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Nearly 30 States Are Considering Marijuana Law Reform


marijuana reform americaBy Sabrina Fendrick, NORML Director of Women’s Outreach

Nearly 30 states, and the District of Columbia are considering marijuana law reform legislation this year, including bills that cover legalization for adults, decriminalization, medical marijuana and hemp.  Some states have a variety of reform bills simultaneously pending such as Arizona which is considering legalization and decriminalization, and Pennsylvania which is considering legalization as well as medical marijuana legislation.  Here’s a quick breakdown:

14 states are considering legalization: Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

12 states and the District of Columbia are considering decriminalization: Alabama, Arizona, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

11 states are considering legislation to establish effective medical marijuana programs: Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

3 states are considering allowing industrial hemp cultivation: Indiana, New York, and Tennessee.

Click here to access NORML’s Action Alerts and quickly and easily contact your elected officials to encourage their support of any pending reform bills.  Be sure to keep checking NORML’s Take Action Center to see if your state has joined the list!

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  1. You hit that right on the head they are doing just that in Wisco right now ramping up arrests

  2. The problem is, as our first Black president, he may not want “the weed Prez” to be attached to his legacy. Know what I’m sayin’?

  3. What kind of an idiot could say “there is no proof that Charlotte’s Web is effective”? There is absolutely proof! It may not be effective or as effective for everyone, but clearly it saved Charlotte’s life.

  4. No but the benefits of cannabis is not exclusive to medical patients.

    I shared a conversation with a MMJ dispensary owner who said off the record, recreational will hurt his business in the long run because now his patients can buy anywhere instead of coming to him or other MMJ businesses. Foolishly he admitted he did not apply for a recreational license. He said his business was much better before full legalization because there was a smaller number of players to provide cannabis. And since MMJ cannot sell to the average non-MMJ consumer, their customer base remains MMJ only whereas recreational shops can sell to MMJ and non-MMJ customers.

  5. If people don’t carefully draft the legalization legislation it could be a battle. Although there needs to be some local control prohibitionists seem to use any wiggle room to prohibit what the law allows. I saw where Christie got ambushed by the father of a child with dravet syndrome asking him not kill his child. His response to that exposed him to be a barbaric bully. I don’t mean to put Colorado and Washington under pressure to perform. What I am thinking is that familiarity tends to quiet many of the wild accusations that often characterize discussion of legalization. Even a few years ago the prohibitionists were predicting that the states would be turned into treatment centers for those addicted to marijuana and that the carnage on the highways would be unimaginable if we let patients use medical marijuana. Two studies now report actual reductions in traffic fatalities in medical marijuana states when compared to states that do not allow it. When people became free to discuss their own experiences and others saw that the wild accusations were just that people’s thinking began to change. People who would not otherwise go near marijuana saw others benefit from treatment. When President Obama recently reported that he had told his own daughters that he didn’t think that marijuana was more dangerous than alcohol but that kids shouldn’t use it there was more sincerity and honesty from the White House on marijuana than we’ve seen in 50 or more years. I’d like to see Wendy become governor of Texas and come to the realization of the right thing to do. Anyone who looks at it carefully and who is not receiving drug war money figures it out quickly. The people of Texas are coming along slowly but they’re not quite ready to admit that Willie was right. I do hope that Willie Nelson gets to see legal marijuana in Texas. He’s worked hard for this and certainly he has paid his dues. He didn’t have all of the details of how it should work right then but he was right all those years ago when he shocked everyone by openly proposing legalization.

  6. You got shit for sale, son. All you’re doing is tempting me to take your phone number and do something with it that isn’t very nice.

  7. No one could question Ms. Davis’ intelligence, and since she is in Texas, I’m sure she has to plan her political aspirations accordingly. It’s just that I think legalization is common sense, and I was really hoping that Ms. Davis would take that view also. One can always hope for her “evolution” on this issue.

    For example, Chris Christie may have been brought down by this bridge scandal, but his view on medical marijuana would have guaranteed his loss anyway. It was just a matter of time.

    You are putting not only a lot of faith in Colorado and Washington, but a lot of pressure. I would suggest that we don’t depend on outcomes in these two states to move legalization forward. After all, no example is going to be perfect — all will provide both good and bad results (and fodder for either political side).

