Ep. 93 – Comedy, Marijuana, Psychedelics and Alines with Adrienne Airhart
The Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal
The government has tried to use criminal penalties to prevent marijuana use for over 75 years and yet: marijuana is now used by over 25 million people annually, cannabis is currently the largest cash crop in the United States, and marijuana is grown all over the planet. African-Americans account for approximately 13% of the population of the United States and about 13.5% of annual marijuana users blacks also account for 26% of all marijuana arrests. Recent studies have demonstrated that blacks and Hispanics account for the majority of marijuana possession arrests in New York City, primarily for smoking marijuana in public view. Law enforcement has failed to demonstrate that marijuana laws can be enforced fairly without regard to race; far too often minorities are arrested for marijuana use while white/non-Hispanic Americans face a much lower risk of arrest. A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce marijuana sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market.
Canada and European countries have managed to support legal hemp cultivation without legalizing marijuana, but in the United States opposition to legal marijuana remains the biggest obstacle to development of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity. It is established scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible, and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. Americans use marijuana because they choose to, and one of the reasons for that choice is their personal observation that the drug has a relatively low dependence liability and easy-to-manage side effects. Most marijuana users develop tolerance to many of marijuana’s side effects, and those who do not, choose to stop using the drug. Marijuana use is the result of informed consent in which individuals have decided that the benefits of use outweigh the risks, especially since, for most Americans, the greatest risk of using marijuana is the relatively low risk of arrest.
Marijuana users are determined to stand up to the injustice of marijuana probation and accomplish legalization, no matter how long or what it takes to succeed. Marijuana will be legalized because marijuana users will continue to fight for it until they succeed.
Oregon Medical & Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries
Oregon is home to rugged coastal beaches, densely canopied forests, ocean-side sand dunes, vast plains, a variety of mountain ranges, and a population of nearly four million. As the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, Oregon has remained a force of progress when it comes to marijuana reform for the last four decades. Sixteen years later, in 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana recreationally. The state allows cities and jurisdictions to ban marijuana cultivation and sales and, as of March 2017, 73 cities and 16 counties have prohibited licensed marijuana businesses.
Due to the slow creation of the licensing process for recreational dispensaries, lawmakers in Oregon created an emergency law that allowed medical dispensaries to sell marijuana recreationally beginning October 1st, 2015. Since the Oregon Department of Health oversees the medical marijuana program and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is in charge of running the recreational program, licensed dispensaries will have to choose which focus they want – medical or recreational – once the rules governing recreational dispensaries have become law. The first recreational-only licensed dispensaries in Oregon opened doors October 1st, 2016, nearly two years from when the measure was passed. Medical patients may possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana at any time or the equivalent at any time. In comparison, recreational customers are limited to: One ounce of usable marijuana flower.
The state requires you to first complete an educational program available for free online, which includes key information about marijuana laws in Oregon, health, and a variety of other industry related topics. As long as marijuana remains a federally illegal substance, employers can still punish an employee – including firing them – for the use of marijuana on or off the job. Under no circumstance does the legalization of recreational marijuana or possessing a valid medical registry card allow an individual to be under the influence while at work.
School officials take marijuana into consideration
Nutter requested for the School Committee to work with the administration and city attorneys on reviewing/developing a policy regarding marijuana screening in employment requirements. The school administration and city solicitor will work on updating the policy, the superintendent said. Received an update on the Lowell High School Building Committee. Request the administration to provide current School Committee copies of the end of year fiscal closing process and request a meeting of the Finance Subcommittee to review or develop written policy by June 6. Request the superintendent to verbally advise the School Committee if we are on schedule to meet all required budget presentation and meetings dates adopted by the School Committee.
Request the School Committee attorney provide legal opinion if per Roberts Rules and the School Committee Policy Manual a subcommittee chair can call for a meeting without first presenting it as a motion on the meeting floor per mayor’s proposed preference. Request the School Committee work with administration and school/city attorneys reviewing/developing a policy regarding marijuana screening in employment requirements based on changes to state law. Request the superintendent to investigate strategies to increase parent engagement in all schools including our PTO, Citywide Parent Council and School Site Council. Request the city auditor provide the School Committee with a report on all School Department budget and financial issues. Report shall include, but not be limited to, the entering of the FY2018 school budget into the city’s financial system and the school budget’s compliance with all city financial regulations and the city budget.
Ask the superintendent to request an evaluation of all current useful and/or new equipment that is currently in the high school. Ask the superintendent to ask the city auditor what the percentage of Lowell’s budget went to the School Department before Ed Reform.