Tuesday, 16 April 2013

National Pot Smoking Day: Most Americans now support legalizing weed

National Pot Smoking Day: Most Americans now support legalizing weed, Have you heard the "buzz?" For the very first time in our nation's history, most Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. According to a recent survey by Pew Research Center, 52 percent of Americans now support legalizing weed.

Former United States President Bill Clinton is in favor of it. So is former President Jimmy Carter and the former President of Mexico. Governor Rick Perry, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rand Paul all are in favor of it too. Like other controversial issues in America, the times may be a changin' when it comes to pot.

Going to Pot

While 20 states currently have various medical marijuana laws and Colorado and Washington recently passed laws legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the marijuana debate continues to heat up around the country.

On April 12, 2013, the Vermont House endorsed a bill that changes possession of marijuana (up to an ounce) from a misdemeanor to a civil charge similar to speeding. Final action by the House is expected on Tuesday and the Senate is expected to pass the legislation as well.
Democratic North Carolina State Representative, Kelly Alexander, Jr., recently introduced a bill to downgrade the penalty for marijuana possession in North Carolina. Folks possessing less than an ounce of the wacky weed would receive a civil infraction and past offenders would be able to have their records expunged. Seven republicans co-sponsored the bill.
And last month, New York Assemblyman Steven Katz, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana during a traffic stop for allegedly driving 80 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. The 59-year-old republican, who is a veterinarian, not only serves on the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, but voted against legalizing medical marijuana.
The first medical marijuana school in Nevada just opened. The Cannabis Career Institute launched its Budtender School, dedicated to teaching folks how to operate a successful medical marijuana dispensary.
National Pot Smoking Day

While politicians, pundits, proponents and opponents continue the debate, April 20 is one of the "high" lights of the year for marijuana enthusiasts. April 20 is National Pot Smoking Day, also referred to as 4/20 or Weed Day.

Let's be "blunt." It is estimated that 250,000 people around the world participate in various smoke-outs, rallies, marches and protests on the unofficial holiday. While smokers and tokers enjoy the day in a variety of ways, the annual event also raises awareness about the legalization debate.

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