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Will the Economic Argument Help Legalize Marijuana? Yes.

It's been the most prominent talking point for marijuana reform in recent months, but can the promise of tax revenue really convince people to support legalization? A new poll attempted to find out:

AP-CNBC Poll: Legalizing pot won't boost economy

LOS ANGELES — Few people see legalized marijuana as a way to boost the economy and create jobs, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll.

About a quarter of those polled said legalized pot would lead to more jobs in their communities; 57 percent said there would be no effect. About a third think the economy would improve, while 46 percent foresee no impact.

And while 62 percent approve of states taxing the drug, with people from the West most likely to back the idea, only a third felt the levies would make a significant contribution to state budgets.

As far as I'm concerned, if you can get 62% to approve of taxation, you're heading hard in the right direction. The AP headline pours cold water on the argument's viability, but the goal here was never to convince everyone that legalizing marijuana would end the damn recession. The point is to increase support for taxing marijuana.

Given the poor showing for the "create jobs" argument specifically, maybe we want to lean away from that and just emphasize tax revenue and savings. The whole idea of new marijuana-related jobs wouldn't impress our target demographic anyway. They are people who generally don't like marijuana and just want to hear less about it. Hopefully, we can sell them on supporting legalization in exchange for a little bit of tax revenue and a lifetime of not having to watch these massive initiatives come along every two years for the rest of their life.

Ultimately, the reality of marijuana reform messaging is that there's no silver bullet. Some arguments poll better than others, but when you actually talk to casual supporters, they're often oblivious to half the arguments anyway. There are dozens of distinct and sufficient reasons to legalize marijuana and our goal is simply to connect with swing voters one way if not another. The only arguments to really avoid are those that only make sense to people who already love the stuff.

3 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana Now

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Marijuana Decriminalization: New Hampshire Bill Defeated in Senate Committee

A bill that would decriminalize the possession of a quarter-ounce or less of marijuana in New Hampshire appears dead this year after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 Tuesday not to recommend it. The bill will still go before the full Senate, where it is expected to be defeated on a voice vote.

"It is now clear the bill will not become law this year, but it is also clear the discussion will continue," Matt Simon, director of the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy, told the North Andover (Massachusetts) Eagle Tribune after the vote.

The bill, HB 1653, passed the House on a 214-37 vote earlier this year. But Senate Judiciary Committee members said the threat of a gubernatorial veto made it dead on arrival because the Senate has other legislation to which to attend.

Simon said the Senate vote was a minor setback and that medical marijuana and decriminalization bills will be back. The legislature already defeated a marijuana legalization bill this year, but will study the tax benefits of legalizing pot this summer.

Medical Marijuana: Arizona Initiative Appears Headed for November Ballot

An initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Arizona appears headed for the November ballot after organizers handed in some 252,000 signatures to state officials Wednesday. The initiative needs 153,365 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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coming your way on election day
The initiative, known as the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, would allow terminally and seriously ill patients to use marijuana with their doctors' approval. Patients and caregivers could procure medical marijuana at regulated clinics, but could grow it themselves only if they are located more than 25 miles from a clinic.

"We are proud to turn in these signatures today on behalf of the thousands of patients in Arizona who will benefit from this law once it is enacted," said Andrew Myers, campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project. "People suffering from multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, and other serious illnesses should not be forced to seek on the streets the medicine they and their doctors know they need. This initiative proposes instead a dispensary system that will give patients safe and reliable access to medical marijuana if they possess a doctor's recommendation to use it. We look forward to qualifying for the ballot and bringing our message to voters over the coming months."

If the initiative qualifies, that will mean two states will be voting on medical marijuana this year. An initiative in South Dakota has already made the ballot.

If Arizona voters approve the initiative in November -- and support for medical marijuana is running at 65% in the state -- that would mean medical marijuana would be legal all the way from the Pacific Coast to the Texas border. Arizona borders California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Only the latter state does not have legal medical marijuana.

