A quick review of the cannabis legalization efforts around the globe.
Seriously, we are two days away from August, and I couldn’t really put this News segment in the August section because it’s happening now. But I didn’t really want to put it into the July section either, because obviously we’re at the end of July anyway. So… end of July Weed News with SovietStoner. Here we go.
Our first big news story comes to us from Georgia. And not the state of Georgia. The country of Georgia. The one over there, that used to be part of the Soviet Union. But is now an independent country. Georgian Constitutional Court ruled that cannabis consumption is not a threat to public health and safety. (No shit !!) But rather a responsibility of the user who has to live with the consequences of their actions. (the use of cannabis). So that is a major step for a former Soviet Union country in the legalization of cannabis. Soviet Union, and Russian speaking countries, we’re fairly strict when it comes to penalties for possession and paraphernalia. Their judiciary system awards larger fines and sentences, then we are probably comfortable with. And seeing a country legalized marijuana is great news for cannabis users worldwide. Georgia is a beautiful country. With excellent and unique cuisine, and especially great wine. If you are a cannabis tourist, you know what I mean, you should consider visiting Georgia. Now that there is no danger of going to jail for having a couple of joints on you. Read the Full Story.
In the United States, there’s also some good legalization news. In Oklahoma the marijuana advocacy group Green the Vote got enough signatures to put legalization on the ballot. Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cannabis for medical use, about a month ago. But there was some problems with the wording of the language, and there was some opposition or restrictions imposed by the government that were not satisfactory to most people. Like there was a clause in there that you couldn’t smoke the flower. It had to be vaped if it was considered for medical use. Something similar is going on in Ohio right now. As a result the petition was circulated to put a simple question on a ballot regarding the legal adult use of cannabis, for the November elections. The group announced that it collected the necessary signatures, but they were still needed to be verified. So whenever that happens, there might be or there might not be question on the ballot of the November elections in Oklahoma. Hopefully it all gets sorted out and people in Oklahoma can blaze up. Legally. The full story is HERE.
Also great news from Pennsylvania. Democratic State Republican Jake Wheatley is planning to introduce a bill to legalize the adult use of cannabis. In his press release, the representative calls for the abandonment of the “ugly stigma of cannabis”. (probably because he smokes himself, and he knows what’s up.) He also wants Pennsylvania to take some of the economic advantages of the legalized cannabis market. Obviously, it’s all about the fucking money. But you can still be happy that people won’t be going to prison for smoking weed. See the Full Story.
And on the Federal level, a new bill is introduced to protect the employment of federal government employees who are legal marijuana consumers. (according to their state laws). Under the current policies, a federal worker who tests positive for cannabis can still be fired, even though most of the states have legalized marijuana for medical reasons. The bill would protect all civilian federal agency employees, except those with a top secret security clearance. And it does not give the the right to be high at work. Still good news though. Read about it.