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These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Pot Next

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Attorney General Eric Holder gave a green light on Thursday to two states whose efforts to legalize marijuana had been locked in by legal uncertainty for more than nine months. With that announcement, Colorado and Washington -- both of which passed pro-pot initiatives at the polls last November -- can now proceed with establishing a framework for the taxation and regulation of legal weed for adults.

The administration's decision holds clear and immediate implications for the two states, both of which had been hesitant to act too quickly over concerns that the government might decide to enforce federal law, which still considers marijuana an illegal substance.

But the move also, and perhaps more importantly, throws open the gates for other states to pursue similar pot legalization efforts, so long as they include "strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems." Experts on both sides of the issue have already said they expect to see movement come quickly.

A similar pattern held for medical marijuana. The movement made steady progress up until 2009, when the Obama administration announced it would allow states to implement medical pot laws without federal interference. That promise turned out to be heavily footnoted, but the pledge itself ushered in a flood of ballot and legislative activity that burst the medical marijuana dam over the next four years. Thursday's announcement can be expected to do the same.

Public support for legal pot has surged in recent years at both state and national levels, with a majority of U.S. voters now in favor. This suggests that legalization would be most viable in states that allow citizen ballot initiatives. State lawmakers could also potentially take the reins on legalizing cannabis as the issue becomes more mainstream, however, like they did in New Jersey in 2010 with the passage of a bill approving medical marijuana.

Political dynamics are at play, too. Democratic strategists hoping to goose youth- and liberal-voter turnout in 2014 are incentivized to put pot on the ballot, though weed advocates themselves are better off running campaigns during presidential years, when the electorate doesn't skew as elderly as it does during midterms.

Below, the states that are most likely to take the next steps toward legalizing marijuana:

Alaska

Marijuana reformers in Alaska have been hard at work trying to make their state the next to legalize pot. In June, a ballot measure to tax and regulate pot and legalize it for adult recreational use was certified. Organizers must now collect at least 30,169 valid signatures of registered Alaska voters by December 2013, which would ensure that the initiative receives a vote in the primary election on Aug. 19, 2014.

Pot has already been decriminalized and legalized for medical use in Alaska. A survey of Alaska voters taken earlier this year by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 54 percent supported legalizing marijuana.

Arizona

In June, marijuana legalization proponents began a campaign to gather the 259,213 signatures they'll need in order to get the issue on the 2014 ballot. The language of the proposed measure is rather expansive, and also includes a system of state taxation and regulation.

Marijuana was legalized in the state for medical use in 2010 by ballot initiative. A poll taken earlier this year found that 56 percent of Arizonans supported legalizing some amount of cannabis.

California

A statewide initiative to legalize marijuana failed in California in 2010, but reformers are hoping to find success in 2014 and beyond. Earlier this month, organizers filed the California Hemp Act 2014, a measure that would legalize cannabis both in its standard and non-psychoactive forms. Beginning Oct. 1, the campaign will have 150 days to gather 750,000 valid signatures from California voters in order to get the issue on the 2014 ballot.

Marijuana has already been decriminalized and legalized for medical use in California. A poll taken earlier this year found that 54 percent of Californians support legalizing pot.

Nevada

Marijuana advocates in Nevada have yet to mount a large-scale effort to get legalization on the ballot in an upcoming election, as most organizers in the state see 2016 as their best chance for a push. The liberal bent of the state makes it a popular target for reformers, however, and it's not yet clear whether Thursday's DOJ decision could increase desire for more immediate action.

Nevada has legalized medical marijuana, and earlier this year the state passed a measure establishing a dispensary system to help increase access for sick citizens. According to a recent poll, 56 percent of Nevadans would favor legalizing cannabis for recreational use if the money raised went to fund education.

Oregon

Medical marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have already announced plans to campaign for an initiative to be placed on the ballot in 2014. An earlier legalization effort, which was poorly coordinated and widely mocked inside the state, failed in 2012. Organizers believe there is plenty of room for improvement.

Oregon has already decriminalized marijuana and legalized it for medical use. According to a poll taken in May, 57 percent of likely voters in Oregon support a proposal to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Maine

The Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-pot advocacy group, has announced Maine as one of its top targets for legalization in upcoming election cycles. An initiative circulating through the state Legislature fell painfully short in a state House vote earlier this year, but MPP has announced plans to help coordinate a grassroots campaign to get a legalization measure on the ballot in 2016.

