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Record Amount of States to Vote on Marijuana Reform

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Back in June we covered which states were going to be voting on marijuana law reform in November 2016. We also listed each state and the initiatives that they were hoping to be voting on this November. Recently, I read a blog at Sensi Magazine with updates for the record amount of states that will be voting on marijuana reform this November:

Published by Leland Rucker, Sensi Magazine:

A record number of state measures asking voters to approve cannabis legalization and regulation have qualified for the ballot next month. Five states are considering whether to allow recreational adult use, and at least two others are considering seeking approval for medical cannabis in one form or another.

None are guaranteed a victory, but should all pass, it would be a significant boost in the effort to end the cannabis portion of the inhumane War on Drugs the US has waged against millions of its own citizens with their own tax money over the last 50 years.

“One in five states will be able to go to the polls and vote for some level of legalization,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, the nation’s oldest organization advocating for cannabis reform. “It’s important to emphasize that there are an unprecedented number of state initiatives. It’s a significant evolution and maturation of our issue and the way advocates campaign for marijuana reform.”

Armentano notes that it is also another indication of the current disconnect between the views of constituents and their elected officials. “It’s not the way the democratic process is supposed to work. When there’s a change in opinion, they [ legislators] should be reflecting on and making that change,” he says. “But they aren’t, and people are taking it into their own hands.”

The five states considering commercial legalization are Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and California.

You can read the full story here-

VOTE: The Legalization Landscape

Published by Leland Rucker, Sensi Mag

 

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