Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana
More than half the states are weighing proposals to decriminalize marijuana, ushering in a critical moment in the debate over whether the drug should legal, The New York Times reports.
The action is taking place in red and blue states alike, and legalization proponents are resolved to take advantage of their newfound traction, according to the newspaper.
“Advocates of more lenient marijuana laws say they intend to maintain the momentum from their successes, heartened by national and statewide polls showing greater public acceptance of legalizing marijuana, President Obama’s recent musings on the discriminatory effect of marijuana prosecutions and the release of guidelines by his Treasury Department intended to make it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana businesses,” the paper’s Rick Lyman writes.
"Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, a leading advocate for legalizing marijuana, said campaigns were already underway to stage aggressive legalization drives in several states over the next couple of years, including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and possibly Montana.
“It is certainly important to maintain the momentum,” Mr. Tvert said, “But I don’t think we can look at any one election cycle and see what the future holds. This is going to be a multiyear effort.”
Check out the complete New York Times story here. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/momentum-is-seen-as-more-states-consider-legalizing-marijuana.html