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Cannabis Reform

19 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Labor

Bring an End to Cannabis Drug Test Discrimination

* All data has been derived from the world’s only data-driven Marijuana Drug Test Calculator (Patent US 13/866,015)* Empirical data collection ongoing since 2011 The Fourth Amendment"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The Core IssueDrug testing violates every person's core Privacy and Due Process Rights set forth by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. These programs have increasingly been used to justify discriminatory policies against people who use cannabis - especially minorities and people of color. In the 1970s and 80s, President Nixon, further implemented by his successor, President Reagan, introduced and began to heavily promote workplace drug testing. In a relatively short amount of time, drug testing proliferated from safety sensitive jobs to non-safety sensitive jobs where the Federal Government then created financial incentives for companies to create and enforce the pre-employment drug test - where you are presumed guilty until proven innocent for no reason. Today, suspicionless drug testing of public high school students takes place and now doctors throughout the nation are using "medication contracts" to force their patients (many of them veterans) into taking a urine drug test in exchange for medication. Make no mistake about it, there is no end in sight when it comes to finding an excuse to drug test someone. A Discriminatory Look at the PracticeRacial discrimination and drug testing is running rampant. After normalizing five years of our drug test submission data with an Ethnic Population Distribution Report and then cross-referencing with labor force characteristics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has been determined that if you are Black or African-American, then you are 1.3 times more likely to be drug tested for any reason, including random. These findings corroborate with the well established fact that on average, a Black person is nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a White person, even though both groups use marijuana at similar rates. Hispanic and Latino people are 1.3 times more likely to be drug tested while on probation. Further information about the racial breakdown of drug testing can be found here. Cannabis Drug Testing FactsBased on our data and research, it has been determined that the average person who smokes cannabis once has a failure rate of 50% at 12 days. It is also the only substance on the standardized SAMHSA 5 Panel Drug Test (used throughout the country) that can be detected for more than a month. This is due to the non-polar, hydrophobic nature of cannabinoids at the molecular level. When consumed, the fatty tissues in our bodies attract and soak up these molecules, and then slowly release them back into the blood stream over time for metabolization. This, unfortunately, ensures a very long detection window that has been exploited for capital gain. Without drug testing for cannabis, which doesn’t prove if a user was under the influence at the time of the test, the six billion dollar drug testing industry that exists today would collapse. Help us End Cannabis Drug TestingWarrantless drug testing is a violation of the Fourth Amendment with programs that are invasive, unproven, expensive, and discriminatory. With the wave of reformation that is taking place across the nation as the acceptance of cannabis grows, it is time to uproot the discriminatory drug testing practices of the 1980s and bring an end to cannabis drug testing as a condition of eligibility for employment, school-based extracurricular activities, and medical attention. No one should be punished for using a natural herb that heals the mind, body, and soul. Please Sign and Share Marijuana Central

Marijuana Central
221 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Copper Star Agreement

