First MJ Legalization Ballot Measure Set for 2016

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  First MJ Legalization Ballot Measure Set for 2016

Posted by CN Staff on March 14, 2015 at 05:58:21 PT
By Niraj Chokshi 
Source: Washington Post 

Nevada -- Hoping to build on consecutive electoral victories, advocates say they have secured the first state marijuana legalization ballot measure for 2016.Nevada state lawmakers had until Saturday to take action on the ballot measure, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use, but adjourned on Friday without voting on it, the Marijuana Policy Project notes in a statement. As a result, the initiative, for which the group collected nearly twice the necessary signatures, is destined for the 2016 ballot, they say.
“Voters will have the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition next year and replace it with a policy that actually makes sense,” Mason Tvert, communications director for the group, said in a statement.The group was behind the successful legalization ballot measures in Colorado in 2012 and Alaska in 2014. Other groups helped successfully pass legalization in Washington in 2012 and Oregon in 2014. Those four state laws were approved by voters, but MPP is now targeting both ballots and legislatures to spread similar measures.In addition to Nevada, the group plans to pursue ballot measures in Arizona, California, Maine, and Massachusetts. It also working to pass measures in the state legislatures of Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and others by 2017.In an interview Friday morning, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) would not comment on whether he supports or opposes the measure, but did note hearing stories of police chiefs complaining of the consequences of legalization.The Nevada measure would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older. The state Department of Taxation would be charged with overseeing a regulated and licensed industry, with a 15 percent excise tax imposed on wholesale marijuana sales. Revenue from the tax will fund K-12 education.Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.Source: Washington Post (DC) Author:  Niraj ChokshiPublished: March 14, 2015Copyright: 2015 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #23 posted by Hope on March 27, 2015 at 11:21:32 PT
How do they do that?
"The Koch brothers bought several state elections, installing conservatives in."Does that mean like they set up a business there of some sort, and sent in some conservative company management that would ultimately run for office?I can see an extraordinary power to manipulate and influence in the ability to bring factories, jobs, people, and taxes into the communities. 
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on March 27, 2015 at 10:43:41 PT
"It's quite darning". I love that!Comment 19. Beautifully explained.Thank you, again!
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on March 27, 2015 at 10:12:41 PT
Thank you. I was misunderstanding what you said. You explained it in comment 14... but it went right over my head. Sorry.This power of the money people to manipulate the government like that is sad and frustrating. It's also, on a scale of right to wrong, in the general sense of things, like equal standing of individuals in our government... wrong.It reminds me of the sadness in my mother's doctor the other day when he was explaining some things to her. He said, "Before medicine became a business." He seemed truly sad about it, too. 
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on March 27, 2015 at 06:05:27 PT
Very good!
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Comment #19 posted by jetblackchemist on March 26, 2015 at 22:12:17 PT
Vote splitting re: Hope
Having lived in 3 southern states... I've gotten to see first hand how the right wing conservatives operate. The whole morality stuff they spout is just a sham and pandering to their voter base... many Southern states are NOT initiative states. NC and SC conservatives are deep in the pockets of corporations and representing their will, instead of voters... NC fracking is a good example of the corruption, these bought and paid for lowlifes go to in order to defy the will of citizens.But more to the point to clarify for you Hope... is the Koch brothers bought several state elections, installing conservatives in. In many districts conservatives ran unopposed by another conservative making them the only choice for that... whereas, the liberal vote was more often than not split between 2 or 3 liberal candidates... weakening the liberal voter strength. Where if it was a head to head vote in all of these districts the conservatives would have lost by a landslide and the senate/house would not have lost the liberal majority.It seems the billionaires, have nothing better to do than play election games for their amusement, since money is in politics and corporations have been made people instead of the entities they are. Allowing citizens voices to be muted by these fake "people" consider how... this corporations are people law, just allowed the "Religious Freedom" nonsense to allow "legal" discrimination and bias in Indiana. The conservative parties, are trying hard to have a repeat of the 80's pumping out morality pandering full steam while, the corporate owned media run the same hate, bias, and intolerance stories against minority groups they did back then... and of course what are they working on to blame all of this? Drugs of course... when tensions peak they are going to be; what about the children and other rhetoric.Let's not forget, one of the major manipulation tactics one can perpetrate and it's a political favorite of the conservatives... is to setup situations so they can say "I told you so." blame everything on a