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Oregon voters on Tuesday chose to make their state the third in the U.S. to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Passage of Measure 91 accelerates the nationwide momentum in favor of legalizing marijuana and ending the wider Drug War, according to proponents.
“With Oregon and D.C. coming on board, it’s clear that Colorado and Washington voting to legalize in 2012 was no anomaly,” Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority told Hemp News on Tuesday evening. “The trend is clear: Marijuana prohibition is coming to an end.
“As 2016 approaches, we can expect to see many more ambitious national politicians finally trying to win support from the cannabis constituency instead of ignoring and criminalizing us,” Angell said.
Alaska on Tuesday became the fourth U.S. state to legalize marijuana, joining Oregon, where voters had approved a legalization measure earlier the same day, and Colorado and Washington, both of which legalized in 2012.
Measure 2, which was approved by 52 percent of Alaska voters, allows adults 21 and older and possess up to an ounce of cannabis, grow up to six plants at home, and transfer up to an ounce at a time to other adults “without remuneration,” reports Jacob Sullum at Reason. State-licensed growers, cannabis product manufacturers, and marijuana retailers will be regulated by the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board or a separate agency created by the Legislature.
“Now that it’s been shown that putting marijuana legalization on the ballot can succeed even in midterms, we can expect to see a huge surge of additional states voting to end prohibition during the 2016 presidential election,” Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority told Hemp News early on Wednesday. “And because the issue has been proven to be mainstream as far as voters are concerned, we may even see lawmakers in several states jumping ahead to legalize marijuana legislatively in the meantime.”
In an exciting and ironic twist to America’s 77-year-old War On Marijuana, the voters of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday decided to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital. Voters approved Initiative 71, a ballot initiative that legalizes possession of up to two ounces of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and allows individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.
“With marijuana legal in the federal government’s backyard it’s going to be increasingly difficult for national politicians to continue ignoring the growing majority of voters who want to end prohibition,” Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority told Hemp News on Tuesday evening. “I’ve been saying for a while that 2016 presidential candidates need to start courting the cannabis constituency, and now the road to the White House quite literally travels through legal marijuana territory.”
D.C. laws prevented the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana, but the D.C. Council is currently considering the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013, a bill that would tax, regulate and strictly control the sale of marijuana to adults.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Maryland) said marijuana’s federal classification as a Schedule I drug should be enforced in the District, reports Aaron C. Davis at The Washington Post.
Harris, a doctor by training, blasted the legalization vote as detrimental to adolescents. “Actions by those in D.C. will result in higher drug use among teens,” Harris told the Post. “I will consider using all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action, so that drug use among teens does not increase.”
Florida’s voters have narrowly rejected the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. A big majority of state voters voted in favor of medicinal cannabis, but state law requires a 60 percent majority to amend the Florida Constitution.
With nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting, about 57 percent of voters voted yes.
The campaign was among the most expensive ballot measures in the country, reports the Associated Press, with millions spent on both sides. Twentieth-century Reefer Madness myths were pulled out and aired as fact as part of the misleading tactics used by the No On 2 side, funded largely by Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Voters across the country have accelerated the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider Drug War, with marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon and Washington, D.C., while groundbreaking criminal justice reforms passed in California and New Jersey.
“This Election Day was an extraordinary one for the marijuana and criminal justice reform movements,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Oregon proved that Colorado and Washington were no flukes.
“Washington, D.C. voters sent a powerful message to Congress that federal marijuana prohibition has no place in the nation’s capital,” Nadelmann said. “Voters in Florida and Guam demonstrated that medical marijuana could win big even in fairly conservative jurisdictions. And California and New Jersey revealed an electorate eager to reduce prison populations and the power of the prison industrial complex.”
The animals were happily stumbling about after eating seven bags of cannabis, with a reputed valued of £4,000 (about $6,300 American), reports Nicola Fifield at The Telegraph.
The flock reportedly found the marijuana stash at the edge of Fanny’s Farm in Merstham, Surrey.
“My sheep, being inquisitive, had an interesting feast on it,” said farm manager Nellie Budd. “They weren’t quite on their backs with legs in the air, but they probably had the munchies.
“They haven’t had any other side effects, but I’ll tell you about the meat next week,” Budd added.
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