Legislators Seek To Delay The Enactment Of Voter-Initiated Marijuana Laws

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 18, 2017

    take_actionLegislators in a number of states are pushing forward measures to delay the enactment of several voter-initiated marijuana laws.

    In Arkansas, House lawmakers are moving forward with legislation, House Bill 1026, to postpone the deadline for establishing the state’s new medical marijuana program by 60 days. Fifty-three percent of voters approved Issue 6 on Election Day, which called on lawmakers to regulate the production and dispensing of medical cannabis within 120 days.

    In Maine, leading House and Senate lawmakers have endorsed emergency legislation, LD 88, to delay retail marijuana sales by at least three months. Under the voter-initiated law, rules regulating the commercial marijuana market are supposed to be operational by January 1, 2018. (By contrast, separate provisions permitting adults to possess and grow specific quantities of cannabis take effect on January 30, 2017.)

    In North Dakota, Senate lawmakers unanimously passed emergency legislation, Senate Bill 2154, to postpone the deadline for the enactment of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act. Sixty-four percent of voters backed the measure, which gave lawmakers a 90-day window to regulate the distribution of medical marijuana.

    Massachusetts’ lawmakers previously enacted legislation imposing a six-month delay on the licensed production and retail sales of marijuana. Legislators are also debating making additional changes to the law, including raising the proposed retail sales tax and limiting the number of plants an adult may grow at home.

    In Florida, health regulators are also calling for significant changes to Amendment 2, which passed with 71 percent of the vote.

    NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri strongly criticized the proposed changes and delays, calling them “an affront to the democratic process.” He added: “Voters have lived with the failings of marijuana prohibition for far too long already. Lawmakers have a responsibility to abide by the will of the voters and to do so in a timely manner.”

    38 responses to “Legislators Seek To Delay The Enactment Of Voter-Initiated Marijuana Laws”

    1. Morpheus says:

      Let me tell you why you’re here.

      You’re here because you know something.

      What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life — that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.

      It is this feeling that has brought you to me.

      Do you know what I’m talking about?
      Do you want to know what it is?

      • Jeedi says:


        I too like to smoke some weed and push the envelope of thought and try to solve the puzzle’s of life.

        The reason, bro, that you have felt “all of your life that there’s something wrong with the world” is because there is. There always will be something to fix and improve on. This is not a flaw of the matrix, but rather that life evolves. Change is natural/cosmic law and what drives us toward continuous improvement. So take today and learn something new that will enlighten yourself to make the world a better place based on the changes you made to yourself. (cough, cough;)

      • I'm not The One says:

        Morpheus, try this:

        In the federal definition, marijuana is not the plant Cannabis sativa L., marijuana is derived from the plant. It is a riddle in two parts, with a bunch of unnecessary words in an improper circumlocutory format, but law enforcement has relied on the literal text to misinterpret the meaning of that definition. How marijuana is derived is not clearly explained in the definition, but it’s there, “like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”

        These are the cookies:
        Riddle part 1: What happens to the plant Cannabis sativa L. when it is burned?
        “All parts of the plant” will be in the smoke.

        Riddle part 2: What is the “other substance” in Schedule 1?
        Cannabis smoke.

        The matrix is the smoke which contains the combusted particles which have no medical value, the exhausted vapors which are converted by combustion into noxious pollution, and the remaining uncombusted vapors which do have medical value. A trinity of sorts.

        There is a reform of that definition that will clearly define marijuana, and de-schedule the cannabis plant, while preserving the debatable prohibitions bestowed by its Schedule 1 status. It will expose the reality of the matrix so that marijuana can be rescheduled. See it here:


        • Julian says:

          Ah, the Riddler is Back. Whats wrong “Year of Action” was so “last year?”
          Look, whatever you wanna call yourself your message aint workin on this blog. STOP advocating its okay to throw marijuana consumers that choose to smoke their weed in jail so you and Project SAM can make a profit on vaporizing synthetic patented cannabinoids. My cannabinoids are NOT for sale or patent. My smoke is not in your face, so stop blowing smoke in ours.

          • Buddy says:

            I think that you have misunderstood their(his?) advocacy. They are trying to get marijuana rescheduled by justifying an alternative, yet reasonable, approach. We all know that the marijuana laws are the problem, not the marijuana. With all of the protests going on now, the time is right for this one to rise up and take hold. Why are you so upset that cannabis users get a break before marijuana users do? If the medical claims are true, then both could be legalized at the same time. You can’t hold your vilification until the law gets straightened out? Also, don’t smoke your weed in jail. It makes the rest of us look bad.