lack of morals and use of "vice" and all the people that cannot think for themselves say oh my goodness, that's exactly what it is... we weren't seeing all this in the streets back then, when people were being incarcerated for not upholding extremist Christian morality that's unconstitutional.All the while the conservatives and corporations are rubbing their greedy paws together, hoping to keep power out of the hands of the real people. From the Patriot Act, to Surveillance, to Corps being people, and money in politics and super pacs, they are working to George Orwell our voice right out of the loop... and the idiots so blind in their religious extremist views of hate and bias are biting hard down on the lies and pandering they pay them lip service with.Just look at the conservative record and their moral hypocrisy, can't be missed... from Bush Jr's and the Senator of Kentucky's love of cocaine, to all the infidelity... then look at the liberals record for the same against them... it's quite darning that the side always spouting morals to their voter base are the ones, being caught being immoral. So that's the enemy... that's what's splitting votes, and the people that are worshiping them blindly from all their nonsense double talking pander can't even see it... thinking they represent them instead of the corporations heaping everything on the backs of the working class and children's futures all in the name of their unquenchable greed. So allowing the liberal vote to be split? Is one of the absolute worst things that we can have happen... because liberals are the majority but when the liberal vote is split and the conservative one is not? The minority conservative wins the spot. It's just dirty political tactics winning them seats.         
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Comment #18 posted by Sam Adams on March 17, 2015 at 09:27:59 PT
don't go anywhere, keep posting! nobody's getting beat up here, NOW is the time to think about what legalization should be! We've been waiting decades for this time to arrive. Speak now or forever hold your peace!
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on March 16, 2015 at 10:46:07 PT
Right, The GCW and Sam Adams,
Dang! I had no idea. That changes my worry about your worry completely. "Have you worked directly with MPP for years, as I have? "No, I have not. And I did not know that you had. So you don't just fear or worry about these things... you know it's happening? Dang.I haven't been able to finish that article you posted, Sam Adams, and I wanted to before I commented. It's weird, I know... but there's always been a lot of people that distrust MPP. Myself included. Dang!And what Jet Black Chemist said... another option in Nevada could cripple all progress. That's distressing, but probably true. Although if there was a really good option... maybe voters would leave the bad option in the dirt. I think that's what you were saying, Jet Black Chemist? That another choice might divide the vote?You're sweet, humble... and funny, Mr. D. And an asset to the cause, whether you know it or not. Every rational public word is good and pushes back against the lies and fear mongering of those that profit financially or get their inner authoritarian fed from prohibition. 
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Comment #16 posted by Mr D on March 15, 2015 at 20:19:43 PT:
I retract my last statement
I couldn't delete my last post. I am just going to go back to being a bystander (well I always was one). I have the mind of a child on this issue. Good luck everyone. Keep fightin' the good fight. Love the site.
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on March 15, 2015 at 20:15:06 PT
Thinking out loud...
Polls show the majority support ending cannabis prohibition.So, up front there is no need to exclude citizens from growing some plants.If groups don't donate money to the cause because personal growing is included, that's an issue. Money is needed to get the job done.ButIf those groups profit and then become more powerful, might they spend more later to fight changes later that may allow home cultivation?If medical dispensary owners are getting in the way of citizens being allowed to grow at home, THAT'S DIRTY. Bad JU JU. They exist in part because of Me.I would be very disappointed if I learned that I helped people in the cannabis movement and they come around to do harm to the movement.The movement is to RE-legalize cannabis.Like it has been pointed out, if citizens can not grow cannabis then it isn't legal. Then again, but,If We get more states to RE-legalize quicker because laws don't allow home growing, that could be useful for the short term. Only.There is a fine line and I don't know what that is. Don't know who is influencing what and what their motivations are.two things are for certain, medical cannabis dispensary owners do not want to be thought of as prohibitionists.&Humans should be able, not just allowed, able to freely grow that which God indicates He created and says is good on the very 1st page of the Bible.Not only is that not an accident that that is written on the 1st page; there are reasons for that to be on page 1.Cannabis prohibitionists:You don't want to leave this transfer station and find out Your out of synch. 
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Comment #14 posted by jetblackchemist on March 15, 2015 at 19:56:10 PT
War on voters via campaign contibutions (PACs)
Large out of state campaign contributions have helped secure drug war(rior) lover extremists in many states, that have high percentages in favor of legalization. NC and SC are good examples, of corrupt $tate government officials. If any politician is a member of a PAC, it's a good idea to avoid them like an abandoned public restroom.Beware of vote splitting in large state elections, dividing a liberal vote is a bad idea. Divide and conquer vote tactics, cost many seats in D.C. this past election, to conservatives running unopposed by another conservative.BTW are contributions considered taxable income? Do they pocket the excess, or shuffle it into some other coffer? 