Bermuda: Ruling Party Members Call for Debate on Marijuana Decriminalization

Members of Bermuda's ruling Progressive Labor Party (PLP) are calling for a major debate on marijuana criminalization, the Royal Gazette reported this week. Calls are increasing for the party to debate whether people arrested with small amounts of weed should be arrested.

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map of Bermuda (from the World Factbook, state.gov)
Not only does arresting marijuana smokers tie up police and judicial resources, it also has serious collateral consequences for them. Someone arrested for pot possession in Bermuda can be barred from traveling to the nearby US, for instance.

The Caribbean island nation has traditionally taken a hard line on low-level marijuana offenses. But debate on the question has been percolating for several years.

Sen. Walter Brown, a former drug researcher, is one of the people calling for debate now. [Editor's Note: In the quote below, Brown appears to be confusing decriminalization with legalization.] "We should not embrace decriminalization," he said. "What we can look at is a policy so that people who are caught in possession of small amounts do not get a criminal record for that. People who smoke marijuana aren't likely to go out and attack anyone. I support police taking it from them, but why bring them before the courts? Let's not criminalize the behavior of people in possession of small amounts."

Another PLP representative, Ashfield DeVent, said he would consider introducing a private member's bill on the issue. He argued that legalizing all drugs would take the profit out of the drug trade and reduce gangsterism.

PLP member David Burt said that while right now other issues deserved the government's attention, he hoped debate would come in the near future. "We need to discuss the issue without sensationalism with one simple goal: how do we reduce drug use and the effects of drugs in our community," he said. "Speaking in my personal capacity, I think that Bermuda needs to have in-depth discussion on serious issues such as this. Drugs are bad, but we live in a society where people who smoke weed everyday make fun of crack heads. All drugs are bad. Ultimately we as a society need to figure out the best way to reduce substance abuse in our Country. I happen to think the best way is via decriminalization, education, and treatment."

The current hard-line policy isn't working, Burt said. "Prohibition has never worked, and there isn't a democracy ever that has been successful with prohibition. There are no good fixes to this problem; however as a society, we need to look at the best choice out of two bad options; continue as we are, or change the laws and treat substance abuse and addiction as the public health problem it is."

The PLP is talking to itself about decriminalization. The next step will be to actually have that national conversation.

Job Opportunities: CannBe Has Five!

CannBe is helping develop and advance the medical cannabis industry by implementing positive model dispensaries alongside like-minded entrepreneurs. The company is led by an impressive team experienced in developing nonprofit organizations, including the renowned Harborside Health Center in Oakland and Sebastopol's Peace in Medicine. CannBe's unstoppable team is comprised of experts in law, government relations, dispensary launch, operations, and organization development.

CannBe is looking for bright, creative, initiative-taking professionals to be part of our team. The company is looking for talented individuals who bridge the gap of design thinking and strategy -- believers, dreamers, thinkers and doers. This is a start-up organization that is expanding exponentially and is looking for the best talent to realize the greatest potential. CannBe needs flexible people who understand the dynamics of a start-up and are motivated to take action and implement structure and strategy where needed. The company seeks to embody an open, collaborative, communicative workplace where teamwork is fostered and encouraged.

CannBe is evolving, developing, and growing. Applicants should be independent, dynamic, flexible, and must embrace change. The start-up nature of the organization cannot be understated -- roles are fulltime, often with weekend and evening work, and may include travel. The company is riddled with tight deadlines, big projects, demanding clients, and an exciting, ever-changing legal environment. The organization is for those who are ready to dedicate 110% to the dream of developing the medical cannabis industry into one of professionalism and benefit to the community.

All roles are fulltime (and then some), may require travel, and are much more complex and dynamic than they appear! Qualified candidates should expect to pass a background check, a typing skills test, a proficiency test for Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel, and several rounds of interviews.

