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31. Save Our Economy: Legalize Marijuana in California! Support A.B. 390

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is asking for your support of Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act -- the first bill ever introduced to legalize the sale and use of marijuana in California.

As introduced, this groundbreaking proposal would raise over $1 billion in annual revenue by taxing the retail production and sale of marijuana for adults over 21 years of age.

The bill would not alter existing legislation on the use of medicinal cannabis, nor would it impose new taxes or sanctions on the medical cultivation of cannabis.

Assembly Bill 390 proposes to make California the first state in the nation to enact a rational public policy for the control and regulation of marijuana. Please show your support for this measure by contacting your California Assembly members and urging them to support the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act.

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32. Legalize Beekeeping in NYC!

CAMPAIGN UPDATE (MARCH 16, 2010)

Success!!! The Board of Health voted today in favor of lifting the ban on honeybee-keeping in NYC!! Thanks and congrats to all who supported the campaign! ~ Nadia

ARCHIVED BACKGROUND

Question: What do cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver have that NYC does not?

Answer: Legalized beekeeping.

Bee keeping is currently illegal in New York City. The New York City Health Code under Section 161.01 prohibits the possession, keeping, harboring and selling of “wild animals.” This ban, in it’s listing of “all venomous insects” includes bees and in doing so outlaws beekeeping.

Honeybees are garden heroes! Honeybees help gardens grow more fruit and vegetables and produce sweet honey. They are nature’s best pollinators and contribute to productive harvests in community gardens, public parks and nature centers.

In order to improve the health and well-being of our urban environment and populace, Just Food proposes that honeybees be removed or exempted from Health Code 161.01.

To find out more about the benefits of legalized beekeeping, read our honeybee fact sheet at: http://justfood.org/issues/

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33. Support Naturally Occurring, Controlled Substances - Victoria

note: sign down the bottom of the page please =)

Many of our greatest industrial, natural resources as we all know come from plants. The aim of this petition is to speak out against the controlling of valuable naturally occurring chemicals in some of our most controversial plants due to the intermingling of our governments and corporations and more recently miss-information within our media.

Aside from industrial use many controlled plants/compounds have various medicinal applications (like that of; Symphytum (Comfrey), Lobelia, Gelsemium, Ephedra, Coltsfoot). Many of these controlled substances are even used for the rehabilitation of chemical drum depenancies.
Industrial applications include; textiles, materials, bio-degradable plastics, fuel, rope, construction materials, & many many many more.

I am initially going into detail on one plant in-particular, and probably the most controversial due to the extent of its recreational usage.

Thank you very much for taking the time to check this out.
Every signature is greatly appreciated and does count.
– Rael Lovell-Gamble

Hemp - Wikipedia
Hemp (from Old English hænep, see cannabis (etymology)) is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis, although the term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use.

Industrial hemp has many uses, including paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, health food, and fuel.[citation needed] It is one of the fastest growing biomasses known,[citation needed] and one of the earliest domesticated plants known.[1] It also runs parallel with the "Green Future" objectives that are becoming increasingly popular. Hemp requires little to no pesticides,[2] no herbicides,[3] controls erosion of the topsoil,[citation needed] and produces oxygen. Furthermore, hemp can be used to replace many potentially harmful products, such as tree paper (the processing of which uses bleaches and other toxic chemicals, and contributes to deforestation), cosmetics, and plastics, most of which are petroleum-based and do not decompose easily.

Licenses for hemp cultivation are issued in the European Union and Canada. In the United Kingdom, these licenses are issued by the Home Office under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. When grown for non-drug purposes hemp is referred to as industrial hemp, and a common product is fiber for use in a wide variety of products, as well as the seed for nutritional aspects as well as for the oil. Feral hemp or ditch weed is usually a naturalized fiber or oilseed strain of Cannabis that has escaped from cultivation and is self-seeding.

Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa is the variety grown for industrial use in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere, while C. sativa subsp. indica generally has poor fiber quality and is primarily used for production of recreational and medicinal drugs. The major difference between the two types of plants is the appearance and the amount of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) secreted in a resinous mixture by epidermal hairs called glandular trichomes. Strains of Cannabis approved for industrial hemp production produce only minute amounts of this psychoactive drug, not enough for any physical or psychological effects. Typically, Hemp contains below 0.3% THC, while Cannabis grown for marijuana can contain anywhere from 6 or 7 % to 20% or even more.

Comfrey
Medicinal uses

Contemporary herbalists view comfrey as an ambivalent and controversial herb that may offer therapeutic benefits but at the potential risk of liver toxicity.
One of its country names for comfrey was ‘knitbone’, a reminder of its traditional use in healing. Modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments.[2] [3] [4] [5]
The herb contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells. Comfrey was used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions. It was reputed to have bone and teeth building properties in children, and have value in treating ‘many female disorders’. In past times comfrey baths were popular to repair the hymen and thus ‘restore virginity’. Constituents of comfrey also include mucilage, steroidal saponins, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, inulin, vitamin B12 and proteins.

Comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener. It is very deep rooted and acts as a dynamic accumulator, mining a host of nutrients from the soil. These are then made available through its fast growing leaves (up to 4-5 pounds per plant per cut) which, lacking fibre, quickly break down to a thick black liquid. There is also no risk of nitrogen robbery when comfrey is dug into the soil as the C:N ratio of the leaves is lower than that of well-rotted compost. Comfrey is an excellent source of potassium, an essential plant nutrient needed for flower, seeds and fruit production. Its leaves contain 2-3 times more potassium than farmyard manure, mined from deep in the subsoil, tapping into reserves that would not normally be available to plants.
There are various ways in which comfrey can be utilised as a fertiliser, these include:
Comfrey for potatoes - freshly cut comfrey should be wilted for a day or two, then laid along potato trenches about 2 inches deep. Avoid using flowering stems as these can root. The leaves will rapidly break down and supply potassium rich fertiliser for the developing potato plants.
Comfrey as a compost activator- include 2-3 inch deep layers of comfrey in the compost heap to encourage bacterial activity and help to heat the heap. Comfrey should not be added in quantity as it will quickly break down into a dark sludgey liquid that needs to be balanced with more fibrous, carbon rich material.
Comfrey liquid fertiliser- can be produced by either rotting leaves down in rainwater for 4-5 weeks to produce a ready to use ‘comfrey tea’, or by stacking dry leaves under a weight in a container with a hole in the base. When the leaves decompose a thick black comfrey concentrate is collected. This must be diluted at 15:1 before use.
Comfrey as a mulch- a 2 inch layer of comfrey leaves placed around a crop will slowly break down and release plant nutrients. it is especially useful for crops that need extra potassium, such as tomatoes, and also fruit bushes like gooseberries and currants.
Comfrey potting mixture- originally devised using peat, environmental awareness has led to a leaf mold-based alternative being adopted instead. Two year old, well decayed leaf mold should be used, this will absorb the nutrient-rich liquid released by the decaying comfrey.
In a black plastic sack alternate 3-4 inch layers of leaf mould and chopped comfrey leaves. Add a little dolomitic limestone to slightly raise pH. Leave for between 2-5 months depending on the season, checking that it does not dry out or become too wet. The mixture is ready when the comfrey leaves have rotted and are no longer visible. Use as a general potting compost, although it is too strong for seedlings.

