Two U.S. States Become First to Legalize Marijuana

For the first time, two American states have legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana

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For the first time, two American states have legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana.

Voters in Colorado, Washington State and Oregon had the opportunity to make history by voting on initiatives that would legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana in their respective states. Only residents of Oregon rejected the move. Massachusetts voters joined 17 states and the District of Columbia in electing to allow medical use of the drug.

(MORE: How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging)

But the victories could create a clash over states’ rights since the federal government continues to consider marijuana — even for medical use — an illegal substance, and the possession, sale or distribution of marijuana a crime. Anticipating a confrontation, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper warned celebrants not to “break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly” as his administration figures out how state residents can buy and sell marijuana without running afoul of federal laws.

Joking, however, does not seem likely to stand in the way of change. The initiatives represent an increased public push for legalization; a 2011 Gallup poll found that 50% of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization, up from just 12% in 1969. Support for medical marijuana is even higher — despite controversy over how often recreational use masquerades as medical need — and consistently averages over 70%. Three states had ballot questions on medical use;  Massachusetts voters approved it, while those in Arkansas rejected the measure. Montana, which already allows such use, tightened its regulations.

(MORE: Medical Marijuana Finally Heads to D.C.)

What would legalized recreational use mean? For one thing, Colorado and Washington don’t simply lessen the penalties for users from criminal charges to fines. The states do legalize and tax sales — a step that not even countries like the Netherlands, where wholesale selling and growing is illegal but small retail sales are tolerated in licensed “coffee shops,” have taken.

Washington’s law involves a licensing regime, to be handled by the state’s liquor control board, for growers and sellers. Initiative 502 bans sales to people under 21 and sets a 25% tax on both wholesale and retail sales, which will be used to fund drug prevention, schools and health insurance.

(MORE: Legalizing Marijuana: Why Joe Biden Should Listen to Latin America’s Case)

Unlike most prior initiatives, I-502 was widely supported by state officials and mainstream media, including the state Democratic Party and local newspapers. It sets a legal limit on THC blood levels for driving (THC is the active ingredient in cannabis). It also bans growing for personal, non-medical use.

Colorado’s new law is somewhat different: Amendment 64 allows personal possession and growing for one’s own use or to give away. Sales, however, will require a license from the state department of revenue and will be taxed to fund school construction, at a rate of up to 15%.  The Colorado Legislative Council estimates that this could bring in between $4 million and $21 million annually, after accounting for initial costs of $1.3 million and $700,000 to fund the regulatory apparatus.

Both measures passed by comfortable margins — I-502 garnered an estimated 55% of support, and Amendment 64 earned 53% of the vote. Colorado’s enthusiasm is especially significant given that the state already has a medical-marijuana establishment, with 204 outlets in Denver — about three times its number of Starbucks and McDonald’s, combined.

The federal government, however, remains a cloud that hangs over the ballot victories. Since 2009, the Obama Administration has authorized at least 170 raids on dispensaries and issued more than 61 federal indictments, according to the Huffington Post. In justifying the actions, President Obama told Rolling Stone that “I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.’ What I can say is, ‘Use your prosecutorial discretion and properly prioritize your resources to go after things that are really doing folks damage.’ ”

The real question is how much damage legal marijuana sales could cause. Proponents argue that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Unlike alcohol, for example, marijuana does not often produce disinhibited behavior that triggers the risk of violence. And unlike tobacco, it does not appear to be linked with lung cancer or other common cancers; the largest and most careful studies simply have not yet found a connection, even in the heaviest smokers.

(MORE: Stoned Driving Nearly Doubles the Risk of a Fatal Crash)

THC, however, is a mild hallucinogen that also has sedative properties. Cannabis intoxication does impair memory and cognition, and marijuana addiction, as with any drug, can lead to serious impairments in judgment and result in harm. But experts agree that marijuana addiction tends to be less severe than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or alcohol addiction.

