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The Five States Most Likely to Next Legalize Marijuana

The Five States Most Likely to Next Legalize Marijuana

Colorado and Washington are the only two states that have passed laws on legally using marijuana but individuals all across the United States are wondering if their state is going to be next. However it takes more than just curiosity. There have to be a combination of factors in place such as polling data, what the present legal framework is that is in place and current ballot measures. It is believed at this time that the five most likely states that will legalize marijuana are Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Alaska, Oregon and California passed medical marijuana laws way back in the 1990’s and Massachusetts’ was in 2012, and they all have clear records of support from the public. As for each state’s individual records of support and denial, they are listed below.

Alaska sits far away from what is considered the continental United States, and it has a conservative attitude, yet oddly enough it also has a live-and-let-live manner about marijuana. So to try to get marijuana issues on the ballot in that state in 2014, individuals wanting the substance legal had to submit over 45,000 signatures to election officials by Jan. 8. They failed by only having 30,000 needed verified signatures in order to put their initiative on the ballot. So now Alaska voters are going to have to wait to either legalize marijuana or choose to continue prohibition on Aug. 19 of this year when they have their primary election. However, it is believed they will legalize it at that time.

California rejected the legalization of marijuana back in 2010 but support has grown tremendously since then. Although that proposition failed 54 percent to 47 percent, backing has gained much over the past three years. In March, 56 percent of individuals who responded to a poll given by California officials stated that they would vote yes in permitting the statewide agriculture, sales and also ownership of marijuana in that state. Only 39 percent of people stated they would be against it.

Massachusetts legalization advocates believe this state will also approve marijuana for legal use after the 2016 elections. They believe that Bay State residents may be ready to make the final push for full legalization. It was back in 2012 that the residents of Massachusetts were the people to allow the state to become the 18th that legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Back in 2008, Massachusetts voters also decided to legalize the possession of slight amounts of marijuana, therefore allowing the possession of less than an ounce to be punishable by only a $100 fine

Oregon in recent times asked its residents about the question of marijuana legalization. This was in 2012, but the plan failed to pass by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent. It was similar to what happened in California in 2010. However, also like that state, much has happened in changing voters’ minds since the years that have passed. Now Oregon residents are saying that 57 percent of voters would agree to sanction marijuana in 2014.

Washington, D.C. may not be considered an actual state  but it may end meaning that it will not be long that the actual Washington state is not the only Washington Americans find it to actually be legal in the United States. The District of Columbia, which is the seat of the Nation’s capital, still bans marijuana federally, but that might not be for long. Earlier in April of this year, the city council consistently voted to legalize marijuana and allow the possession of under an ounce to be equal to having a parking ticket, which is punishable by a fine that is as small as $25. The measure is most likely to go through because it has support from almost all of the 13 council members. Voters also are in favor of making it legal. A poll taken by Washington officials, which was published just this month, overwhelmingly show citizens favor marijuana legalization 63 percent to 34 percent.

Above are the five states that are the most likely to next legalize marijuana.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

Policy Mic News

The Huffington Post

Reason News

Industrial Hemp Legislation Passes Hawaii Legislature | Hawaii

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen stands before a hemp crop in France

Rep. Cynthia Thielen stands before a hemp crop in France

HONOLULU – On Monday, the Hawaii State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2175 Senate Draft 2 House Draft 2, also known as the “Hemp Bill,” which authorizes the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to conduct a two-year industrial hemp phytoremediation and biofuels research program.

The Hemp Bill was bolstered this session by the passage of the Federal Agricultural Act of 2014 which states that industrial hemp may be grown for the purpose of state university or state Agriculture Department research without Drug Enforcement Administration permission. Twenty-two states have already passed pro-hemp legislation and, upon the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 2175 SD2 HD2 will make Hawaii the twenty-third state.

State Representative Cynthia Thielen (50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 2175 SD2 HD2 through the Legislature.

“This progressive, bipartisan bill will keep Hawaii on the cutting edge of agricultural research, help the state realize the economic capabilities of the crop, and potentially restore land previously damaged by earlier contamination,” said Representative Thielen.