Copper Star Agreement: Legalize Adult Use AND Continue Medical Marijuana Program

Effort to reach an agreement to assist with moving the cannabis industry forward while minimizing community impact.    Prop 203 of 2010 medical marijuana program remains effective We the people of Arizona do vote yes to the agreement below regarding cannabis on the grounds of having identified the positive potential of integrating cannabis both agriculturally and recreationally while preserving our present medical marijuana system.   We hereby affirm that this agreement best represents our next cannabis related goal while preserving community values. We agree that we are capable of taking the next step forward. Further, we believe that our medical marijuana system and patients have proven to not be a public nuisance but instead has generated substantial tax revenue while limiting its public presences. Based on that understanding we would like to ask for state consideration in moving forward.     State Licensed Medical Cannabis Marijuana Dispensaries Are hereby protected by the statements outlined in this agreement including but not limited to all newly introduced definitions at the end of this document. Upon a yes vote shall automatically receive a retail store license and can exercise use of that license at will Upon a yes vote State Licensed Medical Cannabis Marijuana Dispensaries may begin immediate retail sale Criminal Classification A yes vote immediately removes cannabis marijuana from ARS 13-3407 as a class 4 felony and reschedules it as a misdemeanor and all state legal entities are hereby required to:   provide the public with an updated list of fines to be associated with misdemeanor violations Retail Licensing Retail licenses and organized processes to apply for and receive those licenses, must be in place no more than 120 working business days from the date of a yes vote Each city reserves the right to issue a public written request to the Arizona Department of Health to reject a licensed retail location or cannabis related business. Any city making a request must hold no less than three open community town halls for the public and community to discuss the matter.   Independent Farming   Both the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Agriculture have one year from the day of a yes vote to: implement a tag system that contains pertinent information necessary to ensure public health and safety as well as reduce confusion among law enforcement this tag system may be petitioned for removal after an independent farmer has been registered with the Department of Agriculture for 3 years. provide a flexible and efficient system for independent farmers to register as an independent cultivator must create a unified recognizable logo to identify that the product is grown by an independent farmer must create a unified recognizable logo to identify that the product may not be tested Consumer Protections Upon a yes vote The Arizona Department of Health must include a “safe place” to file a complaint or share a concern on the internet and by way of direct mail. All “safe place” reports should be made available to the public while protecting consumer identity The Arizona Department of Health must create a unified recognizable logo for products that are tested and produced by licensed retail and or dispensary Citizens hereby reserve the right to petition to have health, safety and testing standards addressed as they arise and the state is hereby required to: allow citizens to provide new rules, standards, and expectations based on current community need allow state departments to issue new rules, rules, standards and expectations based on current community need Any and all butane or chemically based extractions and infusions of any kind must be labeled with an active and inactive ingredient list and a warning of potentially dangerous and or hazardous material Singular Farming Upon a yes vote each citizen over the age of 21: may grow a maximum of 12 plants which includes CBD Plants and Hemp Plants specifically: plant species sativa, indica, ruderalis all plants must follow current patient grow standards (to be known as from this day fourth as singular farming. *see ClearCreek Summary) which includes but is not limited to having plants in a closed locked inconspicuous place any and all sections of any legislation that previously banned individuals from cultivating is void upon a yes vote may not live within 1000 feet of a school may not have any publicly viewable cannabis plants of any species in any capacity in any form within 3000 feet of a school Age Requirements 21 years of age to possess and or consume any and all products containing THC .03% or higher Employee Protection & Privacy     Upon a yes vote it is no longer legal in the state of Arizona to drug test for cannabis   An individual cannot be fired because of cannabis   Employees are not required, an any capacity, to disclose or discuss cannabis related activity     Employer Protections & Privacy     If an individual is unable to perform their job per company expectation they may be subject to employment termination   Motorist Protections     Consuming any form of cannabis while operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery is prohibited and may be charged as a DUI under current state statute.   The citizens of Arizona agree that testing relating to cannabis and driving has not proven successful. However, we also agree and affirm that as those systems become available we will work with the necessary departments to notify the public of any new DUI standards and statutes.     2nd Chance Act Any and all cannabis related charges are hereby forgiven Any and all cannabis current related offenses pending in court, being prosecuted, or other are hereby forgiven and dismissed Each facility licensed or registered may determine their own organizational employee expectations, standards and needs The Compassion Declaration Cannabis taxes remain in effect for any and all products and remain the responsibility of licensees and registrants. The people agree that 30% of all cannabis related state taxes must be divided among the following areas: Education Community Improvement State Healthcare Fund Department of Economic Security Drug Prevention and Addiction Treatment Law Enforcement Educational Training and Transition Preparation The state has two years from a yes vote to plan and prepare for this budgetary change   ClearCreek Summary       Recreational-any item solid, liquid or gas in the form of concentrate, infused and or raw containing 20% and lower THC content is hereby considered recreational cannabis marijuana   Medical-any item solid, liquid or gas in the form of concentrate, infused and or raw containing 21% and higher THC content is hereby considered medical cannabis marijuana   The people reserve the right to petition the state to have these content percentages adjusted as needed   Cannabis related smells are no longer legal justification for search, arrest and or detainment (21 years or older)   Cannabis related paraphernalia as defined in the definition section below is no longer legal justification for search, arrest and or detainment (21 years or older)   Single Farmer is a private citizen and retains all right afforded to citizens   Ancillary social and professional businesses must follow current local and state laws pertaining to owning and operating a business   Slang words cannot be used against any individual for any legal purpose until such a time when academically recognized language and information presents. Until such a time, any product containing THC .03% or higher which is the current state acceptance for what defines hemp from cannabis.     Tribal Nations Protection Clause Any and all federally recognized tribes and tribal members living on or off the reservation are herein protected from arrest and persecution for being a patient, consumer, business owner, independent farmer or singular farmer or participating in any cannabis marijuana related activity either on or off reservation property. The federal government does not have jurisdiction over any cannabis related reservation activities as continuing to restrict the rights of tribal members is unethical.   Local Grower Protection Clause   For five years from a yes vote on this agreement Arizona citizens agree that local cultivation is safer to monitor and puts Arizona in a financially advantageous position therefore no other products containing THC may be legally sold in this state without prior written authorization from the Arizona Department of Health.   Following the 5 year Local Grower Protection Clause a citizen based petition can be made to the state to remove this clause from the agreement. Definitions Cannabis Marijuana- is a broad term for any product, plant, item that contains more than .03% THC   Cannabis- the specific plant genus. Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a euphoric (also known as psychoactive) drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a euphoric (psychotropic) drug. “Marijuana and or Cannabis" means all parts of any plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, and the seeds of such plan   Marijuana- name previously given to cannabis, widely identified and understood by the public   “Usable cannabis and or marijuana" means the dried flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof, but does not include the seeds, stalks and roots of the plant and does not include the weight of any non-marijuana ingredients combined with marijuana and prepared for consumption as food or drink   Paraphernalia-any cannabis marijuana related device, tool or purchasable item   Slang-words like hash, hashish, pot, weed, marijhuana, maryjane, mary, mother mary, shatter, dab, doobie, joint, and so on should be viewed as inappropriate use of language and generally accepted as environmentally and generationally based colloquial words and phrases   Concentrate-a substance made by removing water or other diluting agent; a concentrated form of something, especially food.   Extract-a preparation containing the active ingredient of a substance in concentrated form   Infuse-soak in liquid to extract the flavor or healing properties   Raw-(of a material or substance) in its natural state; not yet processed or purified   Oil-a viscous liquid derived from natural matter   Sativa-one of three species of the plant genus cannabis   Indica-one of three species of the plant genus cannabis   Ruderalis-one of the three species of the genus cannabis   Cultivate-prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening.   Farmer (independent or singular) is another name for a cultivator (to cultivate)   Grower (independent or singular is another name for a cultivator (to cultivate)   Euphoric-characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness Psychoactive-affecting the mind Upon a yes vote the public herein understands the basic definitions of the wording outside of the application to cannabis. For example, the people understand words such as “citizen” and “criminal”.

