NEW POLL: Washington’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, I-502, Holds Huge Lead

A new poll just released by SurveyUSA, shows Washington State’s Initiative 502 is maintaining its commanding lead heading into November. The latest survey data has likely voters in Washington supporting I-502 by a large margin, 57% of respondents stated they planned on voting yes, 34% said they would vote no, and 9% are undecided. Worth noting is, unlike previous polling in other states, I-502 does not seem to have a glaring gap when it comes to support from female voters. 57% of women said they support the measure alongside 58% of men.

This is a slight increase in support over SurveyUSA’s previous poll, which had support at 55%, opposition at 32%, and 13% undecided. You can view more details on this latest survey here.

A state initiative would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for people 21 and over. It would remove state criminal and civil penalties for limited possession of marijuana, impose an excise tax on marijuana sales and earmark some revenue for substance abuse prevention, research and education. Should the measure be enacted into law?

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Why is Obama So Chicken, Unwilling to Even Address the Question of Pot and the Failed Drug War?

“We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.”

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Not That Kind of Smoke-Filled Room

Potheads had high hopes for President Obama’s Google+ hangout on Monday. The Web superpower had invited citizens to submit questions for the president via YouTube, and it encouraged people to vote on the questions they’d like Obama to answer in a live video chat. The results: 18 of the 20 most popular questions were about marijuana policy.

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Yukon Family Pushes to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma For Autistic Son

Supporters of medical marijuana say it can be used for a wide variety of treatments including glaucoma, cancer and AIDS. But now support is growing, including here locally, to give it to children who suffer from autism.

When legislators return to the statehouse next week, medical marijuana will be back on the table. And one local family says they will be pushing for it to pass for the sake of their autistic son.

Life with 7-year-old Deacon is a constant challenge.

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Panel Votes to Ban Medical Pot From Colleges; Suit Looks Likely

A House panel voted Wednesday to ban medical-marijuana use and possession on college and university campuses, setting the stage for a lawsuit.

The unanimous vote by members of the House Committee on Higher Education came after Rep. Amanda Reeve, R-Phoenix, said the schools fear loss of direct federal aid and federally backed student loans if they allow faculty members and students to possess the drug.

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Marijuana Arrests Rose in 2011, Despite Police Directive

Low-level arrests for marijuana possession in New York City increased for the seventh straight year in 2011, according to a study released Wednesday — despite a September memorandum from the police commissioner that reminded officers to follow the letter of the law and not arrest people with the drug unless they have it in plain view.

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Pot Legalization Efforts Forge Ahead in Key States

Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use are gaining momentum in Washington state and Colorado, despite fierce opposition from the federal government and a decades-long cultural battle over America’s most commonly used illicit drug.

Officials in Washington state on Friday said an initiative to legalize pot has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November. In Colorado, officials are likely this week to make a similar determination about an initiative there.

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"The House I Live In": New Documentary Exposes Economic, Moral Failure of U.S. War on Drugs

This weekend the top documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival went to “The House I Live In.”

This film questions why the United States has spent more than $1 trillion on drug arrests in the past 40 years, and yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. The film examines the economic, as well as the moral and practical, failures of the so-called “war on drugs” and calls on the United States to approach drug abuse not as a “war,” but as a matter of public health.

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San Francisco Medical Marijuana Licensing Program Resumes

San Francisco’s medical cannabis dispensary program resumed licensing and inspecting medical marijuana collectives, Department of Public Health officials announced Monday.

The move comes after the agency said last week that the application process was suspended.

Under clarified rules, existing dispensaries must sign a statement swearing that all medical marijuana sold on-site is cultivated in California and comes from a grower who is a member of the dispensary’s nonprofit collective.

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YouTube Ignores Cop’s First Place Marijuana Legalization Video Question for Obama

Today YouTube ignored a question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police that won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House’s “Your Interview with the President” competition on the Google-owned site. They did, however, find the time to get the president on record about late night snacking, singing and dancing, celebrating wedding anniversaries and playing tennis.

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Group Drafts Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kansas

Dani, a 21-year-old from Wichita, suffers with depression, anxiety and stomach problems.

Marijuana helps her calm down, focus on important aspects of her life, and keep food down. She said it costs her about $20 every two weeks and is more effective than some of the prescription medications that she can’t afford to maintain on a waitress’ wage.

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Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Rolling Out in California

A broad coalition of California advocates has filed a statewide medical marijuana regulation initiative aimed at ending the years-long confusion over what is and what is not allowed under state law by explicitly allowing sales and legalizing dispensaries statewide absent affirmative local popular votes to ban them.

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President Obama’s YouTube Forum Deems Marijuana Legalization Questions “Inappropriate”

As of 7pm Pacific, I checked the / WhiteHouse page to see how many votes our question received in President Obama’s latest YouTube Forum.

The good news? Our question, “With over 850,000 Americans arrested in 2010, for marijuana charges alone, and tens of billions of tax dollars being spent locking up non-violent marijuana users, isn’t it time we regulate and tax marijuana?” received 4,023 votes, making it one of the most popular submissions to the forum.

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San Francisco Suspends Medical Marijuana Licensing Program Indefinitely

San Francisco city officials indefinitely suspended the city’s medical marijuana dispensary permitting program on Wednesday, according to the Department of Public Health.

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Dozens of Homes Raided in Marijuana Investigation Dubbed ‘Operation Sweet Leaf,’ Many Arrested

In a neighborhood full of luxurious homes with three-car garages and large lots, the sight of the SWAT members was an early morning shock for neighbors like Gordon Lange.

“You just never know who you live next to I guess. It really is shocking. Surprising,” Lange said.

The home in the 8200 block of E. 145th Place in Adams County was one of 25 houses raided across the Denver metro area as part of a large-scale marijuana investigation, 9Wants to Know has confirmed.

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