Posts tagged ‘Personal Use of Marijuana By Responsible Adults Act of 2009’

March 15, 2011

This nations marijuana policy‏

For what has been Two-hundred plus years, this nation has sustained a very reliable system of checks and balances that from time to time has been subjected to regulation, reform, as well as policy chance as far as regulations are concerned. All which allow this nation to address the attentions of one of the largest social groups that will ever be sustained in one place.

As we have entered into a new age of time and management as a society ideas are often taken into more of an appealing role than before as the capabilities of an individual are not so limited as technology as some what exceeded the limitations of control. Technological advances that allow people the option to becoming more adaptive to certain situations that might not be expected of them under considerations of survival, work, and leisure.

As far as the current system of checks and balances the same rules have applied since the initial spawning of the idea of bringing forth a federal system of government that takes on the role of a paternal instinct of protection of the smaller cities, regulation of income, as well as the simple introduction of new ideas that may become a justifiable law to being issued into the current theory of ethical capabilities and actions of the people of this nation.

With this has come the change of numerous laws and policies that have brought this nation to the stead fasting conglomerate known as of now. So no longer are women not allowed to the attentioning and addressing of matters that men were only allowed such as voting and holding major roles in a political society as held primarily by men, no longer is it illegal to smoke in public in small town Yorkshire Mass., no longer are we subjected to outstanding import taxes on the finer leisure items of the past such as tobacco, tea, and coffee. We have adapted to the change that has come with the introduction of social groups and ethnic backgrounds that a free nation would and could offer.

March 15, 2011

state law concerning marijuana possission

Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of greater than 20 grams of marijuana is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

The delivery of 20 grams or less of marijuana for no consideration is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Sale, delivery or cultivation of any other amount up to 25 pounds is a felony and punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Sale, delivery or cultivation of greater than 25 pounds is considered trafficking, and all trafficking offenses have mandatory minimum sentences. For less than 2,000 pounds or less than 2,000 plants, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of three years and a fine of $25,000. For less than 10,000 pounds or less than 10,000 plants there is a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and a fine of $50,000. For 10,000 pounds or 10,000 plants or greater, the mandatory minimum sentence is 15 years in prison and a fine of $200,000.

Any sale or delivery occurring within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public park, public housing, daycare center, or church is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

The possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Conviction of a drug related offense also requires suspension of the offender’s driver’s license for at least six months but not longer than two years.

20 g or less misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
More than 20 g felony 5 years $5,000

March 3, 2011

Shafer Commissions’ Redemption

In an act to repel the current marijuana laws that are in placed prohibiting states to claim individual practices to influence a regulated taxable medicinal program, there has been a critical point that has been over looked by the federal government which my just validate the drastic push by numerous states as of now to not only decriminalize marijuana but legalize it. As reform is considered, the Controlled substance act which schedules those controlled substances to be examined and given a classification has determined that marijuana be decriminalized in small amounts in the early 70’s under the assumption of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 established the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse—known as the Shafer Commission after its chairman, Raymond P. Shafer—to study marijuana abuse in the United States.

Even though we are seeing big gains as of now with Hawaii passing a bill within the Senate last year which would decriminalization marijuana which caused the governor to becoming hostile, or for instance within the state of California, Rep. Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) is not reintroducing his legalization bill (ASSEMBLY BILL No. 390), but has introduced Assembly Bill 1017, which would keep marijuana growers out of prison by reducing the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor. These are the exact advances that are to be considered as a conclusion of the referral to decriminalize marijuana due to it harsh and excessive efforts to discourage use and possession.

Are the efforts over-due knowing that Shafer as stated that “The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only ‘with the greatest reluctance” was part of an omnibus reform package designed to rationalize, and in some respects to liberalize, American drug policy?

Since the actual prohibition act the was enacted in 1937 which contributed to the drug testing policies to track marijuana usage, but also stated that the Act did not itself criminalize the possession or usage of hemp, marijuana, or cannabis however it did include a penalty and enforcement provisions to which marijuana, cannabis, or hemp handlers were subject. A violation of these procedures could result in a fine of up to $2000 and five years’ imprisonment. It would be increases in the amount of those in possession and the younger attraction of smokers that brought forth an enforcement act that would further criminalize all those in possession, cultivators, and dealers alike as threats to society and the greater good.

Vital points when the reformation of individual state policies are considered when reflected against the federal assumption of how marijuana is viewed and classified and a scheduled drug with abusive qualities and damaging characteristics associated with the over-all usage rather medicinal or as a social common. Since the actual criminalization of the drug there has been no valid observation of the drug that would consider that marijuana be deemed a harmful and dangerous substance.

July 6, 2009

Christmas in July

In light of the current legislative actions that have been considered in part towards the understanding of marijuana, nothing seems more improtant than the task of personally presenting your concerns yourself. Contact your Reps. and inquire about current legislative assumptions that the state of Florida has towards marijuana and the personal usage thereof.

Marijuana policy reform not on the 2009 legislative agenda

Although President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have both stated that the federal government will no longer expend resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws, Florida legislators have yet to catch on to what modern scientific research, the public, and at least 13 other states already know — sick and dying patients do not belong behind bars for using medicine that has been recommended by a doctor. Please contact your legislators today and ask them to introduce medical marijuana legislation next session. (MPP posting, July 1, 2009, {Another legislative session ends without a medical marijuana bill being introduced; local group decides to put the issue to voters})

People United for Medical Marijuana

Personal Use of Marijuana By Responsible Adults Act of 2009
(H.R. 2943)