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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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  1. smokeymountainrain on

    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

  2. smokeymountainrain on

    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

  3. smokeymountainrain on

    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

  4. 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.

  5. Ronald Harjers on

    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 .

  6. Whyiowa4medical on

    I very much agree with being able to grow one’s own!!! In Ag states that could be a dangerous proposition ; outdoors. I am beginning to see the reason Ag states are making it difficult to grow ones own except those who are able to filter Ag drift out at the micron level. So, they either open all the floodgates and legalize, or they keep a very tight grip on who grows and where they are able to grow. I apologize for boring everyone with my discovery, before I peep about it again I will send some landrace (which a certain .2%THC sativa has become in Iowa) hemp in for testing. We are so illegal here people could honestly sell hemp, as some of the last active growers were just busted we have to wait on vacationers and consider ourselves lucky to score a gram. Iowa is losing it’s appeal, if it ever had any, except hard workers. No out of state enterprise should ever discount an Iowa grower, we have tended to an entire state’s needs. We had working collectives before it was a glimmer in the eye of a Californian. We all knew each other from southeast to northwest and all points North and South. Guess who’s left? A few dumb kids with a plant hidden somewhere and they will be in jail soon enough for burning down the house and skills on par with me when I was 16!!! In other words, crap!!!

  7. I understand that but what I’m tryna say is even activists can’t come to agree on one thing, one group wants it this way n a different one wants it another n I feel like if one fails maybe they should jus join the other u know “if ya can’t beat em join em” it mite make it more successful n more likely for things to progress further than what they have so far n I’m specifically talkn bout Ohio on this bcuz its recently what I’ve read bout n there r 2 different groups tryna somewhat do the same thing but both r different n the same sense if that’s makes ne since one wants jus 10 farmers to b aloud to grow among other things n from what I’ve read not a lot of ppl r on board wit that which really neither am I cuz u wouldn’t b aloud to grow ur own n the other group wants it to where u can grow ur own as long as ur 21 n up….ud have to read up bout the groups n their different proposals but I like the idea of bn able to grow ur own as oppose to the other one n others seem to agree as well…..n I agree they try n separate it but its all pretty much the same ppl that get it medical use it recreationally n vice versa either way we r the ones that should b able to choose whether or not we want to or not jus like we do wit everything else n life

  8. 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.

  9. Hard for groups to pull together simply because the “system” doesn’t work that way. If you want to change or make a law you need to propose something specific and send it through the system. I agree 100% with the idea of pulling together and pooling resources but they way things are set up makes it hard to do.

    Sad to see opponents use this to successfully split the recreational camp from the medicinal camp. My honest belief is it’s all medicinal even when recreational and trying to separate the two is not authentic at all. If I medicate to relax and others wish to join me I suppose we can consider it recreational but the reason people become dependent it because it helps millions of US citizens to relax and focus and enjoy their days a little more.

  10. The white Shane Diesel on

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

  11. I agree, but they c how ppl r wit alcohol n how irresponsible ppl r with that, which makes it hard for them to believe that it can b done responsibly. N its unfair to the ppl that would b responsible bout it. They believe they will have the same problem that they pretty much do wit alcohol, which their prolly rite bout but they should jus take the same actions that they do wit alcohol n call it a day….ppl would b much happier if they could jus get what they want. Things have changed wit crime rate n places where it is legal which is a plus within itself n worth doin….but I c sum of the point as to y they don’t wanna do it but I still stand by the fact that they should jus get it over wit n let it happen jus like they did wit alcohol n not try to do the Lil loop hole bullshit….it is what it is, let it happen. Ppl have always done it n their always going too. The drug war over weed has cost billions of dollars which could have went to other things that causes more damage n havoc than majiwana. Like I said 100% on board wit full legalization, i feel that ulitmantly it has more pros than con’s n has been that way for awhile.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Well on its way but not to be taken for granted. Opponents will turn back the clock as soon as we look the other way. Cannabis prohibition will (hopefully) someday (soon) be seen (by most) as a crime we tolerated against our own citizenry. We need to exert more pressure to take it over the top and help americans recognize that any politician standing in the way of this movement is insisting on imprisoning people who are not committing a crime and should be permitted to medicate themselves as they see fit without government intervention. Same freedom we grant to drinking alcohol. Smoke and/or drink responsibly and it should not be an issue.

