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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize Marijuana

Legalize Marijuana legalization cannabis prohibition tea partyBy Phillip Smith

During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do.

“What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from YouTube host Hank Green. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal substance, but we’re not going to spend a lot of resources trying to turn back decisions that have been made at the state level on this issue. My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this.”

Indeed. Legalization bills are already popping up in state legislatures around the country, and while it’s unlikely — though not impossible — that any of them will pass this year, 2016 looks to be the breakout year for freeing the weed. One state is going to be the first to legalize it through the legislature, and next year seems reasonable. And the presidential election year is also likely to see successful legalization initiatives in several more.

Currently four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — and the District of Columbia have ended pot prohibition. But that’s only about 18 million people. By the time they quit counting the votes on Election Day 2016, that number is likely to triple, and then some.

So, where’s it going to happen? Here’s where:

California

That California is the only state on the West Coast to not yet have legalized pot is an embarrassment to Golden State activists. They were first with medical marijuana in 1996, and they tried to be first to legalize it with Prop 19 in 2010, but came up short, garnering 46% of the vote on Election Day despite leading in the polls up until the final weeks. In 2012, with the big players sitting on their cash stashes, none of the competing initiative efforts even managed to make the ballot.

It will be different in 2016. The actors with deep pockets are all ready to get involved next year, the polling is good (if not great, hovering in the mid-50s), and the state’s disparate and fractious cannabis community is already working to forge a unified front behind a community-vetted initiative. The main vehicle for activists is the California Coalition for Cannabis Law Reform, which has already started holding meetings statewide to try to a unified marijuana reform community.

With 38 million people, California is the big prize. It’s also an expensive place to run an initiative, with the cost of getting on the ballot alone at around a million dollars. And it’ll take several million more to pay for advertising in the key final weeks of the campaign. But the money is lining up, it’ll take fewer signatures to qualify for the ballot (thanks to the dismal turnout in last year’s midterms), and once it qualifies, it will have momentum from (by then) four years of legalization in Colorado and Washington and two years of it in Alaska and Oregon. California will go green in 2016.

Nevada

Nevada is the state that is actually furthest down the path towards legalizing it next year. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada has already qualified a legalization initiative for the 2016 ballot. It would legalize the possession of up to an ounce by adults 21 and over and allow for taxed and regulated marijuana commerce.

Under Nevada law, the legislature now has a chance to approve the initiative. If it does so, it would become law; if it rejects it or fails to act on it, it then goes to the voters on Election Day 2016.

Nevadans approved medical marijuana in 1998 (59%) and again in 2000 (65%), but voted down decriminalization in 2002 (39%) and legalization in 2006 (44%). But it has since then effectively decriminalized possession of less than ounce, and it’s now been a decade since that last legalization initiative loss at the polls. Either marijuana will be legal by Election Day 2016 thanks to the legislature or the voters will decide the question themselves at the polls.

Arizona

In Arizona, possession of any amount of pot is still a felony, but polling in the last couple of years shows support for legalization either hovering around 50% or above it. Those aren’t the most encouraging polling numbers — the conventional wisdom is that initiatives want to start out at 60% support or better — but a serious effort is underway there to put the issue before the voters in 2016.

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is teaming with Safer Arizona and other state activist groups for the 2016 initiative campaign and has formed a ballot committee to begin laying the groundwork for a Colorado-style initiative.

The initiative language is not a done deal, and there are some signs that local activists aren’t completely happy with MPP’s proposed language, but that’s why there are consultations going on.

Maine

The Marijuana Policy Project has been laying the groundwork for a statewide legalization initiative in 2016 with local initiative campaigns in some of the state’s largest cities in 2014 and 2013 and is working on final initiative language now. But it is also seeing competition from a state-based group, Legalize Maine, that says it is crafting its own initiative and is criticizing both MPP and Maine politicians for advancing “out of state corporate interests” at the expense of Mainers.

