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    Marijuana Legalization Activists Target States For 2014, Ahead Of Presidential Election

    Alaska and Oregon may become the next states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, as early as next year some proponents say.

    Following President Barack Obama’s August decision to relegate marijuana prohibition to the state level as Colorado and Washington voters approved legalization, marijuana reform activists intend to pursue a state-by-state strategy. Such a strategy is similar to treatment of other contentious issues, such as abortion, gun control, and the death penalty.

    But the big battle over marijuana prohibition will come in 2016 with the next presidential election, when proponents of marijuana legalization say younger voters will visit the polls in greater numbers. Although a slim majority of Americans support legalization, younger voters may vote for change in higher numbers than older generations, Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, says.

    That group, and others, plan to target state legislators in five states, including Rhode Island and Hawaii, to legalize the drug by 2017. Presently, the U.S. government classifies marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance with no redeemable medical use, in accordance with international standards held by the United Nations (UN).

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    Yeah, I saw that MPP, the main group pushing this stuff, is targeting 10 states. Plus, there is a movement to get it on the ballot in MA. MPP is targeting NH, the states that border NH and other usual suspects like NV.

    All 6 New England states have medical marijuana. 5 of them have decriminalization. It would be cool if 5 of them legalized marijuana sooner rather than later.

    The Next Ten States to Legalize Marijuana

    The Marijuana Policy Project announced Monday it will support efforts to end marijuana prohibition in 10 more states by 2017. The announcement comes one day before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing at which it will address the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to allow states to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

    MPP will work with local and national allies to pass voter initiatives in at least five states and bills in five state legislatures to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with systems in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol. MPP is currently supporting a petition drive led by Alaska activists to place an initiative on the August 2014 ballot, and it will work to pass initiatives in Arizona, California, Maine, and Nevada in the 2016 election. The organization is participating in lobbying and grassroots organizing efforts to pass bills in the Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont state legislatures by 2017. MPP has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000, and it was the largest backer of the successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.
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    Last edited by Keith and stuff; 09-22-2013 at 09:25 PM.
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