Whether marijuana’s status as a legal or illegal drug influences how it is used remains unclear. Studies conducted in Holland, which has come the closest to full legalization of cannabis, and Portugal, which decriminalized possession of all drugs, so far do not show negative effects on either addiction rates or misuse by young people.

There is also the complicated relationship between the intensity of law enforcement and the rates of marijuana use and addiction, with no clear expectation that increased enforcement will lower use or related problems. As Dr. Evan Wood, a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and the founder of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy, says, “No scientific evidence demonstrates an association between the amount of money governments spend on drug law enforcement and rates of drug use. And some nations like the U.S., which spend the most, have among the highest rates of drug use.”

One factor that does influence drug use is price, and legal marijuana would almost certainly be cheaper than that on the black market. A study conducted while California voters considered legalization suggested that the price would drop by 80%.

(MORE: Will Marijuana Legalization Increase Use?)

If that’s true, and use increases, the states that now have a mandate permitting marijuana use may face another concern to public safety. Some research suggests that marijuana use substitutes for drinking, which would lower driving risks. Others studies, however, find that it is simply added on top, which makes drunk driving more dangerous. But one risk is clearly reduced by legalization: the harms related to arrest and incarceration, which are disproportionately borne by minorities. The voters have spoken. Now they’re waiting for the federal government to respond.

MORE: 10 Reasons to Revisit Marijuana Policy Now

Szalavitz is a health writer at TIME.com. Find her on Twitter at @maiasz. You can also continue the discussion on TIME Healthland’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIMEHealthland.

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lauramathrew

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BenJohnson
BenJohnson

Has the crime rate reduced since Colorado legalized marijuana? This should be investigated. I've heard that California is surviving a major economical crisis. 170 police raids in Colorado is way too much wasted money. Let's see what happens since it's too early to tell.

YutaJones
YutaJones


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katsy_peace8
katsy_peace8

Legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is quite a serious step. Once it has been legalized in a few American states, the likelihood of further legalization in other states rises significantly. This article does present some valid arguments that justify marijuana legalization. Another article, which advocates marijuana legalization in a more strong and confident way is “The End of Marijuana Prohobition” by Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch (http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/legalizing-marijuana-in-washington-and-colorado-by-kasia-malinowska-sempruch). Malinowska-Sempruch presents other possible justifications for marijuana legalization, such as economic benefits for the country’s budget, easier conditions for people with marijuana addiction to seek treatment. She also includes some facts from the history of marijuana legalization in Portugal, which prove that marijuana legalization is not as dangerous, as it may seem at a first sight. Despite the fact, that marijuana is a mild-drug and has some advantages in comparison to legal drugs, such as alcohol and nicotine, its effect on the person’s perception of reality, as well cognition and memory is significantly worse than that of alcohol and nicotine. Even a cigarette of marijuana, smoked instead of tobacco cigarette during break times at work or school, can slightly impair the person’s behavior, as well as mental functioning. Are the benefits for the government economy, easing of seeking treatment for addiction, reduction of violence weigh more in terms of positive effects than the possible negative outcomes? That is certainly something that the government should consider seriously before passing a law like this. 

slydogwilson@yahoo.com
slydogwilson@yahoo.com

I am a God fearing man and it reads in the Bible that God put every green plant on the earth for man to use. They should legalize it in every state to generate revenue to get US out of this defecit !

billyking8525
billyking8525

people needs to legalize marijuana they cant play the card o if people stoned more car crashes if thats the case banned alcohol cause that is hell of alot worse for u and if the government tell you otherwise their full of crap alcohol kills more brain cells and ciggs kills you alot more weed is the safest drug and u legalize weed it will get rid of alot of problems alot of drug dealers and all of that shit and the jail cells will clear up like crazy and we would get ourselves out of debt so fast it aint even funny more people smokes weed then drinks and smoke ciggs.

tidyeye
tidyeye

All drugs have been legalised in Portugal for some time now and they have not seen an explosion of drug use.