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Comment #13 posted by Mr D on March 15, 2015 at 17:20:49 PT:
With all due respect Sam Adams
I know prohibiting home cultivation is not true legalization. You are right. They are still forbidding it. But I would think the people serving time for marijuana "crimes" would love to pay $400 an ounce than be behind bars. The children being taken away from families wouldn't mind that law either. That's just my thought. Anyways I know this thing is much bigger than I can comprehend so please don't beat me up.
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Comment #12 posted by Sam Adams on March 15, 2015 at 15:38:07 PT
the future
when home growing is still illegal in 50 years, the price is $400 per ounce at shops, and the black market is thriving, then tell me how great these laws are. They DON'T end prohibition, they are NOT legalization. Laws are being passed with no growing allowed and tight restrictions on the number of suppliers because dispensary owners are willing to pay a lot of money directly to MPP to set up a favorable market for them.  Suggest reading this article if you really want to know what's happening - the cannabis community is being sold down the river.  Have you worked directly with MPP for years, as I have?  They are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…they are ensuring that we'll still have home raids and thousands of people fighting in gangs and getting jailed over cannabis for many years to come
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on March 15, 2015 at 13:05:45 PT
Sam Adams
I understand where you're coming from. It is wrong that people aren't allowed to grow their own plants if they want to. I can see how it could be a fun hobby or a way of saving money and having affordable cannabis.This battle for the return of this freedom and the end of this demented policy stance is and likely always is, going to be ongoing. Even when we have the natural rights government legal again, we, or someone else, is going to always have to be on guard or be up against the busy bodies and the "The Machine" to keep them. But, my apologies, Sam Adams, I would have to vote for it. A step forward is better than nothing, and half a loaf is better than no loaf at all. The fight won't end for the right to grow, but at least the snare the government sets for people will be drastically diminished... if not cured in one fell swoop. The stiff britches that are afraid or too greedy to let the people grow will be overcome eventually. I'm sure of it. Maybe the measure is too weak, but I'm sure MPP studied the situation carefully and went for all they thought they have a chance of getting right now.I wish someone from MPP would explain, here, what the reason was for leaving out individual horticultural freedoms. 
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on March 15, 2015 at 09:20:37 PT
John Tyler,
 That's good: D.C. has voted itself from the “not legal yet" column to the legal column.The not legal yet column.
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Comment #9 posted by John Tyler on March 15, 2015 at 08:12:37 PT
Legal is legal
If a vote comes up for cannabis relegalization, it should be voted for. The details can be readjusted later. Getting it legal now is the goal. Like in D.C., the status is a little strange, but it’s legal. D.C. has voted itself from the “not legal yet” column to the legal column. That is an accomplishment. So no matter what the details are, cannabis has been relegalized. The public sees it as legal. The surrounding states see it legal in D.C. It is coming along.  
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on March 15, 2015 at 05:57:58 PT
Quote From Obama at Gridiron Dinner
Excerpt: “Which is why I’m here,” he said. He noted that if the crowd laughed at his jokes more than the last time he was around in 2013 there might be a reason for it.“I’m not saying I’m any funnier,” he said. “I’m saying weed is now legal in D.C.”
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Comment #7 posted by Mr D on March 14, 2015 at 17:15:08 PT:
I'll second that
If beer drinkers can brew up to 100 gallons (per year) it is only fair that cannabis consumers be able to grow a reasonable number of plants per household. (4, 6, whatever) I would like to see it be unlimited someday. (I know, dream on right?) No, not to make money off it. I've been reading how nutritious the plant is for juicing. (I don't think it's in the flower stage but not sure)And if you can juice one plant a day, well, 4-6 plants wouldn't work. But for the buds aspect of it, I like to dream of a time when I can grow just two (maybe four; two in veg two in flower)One indica dominant and one sativa dominant. That would be more than I would ever need. Heck, Maybe if it helped my social anxiety I could barter some bud to friends. You know, a bud for a bud. Maybe someday. Till then it's daydreaming and watching YouTube videos. I'm not fortunate enough to live in a state where the people can vote on this issue. I feel like a dog that has to go outside to pee but can't open the door so I just look at my owner and cry and whimper and pray and wait for him to let me out.Anyways, that's where I am at the moment. Daydreaming. I figure its either that or get all angry and people like Nancy Grace and the like. (I know she's just doing her job-To instill fear in the public about cannabis) Anywho, that's enough rambling for now.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 14, 2015 at 16:07:50 PT

