These Are The Next 13 States That Could Legalize Marijuana...
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization advocates are hopeful that the Colorado and Washington will be just the first in a wave of states to legalize marijuana over the next 12 months, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
In an email to Business Insider, St. Pierre said that his organization forecasts that several states — including Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota and Nevada — will consider marijuana legalization measures in the coming months.
"The New England states have been a ‘hot bed’ for the last few years," he told Business Insider via email. "Recent victories for reformers in Washington and Colorado have breathed more legislative and media attention into these proposed legislative measures."
NORML tracks ongoing legislation and ballot measures in all 50 states. By its count, 13 will consider initiatives for legalization either through legislation or ballot measures.
In addition to those states mentioned above, Virginia will call for a legalization commission to explore the policy. NORML also counts Oregon as another possible state, even though a ballot measure was voted down in November.
A key question, however, is how federal law enforcement will respond to legalization in Colorado and Washington. So far, the Justice Department has not made any moves to respond to the two states' defiance of federal policy, though it is still reportedly weighing taking legal action.
But support for legalization has been growing steadily, gaining support for lawmakers and prominent public figures. Notably, a bipartisan group of representatives in Congress recently introduced the "Respect States' and Citizen's Rights Act of 2012," a bill that states that state marijuana laws should not be preempted by federal laws.
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Democrats ask Obama to respect Colorado, Washington
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Riverside County’s Democratic Central Committee has approved a resolution asking President Barack Obama to respect Colorado’s and Washington state’s decision to legalize marijuana.
The Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County drafted the resolution out of concern the president doesn’t look favorably on the passage of marijuana legalization measures by voters in those two states, wrote Brownie Mary club leader Larry Swerdlow in a press release.
“The President is out of touch with the voters on this issue and Democrats in particular,” said Swerdlow, an Inland medical marijuana advocate.
“His only contact with marijuana issues seems to be with law enforcement … who stand to lose their $20 billion a year marijuana prohibition full employment program if marijuana is legalized.”
Club members plan to go to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Riverside office on Thursday to ask her to make sure the resolution reaches the White House.
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Poll: Keep feds out of state pot laws
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, December, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Most Americans want the federal government to stop enforcing anti-marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington state, which legalized the drug earlier this year, according to a poll released Monday.
Sixty-four percent do not want the federal government to enforce its anti-marijuana laws in those states, compared to only 34 percent who do, according to a Gallup Poll. Among those who believe marijuana use should be legal, a whopping 87 percent said the federal government should back off. But even among those who oppose marijuana legalization, 43 percent don’t want the federal government to get involved.
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Should Marijuana be Legalized?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
Record 58 Percent of Americans Say Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, December, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON – According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, a record high 58% of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39% who do not. In addition, 50% of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years.
A strong plurality (47%) of respondents said they think President Obama should allow Colorado and Washington to implement the ballot measures approved by voters last month to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Just 33% said they approve of President Obama using federal resources to prevent them from going into effect. Interestingly, support for the rights of states could be higher, but 46% of Republicans surveyed support the federal government asserting its power over the states.
Marijuana possession by adults is scheduled to become legal in Washington on Thursday when Initiative 502 officially goes into effect. A similar measure adopted by Colorado voters, Amendment 64, will go into effect no later than January 6. The new laws in Colorado and Washington make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use. They also direct the legislatures of both states to create regulations in order to establish a legal market for businesses to cultivate and sell marijuana to adults. So far, the federal government has not stated whether it intends to use any resources to interfere with the implementation of the new state laws.
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