All applicants must submit a cover letter that is one page, a sample of your best writing, explains your current profession and why you're leaving/changing, references your experience as it relates to the CannBe culture and purpose and to the specific needs of the role for which you're applying; a resume that is error and typo-free, references your relevant experience, and no more than two pages in length; and three professional references including name, title, organization, phone/e-mail address, and how long you've known this person and the capacity in which you worked with this him/her.

All items should be sent by e-mail in PDF format to jobs@cannbe.com. Please label the subject "APPLICANT: [Role] – [your first and last name]".

Job Opportunity 1: Business and Organizational Development Specialist

The Business and Organizational Development Specialist is responsible for developing clients' not for profit corporate structure, and overseeing all aspects of non-operations project implementation. This includes overseeing contractors responsible for marketing, public relations, business planning, and brand development.

The Business and Organizational Development Specialist must have a strong background in business development and/or nonprofit management, and be comfortable helping others develop and highly functional not for profit business structure. This includes assisting clients in drafting corporate documents, developing and managing their board of directors, drafting of business plans, project budgeting, and cash flowing.

CannBe's start-up culture is one of diligence, a can-do attitude, flexibility and openness to change. The ideal candidate will be independent, but a stellar team-player, who can change course quickly and smoothly. CannBe's favorite candidate will show grace under pressure and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, intense, and dynamic work environment.

Candidates for this position will be outgoing, personable, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. This person must have a detailed understanding of the inner-workings of corporate structures, and be able to create and manage multiple new organizations at any given time. A Masters in Business Administration or equivalent experience is required. Candidates should be well-spoken and able to interact professionally with prospects, colleagues, clients, partners, and vendors. Establishing and maintaining excellent relationships is a key to success.

Responsibilities include assisting clients in developing the mission, vision, and image of their not for profit organization; developing appropriate legal entity and help client navigate filing processes; developing management and not for profit board structure and helping to recruit board members; overseeing the development of financial management tools, budgeting, and account systems; overseeing the development of MCDC branding, marketing, and advertising plan; writing or customizing MCDC business plan for client; communicating and coordinating regularly with operations development staff; helping client build alliances with local community members, businesses, and law enforcement; assisting government relations team with MCDC permit application processes; drafting work plans, timelines, and document maps for project implementation; developing professional lending packages for CannBe clients to seek investment for the development of their organization; preparing and filing bylaws, articles of incorporation, and other corporate documents, managing and coordinating multiple contractors (marketing, public relations, financial, etc.) for each client project, including scheduling meetings and deadlines; assisting in implementing human resources programs for new not for profit organizations; and reviewing and editing written materials from contractors before submitting to client.

Education and experience required includes a Masters in Business Administration (or equivalent experience) and a minimum of five years experience performing similar duties in an office environment.

Skills and abilities required include proficiency with MS Office (Central Desktop a plus); strong oral and written communication skills; strong written communication skills; excellent organizational and multitasking skills; and very strong memory skills. The ideal candidate will have proven abilities to be resourceful, energetic, get along with others; require little direction; and have the skills and abilities to take on more responsibility as the company and position grows.

Job Opportunity 2: Junior Government Relations Specialist

The Junior GR Specialist assists CannBe's in-house government relations team and outside consultants in designing and implementing plans to assist our clients in achieving desired results in local jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area and California. This person will assist CannBe's Government Relations Specialists in the development and implementation of effective legislative, regulatory, and political strategies on key issues impacting our consulting clients. A successful candidate will understand the impact that federal, state and local policy developments will have on the company and its clients.

The Junior GR Specialist will often be the first CannBe representative that community leaders and legislators come in contact with, so this person must be able to represent the company professionally and personably at all times. This position will be responsible for organizing community coalitions in advance of CannBe lobbying work, so experience with grassroots organizing is a plus.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable discussing medical cannabis policy with individuals of all walks of life. A warm personality and genuine passion for the issue are requirements for this position.

CannBe's start-up culture is one of diligence, a can-do attitude, flexibility and openness to change. The ideal candidate will be independent, but a stellar team-player, who can change course quickly and smoothly. CannBe's favorite candidate will show grace under pressure and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, intense, and dynamic work environment.

