Truth Prevails!

The politics of compassion have overcome the politics of fear.
Tonight, Michigan became the thirteenth state to legalize the physician supervised possession and use of cannabis. According to early returns, more than 60 percent of Michigan voters decided in favor of Proposal 1, which establishes a state-regulated system regarding the use and cultivation of medical marijuana by qualified patients.
Voters endorsed the measure despite a high profile, deceptive, and despicable ad campaign by Prop. 1 opponents — who falsely claimed that the initiative would allow for the open sale of marijuana “in every neighborhood, just blocks from schools.” (In fact, Proposal 1 does not even allow for the creation of licensed cannabis dispensaries.)
Michigan’s new law goes into effect on December 4th, at which time nearly one-quarter of the US population will live in a state that authorizes the legal use of medical cannabis.
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, some 65 percent of voters (and virtually every town) decided “yes” on Question 2, which reduces minor marijuana possession to a fine-only offense. Like in Michigan, voters rejected a high-profile, deceptive ad campaign by the measure’s opponents, who argued that it would increase adolescent drug abuse, permit large-scale marijuana trafficking, endanger workplace safety, and sharply increase traffic fatalities.
Question 2 is expected to become law in 30 days — making Massachusetts the thirteenth state to decriminalize the personal possession and use of cannabis. (Note: Under state law, politicians have the option of amending the new law.)
NORML celebrates both victories and recognizes that neither would have been possible without the grassroots efforts of Michigan and Massachusetts state activists — who laid the groundwork for both campaigns by successfully passing a series of similar, municipal initiatives over the past several years.

Wednesday Morning Update:
Victories in four pro-marijuana law reform measures in local elections were announced overnight:
Citizens in Fayetteville, Arkansas voted in favor of initiative question #16, which instructs city police to make the enforcement of minor marijuana offenses a low priority. The initiative passed with nearly 66 percent support.
Not too surprisingly the citizens of Berkeley, California voted again to affirm an initiative that ‘eliminate limits on the amount of medical marijuana patient or dispensary can possess’. Measure JJ passed with 61 percent support.
Hawaii County also passed a lowest police priority marijuana initiative.
Also, the Massachusetts PPQ results regarding medical marijuana, which readily passed as expected, are online here.
Unfortunately for reformers the Drug Policy Alliance-sponsored Prop. 5, which sought progressive criminal justice law reforms for non-violent offenders (and would have changed the legal status of a minor marijuana citation from a criminal to civil offense) did not prevail at the polls, losing with 40 percent support.

Once again, voters have rejected the Bush doctrine on drugs. They’ve rejected the lies put forward by drug warriors and law enforcement, and demonstrated — overwhelmingly — that truth, compassion, and first-hand experience are more persuasive than the deception and scare tactics of those who would take away our freedoms and confine us in cages.
In short, it is the cannabis community, not the Drug Czar, that is shaping America’s marijuana policy, and tonight we go to bed knowing that millions of Americans will wake up tomorrow with a better, brighter, and more tolerant future than they had today.

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  1. I can’t wait to move back to MI and get my license to become a primary caregiver, its a great day in MI history.

  2. A lot of you are right – in that all of this is so hypocrytical. I mean “12 plants or up to 2 1/2 ounces”. You can grow 12lbs. from 12 plants. (thats a 192 ounces) So what then? Is this a loop-hole? Or – “employers can still test…” Even though a particular employee in question could be the employers best performer, as soon as the employer finds out they smoke cannabis, they’re gone. It is true, the powers that be will continue to stifle our movement for freedom. Which brings me back again as to why we are not fighting for COMPLETE legalization and regulation. -its all a farce until I see “real change”…

  3. I hope to god we can get at least like 5-6 states to decriminalize it next year. Thats a big target but, I think its possible. This year there was like 3 right? 5-6 in 2009 8 in 2010, 10 in 2011, then 13 in 2012 (thats all 50) and then in 2012 Ron Paul will run for pres again and be elected and he will legalize it!! This would be a dream of mine 🙂

