Marijuana Legalization Movement’s Top Ten For 2010

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#1 ‘Gold Standard’ Studies Show That Inhaled Cannabis Is Medicine
The results of a series of randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials assessing the efficacy of inhaled cannabis concluded that it is safe and effective compared to conventional medications, according to the findings of a 24-page report published in February by the California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research. “This (report) confirms all of the anecdotal evidence – how lives have been saved and pain has been eased,” said California Democrat Senator Mark Leno at the press conference announcing the findings. “Now we have the science to prove it.” Read the full story here.

#2 Record Number Of Americans Nationwide Say They Back Pot Legalization
National polling data published by Gallup in October showed that Americans’ support for ‘making marijuana legal’ is now at its highest reported level of support ever. The poll reported that a new high of 46 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing use of the drug, and a new low of 50 percent are opposed. The increase in support this year from 44 percent in 2009 continues an upward trend that has been consistent since 2000. Read the full story here.

#3 Over 4.6 Million Californians Vote For Legalization
More than 4.6 million Californians voted in November in favor of Proposition 19, which sought to legalize the private adult use of marijuana and enact regulations regarding its commercial production and distribution. The measure was defeated 47 percent to 53 percent, but garnered the greatest percentage of citizen support ever recorded on a statewide marijuana legalization effort. Commenting on the result, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, “Legalizing the adult use of marijuana in a regulated manner is no longer a matter of ‘if;’ it is a matter of ‘when.'” A similar measure is expected to qualify for the 2012 statewide ballot. Read the full story at here.

#4 Washington DC Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensary Measure
Members of the DC City Council gave final approval in May to legislation authorizing the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the District of Columbia. The legislation seeks to enact components of Initiative 59 – a 1998 DC ballot measure that garnered 69 percent of the vote, but was never implemented. In July, Congress declined to overrule the legislation, which is expected to take effect by summer 2011. Read the full story here.

#5 California: Marijuana Possession No Longer A Criminal Offense
Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October signed Senate Bill 1449 into law, reducing adult, non-medical marijuana possession charges from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil infraction. The measure amends the California Health and Safety Code so that the adult possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana is classified as an infraction, punishable by a $100 fine — no court appearance, no court costs, and no criminal record. The measure takes effect on January 1, 2011. Read the full story here.

#6 California Supreme Court Affirms State’s Medi-Pot Possession Laws Are A Floor, Not A Ceiling
The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in January that the state’s medical marijuana possession and cultivation guidelines, enacted by the legislature in 2004, do not supersede the broader patient protections provided by California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996. In a 53-page decision (The People v Patrick K. Kelly), the Court found that patients who possess quantities of medical cannabis above those recommended under the state’s 2004 law (six mature or twelve immature plants and/or eight ounces) may still be afforded legal protections if this amount is “related to meet (the patient’s) current medical needs.” Read the full story here.

#7 NORML Launches NYC Times Square Ad Campaign
NORML debuted a pair of digital ads this spring on the CBS Super Screen in New York City’s Times Square. NORML’s ads appeared eighteen times per day on the CBS’s digital billboard, located on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Approximately 1.5 million people walk by the billboard each day. Read the full story here.

#8 United Kingdom, Other Countries Approve Marijuana Spray As Medicine
British health regulators in June approved the sale and marketing of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts (primarily the plant cannabinoids THC and cannabidiol aka CBD) as a treatment for symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Regulators in Spain and New Zealand also approved the prescription use of the drug in 2011. Read the full story here.

#9 Arizona Becomes The 15th State To Legalize Medical Cannabis
Arizona voters in November narrowly passed Proposition 203 , making Arizona the 15th state to allow for the physician-supervised use of marijuana. Regulations overseeing the new law, which allows for the licensed production and dispensing of medical marijuana to state-authorized patients, are expected to be finalized by April 2011. Lawmakers in New Jersey also passed medical marijuana legislation in 2010, although that law has yet to be implemented. Read the full story here.

#10 NORML Launches The NORML Women’s Alliance
In January NORML launched the NORML Women’s Alliance (NWA) – a nonpartisan coalition of prominent, educated, successful, geographically diverse, professional women who believe that cannabis prohibition is a self-destructive and hypocritical policy that undermines the American family, sends a mixed and false message to our young people, and destroys the cherished principles of personal liberty and local self-government. Visit the NWA online here.

