R.I.P: Marijuana Prohibition

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former 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. PJS says:

      die, not dye

    2. phrtao says:

      Firstly thanks to everyone who voted, organised and campaigned (even if you initiative did not win). I live in the UK and all this activity and now success has given NORML UK a real boost and I will do all I can to help replicate your success in my country

      On the subject of what the next move will be from your glorious returning president or the federal government – How can Obama suddenly turn around and say you can’t do that because … or flout state law with federal law enforcement when he has kept silent while the initiatives were added to the ballot, campaigning took place etc. If he now tries something that goes against the votes in Washington or Colorado it will look like he has tricked voters in those states or just kept his mouth shut to win an election (which he probably did). Even if it is legal to do whatever they try then it will still look bad – accusations such as misleading the electorate or lying will be brought against him. If Obama says he did not know that things would turn out this way then he looks like an incompetent fool. I think he has backed himself into a corner and the only way is to let it run (at least for a few months). As soon as those raids start Obama will look very bad

      Can’t wait to see what happens – Does anyone know what the opinion is on this in Washington or Colorado legal circles yet ?

    3. Fireweed says:

      concerning legalization, Obama once said that was “a first-term question for a second-term president.” I wonder if we’ll see the real Obama when it comes to the question of legalization now that he’s got his second term.

    4. Tommy Corman says:

      Thank you guys for all the hard work you’ve done. It’s about damn time the prohibition has ended! Now we will be watching the economical impact in Washington and Colorado

    5. utahtoker says:

      FREEEDDDOOOOMMM!!!! well… not in my state of Utah, but surely this means soon!!!

    6. Miles says:

      I love you all at NORML! Thank you for everything you’ve done throughout the years to bring sensible reform in spite of moronic opposition!

      Now, I hope to God that other states, like mine (Virginia) get on board to end the incredible stupidity that is prohibition.

    7. Kansan says:

      Thank you NORML for all the hard work you have put in throughout the years . The times are a changing .

    8. Brandon says:

      Super excited about this. Can’t wait to see how this plays out in 2013! Hopefully this will be the first two major victories in a quick series.

      (also small correction, it’s die not dye when it comes to being “die cast” or casting a die)

    9. Warren Osborn says:

      Thank you CO and WA

    10. pmac says:

      pjs, it’s dye in this reference…..smoke after you respond to things you don’t understand