"Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's
appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
December 6, 1840
Marijuana Legalization News
California voters' support for marijuana legalization has hit a record high -- no pun intended.
A survey released Wednesday by the Public Polling Institute of California found that 52 percent of the
state's residents advocate the legalization of marijuana, marking the first time a majority of the state
has supported legalizing the drug.
On top of those record stats, 60 percent of likely California voters supported legalization, and 68 percent
said the federal government should not intervene in states' jurisdiction on marijuana.
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Legislators from 13 states (including Washington and Colorado) and the District of Columbia have pledged their support and co-sponsorship
for a House of Representatives bill, the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013," which will prohibit the federal government from
interfering with a state's marijuana laws. While this will not legalize marijuana in these states, it will remove the federal
barriers to legalization and allow them to freely write their own marijuana laws, from personal decriminalization to (eventually) legalization.
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Trying to straddle a potentially dangerous social issue, Gov. Chris Christie agreed on Friday to expand New Jersey's medical marijuana program,
but stopped short of what parents of children with life-threatening diseases say is necessary to improve their access to treatment.
Mr. Christie would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to provide edible marijuana, but only for children. Parents say the edible
product provides the benefits but not the high of marijuana, and makes it easier to treat children who are too impaired to smoke.
More information at NYTimes.com
November's referendum legalized marijuana, but it required the state legislature to set rules governing its sale. It also said that voters
would have to come back to the polls this November to decide how marijuana will be taxed. As a result, retail sales of marijuana won't be
legal until January 2014. But last year, opponents of legalization in Colorado's State Senate wanted to insert a poison pill that would make this November's
vote about the entire legalization rather than strictly taxes.
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The nation has moved from the abstract matter of "if" to the more tangible debate over "how," said Beau Kilmer,
co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know."
"Between Attorney General Holder's announcement, the decision made on stop-and-frisk and Dr. Gupta coming out with his documentary, it was a big week for drug policy," Kilmer said.
More information at wavenewspaper.com
New York City Comptroller John Liu is proposing a historic overhaul of the city's marijuana laws, believing that legalizing medical marijuana and allowing
adults to possess an ounce of pot for recreational use would pump more than $400 million into the city's coffers. The sweeping change, which would put New
York at the forefront of a growing national debate over use of the drug, calls for recreational marijuana to be
regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco.
More information at washingtonpost.com
As support for marijuana legalization continues to grow, Rob Kampia, the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project,
believes that momentum will drive two more states to follow Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational weed in 2014.
In a recent interview with Reason, Kampia made several legal pot predictions. "I think the next state to legalize will be Alaska,
through a ballot initiative that we're running in August of 2014," Kampia said to Reason. "Through state legislatures, I think the
first state is going to be Rhode Island." Kampia went on to predict that many other states will also be voting on marijuana legalization
on the same day in 2016, including: California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and possibly Massachusetts.
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Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the medical marijuana bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.
Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase.
The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.
Quinn says he's heard compelling stories from seriously ill patients - including veterans - and says medical marijuana
will provide many people relief.
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