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Tue May 28, 2013, 09:52 AM

How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Marijuana

For nearly a century, the United States has been one of the fiercest advocates and practitioners of marijuana prohibition in the world. At the height of the America’s anti-pot fervor in the 1950s and ’60s, one could even receive life imprisonment for simple possession of the drug.

But the puritanical fervor that once dominated the national discussion surrounding cannabis has been conspicuously absent of late. Earlier this month, the Colorado State legislature, by order of a November referendum, passed bills to implement the legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana use. Washington State voters also approved legalization by referendum on election day. And these events have recently been followed by more good news for supporters of cannabis law reform. The Organization for American States recently suggested that marijuana legalization could be a way to cut down on drug-violence in the western hemisphere. Perhaps most important, the movement has finally found a voice on Capitol Hill, as representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis submitted legislation earlier this year that would end federal prohibition of the drug, and allow states to tax and regulate it as they see fit. As Bill Keller put it recently in the New York Times, “Today the most interesting and important question is no longer whether marijuana will be legalized — eventually, bit by bit, it will be — but how.”

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SomethingFishy May 2013 #1
pamela May 2013 #2
whistler162 May 2013 #3
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Response to Mosaic (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 10:08 AM

1. Colorado Governor is signing the Regulation and Tax Rate

bills for legal Marijuana today. Looks like we'll have retail sales by the end of the summer...

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #1)

Tue May 28, 2013, 04:55 PM

2. I don't think the retail sales will start until January.

We were going to head up there from New Mexico but I heard it doesn't start until January.

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Response to Mosaic (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 04:59 PM

3. or the dumbing down of America!

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #3)

Tue May 28, 2013, 08:08 PM

5. well, according to recent studies

Cannabis (Marijuana) not only aids in longevity, it aids curbs obesity, aids in long term memory, and some of the smartest people on the planet have used this herb. In addition, it has been found in grave sites of ancient peoples.

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Tue May 28, 2013, 05:57 PM

4. Thank you Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis!

Good Democrats working to make American better.

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