    But you’re right, when all the other states realize that the sky isn’t going to fall with cannabis legalization, the tide will turn — and we will probably spend the next 10 years hashing out all the laws and regulations. Sound like fun? :)

  8. She is intelligent enough to understand all of the issues involved but if I lived in Texas I don’t think I would want to be too quick to support it there until the medical marijuana issue is settled. Most people in medical marijuana states begin to see that it’s not the major problem that they have been told and as others become free to talk of their medical use the old attitudes change. People are beginning to challenge the old school messages of marijuana being as dangerous as heroin or meth and they are demanding that our drug policies attack the problems that kill the most Americans rather than to spend inordinate amounts of time and money to go after people who use marijuana. Before the war on drugs began police used to solve 90% of the murders. We currently solve 60%. If you thought murder would have a higher priority than marijuana arrests you might be mistaken. I’m sure that many of the drug war statistics would concern Wendy because the war on marijuana is more destructive to families than is marijuana itself. Most politicians take a baby step forward before they take a leap to legalization and regulation. It will happen though. After all, it’s just common sense and a better use of our resources. Watch what happens in Colorado and Washington. A recent poll in Colorado suggested that there is now more support for legalization than there was one year ago. If the people in Colorado continue to believe that they have done the right thing I think we will see rapid changes many other places.

  9. I was happy to hear that Ms. Davis supports medical marijuana, but she does not support legalization. Major bummer — I had high hopes for that woman.

  10. This is a relevant portion of the Controlled Substances Act:


    Part B — Authority to Control; Standards and Schedules

    §811. Authority and criteria for classification of substances

    (a) Rules and regulations of Attorney General; hearing

    The Attorney General shall apply the provisions of this subchapter to the controlled substances listed in the schedules established by section 812 of this title and to any other drug or other substance added to such schedules under this subchapter. Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, the Attorney General may by rule—

    (1) add to such a schedule or transfer between such schedules any drug or other substance if he—

    (A) finds that such drug or other substance has a potential for abuse, and

    (B) makes with respect to such drug or other substance the findings prescribed by subsection (b) of section 812 of this title for the schedule in which such drug is to be placed; or

    (2) remove any drug or other substance from the schedules if he finds that the drug or other substance does not meet the requirements for inclusion in any schedule.

    Rules of the Attorney General under this subsection shall be made on the record after opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the rulemaking procedures prescribed by subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5. Proceedings for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of such rules may be initiated by the Attorney General (1) on his own motion, (2) at the request of the Secretary, or (3) on the petition of any interested party.

    (b) Evaluation of drugs and other substances

    The Attorney General shall, before initiating proceedings under subsection (a) of this section to control a drug or other substance or to remove a drug or other substance entirely from the schedules, and after gathering the necessary data, request from the Secretary a scientific and medical evaluation, and his recommendations, as to whether such drug or other substance should be so controlled or removed as a controlled substance. In making such evaluation and recommendations, the Secretary shall consider the factors listed in paragraphs (2), (3), (6), (7), and (8) of subsection (c) of this section and any scientific or medical considerations involved in paragraphs (1), (4), and (5) of such subsection. The recommendations of the Secretary shall include recommendations with respect to the appropriate schedule, if any, under which such drug or other substance should be listed. The evaluation and the recommendations of the Secretary shall be made in writing and submitted to the Attorney General within a reasonable time. The recommendations of the Secretary to the Attorney General shall be binding on the Attorney General as to such scientific and medical matters, and if the Secretary recommends that a drug or other substance not be controlled, the Attorney General shall not control the drug or other substance. If the Attorney General determines that these facts and all other relevant data constitute substantial evidence of potential for abuse such as to warrant control or substantial evidence that the drug or other substance should be removed entirely from the schedules, he shall initiate proceedings for control or removal, as the case may be, under subsection (a) of this section.

    (c) Factors determinative of control or removal from schedules

    In making any finding under subsection (a) of this section or under subsection (b) of section 812 of this title, the Attorney General shall consider the following factors with respect to each drug or other substance proposed to be controlled or removed from the schedules:

    (1) Its actual or relative potential for abuse.

    (2) Scientific evidence of its pharmacological effect, if known.

    (3) The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the drug or other substance.

    (4) Its history and current pattern of abuse.

    (5) The scope, duration, and significance of abuse.

    (6) What, if any, risk there is to the public health.

    (7) Its psychic or physiological dependence liability.

    (8) Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this subchapter.

