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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Legalization of Marijuana 2014

As we move closer to Election Day 2014 our nation's candidates are not the only thing on peoples' minds. Just two years after Washington and Colorado voted in favor of marijuana legalization, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. have measures on their ballots, according to the New York Times.

After two years of marijuana legalization being viewed as a way to reduce prison overcrowding and law enforcement budgets, conservative opposition to legalization has significantly diminished and democrats aren't as concerned about being labeled soft on crime for their support on legalization, according to the report. Many believe that the outcome of these three initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization.

It seems that there is a good chance that we’ll be seeing more states where recreational marijuana use is legal after the ballots are counted. Consider that pro-legalization groups have crushed their opponents’ fundraising efforts by more than 25 to 1 in Oregon and by 9 to 1 in Alaska. Much of the pro-legalization money is coming from the vast coffers of the legal marijuana industry already in place

“The support coalition is definitely broader, and the opposition has splintered,” said Corey Cook, a follower of the debate and an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

The Washington, D.C. based Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York have handled much of the fundraising for the pro-legalization measures, according to the article.

“The opposition made good traction for 50 years, and it was built around locking people up. A massive industry was built around it,” said Richard Branson, the entrepreneur who founded Virgin Group and a member of the Drug Policy Alliance’s international honorary board.

Critics of legalization are concerned about the exposure to young people and highway safety, pointing out apparent flaws in both Colorado and Washington programs. “Legalization in practice has been the biggest enemy of legalization,” said Kevin Sabet, a co-founder of a national anti-legalization group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

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