  4. For “J” on #23…
    Yes, you are right. First and foremost, you will need a written prescription from a doctor in MI stating you have the necessity for a condition for “Medicinal Marijuana”. You will be able to grow up to the number of plants listed in “Proposition 1” that was passed, or possess up to the amount listed in Prop. 1. I live in CO so I am not sure how many that is for you, you’ll have to check.
    Here’s the problem-
    You cannot leagally obtain seeds. (unless Prop 1 has a stipulation saying you can import from another state or country) -which I highly doubt it does. Secondly, see my previous post – it is highly contradictory and hypocritical to say something like “up to 6 plants or 1 ounce”, which is what I think I heard coming from this Prop. 1. If this is the case, you could fit all six plants indie of a small shoe box. This is not realistic or practical. Gown inside you might expect 4 times this amount, grown outside you could expect 100’s of times this amount.
    So I guess my point is – be careful; Your state may be more tolerant now, but the feds will jump on any chance to bust/harass any Club or individual they can find in MI exercising this right (or any other state that has similar laws passed). The feds blatantly ignore state law and go ahead an confiscate property, imprison, and will sometimes even kill those who try and defend themselves…I hate to be cynical, but there’s just too many loose ends and blatant corruption in our govt for me to see any “real change”.
    We need to press for COMPLETE LEGALIZATION AND REGULATION!

  5. As Michael @ 36 said, the medical marijuana laws are, for the most part, worthless considering the hassle and quasi – legal limbo between the states and the Fed. I’m also a native Coloradoan and the only reasonable action, albeit minimal, I’ve seen was Denver (through referendum) put simple possession on a low police priority. The Mayor reinforced that for the Democratic convention by telling the police to ignore individual possession unless there was a disturbance.
    How we legalize is as important as the legalization itself. First of all there should be two classes of marijuana (1) Hemp: extremely low THC content varieties grown for the many valuable products (cloth, paper, oil, rope and twine to replace most of the tons of synthetics currently used). This would be an economic boon for family farms, no pesticides and minimal chemical fertilization, and marginal land can be used (2) Drug quality: limited to small, low production, licensed growers. This would effectively keep the large corporations out of the enterprise.

  6. this is great. any word on decriminalization going on in NJ? also, is marijuana on Obama’s mind at all?

  7. This is so exciting! What a great victory for the GREEN team..A Quarter of the United states!!! thats unbelievable. Now only if Texas would come to their senses…

  8. All right, hooray for MI and MS and even AR (but not AK as Dale Gieringer erroneously reported in the California NORML newsletter) — and I hate to be the Grinch who stole green Christmas, but what went wrong with CA? What happened to Prop 5?
    Seemed like a no brainer to me, we should vote to get possession of small amounts of MJ down to a mere infraction along with lowering sentences for other drug offenders. I would expect this to be the least voters could have done — instead Prop 5 went down by a 60-40 margin.
    What’s the matter with the same voters in CA that voted for Barrack Obama? Where were the supposed ‘liberal’ voters of California?
    I guess they all got brainwashed by the scare tactics of the Prison Guards Union and the traitorous Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the smear campaign against Prop 5, running TONS of negative ads coining phrases like “Drug dealer’s bill of rights” (which by the way even drug dealers DESERVE fair treatment as human beings and SHOULD be protected in the original Bill of rights if folks in D.C. like Feinstein bothered to read it)
    We’ve still got a long ways to go.

  9. I would caution folks on their optimism, and wait and see. I’ve found politicians to be soul crushing liars.
    I am delighted to see more and more states are giving people some say, but I think it’s pathetic that a “free” people have to beg and plead to grow and smoke something that the Creator made.

  10. It’s really ridiculous that western/ upstate NY is not get any more relaxed about marijuana posession. Canada is basically all for pot, at least it mostlikely will be in a few years, and none of this is carrying over to the buffalo and rochester area…. whats the deal?

  11. WHILE THESE NEW LAWS HELP SOMEWHAT UP NORTH, NORML MUST START TO CONCENTRATE ALL OF IT’S EFFORTS TO BRING SOME CHANGE TO FLORIDA. IN THIS STATE ANY AMOUNT IS ARRESTABLE
    AND THIS CRIMINAL RECORD RUINS LIVES. I AM BEGGING NORML AND ALL THE OTHER PRO MARIJUANA GROUPS TO BRING YOUR RESOURCES TO BEAR IN FLORIDA.