  11. I really couldn’t tell you if he lied. I think that its more likely that he didn’t know the exact wording of the law. That is the most boring and at the same time confusing law I have ever tried to read. It is available on line if you would like to check it out.

  12. Wendy Davis recently came out in support of medical marijuana. She may run for governor of Texas. You might want to check her out.

  13. We have spent over 1.5 TRILLION dollars in the War on Drugs. As a result, drugs are cheaper than when we started, drugs are more potent, and drugs are more readily available to our children. The US has 5% of the world’s population but houses 25% of the world’s prisoners. We have more prisoners in the US than they do in China. China’s population is over 1344 million. We currently imprison a higher percentage of our population than Hitler did in Germany or than Stalin did in Russia or than was done in South Africa during apartheid. Our massive prison population is largely due to the War on Drugs. This money could go a long ways to solving our health care crisis or might provide a free college education to any who wish to attend. The only people who benefit at this point are those who are addicted to drug war money and they will say or do anything imaginable to keep marijuana illegal and to keep that cash flowing (law enforcement, private prisons, addiction counselors, those in charge of drug testing, etc.). If these people were not included in polls or allowed to vote the rest of us would have legalized marijuana a long time ago. If we can regulate alcohol and tobacco that actually kill many more people than does marijuana we can learn to regulate marijuana. As a country we have even managed to cut back on the use of tobacco and we have saved lives. We did this without sending a single person to jail. There is no excuse to allow the nation’s number one cash crop to exist in an underground economy where it is totally unregulated and where drug dealers sell much more dangerous and addictive substances to our children.

  14. You might be interested to hear that many would like to see the President of Uruguay nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions to legalize and regulate marijuana in his country. It took some guts to go up against the US and other countries but it is clear that he did the right thing not only for his people but that he opened the door for the rest of the world to disagree with US drug policies regarding marijuana.

  15. The Controlled Substances Act allows the Attorney General to change the schedule of a medication. Since the Attorney General sits at the discretion of the president, the president could direct him to change marijuana to a different part of the schedule or to remove it altogether. If the Attorney General refused to do so he could be fired by the president and replaced by someone who would. The matter is not given by the act to the president to decide but it is very clear that the president could make it happen if he choose to do so. Congress could also do so by amending or otherwise changing or replacing the law. Half the people in this country now live in medical marijuana states. The longer they wait the more damage that is done.

  16. An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support legalizing medical marijuana across the state, a new poll shows, while a slimmer majority also support legalizing small amounts of weed for recreational use. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, released Monday, 88 percent of New York State voters support legalizing medical marijuana, while 57 percent support outright legalization of the drug in small amounts. “Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

    ProCon.org does a good job of keeping up on pending legislation and voter initiatives in all of the states: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002481

  17. If you go back a little further you can see that there was resistance in New York for the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act that passed in 1937.

    The La Guardia Committee was the first in depth study into the effects of smoking marijuana in the United States. An earlier study, the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, was conducted by the colonial authorities in British India in 1893-94. It systematically contradicted claims made by the U.S. Treasury Department that smoking marijuana results in insanity, deteriorates physical and mental health, assists in criminal behavior and juvenile delinquency, is physically addictive, and is a “gateway” drug to more dangerous drugs.

    The report was prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine, on behalf of a commission appointed in 1939 by New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia who was a strong opponent of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Released in 1944, the report infuriated Harry Anslinger who was campaigning against marijuana and he condemned it as unscientific.

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  19. Colo. pot aids kids with seizures, worries doctors
    Families with kids with seizures move to Colorado for special pot, but doctors are concerned
    By Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press
    5 hours ago
    View photo
    In this Feb. 7, 2014 photo, Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once
    severely-ill 7-year-old daughter Charlotte, as they wander around inside
    a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as
    Charlotte’s Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment,
    in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. A few
    years ago, Charlotte’s doctors were out of ideas to help her. Suffering
    from a rare disorder known as Dravet’s syndrome, Charlotte had as many
    as 300 grand mal seizures a week, was confined to a wheelchair, went
    into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. Now Charlotte is
    largely seizure-free, able to walk, talk and feed herself, with her
    parents attributing her dramatic improvement to this strain of medical
    cannabis. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi.

    from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures
    a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could
    barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical
    marijuana shops.