This is an excellent opportunity for an initiative-taking administrative professional who wants to take part in shaping the medical cannabis community. This individual should have a proven track record of success and the ideal candidate will consider it a privilege to work in this industry, and specifically for CannBe. The ideal candidate would aspire to take on more responsibility and have the necessary skills and abilities to be promoted to other assignments.

Responsibilities include mapping out the power structure in each city; conducting outreach to local community leaders, opinion leader, business leaders, non-profit leaders, etc.; scheduling regular meetings with policy makers and staff for GR Specialists; scheduling regular meeting with local community leaders, opinion leaders, business leaders, non-profit leaders, etc.; providing administrative support to GR Specialist for drafting documents, providing timelines; attending hearings to provide support and recordkeeping for GR Specialists; conducting basic jurisdiction research on medical cannabis policy; assisting GR Specialists or appropriate Managers with time and project management; and performing document review as appropriate.

Education and experience required include a high school degree or equivalent, preferred 2-year or 4-year college degree (or equivalent experience), and a minimum of one year experience in an office environment performing similar duties.

Skills and abilities required include proficiency with MS Office (Central Desktop a plus); strong oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational and multitasking skills; and very strong memory skills. The ideal candidate will have proven abilities to be resourceful, energetic, and get along with others; require little direction; and have the skills and abilities to take on more responsibility as the company and position grows.

Job Opportunity 3: Operations Development Administrator

CannBe unites some of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the medical cannabis industry to develop, launch, enrich and direct medical cannabis projects. With a focus on legal integrity and proven models of success, CannBe believes in a social entrepreneurship approach to member service, in hopes of promoting a shared vision of safe, legal and professional access for patients.

In order to enhance these services, CannBe is searching for a highly motivated professional to serve as the company's Operations Development Administrator.

The Operations Development Administrator is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the retail operation of our clients' medical cannabis dispensaries. This includes aiding the Operations Development Specialist in overseeing all contractors for the build-out of a retail operation, developing inventory and needs lists, conducting property analysis, recruiting of staff, creating personnel infrastructure, and overseeing all other aspects of opening and operating a successful medical cannabis dispensary.

The ideal candidate will be independent as well as a supportive team-player, who can change course quickly and smoothly. CannBe's preferred candidate will show grace under pressure and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, intense and dynamic work environment. Candidates should be well-spoken and able to interact professionally with prospects, colleagues, clients, partners and vendors. This is an excellent opportunity for an initiative-taking administrative professional who wants to take part in shaping the medical cannabis community.

Responsibilities include managing the time of the Operations Development Specialist (ODS) by scheduling, coordinating, tracking and reminding the ODS of meetings and events; arranging, updating and presenting a daily and weekly calendar for the ODS; drafting work plans, timelines and document maps for project implementation; monitoring and adjusting project timelines and reporting adjustments to project manager; coordinating project management, research and reporting as assigned by the ODS; and supporting the ODS in project management and implementation by preparing research and relevant documentation for meetings; travelling locally to assist the ODS off-site; communicating with business associates on behalf of the ODS; managing and coordinating multiple contractors (marketing, public relations, financial, etc.) for each client project, including scheduling meetings and deadlines; organizing and requesting changes in training manuals, materials and checklists to meet each client's needs; reviewing and editing written materials from contractors before submitting to client; drafting and recording client meeting minutes; and performing basic administrative functions, such as making travel arrangements for the ODS and his party; data entry, filing and updating project phases; assisting in office organization, files and systems, and offering process improvement ideas; and supporting the administrative team and maintaining organizational communication by serving as a communications hub and relating prioritized information between CannBe team members, as well as relevant HHC departments; coordinating project-specific meetings, documents and timelines; accommodating the flux of "project completion date" workload by assisting the administrative team, correlating functions and delegating tasks (when necessary); and other duties as needed.