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40 thoughts

  1. As quickly as the victories are achieved the Republicans are just as quick to come up with more lies to try and overturn them. Law enforcement, prisons, judges, lawyers, Rehab centers, and all the other drug war profiteering hicks are pissed ass hell that their cash cow is dying. We must always fight for our right to smoke pot and fight for the victims of this horrible drug war. We have just begun to fight…


    When God gave us “The Green Herb” for food [Genesis I:29,30,31], this “Green Herb” is exactly what God meant [intended] to give us. When God gave us an Endocannaiboid System, this is exactly what God meant to give us – what God meant us to have. The “Green Herb [cannabis].” is the most nutritionally complete food source in the world – Nature’s Super Food.

    Seeds of the plant Cannabis Sativa, contain all the amino fatty acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect ratio to meet human nutritional needs.

  3. With the President coming out with his New Years resolution on quitting cigarettes we should ask him if he was able to fight the weed addiction why does he struggle so hard with the nicotine addiction.

  4. Ive asked this question so many times but nobody ever answers it. ” Why is Cannibus considered a sched 1 narotic but Cocaine is considered a sched 2 “?
    Looking at the data and using just a little “uncommon sence” it very clearly indicates that Cocaine is a far more destructive drug; yet our Gov lists it as less than….I dont get it?

  5. Great progress was made last year. I can’t remember a year with that much debate publicly of this issue. More state governments are trying to find better ways to deal with over populated jails due to the costs. At 20 to 30 thousand a year to keep someone locked up it is finally sinking in that this policy is not sustainable. The money thing may bring an end to prohibition in the next few years.

  6. Much progress was made this year in a handful of states. However, many other states (well, maybe just certain counties within states) have gone backwards by increasing penalties. I would like Norml to make a list of where we moved backwards to give norml supporters a picture of the views of cannabis throughout the nation.

  7. My inalielable rights are not up for congressional debate. My inalielable rights belong to me and it doesn’t matter if the present ruling tyrants know thme or not. My inalielable rights were given to me by God not men. My inalielable rights are mine and yours, I don’t know about you folks but I am keeping mine. Sorry Corp. America, you can buy justice, you can buy the government but my inalielable rights are not For Sale! and while I am at it, get your criminal hands the Hell Off My Property!

  8. Wow, just think, if we had a shortage of jobs
    and we needed to create jobs fast to boost our approval rating to get re-elected in 2012, we could expand the war on drugs.
    Just think, only $15 billion dollars of taxpayer money and it’s re-election time!

  9. 9 sherry

    Why is cannabis on any schedule is a bewilderment to me. It’s a food – not a drug. The FDA doesn’t know its food from a whole in the ground. It grows out of the ground naturally. Hemp is the most nutritionally complete food source in the world. There’s 66 cannabinoids in Hemp – all vital to good health. THC is only one of them – but – a good one.

  10. To: #9, Sherry,
    I have no idea why the schedule is so messed up. I actually used that info in my debate paper for school! If you look into it you’ll see that our much used morphine is also a schedule I, hmmm. AND cannabis is NOT a narcotic, not even on it’s sched I listing…Makes ya wonder!
    Just to think, Americans used to be able to pay their taxes WITH HEMP!! How awesome is that???

    On another note: There are republicans and conservatives out there that feel that the drug war is a complete failure. It doesn’t matter which direction you lean, you have to watch the individual politician. I myself am hoping that we all show up at the ballot boxes in 2012 and rid the gov. of all the bull and put in the people that are right minded!
    Until then, I plan on keeping up on spreading the truth, and I’ve yet to run across anyone that disagrees (and have opened a few eyes)! Even in our “backwards” state of Indiana!

  11. Good list.2010 was such a monster year for the movement 20 stories could have been listed.Some headlines on the international stage.1.Mexico in disarray,Wikileaks:Caulderon to U.S. (I paraphrase)”I can’t sustain War on Drugs, as it exists, past U.S.elections without major progress.2.E.U.votes itself out of pot politics.3.Brazil,Argentina,and Mex.(I believe, are the three?)decrim..4.several nations,Jamaica one, moving to legalize.5.Wikileaks:Nicaragua a narcostate/bankers for the cartels.6.Cartels moving into Costa Rica,Guatamala.7.Pot production in Africa mushrooms,turf wars develope,gov’ts beginning to act (cash in).8.Carribean smuggling lanes heating up.9.Good showing of Prop.19 has given voice to politicians world wide,and turned down the voltage on Americas “Pot Politics” third rail.

  12. Apparently it matters not to the Powers That Be and the Federal government that the V.A. considers Medical Marijuana as medicine, nor that the Federal government itself holds patents on the medical uses of marijuana, nor even the fact that there are already USA government approved medicines based upon cannabis. Cannabis is, and apparently will continue to be classified as a Schedule 1 “narcotic”, with “no medical value”, because the persecution of cannabis users and the prohibition against cannabis is the cornerstone of the Federal government’s “War on the Constitution” and “War on People”.

