From Sleeping Dragons
The space between many individual state laws regulating marijuana and the overarching federal intolerance from the plant is widening, and a coalition of marijuana advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to push the us government to reply to a nine-year-old petition to possess marijuana rescheduled underneath the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). In line with the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC), the us government has violated the executive Procedures Act by neglecting to reply to the petition inside a reasonable volume of time! Based on a recent Reuters report, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has certified a proposed medicinal marijuana measure, which provides its advocates until July 6 2012 to collect a minimum of 62507 signatures from a the least 15 Arkansas counties in order to qualify the measure for inclusion around the November 2012 general election ballot.
English Clergyman and Oxford scholar Robert Burton suggests cannabis as a treatment for depression in the influential but still popular 1621 book The Anatomy of Melancholy. Almost all human and animal research has shown that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression. I quote: "Marijuana has a quieting or tranquilizing effect rather than creating aggression". Congress includes marijuana in the Narcotics Control Act of 1956, which results in stricter mandatory sentences for marijuana-related offenses. A first-offense marijuana possession includes a minimum sentence of 2-10 years having a fine as high as $20,000! The Tobacco Lobby - Pot is able in certain people to enable them to quit smoking of nicotine. Pot smoking had the ability to lessen the volume of tobacco addicts. Others - Such groups could also be hurt by legalizing Pot. Car body shops would get less alcohol related wrecks to repair. Hospitals would get less alcohol related business as would alcohol centers and funeral homes. It might hurt cemeteries and tombstone makers too. Among the "differences" seized upon during this time was the truth that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant together also it was through this that California apparently passed the very first state marijuana law outlawing "preparations of hemp or loco weed." Since legalization of marijuana for medical or general use would increase marijuana use instead of reduce it and would lead to increased rates of dependence on marijuana among youth and adults, legalizing marijuana isn't a smart public health or public safety technique for any state or our nation.