Over Half of the States are Considering Marijuana Law Reform – Is Your State One Of Them?

  • by Sabrina Fendrick February 12, 2014

    Nearly 30 states, and the District of Columbia are considering marijuana law reform legislation this year, including bills that cover legalization for adults, decriminalization, medical marijuana and hemp.  Some states have a variety of reform bills simultaneously pending such as Arizona which is considering legalization and decriminalization, and Pennsylvania which is considering legalization as well as medical marijuana legislation.  Here’s a quick breakdown:

    14 states are considering legalization: Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

    12 states and the District of Columbia are considering decriminalization: Alabama, Arizona, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wyoming.

    11 states are considering legislation to establish effective medical marijuana programs: Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    3 states are considering allowing industrial hemp cultivation: Indiana, New York, and Tennessee.


    Click here to access NORML’s Action Alerts and quickly and easily contact your elected officials to encourage their support of any pending reform bills.  Be sure to keep checking NORML’s Take Action Center to see if your state has joined the list! 

    76 Responses to “Over Half of the States are Considering Marijuana Law Reform – Is Your State One Of Them?”

    1. Brian says:

      Come on U.S. law-makers and voters, wake up! I have suffered from Epilepsy, and have seizures that at any time could take my life, The only medicine that I have found to control my Gran Mal seizures is cannabis, unfortunately I live in a State where this medicine is not allowed to be used, and I feel like a criminal every time I use it. Not only do I feel like a criminal, but many times, I cannot obtain it on the black-market when I need it. The guess what happens? The ugly seizure shows up. For those lawmakers who think that a seizure is a minor thing, as I said WAKE UP!
      Not only is the seizure a severe medical threat to my life each time I have one, depending on when and where the seizure takes place, but the after effects take a toll on me both physically and mentally. My short-term memory loss is insane, and I lose a couple days of my life before and after each seizure. All because my State does not allow this medicine to be used for persons as myself, as well as the thousands of others who suffer from several other disabilities or ailments.
      In closing, I ask the lawmakers and voters in States where the medicine is not obtainable, please take into consideration the plight of persons such as me, and make this available to all who need this medication. I’m sure that if you get sick, and or have a family member whose life could be kept livable by ingesting something that God placed on this Earth for just these reasons, your opinions on the medicine would change in a heart-beat.

    2. Teresa says:

      As a R.N. I can tell you that I would rather have someone with a marijuana high as a patient than a drunk. The drunk will usually be hostile, dangerous, combative and non-compliant. The person with a marijuana buzz will usually be pleasant, non-combative, compliant and workable. I can’t count the times I have been hit, shoved, threatened, sued, lied to more from a drunk. I say legalize marijuana. I also believe the reason it is such a battle over legalization of marijuana is because the wealthy own the alcohol industry. They do not and cannot control/own the profits of marijuana.

    3. Jon Conley says:

      ‘Like’ Oregon’s Legalization bills SB1556 & HB3371

    4. PECKERWD says:

      In a local newspaper a few weeks ago, Rep Pugh of Louisiana stated that Louisiana already has provisions for medical marijuana. Where can I find out what they are?

      [Paul Armentano responds: It refers to a therapeutic research program that requires collaboration with the federal government to administer federally grown cannabis. The law is dormant and moot because the federal government is not open to such collaborations.]

    5. tj dalton says:

      I’m from Indiana and from what I’ve heard from friends that I have that work in state offices, cultivation for hemp isn’t the only suggestion that’s been put out there. They are also talking about a major decriminalization as well. Which for years now, if you only had a small amount, the police would just make you dump it. I got busted with a half ounce, they just made me dump it on the ground and grind it on the ground with my foot. And as far as oklahoma goes, your wrong there. Kentucky actually has the worst outlook on marijuana, so they would most likely be the last state to legalise, if they did at all. There are still dry counties and towns in KY.

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