Marijuana has been decriminalized and approved for medical use in Maine. According to a PPP poll released this week, 48 percent of registered voters in Maine believe pot should be legal for recreational use.

Massachusetts

The deep-blue New England state is being eyed as a prime opportunity for legalization, with marijuana reform advocates pointing to high margins of support for previous pro-pot initiatives. No official campaign for a ballot initiative has been launched yet, though many predict it is only a matter of time.

Massachusetts has decriminalized marijuana and just last November passed a ballot measure legalizing it for medical use. A February PPP poll found that 58 percent of the state's residents would be in favor of legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis.

Montana

Montana has had a checkered history with marijuana laws. Voters passed an initiative legalizing cannabis for medical use in 2004, but opponents have since taken various steps to amend the measure or repeal it all together. Reform advocates remain hopeful that voters will support full legalization. They wasted no time following the 2012 election, filing a ballot question in hopes of putting the issue before voters in 2014.

There are no recent statewide surveys to gauge current support for pot legalization, though previous polls have showed a majority of Montana voters supporting the decriminalizing of marijuana.

Rhode Island

Marijuana advocates have high hopes that Rhode Island will be one of the first in the next round of states to legalize. This could come through a ballot initiative, but Rob Kampia, the executive director of MPP, recently said the issue could be ripe for state lawmakers to take on. While there's not yet a high-profile campaign to get legalization on an upcoming ballot, the state Legislature did consider a bill on the matter last session. While lawmakers debated the legislation and invited witnesses to testify on its merits, they never held a vote.

Rhode Island recently decriminalized marijuana and passed legalized medical marijuana around 2007. A PPP poll taken in January found that 52 percent of voters in the state support legalizing pot for recreational use.

Vermont

Vermont has made strides to scale back marijuana prohibition over the past year, with a successful measure to decriminalize and a separate bill to establish a system of dispensaries for the state's medical cannabis patients. Observers see the state's strong support for the recent reelection of Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), an advocate for marijuana reform, as a sign that voters could get behind a ballot initiative to legalize. There is no large-scale effort toward this end yet, but a legalization bill was introduced in the state Legislature last session. It didn't receive a vote.

Polls have consistently shown Vermonters to be supportive of efforts to scale back prohibition on marijuana.

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

by on Aug. 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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JackandJayne
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Well that doesn't make sense. If they did that, they'd have to let people pop Vicodin if they have a script and still allow them to work.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting viv212:

Over in CA I heard that employers do the drug screening but they look for harder drugs. Testing positive for MJ does not mean automatic dismissal anymore. But of course it does depend on the employer.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I could still be fired because pot isn't legal federally however this is really being challenged by the ADA, for medical marijuana users. Some employers are now adopting, job non safety intensive, the don't ask don't tell no test policy. Specifically not testing for THC. The issue, legally, is if recreational use is legal someone who uses off the job can still test positive because even recreational THC use doesn't clear the system from weekend use. Legally it's very interesting.




Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.

Depends on the employer, dh has found a number of places that don't test at all. There was legislation to protect medical mj patients but the Governator vetoe'd it. I wish they would bring it back up and we could push Brown to sign it. If one has a script, then employers shouldn't be able to discriminate.


JackandJayne
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Your company didn't mind then. I can use those same examples and tell you about some warehouse employees who were dropped because they had to be on painkillers and also dropped because they came to work high and one dropped a load off of the fork lift because he smoked weed on break. It's the company's right to make the call. And for every who says no, there's gonna be one who doesn't care.