Whether MPP and Legalize Maine can get together behind a single initiative remains to be seen. If they can, good; if they can’t, well, Maine is a small and relatively inexpensive state in which to run a signature-gathering campaign. There could be not one, but two legalization initiatives in Maine next year.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Diane Russell has filed a legalization bill in the legislature this year. Maine is one of the states where the looming presence of legalization initiatives could actually move the legislature to act preemptively to craft a legalization scheme to its own liking.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts is another. As in Maine, but to a much greater degree, Bay State activists have been laying the groundwork for legalization for years. Groups such as MassCann/NORML and the Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts have run a series of marijuana reform “public policy questions” in various state electoral districts each election cycle since 2000 — and they have never lost! The questions are non-binding, but they’re a clear indicator to state legislators where voter sentiment lies.

The state has also seen successful decriminalization and medical marijuana initiatives, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. In both cases, the initiatives were approved with 63% of the vote. And again as in Maine, the Marijuana Policy Project is organizing an initiative, but local activists with similar complaints to those in Maine are threatening to run their own initiative. Organized as Bay State Repeal, which includes some veteran Massachusetts activists, the group says it wants the least restrictive legalization law possible. Whether the two efforts can reach a common understanding remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the issue could move in the legislature in the next two years. New Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s opposed to legalization, but is praising Democratic Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s decision to appoint a special Senate committee to examine issues around legalization. Rep. David Rogers (D-Cambridge) isn’t waiting. He’s filed a legalization bill, and while previous such bills have languished in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, incoming committee head Sen. Will Brownberger (D-Boston) has said he will give it a hearing. Something could happen this year, although it’s more likely next year, and the voters doing it themselves on Election Day 2016 is more likely yet.

Vermont

Vermont could be the best bet for a state to legalize it this year and for the first state to legalize it through the legislative process. There is no initiative process in the state, so that’s the only way it’s going to happen. And the state has already proceeded well down that path.

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has endorsed legalization in principle — the devil is the details — and the legislature last year approved a RAND study on the impacts of legalization, which was just released earlier this month. That study estimated that freeing the weed could bring the state $20 to $70 million in annual pot tax revenues.

Other state officials have expressed openness to the idea, and a May 2014 poll found 57% support for legalization. There’s not a bill in the hopper yet this year, but one could move quickly in this state where a lot of the legislative groundwork has already been laid.

The Marijuana Policy Project has formed the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana to help push the process along. Stay tuned; this is one to watch.

Missouri

And there’s a dark horse in the heartland. The Missouri activist group Show Me Cannabis has been running an impressive educational campaign about marijuana legalization for the past few years. The group tried to get an initiative on the ballot last year, but came up short.

They’ve already filed paperwork for 2016 for a constitutional amendment to make it legal to grow, sell, and use marijuana for people 21 and over.

One reason Show Me Cannabis came up short in 2014 was the lack of support from major players outside the state. Given the lack of polls showing strong support for legalization, the big players remain sitting on their wallets, but that could change if good poll numbers emerge. And there’s still plenty of time to make the 2016 ballot.

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  • CalicoRock

    Californian’s would be crazy as bats, to legalize cannabis after watching what’s happening to Washington’s medical marijuana law, dispensaries, and it’s patients. If citizens in Washington think it’s been a tough battle to come together as a people and try uniting following legalization. I shutter to think what will happen in California if that day ever does arrive. California has nothing to be ashamed of by not voting to legalize. California obviously has strong feeling about protecting their states medical marijuana law. Something Washington residents were misinformed about prior to the outcome of our support for legalization or we’d have easily followed California at the polls defeating legalization.

  • Sinclair

    Some people don’t get it but un hampered legalization with personal ability to grow your own would be great. This is what I hope for. Medical legalization is ok but if you live in states like mine and others who use patients med cards to truck suppliers into selling to them (Yes this does happen) even when the amount sold is legal the legal licensed supplyer gets arrested. Or how about the retired officer who is a medical patient whosee wife got set up on a delivery charge because she was followed from a supplier. This shut and others need to stop and the only way is complete legalization. I am sorry for those of you who paid your fees for medical, but I have not paid and I do not use Marijuana even with the severity of back pain I have to suffer because I do not trust the police in this matter. Only legalization on the federal level will Americans be free from prosecution. State like Washington, Oregon show that recreational legalization does work. The downside is that the taxes are way to high but at least the police can not use trickery to arrest anyone and pending drug charges are getting dropped.