Medical_Community
Medical_Community

With the release of more accurate studies, and the dismissal of old wives tales and urban myths, it's now becoming well known that forgetfulness is only associated with -initial- cannabis use, and even that is only short-term (the things that slip your mind just those first few days begin solidifying in your mind again properly, and the phenomenon itself subsides with appropriate and regular cannabis use, as the cannabinoids in cannabis begin to supplement and benefit your natural endocannabinoid system... it is just like virtually every medication and even many daily vitamins and supplements; there are initial side-effects as your body adjusts to the increase, or introduction, of a new chemical or chemicals... cannabis fortunately has fewer side effects than most medications, and it happens to be -less toxic- than many of the foods on grocery store shelves that are aimed at everyone from vulnerable children, to the elderly).

Anyone with potential medical ailments should google: 

 1) Granny Storm Crow's Medical List -

An enormous collection of literally thousands of positive medical studies on cannabis! She is a wonderful woman, and a sharply intelligent activist and teacher, who has spent many years of her time promoting the beneficial medicinal aspects of cannabis. 

2) BadKittySmiles CannaPharm for Medical Grade Oil & Edible Recipes -

Tutorials for incredibly impressive and powerful medical grade oils with advanced bioavailability, that are easy enough for anyone to make, even if you only have few supplies, w/ recipes for medicated beef jerky, canna cheese cake, glowing hard candies, turkey dinners, meat pies, hash extracts and tinctures, and more! Revolutionary advice for extracting into oil, and for the decarboxylation/activation of cannabinoids. Besides effectively treating insomnia, anxiety, MS, Parkinson's, and other serious ailments, members of several forums and communities have posted journals leading to the COMPLETE remission of their own, and their loved ones cancers, using these techniques... look out for the Book!!!  (Do a google image search for BadKittySmiles... you'll be drooling!)

 &  

3) Rick Simpson - For the original cancer curing Phoenix Tears hemp oil!!!!

  "Medical benefits aside, most of the products we buy and the food on our local grocery store shelves, are MUCH more toxic than cannabis, and in much lower quantities... if we wanted to start eliminating things that 'tasted' or 'felt good', by using a 'rate of harm' system, then starting at the top we'd need to eliminate much of our cosmetics and make-up, our synthetic clothing, a good chunk of our technology, and about 90% of the food in the grocery stores, long before we'd reach cannabis on that list. "

"To be deprived of a non-lethal plant, that is less harmful than a can of soda pop, which (quite unlike the legal soda) has been proven time and time again to cure terminal and previously incurable illnesses, and to be deprived due entirely to prejudice and money for so long, while so many of our parents, our peers and our grandparents have suffered needlessly... that is criminal in and of itself.  The prohibition of cannabis, has been a huge and deadly atrocity for medical patients and entire cultures and regions of people, an atrocity that has only benefited criminals and politicians, and that has hurt those who needed help the most. "

cohara1103
cohara1103

Why the federal government continues to ignore the empirical evidence before them while simultaneously holding a patent on marijuana Patent number 6630507 states unequivocally that "cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson's, Alzeheimer's and HIV dementia."The patent, awarded in 2003, is based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and is assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.http://www.examiner.com/article/a-safer-choice-marijuana-use-rises-prescription-use-declines

VocalCitizen
VocalCitizen

The bottom line is, it does not matter how each of us PERSONALLY feels about marijuana.

The only relevant conversation is whether or not adults over 21 should be able to have the choice between a frosty beer at Happy Hour or a bowl of Purple Haze in their homes. 

Marijuana is never going to go away. It's been used for thousands of years by people across the planet. We can choose to control who buys it and tax it, or we can continue to let drug cartels handle the $400 billion a year business. Those are our choices.