Either way, the company will do what it wants. Even if it has to leave the state. Some other area will gladly welcome the drug free jobs.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

They don't have a right to your personal life. But they have the right to know if their employees have THC in their system as it can impair memory, learning, and attention for 24 hours after use. They'd have to use a blood test to see exactly how much is in the system. It's their right as a private business as there are many drug free men/women waiting in line for a job and willing to go along with that company's laws. That won't change, and if it did, the business would simply close up and move to any area where they could be free to choose who they felt were most qualified for the job.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Well, if you smoke it fairly often or just within moderation even, you aren't going to notice that you're not fully grounded. Think of it like this, when you take a Vicodin, it has a half life of almost 4 hours. So by this time, only half is in your system and you'll feel it's either wearing off or just not doing its job anymore. But, if you went to do something that Vicodin normally impairs, you'll be able to function, but not FULLY functioning on a normal system (but you won't be feeling high). Same with weed, so to be cautious and avoid lawsuits, they need their employees to be beyond the half-life.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Do you mean the saliva test? Because they already have that. But it's really weak as it will only pick up the drug within a 24 hour period on average.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

That's correct, because THC has a half-life of 10 to 13 days. You'd have to be off of work quite awhile before you could come back.

Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


I read that someone was working on a swab test that would be more accurate but that was awhile back. Hopefully something comes of it.


I would think 24 hours would be enough. It stays in your system but that doesn't mean you are still impaired.


That's ridiculous considering people can pop a UA for mj for up to 30 days after, depending on use. My husband once failed a UA almost 2 months after his last use. I don't buy that he was still impaired in any way. It's none of my employers business what I did over 24 hours before coming to work. I'm tired of this acceptance of the idea that our employers have the right to every detail of our personal life.


So can a number of other things like hangover or plain old lack of sleep. I know, used to drink a lot and worked many days w/o taking my sunglasses off.

Unless I'm unable to do my job or obviously intoxicated, it's none of my employers business what I do when I'm not working. I also know plenty of people who can work when medicated, whether it's mj or opiates. I was taking opiates daily the last couple of years I worked due to pain issues and never had any problems, even got promoted once.


justinnaimee
by Bronze Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Pretty sure you can. You just can't pop a vicoden then head to work. But what you do on your own time is your business.

Quoting JackandJayne:

Well that doesn't make sense. If they did that, they'd have to let people pop Vicodin if they have a script and still allow them to work.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting viv212:

Over in CA I heard that employers do the drug screening but they look for harder drugs. Testing positive for MJ does not mean automatic dismissal anymore. But of course it does depend on the employer.



Quoting lizzielouaf:

I could still be fired because pot isn't legal federally however this is really being challenged by the ADA, for medical marijuana users. Some employers are now adopting, job non safety intensive, the don't ask don't tell no test policy. Specifically not testing for THC. The issue, legally, is if recreational use is legal someone who uses off the job can still test positive because even recreational THC use doesn't clear the system from weekend use. Legally it's very interesting.







Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


Depends on the employer, dh has found a number of places that don't test at all. There was legislation to protect medical mj patients but the Governator vetoe'd it. I wish they would bring it back up and we could push Brown to sign it. If one has a script, then employers shouldn't be able to discriminate.


JackandJayne
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Right, it has to be past the half life. As I said before. THC has a much longer half life. It's just chemistry at play and we can't change the facts. The studies back up the lawsuits.

Quoting justinnaimee:

Pretty sure you can. You just can't pop a vicoden then head to work. But what you do on your own time is your business.

Quoting JackandJayne:

Well that doesn't make sense. If they did that, they'd have to let people pop Vicodin if they have a script and still allow them to work.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting viv212:

Over in CA I heard that employers do the drug screening but they look for harder drugs. Testing positive for MJ does not mean automatic dismissal anymore. But of course it does depend on the employer.



Quoting lizzielouaf:

I could still be fired because pot isn't legal federally however this is really being challenged by the ADA, for medical marijuana users. Some employers are now adopting, job non safety intensive, the don't ask don't tell no test policy. Specifically not testing for THC. The issue, legally, is if recreational use is legal someone who uses off the job can still test positive because even recreational THC use doesn't clear the system from weekend use. Legally it's very interesting.







Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


Depends on the employer, dh has found a number of places that don't test at all. There was legislation to protect medical mj patients but the Governator vetoe'd it. I wish they would bring it back up and we could push Brown to sign it. If one has a script, then employers shouldn't be able to discriminate.



Friday
by HRH of MJ on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM


Quoting JackandJayne:

Your company didn't mind then. I can use those same examples and tell you about some warehouse employees who were dropped because they had to be on painkillers and also dropped because they came to work high and one dropped a load off of the fork lift because he smoked weed on break. It's the company's right to make the call. And for every who says no, there's gonna be one who doesn't care.

