R.I.P: Marijuana Prohibition
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 dye 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 insure 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.
Allen St. Pierre Executive Director NORML Washington, D.C.