            You are in Texas, right? Have you mentioned to anyone there that the Texas definition of marijuana doesn’t stand a chance against the federal definition of hemp?

            TX CSA, Sec. 481.002. Definitions.
            (26) “Marihuana” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. …

            Fed Farm Bill, Sec. 7606. (b) Definitions
            (2) The term “industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. …

            • Julian says:

              I got yer misunderstanding right here, Buddy: We are NOT advocating locking up people who choose to self medicate or consume cannabis regardless of whether they smoke it, vape it roll it up and stick it up their rear, point is its no excuse to throw people in jail. Much less sick people who cant afford oils and edibles or whatever price hiked patent youre sitting on hoping to cash in value by prohibiting smoked cannabis sativa L.

              Smoked marijuana worked for millenia for our ancestors and its still a form of medical treatment today. Cut the bull$hit. We dont need more delays, beurocratic profit loops or word wars that are always open to interpretation by federal prosecutors, judges and politicians who keep getting purchased by asset forfeitures by arresting people just for smoking a joint. I see through your plot, now get off my spot.

    2. Mr. Sandman says:

      Every politician who does this shit needs to be voted out, or straight out impeached. THE PEOPLE HAVE VOTED FOR LEGALIZATION! Your job isn’t to go AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!

      The very same people who gave them their power need to speak up,out,and as loud as they can till their wills and wants are heard.

      • angi58 says:

        I agree Mr.Sandman. It is up to us to speak out. The constitution says”We the people ” for a reason. We need to stand up for our rights! Little by little they’re taking our rights away. We cannot just sit back and not do anything.

      • Chris says:

        I applaud you. I can add nothing to improve upon your post other than you say you’re ?% correct. If they go against the will of the voters and then behave like the salmon, their time as public servants have become a malignancy and they should go. It’s angering, abusive and traitorous to stand in the way at this point.

    3. TheOracle says:

      They’re al$o delaying all that ca$h they could be and $hould be getting from legal cannabi$! I mean FUCK, the (Mexican) cartel$ $ure a$ hell aren’t paying taxe$! What is wrong with the$e people?! Mo$tly Republican$, I figure. And it’$ $ome Republican$ who are bitching about all the illegal$ (read Mexican$) here illegally $elling blah, blah, blah. Make the indu$try Amrerican job$!

    4. Julian says:

      No matter how many years Ive worked, blogged, and convinced my fellow Americans to vote and contact their Congressman in regards to the legalization of marijuana, I am continually shocked by the depth at which prohibition is financed, rooted in one of the greatest atrocities of human rights since slavery; The Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
      Through these elections the masks came off. We learned and verified who is behind the financing of marijuana prohibition. Synthetic heroin producers of fentanyl Insys Therapuetics donated at least $1million to stop legalization in Arizona. The owner of Discount Tire was a weird shock, perhaps belonging to a group of evil foes like Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson or Patrick Kennedy who scapegoat marijuana for the loss of a loved one that died from an assortment of real addictions like alcohol or gambling that marijuana was trying to cure.
      Ive observed the laundry business for illegal marijuana that has infiltrated construction and real estate, horse trading, campaign contributions, you name it. There’s an example. Hell, even the Catholic Diocese of Boston laundered 3/4 of a million dollars for Big Pharma to try and stop legalization in Massachusettes. No grounds are sacred in the Drug War. Literally.
      But no other opponent of fairly taxed marijuana legalization has so captured my attention, concern and verification than the Defense Contracting. Private industry conglamorates that donate to ALL Congressman to perpetuate ALL wars like Northrup Grummand and the infamous Blackwater who get caught killing for profit than change their name to “Academi,” have a vested interest in the Drug War. As Edward Snowden revealed, these intelligence-defence contractors are paid by the US State Department to find threats to national security. Then the same people are paid by the Defense Department to clean up after wars. So the incentive is if you cant find a war; create one. And what a fine job the CSAct does of that.

      • Evening Bud says:

        When it comes to money and profits there has always been a take-no-prisoners attitude in this country. Money and profits have usually been the reason for some of the worst evils we’ve seen in this country–Native American genocide, slavery, prohibition. Those same greedy people who put money over virtually everything else, now feel emboldened with the coronation of Der Trumpenfuhrer.

    5. Julian says:

      So imagine my surprise when the Daily Kos reveals who the Dark Prince behind Trump’s cabinet nominations really is?


