April 24, 2017

Feds considering cannabis tracking system

21 April 2017, 02:04 | Marion Schneider

Carney, lawmakers and advocates for legalizing marijuana will participate in the public meeting at Delaware Tech's George Campus in Wilmington.

The federal government is coming under fire from the opposition Conservatives for failing to disclose how much a cannabis tracking system will cost - just one of a host of proposed changes to be ushered in along with the legalization of marijuana. Those who now use marijuana report that while under the influence, 52 percent are most likely to watch television, 45 percent are most likely to eat, 41 percent prefer to listen to music, 33 percent smoke to socialize and 31 percent are likely to drink alcohol after smoking.

More generally on the topic of drug abuse, 69 percent think that should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem rather than a criminal offense. And some new polls show just how strong that movement is becoming. Back in 1979, this poll found just 27 percent saying it should be legal. "I believe it's an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we're seeing real violence around that".

Many states have legalized pot in some form, and most Americans don't think the federal government should try to stop its sale and use in those states.

The government legislation did not offer any specifics on tax measures for marijuana. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid joins CBSN...

Seventy percent of those who've tried marijuana support recreational legalization, the study reports; non-users are split on whether to legalize the drug, with 49 percent supporting and 47 percent opposing.

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Marijuana entrepreneurs are capitalizing on 4/20, the annual pothead holiday, as an opportunity to sell even more weed than usual. Anti-pot group faces campaign finance violations from its work opposing marijuana legalization in California. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents all agree.

76% of the public views regular tobacco use as more risky than pot use when compared head-to-head, while 72% view alcohol as more unsafe than cannabis when compared side by side. If a doctor were to prescribe marijuana, about two-thirds of Americans, 66%, said that they would be likely to use it. The number of store licenses is limited, and some cities and counties have banned marijuana businesses, but, in general, an adult who is a resident or visitor to Washington can find a place to buy marijuana products legally in most cities of any size in the state.

"It is not anything other than prohibition 2.0", Newcombe said, who is especially upset that the federal Liberals have not taken steps to decriminalize the drug in the interim. The proposed law will allow authorized marijuana to be bought by anyone over the age of 18, but the provinces may set a higher age if they are so inclined.

There are partisan differences.

The poll also found that 58 per cent of Canadians polled thought that marijuana legalization would do more good than harm, whereas 42 per cent felt that it would do more harm than good.

The percentage of Americans who say they have personally tried marijuana has risen over the past twenty years.

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