  16. The money you spend for a doctors note. Really? That’s $60 in Seattle. Welcome to America man. No money no smokey. I didn’t make the rules you want to blame me for California’s shit? Uh…. No.

  17. Oh be nice. Do you really live in Texas. I had no idea. Why do you care about this? That’s the last place on Earth that won’t throw you in the pokey for a pin joint. I’m shocked. You a North Texan ?

  18. Deformedruidwithshitonyourpants: Hey! Already found a new dumpster? Wow that was fast. Watch out for those cat’s they have flea’s and will steal your tater-tot’s if you’re not careful.

  19. I’m with you but Americans just don’t get out and manifest like the French and other Europeans. If they don’t like shit they hit the streets and things DO change. American’s ? BAAAaaaaaaH.

  20. 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).

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

  25. So you don’t vote either but want things to go your way too.? Man I’m glad I’m out of the USA

  26. dearstupidpersonthatcannotypeinthenglishlanguageandhastroublereadingotherpeopleswritingyoushouldtakesomemoreandgobacktosleep

  27. 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)

  28. 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. .

  29. Dear cellphone texting person. Yes, and all that pent up envy’s a fucking bitch isn’t it? Now. English motherfucker! Text English!

  30. Sum can’t vote, others choose not too….I think the process is well on its way, b it for medical or recreational…. Once it is legal, It progress’s further eventually….I don’t feel that it matters what country’s get it faster its bout the fact that we will eventually have what we want n the end n wit regulations that we r satisfied wit….I personally don’t vote n don’t plan too nor do I complain bout things that I’m not involved wit but I support full legalization 100%…Americans can pull together on issues that we fully support that’s not the issue the issue is gettn all the activist’s or groups or whatever to agree n pull together if that happened this conversation wouldn’t even exsist…..

  31. I was primarily speaking about California’s 2010 vote. I have doubt’s about California legalizing in 2016 too, from what I’ve seen. How can I be “the first to speak against recreational legalization”. I freak’n voted for legalizing recreatrional two years ago? Did you? I don’t live in, nor do I vote in California. I’m just down there a lot with family. People there I’ve talked to really don’t seem to give a shit about legalization. People ask me about it when they find out I from Washington. Californian’s seem to be ok the status quo from what I can tell. I tried pointing this out and everyone ‘s fucking hair caught on fire claiming that I’m against recreational when I FUCKING VOTED FOR IT. I gave up trying to point this out.

  32. I agree. How do Americans make that happen? American’s fight among one another so much Europeans will have full legalization before you people do. Only 26% of American’s 18-29 voted in the last election. They’re usually the ones complaining loudest over legalization (or the lack thereof) fast enough.

  33. I voted for recreational marijuana here in Washington. Why not try reading my comments in context ?

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

  35. I agree….they jus need to legalize everywhere n get it over wit….its the future, embrace it. :)

  36. It was not based on your one line statement, but rather on the totality of your statements on the subject on this thread and others. You are the first to speak out against recreational legalization, as if that is the cause of the attacks on medical mj, but it isn’t. The cause of medical mj’s problems is hostile prohibitionist pols, the same pols who hate recreational, yet you blame the recreational community and recreational legalization.

    And I don’t want a war with anyone; I want this entire stupid war on cannabis to stop for everyone, and not just selectively be waged on those not sick enough to qualify for a special waiver. If you’re for cannabis remaining illegal, then you’re the one who’s advocating war, not me.

  37. Actually DUMBASS I am on a cell phone….not everybody uses computers for everything online…. N I don’t need a tutor I know how to spell… I jus choose to shorten it up….ur very pompous….n u do go off topic….u talk bout France n family n bn a trust fund baby which is hard to believe but could b y u act pompous n then again u jus mite b tryna over compensate for bn a Lil nobody n this big world….n short ur n ass n u need to sit down b4 u hurt urself….

