The Next Ten States to Legalize Marijuana

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The Marijuana Policy Project announced Monday it will support efforts to end marijuana prohibition in 10 more states by 2017. The announcement comes one day before the U.S. Senate Judiciary CommitteeUS_Capitol_Dome_resize is scheduled to hold a hearing at which it will address the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to allow states to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

MPP will work with local and national allies to pass voter initiatives in at least five states and bills in five state legislatures to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with systems in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol. MPP is currently supporting a petition drive led by Alaska activists to place an initiative on the August 2014 ballot, and it will work to pass initiatives in Arizona, California, Maine, and Nevada in the 2016 election. The organization is participating in lobbying and grassroots organizing efforts to pass bills in the Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont state legislatures by 2017. MPP has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000, and it was the largest backer of the successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.

“Most Americans are tired of seeing their tax dollars used to arrest and prosecute adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol,” said MPP executive director Rob Kampia. “Voters and state legislators are ready for change, and the federal government appears to be ready, as well.”

The Justice Department announced on August 29 that it will allow Colorado and Washington to move forward with implementation of voter-approved laws establishing state-regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and retail sales.

“Marijuana prohibition has been just as problematic and counterproductive as alcohol prohibition,” Kampia said. “We look forward to working with elected officials, community leaders, organizations, and other local and national allies to develop more effective and efficient marijuana policies.”

148 responses to “The Next Ten States to Legalize Marijuana”

  1. This is a great start.We here in Montana need more of MPP’s help to straighten out our state laws.Thank-you MPP and Rob for all the great work u do.

  2. Butt… not in ‘Flori-duh’, land of the 4Fs: Flamingos… Flim-flam $cams… Footballing fanatics… and voter Fraud.

  3. If you don’t see your state on this list, never fear! MPP will be supporting local efforts to reform marijuana policy nationwide until we achieve victory. There is still a long way to go in some states and we have very limited resources, however, which is why we need everyone to help build grassroots support at the state and local level, and to contact their elected representatives. – Morgan Fox, MPP Communications Manager

  4. I would like to thank the MPP for what they do and all they have done in the fight on marijuana. My question is- Why have no southern states adopted any of these policies?

  5. I have already signed multiple petetitions here in Ohio but have not heard of anything else going on, or the status of these petetitions is this something you could look into and help back us here in Ohio.

  6. No surprise that this list does not include my current home of North Carolina or any other southern states. One more reason progressive folks will avoid coming here and more progressive folks will be heading north and/or west. Too bad for medical marijuana patients in the right-wing, Republican, redneck south – OUCH!!

  7. @johnny mattair your kidding right? The souther is stuck in bible belt land. Those people are so closed minded its amazing any oxygen gets in..

  8. Oklahoma! I have contacted my representatives and they all appear to be against any change in cannabis laws, unless in the case of Sen. Inhofe, (wants stricter laws) or have not responded to my emails. The governor does not base her opinion on fact, but rather on her own opinion. Such misinformed representatives. Sad state to live in.

  9. Indiana needs help bad, we have a Nazi in office who raised the penalties for simple possession to a felony instead of a misdemeanor. HELP PLEASE, ME AND ALOT OF HOOSIERS ARE SUFFERING.

    • I agree with you 100%! When is Indiana going to legalize marijuana? Come on Hoosiers, contact your state reps& voice your opinion! 🙂

  10. Louisiana needs help! I am one of many who would benefit from medical marijuana, instead of all these pills they keep prescribing.

  11. People need to keep the focus on the approval of marijuana to be for ‘MEDICINAL PURPOSES” ONLY. The States will not approve if they think that they think that it will be a free for all and present problems.! Let’s keep it real.
    Thanks for those that “really” need it.

  12. I live in Ohio and have not seen any petition in support of marijuana. I would add my name. I would also encourage all those younger people 18+ to get out and vote, this group of citizens can make a huge difference in the outcome of any vote, regardless of the state.

  13. Soon we will be a nation that supports Natural medicine,I’m happy for the states that have become legal. Now let’s move forward and spread the love.

  14. Missouri and Oklahoma – growing states – need the revenue – I am retiring to Missouri and would like to farm Hemp.

  15. Pennsylvania needs to wake up too. So many are suffering, others dying needlessly. This plant was meant for man to use. We should have every right to be able to do just that. It even works on pets… it’s amazing.

  16. Please support Show-Me Cannabis here in Missouri. There is hope here because St. Louis and K.C. are progressive, which helps balance out the generally conservative remainder. St. Louis has decriminalized.

  17. We have a bill presented to our Capital here in Kentucky not long ago to legalize Medical Marijuana . We have not heard anything about this bill yet, except it has been tabled for now. The Government does not let the press say anything about this bill. Yes the bill passed to grow Hemp in Kentucky. Kentucky is the Number One State for growing Marijuana, so the Government says. If this is true why not pass the Bill to make Medical Marijuana Legal, and teach all these people that are growing this illegal Marijuana the proper way to grow and process it. This would help people like me and others who need it for medical reasons and stop the illegal growing in the state. The fight to ” Legalize Marijuana in Kentucky” has been going on for some 20 Years or longer. How much longer do we have to wait?