Home Grown
People can brew their own beer and it seems only fair that people who don't want to pay the inflated prices should be able to have a small personal garden. Some people just couldn't afford the prices they get now. Not all people would leave near where they could purchases it either. Ohio has a 4 plant allowance built into what might happen in 2016. As long as 4 plants could be grown outside per individual that seems fair. 
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Comment #5 posted by Mr D on March 14, 2015 at 14:52:10 PT:

Might have made a whoopsie
I'm no expert on CBD. Maybe big pharma doesn't collect from CBD oil. But if it isn't them, it's still keeping the same logic in place- "Don't let the people grow this plant".
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Comment #4 posted by Mr D on March 14, 2015 at 14:44:20 PT:

On the 'no grow no go'
That is a tricky situation, but I'd lean towards voting in favor of it myself if I lived there. It's like Keith Stroup has said before, The first primary objective is to stop arresting cannabis consumers. He, and others, have noted that amendments can be added on later and laws can be changed to further achieve true cannabis freedom for adults. Because, even if restricted, it's important to pass these laws to keep the ball moving forward. There are other states that would LOVE to have something rather than nothing. And if that means sacrificing waiting for that "perfect bill" to help the rest of the country/world move forward with their reform laws, I think that is the better move. But it is tricky. I do see that. Take the medical movement. As more states legalize medical cannabis, it is getting more and more restricted. CBD seems to have the spotlight for "medical cannabis" now. Which is wonderful for the patients that can and will find relief. Good old pharma wanting to produce single compound medicines from the plant, and to(no surprise) have complete control over the profits.
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on March 14, 2015 at 09:02:52 PT

Nevada 2016
No grow, no goÉ.I wouldn't vote for it
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on March 14, 2015 at 08:36:37 PT

evolving positions
I strongly suggest that the political class (Are you listening Hillary?) “evolve” their positions so that it is in alignment with the voters. We all noticed how quickly the political people “evolved” toward gay marriage. For most people, it is not even an issue anymore. Now it is time for them to “evolve” toward a sensible cannabis policy (that is to say relegalization). Relegalization would mean production, retail sales (does not include exorbitant taxes), home growing (if you like), public consumption (with reasonable conditions, like lounges and concert venues). With regard to police chiefs against relegalization… We saw in the DOJ report on Ferguson MO. how the police and the court system misused the laws for decades to oppress, abuse, and take advantage of a certain group of people in their community. It became so ordinary that only the people getting abused could see it. To the people in power this was normal. The sad thing is this is typical pretty much everywhere. Any change from this operation would upset the chiefs of police. This is a big part their funding. 

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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on March 14, 2015 at 07:16:26 PT

"police chiefs complaining of the consequences of
legalization."Oh bummer, what ya gonna do if the easy pickings (on pot smokers) are gone?How are you going to fill your ticket quotas?Very challenging for police departments across the country, hence, they decry legalization.This is when you have achieved total corruption; the system and your tax dollars working directly against you and for a better society and democracy as a whole! Thanks to Nixon (et al), that's when it all started...Now that's what I call pure evil!(evil means living live backwards, that is what evil=live is!)Thank you Mason Tvert my friend! Thanks NV, let's go folks!
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