Voters Make Marijuana History
While in Washinton Initiative 502 was passed, which legalizes, taxes, and regulates small quantities of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. For the first time, the citizenry of two states have voted to legalize marijuana.
“Washington’s new law provides a safe and smart alternative to marijuana prohibition. It advances individual liberty and will eliminate unreasonable arrests, which have often targeted people of color. And the revenue it generates will help increase public health efforts to stem drug abuse. The ACLU looks forward to working with state and federal officials and New Approach Washington sponsors to ensure the law is fully and fairly implemented.”
Changing Colorado law to regulate marijuana like alcohol so that private, limited, regulated and taxed use and growing of marijuana for adults 21 and older is legal just makes good sense. It’s:
- Fair: The current system and war on drugs – including marijuana – isn’t fair because it disproportionally impacts youth, lower income individuals and people of color;
- Fiscally prudent: Colorado would come out $50 million ahead by saving the more than $25 million per year spent to arrest, prosecute and jail non-violent marijuana users; and
- Protects kids: Taking marijuana out of the underground market and putting it behind regulated retail counters will make it harder for teens to access it.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, voters insisted that patients’ ability to access the most effective medicine should trump outdated political arguments and affirmatively chose to legalize the humanitarian use of medical marijuana.
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