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ELECTION UPDATE: Republicans blame Mitt Romney’s election night loses in Washington and Colorado on potheads…

ELECTION UPDATE: Republicans blame Mitt Romney’s election night loses in Washington and Colorado on potheads…

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Fortunately, I’m adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug, uh, regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber.

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The passage of a northern Chicago suburb’s 2012 budget included an ordinance that decriminalizes marijuana possession of 10 grams or less, penalizing offenders with a fine rather than the jail time they could face elsewhere.

The Evanston City Council voted 6-3 on a $250 million budget Monday night, according to Evanston Patch. Aldermen justified the more lenient marijuana ordinance as a protection against young people’s futures (infractions under the new ordinance will not appear on criminal records), and as part of an effort to free up police they say are overextended in the town, which has about 75,000 residents and contains Northwestern University.

"There is a high amount of paperwork and time that is spent going to court,” Ald. Melissa Wynne (3rd) told The Daily Northwestern. “It’s not just the arrest but then the processing and follow-through that take a lot of time.”

Under previous local laws, possession of 10 grams or less could result in a 6-month jail term, ABC Chicago reports.

Current local law could result in a 6-month jail term for possession of up to 10 grams of pot.

When the budget meeting was opened to citizen comments, several Evanston residents praised the policy change, according to Fox Chicago.

"It does not say that it’s okay to smoke pot, but it does say that they don’t have to live in fear of having a record follow them the rest of their life if they are caught," Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told Fox.

Dickelle Fonda, an Evanston resident, worked with Northeastern Illinois University student Jersey Hosier to research marijuana arrests in Evanston between Jan. 2008 and Oct. 2009 and found a disproportionately high number of marijuana possession arrests involved black residents compared to white residents, Patch reports.

"I hope that it’s the beginning of a larger discussion and looking at a larger picture of what is happening to certain segments of our population in Evanston," Fonda told Patch. "I think that when we look at why young people are stopped and where they’re stopped, there are some serious questions that need to be answered."

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has lobbied for a similar shift in low-level drug possession penalties to ease the county’s overextended budget.

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WASHINGTON — Govs. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I) and Chris Gregoire (D-Wash.) on Wednesday called on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which would allow it to be dispensed for medicinal use.

This move by the governors marks the latest development in a larger struggle to curb the threat of a federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries operating in accordance with state drug laws.

Rhode Island and Washington are just two of 16 states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana, but which in recent months have faced ramped-up enforcement actions from federal prosecutors. In California, for instance, U.S. attorneys have shuttered multiple state-licensed marijuana dispensaries that had been operating in accordance with local laws and government for as long as 15 years.

"The divergence in state and federal law creates a situation where there is no regulated and safe system to supply legitimate patients who may need medical cannabis," wrote the governors in their letter. “State and local governments cannot adopt a regulatory framework to ensure a safe supply is available for - and limited to - legitimate medical use without putting their employees at risk of violating federal law.”

The governors aim to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, along with cocaine, morphine and opium, drugs that, while they do have the potential for abuse and addiction, can also be dispensed for medical uses. Marijuana is currently classified as Schedule I drug, along with heroin, LSD and mescaline.

Chafee earlier this year declined to move forward with a state medical marijuana law after federal prosecutors said state pot shops would be subject to persecution under federal law. Such a gray area between state and federal law, the lawmakers emphasized in their letter, should not be allowed to continue.

"A public rulemaking process would allow all interested parties to contribute their comments and expertise, and provide a full record for decision," the governors concluded. "These interested parties include patients and medical professionals and the sixteen states and the District of Columbia, or nearly one-third of the nation’s population, that have decriminalized limited possession and use of cannabis for serious medical conditions, and at least ten other states are considering similar measures."

Medical marijuana activists on Wednesday lauded the governors’ actions, but cautioned that such efforts should not serve as a substitute for advancing medical marijuana laws at the state level.

"The governors’ call for re-scheduling marijuana so that it can be prescribed for medical purposes is an important step forward in challenging the federal government’s intransigence in this area," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance in a statement Wednesday.

"But their call should not serve as an excuse for these two governors to fail to move forward on responsible regulation of medical marijuana in their own states. Governors in states ranging from New Jersey and Vermont to Colorado and New Mexico have not allowed the federal government’s ban on medical marijuana to prevent them from approving and implementing statewide regulation of medical marijuana. Governors Gregoire and Chafee should do likewise."

The governors aren’t alone in their call to reclassify the drug. The American Medical Association in 2009 came out in favor of reviewing pot’s classification, arguing more research still needs to be done.


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In a recent survey at a leading teaching hospital, ‘over 60 per cent of medical students were found to be marijuana users.’ ….

In a recent survey at a leading teaching hospital, ‘over 60 per cent of medical students were found to be marijuana users.’ ….

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