  18. Legalization is a lot more possible in states where it is legal for medical marijuana, which is why they are focused on some of those states. Ohio does, from what I’ve heard, have a petition to legalize for medical marijuana, but you’d have to check out NORML to find out more.

    @Viv: Marijuana doesn’t just need to be legalized medicinally. It needs to be legalized across the board. The harm of prohibition goes much further than sick people who need this effective medicine. It is already widely used recreationally with zero overdoses and minimal harm–it is, in fact, far less harmful than alcohol. It’s already been established that when people replace alcohol use with MJ use, traffic fatalities decrease significantly, for example. Marijuana laws tend to criminalize minorities far disproportionately to their use–in NY, minorities (blacks and latinos) make up about 45% of users, but over 80% of arrests and convictions, for example. We spend billions of dollars every year chasing people who are smoking weed for recreational purposes, a substance far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, and jailing them. That money could be used for actually productive purposes if marijuana was legalized, plus the revenue from the taxation would add more money to the public coffers. Not to mention the fact that marijuana possesses many health benefits to those who use it even without medical necessity. It turns out we have this entire system in our bodies–the endocannabinoid system, discovered in Israel so I read–that uses cannabinoids to help benefit us and regulate various important functions in our bodies. From what I read, it sounds like MJ use might even be effective at preventing the development of cancer.

    Now if your angle is that we should focus FOR NOW on medical marijuana as a strategy to eventually achieve total legalization, that might make you sound less like you are either sadly uninformed and/or a concern troll. But even then, we have a solid majority in this country that wants not only medical marijuana but total legalization, regulation and taxation, and we are now at 20 medical marijuana states and 2 legalized states. In the beginning, a decade and more ago when absolutely no legislator or politician would touch the subject, this might have been sound advice. But now, the legalization effort has incredible momentum and a solid majority support, including an increasing number of legislators and politicians, some of whom are actually using legalization as their campaign platform. There is absolutely no reason to play it “safe” anymore, or try to spin our cause. We have the facts on our side AND the majority of the public AND an increasing number of leaders. Now is not the time to limit our cause to medical–it’s time to go for the jugular of the failed Drug War and tear it open, watch the failed Drug War bleed itself out and reclaim our civil rights and our sanity as a country.

    I guess what I’m saying is you’re giving bad advice. Whether or not it’s genuinely well-meaning or just the distracting words of a Drug War supporter (or profiteer, such as someone who works at a drug testing company or a scam rehab company), it’s just plain concern trolling at this point.

  19. North Carolina needs this also and there are many people who are suffering also and I have personally taken care of someone who has had colon cancer stage 4 and suffered very badly when it all could have been helped but was not. So please help to bring this to North Carolina.

  20. The progress they are making amazes me do to the fact that God created the plant for a reason…if only man would understand that God put it on earth for a reason. My God even George Washington said we must sew the hemp seed from our Indian nation for reasons of clothing,medicine,paper,etc. I pray that someday Our physical address will not be a reason that we cant use….We are supposed to be the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NOT THE INDIVIDUAL STATES OF AMERICA. …I shouldn’t have to move to have a Right in America. …

  21. I’m apart of a couple of Facebook groups but I’ve yet to see anything roll out for Missouri. I’d love to start siging petitions to get the ball rolling whatever needs to be done I’ll assist with whomever is doing things instead of just saying things. On a personal note I can say I’m in dire need, of the law to be passed from anxiety, lack of appetite, insomnia, depression, migraines an possibly bi-polar-ness like symptoms it’s beyond recreational use for me. It needs to be daily or every other day.


  22. Hey it’s easy to pass favorable legislation in states that already have some form of legalization on the books. These states already have that. Spend the money where its needed. People are suffering and being enslaved in the private prison system. Pick the toughest state and make changes there. Watch the other states take note of this and you might find you have cut the head off the snake. This list is BS POLITICS.

  23. With an overwhelming majority of the people in Massachusetts wanting the complete legalization of marijuana the MPP should move forward on Massachusetts! And not stop with only medical marijuana given to cancer and AIDS patients there are many more debilitating and sick people in this state that need it, not just the ones dying!
    And I think it should be pretty easy to accomplish seeing how the majority of Massachusetts residents have already spoken out! it would not be a hard fight, just get on the ballot!!!!

  24. How about the Common Wealth of Virginia? We need to get to the heart of this by at least decriminalizing it here. Its still jail time for any amount in this state. Its all about making money off of the citizens with out working for it. Its so much easier to arrest and charge people with ridiculous charges and jail time than it is to get off of their ass and change the laws and set up an organized business that retails the sale of marijuana to make the real money for this lame, broke and dirty politically ran state. The VA ABC would rather sell alcohol to everyone and then sert up DUI checkpoints and trap folks than to do something worth while to help its citizens. God help this cluster freak state!

  25. My guess is North Carolina will be in the last 5 states to get any reform. They always are last to join anything goes back to civil war days . Last to get lottery and sorry but they’ll be last to get medical cannabis . I think the only way to win this battle is to start at the top with the federal govt. . If NC has any chance we need republicans out so next time you vote and want to change do your homework on everyone running in your area and see who supports us.

