Legalizing Marijuana http://wamc.org en Conn. Poll Shows Support For Recreational Marijuana http://wamc.org/post/conn-poll-shows-support-recreational-marijuana <p>A new poll shows a majority of Connecticut residents support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.</p><p>But the <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=2040" target="_blank">Quinnipiac poll</a> released Monday also shows a wide age gap between supporters and opponents of legalized pot.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:54:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 90254 at http://wamc.org Conn. Poll Shows Support For Recreational Marijuana In Time Of Varying Laws, Forum Focuses On Youth Marijuana Usage http://wamc.org/post/time-varying-laws-forum-focuses-youth-marijuana-usage <p>Laws regarding the sale and use of marijuana vary across the country. The issue of the drug’s use among teens was the topic of a talk in Lenox, Massachusetts Wednesday.</p><p>While Colorado and Washington allow the recreational use of marijuana and states like Massachusetts have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes, the federal government considers it a Schedule I drug. That puts it in the same category as drugs like heroin. The legal uncertainty creates confusion for teens according to a countywide study cited by Lenox Public Schools superintendent Edward Costa.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 86299 at http://wamc.org In Time Of Varying Laws, Forum Focuses On Youth Marijuana Usage NY: Medical Vs. Recreational Marijuana http://wamc.org/post/ny-medical-vs-recreational-marijuana <p></p><p></p><p>When it comes to legalizing marijuana, things are moving quickly, especially in New York.</p><p>Last Friday, the federal government released guidelines for banks to conduct business with the $1.5-billion-a-year legal marijuana industry. Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, and legislation is pending in 13 others. The green signal may have been sent in January when President Barack Obama told<em> The New Yorker </em>that marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol, opening the door for debate.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 84107 at http://wamc.org NY: Medical Vs. Recreational Marijuana Alyson Martin And Nushin Rashidian's "A New Leaf" At Frequency North http://wamc.org/post/alyson-martin-and-nushin-rashidians-new-leaf-frequency-north <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College of Saint Rose alumna Alyson Martin and </span>Nushin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Rashidian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, investigative journalists and authors of a groundbreaking book on the movement toward legalization of marijuana, will read from their new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, as part of the 2014 </span><a href="http://www.strose.edu/academics/schoolofartsandhumanities/english/article1105" style="line-height: 1.5;">Frequency North</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> writers series at </span><a href="http://www.strose.edu" style="line-height: 1.5;">The College of Saint Rose</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Thursday February 6th.</span></p><p>In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals.</p><p>Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82978 at http://wamc.org Alyson Martin And Nushin Rashidian's "A New Leaf" At Frequency North Next In NYS: Legal Marijuana? http://wamc.org/post/next-nys-legal-marijuana <p></p><p>A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in New York State was introduced last week. The measure would regulate the sale of pot and tax it, treating it similarly to alcohol.&nbsp; Proponents are cautiously optimistic that the governor might see the plan in a favorable light.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:33:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80035 at http://wamc.org Next In NYS: Legal Marijuana? Pittsfield Residents Hear Proposal for Medical Marijuana Dispensary http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-residents-hear-proposal-medical-marijuana-dispensary <p>Residents in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have heard from members of an organization looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.</p><p>Nial DeMena is the Director of Operations for <a href="http://www.mannawellness.org/" target="_blank">Manna Wellness</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking to be the first LEED-certified registered marijuana dispensary in the country,&rdquo; said DeMena.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 75350 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Residents Hear Proposal for Medical Marijuana Dispensary 4/5/13 - Panel http://wamc.org/post/4513-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Associate News Producer, Patrick Donges, and the Producer of The Roundtable – Sarah LaDuke. Ray Graf moderates.</p><p>This morning our discussion topics include:</p><ul><li>North Korea Moves Missile to Coast</li><li>PEW: Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana</li><li>Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer</li></ul> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ray Graf 61521 at http://wamc.org Mass. to seek public input on medical marijuana http://wamc.org/post/mass-seek-public-input-medical-marijuana <p>WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials are set to begin a series of "listening sessions" to get input from the public as they develop regulations for medical marijuana.&nbsp;</p><p>The first session will be held Wednesday in Worcester, followed by another session Thursday in Boston and a third session Feb. 27 in Holyoke.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:52:53 +0000 Jaired Crofut 57711 at http://wamc.org Mass. to seek public input on medical marijuana Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins http://wamc.org/post/many-seek-clarification-mass-medical-marijuana-law-listening-tour-begins <p></p><p>Public hearings on the future regulation of medical marijuana in Massachusetts will be held this month, but as a deadline approaches, some are concerned that the state’s final regulations may come later than expected.</p><p></p><p>Beginning Wednesday evening, state officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a series of public listening sessions before the implementation of medical marijuana regulations.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 57680 at http://wamc.org Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins Burlington, Vermont to Vote on Legalizing Pot http://wamc.org/post/burlington-vermont-vote-legalizing-pot <p>Voters in the Vermont city of Burlington will be asked in November whether they would support legalizing and taxing marijuana.<br><br>The Burlington City Council on Monday approved several measures for the November ballot, including the pot question.<br><br>WCAX-TV reports that voters also will be asked whether they support a $9 million bond to help boost the city's credit rating and a half-cent increase in the property tax to help pay for rehabilitating the bike path.<br><br><em>Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.</em></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 47630 at http://wamc.org Burlington, Vermont to Vote on Legalizing Pot