  • Morty

    Mississippi’s B.I. 48 attempts to put legalizing & taxing marijuana (and to pardon marijuana users currently jailed) on the ballot in 2016.

    • CalicoRock

      Great! That’s what I like to hear. Good luck/ Bon chance etc. etc.

    • Start circulating this. It might help.

      “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale for the War on Drugs.

  • Astonedcitizen

    Why can’t they just legalize and regulate it like alcohol? I live in Arkansas (the last state that will legalize lol) we have had ballot after ballot shot down because of the Christian churches ( for a good example I live in a city of 65k and can count 25 Christian churches off the too of my head) which I don’t understand. But any way I’d like to know what the harm is in making it federally legal? I would gladly pay 75 for a 1/8 and it be legal than the 40-50 for one that isnt and I believe real smokers who use it recreationally and responsibly would too! Tax it and build schools ,better drug awareness programs, hospitals/clinics, support the police( by putting a chest can on everyone) ect ect

    • Wyoming

      Sorry – Wyoming will be the last state to legalize. Truly. This is such a conservative state. Although, we did legalize gay marriage, so there may be hope that Wyoming isn’t last to legalize marijuana.

      • CalicoRock

        Wyoming is a beautiful state.

    • CalicoRock

      I like Arkansas. My ex-wife was born in Mountain View. I used to enjoy going there to visit her family. I think Oklahoma or Texas will be last to legalize..

    • Bic

      I’m going with PA. Here in the good old Quaker state even fellatio is still illegal. Gay marriage and weed don’t stand a chance against these backwoods Bible thumpin’ bumpkins.

      • CalicoRock

        I read some news about medical marijuana last night in Penn. They sure aren’t touching full legalization. But, at least the door has opened a crack for medical. That’s good.

    • CalicoRock

      I mentioned my now ex-wife was born in Mountain View Arkansas. I really liked Little Rock. They had a kick ass terrestrial radio station on the far left hand side of the dial that was just fantastic.

    • Sinclair

      I spent a month in Arkansas (Ozarks) 4 wheelin in the hills I saw multiple interesting housing of a sorts. Like a aluminum she’d with an out house and small window cut in.
      any how Thursday was shine night and on Sunday church night. I could never figure that concept out.

  • Tha Jonster

    If it ain’t legal we ain’t free. ’nuff said.

    • skoallio

      so tell Kevin Sabet and Patrick Kennedy to stop fighting against legalization…

      • Tha Jonster

        I’ll tell anyone who will listen, but they ain’t listenin’. The Prison builders aren’t listening, the pharmaceutical companies aren’t listening, the chemical makers and oil drillers, the alcohol distillers and brewers, the firearms companies, most law enforcers, and plastic and paper people simply aren’t listening. Hmm, wonder why that might be?

        • Maybe they will start listening if enough people see this:

          “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale for the War on Drugs.

    • CalicoRock

      Even legal, You ain’t free. Did you watch those pompous Senate windbags grill the DOJ nominee? The goon squads back (if they ever left)

  • Midnight toker

    VA considering decriminalization finally…next step…Legalize

  • Pat Byrd

    when will Kansas be on the ballot

  • heidi bourque

    Mississippi is on a roll! YES TO BI48!!

  • James Sunderland

    California “patients” are nothing more than lying frauds gaming the system and getting tax free weed in the typical “I’ve got mine, so fuck you” mannerisms that befit Libertarians. California will never actually legalize and protect the poor, the minorities, or contribute tax money to benefit society as long as they can get their unregulated untaxed “medical” marijuana. Get a life, California. You make the actual patients look like stoners.

