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8 States May Legalize Marijuana This Year – Did Yours Make the List?

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 9, 2012

    2012 has only just begun and it is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting and active years for marijuana law reform in some time. More than a dozen state legislatures are currently considering reform measures in some respect and 8 states are attempting to put legalization initiatives before voters this November.

    Many of these efforts are still in the signature gathering stage. Check out the list below to see if you might be able to vote ‘Yes’ on marijuana legalization in your state this year and how you can get involved to make that a reality. In addition to the legalization initiatives below several states, such as Ohio and Massachusetts, are  working to also put medical marijuana initiatives before voters this year. To stay up to date on all the efforts to reform marijuana laws you can follow our “Legalize It 2012″ hub on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    California

    Regulate Marijuana Like Wine

    Details: “The “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine” initiative intends to repeal prohibition of marijuana for adults, strictly regulate marijuana, just like the wine industry, allow for hemp agriculture and products while not changing laws regarding medical marijuana, impairment, work place drug laws, or laws regarding vehicle operation. This initiative would also provide specific personal possession exemptions, require dismissal of pending court cases for marijuana possession, and ban the advertising of non-medical marijuana.”

    Learn More: www.regulatemarijuanalikewine.com

     

    Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act 2012

    Details: “Aims to repeal current state criminal laws prohibiting the personal possession, use, transportation, and cultivation of cannabis by adults 19 years of age and older. During the first 180-days following the passage of the Act, the Legislature is authorized to create the California Cannabis Commission. This Commission will develop appropriate regulations for the commercial production and sales of cannabis, including licensing and taxation. Individuals are allowed to possess up to three pounds and grow a 100 sq. ft. canopy without being subject to regulations. It maintains penalties for possession by persons under 19, distribution to persons under 19, and driving while impaired.”

    More Info: www.repealcannabisprohibition.org

     

    Colorado

    Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

    Details: “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 makes the adult use of marijuana legal, establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol, and allows for the cultivation of industrial hemp.”

    More Info: www.regulatemarijuana.org

     

    Michigan

    The 2012 Michigan Ballot Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition

    Details: “Proposes a state constitutional amend that states: “For persons who are at least 21 years of age who are not incarcerated, marihuana acquisition, cultivation, manufacture, sale, delivery, transfer, transportation, possession, ingestion, presence in or on the body, religious, medical, industrial, agricultural, commercial or personal use, or possession or use of paraphernalia shall not be prohibited, abridged or penalized in any manner, nor subject to civil forfeiture; provided that no person shall be permitted to operate an aircraft, motor vehicle, motorboat, ORV, snowmobile, train, or other heavy or dangerous equipment or machinery while impaired by marihuana.”

    More Info: www.help.repealtoday.org

     

    Missouri

    Show-Me Cannabis Regulation

    Details: “A constitutional measure which would regulate cannabis like alcohol, provide access to medicine for cannabis patients, and open a market for farming industrial hemp in Missouri.”

    More Info:  www.show-mecannabis.com

     

    Montana

    Montana First: Ending Criminal Penalties for Marijuana

    Details: “The new petition is for a proposed amendment to the state constitution. It would add just two sentences to a portion of the constitution concerning adult rights, which already contains a reference to the legal age for the consumption of alcohol. [Stating] Adults have the right to responsibly purchase, consume, produce, and possess marijuana, subject to reasonable limitations, regulations, and taxation.  Except for actions that endanger minors, children, or public safety, no criminal offense or penalty of this state shall apply to such activities.”

    More Info: www.montanafirst2012.org

     

    Nebraska

    The Nebraska Cannabis Initiative

    Details: “Add Proposition 19 to the Nebraska Constitution whose object is to regulate and tax all commercial uses of cannabis, also known as marijuana, and to remove all laws regulating the private, noncommercial use of cannabis.”

    More Info: www.neprop19.org

     

    Oregon

    Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012

    Details: “The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 is a citizen’s initiative campaign to regulate marijuana and restore hemp. Just as ending alcohol prohibition and regulating that market has protected society, regulating marijuana will help wipe out crime. Restoring hemp, made from the seeds and stems of the marijuana plant for fuel, fiber and food, will put Oregon on the cutting edge of exciting new sustainable green industries and create untold multitudes of new jobs.”

    More Info: www.cannabistaxact.org

     

    Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement: Initiative IP-24

    Details: “Currently known as IP-24, the measure would allow adults over 21 to use marijuana for personal use without fear of criminal sanctions. The bill has substantial safeguards to protect children and public safety. With hundreds of signature gatherers on the streets every day, CSLE is confident the measure will appear on the November 2012 ballot.”