Either way, the company will do what it wants. Even if it has to leave the state. Some other area will gladly welcome the drug free jobs.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

They don't have a right to your personal life. But they have the right to know if their employees have THC in their system as it can impair memory, learning, and attention for 24 hours after use. They'd have to use a blood test to see exactly how much is in the system. It's their right as a private business as there are many drug free men/women waiting in line for a job and willing to go along with that company's laws. That won't change, and if it did, the business would simply close up and move to any area where they could be free to choose who they felt were most qualified for the job.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Well, if you smoke it fairly often or just within moderation even, you aren't going to notice that you're not fully grounded. Think of it like this, when you take a Vicodin, it has a half life of almost 4 hours. So by this time, only half is in your system and you'll feel it's either wearing off or just not doing its job anymore. But, if you went to do something that Vicodin normally impairs, you'll be able to function, but not FULLY functioning on a normal system (but you won't be feeling high). Same with weed, so to be cautious and avoid lawsuits, they need their employees to be beyond the half-life.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Do you mean the saliva test? Because they already have that. But it's really weak as it will only pick up the drug within a 24 hour period on average.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

That's correct, because THC has a half-life of 10 to 13 days. You'd have to be off of work quite awhile before you could come back.

Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


I read that someone was working on a swab test that would be more accurate but that was awhile back. Hopefully something comes of it.


I would think 24 hours would be enough. It stays in your system but that doesn't mean you are still impaired.


That's ridiculous considering people can pop a UA for mj for up to 30 days after, depending on use. My husband once failed a UA almost 2 months after his last use. I don't buy that he was still impaired in any way. It's none of my employers business what I did over 24 hours before coming to work. I'm tired of this acceptance of the idea that our employers have the right to every detail of our personal life.


So can a number of other things like hangover or plain old lack of sleep. I know, used to drink a lot and worked many days w/o taking my sunglasses off.

Unless I'm unable to do my job or obviously intoxicated, it's none of my employers business what I do when I'm not working. I also know plenty of people who can work when medicated, whether it's mj or opiates. I was taking opiates daily the last couple of years I worked due to pain issues and never had any problems, even got promoted once.


My company never knew.

 


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

BuckeyezRule
by Bronze Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Except in Utah, where we live now. Lol


Quoting Donna6503:

I'm not surprise.

Besides, a lot of these types of movement start in the West.



JackandJayne
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

So they did mind, you were just a good liar. 

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Your company didn't mind then. I can use those same examples and tell you about some warehouse employees who were dropped because they had to be on painkillers and also dropped because they came to work high and one dropped a load off of the fork lift because he smoked weed on break. It's the company's right to make the call. And for every who says no, there's gonna be one who doesn't care.

Either way, the company will do what it wants. Even if it has to leave the state. Some other area will gladly welcome the drug free jobs.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

They don't have a right to your personal life. But they have the right to know if their employees have THC in their system as it can impair memory, learning, and attention for 24 hours after use. They'd have to use a blood test to see exactly how much is in the system. It's their right as a private business as there are many drug free men/women waiting in line for a job and willing to go along with that company's laws. That won't change, and if it did, the business would simply close up and move to any area where they could be free to choose who they felt were most qualified for the job.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Well, if you smoke it fairly often or just within moderation even, you aren't going to notice that you're not fully grounded. Think of it like this, when you take a Vicodin, it has a half life of almost 4 hours. So by this time, only half is in your system and you'll feel it's either wearing off or just not doing its job anymore. But, if you went to do something that Vicodin normally impairs, you'll be able to function, but not FULLY functioning on a normal system (but you won't be feeling high). Same with weed, so to be cautious and avoid lawsuits, they need their employees to be beyond the half-life.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Do you mean the saliva test? Because they already have that. But it's really weak as it will only pick up the drug within a 24 hour period on average.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

That's correct, because THC has a half-life of 10 to 13 days. You'd have to be off of work quite awhile before you could come back.

Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


I read that someone was working on a swab test that would be more accurate but that was awhile back. Hopefully something comes of it.


I would think 24 hours would be enough. It stays in your system but that doesn't mean you are still impaired.