    Two years
    later, Charlotte is largely seizure-free and able to walk, talk and feed
    herself after taking oil infused with a special pot strain. Her
    recovery has inspired both a name for the strain of marijuana she takes
    that is bred not to make users high — Charlotte’s Web — and an influx of
    families with seizure-stricken children to Colorado from states that
    ban the drug.

    “She can walk,
    talk; she ate chili in the car,” her mother, Paige Figi, said as her
    dark-haired daughter strolled through a cavernous greenhouse full of
    marijuana plants that will later be broken down into their anti-seizure
    components and mixed with olive oil so patients can consume them. “So
    I’ll fight for whoever wants this.”

    Doctors warn there is no proof that Charlotte’s Web is effective, or even safe.

    the frenzy to find the drug, there have been reports of non-authorized
    suppliers offering bogus strains of Charlotte’s Web. In one case, a
    doctor said, parents were told they could replicate the strain by
    cooking marijuana in butter. Their child went into heavy seizures.

    don’t have any peer-reviewed, published literature to support it,” Dr.
    Larry Wolk, the state health department’s chief medical officer, said of
    Charlotte’s Web.

    Still, more
    than 100 families have relocated since Charlotte’s story first began
    spreading last summer, according to Figi and her husband and the five
    brothers who grow the drug and sell it at cost through a nonprofit. The
    relocated families have formed a close-knit group in Colorado Springs,
    the law-and-order town where the dispensary selling the drug is located.
    They meet for lunch, support sessions and hikes.

    the most hope lots of us have ever had,” said Holli Brown, whose
    9-year-old daughter, Sydni, began speaking in sentences and laughing
    since moving to Colorado from Kansas City and taking the marijuana

    Amy Brooks-Kayal,
    vice president of the American Epilepsy Society, warned that a few
    miraculous stories may not mean anything — epileptic seizures come and
    go for no apparent reason — and scientists do not know what sort of
    damage Charlotte’s Web could be doing to young brains.

    we have that information, as physicians, we can’t follow our first
    creed, which is do no harm,” she said, suggesting that parents relocate
    so their children can get treated at one of the nation’s 28 top-tier
    pediatric epilepsy centers rather than move to Colorado.

    the society urges more study of pot’s possibilities. The families using
    Charlotte’s Web, as well as the brothers who grow it, say they want the
    drug rigorously tested, and their efforts to ensure its purity have won
    them praise from skeptics like Wolk.

    For many, Charlotte’s story was something they couldn’t ignore.

    Charlotte is a twin, but her sister, Chase, doesn’t have Dravet’s syndrome, which kills kids before they reach adulthood.

    early 2012, it seemed Charlotte would be added to that grim roster. Her
    vital signs flat-lined three times, leading her parents to begin
    preparing for her death. They even signed an order for doctors not to
    take heroic measures to save her life again should she go into cardiac

    Her father, Matt, a
    former Green Beret who took a job as a contractor working in
    Afghanistan, started looking online for ways to help his daughter and
    thought they should give pot a try. But there was a danger: Marijuana’s
    psychoactive ingredient, THC, can trigger seizures.

    drug also contains another chemical known as CBD that may have
    seizure-fighting properties. In October, the Food and Drug
    Administration approved testing a British pharmaceutical firm’s
    marijuana-derived drug that is CBD-based and has all its THC removed.

    Few dispensaries stock CBD-heavy weed that doesn’t get you high. Then Paige Figi found Joel Stanley.

    of 11 siblings raised by a single mother and their grandmother in
    Oklahoma, Stanley and four of his brothers had found themselves in the
    medical marijuana business after moving to Colorado. Almost as an
    experiment, they bred a low-THC, high-CBD plant after hearing it could
    fight tumors.

    Stanley went to the Figis’ house with reservations about giving pot to a child.

    “But she had done her homework,” Stanley said of Paige Figi. “She wasn’t a pot activist or a hippy, just a conservative mom.”

    Now, Stanley and his brothers provide the marijuana to nearly 300 patients and have a waitlist of 2,000.

    CBD is extracted by a chemist who once worked for drug giant Pfizer,
    mixed with olive oil so it can be ingested through the mouth or the
    feeding tube that many sufferers from childhood epilepsy use, then sent
    to a third-party lab to test its purity.

    takes the medication twice a day. “A year ago, she could only say one
    word,” her father said. “Now she says complete sentences.”

    recovery of Charlotte and other kids has inspired the Figis and others
    to travel the country, pushing for medical marijuana laws or statutes
    that would allow high-CBD, low-THC pot strains.

