Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Medical and Adult Marijuana Legalization Efforts Light Up America

By David Downs
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:42 AM

The momentum is building to reform America’s harsh laws on medical and adult use of cannabis this election and legislative cycle. A full twenty states report filings of ballot initiatives on marijuana in the 2016 election. The Vermont state Senate last week fully voted to legalize it. A recreational marijuana bill has been introduced in Michigan, which has medical cannabis but no fully legal dispensaries.

But we’re seeing the most dramatic changes in conservative, red states. The Utah state Senate passed a medical marijuana bill this February.


click to enlarge Sunset Sherbet medical cannabis strain. - DAVID DOWNS
  • David Downs
  • Sunset Sherbet medical cannabis strain.


Reformers held a weed expo in Ft. Worth, Texas of all places, over the weekend. Seven in ten Texans support expanding the state’s useless CBD law to cover more conditions.

Even drug war backwater Louisiana is stirring at the thought of cannabis tax dollars to offset its crushing deficit.

Alaska lawmakers have been slow to follow the will of voters who passed legalization there in 2014. Still, the state received 68 applications for pot business licenses on its first day of enrollment last week.

And Ohio activists prepare to launch another campaign to legalize in the Midwest, touting a 74 percent-approval rating for the idea.

Sixty three percent of Florida voters are also ready to legalize medical cannabis, and activists are going to need every last one of them to beat the state’s super-majority requirement to pass such a measure.


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