ATLANTA, Georgia, Jun 26 2012 (IPS) – Over the last several years, many U.S. states have quietly adopted laws decriminalising the possession of marijuana or legalising medical marijuana.
Now, a flurry of activity over the last few weeks appears to signal that – perhaps like same-sex marriage – marijuana policies have also reached a tipping point in the U.S.
On Jun. 1, Connecticut legalised medical marijuana, making it the seventeenth U.S. state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to do so.
On Jun. 12, Washington’s government announced four dispensaries eligible to distribute medical marijuana in the nation’s capital. While medical marijuana was already legal there, the dispensaries are new.
Three days later, Rhode Island decriminalised small amounts of marijuana, making it the fifteenth U.S. state to do so.
Also in early June, the governor of New York announced his support for decriminalising marijuana in public view (currently it is decriminalised in private view).
Legislation is pending in Illinois and New Hampshire, ballot initiatives have already qualified in Colorado and Washington, and the collection of signatures for additional ballot initiatives is also underway in several states.
Under the Marijuana Policy Project’s “28 by 2014” campaign, the organisation seeks to legalize medical marijuana in more than a majority of U.S. states by 2014 (half of the 50 U.S. states would be 25).
“For medical marijuana, I think the prospects are pretty good” in terms of reaching the goal, Morgan Fox, communications manager for MPP, told IPS….Lees verder