Haven’t had an update since I wrote the first post about marijuana, so here ’tis.
Here is the state of legislation/laws in the US…
Pennsylvania – After letting the last piece of legislation die, nothing’s coming up for PA. The legislation that was proposed was so watered-down, however, that I’m not all that mad that it didn’t pass. Now that we have a reasonable governor, though, if anything ever does pass, he won’t veto it.
Alaska – Became the third state to legalize small amounts of pot for recreational use (“Alaska Allows Recreational Marijuana as Legalization Campaign Spreads”, Reuters website, 2/24/2015). The other 2 states are Colorado and Washington. In July, 2015, recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon.
My daughter lives in Washington. Hmmm. Maybe I need to move out there.
States with medical marijuana (only) laws: (From Wikipedia)
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New Mexico.
States that have decriminalized marijuana (recreational):
California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi*, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.
*Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves, Pennsylvania? Always making fun of Mississippi and their pot laws are more liberal there!
States where marijuana (recreational) is a misdemeanor:
Alabama (first offense is a misdemeanor, after that it’s a felony), Arkansas, Florida (20g or less), Georgia (1 oz or less), Idaho (3 oz. or less), Indiana (up to 6 months, $1000 fine), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (less than 8 oz), Missouri, Nevada (but only for people under 21, for those over 21 it’s decriminalized!), North Dakota, Pennsylvania**, South Dakota, Tennessee (less than 1/2 oz., first or 2nd offense only), Utah, Virginia, W.Virginia, and Wyoming.
Straight-up illegal/felony: Alabama (after 1st offense), Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.
**What they don’t tell you is, in Pennsylvania, when they bust you, they charge you with criminal use of an electronic device (cell phone) and a bunch of other stuff so that, by the time it gets to court, you’re facing multiple charges. Pennsylvania has a rampant heroin/oxycontin problem, and the legislators here cannot tell the difference between those drugs and marijuana. They still believe in gateway drugs etc.
Some interesting articles:
“Comparative Risk Assessment of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Other Illicit Drugs Using the Margin of Exposure Approach” (Sci Rep. 2015; 5:8126, 1/30/2015). Basically, this report states what we already knew – that there really is no ‘lethal’ dose for pot. Alcohol is the most lethal. Everyone’s making a huge deal out of it, but I don’t know why. To stick it to the drinkers who oppose marijuana legalization, I guess.
The last issue of “Toke of the Town” was published online in December, 2014, but the site is still up and it has interesting articles such as:
“Big Pharma is Working on Medical Marijuana Gum”, 12/4/2014.
“Take a Cooking Lesson from Vice’s Grandma of Ganja”, 12/19/2014. Damn, I would love to be known as “the grandma of ganja”!
So, that’s the latest. More as things develop oh, say, in 2020 when they finally legalize the gum form of pot, for people over 80 with rare disorders, in Pennsylvania. Screw the kids with seizures.