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Cannabis Reform

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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
246 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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

Protect the Constitution for Cannabis Consumers

* All data has been derived from the world’s only Marijuana Drug Test Calculator (Patent 13/866,015)* Data collection has been ongoing since 2013 OVERVIEW: SUMMARY AND PURPOSE This is a Petition to Protect the Bill of Rights within the United States Constitution for Cannabis Consumers. SECTION 01 - Protection from Unreasonable Search & SeizureSECTION 02 - Emancipate the Spiritual Use of CannabisSECTION 03 - Invoke Your Constitutional Rights SECTION 01: BRINGING AN END TO MASS POPULATION DRUG TESTING PROGRAMS 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." 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 several weeks. 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 drug testing industry that exists today would collapse. Drug 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 1980s, the Reagan administration began to heavily promote workplace drug testing with the same type of false propaganda that is being used to manipulate the public today. Drug testing proliferated from safety sensitive jobs to non-safety sensitive jobs in a short amount of time. After stealing the public's trust with engineered lies and false claims, politicians 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 their medications. Make no mistake about it, there is no end in sight when it comes to finding an excuse to drug test someone. A Racial Look at Drug TestingRacial 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 1.4 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. SECTION 02: PROTECT THE SPIRITUAL USE OF CANNABIS The First Amendment"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." An Entheogen, literally meaning generating the divine within, is any psychoactive substance that induces a spiritual experience and is aimed at spiritual development. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)This is a United States Federal law that "ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected" and that the "government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability." Reasons Why People Use Cannabis FactsWhen people use the Marijuana Drug Test Calculator to determine when they'll pass a drug test, they are also given the option to choose why they use cannabis. These are the details: Respondents were given a choice between Recreational Use, Medical Use, and Spiritual Use 23% of the respondents chose Spiritual Use 15% of the respondents chose Medical Use Spiritual Use > Medical Use For clarification, this means that one out of four people who consume cannabis in the United States claim that they do so primarily for Spiritual Use - even when given the option to choose Recreational Use. It is also important to realize that there are more people using cannabis for Spiritual Use than there are people using cannabis for Medical Use. Although Recreational Use garnered the remaining 62% of the respondents, it should be known that this is a term that mass media created in order to cause public confusion. In a world where "recreational use" continues to be demonized while thieving pharmaceutical companies champion and promote the medical use of cannabinoids, it begs the question: Where do the spiritual consumers and their leaders stand? Cannabis use within religion has been traced back to Spiritual Texts dating 3000 BCE and beyond, and is recognized as an entheogen by countless Spiritual Leaders throughout history - from the Dalai Lama, Shiva, Buddha, to Jesus and the Rastas, by many more since then and now, and by the Spiritual Leaders that will inevitably exist in the future. There is undeniable evidence that within the United States, millions of people exercise their right to use cannabis in their spiritual practice. It must be acknowledged that these people are granted protections by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which applies "to all Federal law, and the implementation of that law, whether statutory or otherwise" including any Federal statutory law adopted after the RFRA's date of signing as an "act to protect the free exercise of religion." Cannabis is a sacrament that has been used as a tool for spiritual enlightenment in religion for thousands of years. And as a sacrament, it is protected by the First Amendment. It is the people's right to be able to use cannabis within the privacy and safety of their friends, family, and homes. CALL TO ACTION: INVOKE YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS Warrantless drug testing is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Not only that, when it's applied to an entire nation through pre-employment drug testing and by other dragnet testing programs, it becomes a burden to the free exercise of spirit and religion to the millions of people living in that society. This is a clear violation of the First Amendment. Additionally, because this is a burden resulting from an unconstitutional rule of general applicability, it is also protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The majority of US states and the District of Columbia have some type of proactive marijuana law. It is time for Cannabis Consumers to take a stand and let their employers and the government know that they are no longer allowed to discriminate, drug test, and punish people for using a natural plant that heals the mind, body, and soul. Please Sign and Share Marijuana Central