Lobelia
Cultivation and uses

Several species are cultivated as ornamental plants in gardens. These include Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower or Indian Pink), Lobelia siphilitica (Blue Lobelia), Lobelia fulgens and Lobelia erinus, as well as some hybrids.
Lobelia erinus, a South African annual plant that includes many cultivated selections in a wide variety of colours. They are grown in beds, large pots, window boxes and in hanging baskets. The plants are most often grown away from sunny hot southern exposures (northern exposure's in the southern hemisphere) in soils that are moisture retentive.
In the Victorian language of flowers, the lobelia symbolizes malevolence and ill will.
[edit]Medicinal use
Native Americans used lobelia to treat respiratory and muscle disorders, and as a purgative. Today it is used to treat asthma and food poisoning, and is often used as part of smoking cessation programs. It is a physical relaxant, and can serve as a nerve depressant, easing tension and panic. The species used most commonly in modern herbalism is Lobelia inflata (Indian Tobacco).[2]
Extracts of Lobelia inflata contain lobeline, which showed positive effects in the treatment of multidrug-resistant tumor cells.[3] Furthermore, lobeline can be modified to lobelane which decreased methamphetamine self-administration in rats.[4] It therefore opens a perspective in methamphetamine dependency treatment.[5]
As used in North America, lobelia's medicinal properties include the following: emetic (induces vomiting), stimulant, antispasmodic, expectorant, diaphoretic, relaxant, nauseant, sedative, diuretic, and nervine.
Because of its similarity to nicotine, the internal use of lobelia may be dangerous to susceptible populations, including children, pregnant women, and individuals with cardiac disease. Excessive use will cause nausea and vomiting. It is not recommended for use by pregnant women and is best administered by a practitioner qualified in its use.
Two species, Lobelia siphilitica and Lobelia cardinalis, were considered a cure for syphilis[6].
Herbalist Samuel Thompson popularized medicinal use of lobelia in the United States in the early 19th century, as well as other medicinal plants like goldenseal.[2]

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One species, L. chinensis (called bàn biān lián, 半边莲 in Chinese), is used as one of the fifty fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.

Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) is a plant in the family Asteraceae.
It has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The name "tussilago" itself means "cough suppressant." The plant has been used since at least historical times to treat lung ailments such as asthma as well as various coughs by way of smoking. Crushed flowers supposedly cured skin conditions, and the plant has been consumed as a food item.
Coltsfoot is a perennial herbaceous plant that spreads by seeds and rhizomes. Tussilago is often found in colonies of dozens of plants. The flowers, which superficially resemble dandelions, appear in early spring before dandelions appear. The leaves, which resemble a colt's foot in cross section, do not appear usually until after the seeds are set. Thus, the flowers appear on stems with no apparent leaves, and the later appearing leaves then wither and die during the season without seeming to set flowers.
The plant is typically between 10 - 30cm in height.
Coltsfoot is native to several locations in Europe and Asia. It is also a common plant in North America and South America where it has been introduced, most likely by settlers as a medicinal item. The plant is often found in waste and disturbed places and along roadsides and paths. In some areas it is considered an invasive species.
Coltsfoot is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including The Gothic and Small Angle Shades. The Coltsfoot is also worked by the honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera).
Other common names include Ass's foot, Bull's foot, Butterbur, Coughwort, Farfara, Foal's foot, Foalswort, Horse Foot and Winter heliotrope.
Sometimes it is confused as Western coltsfoot.
Dried coltsfoot is often used as a tobacco alternative, notably in Amsterdam, since the legal status of tobacco was tightened in August 2008.

My thoughts and the reasons behind the start of the outlawing of naturally occurring substances:
The facts are there for those who wish to hear them, from everything from nutrition, medicinal usage, the production of; cothes, tablets (something like 10000% more efficient than chopping down our beautiful slow growing trees), and countless other uses.

Cannabis was the most utilized and paramount of materials employed to make.. well... anything. Another example is that of building materials, the hardest construction material known to man just so happens to be a composite make up of concrete and the fibers of the cannabis plant. 90% of the worlds rope at the time was also produced with the fibers of the cannabis plant. You can even power a car off your plants with current technologies.

Remember, I'm not talking DIRECTLY about smoking the drug, rather about its unsurpassed usability within our society. There are so many other things that cannabis is unsurpassed in so I'll go onto the reasons it was in fact banned.