Currently the City and County of Honolulu and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are beginning the second phase of a toxic chemicals removal project at the Waipahu Ash Landfill. This costly project whose initial phase totaled $16 million included excavation and relocation of pollutants, and is expected to cost even more money as the clean-up process progresses.

“With its ability to cleanse the soil of toxins and heavy metals, industrial hemp could be an environmentally friendly alternative to existing methods,” says Representative Thielen, remarking on hemp’s potential in Hawaii. “Using industrial hemp as a phytoremediator also removes the need to excavate or relocate topsoil in contaminated lands, drastically decreasing costs and curtailing the spread of toxic waste to other areas.”

The Hemp Bill is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law. When signed, the industrial hemp research program could begin as early as July 1, 2014.
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In utero cannabinoid exposure alters breathing and the response to

by Keda C. Tree, Maud Scotto di Perretolo, Julie Peyronnet, Florence Cayetanot

Abstract

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs at ages highly correlated with potential pregnancy. Endocannabinoid signalling regulates important stages of neuronal development. When cannabinoid receptors, which are widely distributed through the nervous system, are activated by exogenous cannabinoids, breathing in adult rats is depressed. Here, we show that, in newborn mice, endocannabinoids, through the activation of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R), participate in the modulation of respiration and its control. Blocking CB1Rs at birth suppressed the brake exerted by endocannabinoids on ventilation in basal and in hypoxic conditions. The number of apnoeas and their duration were also minimized by activation of CB1Rs in normoxic and in hypoxic conditions. However, prenatal cannabis intoxication, caused by a daily injection of WIN55,212-2, in pregnant mice durably modified respiration of the offspring, as shown by hyperventilation in basal conditions, an altered chemoreflex in response to hypoxia, and longer apnoeas. When CB1Rs were blocked in WIN55,212-2 treated newborns, persistent hyperventilation was still observed, which could partly be explained by a perturbation of the central respiratory network. In fact, in vitro medullary preparations from WIN55,212-2 treated pups, free of peripheral or of supramedullary structures, showed an altered fictive breathing frequency. In conclusion, the endocannabinoid pathway at birth seems to modulate breathing and protect the newborn against apnoeas. However, when exposed prenatally to an excess of cannabinoid, the breathing neuronal network in development seems to be modified, probably rendering the newborn more vulnerable in the face of an unstable environment.

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used recreational drugs at ages highly correlated with potential pregnancies and long term effects on cognitive functions are clearly showed. We show that in utero exposure to cannabinoid modified both peripheral and central networks, which modulate the respiratory drive in newborn mice. Cannabinoid exposure during pregnancy renders the newborn more vulnerable in the face of an unstable environment.

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Marijuana & Spirituality: What Is The True Relationship? | Collective

Marijuana-Spirituality2

The question of what role cannabis plays in my spiritual experience has been a topic of great evaluation in my life in recent years. The plant has played an interesting role in my journey of self-discovery, aiding me in times of emotional hardship as well as being a catalyst for some of my more profound observations about reality and my own existence therein. I believe that all plants are teachers, they hold within them a primordial wisdom without the limitations of the mind, and through the use of these various plant teachers we are able to expand our normally restricted ways of thinking. But as much as we can learn from cannabis, can this plant be just as much of a distraction from the truth? There are a few things to consider, one of these being someone’s vibratory state, and the other being their intent.

Cannabis has been used as a spiritual drug since 3/2000 BC, indigenous to ancient Central and South Asian cultures. The reason being was for its psychoactive properties, the ability to alter one’s state of consciousness. By altering one’s state of consciousness, we are able to view our reality from a different perspective, one that differs from the normal confines of the 3D reality. For thousands of years, Shamans held the knowledge that each plant contains a unique set of frequencies that could ultimately teach us a new way of thinking and being. Accordingly, cannabis can teach us about a number of things such as the path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, inhibition, the present moment, communion, allowing, the fear behind the insistent ego, and the effortlessness of being.

Teal Scott is a bright up and coming spiritual advisor, offering free tips and guidance through her website (www.askteal.com) and her YouTube channel (The Spiritual Catalyst). She covered the topic of marijuana and spirituality quite eloquently, and so I’m using her video as inspiration for this discussion.  She begins by explaining people’s altering reactions to the plant,

“People react differently to cannabis, that’s because people hold different vibrations and vibratory rates, when a person with their unique vibratory rate shares the space with a cannabis plant, the person’s vibration has to match the vibration of the cannabis plant, otherwise they cannot share the same space”.

