Feb 182015
 February 18, 2015
2016 election marijuana

(via chsarrow.com)

Two very hardworking activists sat down this last weekend at the International Cannabis Business Conference and had a great discussion about marijuana legalization between now and the end of Election Day 2016. Ethan Nadelmann is the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, and Russ Belville is the creator of 420 Radio (and many other things!). They discussed which states have the best chance of legalizing marijuana in the next two years, whether it be via an initiative or legislative action. Below are the states that I have always felt are in the running:

Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont

People can feel free to disagree with me by stating your opinion in the comments section. Below is video footage of Ethan and Russ’ conversation. Which state(s) do you think will be the next to legalize in America?

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  17 Responses to “Ethan Nadelmann And Russ Belville On Marijuana Legalization In 2016”

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    Chances Maryland will legalize marijuana in the year 2017 via legislative. Maryland is an overall democrat state, there was a poll done last year and majority of Maryland residents are for legalization. Plus a lot of states would have already legalize cannabis by then.My only fear is Governor Larry Hogan (R) will veto the law. He vowed to veto any marijuana legalization bill. I did a little bit of research on the senate/house. If the Senate and House have enough votes they can over-power a veto. Marijuana legalization makes sense. The drug war is a waste of our tax-payer dollars and resources.

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    Don’t count Mississippi out in 2016. Good things are happening there and the people may actually have a chance to vote for legalization in 2016.

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    Hopefully Missouri will get it legal in 2016. Better yet get it legal nation wide!

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    Hopefully things will get done in 16. Fire every politician that is against legalization.

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    I must say I have so much respect for Russ Belville. My biggest fear was that once Oregon got legalized that Russ might let up a bit but he hasn’t. He keeps working as hard now as he did when he was working hard for Oregon legalization. This industry needs a ton more guys like Russ. His character and tenacity is impeccable and I am very thankful for all of his work. Keep being awesome, Russ!

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      Thanks for the compliments. It’s this or work at 7-Eleven… and they don’t like my pee. But seriously, legalizing marijuana is just a tactic to achieving my real goal, ending discriminatory workplace pre-employment drug testing. It was a drug test that cost me my information technology career, and from that moment on, I swore I’d use all the suit jackets, ties, computer, public speaking, data analysis, and corporate skills I’d accumulated in two decades of dwelling in cubicle farms and use them against the corporations that trained me. So far, so good…

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    Once they see tax returns, politicians will change their tune.

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    LOL. Didn’t see Georgia anywhere on the list. A Policeman In Every Living Room is the new rallying cry of that state. Trash get what trash deserve.

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    Arizona? Really? My friend did 2 years in jail for an oz of shitty mexican pot. I thought Az was concervative country.

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    I would think New Mexico would follow Colorado’s lead.

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    I don’t think it matters. We are discussing which “flavor” of inevitability will occur.

    If you do want to “predict” when and where. You need to know two things, the prevailing political culture and the actual text of the measure.

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