Marijuana Legalization Zeitgeist In America To Continue Into 2010: Federal Government Lags Behind The States

Already Four States Have Marijuana Legalization Bills In Play; Californians To Vote On Legalization in 2010

It can readily be said that 2009 was one of the busiest and most productive years in cannabis law reform since NORML’s founding in 1970. However, it appears as if 2010 is going to be an even busier year–notably marked by the increasing number of actual state legalization bills and a voter initiative in America’s most important state.
Currently, there is legalization legislation pending in California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and a legalization bill was just introduced this week in Washington. Frankly, most of these bills do not have a strong prospect in passing this time out, however the immense public discussion that is generated is crucial for overall reform efforts.
The formula is simple: No public discussion or debate about legalization, obviously equates to no substantive law reforms. This is what regrettably happened in the United States, Canada and Europe from 1980-2000, buttressed by extreme federal anti-marijuanism in the form of the DARE program in the public school, the blitzkrieg of Partnership for a Drug-Free America ads polluting media airwaves and omnibus federal crime bills overloaded with severe and costly penalties (i.e., mandatory minimum sentencing, civil forfeiture, mass drug testing, etc…). However, since the turn of the century, there have been ever-increasing public discussions and debates about marijuana prohibition–principally driven by the creation and implementation of medical cannabis laws in thirteen states–which is leading to greater public support for reform.
Breaking News: NORML has just learned that the TaxCannabis2010 initiative in California has gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot and the announcement of such is imminent (like, this week!).
This coming year the following states will have numerous cannabis law reform legislation or initiatives:
Medical Cannabis
State legislation: MN, IL, MO, OH, TN, MD, NC, PA, DE, OH, WI, NY, CT, MA, NH and TX; NJ has a special legislative session going on right now until January 7, 2010 where a pro-reform medical cannabis bill is pending and the outgoing Governor assures a signature to passed legislation.
Voter Initiatives: AZ
Cannabis Legalization
State legislation: VT, MA, WA; CA’s legalization bill (AB 390) will kickoff a smoking hot year in cannabis law reform with a series of planned subcommittee hearings and testimonies currently scheduled for the first week in January.
Voter Initiatives: TaxCannabis 2010 appears ballot bound and this means that Californians will have the opportunity on November 9, 2010 to effectively end cannabis prohibition in the United States, and arguably most of the of the civil world. Also, Nevada and Oregon voters may also be voting on cannabis legalization initiatives in 2012.
In a country where one out of eight citizens live in a particularly state, and that state’s citizens democratically vote to end cannabis prohibition and replace it with tax-and-control measures, it is only a matter of time before a number of other states follow suit, then the federal government must end it’s failed three-quarter of a century social experiment of cannabis prohibition.

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  1. in message #98 you need to look down to part one first…. then go 7:37 into the debate… Manny Bruno.

  2. I am an advocate of medical and recreational mj but it saddens me to think anyone would supporet a tax on pot except for the bobble heads on Capitol Hill. Gro POT to smoke POT. No taxation. NO NEW SIN TAX. Tax the soil, tax the containers I grow it in, tax the lights and tax the electricity. DONT TAX POT!!!
    [Editor’s note: NORML supports individuals to cultivate their own cannabis or to receive some from a friend without facing taxation. But it is unrealistic to believe that cannabis should be treated differently then other drugs like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate , etc…in America pharmaceutical drugs are not taxed at the retail level.
    If a person needs to purchase cannabis for medicinal purposes, just like a percocet or oxycontin consumer, they should not pay a retail tax.
    Indeed, cultivation materials, electricity, public water, bat guano, etc…are, and will continue to be subjects of taxation.
    One of the strongest arguments reformers bring to the table is the immense amount of untaxed/no official economic back linkages to the local community with cannabis prohibited, therefore, one person’s sin tax is another person’s liberation tax…]

  3. Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the medical marijuana hearing in Wisconsin! The turn out was AMAZING!! I think I speak for all of us here when I say that we were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received. I’m more confident now than ever before that we will get this bill passed this time.
    THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!!!!

  4. legalize it…. weed is the holy plant thats what world needs alcohol is wrong along with tobacco….herb is something that gives you a little time to yourself

  5. The money spent by our government Nationwide, Statewide and locally on prohibiting marijuana could be used for more important issues in our communities, like keeping dangerous sex offenders off our streets. I would rather see one of the “registered” sex offenders using our local jails and prisons, not the neighbors son, because he was caught with a marijuana cigarette!!
    Florida is known for having many cases where innocent children were killed by sexual predators who were previous offenders!!! Protect our children instead of harassing peaceful pot smokers.

