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Regulate Cannabis like Alcohol

I heard the Attorney General say that weed causes increased violence.  I live in a legal state and have not seen an increase of violence, certainly not due to weed.  This idiot should realize that cannabis has a calming effect when used, not the other way around.  This is just one more example of the lies and misinformation about the cannabis plant that keeps it on the illegal list.  I insist that these “alt facts” about cannabis be exposed for what they are: outright lies.

Meanwhile alcohol continues to take its toll on the lives of Americans with impunity.  We need a constitutional amendment for cannabis just like alcohol has.  I urge everyone to contact their representatives in Congress and urge the passage of the Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act…

Today Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. Polis’ Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (H.R. 1013) would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Subsrances Act and assign regulatory authority to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Shipping cannabis into states where it is prohibited would remain illegal. Blumenauer’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Act (H.R. 1014) would impose an excise tax on the first sale of marijuana (generally from a grower to a processor); the rate, initially 10 percent, would rise gradually to 25 percent. The tax would not apply to medical marijuana.

This act is sorely needed.  It would still allow states to ban it if they chose to, and allows states that have already legalized it to move forward.  I’m proud of Rep. Polis who is representing the people of Colorado so well.  I urge you to contact your representative (just enter your zip code to find them) and urge the swift passage of this bill!  So take that! Attorney General…



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Ed is a medical cannabis patient in the state of Colorado and believes the legalization of the plant has positive benefits, both for the medical community but also for the general economy.

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  1. Here is an article outlining the problems of a unit of measure to regulate cannibals like alcohol.
    The last few years, marijuana advocates have made impressive strides. As of this week, 24 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized medicinal marijuana, and more cities and states are moving toward legalizing recreational use or decriminalizing it all together. However, as advocates and regulators grapple with weed’s changing legal status, there’s a big question on many people’s minds: how large should a standard dose of weed be.
    When it comes to alcohol, this was settled a long time ago. A “standard” drink in Canada contains 14 grams of pure alcohol. In terms your bartender would understand, that’s how much booze is usually found in either a 12-ounce glass of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor. But while marijuana and alcohol affect people differently, there is no similar standard of what a single “unit” of weed should be. Because Alcohol is distilled or brewed this is much easier to arrive at a standard measure. With today’s very potent pot compared to twenty years ago the plants flowers are dried and smoked. THC content can change from strain to strain plant to plant and from grower to grower. There are many factors that contribute to this.
    “Understanding your dose is essential,” George McBride, a policy officer at the Beckley Foundation, a UK-based drug policy think tank, tells the BMMC that recommended units in alcohol is rife with problems, but at least it gives you a means to compare a shot of tequila with a pint of ale. Cannabis users have no way to compare a dab with a joint, or a bong blast with a hit from a vaporizer.
    Most often, weed is sold in units according to its mass or weight. Its potency, however, can vary wildly from strain to strain and has gotten much stronger over time. A recent study by researchers in Colorado found that on average marijuana is about 20 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), its primary psychoactive chemical. That’s a big jump up from the 1980s, when weed often contained only about 4 percent THC.
    In clearly marking what the dose is, hopefully that will lead to more responsible use and public education,” John Lord, who owns several Colorado pot shops, told BMMC. “It keeps us safe, and it provides uniformity for the product itself.”
    Modern weed may be much stronger than in the old days, but its potency can also vary greatly depending on how a person ingests it. Right now, the closest there is to a standard “unit” of marijuana is any quantity that contains 10 milligrams of THC. As of 2015, that’s the legal limit of THC that an individually wrapped edible can contain in Colorado. But while that seems simple enough to figure out, several reports made during the last few years have found that edible manufacturers often misrepresent how much THC is in their products, albeit likely unintentionally, .and the same amount of THC can affect someone very differently depending on whether it is eaten, smoked, or inhaled via vaporizer.
    Part of the problem comes from the fact that marijuana’s legal status in the United States is left up to individual states instead of being decided at the federal level. Unlike The US Canada While many regulations on food and beverages are levied by agencies like the Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, lawmakers have to approach it on a case-by-case basis, which can make it confusing for consumers and producers alike.
    Settling on a regulatory standard of how big a hit should be might be tough, but some in the rapidly growing marijuana industry say that they would welcome the change. While it might mean more scrutiny of their products, settling on a standard would make it easier for producers, patients and recreational users alike to know just what it is they are getting in each puff or bite. The liberal government of Canada and their task force set to bring Canada wide legalization to the country come this spring, will also face this challenge. Time will tell if they can solve this puzzle.

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