In 1936 Popular Mechanics Magazine hailed the invention of a method and machine tool to drastically increase the viability and speed of the production of hemp and predicted that it would again become the most valuable industrial material. Many people were threatened greatly by this. Then well established bodies including; Herst Paper Manufacturers, Kimberly Clark, and many other Governmentally connected multi-national corporation who also owned large timber holdings at the time. Let alone the force we know as DuPont (Chemical Company) as the processing of cannabis uses only 1/5 as much chemicals as compared to wood pulp processing. On top of that they had just patented a brand new Wood Pulp Solphide Process.

DuPont's previously patented plastic fibers had just surpassed cannabis at #2 fiber just behind cotton. They didn't want any of this to change. Regardless of the impact on our environment. In early American settlements you could even be jailed for NOT growing Cannabis. They realized the incredible importance of sustainability.

Furthermore, on the medical subject; You cannot patent a naturally occurring bio-chemical, It has to be synthetic.

Thanks... Raél

sources:
Common Sense, Care, & Wikipedia :P
http://www.speak.bravehost.com (coming soon!)

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34. Legalize Marijuana In The UK

Marijuana should be legal in the UK. Nuff said, Sign now ;D.

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35. Legalize Marijuana in RSA

Most people use Cannabis in South Africa, but also tend to go for Harder drugs, such as crack-cocaine, herroin, Tik, LSD etc...

If Cannabis(Dagga) were to be legalized, it would be less a chance for people to be able to buy it from a drug dealer, because they can get it cheaper at an established "Cannabis Shop!!!" I.O.W: Tax for The Government, no profit for Dealers!!!

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36. Legalize Fireworks In Massachusetts

We as Citizens of Massachusetts feel that Consumer Fireworks "Class C" should be Legalize of public use and possession.

At least some types of Consumer Fireworks are Legal in 45 of the 50 States.

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37. Make Weed Legal In The Unted States Since Drinking Is Legal

weed aka ganja,etc.. is the herb of life

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38. Legalize Marijuana

SORRY YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO SIGN PETITION.
One Moment for Marijuana/Cannabis/Hemp petition 2005

To: U.S. Congress

We ask for the legalization for Marijuana/ Cannabis/ Hemp in the United States.

FACT

· Deaths per year resulting from alcohol: 100,000
· Deaths per year resulting from tobacco: 430,000
· Deaths per year resulting from aspirin: 180- 1000
· Deaths per year resulting from legal drugs: 106,000
· Deaths that have ever occurred in direct result of Cannabis: 0 (that’s right zero)

FACT

· Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops (Hemp) would provide all of America’s Energy needs.
· Biomass can be converted into methane, methanol, or gasoline (which could eliminate our ties with the Middle East) at a cost comparable to petroleum and hemp is much better for the environment.
· Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.
· The use of Hemp Fuel does not contribute to global warming

FACT

· Hemp seed can be pressed into nutritious oil, which contains the highest amount of fatty acids in the plant kingdom. Essential oils are responsible for our immune system responses, and can clear the arteries of cholesterol and plaque.
· The byproduct of pressing the oil from hemp seed is a high quality protein seed cake. It can be used to bake into cakes, breads and casseroles. Hemp seed protein is one of mankind’s finest, most complete, and available-to-the body vegetable proteins.
· A Vegan or vegetarian can get all of the days required protein from a handful of hemp seed.

FACT

· Hemp is the oldest cultivated fiber plant in the world.
· Low-THC fiber hemp varieties developed by the French and others have been available for over 20 years. It is impossible to get high from fiber hemp. Over 600,000 acres of hemp is grown worldwide with no misuse problem.
· One acre of hemp can produce as much usable fiber as 4 acres of trees or two acres of cotton.
· Trees cut down take 50-500 years to grow, while hemp can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and can yield 4 times more paper over a 20 year period.
· Until 1883, from 75-90% of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fiber including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc.
· Hemp paper is longer lasting than wood pulp, stronger, acid-free, and chlorine free (Chlorine is estimated to cause up to 10% of all Cancers).
· Hemp paper can be recycled 7 times, wood pulp 4 times.
· Hemp particleboard may be up to 2 times stronger than wood particleboard and holds nails better.
· Hemp is a softer, warmer, and more water absorbent, than cotton and doesn’t stretch out.
· Half of the U.S. pesticides are used to treat cotton, while hemp has a natural pesticide.

