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Petition to Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House

Vermonters Want Comprehensive Marijuana Legalization

Vermonters have a history of being on the moral side of history by opposing unjust law.   A leading example is the Habeus Corpus Law of 1850 which was passed by the Vermont Legislature to command state law enforcement agents and judges to assist captured fugitive slaves.  In response to Vermont's Habeus Corpus Law, then U.S. President Millard Fillmore threatened Vermont with a military occupation for essentially nullifying the Fugitive Slave Act within Vermont’s borders.  Vermont was not intimidated. Marijuana prohibition is another example of an unjust law we Vermonters oppose.  While federal code criminalizes the voluntary use, cultivation, and exchange of marijuana by informed and consenting adults, jurisdictions such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, have taken independent measures apart from the U.S. Congress to decriminalize and/or re-legalize the consumption, cultivation, and trade of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.      Vermonters who support marijuana decriminalization and legalization do not necessarily condone drug use.  However, we do oppose the dangerous practice of criminalizing consensual and victimless behavior by responsible adults.  We the undersigned Voters of the State of Vermont, petition the State of Vermont to uphold it's constitutional duty to promote the general welfare through public health and safety policy, by defining reasonable regulations around personal marijuana use, cultivation, and commerce, such as product safety standards and product labeling requirements to facilitate informed consumer choice. We believe marijuana has not been empirically proven to be a significant danger to public health and safety justifying criminalization.  No negative physiological health effects have ever been proven to be caused by consuming tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) found in marijuana.   Since legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012, Colorado violent crime rates have declined, and the growth rates in impaired driving and marijuana use by minors are statistically insignificant.  We believe marijuana prohibition is not a reasonable form of regulation, but the abdication of regulatory authority by the State of Vermont, whereby public courts become closed to a minority group of  consumers for adjudicating civil and business disputes, arguably in violation of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and whereby state regulatory authorities cease to protect Vermont consumers by defining product safety standards and product labeling requirements. We recognize the collateral damage caused by marijuana prohibition as a greater danger to public health and safety than personal marijuana use, cultivation and regulated trade. Our conclusion is based on the large number of otherwise law abiding, functional, and peaceable human beings having their private property confiscated under civil asset forfeiture law, and whose prospects for future prosperity are harmed after being labeled criminals for life over a marijuana related arrest and conviction.   We require expungement of all nonviolent marijuana related arrest and conviction records.  Over 80,000 Vermont residents surveyed by the RAND Corporation admit to regularly using marijuana. This suggests a narrow jury pool for Vermont prosecutors who wish to convict persons for the victimless acts of possessing, growing and voluntarily transacting for marijuana.      We affirm every human being has natural authority over their mind and body, whereby the free exercise of informed choice, voluntary consumption, consensual trade, and cultivation of marijuana among responsible adults must be protected by Vermont state statute and municipal ordinance.   We believe moral ends require moral means, and we recognize marijuana prohibition as both an ineffective and immoral means of promoting public health and protecting public safety.  Our belief is based on overwhelming evidence from legal and policy research groups dating back to landmark finding of the 1972 National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (aka The Shafer Commission), showing unreasonable collateral harm being done to individuals, families, and society from marijuana prohibition enforcement. We believe police lives matter. Marijuana legalization reduces demands on law enforcement to confront otherwise law abiding individuals over behavior as personal possession, consumption, cultivation, and consensual trade, which enhances officer safety by reducing officer exposure to harmful risk, and reserves crime-fighting resources for allocation towards solving and preventing genuine crimes having genuine victims. We believe responsible adult Vermonters have the moral right, civil right, and legal right to grow marijuana at home for personal use.  If the people do not have a right to grow marijuana at home for personal use, no representative of the people in government may commercialize and license-out a nonexistent right of the people for profit.   Lawmakers shall not turn the people into a captive market and divorce them from their values and capabilities,  by commercially licensing-out the people's right to grow marijuana, while denying the same people the same ability to personally exercise this right for themselves.  We believe genuine marijuana legalization restores civil rights. Racial and political minorities are arrested at higher rates for illicit marijuana not because police are inherently biased or racist, but because prohibition laws were designed to disrupt minority communities under the guise of public safety. President Richard Nixon's domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman, admitted on public record about the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) saying, "We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the [Vietnam] war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities." Therefore, We the undersigned Voters of the State of Vermont, pledge to support political candidates who back comprehensive marijuana legalization.  We pledge to oppose any political candidate in Vermont’s upcoming state, county, and municipal election cycle(s), who explicitly or implicitly opposes passing a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill.     Thank you for signing our petition. Our goal is to get 10,000 voters to sign before Vermont's 2017 legislative session closes.  Please share our petition with your friends and family over Facebook, Twitter and email.  Doing so helps improve petition visibility which brings us closer to our goal.