In shamanic tradition, plants were thought of as gateways or portals between realms or dimensions, and the vibratory relationship between the person and the plant was called friending. We friend the plant so the plant can allow us to pass between realms. Cannabis inhibits the brain from functioning at a normal capacity, which provides a great deal of relief for many people who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.  The brain is a transceiver of information designed to keep the illusion of a static three dimensional world.  When the brain is inhibited by a substance it begins to dismantle the 3D reality it is used to transcoding, and a person is able to see beyond their normal dimensional realities. Furthermore, Teal goes on the explain, cannabis sometimes allows a person the most of his/her own true being to be fully present or unrestricted.

So why is it that people react differently? Teal claims there are two reasons. The first being that someone’s vibration may be higher or lower than the plant. If someone with a lower vibration than cannabis uses the plant, it is likely they will feel better because the plant raises their vibration. Conversely, if someone with a higher vibration ingests or smokes the plant, they will most likely feel worse, experiencing feelings of paranoia or sadness.  The second reason involves intent.

marijuana

Cannabis enhances the truth of the universe, which is intention directs energy and creates your reality. If you do not set an intention before you use cannabis, then it is going to respond to the intention of your subconscious. For example, if your subconscious fears the loss of boundaries, or wishes for you to know something that is buried in the subconscious, then the ingestion or inhalation of cannabis will surface these subconscious fears and emotions. This is why many experience the paranoia associated with cannabis use.

One of the main benefits of cannabis use for most people is that it helps to release resistance. It is perhaps the best spiritual drug to help with this challenge. It forces the mind to let go of thoughts, which induces a stress reaction for the body. This is why it is the best release of stress for people with anxiety or pain, as pain is a form of resistance. It forces a person to go with the flow, and allows more of their true being to be present, hence why people experience such profound spiritual experiences while using cannabis.

The situation gets sticky when advocating for the use or non-use of cannabis. This area is grey because it is an individual case for every person. What can be said, however, is that when cannabis is used without intent, and a person  uses the plant on a regular basis to escape resistance, then there is likely no more personal lessons or growth proceeding. In this case, a person can be addicted to the escape, and is ultimately holding themselves back with regards to their personal development and spiritual expansion. They become unable to reach the organic space of non-resistance without the use of the substance.

Although not always defined as, marijuana is an addictive substance, whether habitually, psychologically, or physically, it is an easy escape route if used in that manner. Addictive means that we are dependent on a substance to produce a feeling state. Ultimately, we have the ability to reach these states without the help of tools, even though these tools can yield many benefits if used respectfully.

It’s important to remember that stress and resistance are what make us grow the most. Denying these two feelings is cutting your expansion short. If resistance is creeping up, then there is always something that needs to be addressed or looked at. Covering up these sorts of things with cannabis can be bypassing the root of the issue, therefore preventing you from fully learning.

That being said, there are many cases in which cannabis use can be beneficial. Besides the potent health benefits associated with the ingestion of cannabis concentrations, if someone is caught in a mind pattern of negative, anxious, depressive, or angry thoughts, then the use of cannabis can help break these patterns. If someone is in pain or is nauseous from a debilitating illness, cannabis can strongly aid in masking these types of agonies by eliminating resistance. In these cases the person’s vibratory rate is so low that cannabis picks them back up into realignment.

All in all, cannabis should never be a long term plan in treating resistance. If we want to be expanding at our highest capacity then we need to be looking at the root of our resistances so that we can continue to move forward. Being conscious about our decisions with any mind altering substance is the most important thing we can do. However, psychoactive plants and substances are tools that were put here in our world for a definitive reason. These plants are teachers. With the proper intention put forward, cannabis and other psychoactive plants have the ability to expand our consciousness in ways never thought possible.

Source:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSpiritualCatalyst

Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana and

Maryland becomes the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th to be approved through the state legislature

Maryland has finally taken two big steps for marijuana reform today. Among the many bills signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on Monday was SB 364, which decriminalized up to 10 grams of marijuana, and HB 881, which should allow the state to create a functioning medical marijuana system.