  26. I live in NC. They just had a hearing on medical marijuana for NC but, the problem is this and the politician admitted it. The reason they could not vote on it or even spend more than 20 minutes to discuss it is because they do not know anything about medical marijuana. Their words exactly “we just don’t know enough about it to talk about it much less vote on it.. If we had a public vote in NC on medical marijuana we would win hands down. If Marijuana Policy project can help us please let us know.

    Robbie Pennington

  27. What about North & South Carolina as well as Georgia…If you making it legal to a point in other states, why not these states as well…Alcohol destroys, kills, and humilates ppl everyday…I’m not against “ALCOHOL”, but lets do the math!!!

  28. I hear ya NC but at least you wont go to prison for a joint like us folks here in TN.You guy’s will be the next to last state and the state of TN will be last..I’m just going to pull up roots and move to a MMJ state before I die.I’m out of time!! Good luck and may the Lord take the bull by the horns..God Bless……….

  29. I will make a wager that Oregon will be one of the next 10 states to end cannabis prohibition. Really strange that MPP doesn’t mention a state that just had an election where 47% of voters supported a measure that would have allowed private citizens to grow and possess an unlimited amount of cannabis.

  30. what’s going on with PA anything coming up with this state? will the people get help with medical marijuana?
    time’s a wasting, we at least need medical marijuana to help us.

  31. yeah, there’s a ballot measure for 2014 already going around here in OR – I wish MPP would back it, and I’m curious why it isn’t on the list at all…

  32. Why isn’t the sate of Virginia included? I call BS. Virginia’s medical marijuana laws have been in place since 1979, so why isn’t more being done to bring them in line with other medical marijuana laws? The conditions covered need to be expanded to include pain, nausea, insomnia, etc., and the “prescription” part of it needs to be reworded, since Schedule 1 drugs can’t be “prescribed” legally. Here is Virginia law:

    § 18.2-251.1. Possession or distribution of marijuana for medical purposes permitted.

    A. No person shall be prosecuted under § 18.2-250 or § 18.2-250.1 for the possession of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol when that possession occurs pursuant to a valid prescription issued by a medical doctor in the course of his professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.

    B. No medical doctor shall be prosecuted under § 18.2-248 or § 18.2-248.1 for dispensing or distributing marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol for medical purposes when such action occurs in the course of his professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.

    C. No pharmacist shall be prosecuted under §§ 18.2-248 to 18.2-248.1 for dispensing or distributing marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol to any person who holds a valid prescription of a medical doctor for such substance issued in the course of such doctor’s professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.

    (1979, c. 435.)

  33. Louisiana ant good enough to make pot legal .if not we will move to the state who wants to make a change and help people who needs it.besides all these dam pills.ive been smoking pot for 26 years .iam healthy and happy.

  34. I’m waiting for NM to legalize it, but it looks like some greedy state officials like Colorado will tax it so much that a black market will still exist. I agree that Tennessee will probably be one of the last to ok medical or recreational marijuana. I had to get away from eastern Tennessee many years ago, I couldn’t take any more of the bigotry, racism and ignorance.

  35. I’m in NC and have to agree with those who have already commented about this backward state. I’ve even had a doctor tell me she was against it because of the possibility of people sharing it with others. I said, you mean like they do now with Oxyconton and Vicodin? She’s no longer my doctor. I’m allergic to every kind of prescription pain killer so if I break anything or need surgery or get cancer, I’m screwed. As long as we have the politicians on the take from Big Pharma and the drug lords themselves, marijuana will never be legal in the federal sense.

  36. You people are never going to have any freedom because you won’t take it! You are all going to go to hell before your time because you can’t stand up to your government who, as all the rest of the world know, are totally corrupt pushing illegal laws and wars on to people who are not criminals or terrorists. The USA will fall and dissolve into a pile of sh*t because the government does not care about its citizens, it only cares about making a buck. America will fall. You will have to eat GM food and swallow big pharma’s pills and pay obama care because you ALL MUST BE STUPID. Resist or die. Fight the government or become their slaves.

  37. Ignorant suckers for marijuana prohibition and DEA thugs should have to live in a white trash dump like Arkansas, where the drug war and prisons for profit have made the 4th amendment worthless and where crooked cops and self serving prosecutors use bad laws to steal from the public.

  38. I know this will never happen, but I wish Texas would get involved, it sure would save millions of dollars being spent to keep it out. But when so many people like me have multiple sclerosis causing severe chronic pain. My m.s. is confined in my spine, not my brain…so please help us in this huge state. Just think of all the tax money this state could produce and put to better use, instead of putting people in jail for a small amount of weed, the jails are full of these none violent people. Its ridiculous.


  40. If you want it legal in you state. It’s NEVER gonna happen unless its a democratic state. Arizona is a freak state I guess w it passing medical. It’s gonna happen….but how long? 10 yrs ago, never though I’d see the day. But look at us now.