FACT

· Almost any product that can be made from wood, cotton, or petroleum (including plastics) can be made from hemp. There are 25,000 known uses for hemp.
· For thousands of years virtually all good paints and varnishes were made with hemp seed oil and/or linseed oil.
· One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees, making hemp a perfect material to replace trees for pressed board, particle board, and concrete construction molds.
· Heating and compressing plant fibers can create a practical, inexpensive, fire-resistant constructions material with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities.
· In 1941 Henry Ford built a plastic car made of fiber from hemp and wheat straw. Hemp is biodegradable, as synthetic plastic is not.

FACT

· Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic.

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39. Legalize Marijuana in America!!!

This is a petition on legalizing Marijuana, weed, pot, ect. all the same. Any
way I know im not the only one who thinks weed does nothing to you
really except make you calm and relaxed. So why is it illegal? They think it is
going to kill us. Well its not marijuana has not killed anyone under the influence
of it but look at alcohol many people die at the use of that and it is still legal
with an age limit, so why not marijuana. It is not a gate-way-drug none of my
friends have ever used anything besides marijuana and many of them have
been smoking for 5 years so if its really that bad for you why are they still alive?
In many point of veiws if marijuana was legal then the crime rate would go
down. Look at what happened in the 60's yeah it was still illegal but alot of
people still smoked it and the crime rate was still low. It is our choice on what
enters our bodys.

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40. Global Marijuana March Legalization Petition

Outright, show your support for liberation of Cannabis around the world. Millions are out there, let us join hands and free the herb!

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41. Legalize Marijauna

The legalization of marijauna must be done. The legalization can benefit the economy especially in its' latest recession.

One in six people are incarcerated for marijauna related charges. There are at least two million people in jail today. That makes for about 333,333 people in jail for marijauna related charges for life.

There is something wrong there. When there are murderers who get out of jail instead of harmless marijauna users and sellers.(Learn more from Eric Schlosser) It costs anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 to keep one person incarcerated for one year.

Legalize marijauna for the economic health and use it for something more productive.

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42. Legalize Marijuana in Canada

Marijuana has been illegal in the United States and Canada since 1930. For most of human history, hemp has been used as means on making clothing, paper, rope and housing. It has been used as oil, fuel and food. The plant's known uses goes back as far as 7000 B.C and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy. The hemp plant was introduced to the United States in the early 1600's but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900's. America's first marijuana law stated that every farmer was "ordered" to grow Indian hemp seed.There were several other "must grow" laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp.

So if this extremly versatile plant was so useful, then why did it become illegal? It all started in the 1900's, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce. One of the "differences" seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them. However, the first state law outlawing marijuana was not because of Mexicans using the drug. Oddly enough, it was because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church was not pleased and ruled against use of the drug. Since the state of Utah automatically enshrined church doctrine into law, the first state marijuana prohibition was established in 1915. The other states quickly followed suit.

When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator's comment: "When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff... he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies." In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: "All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff (marijuana) is what makes them crazy."

In the eastern states, the "problem" was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time. Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: "Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men's shadows and look at a white woman twice." Another fear tactic used is that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana. By the 1930s, the story had changed. Dr. A. E. Fossier wrote in the 1931 New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal: "Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp." Within a very short time, marijuana started being linked to violent behavior.

Harry J. Anslinger recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity-- a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn't be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level. Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from "Gore Files" -- wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and... Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."

"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."

"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother." ......

With all this said, i think we can clearly see that marijuana was unlegalized solely because of racism. Canada followed suit with America within the same time period for the same reasons.