    Burger recently urged a New York state legislative panel to legalize
    medical marijuana while his wife, Aileen, was in the family’s new rental
    house in Colorado Springs, giving Charlotte’s Web to their daughter
    Elizabeth, 4. The family only relocated to Colorado after neurologists
    told them Elizabeth’s best hope — brain surgery — could only stop some
    of her seizures.

    “It’s a very
    big strain being away from the rest of our family,” Aileen Burger said
    recently while waiting for her husband to return from a trip to sell
    their Long Island house. “But she doesn’t have to have pieces of her
    brain removed.”

    Mirazabegian, an optician in Glendale, Calif., brought Charlotte’s Web
    to his state, where medical marijuana is legal. He convinced the Stanley
    brothers to give him some seeds he could use to treat his 9-year-old
    daughter Emily, who spent her days slumped on the couch. Now, she’s
    running, jumping and talking. Mirazabegian is cloning the Charlotte’s
    Web seeds and has opened the California branch of the Stanleys’

    Mirazabegian has
    begun to distribute the strain to 25 families and has a waitlist of 400.
    It includes, he said, families willing to move from Japan and the

  20. We can hold up the sick and dying, or all those unfairly imprisoned, or the trillions wasted on the drug war, or… well, it doesn’t really matter which picture we use to change minds, really.

    I feel your pain regarding the movements within the MMJ community against legalization. There are some players in the MMJ industry that make the rest of the good folks look bad. Unfortunately, the bigger the MMJ industry gets, the more bad players that appear. This is what I tell myself, and yet…

    Sometimes, it sure seems like the bad players outnumber the good ones. :(

  21. Dude, your post made me dizzy. Do you know how to make paragraphs in disqus? Try three returns, or CTRL return, okay? I mean, please?

  22. I would like to see Kansas in the mix. Right now mmj is NOT being seriously considered here. Bills have been introduced in the KS House and Senate, as they are every year, and they are falling flat in committee, without hearings, as happens every year. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all KS House members are up for election/re-election this November. State Senators will be up in 2016. Another bit of good news is that both mmj and rmj are polling well in the state. The current legislature isn’t going to move on this, so we’ll make ourselves a new legislature, and move forward.

    P.S.- Those of you who live in citizen ballot-initiative states have NO IDEA how lucky you are. Comparing ballot states to legislature-only states is like comparing the center of the earth to outer space!

  23. SMH — the network serving that oh-so covetted “You darn kids get off my lawn” demographic. No wonder nobody with their original teeth watches that swill.

  24. what about ohio I’m doing a paper on this and PROCON.org says Ohio is also considering legalizing it

  25. It already is the latest chew toy on Fox. They started an all out assault on marijuana in early December. Bill O’Reilly reported the Marijuana on EBT cards in CO as FACT and never retracted it after finding out it came from an Satirical News site. Gretchen Carlson still holds the line on “What do we tell our children”? Megyn Kelly was the first to report the “Weed for EBT” story. Others like Shep Smith extoll the fact that it’s WRONGFULLY illegal. The morning show ALWAYS runs “Anti-cannabis segments”, yet turns around 2 minutes later and extolls the VIRTUES of Alcohol in their cooking segments at 6AM Pacific time! I’m constantly tweeting them their HYPOCRISY on the issue

