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Oregon, Maine and California targeted for marijuana legalization in 2016

Posted by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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Fresh off victories in Colorado and Washington, drug reform activists are wondering where the next hotbed for legalization will emerge. The Marijuana Policy Project, a leading group behind those 2012 wins, told Raw Story that they think they know the answers: Oregon, Maine and California.

Oregon is particularly of interest to MPP’s leadership, who saw a legalization initiative fail in the state last year even as Colorado and Washington’s efforts passed. MPP spokesperson Mason Tvert said he believes it failed because the proposed regulatory system was not strong enough, leaving room for improvement, either by the legislature or at the polls.

“If such action isn’t taken by the legislature, we are very interested in woking with activists throughout Oregon to have a ballot measure to that effect [in 2016],” Tvert said.

At a town hall meeting with constituents on Sunday, marijuana legalization was a hot topic for Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who proclaimed that his state would legalize the drug “sooner rather than later” and said he’s working with about two-dozen other lawmakers on the matter. A representative for MPP added that the group is willing to spend at least $700,000 to boost a legalization initiative in 2016, according to KATU News.

“I think that Oregon is a state where a majority of voters recognize that marijuana prohibition has failed and it’s time for a more sensible approach,” Tvert said. “We had 47 percent of the vote in this last election, and that is what many considered a poorly drafted measure. I think it’s a strong likelihood that you’ll see a strong measure approved by the voters in 2016.”

Then there’s California, the biggest prize of all for reform advocates, which Tvert said would be a big focus in 2016.But before those states can legalize, there’s some parliamentary business to attend to. Specifically, Tvert said, “there are a few states that have tax and regulate measures in their legislatures this year.”

“One of those will be Rhode Island, which we think will be the first one to legalize marijuana through its legislature,” he said. “In terms of ballot initiatives, the only one we see as viable [in 2014] is Alaska, which also has the most supportive voting population of any other state [that year].”

He added that a similar legislative effort is underway in Maine, which MPP is prepared to back up with a ballot initiative if lawmakers fail to approve. Nevada similarly “may be ready,” Tvert said, but not without the support of “a vigorous initiative process” which has yet to be determined.

“Most importantly, we need all voters to understand that marijuana is an objectively less harmful product than alcohol,” he concluded. “I think then voters will appreciate the arguments about regulating marijuana and making sure the money is being directed to legitimate businesses instead of the underground market and cartels.”


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Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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by HRH of MJ on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Anyone?

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

ashellbell
by shellbark on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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I wish it would happen every where.
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by HRH of MJ on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.

Baby steps. One of the people behind the initiative in Co was on Bill Maher and Bill said he would give $1million if he would come help us in Cali so here's hoping.

Still can't get the damn Feds to reschedule it which is absolutely ridiculous. They just ignore all the medical, peer reviewed evidence in favor of sucking up to Big Pharma and the Prison Industrial Complex.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

ashellbell
by shellbark on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I live in a state where marijuana is classified in the same group as heroin and crack. It's ridiculous. There's rumors that they're going to make it a class b narcotic instead of a class A.


Quoting Friday:


Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.

Baby steps. One of the people behind the initiative in Co was on Bill Maher and Bill said he would give $1million if he would come help us in Cali so here's hoping.

Still can't get the damn Feds to reschedule it which is absolutely ridiculous. They just ignore all the medical, peer reviewed evidence in favor of sucking up to Big Pharma and the Prison Industrial Complex.


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sweetmissy_05
by Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Everywhere needs to happen.  Why isn't Minnesota on that list lol.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM


Quoting ashellbell:

I live in a state where marijuana is classified in the same group as heroin and crack. It's ridiculous. There's rumors that they're going to make it a class b narcotic instead of a class A.


Quoting Friday:


Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.

Baby steps. One of the people behind the initiative in Co was on Bill Maher and Bill said he would give $1million if he would come help us in Cali so here's hoping.

Still can't get the damn Feds to reschedule it which is absolutely ridiculous. They just ignore all the medical, peer reviewed evidence in favor of sucking up to Big Pharma and the Prison Industrial Complex.


Sounds like the Feds. How can mj be on the same level Schedule 1 as heroin with no medical uses but cocaine is Schedule 2? I agree coke has medical uses, the ENT docs I worked for used it for packing for sinus and nasal surgeries but the way they ignore all the science for mj pisses me off.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM


Quoting sweetmissy_05:

Everywhere needs to happen.  Why isn't Minnesota on that list lol.

Baby steps. If you aren't already on their list, you can go to MPP and NORML's sites for info on efforts in your area. They even have form emails to send to your reps and will send email updates when something is pending.

 


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MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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I believe it will.  This has been in the works for years from very dedicated groups.  MJ is misclassified as a narcotic, and the feds have a long, painful history of admitting when they are wrong.  Since individual states enact their own laws, they will eventually be cornered.   


Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.


 

ashellbell
by shellbark on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I hope so. I'm tired of seeing pot heads going to jail.


Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I believe it will.  This has been in the works for years from very dedicated groups.  MJ is misclassified as a narcotic, and the feds have a long, painful history of admitting when they are wrong.  Since individual states enact their own laws, they will eventually be cornered.   




Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.



 


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MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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I agree with you.  It's costly to prosecute and useless. 


Quoting ashellbell:

I hope so. I'm tired of seeing pot heads going to jail.


Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I believe it will.  This has been in the works for years from very dedicated groups.  MJ is misclassified as a narcotic, and the feds have a long, painful history of admitting when they are wrong.  Since individual states enact their own laws, they will eventually be cornered.   


 


Quoting ashellbell:

I wish it would happen every where.

 


 



 

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