  41. What about pa and nj? Nj already has medical marijana why not push for full legalization. And pa has nothing! Get some work done guys were rooting for u! But hurry up with pa and nj

  42. Thank you MPP for coming to Arizona. We will be more than ready for you by 2016. Many states are ready to tax regulate and legalize- America is sick of prohibition. I know Arizona is and it appears many others know their state is ready as well. Ten states will be a huge undertaking and will break new ground for more states to follow. Keep up the good work MPP and all of you who are forwarding the end of prohibition in your home state. MPP has the political know how to calculate which states will be a good investment and in which year. We hope to work with them in our state to help shape a bill that all Arizonans will be happy to work together to pass.

  43. Again, what about OREGON? We have a very limited Medical Marijuana law here but we need to get marijuana LEGALIZED here and to hell with the dam, corporate feds. I would like also to see the states start secession movements against the feds.
    They do nothing but take our $ and blow it up overseas, pass constitution & bill of rights violating laws that make us the #1 prison country. The feds do not represent the working people of this corrupt, corporate controlled, criminal run government of the USSSA.

  44. Hey NC – IN is full of those repubs also! Got the issue put on the back burner here – business like usual. I will be dead before medical use is legal here even though most of the surrounding states have it. I have an inoperable brain tumor that is considered ‘rare’, but because of POLITICS am denied legal safe relief – all due to ignorance! Lazy politicians refuse to spend the time required to investigate with an ‘open mind’ even though we pay them to have this kind of knowledge in order to represent us. Or so that is the way I thought it was suppose to work anyway. I did a term paper on medical mj (for a retired high-school english teacher) in college, and she remarked after my in-class-presentation; ” Well, you certainly have taught me something . . . “. Sorry, but I’m not ‘special’ – just educated dammit!

  45. I wish they would do something in West Virginia. Its sad that the people with marijuana charges, including the non-violent, hard-working, and tax paying citizens, end up being housed with murderers and rapests. Its the same old story everywhere you go. The government doesnt care about your well-being, their only looking to line their pockets. And the police in this state only concern themselves with thinking the law doesnt apply to those who carry a badge. All they want to do is make a big spectacle of busting someone for marijuana all so they can get a pat on the back and a free toke. Their all self-righteous d*ck heads who have their noses so far up their own a*ses the cant smell the hypocracy. Its simple. Alcohol and ciggarettes kill millions every year. And to outlaw something that helps those with chronic illnesses especially something that can be grown from the earth, unlike pharmacutical drugs that are manufactured in a lab somewhere) is just plain ignorant, and thats all there is to it.

  46. I am very disappointed in you guys at MPP. Oregon has worked hard to get where we are pretty much on our own a grass roots effort. Initiative 80 came in at 47 yes and 53 no in 2012 no thanks to MPP. Many said they didn’t know legalizing cannabis option was going to be on the ballot. When we ask for support from MPP you turn us down. I have been following MPP forever and have contributed to a cause I believe in. I tell EVERYONE I know about cannabis I have collected signatures and have even talked to a couple legislatures regarding legalization. So henceforth MPP do not contact me for donations until you can back my cause as I have done for you. Educate, cultivate and regulate!

  47. We’re hoping for progress here in Guam. Just had a senator hold a public hearing to discuss the merits of

    1) making arrests for possession be the lowest priority of the police
    2) decriminalizing it…which it has been for over a decade
    3) medicinal use

    Time to get with it, Guam!

  48. I note that many of these posts start with “I wish THEY (orMPP) would do something in my state”. Come on now, you should know MPP helps those who help themselves.
    As for questions about PA, bills have already been introduced in the state senate by Sens. Ferlo and Leach to legalize tax and regulate cannabis here.
    Let’s get on the stick and support them!

  49. So…this has tu,trned into a thread of “hey, what about (insert state)” or a “me too” discussion. This is why we can’t get together, we can’t support each other, we have to either complain about the states we live in or wonder out loud why our state can’t accept it.

    Let’s drop the “me too” attitudes and get a “Let’s help them pass it” going. NC, KS, GA, on and on, TX, TN, etc…all will be toward the last states to legalize pot. It just a fat of life, accept it and move forward, helping other states pass, working toward the common good and supporting MPP.

    If we don’t work together, and just say “my state is stupid”, we fail. Educate, before they eradicate!

  50. What about Tennessee???? I am 46 years and have had 13 surgeries on my legs. In August my surgeon/specialist told me my condition is continuing to digress. There is nothing anyone can do for my legs. It’s not life threatening. And because I am very fit and work my upper body out regularly, I am not in a wheelchair. I would be other wise. My surgeon knows I vehemently oppose pain pills. Won’t touch them. However, we have discussed medical marijuana as a perfect solution for my pain. But, it’s not legal in my state yet. He would prescribe it if it were legal though. Without hesitation. Marijuana in most cases is non addictive. Marijuana does not kill. My surgeon and I discussed how much we would prefer medical marijuana being in parent’s medicine cabinets than all these damn narcotics that their children get ahold of and pop like Tic Tac’s. I drink. I love alcoholic beverages. But I refuse to drink to get rid of pain. That’s just no good for my body. Cannabis is far safer than over consumption of alcohol. It’s far healthier than tobacco and yet this country still treats marijuana like it’s some highly dangerous and addictive narcotic! How absurd! Seriously!!!! It has been proven that marijuana has many beneficial qualities. It’s been proven to help chronic pain sufferers, cancer patients and other people with disabilities or illnesses that make it nearly impossible for them to function without marijuana. I for one know how it helps me get through the evenings. When I am desperately trying to relax and unwind but am in way too much pain to get comfortable. A simple hit off my pipe does the trick. And I feel no quilt doing it! This is so ridiculous that after all these years, this country can’t pull their heads out of their a**es and get it together. Not only will it help millions of people in this country deal with their problems. But it will also make this country billions of dollars! Just legalize it and regulate it like tobacco and alcohol! Get with the program!!!!

