting scarce public resources in our criminal justice system by having police, prosecutors and the courts treat marijuana users like violent criminals.
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By Lynn Hulsey, Dayton Daily News
Photo by Teesha McClam, Dayton Daily News
DAYTON – A group supporting legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio has taken the first steps to place a Constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot.
Supporters turned in 2,143 signatures on petitions containing summary language of the proposed amendment to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has sent the signatures out to local boards of election to verify.
The group needs 1,000 signatures before DeWine will determine if the summary is a fair and truthful statement. After that, it is forwarded for review by the Ohio Ballot Board and to Ohio secretary of State Jon Husted. The group would then need to gather at least 385,245 valid signatures on petitions to place the amendment on the ballot, said Matt McClellan, press secretary for Husted.
“I’m totally opposed to that amendment,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer. “I think it would make too much marijuana available to kids in the community.”
He said it would create traffic problems because people high on marijuana could be driving and causing accidents and it would be an issue for employers, including him, who want drug-free employees.
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Liberal Democrats will vote to legalise cannabis and decriminalise all other personal drug use under plans put forward for approval at their party conference.
Nick Clegg’s (pictured lower right) party bosses have given the green light for a debate on the controversial proposal which would mean a ‘regulated market’ in marijuana overseen by the Government. The Deputy Prime Minister’s aides expect party members to adopt the plan, making it official Lib Dem policy and creating tensions with Mr Clegg’s Tory partners in the Coalition.
MPs and drugs campaigners yesterday denounced the idea as likely to drag young people into a life of drug abuse.
The motion calls for an independent panel to examine how to set up ‘a strictly controlled and regulated cannabis market’ – effectively legalising the Class B drug. It says: ‘Possession of any controlled drug for personal use would not be a criminal offence.’
Instead of a punishment, police would send offenders to a panel ‘tasked with determining appropriate education, health or social interventions’.
The Lib Dem proposal claims that decriminalising the possession of drugs for personal use in Portugal has not led to a rise in abuse. And it says ‘heroin maintenance clinics in Switzerland and the Netherlands have delivered great health benefits for addicts’.
The proposals will be opposed by the Tories as well as the Labour Party, which got into a huge mess over the classification of cannabis. When the Blair government reduced it to a Class C drug, overwhelming evidence from scientists about its psychotic properties swiftly caused a U-turn.
The plans were proposed by the Liberal Democrat constituency party in Glasgow South, the party’s young person’s wing Liberal Youth and 23 individual conference delegates.
Senior party officials revealed yesterday that it has now been approved by the Lib Dem Federal Conference Committee for debate in Birmingham in September.Sources close to Nick Clegg said he expects the plans to be approved, meaning he will be shackled with the policy. It is unlikely to become law since changes in drugs legislation do not form part of the Coalition agreement.
After a flirtation with drug liberalisation when he first became an MP, David Cameron has said he is opposed to the legalisation of drugs.
Mr Clegg is said to be ‘relaxed’ about the plans. ‘He will watch the debate with interest,’ said a source. ‘It is perfectly sensible for a panel to look at these issues properly.’ David Raynes, of the National Drug Prevention Alliance, said: ‘Our prisons are full of mentally ill people damaged by drugs, and cannabis is where they start.
Claims about Portugal are based on one study which is disputed by international bodies. Portuguese politicians decriminalised personal use and now they don’t know how to get out of it.’
Conservative MP Charles Walker added: ‘My Tory colleagues will see sense and make sure this really stupid idea never happens. It is obvious that drugs do a great deal of harm.
‘Drugs should be illegal because it sends the right message: that drugs are damaging.’
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Just give me the ganja. A new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found that a majority of Americans continue to believe that marijuana should be legalized, but don’t support the legalization of other drugs.In the online survey of a representative sample of 1,003 American adults, 55 percent of respondents support the legalization of cannabis, while 40 percent oppose it.Democrats are the group most supportive of legalizing cannabis in the United States, with 63 percent in favor of ending the war on marijuana. Almost as many Independents, at 61 percent, also support the move.Republicans were out of step with the majority on the legalization issue, with just 41 percent supporting marijuana legalization and 56 percent opposed.Marijuana legalization enjoyed big majorities among men (57 percent) and respondents aged 35 to 54 (also 57 percent).
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