Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Oregon and Alaska


Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize recreational marijuana use on Tuesday. In Washington, D.C., residents voted to allow possession of marijuana, but not retail sales of the drug, Reuters reports.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Oregon and Alaska will follow Colorado and Washington state, which legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2012.

Preliminary results indicate 54 percent of Oregon voters supported the marijuana measure, which takes effect in July 2015. Retail marijuana stores could open in 2016. In Alaska, 52 percent of voters supported legal marijuana, according to preliminary results. Once the election is certified, a state commission would have nine months to come up with regulations. Stores would be likely to open in 2016.

The Washington, D.C. measure could be halted by the U.S. Congress, which has constitutional oversight of the nation’s capital, the article notes. Under the measure, adults 21 and older could possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants.

Voters in Florida defeated a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana. In Maine, proposals to legalize the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana passed in South Portland and failed in Lewiston.

Opponents of legalization in Oregon said they will advocate for stricter laws aimed at limiting access to marijuana by children. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said his group intends to build a broader coalition to counter pro-marijuana groups in 2016. “Tonight is going to inspire us to do better and to try harder and go after the donors we have to go after in order to level the playing field,” Sabet said. “The more people that hear about legalization, the more people are uncomfortable with it. For us it’s about getting our message out.”

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    April 10, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    I totally agree with you Frank.

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    November 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I think it’s pretty idiotic how so many people think cannabis should remain illegal, while tobacco and alcohol remain perfectly legal.

    The two main reasons I see people stating as to why they should be illegal are:

    1. Legalizing will send the wrong message to children.

    2. Legalization will leave the door open for non-users to become addicted

    First off, wrong message to children? What is that “wrong message” exactly? That when you become of legal age, you have the option to exercise your free will and decide what you can put inside your body?

    The wrong message to be sending to children is that marijuana is bad for you 100% of the time. Because that message is incorrect. The right message would be to educate them on such things by given them accurate information.

    As for more people becoming addicted, that is a horrible excuse given the number of highly addicted things that have been legal for quite some time.

    Heroin is legal in ALL states, in the form of opiate based medications. Think about that for a second. The most highly addictive drug is legal in all states. But we want to pick on marijuana for being “addictive”? And the funny thing is, people quit smoking cannabis all the time and do not suffer the withdrawal symptoms that they normally would from heroin. You can actually DIE from those heroin withdrawals.

    So can anyone here see how asinine those anti-marijuana statements are?

    The only reason why it’s illegal in the first place is due to economic reasons. It’s too funny that Anheuser Busch funds this organization…along with many other alcohol manufacturers……Alcohol being one of the most addictive drugs on our planet. A drug company…funding this organization…..talking bad about a drug which has proven to have more benefits than anything.

    Wake up people.

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