  51. Funny, I have met more than one cop confiscate weed, and smoked it himself numourous of times. Hypocrisy at its BEST. IF A WHOLE COUNTRY LIKE AMSTERDAM IS DOinG WELL, then what really gives? Humiliation of making marijuana an illegal narcotic is over. Lets educate those that are fixed in believing the old way, and not call them names. This too will pass, but not in a negative way. Power of prayers do. I believe being a spoke person without any animosity will work. I totally understand the anger and frustration, I get it. How is t working for you, it isn’t. Its just hurting your self and your health, no one else, only YOU. Lets support and educate…with a smile. Peace and blessings……..

  52. I lot of you are saying what about us, etc.. If you want your State to change, you need to be a part of that change. You must become involved in the political process. That does not mean you must run for office. You can do little things like organizing, petition drives, or even just continuously emailing your representatives. Keep the pressure on. Most importantly GET INVOLVED. Pass info on to your friends and push, push, push. That is the only way these politicians will do anything. They are spineless. You must be their backbone.

  53. Im 68 and cant wait much longer for the jerks to figure out that it would be much easier to make Marijuana legal. If they would legalize Marijuana then it would open up enough prison cells for real criminals. And the Goverment complains about being broke. Wonder Why? I live in a state that dosent care about the people, All they really care about is how deep their pockets are. Yep you guessed it. This is the state of INDIANA. But if you really hurt bad enough and the only thing that will help you is something illegal? Well guess ill be illegal the rest of my life.

  54. How about Maryland? We have a medical defense law, ans a new research law, but they both dont allow dispensaries or allow cannabis to be distributed in any way. Just for having one tiny plant, I can get 5 year in jail for a felony. BS laws need to change. Also the medical defense law shouldn’t have an age requirement. If I was 8 years old and had cancer, would u deny me treatment just because im 8? No, so you shouldn’t with cannabis either. Thats hypocrisy to the max.

  55. While many states are decriminalizing, Wisconsin has a pending bill that stipulate that if a district attorney will not prosecute for a cannabis use crime then a local municipality can. I believe Wisconsin will be the last state to decriminalize their cannabis laws. I am a retired law enforcement officer with Parkinson’s disease and I choose to medically treat my disease with marijuana. Unfortunately I have to commit a criminal act to do this. Am I a criminal? I have always been against drug prohibition as it ruins life’s of our young.

  56. There needs to be a presidential candidate that has marijuana reform as a major part of his/her platform. He/she would already have half the country’s votes just based on marijauna prohibition. It’s a financial remedy four our country and would help keep other taxes down. We have a black president, almost had a woman in office, it is time for someone smart enough to understand the potential of this industry for our country and to be unashamed about the role of marijuana in their life as they rose to the top. It has been a better help that pharmaceuticals for many successful people.

  57. I will tell you the last state to even consider pot will be Utah. The fact this state is run by a cult religious following will be its approval downfall. I am a 60 year old disabled woman facing some very painful times and I would choose pot over harsh pain pills anyday.

  58. I See Some Awesome Positive Thinking Going On In The USA..And It Is Great To Know We Are Headed For The Best Choice Ever, To The Right Way..And The Best Thing To Do….GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  59. I am of the belief that the ONLY way to get a Republican State to allow hemp is to play to their weaknesses. PROFIT appears prevalent in TN. Go to the agricultural aspect first then to a plan to grow the needed medical supply under a local government umbrella…. hummmm. Prisons….. All profit, cheap labor @ 10 cents an hour, 1000 dollars a pound… Need I say more?

  60. Michigan should have been a top contender for a ballot initiative. Public support is there and Michigan voted in a medicinal marijuana initiative in 2008. Perhaps the high signature requirement makes a petiton drive too expensive.

  61. If states would realize it could turn our economy around maybe more would get on board. Hey NEW YORK wake up we are drowning in debt and there are no jobs. The amount of tax money from legalization could make NY solvent again, instead of welfare central!!!

  62. I personally think it should be legalized in all 50 states at one time and done just like in Colorado.It would help out the deficet and maybe even bring in more money from taxes on it than alcohol sales.

  63. I am a 40 year old cancer patient. I have been fighting this disease since 1991. I have undergone numerous surgeries and other major medical problems. The only way i have found to soothe the nausea, hunger, and chronic pains is by using “Natural Herb”. Texas is too big not to care, so please legalize marijuana for all the right reasons.

  64. The only way that Florida is going to pass this new law in any way is to get Rick Scott out of office.
    He will never let any conversation or questions be done or asked about this matter if he has anything to do about it.
    He has already proven it in many way.

