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Emboldened by the actions of Colorado and Washington legislators in 10 states are seeking to legalize the recreational use of cannabis (http://tinyurl.com/a9yfcj5) for consenting adults. Bills have been introduced in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont with Maine and Pennsylvania expected to follow suit. While Hawaii's bill, HB699 has been shelved for this session plans to reintroduce it are already in the works. And let's not forget our very own state of California. While nothing has been introduced yet plans are being formalized for runs in both 2014 and should that fail again in 2016. Given that our next most likely governor (a shoe in for all practical purposes) Gavin Newsom is openly pro legalization things don't look so good for the ever diminishing numbers of shrilling shrieking prohibitionists who are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Having a cannabis friendly State Attorney General along with a 54% majority of voters (http://tinyurl.com/ctqttgq) wanting a regulated and taxed legal cannabis industry doesn't exactly hurt either.
An additional 16 states, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia have introduced Medical Marijuana bills while 9 states, Indiana, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont are looking to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis. And finally bills, including HR499 (http://tinyurl.com/dxl7gex), are being introduced at the federal level to end prohibition.
While there is little chance that all these bills will pass it's a sign that times have changed. Just 6 months ago it would have been would have been nothing short of amazing if even one of these bills had been forwarded and there are now dozens of them. What was once seen as political suicide has now become acceptable. Legalization is no longer a question of if, only when. My guess is sooner than many of us had hoped considering how quickly this latest series of events have transpired.
Thanks to Colorado and Washington the door has been kicked open and were coming in...like it or not.

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TommyMarin commented on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 20:03 PM

What's really exciting about this is it's the state's elected officials pushing these bills, not voter referendums. Our elected officials are finally representing the will of the people. Woo Hoo!

TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Ten states and Copenhagen. Yes that's right, Copenhagen Denmark is considering legalizing cannabis for a three year "trial period" to evaluate the results.
The Danes are considering trying to import their supply from either Colorado or Washington, while I don't believe this would be a good idea for either state due to international treaties I do applaud the Danes for exploring ending prohibition at the international level.
And let's not forget our South American brothers, Uruguay has been eying legalization since before the elections. http://tinyurl.com/bc96czj
Looks like the dominoes are starting to fall on three continents.

TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 01:26 AM

The federal government should stop enforcing the Controlled Substances Act, with its draconian definition of marijuana, in Washington and Colorado, which voted last November to legalize and tax the growing and sale of cannabis, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told interviewers Monday.


TommyMarin commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 14:07 PM

MONTGOMERY, AL — A bill that would allow the possession, use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana by adults in Alabama was introduced Thursday. The bill would also authorize the medical use of marijuana in Alabama and the cultivation of industrial hemp.

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Apr 05, 2013 at 15:09 PM

Sweet home Alabama! Please note that Medical Marijuana is only a side note to House Bill 550.

It's primary goal is FULL RECREATIONAL LEGALIZATION of cannabis. For a bill like this to be introduced in the Deep South shows just how far we've come.
Are you listening Eric Holder and Michele Leonhart? You're days are numbered...





TommyMarin commented on Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 02:16 AM

States Can Legalize Marijuana (Though Federal Laws Stand), Says Congressional Research Service

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 21:10 PM

"AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, taxing and regulating it like alcohol, will receive a public hearing at 10 a.m. Friday before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee."

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 01:10 AM

Eleven states and Puerto Rico!
"Puerto Rico has become the latest US state or dependency to see a marijuana legalization bill filed this year. Sen. Miguel Pereira earlier this month filed Senate Bill 517 (link is in Spanish) earlier this month"

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 22:32 PM

Republic of Georgia Considering Marijuana Legalization


TommyMarin commented on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 14:28 PM

You've just got to love it when entire countries are on board with the Cannabis Reform Boat!

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM

Study says states can legalize marijuana despite federal ban


TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 17:48 PM

Soon to be 12 states!

PaulScambot commented on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 18:52 PM

God's speed to all of them!

PaulScambot commented on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 00:41 AM

I heard it's up 14 states now along with Puerto Rico and Georgia in the former USSR. I also read that the Organization of American States is considering it too. WOO HOO!

PaulScambot commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 14:56 PM

Time for an update Tommy, lot's has happened since Colorado and Washington gave the feds the old one finger salute.
We have the Oregon Legislature looking to end prohibition in that state,
The Pennsylvania legislature doing likewise,
The Ohio Legislature,
The state of New York,
The Puerto Rican legislature filing a bill,
With the Organization of American States and the Republic of Georgia chiming in,

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 15:08 PM

Do you think they could use a towel?

TommyMarin commented on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 18:33 PM

The legalization effort has gone global.

PaulScambot commented on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It's no longer if, it's when.

TommyMarin commented on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 14:03 PM

Marijuana legalization: A state solution to a federal problem


PaulScambot commented on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 19:46 PM

We need more solutions like this!

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MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 00:51 AM

"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."


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