R.I.P: Marijuana Prohibition

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director November 7, 2012

    The beginning of the end…has begun.

    Yesterday’s elections have forever changed the playing field regarding cannabis prohibition laws in America (and probably in large parts of the world too).

    The citizens of Colorado, Washington and Massachusetts delivered game changing victories last night for the nearly fifty year-old cannabis law reform Movement. Massachusetts becomes the eighteenth state to pass legal protections for qualified medical patients who’ve cannabis recommended to them by a physician. Colorado and Washington become the first places in the world, ever, where citizens have cast votes to reject cannabis prohibition, and replace the failed public policy with alternatives like tax-n-regulate models (similar to the control and taxation models widely accepted for alcohol and tobacco product use by adults).

    NORML’s board of directors, staff, chapter network and members congratulate the state-based organizers who planned and worked hard to qualify and pass these important voter initiatives, and we thank the voters of these states for helping to propel the nation to the eventual—if not soon coming—end to cannabis prohibition.

    Will there continue to be fits and starts, federal government incursion into state sovereignty and obstinate politicians?


    However, the die for major cannabis law reforms is now cast.

    NORML will continue to be the central hub of information about all things cannabis and yesterday’s victories ensure that 2013 is going to be another landmark year for needed cannabis law reforms.

    Thanks to NORML Communications Coordinator Erik Altieri for staffing election coverage and keeping everyone informed up to the minute last evening.

    Feeling even better today about the prospects of cannabis legalization? Show your reform pride by making a donation to NORML and your local NORML chapters, receive some NORML apparel, and wear it proudly, letting folks around you know that you’re part of a winning coalition of citizens working to change cannabis laws.

    The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is before us all.

    Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for ending cannabis prohibition laws, which has brought us all to this day.

    Kind regards,

    Allen St. Pierre
    Executive Director
    Washington, D.C.

    116 Responses to “R.I.P: Marijuana Prohibition”

    1. […] Medical marijuana resource UnitedPatientsGroup.com says this groundbreaking step towards the end of marijuana prohibition has the potential to carry key adjustments to the patient […]

    2. Greg says:

      Some day kids won’t have to worry about being imprisoned for such petty “crimes.”

    3. There isn’t a true argument for why marijuana should be illegal. The arguments against it are based on speculation and opinions. Facts are facts. Legalizing marijuana would solve a large number of problems in our country right now.

    4. I remember being in Colorado when they voted to legalize. Was a glorious day. It’s about time people gave freedom and liberty a try.

    5. cptron says:

      Here’s one for ya,I have been a merchant mariner for 33 years,so because I have to be licensed through the fed there is no way I could ever smoke weed,So for my med condition doctors have had me on all kinds of meds instead of MJ.So check this out I am 49 not ready to retire but because of the meds I have been on I am being forced to go on Disability,,weed did the job just fine for years and after 911 they got so tight on security that you can’t even mask it anymore,,So yes I am out but every drunk is still leagal and and drinking on the job WHAT A CONTRY !!!!!

    6. knowa says:

      Please sign the White House petition to let Marc Emery complete his sentence in Canada

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