  65. To whom it may All concern,
    I’m disabled and in pain all the time. I have multible medical problems. I advocate the use of medical marijuana because it helps with pain nausea and helps to keep an appetite.
    Please consider the legalization of Medical Marijuana for patients like myself.
    Rev. James Bates

  66. I’m seeing these states, and stuff for the future but nothing for PA and we have some of the strict laws involving marijuana and paraphernalia in all states, is it because we are a common wealth . Does that scare law makers and supporters? I’m just one perso but, I’m in need of this law to pass here,move gone down to many bad roads that could of been solved with a simple change in law, if moving was a viable option I would do it… Plz help me and millions others in PA

  67. I really wish people would realize how helpful Medical Marijuana is, until its too late and it happens to them. I have been struggling with arthritis and fibromyalgia for years and now my husband is having issues with his hands. Now he is on board with me. He realized that meds don’t always help. Making it legal will help many people! I hope Missouri Legislators are reading this…

  68. Hello, I’m Gary from state of Indiana and back in 2007 I had to leave my employer due to health Issues as Chronic Pain, 2 Different kinds of Arthritis, along with Lung Cancer, However I’m doing ok with my lung up to this day, as I’m schedule for a yearly follow up with my Lung and have a Ct. Scan done as well then go from there in October, with my pain as I go see Pain Doctor every 3 months, I have concerns with medicines as I been on pain medicines for long time but my point is that if I keep doing this then those medicines will end up eating my liver and kidneys up then I’m dead, while Marijuana doesn’t kill people as I assumed that, also in state of Indiana wouldn’t pass that bill and legalize Marijuana to benefit people needs, when I was 14 years old my grand father passed away in 1979 from natural causes but he has breathing problems so he wanted me go with him to white river to do some Marijuana digging for Marijuana ( then put them in a grocery cart of his own ( you know what I mean ) It’s those light weight folding cart then he put brown paper bag inside the cart with a box on bottom of the cart, so he cut the bottom of it and put them on upside down, so I ask him what is that he called them Medical Plants to help him breathe better then he brought them home during Rush Hour, people honks and wave at us some knew us as they are from our neighborhood BUT anyway he brought them home and I had to help him hanged them upside down, then in next few days I guess he been there before and he smoke them in a home made pipe which remind me as water pipes and then he smokes them then I Question him about that plant as he mention to me that is medical from earth as GOD creates lots of medicines on earth just like fruits, so in about 10-15 minutes later after he smokes Marijuana he started to breathe much better for couples of hours and I asked Grand Father about going to Doctors and he said all they do is take care of your money NOT health, so when I became old enough to drive then we rode there and I drove there and told me where to park and told me to put them in a certain way in a big box that was enough to last thru the winter season then he was happy with enough Marijuana and help him breathe much better, so why can’t government legalize Marijuana and it’s a lot safer than alcohol, so I just wanted to share this story with you and rest of staffs as well, Thanks for your time in reading my messages, you know what blows my mind is that GOOF BALL SNOOPP DOG AND HIS SON SMOKING MARIJUANA ANYTIME, ANYWHERE AS THEY PLEASED AND GET AWAY WITH MURDER IF YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING, AND ALSO I CAN’T STAND SNOOP DOG ANYWAY! THANKS AGAIN, Gary

  69. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and a curved spine. I was living in Kansas, now in Texas. I tried cannabis twice as an experiment. It really worked. I am scared of getting busted. I feel it should be available on a daily basis. I take strong painkillers that do not stop all the pain, they take too long to work (1 to 2 hours) and have bad side effects. We need to write our senators and congressional representatives often. We need to keep asking. The squeaky wheel gets the grease is an old saying that we need to believe in. It takes a little bit of effort. Find out your state and federal government people and write, call and email them. I hope we can have the freedom to smoke herb without fear of prison. They get their buzz on alcohol freely. Or if we can’t have our rights, take theirs AWAY. Make dangerous alcohol illegal! People die from alcohol poisoning or accidents. I will write a letter to my Texas representatives, I am in the process, editing my rough draft and will print and mail many off. Please join me.

  70. It’s ignorant it’s not legal, alcohol kills millions. In OVER ten thousand years of use age Marijuana has never killed a single soul, that’s all I have to say it pisses me off, we should strip the rights of government officials and law makers of their right to drink booze lets see how that GOES!!!!!

  71. How about Tennessee. As a stage 3 colon cancer survivor I can relate to the good marijuana does for chemotherapy patients.

  72. As a 59 year old who has smoked for 45 years and never been arrested, I’m pleased to see young people speak out! This is one many unfair laws and inequities in our society, the legacy of a small group of people controlling everything. I’m very thankful for witnessing the change taking place in America. The people are speaking out in ways I never imagined I would see.

  73. Where is Iowa in this? I’ve been campaigning on my Facebook page to all my friends but it’s like they’re afraid to get on board. With me I’ve used marijuana since just out of high school, quit in late 80’s into late 90’s. I had ovarian cancer in 98 – 99 wish I’d of had marijuana more then, I had it once in a while & it did help. One of the drugs that I was given for my chemo was to help eliminate bad reactions to the chemo but it made me super hyper/manic like. Then I’d smoke some, it would calm me down. It’s now 15 yrs later & I have been diagnosed with multiple myeoloma , & have used some that a friend left for me. And believe me it has helped where the pain pills really aren’t & I’m on so many other drugs for muscle spasms, depression, anxiety, reflux. I don’t know how much more my liver can take.