  38. Really ? How could you have possibly interpreted that from my one line statement. American’s have an envy problem. Looking from the outside, If every American state doesn’t legalize recreational cannabis (which it can’t) pretty soon, you’ll all be at war with one another, over a plant.

  39. 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.

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

  41. Maybe one of my loyalist Tory ancestors offed one of your inbred ignorant back-wood colonial ancestors, unwittingly making the world a better place for us to live ?

  42. Justin Graziano on

    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.

  43. ” Off topic” is being so stupid you don’t understand this isn’t a fucking cell phone dumb-ass. Why don’t you hire a tutor and learn how to spell like a grown-up?

  44. Thanks! I’m unused to having Redneck valleybilly’s point out my typographical error’s.

  45. mewithshitonmypants, is just another whinny piece of dog shit. I’d rather die before I’d ever seek help from any asshole’s like that. Especially on something as insignificant as cannabis. There’s no way I’d ever want to work together with people like that. Thanks for your reply though.

  46. Robert Sullivan on

    I’m guessing anyone reading this feels pretty passionate about marijuana. Whether they want it legalized or not legalized I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter either way. Want to make money from your hobby and/or passion? Check out https://potjunkies.com/makemoney now!

  47. 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

  48. reformed druid on

    In the same sentence you claim no financial benefit from cannabis prohibition yet declare to be” helping” chemo patients “since 1986”. I’m surmising you make your living from providing cannabis to them at a profit to yourself. The exact state of affairs is difficult to ascertain since your minimal reasoning abilities are laughable, indicating that you are imbibing more radiation from your patients than you are perhaps aware.
    No sir, I did not coin the words “police state” but they are an accurate assessment of the situation in California and elsewhere where possession of a harmless plant is illegal due to vested interest in its prohibition disguised as a public health menace. Honestly your opinion on this matter is an outrage to human decency. As if you are saying the Catholic church should continue the inquisition since most people are let off with a warning.

  49. 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!

  50. 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.”

  51. 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

  52. Every little bit helps but generally we can only preach to the choir because the rest aren’t listening to facts or logic or the truth behind this horrid and criminal policy of prohibition. Even proof that the same lying government who says it can’t be medicine owns a patent on it. Nobody listening, nobody cares. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN

  53. Self defense is a right. You are going to need quite a few of those people on your side to get Federal legalization. Instead of fighting here why not 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 for the War on Drugs.

  54. I have to agree with David. Medical comes first. But there is a trick possible: The Leary defense. I don’t know why no one uses it to strike down Federal law.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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.

  64. 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.

  65. Sounds like to me u mite b a Lil delusional paranoid n schizo who needs immediate mental help….ur really annoying n u even go off point….a bit n sum of ur posts….like honestly u should try to stay on topic when posting about sumthin…..jus sayn maybe u should sit down n let the big kids have a conversation….witout interruption from someone that obviously thinks hr has sumthin to prove when all he’s doin his makn himself like a big ass…..

  66. James Sunderland on

    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.

  67. 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?

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah blah Blah……………Nothing new here. You can move along folk’s………

  71. 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.

  72. You’re so predictable. P.S. Your new best friend is a delusional paranoid schizophrenic in need of serious mental attention. He really does need to get some help. You? You’re not crazy. Just stupid. Dummy.

  73. You are a delusional paranoid schizophrenic in need of immediate mental health attention. Get help.

  74. 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.

  75. Dear: mewithshitonmypants:.Have you found something yummy to eat inside the dumpster yet ? Watch those mean ass cat’s. They’ll try to steal your french fries. Jus go ahead and give me and the the city and street location of your dumpster. I’ll have the fellows drop by and bring you a nice hot breakfast. Again, watch those kitty cat’s.

  76. Mewithoutacluewithshitonmypants: Post the city and street where your dumpster located. I have a few friends hat want to stop by and bring you a hot breakfast. You ignorant fucking redneck jadrool. Just give me the city and street I’ll have the fellows by there in no time to feed you asshole, Watch those cat’s they will steal your chicken McNugget’s. They have ass-biting flea’s too. Shithead

  77. Wow, you actually sound almost normal compared to the delusional paranoid schizophrenic who needs immediate mental attention.

