Category: marijuana legalization

New Zealanders May Get the Chance to Vote on Cannabis Legalization

Getty New Zealand may be one of the next countries to do away with the criminalization of cannabis after nearly half a century of prohibition. The newly-elected Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who has been transparent in her disapproval for current marijuana law, has announced that she will be working with the new government and opening discussion on legalization before writing any potential laws regarding cannabis. “During the campaign I’ve always been very vocal about the fact that I do not believe people should be imprisoned for the personal use of cannabis. On the flip-side, I also have concerns around...

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New Study Finds Opioid-Related Deaths Dropped After Colorado Legalized Cannabis

Getty The opiate crisis in the United States has gotten worse in recent years, with the death toll continuing to rise. However, a new study suggests that there could be a significant correlation between the legalization of cannabis and a reduction in opiate-related deaths. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health, and it found a 6.5 percent decrease in opiate-related deaths on a monthly basis in Colorado, starting in the year 2014 – the same year Amendment 64 (legalizing cannabis) went into place. Prior to that, the number of deaths had been steadily rising for...

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A Look at Canada’s (Still) Long Road to Marijuana Legalization

Getty Anyone even slightly familiar with political processes in Canada knows that things can move quite slowly. A perfect example of this is the process of legalizing marijuana in the Great White North. It’s been almost 2 years since Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party came to power in Canada, a victory due in part to their promise to legalize cannabis for adult use nationwide. After a rather lengthy delay that included a task force study of the issue, things officially kicked into gear this summer. With a target date of July 1, 2018 in mind, the gears of...

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U.S. Territory May Allow Voters to Decide on Marijuana Legalization

Getty Over the past several years, eight states across the U.S., and Washington D.C., have voted to legalize cannabis for adult use. Now, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may become the first U.S. territory to follow suit. The CNMI Senate Committee on Judiciary, Government and Law held a hearing on Tuesday, October 10th, which will be the first of three hearings on a bill regarding marijuana legalization. The bill would not directly legalize the herb, but allow for the territory’s 18,000 voters to make that decision in the next fall election. Last year, a similar measure...

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Great Grandson of Anheuser-Busch Founder Calls for Medical Cannabis Legalization in Missouri

Getty From Publix Supermarkets to NASCAR, and the obvious pharmaceutical companies, we’ve seen a ridiculously large amount of pushback from various U.S. corporations taking a stand against the outright legalization of medical cannabis nationwide. With this in mind, it’s great to see corporate elites come out in favor of legal cannabis – in whatever fashion. That’s exactly what Adolphus Busch IV recently did. Busch, the heir to the throne of the Anheuser-Busch beer conglomerate, has been gaining support for medical cannabis legalization in the state of Missouri. Busch is the great-grandson of the founder of the beer corporation. Busch...

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Massachusetts Voters Approve of Legalization, Afraid Officials Will Screw it Up

Getty According to a new poll commissioned by the Boston Herald, voters in Massachusetts approve of marijuana legalization, but they have doubts about whether officials in the state will be able to implement it properly. The poll was conducted earlier this month and 600 registered voters in the state participated. Among respondents, 63% said they support marijuana legalization while only 34% said they are opposed. Some 95% of those who voted for legalization in 2016 said they would vote for it again. Problems arose when voters were asked if they trusted state officials to implement the new legalization law,...

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