After Colorado and Washington State passed historic legislation to legalize marijuana in November’s election other states have followed suit, Oregon now becoming the latest to introduce a full-scale legalization bill.
The legislation (which admittedly could use a sexier name) is called the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act and would make it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to buy pot at retail stores, with a sales tax going to state coffers, the same as with sales of alcohol. Additionally the bill would make it legal for adults to possess up to 24 ounces of weed and grow up to six plants in their homes.
The momentum of states passing and proposing pot legalization bills has thrust prohibition into the national spotlight over the last year. Advocacy group NORML points out there are now seven pending state legalization bills, whereas one at any given time would have been momentous prior to 2012. Oregon’s bill started gaining momentum prior to November’s election, collecting 165,000 petition signatures, but it’s just being proposed as official legislation now.
Marijuana legalization initiatives has become so widespread that a group in Congress is pushing for legislation to end the national prohibition, which would allow the states to create their own pot laws and end the federal government’s jurisdiction to override them.
If momentum is any indication, I’m guessing we’ll see prohibitions on marijuana and same-sex marriage overturned by the end of Obama’s second term.
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