Millions of Voters Consider Relaxing Laws on MJ
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Millions of Voters Consider Relaxing Laws on MJ
Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2014 at 17:23:38 PT
By Trevor Hughes, USA Today
Source: USA Today 
USA -- Millions of Americans today are deciding whether to relax laws governing the use and possession of marijuana.Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., are considering whether to legalize recreational marijuana; all three already permit medical marijuana use. And voters in Florida are considering whether to legalize medical marijuana. In Guam, voters in today's election legalized medical marijuana use, according to initial returns showing Proposal 14A passing with 56% of the vote.
Supporters say legalization acknowledges that America's pot prohibition is a failure. Twenty-three states and the nation's capital already permit medical marijuana, and Colorado and Washington state have legalized recreational use and sales.Alaska's measure is similar to Colorado's, and Oregon's in modeled on Washington state's. Washington, D.C.'s initiative would legalize marijuana possession but doesn't establish a taxation system because voters aren't allowed to directly implement taxes themselves."Wins in Alaska and Oregon will provide a boost to efforts in other states because they will demonstrate the benefits of regulating and taxing marijuana. Losses won't really have much impact. After all, an initiative to make marijuana legal failed in Colorado in 2006," said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. "Some states will end marijuana prohibition more quickly than others, just as some states ended alcohol prohibition more quickly than others. But they all did in the end, and now just about everybody recognizes that it was a good idea."SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Trevor HughesPublished: November 4, 2014Copyright: 2014 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on November 05, 2014 at 05:02:17 PT
The cannabis movement had a good night.
Still more work to do but think about it, 3 out of 3 and Florida got 57% although it didn't pass.Guam, Portland Maine too.A very good night.
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Comment #3 posted by Universer on November 05, 2014 at 02:04:10 PT
And This Could Be The Biggest Win Of Them All...
If a federal judge in California sees the light by December.
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Comment #2 posted by Universer on November 05, 2014 at 01:33:02 PT
North to Alaska! is a huge get. To get a red state, in a red year, during a red tide, and in an off-year midterm...that is a huge get.Large plurality in Florida for med, even if didn't pass despite crushing anti-cannabis pro-casino millions.Don't forget about Guam! As usual, got the party started.
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Comment #1 posted by Universer on November 05, 2014 at 00:00:23 PT
Psst. Hey, buddy. You want an eyeful of somethin' that'll make you feel reel good? Cram this in your socket and see if you can stop smiling.... one's free.
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