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Alternet: “Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 4, 2012


    Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition
    via Alternet.org

    The criminalization of cannabis is a policy that has been in place federally since 1937 and on the state level, in many instances, long before that. Yet, it is a policy that fails to withstand serious scrutiny and possesses only limited public support. Today, a majority of Americans espouse ending America’s nearly century-long, failed experiment with cannabis prohibition and replacing it with a system of limited legalization and regulation. Recent national polls by Gallup , Rasmussen, The Huffington Post , and Angus Reid show that more Americans now support legalizing the adult use of cannabis than support maintaining its prohibition. Now it is time for a state to make this sentiment a reality.

    Similar to alcohol prohibition, cannabis prohibition is a federal policy that largely relies on state and local enforcement. How did federal alcohol prohibition come to an end? Simple. When a sufficient number of states – led by New York in 1923 (several other states, including Colorado, later followed) – enacted legislation repealing the state’s alcohol prohibition laws. With states no longer doing the federal government’s bidding to enforce an unpopular law, the Feds eventually had no choice but to abandon the policy altogether.

    Here’s to history repeating itself.

    Read the full commentary here.

    12 Responses to “Alternet: “Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition””

    1. phrtao says:

      Great article which reminds us of the magnitude of what is about to happen (Positive thinking). I just hope the rest of the states and the rest of the world get the message quickly and we can really put prohibition behind us. I would guess at least 4 years for national legalisation in the USA (the next presidential election).

      Good Luck to you all !

    2. Anonymous says:

      Fingers and toes are crossed!

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      I’ve noticed that we didn’t see the Drug Czar visiting states to campaign against the initiatives this election, or else NORML just didn’t mention it here. The next few years should be interesting, indeed.

    4. Bummer Oklajoma says:

      Hear Hear !!

    5. Joe Rogers says:

      MARIJUANA is Medicine: and always has been…

    6. Decision point tomorrow boys and girls..can’t wait!

    7. Armando says:

      This could herald a new age of enlightenment, like the Renaissance, only cooler.

    8. homegrown says:

      history will be made. 30 years from now, I will remember nov 6 2012!!!!!!!

    9. […] Alternet: “Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition” Why Election Day Marks the Beginning of the End of Marijuana Prohibition via Alternet.org The criminalization of cannabis is a policy that has been in place federally since 1937 and on the state level, in many instances, long before that. Yet, it is a policy that fails to withstand serious scrutiny and possesses only limited public support. Today, a majority of Americans espouse ending America’s nearly century-long, failed experiment with cannabis prohibition and replacing it with a system of limited legalization and regulation. Recent national polls by Gallup , Rasmussen, […] […]

    10. Rockyb says:

      Has anyone found out the decision in appellate court, concerning the reclassification of marijuana ? I read an article about it and haven’t learned the results.( if any, yet )

      [Paul Armentano: The Court has requested additional briefs in this matter. The case remains ongoing.]

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