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U.S. Chart of Marijuana's Legal Status in All Fifty States

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This is just a chart. But I found it interesting just how many states have medical and recreational marijuana up for votes in 2014. VOTE, VOTE people.

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Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 12:31 pm

Roger G (154)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 12:49 pm
noted, thanks

Fiona O (565)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:09 pm
Useful. Noted. Thanks.

Heidi Walderra (162)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:10 pm

Teresa B (43)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:11 pm
The proposal for NJ's legalization was discussed on the local news here today. Christie is against it, of course. However, he is facing some problems due to reneging on state contributions to state workers' pension funds. Legalizing and taxing MJ may be his only way out of the state budget deficit. Thanks, Ashley.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:30 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Ashley.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:36 pm
Interesting. Thank you.

Artur B (135)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:37 pm

Sherry B (66)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 1:47 pm
Noted Ashley. Every state should be red & green!

Ismail Al ahmad (171)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:03 pm
Noted , Thank you my friend Ashley

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:17 pm
thanks so much,,,let's hope for high times!!

Judy T (227)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:36 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Ashley! :)

Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:40 pm
Interesting, thank you Ashley! Hoping soon every state will be Green :)

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 2:40 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 3:09 pm

Anette S (22)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 3:10 pm

Maggy G (44)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 4:23 pm

Julie C (29)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 5:07 pm
I can think of no reason marijuana use for medical purposes should be different than any other drug.

Mandi T (376)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 5:15 pm

Vallee R (280)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 5:37 pm
Noted - thanks.

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 7:19 pm
I'm normally a glass half-full kind of guy, but with half the states not considering any legislation, and outcomes uncertain in other states, I'd have to say the glass is more than half-empty. Nevertheless, progress is being made, and for that I suppose we should be thankful.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 7:33 pm
Noted. Of course My State isn't even considering it. Not that I would smoke it. But it seems like the right thing to do

Kathleen M (224)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 7:37 pm
Noted and shared. I do think my state (MA) has okayed MM, but implementation is ...challenging? Damned puritanical roots are hard to shake! TY, Ashley!

Heidi Aubrey (5)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 7:46 pm
I am not happy. Its bad enough we have a nation of alcoholics. Now we have a drunk and/or high nation.

Tell me when your high and/or drunk, how is your ability to make serious decisions(voting, driving, deciding whether or not to commit a crime against someone, take care of repairs-any, etc. ?

Gary Jordan (21)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 8:17 pm
Thanks ASHLEY!!! I suffer from constant, everlasting, severe pain due to 4 back surgeries, bad hips and diabetic neuropathy. Prescription pain pills do not help much and make me ill. Therefore, I have no way to take the edge off. I have grown a strong tolerance to pain but my life is so miserable at times. If marijuana were legalised for medical use in my state it may help me or it may not but it would be worth a try.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 8:27 pm
Noted. Graphic shared. I know it is being talked about in NC, but with our nutbag legislature, I won't hold my breath.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 8:51 pm
Interesting to see how other countries approach this question.

B L (76)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 9:33 pm
Noted It is going to be legalized pretty soon as more and more states approve it. It is really no big deal would they rather there be more people on chemicals? That is a huge problem every where and they will stoop to any level to get money for their drugs. The only concern that I have with the legalizing it, is on the roads because their response levels are lower and it could cause a lot of accidents. I'm not against it because people are going to do it regardless of the laws.

Rhonda B (106)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 9:47 pm
Noted. My sate h=is considering medical marijuana. Thank you Ashley.

Janis K (126)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 9:56 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 10:25 pm
Thanks Ashley, for sharing this story. I think it could help out a lot of people.

TomCat S (129)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 10:36 pm
Won't the folks reading the chart forget what it says? ;-)

Tina F (113)
Sunday May 25, 2014, 11:19 pm

Karen Baker (71)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:36 am

Sherri G (128)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:13 am
Noted TY Cher

Alexandra G (250)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:34 am
noted, thanks

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Monday May 26, 2014, 2:52 am
Interesting, Teresa B. Legalizing and taxing would certainly raise revenue. Governments don't mind taxing tobacco and alcohol, so what is the reluctance with ?

It depends, TomCatS. Some people have amazing memories, no matter what.

Medical marijuana should be made easier for states, certainly not harder. Many people with cancer and other painful illnesses can be helped with medical marijuana. The mayor of a town in eastern Ontario said that his brother used medical marijuana during his dying days of cancer and it certainly eased his suffering.

I don't smoke it as the odour is rather strong, but what others do is none of my business.

Susan Allan, are you stuck with a legislature filled with con-servatives?