    It has become self-evident that prohibition 2.0 and the War of Drugs has absolutely nothing to do with logic, or with scientific fact, and has everything to do with the rise of the police state.
    “In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” (George Orwell, from the book: “Nineteen Eighty-Four”) Neither our government, our politicians, or our corporate-owned news media are willing to reveal this truth or even acknowledge it publicly, since their continued financial well-being is predicated upon failing to do so. If this is not a shining example of tyranny, it is a close approximation. Our democratic republic and the rule of law have been forfeited for the profits of the few.

  13. What you aren’t giving yourselves credit for using the same tired rhetoric of “well, we didn’t win but our loss has a victory inside it?” Oh right– because it would be 100% incorrect spin-doctoring to do that.

    the lesson to learn is fight HARDER and more AGGRESSIVELY

  14. Simple and simply put, so you mean to tell me that a guy or gal works hard all day then can’t come home to his-her own apartment sit down and have a smoke? Guess not if the goverement and anti-smokeing crowd get their selfish way again.

  15. 9 sherry

    Anslinger’s Bureau of Narcotics was failing [much the same as it is failing today] Adding marijuana to his hit list got him additional funding [thus]saving its ars. Keeping it illegal for all time – keeps the funding coming for all time. So! you put it in shedule I for all of eternity. It was purely political and all about money. All you have to do is compare schedule I substances with schedule II substances, to see how utterly rediculous prohibs are.
    It really makes you wonder about their governing skills. It’s an “Unjust Law.”

  16. OMG 22– this is the problem. The intellectualism. History tells us we are right, it reassures us we are right. It does not help us win this war. Leave Anslinger to the side for now and concentrating on toppling the current gestapo.

  17. 23 Shane

    OMG! I believe I answered Sherry’s question. Information is power! History doesn’t tell everybody we’re right, nor does it reassure everybody of anything.

    So Shane! what’s your plan to “Topple the current gestapo?” The key to the problem is to move Cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III. When that happens the whole world will change in front of your eyes.

  18. I have been reading and listening to both sides. To be honest I’m tired of hearing the same arguements over and over. It makes your head spin. Maybe we are asking the wrong questions. Of course we know the obvious questions we hear every day, but lets try to read between the lines a little. Lets start with why is marijuana concidered as scedule 1. Let me be as honest as posible. It has nothing to do with your health.Nothing.Remember what motivates every movement in this counrty. MONEY. There is alot of reasons, but one could be the private ownership of prisons.Why would anyone want to own a prison? Remember if you dont know an answer about a question in this country it always goes back to money. Privately owned prisons are funded by state and local gov. No prisoners equall no profit. The constitution has been so perverted and twisted in away that the people who wrote it would be ashamed. I am sure that if a person wanted to do something in his or her home behind closed doors that had absolutely no effect on any one else, would still be my constitutional right. Even if I wanted to chew my fingers off. It should still be my right.

  19. 25 michael

    Of course – it’s the biggest lie. First and foremost – cannabis is NOT a drug – it’s a food. It’s the most harmless substance known to man [yet] it’s imprisoned with the most harmfull drug known to man. If anyone with full mental capacity could explain this to mt reeac, let me assure you, I would be completely amazed. The fact remains – when it’s rescheduled to III it will be free.

    1 to 3
    shit or
    get off
    the pot

  20. Lies and propaganda. Let’s not forget money. Our goverment has been feeding the american public bullshit for 74 years. I use cannibis! That is my constitutional right. I am an american citizen and taxpayer. The goverment of the united states is corrupt and will not leagalize cannibis until we all come together and fight for our god given right to use cannibis in the privacy of our homes. Let;s get off our asses, america. Let,s take our country back. God Bless America and Norml

  21. 28 Bartee

    “God Given Right.”
    That’s right! Rights are given by God. Laws are made by man. Man – made alcohol and tobacco, God – made cannabis – who do trust? The law says we’re braking man’s law. We say the law is violating our Constitution Right [God Given].

    “The Reformation”
    Genesis I:29,30,31
    01.10.11 CDXX Communion

  22. 2010 was definitely are stellar year for many. It delivered a lot of promise for the 420 community but probably didnt allow us to get the results we were after. I truly think it is just a small part of a bigger journey towards getting weed legalized. Not far away now I think

  23. 2010 was a battle in the war we are fighting.I believe we are getting closer to cannabis legalization. 2011 will be a better year. Keep up the good work, fellow weed lovers, we are on our way to victory.

  24. It’s a great time to be alive in history to be able to see such progress on this front. I really believe the majority opinion is changing in our favor! NORML’s work is invaluable, and I will continue to garner support for the cause.

    (It’s the reason the top 50 questions to Obama are all Cannabis-related :))

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