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View Poll Results: Next state to legalize recreational marijuana?
Pennsylvania 1 4.35%
Vermont 14 60.87%
Rhode Island 1 4.35%
Maine 2 8.70%
Hawaii 5 21.74%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-15-2013, 02:17 PM
 
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Here are the five states so far where legislative action has been proposed in favor of recreational marijuana legalization.

Which one is most likely to be the 3rd U.S. state to disregard nonsensical "drug war" policies against the possession and recreational use of marijuana?
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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I don't really know. I'm hoping someday my state of Ohio will wise up. I'm not holding my breath though.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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New Hampshire will be next I think but of those? I say Vermont.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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If I had my vote Illinois and Kentucky.

Hell, Kentucky should already make it legal as much as its grown there. Maybe tobacco wouldn't be their cash crop anymore.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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If I had my vote Illinois and Kentucky.

Hell, Kentucky should already make it legal as much as its grown there. Maybe tobacco wouldn't be their cash crop anymore.

Or the tobacco companies can enhance their industry, and increase their profits. If anyone has the resources to cultivate and mass produce it, it's the tobacco industry.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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Voters in my state (Montana) overwhelmingly favored MT's medical marijuana ballot initiative in 2004, yet turned around and gutted it last November via legislative referendum.

With Montana's dispensaries having been targeted by the Obama administration's federal raids throughout 2011, a majority of voters, I think, became pretty soured toward our law that was amongst the most liberal in the country. Pretty sad.

However, a Constitutional Initiative for MT's 2014 ballot is already underway with plenty of time to acquire the necessary number of petition signatures. If legalization activists (along with the Democrats, I suppose) are able to turn out enough young voters in 2014, then it may very well have the affect of increasing popular support for such initiatives across the nation.

I just hope that more voters/state legislatures will follow the examples of Washington and Colorado. It's time to nullify.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:05 PM
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...you can scratch hawaii from that list, house bill #150, introduced by house speaker joe souki, died in committee 2/12, without so much as a hearing.

hb150 would have allowed persons over twenty one to possess up to one once of pakalolo for personal use.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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...you can scratch hawaii from that list, house bill #150, introduced by house speaker joe souki, died in committee 2/12, without so much as a hearing.

hb150 would have allowed persons over twenty one to possess up to one once of pakalolo for personal use.
Next step: Ballot initiative.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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Or the tobacco companies can enhance their industry, and increase their profits. If anyone has the resources to cultivate and mass produce it, it's the tobacco industry.
you would think so. i can't imagine any company/industry turning down a chance to diversify its product mix.

Tobacco usage has been declining and I believe teen tobacco use in the US has been the lowest it has ever been for quite some time.

You would think RJR, Altria, BAT, all the big boys of tobacco would throw millions of dollars behind lobbying for hemp and marijuana legalization as they have the capital and scale to become big players.

I also think growers who are against pot legalization for precisely those reasons (i.e. fear of losing market to big tobacco) should look at the beer industry and see how micro/small brew operations have flourished even as big brewers have gotten bigger (but have lost share).

In alcohol as well as pot, the market is large enough for both mass produced goods as well as higher-priced boutique goods.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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Also, being that my source appears to be over two weeks old, I wasn't aware that New Hampshire is also included amongst the states where marijuana legalization is being considered. I would say that NH is just as likely as VT to move toward legalization, and it would be great to see both of them follow through this year.

Rhode Island seems like the most likely after VT and NH, but I'm doubtful of PA and ME actually going through with it in 2013. We'll see, though...
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