Marijuana Legalization 2013: 12 More States Consider Decriminalization and Legalization

A poll conducted last December shows 58% of the public support marijuana law reform. Twelve more state legislatures are addressing marijuana issues.

18 states, as well as Washington, D.C. currently have laws that allow for use of medical marijuana and two states (Colorado and Washington) passed laws last November allowing for recreational use of the plant. If 12 additional states pass favorable marijuana laws, that would be a total of thirty states that are in conflict with federal laws.

Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate judiciary hearing  last week that "We will have the ability to announce what our policy will be relatively soon." One wonders what relatively soon means, given that in 2004, then-Senator Obama stated he supported decriminalization.

Regardless, if the federal government would simply act now to remove marijuana as a Schedule I class drug, it would save the entire nation time and money. But then the federal government has never been too good at cutting costs.

Perhaps in order to get this issue the attention it needs to move forward, we could enlist the aid of Senator Rand Paul and his prowess using the proven technique of a filibuster. I am sure his father would approve.

It is time for those on Capitol Hill to quit dragging their feet.

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Barbara Shoff

Though raised in the prong of the buckle in the Bible belt, I find elastic much more comfortable. I attended Oklahoma Wesleyan University and receive my education by living a life of continued inquiry. I love reading, researching, writing, gardening and sharing my opinions. In another life I was a Young Republican. In yet another life, I once worked for a politician who was a Democrat. I believe in the Constitution that was. It should be required that all high school students watch the video and report on the warning of Dwight Eisenhower's farewell speech and the current state of the MIC. Books: Non-Fiction: The Home Warranty Handbook: Insider Secrets That Will Save You Money (an expose') Fiction: A Community of Butterflies: Chrysalis (stalker/thriller) Available on Amazon www.meanderingmentalmusings.blogspot.com www.barbarashoff.com

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