Education and experience required includes a high school degree (or equivalent, but preferred is a 2-year or 4-year college degree or equivalent experience) and a minimum of one year experience in an office environment, performing similar duties.

Skills and abilities required include proficiency with MS Office and e-Learning tools; strong oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational and multitasking skills; very strong memory skills; and proficiency in the strategy and development of Web-based training content, classroom training, demonstrations, on-the-job training, meetings, conferences, and workshops. The ideal candidate will possess significant knowledge and experience in theory, design, and implementation of training programs that focus on adult learning methods and how training can be organized most effectively for them; have proven abilities to be resourceful, energetic, get along with others, and require little direction; and have the skills and abilities to take on more responsibility as the company and position grows.

Job Opportunity 4: Office Administrator

The ideal candidate will be resourceful, hard-working, efficient, fast, and detail oriented. This dynamic individual should be extremely adept at Microsoft Outlook and its other Office products, able to seamlessly multi-task, and aim for 100% accuracy. This person isn't one to say why s/he cannot get something done, but that s/he can, and will figure out how! Further, candidate should be well-spoken and able to interact professionally with prospects, colleagues, clients, partners, and vendors. Establishing and maintaining excellent relationships is a key to success.

CannBe's start-up culture is one of diligence, a can-do attitude, flexibility and openness to change. The ideal candidate will be independent, but a stellar team-player, who can change course quickly and smoothly. CannBe's favorite candidate will show grace under pressure and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, intense, and dynamic work environment.

This is an excellent opportunity for an initiative-taking administrative professional who wants to take part in shaping the medical cannabis community. This individual should have a proven track record of success and the ideal candidate will consider it a privilege to work in this industry, and specifically for CannBe. The ideal candidate would aspire to take on more responsibility and have the necessary skills and abilities to be promoted to other assignments.

Responsibilities include answering and directing incoming calls, pick up voice mail messages, return calls; receiving incoming general emails and directing or responding to emails; data entry; send marketing materials and correspondence; coordinating follow-up to inquiries and creating reports; reviewing prospect qualification forms; greeting guests and visitors; running errands; organizing Central Desktop; organizing client information in software and files; making sure signed contracts and billing information is accurate and up to date; mailing copies to clients; processing mail; ordering office supplies; producing meeting transcripts/minutes; assisting with special projects as needed, coordinating meetings, events, and trade shows; setting up booths and representing CannBe at conferences and events; project management, research, and reporting as assigned by General Manager; assist in office organization, files, and systems, and offering process improvement ideas to General Manager

Education and experience required includes a high school degree or equivalent (preferred 2-year or 4-year college degree or equivalent experience) and a minimum of one year experience in an office environment performing similar duties.

Skills and abilities required include proficiency with MS Office (Central Desktop a plus); strong oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational and multitasking skills; and very good memory skills. The ideal candidate will have proven abilities to be resourceful, energetic, get along with others, require little direction, and have the skills and abilities to take on more responsibility as the company and position grows.

Job Opportunity 5: Partner Support Administrator

The ideal candidate will be resourceful, hard-working, efficient, fast, and detail oriented. This dynamic individual should be extremely adept at Microsoft Outlook and its other Office products, able to seamlessly multitask, aim for 100% accuracy, and should strive to minimize ripple effects of challenges to Principals and the remainder of the firm. This person isn't one to say why s/he cannot get something done, but that s/he can, and will figure out how!

The role directly supports multiple, high-level executives and their appropriate teams, and will take direction from multiple sources. The candidate should know how to take direction from several individuals – managing time, expectations, and communication appropriately.

This role will also be responsible for various writing assignments on very short deadlines. The candidate should have excellent writing and proofreading skills, and be able to capture the right voice for the audience and source of the communication. Further, candidate should be well-spoken and able to interact professionally with colleagues, clients, partners, and vendors. Establishing and maintaining excellent relationships are key to success.