    • I think “No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes” is a good idea.

      Every tax, every regulation comes with an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

    • reefer

      California’s already legalized….for those with money!

      • Denny

        Why would anyone go into business to lose $$?!?!

      • CalicoRock

        It’s expensive everywhere except in the Washington medical dispensaries (which the state want’s to close) and Seattle’s black-market (which is getting ready to boom again).

    • CalicoRock

      Envy. Americans are so full of envy. I’ve said it before. If enough states don’t legalize soon you’lll be at war with one another over fucking weed. I wouldn’t bitch too much. At least you have medical dispensaries to be pissed about. They want to close all of them in Washington. Be careful what you wish for. .

  • Christina Paulson
    • My mom still lives in Omaha. Go for it!

      Also – pass this around:

      “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

  • heyzoos

    Idk im feeling new york

  • Brent Samuel Mitchell

    North Carolina needs to be one of them

    • Peggy

      Im with you. NC needs to get with the program. I take pain meds that really make you feel terrible. I would much rather take somthing that is natural and doesn’t mess up your liver and kidneys and is not addictive.

      • There is no such thing as addiction. People in chronic pain chronically take pain relievers. PTSD is a big one.

        Try passing this around:

        “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

      • CalicoRock

        Good luck.

  • Bettina Pena’

    I don’t think Texas will EVER legalize or do medical. Here the “law” says under 2 ounces is a misdemeanor offence . Wish someone would tell the jackboot wearing cops in the town where I live (Rockport) that. My friend was stopped, riding his BICYCLE, illegally searched, and when they found the couple of nugs (maybe a gram) they arrested him and now he’s being charged with felony distribution! I am on medication that for years has decreased my kidney and liver function. I have been fighting my doctors to get me off pain meds because I know I’m addicted, but without them I can’t function. But amazingly cannabis could replace all these chemicals I continue to take to live, but this state won’t approve medical marijuana. EVER.

    • Try passing this around. It might help:

      “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

      And that O’Rourke guy at least gives you a small voice in the legislature.

      • Bettina Pena’

        I’m sorry, but I don’t see how this bit of babble from a counsel to a president long gone is going to help change the laws here in this town. Cops here do as they want. Though my friend recorded the whole interaction somehow his phone is now “missing”. I went to see him yesterday, he’s got a black eye, split lip and his wrist look like he’s been in iron shackles from the slave days. He’s not a fighter and couldn’t tell me who did that to him, but we all KNOW who did these things. When he’s released in April we have both decided to leave Texas for someplace less hostile. I’ve been wanting to leave but I’m just too poor. This has made it very clear that I’m fleeing for my life.

  • superstorm420

    I read an article awhile back that said advocacy groups in California still remain divided and are resisting working together. Earlier this month, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform held a meeting in Oakland and one of the speakers there who helped lead prop 215 to victory encouraged them to unite and let Drug Policy Alliance lead CA’s campaign in 2016. But CCPR was strongly opposed to that idea and does not want to work together with them. I hope they can put their differences aside and work together. You can read the whole article here: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/one-night-stands/Content?oid=4167228

    • CalicoRock

      Interesting. Thanks for thee link. No ones working together here in Washington either that’s for sure. Everyone’s hair’s on fire over the state jacking around with the medical dispensaries which have done a good job, unregulated or not. Greedy rec. store owners have done a bang-up job with their anti-medical dispensary smear campaign. It’s been sicking to watch. Shit I might move down there when the smoke clears. I don’t think this is going to be a good outcome here. The black-market’s already firing up in anticipation that the dispensaries are toast. Thanks.

  • Dev

    Jersey needs to get up in this!

    • Maybe if you started circulating this it would put pressure on the lawmakers and your Governor.