  74. Now up to 20 states plus DC for medical use! How many more states before they end this prohibition on cannabis? It was wrong in first place, shouldn’t we as American citizens have the right to use whatever we want as adults? I keep hearing what about the kids, if legalized they could get as easy as they get alcoholic beverages! Their not buying from store; their getting it from their parents frig, same as tobacco, getting from parental unit. But honestly kids get illegal drugs from black market/streets because as a society we can keep making new laws, reword old laws but not one person has mentioned criminals don’t obey laws; none of them!
    If some parents wouldn’t live by the old saying “I’d rather them drink in front of me & not behind my back” is just telling your children its ok to drink & these are the same ones who are so scared of kids smoking pot. Double standards are bs; I personally explained why they should wait till 21 to drink or do anything, as the human body doesn’t stop growing till early 20’s & that abuse before that age can be medically damaging in so many ways as well as in the news recently teenage boys raping teenage girls who pass out at parties. Usually do to over use of alcoholic beverages & the new street drug “Molly” or being slipped a “Miky”. Cannabis is not a gateway drug as so many would like to blame it, we are raising a society of people who will not take responseability for their own choices & actions. A lot of people get drunk & want cocaine with the belief it’ll sober me up; no one has ever smoked a joint & thought need some meth so I can clean house!!! There’s only ever been one gateway to abuse of any substance, its called choices & another one peer pressure; but to me that’s not an excuse it was a choice & people should be realize its their choice to use something or not. It’s a parents duty to teach kids simple health & reasoning skills, but as a disabled American who paid taxes my whole working adult life, I should have right to digest whatever I want, all so called street drugs in one form or another where once legal & used for medicine, cure all’s of their time. But now since I’ve followed all the rules, the side effects of the opiate pain pills have caused other issues that require additional medications & those require others. Can’t just stop taking as just missing a dose makes you sick as a dog as grand dad used to say, but doctor switching medication once made me so sick I was bed ridden & then hospitalized for a total of seventeen days. More children take parents & grandparents pills, drink their booze, than smoke cannabis; which the worst side effect is munchies & laughter. But the key factor is by keeping illegal, we keep a black market, just like alcohol prohibition created some of the richest criminals in the world, like the war on drugs has made cartels rich & powerful. Legalization cuts profits for these organizations, our children don’t end up in prison either for months to years for simply possessing small amounts, some being put in isolation for their protection but that causes sever mentality problems for all who experience it for long periods. In that same sense, a person who illegally sales drugs can end up in prison for life; but a person who sexually abuses a child gets less prison time if any depending on state, I ask you which harms our children worse; smoking cannabis, then being ran through prison system & losing any chance of becoming a productive member of our society, or being raped as a child? Or worse being sent to prison for 5yrs on a conspiracy charge & then raped by a child rapist doing less time for a more horrific crime? Legalization is best option, regulations & taxes just like alcoholic beverages; add course in schools (not dare program) but truth & parents educate your kids. As a tax paying American I should have right to use cannabis if I choose & not be forced to use narcotics that are slowly killing me; shouldn’t have to fear losing kids, freedom or anything, as well as not fear dying or my children or grandkids die from stealing a pill from me or getting deadly ill because someone has stolen medication as cannabis does not affect or have side effects on the human body/mind like synthetic drugs do. No one has mentioned that big pharm has & continues to make a synthetic version because it works & before 1937 was prescribed by doctors to treat 100+ things, was so cheap to make oil they prescribed too. But ending alcohol prohibition caused fed agencies to start losing funding & they needed a new demon so they created it & filled prison system that sex offenders get out & reoffend long before someone with a drug conviction. I could go on for hours more, but long story short. Quit blaming others for your choices, quit taking rights from people with new laws that criminals won’t follow anyway, put the right people in prison & keep them there. Give me & my doctor the right to determine my medical treatment, as well as medication I take. If god had not intended man to use it wouldn’t be on this planet & our ancestors wouldn’t have used it for the last 12,000 years, nor would our prison system be bursting at seams. Grow up!!!!!

  75. Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called “Weed.” The title “Weed” may sound cavalier, but the content is not.

    I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.

    Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot.”

    Well, I am here to apologize.

    I apologize because I didn’t look hard enough, until now. I didn’t look far enough. I didn’t review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.

    Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.”
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.

    They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

    I have seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana.

    We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.
    Medical facts of Marijuana
    WEED: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

    I hope this article and upcoming documentary will help set the record straight.

    On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:

    “Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue.”

    Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier.

    High risk of abuse

    In 1944, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia commissioned research to be performed by the New York Academy of Science. Among their conclusions: they found marijuana did not lead to significant addiction in the medical sense of the word. They also did not find any evidence marijuana led to morphine, heroin or cocaine addiction.

    We now know that while estimates vary, marijuana leads to dependence in around 9 to 10% of its adult users. By comparison, cocaine, a schedule 2 substance “with less abuse potential than schedule 1 drugs” hooks 20% of those who use it. Around 25% of heroin users become addicted.