  78. I’m sorry, were you referring to me? Or, to the delusional paranoid schizophrenic who needs immediate mental help ?

  79. You are a delusional paranoid schizophrenic in need of immediate mental health attention. Not kidding.

  80. You are a delusional paranoid schizophrenic. You need immediate mental health attention. You honestly need help.

  81. You are a delusional paranoid schizophrenic. Nevada my fucking ass. I know a Cumberland Alabamy Redneck when I see one. Now. Post which city and street where your current dumpster condo’s located. fuckhead

  82. Thanks for the tip I have arthritis too. I use a cannabis balm caled “Kush Cream” http://www.kushcreams.com It’ doesn’t show up on drug test’s (for those unfortunates needing that info) and it works great for me. Thanks

  83. 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..

  84. 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.

  85. Astonedcitizen on

    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

  86. I have some in the fridge now. I buy it at the medical dispensary located just downstairs. Damn I’m going to miss them when they close down. Such is life. Thanks

  87. Are you preparing to watch every California medical dispensary close at one time ? That’s what’s happening here. And an ounce? Really? I have a friend working the hoe line down in Angola Prison farm Lousyana for having a roach in his shirt pocket, so excuse me if I don’t get that teared up over Californian’s whining over their ounce’s. Why not move somewhere less expensive if it’s so expensive. Mexico’s great this time of year.

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

  89. Uncle Arthur, The initiative idea sound like a solid idea. But it’s basically the same things that Washington politicians promised WA. medical patients in order to get our vote. “We’ll make it right for patients”, “no one will touch state MMJ law” etc etc. Now, they’re trying to kill the medical law, close down the medical dispensaries entirely and leave patients out in the cold. I’ve been working with cancer patients using cannabis since 1986 beginning in S.E. Arkansas of all places, So, if I sound a bit jaded….. Anyway, I agree. I would also like to see California’s criminal penalties erased from cannabis, before the vote so they don’t get stuck in the usual weeds. . For some strange reason, I’m suddenly defending how Californians vote/ don’t vote. If Californian’s like the laws the way they are now, who am I to say otherwise? Take care!!!!

  90. MeWithoutRecognition on

    We know. He has a point to prove. Let him prove it. It’ll keep him busy while we truely think.

  91. In California, less than an ounce is a fine and the cops steal your weed(for non-patients) more than an oz is still criminalized. This is not the same as legal. Basically, current law in Cali. discriminates against the poorest people. Those who can’t afford their evaluations, or medicine are then considered felons for having a few plants and no doctor’s note. Bullshit!!

  92. MeWithoutRecognition on

    You guys should hook up. Get high and kiss. Jesus Christ. Another one? Fuck, you should’ve never been born. Marijuana is clean, pure, and REAL medicine. Mental, physical and stimulative. You are so retardedly dumb. Yeah, I brought kids into it. How many more kids do you approve to be poisoned with this bullshit opinion?? America needs a big wakeup call on priority. People like you need to be heard, because you have NOTHING to say. It’s just further proves that we need INTELLIGENT people deciding on laws. Damn, you’re worse than David. Truely stupid. You just gave us your opinion by sucking David’s cock. Again, check the “like” count. Your stupid and detramental, I’m beneficial and hopeful. Shut your idiot mouth Zac. You are literally the most pathetic form of dick suckng human, ever created. Keep quiet, while the adults try to get America back on track.

  93. LMFAO, and right on cue, those that disagree get hit with the Nazi label. Perhaps David and Zac are the same person.

  94. He didn’t bring kids into it; he said he hopes he DOESN’T have kids. Little reading comprehension goes long way, asshat.

  95. See the problem with this is your own self delution….your nobody just like the rest of us man. Im with david, he makes alot of very good points, as for you tho, really man!?!? You would really bring someones kids into it??

    In conclution ill leave you on the teachings you hold dearest to the heart……
    zig heil mother fucker.

  96. Why does every state need legalization? Easy answer. Because every state has cannabis consumers who should not be subjected to unjust laws making them criminals for using the same plant that MMJ patients elsewhere can use. Allowing it to remain illegal allows government officials and law enforcement to use it against the people they are trusted to serve and protect.

