West Virginia Has a Serious Chance at a Medical Marijuana Bill


Remember remember, the first of January, when Colorado legalized weed…and shit hit the fan.

It feels like nearly every American woke up on January 2, turned on the news, saw what was going down in Colorado, looked in a mirror, and suddenly an internal green light turned on. The green light awoke the following thought: “how is this shit still illegal in my state.”

And I’m not just talking about tokers and midnight smokers. I’m talking about legislators, about Congressman, about Senators, about Governors, about the people who (unfortunately) actually make decisions that impact their cities, states, and country.

When I see a blue-blooded, conservative state like West Virginia hopping on the medical marijuana bandwagon–like we did today–it makes me come to a powerful realization.

I will see marijuana legalized in my lifetime. Every day, every news story waxing poetic about marijuana, every new state considering new legislation–it all adds up.

Shit is getting real, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of a movement and a country that is finally starting to wake up and smell the Kush. When West Virginia’s getting it (just a little!) right, you know we’re on to something:

In a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project, a recent poll conducted in December by Public Policy Polling (PPP), found 56 percent of voters support changing state law to allow people with serious illnesses to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Just 34 percent said they were opposed. The same survey question asked by PPP in January 2013 found 53 percent supportive and 40 percent opposed.

“West Virginians clearly want the legislature to take action on this issue,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, who is a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University. “Marijuana can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of debilitating medical conditions and symptoms. It’s time to adopt a policy that allows people to use it without fear of arrest.” [News and Sentinel]

And West Virginia isn’t the only traditionally backwards state looking seriously at medical. Georgia and Missouri made similar news last week for similar issues.

If these three states–or any other–go medical this year, America reaches a tipping point of 25 legal states (majority rules!). And that means: shits about to get even realer.

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Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining Marijuana.com, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.