The Next Three States That Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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Marijuana legalization activists gained considerable momentum this week. On Tuesday, the city of Portland, Maine, passed Question 1: 67 percent to 33 percent.

The measure legalized possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults over 21 years of age. Likewise, Colorado passed Proposition AA Tuesday, which added a 15 percent wholesale tax and 10 percent sales tax on marijuana transactions.

These two ballot measures follow a national poll by Gallup that found support for outright legalization at an all time high. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now think recreational use of the drug should be legal; a far cry from 1969 when only 12 percent of voters were supportive.

Some states are further along on the legalization trail and even if marijuana was taken off the DEA’s controlled substances list entirely, it would remain illegal in most states.

Still, there remain three states poised to follow Colorado’s lead, they are California, Maine, and Oregon:

California

For those who live in California, being on this list is nothing new. So what’s different this time? Last month Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom took the state by surprise saying enough was enough when it came to politicking on marijuana reform.

“I’m sick and tired of politicians and politics,” he said at an ACLU press conference. “You know what, frankly, I started falling into that trap a few years back on [legalizing marijuana]. I started doing the ‘civil unions’ version of this.”

What previous ballot initiatives like Proposition 19 lacked, was support inside Sacramento. Lawmakers would say a measure was ‘poorly written’ or went too far in one direction or the other. Further, support has climbed dramatically since issue was voted on last. Sixty-five percent of Californians support legalization according to a Tulchin Research poll, meaning new support from within the CA government may very well be the final straw.

Maine

Now that Maine’s largest city, Portland, has planted the seeds for legalization, conflicting local and state-wide policies put legislators in a tough spot. Additionally the latest PPP poll shows a plurality of Mainers, 48 percent, favor legalization. Although on a smaller margin than the other two states, some legislative action will need to follow sooner rather than later. When combined with a legalization foothold in Portland, the chances of a green Maine by 2016 are high.

Oregon

The last legalization attempt in Oregon, which was Measure 80 in 2012, fell short 55 to 45. Nevertheless, a group called New Approach Oregon has its sights set on 2014.. The initiative has already been drafted and the latest poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, suggests 57 percent would vote in favor of the initiative compared to 39 percent opposed. Moreover, 63 percent of voters polled favored legalizing and taxing the recreational use of marijuana.

All three are on the Marijuana Policy Project’s 10-state hit-list. The group has indicated it will dedicate resources to win big in Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Nevada, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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  1. Dewey Konkle I would love to see it get legalized in ohio we could ues that for more jobs, bettering ourselves, our towns, our school. People who drink in a bad mood beat people up or damage stuff get locked up. People who smoke in a bad mood. Do like cat wilams says fuck it. It calms you and gets you hungry so U'll probably hit up a fast food place up. More money going out to our town helping each other out. We need it legalized to better us.
  2. private Either way if marijuana gets legalized or not people are still gonna use it just as much as they do now. So why is it hard to legalize it?
  3. Respiratory Therapist Most people against it are older and will be gone.  This is coming whether we like it or not.  I work in the emergency room and see ton's of " legal pain meds" overdosed on, not one overdose on Marijuana.  Yes driving high is dangerous, but it's already on the streets people wake up, lets regulate it and take the criminal element out of it.  I am actively lobbying senators and legislators here in Iowa! IOWA
  4. Bill genest If you are against weed you should be against alcohol. Hippocrits.
  5. seandepcharge @Gene Secrist Florida would be great to have legalize but the politicians don't listen to the people there. Republican's don't believe in personal liberty or freedom when it comes to this issue. Just like concerning the bible, they pick and choose which parts based on their own narrow self interests.
  6. Dennis Dwyer Oregon.
  7. Bruce Bacon Ahh, I see the illogical biases are still going strong. Hemp legalization will pull this country out of the hole our government has put us in.
  8. Tracy Hensley Barker No to prescrition pills!!! Yes to marijuana...There are ways to take the medical opponents out of the plant to eliminate the high feeling..
  9. Joel Wesson I've never been lazy from smoking pot its the person , a heck of a lot more than the weed.its like alcohol in one way, just don't do it at work.
  10. Tim Hogan no! the answer is more cops! more cops means more job creatin' like prison guards and counselors and grease monkeys for the federal reserve printing presses. and we all know how good that is for the economy...sigh
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Dewey Konkle
Dewey Konkle

I would love to see it get legalized in ohio we could ues that for more jobs, bettering ourselves, our towns, our school. People who drink in a bad mood beat people up or damage stuff get locked up. People who smoke in a bad mood. Do like cat wilams says fuck it. It calms you and gets you hungry so U'll probably hit up a fast food place up. More money going out to our town helping each other out. We need it legalized to better us.

private
private

Either way if marijuana gets legalized or not people are still gonna use it just as much as they do now. So why is it hard to legalize it?

Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapist

Most people against it are older and will be gone.  This is coming whether we like it or not.  I work in the emergency room and see ton's of " legal pain meds" overdosed on, not one overdose on Marijuana.  Yes driving high is dangerous, but it's already on the streets people wake up, lets regulate it and take the criminal element out of it.  I am actively lobbying senators and legislators here in Iowa!

IOWA

P.S. Most people who want the government to keep it illegal, are the same one's who say big government is the problem for all the other issues.  You can't have it both ways boys and girls!  

P.S.S.   The Earth is not flat.

Bruce Bacon
Bruce Bacon

Ahh, I see the illogical biases are still going strong. Hemp legalization will pull this country out of the hole our government has put us in.