  26. Use your freakin head. on

    How can the funds from pharmaceutical sales which are deemed a schedule 1 class drug and Illegal outside its prescribed arena enter an agreement with Federal law and constitutions of federal policy banking achieve sanctification, but a more natural medical alternative cannot? Why can you prescribe another schedule 1 narcotic that is sold in an unsuccessful under regulated “Pill Mill” fashion be ok, even though its a greater health risk carries A death rate and has more devastating addictive properties? So your grandpa doesn’t want to smoke his daily joint eat a sucker or cook his pancakes with cannabinoid butter, However destroy his liver and contribute to the decay of a youthful society ignored by our Federal government. Well how can you say that about my law abiding Christian grandfather? He doesn’t contribute to that decay he wishes a life a better alternative for the youth of this nation. Start regulating the sales of Schedule 1 opiates administering healthier pharmaceutical grade medical alternatives now unless we’re overcrowding ourselves here in the USA huh? Not everybody can live forever you know. People are too scared to reflect on a situation of universal proportion because of the fear of it getting too close to home and changing every aspect of our lives as we know it. History is the memory of effect from cause. If what they say is true about history, It repeats itself. Repetition is called routine, doing the same wrong thing continually reaches an effect giving a cause. Its time Americans sit down at the old fashioned kitchen table and talk about what happens outside your doors everyday in our communities and listen to the voice of a person who doesn’t walk the path that leads to the same door you open every morning and close every night. Life is nothing more than the intricate highways we all see being deconstructed and reconstructed everyday. Its nothing but a network of your own human relations drawn from your experiences and abilities relayed to a physical manifestation you can call reality. Nothing is perfect in this world and it never will be but that’s the beauty of life. Marijuana is not more harmful than a cigarette. Marijuana is not more psychologically mind altering than opiates once you hit a bottom of scratching and clawing for one more to keep away the physical pain and emotion. That’s what drives people to steal to cause violence to commit suicide, not marijuana. Remove that from our society and legalize marijuana. Our law is a punishment for a conviction of a crime, who is the all seeing eye? Who watches you and allows you to operate that is perfect and doesn’t break those same laws convictions are given out for? I’ll tell you who doesn’t break a law nobody. We know you are not perfect but we wont condemn you for this. No we wont put you in a prison for killing hundreds of thousands of individuals with what you thought was a good idea at the time. We will just construct a new highway one that is made for us to travel with minor traffic and limited fatalities. Not everybody can afford a Cadillac but everybody should be able to drive down the same highway. This totalitarianism government we are ruled by is not of the census of people with the appropriate wisdom. Consensus what makes appropriation reasonable and non-defaulted is the gathering of multiple avenues of knowledge from every single angle. Being biased only keeps a person ignorant, until you study the reasoning behind why something is the way it is you will never see why it is the way it is. The government doesn’t own me or run me I run me I own me. Who am I a slave to? The obstacle in front me. Our homes our households are our homes they are our households and what goes on in our homes is our business alone. Same as in the streets our streets are our streets this should be our government regulating our streets as the heads of the household regulate the home. Legalize marijuana.

  27. It was a half-truth. Only a *permanent* solution can come out of Congress — an Executive Order (or any action confined to the executive branch) can simply be undone by the next administration, the same way the Ok-with-torture policies were undone five years ago.

    For example, if Obama changes it by Executive Order, then the blind-hatred Obama detractors will declare that emperor Obama has ONCE AGAIN over-reached the authority of his office and he wants all our kids to get high! The “Dope and Change” memes will go viral and they’ll crucify his administration for his Choom past the way they wanted to in 2008 and 2012. And naturally, that’s when Chris Christie (who said “not on my watch” when asked about cannabis legalization) could win the White House in 2016 on the financial coat-tails of powerful anti-legalization lobbies (big pharma, private prisons, police unions, alcohol & tobacco, the usual suspects) at which point he’ll simply undo Obama’s Executive Order, he’ll do it “for the children,” and usher in another dark age of science-free moralist propaganda.

    But if Congress tries to change it with legislation that *also* forbids any one branch of government from unilaterally changing it back, and that legislation becomes law, even IF some prohibitionist takes the White House afterwards, that hypothetical jerk couldn’t do anything about it.

    I think he should change it, but I think he should do it with Congress and not in spite of them so that it sticks the first time. This piecemeal approach is surely taking far too long (information can only soak into so many people only so quickly because of the misinformation that’s *still* floating around), but no one goes back to being a prohibitionist after they learn the truth, which is undeniable progress. A solid majority of Americans know what’s up and want cannabis legalized, and Congress is finally feeling it. That fabled tipping point is so close I don’t want Obama to screw it up by “doing the right thing” and turning cannabis reform into the new favorite chew toy on Fox News.

  28. Indiana Zzzz..... on

    Indiana is lame. Hemp is a start. Legalize !!! CO. And WA. Won’t be the only richest states in the union. And unemployment rate is terrible here now. They need to look at the big picture and profit this sad state. Geez…. Happy for other states. I’m gonna move plain and simple….

  29. twin towers get blown up we are all united. when it comes to weed we are states. im done saluting the flag.

