10. PA BILL SAYS MEDWORKERS COMP NOT REQUIRED, CUOMO SAYS LEGALIZE NOW,
New Jersey's vote to legalize marijuana is turning up the heat on nearby governors, Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers move to let employers and insurers
off the hook for paying for medical marijuana under workers'
compensation claims, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2020/nov/05/pa_bill_says_medworkers_comp_not
15. LONGEST-SERVING MJ PRISONER TO BE FREED, BOSTON MUST PAY COPS FIRED
OVER BAD DRUG TESTS, MORE... (11/12/20)
New Jersey politicians are squabbling -- again -- over how to tax legal marijuana, Tucson joins Phoenix in walking away from marijuana
prosecutions, the Mexican Senate moves toward a vote on marijuana
legalization, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2020/nov/12/longestserving_mj_prisoner_be
The day after Election Day, national election results remained muddy,
but one thing was crystal clear: the American public is ready for drug
reform. Drug reform initiatives went nine for nine on Tuesday. With
successful marijuana legalization initiatives in two of the reddest of
the red states to a groundbreaking drug decriminalization initiative and
the first voter-approved psychedelic liberalization initiatives, we can
see the erosion of drug prohibition happening right before our eyes.
Perhaps the most striking victory of all is Oregon's Measure 110 (http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2020/044text.pdf), which will decriminalize
the possession of personal use amounts of all drugs and use revenues
from legal marijuana sales to help fund expanded drug treatment. People
caught with drugs can either pay a $100 fine or complete a health
assessment. Distribution of such drugs would remain criminalized.
The notion of not arresting people just for having or using "hard" drugs
is a radical one in the United States, but increasingly common in the
rest of the world. At least 29 countries (https://www.talkingdrugs.org/decriminalisation) have embraced some form
of drug decriminalization, and even the US has seen marijuana possession decriminalized in a number of states. But not cocaine or heroin or meth
or LSD. Or not until Tuesday, when more than 58% (https://results.oregonvotes.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=SMEA&map=CTY) of
Oregon voters said let's try something new.
"Today's victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to
stop criminalizing people for drug use," said Kassandra Frederique,
executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in an email message on
Tuesday evening. "Measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on
drugs to date. It shifts the focus where it belongs -- on people and
public health -- and removes one of the most common justifications for
law enforcement to harass, arrest, prosecute, incarcerate, and deport
people. As we saw with the domino effect of marijuana legalization, we
expect this victory to inspire other states to enact their own drug decriminalization policies that prioritize health over punishment."
Drug Policy Alliance and its lobbying arm, Drug Policy Action Network, spearheaded the Measure 110 campaign, just as they backed the state's successful 2014 marijuana legalization initiative.
And speaking of marijuana legalization, the weed swept to victory
everywhere it was on the ballot -- in Arizona and New Jersey but also in
deeply conservative Montana and South Dakota. That means the number of
states that have freed the weed jumped from 11 to 15.
"From the Badlands to the Jersey Shore, and from the Grand Canyon to Big
Sky Country, Americans across the country have embraced the idea that
marijuana legalization is the policy decision that best serves the
interests of public health, public safety, and, most importantly,
justice," Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy
Project and one of the leaders of the Montana and South Dakota
campaigns, said in a Wednesday email.
"Arizona voters have spoken, and they are ready for marijuana
legalization," said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana
Policy Project, in a Tuesday night email. "According to the latest
Gallup poll, 66% of Americans support marijuana legalization, and this
victory further reinforces that stance," Hawkins added. "We are poised
for major marijuana reform federally. Regardless of who controls the
White House, the House, or the Senate, Americans are ready for legal marijuana."
"This historic set of victories will place even greater pressure on
Congress to address the glaring and untenable conflicts between state
and federal laws when it comes to cannabis legalization," said Hawkins.
"With the passage of these initiatives, one-third of the population now
lives in jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for adult use, and
70% of all states have embraced cannabis for medical use."
"Initiative 81's success was driven by grassroots support from DC
voters. We are thrilled that DC residents voted to support common sense
drug policy reforms that help end part of the war on drugs while
ensuring that DC residents benefiting from plant and fungi medicines are
not police targets," Decriminalize Nature DC Chairwoman Melissa Lavasani
said in a press release.
And on the West Coast, Oregon voters didn't just decriminalize drugs,
they also passed Measure 109
(http://oregonvotes.org/irr/2020/034text.pdf), the Psilocybin Services
Act, with 56 percent of the vote. It will create a program to allow the administration of psilocybin products, such as magic mushrooms, to
adults 21 and over for therapeutic purposes. People will be allowed to
buy, possess, and consume psilocybin at a psilocybin services center,
but only after undergoing a preparation session and under the
supervision of a psilocybin service facilitator.
Altogether, a stellar night for drug reform at the ballot box. Marijuana legalization continues its inexorable advance across the land, and new
fronts are now open on psychedelics and broader drug decriminalization.
A few more bricks fell from the wall of drug prohibition this Election Day.
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bobbie sellers - a retired nurse in San Francisco
"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of cacao that the thoughts acquire speed,
the thighs acquire girth, the girth become a warning.
It is by theobromine alone I set my mind in motion."
--from Someone else's Dune spoof ripped to my taste.