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43. Legalize Marijuana in the United States

Marijuana has been illegal in the United States and Canada since 1930.

For most of human history, hemp has been used as means on making clothing, paper, rope and housing. It has been used as oil, fuel and food. The plant's known uses goes back as far as 7000 B.C and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.

The hemp plant was introduced to the United States in the early 1600's but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900's. America's first marijuana law stated that every farmer was "ordered" to grow Indian hemp seed.There were several other "must grow" laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp.

So if this extremely versatile plant was so useful, then why did it become illegal? It all started in the 1900's, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border.

Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce. One of the "differences" seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them. However, the first state law outlawing marijuana was not because of Mexicans using the drug. Oddly enough, it was because of Mormons using it. Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church was not pleased and ruled against use of the drug. Since the state of Utah automatically enshrined church doctrine into law, the first state marijuana prohibition was established in 1915. The other states quickly followed suit.

When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator's comment: "When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff... he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies." In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: "All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff (marijuana) is what makes them crazy."

In the eastern states, the "problem" was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time. Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: "Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men's shadows and look at a white woman twice." Another fear tactic used is that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana. By the 1930s, the story had changed. Dr. A. E. Fossier wrote in the 1931 New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal: "Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp." Within a very short time, marijuana started being linked to violent behavior.

Harry J. Anslinger recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity-- a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn't be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level. Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from "Gore Files" -- wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and... Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."

"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."

"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother." .............

With all this said, i think we can clearly see that marijuana was unlegalized solely because of racism.

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44. Legalize the Sale of Human Kidneys in United States

About 350,000 Americans suffer from end-stage renal disease, a kidney disorder so advanced that the organ ceases to function (Finkel).

These victims are in need of new organs in order to stay alive, but the problem is not enough kidneys are donated to provide adequate transplants for everyone.

Those placed on a wait list typically have to spend years before they even have the chance of receiving their new kidney. Most victims die while waiting; in fact, In the year 2000 alone, 2,583 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant (Goyal, Mehta, Schneiderman, and Sehgal). The number of deaths worldwide is around 50,000.

However, there is a solution to this large problem: legalize the sale of human kidneys in the United States. Legalization and the promise of monetary profit to donors would provide the incentive needed to convince more people to donate their organs.

Thousands of lives would be saved through this process, and America as a world leader would set the stage for more countries to legalize the sale of kidneys. Regulation is a must, of course, in order to allow complete fairness in monetary compensation. With this process in place, new hope and new life can be given to those needing this valuable organ.

Finkel, Michael. “This Little Kidney Went to Market.” New York Times Magazine. New York: May 27, 2001.

Goyal, M., Mehta, R., Schneiderman, L., and Sehgal, A. “Economic and Health Consequences of Selling a Kidney in India.” Journal of the American Medical Association. October 2, 2002. 288, 13, 1589-92.

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45. Legalize ferrets in Hawaii!

"A number of states classified ferrets as wild animals and banned them as pets before they become popular as companion animals in the United States. As ferrets grew in popularity, these bans were overturned in quick succession. At this point, California and Hawaii remain the only two states to prohibit ferrets. There has been no effort to legalize them in Hawaii, whereas the struggle in California has been ongoing for fifteen years.

The stated objection given by ferret opponents in California is that ferrets could start breeding in the wild and pose a threat to agriculture and native species. Since ferrets in the U.S. are exclusively indoor pets, are almost always spayed and neutered, do not survive on their own for more than a few days, and have absolutely no history of breeding on their own anywhere in the country, we are not sure where these fears are coming from. Although the true motivation for opposing ferrets remains a mystery to us, we hope that the injustice will soon be rectified, either by the legislature or through a state-wide ballot initiative."

