Marijuana Legalization

George Zimmer comes out in favor of marijuana legalization.
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You're going to love the way your feel on weed, he guarantees it.

Men's Warehouse founder George Zimmer has come out in favor of marijuana legalization in a big way, admitting that he regularly partakes of the drug that has seen sweeping support over the past few years.

He called the war against marijuana "the biggest con ever perpetrated" in an interview with CNBC:

"I've been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for about 50 years," Zimmer said to CNBC, before joking, "As you can see, it's really impacted me in a negative way."

Zimmer gave the keynote speech Friday at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in Los Angeles, pushing for legalization. "Everybody in the country knows what the truth here is, except the 535 people we elect to make these decisions in Washington, D.C.," he told attendees. "It's astounding."

He's throwing his support behind an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in California next year, just as he supported the proposition that failed in 2010. No matter what form legalization might take, Zimmer said, "I think it's important that we protect limited home cultivation without any government licensing, so whether it's one plant or 10 plants, I don't know, but I think that's very important."


Who knows how much leverage he can throw in the ring for the issue as a living meme, but he'll surely give it all he's got. Unless he gets distracted by some mild psychoactive drug.

Nick Lachey wants to legalize pot in ohio and grow it.
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Nick Lachey's days of burning up the charts may be over, but he's not against burning other things.

According to The Cannabist, his next business venture is trying to see if the grass is greener on the other side of legalization.

Ohio resident and former boy band star Nick Lachey is among five investors in one of 10 marijuana grow centers that would be created across the state under a proposed ballot issue.

The ballot issue would limit the growing to specific locations where groups of investors financing the operations own or have the option to buy property.

ResponsibleOhio estimates the initiative would generate about $21.5 million in annual tax revenue for Summit County and its townships and municipalities.



That's not the end of the story for Lachey's marijuana empire and Ohio's legalization. Buzzfeed News is reporting that many opponents exist of the initiative and not just because of its pot content. The amendment sounds like it would keep any future weed business in the hands of a very select few, of which Lachey hopes to be a part.

The proposed constitutional amendment would restrict all commercial growth and extraction of weed to 10 specific farms — farms that are owned and operated by the investors bankrolling the effort to pass the initiative. That means the entire legal marijuana industry in Ohio would be controlled by a group of wealthy businesspeople, or what those opposed to the initiative are calling a monopoly, an oligopoly, or a cartel. The rest of the state would be able to apply for one of the 1,150 licenses for marijuana retail stores and testing labs, but all of the shops would need to buy their pot from a group that currently confers over conference call once a week.
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Marijuana legalization advocates have an unlikely new supporter: right-wing evangelical leader Pat Robertson.

In an interview this week, Robertson said he believes marijuana should be treated "the way we treat beverage alcohol," and came out in support of decriminalization measures that will be on the ballot this fall in Washington and Colorado.

"I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to," he said, "But it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded."

His newly-public position wasn't inspired by any particular event, he said. He just believes that America "has gone overboard on this concept of being tough on crime," and that current penalties for pot possession are too stiff.

Robertson isn't troubled by accusations from other conservatives that he has "forsaken the straight and narrow" with his pro-legalization views.

"I just want to be on the right side," he said. "And I think on this one, I'm on the right side."

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Record High Poll Numbers of the Day: According to a new Gallup poll published today, 50% of American are in favor of legalizing marijuana, marking the first time more people were for legalization than were against it since Gallup started asking the q

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