How Close is Marijuana Legalization?
Anyone who follows political trends can see the momentum for marijuana legalization growing. Every year the polls look better for advocates and every election cycle more and more states are considering cannabis law reform.
2012 may go down as the biggest year by far in the history of the movement. All thanks to the tireless efforts of countless advocates and activists.
The video below features a “senior political correspondent,” Andrew Whitman, interviewing Doug Fine, author of "Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution." The interview is followed by a panel discussion with show host Richard French, political journalist Dominic Carter and New York State Senator Greg Ball on the benefits and downfalls of legalizing marijuana.
These debates and shows are taking place all over the country. Just 20 years ago marijuana law reform was considered a fringe movement not worth anyone’s time. Not the discussion is everywhere, in just about every area of pop culture and in many political debates. Marijuana is well on its way to being just as accepted as alcohol, and considering it is a much safer substance, this is a great thing.
Washington's First Marijuana Legalization Commercial
The first television ad in support of I-502 which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in the state for adults over the age of 21, has just come out in Washington State. The ad is from New Approach Washington, the campaign behind the initiative.
The woman in the ad is personally against marijuana, but lists several reasons why it makes more sense to regulate and control the cannabis market. The ad is presumably aimed at women, who, according to polls, favor legalization less than men.
In addition to Washington, Oregon and Colorado also have marijuana legalization initiatives on their ballots. Which means it’s possible for legalization to be law in three states by next year.
How the federal government would react to that is anyone’s guess; this would also depend on who wins the Presidential election. President Obama might theoretically be willing to back off marijuana in a second term.
At least one state has to pass legalization to keep any kind of momentum in the movement. All three passing it would be nothing less than a huge slap in the face of the federal government.
Most importantly, adults in these states have a chance at a much greater measure of freedom.
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CO Amendment 64 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Puts Up Pat Robertson Billboard
A couple months back, conservative TV evangelist Pat Robertson made headlines across the nation when he said on his TV show that he favors keeping marijuana users out of the criminal justice system and told The New York Times that he supports Amendment 64, the ballot issue to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.
Now the campaign behind Amendment 64 has put up a billboard in Grand Junction, Colorado, a more conservative area of the state; a more Christian area as well, featuring Robertson’s face and asking the question, ”Pat Robertson would vote YES on 64. Will you?“
In the video Robertson makes a great point about putting young marijuana users in jail and churning out hardened criminals. Do we need more criminals?
You would have to think the billboard will have some impact among those who see it, a good many of whom probably consider Pat Robertson a spiritual authority figure, despite his penchant for saying incredibly offensive things after tragedies have occurred.
In the end it will be impossible not to gain some votes from the billboard; marijuana smokers who hate Robertson aren’t going to vote against Amendment 64 because he is for it, and at least some Republicans will take a closer look at the issue.
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