OPINION: The laws today typically define "drunk driving" as "driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs", with marijuana included in the meaning of "drugs". In most states, the very presence of marijuana in a driver's blood is either illegal in itself or presumptive of impaired driving. The prevailing view for years has been that cannabis, like alcohol, impairs the coordination, reflexes, perception and judgment necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle.
According to the organizers of Spannabis, the normalization of the self-cultivation of cannabis would reduce drug trafficking and would generate taxes.
Self-cultivation of cannabis avoids that drug trafficking raised 150 million euros more than what it currently does, assure the organizers of Spannabis, a Cannabis fair that opens its doors today in Spain's region of Catalonia.
There has been a lot of talk this week of stoner comedies, what with Natalie Portman developing the female answer to Harold & Kumar, a pot-centered road movie titled Best Buds. And rumors have (again) been circulating about sequels in the works for both Pineapple Express and the grandfather of cult cannabis classics, Up in Smoke. None of these are certainties, mind you, but given the apparent hotness of the concept at the moment, may I suggest Universal get things lit up for...
Nobody could 'legalise' drugs, drugs are objects that cannot be illegal. What is illegal are human activities pertaining to them. It is vital that we understand that even the law does not suggest that drugs are legal or illegal - they are controlled. The word 'controlled' does not equate to prohibtion, but rather implies what we want, regulation proportionately imposed to achieve the amelioration of social harmfulness caused by the misuse of drugs. This can only be done if we recognise that peaceful use of controlled drugs is possible and indeed commonplace.
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"It is perhaps ironic that a man that the State of New Jersey labeled a criminal could now be considered a visionary, as New Jersey has just joined the ever-growing number of States legalizing marijuana. A true freedom fighter, Edward Forchion was willing to lose everything he had ( including his own freedom) in order to promote a message that he knew was just and, he correctly maintained, was supported by the United States Constitution. There are few men throughout history who have been willing to sacrifice as much as Edward Forchion for the principles he believes in and, in the end, his principles were totally vindicated..."
- John Saykanic, Esq., from "Public Enemy #420"