The beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition: Day 1

Last night, the voters in both Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures to repeal their states’ prohibition on marijuana and replace it with a system of taxation and regulation. These new laws, which will go into effect within the next month, will also remove criminal penalties against the possession and private use of marijuana by adults 21 and older. Colorado’s law also allows adults 21 and older to cultivate up to six marijuana plants (three of which may be mature). Both laws direct state agencies to develop rules and regulations for the registration of marijuana cultivators, product producers, and retail establishments.

As you can probably guess, we here at MPP are overjoyed! Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 54.8% to 45.1%, and Washington voters approved I-502 by a margin of 55.44% to 44.56%. These historic victories represent the first bricks to be knocked out of the marijuana prohibition wall. While we are grateful and joyous in victory, we know there is plenty more work that needs to be done. And so we will continue to work. We will work as hard as we can to change the hearts and minds of all Americans, while continuing to pressure state and federal lawmakers who have the power to enact real change.

MPP is proud to have been the primary financial backer of the Colorado campaign and to have played a key role in the drafting of Amendment 64 and in the coordination of the campaign. We are also so very grateful and proud of the work done by The Colorado Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol out of Denver – where MPP had three paid staffers – and both the ACLU-WA and the New Approach Washington campaign for drafting and passing I-502. These professional, savvy, and intelligent campaigns demonstrated that the public at large much prefers a well regulated and taxed system of adult marijuana use to the tired and failed marijuana prohibition. They proved that when presented with a well thought out plan, voters will listen.

Repeal of marijuana prohibition in Colorado and Washington are the first and most important steps towards seeing an end to marijuana prohibition. The federal government and 48 states still cling to failed prohibitionist policies that do nothing to prevent use or abuse while costing taxpayers a fortune. Please continue to write, email, and call your state and federal lawmakers and urge them to reconsider failed marijuana prohibition. Please remember to be respectful, and be prepared to have an intelligent conversation about the need to reform marijuana laws; we have background materials available. If your friends and family don’t already support reform, start a conversation with them, too.

17 thoughts on “The beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition: Day 1”

  1. Congrats to Colorado and Washington. I hope these will be the first 2 bricks to build a foundation to taxing and regulating marijuana. Now we just need to get more public support across the nation and quit wasting tax payer money on a failed policies and start using the money towards better things. Be prepared to duck though, Im sure the Federal government will return fire.

  2. ahh such a great time and year (not includeing sandy cause thats just horrrrible) but great work!! hopefully this is like a pull at a janga tower that is soon to fall!! cant wait to see it completely legalized so we wont have to deal with thugs with firearms who really dont care who there selling to like little kids…

  3. uh so like ive had conversations with family about it, my immediate family either doesn’t care or REALLY wants to see it legal. my finace’s family on the other hand, wants nothing to do with it, or is out right adamantly against it, like they are clinging to prohibition harder then their bibles. time and time again i have the same exact conversation with her dad about it, and he ALWAYS lumps cannabis with heroin, meth, and whatever. and every time, i retort with then its in the same category as coffee, WHICH is a drug. end of conversation. VERY long drive back from the Dump every single trip.

    not that i care what they think about drugs, they can be hypocritical if they wish…not that it matters since we live in WA state and 502 just passed.

    however i am still concerned with the other groups of people that are being violated by illegal federal law. they get called names like Tweakers, dead beats, etc. You know the worst part about prohibition is that it isn’t actually a war on drugs. its a war on the people that use CERTAIN kinds of drugs. Hypocrisy aside, EVEN though my father was a heroin addict and beat me often…and for minimal reasons, like saying hi to him when he was shooting up. even HE deserved to live life without worry that his personal Drug of choice was going to make him never see his family. so much so that he did that he became a horrible person. i don’t like the guy, never have. but he deserved atleast that minimal amount of freedom that we should all have…like people drinking coffee in starbucks or alcohol in bars. And yes, in my heart if he wasn’t already did i wished him dead every second of every day. but i KNOW better then to think it was heroin that did that to him. it was the fact that he could never feel safe in his own home to ever let down his guard. you know what they say about facades? the longer you wear it the harder it is to take off.

    even if you ignore all of that, there is something fundamentally wrong with a government that has to actively start crap with it’s citizens, while fighting the rest of the world.

    even if life is a fight, we don’t have to be hypocrites and bash others. like people that ASSUME because they are FORCED to take ua’s to work that welfare recipients should have to drug test for benefits. its stupid and implosive to try to frighten your own citizens. keep them from harming one another is one thing, making them HATE your policing and police state, another.

    think about it! if the CSA never passed, and the constitutional bypassing treaty with the UN never occured because we already STOPPED being hypocrites, then WHERE WOULD WE BE BY NOW????????? thats 80 years down the toilet. That is 80 years of creating monsters. thats 80 years we could of used to create free unlimited power supplies. And 80 years we could of developed an engine that gets 300 miles per gallon of e85. or 80 years we could have already PERFECTED wireless power, combined with the free unlimited power supply, we could have 80 years later, have probably figured out how to make electric engines that spin at 10,000,000,000,000 revolutions per minute (RPMS) thus, enabling us to use 10 trillion times less fuel, while 10 trillion times increasing the distance covered, inertial pull of thrust (escape velocity or warp speed, anyone?). the combine that with the medical “miracles” we could actually be allowed to focus on creating, and we may well be able to become full on, no stopping us, interstellar beings before 2090.

    so everyone say thanks to big brother for selling us out, as we are all picking our jaws up off the floor from that theoretical lost possibility of existence. but hey, its cool cause we almost got cars that can get 60 miles per gallon of gasoline……

  4. This just seems too good to be true, and you know what they say about that! I’m holding my breath waiting for the other shoe to fall – I’ll bet money the opposition will immediately cock-block this whole thing in court before it gets put into action.

