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Report: Marijuana Legalization May Have Led to Drop in Murder and Rape Rates in Washington and Oregon

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 06:49
A new report by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has found that marijuana legalization may have helped to reduce rape and murder rates in both Washington and Oregon.

In their second assessment report on the impact of marijuana legalization, WSIPP also found no evidence that marijuana legalization has increased marijuana usage rates among adults or adolescents, and found legalization to have no impact on hard drug use, property crimes or  violent crimes.

“[A]mong respondents under age 21, those living in counties with higher sales were significantly less likely to report use of cannabis in the past 30 days”, says Justin Strekal, poliyical director for NORML, speaking on the report. Stekal says the report shows “evidence that nonmedical legalization in Washington and Oregon may have led to a drop in rape and murder rates”.

For the full WSIPP report, click here.

The report is the second of four WSIPP is required to do, the first being in 2015, the next being in 2022, and the final one in 2032.

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Las Vegas Gets 24-Hour Marijuana Store

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:05
Las Vegas has become one of the first places in the United States where marijuana can be purchased legally 24 hours a day.

The Las Vegas City Council has voted Wednesday in favor of allowing Oasis Cannabis, a legal marijuana shop in the city, to stay open 24 hours a day. Up until this point city code forced all marijuana outlets to close between by 3am, and open no earlier than 6am. The vote by the council was unanimous, with Mayor Carolyn Goodman abstaining from the vote given his son has financial interest in some marijuana-related businesses.

The vote by the council brings the city in line with North Las Vegas, which also allows its cannabis outlets to stay open 24 hours a day. Clark County Commissions voted on Tuesday to allow the 26 cannabis outlets in the county to stay open all-day.

Prior to the vote Las Vegas City Councilmember Lois Tarkanian asked Oasis Cannabis CEO Benjamin Stilltoe why why being open a few extra hours would make a different, Stilltoe said; “We have people lined up at our door at 6 a.m., and (we) are rushing people out at 3 a.m.”, and noted that several businesses around him including a tavern are open 24 hours a day.

Oasis Cannabis is located near the Stratosphere at 1800 Industrial Road. According to Stilltoe, their new 24-hour business hours begin today.

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New Poll Finds Strong Support for Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative Among Utah Voters

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 05:09
A strong majority of Utah voters, including a majority of those who are “very active” in the Mormon Church, support an initiative to legalize medical cannabis, according to new polling.

Utah voters are overwhelming in favor of legalizing the medical use of cannabis, a new UtahPolicy.com poll has found. 74% stated that they are in favor of a proposed initiative that would allow qualified patients to possess, use and purchase (from licensed dispensaries) cannabis medicines such as edibles, tinctures and topicals (lotions, ointments, etc.). Just 22% oppose the proposal, with 4% undecided.

Although the LDS church has come out strongly against legalizing medical cannabis, 63% of voters who say they’re “very active” in the Mormon Church support the legalization of medical cannabis, with just 33% – less than one in three – opposed.

The survey, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, polled 608 adults from Aug. 30-Sept. 5. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.97 percent.

Last month the Utah Patients Coalition received approval from the state to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis. The group must collect 113,143 by January in order to put the measure to a vote of the people during the November, 2018 general election.

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