The Cannabis News is a segment performed by Rick Thompson on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show every week. During the July 28 broadcast, these are the stories he covered.
Listen to the entire broadcast on The Planet Green Trees Radio Show website HERE.
Marijuana prohibition is losing ground among Republican voters.
The times, they are a changing.
More Americans than ever before favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and that’s partially due to changing attitudes among Republican voters.
According to the latest polling numbers from YouGov, Americans’ support for legalization rose from 52 percent in December to 55 percent in July. Most of that change can be attributed to rising support among Republican voters.
Republicans now narrowly support marijuana legalization for the first time, with 45 percent of likely voters in favor and 42 percent opposed. Those numbers were much different in 2014, when just 28 percent of Republican voters favored legalization and 60 percent opposed such a move, per YouGov data.
Independent voters’ support for legalization registers even higher than Republicans, with 55 percent now in favor and 33 percent opposed.
Democrats maintain the strongest support for marijuana legalization, with 63 percent in favor and just 25 percent opposed.
The Italian Parliament is gathering today to discuss a proposal for marijuana legalization. If passed, the bill on the table — similar to the proposal Colorado voters passed in 2012 — would allow the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana. Italian citizens over the age of eighteen would be allowed to grow as many as five plants for personal use, have up to fifteen grams of marijuana in their homes and possess a maximum of five grams in public. It would also authorize “cannabis clubs,” where up to fifty people could gather and smoke together.
Cannabis would be taxed at a rate of 5 percent; the government would issue licenses allowing the cultivation of marijuana for the purpose of selling it to recreational customers. The tax would be used to fund Italy’s effort to crack down on illegal drug trafficking.
Two large “joints” passed through downtown Philadelphia Monday as marijuana advocates marched toward the Democratic National Convention’s headquarters to call for the full legalization of the leafy drug.
Members of DCMJ and the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped to carry the 51-foot-long inflatable objects shaped like marijuana cigarettes during the “Jaywalk,” a nearly four-mile jaunt down Broad Street from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is about to get underway.
According to a video posted to Twitter of marchers parading the joints through the city streets, “Hillary, deschedule cannabis now” was written on the side of one of the props.
The second one read, “Berned by the DNC,” a video posted by the Washington Post showed.
A Facebook event page states that the groups are demanding “all members of the Democratic Party endorse the full legalization of cannabis.”