In the year 2012, Washington state and Colorado legalized the recreational usage of cannabis, much to the dismay of prohibition supporters. Anti-pot advocates alleged it would allow it to be simpler for kids to get, that it would be used by more people, it would be an all around poor deal for all these states, and that there would be more folks driving while high.
In Colorado, it is safe to say that the prohibitionists were 100% incorrect. Revenues of recreational cannabis continue to grow with more than $34 million worth sold in August. That means the state raised $3.4 million for creating and looking after schools in the state. That is some serious money!
Better yet, crime has dramatically and abruptly fallen in the state, supplying evidence that certainly counters the notion that it would increase together with the legalization of a simple plant. (Actually, a vegetable). General crime has dropped by 15%, and homicide is down by almost half. The government is intending to allocate more of the state tax cash from weed to employing more people and enhancing infrastructure, as the unemployment rates continue to fall.
Could they actually be doing any more damage than the numerous pubs? At the end of the day, you’ve got to admit: legal marijuana hasn’t been dangerous to Colorado, but instead, it seems like things in the Centennial State are only going to improve.
Oregon’s new law permits adults age 21 and up to have, sell and grow weed. In addition, it allows for commercial regulation of the pot system within the state, similar to the states of Washington and Colorado.
Alaska additionally passed a law allowing weed to be regulated by it in a way much like booze. It also, enables the state to make a control board to regulate its cannabis business. Prior to this election, Alaska had murky laws with relation to weed, after a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court opinion that set a precedent allowing for individuals to grow grass at home; complete legalization measures were on Alaska votes in 2000 and 2004, but did not pass. It won’t become law until 90 days following the election being certified.
An individual may also give as much as an ounce of pot to another but cannot sell it. In addition, it lacks a tax procedure, since voters cannot execute taxes themselves.
On a federal level, things are also looking good for medical cannabis - with a new measure being quietly introduced.
The measure’s acceptance, so many said, signifies “the very first time in decades the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of cannabis.”
By now, the District of Columbia as well as 32 states have legalized its fixings or marijuana to take care of ailments, a movement that started in the 1990s. Even some states were approving more comprehensive decriminalization measures for just two decades.
“The war on medical marijuana is over, now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist connected to the Drug Policy Alliance, calling it a historical development.
The medical cannabis movement has picked up significant momentum recently. The Drug Enforcement Administration, nevertheless, continues to put pot in the most dangerous type of narcotics, with no approved medical use.
Congress for years had resisted calls to permit states to chart their particular path on marijuana. The pot measure, from using some of the federal government’s resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, which prohibits it, was formerly rejected half a dozen times.
Lawmakers remain uneasy about complete legalization as Congress has shifted stance on medical cannabis. Another change to the spending budget, tacked on at the behest of anti-cannabis crusader Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) will endanger the legalization of recreational weed in Washington, D.C., which voters approved last month.
Weed proponents nevertheless said they felt more assured than ever that Congress was wandering toward their perspective.
“Now the fight moves on to legalization of all cannabis,” the lobbyist said. “This is the most powerful sign we’ve received from Congress that the politics have actually shifted”
Acceptance of the weed measure comes following federal prosecutors were directed by the Obama government this past year to quit applying drug laws that contradict state cannabis policies. Since that time, national raids of growers and grass retailers that are managing lawfully within their states have been restricted to all those accused of other breaches, including money laundering.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) stated that “The federal government should never get in between patients and their medicine,”