      “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

      • Dev

        WTF??!! Did he really tell Nixon that? I shouldn’t be surprised because I’ve seen documents that literally said the only reason its illegal now is because it made people of color krazy and want to have sex with white women smdh

        • Not only that. Here is more:

          “[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks” Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, “The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”

  • Susan

    I live in Texas and there is no way that they will ever legalize it here for any reason, period! I live on pain meds plus many other medications and hate it. We need it here really bad but this state would be the last to do it. Instead I have to poison my body with all these chemical pills daily which aren’t nearly as effective as marijuana is. If I could move, I would. It truly sucks!

    • CalicoRock

      I have to agree you’re probably tied with Oklahoma for last place in America that will have cannabis access (perhaps Utah). Can you move? Colorado’s too freakin cold coming from Texas, but anywhere from B.C. to California on the West Coast is nice. Expensive. But nice. Anyway,. Best of luck to you

    • Tha Jonster

      PA I feel your pain, I hate these conservative states. Texas is built on a foundation of making money by enslaving and arresting poor people and that is largely what the war on Weed is all about.

  • Kenneth

    Hello everyone but maybe its me but what about Virginia I’m so tired of having to take a ton meds allday everyday when i tried medical cannabis for the first time if i could get an use it on a daily basis that would be how id choose to live out the rest of my life if ppl would just give it a try it helps heals and has zero deaths unless its laced but if it comes out of a dispensary its tested inspected an they help you choose what strain might work best with your body or health problems so plz all vote yes thanks Ken in Virginia

  • Johnny, this is perfect timing for the $1-Million dollar challenge. Thank you!

  • Florida-Girl

    Too bad Florida can’t even get medical passed. :(

    • Justin Graziano

      Its because the Republican Legislature passed an amendment that requires all future amendments to get over 60% of support. The Medical amendment got 58% of the vote last year, it only needed two more.

      • CalicoRock

        Just think if more than 26% of all 18-29 year old Americans had put on their shoes and voted. You’d have it coming. Listening to this lady on CSPAN today it sounds like if she wants the job she’s going to have to come back and tell that idiot from South Carolina that she’s talked to MS. DEA Administrator and they’ve decided it’s time for nation-wide clampdown.

      • Acidsex

        In all fairness, as a former Floridian, the 60% threshold for amending the state constitution is smart because overturning something in the constitution is difficult. Now how this became law is quite a funny story. The Republican legislature did put the vote on the ballot but the people had to vote on it, not the legislature. In order to require 60% vote to change the state constitution, it was put to a vote for the Florida voters and only required 50.1% to pass. If I recall correctly, the percentage of votes it actually gained was below the current 60% threshold. Ironic now isn’t it?

        The fact that 58% voted for it in a non-presidential election is pretty amazing. I suspect that should another initiative be filed for 2016, it will pass rather comfortably.

        Of interesting note of the 2% they lacked in passing last year, it was both Democrats and Republicans that did the bill in. If only a higher number of Democrats had voted in favor, this would have passed. Same could be said about Republicans but we all know many Republicans were against the bill to begin with so there numbers voting against it could have been much higher.

  • Acidsex
  • Marvin B.

    Man….Ohio will probably be one of the last five states that legalizes it lol.

    • Datrebor

      I think Ohio will have it before Tennessee will, LOL.

      • CalicoRock

        After listening to that stupid South Carolinian idiot and her converse. I’m not sure anyone’s getting it now.

    • sourpatchkid

      actually its been said that theirs two groups for Ohio….one is tryn for the 2015 ballot n one for the 2016 I think…..

  • Robert Sullivan

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  • Moostafa Crispin

    I’m surprised Michigan isn’t on the list

  • CalicoRock

    Loretta Lynch’s testimony today illustrates the mistake American’s made not making medical marijuana legalization a top national priority.

  • odanny

    Illinois just approved medical marijuana, and the law was set to take effect this month. However, the outgoing Governor, Quinn (D) kicked the can down the road on finalizing the rules for dispensaries to the incoming Governor, a Republican billionaire named Bruce Rauner, and now it’s anybody’s guess what this guy is going to do. Once medical dispensaries have a foothold, I believe full legalization will follow, and the time spent between these two gets shorter every year.