TimWalsh
TimWalsh

first time legalized???...the ENTIRE country was legal before 1937!

dry-erase-markers
dry-erase-markers

Isn't it kinda of funny that the money from taxing Mary Jane. Will pay for schools and health care. Looks like a conflict of interest. I remember the D.A.R.E program and learning to stay away from drugs and now when I go buy some it will pay for schooling. Anywhoo can't wait to go buy some weed to support schooling and providing health care. Michelle forced a decrease in school lunch calories. Bloomberg and his soft drinks, but now no prob smoking reefers!! Can I get a booh yeah!! Can't wait, can't wait, want wait!!!! Booh Yeah!

greggs72
greggs72

I think this is a step forward. After all, alcohol is legal and I don't see a huge difference. I know what I think should be illegal: Factory Farming. Just think how many of our problems would be solved with this one social change: global warming by reducing methane gas, use of hormones and antibiotics that is a number one culprit for our health, not to mention environmental impact of pesticides used for growing corn. It might even help world hunger; it takes a thousand times the resources to grow one pound of meat versus the same amount of grain. Yeah! I say legalize marijuana and illegalize factory farming.

trofe21
trofe21

Actually, marjuana sales are taxed in the Netherlands (Holland). I live there with my Dutch husband. The sales tax is 21% on nearly all products, which includes marjuana.

worldaccording2me
worldaccording2me

This is NOT the first time states have legalized marijuana for personal use. This is a great example of a journalist not doing their job and checking facts. Marijuana was legal in Alaska for personal use up to an ounce for many years. I believe the law was changed in the 90's during the war on drugs. I hate smoking pot, but, I believe it should be legalized, period. I think most heavy pot smokers, like alcoholics, suffer from emotional arrested development, keep an adolescent arrogance about themselves, simply live in denial and in my experience seem to never really achieve much in their life. But, that's their choice, it's their life. Also, cannabis used as medicine makes sense.

PlumbLine
PlumbLine

Revelation 9:21.......And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

MuzzyLu
MuzzyLu

Marijuana is a very healthy food if taken as an edible, not smoked. It is a gentle and safe way to handle pain. There is a great $2.99 e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

regularjoe
regularjoe

Blood tests are performed on crash fatalities to determine use ofalcohol and other drugs.  Marijuana metabolites are stored in fat cellsand you can test positive a month or more after your last smoke.  Itdoes not determine whether or not marijuana was a cause of the crash.Anecdotalevidence says that Stoned drivers drive slower if at all(glued tocouch, delivery pizza).  There are saliva tests in development but Ithink that regular road side sobriety tests should be sufficient.  Afterall, there is no roadside test for the plethora of opiates that areprescribed daily.

imaginethat
imaginethat

Congratulations voters in Colorado your  poor  will be able to smoke dope but not find a job because they will not be able to pass the urinalysis. I for one would not want my coworkers in the petrochemical industry being stoned around me. Very few people can smoke marijuana and maintain normal life. More folks on welfare smoking dope and more kids dropping out.

The Elite agenda strikes again.

CourtneySmithGonzalez
CourtneySmithGonzalez

What ever man marijuana is just like tobacco. Its not the fact it harms us.... We should have the righ to make a choice just like alcohol and tobacco. Taking the right from us to make the decision for ourselves is just letting the government control us one more time.

AshleyLawton
AshleyLawton

@dry-erase-markers It also seems strange that (in my home state of Colorado at least) the majority of the revenue for the Department of Natural Resources (i.e. state forests) come from hunting licensing and registration fees?

Nobody is arguing that drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are good. They aren't, but the fact is that they exist. Prohibition focuses on the denial of that existence and the "War on Drugs" focuses on this ridiculous ideal that people, through sheer willpower, overcome the physical needs that define them as human (i.e. "Why don't you be a generation that doesn't have to have any kind of crutch?") It simply doesn't work that way. If instead we embrace the fact there are things in this world that we don't like and, rather than denying them, appropriately manage them to reduce their effects, we're all better off. With marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol taxes, we can educate people about the risks of using these substances, when it's appropriate to use them, and how to  minimize the risks.