      Erik Prince, infamous and notorious founder of Blackwater, the private mercenary firm that commited so many attrocities during the Iraq war that the recently commuted Chelsea Manning revealed to us. This is the guy advising Trump on his cabinet picks. If that doesn’t curl the blood under your skin than you still havnt figured out how this affects marijuana policy. Blackwater helped create ISIS, who regularly confinscate marijuana fields that Syrian resistance started cultivating to survive. Or you, the unsolicited reader, may not know how our government is sponsoring domestic terror on American citizens through corrupt prosecutions for asset forfeiture without due process. The DEA’s Special Operations Division specializes in just such activity. Or how this Federal policy under the CSAct is financing a campaign of global terror on innocent civilians. Or perhaps like so many we read the evidence then subscribe to fake news on Facebook, or some cynical ideology that calling and meeting with our state and federal legislators is a “waste of time.” To that end, perhaps it is time to boycott the celebration of this violent administrative inaugeration, but not to eliminate the conversation with our Congressman. So if you remember nothing from this lengthy, long-winded post, remember this number:
      Thats the Senate Switchboard. Dial it often. Find your Senator’s local office and track down when they will be in office. Meet with them. And your state legislators. It makes all the difference.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for the heads up about Erik Prince and Blackstone.
        Militarized Police
        Private War Machines
        Attacks on the Free Press
        Racist Tantrums
        And a small penis ( we all know what that Crowd Size thing is really about don’t we.)
        This reminds an awful lot of someone else.

    6. Julian says:

      If WE don’t communicate and shape our Drug Policy crooked cops, evil politicians and organized criminals will. WE are the dividing factor in Good representation over Evil. Freedom requires our participation, and our civic duty to contact our Congressman to block the confirmation of Jeff Sessions, respect the votes of the people and respect states rights. Use the “Act” tab at the bottom of your screen often. This action is ALL the difference between freedom and “Drug War III.”

      • Jeedi says:


        I would not worry about Sessions. He is the poster child for a white southern slave master. He will be scrutinized at every turn, especially if he abandons criminal justice reform and decides just to crack heads to create Trump’s “law and order.” As a marijuana consumer/patient, I hope that Beauregard massa gets the nod, because he will no doubt suffer a criticized and crippled tenure. Sessions is good news for marijuana law reform, trust me.

        Hey Jeff the bigot, only bad people fight marijuana! Someone should teach this country fried chicken how to google facts and information so he can get up to date on marijuana 2017.

        • Julian says:

          Jeedi, with respect, I am a bit mystified by your disregard for Beauregard.
          Trump says “Drain the Swamp” then once elected he instead fills the swamp with alligators. The USAG does not need the approval of Congress to take state legalization to federal court. There is little guarantee that a Republican and special interest controlled Congress will renew the Rorahbacher-Farr amendment. This Congress might even try to strengthen the CSAct. While Trump rails on about illegal immigration from Mexico which is at net zero and has been for the last eight years, the number of Trump electors that were illegally registered are at net 50. With rampant voter purging, voter supression and a bully in charge lowering the standard of morale and emboldening fraud what makes you so confident Congress will stop Drug War III if they vote in the Drug Warrior Chief as USAG?

      • mexweed says:

        Thanx @Julian for making that point about how the $$ warmakers hate cannabis. An outstanding reason they do is that us users notoriously avoid war and even invent sneaky ways to prevent it, heh heh, bye bye profits.

        • Julian says:

          Indeed; one of Nixon’s vindictive pet peeves against Hippies back when he signed the CSAct of 1970 was their protests against the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, much like the riots we saw today at Drumph’s innaugeration, there were still those among the peaceful protestors who vandalized and got violent. But at least today legalization is trying to treat our veterans PTSD and opiate addiction with marijuana instead of spitting on them and blaming them for the war. Veterans protesting with us are much more effective to our cause.
          The point I was trying to link together is that these powerful and evil defense contractors do alot of the dirty work for the drug war, like confiscating drugs and weapons and perpetuating the drug war for profit. They donate broadly to every Congressman, lobbying them so NATO blocks the roads from the Taliban while their mercs steal the poppy during harvest season. (See Frontline’s War in Afghanistan). Donation info is available on opensecrets.com but is rarely ever reported because Northrup Grummand are underwriters to PBS and own the damn networks people call “news.”
          You dont see the Prince of Darkness high profile like Sheldon Adleson, who was sitting behind Drumph today during the innaugeration, advertising to his black market clientelle that he is open for business to launder money. With Erik Prince’s conflict of interest in war contracts he can afford to purchase Congress, bury investigations and rob the world blind under international asset forfeitures. Or just kill innocent civilians then pay to bury the story with what he steals from their defenseless families.
          The way we fight back is to hold our Congressman accountable during elections. Tell them to stop taking blood money from Academi or Northrup Grummand. Or we wont vote for them. Education and citizen lobbying is a continuing activity.

