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Poll: Only 27% of Pennsylvania Voters Want Cannabis to Remain Illegal

, with only 27% supporting the current prohibition on cannabis.

“Sixty-nine percent of voters would like to see the legalization of marijuana, with 47 percent in favor of use for medicinal purposes only and 22 percent for any purpose”, says Jennifer Shockley of Keystone Analystics. “Twenty-seven percent believe that marijuana should remain illegal in the Commonwealth.”

Results are based on a live telephone survey of 500 likely general election voters and includes a +/-4.4 percent margin of error. The full survey can be found by clicking here.

A Frankling and Marshal College poll released in July found that 84% of voters in Pennsylvania support legalizing medical cannabis, echoing a poll conducted by Mercyhurst University, released in March, which found that 85% of registered Pennsylvania voters support medical cannabis legalization.

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South Portland, Maine City Council Votes Unanimously on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Recently activists in South Portland, Maine has the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November. Last week the Council moved the bill forward with a unanimous vote, setting it up for a second reading on August 18th.

The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative was approved with 67% of the vote in Portland, Maine, last year.

If the council passes the bill through its second reading, it will become law. If they reject the proposal, it will be put on the November 4th general election ballot.

Those wanting to encourage the council to approve this proposal can find their contact information by clicking here.

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An Updated Look at Medical Cannabis in the United States

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML.

WASHINGTON, DC — Currently in the United States, reformed their laws via legislation or binding voter approved ballot initiative to allow qualified patients medical access to cannabis products.

This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical cannabis laws on the books–a sixty percent increase in a single year.

The laws today governing medical cannabis at the state level breakdown to three basic categories: Self-preservation (patient has medical necessity defense for possessing or growing cannabis); Retail access (patient can access cannabis in retail store; home cultivation is often prohibited) and CBD-only (patients are allowed to possess and use cannabis strains and other products high in cannabidiol [CBD], although generally there is no legal source for the patients to obtain those strains; no home cultivation allowed).

A few states have hybrid medical cannabis programs where patients can both cultivate a personal amount of cannabis and also have retail access to cannabis products (notably Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Maine). Minnesota’s law only allows for “oils and concentrates to be ‘vaporized’”.

NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre stated, “Major media news outlets have recently published inaccurate maps regarding medical cannabis and we want to make sure the public, notably cannabis consumers and patients, have an accurate understanding of America’s ever-changing ganja geography. What makes NORML’s medical cannabis map up-to-date is that it accurately reflects which states are yet to implement their law reforms to allow legal access.”

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