As far as soft drinks and fast food go, they are extremely bad for you. They are designed to taste amazing with sugar and/or fat, but also not to satiate your hunger/thirst so you always want more. Studies are showing that sugar is just as addictive as nicotine, possibly toxic in small amounts, definitely toxic if overused. There are many problems with fast and processed food, such as: the majority of people aren't educated about it, modern society is much more fast paced, and food is a necessity (not a luxury like alcohol/tobacco/marijuana), a larger population has forced our food system to create cheaper, unhealthy food, etc. Regardless of what the true root problems are, the rising obesity rates have proven that the issue is so pervasive that governmental measures must be taken to restrict it's availability. You can still buy as much soda as you want, just as you can buy as much alcohol or cigarettes as you want, but if you make it less convenient to buy (in this case, calories) in bulk, then people will naturally reduce their usage.

ed
ed

@worldaccording2me Some of the richest people I know are potheads. I myself am doing well and achieving more in my life then I had hoped for. I tend to think "your experience" is a telling clue as to the type of people you surround yourself with. I hate generalization it's ignorant and lazy.

bradandrews007
bradandrews007

@PlumbLine  

If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.-  Deuteronomy 25:11-12

Crash77
Crash77

Genesis 1:12..... And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose  seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

bork1977
bork1977

@imaginethat I guess it's O.K to go to work on Demerol, Percoset or Valium. How many of those people are you working with?

cohara1103
cohara1103

@imaginethat

You mean like sir richard branson ted turner carl sagen steven king.....are these the stoners your talking about because all of them have been cannabis smokers for years

KerriSoto
KerriSoto

@imaginethat Unfortunately in most states that allow possession and use of mj  the businesses  do not have too permit drug testing in order for their employees to get a job 

MichaelBeevers
MichaelBeevers

If you aren't high, you are certifiably insane.  Why on earth are you going on some narcissistic ramble about yourself and petrochemicals in an article that pertains to citizens of Colorado and Washington?  Did your Mom not give you enough attention as a kid? 

joedawg82
joedawg82

@imaginethat Are you retarded? Over a hundred million Americans admit to smoking pot at one time or another. If anything you said were actually true wed have tens of millions of people out of work, which we don't. Please take that reefer madness nonsense back to the swamp where it belongs. You nanny state freaks are destroying this country. You idiots would give every ounce of freedom we have away if someone told you the evil weed plants were coming for your family. Sit down and pipe down, the people have had enough of your ignorance.

GaryMcCray
GaryMcCray

@imaginethat 

Of course the same could be said for perfectly legal alcohol.

In those positions where significant impairment is relevant there have always been controls and abuses, this is no different.

Individual discretion and common sense in place of blind legal controls seems a good thing to me.

dry-erase-markers
dry-erase-markers

@AshleyLawton @dry-erase-markers What are your talking about I for one can't wait to get waxed and not worry about getting in trouble anymore. I was just saying I thought it was ironic. Couldn't have happened soon enough! Booh Yeah! 

sleuther
sleuther

joedawg82come on. see what happens when you become short and irrational? firstit starts off with retard (which isn't acceptable, anyway you spin it). then that starts the cannabis haters with the pothead this, and thedoper that.

imaginethat
imaginethat

@GaryMcCray @imaginethat Most people are responsible that is true . However that one guy out of ten that thinks he can operate a refinery and end up killing coworkers.

imaginethat
imaginethat

@jparker13 @imaginethat You are wrong about that we get hair tested and it goes back 6 months. We do not allow any alcohol or dope. If someone smells of alcohol they are Breathalyzed on the spot by our safety department or they are fired for refusal. This is mandatory by the insurance company of any major petrochemical company.

obiwon
obiwon

@imaginethat @joedawg82 You act like spending billions on police and prisons keeping it illegal is going to keep someone from smoking pot that works for you? REally? You are the redneck "Christian" boss-from-Hell that drives companies in to the ground. 

