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The Next States to Legalize Marijuana

After last weekend's International Drug Reform Conference in Denver, a clear picture is emerging of which states are likely to be the first to follow Colorado and Washington down the path of marijuana legalization. And while some recent polls suggest the American public is getting ahead of even the leading marijuana reform honchos, well-laid plans already in place point to the possibility of a 2014 trifecta, with Oregon following Alaska to legalization through the initiative process and Rhode Island becoming the first state to legalize through the legislature.

While activists in a number of other states -- including Arizona, California, and Wyoming -- are already working on legalization initiatives for next year, reform leaders cautioned that 2016 remains a better prospect. But they also acknowledged that recent favorable shifts in public opinion, most notably last week's Gallup poll showing an historic 58% in favor of legalization, could accelerate matters.

One long-shot is Missouri, where Show-Me Cannabis Regulation has been building the marijuana reform movement for the past two years. Show-Me activists are busily holding educational meetings across the state this year, and have plans in the state legislature, but they're also eyeing the initiative process.

"I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Missouri," said Boyd. "There is a lot of belief there that they are in striking range."

"People say 'Missouri…really?' but Missouri is in the middle of the country, and the country is ready," said Show-Me's Amber Langston.

The race to legalize is on. The early favorites are set, but there's still time for other entrants to join the race, and there may be some surprises. It's going to be an interesting next 12 months.
http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2013/10/31/Next-State...

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Love it!

I only hope that momentum aimed correctly = intensification of pro-states' rights reawakening and an opportunity to tear down monolithic, intrusive, and corrupt federal government... and that these MJ victories don't merely pacify people into too high [no pun intended] a degree of satisfaction / disconnection. The show must go on....

What would the Founders do?

Maine will be one of the next

Maine will be one of the next ones

henry9's picture

Yep

We are pretty close to it as is. It's just a matter of time and getting my friends elected. Thanx!

Bump for nullification

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Excellent news.

I'm hoping to see Pennsylvania get its act together, though we have a problem with stubborn senior citizen retirees that is only rivaled by that of Florida. The sooner we stop this insane policy on drugs, the sooner we can cease being the nation with the highest number of non-violent prison dwellers.

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

IMO, the War-On-Drugs is the crux of the police-state in America

And the prohibition of cannabis is the crux of the War-on-drugs.

If we knock down this first domino, the rest will fall.

I've started a legalization advocacy group, from a libertarian/constitutional standpoint, called
"People Opposing Tyranny"...P.O.T...

"A real GRASS-roots movement!"

"You're either P.O.T., or a P.E.T."
(Person Embracing Tyranny)

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Oh my god its happening.

Oh my god its happening. Maybe this country will emerge from the dark ages yet...

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Florida

...has a Pam Bondi problem. Our attorney general is currently blocking the medical initiative.

Label Jars, Not People!

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Now, I have a dream...

Good, people are starting to understand this facet of the evil schemes of the control freaks ruling over them (us), denying them (us) self-responsibility over their own body (ours).

Now, I have a dream...

... That the same americans speaking out and showing these "No More Drug War" signs would also show truly revolutionary signs that would read:

"No More 'Free' Stuff Hiding the Destruction of Our Liberties".

THAT would be a GIANT revolutionary leap in 150+ years, IMO.

Well, yes: ever since the serious warnings of Frederic Bastiat (that almost nobody heard at the time, as we know).

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Indeed! Opportunity must be seized.

Many of these tokers believe in the "spread the wealth" philosophy to at least a significant degree... 99% and all that... BUT, if they can be encouraged to make the connection between their plight and that of individual rights overall--and just how critically important this is to societal health--then SHAZAM: both hypocrisy and tyranny can be potentially struck with the same stone!

What would the Founders do?

Texas is next.

The movement will be lead by Republicans.

lol.

I would love to see that. Again, it would be for the money. See my post below.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy
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I'm sure Texas

Will be last. The trick is to explain to religious conservatives that the evil weed can make them a lot of money. Money is the only thing that would entice them.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy
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Easy...

Genesis 1:29

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

share that with

religious conservatives in Texas, not me. I don't need convincing to believe I have a right to a plant.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy
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I'm saying, that's what you tell them...

I'm not trying to convince you obviously, I'm giving you info as to what to tell the "religious conservatives" in Texas...

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

UT will prob be dead last

UT will prob be dead last although whenever their is a Cannabis drug bust 90% of the comments on our local news site support legalization. A certain religious organization will prevent any kind of ballot measure though...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

That's because mormonism is already a powerful

enough substance.

Jury Nullification is a power of the last resort against tyranny.

it's so powerful

you can't even combine it with tea

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Go Rhode Island!!!

!

Also, CT. Look for CT to eventually follow R.I.

79% are ok with pot legalization in CT, according to Quinnipiac poll... (that poll was a year or so ago)

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?