Cannabis Legalization is On the Ballot in 5 States, What's Next?

Mish

Cannabis legalization is on the ballot in 5 states. Here's what to expect.

Expungement Is Next Hurdle

Change of Heart New Jersey

Bloomberg comments If States Legalize, Expungement Is Next Hurdle

Cannabis legalization is on the ballot in five states this Tuesday, and polling shows it’s likely to pass in most of them by a clear majority. What’s less clear is what happens to all the prisoners already incarcerated for possessing something that’s now legal.

Even if a state passes an expungement law, there’s the added challenge of actually locating prisoners. Some county-level records are still in paper form, said Sarah Gersten, executive director of the Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit that estimates there are 40,000 U.S. cannabis prisoners and aims to free every one of them. Meanwhile, prisoners still languish in jail in states that have already legalized sales. “There are thousands of people still incarcerated for cannabis offenses in California, Michigan, Colorado and Oregon,” Gersten said, citing around 2,000 alone in Michigan as of this year. 

Three of the four states voting on recreational use are red ones: Arizona, Montana and South Dakota. Medical use is on the ballot in Mississippi and South Dakota. 

Another Republican Pox

Trump bashed Biden repeatedly for legislation passed over 20 years ago that resulted in black incarceration.

But what did Trump do about it?

Cannabis policy of the Donald Trump administration

Trump could have and should have supported cannabis legalization and expungement. 

Instead, please consider the Cannabis policy of the Donald Trump Administration.

The Donald Trump administration has taken positions against marijuana and the easing of laws regarding marijuana. Although Trump indicated during his 2016 presidential campaign that he favored leaving the issue of legalization of marijuana to the states, his administration subsequently upheld the federal prohibition of cannabis, and Trump's 2021 fiscal budget proposal proposed removing protections for state medical marijuana laws. In 2018, the administration rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era Justice Department policy that generally directed federal prosecutors not to pursue marijuana prosecutions in states where marijuana is legal as a matter of state law. 

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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Oregon is looking at decriminalizing ALL drug offenses, in the Portugal model.....which is well proven now. As much as I could criticize so many things I don't like about Oregon...this is EXACTLY what works...and I am glad to see it coming.

The problem is that we have a huge entrenched anti-drug bureaucracy that benefits from asset seizures and big legislated budgets. Ten thousand jobs in the DEA. More than 3 billion in assets seized (no proof of a crime needed) over ten years time (from 2007 to 2017)....nearly 3 billion a year in budget.

And pot? Pot will win. Because Americans are getting poorer, if nothing else. Life is getting harder for working stiffs.

And as Gilbert Shelton once said:

"Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope."

numike
numike

Research suggests that smoking marijuana carries many of the same cardiovascular health hazards as smoking tobacco.

By Jane E. Brody
Oct. 26, 2020
Do you have the heart to safely smoke pot? Maybe not, a growing body of medical reports suggests.

Currently, increased smoking of marijuana in public, even in cities like New York where recreational use remains illegal (though no longer prosecuted), has reinforced a popular belief that this practice is safe, even health-promoting.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

After pot is legalized, it will be taxed. The upside is pot might take the anger out of rioters.

Sechel
Sechel

I get the issues. Minorities getting caught often lack the resources to fight the charge and therefore more likely to not get bail, lose their job and take plea deals. But there is a cost. Even if legal companies can still have policies against drug use and employees could get caught up and lose their job even if the use was outside the job. I think many states see marijuana as a revenue source and not fully considering the costs including more drug use and users moving on to harder drugs

Sechel
Sechel

I'm in favor of medical marijuana but not recreational use

goldguy
goldguy

We are being turned into a nation of drug addicts, legal and illegal.
This nation is seriously sick.

G Croce
G Croce

I’m 73 and herb vaping pot for 3 years. It’s completely harmless the way I use it, since there are no combustion products. Absolutely not addictive, unlike the coffee I drink. I don’t need the government to decide for me. Unless you’ve used it, your opinion is worthless.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The federal government desperately needs to raise revenue to cover the $27T deficit. Legalizing and subsequently taxing marijuana would seem to be an obvious choice. As you can tell I am not yet drinking the Kool Aid With respect to MMT and not entirely in love with the idea of legalizing drugs but I do think we need to take a good hard look at the Portugal model and figure out if it really works. Goodness knows how many lives have been lost or ruined by the drug trade and we are certainly not winning the war on drugs.

LouMannheim
LouMannheim

I just hope they allow home grow, looks like a fun hobby.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Magic mushrooms are on the vote block too but why stop there? Prostitution will bring in big bucks, lower the drinking age to 18 and legalize gambling everywhere, that will bring in the tax dollars.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

What is, “Cheech and Chong up in smoke?”, Alex!

Realist
Realist

Smoking cigarettes or marijuana is bad for your lungs.

However, there are hundreds of products with either THC or CBD (or both) that have many medicinal uses. Since it is impossible to separate medicinal from recreational use, one has to focus on education and awareness.

I have never been a recreational user, but from a medicinal point of view, my wife and I both use a CBD cream that is applied topically, which is excellent for reducing pain and swelling. My wife gets tremendous relief for arthritis and I get relief for various aches and pains. I have several acquaintances who use CBD oil for insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In some cases it is prescribed, while some others are not. The market for these products is still in its infancy, and a lot of research needs to be done.


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