Residents Copper Star Agreement Arizona
216 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to New York State Senate, New York State House, New York Governor

Legalize Cannabis in New York: Enact the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

Dear Members of the New York State House, Senators, and Mr. Governor Cuomo, I'm writing this petition in the hopes that the legislature of this great state is prepared to represent the majority of the voters of this state when it comes to ending the prohibition of the cannabis flower. Over 57% of those polled support the legalization of the cannabis plant, and there is a bill in comitee "The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act",  which is being introduced in the legislative session in the hopes that our state government is prepared to end a law for which the time certainly has come, and enact new legislation which could save many lives from diseases like disorders which cause childhood seizures, protect the lives of others, and more than this – represent the people of this state accurately. But let the facts speak for themselves. I URGE you to read the following, if only for the sake of your own education about the cannabis plant, and marijuana prohibition and use on the whole. In New York state, the prohibition on the cannabis flower has been enforced unfairly on minorities whose communities continue to flourish and support our overall culture as a state, and as a people as one nation. Black communities are subject to the enforcement of the prohibition on cannabis flower at a rate 7 (seven) times more than that of white men and women, and Latino communities at a rate 4 (four) times more likely DESPITE young white men and women being more likely to both use and be in possession of cannabis at any given time. This results in permanent blemishes on the records of people whom without this rude introduction into the American justice system, which is now largely privatized, perhaps could have reached higher in life instead of living their lives in prison, in jail, or paying fines for a medicinal herb. Next, lets discuss the harmful effects of marijuana. Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody (none) dies from marijuana use. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are 8 (eight) times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal. More specifically, the annual cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana. This should not come as a surprise given the vast amount of research that shows alcohol poses far more – and more significant – health problems than marijuana. Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we've heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells. Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer. In fact, one study recently contradicted the long-time government claim that marijuana use is associated with head and neck cancers. It found that marijuana use actually REDUCED the likelihood of head and neck cancers. If you are concerned about marijuana being associated with lung cancer, you may be interested in the results of the largest case-controlled study ever conducted to investigate the respiratory effects of marijuana smoking and cigarette smoking. Released in 2006, the study, conducted by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, found that marijuana smoking was NOT ASSOCIATED with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Surprisingly, the researchers found that people who smoked marijuana actually had LOWER incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug. Finally, lets discuss the people for whom you serve in the legislature and your offices to represent. According to recent polls, (February 2014), over 89% of those polled were in favor of medical marijuana, and 57% of those polled were in favor of ending the prohibition on marijuana. 57% is the majority opinion, the majority you have been elected to serve and adequately represent. It is my sincere hope that you support Sen. Krueger’s legislation, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) when it is introduced into the legislative session and push it through its stagnant state in comittee. It is time to end the prohibition of this medicinal flower, end the unfair enforcement of its prohibition, and get back to enacting laws that represent the will of the majority of the people of this state. Thank you very much for your time and consideration, Michael Manning – Buffalo, NY.

Michael Manning
255 supporters