Heidi Aubrey, if one is drunk or high, then one should not be driving or using heavy machinery? Is the American populace a nation of alcoholics? As compared to what, the Russian populace, which seems to have more of a problem with alcohol use in their society. I imagine that most people drink responsibly. As for deciding to commit crimes, aren't people smoking marijuana rather mellow and relaxed rather than thinking about committing crimes? They might want to bake brownies but I don't think they would be inclined to be bothered to rob the Seven Eleven.

It seems rather surprising that there are only two states in the U.S. where marijuana is actually legal. A lot of police forces spend time and money arresting people for having small amounts of marijuana. The idea that people should be spending time in jail for a recreational drug seems rather antiquated. Police are wasting tax dollars going after those smoking pot, one would think that there are far more serious issues for them to investigate. But, I guess the For Profit Prison System keeps rolling on.

Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, wants stronger laws against marijuana, flying in the face of public opinion on the issue. It figures. Meanwhile, the leader of the Liberal Party favours legalization. It is unlikely that Harper will be reelected, as he is quite unpopular and the NDP is also liberal when it comes to the issue of marijuana.

"Justin Trudeau’s support for the legalization of marijuana and his admission that he has smoked it as recently as three years ago is not without controversy, but the Liberal Leader appears to be on the right side of public opinion.

That opinion has been increasingly growing from opposition to acceptance, with support for decriminalization and legalization claiming a majority of Canadians in the last decade. That support cuts across regional, generational and political boundaries. Though less supportive than others, even older Canadians and Conservatives are on board with reform of marijuana laws."

"But the Conservatives, offside with public opinion generally, seem to be on the wrong path with their own supporters: 62 per cent of them told Forum they favoured either legalization or decriminalization."

"OTTAWA—The Global Commission on Drug Policy says it’s “very weird” that Canada is taking a tougher line on marijuana when governments across the globe are reconsidering the war on drugs.

In an open letter Wednesday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Brazil-based commission calls on Canada to stop pursuing the “destructive, expensive and ineffective” prohibition of pot.

Louise Arbour, a former Supreme Court of Canada judge, former Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso, former Swiss president Ruth Dreifuss and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson are among the signatories to the letter that warns Canada is repeating “the same grave mistakes as other countries.”

“Building more prisons, tried for decades in the United States under its failed war on drugs, only deepens the drug problem and does not reduce cannabis supply or rates of use,” says the letter. “Instead, North American youth now report easier access to cannabis than to alcohol or tobacco.”

She noted governments across the hemisphere are finally starting to reconsider their approach to drugs, just as Canada moves in the opposite direction.

The international letter-writers appeal to Canadians’ sense of international pride to make their case.

“Canada has a proud international tradition of innovative and realistic policies; tougher drug law enforcement tactics such as mandatory minimum sentencing for minor drug law offences will put a huge strain on Canadian taxpayers, will not have the intended effect of creating safer communities, and will instead further entrench the marijuana industry in the hands of organized crime groups.”

In a press release accompanying the release of the letter, Brazil’s former president called for “fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies.”

“We should start by treating cannabis use as a health issue and undermine organized crime by legally regulating the drug’s use rather than promoting prohibition policies which actually fuel gang violence, Cardoso said in the release."

"Released on Tuesday, the poll suggests 66% of Canadians are in favour of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, with just 20% supporting leaving the laws as they are now."

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2014, 4:06 am
Noted, thanks.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday May 26, 2014, 5:42 am
This map doesn't fully explain everything. Maine is grey which gives the impression that it isn't moving in a more positive direction but it already has approved the use of medical marijuana in that State. I know, I lived there and voted to have it placed on the ballot and it won. I'm wondering what other States that are grey shaded are similar.

Here in Florida we have a very Respected and Big time Lawyer that is pushing for the Medical Marijuana and he is gaining ground. It was voted down the first submission but he isn't deterred and more are joining all the time in this. I think we'll see it eventually, even those good ole' boys that pushed in this extreme conservative legislature use marijuana a lot.

Marianne R (95)
Monday May 26, 2014, 6:08 am
noted, thanks

Michela M (3964)
Monday May 26, 2014, 7:08 am

pam w (139)
Monday May 26, 2014, 7:43 am
I'm a favor of deregulation, NOT ''legalization."