That's ridiculous considering people can pop a UA for mj for up to 30 days after, depending on use. My husband once failed a UA almost 2 months after his last use. I don't buy that he was still impaired in any way. It's none of my employers business what I did over 24 hours before coming to work. I'm tired of this acceptance of the idea that our employers have the right to every detail of our personal life.


So can a number of other things like hangover or plain old lack of sleep. I know, used to drink a lot and worked many days w/o taking my sunglasses off.

Unless I'm unable to do my job or obviously intoxicated, it's none of my employers business what I do when I'm not working. I also know plenty of people who can work when medicated, whether it's mj or opiates. I was taking opiates daily the last couple of years I worked due to pain issues and never had any problems, even got promoted once.


My company never knew.


Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Sep. 5, 2013 at 2:43 AM

moving to maine soon.. woot!

Donna6503
by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:24 AM
Please go and visit Weber St. Their nickname should be changed from the Wildcats to the Wildweeds.

I would say the legalization folks, have a very strong presents in Davis, Weber, Summit Co and you could add Washington and Iron Co to that list.

Medical Marijuana also has a strong advocacy throughout the state.

Realistically, you're correct; but remember, Utah was also the key state that passed the 21st Amendment


Quoting BuckeyezRule:

Except in Utah, where we live now. Lol



Quoting Donna6503:

I'm not surprise.



Besides, a lot of these types of movement start in the West.





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Friday
by HRH of MJ on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM


Quoting JackandJayne:

So they did mind, you were just a good liar. 

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Your company didn't mind then. I can use those same examples and tell you about some warehouse employees who were dropped because they had to be on painkillers and also dropped because they came to work high and one dropped a load off of the fork lift because he smoked weed on break. It's the company's right to make the call. And for every who says no, there's gonna be one who doesn't care.

Either way, the company will do what it wants. Even if it has to leave the state. Some other area will gladly welcome the drug free jobs.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

They don't have a right to your personal life. But they have the right to know if their employees have THC in their system as it can impair memory, learning, and attention for 24 hours after use. They'd have to use a blood test to see exactly how much is in the system. It's their right as a private business as there are many drug free men/women waiting in line for a job and willing to go along with that company's laws. That won't change, and if it did, the business would simply close up and move to any area where they could be free to choose who they felt were most qualified for the job.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Well, if you smoke it fairly often or just within moderation even, you aren't going to notice that you're not fully grounded. Think of it like this, when you take a Vicodin, it has a half life of almost 4 hours. So by this time, only half is in your system and you'll feel it's either wearing off or just not doing its job anymore. But, if you went to do something that Vicodin normally impairs, you'll be able to function, but not FULLY functioning on a normal system (but you won't be feeling high). Same with weed, so to be cautious and avoid lawsuits, they need their employees to be beyond the half-life.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

Do you mean the saliva test? Because they already have that. But it's really weak as it will only pick up the drug within a 24 hour period on average.

Quoting Friday:


Quoting JackandJayne:

That's correct, because THC has a half-life of 10 to 13 days. You'd have to be off of work quite awhile before you could come back.

Quoting unspecified42:

Unfortunately, even if I lived in a state where it was legal I couldn't partake because of my job, I'd bet.


I read that someone was working on a swab test that would be more accurate but that was awhile back. Hopefully something comes of it.


I would think 24 hours would be enough. It stays in your system but that doesn't mean you are still impaired.


That's ridiculous considering people can pop a UA for mj for up to 30 days after, depending on use. My husband once failed a UA almost 2 months after his last use. I don't buy that he was still impaired in any way. It's none of my employers business what I did over 24 hours before coming to work. I'm tired of this acceptance of the idea that our employers have the right to every detail of our personal life.


So can a number of other things like hangover or plain old lack of sleep. I know, used to drink a lot and worked many days w/o taking my sunglasses off.

Unless I'm unable to do my job or obviously intoxicated, it's none of my employers business what I do when I'm not working. I also know plenty of people who can work when medicated, whether it's mj or opiates. I was taking opiates daily the last couple of years I worked due to pain issues and never had any problems, even got promoted once.


My company never knew.


No, I never lied about it. If it had impaired my ability to work I would have told them but it didn't so there was no need. It was none of their concern.

 


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

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