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Voters give nod to legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C.

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posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 07:45 AM
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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.

Voters give nod to legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C.

Two new states and the nation's capital have all legalized marijuana this past Tuesday. This is big time news! Now the total number of states with legal pot are up to four. But now we have the District of Columbia legalizing it too. More states are coming around to the truth. They are falling like dominoes. Maybe now, the Federal government will have to get off its butt and make a decision about this plant.




posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 07:52 AM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

Cancer Cancer Cancer.....first it was Liberalism, now Mary Jane......circling the drain faster and faster



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 07:55 AM
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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 So apparently if the minority does like what the majority votes for they can just attempt to have it repealed in the next election.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.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 07:59 AM
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a reply to: jtma508

That's a good point. Though keep in mind that many Republicans have been coming around to legal weed as well. It isn't just the Democrats. Alaska is a red state.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:08 AM
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We'll soon see how republicans feel about it since Congress has to approve the D.C. vote. The party of state's rights and less government now has to either respect the vote of the people or look like hypocrites.


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posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:09 AM
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Congrats to Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. I hope MICHIGAN is soon.


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posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:14 AM
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a reply to: Krazysh0t

I think this will happen much the same way marriage equality has toppled bans throughout the country. It will be very difficult to get the first 15 states or so, but after that, the opponents will lose interest, because their position is against their stated tenet of "small government" and they'll face backlash.

This is good news for personal liberty!



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:15 AM
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I just wish the UK government would legalise it, after all it would be an extra revenue for them...



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:30 AM
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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.


Here is the problem with blaming it on one party, although you are correct that the religious right seem more opposed! (could never figure that one out, considering those whom are religious seem the most hell bent on destroying a plant their creator put on this earth).......anyhow

It seems we have an IRS issue/law that is not allowing the "legal" growers/sellers to write off their business expenses like other businesses. Therefore, most of any profit they are making is being eaten up by the tax code!

Section 280E of the IRS tax code, does not allow legal dispensaries tax deductions.

$21.5 Million In Marijuana Taxes Just Went Up In Smoke

Now this causes the problem of even still, people buying it off of the black market, ie illegal dealers, due to the price being a lot cheaper than buying it legally! So you see, they even create an illusion of false hope, while knowing all along the laws in place already will squash the hope of legalization becoming a reality.

Not to mention, that for states that have voted for legalization either medically or recreational, the tax revenue just isn't there as predicted due to the IRS tax codes forcing people to buy it on the black market! (Which means state and federal government is losing tax revenue due to it's own idiocracy?)

Sucks, but we have a long way to go, before legalization becomes a reality.......

As I see it, let's just chalk one more reason to add and create more division amongst the land of the free........



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:36 AM
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Congrats to Oregon and Alaska! That would make all three US Pacific NW(coastal states) legal.




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



Congrats elsewhere, to D.C. and Guam!

Florida Medical M vote: Really disappointing, election buy off won against it. Was hoping as it's my hometown state, for MM to pass there for those in need of it medicinally.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:38 AM
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In unrelated news, Taco Bell expects a sharp rise in revenue.

Jokes aside, It's becoming harder for nay sayers to deny the benefits of cannabis. But they will try.

The problem seems to be that certain factions see cannabis as a narcotic, what they fail to realize is that it can be manufactured to help those in palliative care or to help those who suffer from terminal illness.

But yet the use of opiates and Pseudoephedrine in modern medicine are given the thumbs up.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:39 AM
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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.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:42 AM
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DC often gets benefits that other states do not get. We put a lot of people in jail for Marijuana before that did not need to be put in jail. This expense was not justified. Now, I do believe that hard drugs should be strictly regulated. Just because something is legal does not mean it is appropriate for everyone. Use of marijuana should not be allowed at work even though it is legal. I don't care if a person has a medical condition or not, this substance needs to be kept out of the workplace.

Cigarettes have notropic properties, marijuana does not. Cigarettes can actually get you to think better as can coffee. Overuse of tobacco does dumb a person down though, overloading the nicotine sensors. An occasional cigarette at work can be beneficial, no more than say five in an eight hour shift though. I am against marijuana in the workplace though, I understand this from experience in the past.

I'm probably overdoing the t&c rules here on this subject



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:44 AM
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a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

Well the states with other states that have already legalized weed bordering them are all going to have to do something due to the influx of weed across the state borders. As more states legalize, the number of border states will also grow. More people will learn that the propaganda surrounding marijuana is all lies and come around to legalization.

Really the only thing that could hold the legalization movement back at this point is the federal government. So we need to start looking to move the legalization movement to federal level. Because the feds won't stay out of this forever and if we can win them over early, it will be much easier in the long run.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:45 AM
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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.


I hope your right! But due to the fact that the IRS code does not allow those selling it legally to claim tax deductions on their business, I just don't see that happening.

Not to mention, when I hear it is cheaper to buy it illegally versus legally, it just blows my mind!



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:49 AM
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a reply to: nomickeyshere

Pretty much. The pot heads will fight fierce for the stupor but sit on their collective asses and procrastinate. Go ahead, I'm ready for the backlash but you'll never change my mind on the subject. I didn't watch reefer madness and I've tried the stupid #. I put it down when it was time to put away childish things. Smoke yourself away!



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:56 AM
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a reply to: seeker1963

Well many of the IRS problems come from it being illegal on the federal level. As soon as it is legalized on the federal level, everything will fall into place. Also keep in mind that the government is a slow moving entity. It takes a while for things to be ironed out, paperwork be approved, and fees paid. Then it takes a while for businesses to pop up to fill the niches. Also, since marijuana is a crop, it takes time to grow. These are all factors that slow down the initial projections right out of the gate. As time goes on, we will probably see an increase in tax income for the government.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 08:59 AM
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Olives are legal and I don't eat them.

Making pot legal?

*meh*


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posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 09:00 AM
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Childish things? Marijuana is no more childish than alcohol. The only reason more younger people do it than older people is because it is easier to network at a younger age to establish the connections needed to buy the plant. But hey, that statistic is changing anyways. More and more older people are also smoking.

Just because YOU don't like marijuana, doesn't mean you get the right to tell others they can't do it. I guess you enjoy tyranny.



posted on Nov, 5 2014 @ 09:02 AM
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a reply to: rickymouse

I don't necessarily agree with getting intoxicated on the job, but how is smoking marijuana on the job for a medical condition any different than popping a pain pill for a bad back? You do know that marijuana isn't just taken for pleasure correct?



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