    The worst is tobacco, where the number is closer to 30% of smokers, many of whom go on to die because of their addiction.

    There is clear evidence that in some people marijuana use can lead to withdrawal symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety and nausea. Even considering this, it is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the other drugs I’ve mentioned. I have seen the withdrawal from alcohol, and it can be life threatening.

    I do want to mention a concern that I think about as a father. Young, developing brains are likely more susceptible to harm from marijuana than adult brains. Some recent studies suggest that regular use in teenage years leads to a permanent decrease in IQ. Other research hints at a possible heightened risk of developing psychosis.

    Much in the same way I wouldn’t let my own children drink alcohol, I wouldn’t permit marijuana until they are adults. If they are adamant about trying marijuana, I will urge them to wait until they’re in their mid-20s when their brains are fully developed.

    Medical benefit

    While investigating, I realized something else quite important. Medical marijuana is not new, and the medical community has been writing about it for a long time. There were in fact hundreds of journal articles, mostly documenting the benefits. Most of those papers, however, were written between the years 1840 and 1930. The papers described the use of medical marijuana to treat “neuralgia, convulsive disorders, emaciation,” among other things.

    A search through the U.S. National Library of Medicine this past year pulled up nearly 20,000 more recent papers. But the majority were research into the harm of marijuana, such as “Bad trip due to anticholinergic effect of cannabis,” or “Cannabis induced pancreatitits” and “Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer.”

    In my quick running of the numbers, I calculated about 6% of the current U.S. marijuana studies investigate the benefits of medical marijuana. The rest are designed to investigate harm. That imbalance paints a highly distorted picture.

    The challenges of marijuana research

    To do studies on marijuana in the United States today, you need two important things.

    First of all, you need marijuana. And marijuana is illegal. You see the problem. Scientists can get research marijuana from a special farm in Mississippi, which is astonishingly located in the middle of the Ole Miss campus, but it is challenging. When I visited this year, there was no marijuana being grown.

    The second thing you need is approval, and the scientists I interviewed kept reminding me how tedious that can be. While a cancer study may first be evaluated by the National Cancer Institute, or a pain study may go through the National Institute for Neurological Disorders, there is one more approval required for marijuana: NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is an organization that has a core mission of studying drug abuse, as opposed to benefit.

    Stuck in the middle are the legitimate patients who depend on marijuana as a medicine, oftentimes as their only good option.

    Keep in mind that up until 1943, marijuana was part of the United States drug pharmacopeia. One of the conditions for which it was prescribed was neuropathic pain. It is a miserable pain that’s tough to treat. My own patients have described it as “lancinating, burning and a barrage of pins and needles.” While marijuana has long been documented to be effective for this awful pain, the most common medications prescribed today come from the poppy plant, including morphine, oxycodone and dilaudid.

    Here is the problem. Most of these medications don’t work very well for this kind of pain, and tolerance is a real problem.

    Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. It is a horrifying statistic. As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose.

    It is perhaps no surprise then that 76% of physicians recently surveyed said they would approve the use of marijuana to help ease a woman’s pain from breast cancer.

    When marijuana became a schedule 1 substance, there was a request to fill a “void in our knowledge.” In the United States, that has been challenging because of the infrastructure surrounding the study of an illegal substance, with a drug abuse organization at the heart of the approval process. And yet, despite the hurdles, we have made considerable progress that continues today.

    Looking forward, I am especially intrigued by studies like those in Spain and Israel looking at the anti-cancer effects of marijuana and its components. I’m intrigued by the neuro-protective study by Lev Meschoulam in Israel, and research in Israel and the United States on whether the drug might help alleviate symptoms of PTSD. I promise to do my part to help, genuinely and honestly, fill the remaining void in our knowledge.

    Citizens in 20 states and the District of Columbia have now voted to approve marijuana for medical applications, and more states will be making that choice soon. As for Dr. Roger Egeberg, who wrote that letter in 1970, he passed away 16 years ago.

    I wonder what he would think if he were alive today.

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  85. hello,
    I live in Kentucky I would love for MPP to establish a presence in Kentucky, we have a massive opiate epidemic here…I lived in Washington state as a child until age 15…Kentucky is a time capsule, I’m a republican but I fully support state’s rights but the Republicans will get no where if they keep electing the elderly into office needless to say they’re out of touch and enable lazy parents and the failed A.A./N.A. groups that take 17-25 year old people and telling them they have a disease when they’re doing nothing more than doing what that age bracket does by not legalizing. We have CBD laws but no one is getting the medicine…like I said I live in a time capsule.

    I’m about to arrive to the conclusion to move to Colorado where I have friends and family but I really don’t want to because internally I feel it’s a way of giving up and letting them win!!! I went to school for political sciences, and I’ve worked in the legal industry as well as my father who is a defense investigator…..Even talking to our representatives they say they “agree” with us but so no results by voting against what we vote them into office for….

    So please MPP come to Kentucky, I’ll even work with you to change the laws…

    -Alexander Joseph Grasso

  86. So frustrating that Kansas keeps getting left out. We have a very comprehensive and progressive bill coming this year.

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