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Washington Becomes 2nd State In One Day To Legalize Marijuana

Posted on  November 09, 2012 by  News Admin

  Voters Say Yes To Regulation, Taxation Plan Isn't it just the way it always goes? Nothing for 75 years, then two states in one day. Washington voters resoundingly approved Initiative 502, which regulates and taxes marijuana production in the state, with 56 percent voting Yes and 44 percent voting No. The state's voters on Tuesday evening joined those of Colorado, from which results had become final earlier, in legalizing cannabis. "Marijuana policy reform remains an issue where the people lead and the politicians follow," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, "but Washington State shows that many politicians are beginning to catch up."  "It is now more obvious than ever that marijuana prohibition is a failed policy, and the voters in Colorado and Washington have sent a message to their elected leaders and the nation that they have had enough," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "It is costly, harmful, and dangerously misguided to continue arresting adults for using something that is safer than alcohol, particularly the seriously ill who could benefit from using marijuana. "A majority of Americans are sick of this nightmare and support treating marijuana in a rational manner," Kampia said. "Unfortunately, most lawmakers continue to ignore this fact and turn a blind eye to the harms caused by prohibition. "The residents of Colorado and Washington have taken the matter into their own hands and done something about it today," Kampia pointed out. "They should be congratulated for taking...

DEA Says It Will Ignore Marijuana Legalization

Posted on  November 07, 2012 by  News Admin

 What do our servants in the federal government do when the voters have spoken? They promptly announce their intention to ignore the voters. At least, that's what happens when it comes to the marijuana laws. The citizens of Colorado and Washington may have thought the decision was theirs on whether to legalize cannabis -- that they'd have the final say in the matter. But a spokesperson for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has other ideas. "The Drug Enforcement Administration's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," an agency spokesperson blithely told Reason this morning, Mike Riggs reports. "In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I  controlled substance," the federal spokesperson said. "The Department of Justice is reviewing the ballot initiatives and we have no additional comment at this time. Last month, Deputy Attorney General James Cole hinted at what the Obama Administration's response might be to state voters legalizing marijuana. "Each case is going to rise and fall on its own unique facts," Cole told 60 Minutes. "Any of that is still in violation of the Controlled Substances Act of the federal law. "We're not interested in bothering people who are sick and are using it in the recommendation of a doctor," Cole said. "We are concerned with people who are using it as a pretext to become large-scale drug dealers." Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in his state. "The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,"...

Marijuana Legalized In Colorado: Voters Flex Their Power

Posted on  November 07, 2012 by  News Admin

  LEGAL Colorado has become the first state in the history of the U.S. to legalize marijuana. Voters in the Rocky Mountain State decided it's high time to just get over 75 years of nonsense around the cannabis plant. According to early returns, 53 percent of state voters approved Amendment 64, which, according to its sponsors, will restore some sanity to Colorado's marijuana laws by treating cannabis much more like alcohol and less like an illegal drug. "The victories in Colorado and Washington are of historic significance not just for Americans but for all countries debating the future of marijuana prohibition in their own countries," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "This is now a mainstream issue, with citizens more or less divided on the issue but increasingly inclined to favor responsible regulation of marijuana over costly and ineffective prohibitionist policies." While the restrictions are stringent enough that some in the medical marijuana and recreational cannabis communities opposed Amendment 64 on principle, the chance to become the first state in the union to legalize proved too attractive to pass up, for the majority of the state's voters. Never before has support for making marijuana legal been so widespread. Last year, a Gallup poll found for the first time that 50 percent of Americans support making marijuana legal, with only 46 percent opposed. Public support has shifted dramatically over the last two decades - especially over the last five years - as majorities of men, 18-49-year-olds, liberals,...