Dec 292012
 December 29, 2012

legalize marijuana policy project tax regulate cannabisBy Rob Kampia, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project

Following the huge victories in Colorado and Washington on November 6, many people are asking, “What states will be next to enact measures to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” (We refer to these as “T&R” bills or initiatives.)

Here are the next seven states the Marijuana Policy Project will be pursuing:

1. ALASKA: We’ll capitalize on the nation’s strongest level of voter support with a T&R initiative in 2014.

2. RHODE ISLAND: We’re lobbying for a T&R bill in 2013 to follow up on successful bills to decriminalize marijuana possession (2012) and legalize medical marijuana (2009).

3. MAINE: We’re working with local activists to pass a T&R bill in the legislature in 2013. We will also pass local ballot measures in 2014 to build support for a potential statewide initiative in 2016.

4. OREGON: We have teamed up with leading activists to pass a T&R bill through the legislature in 2013, and we’ve begun to plan for a potential T&R ballot initiative in 2016.

5. CALIFORNIA: We’re working with local and national allies to build public support for a big T&R ballot initiative push in 2016.

6. MASSACHUSETTS: We will follow up on our successful 2008 decriminalization initiative and the successful 2012 medical marijuana initiative with a T&R initiative in 2016.

7. NEVADA: We will build on our 2002 and 2006 initiative efforts to pass a T&R initiative in 2016.

Passing these T&R measures is not easy. Just watch this short video to see how much work it took to bring about this year’s victory in Colorado.

Everything is trending in our direction, though, and we can replicate our success in Colorado in the seven states mentioned above. Can you please make a donation to MPP today and help us continue our work to end marijuana prohibition?

Thank you for your continued support.

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  • DavidTheExpert

    MA, OR, and CA are focused on 2016?? What’s wrong with 2014?

    • Johnny Bloomington

      Non presidential election year. Thats why people believe CA didn’t pass legalization in 2010, a non presidential election year.

  • rsteeb

    Get it done LONG before 2016. Four more years of atrocity is NOT acceptable.
    [San Jose California]

    • DavidTheExpert

      I agree with you. I understand that there is a lot of politics involved here, and sometimes waiting is the safest bet, but after the 2012 election, it seems like we have a tremendous amount of momentum. And it would be a terrible waste to squander that momentum. The climate is right to get more measures passed in the coming year, if not the coming months.

  • DoorMan Jones

    We need one of these laws in NY.

  • Keith Heivly

    Is there any news about PA?

  • Russ Britt

    Don’t forget Idaho will be doing it do!

  • Henry Lipton

    Who the heck is “we” in CA? This “We should be named so we can bypass this unelected body and get it done in 2013 not 2016.

  • Sean

    So you want California to do it in a presidential election year? What the hell was wrong with 2012? That was a presidential election year. Now you and some others want California has to wait until 2016? Talk about procrastination.

  • Bob William Knight

    aren’t you leaving 40 or 41 states out?

  • marc

    Iowa has gay marriage but not medical marijuana. The time to legalize is NOW!