  30. Anyone that doesn’t want me to smoke weed needs to come shoot me in the face. that is the only way they will stop me.
    Arresting me will cause me to retaliate 10000000000000 time harder. I disobey laws I see unrealistic and unfair

  31. I know right who the hell does Pat Mccrory think he is… GOD? he needs to show respect for us and let us vote how we want not how he see fit. he is a disgrace to freedom

  32. NO North Carolina is considering legalization. I don’t care what the politicians have in mind, I VOTE FOR LEGALIZATION!

    Decriminalization is not going to work(at all) for very long, so might as well do it right the first time and legalize it!

  33. Andrew Zebrun III on

    New York led the nation with the 1980 law the governor is rolling out 34 years later! Several states started medical marijuana programs patterned after NY’s 1980 law, which turned into medical marijuana in every state that has it! So NY has led the way to medical marijuana, please don’t stop now! Call or write your politicians to support the Compassionate Care Act and give mercy to those in need, please!

  34. Is there any new information coming out of the North East? Specifically New York. Or has all the legislation been stalled.

  35. The Feds need to start with removing cannabis from Schedule 1, which I believe Obama has already said to look into it. I’m glad they now have new guidelines reference banking.

  36. It’s why I moved out of TX. TX politicians are bribed by the private prison industry to imprison and enslave their own citizens. TX politicians are the modern day slave traders. They imprison as many ppl as possible to line their own pockets.

  37. You had me up until the point that you focused on the sick and dying. I am all for legalized cannabis….for everyone. NOT just for the sick and ill. This is the one area I have learned to reject the MMJ supporters. Those of us who are fortunate enough not to be ill threw our support behind the MMJ community to help get legalization for them with the hope the same effort it would be reciprocated later for legalization for all. But once MMJ got theirs, they have basically worked against full out legalization for fear that it would cut into their business model. So forgive me if I don’t hold a bleeding heart for the MMJ community.

    Much of the MMJ businesses have become nothing more than legalized cartels minus all of the gun violence.

  38. Yes, I remember, and look forward to being able to do a little legal medicinal grow of my own in the piney woods of LA (lower Arkansas)

  39. Phanes Erichthoneus on

    This is just as I expected. They say everything is bigger in Texas, but apparently courage isn’t.

    I’m so pessimistic about Texas that I feel like if a federal end to marijuana prohibition ever comes about, Texas will secede from the union and build The Great Wall of Texas.

  40. MPP has hired lobbyist. Heather will be starting sometime in May per Rob Kampia. We will be working on both medical and legal bill at that time.

  41. Alabama and Indiana are still pressing for violations, fines, and imprisoning medical patients, making them prove their innocence in court, AFTER being imprisoned even if they are a card carrying member. Why imprison patients and make new laws concerning imprisoning patients?? Not just Alabama and Indiana but I see a lot of states creating NEW bills that are more about fines and violations than they are about legalizing anything! Do not be fulled! Read everything before you sign these bills, because the way it is worded, you can still be a medical marijuana patient, go to jail, and have to prove you are innocent, as well as, you may be guilty in a court of law when you were doing nothing more than trying to save your own life or someone elses. The drug traffickers are the saints!

  42. If I could denounce my citizenship and go to Uruguay I so would, America is the land of the slaves, no matter what color you are. If you aren’t green in some way, you are not a concern

  43. I wish they’d figure it out instead of wasting billions of dollars of our tax-money over nothing but confusion. They’ve had a 100 years of mistakes, it’s time to make a change 100% on this. 100% legalization, anything less….means you are at war against the sick and dying of this nation and that is not fair to attack your own people America! http://www.420.ag It’s time to tell America and the United States to stop killing it’s citizens by force and lies

  44. Alaska is up for legalization this year and I didn’t see it in your article. Mind putting it in there to help spread the word? Thank you!

  45. I wasn’t aware that Texas only met every OTHER year. Jeez, that’s terrible. Thank you for the info.

  46. HELLO!!!!!!!!!! Doesn’t ANYBODY remember that Arkansas got within 1 1/2% of passing in 2012 & are going again for 2014. Arkansans for Compassionate Care has the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act petition being circulated now. We need help!!!!

  47. Tami Tipton Halphen on

    Texas has no referendum and everything has to be passed by the legislature. The legislature only meets every other year. So Texas won’t be considering laws at all until 2015. Local groups are gearing up to do lobbying now but nothing has been introduced to the legislature because they aren’t in session yet.

  48. Such great news for the world and especially TN. Amsterdam is beautiful but weed tourism is going to tank after this movement.

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