    More Info: www.ompicampaign2012.org

     

    Washington

    Initiative 502

    Details: “Washington State Initiative Measure No. 502 (I-502) would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.”

    More Info: www.newapproachwa.org

     

    Get up to the minute updates on all of the marijuana initiatives in play in 2012 by following Legalize It 2012 on Facebook and Twitter.

    524 Responses to “8 States May Legalize Marijuana This Year – Did Yours Make the List?”

    1. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    2. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    3. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    4. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    5. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    6. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    7. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    8. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    9. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    10. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    11. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    12. Anonymous says:

      How ’bout 1 of the lower eastern states,N.C.,S.C.,Georgia,Fla.?

    13. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    14. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    15. [...] budget cuts are everywhere and raids and arrests for simple possession of a plant are abundant.  2012 is a year to pay attention and get involved.  This year we could seize the opportunity to educate others and push for [...]

    16. Anonymous says:

      new york needs to come together with something

    17. Legalization proposal are also happening in Latin America, promoted by no less than the president of Guatemala, who is seeking support from all regional government, including Mexico and Colombia. This is huge.
      I created the petition underneath.
      http://signon.org/sign/support-guatemalan-president
      Sign and share!
      For the first time ever, legalization will be debated at a major international Summit, the April 14-15 Summit of the Americas, with the leaders of the 34 countries of the Americas in attendance! This is an unprecedented event and all activists should take advantage of this opportunity to generate massive mobilization of support for significant and meaningful debate on drug policy reform, especially as obstruction can be expected from the US.
      Support Guatemalan request to open a debate on drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas on April 14-15, 2012. Urge President Obama to not stall the courageous process initiated by Guatemala, and to allow a truthful debate to take place. Urge him to get back to his campaign pledge and to show the courage and vision to add his positive contribution to the debate.

    18. Crystal says:

      HELL YES! Its about time marijuana was legalized! especialy considering its effects are way less of a danger to the human body then Alcohol or Cigarettes!!!!! I pray soon all 50 states shall pass this petition!!!

    19. Stuck in NC says:

      I have, but it seems to be on nearly deaf ears here in NC. No legal mmj states in the southeast AT ALL! The cops have the citizens too scared to speak out.

    20. Chance says:

      Why is it that I can’t find anything about Indiana being up for medical marijuana this year? I physically have to search the In.gov website to find anything other than just random comments about it.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Simply click the 'act' button on the NORML front page to be taken to our summary of pending state legislation. Indiana's information appears there.]

    21. [...] 8 States May Legalize Marijuana This Year – Did Yours Make the List? [Norml] [...]

    22. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    23. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    24. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    25. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    26. Mike88 says:

      I hope Illinois Legislatures finally get on the ball and legalize both marijuana as well as Industrial Hemp. Farmers growing Industrial Hemp again would be a real boost to Illinois economy because of the many Industries that could spring up in Illoinois and surrounding sates that could make items from Industrial Hemp. These industries would hire hundreds of thousands of people to work and pay taxes further supporting Illinois economy. The adult citizens of Illinos and all of the states should be free to use cannibis just lke adults can use alcohol or tobacco.

    27. Mike88 says:

      I hope Illinois Legislatures finally get on the ball and legalize both marijuana as well as Industrial Hemp. Farmers growing Industrial Hemp again would be a real boost to Illinois economy because of the many Industries that could spring up in Illinois and surrounding states that could make products from Industrial Hemp. These Industries would hire hundreds of thousands of people to work and pay taxes further supporting Illinois economy.
      The adult citizens of Illinos and all of the states should be free to use cannibis just lke adults can use alcohol or tobacco.

    28. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    29. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    30. that will help to get the drugs dealers out of bussness.drug dealer are getting all the money now.

    31. Xxx says:

      Well this is stupid if u r just gonna keep postin the same thing over and over but that doesn’t matter our government would make money by taxing and regulating and as previously said it takes the money out of drug dealers hands. Also how can anyone prove that marijuana leads to harder drugs and even so how can u not say the same thing is true about alcohol, I no plenty of people that only drink and do cocaine should we ban liquor again?. That actually doesn’t even matter because if it were true marijuana leads to harder drugs then probably over half the united states would strung out on coke heroin or meth but that’s simply not true. The main reason is that pharmaceutical companies would lose money when a doctor could just prescribe u marijuana instead of a bunch of pills. Our government now is to intertwined with pharmaceutical companies because if they lose out on money so do the people that are supposedly representing us. And has our country not learned from our mistakes with prohibition u make criminals stronger and all they doing is fighting a losing battle. When legalized or decriminalized for some people it takes some of the risk out of doing it so they don’t find it as appealing, it’s human nature if u tell some one they can’t do something they will do it just show or themselves that they can.