Tracy Hensley Barker
Tracy Hensley Barker

No to prescrition pills!!! Yes to marijuana...There are ways to take the medical opponents out of the plant to eliminate the high feeling..

Joel Wesson
Joel Wesson

I've never been lazy from smoking pot its the person , a heck of a lot more than the weed.its like alcohol in one way, just don't do it at work.

Tim Hogan
Tim Hogan

no! the answer is more cops! more cops means more job creatin' like prison guards and counselors and grease monkeys for the federal reserve printing presses. and we all know how good that is for the economy...sigh

Michael W. Flower
Michael W. Flower

Decriminalize it , tax it and give it to those who really need it , the terminally ill ..as far as a GATEWAY drug , cigarettes and alcohol are the true culprits

Melinda Ainsworth
Melinda Ainsworth

Oregon or Maine. Some forms of it are quite effective for pain relief and do not affect a person's ability to function as badly as narcotic pain relievers. It is not a gateway drug. That is a myth. Pot is not addictive. Many people smoke socially and have for as much as 40 years while raising healthy families and holding down demanding, professional jobs. Most people who smoke pot do not use other illicit drugs.

LoriSenkMellios
LoriSenkMellios

I wish the powers that be in Pennsylvania would take their heads out of their asses and legalize already!

Marilyn Daley
Marilyn Daley

Just what we need. More drivers who have lost control of their reactions and reflexes, dude.

Holly Stowe
Holly Stowe

Actually the tobacco taxes in Colorado are much higher than the 25% rate proposed on marijuana, Jackie LeRoy Overbey: State Cigarette Excise Tax Rate: The cigarette excise tax in Colorado is 4.2 cents per cigarette and is represented by a $0.84 or $1.05 stamp depending on the number of cigarettes in the pack. State Tobacco Excise Tax Rate: The tobacco products excise tax in Colorado is 40% of the manufacturers invoiced price. The marijuana tax should be at LEAST equal to that and with the product having a under-the-influence issue, the tax should be MUCH higher.

Holly Stowe
Holly Stowe

The deal is that the 25% tax on pot sounds like a good deal but in reality, it isn't. That is LOW taxation in fact when compared to that of some other products. The tax should be much more, as an ad valorum tax could be. For instance, that tax on e-cigarettes in a couple of states amounts to a nearly 93% tax rate!

Jackie LeRoy Overbey
Jackie LeRoy Overbey

Colorado is in the process of placing the same taxes on Marijuana as is on tobacco.

Rob Duffy
Rob Duffy

California, Oregon, and Nevada! Just a guess, maybe Arizona.

Susan Webb Strickland
Susan Webb Strickland

More are in prison for DEALING dope and have been caught many times. Not for just possession, but hey they work for the Government and sell it in a store just like liquor.Works for me and I don't smoke it.

Ginger Earl Jamerson
Ginger Earl Jamerson

AS I said...NOT addictive...therefore NOT a gateway drug and CAN'T overdose...perhaps you might try reading and comprehending....just a thought...

Lily Hyatt
Lily Hyatt

If they did it at a federal level the revenue it would create who certainly help national debt Its less harmful then booze

Lily Hyatt
Lily Hyatt

The city of Portland Me.just made pots use legal via CITY ordinance BUT it's still illegal tho decriminalized under state law meaning police will still site you arrest but it's in a ticket form medical use is legal. I think Maine will be next. They want the revenue tax dollars.

Elizabeth Pirtle
Elizabeth Pirtle

I have lived 58 years without ever having used this, so why would I want to start now?

Lily Hyatt
Lily Hyatt

It helps cancer patients has no side effects like other pain meds used

Sheila Jablonski
Sheila Jablonski

It IS very helpful for teenagers & adults with ADHD & ODD! THAT my friends is a fact! Probably good for bipolar as well!

Gene Secrist
Gene Secrist

Can't say what state is next, but I would be willing to bet Florida will be a while, it seems the state government is not in recognition of what the people want. Always finding some reason to block it as a voting measure, to even let the people have their say.

Judith Shields
Judith Shields

And how many kids died from alcohol use while driving? Kids sell their legal prescription drugs to each other. I lost four high school friends to alcohol.

Judith Shields
Judith Shields

That's pretty irrelevant to the discussion, don't you really think?

Judith Shields
Judith Shields

Texas will never legalize it. The counties are making WAAAAAY too much money incarcerating teenagers and ruining their job chances.

Victor Barrios
Victor Barrios

What is new fags in the arm forces same sex marrige leagel drugs and a liar president !!!!

Virginia Hutson
Virginia Hutson

Marijuana is not often used as a painkiller. It is an escape just like drugs. And what do you think it does to your lungs and the lungs of the people around you? And cigarettes are said to be harmful. Get a brain.

Jack L Eich
Jack L Eich

CANNABlS=its an herb not a drug and its name is not marijuana because that's a slang word used to vilify the herb

Marc O'Sullivan
Marc O'Sullivan

And the other 42 percent are currently high and were unavailable for comment.

seandepcharge
seandepcharge

@Gene Secrist 

Florida would be great to have legalize but the politicians don't listen to the people there. Republican's don't believe in personal liberty or freedom when it comes to this issue. Just like concerning the bible, they pick and choose which parts based on their own narrow self interests.

Bill genest
Bill genest

If you are against weed you should be against alcohol. Hippocrits.