    The most common response I have heard is that people should move to the places that are legalized. Why should we? Why should we have to leave a place many have lived at for their lifetime just so they can escape potential criminal charges for using a plant grown naturally?

    Again, this is why many non-patients give backlash to MMJ patients. You care nothing about the equal rights for all to consume, just YOUR right to provide for your patients. In my opinion, you fear competition from legalization that would allow your “patients” to procure their medicine from other places.

  97. 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.

  98. That’s David’s M.O. He could give a fuck if anyone else can freely consume it under the misguided notion that medicinal patients come before all others. Freedom is freedom for all, not freedom for some.

  99. MeWithoutRecognition on

    Did you notice that you have ZERO “likes” for your retarded, uneducated, pretentious, half assed comments?? That means,…….shut the F**k up. You are a decay. Marijuana is more ideal, profitable and beneficial than alcohol will ever be. It’s true medicine, but some of us want to be identified as understandable during the madness of voting. You have alot to consider. America needs reform. We need to be free from this horseshit. It’s time for change. It’s sad that we have people like you in the way. How do wake up without feeling aweful? Are you happy with the marijusna laws?? Truely, you can’t be. I hope that you are jailed because of weed, and eventually have to realize that your opinions are total bullshit. Goodbye and goodluck. “We” will be glad when this bullshit voting process is over. We need change, and we need it now!

  100. MeWithoutRecognition on

    No idiot. Nevada. Not relative. I bet you would’nt hate guns if you needed someones protection. I can tell by reading your comments that you are a lemming. You need people to speak for you. It’s o.k. Let us adults figure out a way to get America back on track while you bitch and moan in the corner. I’m going to take an illegal bong hit. Ponder my man. Ponder how small your voice is. America needs ME and suffers because of people like you. It’s so sad. I hope you don’t have children. They would die from ignorance.

  101. David, you are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your facts. “Recreational users” in California (I use quotes, because in California’s eyes, they are still scofflaws) that possess less than one ounce can be fined up to US$100. If more than an ounce, the fine can go up to $500 and a possible 10 day jail sentence to boot. While gifting under an ounce may net up to a US$100 fine, the law still may construe that as dealing resulting in a 2-4 year incarceration period. California still has work to do.
    Since everyone seems to get hung up on the “devil in the details” regarding legalization in California, this is what I humbly recommend: Have an initiative that erases all criminal penalties against marijuana, and write into the initiative that the regulatory details will be worked out at a later time, and that California’s medical marijuana program is to remain unmolested. In that instance, prohibition will have ben eliminated without everyone stumbling over the hypothetical details which California seems to get hung up on every time this issue comes up. Repeal prohibition. It’s a crime against humanity. We can work out the details later.

  102. I gots mine cuz I gots a medical card! Legal weed for me, prohibition/black market BS for thee! SOOO sick of this selfish attitude.

  103. MeWithoutRecognition on

    Again. You. Just. Sound. STUPID. I notice you had nothing to say about ANYTHING I responded. You’re a stoner, just like the rest of us. I bet you know at least 1 person who’s been arrested, put on probation or some kind of authorative supervision. Should that person be paying for your stupid ass, uneducated, street dealer theories. Wake up retard, the world is gigantic. Your views are pathetic and your thought process is blurred by ignorance. Legalize now and lets all stop this bullshit prohibition. Do you think people will ever stop smoking bud? The answer is no, in case you’re too stupid to be a man and answer. So what the fuck kind of damage do you think is coming from idiots like you, who smoke the shit but don’t sponser its legalization? Long term. I’ll tell you. Billions of dollars spent on Federal Bureau investigations and the incarcerant essence of authority, raining down on innocent Americand with penalties for simple one sided judgement of beliefs. You have no say here man. You and people like you are the same idiots in the Congress trying to to figure out to save America. It’s simple…..SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LET FREEDOM RING. I bet you’re against guns too, aye idiot?