This is a PLANT, people....not some compound which has been created chemically. A PLANT! Will they want to tax my tomatoes? My basil? My mint? can they want to tax my marijuana--which grows happily in my garden?

divergent revolution (309)
Monday May 26, 2014, 8:18 am
as far as other drugs,,,weed used to be considered a "gateway drug",,,while people who use illicit drugs probably also smoke, they are successfully using pot now,as an "exit"" drug,for alcoholics,addicts,and most importantly prescription pills which are bad in themselves,but a lot of painkillers have high doses of tylenol,so liver damage as well by getting hooked,the tylenol is worse than the codeine(usually a much smaller amount)

divergent revolution (309)
Monday May 26, 2014, 8:20 am
Pam,hopefully they cannot tax it if we grow our own,which is getting easier all the time
no matter how you live,all you need is a closet

Lady S (446)
Monday May 26, 2014, 8:46 am
O_O Wow Dale, you should write a book. Thanks for the well thought out comment.

Lady S (446)
Monday May 26, 2014, 8:47 am
Did not know that about Maine. Maybe the map was made before Maine approved it?

Gene J (290)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:01 am
Out of date already. Minnesota legalized medical marijuana just as the session ended. Though all states ought do what Colorado has. And will eventually, this is an idea whose time has come.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:51 am

Barry AWAY T (933)
Monday May 26, 2014, 9:57 am
Noted. Thanks for posting; very interesting.

I live in Canada, which - as noted by Dale - has Stephen Harper as Prime Minister, a throwback to some other (darker) time. Unite the right works - or at least did, here in Canada.

The result is that we are way out of step with the rest of the world, even much of the U.S., at least on this issue. Usually Canada is more progressive than the U.S., lol - not at this moment ...but that will change.

Anyway, sorry for the digression ... I think that decriminalization / legalization is good, but is happening for the wrong reasons. It is turning into a tax grab. We see a lot of politicians with will do just about anything (except tax the wealthiest) to raise revenues, so it has nothing to do with what is right or wrong, good or bad, but is only about the almighty dollar.

And the almighty dollar is a significant part of what’s wrong with everything, so ... I don’t have the answer to this one, short of bringing it all down lol, but I’m just saying … we need to be way of everything and everybody in the public eye. Their intentions are rarely noble.

Winn A (179)
Monday May 26, 2014, 11:17 am

Betty Kowall (304)
Monday May 26, 2014, 11:38 am
From various comments made, it seems the map is out of date. I found it interesting to look at the states that apparently have nothing happening.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday May 26, 2014, 1:31 pm
Maine has allowed prescribing, and limited possession, of medical marijuana since 1999 but the law lacked any distribution mechanism and questions arose of noncompliance with federal law and of how patients could legally obtain the prescribed marijuana.

In October 2009 the Obama adminstration announced that it would halt prosecution of medical marijuana users and caregivers if they were in compliance with their state's law [read more]. On November 3, 2009 Maine voters approved Question 5, which enacted the citizen-initiated bill, "An act to establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act".

Maine was the fifth state to provide for dispensaries of medical grade marijuana for persons with debilitating and chronic medical conditions.

Brenda P (125)
Monday May 26, 2014, 4:16 pm
noted and 🚫🚬 for me 😁

Alexandra Ekdahl (52)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 1:16 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 2:10 am
noted ,very good-something is happening:c.sativa=medical

cannabis indica=recreational,it contains much higher concentrations of psychoactive substances ,while sativa much more curative-especially for neuro disorders(Parkinson,epilepsy,......)and some tell even for cancer ,melanomas

Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:01 am
Thanks so much Ashley for this informative post.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 5:06 am
So very true pam w, re: your comment of taxing your mint and basil. Who knows, Monsanto may try and get world government's to tax us for growing organic herbs and other food sources.and big pharma doesn't approve of medicinal plants unless they can patent us and charge exorbitant prices.

sylvie C (46)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:43 am
Thanks Ashley for posting

sylvie C (46)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:44 am
Thanks Ashley and Ismail for the forward

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:51 am
Bojan, the combo does the trick for me...

. (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 1:14 pm

Patricia Gal (103)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 4:21 pm
don't like the idea

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 6:26 pm

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 6:07 am
Thank you for sharing

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 12:26 pm

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:47 pm
There are critics I see.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:48 pm
Thank you for sharing Ashley.
Noted, I live in Canada also, and our Prime Minister is interested in only one thing - to make Canada the biggest Oil supplier in the world. 2015 can't come soon enough to out him!

Trina Hawkins (24)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 12:11 am
Noted! My state was gray,don't know why? As the governor is thinking about signing a bill ,for medical reasons! This would be a Good thing! I don't care to smoke it,but the infused oil in food sure Stops Pain ! Green Apple lilipops from Colorado,YUM! Think I'll move there!:)

Barbara F (47)
Thursday May 29, 2014, 10:40 am

Ann Welton (230)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 3:51 pm
Noted. Thank you Ashley.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 10:13 pm
The states are realizing the DOLLAR benefits of legalizing the hemp

Brad H (21)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 7:42 am
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