The day for reckoning has finally come and it looks like so far Washington D.C. and Oregon came through with the wide-spread marijuana legalization that they were looking for while Florida fell behind. I am positive that this is a huge step towards legalization throughout the United States.
The biggest win for the Marijuana world would have to be Washington D.C. due to the fact that it’s on the East coast and that side of the country tends to be far less progressive than the West. Also since D.C just so happens to be the nation’s capital I’m hoping that this will end up being a model for the rest of the United States.
Washington DC has officially made it legal for anyone 21 and up to posses up to two ounces of Marijuana and donate one ounce to any pot friendly patron of their choice.
The D.C. ballot initiative:
Allows adults over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, give (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to other adults, and cultivate up to three mature marijuana plants at home. If successful, the bill will be transmitted to Congress for a mandatory review period after lawmakers convene again in January. Without interference, the bill’s provisions could go into effect as soon as April 2015.
After a failed effort to legalize marijuana a few years ago, Oregon’s sister state Washington saw a wide-spread legalization, this year Oregon was successful. With a 54 to 45 percent lead Oregon will be America’s third state to legalize weed.
The Oregon Ballot Initiative:
The measure legalizes recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and older, allowing adults over this age to possess up to eight ounces of “dried” marijuana and up to four plants. Additionally, the measure tasks the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulating sales.
The initiative was sponsored by the group New Approach Oregon. Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner, hoped legislators would refer the measure to the ballot, however they failed to do so before the 2014 session ended on March 10, 2014. It is also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014.
Unfortunately Florida could not even come through with medical legislation due to the fact that a 60 percent overall vote was needed. We had predicted this would happen in our articles posted last week leading up to November 4th but it really is a bummer that they couldn’t deliver.
Here’s a statement outlining what went down in the sunshine state:
“A tremendous majority of Floridians voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes today – and that’s what really matters notwithstanding the fact that the initiative will not be implemented,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in a news release. “Today’s vote is a confirmation of medical marijuana’s broad support across the political spectrum and sends a powerful message not just to Florida legislators but also throughout the South and even nationally.”