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Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.
originally posted by: jtma508
Yea but the problem is the Republicans as a party are opposed. Since they're now in-control they will block any such movement at the federal level. Here in MA we passed a medical weed law 2yrs ago. The implementation has been stalled and the 'approved' dispensaries have been forced to push-out their openings by at least 6mos (so far). The State has also revised the entire process of getting physician approvals. Those with valid approvals (based upon the original process) now have to go get new approvals and register through a State system by Jan 1. Problem is, the State system isn't even operational. And now we have a Republican Governor. We also approved casino gambling 2yrs ago and yet on yesterday's ballot there was a question to repeal it. So apparently if the minority does like what the majority votes for they can just attempt to have it repealed in the next election. I can only imagine that there will be a similar question on the 2016 ballot to repeal the med weed laws. Hopefully, we'll get a rec weed question on instead and be done with this stupidity.
“Today’s results will likely boost efforts in California and other states to end marijuana prohibition two years from now. DPA is leading a broad coalition already setting its sights on 2016 in California,” Drug Policy Action said in a statement. “It’s likely that several other states, such as Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Arizona, will also join California with legalization measures of their own in two years.” Source
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: seeker1963
That is an issue that will be rectified through the application of supply and demand over time. If legal marijuana outlets want to steal business from the black market, they'll have to be able to sell weed cheaper than the black markets. Well the only way to do that while still getting a profit, is to jack up the supply. This is easier for legal marijuana places since they don't have to hide their crops from the authorities, so they are free to grow more in the open. This gives them more space to grow and plant more crop.
Also, keep in mind that there will be people purchasing from dispensaries JUST because it's legal and there are no repercussions for going through a dispensary. Many people who smoke don't like breaking the law and some would pay a bit more to make sure they don't go to jail when they buy their bag of weed.