  6. Obviously NORML has not heard of HR 1207 if you think Libertarians are fringe and can’t accomplish anything. How many grassroot campaigns has NORML run to garner 317 cosponsors in the House of Reps?????? Ya that’s what I thought.
    I also think the point was less about taxing, and more about regulating. It would be nice an all if new laws would allow home-growing, but likely it will not. More likely, you will see the typical establishment giving favors to a select few “regulated” bodies to produce our marijuana loaded with genetic modifications (GM) and reduced potency. You could actually face even worse charges than today for home-growing in defiance of the “regulators.”
    [Editor’s note: What does a bill regulating the federal reserve have to do with cannabis prohibition? Libertarians in Congress? Who other than Ron Paul is a genuine Libertarian? There sure is not over 300 ‘libertarians’ in the Congress as HR 1207 is a bi-partisan, non-grassroots effort to ‘better regulate’ the federal reserve driven by the current and severe economic recession.
    Re some people’s paranoia that when cannabis is legalized and taxed that somehow the government will dictate the types of cannabis that are available to consumers need look only to the alcohol, beer and tobacco distribution models, where consumers have largely unfettered access to the products they want, when they want them.
    Does the government strictly control the types of hops or barley that home brewers can use? No. This will very likely be the same situation with legal cannabis, especially if consumers and their advocates maintain vigilance against unwarranted government regulations and controls.
    Liberty and freedom always need to be protected against over zealous governments.]

  7. One man’s sin tax is another man’s liberation tax? This is where the reform movement falls short.. an understanding of why we are here. You complain all day long about how the government is corrupt in relation to drug policy, but you refuse to look deep into the heart of the problem. You are ONLY concerned with marijuana reform, and that is all. Well before significant changes are made in our government, you will never have real marijuana reform. They will just find another way to enslave and control us. Maybe our government has infinite amounts of money for the drug war because of monetary policy: including ridiculous taxes such as sin taxes, and printing of money out of thin air. One issue movements are shortsighted and ineffective.
    You can say whatever you want about the libertarian movement and pretend like you are doing a much better job, but the fact of the matter is that Ron Paul (a libertarian) is breaking records right now for media appearances. He is interviewed on the MSM over 5 days a week, averaging more than 1 interview a work day, and is often given 1 hour co-host spots. His bill HR 1207 has unprecedented support for such a “fringe” measure. I hear A LOT more about libertarian ideas than marijuana reform in the media. So rather than sling words, maybe you could learn a thing or two.
    [Editor’s note: Yah, yah you’re a Ron Paul sycophant….along with about 1% of Americans….How he do again in the GOP primaries in 2008? Unfortunately, even Republicans reject Ron Paul’s libertarianism.
    HR 1207 is not a libertarian bill….as there are like one or maybe two libertarians in Congress, so not sure what lesson NORML is supposed to learn from a massively bi-partisan bill that seeks to REGULATE the federal reserve more than the government already does.
    And yes on a pro-cannabis law reform webpage you’re not going to find NORML advocating for the legalization of hard drugs. You can take that decidedly libertarian and culturally unpopular discussion to other webpages that do advocate for drug legalization beyond cannabis:
    drugpolicy.org
    leap.cc
    ssdp.org
    drcnet.org

  8. #106..you are right! I have a felony on my record for growing marijuana and have been fighting to get a job. Meijer Stores wont hire anyone with a drug charge, but they will hire ex-sex offenders!! What is wrong with this country?? I am sick and tired of having my rights taken away for choosing the safer substance. Expecially after I paid my debt to society, and society still wont accept me!

  9. Legalization means being able to choose to buy pesticide free MJ and without possibility of it being laced with PCP, meth, or other dangerous toxins.

  10. I firmly believe there is much to gain with the legalization of both Marijuana and Hemp.
    A grotesque mismanagement of funds have been utilized to uphold prohibition for over 7 decades.
    For what?
    A plant that is less addictive then coffee?
    A plant that is impossible to OD on?
    Not to mention its medical use has been documented as far as 6000B.C.
    There are 17,000 Cannabis-related studies.
    But I guess using marijuana to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, Anorexia, AIDS, Arthritis, Cachexia, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea, Pain, Spasticity, and Wasting Syndrome are all pointless medical uses….

  11. So here’s the deal. I live in Illinois, but I go to Ball State University in Indiana. Say I get my medical license in Illinois and get caught in Indiana. Would that medical license be able to help me with Johnny Law?
    [Editor’s note: If a medical cannabis law were to pass in Illinois and you became a lawful patient, unless Indiana passed a reciprocity law recognizing other states medical cannabis laws, the Illinois recommendation would not stop Indiana law enforcement from effecting an arrest.
    Currently the only medical cannabis states that have reciprocity laws for medical cannabis patients are New Mexico, Michigan, Montana and Rhode Island.]

  12. “Medical marijuana”, the taxation of commercially sold cannabis, these are all fake fronts againist the real problem which is the Drug War and the black market. All that really needs to be done is to decriminalize cannabis. Remove all penalties for the simple possession of any cannabis below a certain amount and remove jail time for the rest and the effects would be revolutionary. “Medical marijuana” dispensaries would vanish overnight. Schoolyard distribution could be more easily policed than cigarettes. The whole secret underground and cultish adulation that drives recreational cannabis dealing would dry up from exposure. Prices would fall through the floor. Anyone who really still wanted to get high, could do so. Illegal sources would be mostly grown locally by citizens and nobody would care. People with more sense would grow it themselves and certainly this would be legal. If local distributors become a problem, nobody would be afraid to complain and law enforcement would be far more casual. But I’ll settle for legalization and taxation because if we can get that, anything that we could get from simple decriminalization would follow naturally from complete legalization.

