40% of U.S. States Have Now Passed Medical Cannabis Laws, Soon to be More

With the recent approval of New Hampshire’s medical marijuana legalization measure, 20 states have now passed a medical cannabis law, either through a voter-approved initiative, or through a legislative proposal. It’s worth pointing out that this makes 40% of the entire United States.thisphoto

This is exciting, and inspiring. As advocates of cannabis law reform, we obviously understand that this isn’t enough – and even in the 20 medical cannabis states the laws aren’t perfect – but we can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s an astonishing turn of events that in 17 years, from the passing of Prop 215 in California in 1996, to the victories over the past several years, things have advanced quickly, and public opinion has shifted drastically; in fact, polling shows that over 80% of those in the U.S. support legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes (some of the most recent polling shows it as high as 85%). This is huge, and shows that even after decades of intense propaganda, the public can still be swayed with logic, compassion and facts.

Things aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

The Illinois Legislature has recently approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis, which the governor isn’t expected to veto. This makes state number 21. New York – whose House has approved a measure legalizing medical cannabis; it awaits a vote in the Senate – could turnout to be the 22nd (as could any number of other states).

Soon – if not by next year – 50% of the U.S. will have legalized medical cannabis, or at least passed some form of positive medical cannabis law. The states that continue to prohibit medical cannabis will topple quickly from there, simultaneous with the uprising of recreational legalization.

The pressure on the feds is mounting like never before.

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    • RonM on July 9, 2013 at 10:11 am
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    To all who cherish Freedom,

    A war against marijuana is being waged against the Citizens of the U.S.A. and there are millions of casualties, the war is much more destructive than marijuana which is less damaging both socially and physically than alcohol or tobacco. This losing war on what is a basic human right has actually created a huge subculture marijuana world that promotes marijuana use more than if marijuana was just another legal intoxicant like tobacco and alcohol. The war on marijuana has also caused our government to misdirect billions to police enforcement, prosecution, and imprisonment and has corrupted our entire law and justice system.

    Billions are spent on small time marijuana charges most of them a mere violations but the police through illegal Stop and Frisk searches then further perjure themselves by falsifying and fabricating misdemeanor charges against 100,000’s of victims who instead of receiving a pink summons for a $100 fine are instead swooped own upon by stasi like undercover officers and illegally detained, cuffed, thrown in a windowless (Gratings covered over in black plastic), basically kidnapped off the street an then finally brought to the precinct and run through the booking process, more detainment, imprisonment, fingerprinting, pictures, eyes cans, entry into a criminal database, to be released and still face further desk appearances where the truth will most probably be ignored and our corrupt police force’s lies will rule the day. Hurray for Justice in the U.S.A.,

    The cost of all this is in the Billions and that isn’t even accounting for the lost wages, employment, compromised futures, denied housing , etc.. of the victims, who I might add are predominantly Black.

    So if this isn’t a complete outrage to our enlightened and free society I don’t know what is.

    Now our nation watches and the resolve builds to end unjust marijuana prohibition in the United States of America.

    We have to keep the pressure on our government to decriminalize marijuana.

    Please sign the new whitehouse petition,

    http://wh.gov/lOmFK

    Thank you

    RonM

    • Moe on July 9, 2013 at 3:51 am
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    Sad that my state will be one of the last! I use Cannabis instead of all the pills they were shoving down my throat and just dealt with a year long battle for a simple possession charge. After much heartache and anxiety and load of crap the DA put me thru, they dismissed the charges yesterday! Of course I had to spend 2 grand on a good lawyer. One day I keep telling myself, one day!

    • JoAnn Forsberg on July 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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    EVENT OF:

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    • JoAnn Forsberg on July 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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    My heart goes into panic every time I read about State Legislation approving Medical Marijuana.

    For all I can imagine is all the other average, non-criminal middle-class American Citizens who will trust State Laws as we did and end up serving time in Federal Prison.

    We followed all state laws to a “T”‘ talked to local officials, local schools, local police, state police and three lawyers.

    Needless to say: All did not understand the difference between state and federal any better then we did.

    For six months later a warehouse my husband owned and had research if he could rent separate rooms to growers was raided by the DEA with black hawk helicopters, DEA Agents from in-state and out, full-gear, guns, smoke bombs, ramming rods, drones, National Guard. Six separate grow rooms with six separate caregivers only growing for their own patiences.

    We were indicted in 2012 with 13 indictments!!! So had to plead on three so we would not end up in prison for next fifty years (we are sixty years old; we don’t have fifty more years). We voted for medical marijuana approval in Michigan; but ourselves we have not had marijuana in any form in our personal life.

    My son, Lance Forsberg (age 33, a plant expert) is currently in Morgantown, WV for three years for “conspiracy” and my husband, Dennis Forsberg (60) is to self-surrender on July 23rd, 2013 in Butner, NC. Needless to state “we learned the hard way that the Federal DEA does not recognize state laws”. The DEA Agents told us even “one plant is illegal”.

    We were raided, busted, made an example of because of our open, transparent, seeking advice attitude. We got a Federal Tax ID so we would not cheat the American Citizens out of taxes by the caregivers not paying taxes on the plants they sold to their own patiences… Why we are sentenced to prison; our honesty…

    SO PLEASE, PLEASE ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS IN NEWLY APPROVED MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATES. DO NOT TRUST THE STATE LAW, STATE LICENSING, STATE RULES FOR THEY WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOUR STATE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU. YOU WILL BE LEAD TO THE SLAUGHTER BY THE FEDERAL DEA IF THEY HEAR YOU ARE GROWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PLANTS.

    MY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL ACROSS AMERICA…. FOR THE FEDERAL DEA WILL SPEND ONE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO TELL YOU CIGARETTE SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH. BUT, THEY WILL NOT SPEND ONE CENT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THEY WILL RAID, INDICTED, PRISON YOU FOR GROWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

    BE AWARE… DON’T TRUST ANYONE!!!

    JOANN FORSBERG, PART OF THE LANSING SEVEN OUT OF LANSING, MICHIGAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR “CONSPIRACY” TO GROW MEDICAL MARIJUANA. OH, BY THE WAY…. THE TOTAL PLANTS “BUSTED” WAS FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY DIVIDED BETWEEN SEVEN PEOPLE. LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT STATE LAW ALLOWS.

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