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

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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.



    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



    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



    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



    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 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



    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 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



    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.

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

    1. Andrew says:

      I am SHOCKED Mass is not on here. After decriminalised and 61% test vote in favor of legalising, it has been said again and again the most likely state to pass this. 2 bills and no ballot, I am ashamed. As far as why7 Florida isn’t on here, Florida has the strictest laws in the nation with this and made WAY more strict when Charlie Crist was governor, no shock there whatsoever.

    2. Deborah says:

      I’ve lived in Texas since ’05, & I hold no hope of this redneck state EVER legalising it…not even for people like myself with MS. Pot helps my pain & burning far better than any of the pharmaceutical poisons the doctors like to dole out. But just try to find it. I have to troll sleazy neighborhoods, deal with the lowest scuzzballs, just to get something that God gave us naturally…but living in this state, it will always be this way. Very sad.

    3. Be The Change You Want to See says:

      The states I care about the most for marijuana reform are Connecticut (I grew up there) and Florida (I live there). Marijuana is decriminalized in Connecticut. In Florida there is a bill in the House (HJR 353) and in the Senate (SJR 1028) to legalize medicinal marijuana.

    4. Kaytee says:

      To those that have never heard of it “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” is the BEST mj/hemp documentary out there!! One day (when the old timers are gone) everything will be happy and legal =) The prohabition is BS and that doc. tells how it all began. I choose not to take pills that poison the body.. I will always be an mj user & the law will NEVER get me down! =) *Happy Smoking*

    5. Why oh why can’t this just be a national decriminalized activity. Think how much safer the product would be. Think how much safer obtaining it would be. Think how much Federal and State taxes could be generated. Studies have shown that it does not result in increased use.

    6. Cathy Bush says:


    7. Teddy P. Gray says:

      I think that all states should be able to grow, sale, and smoke marijuana for whatever purpose and the government need to just stay the F out of peoples life affairs! Maybe regulate the age. But, then again, don’t even do that. Because, marijuana is being used already! Smokers have already regulated it: smoke whenever the F we feel like it! I really don’t want those A-holes having any say over anything I do, but especially now over my relationship with Mary. All they are going to do is find some way to F everything up just like they’ve done our country. The idiots are so off F’ing track that tobacco & alcohol are legal – while they kill people in many ways – but cannabis is illegal – and it save lives; yes “save” lifes. Not to mention, the dumb F’s criminalized hemp! You can’t even get high from it! Do you really want them making user laws for you?! Furthermore, there is no difference between medical marijuana and regular marijuana! Patients use medical marijuana and cool people use marijuana. But, its all the same! So, I really wish pro-MM people would stop saying it shouldn’t be used for recreational purposes. We were smokin herb way before the first medical marijuana law was passed and we still will be smokin long afterwards! So, I guess I said all of that to say this: F a state law! F a local law! F a federal law! The only law I want to see that pertains to cannabis is NO F’ing law! Mofos! Vote for Ron Paul!

    8. Cathy Bush says:


    9. Anonymous says:

      god i love california, it got struck down a couple years ago and we’ve got another chance

    10. Sabrina Nedrow says:

      I like the first comment from Erik. I had read about FL. What does this mean exactly. I mean, if they’re not on the list of maybes, would it be enacted soon?

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