The above text is directly quoted from:
http://www.legalizeferrets.org/ferrets-intro.htm

Ferrets are commonly believed to be wild, vicious animals that will hunt and kill prey if let loose. This is false...misinformation pure and simple. Ferrets have been domesticated for thousands of years; possibly even longer then the common house cat! Domestic ferrets are significantly different from their wild counterparts having poor vision, skeletal differences, size differences, and reproductive difficulties! They are not hunters! There are only 65 reports of ferrets causing real harm per year (bites, scratches, etc.) out of the 8-10 MILLION ferrets in the U.S. alone! Even attacks per capita leave ferret attacks at a ratio of 1:250 at the MOST conservative and unrealistically low standards. In a more realistic light you are almost 5,000 times more likely to be bitten by a dog than a ferret! For more information about ferrets and the rumors surrounding them click on one of the following links:

http://www.cypresskeep.com/Ferretfiles/Legal1-FM.htm

http://www.2ndchance.info/ferret.htm

Ferrets are officially domestic animals and are statistically much less dangerous then dogs or cats. If you're still not convinced then send me a message and let me know why ferrets SHOULD be illegal!!

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46. Legalize Marijuana NOW!

For many years people have been waiting to be able to use marijuana in peace, for religious, medical and recreational purposes. Not only is it a naturally occurring plant but the effects of the herb is much safer than alcohol (it does not impair judgment, the user can't get addicted...). Like anything it can be used, not abused.

Now prisons are filling up with harmless cannabis users, but the use of marijuana is still popular. Now it's time for people to speak up for their rights. It should be up to you if you wish to roll a joint in your own house! Don't let the government control every aspect of your life or it will get worse!

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47. Legalize Marijuana in the USA

Marijuana is illegal right now in the United States.

Marijuana is less costly and it is much safer than many prescriptions. Plus tax payers pay billions of dollars in taxes to prosecute Marijuana users. Every 45 seconds a a person is arrested for this, 85% of the people arrested for having possession of marijuana, 15% for selling it.

Legalizing it will give the goverment control over it, raise tax that will go to public schools, health care and more. When bought in a store you know it's pure. Also if legal it can be restricted from people under the age of 21. And you can't drive stoned - same laws that apply with alcohol.

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48. Legalize Euthanasia in the USA

Euthanasia is not about giving rights to the person who dies but, instead, is about changing the law and public policy so that doctors, relatives and others can directly and intentionally end another person's life.

People do have the power to commit suicide.

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49. Legalizirajte Marihuanu u Hrvatskoj!

Zašto je tako naglo biljka strpana iza rešetaka?

Zašto je o njoj tako naglo stvoreno negativno mišljenje?

Zašto je, i pored zabrana, Marihuanu u Americi probalo preko 70 miliona ljudi?

Istrazivanja: http://www.net.hr/znanost/page/2005/10/17/0254006.htm
Marihuana ujedno i usporava nastajanje alzeheimerove bolesti.Nikad i nigdje u svijetu nije zabiljezen niti jedan smrtni slucaj od uzroka konzumacije marihuane.
Marihuana sprijecava kancerogene tvari!

Zasto uz ovoliko pozitivnih strana marihuane jos nije legalizirana?
Jer bi duhanske tvrtke dobile konkurenciju,a milijunasi bi htjeli ostat milijunasi.
Samo se to zapitajte.Jeste li ikad vidili naziv u novinama "Napusen pregazio zenu i djecu"??

Trebamo vasu pomoc,napravite pravu odluku

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50. Legalize Psychedelic Plants and other Natural Drugs

This petition has been created in an effort to legalize psychedelic plants and other natural drugs.

It is our human and constitutional right to be able to practice our religions and self-medicate ourselves, as we have done so since before recorded history.

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51. legalize marijuana for people 13 and over in the USA

June 16, 2006

This petition is for legalizeing marijuana for people of the ages of thirteen and over but poeple 13-18 can only cary 1oz. of marijuana with them in schools

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52. Legalize Safe and Sane Fireworks In Massachusetts

June 2, 2006

Legalize all Safe and Sane Fireworks in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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53. Legalize TintZ Globally

May 26, 2006

Dear Friends! Collegues! Dear Partners and Customers! Dear Drivers and Passengers! Dear All! My name is Leonard F. Yankelovich and I am BrandMan of DARTSFILMZ.TV window films.