Marijuana Central
37 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Joe Straus, Alma Allen, Roberto Alonzo, Carol Alvarado, Rafael Anchia, Charles Anderson, Rodney Anderson, Kyle Biedermann, Diego Bernal, Cecil Bell, Ernest Bailes, Trent Ashby, Diana Arevalo, Cesar Blanco, Dwayne Bohac, Dennis Bonnen, Greg Bonnen, Cindy Burkett, DeWayne Burns, Travis Clardy, Giovanni Capriglione, Terry Canales, Briscoe Cain, Angie Button, Dustin Burrows, Garnet Coleman, Nicole Collier, Byron Cook, Philip Cortez, Scott Cosper, Tom Craddick, John Cyrier, Tony Dale, Drew Darby, Sarah Davis, Yvonne Davis, Jay Dean, Pat Fallon, Wayne Faircloth, Gary Elkins, Harold Dutton, Dawnna Dukes, Joseph Deshotel, Jessica Farrar, Dan Flynn, James Frank, John Frullo, Charlie Geren, Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, Bobby Guerra, Lance Gooden, Mary Gonzalez, Larry Gonzales, Craig Goldman, Helen Giddings, Ryan Guillen, Roland Gutierrez, Cole Hefner, Ana Hernandez, Abel Herrero, Gina Hinojosa, Celia Israel, Jason Isaac, Todd Hunter, Dan Huberty, Donna Howard, Justin Holland, Eric Johnson, Jarvis Johnson, Kyle Kacal, Mark Keough, Ken King, Phil King, Stan Lambert, John Kuempel, Matt Krause, Linda Koop, Stephanie Klick, Tracy King, Brooks Landgraf, Mike Lang, Lyle Larson, Jodie Laubenberg, Jeff Leach, Oscar Longoria, Rick Miller, Morgan Meyer, Will Metcalf, Armando Martinez, Eddie Lucio, J.M. Lozano, Ina Minjarez, Joe Moody, Geanie Morrison, Sergio Munoz, Jim Murphy, Andrew Murr, Chris Paddie, Evelina Ortega, Tom Oliverson, Rene Oliveira, Poncho Nevarez, Victoria Neave, Tan Parker, Dennis Paul, Mary Perez, Dade Phelan, Larry Phillips, Joseph Pickett, Kevin Roberts, Matt Rinaldi, Ron Reynolds, Richard Raymond, John Raney, Four Price, Eddie Rodriguez, Justin Rodriguez, Ramon Romero, Toni Rose, Scott Sanford, Matt Schaefer, Ron Simmons, Hugh Shine, J.D. Sheffield, Matt Shaheen, Leighton Schubert, Mike Schofield, John Smithee, Drew Springer, Phil Stephenson, Jonathan Stickland, Lynn Stucky, Chris Turner, Tony Tinderholt, Senfronia Thompson, Ed Thompson, Shawn Thierry, Valoree Swanson, Tomas Uresti, Gary VanDeaver, Jason Villalba, Hubert Vo, Armando Walle, John Zerwas, Bill Zedler, Gene Wu, John Wray, Paul Workman, Terry Wilson

Legalize the use and home cultivation of Marijuana / Cannabis in Texas

We are Texas residents who support the use and home cultivation of Cannabis in Texas. We are asking our local, regional, and state officials to stand with us and pass laws allowing us to have these rights.   We would like to see Texas follow in the footsteps of other states who already allow such laws. We want to use, grow, and share this natural plant.   Example, Alaska - passed recreational marijuana in 2014 which granted the right for Alaskans over 21 years old to grow 6 plants at home. Only 3 of these plants are allowed to be flowering at one time. However, if you live in a residence with two adults over 21 years of age, you may collectively grow a total of 12 plants, 6 flowering. Colorado – Adults over 21 years of age are legally allowed to cultivate 6 plants in their Colorado home. Only 3 of these plants may be flowering at one time. Those who choose to exercise their right to grow are allowed to share up to an ounce with other adults. 

Ashley Shrader
9 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Beth Harwell, Bill Haslam, Tennessee State House, Tennessee State Senate, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Steve Cohen, Marsha Blackburn, Jim Cooper, John Duncan, Diane Black, Phil Roe, Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann, Thelma Harper, Steve Southerland, Courtney Rogers, Joseph Pitts, Mark Norris, Dale Carr, Todd Gardenhire, Bill Dunn, Ronald Ramsey, Rusty Crowe, Janice Bowling, Dolores Gresham, Kevin Brooks, Craig Fitzhugh

Support the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Tennessee

Tennessee has an alarming opioid and amphetamine problem (states that have legalized cannabis have seen a significant drop in opioid and amphetamine abuse) Tennessee spent $43 million in 2010 on prosecuting the 42% of their drug arrests which were for a half-ounce of Cannabis or less (States that have legalized cannabis have not only minimized costs of incarceration, but have profited heavily from tax revenue, even to the point of excess revenue. In part, this means extra money towards healthcare and education. This also gives officers more time to handle the more pressing issues of opioid and amphetamine abuse)  Tennessee has been and is currently in the top 5 states for the production and exportation of Cannabis (This means Cannabis is already vastly influenced in the state and isn't going away. Legalizing and regulating it would create thousands of jobs and ensure the production and distribution is safe [not laced with other drugs] and going into the hands of legally acquiring citizens [21 and up])  What Cannabis Can do: lower blood pressure, quell anxiety and depression, boost AND lower metabolism, repair damaged organs and tissues, fight insomnia and sleep paralysis, reverse the effects of Alzheimer's and arthritis, slow and sometimes effectively stop the growth of tumors, promote creativity and sense of well being, promote brain cell growth... The list goes on. What Cannabis cannot do: Kill you from overdose, damage your heart, increase your risk of bleeding, increase the risk of suicide especially in teens and young adults, interact negatively with other medications...  These are only a fraction of positive influences that the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis could do for this state and the people in this state. All we are asking, is for the right to grow and consume a plant that was here before we were.  This isn't a petition to get high, it's a petition to better a hurting state. 

Samuel Andrews
1,042 supporters