  104. The problem with your analogy, and as has been witnessed for two years in Washington is there is no such thing as “simple legalization”. Yes it’s a simple THEORY. Look the word up. I merely agreed with Californian’s decision in 2010. We’ll see what happens 2016. Shit, I don’t vote there. I cast my ballots in British Columbia and Washington. Washington is California’s test tube. Their MMJ is very similar, the two states are about the same politically You read the poll. It’s barely hitting 50%. Think that will go up in two years? Why get all wound because you disagree with me? If you want to force everyone into your vorg-like group think bullshit sorry, I’m not tagging along.

  105. MeWithoutRecognition on

    You are such a liar. First of all, when you use marijuana, you automatically get high. The amount needed to relieve pain would also come with a substantial high, so stop acting. Actors belong in movies. Its people like you, with their pretentious motives that try to outshine the big picture with your selfish, small talk bullshit. Bottom line is, ALL states spend WAAAAY to much money on criminal penalties and it’s crippling the economy. Medical patients, common users and law makers would all benefit from simple legalization. It’s a simple theory and it’s 100% logical. You make everything so complicated, when in reality, it’s a needed movement. Medicine comes in all forms, and I really doubt that you have any idea what it means to truely legalize. You. Just. Sound. Stupid.

  106. You nailed it. It’s better if California doesn’t legalize to keep (not save) their medical dispensaries. As to motives, I have none, What would legalization do to California? Make it a better place> How? Especially since it has the most lax recreational law in America already. California voter’s in 2010 agreed with me. Legalization just wasn’t necessary. We’ll see what happens in two years. Legalization vs. medical forces people to pick sides. The recreational / medical war in Washington is just getting ginned up. Why do you believe every state wants or needs to fully legalize? I don’t. As long as people aren’t going to jail or having their lives ruined for simple possession who gives shit? California has an extremely logical recreational law. It’s about one-half step away from legalization now without the warts. It’s not a civil rights issue in California.. I spend quite a bit of time in California. It’s where my closest family member’s live. They all use cannabis. And they all voted against legalization in 2010 for the reasons I’ve laid out. It’s their state, their business. I just happen to agree. You use coined words like “police state”. What are your own financial motive for California legalizing ?

  107. Nope I profit only from helping patients get well after and during chemo-therapy. I’ve been doing that since 1986. Not every state is going to want to legalize. It’s not a civil rights issue. There is no police state. Their medical dispensaries are flourishing, recreational, it’s up to an ounce possession. Over an ounce it’s 100 buck fine, no criminal record, no jail time, same as a jay-walking ticket. hardly a police state, Besides the Ukiah tribe has already said they’ll be growing and selling cannabis on their lands. No it would be smart. Washington should have done the same. We’re realing it now despite all the rec. user’s bitching about prices and therefore still buying from the black-market

  108. No not at all. It’s not about me as much as you’d like to portray it as being such. I use cannabis everyday but rarely get high. I use it for pain relieving medication, not to obtain euphoria. If Californian’s legalize cannabis it will make the back-stabbing, bad feelings, mistrust and eventual out migration from Washington by patients seem like a walk in the park. They don’t need many more excuses to move to Nevada. Who will most likely NOT legalize in 2016. California legalization could literally tear the state apart. It’s almost tearing Washington apart right now. Just add another 32 million people into that volatile mix and who knows what the hell happens. I have lot’s of family living in California. I’m there enough to know how strongly and protective they are of their medical law. If it comes to a choice. I believe Californians will choose medical, just as they did in 2010. Recreational in California currently means that recreation user’s can possess up to an ounce, (any more than an ounce is a $100 fine), plus there’s no jail time involved, no criminal records, they really do have a great medical system for patients. So why change it? What’s not to like? They will be asking themselves this over the next two years. We’ll see. P.S. my cousins, nieces and nephews living in California all love using cannabis. They are strongly opposed to legalization. This is not due to any input from me.

  109. reformed druid on

    Wow are you off your noggin. It’s better if California didn’t legalize cannabis to save their medical marijuana programs? It’s better the police state remain in full force so that we can all be happier and cohesive? You are obviously profiting directly or indirectly from cannabis prohibition to maintain such lurid ideas.

  110. 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.

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