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      Volume 16 Issue 32
      08/15/2013





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      From NORML.org:

      Oregon: Governor Signs Law Authorizing Medical Marijuana
      Dispensaries

      Study: Passage of Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced
      Incidences Of Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities

      Seattle: World's Largest Annual Marijuana Law Reform Festival
      Takes Place This Weekend

      Recent Action Alerts:

      California: Assembly Considering Legislation to Restrict Use of
      E-Cigarettes and Smokeless Vaporizers

      Kentucky Legislature to Hold Informational Hearing on Medical
      Marijuana

      Wisconsin: Legislation Seeking Increased Penalties for Marijuana
      Possession Introduced


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      Oregon: Governor Signs Law Authorizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries


      Salem, OR: Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber hassigned legislation, House
      Bill 3460, into law establishingregulations for the creation of
      state-licensed medical cannabisfacilities.
      The law tasks the Oregon Health Authority with crafting rulesand
      regulations over the following months to govern the newstatewide
      distribution system.
      Oregon voters initially approved a statewide initiative in 1998
      mandating statelawmakers to allow for physicians to authorize qualified
      patientsto consume and grow cannabis. However, that law did not
      explicitlyprovide legal protections for outlets that wished to dispense
      thesubstance to authorized patients.
      Presently, an estimated 200 unlicensed cannabis dispensingfacilities
      are operating throughout the state. An estimated57,000 Oregonians are
      registered with the stateto consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
      Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, Maine, New Mexico, Rhode Island,Vermont,
      and Washington, DC now have licensed medical cannabisdispensaries up
      and running. (California dispensaries are notlicensed by the state.)
      Similar dispensary outlets are in theprocess of opening in Connecticut,
      Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevadaand New Hampshire.
      Oregon is the fourth state this year to enact legislationallowing for
      the state-sponsored production and distribution ofmedical cannabis.
      For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORMLExecutive
      Director, or Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director,at (202)
      483-5500.

      Study: Passage of Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Reduced
      Incidences Of Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities


      Bozeman, MT: The passage of medical cannabislaws is associated with a
      reduction in the public's overallconsumption of alcohol and with fewer
      incidences of alcohol-related trafficfatalities, according to data
      published in the Journal of Law andEconomics.
      Investigators at Montana State University, the University ofOregon, and
      the University of Colorado assessed data regarding bothalcohol
      consumption and traffic fatality rates for the years 1990to 2010.
      Authors wrote: "Using individual-level data from the BehavioralRisk
      Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) ..., we find that MMLs(medical
      marijuana laws) are associated with decreases in theprobability of [an
      individual] having consumed alcohol in the pastmonth, binge drinking,
      and the number of drinks consumed."
      Researchers further acknowledged that this general decline inthe
      public's use of alcohol was likely responsible for a paralleldecline in
      the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
      They wrote: "Using data from FARS (federal Fatality AnalysisReporting
      System) for the period 1990-2010, we find that trafficfatalities fall
      by 8-11 percent the first full year afterlegalization. ... Why does
      legalizing medical marijuana reducetraffic fatalities? Alcohol
      consumption appears to play a key role.The legalization of medical
      marijuana is associated with a 7.2percent decrease in traffic
      fatalities in which there was noreported alcohol involvement, but this
      estimate is notstatistically significant at conventional levels. In
      comparison,the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a
      13.2percent decrease in fatalities in which at least one driverinvolved
      had a positive BAC level. The negative relationshipbetween the
      legalization of medical marijuana and trafficfatalities involving
      alcohol lends support to the hypothesis thatmarijuana and alcohol are
      substitutes."
      Authors concluded, "We conclude that alcohol is the likelymechanism
      through which the legalization of medical marijuanareduces traffic
      fatalities. However, this conclusion does notnecessarily imply that
      driving under the influence of marijuana issafer than driving under the
      influence of alcohol. Alcohol is oftenconsumed in restaurants and bars,
      while many states prohibit theuse of medical marijuana in public. If
      marijuana consumptiontypically takes place at home or other private
      locations, thenlegalization could reduce traffic fatalities simply
      becausemarijuana users are less likely to drive while impaired."
      For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORMLDeputy
      Director, at: paul@.... Full textof the study, "Medical marijuana
      laws, traffic fatalities, andalcohol consumption," appears in the
      Journal of Law andEconomics.

      Seattle: World's Largest Annual Marijuana Law Reform Festival Takes
      Place This Weekend


      Seattle, WA: Event organizers are expecting tobreak attendance records
      this weekend for the 22nd annual Seattle Hempfest,taking place this
      Friday through Sunday at Myrtle Edwards &Centennial Parks along the
      downtown Seattle waterfront.
      This year's event will feature six stages of musical acts andspeakers,
      including NORML Board Members RickCusick, Dale Gieringer, Madeline
      Martinez, Kevin Oliver, WilliamPanzer, Keith Saunders, Jeffery
      Steinborn, and Keith Stroup. Acomplete schedule of speakers and
      performers is online here:http://www.hempfest.org/festival/schedule/.
      In November, a majority of Washington state voters approvedI-502, a
      statewide initiative allowing for thelicensed production and retail
      distribution of marijuana to thosepersons age 21 and over. State
      regulators are still in the process of finalizing rules overseeingthe
      substance's cultivation and sale.
      For more information, please visit: http://www.hempfest.org/.




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