Under the new marijuana decriminalization law possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana by adults will be a civil instead of a criminal offense. The punishment will be only a $100 fine for a first offense and a $250 fine for a second offense. Three or more offenses will also require appearance in court and drug education. The law goes into effect October 1st of this year.

While Maryland technically adopted a medical marijuana law last year the restrictions made it medical marijuana in name only. It required the program be run through academic medical centers but none of the centers in the state were willing to take part, so the law was unlikely to ever benefit any patients.

This problem has now been fixed with HB 881 being signed into law. The new law instead relies on licensed medical marijuana treatment centers that will get marijuana from specially licensed growers. Thanks to the changes implemented Maryland should be able to develop a system that actually gets medical marijuanas to patients.

This makes Maryland the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th state where it was approved through the state legislature.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

Photo by Chuck Coker, used under Creative Commons license

The Five States Most Likely to Next Legalize Marijuana

The Five States Most Likely to Next Legalize Marijuana

Colorado and Washington are the only two states that have passed laws on legally using marijuana but individuals all across the United States are wondering if their state is going to be next. However it takes more than just curiosity. There have to be a combination of factors in place such as polling data, what the present legal framework is that is in place and current ballot measures. It is believed at this time that the five most likely states that will legalize marijuana are Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Alaska, Oregon and California passed medical marijuana laws way back in the 1990’s and Massachusetts’ was in 2012, and they all have clear records of support from the public. As for each state’s individual records of support and denial, they are listed below.

Alaska sits far away from what is considered the continental United States, and it has a conservative attitude, yet oddly enough it also has a live-and-let-live manner about marijuana. So to try to get marijuana issues on the ballot in that state in 2014, individuals wanting the substance legal had to submit over 45,000 signatures to election officials by Jan. 8. They failed by only having 30,000 needed verified signatures in order to put their initiative on the ballot. So now Alaska voters are going to have to wait to either legalize marijuana or choose to continue prohibition on Aug. 19 of this year when they have their primary election. However, it is believed they will legalize it at that time.

California rejected the legalization of marijuana back in 2010 but support has grown tremendously since then. Although that proposition failed 54 percent to 47 percent, backing has gained much over the past three years. In March, 56 percent of individuals who responded to a poll given by California officials stated that they would vote yes in permitting the statewide agriculture, sales and also ownership of marijuana in that state. Only 39 percent of people stated they would be against it.

Massachusetts legalization advocates believe this state will also approve marijuana for legal use after the 2016 elections. They believe that Bay State residents may be ready to make the final push for full legalization. It was back in 2012 that the residents of Massachusetts were the people to allow the state to become the 18th that legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Back in 2008, Massachusetts voters also decided to legalize the possession of slight amounts of marijuana, therefore allowing the possession of less than an ounce to be punishable by only a $100 fine

Oregon in recent times asked its residents about the question of marijuana legalization. This was in 2012, but the plan failed to pass by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent. It was similar to what happened in California in 2010. However, also like that state, much has happened in changing voters’ minds since the years that have passed. Now Oregon residents are saying that 57 percent of voters would agree to sanction marijuana in 2014.

Washington, D.C. may not be considered an actual state  but it may end meaning that it will not be long that the actual Washington state is not the only Washington Americans find it to actually be legal in the United States. The District of Columbia, which is the seat of the Nation’s capital, still bans marijuana federally, but that might not be for long. Earlier in April of this year, the city council consistently voted to legalize marijuana and allow the possession of under an ounce to be equal to having a parking ticket, which is punishable by a fine that is as small as $25. The measure is most likely to go through because it has support from almost all of the 13 council members. Voters also are in favor of making it legal. A poll taken by Washington officials, which was published just this month, overwhelmingly show citizens favor marijuana legalization 63 percent to 34 percent.

Above are the five states that are the most likely to next legalize marijuana.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

Policy Mic News

The Huffington Post

Reason News

Industrial Hemp Legislation Passes Hawaii Legislature | Hawaii

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen stands before a hemp crop in France

Rep. Cynthia Thielen stands before a hemp crop in France

HONOLULU – On Monday, the Hawaii State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2175 Senate Draft 2 House Draft 2, also known as the “Hemp Bill,” which authorizes the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to conduct a two-year industrial hemp phytoremediation and biofuels research program.