          • Julian says:

            Check out Willie Nelson in this documentary about the voter purge and how Trump stole the election with the help of the Koch brothers and Republican Secretaries of State;


            Its worth every Badpenny of $10 to purchase or $4 to rent.

            After all of Trump’s bull$#!+ about not accepting money from the “Koch brothers” he was sucking Koch cock after all. While Trump was blaming “millions ofillegal immigrants” for “voting illegally it was Republican state attorney generals purchased with Koch money and Trump advisors that used the gutted provisions of the Voting Rights Act and Citizens United to purge millions of black, American Indian, Asian and latino votes from the polls.
            The Koch agenda is to open up the Artic for drilling and pump oil pipelines down to their refinery in Chorpus Christi Texas. (BTW, dont drink the water in Chorpus unless you wanna be a corpse).
            So how does this relate to marijuana or hemp policy besides Willie Nelson and his marijuana crusades and hemp policy?
            Ive written here before how the Libertarian purchase of state and federal government developed by Charles and David Koch pretends to use marijuana decriminalization as a facade for getting away with white collar crimes which hurt efforts for legalization. What the Kochs want is no law. We are advocating legalization through fairly taxed revenue frim marijuana for fair representation.

    7. Matt says:

      Shameful, and worthless regulations, delaying the future as always!!!

    8. Anonymous says:

      They’re just trying to stall until Trump’s man ( or woman ) is on the Supreme Court.. Then watch the lawsuits fly.
      I’m betting he’ll nominate Chris Christie

      • Anonymous says:

        “I’m betting he’ll nominate Chris Christie”

        I’ll take that bet anyday. Trump hates Chris Christie and theres plenty of youtube videos to prove it. Trump allowed him into his inner circle toward the end of the election in order to get his endorsement but swiftly gave him the boot and fired him once he won.

      • Anonymous2 says:

        It would surely be ironic wouldn’t it. A verified crack user on the Supreme Court, fighting the legalization of a natural substance proven through scientific evidence to not be nearly as harmful as the Feds make it seem.

        Someone should make a meme, using footage from the released video of Chris Christie smoking out of the crack pipe with the words “Weed is bad mmkay”

    9. David Block says:

      1994 Run over by 5 cars on a Bridge under rebuild in Chicago head crushed two right knee Need it to be as I can in this usual if I cant I get really forgetting.

    10. csaaphill says:

      Two words Jeff Sessions is why.

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        Dig it.
        America is going authoritarian. An excerpt from Daily Kos, by Hunter, 1/24/17:

        “One of the hallmarks of authoritarianism is that you’re obviously not allowed to publicly criticize your government; such speech would be wrong and bad and laws are quickly made to dispense with such potentially naughty things. Anyhoo, apropos of nothing let’s see what’s going on in the increasingly despotic realm of North Carolina.

        “After a video was posted on Facebook Friday showing a group of people following [Former Gov. Pat McCrory] during a trip to Washington, D.C., for inaugural weekend, chanting “Shame!” and calling him a bigot, Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte says he’ll introduce legislation to protect public officials.

        “The proposed legislation would “make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties,” Bishop said.

        Threaten? Sure, but threats of violence are already illegal. Retaliate against? It’s unclear what that means, but using the common definition of the word it would appear to ban taking any action against a North Carolina Republican as a result of how they’re doing their jobs, which would presumably include voting against them. Intimidate? What counts as intimidate?

        Apparently, judging from Sen. Dan Bishop’s stated reasons for introducing the bill, shouting “Shame!” or calling a former elected Republican official a bigot counts as “intimidating” them, because Republicans are—what’s that term that keeps being tossed around these days?—delicate freaking snowflakes who are perfectly fine legislating away the rights of their fellow Americans but who cannot bear the thought of having their fee-fees occasionally hurt in public as a consequence of those acts. So shouting hurtful things at a former Republican lawmaker will, according to the bill, be punishable by five years in prison.”