2014 Marijuana Legalization: The Beginning of America’s “Green” Rush?

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With Colorado’s recreational marijuana legalization up and running flawlessly, harvesting nearly $5 million in pot sales during the first week, others states seeking to reduce overhead, while increasing revenue, are now queuing up to legalize pot like Colorado and Washington state. And barring any federal intervention, America could soon find itself neck deep in a marijuana mutiny of the best sort. LEGALIZATION!

From the west coast of California, to Alaska, Vermont, Oregon, Florida, and even the sweltering hot state of Arizona – all are likely to see legislation to legalize recreational or medicinal marijuana during the 2014 calendar year.

1. California overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization for the first time, according to the Public Polling Institute of California’s findings, a  majority of Californians support the idea of marijuana legalization, a Field Poll released late last year reported. The survey confirms the  September poll found an even greater percentage voicing support for new legislation. Voters may get the chance to put their opinion on the ballot soon. California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014 is now gathering the 500,000 needed signatures to qualify a statewide legalization initiative for next year’s election.

2. Alaska is Pumped, proud, and ready to smoke: a group of marijuana legalization activists hoping to get their pro-pot initiative on the August ballot in Alaska, handed over to the state’s election office more than 46,000 signatures yesterday – almost 16,000 more than the required  30,000 needed to push forward the initiative.

3. The Green Mountain state has already gotten pretty green this past year by both decriminalizing marijuana possession and opening its first dispensaries. But Vermont too has seen what, in only a week, legalization has done for the state of Colorado. And like New York, they want to act–boldly. So, Vermont Senator David Zuckerman quickly introduced a bill that would tax and regulate marijuana like Colorado.

4.  November 2013, Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski presented legislation that would have asked voters if they wanted to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over. There was already an initiative filed with the elections division that would skip the step of having to gain signatures to qualify the issue for a voting ballot. If the state were to go the legislative route, it would cover rules and regulations, like oversight and taxation. No matter how you slice it, it looks like Oregon’s marijuana legalization supporters are moving ahead.

5. Tired of feeling abused  by a runaway legal system and the ridiculous laws that drive it, Florida’s voters have just voiced their opinion in a new poll…and the results were not unanticipated. The chronic new poll clearly indicates more than 82% of Florida’s residents want medical marijuana legalized for the state’s sick and suffering.

6. In Arizona, Safer Arizona is sponsoring an initiative to amend the state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana use and commerce. The group filed the measure last week with the secretary of state. It now must gather 259,213 valid voter signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. Organizers there said it would be a grassroots campaign relying on volunteers. The conventional wisdom for initiatives in high signature-count states is that they require paid signature-gathering efforts to succeed at a rough cost of a dollar or more per signature obtained.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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  14. CJ MACINTOSH on

    It is always funny to me when an article that posts something negative about Marijuana–even ones from research from top Universities–that you STILL will have people dismiss it.

    They will think of EVERYTHING—and make up something that they think in their mind dismisses facts. It is truly unbelievable. We on the left think that only the right dismisses facts and scientific evidence. And the right does the same to the left.

    I have always been someone who respects science, I can identify solid, accurate studies and research. A study is solid through and through and has been backed by multiple centers with a large number of patients and reviewed by peers before publication. You cannot dismiss that as bogus.

    If you are not worried, then why the take down? Just move on, carry on with what you are doing and don’t dismiss scientific fact–that is just a sign of ignorance and denial, neither of which is a sign of an open minded individual.

    The Internet’s being manipulated by ones who are going to profit Billions of dollars from legalization marijuana !

    If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have marijuana dispensaries it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , because I do believe it does help small children with seizures from the videos and from what I read from parents with children that are having seizures .

    When penicillin was put on the market a thousand dispensary did not open up to market it . So we do not some corn rolled hair hippie selling it in some hole in the wall shop,( called dispensaries) ! They really care about kids as they say all you want is to make a profit for the ones you are working for , your not doing this for nobody but your self STOP LYING !

    Its a joke people would actually move to a state just so they can smoke pot legally. Pot Smokers are really no different that alcoholics. Believe me, we drug test at my company, and if any of these people would ever apply for a job, I would fire his/her a55 before they ever got started. Pot is a gateway drug, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. If it has medical properties like everybody says , why do we have smoke shops it needs to in the hands of doctors , pharmacies , hospitals only , not some corn rolled hair hippie selling it in some hole in the wall shop,! You don’t care about kids, all you want is to make a profit for the ones you are working for your not doing this for nobody but your self STOP LYING !

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