The Hemp Bill was bolstered this session by the passage of the Federal Agricultural Act of 2014 which states that industrial hemp may be grown for the purpose of state university or state Agriculture Department research without Drug Enforcement Administration permission. Twenty-two states have already passed pro-hemp legislation and, upon the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 2175 SD2 HD2 will make Hawaii the twenty-third state.

State Representative Cynthia Thielen (50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 2175 SD2 HD2 through the Legislature.

“This progressive, bipartisan bill will keep Hawaii on the cutting edge of agricultural research, help the state realize the economic capabilities of the crop, and potentially restore land previously damaged by earlier contamination,” said Representative Thielen.

Currently the City and County of Honolulu and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are beginning the second phase of a toxic chemicals removal project at the Waipahu Ash Landfill. This costly project whose initial phase totaled $16 million included excavation and relocation of pollutants, and is expected to cost even more money as the clean-up process progresses.

“With its ability to cleanse the soil of toxins and heavy metals, industrial hemp could be an environmentally friendly alternative to existing methods,” says Representative Thielen, remarking on hemp’s potential in Hawaii. “Using industrial hemp as a phytoremediator also removes the need to excavate or relocate topsoil in contaminated lands, drastically decreasing costs and curtailing the spread of toxic waste to other areas.”

The Hemp Bill is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law. When signed, the industrial hemp research program could begin as early as July 1, 2014.
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Anonymous Marijuana Cannabinoid Receptors In The Human

 

Marijuana & Spirituality: What Is The True Relationship? | Collective

Marijuana-Spirituality2

The question of what role cannabis plays in my spiritual experience has been a topic of great evaluation in my life in recent years. The plant has played an interesting role in my journey of self-discovery, aiding me in times of emotional hardship as well as being a catalyst for some of my more profound observations about reality and my own existence therein. I believe that all plants are teachers, they hold within them a primordial wisdom without the limitations of the mind, and through the use of these various plant teachers we are able to expand our normally restricted ways of thinking. But as much as we can learn from cannabis, can this plant be just as much of a distraction from the truth? There are a few things to consider, one of these being someone’s vibratory state, and the other being their intent.

Cannabis has been used as a spiritual drug since 3/2000 BC, indigenous to ancient Central and South Asian cultures. The reason being was for its psychoactive properties, the ability to alter one’s state of consciousness. By altering one’s state of consciousness, we are able to view our reality from a different perspective, one that differs from the normal confines of the 3D reality. For thousands of years, Shamans held the knowledge that each plant contains a unique set of frequencies that could ultimately teach us a new way of thinking and being. Accordingly, cannabis can teach us about a number of things such as the path of least resistance, oneness, surrender, release, letting go, inhibition, the present moment, communion, allowing, the fear behind the insistent ego, and the effortlessness of being.

Teal Scott is a bright up and coming spiritual advisor, offering free tips and guidance through her website (www.askteal.com) and her YouTube channel (The Spiritual Catalyst). She covered the topic of marijuana and spirituality quite eloquently, and so I’m using her video as inspiration for this discussion.  She begins by explaining people’s altering reactions to the plant,

“People react differently to cannabis, that’s because people hold different vibrations and vibratory rates, when a person with their unique vibratory rate shares the space with a cannabis plant, the person’s vibration has to match the vibration of the cannabis plant, otherwise they cannot share the same space”.

In shamanic tradition, plants were thought of as gateways or portals between realms or dimensions, and the vibratory relationship between the person and the plant was called friending. We friend the plant so the plant can allow us to pass between realms. Cannabis inhibits the brain from functioning at a normal capacity, which provides a great deal of relief for many people who are bombarded by their own resistant thoughts.  The brain is a transceiver of information designed to keep the illusion of a static three dimensional world.  When the brain is inhibited by a substance it begins to dismantle the 3D reality it is used to transcoding, and a person is able to see beyond their normal dimensional realities. Furthermore, Teal goes on the explain, cannabis sometimes allows a person the most of his/her own true being to be fully present or unrestricted.