Generation Z. Yes, I deal with window films. That's why somebody can tell: "Yeeeeeeah, Leo, You only want to make money selling Your films! You have no idea to help us". I will tell: "NO". The tint laws we have all over the world are outdated, incorrect and useless.

Tint laws we have make any car a dangerous weapon on any sunny area. This tint laws make car glass double dangerous during acidents. There are million "NO" we can tell to this tint laws, but we still don't do it. No idea to write here all problems related with nottinted drivers glasses....I want to tell here.

LET'S STAY UNITED. Let's kick this outlaw tintlaws which don't allow us to drive safely! LEGALIZE TINTZ!!!

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54. Legalize Marijuana Today

February 26, 2006

We The People Of The United States Of America Feel That The Prasacution Of People Caught In The Act Of Smoking Marijuana Is InTolerable.

We State That Marijuana Should Never Be Labeled A Worse Crime Than Murder And Rape... Its Time For Change Time For Hope...Time That We Can Live A Normal Happy Life... Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death.

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55. Legalize Marijuana in USA

This petition is to legalize Marijuana.

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56. Legalize marijuana in the US

Marijuana is not like other drugs. It is not addictive. It does not destroy the body or the mind any more than fast food or beer does. All the problems of marijuana in today's society stem from the fact that it has been made illegal. If we legalize marijuana, we will solve our problems.

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57. Legalize Fireworks In Massachusetts

Consumer fireworks are fun and exciting to use. We the people of Massachusetts see no reason to ban all consumer firework use. There are more accidents caused by drunk drivers then of firework users and still alcohol is sold to consumers even on Sundays now. Cigarettes cause cancer and many other illnesses. They can also cause fires and still they allow them to be sold. Many other states that allow fireworks, do not have as many injuries. Why? Because the people of those states aren't doing them illegally and they are not in a hurry to light them before local law enforcement arrive, causing less injury and less fires. Also, those states that allow fireworks use, have certain age requirements like that of tobacco, firearms, and alcohol.

We should have the right to use fireworks for Fourth of July, parties, for fun, weddings and many other occasions. There should be a certain age requirement like 21 would be the proper age to purchase and use fireworks. There also should be permits that can be obtained for use of consumer fireworks and special locations where they can be ignited. Or if the person has enough land they should be able to ignite them on that property if they own it, if it is inspected by local Fire Dept, and obtain a permit from the Local Fire Dept.

Fire arms are legal in this state and many murders and injuries occur and still guns are sold to the public with appropriate licenses.If fireworks were legal in this state there could be a certain tax on them making more money for the state and money that could be used for grants or other appropriate uses. We, as taxpayers of Massachusetts, should have the right to sell, purchase and use fireworks in the state of Massachusetts.

Little by little new laws are coming out trying to control the way we want to live our lives. We the people of this state have the right to choose our government and all elected officials that govern our state and we will put those in power who are for us, and remove those in power who are against us. This petition will be emailed to every Senator and Representative in Massachusetts.

If you are 18 yrs or older live in Massachusetts , and agree that appropriate fireworks should be made legal to buy, sell, and use please sign my petition and write to your local Senators and Representatives for legalization of Fireworks Thank you.

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58. Legalize Gay Marriage in the United States

Help us to legalize same sex marriage in the United States.

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59. Help legalize gambling in all states of the USA

Help legalize gambling in all states. Why should it be against the law to bet your own money?

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60. No to Abortion and Prostitution

For years, I have listened to the arguements to keep abortion legal, because "a woman should have a right to control her own body". Being the fair minded person that I am, I believe that the logical next step should be to legalize prostition, "because a woman should have the right to do as she chooses, with her own body."

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