LakotaWeedist
LakotaWeedist

@imaginethat @joedawg82 Is that a threat? Get over yourself my friend. Your closed minded ideas about what a "pothead" looks like is your limitation. I bet you'd be shocked if you met most of us in real life, I'm guessing you would have no idea that we are "stoners". Your point of view basically would amount to me calling anyone who had a drink after work an alcoholic. Not true? See my point? Many of us have advanced degrees and work in very challenging and complex industries. Open your mind and your heart and allow others to make their own decision about the substances that they choose to use and unwind. Especially when those substances are illegal and feared (by you) for irrational reasons dating back to the Reefer Madness Henry Anslinger days. 

Oh, and why is Cannabis Schedule I for the Controlled Substances Act? Because Nixon didn't want those damn hippies on the Whitehouse lawn. So instead of just throwing them off of the lawn and getting bad press, Nixon found something they were doing and demonized it and then started throwing people in jail that opposed the Vietnam war. Remember this is the same guy that thought Watergate was a good idea. Now we have private prisons that depend on their occupancy rate fueled by the War on Drugs. Sounds like a wonderful society that we're living in. I smoke a unprocessed plant (coffee and alcohol have way more processing than cannabis), get a high that affects no one but me, not showing any aggression toward others and then I lose my family by being thrown in prison. How does that make any sense at all? Interesting how we choose to ignore how we got here. Educate yourself before you open your mouth and sound like an ignorant fool.

http://weedist.com

VocalCitizen
VocalCitizen

You enjoy your whiskey or beer or wine or cigarettes. Butt out and leave adults who want to relax with a joint alone. I don't interfere in your choice to be closed-minded. Don't involve yourself in my choice to use cannabis.

JairrelWaymond
JairrelWaymond

Yes, but drunks & winos are completely welcome.

irishpride
irishpride

@imaginethat @joedawg82  tobacco is way worse the weed and that legal! no one dies from pot and 400,500 people die from tobacco each year. if you look and health effects on a government page of tobacco you will get sick of scrolling down the page. as for weed its bi-nine compared to cigs. Michel Phelps could not win any gold medals if he smoked Marlboro reds. he is a hippie as you may know. 

irishpride
irishpride

@imaginethat @joedawg82  your a moron. tobacco is wayyyy worse. could Michel Phelps(pot head) win gold medals left and right is he smoked Marlboro reds? pot kills no one in the history of mankind. tobacco kills 4000,500 each year. you cant overdose on it. i of all people should know because iv done every form of pot practicably 

obiwon
obiwon

@imaginethat @GaryMcCray BP execs ordered full steam ahead worst disaster since Valdez that massacred entire village - are you implying they were stoned? 

AndrewWhite
AndrewWhite

@imaginethat  The same counts for alcohol then. Drinking, thinks he can operate a refinery. Realistically - legal or not - the problem is hiring a person who is this irresponsible rather than legalization of an already readily available drug.

ed
ed

@imaginethat Your comment is like that of the ignorance that drove this law to begin with. How about, instead of posting based on your obvious negative rational, you do some research and base comments on a well informed platform. until then you'll just continue to sound like an ass.  

msg21
msg21

@imaginethat this has to be the dumbest thing I've ever read.  I smoke every day, and I'm damn productive. I just wait until I get home from work. I lead a pretty damn normal life. Get a clue

nicetomeetyou
nicetomeetyou

@imaginethat @jparker13 you touch on three points in your comments that make no sense whatsoever:

1. Who said that marijuana users will be allowed to smoke while on the job at your petrochemical company- are they allowed to drink alcohol on the job?

2. "Very few people can smoke marijuana and maintain normal life." What is this opinion based on?

3. You make the assumption that people will now begin smoking pot because it is legal. Hate to be the one to break it to you, but whoever wanted to smoke pot in Colorado before yesterday's vote, was already smoking.