So why is it that people react differently? Teal claims there are two reasons. The first being that someone’s vibration may be higher or lower than the plant. If someone with a lower vibration than cannabis uses the plant, it is likely they will feel better because the plant raises their vibration. Conversely, if someone with a higher vibration ingests or smokes the plant, they will most likely feel worse, experiencing feelings of paranoia or sadness.  The second reason involves intent.

marijuana

Cannabis enhances the truth of the universe, which is intention directs energy and creates your reality. If you do not set an intention before you use cannabis, then it is going to respond to the intention of your subconscious. For example, if your subconscious fears the loss of boundaries, or wishes for you to know something that is buried in the subconscious, then the ingestion or inhalation of cannabis will surface these subconscious fears and emotions. This is why many experience the paranoia associated with cannabis use.

One of the main benefits of cannabis use for most people is that it helps to release resistance. It is perhaps the best spiritual drug to help with this challenge. It forces the mind to let go of thoughts, which induces a stress reaction for the body. This is why it is the best release of stress for people with anxiety or pain, as pain is a form of resistance. It forces a person to go with the flow, and allows more of their true being to be present, hence why people experience such profound spiritual experiences while using cannabis.

The situation gets sticky when advocating for the use or non-use of cannabis. This area is grey because it is an individual case for every person. What can be said, however, is that when cannabis is used without intent, and a person  uses the plant on a regular basis to escape resistance, then there is likely no more personal lessons or growth proceeding. In this case, a person can be addicted to the escape, and is ultimately holding themselves back with regards to their personal development and spiritual expansion. They become unable to reach the organic space of non-resistance without the use of the substance.

Although not always defined as, marijuana is an addictive substance, whether habitually, psychologically, or physically, it is an easy escape route if used in that manner. Addictive means that we are dependent on a substance to produce a feeling state. Ultimately, we have the ability to reach these states without the help of tools, even though these tools can yield many benefits if used respectfully.

It’s important to remember that stress and resistance are what make us grow the most. Denying these two feelings is cutting your expansion short. If resistance is creeping up, then there is always something that needs to be addressed or looked at. Covering up these sorts of things with cannabis can be bypassing the root of the issue, therefore preventing you from fully learning.

That being said, there are many cases in which cannabis use can be beneficial. Besides the potent health benefits associated with the ingestion of cannabis concentrations, if someone is caught in a mind pattern of negative, anxious, depressive, or angry thoughts, then the use of cannabis can help break these patterns. If someone is in pain or is nauseous from a debilitating illness, cannabis can strongly aid in masking these types of agonies by eliminating resistance. In these cases the person’s vibratory rate is so low that cannabis picks them back up into realignment.

All in all, cannabis should never be a long term plan in treating resistance. If we want to be expanding at our highest capacity then we need to be looking at the root of our resistances so that we can continue to move forward. Being conscious about our decisions with any mind altering substance is the most important thing we can do. However, psychoactive plants and substances are tools that were put here in our world for a definitive reason. These plants are teachers. With the proper intention put forward, cannabis and other psychoactive plants have the ability to expand our consciousness in ways never thought possible.

Source:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSpiritualCatalyst

Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana and Marijuana

Maryland becomes the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th to be approved through the state legislature

Maryland has finally taken two big steps for marijuana reform today. Among the many bills signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on Monday was SB 364, which decriminalized up to 10 grams of marijuana, and HB 881, which should allow the state to create a functioning medical marijuana system.

Under the new marijuana decriminalization law possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana by adults will be a civil instead of a criminal offense. The punishment will be only a $100 fine for a first offense and a $250 fine for a second offense. Three or more offenses will also require appearance in court and drug education. The law goes into effect October 1st of this year.

While Maryland technically adopted a medical marijuana law last year the restrictions made it medical marijuana in name only. It required the program be run through academic medical centers but none of the centers in the state were willing to take part, so the law was unlikely to ever benefit any patients.

This problem has now been fixed with HB 881 being signed into law. The new law instead relies on licensed medical marijuana treatment centers that will get marijuana from specially licensed growers. Thanks to the changes implemented Maryland should be able to develop a system that actually gets medical marijuanas to patients.

This makes Maryland the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th state where it was approved through the state legislature.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

Photo by Chuck Coker, used under Creative Commons license