Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Marijuana Decriminalization Makes it to Grand Rapids, MI Ballot

On August 14th, the ballot language for the decriminalization of marijuana in Grand Rapids, MI, led by the advocacy group DecriminalizeGR , was approved by the city commissioner and voters in the area will be able to vote the proposal this November. This means that those caught with a small amount of cannabis will only receive a small fine starting at just $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense, and $100 for thee or more offenses. Sense the fines are so small the fines wouldn't cover the cost of prosecution. Over time this measure is expected to decrease or ultimately eliminate the prosecution of marijuana offenses. According to Decriminalize GR this will save Kent county an estimated $2.5 million and according to spokesman Tyler Nickerson,"will refocus shrinking police resources to other pressing needs" and "It’s going to be saving taxpayer dollars and keeping our kids out of jail". This bill will also help prevent the law from haunting young people as being caught with marijuana in Grand Rapids presently has severe penalties that can make life very difficult for one. Grand Rapids isn't the only city tring to decriminalize marijuana but Detroit is as well. Coalition for Safer Detroit being the group leading the measures. In the past Ann Arbor decriminalized small possession of marijuana.
Sources: mLive, Just Say Now

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Marijuana and Advertising

Lately Facebook has been censoring advertisements regarding and/or showing posts about marijuana, including ads for the pushing of legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, though posts that are against the legalization of marijuana are still allowed to be posted. This gives an unfair advantage to those who seek to keep, or even worsen, the laws regarding marijuana prohibition. If these anti-marijuana advertisement measures continue then they may influence other sources to censor pro-marijuana ads such as television broadcasters, radio stations, and even other websites. Us being marijuana legalization advocates must do everything in our power to educate the public about the truths of marijuana. One of our resources, a resource that even the biggest liars in congress use to this day, is being attacked and not only is this resource in danger of being used by us, but it's in danger of being used against us. For a while a lot of websites have censored such things (even television networks) but a big player like Facebook, a player that is open to all advertising as long as the ads are appropriate is saying a message and that message is: we don't agree with your cause and we don't want you speaking your mind! There is a Facebook page that goes by the name "Mary Janes". Mary Janes has had their account removed from Facebook because Mary Janes promotes the promotion of marijuana legalization. Mary Janes had to actually put up a fight to get their page back up. This is the first form of censorship I noticed on Facebook regarding pro-marijuana support and this account was banned nearly 2 years ago, that page went down for nearly a month. If putting up a fight could get their page back then putting up a fight can bring fair advertising back! Just visit the Facebook page for "Legalize Marijuana" to see what you can do (it's a hot topic on their page right now) and just say now!