    32. Viktoria says:

      LEGALIZE IT! There is nothing wrong with marijuana. If anything, harsher legal action needs to be implemented with disgusting drugs such as cocaine and meth. ALSO alcohol is worse than weed by SO MUCH – who has ever heard of a murder or vandalism act done in the influence of marijuana. So many studies prove its so much safer than cigarettes and alcohol… yes its illegal and all that crap is on the market making the government billions. Load of crap.

    33. Uganda says:

      I believe all 50 states should jump on the band wagon regarding legalizing Marijuana. It’s not like it does hazardous damage to the body, it doesn’t. Make you crazy like the harsher drugs being used in the world, I’m from Wisconsin and the the drug dealers are making plenty of money selling it here whether the government wants to believe it or not. They can’t catch everyone so why not legalize it and have Uncle Sam get his cut from the profit that’s being made. It isn’t like a person can’t be productive at work off a little joint versus someone being impaired off of Cocaine, Heroin, Meth and other harmful drugs that will be more dangerous while under that type of influence at work. It should just be a limit on how much marijuana is being used before work. But when someone gets off a long day of working 8-12 hrs shifts I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a hot shower, food, a glass of wine and a joint every now and then.

    34. [...] upcoming ballot initiatives in Washington and Colorado seek to legalize marijuana in some form, but they are receiving a surprising backlash from medical marijuana advocates. And, [...]

    35. [...] More importantly, have you taken the time to call or write your state elected officials this year and urged them to support these pending reforms? If not, NORML has provided you with all of the tools to do so via our capwiz ‘Take Action Center’ here. (FYI: NORML’s capwiz page is specific to legislation only, not ballot initiative efforts. A summary pending 2012 ballot initiative campaigns may be found at NORML’s Legalize It 2012 page on Facebook here or on the NORML blog here.) [...]

    36. [...] narrator on Apr 17, 2012 Two upcoming ballot initiatives in Washington and Colorado seek to legalize marijuana in some form, but they are receiving a surprising backlash from medical marijuana advocates. And, [...]

    37. [...] Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska and Washington, as noted by pro-marijuana lobbying group NORML.Read the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s report, and send a letter, or a dozen, to Rep. [...]

    38. [...] November, the citizens of the state of Washington will vote on whether or not to, essentially, legalize marijuana. I-502 seeks to decriminalize possession of weed weighing under one ounce and would set up a number [...]

    39. [...] NORML blog says eight states may legalize marijuana this year: 2012 has only just begun and it is already [...]

    40. [...] November, the citizens of the state of Washington will vote on whether or not to, essentially, legalize marijuana. I-502 seeks to decriminalize possession of weed weighing under one ounce and would set up a number [...]

    41. Chris says:

      we have more support now for legalizing marijuana than there ever has been in American history. the time to vote and get involved is now!

    42. jennifer says:

      ohio needs it!!

    43. Topher says:

      Oh look, IL isn’t on the list. They’re the last to pass beneficial laws and the first to pass stupid laws.

    44. margie gulan says:

      Florida will have it on the ballot in November if we get enough signatures. Then (supposedly from someone from PUFFM) said that it definitely would be in 2014 if they don’t get the signatures. I was there at their meeting but I don’t know who said it first – him or someone higher. (No pun intended) lol.

    45. sirs, please tell me who 2 write 2 get this done i believe lots of people that smoke now would not do it as much if it was legal. my life depends on it and will continue whether they legalize it or not.i have cancer and lots of other medical conditions that cannibus helps me control the pain

    46. [...] including Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, considering lifting the prohibition of marijuana, and the acceptance of medical marijuana growing, counter-arguments loom over whether legaization [...]

    47. [...] to being an NBA champion with the Pistons, but an arrest with fellow Blazer Damon Stoudamire for cannabis possession in 02′, helped promote the squad’s new tag – The “Jail [...]

    48. Anonymous says:

      Yes, this Marijuana stuff has gone for too long, Legalize this amazing herb, and Can we add the other 42 states in there? especially Indiana, mainly because I live there.

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