  12. I’ve been smoking marijuana since I was 16 years old, and the whole time I’ve heard people tell me ” It’s an evil drug” , “the gateway drug”, ” It’ll stunt your growth, and make your sperms swim in the wrong direction” and all these other silly ideas that intimidate people into fearing something that is utterly harmless. I go out with my friends on weekends occasionally to shoot pool or throw darts at the local tavern, I don’t drink beer or liquor so I usually toke up before we go and drink Coca-Cola all night, It’s just amazing the difference you see between stoned and drunk people. Stoned people stand around and joke,laugh,talk, and make fun of all the drunk people that are outside stompin a mud hole in each others @$$.

  13. I’m an atheist and don’t believe in any creator.
    You don’t need religion as a justification for this. There’s no logical reason to have it prohibited. Every bit of evidince I can find points to it as a safe recreational or medicinal drug with almost no dangers associated.
    Just wanted to get that in. There are better arguments than “it’s just something the Creator made” although I can respect that.

  14. I live in Connecticut and have suffered a traumatic brain injury. None of the prescription drugs that doctors have forced upon me work. Everything from Depakote to Zyprexa, to Xanax and Lexapro. The pharmies turn me into a zombie and it is almost impossible to live a “NORML” life. I feel that the experimental games physicians play with pharmaceutical salesmen need to stop. Stop using human lives and emotions as guinea pigs. I lose sleep, have unnecessary anxiety, and have difficulties prioritizing events in my everyday life without marijuana, yet it is a crime in my state, for myself or others to possess the safest and most effective type of treatment available. When will the politicians and narrow-minded “professionals” begin to think outside of the box, and when will those of us in need be able to take care of ourselves effectively and legally? SUPPORT NORML.

  15. big fucking deal…if you can find pot in massachusetts then the law would work until then, big fucking deal….massachusetts sucks for getting pot thats why the law passed…fuck this suck ass state, i’m going to cali

  16. Marijuana use leads to heavier drugs….B.S. the fact that the only place you can buy pot is from the same guy that sells heavy drugs is what leads to heavier drugs. I mean that’s like saying drinking milk or water will lead to drinking moonshine!
    The legalization of pot will make it more avaiable to children….again,B.S. right now you could give a 12 yr. old kid $10 and see which one he would come back with, booze or pot. I garauntee it would be pot, because there is no regulation at all on pot. If it were sold, let’s say in liquor stores, where it is absolutely required to show I.D., this would actually cut the underage use by extreme measures.
    Legalized pot would create violence……Are you kidding? Practically all of the violence related to pot comes from the gangs on the street that rely mainly on the sale of pot in thier “hoods”. If pot were leagalized, most all of these gangs would lose thier financing and soon be disbanded. Remember prohibition?
    There is no way to regulate pot……Listen, the tobacco companies could easily make a pack of ten, regular sized, marijuana cigarettes for less than $2 per pack, however users would happily pay $10 to $20 for a quality product. That leaves $8 to $18 per pack just for taxes. On a low estimate of 10,000,000 users, buying only 1 pack per month, would generate between $80 to $180,000,000 per month in taxes. This money could easily be used to combat the drugs that really pose a threat to our country. This money would go a long way to tightening our borders, not only fighting terrorist, but also cocaine, meth, heroine, and many other extremely harmful drugs.
    Well if you did that, people would grow thier own……Listen, it’s legal to make your own beer or wine, but let’s face it, who wants to go to that much trouble when we could buy it at a resonable price without all the hassle.
    Medical use? Well, I guess there may be some medical uses, but I personally think extreme use would be as harmful as cigarettes. (sorry, but that’s the way I feel)
    I personally quit using years ago, but I am still very pro-legalization,(obviously).
    J.M.V.

  17. The hemp laws were pushed by the large cotton growers and processors in the early 1900’s. It was all a matter of the rich getting richer.

  18. I wish the Federal Government would just give in and make it legal nation wide. I am not a user but I don’t see any harm in it. I think its much less harmful than alcohol.

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