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Marijuana On The Ballot
10-24-2006, 02:31 PM,
Marijuana On The Ballot
Marijuana ballot initiatives spread across the U.S., Golden Triangle opium production down, no probation drug tests

Marijuana on the Ballot

The 2006 elections are shaping up to be an important referendum on America’s drug policy. Ballot measures across the country have been introduced to change local marijuana laws. In Colorado, fresh from a victory in Denver, where voters chose to legalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for 21-year-olds, the organization Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation has won placement of ballot measure Amendment 44 – the Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative, that would eliminate all state legal penalties for adults 21 and over possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. The debate over the ballot measure has drawn national attention – with SAFE erecting billboards saying “Marijuana – it’s like alcohol, but without the violence or hangover” and Drug Control Policy director John Walters visiting Colorado and saying, “Over 30 years of painful experience has shown us that more substance abuse doesn’t make anyone’s life safer or better. We need to make it clear that we’re going to push back.”

Nevada voters will have the chance to vote on Question 7, which would, like Colorado’s Amendment 44, legalize possession of an ounce of marijuana for anyone over 21 and allow tobacco retailers to sell marijuana. Marijuana would be taxed, and the money would go toward general state revenues and drug education programs. Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana or selling marijuana to minors would be increased. John Walters also paid a visit to Las Vegas to express his opposition to the measure, labeling it a “Drug Dealer Protection Act.”

South Dakota will vote on Measure 4, which is sponsored by South Dakotans for Safe Access, and South Dakotans for Medicinal Marijuana. The measure would allow state-approved patients to possess up to six plants and/or one ounce of cannabis for medical purposes, and those arrested for marijuana possession would be able to bring up a medical necessity defense at trial. A judge found that the ballot text that the state Attorney General wrote was biased, and ordered the text changed. “The whole impression leads one to believe that the attorney general wants voters to reject the initiative. The attorney general should confine his politicking to the stump and leave his bias out of the ballot statement that is supposed to be objective,” Judge Max Gors wrote.

Meanwhile, the cities of Santa Barbra, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and Missoula, Montana all have ballot measures that would direct local law enforcement to consider minor marijuana possession their “lowest enforcement priority.” A similar measure that won approval in Seattle in 2003 has
greatly reduced arrests for small amounts of marijuana. If the California measures are successful, drug reform activists plan to take their fight to a statewide ballot initiative in 2008.

Most Marijuana arrests – ever

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released their annual Uniform Crime Report, which has revealed that 786,545 Americans were arrested for marijuana violations, the highest level ever.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws estimates that one person is arrested every 40 seconds and estimates that enforcing marijuana laws costs 10-12 billion dollars every year, while 88 percent of those arrested in 2005 were charged with posession only, not manufacture.

The Department of Justice has also released a new report on the U.S. Prison System, which state that around 45,000 Americans are behind bars for a marijuana-related offense.

Entire Tijuana police force under investigation

Jorge Hank Rhon, the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico, is making a desperate attempt to curb the drug-related violence that has turned the city into a virtual warzone. Rhon has ordered all 2,300 police officers, from beat cops to state superintendents, a majority of whom he believes are working for drug gangs or other organized crime, under Federal-assisted investigation. Businesses have threatened to leave Tijuana unless the violence, which has continued despite the high-profile capture of the former head of a Tijuana cartel, is brought under control. As one citizen explains, “There are informants everywhere, (drug dealers) all have their groups and they bring problems, and they resolve their issues in the street violently.”

Heroin Production drops in the Golden Triangle

Despite the widely reported rise in Afghan opium production, the U.N. Drug Control Office has released a survey report claiming a nearly 30% drop in heroin production in the Golden Triangle area, where the borders of Loas, Burma, and Thailand meet. The report revealed that 24,160 acres of opium were under cultivation in 2006, a massive drop from the 157, 900 hectares in 1998. Afghanistan and the Golden Triangle are the main centers for opium production.

Drug tests can’t be required for probation in Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that judges cannot issue probation orders requiring bodily samples to check if offenders are abstaining from drugs or alcohol. “Compelling blood tests, absent a statutory framework governing such tests, is not consistent with the charter and random drug testing at a probation officer’s discretion could become highly arbitrary,” the court said.
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10-25-2006, 02:24 AM,
Marijuana On The Ballot
Quote:The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released their annual Uniform Crime Report, which has revealed that 786,545 Americans were arrested for marijuana violations, the highest level ever.

I'm one of those. Fucking bullshit. I've ben forced to go clean for 6 months,
10-25-2006, 02:21 PM,
Marijuana On The Ballot
Forcing someone to do something over smoking a joint is pretty lay since all of those folks are just drunk with power.

I do believe though that people who are collecting government money should be drug tested and if found positive have to stop until they can get off assistance and provide for themselves.

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