John Cisar
1,989 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Policy and Rules Coordinator

Cannabis - Wa State - SAVE THE TASTE - Say NO To High Butane Levels

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently published proposed rule changes that will allow much higher levels of residual solvents. Butane levels, for example, WILL RAISE from 500 ppm to 5,000 ppm.  Why do we care? We know it from the medical market (now closed dispensaries), when concentrate levels of residual solvents were unregulated. Do you remember the terrible tasting oil that was full of butane? You said you would never smoke any BHO again! But ... it got better! The new I-502 regulations made a positive change into that direction. Now a good concentrate averages about 50 ppm and those in the upper range of state set limits  (500 ppm) do not always taste the best. Imagine 5,000 ppm!  Why would we take a step back?   All of the concentrates lovers will be affected by that change!If we allow this to happen, we are afraid that quality of concentrates will go down dramatically. It may bring a bad taste not only in your mouth but also the industry.  Why is it happening? The new levels are borrowed from USP 467 (United States Pharmacopeia), they are considered to be safe and are used for supplements and pharmaceuticals. Those levels have been adopted by other states, such as Colorado. It raised a big discussion about health issues and not having enough research but THERE WAS NO ACTION TAKEN TO STOP PROPOSED CHANGES.  Are there any supplements and pharmaceuticals that can be smoked?Some of the solvents that are necessary in the process of making medicine are not even a part of cannabis extraction process. Let's keep cannabis natural and out of this pharmaceutical world!  Higher but legal level of residual solvents will most likely cause careless extraction methods.  We can make a change!The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is open for public opinion. Our concerns will be brought forth during the rule changes process, so we need to make sure our voice is heard. We are collecting signatures to show that quality, safety and methods of extraction matter, not only to consumers but to everyone touched by the industry.  PLEASE, SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU WOULD LIKE LEVELS OF RESIDUAL SOLVENTS TO REMAIN WITHOUT CHANGES. We need to collect as many signatures as possible by May 3, 2017 when the Public Hearing will take place at 10:00 am at  Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board – Board Room 3000 Pacific Ave. S.E, Olympia, WA.                         

Nitro Honey Extractions
19 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Deborah Leff, President of the United States

President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana

My brother Weldon Angelos, who was on his way to becoming a successful musician--writing and producing songs with artists such as Snoop Dogg and other acclaimed musicians--has been in federal prison for over 12 years. He faces 43 more years. All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed--only possessed, didn't use--a gun at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years. The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law. He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The informant, who was a childhood acquaintance of Weldon, testified that a gun was present (never brandished or used) during two of the pot deals, which were friendly encounters in a store parking lot. When the police officers presented a warrant for Weldon's arrest, he consented to a search of his home, where officers found some marijuana and three guns, one in a locked brief case and the other two in a locked safe. The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges. But, to the judge's dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed a gun during a drug offense, which was mandatory under federal law, even though Weldon had never before been convicted of a crime. Judge Cassell called the sentence "cruel, unjust, and even irrational," and "one of those rare cases where the system has malfunctioned." Members of Congress have also publicly decried the injustice of Weldon's sentence, including Senators Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), and over 100 former federal prosecutors and judges joined together to challenge Weldon's outrageous sentence. Judge Cassell highlighted that Weldon's sentence is far longer than the sentences received for "child rape (11 years)," "second-degree murder (14 years)," and even "aircraft hijacking (24 years)." Had Weldon been prosecuted in state court, the judge noted, Weldon would have served about 2 years in prison. In 2004, Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon's unjust sentence. Since then, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and dozens of prominent celebrities, activists, book authors, legal scholars, business leaders (including Koch Industries), and former elected and appointed government officials have joined Judge Cassell in calling on President Obama to release Weldon from prison. But that hasn't happened yet. After 12 years, Weldon is still in prison. It breaks my heart. My father feared he would die without ever seeing Weldon free from prison. And on January 4, 2015, that's exactly what happen. Our father died without seeing his son free from behind bars. The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result. Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition.

Lisa Angelos
262,379 supporters