    • CalicoRock

      Good-luck!

  • Cyndysub

    Uh, and Arkansas too.

    • jimmy

      Eureka springs is taking signatures

      • Daniel Jackson

        Eureka Springs needs to become independent.

  • colin42

    Let’s go, Michigan! I know we can get an initiative on the ballot for 2016. We legalized medical cannabis statewide in 2008, and with a whopping 63 percent. Several cities have also legalized, and there’s just a general attitude of acceptance with so many of our citizens. Round all of that out with our sizable population of almost ten million, and it should be clear that Michigan is a great goal to shoot for in 2016.

  • The white Shane Diesel

    If nothing else gets me to the polls next year it will be to vote to legalize marijuana. It’s about damn time.

  • Nancy Garrett

    Hello Fellow Smokers

    Come help legalize Marijuana in Maryland. Join other supporters in Annapolis.

    Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland Lobby Night
    Monday, February 2 at 5 p.m.
    House Office Building, Room 170
    6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD

    for more info: https://ms.clicks.actions.aclu.org/t/cffbS6H4SeQALElDS3fIWjaNN7G3SF~aaaaIWjNN7?p=6%40w82-2&j=bwVsYrV8Y_mjyhfdq.Xth&jZ=lmfiihfyi_ctorVng.hjr&g=Gy1&s=&w=%23

  • Michael Hunter

    Why isn’t Florida on the list as we got close last year?

  • Ronald Harjers

    The voters of our great country need to stand together. Marijuana will be legal and prohibition will end on a federal level .we voters just need to stand together,vote together and get it done. You politicians who are against marijuana will see your careers end soon .

  • W, Hawk

    All you people that want to legalize this crap what concerns do you have for the people that don’t want to smell it. I live in California and have everyone around me growing it. I am sick and tired of smelling that plant and these people don’t care one bit that I have to put up with the stench. It smells like a herd of skunks have invaded your property. People that smoke it and the ones who grow it have no consideration for those that don’t.

  • smokeymountainrain

    If everyone would join together for medical, it would pass faster than recreational and we all know thats the first step to total legalization. Me, my wife, and my mother qualify for medical in the states that have it, but here in NC, we have to suffer, or be addicted to destructive pills that kill people. My mother has degenerative disc desease, ptsd, athritis, bi-polar disorder and exzema, she could live 20 years longer if she didnt have to take all the harmful pills that are her only legal option for her ailments, this year she thought it would pass (but it did not) stopped taking 6 pills replacing them with marijuana and she is in alot better health and stays in a better mood, but may lose one or two of her doctors or go to jail just for wanting relief and a longer life, we need to work together to save lives like her who are suffering, we need to come out of the dark ages and care for our sick and give them a safe alternative to deadly and harmful pills that end up on the streets and in the hands of our kids

  • smokeymountainrain

    Look at all the opiods killing people, but most states still reject a marijuana alternative siting draconian principals. Its incompasionate to keep denying sick people an alternative to the poisons prescribed to them everyday. These big pharm companies are behind the only research that opposes medical marijuana, just follow the mone. Legalizing medical marijuana puts less pain pills on the streets and in the hands of kids who later end up on heroin. Why is oxycotin legal, but a cancer patient with a joint in North Carolina will go to jail? It doesnt make sense to not have an alternative to all the addictive killer pills on the market, if we stand together for medical in this type of way, then broader legalization will have a better chance, if we get the federal law changed in the name of compassion and opposistion of harmful opiates, more legalization will be in reach and alot easier step to make

  • smokeymountainrain

    Btw, I do not use marijuana because it is illegal in north carolina, but I would if it was medically legal, I fully support my mothers decision to smoke as an alternative to other meds and she will live longer bc of it. I am a christian, so I would not use it recreationally, but I think it should be up to an adult to decide if they want to smoke on occasion, its less dangerous than drinking, and they should not be arrested for such a petty thing. God gives us our own free will to decide how to live our lives, and America should be the same way as far as the courts are concerned