  13. The only true church is our conscience. It reigns as the sacred element of our life, as Equilibrium of the Soul, the balance of our spirit and L’s spirit
    “within.” It is the transparent veil of truth and love, of both what we ar doing, and what we have done. It is therefore L’s divine guidence, and the faith in our own spirit (self) to accomplish similarity of spiritual form and nature. We alone are responsible for the Equilibrium of our Soul. L is the root, and we are his leaves. Conscience is the way we leaves imitate our root.
    CONSCIENCE. 1. A knowledge or sense of right or wrong, with an urge to do right; moral judgment that opposes the violation of a priviously recognized ethical principle and that leads to feelings of guilt if one violates such principle. 2. a) Consciousness. b) inner thoughts or feelings-in (all)conscience in fairness; on any reasonable ground-on one’s conscience causing one to feel guilty-conscience-less.
    CONSCIENCE CLAUSE. A clause in a law exempting those whose religious or moral principles FORBID COMPLIANCE.
    Government has been unconsionable and outrageous about the religious use of Manna since 1937. It’s due time for Genesists to invoke a CONSCIENCE CLAUS. Our religious and moral principles FORBID COMPLIANCE to any law that prohibits the use of our Holy Sacrament.

  14. 105 ras…says…”it’s a holy plant.”
    Ras…you’re absolutely right. Did you catch post 80 and 113?
    Manford Mantis

  15. HI¡¡ EVERYONE ..HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE TO SAY THE SAME THING”” HERB””ITS ALREADY LEGAL READ YOUR BIBLE…genesis 1-12. god of Yisrael says so¡¡. but he made it ilegal for a while an gave it a fancy name¡¡because is a negative proposal for us to love his creation.and to get togeter and do warever its necesary
    to ditch BABYLON..for good and le him be our god and king JAH RASTAFAR-I The return to light the return of “”MASHIAJ”SO LETS RETURN TO BE THE LIVING COMANDMENT¡¡
    BE ONE WITH HIM… DOING HIS WILL.LETS LOOK TO AFRICA.
    tO TZION (DEEP,FREE,AMPLE)like ants working for the creator..and by the way he says¡¡we deserve a whole years hollyyear¡¡so think yo the FAST of BABYLON..THAT MY GANJAH ITS A PLANT¡¡… THAT MY PEOPLE LOVE.

  16. i lost my job as a truck driver after 15 yrs, not because i was guilty, ….my piss was, now i have to go thru rehab to get it back.the doc wants me to take abilify for stress, the side effects are worse than the weed? but it is D.O.T. approved, blurred vision,stroke, heart failure,just to name a few, now i have to go thru random piss test, and stay clean the rest of my life, im all for doing it off work, if thats what it takes, but its not bad to drive with, its the best thing for stress.

  17. Hey 119 in Boise…
    Idaho and Utah will be amongst the last to have medical weed or decriminalize it. Right-wing fools !
    Come to Colorado…we have plenty of room for more more stoner.

  18. I sure dream of legalization, but I’m not sure it is even possible. This is due to the nature of the International drug control conventions with the U.N. That asswipe bigot, Anslinger worked on these and said that they had it so tied up that it could never be legalized. I’m not positive but I think in order to legalize marijuana, every nation that signed the convention would have to agree to legalization, and with priggish ninnies like Sweden and France and Italy that is unlikely to ever happen.

  19. #124, if law enforcement held all the cards everywhere, then there would be no dispenseries. The dispenseries and the whole dialog surrounding them is the real clue as to where the real power lies: organized crime. Where is the cannabis coming from into these dispesnseries? Why are they continuing to charge black market prices?
    When law enforcement all over the world wakes up to fact that organized crime has less interest in legalization than law enforcement, we will see legalization in one form or another. Over the counter sales, or at least complete decriminalization of cannabis. No jail time for any offenses concerning the distribution and consumption of any of the plant product drugs. And no policing at all of simple possession. And I’m talking about ALL of the plant product drugs.

  20. #80 what nare you talking about. this is a reefer cite leave god out of this.im an athiest.smoke a joint and lighten up.

  21. HURRY UP PEOPLE OF AMERICA TO RAISE ABOUT¡¡VIOLENCE HERE IN GUATEMALA ITS ALARMING¡¡¡NO MORE WAR EARNED DRUS¡¡¡

  22. FUUUCCKK YEEE I LIVE IN CALI, CANT FUCKING WAIT. So fuckin happy, the price is bout to drop so low, and watch they bout to start comin out wit cereals and shit. “KELLOGGS BRAND POT PUFFS!” watch, they’ll have Michael Phelps as the announcer/eater “I can taste the weed in each bite!” and they’ll fuckin end the commercial wit him doin a fuckin wink and a smile. fuck shits bout to be so nice.

  23. the reason pot is not legalized is because organized crime controls our gvt. through the republican party that was made clear when frank sinatra was alive he was a well known mobster and a staunch republican, if drugs were legal the mob would go out of business and the republicans would go out of business it is simple as that.

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