CannBe's start-up culture is one of diligence, a can-do attitude, flexibility and openness to change. The ideal candidate will be independent, but a stellar team-player, who can change course quickly and smoothly. CannBe's favorite candidate will show grace under pressure and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, intense, and dynamic work environment. This is an excellent opportunity for an initiative-taking administrative professional who wants to take part in shaping the medical cannabis community.

Responsibilities include maintaining extremely accurate MS Calendar and Contacts for several Partners; tracking and reporting time worked for Partners; maintaining fast and professional correspondence for CannBe and Partners (writing emails, returning calls, etc.); taking on projects of all size and duration, while expertly maintaining daily administrative demands; creating and submitting accurate and timely expense reports for Partners; running errands; setting up booths and representing CannBe at conferences and events; taking concise, clear meeting notes and communicating and following up with action items; organizing the office (must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.); and all other duties as assigned.

Jack Herer Has Died

Jack Herer, author of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes," died this morning in Eugene, Oregon. He had been in ill health since suffering a heart attack at the Portland Hempstock Festival last Fall. Here's the report from the Salem News:
The Hemperor, Jack Herer has Died (SALEM, Ore.) - The sad news has been confirmed. Jack Herer, author of Emperor Wears No Clothes and renowned around the world for hemp activism, has died at 11:17 a.m. today, in Eugene, Oregon. Jack Herer suffered a heart attack last September just after speaking on stage at the Portland HempStalk festival. The last seven months have proven to be a huge challenge to the man, with several health issues making his recovery complicated. Jack Herer's health has been poor lately, this last week there have been reports of the severity, and an outpouring of prayers on his behalf. "It's shocking news, even after these last seven, trying months," said Paul Stanford, THCF Executive Director. "Jack Herer has been a good friend and associate of mine for over 30 years. I was there when he had the heart attack at our Hempstalk festival and I know he wouldn’t appreciate the quality of life he's endured these last months. Still he will be greatly missed. I honor his memory." "No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it's a bestseller in Germany," added Stanford. "The Hempstalk stage will forever be the Jack Herer Memorial stage. And, a Memorial is planned to be built where he fell that day," Stanford said. "His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come."

The Government is Still Trying (and Failing) to Prove That Marijuana is Dangerous

Ever heard someone argue against medical marijuana on the grounds that there hasn’t been enough research to prove that it works? There's been plenty, of course, but there would be even more if the government weren't spending all its grant money trying to prove that marijuana is poisonous instead of therapeutic:

The Medical College of Wisconsin will investigate the effects of chemicals in marijuana on the development of psychiatric disorders thanks to $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Using lab research and mouse models, this study will test the hypothesis that the primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana produces an over-activation of an enzyme in the brain and that this is responsible for the increased incidence of psychiatric disorders in marijuana users.

Last I checked, the "primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana" is widely available in an FDA-approved pill that the National Institute on Drug Abuse has never lobbied to take off the shelves. How concerned could they possibly be about the dangers of THC if they let doctors prescribe it to people?

The sick truth here is that their only agenda is to create negative headlines about marijuana, not to discover anything of actual scientific significance. That's why they spend their money dosing rats with powerful synthetic chemicals instead of studying the massive population of real medical marijuana patients who are using it successfully to treat a variety of illnesses.

The Best Argument Ever for Legalizing and Taxing Marijuana

Ok, maybe it's not the best ever, but this observation from the comment section of a recent article caught my eye:

I never did (and pretty surely never will do) pot, alcohol or cigarettes in my life so legalizing pot (or even cocaine, heroine, crack etc) won't change my life at all. as a matter of fact any taxation that doesn't affect my pocket is welcomed.

I see two different important points here:

1. Legalization doesn't mean that people who don't do drugs will have to start doing them.

2. If other people are paying taxes on a product you don't buy, that just means more government services for you.

It sounds like a really great deal, as long as you can keep yourself from becoming confused by the apocalyptic predictions of people whose job it is to hate and vilify drugs.

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