    I am excited to hope we will soon be able to grow our own in peace without a billion strings attached and no longer have to buy crap off the street. I almost feel human again. I’m gonna wait and see how others fare the first few months for the grow-your-own part of the law, just to make sure we’re not gonna be stormed by drones or DEA cum military for having a small indoor grow for personal use.

    Fingers crossed and thank you MPP for being such a humongous influence toward legalization :)

    Regards,

    CL

  5. meanwhile the San Francisco pot club I worked for for 14 years suddenly closed by Melinda Haag, can’t remember who appointed her but I doubt if legal weed is here to stay. Sorry for buzz-kill.

  6. I hope cannabis prohibition ends quickly because I need my medicine. I shouldn’t have to continue to do without it. Problem is I now live in Pennsylvania, and so far the policitians don’t really give a shit about cancer survivors, people living with cancer, dealing with cancer and other kinds of illnesses and conditions that can be treated with cannabis, let alone recreational consumers.

    I’m looking for like-minded people in Pennsylvania to form a cannabis cooperative or Dutch style coffeeshop. I mean, I’ll buy my medicine at a place that sells cannabis to adults for recreational purposes, you know like a coffeeshop, as long is it’s good quality, and they do all the testing for mold, pesticides, critters and potency that some patients with weakened immune systems require.

    Until the laws change, I’ll just have to keep on doing without.

    MPP, feel free to contact me separately by email or snail mail about moving things forward. I’ve got some capital to stick into the venture, need partners you or somebody screens/refers…organizing any events in the various states? Things are going to happen fast with sequestration wanting to be avoided by the end of the year. Wadda ya think?

  7. Me and my family will be moving to Colorado in May or June when the kids get out of school for the summer. We live in Arkansas and our medical Marijuana bill was close 48%-52% but I am tired of waiting. I have not looked forward to something so much in my life. I never thought I would be alive to see legal marijuana in the states and it is here. Enough talking and wishful thinking we will be residents in June. Screw Arkansas it is suck a Republican bible belt state it is so time to leave.

  8. U people are so wrong though to blame the issue upon republicans or on democrats. Party has nothing to do with it! If you read our country’s constitution, it promises us & guarantees us a LIMITED FORM OF REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT, and no we don’t live in a democracy, we LIVE IN A REPUBLIC, When u recite the pledge of allegiance do u say “and to this democracy for which it stands?” HELL NO U DONT! its to the REPUBLIC for which it stands. So tired of being referred to as a democracy, when were not! Our founders made SURE that we lived in a Constitutional Republic of the People & if u don’t know the difference I urge u to learn it ASAP!

    HOWEVER! I don’t disagree with your outlook on drugs & freedom & furthermore before democrats passed the FIRST drug prohibition laws the Republicans did everything they could to fight it because they believed it would invade private US citizens personal freedoms & liberties. However neither party no longer stands for freedom or liberty which is truly sad. Most now days who DO BELIEVE in freedom, & dislike drug prohibition are Libertarians & furthermore I suggest you study everything u can about the Libertarian party because wed have true Liberty restored if they were in power currently! Give them support!

  9. big-up to Colorado & Washington states, legalizing weed for recreational use for adults was a brave move, I hope this starts the ball rolling with other states who I know are watching the outcome closely as are us on the other-side of the pond. For some reason this news has failed to be aired in the UK or if it has I must of blinked & missed it. This side of the pond seems to be a bit more realistic & forgiving in regards to cannabis, just look at Holland, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Italy & Czech Republic to name a few & seeing that most countries follow the US in terms of what’s right & wrong we’re hoping that this will lead to a global liberalization of all things cannabis – we live in hope!!

  10. I protest the conspiracy to force people to open a facebook account in order to post comments on articles.

    I wanted to post this reply to an article you will all easily find on the homepage. Its about legalizing pot in NM, that vast wasteland of rednecks and witness protection program rejects. Here it is and FUCK FACEBOOK!

    “But Kaltenbach said those convicted of possession more likely are in county jails, not state prisons”

    As if there were a difference. The guy is either a liar or a moron. Being jailed for coffee possession is insane and unjust. Oh wait, we are talking about something even safer than coffee………and its illegal…..

    “A retired FBI agent, Kintigh challenged Kaltenbach to name five people who are in state prisons solely for marijuana possession”

    oh thats brilliant. Nobody knows 5 personal friends or relatives in jail for possession alone, but what about 4 – or 3- or 2 or ONE. ONE IS TOO MANY!!!!!! Freaking brainwashed moron.If he did the research he would find hundreds of thousands of people in jail for possession. It just takes too long to do the research because there’s so freakin many of them in jail.

  11. You need to put up all the U.S. Governments State & Federal M-Mail address , so everyone looking can write to them and let them know in the hole country we want it LEGALIZED .

  12. You need to put up all the U.S. Governments State & Federal M-Mail address , so everyone looking can write to them and let them know in the hole country we want it LEGALIZED .This could help the farmer, and it could be taxed.

  13. In 1969 I was facing 5 years in Prison for selling two ounces of hash. I jumped bail and they managed to have me arrested and extradited from South America.
    I am a lifelong cannabis activist and I did not see “legalize” but “regulate”. Regulation paid for by the Insurance industry to make it easier for the police to test you for a DUID. I really dont think thats what most Coloradans had in mind when they voted for this.

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